05/10/2007 11:00PM

Cormorant's legacy will live on

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Cormorant, who died on May 4 of old age at age 33 at Jerry Bilinski's Waldorf Farm in North Chatham, N.Y., was one of the great New York sires of the modern era.

Cormorant was the sire of Kentucky Derby winner Go for Gin.

He was a top runner in his racing days, winning the Grade 1 Jersey Derby , Grade 2 Gotham Stakes, and Grade 3 Bay Shore Stakes.

Cormorant also sired Eclipse Award champion 3-year-old filly Saratoga Dew, winner of the New York Oaks, Gazelle, and Beldame.

Cormorant's other top performers include Grecian Flight, winner of the Acorn Stakes, and millionaire Gander, both New York-breds.

Cormorant's dam, the Tudor Minstrel mare Song Sparrow, is a half-sister to Kentucky Oaks winner Bag of Tunes, from the family of Gulfstream Park Handicap winner Court Recess and Del Mar Oaks winner Fun House.

A son of His Majesty, Cormorant is the maternal grandsire of Silver Train, winner of the Breeders' Cup Sprint, and of Bishop Court Hill, winner of the Grade 1 Carter Handicap.

A sire of 47 stakes winners, Cormorant had been pensioned since 1996.

Dream Impact passes $500,000 in earnings

Dream Impact might be better than ever at age 6.

Bred by and foaled at Richard Simon's Sez Who Thoroughbreds North in Stillwater, N.Y., the sprint star won the Premio Certosa Stakes at San Siro in Milan, Italy on May 1.

Unbeaten in three starts this year, Dream Impact sent his career earnings past the $500,000 mark with a record of 15-6-2 from 38 starts.

A son of Royal Academy-One Fit Cat (Storm Cat), he has won the Group 3 Gran Premio Citta' di Napoli twice and is a finalist for champion New York-bred turf male for 2006.

One Fit Cat is out of the stakes-winning mare Lean Cuisine, by Track Robbery, a half-sister to Canadian champion juvenile filly Legarto.

Lean Cuisine is also the dam of stakes winner Health Farm and graded-stakes -placed runners Fit n Happy and Luv U Jodi.

Dream Impact is the second New York-bred by Royal Academy to win an open stakes in 2007, joining Oprah Winney, who captured the Grade 2 Barbara Fritchie Handicap earlier this year at Laurel Park.

He is owned by Scuderia Quattro Mori and trained by Luigi Riccardi.

Factual Contender wins in open company

Two days after Dream Impact's victory, Factual Contender won the open Destiny Dance Stakes at Belmont Park in a field that included group stakes winners Pictavia and Time On.

A 6-year-old mare, Factual Contender was bred by Flying Zee Stable and foaled at Highcliff Farm in Delanson, N.Y.

She is by New York-bred Thunder Puddles, winner of the Grade 2 Red Smith Handicap in his racing days and the sire of New York-bred Travers Stakes winner Thunder Rumble.

Thunder Puddles resides at Highcliff Farm.

Factual Contender is out of Factuallychallenge, a daughter of former state sire Triocala. Owned by Thomas J. Farone Jr. and trained by Barclay Tagg, she has career earnings of $270,898 and a record of 7-8-3 from 31 starts.

Factuallychallenge, the dam of three other winners, is out of Brainy Sue, by Say I'm Smart, from a family that includes stakes winners End of Time and Ocala Boy.

State champs honored Monday

State champions for 2006 will be honored Monday evening at the annual New York Thoroughbred Breeders Inc. awards dinner at the Desmond Hotel in Albany, N.Y.

A pair of Grade 1 winners, Fleet Indian and Behaving Badly, are among the top candidates for honors.

Fleet Indian was voted Eclipse Award champion older female for 2006 off a brilliant campaign that saw her win 6 of 7 starts, including the Personal Ensign and Beldame handicaps at Saratoga and Belmont, respectively.

Behaving Badly earned her Grade 1 score in the Santa Monica Handicap at Santa Anita, and won 5 of 7 starts on the year.

The title for older male is contentious, with five of the 10 nominees having won graded stakes in 2006. They are Big Apple Daddy, Friendly Island, Funny Cide, Naughty New Yorker, and West Virginia.

