01/02/2007 12:00AM

Some '07 freshmen should be quick hits


LAS VEGAS - Every December and January, this column takes an early look at the freshman sires for the new season, and 2007 will feature many new sires who should have an immediate impact. Below is the first part of an alphabetical preview of what to expect from some of the new group of first-crop sires:

Aldebaran (Mr. Prospector-Chimes of Freedom, by Private Account); stands for $30,000 in Kentucky.

Aldebaran won his only start at 2, a maiden race at seven furlongs on the turf in England, was a stakes winner at 3, was stakes-placed five times at 4, and blossomed into a champion sprinter at age 5. His dam was a champion 3-year-old filly in England and France, and she became a premier broodmare. A half-sister to Denon and Imperfect Circle (the dam of Spinning World), his dam also produced stakes winners Good Journey, Tomisue's Indy, and Sea of Showers. His offspring should be good as juveniles and get better toward the end of the year, when they have a chance to race beyond five and six furlongs. They should not be ignored on turf.

American Spirit (Storm Boot-Pillow Dancer, by Northern Jove); stands for $1,500 in Florida.

Winner of the Baldwin Stakes, American Spirit was best on turf (not surprising, considering his pedigree), and his runners should have better success on grass as well.

Avanzado (Luhuk-Avian Eden, by Storm Bird); stands for $2,500 in California.

A stakes winner in his native Argentina, Avanzado was imported to the United States at age 5, when he won two sprint stakes. At 6, he won the Ancient Title Breeders' Cup Handicap and Palos Verdes Handicap and finished second in the Dubai Golden Shaheen. A grandson of Forty Niner, his California-bred runners should have win-early speed, which should get him off to a good start at stud.

Bay Head King (Saint Ballado-Meadow Silk, by Meadowlake); stands for $2,000 in New Mexico.

A multiple winner on the New York circuit, Bay Head King had speed, and he placed in the Gallant Bob Handicap and Fred "Cappy" Capossela Stakes. He is a full brother to stakes winners Star Dabbler (Iowa Derby) and Run Production, and champion sprinter Speightstown comes from this female family. Bay Head King's runners should have precocious speed at 2.

Cactus Ridge (Hennessy-Double Park, by Lycius); stands for $6,500 in Kentucky.

A brilliant, undefeated winner of all four of his starts, which included the Arlington-Washington Futurity, James C. Ellis Juvenile Stakes, and Canterbury Park Juvenile Stakes, Cactus Ridge never raced beyond 2 and has the kind of pedigree to be an immediate success at stud. Hennessy is a known speed influence (as the sire of Johannesburg, Madcap Escapade, Henny Hughes, Harmony Lodge), and his offspring should sire fleet 2-year-olds, on dirt and turf.

Century City (Danzig-Alywow, by Alysheba); stands for $5,000 in Kentucky.

Like most sons of the late Danzig who are out of top-class mares from long-winded stallions, Century City was best on turf and got better with age. Expect the same from his runners, who should have tactical speed on grass and be more effective at 3 and beyond.

Changeintheweather (Gone West-Meteor Colony, by Pleasant Colony); stands for $3,500 in Pennsylvania.

While he may not attract the same quality of mares he would receive in Kentucky, Changeintheweather merits attention simply because he is by a world-class sire and he also comes from a high-class female line. His dam is a full sister to Pleasant Stage, a champion at 2. His foals should have speed and be equally effective on dirt, turf and wet tracks.

D'Wildcat (Forest Wildcat-D'Enough, by D'Accord); stands for $6,500 in Kentucky.

This is a stallion who has all the earmarks of a very good sire of 2-year-olds. He won the Swale Stakes at 3 by 10 1/2 lengths, and the Frank J. De Francis Memorial Dash Stakes at 4. His sire is a son of Storm Cat who is famous for his high speed, and his damsire was a Canadian champion son of Secretariat. With Storm Cat on top and Secretariat on the bottom, D'Wildcat is a hidden turf sire whose runners should have as much speed on turf as dirt.

Decarchy (Distant View-Toussaud, by El Gran Senor); stands for $5,000 in California.

He may not have achieved as much fame as his illustrious half-siblings Empire Maker, Honest Lady, Chester House and Chiselling - all Grade 1 winners - but Decarchy had talent and won the Grade 2 Frank E. Kilroe Mile Handicap. He is by Distant View, a son of Mr. Prospector who was a champion miler in England. At $5,000, Decarchy could be the best value of any stallion based in California. His runners should show their best on turf and be best as milers.

Deputy Wild Cat (Deputy Minister-Hollywood Wildcat, by Kris S.); stands for $2,500 in Florida.

Unplaced in his only start at 3, Deputy Wild Cat deserves attention on his pedigree alone. By a Canadian Horse of the Year and champion at 2 in the United States and Canada who is a major sire of sires, he has as a dam a champion who produced a Breeders' Cup Mile winner, War Chant, as well as stakes winners Ministers Wild Cat, Ivan Denisovich, and Double Cat. His foals should have speed on all surfaces.

Desert Warrior (Deputy Minister-Navajo Pass, by Secretariat); stands for $3,000 in New York.

Desert Warrior placed in the Tremont Stakes at 2 and Derby Trial Stakes at 3, showing stakes-quality speed to complement his exceptional pedigree. His dam is a full sister to stakes winners Terlingua (the dam of Storm Cat and Chapel of Dreams) and Pancho Villa, and a half-sister to Royal Academy, a champion 3-year-old in England and Ireland and a Breeders' Cup Mile winner. With the Northern Dancer line on top and Secretariat on the bottom, his foals should win on dirt but be even better on grass.

Drewman (Unbridled-Lucky Soph, by Cozzene); stands for $2,500 in Florida.

A half-brother to stakes winner Lucky Pulpit, Drewman is closely related to Unbridled's Song. Sons of the late Unbridled include Broken Vow, Grindstone, Red Bullet, Unbridled Jet, and the late Anees. Drewman's dam is a half-sister to Trolley Song, the dam of Unbridled's Song. He could be a sleeper among Florida's freshman sires.