12/08/2006 12:00AM

Eltish up from Florida to Saratoga Glen


Eltish has joined the ranks of New York sires and will stand the 2007 breeding season at Saratoga Glen Farm in Schuylerville, N.Y.

A 14-year-old son of Cox's Ridge, Eltish - who was a successful trans-Atlantic campaigner in his racing days - will stand for a fee of $3,500, live foal.

Owned by New York breeder Gary Olsen, Eltish previously stood at Live Oak Stud in Florida.

"In a word, he brings versatility to New York," said Dan Barraclough of Saratoga Glen Farm. "He does well at the sales and he gets you a runner on turf or dirt, short or long. He could sprint and stretch that speed out, which is pretty important for a sire. And as a son of Cox's Ridge, he is an outcross for most mares in New York."

A multiple group stakes winner in England at 2, Eltish concluded his juvenile season by finishing second in the Breeders' Cup Juvenile to champion Timber Country.

Among his other graded stakes placings in the United States was a second in the Grade 1 Iselin Handicap.

Eltish is out of Nimble Feet, a daughter of Danzig who also produced three other stakes winners, including Forest Gazelle, winner of the Grade 3 Los Angeles Handicap.

Nimble Feet is a half-sister to Skimble, the dam of the fleet Skimming, who won the Grade 1 Pacific Classic twice and earned nearly $2.3 million.

She is also a half-sister to the top filly Contredance, winner of the Grade 1 Arlington-Washington Lassie Stakes.

Eltish is the sire of Grade 1 stakes horses Kud'Zu Magic, Eltish Thunder, and Erinsouthernman, plus Barbara O'Brien, the winner of the Grade 3 Chaposa Springs Handicap.

More recently, his daughter Shananie's Song won the Finger Lakes Juvenile Fillies.

Saratoga Glen Farm is also home to the Mr. Greeley stallion Captain Red, whose first foals arrived this year.

Captain Red holds the six-furlong inner dirt track record at Aqueduct, clocking the distance in 1:07.80 in 2003.

His third dam is Bebop II, whose family includes such fine runners as Buckaroo, Parade Marshal, Stop the Music, and Hatchet Man.

Barraclough, a native of Roxbury, N.Y., and a graduate of Cornell University with a degree in animal science, and his wife, Kathy, are managing Saratoga Glen Farm.

Both have backgrounds with a variety of horses, and are operating a full-service facility at the 177-acre farm.

New York-breds win three open stakes

Three recent open stakes races at Aqueduct were won by New York-breds.

The Coyote Lakes Stakes and Garland of Roses Handicap on Dec. 2 were won by runners that were bred and foaled at Sez Who Thoroughbreds North in Stillwater, N.Y.

Winning Move Stable's Successful Affair won the Coyote Lakes Stakes for his third consecutive victory. He is a half-brother to stakes-placed Private Opening, from a family that includes graded stakes winner Foufa's Warrior and multiple stakes winner and Grade 1-placed Maryland Moon.

Making his stakes debut in the Coyote Lakes, Successful Affair raised his earnings to $238,593 with a record of 6-8-5 in 28 starts.

The Garland of Roses was won by Magnolia Jackson, who has won 4 of 5 starts on the inner dirt.

It was the fourth open stakes win in 2006 for Magnolia Jackson, a daughter of Cape Canaveral. She also won the Grade 2 Bed O' Roses Handicap this season.

Owned by Ted Taylor, Magnolia Jackson is out of Just a Bullet, a daughter of Jolie's Halo who is a full sister to American Bullet, winner of the Grade 2 Hutcheson Stakes in 2000.

She raised her career earnings to $433,679 with a record of 9-2-1 in 14 starts. Homerette won the Flat Fleet Feet Stakes on Nov. 30 at a mile on the inner dirt.

Bred and owned by Fox Ridge Farm, she is by Grand Slam out of Bien Sucre, a daughter of former state sire Ends Well.

Bien Sucre, a New York-bred, placed in the New York Stallion series and is a full sister to It's a Gherkin, the dam of the classy New York-bred turf stakes winner Finlandia.

Bien Sucre is also the dam of open stakes winner Dulce de Leche.

Homerette has career earnings of $225,152 with a record of 4-6-4 from 19 starts. He also won the Irish Linnet Stakes on the Saratoga turf.