09/19/2006 12:00AM

Irish Osprey joins Arch's winners



Arch, the Super Derby winner standing at Claiborne Farm, is on quite a roll this year. He already has seven stakes winners, including Group 1 winner Les Arcs, Del Mar Oaks winner Arravale, and Coaching Club American Oaks and Alabama winner Pine Island. On Sept. 9, he sired his latest stakes winner, Irish Osprey, who won the Humphrey S. Finney Stakes at nine furlongs on grass. Like his sire, Kris S., Arch is getting winners on dirt and turf, and they also inherit stamina from this Roberto sire line. Irish Osprey descends from the outstanding female family of Beaver Street, who produced the high-class stakes-winning sisters Native Street and Street Dancer, both of whom became superior broodmares.


Little Star won her career debut on Sept. 7, drawing off to a 6 3/4-length victory as the even-money favorite. A 2-year-old filly by speed influence Forestry, Little Star is out of the Crafty Prospector mare Crafty Oak. Her second dam, Dianthus, was a full sister to stakes winner and producer Wendasy and produced stakes-placed sprinter Villamor. Mating Forestry to a mare who has Mr. Prospector in her pedigree creates the Rasmussen Factor, or RF (inbreeding to a superior female within five generations through different individuals), to Sequence. Breeders' Cup Juvenile winner Cash Run is a notable example of inbreeding to Sequence.

* Another 2-year-old filly who looked good winning her career debut was Time's Mistress, who won a 6 1/2-furlong maiden race by 1 3/4 lengths at 5-1 for D. Wayne Lukas. By Mr. Greeley, Time's Mistress is out of the Deputy Minister mare Doyenne, who is a daughter of stakes winner Seewillo, who is a half-sister to major Grade 1 winner Golden Pheasant. Although she is bred to win on all surfaces, Time's Mistress could really develop into something special on turf, since she has grass influences top and bottom (Tx2 pedigree pattern).

* Officer Rocket and Got the Last Laugh dead-heated for the victory in the Grade 3 Arlington-Washington Futurity on Sept. 10. Officer Rocket previously won the Spectacular Bid Stakes and has won 3 of 4 starts; his lone defeat was a third-place finish. He is from the wildly successful first crop of speed influence Officer, who was a top-class juvenile. Officer Rocket's dam, Ocean View (Gone West), was second in the Oak Leaf Stakes and third in the Hollywood Oaks.

Got the Last Laugh is the latest good runner from Distorted Humor. He is out of the stakes-winning Cee's Tizzy mare Theresa's Tizzy. The Arlington-Washington Futurity was Got the Last Laugh's second start, which bodes well for his future. Both Officer Rocket and Got the Last Laugh are heading to the Breeders' Cup Juvenile.


Todd Pletcher has another juvenile colt who may turn out to be a stakes winner. Cowtown Cat, who finished fifth in his debut at Saratoga on Aug. 16, rebounded to score a 4 1/2-length victory as the 6-5 favorite in a 5 1/2-furlong maiden race Sept. 8. A 2-year-old colt by Distorted Humor, Cowtown Cat is out of the Storm Cat mare Tom's Cat and was a $1.5 million purchase earlier this year.

* Leading On, a 2-year-old first-time starter by Mt. Livermore, won a six-furlong maiden race on grass for trainer Allen Jerkens on Sept. 8. Leading On is out of the Dynaformer mare Dyna's Beauty, and this female family produced Grade 1 winner Cacoethes and stakes winners Subordination and Fabulous Notion.

Finishing second to Leading On was Chihulykee, who set the pace before losing by one length. By Mr. Greeley out of Nakisa Wind, Chihulykee is a half-brother to stakes winner The Exeter Man. Nakiska Wind is a half-sister to Breeders' Cup Sprint winner Desert Stormer.

* Outperformance raced with the country's best 3-year-old turf runners all spring, and on Sept. 9, he made his first start since July 22 and defeated older runners in a one-mile allowance on grass. A member of Aptitude's first crop (which also includes classic-placed Steppenwolfer and stakes winner Amandatude), Outperformance won the Hill Prince Stakes at Belmont and is a half-brother to the stakes-winning sprinter and miler Richter Scale.


Maria's Kitty, who won a one-mile maiden race for 2-year-old fillies on Sept. 9, is by Maria's Mon and comes from a classy female family. Her unraced dam, J J's Kitty, is by Storm Cat and out of multiple stakes winner J J'sdream. In addition to producing Preakness winner Louis Quatorze, this tail-female line traces directly to Stavroula, a full sister to Nashua.

* Brandon Beach became the latest winner from the first crop of Graeme Hall, who won the Arkansas Derby and Jim Dandy among his seven career victories. Graeme Hall is fourth on the freshman sire list and has 11 winners from 14 starters. His offspring have inherited the classy speed of Graeme Hall's family. Graeme Hall is out of the special broodmare Win Crafty Lady, who also is the dam of stakes winners Harmony Lodge, Wins Fair Lady, and Win McCool, who won the Grade 3 Floral Park Handicap at Belmont Park on Sept. 16.


After Market was the even-money favorite in the Kent Stakes for 3-year-old colts on Sept. 9, but he did not care for the soft turf course and faded to 10th and last. The winner was Brilliant, a son of Breeders' Cup Mile winner War Chant, from a female family of high quality. In addition to War Chant, Brilliant gets additional turf breeding from his damsire, Known Fact (In Reality), and his dam is a half-sister to Grade 1 winner Furiously.