11/04/2005 12:00AM

BC Sprint winner has New York ties


Breeders' Cup Sprint winner Silver Train comes from a productive New York family.

His dam is Ridden in Thestars, a daughter of former state leading sire Cormorant, bred in New York by Francis Paolangeli.

Ridden in Thestars placed in the Schenectady and Susan B. Anthony handicaps during her career of 34 starts, earning $178,998.

The breeders of Silver Train, Joe Mulholland Sr., Joe Mulholland Jr. and John Mulholland, purchased Ridden in Thestars for $90,000 at the 1998 Keeneland November mixed sale.

Bred in Kentucky by the Mulhollands, Silver Train is by Old Trieste, and was purchased for $140,000 by Buckram Oak Farm at the Fasig-Tipton Kentucky July yearling sale in 2003.

Ridden in Thestars has also produced the winners Cryptointhestars and Cantilena, and has a weanling colt of 2005 by High Yield and a yearling colt of 2004 by Yankee Victor.

The Yankee Victor yearling was purchased for $85,000 at the Keeneland September yearling sale from the Mulholland consignment by Jeffrey A. Novak.

Silver Train's second dam is Shelter Strait, a daughter of Far North, bred in New York by Morton W. Rosenthal.

Shelter Strait is also the mother of Pro Cove, winner of the Aspirant Stakes, and North Flag, who placed in the Aspirant Stakes.

The Aspirant is one of the prep races for New York-breds on the road to the New York Breeders Futurity.

Shelter Strait is a half-sister to stakes winner Sunset Strait, the dam of Toboggan Handicap winner and Grade 1-placed Placid Fund.

Running with the big girls

Also on Breeders' Cup Day, the New York-bred filly Capeside Lady turned in a good performance to finish sixth in the Distaff after setting the early pace.

She was coming off an excellent try in the Grade 1 Spinster Stakes, in which she finished third to Pampered Princess and Pleasant Home, the BC Distaff winner.

In the Distaff, Capeside Lady finished ahead of Grade 1 winners Hollywood Story, Sweet Symphony, Island Fashion, and Happy Ticket.

Bred by Becky Thomas and Lewis Lakin, Capeside Lady is out of stakes winner Gray Lady Type, a daughter of Zen who is a half-sister to stakes winners Unique Type, Magnetic Type, and Liberada.

New York stallion Lycius also made an impact on Breeders' Cup Day as the broodmare sire of Flower Alley, who finished second in the Classic.

J'ray is 26th N.Y.-bred to win open stakes

J'ray became the 26th New York-bred winner of an open stakes race in 2005, winning the $100,000 Jessamine Stakes for juvenile fillies at Keeneland on Oct. 27.

The Jessamine was run at 1 1/16 miles on turf.

J'ray is raced by her breeder, Lawrence Goichman, who also bred New York-bred Read the Footnotes, winner of the Nashua, Remsen, and Fountain of Youth stakes.

J'ray is by Distant View, a son of Mr. Prospector who was champion 3-year-old in England and who is also the sire of multiple Grade 1 winner Sightseek.

Her dam, Bubbling Heights, is a half-sister to Feather Bride, the dam of graded stakes winner Milleninum Dragon, and she was brought to New York by Goichman between the 2001 and 2002 breeding seasons.

J'ray's family also includes Horse of the Year Kotashaan.

State sires' offspring in Keeneland sale

New York stallions Wiseman's Ferry and Mayakovsky are represented by first-crop weanlings at the 12-day Keeneland November sale, which opens on Monday and closes on Nov. 18.

Wiseman's Ferry is the sire of a colt out of Hope Anew, by Personal Flag.

Hope Anew is a half-sister to Albany Handicap winner Gratiaen, from the top-class family of Adorable Micol, whose offspring include Adcat, winner of the Grade 3 New Hampshire Sweepstakes and Adorydar, winner of the Torrey Pines and placed in the Grade 1 Hollywood Oaks.

Other state sires with weanings cataloged include Lycius, Phone Trick, Gold Token, and Wheelaway.

One of the top New York-bred weanling pedigrees in the catalog is a son of leading young sire Successful Appeal out of Vintage Love, by Alydar. This filly is a full sister to New York-bred Go Rockin' Robin, winner of the Grade 2 Peter Pan Stakes.