02/25/2003 12:00AM

Shug may have found a second star filly


LAS VEGAS - Recently crowned champion 2-year-old filly Storm Flag Flying is the undisputed queen in trainer Shug McGaughey's barn, but the stable has an up-and-coming star in Yell, who won the Davona Dale Stakes last Sunday at Gulfstream Park in commanding fashion.

McGaughey has long been averse to running his horses against each other and will keep his talented fillies apart for now, but he could ultimately send both horses to the Breeders' Cup as he did in 1995, when Inside Information and Heavenly Prize ran one-two for the Phipps family. Storm Flag Flying is owned by McGaughey's main client, the Phipps family, while Yell is owned by McGaughey's longtime clients Claiborne Farm and Adele Dilschneider.

Like Storm Flag Flying, Yell has a very strong pedigree. By the immensely popular and successful A.P. Indy, Yell comes from the fabled female family of La Troienne, who is responsible for more stakes winners than any broodmare of the last century. The accomplishments of the Thoroughbreds who trace in tail-female (dam, dam's dam, dam's granddam, etc.) to La Troienne is so extensive it could be the subject of a book.

The sign of an exceptional broodmare is the ability to produce high quality horses when bred to a variety of stallions, and successive generations of broodmares descending from La Troienne have possessed this rare quality.

Yell's dam is Wild Applause (by Northern Dancer), who won the Diana Handicap and Comely Stakes. She is the dam of four major stakes winners, all by different stallions - Roar (Forty Niner), Blare of Trumpets (Fit to Fight), Eastern Echo (Damascus), and Yell (A.P. Indy).

Glowing Tribute exceptional broodmare

Yell's second dam is 1993 Broodmare of the Year Glowing Tribute, the dam of seven stakes winners. In addition to Wild Applause, Glowing Tribute's stakes winners were Kentucky Derby winner Sea Hero (Polish Navy), Hero's Honor (a full brother to Wild Applause), Glowing Honor (Seattle Slew), Seattle Glow (Seattle Slew), Coronation Cup (Chief's Crown), and Mackie (Summer Squall), the dam of stakes winner Mr. Mellon. An unraced daughter, Victoria Cross (Spectacular Bid), produced stakes winners Mozart and England Expects. No matter whom she was bred to, she simply produced good runners.

Yell's third dam is stakes winner Admiring, a foal of 1962 from the first crop of 1960 champion 2-year-old Hail to Reason. In addition to Glowing Tribute, other prominent stakes winners descending from Admiring are Magesterial and Lite Light.

As good as Admiring was, she was not quite as brilliant as her full sister Priceless Gem, a foal of 1963. Priceless Gem, a tall, black, elegant filly, was a member of an extraordinary crop of fillies that included Moccasin, co-Horse of the Year and undefeated champion 2-year-old filly, as well as champion 3-year-old filly Lady Pitt and Natashka, 1981 Broodmare of the Year.

In the fall of 1965, Priceless Gem stubbornly turned back Buckpasser, the eventual champion 2-year-old colt, in a memorable running of the Futurity Stakes. In her next start, she easily defeated Lady Pitt in the one-mile Frizette Stakes. Finishing last in the Frizette at 32-1 was a filly by the name of Reason to Earn. Bred to Boldnesian, Reason to Earn produced Bold Reasoning, the sire of Seattle Slew.

Like her older full sister Admiring, Priceless Gem went on to become an influential broodmare. Bred to a variety of stallions, Priceless Gem produced high-quality individuals. Bred to European Horse of the Year Sea- Bird, Priceless Gem produced champion Allez France, considered to be one of Europe's all-time great fillies. Bred to Vaguely Noble, Priceless Gem produced Priceless Countess, the dam of Champagne Stakes winner Ordway. Bred to Secretariat, Priceless Gem produced Group 3 winner Lady Winborne, who went on to establish a dynasty of her own. Lady Winborne's five stakes winners were La Gueriere (the dam of Lasting Approval), Born Wild, Al Mamoon, Lost Soldier, and Lord of Warriors. Lady Winborne is also the dam of three stakes-placed runners, Long War, Baranof and Caspian Tern.

Ties to Affectionately

Searching, Yell's fourth dam, not only produced Admiring and Priceless Gem, she was also the dam of Affectionately, a multiple champion and personal favorite of her trainer, Hirsch Jacobs. Affectionately was by speed influence Swaps and inherited her sire's brilliance. Affectionately was 1965 champion sprinter. In one of the most unforgettable races of 1965, Affectionately carried 137 pounds in a field of 12 classy fillies in the seven-furlong Vagrancy Handicap, and after posting sizzling fractions, hung on to win by a head over Sought After, who carried only 111 pounds.

Affectionately, like the matriarchs before her, was also a successful broodmare, producing 1970 Preakness Stakes winner Personality.

Allemande, a half-sister to Searching, is the dam of 1965 Acorn Stakes winner Marking Time. By mating Marking Time to Buckpasser (whose third dam was La Troienne), breeder Ogden Phipps created inbreeding to La Troienne, which resulted in champion Relaxing, the dam of Easy Goer.

With her facile Davona Dale victory, Yell joins an already impressive crop of 3-year-old fillies, which includes Storm Flag Flying, Composure, Elloluv, and Lady Tak. By A.P. Indy from a truly superior female family, Yell should only improve with maturity and distance and she gives McGaughey a potent one-two punch.