05/04/2006 11:00PM

Fatal incident takes a major toll


The death of Gold Token and related injuries to A. P Jet dealt a blow to New York breeding last week.

Both stallions stood at Sugar Maple Farm.

According to a statement released by Sugar Maple Farm, A. P Jet got loose from his handlers and galloped over to Gold Token's paddock. Gold Token came through the fence to get at A. P Jet, and the two stallions began to fight and took off galloping beside the paddocks. Gold Token hit a tree and was killed.

On Friday, A. P Jet was at a veterinary clinic in New York in serious condition.

A 13-year-old son of Mr. Prospector out of Connie's Gift, by Nijinsky II, Gold Token was the property of Questroyal Stud LLC, and Barry Schwartz.

His graded stakes-winning dam is a half-sister to multiple stakes winner Court Hostess, from the family of Grade 1 winner Folk Art and stakes winner Sportin' Life.

Gold Token's leading earner is New York Stallion Stakes winner Gold and Roses, an earner of $516,145 and one of five stakes winners from Gold Token's first three crops to race.

His progeny earnings were more than $4.7 million at the time of his death.

"He was just starting to establish himself as a major sire," said Barry Ostrager, a principal in Questroyal. "I feel sorry for Barry Schwartz, who is the majority owner of Gold Token and who has been a great partner with Questroyal Stud."

A. P Jet was New York's leading sire of 2005 with progeny earnings of $3,430,722, and has 10 stakes winners from his first five crops.

Triple on the day for statebreds

New York-breds won three graded stakes on April 22, topped by the streaking Magnolia Jackson's victory in the Grade 2 Bed o' Roses Handicap at Aqueduct.

Bred by Sez Who Thoroughbreds and owned by Ted Taylor, Magnolia Jackson was winning for the fourth time in her last five starts, a stretch that also includes victories in the open Correction Handicap and restricted Broadway Handicap.

Magnolia Jackson, purchased by Taylor for $51,000 at the Fasig-Tipton Eastern May 2-year-olds in training sale in 2004, is out of Just a Bullet, who is a full sister to American Bullet, placed in the Grade 2 Hutcheson Stakes.

Fleet Indian won her second consecutive graded event in the Grade 3 Sixty Sails Handicap at Hawthorne.

Bred by Becky Thomas and Lewis Lakin and owned by Paul Saylor, Fleet Indian won the Grade 3 Next Move Handicap in her previous outing. Her Sixty Sails victory was her fourth straight.

She is out of Afleet's daughter Hustleeta, who is a half-sister to multiple stakes winner Cherokee Wonder.

The third winner on April 22 was Foreverness, who captured the Grade 3 Fort Marcy Handicap on the Aqueduct turf. Bred by Harbor View Farm and owned by Red Oak Stable, he is out of Affirmed's daughter Dearness, a granddaughter of Rare Exchange whose family includes champion Jaipur and major winners Rare Treat and Love's Exchange.

New York-breds have had several days of multiple graded stakes wins in recent seasons, topped by Funny Cide capturing the Kentucky Derby and Spite the Devil the Grade 3 Withers Stakes on May 3, 2003.

On April 13, 2002, Private Emblem won the Grade 2 Arkansas Derby and Roman Dancer the Grade 3 Bay Shore Stakes.

On March 13, 2004, Friends Lake won the Grade 1 Florida Derby and Well Fancied the Grade 3 Toboggan Handicap.

Last year, Seeking the Ante won the Grade 2 Nassau County and Uncle Camie the Grade 3 Bold Ruler on May 7, while on July 9 Acey Deucey won the Grade 1 Prioress and Capeside Lady the Grade 2 Molly Pitcher.

Why Me Lord dead at 32

The top mare Why Me Lord died last month at age 32 at Marlene Brody's Gallagher's Stud near Ghent.

Why Me Lord, by Bold Reasoning, was the dam of Allez Milord, the first New York-bred to win a major European Group 1 event when he captured the 1986 Puma Europa Preis in Germany.

Allez Milord also won the Grade 1 Oak Tree Invitational in 1987.

Why Me Lord is also the dam of Adventure On, who placed in the Grade 3 California Jockey Club, and of stakes-placed Bidders Image.