07/31/2006 11:00PM

Winner by Forest Camp has class female line

Point Ashley wins her second start, a 5 1/2-furlong maiden race, by 4 1/2 lengths. By Point Given out of a Slew o' Gold mare, she should do even better at longer distances.


After finishing third in her debut, Floresta scored a wire-to-wire victory on July 21, winning a 5 1/2-furlong maiden race by 4 1/2 lengths, paying $12.20. By a speed influence and reliable first-out sire, Forest Camp, Floresta is out of a Saint Ballado mare, Mirror Me, a half-sister to Victory Speech. Her third dam, Bendara (Never Bend), was second in the Schuylerville Stakes and finished third to Numbered Account in the Fashion Stakes at age 2. Her fourth dam, What a Treat, was the 1965 3-year-old filly champion, whose most memorable victory was the Beldame Stakes, where she defeated an impressive array of champions and stakes winners that included Tosmah, Affectionately, Straight Deal, Miss Cavandish, and Steeple Jill.

* Lemon Drop Kid had another winner on July 19 when his 3-year-old daughter Citronnade won an optional claiming allowance at 1 1/16 miles on dirt. Citronnade is out of a stakes winner, Primarily, and is a half-sister to three stakes winners: Primaly, Poetically, and Whiskey Wisdom. Citronnade should be even more effective on turf, getting tons of grass breeding from both Lemon Drop Kid and her damsire, Lord at War.

* Freud may not be as accomplished as his full brother Giant's Causeway, but he is becoming a successful and popular sire based in New York. He had back-to-back winners on July 19 (Alright Now and Interpretation) and had another winner the next day when Lovely Dream won a 6 1/2-furlong allowance. His horses win on dirt but are much better on turf, not surprising considering he is a son of Storm Cat out of Mariah's Storm, by a grass influence, Rahy.

* Bobby Frankel unveiled a smashing 2-year-old filly on July 20 when Les Grands Trois won her debut, a six-furlong maiden race, by nine lengths in 1:10.39. Les Grands Trois is from the exciting first crop of Officer, who until recently was the leading freshman sire. (Johannesburg overtook Officer when two of his sons, Scat Daddy and Teuflesberg, finished 1-2 in Saratoga's Sanford Stakes.)


Lemon Drop Kid won Grade 1 races at 2, 3, and 4, all on dirt, but he is a hidden turf sire at stud because his sire is a strong turf influence, Kingmambo. Lemon Drop Kid's offspring do show more talent on grass, and on July 22, Cosmonaut, a 4-year-old colt by Lemon Drop Kid out of a Capote mare, Cosmic Fire, won the Grade 3 Arlington Handicap at 1 1/4 miles on the turf.

* Bill Mott geared up for his annual assault on Saratoga by winning the American Derby with Union Avenue, a 3-year-old colt who gets turf breeding from both sides of his pedigree. By versatile Gone West, he is out of Miss Union Avenue, a multiple stakes winner on turf by champion turf male Steinlen.

Colonial Downs

Quick Kiss won a five-furlong maiden race for 2-year-old fillies on the turf on July 17, and she is an example of the RF or Rasmussen Factor (inbreeding to an influential female within five generations through different individuals). Quick Kiss is inbred 5x5 to Busanda, the dam of Buckpasser. By Will's Way, Quick Kiss is out of the Sea Hero mare Borrowed Time, who had multiple crosses of the great matron La Troienne. Quick Kiss returned on July 29 to finish third in the Tippett Stakes.

Del Mar

Away from the races for more than one year, stakes winner, Robador returned with a flourish, rallying to win a 1 1/16-mile optional claiming allowance by a neck at 3-1. Winner of the Snow Chief Stakes, Robador is a homebred from Walter Family Trust, now managed by Mrs. Barbara H. Walter. Her husband, Robert H. Walter, bred Robador's sire, Robannier, winner of the California Juvenile Stakes and third in the El Camino Real Derby, as well as his dam, stakes winner Ivory Bowl. Robador's fourth dam, Rose Bowl, was champion older female in England, and her many Group victories include the Champion Stakes and Queen Elizabeth II Stakes. His fifth dam, Roseliere, was a 3-year-old filly champion in France, and in addition to Rose Bowl, she also produced Ile de Bourbon, a champion 3-year-old and older horse in England.

* E.Z. Warrior is a stakes-winning juvenile for Bob Baffert, and Baffert has a 2-year-old filly, Point Ashley, who looked like future stakes material winning her second start, a 5 1/2-furlong maiden race on July 23, by 4 1/4 lengths. From the second crop of Point Given, Point Ashley is out of a Slew o' Gold mare, Golden Thatch, and is a half-sister to a multiple stakes winner, Raw Gold (Rahy). With Point Given on top and Slew o' Gold on the bottom, Point Ashley should be even better as the distances increase for 2-year-olds.