10/15/2007 12:00AM

Mineshaft, Macho Uno building momentum

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Like with freshman sire Empire Maker, the first crop of babies by Horse of the Year Mineshaft were not expected to be early maturing runners and they are just beginning to assert themselves. On Oct. 6, American Asset, a 2-year-old Mineshaft filly out of the stakes-winning Valid Appeal mare Miz United States, won a seven-furlong maiden race by 7 3/4 lengths at 6-1.

Macho Uno, a champion at 2, is also a freshman sire whose offspring are beginning to catch fire. His son Wicked Style, undefeated winner of the Arlington-Washington Futurity and Breeders' Futurity, is among the likely favorites for the Breeders' Cup Juvenile. On Oct. 6, Macho Uno had two winners at different tracks. At Calder, Macho Grande ($8.60), a 2-year-old colt out of the State Dinner mare Nanie's Dinner, won a seven-furlong maiden race, and at Hawthorne, I's the Boy ($5.40), a 2-year-old colt out of the Smoke Glacken mare Fourth Daughter, won a six-furlong maiden race.

* Unlimited Dreams won a 5 1/2-furlong maiden race by 2o1/4 lengths on Oct. 6, and the Montbrook colt is bred for speed top and bottom. In addition to his sire being a source of speed, his damsire is speed influence Valid Appeal. More importantly, Unlimited Dreams is an RF (Rasmussen Factor) as he is inbred 4x4 to Old Bess, the fourth dam of Montbrook and also the fourth dam of Unlimited Pleasure, the dam of Unlimited Dreams. Inbreeding to Old Bess produced stakes winner Outofthebox.

Belmont

After finishing sixth and last on the dirt in his last effort, Bujagali looked like a different animal winning a seven-furlong maiden race on the turf by 6 1/4 lengths on Oct. 3 at Belmont Park, skipping over a hard grass course and leading every step of the way at 6-1. His sire, Johannesburg, won the Breeders' Cup Juvenile on dirt, but also won six races on turf, three of them Group 1 races in England, Ireland, and France. While Johannesburg's runners win on all surfaces, they are especially effective on turf. Bujagali actually has a T2 (turf from his sire and damsire) pedigree, as his damsire is Riverman. Bujagali's dam, River Melody, is a half-sister to Irish Derby winner Zagreb (by Theatrical).

* Grand Slam, who was a top-class miler by speed influence Gone West, had back-to-back juvenile winners Oct. 6. Grand Minstrel, a 2-year-old colt out of the stakes-winning Pleasant Colony mare Colonial Minstrel, won a six-furlong maiden race for Jimmy Jerkens, and he was followed by Moral Compass, a 2-year-old colt out of the Well Decorated mare Affair With Aflair. Moral Compass's second dam, Buzzovertomyhouse, is a full sister to Spinaway Stakes winner Buzz My Bell, the dam of 1996 Kentucky Derby winner Grindstone.

Keeneland

Ginger Bay won a six-furlong maiden race at 7-1. The 3-year-old filly by Golden Missile is from a special C.V. Whitney female family. Out of the Silver Deputy mare Prior Park, her fourth dam is Silver Spoon, a champion at 3 who defeated males in the Santa Anita Derby.

* A.P. Indy had back-to-back winners on Oct. 7 when Equitable and Highway Patrol won the fifth and sixth races. Equitable, who won a 1 1/8-mile allowance on turf, is a 3-year-old colt out of the Gone West mare Equilibrate, also the dam of Tampa Bay Derby winner Equality. Equilibrate is a half-sister to Canadian Horse of the Year Peaks and Valleys as well as stakes winner Alternate. Highway Patrol won a 6 1/2-furlong maiden race in his first start and is a 3-year-old colt out of champion Flanders (Seeking the Gold), making him a three-quarter brother to champion Surfside (Seattle Slew).

Laurel

Crescentandwillard ($13.20), a 4-year-old by the very hot Smart Strike (sire of Curlin, English Channel, and Fabulous Strike), won his belated first start on Oct. 4, capturing a six-furlong maiden race. Crescentandwillard is out of the Storm Bird mare Beach Bunny and his third dam is Tiffany Tam, the dam of Canadian champion Regal Intention as well as Canadian Oaks winner Tiffany's Secret. Crescentandwillard's fourth dam is stakes winner Loudrangle, who was the 1986 Canadian Broodmare of the Year who produced Ruling Angel, Canadian Horse of the Year and champion 2-year-old filly; Tilt My Halo, a champion 3-year-old filly; Dancing With Wings; and No Louder.

Meadowlands

Smart Strike had another winner on Oct. 3 when Striking Tomisue ($19.80), a 3-year-old filly out of the Belong to Me mare Avenging Tomisue, won a 1 1/16-mile allowance by 5o1/4 lengths. Striking Tomisue has a powerful pedigree and could develop into a nice 4-year-old filly next year for Nick Zito. Striking Tomisue is out of stakes winner Tomisues Indy (A.P. Indy), a half-sister to champion sprinter-miler Aldebaran (Mr. Prospector), stakes-winning turf miler Good Journey, and stakes winner Sea of Showers.

Oak Tree at Santa Anita

Steelin' ($36.20) won a starter allowance at 6 1/2 furlongs on the turf on Oct. 7. The 3-year-old colt is by the versatile sire Orientate (Mt. Livermore), a champion sprinter who gets winners on all surfaces. Steelin' is out of the Carson City mare Steel Band, a full sister to Grade 1 winner City Band. Steelin's second dam is stakes winner Wedding Band.