06/05/2008 11:00PM

$45,000 bargain wins stakes


The 3-year-olds Brookhaven's Money and Study Abroad won their respective divisions in last Sunday's second round of the New York Stallion Stakes series at Belmont Park.

Brookhaven's Money captured the one-mile Spectacular Bid for owners Herbert T. and Carol A. Schwartz. A son of Precise End, Brookhaven's Money was bred by Sez Who Thoroughbreds of Stillwater, N.Y.

Brookhaven's Money won his third consecutive race in the Spectacular Bid, sending his career earnings to $84,288 with a record of 3-1-0 in 5 starts.

Purchased for $45,000 at the Ocala Breeders' Sales Co.'s April 2-year-old sale in 2007, he is out of Foxy Grand, by El Baba.

Brookhaven's Money's full sister, the New York-bred Sweeping Glance, placed in the Ticonderoga Handicap.

Among the top horses campaigned by the Schwartzes are New York-breds Critical Eye, winner of the Grade 1 Hempstead Handicap, and Thunder Puddles, winner of the Grade 2 Red Smith Handicap.

Study Abroad won the Cupecoy's Joy, also at one mile. Bred and owned by the Gabrielle Farm of John Acierno III of Brooklyn, she sent her career earnings to $85,660 with a record of 2-1-1 in 5 starts.

Study Abroad was second in the Park Avenue division of the series in her previous start. She is by New York sire Wheelaway, who stands at McMahon of Saratoga Thoroughbreds in Saratoga Springs.

Her dam, the Ruhlmann mare Our Lady T, raced for Gabrielle Farm. She is out of World of Suzy Wong, winner of the Susan's Girl Handicap.

Study Abroad's third dam, Spring in the Air, placed in the Grade 3 Long Island Handicap.

Wheelaway is also the sire of Margie's Smile, winner of the Ruby Rubles Stakes for Gabrielle Farm.

The series opened on April 13 at Aqueduct, with Fort Drum winning the Times Square division for males and Like a Rose winning the Park Avenue for females.

Commentator surpasses $1 million

With his gallant second in the Grade 1 Metropolitan Handicap, Commentator joined the ranks of New York-bred millionaires.

His earnings stand at $1,091,936 with a record of 11-1-2 from 18 starts.

Funny Cide leads the list at $3,529,412, with Say Florida Sandy next at $2,085,409.

Commentator's statebred foal crop of 2001 has also produced millionaires Fleet Indian, the Eclipse Award champion older female of 2006; multiple graded winner Friendly Island, who placed in the $2 million Dubai Golden Shaheen; and multiple graded winner West Virginia.

That crop also includes Behaving Badly, winner of the Grade 1 Santa Monica Handicap, and Friends Lake, winner of the Grade 1 Florida Derby.

Commentator, a 7-year-old gelding, was purchased by owner Tracy Farmer for $135,000 at the Fasig-Tipton Kentucky July yearling sale.

Bred by Michael Martinez, he was foaled and raised at Tom Gallo's Blue Stone Farm in Cambridge, N.Y., about 20 miles east of Saratoga Springs.

Commentator is by Distorted Humor out of Outsource, by Storm Bird.

Outsource is a half-sister to Cogburn, winner of the Rutgers Stakes and placed in the Grade 3 Jersey Derby.

Commentator's third dam, Quite Honestly, is the mother of Hot Novel, who produced multiple Grade 1 winner Behrens.

Sez Who leads in breeder awards

Sez Who Thoroughbreds tops the leader board for breeder awards through the first quarter of 2008 at $171,314.

Next on the list is Sequel, Beckey Thomas, and Lewis Lakin with $120,790.

Completing the top five are Flying Zee Stable at $98,159, Chester and Mary Broman at $77,605, and Gus Schoenborn Jr. at $67,814.

Winning Move Stable is the leader in the open-company owner awards category at $29,855, followed by Zayat Stable with $25,300.

Roddy Valente is next at $20,000, followed by Gumpster Stable at $16,200 and Michael Dubb, Robert Joscelyn, et. al. at $15,793.