08/31/2006 11:00PM

Fleet Indian's broodmare value rising


With the Grade 1 Personal Ensign and three other graded stakes wins to her credit in 2006, Fleet Indian has become a leading Eclipse Award candidate for older filly and mare honors.

The 5-year-old Fleet Indian, bred by Becky Thomas and Lewis Lakin, made the Aug. 25 Personal Ensign at Saratoga her seventh straight victory and sent her career earnings to $1,344,513.

Racing 1 1/4 miles, Fleet Indian duplicated her performance in the Delaware Handicap at the same distance a month earlier. She grabbed the lead a few strides out of the gate and went on to win the Personal Ensign by 4 1/4 lengths over Grade 1 winner Balletto.

Todd Pletcher trains Fleet Indian, a daughter of Indian Charlie, for Paul H. Saylor. She is out of Hustleeta, a daughter of Afleet who is a half-sister to graded stakes-placed Cherokee Wonder.

Fleet Indian was first bought for $40,000 at the Fasig-Tipton Saratoga select yearling sale, then resold for $230,000 at the Ocala Breeders' Sales Company March 2-year-olds in training sale.

She was sold to Saylor for $290,000 last January, and is scheduled to be offered by Taylor Made Sales at the Keeneland November breeding stock sale this fall.

Fleet Indian's next start may come in the Grade 1 Beldame at Belmont on Oct. 7.

Gimme Credit successfully steps up

In his first venture into open company, New York-bred 3-year-old Gimme Credit won the $70,000 Equalize Stakes at one mile on the inner turf at Saratoga.

The Equalize preceded the Personal Ensign on the Aug. 25 card.

Bred by Berkshire Stud and Oak Cliff Stable, Gimme Credit, a son of New York sire Artax, was also making his stakes debut.

Owned by Hampshire Farm, Gimme Credit won his fourth consecutive race. Among his victims were graded stakes-placed runners Storm Treasure, Express News, Tahoe Warrior, and Little Cliff.

Gimme Credit is out of the Devil's Bag mare Shagadellic, who is also the dam of Golden Stravinsky, the top-weighted 3-year-old sprinter in Italy for 2005.

Her second dam is Cold Hearted, a daughter of The Axe II who produced Belmont Stakes winner Caveat and two other stakes winners, Dew Line and Baltic Chill.

Caveat was an important sire of turf performers such as Awad, Ratings, Ops Smile, Warning Glance, and Heed.

Cold Hearted is the granddam of Tranquility Lake, winner of the Grade 1 Yellow Ribbon on turf.

Trainer Timothy Hills said Gimme Credit could next start in the Ashley T. Cole for statebreds on Sept. 17 at Belmont.

Chief Seattle, Catienus offspring flourish

New York stallions Chief Seattle and Catienus are in the midst of a productive summer season.

Shillelagh Slew, by Chief Seattle, won the $270,390 Canadian Derby, a Grade 3 event at Northlands Park, on Aug. 26.

Shillelagh Slew added the Canadian Derby to his earlier score in the $443,000 Prince of Wales Stakes at Fort Erie, which is the second leg of the Canadian Triple Crown.

He has won 4 of 9 starts and earned $605,525, with victories at distances ranging from seven to 11 furlongs.

Chief Seattle is also the sire of Seafree, winner of the Grade 2 La Canada, and the stakes-winning New York-bred Donkey Engine.

He is owned by Sheikh Mohammed's Darley Stable and stands at Kurt Butenhoff and James Lamonica's Empire Stud in Hudson, N.Y.

Chief Seattle's progeny earnings are more than $1.9 million and place him first among New York stallions.

Crimson King Cat became the 15th runner from Catienus's first three crops to win or place in a stakes race when he finished second in the Iowa Cradle Stakes at Prairie Meadows on Aug. 26.

Other runners by Catienus to hit the board in stakes races in July and August are Grab the Cat, Nolan's Cat, Kathern's Cat, Precious Kitten, and Cousin Sue.

The stakes-winning Catienus, who placed in the Grade 1 Whitney Handicap and in three other graded events, is also the sire of Dawn of War, winner of the Grade 1 Breeders' Futurity in 2005.

He is represented by 56 winners this year.

Catienus is nearing the $1.8 million mark for 2006 progeny earnings.

He is owned by Kenneth and Sarah Ramsey and stands at Joseph Bartone's and Carl Lizza Jr.'s Highcliff Farm in Delanson, N.Y., where he has been since the 2004 breeding season.