01/21/2008 12:00AM

Theatrical still marquee name in breeding world

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At age 26, Theatrical still rocks. Storming Off, a 3-year-old filly from his 17th foal crop, won a one-mile maiden race on turf, of course, on Jan. 7. A champion in Ireland and the U.S., Theatrical won such classic races as the Breeders’ Cup Turf, Man o’ War Stakes, and Bowling Green and Sword Dancer handicaps. His 21 stakes winners include Japanese champion Hishi Amazon and the Irish champions Zagreb and Theoretically. His 22 Grade 1 stakes winners include Royal Anthem, Geri, Shakespeare, and Dahlia’s Dreamer.

Storming Off is out of the Storm Cat mare Stormy Sea, a full sister to Steady Cat and Apollo Cat. Stormy Sea was a half-sister to Union City, who finished second in the Santa Anita Derby and San Rafael Stakes and broke down and was euthanized in the 1993 Preakness Stakes. Storming Off’s second dam, Hopespringsforever, was a full sister to stakes winner and influential sire Miswaki.

* Indian Halloween, a 3-year-old filly from the first crop of Sunday Break, won a seven-furlong maiden race Jan. 10 and is another example of female family inbreeding. Indian Halloween is inbred 5x4 to the remarkable broodmare South Ocean, through her son Storm Bird and his full sister Oceana. Indian Halloween is out of the Halo mare Indian Halo, also the dam of Affirmed Handicap winner Indian Ocean.

* Adriano, a 3-year-old colt, won 1 1/16-mile allowance on turf on Jan. 11 for Graham Motion, and may be equally effective on dirt. By A.P. Indy, Adriano is out of the Mr. Prospector mare Gold Canyon, and his second dam is a half-sister to Belmont Stakes winner Bet Twice.

* In addition to War Pass, last year’s 2-year-old champion, Nick Zito has a barnful of promising 3-year-olds, and one of them, Bordeaux Bandit, was impressive winning a one-mile maiden race on Jan. 12. A half-brother to Noble Causeway, who finished second in the 2005 Florida Derby for Zito, Bordeaux Bandit is from the first crop of juvenile champion Vindication. Bordeaux Bandit is out of the Seeking the Gold mare Mimi’s Golden Girl, and his second dam is multiple Grade 1 stakes winner Classy Cathy. His third dam is Trestle, an influential broodmare who produced stakes winners Classy Cathy, Ms. Margi, Sports View, and Testy Trestle.

Aqueduct

Awesome I Am won a six-furlong maiden race on Jan. 9. The 3-year-old filly is out of the Known Fact mare Facts of Winning. Her second dam, Distinct Habit, won the 1992 Schuylerville and Astoria stakes, and this is the same female family that produced the 2000 Preakness Stakes winner, Red Bullet.

* Restored Hope, winner of the Next Move and Rare Treat handicaps and who also placed in the Hempstead and Shuvee handicaps, has been a good broodmare, producing stakes winner Sabellina. On Jan. 12, System Restore, a 4-year-old colt by Regal Classic out of Restored Hope, won a six-furlong maiden race, paying $8.20.

Fair Grounds

Cloudburst, a 3-year-old half-sister to 1996 2-year-old champion colt Boston Harbor by Storm Cat, won a maiden race on the turf at about 5 1/2 furlong on Jan. 7. Cloudburst is out of the Vice Regent mare Harbor Springs, a half-sister to champion sprinter Groovy. Cloudburst showed the speed of her pedigree, wiring 11 other fillies as the 1-2 favorite.

* Mapmaker, a 3-year-old filly by Unbridled’s Song, found a sealed, sloppy surface to her liking as she won a one-mile maiden race on Jan. 10. Mapmaker has royal bloodlines as she is out of the A.P. Indy mare Biscayne Bay, a three-quarter sister to 2000 3-year-old filly champion Surfside. Mapmaker’s second dam is Flanders, the 1994 2-year-old filly champion.

* Call Me Kitty Cat, a 3-year-old filly from the first crop of Hold That Tiger, won a maiden race on the grass at about 5 1/2 furlongs on Jan. 12. Hold That Tiger’s offspring are bred to love turf. Call Me Kitty Cat is out of a mare by French Deputy (by Deputy Minister), and she also has Dynaformer (Roberto) and Avatar (Graustark) – all turf influences – up close in her pedigree. Her fifth dam, Cherryville, is a half-sister to Secretariat, Sir Gaylord, and Syrian Sea.

Santa Anita

On the Virg, a 3-year-old colt by Pulpit, won 1 1/16-mile maiden race on Jan. 13 for Todd Pletcher and is bred to perform well at classic distances. While his dam is by sprint champion Housebuster, he has stamina influences Green Dancer and Sir Ivor up close in his pedigree. His second dam is multiple stakes winner Virgin Michael, a half-sister to stakes winner Virginia Rapids. On the Virg’s fourth dam, Amerigo Lady, was one of the best fillies in the late 1960s, winning important races for Paul Mellon such as the Hollywood Oaks, Falls City, Top Flight, Maskette, and Santa Monica Handicap.