05/31/2007 11:00PM

Bustin Stones set for open company


Bustin Stones, the exciting unbeaten 3-year-old bred and owned by Roddy J. Valente, is scheduled to make his debut in open company in the Grade 2 Woody Stephens Stakes on Belmont Day.

The $250,000 event at seven furlongs honors the Hall of Fame trainer who saddled five consecutive winners of the Belmont Stakes from 1982 through 1986.

Bustin Stones has won his three races by 14 1/2 lengths, earning successive Beyer Speed Figures of 80, 90, and 99.

The son of City Zip made his career debut at Aqueduct on March 24, and followed with victories in the New York Stallion Stakes Times Square division on April 22 and the Screenland Stakes on May 9.

Trained by Bruce Levine, Bustin Stones has earnings of $124,650.

Valente claimed his dam, Shesasurething, by Prospector's Gamble, for $50,000 at Hollywood Park in 2000.

Bustin Stones received his early lessons at James Crupi's New Castle Farm in Ocala, Fla.

"She has a history of foaling really small horses," Valente said said of Shesasurething. "He was no different, and when he was down there they advised Bruce that he was another small one. I actually gave the mare away before he raced, and wouldn't you know, a couple months later Crupi called and said he was outworking every horse on the farm and was undergoing a growth spurt."

Valente was able to get Shesasurething back, and he boards her at Jerry Bilinski's Waldorf Farm in North Chatham, N.Y.

She is in foal to the promising young New York stallion Hook and Ladder, whose first runners will soon be hitting the track.

"I want to stay in the New York market," Valente said.

Sheasurething won three races and earned $56,770. She is out of Nona's Moment, by Timeless Moment, the dam also 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.

Commentator shines in 2007 debut

Commentator, the New York-bred Horse of the Year for 2005, made a brilliant seasonal debut Monday at Belmont Park.

Owned by Tracy Farmer and trained by Nick Zito, the 6-year-old gelding won the Richmond Runner Stakes while being geared down at the end of 6 1/2 furlongs in 1:15.69.

Commentator sent his career earnings to $791,236 with a record of 9-0-1 in 12 starts.

Bred by Michael Martinez, Commentator is a son of Distorted Humor out of the Storm Bird mare Outsource.

Outsource is a half-sister to Cogburn, winner of the Rutgers Stakes, and her family includes multiple Grade 1 winner and $4.5 million earner Behrens.

Commentator was foaled and raised at Tom Gallo's Blue Stone Farm in Cambridge, N.Y.

Johnie Bye Night repeats in George Barker

Finger Lakes Race Track kicked off its stakes program for 2007 with the 24th edition of the George Barker Handicap on Monday. Johnie Bye Night won the six-furlong event impressively, getting the distance in 1:09.71 while running his unbeaten record at Finger Lakes to four.

He was scoring a repeat victory in the George Barker. Last year he captured the Wadsworth Memorial and Reed Memorial handicaps at the Canandaigua oval after his Barker victory.

Owned and trained by Charlton Baker, Johnie Bye Night sent his earnings to $208,858, with a record of 7-1-0 from 13 starts.

The 5-year-old gelded son of Langfuhr was bred by Kirsten LeBlanc. He is out of the French Deputy mare Romantic Interlude, an unraced daughter of Telethon, by Seeking the Gold.

Third dam Gabfest, by Tom Rolfe, placed in the Grade 3 La Prevoyante Handicap and is the mother of Mountain Lore, who placed in the Grade 3 Stuyvesant Handicap.

Johnie Bye Night's family continues on to include the Greentree Stable champion Late Bloomer, plus millionaires Del Mar Dennis and Forty Niner Days.