07/31/2008 11:00PM

Cribnote adds to sire's solid freshman totals


Topped by the brilliant Saratoga maiden winner Cribnote, the freshman sire Read the Footnotes is off to a good start this year.

Bred and owned by Red Diamond Stable, Cribnote won a restricted maiden event by 13 1/2 lengths in 1:03.32 for 5 1/2 furlongs last Sunday.

The track record of 1:03.13 was set by eventual multiple graded-stakes winner J Be K at the 2007 Saratoga meeting.

Cribnote is trained by Rick Violette, who also trained Read the Footnotes. Violette is pointing Cribnote for the Grade 1 Hopeful Stakes at Saratoga on Sept. 1.

Read the Footnotes, a 7-year-old son of Eclipse champion sprinter Smoke Glacken, was a top runner in his late 2-year-old and early 3-year-old seasons. During that time he won the Grade 3 Nashua, Grade 2 Remsen, and Grade 2 Fountain of Youth, defeating a host of good runners including Master David, Artie Schiller, and Silver Wagon.

Read the Footnotes stands at Sequel Stallions New York in Hudson, where his 2008 fee was $8,500.

He has four winners from nine runners, and is the sire of nine yearlings in the New York-bred preferred catalog for Aug. 9-10 at Fasig-Tipton in Saratoga Springs.

Cribnote is out of Totebook, by Notebook.

Totebook is a half-sister to stakes winner Diane's Birthday, and is out of the Medaille d'Or mare Pretense d'Or.

Pretense d'Or is also the dam of D'Or Ruckus, winner of the Grade 3 La Brea Stakes and placed in the Grade 1 Santa Monica.

Statebreds set for Saratoga auctions

The annual Fasig-Tipton selected Saratoga yearling sale will be held Monday and Tuesday, with the New York-bred preferred yearling sale set to go on Aug. 9-10.

Seven New York-breds are cataloged to the select sale, and four of them have top statebred families in their pedigrees.

First in the book is a half-sister to stakes winners Run With the Lark and Marc's Rainbow from the consignment of Eaton Sales, agent. She is by Saint Liam, out of Marc's Lark, by Miner's Mark.

Eaton Sales is also selling a half-brother to Giant Moon, winner of the open Count Fleet Stakes this year at Aqueduct. He is by Unbridled's Song.

Edition Farm, with Denali Stud (Craig and Holly Bandoroff) as agent, is selling a Lion Heart colt out of Yaddo Stakes winner Wake Up Kiss. He is a half-brother to stakes-placed A Shin Forward.

The last of the quartet is also being sold by Eaton Sales, and he is a half-brother to stakes winners Jena Jena, Win With a Wink, and Up Like Thunder. The colt is by War Chant out of With a Wink, by Clever Trick.

The preferred sale has 226 New York-breds in the catalog.

New York sire Hook and Ladder, whose son Big Truck won the Grade 3 Tampa Bay Derby earlier this year, has 11 yearlings in the preferred catalog.

Stepwise Farm, with Denali Stud as agent, is selling two in the preferred sale from well-known state families.

One is a half-sister to the popular graded-stakes winner Naughty New Yorker. She is by Songandaprayer out of Naughty Natisha, by Known Fact. The other is a half-sister to the classy Incurable Optimist.

Former state sire heads list in Argentina

Speaking of Incurable Optimist, he remains atop the Argentine sire list with progeny earnings of more than $780,000 through July 30.

Incurable Optimist raced in the colors of John and Theresa Behrendt and was bred in New York by Stepwise. He was a state champion in 1998, and was the only juvenile that year to win graded events in New York and California, winning the Pilgrim and Generous stakes, respectively.

Incurable Optimist was voted horse of the year, champion turf male, and champion juvenile in the annual New York Thoroughbred Breeders Inc. awards.

He began his stud career at Highcliff Farm in Delanson, N.Y.

Incurable Optimist today is owned by the Behrendts in partnership with Haras El Paraiso. He is represented by 41 winners of 55 races, and ranks ahead of sires Numerous, Southern Halo, Salt Lake, and Bernstein in Argentina.