12/13/2006 12:00AM

Include on short list of top freshman sires



Include joins Johannesburg, Street Cry, Officer, Pure Prize, Orientate, and Jump Start as one of this year's most successful freshman sires. On Nov. 30, he had two winners: In for a Dime, a filly who won a one-mile maiden race on turf, and Megan's World, who won a six-furlong allowance on dirt. In for a Dime, sent off at 7-1, is out of the Sham mare Dime Queen, who descends from the great broodmare Myrtlewood. Both Seattle Slew and Mr. Prospector trace in tail-female line to Myrtlewood. Megan's World, out of the Gilded Time mare Ms. Jaguar Type, was second in her last start Nov. 8 and is a repeat winner for Include.

Include's leading earner is Cash Included, who won the Oak Leaf Stakes. Other notable winners are Runway Rosie, winner of the Sharp Cat Stakes, and She's Included, who was third in the Del Mar Debutante and was expected to run in the Hollywood Starlet Stakes on Dec. 16.

* Cizi, a 2-year-old filly by City Zip, scored a four-length victory in a 5 1/2-furlong maiden race on Dec. 1. City Zip inherited the high speed of his sire, Carson City, and his grandsire, Mr. Prospector. He is passing that speed on to his offspring, as well. Cizi is a full sister to Metro Meteor, who was second in the 2005 With Anticipation Stakes. City Zip has established himself as a major stallion in New York, and his statebred runners seem to win races every day in New York.

* Red Bullet, who won the 2000 Preakness Stakes, is another first-crop sire, and he had a winner on Dec. 2, when Red Hot Barn, a 2-year-old gelding out of the Silver Ghost mare Nasranian Devil, won a 5 1/2-furlong maiden race by three lengths. Nasranian Devil is a full sister to multiple stakes winner Lunar Spook.

* While it is true that the rare, prepotent stallion moves up his mare, many times the mare can make the stallion, suggesting that the class of the Thoroughbred comes from the dam and her tail-female family. A case in point is Dorm Fever, a 2-year-old filly who won her career debut on Dec. 3 by 5 1/4 lengths at 10-1. Dorm Fever is by the good, if not outstanding, sire Stormin Fever, and it seems likely that her female family is the catalyst for her victory. Her dam, the stakes-placed Pleasant Colony mare Dorm, is out of stakes-winning Wisla, who had wicked speed. Wisla is the key to analyzing this pedigree, and because of her presence up close in the pedigree, Dorm Fever was a big overlay, paying $23.40.


Minister's Joy won an optional claimer at nine furlongs on the turf on Nov. 27 and joined Shug McGaughey's big names who are wintering, as usual, in Florida. By Deputy Minister, Minister's Joy is a 4-year-old colt out of the A.P. Indy mare Meghan's Joy. Meghan's Joy's dam, Queens Wild (Spectacular Bid), is out of major stakes winner Wild Applause and is a half-sister to stakes winners Blare of Trumpets, Eastern Echo, Roar, Yell, and Praise, the dam of Congrats and Flatter.

* In a dazzling display of power, Meditations rallied from off the pace to score a 10 1/2-length victory in the Three Ring Stakes on Dec. 2. A 2-year-old filly by speed influence Out of Place (Cox's Ridge), Meditations is out of the Mining mare Thoughtful, and her second dam, White Reason, is a full sister to Hippodamia, the 1973 champion 2-year-old filly in France.

Fair Grounds

It has taken quite a while, but Friar won a maiden race on Dec. 2. A 4-year-old by Arch, Friar is out of Frizette Stakes winner Preach and is thus a half-brother to Pulpit. Like the majority of runners by Super Derby winner Arch, Friar loves turf, and his 4 3/4-length victory in the maiden race at the about distance of nine furlongs could be a sign of more to come. Bred for high class on the turf, Friar could develop into a nice older runner for trainer Al Stall Jr. He is bred and owned by Claiborne Farm.

* Leading freshman sire Johnannesburg had another winner on Dec. 3, when first-time starter Jersey Bond, a

2-year-old filly out of the Our Native mare Madam Sandie, won a six-furlong maiden race by 5 3/4 lengths at 7-1. Jersey Bond is a half-sister to grass stakes winner Gritty Sandie, and Jersey Bond is yet another runner by Johannesburg who should develop into a major winner on turf next year.


Honest Lady (Seattle Slew) was one of five major stakes winners (along with Empire Maker, Chester House, Chiselling, and Decarchy) out of the 2002 Broodmare of the Year, Toussaud, and on Dec. 1, Phantom Rose, a 3-year-old filly by Danzig out of Honest Lady, won her U.S. debut for Bobby Frankel in a 1 1/16-mile allowance on dirt. Phantom Rose is a half-sister to promising 2-year-old colt First Defence (Unbridled's Song).

* After many starts on the East Coast, the royally bred Blue Rider found Hollywood's firm turf course to his liking, winning a nine-furlong maiden race on Dec. 2. By A.P. Indy, Blue Rider is out of the Kingmambo mare Bluemamba, a Group 1 winner in France. His second dam, Black Penny, is a half-sister to Jules and Orpen, and his third dam, Bonita Francita, is a three-quarter sister to Coup de Folie, the dam of champions Machiavellian and Coup de Genie, as well as major group winners Exit to Nowhere, Hydro Calido, and Ocean of Wisdom. This female family produced Northern Dancer and Danehill.

* Ravel, owned by Derrick Smith and Michael Tabor, won a 1 1/16-mile maiden race for trainer Todd Pletcher on Dec. 3, and the 2-year-old colt is by Fusaichi Pegasus and out of the stakes-winning A.P. Indy mare Let. With such high-profile connections and classy pedigree, Ravel is likely to begin preparations for next year's Triple Crown.

* Two races later, another Pletcher juvenile, Grapelli, won a 1 1/16-mile maiden race rallying from sixth and last to win 1 1/4 lengths. Bred to relish longer distance next year, Grapelli is by Thunder Gulch, and his dam is stakes winner Bella Belluci (French Deputy).