07/03/2006 11:00PM

Passing on his best trait

Holy Bull won championship status because of his success racing on dirt, but the turf influences in his pedigree are evident, as his offspring are thriving in turf races.


Yes It's True (by Is It True) was a multiple stakes winner at age 2 and 3, and has become a dependable sire of first-out winners since his first crop hit the races a few years ago. Blessed with high speed, his offspring are precocious and win their first or second starts at an amazing clip. On June 24, You Asked, a 2-year-old filly making her debut against some well-regarded juvenile fillies, showed the customary speed of her sire to win a five-furlong maiden race, paying $13.60.

You Asked has a female family of the highest quality. Her second dam, Steel Maiden (Damascus), is a three-quarter-sister to Private Terms (by Private Account, a son of Damascus), and her third dam, Laughter (Bold Ruler), is a three-quarter-sister to Ruffian (by Reviewer, a son of Bold Ruler). Fusaichi Pegasus, Pine Bluff, and Demons Begone all descend from this important female line.

You Asked is the latest example of the RF (Rasmussen Factor), as she is inbred 5x4 to the superior producer Shenanigans, through that mare's son Icecapade and daughter Laughter. (Shenanigans also produced the immortal Ruffian.)


Fairbanks won a 1 1/16-mile maiden race on June 21. A 3-year-old colt by Giant's Causeway, Fairbanks is out of the Time for a Change mare Alaska Queen, making him a half-brother to Keats, winner of the Lexington Stakes. Alaska Queen is a half-sister to a stakes-winning sire, Darn That Alarm, and Strong Performance.

* Giant's Causeway had another winner on the June 21 card when Win McCool won a 6 1/2-furlong allowance by 7 1/4 lengths as the 3-5 favorite. Win McCool is out of Win Crafty Lady (Crafty Prospector), a stakes winner who became a stakes-producing machine. Win McCool is a half-sister to stakes winners Graeme Hall (Dehere), Harmony Lodge (Hennessy), and Wins Fair Lady (Dehere).

* Two 3-year-olds who looked so good earlier in the year, Minister's Bid, and Latent Heat, returned to the races and both looked very impressive, suggesting bigger things ahead.

Minister's Bid, making his first start since a victory at Keeneland on April 13, won a one-mile allowance by 2 1/4 lengths over two well-regarded colts, Racketeer and Flashy Bull, as the 3-5 favorite. Minister's Bid is by Deputy Minister and is out of a mare by Spectacular Bid. In addition to Deputy Minister and Spectacular Bid, other notable names in his pedigree are Conquistador Cielo, Mr. Leader, and Carry Back, so Minister's Bid should have no distance limitations if he tackles the big boys in his division down the road.

Latent Heat won a seven-furlong optional claiming allowance on June 24 by 9 1/2 lengths in his first start since a third-place finish in the San Vicente Stakes on March 4. Latent Heat is by Maria's Mon out of the Capote mare True Flare. This prominent Greentree Farm female line produced Stop the Music, Hatchet Man, and Buckaroo.


Officer was a major 2-year-old for Bob Baffert, winning the Champagne Stakes and Del Mar Futurity. Because of his win-early speed, he was expected to get off to a fast start as a freshman sire this year, and he has not disappointed. On June 24, Frances G, a 2-year-old filly out of the Phone Trick mare Phone Often, won a five-furlong maiden race at 12-1. Frances G is bred for speed up and down her pedigree. In addition to Officer (Bertrando) and Phone Trick, other speed influences in her pedigree are Raise a Native Three Martinis and Turn-to.

Colonial Downs

Unbridled's Song has become synonymous with speed, and his runners have been highly successful on dirt and turf. While Unbridled's Song achieved his success on dirt, his pedigree suggested he would be a good sire of turf runners as well. And Unbridled's Song just keeps getting a slew of turf winners every week all around the country. On June 19, Silent Roar, a 3-year-old colt making his career debut, won a one-mile maiden race on turf, rallying from last in a field of 10 to win by three lengths in a smart effort. Silent Roar gets more turf from his damsire, Trempolino, the Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe winner who was second to Theatrical in the Breeders' Cup Turf. Silent Roar's dam, Jane's the Name, is a half-sister to Danseur Fabuleux, the dam of 2-year-old champion Arazi.


Holy Bull keeps getting winners on turf. A Horse of the Year because of his exploits on dirt, Holy Bull had a powerful turf pedigree, and it is no surprise that his offspring love grass. Holy Bull is by Great Above, a top sprinter by a turf stakes winner, Minnesota Mac, out of champion sprinter, Ta Wee (a half-sister to Dr. Fager.) Holy Bull's dam is by a mare by Al Hattab. His second dam is by French champion Grey Dawn II, a son of Herbager.

On June 24, Holy Lark, a 2-year-old colt by Holy Bull out of the General Assembly mare All a Lark, won a 5 1/2-furlong maiden race on turf by one length over first-time starter Warning Zone. Holy Lark also has a superb turf pedigree. In addition to Holy Bull, he gets more turf from his damsire, General Assembly, a son of a powerful turf influence Secretariat.

Warning Zone closed well to be second, and the impeccably bred juvenile simply needs more distance to be effective. By the late Chester House, who turned out to be an outstanding grass sire, Warning Zone is out of a Storm Bird mare, Migrate. Warning Zone's second dam, Home Leave (Alydar), won 5 of 13 starts and was fourth in the Grade 1 Ladies Handicap. Home Leave is a half-sister to Dancing Spree, Dancing All Night, Fantastic Find, and Oh What a Dance, the dam of Heavenly Prize.