09/02/2007 11:00PM

Proud Citizen continues strong start as a sire


Ellis Park

Proud Citizen, one of this year's freshman sires, is getting winners around the country after two of his better juveniles - River Proud and Francesca d'Gorgio - have impressed in Europe. On Aug. 24, Citizen John, a colt by Proud Citizen out of the Private Account mare New Account, won a one-mile maiden race on the grass by 1 1/2 lengths at 5-2. By Gone West, Proud Citizen descends in direct tail-female family (dam, dam's dam, dam's granddam, etc.) to Natalma, the dam of Northern Dancer. Danehill, Machiavellian, Halo, and La Prevoyante all come from this exceptional family.

* On Aug. 26, Your Round, a 2-year-old colt by Distorted Humor, won a one-mile maiden race on turf in his career debut. Your Round is out of the Affirmed mare Another Round and his fourth dam is Princessnesian (by Princequillo), a multiple stakes winning half-sister to Boldnesian (Bold Ruler), the Santa Anita Derby winner who sired Bold Reasoning, the sire of Seattle Slew.

* Pure Clan, a 2-year-old filly by Pure Prize (Storm Cat-Heavenly Prize, by Seeking the Gold), won a 5 1/2-furlong maiden race also on the turf on Aug. 26. Pure Clan is out of the General Assembly mare Gather the Clan, who won the Violet Stakes on turf. Two-year-old maiden winners on turf have special significance this year with the inaugural running if the Breeders' Cup Juvenile Turf at Monmouth on Oct. 26.


Girl Sleuth won a seven-furlong maiden race Aug. 25 and the 2-year-old filly is from the first crop of Drewman, a stakes-placed son of Unbridled who is very closely related to Unbridled's Song. Drewman is out of Lucky Soph, a half-sister to Trolley Song, the dam of Unbridled's Song. Girl Sleuth is out of the Hennessy mare Baby Nance, and her second dam, Code Blum, is a half-sister to champion handicap horse Left Bank.

Del Mar

While Bob Baffert shipped his best 2-year-olds to Saratoga this summer - with great success - he still won with his runners at Del Mar. On Aug. 25, he saddled 2-year-old first-time starter Dodgen Bullets to a head victory in a 5 1/2-furlong maiden race. Dodgen Bullets is by the young sire El Corredor, a multiple stakes winner whose biggest victory was the Cigar Mile Handicap in 2000. El Corredor is a half-brother to Roman Ruler and the highly regarded juvenile Maimonides.

The following day, Baffert had back-to-back winners when the 2-year-old filly Cry and Catch Me won the first race of the day, a 5 1/2-furlong maiden race, by 6 1/4 lengths. Cry and Catch Me is from the second crop of Street Cry and is from the female family that produced Northfields and Habitat.

In the day's second race, a six-furlong allowance for fillies and mares, Baffert scored with Cotton Bay, a 4-year-old by El Corredor out of the Mountain Cat mare One Bad Cat. Cotton Bay was third in the 2005 Moccasin Stakes at 2, and her dam is a half-sister to Jamie's First Punch, winner of the 1996 Peter Pan and Bay Shore stakes, who also placed in the Withers Stakes and Toboggan and True North handicaps.

El Corredor had yet another winner Aug. 26, when the 3-year-old colt El Grego won a one-mile optional claiming race on the turf at 18-1 for trainer Paul Aguirre. El Grego's dam, Santa Elena (Deputy Minister), is a half-sister to Lakeway, and his second dam, Milliardaire, is a full sister to Saratoga Six. His third dam, Priceless Fame, is a full sister to 1976 Kentucky Derby and Belmont Stakes winner Bold Forbes.


Love for Not won her first start on Aug. 26 by 5 1/4 lengths. The 2-year-old filly, by Not for Love out of the Polish Numbers mare Go Nicholas Go, is an example of the Rasmussen Factor as she is inbred 3x3 to the influential broodmare Numbered Account. Numbered Account, the 2-year-old champion filly in 1971, produced Private Account, Dance Number (the dam of Not for Love and juvenile champion colt Rhythm), and Polish Numbers.


Freshman sire Hook and Ladder, who is based in New York, continues to get speedy first-out winners. On Aug. 23, Big Truck, a 2-year-old colt by Hook and Ladder out of the Go for Gin mare Just a Ginny, wired six other colts to win a 6 1/2-furlong maiden race by 8 1/2 lengths as the 3-5 favorite. Hook and Ladder is also the sire of the impressive juveniles I Promise, Speak Proudly, Spanky Fischbein, Under Serviced, and Play N Hooky. I Promise was second by a head in the Schuylerville Stakes, Spany Fischbein was second in the Tyro Stakes, and Speak Proudly was fourth in the Jena Jena Stakes.

* War Pass, a 2-year-old colt by Cherokee Run, followed his career debut win on July 28 with an easy 5 1/2-length victory in an optional claiming race on Aug. 26 for Nick Zito and is most likely headed to a stakes race. War Pass is out of the stakes-placed Mr. Prospector mare Vue, a half-sister to Oath, winner of the 1996 Spinaway Stakes. This female family produced multiple champion Slew o' Gold, Belmont Stakes winner Coastal, and Jockey Club Gold Cup winner Aptitude.