03/08/2002 1:00AM

Maryland: Disco Rico and Our Emblem

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Some familiar names were atop Maryland's sire lists in 2001, giving this year's newcomers something to shoot for.

The state's leading stallion of 2001, Allen's Prospect, ranked first in the nation by number of winners and among the top 15 in money won, and was the sire of 10 stakes winners. The state's leading juvenile sire, Two Punch, had a $675,000 2-year-old sales horse (Heavyweight Champ) and four juveniles ranked on the Experimental Free Handicap, tied for the most of any stallion on the list. Not for Love sired two graded stakes winners (Duckhorn and Touch Love). And Polish Numbers was represented by two Maryland-bred champions (One Eyed Joker and Sparkling Number).

This year's new additions to Maryland's sire ranks rival the quality of stallions in recent years. Seven new stallions have made their way to Maryland, and six are either standing their first season or have fewer than three crops of racing age.

The most recognizable name to Marylanders is the statebred champion Disco Rico, who stands his first season at Murmur Farm in Darlington. A sharp-looking bay son of top Maryland sire Citidancer, Disco Rico recently was named Maryland-bred champion sprinter of 2001.

A 5-year-old, he was retired late last year after sustaining a condylar fracture of the left foreleg; the injury was believed to have happened as he was cruising to victory in Laurel Park's Lite the Fuse Stakes in October.

Disco Rico was one of the most electrifying runners to compete in the region in recent years. Earning a reputation as one of the fastest horses in the country out of the gate, he routinely posted opening quarter-mile fractions of 22 seconds or less. He won or placed in 15 of his 17 starts, and captured seven stakes races, including the Grade 3 Maryland Breeders'Cup Handicap and Grade 3 Jersey Shore Breeders' Cup Stakes. All nine of his victories were at 6 1/2 furlongs or less. Disco Rico earned $532,244.

The first foal out of the stakes-placed mare Round It Off (by Apalachee), Disco Rico descends from Maryland broodmare of the year Turn Capp. His second dam, Capp It Off, won stakes and produced multiple graded winner Miss Slewpy. Turn Capp, his third dam, is also in the pedigree of Eclipse Award-winning sprinter Smoke Glacken, one of the leading freshman sires of 2001.

The property of Joe and Alfred DiRico, Disco Rico stands his first season for $4,000 live foal.

Allen and Audrey Murray weren't actively searching for new stallions to stand at Murmur Farm in 2002, but they now stand another promising young horse in Our Emblem.

An impeccably bred 11-year-old son of Mr. Prospector, out of undefeated champion and broodmare of the year Personal Ensign, Our Emblem stood previously at Claiborne Farm in Kentucky. His stud fee is $4,000 live foal.

Graded stakes placed eight times, Our Emblem earned $366,013. Among his stakes efforts were a second-place finish in the Grade 1 Carter Handicap and thirds in the Grade 1 Metropolitan Handicap and Grade 1 Vosburgh Stakes.

Our Emblem displayed more speed than the majority of Personal Ensign's foals. She is also the dam of Breeders' Cup Juvenile winner My Flag, Grade 1 Jockey Club Gold Cup winner Miner's Mark, and Grade 1 Oaklawn Handicap winner Traditionally.

Our Emblem has progeny earnings of more than $1 million from his first two crops, and is the sire of up-and-coming 3-year-old Private Emblem, whose two most recent starts resulted in stakes victories, including the Southwest Stakes on March 2 at Oaklawn. In six starts, Private Emblem has three wins, two seconds, and a third, and earnings of $159,300.

Shamrock Farms in Woodbine stands two new stallions this season - established sire Eastern Echo and first-year stallion Jazz Club. Both come to Maryland from Lane's End Farm, which maintains an interest in Jazz Club.

Eastern Echo, one of the top juveniles of 1990, was undefeated in three starts before injury forced his retirement. He won the Grade 1 Futurity Stakes in his final start. A son of Damascus out of Paul Mellon's graded stakes winner Wild Applause, Eastern Echo entered stud at Lane's End in 1991.

