12/19/2008 12:00AM

Borrowing Base continues open stakes success


Topped by the victory of Borrowing Base in the Ladies Handicap, New York-breds continue to post excellent results in open competition as the year draws to a close.

Borrowing Base became the 35th New York-bred to win an open stakes race in the Ladies Handicap at Aqueduct.

Four other New York-breds finished on the board in stakes at Aqueduct and Calder Race Course last weekend.

Bred by Gallagher's Stud and owned by Daddie's Little Girls Stable, the 5-year-old Borrowing Base is a daughter of the late top New York stallion Personal Flag.

She is out of the stakes-winning Turkoman mare Bonita Chica, an earner of just under $300,000.

Borrowing Base sent her career earnings to $404,857 with a record of 6-9-11 from 43 starts.

The durable mare was coming off five consecutive stakes races at more than one mile, and loved the 10 furlongs of the Ladies Handicap.

As for the other statebreds in open company last weekend, J'ray and Logic Way both finished second in Grade 2 events at Calder Race Course; New York-breds have now finished in the first three in 55 graded events in 2008.

J'ray, bred and owned by Lawrence Goichman, was second in the La Prevoyante Handicap, her sixth consecutive appearance in a graded event on turf.

She was making her final appearance under colors, and is scheduled to be bred to Medaglia d'Oro next year.

The multiple state champion has earned $969,843 with a record of 10-7-1 in 26 starts.

Logic Way was second in the William L. McKnight on turf.

Bred by A. Lakin & Sons and owned by Louis Marino, Ralph DePalma, and Anthony Bertucci, Logic Way is by leading state sire Freud.

He sent his earnings to $328,897 with a record of 6-3-4 in 21 starts.

By the Light finished second in the Foil Stakes on the Ladies Handicap card.

Bred by Paul Rothfuss and owned by Jay Em Ess Stable, By the Light earlier this year finished second in the Grade 1 Prioress Stakes and is an open stakes winner in 2008.

She has earned $726,815 with a record of 8-2-0 in 11 starts.

Completing the quartet is Weathered, who finished second in the You'd Be Surprised Stakes on Friday.

Bred and owned by the Chevalier Stable of Edward Shapoff, she is a daughter of New York sire Key Contender and earlier this year won the open Lizzy Cool and Susan's Girl stakes.

Weathered has earned $290,393 with a record of 8-1-1 in 12 starts.

Midas Eyes weanling brings $20K

A weanling colt by state sire Midas Eyes was purchased for $20,000 at the recent Fasig-Tipton Midlantic December mixed sale in Timonium, Md.

Consigned by Harry L. Landry Bloodstock LLC, agent, he was purchased by Lexicon Partners.

The New York-bred is out of the Two Punch mare Uno Dos, who is a half-sister to Rugged Bugger, winner of the Grade 3 Laurel Turf Cup.

Midas Eyes, winner of the Grade 1 Forego Handicap at Saratoga, is a son of Belmont Stakes winner Touch Gold who stands at Empire Stud in Hudson, N.Y.

His fee for the 2009 breeding season is $6,000.

A weanling filly by Greeley's Galaxy was purchased for $15,000.

She was consigned by Moonestone Sales LLC, agent, and bought by Ravens Racing.

The New York-bred filly is out of Show the Mark, by Miner's Mark.

Her immediate family includes Unrullah Bull, winner of the Grade 3 Texas Mile Stakes, and the New York-bred gelding Love's Echo, who finished second in the Mike Lee Stakes.

This family includes Grade 1 winner Track Barron.

Greeley's Galaxy, a multiple Grade 2 winner, stands at Sugar Maple Farm in Poughquag, N.Y., where his fee for 2009 is $5,000.

Big Z Thoroughbreds went to $25,000 for a New York-bred weanling filly consigned by Thomas J. Gallo III Sales Agency LLC, agent.

She is from the first crop of Grade 1 winner Bandini.

Her dam, Hidden Wings, by Dynaformer, is a half-sister to New York-bred Fly to Me, a multiple stakes winner at Finger Lakes.

* Sequel, Becky Thomas, and Lewis Lakin, et. al., top the list of breeder's award winners at $412,194 for the period Jan. 1 through Nov. 30, 2008. Sez Who Thoroughbreds North is second at $360,215, while Flying Zee Stable is third at $294,035.