08/12/2003 11:00PM

Not all Ontario-based sires are equal


2-year-old winners. The following is a guide to how the leading Ontario sires fare with their juveniles.

Alydeed: His first Ontario-sired crop debuted this year, and it includes a stakes-placed winner. Alydeed won the Victoria Stakes in his lone juvenile start, and has produced Canadian champion 2-year-old filly Primaly, but many of his offspring matured at 3 and 4, such as Grade 1 Santa Anita Oaks winner Hedonist, and stakes winners Torrid Affair and A La Reine. An average first-out sire, Alydeed should become a dominant force in the Ontario-sired ranks in the years to come, although his offspring might not be very precocious.

Ascot Knight: His offspring prefer grass and longer distances. They rarely win at first crack, and are generally late bloomers, such as champion older female Pennyhill Park and Grade 2 Molly Pitcher Handicap winner Hey Hazel.

Bold Executive: He was an early blooming 2-year-old, and has passed that trait on to many of his offspring, such as stakes winners Streakin Rob, Cocney Lass, and Bold Mist. His progeny win at a high 19 percent clip first time out, and are often loaded with speed. Many of them succeed in grass sprints.

Bold n' Flashy: Like Bold Executive, he is a son of Bold Ruckus, and although he showed speed on the track, he made his mark from 3 to 6 on turf, where some of his offspring excel. He has produced juvenile stakes winners Crumpet and Miss Crissy, along with a host of stakes performers who peaked from 3 to 4. His progeny win at an above-average rate first time out.

Compadre: A long-winded turf specialist, he has sired a surprisingly high percentage of debut winners, and recently had his first stakes winner, 2-year-old La Grande Mamma. His offspring are capable of running short or long, on dirt and turf.

Dr. Adagio: He sired a pair of juvenile stakes winners in 1998, but hasn't come close to duplicating that feat in his last few crops. He gets mainly sprinters, and his first-out percentage is below average.

Highland Ruckus: A full brother to Bold Executive, he won 5 of 7 starts at 2, including four stakes races. He has sired numerous early developers, including juvenile champion Highland Legacy, and other stakes winners Ruby Shoes, Highland Vixen, and C D Ruckus. He has a high mark with first-out winners.

Kiridashi: Another son of Bold Ruckus, he was stakes placed at 2 and then made a name for himself over middle distances on dirt and turf from 3 to 6. He was the leading freshman sire in Canada last year, although he didn't have much competition in that category. He has sired a pair of juvenile stakes winners - Stormthebarricade and Snake Pit.

Tejabo: He has sired late-maturing stakes winners T J's Lucky Moon, Except for Wanda, and Nothing Special. A son of Deputy Minister, he had two juvenile stakes winners in 2002 - Santerra and Timeform - who have both petered out this year. He has a low mark with first-timers, and his offspring generally do better with racing experience.

Tethra: A rapid multiple stakes winner at 2 and 3, he has evolved into a surprisingly versatile sire. Among his progeny are 2-year-old stakes winners Mighty Quinn, Biddy's Lad, and Parisia. He is slightly above average with first-start winners.

War Deputy: He was last year's leading sire in Canada by earnings, and his progeny tend to develop at 3 and beyond, such as stakes winners Forever Grand and Spanish Decree. He has a low mark with first-timers and the average win distance of his offspring is just under seven furlongs.

Whiskey Wisdom: Runners from his first crop are 4-year-olds, and he has sired several 2-year-old stakes performers. He had a 2-year-old debut winner last Saturday, but he has a below-average mark with first-timers. His offspring are likely to blossom when they get older, as he did.

The following is a list of Woodbine's leading 2-year-old trainers in terms of win percentage, with at least 25 starters since the beginning of 2002.

Reade Baker112938
Bob Tiller103528.5
Jake Nemett72528
Abraham Katryan114425
Vito Armata83324
Sid Attard114624
Mike Keogh62623
John Ross83920.5
Josie Carroll94719
Malcolm Pierce52818
Mac Benson63716
Roger Attfield959 15
Paul Buttigieg53315
Dave Cotey962 14.5
Mark Casse2719214
Norm McKnight75014