11/19/2007 12:00AM

Touch Gold runners show plenty of speed


Although he won the Belmont Stakes and was expected to sire runners who would mature slowly and have abundant stamina, Touch Gold has been exactly the opposite kind of stallion, siring runners with dazzling brilliance (speed), such as Midas Eyes, Mass Media, Medallist, and the top 2-year-old filly Composure. On Nov. 9, Keep the Peace, a 2-year-old first-time starter by Touch Gold out of the Carson City mare Look Upon, wired 11 other juvenile fillies to win a six-furlong maiden race by 4 1/2 lengths at 30-1. Look Upon, who was second in the Bouwerie Stakes, is a half-sister to Royal Ruby, who was also stakes-placed in the Bay Shore, Best Turn, and Fred "Cappy" Caposella Stakes.

Two races later, Spritely, a 2-year-old filly by Touch Gold, also went wire-to-wire to win a seven-furlong allowance, paying $6.60. She had won her previous start on Sept. 15 at Turfway Park. Spritely is out of the stakes-winning Woodman mare Wood Sprite, and is from the immediate female family that produced Stevie Wonderboy.

* The exquisitely bred Mambo in Seattle won a one-mile maiden race by a head on dirt for Neil Howard on Nov. 10, and while he showed true grit in holding off Matty's Trail and Kabob, the Kingmambo colt should be even better on turf, like the majority of runners by his sire. Mambo in Seattle inherits high class from his dam, the Seattle Slew mare Weekend in Seattle, who is a full sister to A.P. Indy and half-sister to Summer Squall and Honor Grades.


Before she died of laminitis at age 17 in 2005, Verbasle (by Slewpy) was a very good broodmare for Live Oak Stud, producing Florida Derby and Fountain of Youth Stakes winner High Fly (Atticus), as well as stakes winner Estimraar (Holy Bull) and stakes-placed Giant Basil (Giant's Causeway). Her last foal, He's Solid Gold, won a seven-furlong maiden race on Nov. 8 after finishing fourth in his previous outing at Saratoga on Aug. 25. The Seeking the Gold colt is the latest good-looking 2-year-old colt from the Nick Zito barn, following probable juvenile champion War Pass and Cool Coal Man. Rated in fifth along the inside in the 12-horse field, He's Solid Gold split rivals in the stretch to win by one length in 1:22.94.

Finishing second in a game effort in his career debut after leading through most of the race, Southern Gale is a colt to watch. By Stormy Atlantic, Southern Gale is out of the unraced Halo's Image mare Dixie Image, a full sister to Santa Anita Handicap and Pimlico Special winner Southern Image.


High Resolve, who won the seven-furlong Joe O'Farrell Juvenile Fillies Stakes on Nov. 10, is the latest speedy runner by Put It Back (Honour and Glory), following the top sprinter Smokey Stover. In fact, High Resolve is owned and trained by Harry J. Aleo and Greg Gilchrist, the same combination behind Smokey Stover and Lost in the Fog. Out of the On to Glory mare Shari's Glory, High Resolve is an RF (Rasmussen Factor), as she is inbred 5x5 to the legendary producer Grey Flight, the dam of nine stakes winners. High Resolve is inbred to Grey Flight through her son What a Pleasure (Bold Ruler), who was a champion stallion, and through her daughter Misty Morn (Princequillo), the 1955 3-year-old filly champion. Misty Morn herself produced five major stakes winners - Bold Lad (1964 2-year-old champion colt), Successor (1966 2-year-old champion colt), Sunrise Flight (best known as the damsire of Pleasant Colony), Beautiful Day, and Bold Consort. Misty Morn was also the dam of the unraced Lovely Morning, who produced stakes winner Resolver, the dam of stakes winners Time for a Change, Adjudicating, and Dispute.


Onebadkitty was triumphant in her career debut, a 5 1/2-furlong maiden race for Cal-bred 2-year-old fillies on Nov. 7. By Street Cry, Onebadkitty has an extraordinary pedigree. She is a double RF, as she is inbred to two superior broodmares - stakes winners Gold Digger and Natalma. Onebadkitty is inbred 4x4 to Gold Digger, through her sons Mr. Prospector (Raise a Native) and Yukon (Northern Dancer) and she is also inbred to Natalma, through her legendary son Northern Dancer (Nearctic) and through her prolific daughter Raise the Standard (Hoist the Flag). Raise the Standard produced stakes winner Coup de Folie (dam of champions Machiavellian and Coup de Folie and stakes winners Exit to Nowhere and Hydro Calido) and Bonita Francita (dam of European champion Orpen and stakes winner Jules).


Harlan's Holiday is among this year's most promising freshman sires and his runners have really impressed winning on dirt, such as stakes winners Tasha's Miracle (Sorrento), Bear Holiday (Colin), P.S.U. Grad (Barrett's Debutante), and the stakes-placed runners Riley Tucker (second in the Arlington-Washington Futurity), Nite in Rome (second in the Natalma), Harlan's Song (third in the Bustles and Bows), and fleet maiden winner J Z Warrior. On Nov. 8, Harlan's Holiday got another winner when White Holiday, a 2-year-old filly out of the Cozzene mare Maryland Mist, rallied to win a mile and 70-yard maiden race on the turf by a neck.