11/20/2001 12:00AM

On turf, or going long, check out these


LAS VEGAS - Last week, 10 successful freshman stallions were highlighted here, but there are many more first-crop sires who should be heard from next year, when their offspring either get a chance to race beyond 1 1/16 miles, or try turf.

Helmsman (El Gran Senor). Although he raced well on the dirt, winning the Strub Stakes at 4 and finishing third in the Hollywood Gold Cup (behind Siphon and Geri), he was naturally at home on the turf, and most of his success was accomplished on grass. Helmsman's 2-year-olds fared quite well but should be even more effective next year on grass. By El Gran Senor (Northern Dancer) out of a mare by King's Bishop (Round Table), Helmsman is going to be a major grass sire.

Lost Soldier (Danzig). Not expected to be an instant success with his juveniles on dirt, Lost Soldier sired runners who performed quite well and should really explode next year on turf. Sons of Danzig have become pronounced turf sires, such as Danehill, Honor Grades, Chief's Crown, Anabaa, Belong to Me, Boundary, Dove Hunt, Pine Bluff, Polish Navy, Polish Numbers, Polish Precedent, and Sea Salute. Lost Soldier adds immediate class to any pedigree as his dam, the Secretariat mare Lady Winborne, was a remarkable broodmare, producing five stakes winners, following in the footsteps of her illustrious female family (Priceless Gem-Searching-Big Hurry-La Troienne).

Mercer Mill (Forty Niner). Mercer Mill has four winners from 11 starters thus far, but two of those are stakes winners, including Joanies Bella. Mercer Mill's sire was a champion and precocious at 2, and his dam, Seaside Attraction, won the Kentucky Oaks. Mercer Mill is a half-brother to four stakes winners (Golden Attraction, Cape Town, Cape Canaveral, and Red Carnival), all of whom raced well at 2. Mercer Mill's runners should do well up to middle distances at 3.

Editor's Note (Forty Niner). Unlike most sons of Forty Niner who possessed high speed, Editor's Note had stamina and was something of an aberration. Although he was a good juvenile, winning the Kentucky Cup Juvenile Stakes, Editor's Note had his biggest moment in the 1996 Belmont Stakes, when he defeated Skip Away, My Flag, and Louis Quatorze. Editor's Note has the potential to be a versatile stallion, siring winners on dirt and turf. His damsire, Caveat, is a powerful grass influence, and Editor's Note's runners will be most effective over one mile on either surface.

Tejano Run (Tejano). The forgotten member of his crop, Tejano Run was quite a racehorse who placed in major races. He finished third in the Breeders' Cup Juvenile behind Timber Country and Eltish, and finished second behind Thunder Gulch in the Kentucky Derby, defeating Timber Country. Tejano Run has five winners from 17 winners, including two stakes winners in his first crop. Considering that he will be an even better sire of distance and turf runners next year, the future looks bright for Tejano Run.

Outflanker (Danzig). Outflanker is the perfect example of a horse with a poor race record but a spectacular pedigree whose first crop of runners raised eyebrows wherever they raced. He has 10 winners from 17 starters, with one stakes winner, First Again. Outflanker is a half-brother to Shuailaan and Bite the Bullet, and his dam is a half-sister to Weekend Surprise, the dam of A.P. Indy, Summer Squall, and Honor Grades. Expect Outflanker's runners to flourish when they get on grass and stretch out at 3.

Whiskey Wisdom (Wild Again). A stakes winner at 4, Whiskey Wisdom is a half-brother to stakes winners Primarily (third in Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies and champion 2-year-old filly in Canada) and Poetically. He has three winners from 13 starters, including one stakes winner, Molly's Wisdom. With Lord at War as his damsire, his runners should also appreciate more distance and be equally adept on dirt and turf.

Meadow Monster (Meadowlake). Meadow Monster was best up to 1 1/16 miles, and like his sire possessed blazing speed. Although he didn't win, one of his more memorable performances was in the Frank J. De Francis Memorial Dash, finishing second by a nose to Lite the Fuse, defeating Prospect Bay, Not Surprising and Lord Carson. His runners should also be effective up to 1 1/16 miles.

Spinning World (Nureyev). While he has surprised with winners on the dirt, most of his winners have come on turf, as expected. Winner of the Breeders' Cup Mile and a turf champion, Spinning World has sired runners who should really come into their own on grass at 3 next year, and he should readily ascend the stallion ranks.

Zamindar (Gone West). A group-winning full brother to European champion miler Zafonic, Zamindar has runners who will be infinitely better when they try turf. He did have eight winners from 30 starters, including one stakes winner, Lipstick, but most will benefit with a change to grass.

Captain Bodgit (Saint Ballado). An exciting 2-year-old, Captain Bodgit developed into one of his generation's best 3-year-olds, winning the Florida Derby and Wood Memorial, and finishing second in the Kentucky Derby and third in the Preakness. He has six winners from 31 starters.

Other freshman stallions who should be more effective when their offspring race on turf are Sandpit, Alphabet Soup, Fabulous Frolic, Sir Cat, Siberian Summer, Native Regent, Atticus, Marlin, Abaginone, Halo's Image, Always a Classic, Victory Speech, Dr. Caton, Appealing Skier, Urgent Request, Struggler, Benny the Dip, River Flyer, World Stage, and Geri.