02/20/2007 1:00AM

Trust N Lucks to be milers


LAS VEGAS - The following is the seventh and final part of an alphabetical series on the 2007 freshmen sires and how to bet their offspring.

Trust N Luck (Montbrook-Bold Burst, by Dahar); stands for $5,000 in Florida. A winner of 4 of 8 starts at 2, including the What a Pleasure and In Reality stakes, Trust N Luck also won the Fountain of Youth Stakes and was second to Empire Maker in the Florida Derby. His sire and sire's sire (Buckaroo) are characterized by speed, but damsire Dahar adds a great deal of stamina to the pedigree. Expect his runners to have speed and carry it to middle distances.

Vindication (Seattle Slew-Strawberry Reason, by Strawberry Road); stands for $60,000 in Kentucky. One of this year's top five glamour first-crop sires (along with Empire Maker, Mineshaft, Sky Mesa, and Aldebaran), Vindication was a champion at age 2 - the only year he raced - when he won all four of his starts, including the Breeders' Cup Juvenile. He is one of the last sons of the great Seattle Slew to enter stud, and his female family also produced the good racehorse and sire Cornish Prince (Bold Ruler). Bred to a high-quality book of mares, he is expected to produce 2-year-olds with tactical speed who will get better as the distances increase at the end of the year.

Whywhywhy (Mr. Greeley-Thorough Fair, by Quiet American); stands for $7,500 in Kentucky. A winner of 3 of 9 starts, his biggest victory came at 2 in the Futurity Stakes. He also won the Sanford and Flash stakes and was third in the Swale Stakes. He's by the successful and increasingly popular Mr. Greeley (Gone West), and from the King Ranch tail-female family that produced 1946 Triple Crown winner Assault as well as stakes winner Prove Out, and Saidam. His offspring should win on dirt and be very effective on turf.

Wild West (Gone West-Bright Candles, by El Gran Senor); stands for $2,500 in Louisiana. A winner of only 1 race from 11 starts, Wild West gets a chance at stud because he is a full brother to multiple stakes winner and good sire Grand Slam, and is from the Calumet Farm female line that produced Alydar. His runners should be at their best on turf, where they should pay big prices since Wild West is relatively obscure.

Wiseman's Ferry (Hennessy-Emmaus, by Silver Deputy); stands for $8,500 in Kentucky. Bred for high speed top and bottom, Wiseman's Ferry was group-placed at 2 in Ireland and won the West Virginia Derby and Lone Star Derby and placed in the Ohio Derby. In addition to being by a classy son of Storm Cat, Wiseman's Ferry is from the female family that produced champion Outstandingly and stakes winners Caress (the dam of Sky Mesa), Country Cat, Della Francesca, Bernstein, and Batroyale. Of particular importance is his fourth dam, Finance, who is a half-sister to Horse of the Year Buckpasser. Because of the speed he brings to the table, expect him to be a very good 2-year-old sire on all surfaces, especially grass.

Yankee Gentleman (Storm Cat-Key Phrase, by Flying Paster); stands for $10,000 in Kentucky. Unraced at 2, Yankee Gentleman won his maiden debut by 11 lengths at Gulfstream Park at 3 but did not win a stakes until age 4, when he captured the six-furlong Pirate's Bounty Handicap. That win was interesting because his second dam is a half-sister to Pirate's Bounty. Bred for speed, Yankee Gentleman is a full sister to the dam of the promising Half Ours, winner of the Three Chimneys Juvenile Stakes. With so many high-profile first-crop stallions, he could be another sleeper, since his 2-year-olds should have abundant speed. Yankee Gentleman is also an HT2 (hidden turf top and bottom), and his runners should light up the tote board on turf.

Zavata (Phone Trick-Pert Lady, by Cox's Ridge); stands for $7,500 in Kentucky. By a top sprinter and speed influence, Zavata was never as good later on in his career as he was at age 2, winning the Saratoga Special and Tremont Stakes, placing in the Three Chimneys Juvenile Stakes, and finishing third in the Hopeful Stakes. He also won the Amsterdam Stakes at 3, and his offspring should be precocious juveniles who develop into serious sprinters. His female family produced Dixie Union, She's Tops, and 1994 Broodmare of the Year Fall Aspen.

This appears to be an exceptional crop of freshmen sires, many of whom should have immediate success with their 2-year-olds, such as Aldebaran, Cactus Ridge, D'wildcat, Express Tour, Freespool, Macho Uno, Mayakovsky, Proud Citizen, Vindication, Wiseman's Ferry, Yankee Gentleman, and Zavata.

Expectations are highest, however, for Empire Maker, Mineshaft, Sky Mesa, and Vindication, all of whom were bred to exceptional books of mares and whose runners should develop into major 3-year-olds at classic distances.

Keep these sires in mind when their offspring race on turf: Cactus Ridge, Century City, Deputy Wild Cat, Essence of Dubai, Harlan's Holiday, Hold That Tiger, Macho Uno, Mayakovsky, Morluc, Proud Citizen, Redattore, Sky Mesa, Sligo Bay, Wiseman's Ferry, and Yankee Gentleman.