06/29/2007 12:00AM

Catienus dominates progeny earnings standings

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Catienus has a commanding lead among New York sires at the halfway point of the season.

With progeny earnings of $2 million, Catienus, a son of Storm Cat, could be on the way to his second consecutive state title.

Among Catienus's six stakes winners active in 2007, Precious Kitten is his leading lifetime earner at $449,668 and is the winner of the Grade 3 Gallorette Handicap at Pimlico.

His other open stakes winner this year is Talent Search, winner of the Jim McKay and second in the Gradeo3 Maryland Breeders' Cup Sprint.

Catienus is also the sire of Dawn of War, winner of the Grade 1 Breeders' Futurity, and Talking Treasure, winner of the Bouwerie Stakes.

Catienus stands at Highcliff Farm in Delanson, N.Y.

New York's second-leading sire after the first six months of 2007 is Artax, with earnings of $1.2 million.

His son Diabolical won the Maryland BC Sprint and placed in the Grade 1 Carter Handicap this spring.

Diabolical is also his leading lifetime earner at $600,900.

Artax, winner of the BC Sprint in 1999 and the Eclipse Award winner for the division, is also the sire of 2007 stakes winner Magnetic Miss.

A son of Marquetry, Artax stands at Keane Stud in Amenia, N.Y.

Ranking third at $1.1 million is Chief Seattle, who stands at Empire Stud in Hudson, N.Y.

Chief Seattle finished second in both the Champagne Stakes and BC Juvenile during his racing days.

This son of Seattle Slew is represented by three stakes winners this year, including Atlanta Highway, winner of the Stonerside.

His leading lifetime earner is Shillelagh Slew at $729,580. Chief Seattle is also the sire of Seafree, winner of the Grade 2 La Canada Stakes.

Among state sires in 2006, Catienus ranked first, Chief Seattle second, and Artax third in terms of progeny earnings.

Chief's Lake takes first leg of series

The Big Apple Triple series got under way last Sunday at Belmont Park, with Chief's Lake capturing the $100,000 Mike Lee Stakes for 3-year-olds.

Bred by Eaton and Thorne Inc., Chief's Lake is a son of Hopeful Stakes winner Yonaguska and owned by Vinery Stables and trained by Steve Asmussen.

Winner of the Sleepy Hollow Stakes last year, Chief's Lake sent his career earnings to $187,030, with a record of 4-1-1 from 7 starts.

He is out of Lake Princess, a daughter of Salt Lake whose dam, Eloquent, won the Grade 3 Railbird Stakes and placed in the Acorn and Mother Goose stakes at Belmont, both Grade 1 events.

Eloquent is the granddam of Glamour Boy, a Group 1 winner in South Africa. Her second dam, Sailor Princess, won the Firenze and Distaff handicaps and hails from a family that includes Beldame Handicap winner Atalanta.

Chief's Lake was purchased for $60,000 at the Fasig-Tipton New York-bred yearling sale in 2005.

The Big Apple series continues with the $150,000 New York Derby at Finger Lakes on July 14 and concludes with the $150,000 Albany Handicap at Saratoga on Aug. 22.

A $250,000 bonus will be awarded to the owner of a horse that wins all three races.

Last year, Ferocious Won captured the first two legs, but finished sixth in the Albany, won by Indian Hawke.

Another winner for Hook and Ladder

Hook and Ladder, the first-crop sire who got his first winner at Belmont Park on June 15 with Spanky Fischbein, scored again with the filly Under Serviced at Hollywood Park last weekend.

Trained by Bob Baffert, Under Serviced got up in the final strides of a five-furlong maiden special weight for 2-year-old fillies.

Purchased for $325,000 at the Ocala Breeders' Sales Company February 2-year-olds in training sale, she is owned by Watson & Weitman Performances, LLC.

Under Serviced was bred by Becky Thomas and Lewis Lakin.

Hook and Ladder, by Dixieland Band, captured the Grade 2 Gulfstream Park BC Sprint and Grade 3 Mr. Prospector Handicap during his career, earning $388,120 over four seasons of racing.

Under Serviced is out of the Thirty Six Red mare Gaye's Blossom, who is a half-sister to multiple stakes winner Gallant Step and three other stakes-placed runners.

Hook and Ladder stands at Sequel Stallions in Hudson, N.Y.