06/30/2005 11:00PM

Two stakes have potential top youths


LAS VEGAS - Two historic juvenile stakes, the Astoria and Tremont, will be run this holiday weekend at Belmont Park and feature precocious 2-year-olds, many of whom are giving their freshman sires a head start at stud. The Tremont runners listed are those who earlier in the week were expected starters.

Astoria Stakes

Adieu (El Corredor). Her freshman sire won the 2000 Cigar Mile and is a half-brother to Roman Ruler. Adieu is a three-quarter-sister to stakes winner Classy E.T. Bred for speed, she won her only start, a 4 1/2-furlong maiden race on April 22 at Keeneland, by 4 1/4 lengths.

Blissful Trip (Trippi). One of End Sweep's fastest sons, Trippi is off to a flying start at stud. Blissful Trip gets a double dose of speed since her damsire, Well Decorated (Raja Baba), was another source of speed. Winner of her maiden debut at Pimlico, she was a close second in the Fashion Stakes.

Fantast (Luhuk). Luhuk is a son of Forty Niner, a successful sire of sires (Distorted Humor, End Sweep, Tactical Advantage), and Fantast's dam is by Vanlandingham, a champion older male who had abundant speed. Fantast won her only start, a five-furlong maiden race at Monmouth.

Fifth Avenue (Monarchos). The first starter, winner, and stakes winner for freshman sire Monarchos, winner of the 2001 Kentucky Derby. A prime example of the Rasmussen Factor (inbreeding to a superior female within five generations through different individuals), Fifth Avenue is inbred (5x4) to Lady Be Good, a foundation mare for the Phipps family over many generations, through her daughters Uncommitted (Buckpasser) and Impish (Majestic Prince). Uncommitted produced Wavering Monarch and Impish produced I Pass, the dam of Mining. Notable stakes winners descending to Lady Be Good include European Horse of the Year Zilzal, the recently deceased Polish Precedent, Goodbye Halo, Duty Dance, Discipline, and Awe Inspiring. Fifth Avenue won her only two starts, including the Fashion Stakes.

Folklore (Tiznow). From the first crop of Tiznow, a Horse of the Year, champion 3-year-old, and two-time winner of the Breeders' Cup Classic, Folklore is out of an unraced mare by Storm Cat who traces in direct tail-female line (dam, dam's dam, dam's granddam, etc.) to the incomparable La Troienne. Folklore comes from the same family that produced Smarty Jones. Second behind Fifth Avenue in her career debut, she won her second start over Truart, who returned to win last Friday.

Pam d'Monia (Cryptoclearance). While Cryptoclearance adds stamina to a pedigree (Volponi, Victory Gallop), he has also sired runners with a good deal of speed, such as Matron Stakes winner Strategic Maneuver, and Blue Grass Stakes winner Millennium Wind. Pam d'Monia's second dam is a half-sister to the dam of stakes winner Agitate. Ambitiously placed here, she has won 1 of 4 starts, a $40,000 maiden claiming event at Delaware last out.

Royalactgo (General Royal). One of A.P. Indy's fastest runners, General Royal is out of a full sister to American Standard and half-sister to Capote, Exceller, Baldski, and Vaguely Hidden. Royalactgo's dam is a half-sister to multiple stakes winner Try Something New. Royalactgo won her only start, a 4 1/2-furlong maiden race at Louisiana Downs.

Wonder Lady Anne L (Real Quiet). Winner of 1 of 3 starts at Calder, she exits a nine-length romp but takes a big class jump here.

Tremont Stakes

Bello Victorio (Private Terms). By the sire of Soul of the Matter and Afternoon Deelites. Bello Victorio won his only start, a 4 1/2-furlong $40,000 maiden claiming sprint at Delaware.

Creve Coeur (Lion Hearted). His sire placed in the Riva Ridge and Amsterdam Stakes and is by Storm Cat out of stakes winner Cadillacing, a full sister to Easy Goer. Lion Hearted was last year's leading freshman sire based in Maryland, producing quick stakes winners Chocolate Brown and Hear Us Roar. Creve Coeur's second dam, Bude, is a half-sister to the 2000 Canadian Broodmare of the Year, Primarily, the dam of stakes winners Poetically, Primaly, and Whiskey Wisdom. Creve Coeur won his only start, a 4 1/2-furlong maiden race at Delware.

Henny Hughes (Hennessy). Hennessy was an exceptional performer at age 2, the only year he raced. His runners include the meteoric fillies Madcap Escapade and Harmony Lodge, as well as Johannesburg, who was undefeated at 2, when he was a juvenile champion in the United states, England, France, and Ireland. Henny Hughes gets a triple dose of speed from his first and second damsires, Meadowlake and Hagley, respectively. He was a six-length winner of his only start, a five-furlong maiden race at Monmouth.

Short Circuit (Lemon Drop Kid). A stakes winner at 2, 3, and 4, Lemon Drop Kid has a first crop that showed promise last year at 2, but his runners should improve with age and distance. Short Circuit's second dam is La Spia, winner of the Del Mar Debutante and second in the 1991 Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies. The female family traces to champion racemare and Broodmare of the Year Misty Morn, as well as Grey Flight, dam of nine stakes winners. Fourth in his career debut, Short Circuit won his second start, a five-furlong maiden event, and has most upside in the field.

Travelin Leroy (Two Punch). His sire was a speedy son of Mr. Prospector who gets quick offspring, such as champion sprinter Smoke Glacken. His dam is a full sister to stakes winner Bam Bam Bull. The winner of his only start, a five-furlong maiden race at Belmont in quick time, he is bred to be at his best at 2.

Union Course (Dixie Union). His sire showed promise with his first crop last year, and they should be even better at 3. This colt comes from the female family that produced the 2-year-old champion colt of 1969, Silent Screen. Winner of his maiden debut by 6 1/4 lengths, Union Course just missed winning the Flash Stakes by a nose in his last start.