03/25/2007 11:00PM

Quality that goes back many generations



Monade was a champion in England and France at age 3, a multiple Group 1 winner, and was second in the Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe. Her influence is still felt today. Monade is the fifth dam of Whatsthescript, winner of the Pasadena Stakes on March 16. Whatsthescript is by Royal Applause, a Group 1-winning sprinter who descends in tail-male line to Northern Dancer, and his dam is Grizel, a daughter of Lion Cavern (a full brother to Gone West). Whatsthescript's second dam is by Danzig, third dam is by Damascus and her fourth dam, Elect, is by the high-class Vaguely Noble out of Monade.

* Cobalt Blue used his speed to win the San Felipe Stakes on March. While his sire, Golden Missile (by A.P. Indy), was able to win at middle distances as an older runner, Golden Missile has proven to be a source of speed, not stamina. Cobalt Blue does get some stamina from his damsire, El Prado, but Cobalt Blue may be up against it at 1 1/4 miles if he tries to Kentucky Derby.

Cherokee Run was a champion sprinter and stretched that speed to finish second in the Preakness Stakes. He was a champion freshman sire and his runners have proven to be best as sprinter-milers. Cherokee Run is also a hidden turf sire, because although he achieved his success on dirt, he is by Runaway Groom (by Blushing Groom) and there is plenty of turf in his sire line. On March 14, Run Rosie, a 4-year-old filly by Cherokee Run, won a maiden race on the 6 1/2-furlong downhill turf course at 9-1. Run Rosie gets a second dose of turf from her damsire, Trempolino, a Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe winner.

* Orientate was a champion sprinter, and his first crop of 2-year-olds raced with distinction last year. By Mt. Livermore (Blushing Groom), Orientate's offspring are bred for turf as well as dirt, and on March 18, Montara, a 3-year-old filly by Orientate, wired 11 other 3-year-old fillies to win a one mile maiden race on grass at 7-1. Montara is out of the Deputy Minister mare Ms. Strike Zone, and is a half-sister to Magistretti, winner of the Man o' War Stakes and second in the Arlington Million.


Include was one of last year's freshman sires, and while members of his first crop were well received at various sales, they were expected to be much better as 3-year-olds as they matured and stretched out in distance. On March 12, Acrosstheborder (34-1), a 3-year-old filly by Include, won a one mile and 40-yard allowance, paying $71.60

That wasn't the only runner from Include's initial crop to pay boxcars. On March 3 at Gulfstream, Betterincludme finished a fast-closing second at 55-1 in a maiden race for Todd Pletcher. And on March 24 at Gulfstream, Comprise, a 3-year-old colt who showed nothing in his first start sprinting, woke up stretching out in distance for Nick Zito at 95-1. Until the public catches on, runners by the low-profile Include who are running one mile or longer will continue to be attractive overlays on all surfaces.

* Mizzen Mast is another young stallion who is doing well yet flying under the radar. On March 12, Mast Track, a 3-year-old colt by Mizzen Mast making his career debut, won a maiden race on the grass at about 5 1/2 furlongs. Mast Track is trained by Bobby Frankel, who also was the conditioner of Mizzen Mast. Mizzen Mast achieved his success on dirt, but as a son of Cozzene he is an example of a hidden turf sire. Mast Track is out of the Homme de Loi mare Nawal, making him a half-brother to stakes-placed Sagitta Ra.

On March 14 at Gulfstream, Mizzen Mast had another grass winner when Midship Mambo, a 3-year-old gelding, won a 1 1/16-mile maiden claiming race, paying $15.60.


Stormy West won a maiden race on the grass at 1 1/16 miles on March 12, and the 3-year-old filly has a super turf pedigree. She inherits grass top and bottom from her sire, Gone West, and damsire, Storm Cat, giving her a Tx2 pedigree. The class of her female family makes her even more appealing. Her dam, Storm Beauty, is a half-sister to champion sprinter and champion broodmare Gold Beauty, the dam of Dayjur and Maplejinsky. Gold Beauty is also the third dam of Breeders' Cup Distaff winner Pleasant Home, multiple stakes winner Country Hideaway, and Matlacha Pass, the dam of the late Pine Island, who was one of last year's top 3-year-old fillies.

* Sweet Fervor won the Shirley Jones Breeders' Cup Handicap on March 17. She paid 8-1 despite a good race record and the fact that she is a half-sister to stakes winner and sire Concerto (sire of Bellamy Road). By Seeking the Gold, the 4-year-old filly is out of the In Reality mare Undeniably, and she is also a half-sister to stakes winners Wondertoss, Illusioned and Granting, who was stakes-placed in the Tropical Park Derby.