10/19/2004 11:00PM

Rookie sires well represented in BC


LAS VEGAS - Big things were expected from Fusaichi Pegasus and Giant's Causeway, the two glamour sires among this year's freshman stallions, and they are showing the same quality as young stallions as they did on the racetrack. Fusaichi Pegasus is the sire of two colts who were pre-entered in the Breeders' Cup Juvenile, and Giant's Causeway has a filly pre-entered in the Juvenile Fillies.

The most impressive performer by Fusaichi Pegasus is Roman Ruler, the likely favorite in the Breeders' Cup Juvenile. While his Norfolk Stakes victory was not as brilliant as his earlier races, Roman Ruler is talented, and his trainer (Bob Baffert) and pedigree demand respect. Roman Ruler is out of the Silver Deputy mare Silvery Swan and is a half-brother to Cigar Mile winner El Corredor. The feeling here is we have not yet seen the best of Roman Ruler.

Fusaichi Pegasus is also the sire of two other stakes winners, South Bay Cove and Killenaule. Killenaule was Fusaichi Pegasus's first starter, and scored a wire-to-wire victory in the 1 1/16-mile Dover Stakes at Delaware on Oct. 9.

The other son of Fusaichi Pegasus expected to run in the Juvenile is Scandinavia, who is trained by Aidan O'Brien. O'Brien, who won the 2001 Breeders' Cup Juvenile with Johannesburg, also is sending Mona Lisa - a daughter of Giant's Causeway - for the Juvenile Fillies.

From four lifetime starts, Scandinavia has 1 victory and 3 seconds. Scandinavia rallied from the back of the field to finish second in the Group 2 Royal Lodge Stakes behind highly regarded Godolphin colt Perfectperformance, a half-brother to Russian Rhythm.

Scandinavia is no Johannesburg, but he is an improving 2-year-old who sports a big pedigree. Scandinavia is a half-brother to multiple stakes winner Composure, who finished second to Storm Flag Flying in the memorable 2002 Juvenile Fillies. Runners by Fusaichi Pegasus are bred to win on all surfaces, and Scandinavia is also out of a mare by Alleged, two-time winner of the Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe. There may be distance limitations for some of the Juvenile starters, but Scandinavia is bred to get better as the distances increase.

Mona Lisa was a $2,192,006 yearling purchase at the Tattersalls Ltd. Houghton sale. Winless in three starts, Mona Lisa finished fourth, beaten only 1 3/4 lengths, in the Fillies Mile in her most recent start. Mona Lisa is out of the Shirley Heights mare Colorsnap, a half-sister to the dam of major Group 1 winner Opera House.

Giant's Causeway had a big day at Newmarket on Saturday. His daughter Maids Causeway won her second group race in seven starts when she captured the Rockfel Stakes (Group 2), and later on the card, Shamardal defeated Oratorio in the Group 1 Dewhurst Stakes. Shamardal is by Giant's Causeway and out of the Machiavellian mare Helsinki, a full sister to Street Cry.

Fusaichi Pegasus and Giant's Causeway are not the only freshman sires with runners in this year's Juvenile and Juvenile Fillies. Yes It's True, who has been among the leading first-crop stallions this year, is the sire of Champagne Stakes winner Proud Accolade, one of the leading contenders for the Juvenile, and More Than Ready is the sire of Ready's Gal, who finished second to Balletto in the Frizette Stakes and is scheduled to compete in the Juvenile Fillies.

The horse for the course?

A sleeper for the Juvenile Fillies is Enduring Will, who won the Silver Spur Breeders' Cup Stakes over a sloppy surface at Lone Star Park, the site of this year's Breeders' Cup. Enduring Will not only has the advantage of a race over the track, she happens to have as purple a pedigree as any of the leading contenders.

In addition to being by Super Derby winner Arch, Enduring Will is out of a mare by Theatrical, thus giving her an ST2 (stamina x 2) pedigree. Enduring Will also comes from a high-quality female family that has produced stakes winners over multiple generations. Enduring Will is out of the unraced Jodie Faster, who is out of stakes winner Vivano, and her third dam, the unraced Fiddlesticks (a half-sister to stakes winner Duty Dance), produced While Rome Burns, the dam of stakes winner Burning Roma. Enduring Will's fifth dam is Lady Be Good, a foundation mare for the Phipps family whose notable descendants include European Horse of the Year Zilzal, champions Polish Precedent and Culture Vulture, and stakes winners Goodbye Halo, Mining, Wavering Monarch, Disciplinarian, and Awe Inspiring.