08/25/2006 12:00AM

Bonus unclaimed, but $140K colt rewards with Albany win


Ferocious Won's attempt to sweep the Big Apple Triple and collect a $250,000 bonus fell short at Saratoga Race Course last week, as he failed to hit the board in the Albany Handicap.

Indian Hawke upset the $150,000 Albany, at 1 1/8 miles, leading all the way to return $41.60.

Ferocious Won came to the Albany after winning the first two legs of the series for 3-year-old New York-breds, the seven-furlong Mike Lee at Belmont and 1 1/16-mile New York Derby at Finger Lakes.

Indian Hawke was purchased by his owner, Donald F. Flanagan, for $140,000 at the Fasig-Tipton Saratoga New York-bred preferred yearling sale in 2004.

Bred by Joseph and Theresa Mangine, Indian Hawke, a son of Indian Charlie, is out of the unraced Affirmed mare Georgialina, who is a half-sister to Grade 1-placed Turner's Hall.

Indian Hawke's third dam, Our First Delight, won several stakes in California, including the Yerba Buena Handicap at 1 3/8 miles, and earned $253,500.

For Indian Hawke, trained by George Weaver, the Albany Handicap was his first stakes victory. He avenged his loss to Ferocious Won in the New York Derby, in which he tired to finish sixth.

Indian Hawke sent his career earnings to $175,190 with a record of 4-0-0 from 10 starts.

Breeders' Futurity contenders emerge

Endless Circle and Chief Officer were the respective winners of the Aspirant and Lady Fingers Stakes at Finger Lakes Race Track last weekend for 2-year-olds.

The races serve as important local preps for the New York Breeders' Futurity, worth an estimated $200,000, on Sept. 4 at the Canandaigua, N.Y., oval.

Endless Circle, bred by Sez Who Thoroughbreds and owned by Francis J. Paolangeli, won the $127,638 Aspirant in 1:12.29 for six furlongs, returning $8.40.

A son of former state sire Precise End, he was purchased for $85,000 at the Ocala Breeders' Sales Company's spring 2-year-olds in training sale in April.

Endless Circle is a half-brother to Blount Island, winner of the Criterium Stakes, and to Major Moran, who placed in the Grade 3 Tampa Bay Derby. His dam is the winning Pentelicus mare Inside Circle.

Endless Circle was fifth in a maiden special event at Saratoga in his career debut before the Aspirant. His earnings are $77,993

Chief Officer won the $126,725 Lady Fingers in 1:11.51, returning $3 as the favorite.

Bred by Sequel 2003 and Lynda Richter, Chief Officer was purchased by Zayat Stable for $230,000 at the Ocala Breeders' Sales Company March 2-year-olds in training sale. By Officer, she is out of Guilty Pleasure, by Pine Bluff, who is also the dam of Ready to Please, winner of the Grade 2 Fantasy Stakes at Oaklawn Park and the third-place finisher in the Grade 1 Mother Goose Stakes at Belmont Park.

Ready to Please is a full sister to Ready's Gal, winner of the Grade 3 Lake George Stakes at Saratoga.

Chief Officer was making her third start in the Lady Fingers. She won her maiden at first asking among New York-breds on June 30 at Belmont, then finished third in the Grade 3 Schuylerville Stakes at Saratoga on July 26.

Her career earnings are $111,765.

Behaving Badly a standout nationally

Behaving Badly continues to prove she is one of the top sprinting females in the nation. She won the Grade 3 Rancho Bernardo at Del Mar last Friday for the second year in succession, recording a career-high Beyer Speed Figure of 112 for the $200,000 race at 6 1/2 furlongs.

Bred by Becky Thomas and Lewis Lakin, and foaled at their Lakland North farm in Hudson, N.Y., Behaving Badly is a 5-year-old daughter of Pioneering owned by Patti and Hal J. Earnhardt III.

Trained by Bob Baffert, she won her fourth graded stakes race this season. Behaving Badly has also captured the Grade 1 Santa Monica and Grade 3 Las Flores at Santa Anita, and the Grade 2 Genuine Risk at Belmont in 2006.

She is out of the Sir Raleigh mare Timeleighness, who is also the mother of Lavish Numbers, winner of the Maid of the Mist Stakes, and stakes-placed Light Up the Town, an earner of $259,751. Timeleighness is a full sister to stakes winner Timelessleigh. Both are out of the New York-bred mare Pleasure Moment, by Timeless Moment.

Behaving Badly sent her career earnings to $734,224, with a record of 9-2-0 in 12 starts.