07/04/2008 12:00AM

Chief Seattle leads N.Y. stallions


Four New York stallions, led by Chief Seattle, have progeny earnings of more than $1 million for the first half of 2008.

Through June 30, Chief Seattle topped the list at $1,321,345. He was the second-leading sire in New York for 2007, with progeny earnings of $2,788,562.

The 11-year-old son of the great Seattle Slew stands at Empire Stud in Hudson, N.Y., for a fee of $5,000. Chief Seattle had 54 winners from 120 runners at the midpoint of the season. His current earnings leader is Bay Meadows Handicap winner Bold Chieftain at $168,952.

Chief Seattle's lifetime earnings leader is multiple graded stakes winner Shillelagh Slew at $736,009, and he also is the sire of graded stakes winner and Grade 1-placed Seafree.

Chief Seattle was represented at the recent Ocala Breeders' Sales Co. 2-year-olds in training sale by a $47,000 New York-bred half-sister to stakes-placed Fast and Fluid.

Chief Seattle placed in the Breeders' Cup Juvenile during his racing career.

Freud, whose son Dagnabit won last weekend's open $100,000 Tremont Stakes at Belmont Park, has earnings of $1,278,969 for 2008. The 10-year-old full brother to Giant's Causeway stands for a fee of $10,000 at Sequel Stallions in Hudson.

Freud was the fourth-leading New York sire in 2007, with earnings of $2,169,585. He had 33 winners from 71 runners at the halfway point of this year, and his 2008 earnings leader is stakes winner Extra Sexy Psychic at $98,640, while his lifetime earnings leader is Quick Little Miss at $287,080.

A New York-bred colt by Freud from the family of Grade 1 winner Saratoga Six sold for $120,000 at the OBS June sale.

Ranking third was Golden Missile, a 12-year-old son of A.P. Indy standing for $7,500 at Milfer Farm in Unadilla, N.Y. Golden Missile's progeny earnings were $1,216,629.

Golden Missile was the top sire in New York last year, with earnings of $2,965,679. Golden Missile had 49 winners from 129 runners, and his 2008 earnings leader is Squeeze Me Tight at $83,720, while his lifetime earnings leader is Grade 1 winner In The Gold at $745,617.

Stakes winners by Golden Missile this year are Miss Missile, Going Wild, and Ginger Bay.

Golden Missile has crossed very well with Silver Deputy mares, which is the case with Miss Missile and Ginger Bay, plus the winner Sevengoldmissiles.

Golden Missile is the sire of a half-brother to stakes-placed Demarcation that sold for $80,000 at OBS June.

Golden Missile captured the Grade 1 Pimlico Special during his career.

Eltish, a 16-year-old son of Cox's Ridge, stands for $3,500 at Keane Stud Operations LLC in Amenia, N.Y. He completes the millionaire quartet, with progeny earnings of $1,093,765.

Eltish's 2008 earnings leader is graded stakes winner Shes All Eltish at $198,180, while his lifetime earnings leader is Silk Ridge at $373,865. Eltish had 37 winners from 78 runners halfway through this year.

Eltish has crossed well with mares by Dixieland Band and With Approval.

The former cross has produced three winners from three runners, including Grade 1-placed Erinsouthernman. The With Approval cross has produced three winners from four runners, including Smooth as Silver, an earner of $225,843.

Eltish was a group stakes winner in Europe and placed in the Breeders' Cup Juvenile during his racing days.

Read the Footnotes gets first winner

Read the Footnotes, who stands at Sequel Stallions in Hudson for a fee of $8,500, was represented by his first winner recently in Sapphire Prince at Great Leighs Race Course in Essex County, England. The 2-year-old first-crop runner won at six furlongs on an all-weather track.

Read the Footnotes, a New York-bred, won the Remsen and Fountain of Youth stakes during his racing career. He received a 113 Beyer Speed Figure in the Fountain of Youth.

Bred by Lawrence Goichman, Read the Footnotes earned $450,660, and is from the family of European champion and good sire Stravinsky. Read the Footnotes, by champion sprinter Smoke Glacken, was the $320,000 sale-topper at the Fasig-Tipton Midlantic May 2-year-old sale in 2003 at Timonium.

His own progeny are doing well at juvenile auctions this year. A colt by Read the Footnotes was sold for $220,000 at the Keeneland April sale.

Overall, his average for six juvenile colts this year is $102,500, while his eight fillies sold at auction average $55,125.