05/19/2006 12:00AM

Five stallions lead sale pack


The Fasig-Tipton Midlantic preferred 2-year-old sale has 96 New York-breds cataloged to the annual spring auction, to be held at the Maryland State Fairgrounds in Timonium.

The two-day sale will be held Monday and Tuesday, with selling getting under way each day at 11 a.m.

New York sires Catienus, Freud, Good and Tough, Thunderello, and Wheelaway are each represented by several juveniles.

A son of former state sire Precise End, a colt named Increased Value, could attract plenty of attention with his pedigree. Consigned by Robert Harris, agent, he is out of Lavish Numbers, who is a half-sister to Behaving Badly, the New York-bred mare who captured the Grade 1 Santa Monica Handicap earlier this year and most recently was second in the Grade 1 Humana Distaff on Kentucky Derby Day.

Another New York-bred colt with a prominent current runner in the family is named Beware the Wolf. By Capote, he is out of Wolf Alert, a Wolf Power mare who is a full sister to the dam of Steppenwolfer, who finished third in this year's Kentucky Derby.

Wolf Alert, winner of the Grade 3 Miss Grillo Stakes, is from the family of Acorn Stakes winner Bring Out the Band.

Beware the Wolf is consigned by Classic Bloodstock.

Niall Brennan Stables, agent, is selling a New York-bred full sister to Grade 1 winner Balto Star, who earned more than $2 million through victories in such events as the United Nations Handicap, Arkansas Derby, and W.L. McKnight Handicap. The filly is by Glitterman out of Miss Livi, by Devil's Bag.

Among the Freud offerings is a colt out of Sr. Ferra, by Jeblar, consigned by Sunrise South Stables, agent. He is a half-brother to New York-bred stakes winner Brandala, who captured the Mount Vernon Handicap and is from the family of the outstanding New York-bred runner Screenland, winner of the New York City OTB Big Apple Handicap and Hyde Park in her racing days. Screenland is the dam of stakes winners Nasers Pride and Caromine.

New York stallion Performing Magic is the sire of Magic in Motion, a statebred filly consigned by Robert McElroy, agent. She is out of the Alleged mare Christina B., who is a granddaughter of Sue Babe, the Mr. Prospector mare who produced Irish Derby winner Sir Harry Lewis, New York Stallion Stakes winner and Grade 1-placed Sir Richard Lewis, and Bertram F. Bongard winner Cyrano.

Good and Tough is the sire of a colt out of Phoenician Miss, by Classic Go Go, consigned by Solitary Oak, agent. This New York-bred colt's dam is a half-sister to multiple graded-stakes winner Cassaleria from the family of leading American sire Distorted Humor.

After five major Eastern juvenile sales this year, concluding with the Ocala Breeders' Sales Company April sale, a total of $10,807,600 has been spent on 135 New York-breds.

Before the April Ocala sale came the OBS February and March sales, the Fasig-Tipton sale at Calder in February, and Keeneland's April sale.

In 2005, the amount spent on New York-breds at the corresponding sales was $9,589,500 for 148 sold. The 2006 average price of $80,056 for the five sales is nearly 24 percent higher than the figure for 2005.

Sharp Humor's surgery successful

Knee surgery on New York-bred Sharp Humor, which came following his 19th-place finish in the Kentucky Derby, was pronounced successful by trainer Dale Romans.

Winner of the Grade 2 Swale Stakes and a close second in the Grade 1 Florida Derby to eventual Kentucky Derby winner Barbaro, Sharp Humor underwent surgery on his left knee on May 11.

The champion 2-year-old New York-bred male of 2005, Sharp Humor has career earnings of $456,410.

A. P Jet recuperating at home

Leading New York sire A. P Jet is back home at Sugar Maple Farm after treatment at a New York clinic following a paddock accident on April 30 that resulted in the death of the stallion Gold Token.

A 16-year-old son of Fappiano-Taminette, by In Reality, A. P Jet is a full brother to Spinaway Stakes winner and millionaire Tappiano.

Kelly Kip gets graded winner

Highcliff Farm stallion Kelly Kip got his first graded-stakes winner when his daughter Bettarun Fast captured the Grade 3 Railbird Stakes at Hollywood Park on May 6.

A 12-year-old son of Kipper Kelly, Kelly Kip was a graded-stakes winner at ages 2 through 5, earning $1,157,142 with a record of 15-3-4 in 31 starts.

Bettarun Fast has a record of 5-2-0 from 9 starts and earnings of $228,505.