09/05/2008 12:00AM

Big holiday weekend for New York sires

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Mayakovsky got his first stakes winner - Mother Russia, who won the Lady Finger Stakes at Finger Lakes Race Track.

Mayakovsky, winner of the Grade 3 Gotham during his career, has his second crop of 2-year-olds running in races this year. He stands at Mill Creek Farm in Stillwater, N.Y.

Mother Russia was bred by Philip Birsh and is owned by Obviously NY Stable. She won her maiden at Saratoga on Aug. 13 and is unbeaten in two starts with earnings of $121,561.

Mother Russia is out of the winning Hennessy mare Still Secret. Still Secret had another winner on Labor Day with Iron Curtain, a gelding by Boundary, winning an open allowance in Saratoga. Mother Russia's third dam Pretty Driver (by Lt. Stevens), produced multiple stakes winners Colonel Hill and Pretty Sham.

Freud is the sire of Dagnabit, who won of the Aspirant Stakes at Finger Lakes on the holiday weekend. He stands at Sequel Stallions New York in Hudson, N.Y.

Bred and owned by Lansdon B. Robbins III and Thomas Hansen, Dagnabit captured the open Tremont Stakes at Belmont Park prior to the Aspirant, and is unbeaten in three outings with earnings of $179,108.

Dagnabit is out of Cool Ghoul, by Silver Ghost. Cool Ghoul is a half-sister to Remsen Stakes winner and New York sire Comeonmom.

The Lady Finger and Aspirant are often used for juveniles preparing for the $200,000 New York Breeders Futurity on Oct. 4.

Raffie's Majesty is the sire of Tommasi, who earned his first stakes victory in the Loudonville Stakes at Saratoga. Raffie's Majesty stands at Sugar Maple Farm in Poughquag, N.Y.

Owned by Tina Marie Bond, who bred him with her husband, Jim Bond, Tommasi earned $263,344 with a record of 6-6-3 in 23 starts.

Tommasi is out of the Double Negative mare Shock It. She is also the mother of Tommasi's full siblings Gattinara and Raffit, each earners of more than $100,000.

Read the Footnotes is the sire of Cribnote, who finished second in the Grade 1 Hopeful Stakes after bolting to the outside while making a serious bid for the lead on the stretch turn.

Read the Footnotes, winner of the Remsen and Fountain of Youth stakes, also stands at Sequel Stallions New York.

Bred and owned by Red Diamond Stable, Cribnote won his maiden in sensational fashion at Saratoga on July 27, drawing off by more than 13 lengths with a three-wide move on the turn.

He has earnings of $86,200 and a record of 1-1-0 in 3 starts.

Cribnote is out of Totebook, by Notebook.

Totebook, out of the Medaille d'Or mare Pretense d' Or, is a half-sister to stakes winner Diane's Birthday.

This family also includes D'Or Ruckus, winner of the Grade 3 La Brea Stakes, who placed in the Grade 1 Santa Monica.

Remarkable Remy joins the club

Remarkable Remy became the 22nd New York-bred to win an open stakes race in 2008 when she captured the Caveat Competor Stakes at Saratoga on Aug. 31.

The filly was bred by Sugar Maple Farm and is owned by Live Oak Plantation, which paid $200,000 for her at the Fasig-Tipton Saratoga select yearling sale in 2006.

Remarkable Remy also won the open Miss Grillo Stakes as a 2-year-old.

Victory in the Caveat Competor sent her career earnings to $191,650 with a record of 4-0-1 from 9 starts.

Remarkable Remy is out of Most Remarkable, by Marquetry. Most Remarkable is a half-sister to multiple graded turf stakes winner Snow Dance, an earner of $938,957, from a family that includes Pacific Classic winner General Challenge.

Behind the Big Apple Triple

Hall of Fame trainer and New York breeder John Nerud called recently to clarify the origins of the Big Apple Triple, won for the first time by Tin Cup Chalice at the Saratoga meeting.

In addition to Joe Spadaro, formerly of the New York State Thoroughbred Breeding and Development Fund, Nerud - along with Barbara Brewer and Chester Broman - worked in 1999 to get the series and its bonus up and running.

The series consists of the Mike Lee Stakes at Belmont Park, the New York Derby at Finger Lakes, and the Albany Handicap at Saratoga Race Course.