03/15/2007 11:00PM

Desert Warrior babies should excel


Several New York stallions will be represented by their first crops of runners when 2-year-old racing gets under way this spring and summer.

Let's take a look at two of the eight known first-crop sires. Others will be covered in next Sunday's column.

Desert Warrior: This son of Deputy Minister entered stud at McMahon of Saratoga Thoroughbreds in Saratoga Springs, N.Y., where he has remained since 2004. His 2007 fee is $3,000.

It will be no surprise if his progeny show speed and win early. Desert Warrior won at first asking at Belmont Park, defeating eventual Grade 1 winner Stroll.

He also placed in the Tremont Stakes and Derby Trial, both Grade 3 events.

Desert Warrior is out of Navajo Princess, a daughter of Secretariat who is a full sister to Terlingua, the dam of world-leading sire Storm Cat.

He is the product of a nick that has also produced Grade 1 winner Go Deputy.

Navajo Princess is also a half-sister to Royal Academy, a Breeders' Cup Mile winner and top sire whose progeny earnings topped $5 million in 2006.

Dream Run: Multiple stakes winner by Cherokee Run stands at Empire Stud in Hudson, N.Y., for a fee of $5,000.

Dream Run earned a Beyer Speed Figure of 105 when he captured the Grade 2 Gulfstream Park BC Sprint Handicap in 2002 over a field that included Grade 1 winner and millionaire Burning Roma.

The popular Cherokee Run, winner of the BC Sprint, is also the sire of champion filly Chilukki.

Dream Run is out of stakes-placed Dream Launch, the dam of Toboggan Handicap winner Wouldn't We All and stakes winners Trajectory and Western Dreamer.

Call Me Larry earns money to fight cancer

When New York-bred Call Me Larry won his maiden last Saturday at Aqueduct, the significance went far beyond the winner's purse.

Call Me Larry, a 4-year-old gelded son of Rodeo bred by Karen Sue Nagelson, races for the Find a Cure Stable of Suzie O'Cain, who manages Highcliff Farm in Delanson, N.Y., with her husband, Dr. Lynwood O'Cain.

Ten percent of the earnings of Find a Cure Stable will go to breast cancer research.

Call Me Larry is named for Dr. Larry Norton, the renowned research physician at the Evelyn Lauder Breast Center and Iris Cantor Diagnostic Center, both part of the Memorial Sloan-Kettering Hospital in Manhattan.

O'Cain met Lauder through Libby Pataki, wife of former New York Gov. George Pataki. O'Cain and Pataki became friends through their attendance at the many fundraising events during the Saratoga racing season.

The idea of Find a Cure Stable began to take root as O'Cain and Lauder attended benefits for breast cancer research.

Lauder formed the Breast Cancer Research Foundation in 1993, which has raised more than $100 million for research.

Norton appeared on O'Cain's television show "Women in Racing," which appeared on the OTB cable channel in upstate New York during the Saratoga racing season.

While a guest on the show, Norton spoke at length on the subject, and O'Cain eventually formed Find a Cure Stable.

"With this kind of effort under way, we're going to find a cure for this nasty disease," said O'Cain.

She hopes to add more horses to Find a Cure Stable in the future.

Half Heaven scores in Kentucky

Half Heaven captured the Wintergreen Stakes last weekend at Turfway Park, becoming the eighth New York-bred to win an open stakes race in 2007.

The 5-year-old Half Heaven, bred by David Cassidy, sent her career earnings to $318,461, based on a record of 7-7-1 from 22 starts.

The Wintergreen was her third stakes victory; she won the River Memories at Woodbine and the My Charmer at Turfway last fall.

Half Heaven is a daughter of Regal Classic, long one of the leading New York sires, and is one of 50 stakes winners by the son of Vice Regent.

Regal Classic stands at McMahon of Saratoga Thoroughbred Farm and his fee this year is $10,000.

Half Heaven is out of the Desert Wine mare Sand Pirate, who has also produced Doll Baby, winner of the Niagara Stakes last year.

Sand Pirate is a half-sister to Sharp Looking Lady, the dam of millionaire Continental Red, winner of the Grade 2 San Luis Rey Handicap.

Half Heaven is owned by Stronach Stables, which purchased her for $160,000 at the Fasig-Tipton Kentucky November selected mixed sale in 2006.