12/07/2007 12:00AM

Buckridge gets Smooth Jazz

EmailSmooth Jazz has arrived at Buckridge Farm in Chatham, N.Y., where he will stand the 2008 breeding season for a fee of $3,000.

A son of Storm Boot who is the property of a syndicate, Smooth Jazz stood last year at Cloverleaf Farms II in Florida.

Smooth Jazz won the Grade 2 Commonwealth Breeders' Cup in 2003, earning a Beyer Speed Figure of 117. He also won the Best Turn Stakes at Aqueduct and retired with earnings of $321,105, with a record of 5-0-1 in 11 starts.

"We've already gotten a lot of excited feedback from New York breeders," said Amy Boll, owner of Buckridge Farm. "We've been looking for several years for another nice horse to stand here."

Smooth Jazz's first runners are out this year and include Smooth Air, who was recently second in the $150,000 Jack Price Juvenile at Calder, earning a 92 Beyer.

"That underscores the speed and precocity of his first crop," said Boll of Smooth Jazz. "He's a Storm Cat line stallion with a decent race record and he had a ton of speed."

Smooth Jazz is out of Blushing Issue, by Blushing John.

Blushing Issue is a half-sister to Royal Chariot, winner of the Grade 1 Hollywood Turf Cup, and to two other stakes winners.

Smooth Jazz's third dam, the Sea-Bird mare Sea Sands, captured the Group 2 Prix de l'Opera in France and produced Future Storm, a group or graded stakes winner in Europe and North America.

Buckridge Farm also stands the top New York-bred Say Florida Sandy, whose first runners are 2-year-olds of 2007.

An earner of more than $2 million and 19 stakes wins in a career of eight seasons, Say Florida Sandy stands for $5,000.

By former state sire Personal Flag, Say Florida Sandy is a half-brother to graded stakes-winning New York-bred Dancin Renee.

Say Florida Sandy is the sire of Finger Lakes Juvenile Fillies winner Say Toba Sandy from his first crop. He has no inbreeding through his first five generations.

J'ray proves fond of Calder turf

Lawrence Goichman's 4-year-old filly J'ray sure likes the Calder turf course.

J'ray won last weekend's Grade 3 My Charmer Handicap for her second stakes win there. Last year, she won the Tropical Park Oaks at Calder.

In her only other Calder appearance, J'ray was edged in the Grade 3 Frances G. Genter Stakes in late 2006.

She defeated seven stakes winners in the My Charmer, including graded winner Bayou's Lassie, who won last year's Genter.

Bred by Goichman and foaled at Keane Stud in Amenia, N.Y., J'ray sent her career earnings to $507,689 with a record of 7-4-1 in 16 starts.

She is by Distant View out of Bubbling Heights, by Darshaan.

Bubbling Heights is a half-sister to Feather Bride, the dam of graded stakes winner Millennium Dragon.

J'ray's family also includes Horse of the Year Kotashaan.

J'ray has been a classy and consistent turf female during her three seasons of racing. She was champion 2-year-old filly and champion turf female in New York in 2005, when she won the Jessamine and Selima stakes. In 2006, she placed in two graded events.

In addition to the My Charmer this year, J'ray has won the Grade 3 Bayou Breeders' Cup and Krantz Memorial at Fair Grounds.

Outofthebox joins Sez Who sire roster

Sez Who Thoroughbreds North, in Stillwater, N.Y., has added the 9-year-old Montbrook stallion Outofthebox to its roster for the 2008 breeding season.

Outofthebox, winner of the Grade 2 Super Derby, also placed in the Grade 1 Florida Derby to Monarchos and Grade 1 Fountain of Youth Stakes to Songandaprayer. He earned $734,008 with a record of 5-4-3 in 16 starts.

Outofthebox, who stood last year at Ocala Stud Farm in Ocala, Fla., will stand for a fee of $2,500. He is from the family of graded stakes winners Beacon Shine, Mighty Appealing, and Garden Gal.

Outofthebox is the sire of Cool Paradigm, winner of the Finger Lakes Juvenile, from his first crop to race.