07/22/2007 11:00PM

Jib bred top and bottom for turf stakes success



Jib, who won a 5 1/2-furlong maiden race on the grass July 6, is a 2-year-old filly by hidden turf sire Mizzen Mast, a son of grass champion Cozzene who achieved his greatest success on dirt. Jib gets a double dose of turf (HT2) from her dam's sire, Diesis, a classic winner in Europe. Jib's third dam, Victoriana, is a half-sister to European champion, Xaar, and her fifth dam is none other than the amazing Best in Show. Both Rags to Riches and Jazil have Best in Show as their third dam. While it's a stretch from winning a 5 1/2-furlong maiden race on grass, Jib is the kind of filly who could be pointed toward the initial running of the Breeders' Cup Juvenile Turf - or at least the Miss Grillo Stakes later in the year.


Passion, who won her career debut by 7 1/4 lengths on July 13, looks to be a future stakes filly for Todd Pletcher. A 2-year-old filly by Came Home out of the Known Fact mare Rajmata, Passion is a half-sister to Hollywood Oaks winner Kumari Continent. There are two major patterns happening in Passion's pedigree. First, Passion carries the Rasmussen Factor as she is inbred 4x3 to the influential female Tamerett through her daughter Secrettame (dam of Gone West) and son Known Fact. Second, her dam, Rajmata, also has the RF as she is inbred 4x5 to the great Calumet broodmare Two Lea (dual champion and Hall of Fame inductee), through her sons Tim Tam and On-and-On.

* Palanka City won the other maiden race for 2-year-old fillies four races later July 13, and she is bred to be precocious at 2. By the late speed influence Carson City, she is out of the Storm Bird mare Indian Sunset, who is closely related to Storm Cat. Storm Cat is by Storm Bird out of Terlingua (Secretariat), while Indian Sunset is by Storm Bird out of a Navajo Pass, a full sister to Terlingua.

* Cactus Ridge was undefeated in four starts at 2, the only year he raced, and won three stakes. By Hennessy out of the Lycius (by Mr. Prospector) mare Double Park, Cactus Ridge was expected to be quick at 2, and he is now a promising freshman sire. On July 14, Sebastian County, a 2-year-old full brother to Cactus Ridge, won his maiden debut in a five-furlong maiden race, and returned a healthy $18.80.

* The following day, Creekmore, a 3-year-old half-brother to both Cactus Ridge and Sebastian County, by HT sire Holy Bull, rallied to win a one-mile maiden race on the turf, paying $6.40. With Holy Bull on top and European Group 1 miler Lycius on the bottom, Creekmore has an HT2 pedigree.


Carry the Day won a six-furlong maiden race on the turf for 2-year-olds on July 13. By Canadian Horse of the Year and champion With Approval, Carry the Day also has grass influences Spectacular Bid and Grey Dawn II in his pedigree.

A colt to keep an eye on from this race is Chitoz. While he finished a non-threatening sixth, more than nine lengths behind Carry the Day, Chitoz should be given another chance on turf, and if that doesn't pan out, his trainer, Todd Pletcher, can always try him on dirt. By versatile stallion Forest Wildcat, who gets winners on all surfaces, he is out of Wichitoz, a half-sister to sprint champion Rubiano by Triple Crown winner Affirmed.


Elusive Quality established a world record for one mile when he won the Poker Handicap on turf in 1:31.70. His runners win on all surfaces, and on July 13, Phoenix Heat, a 3-year-old half-brother to the wickedly fast D'Wildcat, won a 1o1/16-mile maiden race on turf by 2 1/4 lengths as the 9-5 favorite.


Pulpit won his first start with a dazzling display of speed at Gulfstream Park at 3, and his runners usually take their time to mature as well, performing best at 3 and older. But on July 15, Bsharpsonata, a 2-year-old filly by Pulpit, won her career debut by 2 1/2 lengths. Out of the Affirmed mare Apasionata Sonata, she returned $37.40.

Del Mar

On July 20, Treadmill, a 2-year-old filly by E Dubai who was second in the Cinderella Stakes on June 30 at Hollywood Park, won the California Thoroughbred Breeders Association Stakes. Young runners by E Dubai deserve special consideration at distances ranging from five furlongs to 1 1/16 miles - on dirt and turf.


Private Dreams, who won a seven-furlong allowance on July 13, has one of racing's greatest fillies as her second dam. By Johannesburg, last year's top freshman sire, the 3-year-old filly is out of Private Colors, a full sister to undefeated champion Personal Ensign. Because she is by Johannesburg, trainer Jerry Hollendorfer has many options, including turf.


Rubies R Forever, a 2-year-old first-time starter by up-and-coming sire E Dubai (Mr. Prospector), won a five-furlong maiden race on July 15, paying $22.40.