The sire of 14 stakes winners, Eastern Echo has progeny earnings in excess of $13.5 million. His leading earner is Grade 1 winner Swiss Yodeler ($761,442, won Grade 1 Hollywood Futurity); other top runners include $608,714-earner Western Echo and group winner Kentucky by Eight.

Eastern Echo is a half-brother to graded stakes winners and sires Roar and Blare of Trumpets. His second dam is broodmare of the year Glowing Tribute, who also produced Kentucky Derby winner Sea Hero, Wild Applause's Grade 1-winning full brother Hero's Honor (both are by Northern Dancer), as well as graded stakes winners Glowing Honor, Coronation Cup, and Mackie.

The property of a syndicate, 14-year-old Eastern Echo stands for $3,000 live foal.

Jazz Club, a graded stakes-winning son of Dixieland Band, stands for $3,500 as the property of Lane's End Farm and Litz Bloodstock.

A winner at 2 in England, Jazz Club was brought to the U.S. at 3 and won his first two starts, both turf allowances. The following year he was switched to the main track and won four stakes, including the Grade 3 Creme Fraiche Handicap and the Ben Ali Stakes. His stakes placings included a second (by a head to Pleasant Breeze) in the Grade 2 Meadowlands Cup and a third in Woodbine's Grade 3 Eclipse Handicap. From 22 starts, he won eight races, placed four times, and earned $417,687.

Jazz Club is out of Mr. Prospector's daughter Hidden Garden, who also produced stakes winner Garden Spot. His second dam is The Garden Club, whose offspring include graded winner Nostalgia and Grade 2 Delaware Oaks winner and top producer Up the Flagpole. Notable performers in the family include champion Flagbird, Grade 1 Alabama Stakes winner Runup the Colors, Grade 1 winners Prospectors Delite and Tomisue's Delight, and champion Temperence Oaks.

Following on the success of Meadow Monster, who moved to Green Willow Farms a year ago, Ron and Carolyn Green offer another top sprinter, Appealing Skier, for 2002. The 9-year-old Appealing Skier, who stands for $3,500 live foal, previously stood in Florida.

Appealing Skier and Meadow Monster each topped Maryland's freshman sires in different categories last year - Meadow Monster in money won and Appealing Skier by number of winners, nine, one more than Meadow Monster.

A son of Baldski out of Jealous Appeal (by Valid Appeal), Appealing Skier earned $579,610 from 26 starts. His top efforts included scores in three Grade 2 races: the Kentucky Cup Sprint (six furlongs in 1:08.20), Withers Stakes, and Hutcheson Stakes. He also set a six-furlong track record at Colonial Downs.

Appealing Skier is a full brother to $651,795-earner Miss Jealski, and a half-brother to Vosburgh Stakes winner Trippi and Jealous Forum, who won a stakes last year at 2.

Two regally bred stallions stand their first season this year: Mojave Moon and Dumyat.

Bonita Farm is home to Mojave Moon, a 6-year-old son of Mr. Prospector out of European champion and classic winner East of the Moon. Second in Keeneland's Grade 3 Fayette Breeders' Cup Stakes and third in the Grade 2 Californian Stakes at Hollywood Park, Mojave Moon is one of dozens of graded stakes horses from his distinguished family.

East of the Moon, a daughter of Private Account, has also produced French Group 3 winner Moon Driver. Mojave Moon's second dam is Miesque, a champion in three countries and the first horse to take consecutive runnings of a Breeders' Cup race when she won the Mile in 1987 and 1988.

Miesque's excellence continued in the breeding shed; in addition to East of the Moon, she produced classic winner and leading sire Kingmambo, group winner Miesque's Son, and stakes winner Moon Is Up.

Mojave Moon retired after making eight starts. He won two races and earned $135,180. He stands for $7,500 live foal as the property of a syndicate.

William Rickman purchased Dumyat, a half-brother to multiple Grade 1-winning millionaire Aptitude, to stand at his William's Grove Farm in Chesapeake City. Dumyat stands for $2,000.

By Rahy out of Dokki, by Northern Dancer, Dumyat is also a half-brother to Sleep Easy, winner of the Grade 1 Hollywood Oaks. His second dam is Alluvial, dam of champion Slew of Gold and classic winner Coastal.