11/15/2005 12:00AM

Prevue may produce late-maturing stars


LAS VEGAS - There are still a number of important stakes for juveniles who were either not ready for the Breeders' Cup or were not bred to get the 1 1/16 miles of the Juvenile. The Hollywood Prevue Stakes, a seven-furlong prep for the Hollywood Futurity - which will be run on Dec. 17 at 1 1/16 miles - was won last year by juvenile champion Declan's Moon, and in 2003 by Lion Heart, who went on to more glory at age 3. Past winners include Copelan, Judge Smells, King Glorious, Olympio, Star of the Crop, Stuka, Afternoon Deelites, and Cobra King. This year, the race will attract 2-year-olds who possess some intriguing pedigrees. Here are short pedigree analyses of several expected starters.

Bengal Lore (Tale of the Cat-Sew and Sew, by Ogygian). Second in the Sunny Slope and Barretts Juveniles stakes, Bengal Lore has a fascinating pedigree with a strong connection to Kelso, the five-time Horse of the Year. Bengal Lore is bred for speed from both his sire and damsire, and his stakes-winning second dam, Busted Stitches, was a result of a very carefully planned mating by her owner and breeder, John Franks. By mating TV Genie to Eleven Stitches, Franks created Busted Stitches, who had an intense triple inbreeding pattern to Boudoir, one of the most influential broodmares of the last century. Bowl of Flowers, Graustark, His Majesty, Majestic Prince, Crowned Prince, and Kelso all descend from Boudoir. Eleven Stitches was an RF (Rasmussen Factor), as he was inbred to the full brothers Your Host and My Host, and TV Genie had yet another strain of Boudoir through Boudoir's daughter Your Hostess, a full sibling to Your Host and My Host.

What is significant about this particular inbreeding is that Franks was trying to duplicate the pedigree of Kelso. Kelso was by Your Host out of Maid of Flight, and Busted Stitches was by Eleven Stitches, a grandson of Your Host who was out of a daughter of Maid of Flight.

Cause to Believe (Maria's Mon-Imaginary Cat, by Storm Cat). By the sire of Monarchos, Cause to Believe won the Cavonnier Juvenile and Bay Meadows Juvenile stakes, and his unraced dam is a full sister to stakes winners Katz Me If You Can and Country Romance. His second dam, Cuddles, won multiple stakes including the Grade 1 Hollywood Starlet and was a half-sister to stakes-placed Augusta Springs (the dam of Buffythecenterfold) and to the unraced Nuryette, the dam of stakes winners Tap to Music, Boss Soss, and Northern Afleet (the sire of Afleet Alex). This outstanding female family also produced champions Fantastic Light, Swain, Golden Attraction, Kamar, Square Angel, and Key to the Moon, as well as stakes winners Cape Canaveral, Gorgeous, and Cape Town.

Da Stoops (Distorted Humor-Glamorous Lady, by Kingdom of Spain). Da Stoops is by the sire of Funny Cide, Flower Alley, Commentator, Fourty Niners Son, Original Spin, Sensibly Chic, Awesome Humor, and the winner of the recent Bien Bien Stakes, Chips Are Down. Da Stoops's damsire, Kingdom of Spain, is by El Gran Senor, and his fourth dam, Lost Control, is a half-sister to 1970 Santa Anita Derby winner Terlago.

Old Thunder (Fusaichi Pegasus-Enjoy the Moment, by Slew's Royalty). From the second crop of Kentucky Derby winner Fusaichi Pegasus, Old Thunder is out of the popular stakes winner Enjoy the Moment, who had 10 wins from 15 starts.

The Five J's (Lost Soldier-Littlebitapleasure, by I'ma Hell Raiser). By the sire of this year's top 3-year-old sprinter, Lost in the Fog, The Five J's is also a half-brother to Littlebitlively, Built for Pleasure, and Herat's Pleasure, and is a full brother to Soldierofpleasure.

The Pharaoh (Forest Camp-Touche de Velours, by Meadowlake). Getting a double dose of speed from both his freshman sire and recently deceased damsire, The Pharaoh was expected to be precocious at 2. His dam is a half-sister to stakes winner Ole Rebel. The Pharaoh was second to Breeders' Cup Juvenile winner Stevie Wonderboy in the Del Mar Futurity, and previously was second to Florida's top juvenile, In Summation, in the Birdonthewire Stakes.

Your Tent or Mine (Forest Camp-She's Got the Look, by Prospector's Music). Forest Camp won the Del Mar Futurity for Bob Baffert but tired to finish sixth as the favorite in the 1999 Breeders' Cup Juvenile. His first crop was expected to yield win-early 2-year-olds like himself, and he is off to fast start at stud. He traces to the Hasty Road mare Roger Ann, the dam of four stakes winners: Go Go Roger, Stacy D'Ette, Easter Island, and Niece, who is Your Tent or Mine's fifth dam.