11/03/2006 12:00AM

Anasheed to stand for Questroyal


Anasheed, by classic winner and leading sire A.P. Indy, will stand the 2007 breeding season under the management of Questroyal Stud.

The 6-year-old graded-stakes-placed runner will stand at Michaelyn Scott's Liberty Stud near Ghent, N.Y., for a fee of $5,000.

"We are thrilled to stand a stallion with such an impeccable pedigree and potential," said Barry Ostrager, the principal owner of Questroyal Stud. "He is a complete outcross to the Mr. Prospector line and will be exceedingly well received in New York."

Owned and bred by Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid al-Maktoum's Darley Stud, Anasheed won his maiden at one mile at Arlington Park. He then placed in the Grade 3 Arlington-Washington Futurity at the same distance.

After failing to carry his good form to Dubai, he returned to win an allowance race at Belmont Park going 1 1/8 miles in his 3-year-old season.

Anasheed brings a fabulous pedigree to the Empire State stallion roster.

His sire, by Seattle Slew from the Bold Ruler line, won the Belmont Stakes and Breeders' Cup Classic in 1992 en route to Horse of the Year honors. A.P. Indy has gone on to be one of the most important stallions in the industry, and led the North American list in 2003.

His son Bernardini is the likely champion 3-year-old this year off his victories in the Preakness, Travers, and Jockey Club Gold Cup.

A.P. Indy is the sire of Horse of the Year Mineshaft, plus Aptitude, winner of the Jockey Club Gold Cup; Tempera, winner of the Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies; Secret Status, winner of the Kentucky Oaks; Runup the Colors, winner of the Alabama Stakes; and Jilbab, winner of the Coaching Club American Oaks.

A.P. Indy's sons at stud include Grade 1 winners Stephen Got Even and Pulpit, who both have sired Grade 1 winners.

Anasheed's dam is European champion older female Flagbird, by Nureyev. She also is a half-sister to Runup the Colors and Top Account, winner of the King's Bishop Stakes at Saratoga.

Flagbird is a half-sister to Prospectors Delite, winner of the Grade 1 Acorn Stakes and the dam of Mineshaft, a Jockey Club Gold Cup winner and earner of nearly $2.3 million.

Half Heaven gives sire 50th stakes winner

David Cassidy and Edward Lipton's Half Heaven won Woodbine's River Memories Stakes last weekend at one mile and 70 yards on the new Polytrack surface at the Toronto facility. The River Memories was originally scheduled for turf.

Bred by Cassidy, Half Heaven became the 50th stakes winner by Regal Classic, who stands at McMahon of Saratoga Thoroughbred Farm.

Regal Classic, a 21-year-old son of Vice Regent, was a champion juvenile in Canada and is nearing the $2 million mark in progeny earnings for 2006.

He has exceeded the $2 million mark every year since 1995.

Half Heaven lifted her career earnings to $246,461 with the River Memories victory. Her record is 5-6-1 from 19 starts.

Half Heaven is out of Sand Pirate, a daughter of Desert Wine.

Sand Pirate is a half-sister to Sharp Looking Lady, the dam of millionaire Continental Red, winner of the Grade 2 San Luis Rey Handicap.

Lights of Broadway does Highcliff proud

Ken and Sarah Ramsey's Lights of Broadway won the Finger Lakes Juvenile on Oct. 28 for his third consecutive victory at the Canandaigua, N.Y., oval.

The Ramseys bred Lights on Broadway, a son of their stallion Catienus, who stands at Highcliff Farm in Delanson, N.Y.

As of last week, Catienus was the leading sire in New York with progeny earnings in excess of $2.5 million for 2006.

Lights of Broadway is out of the Rubiano mare On Broadway, whose mother Box Office Gold won the Grade 2 Tempted Stakes and who also produced stakes winner Basic Concern.

Lights of Broadway's third dam is Fearless Queen, winner of the Grade 3 Bed o' Roses Handicap and the granddam of Southern Rhythm, winner of the Grade 3 Lexington Stakes.

Lights of Broadway has won 3 of 6 starts, with earnings of $52,320.