07/18/2002 11:00PM

Best feet forward for Saratoga


Considering recent performances by New York-breds, it could be a very good six weeks for statebreds at the Saratoga meet, which begins on Wednesday. New York-breds Carson Hollow and Whitmore's Conn won major races at Belmont Park the first two weekends in July and are now being pointed to Grade 1 races in Saratoga.

Carson Hollow won the Grade 1 Prioress Stakes by two lengths in her first start against open stakes horses on July 6. Carson Hollow, a 3-year-old daughter of Carson City, is likely to run in Saturday's $250,000 Test Stakes.

The Prioress was Carson Hollow's fourth win in as many starts. The filly, who was bred by Patricia Purdy, is owned in partnership by her trainer, Richard Dutrow Jr., Sanford Goldfarb, Hemlock Hills Farm, Gabrielle Farm, and Justine Zimmerman.

On July 13, Whitmore's Conn, a son of Kris S., won his first stakes in the Grade 2 Bowling Green Handicap, a grass race.

Bred by Bud Wolf and Joe D'Agostino, Whitmore's Conn is owned by Michael and Lynn Shanley. Randy Schulhofer, the colt's trainer, said he would like to run Whitmore's Conn in the $500,000 Sword Dancer Invitational Handicap at Saratoga on Aug. 10. Whitmore's Conn is the first stakes winner for his dam, Albonita, a daughter of the 1983 Preakness winner, Deputed Testamony.

Whitmore's Conn's win in the Bowling Green was the 11th open stakes victory by a New York-bred this year.

The day after the Bowling Green, Finality and Irish Colonial nearly made it an all-New York-bred weekend at Belmont Park by finishing second and third in the Grade 3 Lexington.

No Parole's Big Apple dreams

No Parole, the winner of the first leg of the Big Apple Triple for 3-year-old New York-breds, the Mike Lee, shoots for a win in the middle leg on Saturday in the $125,000 New York Derby at Finger Lakes. The Big Apple Triple concludes with the $150,000 Albany at Saratoga on Aug. 21.

No Parole's owner, Thomas Mina, stands to win a $250,000 owners bonus if No Parole can do what no other horse has done - win the Big Apple Triple.

Mina bought No Parole, who has earnings of $152,536, for $20,000 at Fasig-Tipton's 2000 Saratoga sale of preferred yearlings.

No Parole's trainer, Joe Aquilino, who advised Mina on the sale, said he was taken with the yearling's good looks.

"He was a good-sized horse and well built," Aquilino said. "He winged his left leg a little bit, but it was nothing we couldn't live with."

The New York Derby will be run at 1 1/16 miles around two turns and No Parole hasn't won beyond seven furlongs.

Aquilino admits the distance is a question for No Parole, a son of Eclipse Award champion sprinter Lit de Justice, but said a couple of the horse's efforts around two turns were good ones, including a third-place finish in open company in the Count Fleet Stakes at Aqueduct during the winter.

No Parole was bred by Dr. William Coyro Jr., who claimed No Parole's dam, Suddenly Victoria, for $25,000 in 1997 at Aqueduct. Coyro later lost her through the claim box for $20,000 to Frank Stronach, but reacquired Suddenly Victoria, a daughter of Bates Motel, for $21,000 when Stronach sold her at auction while she was carrying No Parole.

Peintre Celebre filly at Keeneland sale

The only New York-bred in last week's two-day selected yearling sale at Keeneland, a filly by freshman sire Peintre Celebre, sold for $160,000. She was bought by the Kentucky-based WinStar Farm.

The filly, who was consigned to the sale by Eaton Sales, agent, was bred by the renowned artist and sculptor Frank Stella and foaled at Stella's Delehanty Stock Farm in Amenia, N.Y.

Southern Tradition, the filly's dam, was a three-time graded stakes winner. Peintre Celebre was a Horse of the Year in Europe and currently stands in Japan. The sire stood in Ireland when the New York-bred filly was conceived.