09/30/2007 11:00PM

Sightseeing's pedigree suggests switch to turf

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It's time trainer Shug McGaughey tried Sightseeing on grass. Sightseeing was a promising juvenile last year, finishing second in the Nashua Stakes, and while he won the Peter Pan Stakes this year, he has been a disappointment against the best of his division, finishing second in the Wood Memorial and third in the Dwyer and Jim Dandy. He was an also-ran in the Travers Stakes, finishing fourth, and on Sept.o22, Sightseeing finished fifth and last in the Brooklyn Handicap, behind Any Given Saturday. Sightseeing definitely has a pedigree for turf, being by Pulpit out of a mare by the versatile Pleasant Colony. Sightseeing is bred for stamina. His dam, Resort, was second in the 2000 Coaching Club American Oaks, and his fifth dam, Lady Be Good, was one of the best producers for the Phipps family.

* Anita Rosita won a 5 1/2-furlong maiden race for 2-year-old New York-bred fillies on Sept. 19 for trainer Barclay Tagg. She is by Tomorrows Cat, one of many sons of Storm Cat who are enjoying success at stud. Anita Rosita also comes from a female family of high quality. She is out of the Silver Ghost mare Silver Jam, and her third dam is Cequillo, one of the top broodmares of the last century. Prominent runners and producers descending from Cequillo include Hot Dust, Ruffled Feathers, Quiet Charm, Quiet American, Fappiano, Honour and Glory, and Ogygian.

Finishing second was Like a Rose, another fleet juvenile from the first crop of Hook and Ladder, whose runners have catapulted him among the leading freshman sires. Out of the Tank's Prospect mare Midnight Tank, Like a Rose chased Anita Rosita the entire way and missed by a head. Hook and Ladder has clearly established himself as New York's hottest stallion. On Sept. 23, Hook and Ladder's sons Big Truck and Spanky Fischbein ran one-two in the Bertram F. Bongard Stakes.

* Backseat Rhythm rallied from last in a 10-horse field to win a 1 1/16-mile maiden race on turf on Sept. 20. By El Corredor, the 2-year-old filly is out of the Kissin Kris mare Kiss a Miss, and her second dam, Belleville Miss, is a half-sister to stakes winner and sire Native Regent.

The second- and third-place fillies - both first-time starters by freshman sire Empire Maker - won't be maidens for long. Country Star rallied to finish full of run for trainer Bobby Frankel. She is out of multiple stakes winner Rings a Chime. Mushka got the lead but tired late for trainer Bill Mott. Her second dam is stakes winner Lakeway.

* Awesome never achieved the success of two half-sisters, champion Inside Information and Grade 1 winner Educated Risk, but her pedigree automatically made her a future broodmare. By Storm Cat, Awesome is out of the remarkable producer Pure Profit (Key to the Mint), a daughter of another high-class broodmare, Clear Ceiling (Bold Ruler-Grey Flight). Bred to Pulpit, Awesome produced Calculated Risk, who was a disappointment on the track, but she also produced On Fire, a full brother to Calculated Risk, who rallied to win a 1 1/16-mile maiden race on grass on Sept. 20.

Most offspring by Pulpit excel on turf, and the class of his female family suggests there's much more to come from On Fire, who beat a promising group of maiden turfers, including Borobudur and Jump It. Borobudur is a half-brother to champion sprinter-miler Aldebaran by strong turf influence Kingmambo, and Jump It is by the underrated Jump Start, one of A.P. Indy's better sons at stud.

Delaware

Graham Motion has a barnful of juveniles, and one of them, Placia, rallied to win a maiden race at about one mile on the turf on Sept. 17. Placia is by El Prado and is a half-sister to top sprinter Puxa Saco. Placia's dam, Salty Sal, was a Grade 1 winner in Argentina and a multiple stakes winner in this country. Salty Sal is a full sister to Salty Gal, the dam of stakes-winning full brothers Mongoose and Hesanoldsalt.

Turfway

Cactus Ridge, who was undefeated in four starts at age 2, the only year he raced, is one of this year's freshman sires, and he is getting winners around the country. On Sept. 23, the first-time starter Big Glen won a 6 1/2-furlong maiden race by three-quarters of a length. He is a juvenile colt out of the Unaccounted For mare Zamba Canuta, and his second dam, Ragtime Rumble, is a half-sister to stakes winner Julie la Rousse. His fourth dam is Arkadina, a high-class mare who was second in the Irish Oaks and Irish 1000 Guineas. Arkadina's dam was Alabama Stakes and Monmouth Oaks winner Natashka, the 1981 Broodmare of the Year.

* Considering her impressive pedigree, you could say Through the Clouds was a big overlay winning a one-mile maiden race for 2-year-olds on Sept. 23 at 51-1. Trained by Helen Pitts, she was sixth in her previous start. Through the Clouds is by freshman sire Sky Mesa out of stakes winner Ethyl Mae (by Woodman). Ethyl Mae is a daughter of Diane Suzanne, who is a full sister to Fourstardave and Fourstars Allstar.