11/18/2005 12:00AM

Tiger Ridge climbs charts despite his dull race record


A look at the list of the 50 leading sires in North America shows that every one of them is a graded stakes winner, giving currency to those who require performance as well as pedigree when patronizing a stallion. This list, however, may soon include Tiger Ridge, whose abbreviated racing career was limited to a second and a third as a 4-year-old in maiden special company at Delaware Park.

Tiger Ridge, standing at Hartley/DeRenzo Walmac South, has all the requisites to have been a graded stakes winner, possibly a champion. A 9-year-old son of Storm Cat, Tiger Ridge is a half-brother to Eclipse champion and leading sire A. P. Indy, a half-brother to classic winner and successful sire Summer Squall and to the deceased stallion Honor Grades, sire of the multiple Grade 1 stakes winner Honor Glide. Pedigree, to be sure, is there, but is pedigree enough to make up for a suspect racing record? Maybe, especially if looks are added into the equation.

"Tiger Ridge would be the spitting image of his sire if he had one more white foot," said Dean De Renzo of Hartley/DeRenzo Walmac South. "He fractured a cannon bone as a 2 year-old, they put some screws in his leg, and gave him a year off. The remedy did not hold, and after a couple of tries, he was retired to stud."

Florida breeders think Tiger Ridge had the right stuff, as they filled his book at $7,500 per season for every season the stallion has been at stud. From his first two full books, Tiger Ridge put 126 foals on the ground.

Horses in his first two crops are now 2-year-olds and 3-year-olds, and 71 of them are racing and 43 have won, including six stakes winners. The stakes winners cannot be lumped together because they have won short and long on the dirt, and long on the turf.

Therecomesatiger is a 3-year-old by Tiger Ridge who has been moving up the class ladder. In five starts, all on the turf, this son of a South African mare by Artistry has won four times and was third in his other race. His latest victory came this past week in the $150,000 Commonwealth Turf at Churchill Downs.

Tiger Ridge apparently has no noticeable nick when it comes to siring a stakes winner. Other stakes winners by him are out of mares by Blue Ensign, Maudlin, Sovereign Dancer, and Valid Appeal.

Florida Million Day a success for state stallions

Florida Million Day at Calder Race Course on Nov. 12 boosted the stock of several Sunshine State stallions. Adcat, who recently was moved from Farnsworth Farms to Get Away Farm, had his second stakes winner when Survicat dead-heated with Good Intentions in the $100,000 John Franks Stakes for 2-year-old fillies. Survicat was bred in Florida by Victor and Ingrid Kresic.

Padua Stables bred and owned Electrify, from the first crop of Delaware Township, who remained unbeaten in three starts in the $150,000 Jack Price Juvenile. A chestnut colt out of Raspberry Eggcream, by Time for a Change, Electrify was headed briefly but had little trouble winning in the creditable time of 1:23.03 for seven furlongs. Delaware Township, a Grade 1-winning sprinter of nearly a million dollars, has had 24 starters, 9 of them winners, including 2 stakes winners. He ranks eighth on the leading first-crop sire list.

Weigelia, a 4-year-old colt by Safely's Mark - a Danzig stallion who stands at Ups and Downs Farm - resumed his winning ways in the $150,000 Jack Dudley Sprint Handicap. Weigelia handles all kinds of footing at the sprint distance. He won the Grade 3 Carry Back at Calder Race Course last year and was second in the Grade 1 King's Bishop at Saratoga last year. Weigelia was bred in Florida by Shelley Huber.

Charlotte Weber of Live Oak Stud and George Steinbrenner of Kinsman Farm are Ocala neighbors, only a two-lane road separating the two farms. Revved Up, a multiple stakes winner, was the Live Oak rep in the $150,000 Bonnie Heath Turf Cup, and this homebred son of Sultry Song - himself a Live Oak homebred - proved the easiest sort of a winner.

Thirty minutes later, Whos Crying Now won the $200,000 Carl G. Rose Classic Handicap. Bred by Shady Lane Farm, Whos Crying Now is by the Steinbrenner-owned stallion Concerto, who stands at Ocala Stud. Concerto earned Steinbrenner the $15,000 stallion award that goes with the victory.