09/16/2007 11:00PM

Keep an eye on this trio of juvenile turf fillies


The fifth race at Belmont on Sept. 8, for maiden 2-year-old fillies, could turn out to be a key race for future grass stars. The winner, Catmosphere, is by Storm Cat out of the Mr. Prospector mare Myhrr, a full sister to Kingmambo. Catmosphere's second dam is the great champion Miesque, winner of back-to-back Breeders' Cup Miles. Finishing second was Madam Bling, who also has a superb turf pedigree as a half-sister to Gritty Sandie by BC Mile winner War Chant. A head behind Madam Bling was Show 'Em All, a half-sister to Showing Up by the hot freshman sire Proud Citizen (sire of Matron Stakes winner, Proud Spell).

* That's Good won a six-furlong maiden race on the turf and is the second good-looking foal out of the multiple stakes winner Restored Hope (He's Bad). That's Good is by Radio Star (a half-brother to Dynaformer by Storm Cat) and a half-sister to multiple stakes winner Sabellina (Langfuhr).


Stravinsky was a top European sprinter and his high speed naturally was the reason for his success as a leading freshman sire. By Nureyev and out of a classy Blushing Groom mare, Stravinsky's offspring win on all surfaces but have a decided preference for grass. On Sept. 7, Creative Design, a 2-year-old filly by Stravinsky and out of the Baldski mare Express Star, rallied from just off the pace to win an about five-furlong maiden race at 5-1. Express Star was a popular racemare at Calder, winning 13 of 45 starts, including multiple stakes.

* Because the dam and her female family are responsible for the class of the animal, it often pays to do a little digging when handicapping maiden races. Easy Profit, a 2-year-old filly who was sixth in her previous start, won a 6 1/2-furlong maiden race, drawing off by 4 1/4 lengths, paying $10.80. By Cape Town, Easy Profit is out of the Easy Goer mare Above the Line, who had a modest record on the track but was cut out to be a valuable broodmare. Bred by Ogden Phipps, she was purchased by Overbrook Farm strictly because of her pedigree. Above the Line is out of the Key to the Mint mare Pure Profit, who also produced champion Inside Information (Private Account) and Educated Risk (Mr. Prospector).


Trainer Larry Jones is having a career year. Kentucky Derby runner-up Hard Spun has been among this year's best 3-year-olds and Jones won the Matron Stakes with Proud Spell on Sept. 15. On Sept. 4, Jones had another winner when Dynawind, a 3-year-old filly by Blue Grass Stakes winner Millennium Wind (a half-brother to Kentucky Derby and Preakness winner Charismatic) and out of the Dynaformer mare Dyna Flow Miss, won a 1 1/16-mile maiden race on the grass at 16-1.

The following day, Jones saddled Clay's Angel to victory in a six-furlong optional claiming race at 11-1. Clay's Angel is by Gulch out of the Saint Ballado mare Emily's Angel.

On Sept. 8, the 2-year-old filly De Star Express won a six-furlong maiden race for Jones. By Sea of Secrets, she is out of the Son of Briartic mare Farewell Tour and paid $27.80.

Jones had another winner on Sept. 9 when Buy the Barrel, a 3-year-old filly by E Dubai, won an optional claiming race at a mile and 70 yards, paying $6.40.

* Interest Rate, who finished eighth in his last outing in a maiden race at Saratoga on Aug. 25, found the company much easier and scored a two-length victory as the 7-5 favorite in a six-furlong maiden race on Sept. 8. By Storm Cat and out of the multiple stakes winner Shared Interest (Pleasant Colony), Interest Rate is a full brother to stakes winner and speed influence Forestry, and is also a half-sister to BC Juvenile Fillies winner Cash Run.


Graham Motion unveiled a smashing juvenile filly on Sept. 5 when Initiation won a six-furlong maiden race by 10 lengths. By the venerable Deputy Minister (who was a 2-year-old champion and champion sire), she is out of the Mt. Livermore mare Proposal, a full sister to stakes winner Multiple Choice. This is the famous King Ranch female family that produced 1946 Triple Crown winner Assault.

* Stormy Atlantic gets quality runners on all surfaces, but they just may be at their best on turf. On Sept. 5, Hugo, a 2-year-old colt by Stormy Atlantic and out of the Lion Cavern mare Go Baby Go, scored an impressive 5 3/4-length victory in a 5 1/2-furlong maiden race on the turf after finishing fourth in his career debut at Charles Town on Aug. 8. He could be headed for the inaugural running of the BC Juvenile Turf. His fourth dam, Belle Pensee (Ribot), was a half-sister to Gentle Thoughts (Bold Lad), a champion at 2 in England and Ireland.

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Freshman sire Proud Citizen keeps getting winners coast-to-coast. On Sept. 1, Zubani, a 2-year-old filly by Proud Citizen, won her career debut by 2 3/4 lengths on Tapeta, paying $35.40. Zubani is out of the stakes-placed Dehere mare Fluid and her second dam, Fleet Broad, won the Conniver Stakes and finished third in the Gallorette and Geisha handicaps.


Bill Mott unveiled another good-looking juvenile colt on Sept. 6. Tend won a one-mile maiden race in his first start and the 2-year-old has a high-class pedigree that should enable him to go classic distances - on dirt and turf. By Dynaformer, Tend is out of the Seeking the Gold mare Liable, and his second dam, Bound, was a stakes-winning full sister to Number, and a half-sister to champion racehorse and sire Nureyev. Bound is also a half-sister to Fairy Bridge, the dam of Sadler's Wells.

* Turf runners have routinely performed well over Turfway's Polytrack surface and on Sept. 6, Horse Doctor, a 2-year-old colt by strong grass influence Horse Chestnut, rallied from seventh in a 12-horse field to win by a neck. Out of the Storm Cat mare Dr. Redoubtable, Horse Doctor is a full brother to the once-promising Fear No Darkness. Horse Doctor's second dam is stakes winner Irish Actress.