09/24/2007 11:00PM

Pure Prize following up first-crop success

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Pure Prize, a son of Storm Cat out of champion Heavenly Prize, won his only stakes race at age 4 when he defeated Dollar Bill and Hero’s Tribute to capture the Kentucky Cup Classic. His first crop of runners include stakes winners Birdbirdistheword, Cowgirls Don’t Cry, and Amature’s Prize. While his biggest success came on dirt, Pure Prize was bred to be as versatile as his sire line (Storm Cat-Storm Bird-Northern Dancer), and his full brother Good Reward was best on turf.

On Sept. 13, Pure Baby, a 2-year-old filly from Pure Prize’s second crop, won a maiden race on turf at about 1 1/16 miles. Pure Baby is out of the Marquetry mare Holdthebaby, and her second damsire, the stakes winner Late Act, was a full brother to champion racemare Late Bloomer, the dam of turf stakes winners Ends Well and Fred Astaire.

Bay Meadows

Jump Start, a son of A.P. Indy who won the Saratoga Special and finished second to Officer in the Champagne Stakes, was preparing for a berth in the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile when an injury forced his early retirement. He got off to a good start at stud, getting 16 juvenile winners in his first crop. Despite the success of his offspring, players let Justaboutperfect, a 3-year-old first-time starter, go off at 10-1 on Sept. 12 in a six-furlong maiden race. Justaboutperfect ($22) wired six other fillies to win by a half-length.

* Put It Back is another young sire whose runners are showing the speed and precociousness of their sire line (Honour and Glory-Relaunch-In Reality). Horseplayers at Bay Meadows are very familiar with Put It Back’s best runner, Smokey Stover, who is among this year’s leading contenders for the Breeders’ Cup Sprint. On Sept. 14, High Resolve, a 2-year-old filly by Put It Back, won her career debut showing high speed to wire six fillies and draw off to a nine-length victory in a 5 1/2-furlong maiden race, paying $10.40. High Resolve is out of a mare by another speed influence, On to Glory (a half-brother to Ruffian).

Belmont

Trainer Rich Schosberg had two good-looking winners by Giant’s Causeway within a two-day span. On Sept. 12, Giant Moon, a 2-year-old colt making his first start, won a five-furlong New York-bred maiden race on dirt, paying a generous $19.60. Giant’s Causeway is among the world’s top stallions, and he gets winners on dirt and turf. Giant Moon is out of the Capote mare Moonlightandbeauty, who won the statebred Jack Betta Be Rite Stakes. His second dam, Stolen Beauty, won the Grade 2 Demoiselle Stakes.

On Sept. 14, Schosberg saddled Sunshine for Life, a 3-year-old filly by Giant’s Causeway, to win a 1 1/16-mile maiden race on grass at 8-1. Sunshine for Life is out of the Exclusive Native mare Million Stories, the dam of stakes winner Tubrok. Million Stories is a half-sister to Group 1 winner Pearl Bracelet.

* Devereux won a six-furlong maiden race for 2-year-olds by three lengths on Sept. 15, and he has a smashing pedigree to be a first-rate sprinter-miler. A Forestry colt, Devereux is out of the Mr. Prospector mare Born Perfect, who was a $3.6 million purchase at the 2000 Keeneland July sale. Devereux’s second dam, Molly Girl (Seattle Slew), is a full sister to stakes winner and sire General Meeting. Carson City descends from this prolific female family.

* Overandabeauty, who was second in her last start on Aug. 16 at Saratoga, dug in gamely to win a six-furlong maiden race by a neck after a stretch-long battle with Tazarine on Sept. 16. Trained by Nick Zito, Overandabeauty is a 2-year-old half-sister to Wood Memorial Stakes winner Tapit, by Grand Slam out of the Unbridled mare Tap Your Heels. Tap Your Heels won the Hildene Stakes and is a three-quarter-sister to champion sprinter Rubiano. Her third dam, the stakes winner Moon Glitter, is a full sister to Relaunch.

Tazarine just missed and shouldn’t be a maiden for long. By Cat Thief, Tazarine is out of the Java Gold mare Doppio Espresso, who was second in the 1994 Astoria Stakes. Doppio Espresso is a half-sister to stakes winner and young sire Hero’s Tribute, whose first foals are yearlings this year.

Calder

Dixie Matt, a 3-year-old colt, was the only first-time starter in a field of nine 3- and 4-year-olds when he won a five-furlong maiden race on turf at 7-2. Dixie Matt is by Dixieland Band and out of the Capote mare Gera, a half-sister to She’s Tops. Dixie Matt is closely related to Dixie Union. Both are by Dixieland Band, and Dixie Union is out of She’s Tops. Dixie Matt is bred to win on dirt as well as turf.

Delaware

Vindication is off to a great start at stud and is one of this year’s best freshman sires. His best runners to date are Adirondack Stakes winner More Happy and the highly regarded Maimonides, who was third in the Hopeful Stakes, from which he returned with sore shins. On Sept. 16, Ferragamo, a 2-year-old colt by Vindication out of the Conquistador Cielo mare Spinner, won his career debut for trainer Larry Jones in a 5 1/2-furlong maiden race at 5-1.

Whoyouknow rallied to be second by a length. By Holy Bull, he is out of the Horatius mare Fat and Foxy, and his fourth dam is Open Fire, one of the best mares of the 1960s.

Fairplex

P. S. U. Grad won the Barretts Debutante on Sept. 15, and she is among many impressive winners from the first crop of Harlan’s Holiday. P. S. U. Grad is out of the Native Prospector mare Lo Cal Bread, a half-sister to Richter Scale and Outperformance. Her second dam, Devine Pet, is a half-sister to Ubetshedid, the dam of Best Pal. P. S. U. Grad is a serious candidate for the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies.