08/20/2007 12:00AM

Maimonides the cream of Vindication's crop



Maimonides, Bob Baffert's best-bred 2-year-old colt, was no secret when he made his career debut in a 5 1/2-furlong maiden race on Aug. 8. Maimonides was one of many runners from the Zayat Stable who shipped in from Del Mar. Maimonides broke on top and lengthened his lead as he pleased in the stretch to win by 11 1/2 lengths. Maimonides is the most impressive juvenile seen thus far among many good-looking runners from the first crop of undefeated 2-year-old champion Vindication, who was also trained by Baffert. Maimonides is out of the remarkable mare Silver Swan (Silver Deputy), also the dam of stakes winners El Corredor (Mr. Greeley) and Roman Ruler (Fusaichi Pegasus). His next start is scheduled to be the Grade 1 Hopeful Stakes.

* Zee Zee won a maiden race for 2-year-old fillies on the turf at 1 1/16 miles as the 7-5 favorite on Aug. 6, but watch out for the second-place finisher, Show 'Em All, who was in traffic on the first turn, altered course, and swung out five-wide in the stretch to put in a strong late run. From the first crop of Proud Citizen, Show 'Em All is out of the T.V. Commercial mare Miss Alethia, and is a half-sister to multiple stakes winners Showing Up and Gimmeawink.

* After finishing second in his juvenile debut at Belmont on June 30, The Leopard, who was a $2.5 million purchase this past February as a 2-year-old in training, won his second start, a six-furlong maiden race on Aug. 11, as the 3-5 favorite. By Storm Cat, he is out of the Mr. Prospector mare Moon Safari, a full sister to Scan, who won the Remsen and Cowdin stakes and the Jerome and Pegasus handicaps. The Claiborne Farm female family traces directly to La Troienne, and produced champion Straight Deal and co-champion Regal Gleam.

* Successful Appeal does not attract mares like the big-name stallions, but he is a proven sire of precocious 2-year-olds and his offspring are known for their speed. On Aug. 12, Wish Me Success, a 2-year-old filly making her debut, defeated fillies by A.P. Indy, Pulpit, Sky Mesa, Hennessy, and Menifee, winning a six-furlong maiden race at 12-1 for John Kimmel. Finishing second was Banner Day, an A.P. Indy out of the Forty Niner mare Gold Streamer. Champions Sacahuista and Shuvee come from this prolific stakes-producing family, and Banner Day should not be a maiden for long.


The full siblings Dreaming of Anna and Lewis Michael are major stakes winners for owner Frank Calabrese and trainer Wayne Catalano. Dreaming of Anna's most important victory came in last year's Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies, when she rode the golden rail at Churchill Downs that day to earn an Eclipse Award as the 2-year-old filly champion. This year at 3, Dreaming of Anna's biggest victory came in her most recent start, when she romped to an explosive victory on turf - her preferred surface - in the Virginia Oaks. Lewis Michael always showed the same versatility and talent, especially when he finished second to Sunriver in last year's Peter Pan Stakes. This year, 4-year-old Lewis Michael added a win in the Washington Park Handicap to his resume.

On Aug. 10, Dreaming of Liz - no relation to Dreaming of Anna or Lewis Michael - won a six-furlong maiden race by seven lengths despite stumbling at the start. She rushed up to get the lead shortly after the break and opened up on the field. Dreaming of Liz, bred and owned by Calabrese and trained by Catalano, is the latest budding star for the successful team. Dreaming of Liz was making just the second start of her career after finishing fourth in her debut on July 13. By El Prado, Dreaming of Liz is out of Silver Maiden (Silver Buck), winner of the Frizette Stakes and Arlington-Washington Lassie.

* The following day, George's Cigar, a 2-year-old colt by E Dubai, won a six-furlong maiden race by 5 1/2 lengths in his career debut. E Dubai, like most sons of Mr. Prospector, is a speed influence, and George's Cigar gets additional speed from his damsire, Holy Bull. Despite a pedigree loaded with speed, George's Cigar returned $17.

Del Mar

Tasha's Miracle won the Sorrento Stakes on Aug. 8, and the 2-year-old filly is from the first crop of Harlan's Holiday (Harlan), a multiple stakes winner of more than $3 million. Tasha's Miracle defeated Set Play, a filly from the first crop of Van Nistelrooy (Storm Cat), and Set Play's second dam is a half-sister to stakes winner With a Twist.


E Dubai had another 2-year-old winner on Aug. 10 when Free Dubai won a one-mile maiden race by 12 lengths as the 5-2 second choice in the small field of four. Free Dubai is out of the Proud Truth mare Guillotine, who won the Hilltop Stakes and also finished third in the Maryland Million Oaks.