08/16/2005 12:00AM

Mid-season report card for freshman sires


LAS VEGAS - With the 2-year-olds out in force from coast to coast, nine freshman sires merit an "A" on their mid-season report cards. Four others are noteworthy enough to deserve a "B."

Grade A sires

* Songandaprayer: His offspring are showing the brilliant speed that characterized their sire and tail-male grandsire, Unbridled's Song. From 12 starters, he has 5 winners, including undefeated two-time stakes winner What a Song, as well as He's Got Grit, Praying for Cash, Stolen Prayer, and Golden Silk.

* City Zip: With 7 winners from 18 starters, City Zip is getting exactly the type of runner that was expected from a son of superior speed influence Carson City - precocious and quick babies. Although he now resides in Kentucky, City Zip's first crop of foals are New York-breds but many have won in open company. His winners are stakes-placed With a City, Caught Inthe Zip, Metro Meteor, Zippy Missy, Little Miss Zip, Angianna, and Love Potion Zip.

* Tiznow: Two-time winner of the Breeders' Cup Classic, Tiznow was a late-season development during his 3-year-old year, so it is somewhat of a surprise that his babies have been so forward. Of course, Tiznow's sire, Cee's Tizzy, has long been a reliable source of speed. But Tiznow was bred to mares of classic quality, such as Contrive, the dam of Adirondack Stakes winner Folklore, who also finished second in the Astoria Stakes. Contrive is from the same female family that produced Smarty Jones. Tiznow has 3 winners from 9 starters. In addition to Folklore, they are Baur Au Lac, winner on grass at Belmont Park of his only start, and Enforcement, an impressive winner at Del Mar.

* Forest Camp: He was best at age 2, and his babies have also come out running. He is the sire of 7 winners from 11 starters, led by stakes-placed runners The Pharaoh and Hello Liberty. His other winners are Seiun Hanks, Vivaldi Girl, Air Ace, Winning Toast, and Forest Chapel.

* El Corredor: A half-brother to Roman Ruler, he is the sire of 5 winners from 14 starters, led by Astoria Stakes winner Adieu, who had a rough trip finishing fourth in the Adirondack Stakes. His other winners include Caleb Pond, Baltrum, El Viento, and Madison North.

* Trippi: A son of former leading freshman sire End Sweep, he is the sire of 6 winners from 15 starters, including Blissful Trip, runner-up in the Fashion Stakes. His other winners are Trippi Appeal, Triplethepleasure, A Sea Trippi, It's Trippi, and Lucky Veranda.

* Five Star Day: Like City Zip, Five Star Day is a son of the late high-speed influence Carson City. From just 6 starters, Five Star Day has the best percentage of all freshman sires with 5 winners. Three are stakes performers. Five Star Holding was second in the Three Chimneys Juvenile, Fifty Seven Flat was third in the Victoria Stakes, and Dance Daily was fourth in the Debutante Stakes. His other winners are Two Star Day and Dancing Baci.

* Delaware Township: A son of sprint influence Notebook, Delaware Township has sired 3 winners from 15 starters, but at least seven others have finished second, third, or fourth in their first or second start. His top runner is Lizzy's Township, winner of last Sunday's Mountaineer Juvenile Fillies Stakes.

* B L's Appeal: A son of the late speed influence Valid Appeal, B L's Appeal has sired 6 winners from 11 starters, including B L's a Runner, second in Dr. Fager division of the Florida Stallion Series.

Grade B sires

* Black Minnaloushe: Unbeaten at 2, Black Minnaloushe was a dual Group 1 winner at 3 in Europe. He is a son of Storm Cat out of a classy Green Dancer mare, so his offspring are bred primarily for turf and have been at a disadvantage running on dirt in this country. He is the sire of 5 winners from 21 starters, but will probably have many more winners once they switch to grass. His leading 2-year-old is Black Charmer, who was third in the July Stakes and Vintage Stakes, both Group 2 events in Ireland.

* Put It Back: By high-speed influence Honour and Glory, Put It Back was a stakes-winning sprinter. His lone winner from six starters is In Summation, winner of the Birdonthewire Stakes and the Dr. Fager division of the Florida Stallion Series. Two others, Return Trick and Dormy Lake, have placed.

* Monarchos: This Kentucky Derby winner is the sire of 2 winners from 6 starters. One of his winners is Fifth Avenue, winner of the Fashion Stakes and an unlucky second in the Adirondack Stakes. While some of his runners have shown early development, they should be much more effective next year at 3 when they mature and stretch out in distance. His sire line (Maria's Mon-Wavering Monarch-Majestic Light) also suggests they will offer great value on grass.

* Exchange Rate: A son of Danzig, Exchange Rate has 5 winners from 10 starters, and Swap Fliparoo is his leading earner. His runners have speed, and should be better suited to turf. In addition to strong grass influence Danzig, the sires of his first three dams are Seeking the Gold, Spectacular Bid, and Nijinsky II.