05/17/2004 11:00PM

Successful Appeal top new sire


LAS VEGAS - Successful Appeal was a stakes winner at 2, 3, and 4, and when he went to stud he was expected to be one of those stallions who would be an immediate hit because of his precocious pedigree and race record. It is only May, but freshman stallion Successful Appeal has already zoomed to the head of his class with three winners from six starts, including two stakes winners, Lunarpal and Double D Appeal.

Successful Appeal is by Valid Appeal, a son of In Reality (brilliant influence) who had a significant impact on the breed as a Florida-based stallion. Valid Appeal's trademark was early speed, and his 2-year-olds in particular were always in high demand. As expected from his sire line (In Reality-Intentionally), they were also exceptional on wet tracks and had success on turf. While the Valid Appeal-In Reality-Intentionally sire line was not known for stamina, runners from this male-tail sire line were deadly sprinting on all surfaces. Successful Appeal inherited his high speed not only from Valid Appeal, but also from his damsire, Fortunate Prospect, a grandson of Mr. Prospector.

Successful Appeal was featured in my Daily Racing Form annual series on the freshman stallions back in January. I wrote:

"This is a stallion born to be a major sire of fast 2-year-olds. Valid Appeal (In Reality) had phenomenal success as a sire of precocious and quick horses, and two of his sons, Valid Expectations and Valid Wager, are also successful 2-year-old and sprint sires. A stakes-winning sprinter/miler who won the Cowdin, Withers, Kentucky Cup Sprint, and Amsterdam Stakes, and A.G. Vanderbilt Handicap, his Florida-bred runners will be best from three to seven furlongs."

Successful Appeal's first starter won at first asking on April 18 in a 4 1/2-furlong maiden race at Keeneland. Lunarpal, a colt out of the Quiet American mare Quiet Eclipse, showed high speed to draw away to a seven-length victory at 5-2. Lunarpal came back in 13 days to win the Three Chimneys Juvenile Stakes by five lengths on the Kentucky Derby undercard, becoming not only the first winner for his sire, but also the first stakes winner.

Lunarpal is heading to the Bashford Manor Stakes.

Lunarpal is from a female family tracing to Man o' War's daughter Hostility, and this line is represented by Tiltaltating and Linda Cubanita. Lunarpal's second dam, June Gift, is a half-sister to Ridan Prospector, the dam of Snowberg.

Double D Appeal is the latest stakes winner for Successful Appeal. Third in her debut on March 24 in a Santa Anita two-furlong dash, she returned two weeks later to win a two-furlong sprint by a head. Last Sunday, Double D Appeal was squeezed so badly at the start of Hollywood Park's Nursery Stakes, she gave the front-runners an eight-length advantage and her chances of having an impact on the race appeared hopeless. But jockey Victor Espinoza did not panic and let the filly find her best stride. Despite her rocky start, Double D Appeal accelerated from the back of the pack, circled the field, and ran by the highly regarded first-time starter Bella Banissa to win the five-furlong race going away.

Double D Appeal was bred for high speed. Her dam, Wicked Diablo, and second dam, Wicked Good, are both out of high-speed influences (Diablo and Distinctive Pro, respectively). Double D Appeal's female family produced Governor Max, and her third dam, Klassy Reason, carries the Rasmussen Factor as she is inbred 3x3 to the influential broodmare Lalun through her two sons Never Bend and Bold Reason.

Three winners for More Than Ready

Another freshman sire off to a good start is More Than Ready, who already has three winners and another runner who finished second from four starters. Like Successful Appeal, More Than Ready was known for his precocious style and his babies were expected to be very effective.

Another freshman sire, Elnadim, a son of Danzig who was a champion 3-year-old and champion older male in England, is off to a fast start in Europe, siring two winners. Elnadim is out of Elle Seule (Exclusive Native), one of nine high-quality stakes winners out of the 1994 Broodmare of the Year, Fall Aspen. Elle Seule is a half-sister to Timber Country, Bianconi, Prince of Thieves, Fort Wood (sire of Horse Chestnut), Northern Aspen, Hamas, Colorado Dancer (dam of Dubai Millennium), and Mazzacano.

Other freshman sires with at least one winner this early in the season are Cape Canaveral, Catienus, Diktat, Elnadim, Fusaichi Pegasus, Gen Stormin'norman, Giant's Causeway, Karen's Cat, Lion Hearted, Makula King, Muqtarib, Phonetics, Straight Man, Western Expression, Yankee Victor, and Yes It's True.