06/06/2006 11:00PM

High Yield's offspring can handle the turf


High Pay won an optional claiming allowance at about 1 1/16 miles on the turf on May 28, and like many runners by High Yield, the 3-year-old gelding was right at home on turf. High Yield won three stakes in his career - all on dirt - including the Hopeful at 2 and Blue Grass and Fountain of Youth at 3, but his sire line (High Yield-Storm Cat-Storm Bird-Northern Dancer) is a strong indicator for turf, and most sons of Storm Cat have proven to be viable turf sires. High Pay is out of the Saint Ballado mare Nun Finer, and his fourth dam, My Dear Girl, was the 1959 2-year-old champion filly and became a prominent broodmare. The most important foal from My Dear Girl's seven stakes winners was In Reality.

Belmont Park

Yes It's True was a top freshman sire, and his first-time starters continue to win at a lively clip. On May 26, Yes I May, a 3-year-old filly making her career debut, won a 5 1/2-furlong maiden race over eight New York-bred fillies. Yes It's True's offspring typically have speed and are best from five furlongs to 1 1/16 miles.

* Lima Papa is the latest example of why Unbridled's Song is such a versatile stallion. Lima Papa won a 1 1/4-mile maiden race on turf on May 28, returning $15.60, and the 3-year-old colt is out of the Time for a Change mare Dynasty, who won the Lake George Stakes. Unbridled's Song was a brilliant stakes winner at 2 and 3, and his offspring are effective sprinting, at middle distances, and on dirt and turf.

On May 22, Pectoralis Major, a 3-year-old filly by Unbridled's Song bred and owned by Live Oak Plantation, won a 1 1/16-mile maiden race on dirt at Calder, and is out of the Mr. Prospector mare Prospectora, a three-quarter sister to stakes winner and sire Mutakddim (Seeking the Gold). When her racing days are over, Pectoralis Major should become a valued member of the Live Oak Plantation broodmare band. Her second dam, Oscillate (Seattle Slew), is a half-sister to juvenile champion Rhythm, Not for Love, and Get Lucky (the second dam of Bluegrass Cat), and her third dam, Dance Number, was a stakes-winning half-sister to Polish Numbers and Private Account. Her fourth dam, Numbered Account, was the 1971 2-year-old filly champion.

And at Churchill Downs on May 27, Octave, a 2-year-old filly by Unbridled's Song, won a 4 1/2-furlong maiden race by 2 1/4 lengths. Trained by Todd Pletcher, Octave is out of the stakes-winning Dr. Carter mare Belle Nuit.


Grand Slam is one of Gone West's best sons at stud, and his runners usually have a good deal of speed. On May 23, All American Miz won a two-furlong dash for juvenile fillies. All American Miz is by Grand Slam out of the Valid Appeal mare Miz United States, a half-sister to stakes winner Stolen Prayer. Her second dam, Stolen Title, is a half-sister to multiple stakes winner Fit for a Queen.

At Delaware Park, Grand Slam's 3-year-old daughter Impeccable won a one-mile allowance, paying $12. Impeccable is out of the Cox's Ridge mare Light of the Moon, a direct tail-female descendant of the great Phipps matriarch Grey Flight.

* Banda Victoria won a five-furlong maiden race for 2-year-old fillies, and the Phil Gleaves-trained juvenile has a pedigree that suggests she will only get better with maturity and distance. By Belmont Stakes winner Victory Gallop, Banda Victoria is out of the Dixieland Band mare Cheerio Charmer, a full sister to El Amante and Happy Jazz Band. Her third dam is a half-sister to multiple stakes winners Soy Numero Uno and No Le Hace, winner of the Arkansas and Louisiana derbies, who finished second to Riva Ridge in the Kentucky Derby and Bee Bee Bee in the Preakness Stakes.

Churchill Downs

Catienus is one of Storm Cat's successful sons at stud, and on May 25, his 3-year-old daughter Precious Kitten won a 1 1/16-mile maiden race as the 2-1 second choice. From the Northern Dancer sire line, Precious Kitten is out of the Lear Fan mare Kitten's First, and is a half-sister to champion turf colt Kitten's Joy. Lear Fan is a turf influence - he is a son of Roberto, like Dynaformer, Kris S., Red Ransom, and Silver Hawk - so Precious Kitten should also be closely followed when she runs on turf.

Hollywood Park

Mr. Greeley is another example of a hidden turf sire. A son of Gone West (a great hidden turf sire), Mr. Greeley won stakes on dirt, and while his offspring win stakes races on that surface, they also are very effective on turf. First-time starter Ellwood and Jake, a 3-year-old son of Mr. Greeley out of the Majestic Light mare Our Little Margie, won a 5 1/2-furlong maiden race on turf on May 24, returning $24.20. Ellwood and Jake gets a second dose of turf from damsire Majestic Light, who was a multiple stakes winner on dirt and turf. His grass victories included the Man o' War Stakes, Cinema Handicap, and Bernard Baruch Stakes. Ellwood and Jake should continue to progress at increased distances. His fourth dam, Real Delight, was a multiple champion for Calumet Farm and produced stakes winner Plum Cake (the dam of Plum Bold), Sweet Tooth (dam of Alydar), Sugar Plum Time, and Yule Log (dam of champion Christmas Past).

Finishing second to Ellwood and Jake was Rateau, a 3-year-old son of Rahy who was making his debut on turf. Rateau is out of the Golden Fleece (Nijinsky II) mare Felidia, and with a ton of grass influence in his pedigree, he should be kept on turf.