08/27/2007 12:00AM

Include-sired Paint will improve with age



Nick Zito has a barn full of well-bred babies, and on Aug. 15, Paint, a 2-year-old colt by Include, rallied to win a 5 1/2-furlong maiden race as the 3-1 second choice. Paint is out of Adirondack Stakes winner Pat Copelan, who is by speed influence Copelan. Paint's third dam, Seven Locks, is a half-sister to champion and Horse of the Year Fort Marcy, as well as champion Key to the Mint and stakes winners Key to Content and Key to the Kingdom. As Include's offspring only get better with age and distance, Paint could be a major player later in the year.

* Slew's Tiznow was fourth in his debut July 28, but the 2-year-old full brother to this year's Lone Star Derby and Lexington Stakes winner Slew's Tizzy won a seven-furlong maiden race by 4 1/4 lengths in his second start. He is trained by Patrick Biancone. By two-time Breeders' Cup Classic winner and Horse of the Year Tiznow, Slew's Tiznow is out of the Slewpy mare Hepatica and comes from the family that produced General Store, Double Discount, and Chain Store.

* The Breeders' Cup could have as many as three runners in three different races who descend from the remarkable blue hen Best in Show. Rags to Riches, the Belmont Stakes heroine, will likely go in the Breeders' Cup Distaff, but there is a possibility she could challenge males again in the Breeders' Cup Classic. Peeping Fawn, Rags to Riches's counterpart in Europe, who has captured four straight Group 1 races, would be one of the favorites in the Breedes' Cup Filly and Mare Turf if her connection decide to cross the pond. On Aug. 19, Sabooh, a 2-year-old filly closely related to Rags to Riches, impressively won a seven-furlong maiden race in her second start. She is trained by Kiaran McLaughlin. Like Rags to Riches, Sabooh is by A. P. Indy, and Sabooh is out of the Danzig mare Smolensk, a Group 3-winning daughter of Kentucky Oaks winner Blush With Pride (who is out of Best in the Show). Blush With Pride is also the dam of Better Than Honour, dam of Rags to Riches and Jazil.


Riboletta was a champion older female who captured the Beldame Stakes and the Ruffian, Vanity, Clement Hirsch, and Milady Breeders' Cup handicaps. Known for her ability to travel a distance, Riboletta was bred to the high-speed influence Forest Camp, and the result is Fire Lookout, a 2-year-old colt who won a one-mile maiden race on turf after finishing fifth in his career debut. Fire Lookout returned $12.60.

* Pitamakan, a 3-year-old filly who won the Hatoof Stakes on Aug. 19, is from the penultimate crop of the late Danzig, and the Bill Mott trainee has a solid future as both a racehorse and a broodmare. Her dam, Vantive (by Mr. Prospector), is a half-sister to stakes winners Seattle Dawn, Island of Silver, and Truckee, and her third dam is Courtly Dee, one of the best broodmares of the last quarter-century. Pitamakan has a versatile pedigree and should be equally proficient on grass and dirt.

Del Mar

Grace Anatomy won a six-furlong maiden race on Aug. 19 and is Doug O'Neill's best-bred 2-year-old filly. From the first crop of champion sprinter-miler Aldebaran, she is out of a Storm Cat mare who is from a highly successful Darby Dan female family. Her second dam, Plenty of Grace (Roberto), was a major stakes winner on turf and her many victories included the Yellow Ribbon Invitational, Queen Elizabeth II Challenge Cup, and Diana and New York handicaps. Her third dam, Wings of Grace (Key to the Mint), won the Boiling Springs Handicap and also produced champion turf mare Soaring Softly (Kris S.), a three-quarter sister to Plenty of Grace. Wings of Grace was a half-sister to stakes-placed Battle Creek Girl, who produced six stakes winners and two stakes-placed foals, including Wavering Girl, Tricky Creek, Parade Ground, Parade Leader, Speed Dialer, Everhope, Swiss Asset, and Matriarch.

* What a surprise - Giant's Causeway had another maiden winner on turf on Aug. 19. Model, a 3-year-old filly by Giant's Causeway, rallied to win a 1 1/16-mile maiden race on grass, paying $8.60. She is out of the Machiavellian mare Snowfire, who was second in the English 1000 Guineas. Snowfire is a half-sister to Preseli, who won all three of her starts at 2, including the Group 1 Moyglare Stakes. Her third dam, White Star Line, won the 1978 Alabama Stakes, Kentucky Oaks, Test Stakes, Delaware Oaks, and La Troienne Stakes. Model paid $8.60.

* E Z's Gentleman won a six-furlong maiden race on Aug. 19. He is from the first crop of the very quick Yankee Gentleman. Ninth in his career debut on July 28, E Z's Gentleman gets speed from both sides of his pedigree. In addition to his sire, E Z's Gentleman is out of a mare by Distinctive Pro (Mr. Prospector), a stakes-winning sprinter who had a long and successful career standing in New York.


Wynn in Command won a one-mile maiden race by 8 3/4 lengths for trainer Tim Ritchey, and the 2-year-old colt is closely related to champion Afleet Alex. Both are by speed influence Northern Afleet, and while Afleet Alex is out of the Silver Hawk mare Maggie Hawk, Wynn in Command is out of Maggy Hawk's daughter Jolie Hawk (Mister Jolie).

Ellis Park

City Beautiful was bred to be fast, and the 2-year-old filly wasted no time winning her first start at 6-1. By Storm Cat, she is out of City Band (Carson City), who won the Grade 1 Oak Leaf and Grade 3 Golden Rod stakes at 2. Despite the precocious pedigree, City Beautiful returned $15 and keyed a $455.80 exacta when 29-1 Gooseontherocks (El Corredor), was second.