10/28/2004 11:00PM

Artax back in Empire State

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OZONE PARK, N.Y. - Artax will rejoin the New York stallion roster for the 2005 breeding season after spending four breeding seasons in Kentucky. Announcement of the move was made last week by Metropolitan Stud's Stallion Station in Pine Plains, N.Y.

Artax will stand at Metropolitan for $10,000, a fee payable when a foal stands and nurses.

Artax, the champion sprinter in 1999 following wins in the Breeders' Cup Sprint, Vosburgh, and Carter, entered stud in New York in 2000 at Clermont Farm in Germantown. He stood his first season in the Empire State for $30,000.

Artax, a 9-year-old son of Marquetry out of the Apalachee mare Raging, stood the last four seasons at Taylor Made Farm in Lexington, Ky. His 2004 fee was $10,000.

From two crops to reach the races, Artax's most accomplished runner is Friendly Michelle, who won this year's Grade 1 Prioress at Belmont Park and has earnings of $399,294. Artax's progeny have earned in excess of $1.6 million and he has sired 33 winners.

Artax will join Gold Fever and nine other stallions at Metropolitan. Gold Fever is currently the leading sire in New York.

Kalu to start at Liberty Stud

Kalu, a Grade 3 winner on the grass, will enter the New York stallion market next year. Kalu will stand his first season at Jim and Michaelyn Scott's Liberty Stud in Ghent. Owned by Bonnie Heath Farm, Kalu has a fee of $4,000, live foal.

A winner of $259,986, Kalu is a 6-year-old son of Honor Grades. His most significant wins came in the Grade 3 Hawthorne Derby and the Forerunner Stakes at Keeneland.

Kalu is out of the Rare Performer mare Barely Rarely, a half-sister to a two-time European champion, Double Trigger, a multiple graded stakes winner, Double Eclipse, and three other stakes-placed horses.

Eleven receive scholarships

At last weekend's New York Thoroughbred Breeders general meeting, scholarships worth more than $20,000 for the academic years of 2004 and 2005 were distributed to 11 students pursuing equine studies at New York State universities

Four of the scholarship winners, Emily Murray, Sarah Harrington, Benjamin Sills, and Hilary Gilcris are enrolled in the equine studies program at the State University of New York at Morrisville. The other scholarship students - Thomas Citera, Lewis Savoy Jr., Katie Mancini, Danielle Rossi, Stuart McCord, Cindy Chiuchiolo, and Matthew Fowler - attend SUNY Cobleskill.

The breeders' group instituted the scholarship program in 1997 and the program is funded by private donations and through the sale of stallion seasons by Thoroughbred Charities, an annual auction at Candyland Farm in Middletown, Del. This year's auction is scheduled for Dec. 4.

Gratiaen, Coined for Success in sale

Two New York-bred stakes winners, Gratiaen and Coined for Success, are entered in Wednesday's Fasig-Tipton horses of racing age sale at Belmont Park.

Gratiaen, a 7-year-old with earnings of $288,050, has not raced since Jan. 30, when he finished sixth in a $20,000 claimer.

Earlier in his career, Gratiaen, a son of Cure the Blues, had a fair amount of success. As a 3-year-old, he won four consecutive starts, including a nose decision in the restricted Albany Handicap at Saratoga. In October 2003, in what was the horse's final victory, Gratiaen won a $75,000 claimer at Belmont.

Gratiaen was bred by Gallagher Stud and is out of Adorable Minister, a daughter of Deputy Minister. Gratiaen's second dam, Adorable Micol, produced stakes winners Adcat and Adorydar.

Coined for Success, a 3-year-old by New York sire Gold Token, won the Nick Shuk Memorial Stakes at Delaware Park in June. The gelding also won three other races this year, all at Aqueduct.

Coined for Success's dam is Dingaling, a daughter of New York sire Phone Trick. Dingaling's dam, Fling Ding, has produced multiple stakes winners and stakes-placed runners.