12/21/2004 12:00AM

A. P Jet is a result of quality dams


LAS VEGAS - A. P Jet has been having a memorable year, and it's only getting better. Galloping Grocer, a stakes winner by A. P Jet who was 3 for 3 before his game neck defeat to Rockport Harbor in the Remsen Stakes, is not only this year's best New York-bred juvenile, he is one of this year's best juveniles, period. Travelator, a multiple-stakes-winning 4-year-old filly by A. P Jet, recently won Aqueduct's Garland of Roses Handicap.

A. P Jet was a $2 million Keeneland yearling purchase in 1990. By the deceased Fappiano - the sire of such horses as Unbridled, Quiet American, Cryptoclearance, Rubiano, and Tasso - A. P Jet is a full brother to multiple graded stakes winner Tappiano, who won 17 races in her illustrious career, including the Spinaway, Demoiselle, Matron, Barbara Fritchie, Thoroughbred Club of America, Genuine Risk, and Shirley Jones stakes.

A. P Jet's first three dams - Taminette, Tamerett, and Mixed Marriage - were winners but were nothing special on the track. Like so many well-bred fillies who were either unraced or only modest winners as racehorses, however, all three became valuable broodmares, underscoring the fact that well-bred fillies have more residual value for breeding than colts do.

In addition to A. P Jet and Tappiano, Taminette also produced stakes winner My Earl (by Chieftain), who is a stallion in South Africa, as well as stakes-placed Poppiano, a full sister to A. P Jet and Tappiano. Another winning daughter, Amo (Hold Your Peace), is the dam of stakes winner Amos and stakes-placed With Every Wish.

A. P Jet's second dam, Tamerett (Tim Tam), is an example of what is called a blue hen or foundation mare. From eight foals, Tamerett produced six runners, five of whom were prominent stakes winners.

Bred mainly to the speed and turf influence Intentionally and his son In Reality, Tamerett enjoyed great success as a broodmare. Her best foal was Tentam (Intentionally), who was a major stakes winner on dirt and turf. Among his many victories were the United Nations Handicap and Metropolitan Handicap, and he was a game second to Secretariat in the Man o' War Stakes.

Tamerett's son Known Fact (In Reality), a half-brother to Tentam, was a champion miler in England and won the 2000 Guineas, Middle Park Stakes, and Waterford Crystal Mile. Known Fact went on to a successful career as a stallion but will forever be known for his battle with Nureyev in the 2000 Guineas. Nureyev finished first but was disqualified and placed second behind Known Fact.

Tamtent, a full brother to Tentam, had a brief career but won the Tremont Stakes and finished second in the Youthful and third in the Saratoga Special Stakes at 2.

Terete (Boldnesian) won the Cinema Handicap and was second in the 1975 Hollywood Derby behind Intrepid Hero.

Bred to Secretariat, Tamerett foaled Secrettame, who won the Shirley Jones Stakes and finished second in the Gazelle Handicap. Secrettame followed in the footsteps of her female family as a valuable broodmare, producing stakes winner and influential sire Gone West, as well as Gone West's full brother Lion Cavern, also a stakes winner and sire.

Bred to Well Decorated, Tamerett produced the unraced Badge of Courage, who was also more valuable as a broodmare, producing Group 3 winner True Hero. She was also the second dam of Japanese stakes winners Taiki Fortune, Taiki Dia, and Taiki Lion.

A. P Jet's third dam, Mixed Marriage (Tudor Minstrel), was a modest winner in England, and in addition to Tamerett, she produced Atan (Native Dancer), winner of his only race at 2 in 1963. Atan sired just four stakes winners, but one of them, Sharpen Up, became a successful stallion, siring 83 stakes winners, including Pebbles, Diesis, Kris, Trempolino, Sharpo, Sanglamore, and Selkirk.

And then there is the matriarch of this female empire, Persian Maid (Tehran). A. P Jet's fourth dam, Persian Maid was a five-time winner in England, and her most important foal was Book of Verse, the dam of stakes winners Obeah and Targa, as well as Ameriverse. Obeah was a top racemare, winning the Delaware Handicap twice, and produced Dance Spell, Black Powder, Carnivalay, and her best foal, the ill-fated champion Go for Wand. Targa produced stakes winner Mamselle Bebette, and Ameriverse produced stakes winners Fuego Seguro and Garden Verse, the dam of 1986 Metropolitan Handicap winner Garthorn.

Declan's Moon: Inbred for success

With his victory in the Hollywood Futurity last Saturday, Declan's Moon will likely be voted this year's juvenile champion. The mating between his sire, Malibu Moon, and his dam, Vee Vee Star, created the Rasmussen Factor, a pedigree pattern that occurs when there is inbreeding to a superior female within five generations through different individuals.

Declan's Moon is inbred 5x4 to Somethingroyal, the dam of stakes winners Secretariat (Bold Ruler), Sir Gaylord (Turn-to), Syrian Sea (Bold Ruler), and First Family (First Landing), and stakes-placed Somethingfabulous (Northern Dancer).

Inbreeding to Somethingroyal has already resulted in more than two dozen stakes winners, including Kentucky Derby winner Charismatic, prominent stallion Elusive Quality (sire of Smarty Jones), Breeders' Cup Turf winner and young sire Johar, and the remarkable broodmare Weekend Surprise, all of whom have the Secretariat-Sir Gaylord cross. Declan's Moon has the Secretariat-Somethingfabulous cross.