01/15/2002 1:00AM

Meet Mr. Prospector's final crop


LAS VEGAS - Mr. Prospector died in 1999 at age 29, and while most stallions are retired from stud long before that age, Mr. Prospector was still going. His last crop of foals, born in 2000, race this year.

Speed is a coveted trait in a stallion, and Mr. Prospector had it in spades. He was by the 1963 2-year-old champion Raise a Native, a flashy son of Native Dancer who was undefeated in only four career starts. Raise a Native, from the same crop as Northern Dancer, rose to the top of the stallion ranks with such notable sons as Majestic Prince and Alydar. Mr. Prospector, from same crop as Secretariat, may have been Raise a Native's fastest offspring. As a 3-year-old, Mr. Prospector set a six-furlong track record at Gulfstream Park (1:07.80), and at 4, he set a six-furlong track record at Garden State Park (1:08.60) in the Whirlaway Handicap.

While he was expected to become a good sire of sprinters, Mr. Prospector surprisingly became one of the greatest stallions in history. Although synonymous with speed, many of his runners handled classic distances. His runners won sprinting, routing, on dirt, wet tracks and turf, giving him international appeal.

Mr. Prospector's last crop consists of the following 38 juveniles:

Act of Duty (c. Nuryette, by Nureyev). Half-brother to Northern Afleet and Tap to Music. Sent to Great Britain.

Bannack (c. Classy Cathy, by Private Account). Full brother to Placerville. Dam's siblings include Ms. Margi, Testy Trestle, and Sports View.

Falling Springs (f. Sweetbreads, by Secretariat). Half-sister to Linkatariat. Family of Ruhlmann and Night Invader.

Gold Gilded (f. Shufflin n Seattle, by Seattle Slew). Second dam stakes winner Darby Shuffle.

Golden Symphony (f. Elissa Beethoven, by Royal Academy). Female family produced Hernando, Johann Quatz, Vinista, and Candace in Paris.

Great Discovery (f. Likeable Style, by Nijinsky II). Sent to Japan.

Hushood (c. Princess Mitterand, by Seattle Slew). Dam is a half-sister to French Deputy.

Involvement (c. Ringshaan, by Darshaan). Dam is a half-sister to French listed winner, Special Ring.

Miss Adorable (f. Compassionate, by Housebuster). Dam won Miss Grillo Stakes; fourth dam is fine broodmare and racemare, Straight Deal.

Pelican Island (f. Lady Madonna, by Chief's Crown). Female family produced Theatrical, Paradise Creek, Forbidden Apple, and Startac.

Prospect's Pride (c. Geisha Girl, by Nashwan). Female family produced Flawlessly, Cannonade, and Halo.

Roring Fork (f. Agami, by Nureyev). Female family produced Quiet American, Honour and Glory, Dare and Go, and Ogygian.

Ski Breeze (f. Ski Dancer, by Baldski). Multiple stakes-winning dam won nearly $600,000.

Symbol of Hope (f. Ladies Ballet, by Nijinsky II). Dam is a half-sister to Worldly Manner; family of River Flyer and Victory Ride.

Unnamed (c. Battle Hymn, by Danzig). Dam's siblings include Tricky Creek, Speed Dialer, Parade Ground, Everhope, and Wavering Girl.

Unnamed (f. Birdsong, by Irish River). Renowned female family produced Northern Dancer, Danehill, and Machiavellian.

Unnamed (c. Brave Deed, by Alydeed). Dam second in Test Stakes and third in Acorn Stakes.

Unnamed (f. Classy Mirage, by Storm Bird). Stakes-winning dam is a half-sister to Missy's Mirage; family of Dark Mirage, Indian Skimmer.

Unnamed (f. Confidently, by Storm Cat). Female family produced sire Pirate's Bounty.

Unnamed (c. Crystal Crossing, by Royal Academy). Sent to United Arab Emirates

Unnamed (f. Desert Stormer, by Storm Cat). Three-quarter sister to Sahara Gold; dam won Breeders' Cup Sprint.

Unnamed (c. Destination Mir, by Cherokee Colony). Dam is a half-sister to A Phenomenon; Godolphin $3.8 million yearling.

Unnamed (c. Foreign Aid, by Danzig). Dam is a half-sister to champion Inside Information and stakes winner Educated Risk.

Unnamed (f. Glamorous, by Danzig). Second dam is major stakes winner Gorgeous.

Unnamed (c. Her Temper, by Temperence Hill). Dam won Beaumont Stakes.

Unnamed (c. Housa Dancer, by Fabulous Dancer). Third dam top European racemare Hippodamia. Sent to United Arab Emirates.

Unnamed (c. Irish Izzy, by Full Out). Half-sister to stakes winner Tipically Irish.

Unnamed (f. Mackie, by Summer Squall). Dam is one of seven stakes winners from Glowing Tribute. Sent to Great Britain.

Unnamed (c. Maxzene, by Cozzene). Dam major stakes winner on turf.

Unnamed (c. Oakmead, by Lomond). Dam is a half-sister to Delighter, winner of Grade 1Yellow Ribbon Stakes.

Unnamed (c. Smooth Charmer, by Easy Goer). Dam is a half-sister to Mutakddim; family of champion 2-y-o filly Numbered Account.

Unnamed (c. Stone Flower, by Storm Bird). Female family produced Siphonic, Dixie Dot Com, Carson City, and General Meeting.

Unnamed (c. Sunlit Silence, by Trempolino). Dam is a half-sister to Madame Pandit.

Unnamed (c. Wandering Star, by Red Ransom). Second dam is a half-sister to Silver Hawk.

Unnamed (f. Wicked Mama, by Devil's Bag). Claiborne female family produced Caerleon, Scan, and Vision.

Unnamed (c. Windy Mindy, by Honey Jay). Half-brother to Rob 'n Gin; sent to United Arab Emirates.

Unnamed (f. Yam, by Nureyev). Dam is a daughter of Yellow Ribbon Stakes winner Super Staff.

Unnamed (c. Ziggy's Act, by Danzig). Second dam is Grade 1 Santa Barbara Handicap winner Comedy Act.