09/25/2003 11:00PM

Slewdledo does Washington proud


LAS VEGAS - Washington State is proving to be fertile ground for some well-bred stallions, and they were center stage last Sunday, when beautiful Emerald Downs, with majestic Mt. Rainier as a backdrop, hosted the inaugural running of Washington Cup Day - eight stakes on a 10-race program.

As a group, these stallions have superior pedigrees and many descend from sire lines such as Seattle Slew, Storm Cat, Mr. Prospector, and In Reality. Leading all Washington-based stallions last year was Defensive Play (by Fappiano), followed by Slewdledo (Seattle Slew), and Cahill Road (Fappiano).

Slewdledo is one of many unraced sons of Seattle Slew who have prospered at stud. Washington-based Slewdledo was last year's leading sire of 2-year-olds in the state, and the 22-year-old shows no signs of slowing down. His best juvenile was three-time Canadian stakes winner Taiaslew. And Slewdledo had a banner day on Washington Cup Day, as the sire of three stakes winners on the program - Crystal Mt. Stevie's in the Diane Kem Stakes, I'm a Soccer Boy in the Trooper Seven Stakes, and Corvallis Dee in the day's feature, the Gottstein Futurity, which is not restricted to Washington-bred juveniles.

Delineator led the 2001 Washington juvenile list and finished fourth in that category last year. By one of the world's most accomplished stallions, Storm Cat, 12-year-old Delineator is from a classy Phipps female family. Although his dam, Mountain Climber (by turf influence, Grey Dawn II), was a modest winner, his second dam, Alpine Lass, won the Matron and Busanda Stakes and was a full sister to Hopeful Stakes winner Irish Castle (the sire of Kentucky Derby and Belmont Stakes winner Bold Forbes). Delineator's third dam, Castle Forbes, was the nation's co-champion 2-year-old filly in 1963. Delineator was bred to be a superior turf sire, but his runners are nevertheless performing well on dirt.

On Washington Cup Day, Delineator's 2-year-old filly Fast Stitch Gal finished third in the Diane Kem Stakes, and his 3-year-old filly Sun Valley Anna finished second in the John and Kitty Fletcher Stakes, paying $22 to place.

Changing of the guard

With perennial Washington leading stallion Son of Briartic pensioned, and with the death of Demons Begone, the stage is set for some exciting new stallions to fill a void, and one stallion making noise is He's Tops, who had a big day on the Washington Cup program.

He's Tops is the sire of Youcan'ttakeme, a multiple-stakes-winning 3-year-old filly who reeled off dazzling victories in the Washington Oaks, Federal Way Handicap, and Son of Briartic Stakes. She is scheduled to run next in the Indiana Oaks and then head to Keeneland.

On Washington Cup Day, He's Top's was represented by Millenium Nugget, a 2-year-old gelding who scored an impressive victory in the Captain Condo Stakes, and the 4-year-old gelding Iron Top, who finished a fast-closing second in the Chinook Pass Sprint Stakes.

A 10-year-old son of Seattle Slew, He's Tops is a three-quarter-brother to stakes winner She's Tops (Capote), who produced the high-class Dixie Union. He's Tops is out of the Mr. Prospector mare She's a Talent, who didn't do much on the racetrack but is fast becoming a treasured broodmare. Bred to a variety of stallions, She's a Talent has thrown quality individuals. In addition to She's Tops, she produced stakes winner Early Colony (Pleasant Colony), stakes-placed Talented Pirate (Pirate's Bounty), and Impertinent Lady (Sham), who produced stakes horses Eishin Le Mars and Cocky. Impertinent Lady also produced the dam of current stakes sprinter Zavata.

Paintbrush, the third dam of He's Top's, is a half-sister to Fall Aspen, one of the most influential broodmares of modern times. Fall Aspen's nine stakes winners include champion 2-year-old Timber Country, Irish champion Bianconi, Prince of Thieves, Fort Wood (the sire of freshman stallion Horse Chestnut), Northern Aspen, Hamas, Mazzacano, Elle Seule, and Colorado Dancer, the dam of Dubai Millennium. An unraced daughter, Dance of Leaves, produced champion miler Charnwood Forest.

Three inducted into Hall of Fame

The first Washington Hall of Fame awards dinner was held on the eve of Washington Cup Day, hosted by Joe Withee, the director of broadcast publicity for Emerald Downs, and track announcer, Robert Geller. Three Washington-bred legends - Trooper Seven, Chinook Pass, and Captain Condo - became the first group of Thoroughbreds inducted into the Washington-bred Hall of Fame.

Trooper Seven won the hearts of local fans when he defeated invading Californian stakes winners in back-to-back renewals of the Longacres Mile. He was also the first horse to win consecutive Washington horse of the year titles.

A winner of 30 races in 70 starts, Captain Condo was an iron horse and won Washington horse of the year honors at age 9. One of the most popular Washington-breds of all time, his induction into the Washington Hall of Fame Saturday night brought thunderous applause.

Laffit Pincay Jr. once declared that Chinook Pass, the 1983 Eclipse Award-winning sprinter, the fastest horse he ever saw, and he was the first Washington-bred to ever win an Eclipse Award. Chinook Pass's sire, Native Born, who was second in the 1965 Yakima Valley Derby, had a classy Alfred G. Vanderbilt pedigree (by Native Dancer out of Next Move, 1950 champion 3-year-old filly and 1952 champion older filly or mare.) The unheralded Native Born was a full brother to Spinaway and Selima Stakes winner Good Move.