02/20/2009 1:00AM

Thirteen 3-year-olds to watch for this season


NEW YORK - Selecting future winners - some well known, some not - in a format popularly known as "Ten to Follow" is a time-honored pastime among British handicappers. Herewith, in alphabetical order and sexually segregated, is offered a hopefully lucky "Thirteen to Follow" among European 3-year-olds about to emerge from winter quarters, some already group race winners, others still operating under the radar.


* Crowded House (GB) by Rainbow Quest-Wiener Wald, by Woodman. Won his maiden by 3 1/4 lengths going a mile on the Kempton Polytrack, then finished a half-length second in the seven-furlong Tattersalls Million to subsequent BC Juvenile Turf winner Donativum. Improved to win the one-mile Group 1 Racing Post Trophy by 3 1/2 lengths. Majority owner J. Paul Reddam prompted a Triple Crown nomination, but the colt will be aimed at the British classics. Second favorite for 2000 Guineas, favorite for Epsom Derby. Trained by Brian Meehan. Racing Post Rating: 122.

w Globus (Ger) by Areion-Globuli, by Surako. German juvenile champ followed a 1 1/4-length maiden score going 6 1/2 furlongs at Krefeld with a front-running 10-length romp in the one-mile Group 3 Preis des Winterfavoriten at Cologne. By six-furlong Group 2 Goldene Peitshce winner out of a mare who stayed a mile, his first target is the German 2000 Guineas. Trained by Uwe Ostmann. RPR: 111.

* Naaqoos (GB) by Oasis Dream-Straight Lass, by Machiavellian. Half-brother to 1 1/4-mile Group 3 Prix La Force winner Barastraight by the excellent sprinting stallion who set a record last year siring 37 juvenile winners. Impressed winning a seven-furlong Deauville maiden but was only fifth in Bushranger's Group 1 Prix Morny over an inadequate six furlongs. Bounced back with neck score in the seven-furlong, Group 1 Prix Jean-Luc Lagardere at Longchamp, beating subsequent Group 1 Dewhurst winner Intense Focus into third and two-time Group 1 winner Mastercrafstman into fourth. Will return in Maisons-Laffitte's listed seven-furlong Prix Djebel on April 10 before deciding between English 2000 and French 2000. Trained by Freddie Head. RPR: 119.

* Nehaam (GB) by Nayef-Charm the Stars, by Roi Danzig. Half-brother to 1 3/4-mile Group 3 Lily Langtry Stakes winner Astrocharm from family of BC Turf winner Northern Spur, he won a 13-runner seven-furlong Newmarket maiden by 1 1/4 lengths in his lone start Sept. 19, striding away nicely at the end. He is 33-1 for the Epsom Derby; may develop into a St. Leger type. Trained by John Gosden. RPR: 81.

* Sea the Stars (Ire) by Cape Cross-Urban Sea, by Miswaki. Out of Arc winner Urban Sea, he is a half to Epsom Derby, Irish Derby, and King George winner Galileo and to two-time 1 1/2-mile Group 1 winner Black Sam Bellamy. Took a seven-furlong maiden in second start at Leopardstown and followed up with a win in the one-mile Group 2 Beresford Stakes over the highly regarded Mourayan and Masterofthehorse. Will surely stay 1 1/4 miles and maybe farther (he is second favorite for the Epsom Derby) but could start his 3-year-old campaign in the 2000 Guineas. Trained by John Oxx. RPR: 110.

* The Cheka (Ire) by Xaar-Veiled Beauty, by Royal Academy. Impressed with a 10-length Ascot allowance score in debut, and improved when a half-length second to Sri Putra in the seven-furlong Group 3 Solario Stakes at Sandown, racing greenly and hitting the front too soon. May not be top class but should be competitive in Group 2's and Group 3's from seven furlongs to a mile. Trained by Eve Johnson Houghton. RPR: 104.

* Your Old Pal (GB) by Rock of Gibraltar-Questabelle, by Rainbow Quest. Smooth six-length Newbury maiden winner in debut going one mile on Oct. 25 after which he was put away for the winter. Dam is a half-sister to 1 1/4-mile Group 2 Prince of Wales's Stakes winner Stagecraft. Open to considerable improvement and should stay 1 1/4 miles. Trained by Jeremy Noseda. RPR: 95.

* Zacinto (GB) by Dansili-Ithaca, by Distant View. This Juddmonte product assumed favoritism for the 2000 Guineas after winning his seven-furlong Sandown debut on July 4 by eight lengths. Given a 10-week break, he returned with a sharp neck second to Westphalia in Doncaster's seven-furlong Champagne Stakes. Zacinto's second dam is English Oaks winner Reams of Verse. Currently 16-1 for the Guineas, he has the makings of a first-class miler. Trained by Michael Stoute. RPR: 111.


* Beauty O' Gwaun (Ire) by Rainbow Quest-Angel of the Gwaun, by Sadler's Wells. Three-length winner versus colts in a 15-runner seven-furlong Curragh maiden on heavy ground in her only start on Oct. 20, she is loaded with stamina, her dam a half-sister to St. Leger winner Millenary. General fifth favorite for English Oaks at 20-1, she appears to have a world of potential. Trained by John Oxx. RPR: 82.

* Heart of Ice (Ire) by Montjeu-Helvellyn, by Gone West. Half-sister to 1 1/2-mile Grade 2 La Prevoyante winner Herboriste was a three-quarter-length winner in her lone start, a 1 1/8-mile Longchamp maiden on Oct. 19, suggesting that the 1 5/16 miles of the Prix de Diane (French Oaks) will pose no problem. Trained by Andre Fabre. RPR: Unavailable.

* Leocorno (Ire) by Pivotal-Highland Gift, by Generous. Half-sister to 2000 Guineas winner, King George winner, and Epsom Derby runner-up Golan and to Group 2 Dante Stakes winner and Epsom Derby runner-up Tartan Bearer, she was victorious in her only start, which came at Doncaster on Oct. 24 in a 15-runner one-mile maiden. As low as 12-1 for the English Oaks, she may prove best at 1 1/4 miles. Trained by Michael Stoute. RPR: 80.

* Proportional (GB) by Beat Hollow-Minority, by Generous. Whistled in France's championship juvenile filly event, the one-mile Group 1 Prix Marcel Boussac, by three lengths from Grade 3 Deauville winner Elusive Wave. A Juddmonte filly, Proportional will prep for French 1000 Guineas in the one-mile Group 3 Prix de la Grotte on April 12 but is a prime candidate for the French Oaks as well. Trained by Criquette Head-Maarek. RPR: 114.

* Rainbow View (USA) by Dynaformer-No Matter What, by Nureyev. Owned by George Strawbridge, she was the best 2-year-old filly in the world last year, when she went 4 for 4. She improved with every start, taking Ascot's Group 1 Fillies Mile by 2 1/2 lengths from Group 3 Prestige Stakes winner Fantasia. Out of 1 1/8-mile Grade 1 Del Mar Oaks winner No Matter What, Rainbow View has won her four starts by combined 16 1/2 lengths and is the favorite for both the 1000 Guineas and the English Oaks. Trained by John Gosden. RPR: 117.