02/03/2006 1:00AM

Behaving Badly proves worth at elite level

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The 5-year-old New York-bred mare Behaving Badly, known for brilliant speed in a brief career, elevated her game a notch with a powerful victory in the Grade 1 Santa Monica Handicap at Santa Anita last weekend.

The fact Behaving Badly was racing seven furlongs for the first time made no difference, as she rocketed away from a field that included Grade 1 winners Alphabet Kisses, Leave Me Alone, and Sharp Lisa in 1:21.93.

Like statebred 3-year-old turf filly J'ray, who is unbeaten in four starts on grass, Behaving Badly is now a major force in her division.

Owned by Patti and Hal J. Earnhardt III, she was bred by Becky Thomas and Lewis Lakin, and foaled at their Lakland North farm in Hudson, N.Y.

Bob Baffert trains Behaving Badly, a daughter of Pioneering who is 5 for 7 with earnings of $347,200.

Behaving Badly was purchased for $150,000 by the Earnhardts at the Fasig-Tipton Midlantic 2-year-olds in training sale in 2003. She is out of the Sir Raleigh mare Timeleighness, who is also the dam of Lavish Numbers, winner of the Maid of the Mist Stakes at Belmont Park in 1997, and stakes-placed Light Up the Town, an earner of $259,751.

Timeleighness is a full sister to stakes winner Timelessleigh; both are daughters of the New York-bred mare Pleasure Moment, by Timeless Moment.

Behaving Badly's fourth dam, Money to Burn, was a durable campaigner who won 10 of 36 starts with three stakes wins and a second to champion filly Queen Empress in the Frizette Stakes in 1964.

Behaving Badly, who won the Grade 3 Rancho Bernardo Stakes last fall, is the third New York-bred winner of an open stakes in 2006, joining J'ray and Strummer, winner of the Jimmy Winkfield Stakes.

Thirteen NY-breds at OBS sale

Two-year-olds by New York stallions Artax, Freud, Good and Tough, and the late Phone Trick are cataloged in the Ocala Breeders' Sales Company select sale that will be held on Tuesday at Calder Race Course.

A total of 13 New York-bred 2-year-olds are cataloged for the auction.

The OBS sale, which opens the major 2-year-old sales in the East, served as a popular venue for Freud's first crop of 2-year-olds in 2005. A filly and colt by Freud sold for $220,000 and $150,000, respectively, at that auction.

Freud is represented by two colts and a filly at the upcoming OBS sale, all New York-breds.

The first colt, consigned by Wavertree Stables Inc., as agent, is a half-brother to Multiplication, winner of the Mike Lee Stakes for New York-breds.

The second, consigned by Leprechaun Racing as agent, is a half-brother to Erv's Line, champion 3-year-old in Puerto Rico whose family includes Coaching Club American Oaks winner Miss Cavandish.

The filly by Freud, consigned by Sequel Bloodstock as agent, is out of the multiple stakes winner Mighty Emy.

Leprechaun Racing is also the consignor of a statebred colt by Phone Trick who is a half-brother to New York-bred Little Miss Zip, winner of the Lady Finger Stakes.

His dam, Meadow Dream, by Meadowlake, is a half-sister to Forty One Carats, winner of the Grade 2 Pegasus Handicap and an earner of $828,843.

Sequel Bloodstock is the consignor of a statebred filly by Good and Tough who is a half-sister to New York-bred Delta Ghost, who placed in the Damon Runyon Stakes.

Delta Ghost's dam, the Sovereign Dancer mare Delta Daylight, is a granddaughter of Beldame winner Double Delta.

The lone Artax offering is a filly out of Free Fantasy, by Wild Again, consigned by Leprechaun Racing.

Free Fantasy is a half-sister to multiple stakes winner and good producer Thunderdome.

Free Fantasy is out of Mr. P.'s Girl, who is a half-sister to Florida Derby winner Royal and Regal, and graded stakes winner Regal and Royal.

This pedigree has many graded stakes winners, including Social Charter and Pearl of Love.

Good and Tough stands at Lakland North, as does Freud, while Artax stands at Metropolitan Stud in Pine Plains, N.Y.

Artax had progeny earnings of $2,147,216 in 2006, and is the sire of Friendly Michelle, winner of the Grade 1 Prioress Stakes from his first crop of runners.

Artax, the Eclipse Award champion sprinter of 1999, is the sire of Miss Norman, who placed in the Grade 1 Matron Stakes last year to champion Folklore.

He is also the sire of Diabolical, who placed in the Sapling and Nashua stakes last year, both Grade 3 events for 2-year-olds.