Updated on 09/18/2011 1:02AM

Yes It's True juveniles pull a hat trick

Jim Lisa
Yesshecandance, romping in the Catcharisingstar, is by Yes It's True out of the Sword Dance mare Mystery Dance.


From the time he was a freshman sire, Yes It's True has established himself as a superior sire of juveniles and first-out maiden winners. On Sept. 2, Yes It's True had three 2-year-old winners, including Yesshecandance, winner of the Catcharisingstar Stakes, and Yesbyjimminy, winner of the Fasig-Tipton Turf Dash Stakes.

Yesshecandance scampered away to a 6 3/4-length victory as the second choice in the Catcharisingstar Stakes at five furlongs. She is out of the Sword Dance mare Mystery Dance, who is a full sister to stakes winner Von Groovey and stakes-placed Dance With Jean.

Yesbyjimminy, undefeated in three starts, displayed the high speed of his sire when he won the five-furlong Fasig-Tipton Turf Dash Stakes, which was taken off the grass and run on the sealed main track. Yesbyjimminy is out of the Pentelicus mare Sister Creek and is a full brother to stakes-placed Qureall. He is also a half-brother to stakes winner Magic Mecke and A.J. Melini. Yesbyjimminy's second dam, Mighty Intimate, is a half-sister to stakes winner On to Royalty (the dam of Preakness winner Louis Quatorze), Thwack (dam of J J'sdream), Penniless Heiress (dam of Forest Heir, Forest Heiress, and Wildcat Heir), Meritocrat, Silk Stocks, and Royal Ties.

First-time starter Bianco was Yes It's True's third winner of the day when she captured a six-furlong maiden race, paying $4.80. Bianco is out of the Unaccounted For mare Speak Up, and her second dam, Lady Caveat, is a half-sister to the very quick American Royale, who won 6 of 8 starts, including the Adirondack and Prioress Stakes. Lady Caveat is also a half-sister to To the Hunt, the dam of multiple stakes winners Starrer and Stellar Jayne.

The next day, Yes It's True had yet another winner when his 3-year-old filly A True Pussycat won the Ravolia Stakes at one mile. A True Pussycat, third in her previous outing, returned $21.40. She is out of the Tabasco Cat mare Cool Pussycat, a half-sister to turf stakes winner Chilly Rooster (Arch). A True Pussycat's second dam, Chilly Chick, is a half-sister to multiple turf stakes winner Exuberant.

* Point Given is having a good year with his second crop. While his offspring are expected to be most effective as they mature at 3 and 4, going long on any surface, his 2-year-old fillies are performing well this year. Point Ashley, winner of the Del Mar Debutante, is the likely favorite for the Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies, and on Sept. 2, Naseem, a first-time starter by Point Given, relished the one-mile distance to rally from last in a field of seven to score by three-quarters of a length, returning $29. Naseem is out of the Seattle Slew mare Student Life, a half-sister to Black Tie Affair.


Tytus, a 2-year-old first-time starter by Tale of the Cat, rallied from fourth in a six-horse field to win a 6 1/2-furlong maiden race by 2 3/4 lengths as the 4-5 favorite. Tytus is out of the Pine Bluff mare Reserve Bid, and his fourth dam, stakes winner Carmelita Gibbs, was third in the 1976 Kentucky Oaks behind Optimistic Gal and Comfort Zone.

* Despite Cat Thief's achievements on dirt, including a win in the Breeders' Cup Classic, I labeled him a "hidden turf sire" from the beginning of his stallion career because of his sire line (Storm Cat-Storm Bird-Northern Dancer). On Sept. 3, Catching, a 2-year-old filly by Cat Thief making her career debut, won a one-mile maiden race on the turf, paying $13.20. Catching actually has a HTx2 pedigree pattern, because she gets a double dose of turf from her damsire, Caveat.

Del Mar

Record won an optional claimer Aug. 31, but the second-place finisher, Smokey Stover, had a troubled trip and should be a handful in his next start. Smokey Stover steadied repeatedly and nearly clipped heels twice, but he persevered with a good late run while falling short of catching Record, who had opened up a clear lead in late stretch. Smokey Stover, now 3, is from Put It Back's first crop, and is an example of the RF (Rasmussen Factor), since he is inbred 5x5 to Grand Splendor. Big names descending from Grand Splendor are Fappiano, Honour and Glory, Ogygian, Clabber Girl, and Commendable.

* Dilemma won a 6 1/2-furlong maiden race on Sept. 3, and while the victory came on dirt, he is really bred to love turf. By hidden turf sire Grand Slam (Gone West), Dilemma is out of the Tabasco Cat mare Heavenly Cat, who is out of stakes-placed In Excelcis Deo. Dilemma's third dam is multiple turf stakes winner Sabin.


Freshman sire Graeme Hall is off to a good start at stud. His first crop of 2-year-olds include Colleen Stakes winner Bovell Road; Bleniem, second in the Seacliff Stakes; and maiden winners Graeme Central, Bird on the Run, Flower Arrangement, Hallway, Bournes Land, Get Noticed, Elaine La CPA, and Whatdreamsrmadeof, who won a six-furlong maiden race for New York-breds on Aug. 28. Whatdreamsrmadeof is out of the Eastern Echo mare Eastern Ruckus.

* Red Ransom is one of a number of sons by the European champion Roberto who was a major grass influence. On Aug. 31, Ochre, a 2-year-old filly by Red Ransom making her first start for Todd Pletcher, won a 1 1/16-mile maiden race, and in addition to Red Ransom, Ochre has a plethora of turf influences in her pedigree. Inheriting speed from her damsire, Mr. Prospector, her next two damsires are powerful turf influences Lyphard and Le Fabuleux.

* Tiznow, two-time winner of the Breeders' Cup Classic, got off to a great start with his first crop last year, siring Folklore, who won the Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies and was voted champion 2-year-old filly. Tiznow has another good 2-year-old filly from his second crop in Tiz Wonderful, who won a 6 1/2-furlong maiden race by 12 1/2 lengths in her career debut Sept. 2. Tiz Wonderful is out of the Hennessy mare Evil, a full sister to stakes winner Handsome Hunk. This is the James Cox Brady-Mill House female family that produced Furiously, Bolger, Dancealot, Tights, Girlfriend, and Epsom Oaks winner Long Look.