03/23/2008 11:00PM

King's Silver Son bred to relish Derby distance



Sierra Sunset won the Rebel Stakes on March 15, but the son of Bertrando suffered a small fracture in his left front foot and is off the Triple Crown trail. But King's Silver Son, who closed from ninth and last to finish full of run to be second at 17-1, is a horse to watch for the Kentucky Derby because he is bred to love 1 1/4 miles. By Mizzen Mast (by Cozzene), King's Silver Son is out of a Dynaformer mare, giving him stamina top and bottom. In addition, he is an RF (Rasmussen Factor) as he is inbred to the influential broodmare Flower Bowl, through her sons Graustark and His Majesty - two more solid sources of stamina.

Fair Grounds

On March 15, Amaretta's Way won a maiden race on turf at about 5 1/2 furlongs, and the 3-year-old filly by Giant's Causeway is from the same female family as Rags to Riches and Jazil, as well as Australia's super stallion Redoute's Choice and Europe's champion 3-year-old filly last year Peeping Fawn. Amaretta's Way's fourth dam, Stolen Date, is a half-sister to Best in Show, who is considered one of the most influential broodmares of the last century. Amaretta's Way is trained by David Carroll, who has Denis of Cork and Blackberry Road on the Kentucky Derby trail.

Finishing 1 3/4 lengths behind Amaretta's Way in second at 88-1 was the first-time starter My Little Dragon, whose pedigree rivals the winner's. From the first crop of the undefeated Cactus Ridge (who won all four of his starts at 2, the only year he raced), My Little Dragon is out of the unraced Real Quiet mare So Soulful, a half-sister to stakes winner Twilight Meteor. My Little Dragon's second dam, the unraced One Over Prime, is a half-sister to four stakes winners: Canadian champions Poetically and Primaly, Citronnade, and Whiskey Wisdom. Her third dam, stakes winner Primarily, was Canadian 2000 Broodmare of the Year.


At Attention, a Live Oak Stud homebred 3-year-old colt by Elusive Quality, won a five-furlong maiden race on the turf March 10, and he traces to Queen of Song, a full sister to Cormorant, the sire of Go for Gin. He is out of the stakes-winning Meadowlake mare Spring Meadow, who counted the Las Flores Handicap and Stonerside Stakes among her victories. She also finished second in the La Brea and Prioress stakes and third in the Test and Santa Paula stakes.

Finishing second to At Attention was Expedition, who was making his career debut. From the first crop of Hook and Ladder (the sire of Tampa Bay Derby winner Big Truck), the New York-bred colt is out of the Norquestor mare Halfway North and gets his turf ability from inbreeding to Northern Dancer as well as through his second damsire, Shelter Half (Tentam).

* Song of Love, a 3-year-old half-sister to Nobiz Like Shobiz, won her career debut March 12 for Barclay Tagg, who trains both runners. Song of Love showed speed and rallied to win a seven-furlong maiden race by 3 1/2 lengths at 7-1 despite her equine and human connections. Song of Love is from the first crop of Changeintheweather, a son of Gone West (and out of a full sister to champion juvenile filly Pleasant Stage) who won the Grade 1 Grey Breeders' Cup at Woodbine at 2. Changeintheweather started only once at 3, but returned at 4 to win the Gate Dancer Handicap, place in four other stakes, and finish third in the Fayette Stakes.

Inny, who ran second to Song of Love, was making her U.S. debut after finishing second in France in her only other start. Inny is by Pulpit and she is out of a full sister to stakes winner and sire Vicar. This filly won't be a maiden for long.

* On March 16, Paris Winds won a turf allowance at 8 1/2 furlongs, but a filly to keep an eye on from this race is Winter View, who finished fourth at 45-1. Winter View, who was making her U.S. debut for Jonathan Sheppard and first start in six months, rallied from 10th and last and should be played back in her next start. By Thunder Gulch, Winter View is out of Del Mar Oaks winner No Matter What, a half-sister to E Dubai. Recent Pasadena Stakes winner Polonius (Broken Vow), who may contest the Santa Anita Derby, also descends from this extraordinary female family.

Santa Anita

Gentle Gale, who won a maiden race at about 6 1/2 furlongs on the downhill turf March 10, is yet another member of the female family that produced the aforementioned Polonius and Winter View. A 4-year-old filly by Storm Cat, Gentle Gale is out of the Lord at War mare Ascutney, who won the Miesque Stakes. Also the dam of multiple stakes winner Gigawatt, Ascutney is a full sister to multiple stakes winner Words of War, the dam of No Matter What and E Dubai.

* Credibility, who won his career debut at 9-1 on March 15, was an example of how pedigree handicapping can unearth a live longshot. By Tribal Rule (the sire of Triple Crown contender Georgie Boy), the 3-year-old gelding is out of the Theatrical mare Lasting Pleasure, a full sister to major stakes winner Geri. Credibility had been training well for his first start for Dan Hendricks and won the race immediately following Georgie Boy's victory in the San Felipe Stakes.