12/06/2005 12:00AM

What to expect from new sires


LAS VEGAS - Every December and January, this column takes a brief, early look at the freshman sires for the new season, and 2006 will feature some exciting new sires to watch. Below is a capsulized analysis of the new group of first-crop sires, followed by their pedigree, 2005 stud fee, and state where they are based.

(Legend: SP - speed; ST - stamina; T - turf; HT - hidden turf; x2 - both sides of pedigree)

A Fleets Dancer (Afleet-My Dream Come True, by Vice Regent). $5,000. Ontario, Canada. A Fleets Dancer was champion older male at age 6 and is one of a handful of runners by sprinter/miler Afleet who succeed at the classic distance of 1 1/4 miles and beyond. His dam is a full sister to Bessarabian, a champion older mare in Canada, and to the unraced Sweet Augusta, dam of stakes winner The Barking Shark. (ST/SP pedigree pattern - stamina on top and speed on the bottom.)

Buddha (Unbridled's Song-Cahooters, by Storm Cat). $15,000, Kentucky. Buddha had a brief career, winning 3 of 4 starts, and one of those victories was the Wood Memorial Stakes, where he defeated Medaglia d'Oro. He inherited speed from both his sire and damsire, and his third dam is a half-sister to 1967 Horse of the Year Damascus. Most importantly, Buddha's foals were actively sought after in various sales and brought big prices, far exceeding his $15,000 stud fee. Expect his runners to have good speed, and they should do well at 2. (SPx2 and HTx2)

Came Home (Gone West-Nice Assay, by Clever Trick). $40,000, Kentucky. Any son of Gone West must be respected as a stallion, and Came Home was an eight-time stakes winner (in only 12 starts) who won prestigious races at 2 and 3, including the Hopeful Stakes, Santa Anita Derby, and Pacific Classic. Getting additional speed from damsire Clever Trick, expect his babies to be precocious, and they also should like grass. (SPx2 and HTx2)

Cat's at Home (Tabasco Cat-Homewrecker, by Buckaroo). $6,500, Ontario, Canada. Cat's at Home is a half-brother to three stakes winners - Honor the Hero, Prenup, and Capitalimprovement - and is also a half-brother to Marital Spook, the dam of Yonaguska, whom I rate as one of this year's top five freshman sires. The late Tabasco Cat won the Preakness and Belmont stakes, but many of his runners have the speed of their grandsire, Storm Cat (such as Snow Ridge, Habibti, and Island Sand). Cat's at Home won multiple stakes at nine furlongs, and his Canadian-bred foals should have good speed. (SPx2 and HTx2)

E Dubai (Mr. Prospector-Words of War, by Lord at War). $15,000, Kentucky. A $1.35 million yearling, E Dubai set a stakes record winning the Dwyer (1:40.38) in front-running fashion and also won the Suburban Handicap at 4. He was second in the Travers, Super Derby, and Peter Pan Stakes and his foals should have the speed of his grandsire. (SPx2)

Explicit (Distant View-Elegant Victress, by Sir Ivor). $3,000, Kentucky. A brilliantly quick son of European miler Distant View (Mr. Prospector), Explicit began to develop at 4 when he won a minor stakes and placed in the Potrero Grande Breeders' Cup (behind Kona Gold) and True North handicaps. He blossomed at 5, winning the True North, Count Fleet Sprint, and Pelleteri Breeders' Cup handicaps. His second dam is a full sister to Canadian 3-year-old filly champion Northern Queen and half-sister to Victoria Park, a Canadian Horse of the Year and champion 2- and 3-year-old. (SPx2 and HTx2)

Fappie's Notebook (Notebook-Miss Fappiano, by Fappiano). $2,500, Florida. A winner at 2 and 3, Fappie's Notebook became a multiple stakes-winning sprinter at 4 and 5, and his Florida-bred foals should also have the requisite speed to win early at 2. (SPx2)

Forbidden Apple (Pleasant Colony-North of Eden, by Northfields). $5,000, Florida. Like the majority of runners by the late Pleasant Colony, Forbidden Apple was slow to mature and did not race at 2. He did not turn into a real racehorse until age 5, when he won the Kelso and Belmont Breeders' Cup Handicap. He continued to prosper from ages 6 to 8, winning two more stakes and placing in nine others, including a second to Val Royal in the 2001 Breeders' Cup Mile. Forbidden Apple is a full brother to stakes winner I'm Very Irish, and is a half-brother to turf champion Paradise Creek and stakes winner Wild Event. His dam is a half-sister to turf champion Theatrical, and with so much turf in his pedigree, his runners should find the most success on grass. (SPx2 and Tx2)

French Envoy (Deputy Minister-Princess Mitterand, by Seattle Slew). $2,500, Florida. French Envoy was stakes-placed, finishing third in the Jaipur Handicap, and he is closely related to stakes winner and sire French Deputy, who is now in Japan. His dam won the Santa Ysabel Stakes, and his runners should have speed on all surfaces. (SPx2 and HTx2)

Graeme Hall (Dehere-Win Crafty Lady, by Crafty Prospector). $7,500, Florida. Stakes-placed at 2, Graeme Hall won the Arkansas Derby and Jim Dandy Stakes at 3 and was a multiple stakes winner at 4. By juvenile champion Dehere, he inherited a great deal of his speed from his damsire. Graeme Hall is a half-brother to stakes winners Harmony Lodge and Win's Fair Lady and to Win McCool, a Giant's Causeway juvenile winner this year. (SPx2)