08/28/2009 12:00AM

Oasis Dream not just sire of sprinters


NEW YORK - The best European sprinter since Dayjur, Oasis Dream has quickly established himself as one of the world's leading sires with just three crops of racing age. What is remarkable about his early record at stud is that despite being a sprinter he is siring winners of group races at all distances between five furlongs and 1 1/2 miles.

On the racecourse, Oasis Dream was trained by John Gosden for Khalid Abdullah to win three Group 1 races - the six-furlong Middle Park Stakes at 2 and, the following season, the six-furlong July Cup and five-furlong Nunthorpe Stakes, in which he equaled the York track record of 56.20 seconds. A perfectly conformed sprinter, he was found wanting when stepped up in distance in the Breeders' Cup Mile, finishing 10th behind Six Perfections at Santa Anita in 2003.

By the top-class sire of sires Green Desert, Oasis Dream is apparently siring speedy ones through his own prowess. The stamina in his progeny seems to stem from his dam, Hope, a daughter of Dancing Brave and a full sister to Irish Oaks winner Wemyss Bight, along with the help of some long-winded broodmare sires.

His first crop, which made its appearance on the racecourse in 2007, was dominated by his own speed influences. These included juvenile six-furlong, Group 3 Princess Margaret Stakes winner Visit, who at 3 won the seven-furlong Group 3 Oak Tree Stakes and finished fourth in the Breeders' Cup Filly and Mare Turf; five-furlong, Group 2 Cornwallis Stakes winner Captain Gerrard, who would stay a mile in winning the Group 1 St. James's Palace Stakes at 3; and five-furlong, Group 3 Prix d'Arenberg winner Starlit Sands. Oasis Dream's second crop produced a world-record 38 juvenile winners in 2008, among them French 2-year-old champion Naaqoos, the winner of the seven-furlong, Group 1 Prix Jean-Luc Lagardere.

The extraordinary start to his stud career took on a new dimension this year, with four group race winners between 1 1/4 and 1 1/2 miles, all in a 23-day span in the month of August. Midday, out of a Kingmambo mare who is a half-sister to English Oaks winner Reams of Verse, won the 1 1/4-mile Group 1 Nassau Stakes on Aug. 1 after having finished second in the English Oaks and third in the Irish Oaks. Sri Putra, out of an unraced In the Wings half-sister to French Oaks winner Caerlina, won the seven-furlong, Group 3 Solario Stakes at 2 and displayed a knack for middle distances when taking the 1 1/4-mile, Group 2 Prix Guillaume d'Ornano on Aug. 16. Monitor Closely, a half-brother to 1 1/4-mile Eclipse Stakes winner Mount Nelson, upset the 1 1/2-mile, Group 2 Great Voltigeur Stakes on Aug. 18. Adding icing to the cake was Lady Jane Digby. Out of a mare by the stout-hearted Niniski, she landed the 1 1/4-mile, Group 3 Walter Jacobs Stutenpreis at Bremen on Aug. 23.

At the same time, Oasis Dream's 2009 2-year-old crop is his best yet. Arcano has won both the Group 2 July Stakes and the Group 1 Prix Morny, both at six furlongs, while Showcasing has taken the six-furlong, Group 2 Gimcrack Stakes. On the juvenile filly side, Misheer has accounted for the six-furlong, Group 2 Cherry Hinton Stakes. On Friday, another Oasis Dream juvenile, Frozen Power, swept to a two-length tally in the listed seven-furlong Prix de la Huderie at Deauville.

From Aug. 1 to 28, Oasis Dream has sired the winners of seven group race winners between six furlongs and 1 1/2 miles, a record that would be the envy of any stallion in history.

Stateside, we have seen few of Oasis Dream's sons and daughters. The best of them thus far is Tuscan Evening, a filly who as a maiden crossed the line second in the Irish 1000 Guineas only to be disqualified and placed fourth. Sent to Jerry Hollendorfer over the winter, she won the Grade 2 Royal Heroine Mile at Hollywood on July 11. Out of mare by Arc winner Suave Dancer who won going 1 3/4 miles, she may yet prove better at distances beyond a mile.

Inbred 3x4 to Northern Dancer and 5x5 to Never Bend, Oasis Dream stands at Juddmonte Farms' Banstead Manor Stud near Cheveley, England, about four miles south of Newmarket. His fee in 2009 was 30,000 pounds ($48,000). In hindsight, that price looks like quite a bargain.