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Orientate making mark with his 2-year-olds
Johannesburg and Officer are this year's big freshman sires, but there are many other first-crop stallions who are serving notice that they will be a force for years to come, including Orientate, the 2002 champion sprinter. Orientate is the sire of Cash Rich and Welcome Inn, who won allowance races on consecutive days. Cash Rich won a 5 1/2-furlong allowance on Oct. 16 by 2 1/4 lengths as the 1-2 favorite. Cash Rich is a colt out of the Salt Lake mare Investagain, who is a half-sister to stakes winner Investalot. Welcome Inn, a half-sister to European group winner Montgomery's Arch, won a six-furlong allowance by 7 1/4 lengths as the 4-5 favorite. Welcome Inn is a 2-year-old filly out of the Seattle Slew mare Inny River, a half-sister to stakes winners Lotus Pool, Golden Larch, and stakes-placed Honour a Bull and Golden Glen.
* E Dubai is another freshman sire whose juveniles are pointing him out as a serious young source of high speed. E Dubai, a stakes-winning son of Mr. Prospector, had extraordinary speed and, based on his first group of foals, is passing this speed to his offspring. On Oct. 22, Wafi City, a first-time starter by E Dubai out of the Private Account mare My Jody, showed high speed to wire a maiden race at 5 1/2 furlongs, winning by 5 3/4 lengths. My Jody is a product of the royal Darby Dan female family that produced champion Soaring Softly and Plenty of Grace.
Boca Grande won a one-mile maiden race on Oct. 18, and the 2-year-old filly is one to watch next year as she matures. By A.P. Indy, Boca Grande is out of multiple stakes winner Country Hideaway, whose female family has had much success the past few years, topped by Pleasant Home's runaway victory in last year's Breeders' Cup Distaff. Country Hideaway, Pleasant Home, and Matlacha Pass - the dam of Alabama and Gazelle winner Pine Island - are full sisters. By Seeking the Gold, they are out of the unraced Pleasant Colony mare Our Country Place, a daughter of stakes winner, Maplejinsky.
* Dixie Dynamo won a maiden race at 1 1/16 miles on Oct. 20, paying $17.40 despite his stellar pedigree. Ninth in his previous effort on Sept. 27, Dixie Dynamo is by a versatile sire, Dynaformer, who gets winners on all surfaces, and he is out of the stakes-winning Dixieland Band mare, Dixie Flag.
* Curvature won a 1 1/16-mile maiden race for 2-year-olds that was switched from turf to dirt on Oct. 20. He is by Arch, the Super Derby winner who is having a career year at stud. His 2006 stakes winners include Arravale, winner of the Del Mark Oaks and E.P Taylor Stakes, both Grade 1 events, as well as Pine Island, the leading candidate for 3-year-old filly honors. Arch stands at Claiborne Farm and is by Kris S. out of a stakes winner, Aurora. His second dam, Althea, was a champion at 2 and defeated males in the Arkansas Derby. His third dam, Courtly Dee, was 1983 Broodmare of the Year and produced an amazing eight stakes winners.
Curvature is a result of crossing two outstanding female families. In addition to Courtly Dee on the top of his pedigree from Arch, Curvature has Rough Shod II, another exceptional producer, on the bottom of his pedigree through his dam, Liable (Seeking the Gold). Rough Shod II produced 1965 co-Horse of the Year and champion 2-year-old filly, Moccasin; as well as stakes winners Ridan and Lt. Stevens. Another stakes-placed foal, Thong - a full sister to Moccasin - went on to greater glory as a broodmare, producing Special (the dam of Nureyev and second dam of Sadler's Wells).
* Came Home (Gone West) was a multiple stakes winner at 2 and 3, and he is passing on his speed to his offspring. One of this year's many freshman sires who is off to a good start at stud, Came Home is the sire of Hometown Boy, a 2-year-old colt who won a six-furlong maiden race on Oct. 20. Hometown Boy is out of the Storm Cat mare Miss Doolittle, who was third in the Schuylerville Stakes. Miss Doolittle is out of Eliza, 1992 2-year-old champion filly who won that year's Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies.
At Keeneland on Oct. 20, Promisei'llbehome, a first-time starter by Came Home, won a seven-furlong maiden race at 10-1. Promisei'llbehome is out of the Dehere mare Maddie's Promise, a mare from the female line that produced Housebuster.
* Perhaps the biggest overlay of the week was Grand Merger, who won the Maid of the Mist Stakes for 2-year-old fillies bred in New York. Grand Merger, who won her previous race on Sept. 15, also at Belmont, rallied to win by three-quarters of a length at 10-1. Grand Merger is a full sister to stakes winner and sire Stephen Got Even.
* The late Chester House had two stakes winners on grass on consecutive days when Latitude Forty won the Terreavigne Stakes on Oct. 21 followed by a victory by Chestoria in the Miss Grillo Stakes the next day. Chester House won the Arlington Million and was one of five stakes winners from his celebrated dam, Toussaud. Chester House was a half-brother to Empire Maker, Honest Lady, Chiselling, and Decarchy.
Latitude Forty, who returned $14.40, is out of the 21-year-old Buckpoint mare, Planchette, who has been a solid broodmare throughout her career. Planchette comes from Myrtlewood, whose notable descendants include Seattle Slew and Mr. Prospector.
Chestoria also rallied in her Miss Grillo victory, paying $8.50, and is out of the Dixieland Band mare, R D Fille, a half-sister to stakes winner Talloires.
Point Given, who was Horse of the Year as a 3-year-old, is also a hidden turf sire because of the many grass influences in his pedigree. On Oct. 21, his 2-year-old filly, Naseem, finished second in an allowance at 1 1/16 miles on the grass but was placed first on the disqualification of Pretoria Light. Naseem is out of the Seattle Slew mare, Student Wife, a half-sister to Black Tie Affair.
* The young sire Put It Back (Honour and Glory) is, not surprisingly, a source of speed, and he had two winners at Calder on Oct. 21. First, Our Friend Harvey, a 2-year-old colt by Put It Back out of the Out of Place mare Very Laughable, won a six-furlong maiden race by four widening lengths as the 2-1 favorite, and two races later, a first-time starter, Secretsoftheheart, a 2-year-old filly out of the Cutlass (more speed) mare, Sweet Secret, scored an impressive seven-length victory at 10-1.
The Johannesburg juggernaut continues to be the story of this year's freshman sires. On Oct. 22, Teuflesberg, who had been chasing the best 2-year-olds on the East Coast earlier this year, won a maiden race at about seven furlongs. Teuflesberg really has a pedigree geared more for turf than dirt and could realize his full potential on that surface. In addition to Johannesburg (who is a strong grass influence), Teuflesberg is out of a mare by Devil's Bag, who was also a good source of turf. Teuflesberg is an RF (Rasmussen Factor), as he is inbred 5x4 to the very influential broodmare, State. Prominent stakes winners descending from this female line are Johannesburg, Pulpit, Tale of the Cat, Minardi, and Round Table.
Oak Tree at Santa Anita
More Than Ready was a stakes winner on dirt who has become a successful sire, particularly with his grass runners. On Oct. 18, Rush Rush, a 3-year-old gelding making his career debut, won a maiden race at the about distance of 6o1/2 furlongs on the downhill turf at Santa Anita, paying $18.20. Rush Rush is out of the Dixieland Band mare Stars n' Bars, and is another example of the RF, as he is inbred 5x5 to Almahmoud. Rush Rush also descends from the stakes winner Pink Pigeon, the second dam of international stakes winner Golden Pheasant.