07/15/2007 11:00PM

Milwaukee Brew gets first winner - on turf



Freshman sire Milwaukee Brew got his first winner July 4 when Dicey D J, a first-time starter out of the Mt. Livermore mare Dr. Nunn, won a six-furlong maiden race on turf for 2-year-old fillies. Milwaukee Brew was an example of a horse blossoming beyond age 3. He won back-to-back renewals of the Santa Anita Handicap at 5 and 6, and with his solid turf pedigree (by Wild Again with Wolf Power and Val de l'Orne), his first crop was expected to do well on grass.

* Phantom Income made her career debut a memorable one, easily disposing of four rivals by 10 1/4 lengths in a 5 1/2-furlong maiden race on July 6. By speed influence Montbrook, the 2-year-old filly is out of the Silver Ghost mare Catch the Ghost, a half-sister to Horse of the Year Ghostzapper and stakes-winning sprinter and sire City Zip. Bred to be precocious at 2, Phantom Income is headed for either the Schuylerville or Adirondack Stakes at Saratoga for trainer Rick Violette.

* Barclay Tagg also had a sizzling first-out juvenile winner July 7 when Tale of Ekati romped to an 8 1/4-length victory at 5 1/2 furlongs. Tale of Ekati is by Tale of the Cat and is out of the Sunday Silence mare Silence Beauty, a half-sister to champion Sky Beauty and the unraced Our Country Place, the dam of Breeders' Cup Distaff winner Pleasant Home, stakes winner Country Hideaway, and Matlacha Pass, who is the dam of Pine Island.

* Unbridled's Song, who gets winners on all surfaces and is a strong hidden turf (HT) sire, got another grass winner on July 8 when Wild Hoots, a 3-year-old full sister to Wood Memorial Stakes winner Buddha, won a 1 1/16-mile maiden race. Wild Hoots is actually an HT2, getting additional turf breeding from her damsire, Storm Cat.


Sheets, who won the Azalea Breeders' Cup Handicap on the Summit of Speed undercard on July 7, descends from Hot N Nasty (by Reflected Glory), a multiple stakes winner who had blazing speed. Hot N Nasty was the only filly to give Ruffian a tussle at age 2 when she dueled with the great filly for a half-mile before giving in and finishing second in the Sorority Stakes. Sheets is by the Storm Cat stallion Scatmandu (a full brother to stakes winner November Snow) and out of the Relaunch mare One Hot Minute. Her second dam is Hot Love, who is by What a Pleasure out of Hot N Nasty.

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Look for Pyro at Saratoga. A 2-year-old colt by Pulpit, Pyro rallied smartly to run down Luvandgo to win a six-furlong maiden race in a swift 1:09.60 on July 7. Pyro gets high speed from his female family. He is out of Wild Vision, a Wild Again mare who is a full sister to stakes winner Wild Wonder. His second dam, Carol's Wonder, is a stakes-placed half-sister to Olympio, Call Now, Dana Nicole (dam of Bien Nicole), Bistra (dam of Early Flyer and Fun House), Your Call, and Christmas Star (dam of Cuvee).

* Ken McPeek unveiled A to the Croft, a 2-year-old filly by Menifee, to win a six-furlong maiden race on July 8. A to the Croft is out of the Devil's Bag mare Heart Warmer, who descends from the foundation mare Exclusive, the dam of five stakes winners, including Exclusive Native (sire of Kentucky Derby winners Affirmed and Genuine Risk), Exclusive Dancer, Exclusive Nashua, Mellow Marsh, Irvkup, and Charvak, A to the Croft's third dam.

Finishing second to A to the Croft was Mims Eppi, a filly from the first crop of Cactus Ridge out of the Spectacular Bid mare Mims Bid. Cactus Ridge was undefeated at age 2, the only year he raced. In addition to his maiden victory, he won three stakes races and his offspring are displaying the same precocious speed. Mims Eppi's second dam is 3-year-old filly champion Our Mims, a half-sister to Alydar.


Salute the Sarge, who won his maiden debut on June 3, won the Hollywood Juvenile Championship in just his second start on July 4. The son of Forest Wildcat out of the Silver Ghost mare Dixie Ghost is a half-brother to Chelokee, winner of the Northern Dancer Breeders' Cup Stakes and Barbaro Stakes this year. Salute the Sarge just got up to defeat Leonides by a nose, with Whatever Whenever finishing third. Leonides is by stakes-winning sprinter-miler Richter Scale, and Whatever Whenever is by Delaware Township and his third dam is a full sister to 1969 Kentucky Derby and Preakness winner Majestic Prince.

* Richard Mandella has another good-looking 2-year-old filly from the family of Phone Chatter, Mandella's 1993 2-year-old filly champion. Dixie Chatter, by Dixie Union (whom Mandella trained to win the Best Pal, Norfolk, and Hollywood Juvenile Championship) won a 5 1/2-furlong maiden race on July 7 at nearly 6-1. Dixie Chatter is out of the Deputy Minister mare Mini Chat, a daughter of Phone Chatter.


Bold Child won a five-furlong maiden race by 5 1/4 lengths and is the first winner from the first crop of Flatter, a son of A.P. Indy and a full brother to stakes winner Congrats. Stakes-placed Flatter is out of the Mr. Prospector mare Praise and is a half-sister to stakes winners Blare of Trumpets, Eastern Echo, Roar, and Yell. Bold Child, out of the Housebuster mare Protect the Child, is bred to be quick at 2.