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The holiday weekend was a major one for U.S. juveniles.

In the East, the imposing Dublin leapt to the head of the class with a win in the Hopeful Stakes (gr. I). A member of the first crop of Afleet Alex (TrueNicks,SRO), he's out of Classy Mirage, a Storm Bird mare, who was a top-class runner winning won five graded events, including the Ballerina Handicap (gr. I) but had been a disappointing producer. The pedigree of Dublin is TrueNicks rated A+ on the Northern Afleet/Storm Bird cross.

On the West coast, the Del Mar Futurity (gr. I) went to Lookin At Lucky (TrueNicks A++), who cemented his status as the leader of the division in California. Lookin At Lucky is the third stakes winner and second graded scorer (the other being good three-year-old Papa Clem) by Smart Strike (TrueNicks,SRO) out of a mare by emerging broodmare sire, Belong to Me (TrueNicks,SRO).

The fillies also had a pair of grade I events. In New York, the Spinaway Stakes (gr. I) fell to Hot Dixie Chick. A daughter of Dixie Union (TrueNicks,SRO) , she is out of Above Perfection, a daughter of In Excess (TrueNicks rated A++). Dixie Union has been on fire of late, and he had another weekend two-year-old stakes winner in Dixie Band (TrueNicks A++), who took the Arlington-Washington Futurity (gr. III). He is out of the stakes winning Forty Niner mare, Tutorial, and follows Bear Character as the second stakes winner bred on that exact cross (Dixie Union seeming to work with virtually anything Mr. Prospector).

In California, the Debutante Stakes (gr. I) went to Mi Sueno. A $1,700,000 yearling, by Pulpit, she is out of a daughter of Hennessy (rated A++). There appears to be an emerging subset of the A.P. Indy (TrueNicks,SRO)/Storm Cat cross, as there are now two stakes winners by sons of A.P. Indy out of mares by Hennessy, and two more by Pulpit's son, Tapit (TrueNicks,SRO) , out of mares by that sire. Interestingly enough, the all involve stallions that have Nijinsky II, giving the Nijinsky II/Storm Bird combination.

Freshman Sire surprise, Offlee Wild (TrueNicks,SRO) , was represented by his first graded stakes winner when She Be Wild (rated A++) captured the Arlington-Washington Lassie Stakes (gr. III). He already has four stakes horses, and two stakes winners: She Be Wild (out of a mare by Seeking the Gold) and Heavenville (out of a mare by Seeking the Gold's son, Petionville (TrueNicks,SRO)), who are is only starters out of Seeking the Gold line mares. Offlee Wild's dam - a half-sister to Dynaformer (TrueNicks,SRO) - is by Seattle Slew a strain that loves Seeking the Gold (adds Frizette and La Troienne, both closely duplicated in Seattle Slew's female line).




daniel villalobos 08 Sep 2009 7:47 PM

Smart Strike continues to get good winners after the retirement

of Curlin and getting a grade 1 two year old winner Lookin At Lucky

should keep him in the limelight

  Good to see classic winner Afleet Alex get a grade 1 winner in his first crop and the way Dublin was running on at the end of the Hopeful there should be more to come from him.

John T. 08 Sep 2009 9:11 PM

For a surprise, how about Pollard's Vision, with 10 winners, 5 stakes horses, 4 two-time winners and 3 full stakes winners, not to mention a top-5 frosh as the sales approach.

equineal 08 Sep 2009 10:50 PM

Daniel: thanks well spotted. Pollard's Vision is a real surprise. He wasn't really a typical Carson City, getting better with age and going a distance. Another Carson City, City Zip, is currently the leading sire of two-year-olds.

Alan Porter 09 Sep 2009 8:28 AM

Southern equine already owned 1/2 of Mi Sueno before she went to auction. They were disolving a partnership so they really didn't pay 1.7 mil for her but still quiet a lot!

Stakeswinner 09 Sep 2009 10:53 AM


southern equine actually bought out hill n dale -- both had owned the weanling.

sid fernando 09 Sep 2009 11:08 AM

True, Alan. If they're this good this early going short, the sky's the limit. He's also got a SW in Italy who's about to stretch out to a mile as he preps for Group 1 company.

equineal 09 Sep 2009 11:39 AM

Has anyone checked the 2 year old sire list lately?  Anywone see the little New york horse by the name of Freud?  Not only does he have 6 winners from 12 2 year old starters as well as 2 stakes winners and 3 stakes wins but he has also climbed from 90th to 68th on the General sire list in the past3 months.  Id like to see what would happen if he got His big brothers book of mares one year because he surely isnt getting the quality of mare that any of the horses that he is competeing with gets.  any thoughts?

john 09 Sep 2009 2:24 PM

Love The Offlee Wilds. They have all come out running and He had a very short Book!

Billy Saratoga 10 Sep 2009 10:34 PM

Freud's been a regional standout for a bit now. He's actually got 25% stakes horses (admittedly most in the NY program). He's probably benefiting from rising to the top of the heap in NY, and getting the best mares available. He was more a sprinter than Giant's Causeway (or at least that's the way they campaigned him) and that might help getting dirt runners.

Alan Porter 11 Sep 2009 1:54 PM

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