02/20/2009 1:00AM

Desert Warrior takes lead among third crop sires


With an accumulation of recent winners, New York's Desert Warrior is the leading Northeast regional third-crop sire thus far in 2009.

The 9-year-old son of Deputy Minister has eight winners from 21 runners and earnings of $261,819.

The other states in the region are Maryland, Pennsylvania, Virginia, West Virginia, and New Jersey.

Five of Desert Warrior's winners have come at the current Aqueduct meeting. They are Kiss and Fly, Lily of Paradise, Spa Princess, Beequeone, and Katskill Bay.

Desert Warrior placed in graded events at ages 2 and 3, and retired to stud at McMahon of Saratoga Thoroughbreds in Saratoga Springs, N.Y., where he stands for a fee of $2,500.

His winning dam, Navajo Pass, by Secretariat, is the grandmother of Palanka City, winner of the Grade 3 Miss Preakness Stakes, and of Quick Action, winner of the Fred "Cappy" Capossela Stakes.

Navajo Pass is a full sister to Terlingua, the dam of the great sire Storm Cat

Desert Warrior is also among the top 15 third-crop sires in North America, and his cumulative progeny earnings have passed the $1 million mark.

He currently ranks third on the New York sire list for 2009 behind Chief Seattle and Golden Missile.

Statebreds go for less at Ocala sale

Reflecting the faltering national economy, the average for New York-breds at last Tuesday's Ocala Breeders' Sales Company 2-year-old sale fell sharply compared to 2008.

Thirteen were offered and only five sold, for a gross of $279,000 and an average of $55,800. Last year, eight New York-breds grossed $1,330,000, for an average $166,250.

The top price for a statebred was $82,000 for a colt by Read the Footnotes. He was consigned by Sequel Bloodstock (Becky Thomas), agent, and bought by Richlyn Farms.

Out of Delta Daylight, by Sovereign Dancer, the colt is a half-brother to Goodday, winner of the Vichy Stakes at Saratoga, and to stakes-placed Delta Ghost.

Goodday and Delta Ghost are both New York-breds.

Double Delta, winner of the Beldame Stakes, is his third dam, and she produced Delta Flag, winner of the Grade 1 Haskell Invitational.

Read the Footnotes was the leading first-crop sire in New York last year. He stands at Sequel Stallions New York in Hudson for $7,500.

Dogwood Stable paid $60,000 for a filly by Heckle out of So Social, by Proud Truth, from the consignment of Niall Brennan Stables, agent. She is a half-sister to stakes-placed Tailbytherail.

At $52,000 was a colt by New York sire Hook and Ladder.

Consigned by Sequel Bloodstock (Becky Thomas), agent, he was purchased by Four Roses Thoroughbreds.

The colt is out of Arizona Star, by Afleet, and his family includes the brilliantly fast runner Da Stoops, an earner of $640,906.

Hook and Ladder also stands at Sequel Stallions New York and his fee is $7,500.

Freud gets 10th stakes winner

Another New York sire at Sequel Stallions, Freud, got his 10th stakes winner last month when Zeide Isaac won the Group 2 Clasico Cuidad de Lima in Peru.

The 1 1/4-mile turf race was run at the Hipdromo de Monterrico course, and Zeide Isaac's victory earned him an invitation to the Group 1 Gran Premio Asociation Latinoamerica de Jockey Club at 1 5/16 miles on turf. The Gran Premio will be run at Cidade Jardine racecourse in Sao Paulo, Brazil, on March 14.

Bred by Mr. and Mrs. Nelson Bunker Hunt, Zeide Isaac is out of Winning Agenda, by Twilight Agenda.

Freud, an 11-year-old son of Storm Cat, is a full brother to top sire Giant's Causeway. He is also the sire of 2009 stakes horse On With It, who finished second in the Kashatreya Stakes at Aqueduct. His son Dagnabit won the historic Tremont Stakes last year as a juvenile.

Freud, the leading sire in New York in 2008, stands at Sequel Stallions for a fee of $7,500.