01/26/2007 12:00AM

Mineshaft will quickly make an impact


LAS VEGAS - This is part 4 of an alphabetical preview of the 2007 freshman sires and how to bet their offspring. The stallions are followed by their pedigree, 2007 stud fee, and state where they are based.

Macabe (Gone West-Laguna Sec, by Seattle Slew); stands for $1,250 in Louisiana. Macabe was twice stakes-placed on turf, and his 2-year-olds should do well in Louisiana-bred races on dirt and especially over wet tracks and when they get on grass.

Macho Uno (Holy Bull-Primal Force, by Blushing Groom); stands for $12,500 in Florida. A forgotten champion, Macho Uno has every right to be a formidable stallion. Winner of the Breeders' Cup Juvenile over Point Given and Street Cry, he won the Pennsylvania Derby in an abbreviated season at 3 and won the Massachusetts Handicap at 4. A half-brother to leading stallion Awesome Again, I have named Macho Uno a major hidden turf sire because of his HT2 (grass on top and bottom) pedigree. While he achieved success on dirt, his sire, Holy Bull, is a superior sire of turf runners as is Macho Uno's damsire, the European miler and influential stallion Blushing Groom. While his runners should have speed on all surfaces, they will be particularly effective on grass.

Mayakovsky (Matty G.-Joy to Raise, by Raise a Man); stands for $3,000 in New York. Inheriting high speed from both his sire and damsire, Mayakovsky won the Gotham Stakes and finished second in the Hopeful Stakes. His offspring should come out blazing at 2, and they should also be played on turf.

Milwaukee Brew (Wild Again-Ask Anita, by Wolf Power); stands for $10,000 in Florida. Unraced at 2, Milwaukee Brew won the Ohio Derby at 3 and blossomed as an older horse, winning the Santa Anita Handicap and Californian Stakes. He also was third in the BC Classic (behind Volponi and Medaglia d'Oro), Pacific Classic, and Hollywood Gold Cup at age 5. He scored a repeat victory in the Santa Anita Handicap at 6, defeating Congaree, Kudos, and Pleasantly Perfect. His runners should not be a force at 2 but could develop at 3 and 4.

Mineshaft (A.P. Indy-Prospectors Delite, by Mr. Prospector); stands for $100,000 in Kentucky. One of this year's glamour freshman sires, Mineshaft was the Horse of the Year and champion older male at 4 in 2003. His performance on the track, along with his outstanding pedigree, attracted a first book of quality mares, and his 2-year-olds could have an immediate impact, especially in late-season races where they have a chance to race beyond one mile. Mostly bred for the classics, they should blossom into serious racehorses at 3.

Morluc (Housebuster-Flashing Eyes, by Time to Explode); stands for $3,500 in Kentucky. A winner of 11 of 40 starts, he won five stakes and was second in six stakes. By champion sprinter and speed influence Housebuster, Morluc's speciality was turf sprints, and while his offspring will have speed on dirt, watch them succeed on turf up to 1 1/16 miles.

Mr. John (Golden Gear-Come on Texas, by Apalachee); stands for $1,000 in Louisiana. Winner of the Prairie Meadows Cornhusker BC Handicap and second in the Gotham Stakes, Mr. John is a half-brother to the very quick Texas Glitter, and his foals should have good speed. With Golden Gear, Gulch, Apalachee, and Round Table up close in his pedigree, his runners could light up the tote board if they show up on turf.

Najran (Runaway Groom-Line Command, by Capote); stands for $7,500 in Kentucky. Although Najran was unplaced in his only start at 2, watch for his babies to fire from the get-go. Blessed with unusual speed, he won the Westchester Handicap, running the mile in 1:32.24, and won the Phoenix BC Stakes, running six furlongs in 1:08.32.

No Armistice(Unbridled-Ataentsic, by Hold Your Peace); stands for $3,000 in Maryland. He may not be Unbridled's most familiar son at stud, but stakes-placed No Armistice had talent and was second to Kona Gold in the Los Angeles Handicap. He also finished third in the Aristides Handicap to Orientate and third in the El Conejo Handicap to Kona Gold. His runners should be good juveniles and have the pedigrees to excel at 3.

Ommadon (Grindstone-Missymooiloveyou, by Turkoman); stands for $1,000 in New York. Winner of the Nashua and second in the Remsen Stakes as a juvenile, Ommadon never realized the potential that he displayed at 2. But he showed enough to warrant a chance at stud, and his pedigree suggests he should get win-early 2-year-olds that could provide some big prices in New York-bred races.