08/06/2004 12:00AM

Catienus to stay at Highcliff Farm for second year


SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. - Catienus, who stood in New York for the first time this year, will be back for a second year at Highcliff Farm in Delanson, Ken Ramsey said.

Catienus covered more than 80 mares in his first season in the Empire State, according to Ramsey, who owns 42 of those mares. The mares Ramsey bred to Catienus dropped the foals they were carrying at Highcliff, qualifying the babies to become registered New York-breds.

Ramsey moved Catienus, who stood for $3,500 this year, from his farm in Nicholasville, Ky., where he had stood for two years.

"He was only a little fish in a big pond," Ramsey said. "I thought he had a shot with his pedigree and [record] to make a good stallion, and you can't beat the New York program."

Catienus, according to Ramsey, covered nearly 30 mares in his first year at stud in 2002, a number that dropped to 16 the following year.

From his first crop to reach the races, Catienus has had three winners from eight runners. His first starter, Lisa's Cat, was a winner at Keeneland in April.

Catienus, a 10-year-old son of Storm Cat out of a Mr. Prospector mare, earned $370,386 during his racing career and retired with a record of 5-5-2 in 22 starts.

A stakes winner for Let Goodtimes Roll

Local sire Let Goodtimes Roll had an important win at Saratoga on Wednesday when his son, Chowder's First, won the $250,000 Cab Calloway, a division of the New York Stallion Stakes for 3-year-olds.

Let Goodtimes Roll, who stands at Joe and Anne McMahon's McMahon of Saratoga Thoroughbreds, is owned by Alyce McCoon Stevens's Inniscarra Stable. Last year, Chowder's First was the first foal by Let Goodtimes Roll to reach the races and was the sire's first winner.

Chowder's First, owned by Inniscarra Stable and trained by Phil Serpe, was foaled and raised at McMahon of Saratoga Thoroughbreds. He was bred by Stevens, who breeds horses under the nom de course Wonderland Breeding LLC.

Let Goodtimes Roll, an 11-year-old son of Black Tie Affair, stood for $1,000 in 2004.

Caribbean Cruiser, Kiki B win debuts at Saratoga

A couple of 2-year-old New York-breds, Caribbean Cruiser and Kiki B, made promising debuts at Saratoga during the first week of the meet.

Caribbean Cruiser, a half-brother to multiple stakes winner Grey Comet, won a statebred maiden race on July 30 by two lengths for trainer Donna Bireta and his breeder, Star Track Farms. Grey Comet, who also raced for Peter and Marshall Winston's Star Track Farms, was euthanized last year after fracturing his right knee in several places. He won $355,455 and had a record of 5-2-1 in eight starts.

Grey Comet, who won the Damon Runyon as a 2-year-old, was preparing for a start in the Cab Calloway, which was run at Belmont last year, when he died. With his wins in the Great White Way and Times Square, Grey Comet, a son of Distinctive Pro, had been in position to win a $100,000 bonus for the Winstons if he had won the Cab Calloway.

Caribbean Cruiser covered 5 1/2 furlongs in 1:04.51 and earned a solid Beyer Speed Figure of 82. His time was two seconds faster than the split division run earlier on the card.

A son of Silver Ghost, Caribbean Cruiser is out of Jack Betta Be Rite, a New York-bred champion raced by the Winstons.

Kiki B won her debut last Monday by a length in a statebred maiden race for trainer John Hertler. She covered 5 1/2 furlongs in 1:06.72.

Kiki B, a daughter of Williamstown who stands at Metropolitan Stud in Pine Plains, is owned and bred by Mike Francesa, the voice of WFAN sports radio. Kiki B is the second foal out of Upstate Kate, a daughter of Miswaki.

Three statebred stakes coming up at the Spa

During the week of Aug. 15, three New York-bred stakes will be run at Saratoga, including a new addition to the schedule, the $65,000-added John Morrissey for 3-year-olds and up on Aug. 19.

The West Point Handicap, a turf race for 3-year-olds and up, will be run on Aug. 15. Among the probables for the 1 1/8-mile race are Celtic Sky, the 2002 West Point winner, and Irish Colonial, who finished third, beaten less than a length, in the Grade 2 Bernard Baruch Handicap on July 30.