01/28/2005 1:00AM

City Zip colt in OBS auction


First-crop sires City Zip and Freud are two of several notable New York stallions represented in the Ocala Breeders' Sales Company select 2-year-olds in training sale on Feb. 8.

Freud, a full brother to promising young sire Giant's Causeway, will have four offerings in the auction, which begins the major 2-year-old training sales in North America.

A group-placed son of Storm Cat, Freud - who stands at Lakland North - has three colts and one filly in the sale.

Lakland sires Precise End and Good and Tough also will have colts in the sale, Precise End having two of them.

Another first-crop sire is City Zip, a Grade 1-winning son of Carson City and half-brother to newly crowned Horse of the Year Ghostzapper, who formerly stood at Contemporary Stallions.

City Zip has a colt in the sale, from a New York-bred family that includes stakes winners Well Well Well, Elocat, and Elocat's Burglar.

Milfer Farm stallion Phone Trick has two colts in the auction, both from families with numerous graded stakes winners.

One is named Playphonetag, and he is out of Tabby Cat, who is a half-sister to Phone Trick's son All Chatter, winner of the Grade 2 Saratoga Special.

The sires named above all stood in New York for the 2002 breeding season, the year of conception for New York-breds in this sale.

City Zip has since been moved to Lane's End Farm in Kentucky, while Precise End has moved to Japan at Hidaka Stallion Station.

New York-breds at the 2004 OBS Select 2-year-olds in training sale averaged $151,000, well above the sale average of $108,029.

As of press time, two of the 24 New York-breds cataloged for the sale had been scratched.

They are a Greenwood Lake colt out of the French Deputy mare French Legion, and a City Zip filly out of Lac Dawat, by Lac Ouimet.

They are scheduled to be sold at the OBS March juvenile sale.

Plans for Galloping Grocer

Galloping Grocer, a top New York-bred 3-year-old who won the Sleepy Hollow Stakes last year, is nearing his 2005 debut.

Trainer Dominick Schettino said the son of A. P Jet remains on target for the $75,000 Whirlaway Stakes, a 1 1/16-mile race at Aqueduct Feb. 12.

"He has breezed very well," said Schettino, who gave Galloping Grocer some time off after his gutsy second to unbeaten Rockport Harbor in the Grade 2 Remsen Stakes on Nov. 27.

Assuming all goes well in the Whirlaway, Schettino is considering both the $300,000 Fountain of Youth Stakes on March 5 at Gulfstream Park and the $150,000 Gotham on March 19 at Aqueduct for Galloping Grocer's second start of the season.

"The main objective is the Wood Memorial as the route to the Kentucky Derby," said Schettino.

The Grade 1 Wood, worth $750,000, is at Aqueduct on April 9.

A. P Jet, a son of Fappiano who stands at Sugar Maple Farm, is a full brother to Tappiano, winner of the Grade 1 Spinaway and Grade 1 Demoiselle in 1986.

Galloping Grocer is out of the Northrop mare Little Evie, who in 1989 placed in the Yaddo Stakes at Saratoga and Mount Vernon Stakes at Belmont Park.

Funny Cide to return in April

Kentucky Derby and Preakness winner Funny Cide, the leading New York-bred in career earnings at $3,174,485, is tentatively scheduled to begin his 5-year-old campaign in the Grade 3 Skip Away Handicap at Gulfstream Park on April 2. The $100,000 race is at 1 1/8 miles "He made 10 starts last year in a long campaign, so we decided to start a little later this year," said Jack Knowlton, managing partner of Sackatoga Stable, which owns Funny Cide. "He's had a nice break and he hasn't had any hard works yet. If all goes well in the Skip Away, we'll take a look at the Pimlico Special after that."

Knowlton said Funny Cide will again be pointed to the Breeders' Cup Classic, which is held this year at Belmont Park on Oct. 29.

Funny Cide also has won the restricted Sleepy Hollow Stakes and Grade 1 Jockey Club Gold Cup at Belmont Park.

Bongard winner David is dead

David, a chestnut son of Mt. Livermore, died at age 8 at Barry Schwartz's Stonewall Farm in Granite Springs on Dec. 30. He died of complications from colic surgery.

Bred and raced by Schwartz, David won the Bertram Bongard as a 2-year-old in 1998 and the New York Derby the following season.

David also placed in the Grade 1 Hollywood Gold Cup and two Grade 2 events in his career, earning $403,920 with a record of 5-3-2 from 14 starts.