04/22/2007 11:00PM

Two great female families produce Aqueduct winner



Hunting won a one-mile maiden race April 11 and is a product of two famous female families. His sire, the multiple-stakes-winning Coronado's Quest, is from the exalted female family that produced Ruffian, racing's greatest filly. Hunting's dam, Meghan's Joy, is a granddaughter of stakes winner Wild Applause, one of a handful of important stakes winners out of 1993 Broodmare of the Year Glowing Tribute. This is just one of the many highly successful branches of the legendary La Troienne, considered the greatest broodmare in history. A 4-year-old gelding, Hunting defeated Herald Square, a 3-year-old full brother to Super Derby winner Outofthebox, by 6 3/4 lengths.

* Multiply has been some kind of broodmare. It simply doesn't matter to whom she's bred, she gets quality runners. Bred to Sea Hero, she produced stakes winner Desert Hero; bred to Pulpit, she produced stakes winner Corinthian; and bred to E Dubai, she produced Vitruvius, a 3-year-old colt who is undefeated in two starts. Impressive winner of his maiden debut at Gulfstream, where he battled all the way on the front end to win, his second victory, on April 11, was even better. Rating behind fast fractions of 22.69 and 45.23, Vitruvius went three wide approaching the stretch and took over to cruise to the wire 3 3/4 lengths over his opposition, running the mile in a respectable 1:35.36. Vitruvius's third dam, the stakes winner Number, is a three-quarter sister to champion racehorse and sire Nureyev. Number also is a half-sister to Fairy Bridge, the dam of Sadler's Wells.


Ruban Bleu won a six-furlong maiden race by 5 1/4 lengths for Bill Mott as one of four first-time starters in a field of 10 3-year-old fillies on April 15. Ruban Blue is by Broken Vow and is out of the Zilzal mare Elle Meme. Ruban Bleu's second dam, Holy Tobin, is a half-sister to Pasadoble, the dam of multiple champion and two-time Breeders' Cup Mile winner Miesque (also the dam of Kingmambo).

Broken Vow had another good-looking maiden winner April 14 at Hawthorne when Saint's Relic, a 4-year-old gelding out of the Silver Deputy mare Kat's Chicken, won a six-furlong maiden special weight by 5 3/4 lengths at 8-1.


Jump 'ien won 1 1/16-mile maiden race by a neck on April 14, and the 3-year-old gelding by Jump Start out of the Thunder Gulch mare Taureau Chien is closely related to Metropolitan Handicap winner and successful sire Wild Rush.


Distorted Humor recently had two stakes winners on the same day. On April 12, the versatile stallion had another winner when Distorted Reality, a 3-year-old colt out of the Unbridled mare Christy Love, won a 1 1/16-mile allowance on turf following a victory at Gulfstream on March 8. Distorted Reality, whose female family produced Gone West, Sharpen Up, and Tappiano, is just the latest 3-year-old by Distorted Humor to perform well. Distorted Humor is the sire of Any Given Saturday and Cowtown Cat, who are heading to the Kentucky Derby.

Distorted Humor had another winner on grass when The Nth Degree, a 6-year-old gelding out of the Dixieland Band mare Coastal Wave, narrowly defeated Congo King by a neck to win the 5 1/2-furlong Shakertown Stakes at 12-1. Congo King, a son of grass influence Horse Chestnut, just missed at 18-1. The $2 exacta paid $465.40.


It's only fitting that sprint superstar Xtra Heat would produce fast foals. On April 11, Southwestern Heat, a 3-year-old colt out of Xtra Heat by speed influence Gone West, dazzled, winning a 5 1/2-furlong maiden race on dirt by 13 lengths in the racehorse time of 1:03.36.

* Barclay Tagg unveiled an impressive maiden winner on April 13 when Sweetest Kiss won her career debut in a 5 1/2-furlong maiden race by 8 1/2 lengths at 7-1. By Thunder Gulch, the 3-year-old filly is out of the stakes-winning Dehere mare Her She Kisses, a half-sister to multiple stakes winner Crafty Shaw.

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Ranchy, a 2-year-old by Siphon, finished second by a nose in a two-furlong maiden dash on April 11, but was placed first upon the disqualification of the first-place filly, Carbella, who was placed fifth because she came out at the start and near the finish, interfering with Ranchy and other fillies. By high-speed influence Siphon, Ranchy gets more speed from damsire Boston Harbor, a champion at 2. Ranchy's dam, Final Legacy, is out of the brilliant 2-year-old stakes-winning filly Terlingua, and is a half-sister to Storm Cat.

* While runners by Smart Strike win on all surfaces, they are simply deadly on turf. Examples of his prowess as a turf sire are English Channel, Soaring Free, Twilight Meteor, and Sedgefield. On April 13, Lucky Stab, a 5-year-old mare by Smart Strike out of the Irish River mare Blind River, won a starter allowance at 5 1/2 furlongs on the grass by three lengths. With Smart Strike on top and Irish River on the bottom, Lucky Stab has a HTx2 (hidden turf from his sire and damsire) pedigree.