10/28/2003 12:00AM

Sires like Unbridled will be missed


LAS VEGAS - A pedigree look at Breeders' Cup Day:


Adoration is by the late sire Honor Grades (Danzig), a stakes-placed half-brother to A.P. Indy and Summer Squall. While Honor Grades did not have the high racing class of his siblings, he was a useful sire, and the majority of his offspring preferred turf. Adoration traces in tail-female line to the stakes-winning mare Belle Noire.

* Elloluv ran gamely to be second at a distance beyond her best and is the filly with the most upside. By champion 2-year-old Gilded Time, a pronounced speed influence, she gets a needed boost of stamina from her damsire, Cryptoclearance. A classy individual who had a four-month absence from racing this year, Elloluv will be a force in the filly and mare division next year at 4 if kept to distances up to 1 1/16 miles.

Juvenile Fillies

The authoritative victory by Halfbridled once again underscored the giant loss of Unbridled. Halfbridled is from his penultimate crop, and as good as she has been at 2, she has the breeding to be even better at 3 stretching out to classic distances. Kentucky Derby winner Unbridled also won the Breeders' Cup Classic at 3, and his offspring have performed admirably in Breeders' Cup races. Unbridled's Song won the 1995 Juvenile (and Unbridled's Song's daughter Unbridled Elaine won the 2001 Distaff); champion Anees won the 1999 Juvenile; and champion Banshee Breeze finished second twice in the Distaff.

Halfbridled is out of a half-sister to stakes winner Lu Ravi, and both her second and third dam, At the Half and Knitted Gloves, were multiple stakes winners. In addition to At the Half, Knitted Gloves produced stakes winners Spruce Needles and Dusty Gloves.

* Runner-up Ashado is by the late Saint Ballado, a stakes-winning full brother to champions Devil's Bag and Glorious Song. As a racehorse, Saint Ballado did not have the brilliance of Devil's Bag, but he was a superior stallion. Saint Ballado was a source of speed, and, aside from Captain Bodgit, his runners were most effective up to 1 1/16 miles.

Most notably, Ashado has the Rasmussen Factor (inbreeding to a superior female through different individuals within five generations), as she is inbred to the influential matron Cosmah.

* Freshman sire Victory Gallop was represented by third-place finisher Victory U. S. A., and his future as a stallion is bright. A stakes winner at 2, 3, and 4, including prestigious victories in the Belmont Stakes, Whitney Handicap, and Stephen Foster Handicap, Victory Gallop also finished second in the Kentucky Derby and Preakness, and his offspring should excel at 3 when they have a chance to compete at longer distances.


Six Perfections was born to be a Mile winner - she is by the high-class Celtic Swing, who was a Group 1 winner at age 2 (Racing Post Trophy) and 3 (French Derby). Her dam, Yogya (Riverman), is a half-sister to two-time Mile winner Miesque, who is among the most memorable of all Breeders' Cup winners. Miesque transferred her high quality to the breeding shed, producing four major stakes winners, including Kingmambo.


Cajun Beat is from the first crop of Grand Slam, and his victory capped a phenomenal year for the young stallion. In addition to Cajun Beat, his first crop includes Strong Hope (Jim Dandy and Dwyer stakes) and Grand Hombre (Pennsylvania Derby). A son of Gone West from the female family that produced Alydar, Grand Slam is a source of high speed, and Breeders' Cup Day started off with Grand Slam's daughter Stellar winning the Very Subtle Handicap.

Filly and Mare Turf

Islington's hard-earned victory was vindication for last year, when she finished third after a very rough trip. She is by the world's most successful turf stallion, Sadler's Wells, who has sired more stakes winners than any sire in history. Islington defeated L'Ancresse, a daughter of the highly successful European sire Darshaan. Notably, Darshaan is also the sire of Islington's dam.


Action This Day became the fifth Breeders' Cup winner (along with Hollywood Wildcat, Prized, Soaring Softly, and Brocco) and second Juvenile winner for the late Kris S., whose runners excelled at distances beyond one mile on dirt and turf. Tiger Hunt, another son of Kris S., just missed third by a nose.

* Minister Eric is the spitting image of his freshman sire, the late Old Trieste, who it now appears would have had a successful career as a stallion if not for his untimely death earlier this year.


High Chaparral (Sadler's Wells) followed last year's victory with a dead heat with Johar (Gone West). Gone West is a speed influence but has occasionally sired runners - such as Commendable - who win at classic distances. Johar gets his stamina from his damsire, Lear Fan, a marvelous stayer by Roberto. Third-place runner Falbrav is by Fairy King, a full brother to Sadler's Wells.


It seems only fitting that a son of Pleasant Colony would win the Classic. Pleasantly Perfect is typical of the kind of runner the late Pleasant Colony sired. Along with Unbridled, Pleasant Colony was one of this country's rare sources of stamina. In addition, Pleasantly Perfect has stamina influences Affirmed and Lyphard up close in his pedigree.