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Sky Mesa should pass on versatility
LAS VEGAS - The following is part 6 of an alphabetical preview of the 2007 freshmen sires and how to bet their offspring with their pedigree, 2007 stud fee, and state where they are based.
Redattore (Roi Normand-Political Intrigue, by Deputy Minister); stands for $4,000 in California. Redattore was a Group 1 winner in Brazil and was imported to the U.S. at age 6 when he won the Eddie Read Handicap and San Francisco Breeders' Cup Mile Handicap and was third in the Arlington Million. At 7, he won the San Antonio Handicap and placed in the Shoemaker BC Mile Stakes and Inglewood Handicap, and was third in the Eddie Read. He was at his finest at age 8, winning the Shoemaker, Citation Handicap, Frank E. Kilroe Mile Handicap, and San Gabriel Handicap. By a son of Exclusive Native (sire of Affirmed), his second dam is a full sister to 1971 2-year-old champion Numbered Account (the dam of Private Account, Dance Number, and Polish Numbers) and to Playmate (the dam of Woodman). This is a powerful pedigree for a modest price, and his late-maturing Cal-bred foals should be most effective when they get on grass.
Repent (Louis Quatorze-Baby Grace, by Cipayo); stands for $5,000 in Florida. From the first crop of 1996 Preakness Stakes winner Louis Quatorze, Repent came on strong late in his juvenile season, winning the Kentucky Jockey Club Stakes and Kentucky Cup Juvenile Stakes, and finishing a clear second to champion Johannesburg in the BC Juvenile. He won the Louisiana Derby and Risen Star Stakes at 3 and was second in the Illinois Derby, but missed the Triple Crown due to an injury and returned to finish second in the Travers Stakes. Repent is a half-brother to Canadian champion sprinter and miler King Ruckus. His 2-year-olds could surprise at some big prices, and they will be better at 3 at longer distances.
Rock Slide (A.P. Indy-Prospectors Delite, by Mr. Prospector); stands for $5,000 in Maryland. A full brother to Mineshaft, Rock Slide did not have the ability of his famous Horse of the Year sibling but was a two-time stakes winner. His runners should have ample speed, and they are also more likely to be better at 3.
Say Florida Sandy (Personal Flag-Lolli Lucka Lolli, by Sweet Candy); stands for $5,000 in New York. One of the most popular horses to race on the New York circuit, Say Florida Sandy was a throwback to yesteryear's Thoroughbreds, racing from ages 2 through 9 and winning 33 of 98 starts, including 19 stakes. Although Say Florida Sandy won 4 of 8 starts at age 2, this sire line is known for getting slow-maturing horses who do better with age and distance.
Seeking Daylight (Seeking the Gold-Play All Day, by Steady Growth); stands for $3,500 in Maryland. A half-brother to Santa Anita Oaks winner Hedonist, Seeking Daylight won the Brooklyn Handicap and has a ton of pedigree behind him. His second dam is a half-sister to Izvestia, Canadian Horse of the Year and a multiple champion, as well as stakes winners Key Spirit, Introspective, and Unduplicated. His third dam is a half-sister to Canadian Horse of the Year With Approval and also to Belmont Stakes winner Touch Gold. Winner of both his starts at 2, his juveniles should have speed and carry that speed to middle distances.
Seeking Greatness (Seeking the Gold-Touch of Greatness, by Hero's Honor); stands for $3,000 in Oklahoma. Stakes-placed at 3, Seeking Greatness merits attention as he is a half-brother to Elusive Quality. His dam is also a half-sister to the unraced Ivory Idol, the dam of 1999 2-year-old champion Anees. His runners should have speed and be best on the turf at 3.
Shore Breeze (Danzig-Sea Breezer, by Gulch); stands for $5,000 in Kentucky. Stakes-placed at 3 and 4, Shore Breeze is by Danzig, one of the world's great stallions and sires of sires. His dam is a half-sister to Grade 1 winner Mogambo, and his second dam is 1977 2-year-old filly champion Lakeville Miss. Danzig's sons are superior turf sires, and Shore Breeze gets a double dose of turf from Gulch.
Sky Mesa (Pulpit-Caress, by Storm Cat); stands for $30,000 in Kentucky. Winner of the Hopeful Stakes and Lane's End Breeders' Futurity, Sky Mesa was one of the best 2-year-olds of his crop. He also finished second in the Haskell Invitational Handicap and third in the Dwyer Stakes at 3 in an abbreviated campaign. By a top young son of A.P. Indy and from a female family of considerable quality, Sky Mesa is one of this year's major freshman sires who was bred to an impressive group of mares. His fourth dam is a half-sister to Buckpasser and his runners should have speed at 2 and be best by year's end as distances increase. Although he never raced on grass, Sky Mesa is an HT2 (hidden turf on top and bottom) sire whose offspring should flourish on turf.
Sligo Bay (Sadler's Wells-Angelic Song, by Halo); stands for $7,500 in Florida. With the emphasis on speed in pedigrees, Sligo Bay is a rare commodity for breeders who want racehorses with stamina and high class. By the world's leading turf sire, Sligo Bay is out of a full sister to Canadian Horse of the Year Glorious Song (the dam of Rahy and Singspiel), champion Devil's Bag, and Saint Ballado. Sligo Bay was group-placed in Ireland and France at 2, and won the Cinema Handicap at 3. He also won the Hollywood Turf Cup at 4 and his runners should be superior on grass as well, developing into major turf winners at distances beyond nine furlongs.
Smooth Jazz (Storm Boot-Blushing Issue, by Blushing John); stands for $3,500 in Florida. Winner of the Best Turn Stakes and Commonwealth BC Stakes, Smooth Jazz is by a speed influence from the female family that produced multiple stakes winner Future Storm. While his runners should have speed on dirt, they should also do well on turf.
Sunday Break (Forty Niner-Catequil, by Storm Cat); stands for $7,500 in Kentucky. Winner of the Peter Pan Stakes, Sunday Break was third in the Belmont Stakes and Wood Memorial and was also third in the Arcadia Handicap on turf at 4. By a top sire of sires, Sunday Break's offspring should have speed on all surfaces.