07/09/2007 12:00AM

Three Wonders progeny continue to offer value



Three Wonders surprised last year as a freshman sire when he got off to a fast start, siring 14 winners from 36 starters and finishing sixth behind Johannesburg, Street Cry, Officer, Include, and Orientate in progeny earnings. A young son of Storm Cat, he continues to get winners all around the country, and his offspring sometimes are ignored by bettors. On June 27, Sharp Surprise, a 3-year-old filly from Three Wonders's first crop, won a 6 1/2-furlong maiden race by four lengths, paying $16.20. Three Wonders traces in direct tail-male line (sire, sire's sire, etc.) to turf influence Northern Dancer, and his runners are equally adept on dirt and turf.


Christophe Clement, known more for his prowess with European-bred turf runners, saddled a 2-year-old winner June 27 when Blue Devil Bel, a juvenile filly by Gilded Time, won a five-furlong maiden race for New York-breds. Blue Devil Bel may have been foaled in New York, but she has a Kentucky pedigree. In addition to being by Gilded Time, a champion at 2 whose only race at age 3 was a courageous third in the Breeders' Cup Sprint, Blue Devil Bel is out of a Gulch mare and her third dam is multiple stakes winner Classy Cathy.

* Hook and Ladder has soared to the top of the freshman sire class based in New York. As expected, runners by Hook and Ladder - a son of Dixieland Band who was a multiple-stake-winning sprinter - have inherited his speed and are winning at tracks around the country. On June 28, I Promise, a filly first-time starter by Hook and Ladder, romped to a seven-length victory at 12-1 over statebreds. I Promise descends from a classy Christiana female line that produced Endine, Rum Bottle Bay, Mo Bay, Unity Hall, and Linkage.

* Out of Place was a stakes-winning Cox's Ridge colt who was best at middle distances, but his offspring have proven to best as sprinters who sometimes stretch out to win at one mile. On June 29, According to Plan, a 2-year-old by Out of Place out of the Affirmed mare Waiting, showed high speed to win a five-furlong maiden race by 4 1/2 lengths going wire-to-wire at 8-1. According to Plan has the RF (Rasmussen Factor), as he is inbred 5x4 to the important broodmare Exclusive. Exclusive is the fifth dam of Out of Place and she is also the dam of Exclusive Native, the sire of Affirmed, According to Plan's damsire. This inbreeding pattern (doubling a superior female in a pedigree) usually results in a racehorse of higher quality.

Three races later on the same card, Out of Place had another winner when stakes winner Out of Gwedda won an optional claiming allowance at seven furlongs. Out of Gwedda is out of the Gone West mare Gwedda, a half-sister to stakes winner Zoonaqua.

* Todd Pletcher's winners of the Astoria Stakes (Glacken's Gal) and Tremont Stakes (Ready's Image) won with authority, and while they are bred to be precocious 2-year-olds at sprint distances, don't look for them to be as imposing at the Breeders' Cup Juvenile and Juvenile Fillies distance of 1 1/16 miles. They both should continue to excel in summer stakes up to seven furlongs, but their contemporaries should start catching up to them later in the fall.


Betratron, a 2-year-old colt who won a 4 1/2-furlong maiden race June 30, has a brilliant (speed) pedigree combined with high quality. By speed influence Tale of the Cat, he is out of the Seeking Gold mare Adversity and his second dam is multiple Grade 1 winner Dispute, who won the Kentucky Oaks, Beldame, Spinster, and Gazelle stakes.

* Cash Run, who upset heavily favored Chilukki in the 1999 Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies, paying $67, is the dam of the 3-year-old colt Gstaad (by Storm Cat), who won a seven-furlong allowance on June 30 and paid $32. Cash Run also won the Bonnie Miss and Davona Dale stakes and placed in the Alcibiades, Princess, and Golden Rod stakes. By Seeking the Gold, Cash Run is a half-sister to stakes winner and sire Forestry, as both are out of multiple stakes winner Shared Interest.

* Forestry is the sire of Reen, a 2-year-old filly who won a 4 1/2-furlong maiden race July 1, paying $15.40. Reen, out of the Olympio mare Airhart, is a half-sister to stakes winner Cojet and stakes-placed Unbridled America.


On June 30, Slam Slew won a 5 1/2-furlong maiden race for trainer Richard Mandella. The 2-year-old colt is by Grand Slam (speed) out of the Seattle Slew mare Slew of Comfort. His third dam, Caterina, won the Group 2 Nunthorpe Stakes in England.

* Tasha's Miracle won a 5 1/2-furlong maiden race July 1. The 2-year-old filly is one of many promising runners from the first crop of Harlan's Holiday, whose yearlings last season averaged $138,000. Harlan's Holiday won $3.6 million, winning eight stakes and placing in six stakes from 22 starts.