12/27/2001 1:00AM

Hollywood results flattered younger set


LEXINGTON, Ky. - The younger stallion corps had plenty to cheer about with the results of the Hollywood Futurity and Starlet. In the Futurity, Siphonic, a son of freshman sire Siphon, defeated Fonz's and Officer, who are by the relatively young Out of Place and Bertrando. In the Starlet, daughters of Tabasco Cat, You and I, and Delineator took the first three places, with Habibti defeating You by a head in a result that seemed a better assessment of their abilities than the outcome of the Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies.

Younger mares also got to share the limelight, as Habibti is out of the Temperence Hill mare Miss Sobriety, a half-sister to Kentucky Oaks winner Gal in a Ruckus.

Siphonic is the fourth foal out of his dam, the Cherokee Colony mare Cherokee Crossing. Bred in Kentucky by Martha Buckner, Cherokee Crossing is stakes-placed, and she is a half-sister to Dixie Dot Com. Buckner bred both from horses from the Conquistador Cielo mare Sky Meadows, whom she had purchased at auction out of a reduction of Rokeby Stable stock.

Cherokee Crossing sold as a yearling and then ran third in the Ellis Park Debutante and Bassinet Prelude at 2. Although multiple stakes-placed, Cherokee Crossing retired a maiden from 17 starts, but she has more than made up for that oversight with her produce at stud. From four foals of racing age, Siphonic is her second stakes winner to date. With three victories in four starts, the colt has earned $703,978.

Cherokee Crossing's previous foals include Blues to Go, a 5-year-old son of the useful stallion Take Me Out; the 4-year-old Mountain Girl, the mare's first stakes winner and a daughter of Mountain Cat; and Sugino General, a son of Known Fact who was so promising that he brought $300,000 as a 2-year-old in training. The colt has won a race in Japan, earning $117,998.

Since foaling Siphonic, Cherokee Crossing has produced a yearling filly by Louis Quatorze, and that filly sold for $38,000 at the Keeneland September yearling sale about a month before Siphon won the Breeders' Futurity in his second start. This year the mare foaled a daughter of El Prado and has been bred back to Siphon for 2002, with a last cover date of May 28.

Bred in Kentucky by Walter Freeman and Hermitage Farm, Siphonic brought $210,000 at the Keeneland September sale in 2000. A handsome young horse who showed some length and scope, as well as a lot of promise, in his physical makeup, Siphonic's auction price was among the top 10 for yearlings from Siphon's first crop.

Freeman and Hermitage Farm owner Carl Pollard raced Cherokee Crossing in partnership and have bred all the mare's foals. Fortunately for Siphonic's breeders, Siphon is still available for American breeders at Airdrie Stud, but that is no longer the case with Tabasco Cat, a very handsome son of Storm Cat and the sire of Habibti.

Tabasco Cat, winner of the Preakness and Belmont, was bred and raced by W.T. Young and David Reynolds, and late in 2000, the owners sold him to the Japan Bloodstock Breeders' Association, and he now stands at the JBBA's Shizunai stallion station on the island of Hokkaido.

Habibti shares nearly the same birth rank as Siphonic. The filly is the third foal out of her unraced dam, Miss Sobriety, and is the first stakes winner. Miss Sobriety's first foal, however, is the stakes-placed Skeete's Bay, by Bold Ruckus, and Skeete's Bay brought $200,000 as a yearling at the 1998 Saratoga select sale. The mare's next foal, the unraced Gold Fever colt Glowing Brightly, brought $150,000 at Keeneland September the next year, but Habibti brought $450,000 as a 2-year-old in training earlier this year at the Barretts March sale.

Miss Sobriety's yearling, a colt by the Mr. Prospector stallion Souvenir Copy, brought $240,000 at the Keeneland September yearling sale three months ago. The mare produced a filly by Our Emblem in 2001.

By the evidence of the sales prices alone, Miss Sobriety produces outstanding young racing prospects, and her offspring have borne out the appraisal of the top yearling judges through their performances on the racetrack. With an outstanding racer like Habibti to represent her, Miss Sobriety's foals will continue to make buyers drunk with anticipation.