12/11/2007 12:00AM

Potential stars in Futurity and Starlet

EmailLAS VEGAS - Hollywood Park hosts the final two major stakes for juveniles this weekend, the CashCall Futurity - formerly the Hollywood Futurity - and the Hollywood Starlet. The Breeders' Cup Juvenile and Juvenile Fillies championship honors are cemented for War Pass and Indian Blessing, respectively, but the Futurity - and especially the Starlet - feature a handful of 2-year-olds with star potential.

The Futurity is expected to have a full field, and while many are lightly raced, the one colt who has caught my eye, by performance and pedigree, is Monba.

Monba is by the late Maria's Mon, who sired Kentucky Derby winner Monarchos in his initial crop, and is out of an Easy Goer (stamina) mare who is a half-sister to stakes winners Secret Hello, Silent Account, Hadif, and By Your Leave. More important, Monba descends from Alcibiades, Hal Price Headley's 1929 2-year-old filly champion and the 1930 3-year-old filly champion who became a blue hen broodmare. Her foals included champion Menow, the sire of champions Tom Fool and Capot as well as Dynamo (the dam of champion High Voltage), Flaring Top (the dam of Nijinsky II and second dam of The Minstrel), and Spring Run (the dam of Red God, who sired Blushing Groom). Sir Ivor, Raymond Guest's 1968 Horse of the Year in England and Ireland, also comes from this exemplary female family.

Alcibiades is also the dam of Monba's fifth dam, Hipparete, who produced three stakes-winning daughters - Out Talk, Rash Statement, and Pillow Talk. Pillow Talk, Monba's fourth dam, won the Black-Eyed Susan Stakes and was second in the Kentucky Oaks.

Having a Maria's Mon/Easy Goer cross and descending from a female family of exceptional class, Monba is bred to excel in the 3-year-old classics next year.

Country Star-Grace Anatomy rematch in Starlet

While the Futurity may unveil a new star in Monba, the Hollywood Starlet is the better race.

Country Star, who was last seen winning the Alcibiades Stakes in only her second start, heads an outstanding field of juvenile fillies, including Grace Anatomy and Grace and Power.

From the first crop of Empire Maker (also the dam of Demoiselle Stakes winner Mushka), Country Star was a fast-closing second in her career debut, which was on turf.

Her trainer, Bobby Frankel, decided to skip the BC Juvenile Fillies to give his late-blooming filly more time to develop, and he always had the Starlet on his calendar. Out of the Ashland Stakes winner, Rings a Chime (who also finished second in the 2000 Kentucky Oaks to Secret Status), Country Star is an RF (Rasmussen Factor), as she is inbred 5x4 to stakes winner Gold Digger, through her sons Mr. Prospector and his full brother Red Ryder.

Grace Anatomy, who showed grit finishing third to Country Star despite a rough trip, foundered in the Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies over the soupy Monmouth Park surface and is the biggest threat to Country Star in the Starlet.

From the first crop of champion sprinter-miler Aldebaran, Grace Anatomy is from one of Darby Dan Farm's greatest female lines. She is out of a Storm Cat mare and her second dam is multiple turf stakes winner Plenty of Grace, a three-quarter sister to champion turf mare Soaring Softly. Notable runners descending from this family include champions Devil's Bag, Glorious Song, Grass Wonder, and Singspiel - plus Rahy, Mehmet, Saint Ballado, Wonder Again, Bold Hawk, and the outstanding producer Battle Creek Girl.

Grace and Power, whose only four races have all been on turf, has shown quality - and runners by More Than Ready have proven to be versatile, winning on all surfaces. Grace and Power was third over yielding turf in the Epitome Stakes at Monmouth, then second in the Selima Stakes. Her greatest attraction, however, is her female family.

Out of the Defensive Play mare Lady in Power, her third dam is the prolific Lady Winborne, the dam of five stakes winners - Born Wild, Al Mamoon, Lord of Warriors, Lost Soldier, and La Gueriere. Her fourth dam, Priceless Gem, won the Frizette Stakes and defeated Buckpasser in the Futurity. Priceless Gem - who also produced Europe's greatest filly, Allez France - was a full sister to Admiring (the dam of 1993 Broodmare of the Year Glowing Tribute) and half-sister to champion Affectionately (dam of 1970 Preakness winner Personality).

The others in the Starlet are not without credentials and add to the depth of this field.

Foxy Danseur, who won the Sharp Cat Stakes and was third in the Sorrento Stakes, is by Mr. Greeley, and her fifth dam, The Bride, was a full sister to Secretariat.

Initiation, who won Woodbine's Glorious Song Stakes, is by Deputy Minister and is out of a King Ranch female family that produced 1946 Triple Crown winner Assault.

Spritely is a lightly raced filly by Touch Gold whose second dam is a half-sister to Heat Lightning, the dam of Stevie Wonderboy.

Time Reveals All, who was fourth in the Moccasin, is by Pulpit out of Verruma, a Group 1 winner in Brazil who won the Grade 2 Dahlia Handicap and Grade 3 Athenia Handicap.

The Golden Noodle, who won the Landaluce Stakes and was third in the Moccasin Stakes, is bred more to sprint, being by D'wildcat out of a Beau Genius mare.