01/09/2007 1:00AM

How to play these freshman sires


LAS VEGAS - This is part 2 of an alphabetical preview of the 2007 freshman sires and how to bet their offspring. The stallions are followed by their pedigree, 2007 stud fee, and the state where they are based.

Early Flyer (Gilded Time-Bistra, by Classic Go Go); $2,500; Texas. Don't let the fact that this guy is standing in Texas deter you from playing his offspring. Several unproven sires have stood in Texas and become good stallions, such as Valid Expectations. Early Flyer was a good sprinter, winning the San Vicente Stakes and Lazaro Barrera Memorial Stakes. His sire was a champion 2-year-old and his dam is a half-sister to stakes winners Olympio, Call Now, and Your Call, and a half-sister to Carol's Wonder (dam of Wild Wonder), Christmas Star (dam of Cuvee), and Dana Nicole (dam of Bien Nicole). He was blessed with speed, and you can expect his babies to come out running and winning early.

Easyfromthegitgo (Dehere-Montera, by Easy Goer); $3,500; Louisiana. Winner of the Iowa Derby and LeComte Stakes, Easyfromthegitgo also placed in five other stakes, including the Louisiana, Indiana, and Oklahoma derbies, and Lexington and Risen Star stakes. Keep in mind that his sire, Dehere, was a top 2-year-old and that Dehere's young son Graeme Hall was among last year's leading freshman sires. There is plenty of class in Easyfromthegitgo's female family. His second dam is a half-sister to Cozzene. His foals should have speed, and with Easy Goer as his broodmare sire, they should be able to carry that speed a distance.

Empire Maker (Unbridled-Toussaud, by El Gran Senor); $100,000; Kentucky. One of this year's glamour freshman sires, he attracted a dazzling book of mares and his classically bred babies should be most effective at 3 and 4 after they have a chance to mature and race beyond a mile. Watch for his first crop of 2-year-olds to be brought along slowly with the 2008 Triple Crown in mind.

Essence of Dubai (Pulpit-Epitome, by Summing); $5,000; Florida. Winner of the Norfolk Stakes at 2, Essence of Dubai is by Pulpit and was better at 3, winning the U.A.E. Derby, the U.A.E. 2000 Guineas, and the Super Derby. His dam was a champion at 2, and damsire Summing won the 1981 Belmont Stakes. His juveniles should develop later in the year and be very effective at 1 1/16 miles. Down the road, he should make a superior grass sire.

Express Tour (Tour d'Or-Express Fashion, by Private Express); $2,000; Florida. Express Tour may be Florida's sleeper freshman sire this year. A magnificent physical specimen who had uncommon speed, Express Tour won five stakes, and his runners should be precocious, win-early 2-year-olds.

Flatter (A.P. Indy-Praise, by Mr. Prospector); $5,000; Kentucky. Talented but brittle, Flatter won 4 of 6 starts, and although he may not be a household name now, he has the pedigree and connections to make a statement at stud. By a world-class stallion, he is a full brother to the more accomplished Congrats, and his dam is a half-sister to stakes winners Yell, Roar, Blare of Trumpets, and Eastern Echo. His second dam is Wild Applause and his third dam is the 1993 Broodmare of the Year, Glowing Tribute. Standing at Claiborne Farm, he is being given every chance to succeed at stud. Expect his babies to perform well as juveniles and develop into better 3-year-olds.

Freespool (Geiger Counter-Broadtail, by Olden Times); $4,000; California. Freespool won five stakes, all sprints, and was a popular runner based on the West Coast. His sire, by Mr. Prospector, was brilliant as well, and Freespool's 2-year-olds should be as quick as those by the California-based stallions Swiss Yodeler, Bertrando, and In Excess.

Full Mandate (A.P. Indy-Clear Mandate, by Deputy Minister); $5,000; Florida. A stakes winner at 4, Full Mandate is a half-brother to stakes winner Newfoundland and stakes-placed The Mighty Tiger. His dam is a multiple Grade 1-winning half-sister to stakes winner Dream Scheme and Fairy Doll (dam of the Japanese champion To the Victory). His second dam, Dream Deal, is a half-sister to 1985 Belmont Stakes winner Creme Fraiche. His late-maturing runners should be most effective stretching out to distances over one mile at age 3 and 4.

Fusaichi Zenon (Sunday Silence-Elizabeth Rose, by Northern Taste); Private; New Mexico. A stakes winner in Japan, Fusaichi Zenon is by Japan's greatest sire, and his female family produced Fappiano. His runners should have a greater impact on turf than dirt.

Greatness (Mr. Prospector-Harbour Club, by Danzig); $5,000; Florida. Another Florida-based freshman stallion whose 2-year-olds should be fast-developing, win-early types. Inheriting the blazing speed of his sire, Greatness won two sprints at Belmont Park, and his female family descends from the fleet filly High Voltage, a champion at age 2 and 3. Greatness's fourth dam is a full sister to stakes winners Great Power and Bold Commander and a half-sister to champion sprinter Impressive and stakes-placed Irradiate, the dam of Majestic Light.