01/03/2006 12:00AM

Red Bullet's offspring will be worth wait

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By Unbridled out of Cargo, Red Bullet was one of the best 3-year-olds of his generation. His offspring should excel in routes as they get older.

LAS VEGAS - This is the fourth installment on the 2006 freshman stallions, alphabetically featuring the sires R through S with particular emphasis on how to bet their offspring. The sires' names are followed by their pedigree, where they stand, and their designation (SP means speed; ST stamina; T turf; HT hidden turf).

Red Bullet (Unbridled-Cargo, by Caro), Adena Springs South, Florida, $30,000. Unraced at 2, Red Bullet was among the best 3-year-olds of his generation. After winning the Gotham Stakes, he finished second to Fusaichi Pegasus in the Wood Memorial Stakes. Red Bullet skipped the Kentucky Derby, which was won by Fusaichi Pegasus, but then scored a 3 3/4-length victory over Fusaichi Pegasus in the Preakness Stakes. Physical problems prevented him from achieving further success, but this was one serious racehorse. Like so many runners from the Unbridled sire line, Red Bullet's offspring should take time to develop and be best going routes as they mature. ST.

Scorpion (Seattle Slew-Petiteness, by Chief's Crown), Private Pinecrest Stables, Florida. While he won just one race in seven starts at 2, Scorpion finished second in the Saratoga Special and was third in the Futurity, Sanford, and Tremont stakes. His biggest score came in the Jim Dandy Stakes, where he defeated Free of Love, Congaree, and A P Valentine. Scorpion was the product of a mating between a leading stallion and beloved Triple Crown winner and a mare descending from La Troienne. His third dam, Straight Deal, was a champion racemare and outstanding broodmare. Stallions descending from Straight Deal include Belong to Me, Premiership, and Commemorate. While they should get better as they mature, runners by Scorpion should have speed and be effective at 2. SP/ST.

Skimming (Nureyev-Skimble, by Lyphard), Cardiff Stud Farm, California, $7,500. Skimming raced four times in France from 2 to 3 with little success, but turned into a major stakes winner at 4 in the U.S., winning the Pacific Classic and San Diego Handicap. He added a second Pacific Classic and San Diego Handicap at 5 and also won the Californian Stakes and placed in the Hollywood Gold Cup, Goodwood Breeders' Cup, and Mervyn LeRoy handicaps. Skimming was a rare Nureyev who was better on dirt than turf, but expect his offspring to revert to their sire line (and damsire) and be best on grass. Skimming is from the same Christiana Stables female family that produced Wheelaway, another 2006 freshman sire. Tx2.

Snow Ridge (Tabasco Cat-Snow Forest, by Woodman), Padua Stables, Florida, $5,000. Both Tabasco Cat (Storm Cat) and Woodman (Mr. Prospector) are solid stamina influences, but both are by sires known for their speed. Demonstrating the inexact science of pedigrees, Snow Ridge was a top-flight sprinter with dazzling speed. A winner of five stakes, all between 5 1/2 and seven furlongs, Snow Ridge should get runners who have the potential to have his speed and some stamina as well. Snow Ridge also has a strong hidden turf pedigree, top and bottom, so don't be caught napping when his babies try turf. SP/ST/HT.

Storm Day (Storm Cat-Kelley's Day, by Graustark), Clear Creek Stud, Louisiana, $2,500. He may not be a household name, but Storm Day has a pedigree as good as any freshman stallion this year. Stakes-placed three times in 20 starts, Storm Day is a half-brother to stakes winner and leading Japanese stallion Brian's Time, and his exceptional Darby Dan female family produced Dynaformer, Monarchos, Memories of Silver, and Sunshine Forever. Storm Day's runners should be versatile, but should be much better stretching out on grass. HTx2.

Street Cry (Machiavellian-Helen Street, by Troy), Darley Stud, Kentucky, $30,000. Winner of the Dubai World Cup as an older horse, Street Cry was a top 2-year-old, finishing second in the Del Mar Futurity and Norfolk Stakes and third behind Macho Uno and Point Given in the Breeders' Cup Juvenile. By a world-class sire, Street Cry is a full brother to the dam of Shamardal, who was a champion at 2 in England and multiple Group 1 winner at 3. Street Cry has every right to be a top stallion. In addition to his pedigree and race record, he was bred to high-quality broodmares. His runners should get better with distance and age, and although they will win on dirt, they should be superior turf runners. Tx2 and ST.

Syncline (Danzig-Annie Edge, by Nebbiolo), Crestwood Farm, Kentucky, $2,500. Syncline became a stakes winner at 5 when he won the Sussex Handicap at 1 1/16 miles on the turf. Sons of Danzig have become prolific turf influences - including Danehill, Green Desert, War Chant, Chief's Crown, Polish Precedent, and Military - and Syncline is a full brother to stakes-winning turf mare Seebe and is also a half-brother to leading European sire Selkirk. Syncline's runners should likewise be best-suited to distances over one mile on turf. ST/T x 2.