02/17/2006 1:00AM

Farm's latest import: Fast Play

Email

Having enjoyed positive results with relocated stallions in the past, Questroyal Stud is happy to have veteran stallion Fast Play on hand for the 2006 breeding season.

A son of Triple Crown winner and leading sire Seattle Slew, Fast Play hails from Wafare Farm in Kentucky.

He stands for a fee of $4,000 live foal, in partnership with the Wafare Farm syndicate and Nathan Fox, at Questroyal Stud in Otisville, N.Y.

"We've had a good relationship with Wafare Farm and Nathan Fox, and we were interested in Fast Play for some time," said Chris Bernhard, general manager at Questroyal Stud. "In the past we've done quite well with relocated stallions such as Hansel, Crusader Sword, and Gold Fever."

Fast Play brings top credentials to New York, not the least of which is his impressive pedigree.

He is a half-brother to top sire Seeking the Gold, the multiple Grade 1 winner whose progeny include champions Dubai Millennium, Heavenly Prize, and Flanders, as well as Pleasant Home, winner of the Breeders' Cup Distaff last fall.

Fast Play's dam, Con Game, by Buckpasser, also produced graded stakes winner Stacked Pack, and she is a half-sister to champion filly Queen of the Stage, whose family includes the brilliant Reviewer, sire of the immortal Ruffian.

Fast Play was a Grade 1 winner of the Remsen Stakes as a 2-year-old, and placed in several Grade 1 events including the Hopeful Stakes, Belmont Futurity, and Jerome Handicap.

"He has so much going for him," said Bernhard. "He's been a solid sire - he's got a champion out there. He's from a family of sires, he had speed, a good race record, and he's coming back to where he raced. He's very attractive, not your typical Seattle Slew, and we just think it made a world of sense to bring him to New York."

The champion Bernhard referred to is Lucayan Prince, champion 3-year-old colt in England and champion older male in Ireland.

Fast Play's other top runners include Fast Catch, winner of the Grade 2 Churchill Downs Distaff; Fire King, winner of the Grade 3 Queens County Handicap; and Power Play, winner of the Grade 3 Delaware Handicap.

Fast Play is also the broodmare sire of Magna Graduate, who ended his 2005 campaign with three consecutive graded stakes wins, including the important Clark Handicap, and of Man From Wicklow, winner of the Grade 1 Gulfstream Park Breeders' Cup Handicap.

Tharp named development chair

Lorraine Power Tharp has been named chairwoman of the New York State Thoroughbred Breeding and Development Fund Corporation by Gov. George Pataki.

A former president of the New York State Bar Association. Tharp is a partner and chairwoman of Whiteman, Osterman and Hanna, a commercial real estate group, and has been on the development fund's board since 2003.

A graduate of the Cornell School of Law, Tharp resides in Saratoga Springs.

La Canada winner by New York stallion

Seafree, a daughter of New York sire Chief Seattle, captured the Grade 2 La Canada Handicap at Santa Anita Feb. 12.

The La Canada, an important California race for 4-year-old fillies, is worth $200,000 and run at 1 1/8 miles.

Seafree was making her stakes debut in the La Canada, and sent her earnings to $230,610 with the victory, her fourth in seven lifetime starts.

Chief Seattle stands at Empire Stud in Hudson, for a fee of $7,500, live foal.

Strategic Mission has first-out winner

New York sire Strategic Mission, a Questroyal stallion who stands at Liberty Stud in Ghent, N.Y., was represented by impressive debut winner Showing Up at Gulfstream Park on Feb. 11.

Showing Up, from Strategic Mission's first crop of runners, defeated seven others in the maiden special weight race at 6 1/2 furlongs in a swift 1:15.68, overcoming traffic problems before drawing off in the final furlong.

Strategic Mission, a son of Mr. Prospector, is a half-brother to Grade 1 winners Sultry Song and Solar Splendor, both millionaires, as well as to Sultry Allure, the dam of Grade 1 winner Mass Media. He won seven of 24 starts, including the Grade 3 Fort Marcy Handicap, during his racing days.

Acey Deucey going to Unbridled's Song

New York-bred Grade 1 winner Acey Deucey, owned by Jeffrey Tucker, will be bred to Unbridled's Song this season.

Tucker is the owner of Stone Bridge Farm in Glens Falls.

Bred by Glen Grey Farm and trained by John Morrison, Acey Deucey won the Grade 1 Prioress and Grade 2 Comely last year in New York.

A daughter of former New York sire Abaginone, Acey Deucey earned $384,146 with a record of 5-2-1 in 12 starts.