02/22/2008 1:00AM

Bustin Stones puts breeder-owner on cloud nine


Bustin Stones remained unbeaten in five lifetime starts when he won the General George Handicap at Laurel Park last Monday.

The New York-bred 4-year-old was making his first open start in the Grade 2 General George at seven furlongs.

Bred and owned by Roddy J. Valente, Bustin Stones sent his career earnings to $300,150.

"This is what you live for!" exclaimed Valente after the General George. "He had so much against him, racing on a wet track the first time and being down on the inside. But he is a very determined horse."

Valente said Bustin Stones, who races without medication, will be pointed for the Grade 1 Carter Handicap at Aqueduct on April 5.

Bruce Levine trains the son of City Zip, who returned to racing on Jan. 21 at Aqueduct following a long layoff.

Levine had hoped to run Bustin Stones in the Grade 2 Woody Stephens Stakes at Belmont last year, but a foot bruise and subsequent double knee surgery kept him out of action for the rest of the year.

Valente claimed Shesasure-thing, the mother of Bustin Stones, for $50,000 at Hollywood Park in 2000.

A winner of three races and $56,770, Shesasurething is by Prospector's Gamble out of Nona's Moment, by Timeless Moment.

Nona's Moment is also the dam of stakes winner Ryan's Moment and stakes-placed Jessica's Moment.

Third dam No No Nona, by Tom Tulle, won a division of the Regret Stakes and placed in the Dogwood Stakes at Churchill Downs, while her half-sister Split the Tab won the Dogwood Stakes.

Valente boards Shesasurething at Jerry Bilinski's Waldorf Farm in North Chatham, N.Y.

She is due to drop a foal by top young state sire Hook and Ladder this year.

Bustin Stones is the fifth New York-bred open stakes winner of 2008.

New York-bred Premium Wine, winner of the $250,000 Gallant Bob Stakes last fall at Philadelphia Park, finished third in the General George.

A 4-year-old son of state sire Prime Timber, Premium Wine boosted his career earnings to $336,450 with a record of 5-3-1 from 10 starts.

Premium Wine is the 18th New York-bred to finish in the top three in an open stakes race this year.

Naughty New Yorker nears $1 million mark

Presidents Day was also a good one for the veteran Naughty New Yorker, who captured the Master Digby Stakes at Aqueduct for the 11th stakes victory of his career.

He raised his career earnings to $965,864, and is closing in on becoming the 20th New York-bred to earn $1 million or more.

Champion and Kentucky Derby winner Funny Cide tops the list at $3,529,412.

Naughty New Yorker, a 6-year-old son of Quiet American, is owned by Fox Ridge Farm and trained by Pat Kelly.

He was bred by William B. Wilmot and his wife, Joan M. Taylor, both veterinarians, who own and operate Stepwise Farm in Saratoga Springs.

Naughty New Yorker is out of Naughty Natisha, by Known Fact. She is also the dam of stakes winner Pupil.

The Master Digby is named for the top New York-bred of the early 1980s, who was bred and owned by the late Jerome Brody.

Ten in Fasig-Tipton's Calder sale

Ten New York-breds are cataloged to the Fasig-Tipton selected 2-year-olds in training sale at Calder on Tuesday.

Hook and Ladder is represented by a colt consigned by Eddie Woods, agent, that is a half-brother to New York-bred stakes winner Keesler.

He is out of the Gulch mare Amazing Madeline, who descends from the family of champion Lady Pitt.

Hook and Ladder, who stands at Sequel Stallions New York in Hudson, is the sire of Big Truck, who finished second in the $200,000 Sam F. Davis for 3-year-olds last weekend at Tampa Bay Downs.

Leprechaun Racing, agent, is selling a colt by Van Nistelrooy out of Sailing Solo, a daughter of former state sire Raise a Man.

Sailing Solo is a half-sister to New York Breeders' Futurity winner Shesastonecoldfox, from a family that also includes statebred stakes-placed Always Belong and Raiders Bid, as well as Boston Raider, winner of the Finger Lakes Juvenile.