10/09/2006 12:00AM

Touch Gold's offspring taking to the turf



It took five starts, but the well-bred Sharp Susan finally won a maiden race at 1 1/16 miles on the grass on Sept. 29. By Touch Gold, Sharp Susan is out of the Dynaformer mare Winter's Gone, and is a half-sister to stakes winner Sharp Lisa. Touch Gold is a hidden turf sire, getting many winners on grass, and, of course, the presence of Dynaformer in a pedigree automatically spells turf potential. Winter's Gone is a half-sister to grass specialist Bien Bien and multiple-stakes-winning turfer Dr. Schwartzman.

Three races later on the program, Touch Gold had another turf winner when Brushed Gold won a one-mile allowance as the heavy favorite. Brushed Gold is out of the Broad Brush mare Painted Lady, whose dam is multiple stakes winner Nastique. This female family also produced champion sprinter Chou Croute.

* Lawrence the Roman won his career debut, a six-furlong maiden race, by 4 1/4 lengths on Sept. 27, and his pedigree stood out in the maiden race for New York-breds. A 2-year-old colt by Horse of the Year Point Given, Lawrence the Roman is out of the Broad Brush mare Carly Lee, and this William H. Perry-Claiborne Farm female family is rife with quality. His fifth dam, Terentia (by Bold Ruler), was a multiple stakes winner who knocked heads against the best fillies of her generation in 1964 and 1965.

* Sightseeing won a 1 1/16-mile maiden race on Sept. 28 after finishing second on Aug. 19 at Saratoga. A 2-year-old colt by Pulpit, he is out of the Pleasant Colony mare Resort, who was second in the 2000 Coaching Club American Oaks behind Jostle. Descending from a star-studded female family that produced the likes of Goodbye Halo, Zilzal, Polish Precedent, Wavering Monarch, Awe Inspiring, Mining, and Culture Vulture, Sightseeing is bred to be much more effective at 3 as he matures and stretches out in distance.

* Society Hostess, who won the License Fee Stakes on Sept. 30, is another stakes-winning daughter of Seeking the Gold, whose success as a stallion has been mostly through his fillies. Now 4, Society Hostess is out of the Storm Cat mare Touch of Truth, a half-sister to major stakes winner Twilight Agenda. Finishing second was Lemon Drop Gal, who has turned into a real racehorse since switching to turf. By hidden turf sire Lemon Drop Kid, Lemon Drop Gal is an example of the Rasmussen Factor (RF), as she is inbred to a superior female within five generations through different individuals. Lemon Drop Gal is inbred 5x4 to Special, through her son Nureyev and her daughter Kilavea (the second dam of Bienamado).


Magic Mecke, who won a 7 1/2-furlong allowance on the turf on Sept. 29, previously won the Mecke Handicap on the turf at 1 1/8 miles, and has a fascinating pedigree. By Mecke, who was a dual threat on dirt and especially grass (and a full brother to champion Beautiful Pleasure), Magic Mecke is from the tail-female line that produced Louis Quatorze, JJ's Dream, Meritocrat, and Penniless Heiress. His fifth dam, Stavroula, is a full sister to the great Nashua. Magic Mecke is another RF, as he is inbred 5x5 to Aspidistra, through her Horse of the Year son Dr. Fager and influential daughter Magic, who was unraced. Top runners tracing to Magic include Unbridled, Cahill Road, Cavonnier, Pentelicus, and Coolawin.


Air Lord won the Whirling Ash Stakes at one mile on Sept. 25. The 2-year-old son of Stormin Fever is out of the Sunny North mare Sunny Mimosa, making him a half-brother to multiple-stakes-winning sprinter and young sire Delaware Township.

Welcome Inn, a 2-yearold filly from the first crop of champion sprinter Orientate, won a five-furlong maiden race on Sept. 30. The Graham Motion-trained miss is out of the Seattle Slew mare Inny River, also the dam of Group 2 winner Montgomery's Arch. Inny River is a half-sister to stakes winners Lotus Pool, Golden Larch, and stakes-placed Honour a Bull.

Golden Gate

Three-year-old Smokey Stover is now the undisputed sprint king of northern California. Winner of an optional claiming allowance on Oct. 1 over The Pharaoh, Smokey Stover blazed the six furlongs in 1:08:14 and is the fastest offspring by Put It Back, a young stallion who won the Best Turn and Riva Ridge Stakes for Hall of Fame trainer H. Allen Jerkens. Owned and trained by the same connections - Harry J. Aleo and Greg Gilchirst - as Lost in the Fog, Smokey Stover has a promising future as a sprinter.


Punta Rosa, who won a 1 1/16-mile maiden grass race on Sept. 27, is a 3-year-old half-sister to stakes winner West By West. By Breeders' Cup Mile winner War Chant, she is out of the Cox's Ridge mare West Turn, a full sister to stakes winner and sire Little Missouri. This female line produced Prince John, Lamb Chop, and Cosmic Bomb.

* Precious Kitten (Catienus) won the Martha Washington Breeders' Cup Handicap on Sept. 30, and this improving half-sister to Kitten's Joy is also a half-sister to Justenuffheart, the dam of stakes winner Lewis Michael and the exciting 2-year-old filly Dreaming of Anna.

Oak Tree at Santa Anita

Turquoise N Gold became the latest winner for first-crop sire Officer, who returned to the top of the freshman sire list over Johannesburg. Out of the Septieme Ciel mare L'Autre Monde, Turquoise N Gold descends from the star-studded female family of the blue hen Hildene, the dam of first Landing and Hill Prince.