06/24/2007 11:00PM

Street Cry offspring dual-surface threats



Bet those Street Cry offspring on grass. Last year's freshman sire sensation and the sire of 2-year-old champion and Kentucky Derby winner Street Sense, Street Cry is a hidden turf sire because although he achieved success on dirt, he has multiple grass influences in his pedigree, and his runners should offer value on turf because Street Cry is not associated with the surface. On June 16, Summer Doldrums, who was on the Triple Crown trail earlier in the year, won the Colonial Turf Cup, and has found a new home on grass. Underscoring his quality is the fact that Summer Doldrums is an Rasmussen Factor, inbred to the influential broodmare Natalma through her daughter Raise the Standard (Hoist the Flag) and Northern Dancer (Nearctic).


Van Nistelrooy was a $6.4 million yearling, and while he did not become the next Secretariat, the son of Storm Cat was a Group 2 winner in Ireland. Out of the Halo mare Halory, the handsome 7-year-old chestnut is a half-brother to four other stakes winners - Prory, Halory Hunter, Brushed Halory and Key Lory. Van Nistelrooy is one of this year's promising freshman sires, and on June 15, Starry Pursuit, a 2-year-old filly by Van Nistelrooy out of the Naevus mare Star White, won a 4 1/2-furlong maiden race. Starry Pursuit's third dam is a half-sister to Beanery, dam of 2-year-old champion Rockhill Native. Like so many runners from the Storm Cat-Storm Bird-Northern Dancer sire line, Van Nistelrooy's offspring should be even more effective on turf.


Make the Point won a 5 1/2-furlong maiden race on June 13 by 4 3/4 lengths in his debut. He is by Menifee (by Harlan) and is out of the Capote mare New Dice, a half-sister to stakes winners Accelerator, Daydreaming, Harborage, and the unraced She's a Winner, who is the dam of Bluegrass Cat. New Dice is out of Affectionately Stakes winner Get Lucky, a full sister to 2-year-old champion and Travers Stakes winner Rhythm. Despite the impressive firepower of his pedigree, Make the Point paid $16.80.

* Spanky Fischbein won his career debut on June 15 and became the first winner for his freshman sire, Hook and Ladder. I tabbed Hook and Ladder to be the leading freshman sire based in New York this year, and the exciting young stallion already has two winners. On June 24 at Hollywood Park, Under Serviced, a juvenile filly making her debut, won a five-furlong maiden race for Bob Baffert after showing multiple fast workouts. Hook and Ladder had great speed, winning the Gulfstream Park Breeders' Cup Sprint and Mr. Prospector handicaps, and the son of Dixieland Band is from a strong female family of stakes winners, including Bernardini, Fairway Fable, Cara Rafaela, Fairway Fun, Fairway Flyer, Adhocracy, Torsion, and Fun Forever.

* Sea Chanter won a six-furlong maiden race on the turf on June 17. The 2-year-old filly comes by her grass heritage naturally, as she is by Breeders' Cup Mile winner War Chant, who has become a solid turf sire. Sea Chanter romped to a 6 3/4-length victory, and closed her last quarter-mile in less than 24 seconds for a final time of 1:10.06. Sea Chanter, out of the stakes-placed Easy Goer mare Smooth Charmer, is related to the aforementioned Make the Point.

* Mutakddim's 3-year-old filly Turning Point won his initial start, a six-furlong maiden race, at 14-1 on June 17. Out of the Mr. Leader mare Duralea, Turning Point is a half-sister to stakes winner Lea Carter, and this female family produced the brilliant miler and influential stallion Intentionally.


Luvandgo was a pedigree handicapper's dream play on June 16. A 2-year-old colt by Grand Slam, Luvandgo is closely related to stakes winner Strong Hope, and both have the Rasmussen Factor, as they are inbred 4x4 to the influential broodmare Sex Appeal, who is the dam of El Gran Senor, Try My Best and Compliance. Belmont Stakes winners Rags to Riches and Jazil also descend from this female line. With so much pedigree and by a stallion known for speed, Luvandgo was a pedigree play in his career debut at five furlongs - especially at 41-1. Shooting out of the gate, Luvandgo led all the way but was passed by another first-time starter, Sok Sok, a colt bred to sprint but with a mediocre pedigree (by Trippi out of a Great Above mare) from Steve Asmussen. Using Asmussen - who has won 15 races for 2-year-olds at the Churchill meet - no matter what the pedigree was with the logical pedigree play netted a $236 exacta.

* Blitzing, another juvenile trained by Asmussen, won a five-furlong maiden race on June 17. While Blitzing is by speed influence Montbrook, his female family has not produced anything of significance for at least five generations.

* From that race, keep an eye on third-place finisher Minewander, who rallied from eighth in the 10-horse field at 23-1. Minewander, as her name implies, is from the first crop of Horse of the Year Mineshaft, and will appreciate more distance.


Freshman sire Van Nistelrooy got his second winner on June 17 when Set Play, a 2-year-old filly out of the Bold Ruckus mare Boldy's Reflection, won a 5 1/2-furlong maiden race, paying $27.60. Set Play's second dam, Govan, is a half-sister to stakes winner With a Twist.

* After running second in two starts, both on dirt, Ingrid the Gambler won her third start switching to turf. By second-crop sire Johannesburg, Ingrid the Gambler looked like a winner every step of the six-furlong maiden race, tracking the leader, 50-1 Miss Bertrando, and then drawing off to a 2 1/4-length victory, paying $10.40. Ingrid the Gambler is out of a mare by Forest Wildcat (Storm Cat), suggesting speed and turf was always in her future.