12/04/2006 1:00AM

Warning Zone capable of becoming turf star



Warning Zone became the latest stakes winner for the late Chester House when he scored an authoritative victory in the first division of the Generous Stakes for 2-year-olds on the grass. Chester House, a half-brother to stakes winners Empire Maker, Honest Lady, Chiselling, and De Carchy, was a son of Mr. Prospector who excelled on turf, winning the Arlington Million and placing in prestigious European races such as the Juddmonte International and Prince of Wales's Stakes. Warning Zone also has a top-class female family. His dam, Migrate (Storm Bird), a half-sister to stakes winner Extend, is out of Home Leave, who was fourth in the Gradeo1 Ladies Handicap. Home Leave is out of the multiple stakes winner Blitey, and thus is a half-sister to stakes winners Dancing Spree, Dancing All Night, Fantastic Find, and the unraced Oh What a Dance, the dam of champion Heavenly Prize. Expect big things for Warning Zone in 2007 on the turf.

Whatsthescript, who won the second division of the Generous Stakes as the even-money favorite, scored a half-length victory over the well-bred Vauquelin. Whatsthescript is by the first-class European sprinter Royal Applause, and descends from the French star Monade, who became a prominent broodmare. Top runners tracing to Monade include Maskette Stakes (now the Go for Wand) winner Too Chic, the dam of Ashland Stakes winner Chic Shirine, as well as her champion full sister, Queena (the dam of European sprinter Brahms).

Vauquelin is by Xaar, a champion at 2 and 3 in England by champion Zafonic. Vauquelin is an example of FFI (female family inbreeding), as he is inbred 3x5 to the very influential broodmare Best in Show. Inbreeding to a superior female within five generations through different individuals such as this is referred to as the Rasmussen Factor, and is more often than not a barometer for high quality.

* Silent Soul won a one-mile maiden race on Nov. 22, and the 2-year-old colt has a bright future on turf. He is by multiple stakes winner Afternoon Deelites, who has turned into a superior sire of grass runners, and is out of the Lord Avie mare Sweet Soul. His third dam is a half-sister to Meadowlake and Leo Castelli.

* Inbreeding to Aspidistra has resulted in exceptional racehorses, most notably champion Unbridled. On Nov. 25, Sekira, a 2-year-old filly by Holy Bull who most recently finished 10th at Santa Anita on Oct. 1, scored a stunning upset at 43-1 in a six-furlong maiden race. Sekira is an extreme example of the Rasmussen Factor as she is inbred three times to Aspidistra through her most important offspring - Dr. Fager (Rough 'n Tumble), Ta Wee (Intentionally), and Magic (Buckpasser). Like her famous champion relatives, Dr. Fager and Ta Wee, Sekira flashed speed to wire her field for Dan Hendricks, who also trains Brother Derek.


Folk won a one-mile maiden race on Nov. 26 by 10 1/2 lengths as the 4-5 favorite, and the 2-year-old filly could become another star for Tom Albertrani, who guided Bernardini through a stellar 3-year-old season this year. Folk is by Quiet American and is a half-sister to UAE Oaks winner Danuta. Folk is out of the Danzig mare Polish Style, a daughter of multiple stakes winner Family Style, whose many victories included the Frizette, Spinaway, Black-Eyed Susan, La Canada, and La Brea stakes.

Finishing second to Folk was Acadiana, a 2-year-old filly by Tiznow out of the stakes-winning Dixieland Band mare Amelia. Acadiana's second dam is Aquilegia (Alydar), a multiple stakes-winning full sister to champion Althea and stakes winner Aishah. The three sisters are out of 1983 Broodmare of the Year Courtly Dee, who produced an amazing eight stakes winners.

* Small Lies, a 2-year-old filly from Broken Vow's second crop, won a six-furlong maiden race after finishing third at Woodbine on Oct. 20. Small Lies stalked pacesetter Jordans Lane (Montbrook) and overtook that filly to win by a half-length. Runners by Broken Vow (Unbridled) are performing well at 2 and appreciate distances longer than one mile. Jordans Lane should not be a maiden for long. By speed influence Montbrook, her dam is a half-sister to Bright Feather, the dam of Albert the Great, who is the sire of Remsen Stakes winner Nobiz Like Shobiz.

* While he will most likely finish third (or fourth) to freshmen sires Street Cry, Johannesburg, and Orientate, Officer has served notice that he will be a major speed influence for years to come. Brilliant at 2, Officer's first crop of babies came out firing this year and they continue to win around the country. On Nov. 26, Guts Game, a 2-year-old filly by Officer out of the Spinning World mare Genteel World, drew off to win a seven-furlong maiden race by three lengths as the even-money choice.

Bay Meadows

Glorification scampered to a front-running four-length victory in a six-furlong maiden race on Nov. 22, and the 2-year-old filly is from the first crop of Wood Memorial Stakes winner Buddha (Unbridled's Song). Her dam, Victory Chime (Polish Numbers), won the Grade 3 Boiling Springs Handicap.


Nick Zito, like many other New York-based trainers, uses Calder to leg up his stock for the upcoming Gulfstream Park meeting in January. On Nov. 23, Zito sent out Forefathers, a 2-year-old colt by Gone West, to win a six-furlong maiden race by 1 3/4 lengths. His dam, the Lord at War mare Star of Goshen, won the La Troienne Stakes and also produced multiple stakes winner Powis Castle.

Fair Grounds

Bred strictly for high speed, Timely Sweep won a 5 1/2-furlong maiden race for 2-year-old colts on Nov. 23 by 2 1/4 lengths after finishing third at Delta Downs on Nov. 3. Timely Sweep is out of juvenile stakes winner Time Bandit (Time for a Change out of the stakes-winning Tentam mare La Voyageuese), whose second dam is Fanfreluche, the U.S. 3-year-old filly champion and Canadian Horse of the Year. Timely Sweep is out of the End Sweep mare Sweep and Roll, whose fourth dam is a half-sister to major grass stakes winner The Pruner.