Among breeders, the Thomas-Lakin partnership tops the list with six nominees: One Way Flight, No Reason, Big Apple Daddy, Behaving Badly, Capeside Lady, and Fleet Indian.Cormorant, who died on May 4 of old age at age 33 at Jerry Bilinski's Waldorf Farm in North Chatham, N.Y., was one of the great New York sires of the modern era.

Cormorant was the sire of Kentucky Derby winner Go for Gin.

He was a top runner in his racing days, winning the Grade 1 Jersey Derby , Grade 2 Gotham Stakes, and Grade 3 Bay Shore Stakes.

Cormorant also sired Eclipse Award champion 3-year-old filly Saratoga Dew, winner of the New York Oaks, Gazelle, and Beldame.

Cormorant's other top performers include Grecian Flight, winner of the Acorn Stakes, and millionaire Gander, both New York-breds.

Cormorant's dam, the Tudor Minstrel mare Song Sparrow, is a half-sister to Kentucky Oaks winner Bag of Tunes, from the family of Gulfstream Park Handicap winner Court Recess and Del Mar Oaks winner Fun House.

A son of His Majesty, Cormorant is the maternal grandsire of Silver Train, winner of the Breeders' Cup Sprint, and of Bishop Court Hill, winner of the Grade 1 Carter Handicap.

A sire of 47 stakes winners, Cormorant had been pensioned since 1996.

Dream Impact passes $500,000 in earnings

Dream Impact might be better than ever at age 6.

Bred by and foaled at Richard Simon's Sez Who Thoroughbreds North in Stillwater, N.Y., the sprint star won the Premio Certosa Stakes at San Siro in Milan, Italy on May 1.

Unbeaten in three starts this year, Dream Impact sent his career earnings past the $500,000 mark with a record of 15-6-2 from 38 starts.

A son of Royal Academy-One Fit Cat (Storm Cat), he has won the Group 3 Gran Premio Citta' di Napoli twice and is a finalist for champion New York-bred turf male for 2006.

One Fit Cat is out of the stakes-winning mare Lean Cuisine, by Track Robbery, a half-sister to Canadian champion juvenile filly Legarto.

Lean Cuisine is also the dam of stakes winner Health Farm and graded-stakes -placed runners Fit n Happy and Luv U Jodi.

Dream Impact is the second New York-bred by Royal Academy to win an open stakes in 2007, joining Oprah Winney, who captured the Grade 2 Barbara Fritchie Handicap earlier this year at Laurel Park.

He is owned by Scuderia Quattro Mori and trained by Luigi Riccardi.

Factual Contender wins in open company

Two days after Dream Impact's victory, Factual Contender won the open Destiny Dance Stakes at Belmont Park in a field that included group stakes winners Pictavia and Time On.

A 6-year-old mare, Factual Contender was bred by Flying Zee Stable and foaled at Highcliff Farm in Delanson, N.Y.

She is by New York-bred Thunder Puddles, winner of the Grade 2 Red Smith Handicap in his racing days and the sire of New York-bred Travers Stakes winner Thunder Rumble.

Thunder Puddles resides at Highcliff Farm.

Factual Contender is out of Factuallychallenge, a daughter of former state sire Triocala. Owned by Thomas J. Farone Jr. and trained by Barclay Tagg, she has career earnings of $270,898 and a record of 7-8-3 from 31 starts.

Factuallychallenge, the dam of three other winners, is out of Brainy Sue, by Say I'm Smart, from a family that includes stakes winners End of Time and Ocala Boy.

State champs honored Monday

State champions for 2006 will be honored Monday evening at the annual New York Thoroughbred Breeders Inc. awards dinner at the Desmond Hotel in Albany, N.Y.

A pair of Grade 1 winners, Fleet Indian and Behaving Badly, are among the top candidates for honors.

Fleet Indian was voted Eclipse Award champion older female for 2006 off a brilliant campaign that saw her win 6 of 7 starts, including the Personal Ensign and Beldame handicaps at Saratoga and Belmont, respectively.

Behaving Badly earned her Grade 1 score in the Santa Monica Handicap at Santa Anita, and won 5 of 7 starts on the year.

The title for older male is contentious, with five of the 10 nominees having won graded stakes in 2006. They are Big Apple Daddy, Friendly Island, Funny Cide, Naughty New Yorker, and West Virginia.

Among breeders, the Thomas-Lakin partnership tops the list with six nominees: One Way Flight, No Reason, Big Apple Daddy, Behaving Badly, Capeside Lady, and Fleet Indian.