Updated on 09/17/2011 11:45AM

Stars - and investments - of future


PHOENIX - The Breeders' Cup is where current and future stars take center stage - but it's not the only place. Here are a few horses who may not only make a splash or two in stakes this coming season, but may also put a few bucks in your wallet.

Stroll: I'm not exactly uncovering anything new here. This guy has shown all kinds of quality on the turf for Bill Mott. While the 3-year-old scene has been dominated by Empire Maker, Funny Cide, Ten Most Wanted, and Peace Rules, Stroll may well be the horse you hear the most from as a 4-year-old in 2004.

A son of Pulpit, Stroll went 5 for 6 this year and beat such 3-year-old challengers as Kicken Kris and Joe Bear. He has won on four different turf courses (Calder, Belmont, Saratoga, and Monmouth) and romped in such races as the Hall of Fame, Jamaica Handicap, and Calder Derby. His quality is also shown in his last five Beyers (97, 98, 102, 105, 96). The turf horse Storming Home earned Beyers of 112, 103, 107, and 104 this year, so Stroll certainly be expected to be among next year's elite. Expect him back at Gulfstream, where Mott can start the march to the Grade 1 Woodford Reserve, Grade 1 Arlington Million, etc.

During: After being passed in the stretch, he rerallied to beat Ten Most Wanted in the Grade 2 Swaps at Hollywood on July 13. Many slighted his win, saying Ten Most Wanted was overrated - oops. All Ten Most Wanted did was come back to win the Travers and Super Derby, and was expected to be among the favorites in Saturday's BC Classic. But During returned in the Grade 2 Jim Dandy on Aug. 3 and finished sixth. Trainer Bob Baffert shortened During up and wheeled him back in the Grade 1 King's Bishop 20 days later. During ran better, pressing a fast pace and holding well to be fourth. But the effort still didn't have much pizzazz to it. Maybe During isn't that fond of Saratoga.

When During resurfaced Sept. 13 in the Grade 2 Jerome Handicap at Belmont, he looked a lot more like the horse who beat Ten Most Wanted. His Beyer (99) was decent, and maybe when he matures some he can be most effective at about a mile.

That leaves races like next month's Grade 1 Cigar Mile at Aqueduct or the Grade 1 Malibu Dec. 26 at Santa Anita.

Lady Annaliese: Everyone knows Bobby Frankel is loaded with turf females, many from Europe. Lady Annaliese was top-class in New Zealand. Off since February, she made her U.S. debut Oct 4., going 1 1/8 miles on the turf at Santa Anita vs. tough optional claiming foes.

Winning the race was impressive, but even more impressive was that she really only had to run about three furlongs. Lady Annaliese had a terrible post (10) and broke slowly. She bided her time early, moved up seemingly without effort going into the far turn for jockey Jose Valdivia Jr., then blasted on by. The margin was only a half-length but Valdivia backed off when the result was no longer in doubt.

Lady Annaliese has proven class, shown she likes it here, and is proven going longer than 1 1/8 miles. That opens up all kinds of options for her in Southern California or New York. Wherever she shows up, look out.

Here are a couple of others that might warrant your attention when they resurface:

* Host is a 3-year-old Chilean monster who has won 3 of 4 starts. When he shows up in the States in 2004 he won't actually be a 4-year-old until nearly August. He's still maturing and he's by the same sire as Frankel's top filly Wild Spirit.

* Tomahawk was one of Europe's highest ranking 2-year-olds in 2002 when he raced for Aiden O'Brien. A son of Seattle Slew, he finished eighth in the BC Juvenile last year at Arlington, and lost all four starts this year in Europe. He reportedly will move to the U.S. and Todd Pletcher's care. Maybe a change of scenery - or more importantly, a change to Lasix - can snap him back to the promise he showed in 2002.