08/13/2007 12:00AM

Proud Citizen passes his speed to offspring


Del Mar

Good Man Dan, who won a 5 1/2-furlong maiden race on Aug. 4 by five lengths, is the latest winner from the first crop of Proud Citizen, who was second in the Kentucky Derby and third in the Preakness. Proud Citizen won his career debut at age 2, a 5 1/2-furlong maiden race, by 9 1/4 lengths in 1:02.90. By speed influence Gone West (by Mr. Prospector), Proud Citizen came by his speed naturally, and his offspring are showing this speed - on all surfaces. While his runners are winning on dirt in this country, his 2-year-olds are impressing in Europe - most notably, River Proud and Francesca d'Gorgio. Proud Citizen's third dam, Arctic Dancer, was a full sister to Northern Dancer and produced multiple champion and Canadian Horse of the Year La Prevoyante.


Proud Citizen had another winner on July 30 when first-time starter Proud Spell won a five-furlong maiden race for 2-year-old fillies at 5-1. Proud Spell is out of the Langfuhr mare Pacific Spell, a half-sister to stakes winner Call Her Magic. Her second dam, Malibu Magic, is a half-sister to multiple stakes winner Imaginary Lady.

Ellis Park

Abierto La Puerta won a one-mile maiden race on the turf and is perfectly suited to grass. By HT (hidden turf) sire Langfuhr (a son of Danzig), the 2-year-old colt is out of a Cozzene mare, and his second dam is by strong turf influence Silver Hawk. His second dam, Nomohawk, is a half-sister to Chorwon, a multiple-stakes-winning sprinter on dirt and turf. Albierto La Puerta returned $8.60.

* Spy Story, a 3-year-old colt by Dynaformer, won a one-mile maiden race on the turf on Aug. 3. He is out of the Broad Brush mare Spy Novel, a half-sister to Indian Charlie. Spy Story, sent off as the second choice at 3-1, took the lead from the start and drew away in the stretch to win by 2 1/4 lengths, paying $8.60.

* Kafwain is one of this year's freshman sires, and as a son of Cherokee Run (who was a leading freshman sire), his offspring were expected to do well at 2. On Aug. 4, D.C. Eight, a 2-year-old colt by Kafwain out of the Rock Band (Mr. Prospector) mare A Star Has Risen, showed speed to win a six-furlong maiden race by 6 1/2 lengths. D.C. Eight's second dam, Starring Monique, is a half-sister to stakes winner and speed influence Yes It's True.


On Aug. 3, Rebounded, a 2-year-old gelding by Boundary out of a daughter of Rejoyced, won his career debut, a 1 1/16-mile maiden race on the grass. He is trained by Barclay Tagg. The field of 10 juveniles had some star-studded pedigrees for turf, and Rebounded rallied to win going away by 1 3/4 lengths, paying $10.20. Finishing second was Caravel, a George Steinbrenner homebred colt by Aljabr (a young son of Storm Cat). Strike It Ritz, who was coupled with Ready for May, was third as the 7-5 favorite. By the versatile stallion Smart Strike, Strike It Ritz is from the female family that produced champion sprinter My Juliet.

* Il Girasole, a 2-year-old colt by Lemon Drop Kid - a successful grass influence - won a 1 1/16-mile maiden race on the turf as the 6-5 favorite. Il Girasole is out of the Wild Again mare Carly's Crown. Il Girasole's second dam is a half-sister to 2-year-old champion Chief's Crown, and his fourth dam is 3-year-old champion filly Chris Evert. Il Girasole also has the Rasmussen Factor, a female family inbreeding pattern that holds significance regarding the class of the animal. Il Girasole is inbred to the influential broodmare Missy Baba through her daughter Gay Missile (Sir Gaylord) and son Raja Baba (Bold Ruler). A.P. Indy and Summer Squall descend directly from Missy Baba.

Adriano, who finished second at 8-1, was also making his first start. He is by A.P. Indy and from a female family that produced Belmont Stakes winner Bet Twice.

* Majestic Warrior, a 2-year-old first-time starter from Bill Mott, looked smart winning a 6 1/2-furlong maiden race by 3 1/2 lengths on Aug. 4. By A.P. Indy, he is out of the stakes-winning Seeking the Gold mare Dream Supreme, who won the Test Stakes and Ballerina Handicap, also at Saratoga.

Goodwood (England)

Freshman sire Van Nistelrooy has 9 winners from 30 starters, and leading the pack is Strike the Deal, who won the Group 2 Richmond Stakes at six furlongs on the grass. He previously finished third in the Group 2 Prix Robert Papin. Strike the Deal is out of the Mt. Livermore mare Countess Gold, and his third dam, No Duplicate, is a full sister to Equal Change, who ran second to Ruffian in the Coaching Club American Oaks when it was run at 1 1/2 miles. This is the King Ranch female family that produced 1946 Triple Crown winner Assault. Van Nistelrooy is getting winners on dirt, but as expected from a son of Storm Cat, his offspring will be most effective on turf.