07/24/2008 11:00PM

Flying Zee has another success story


I Lost My Choo, winner of the Grade 3 Virginia Oaks last weekend at Colonial Downs, is a product of Carl Lizza's Flying Zee Stable.

The 3-year-old filly won the $200,000 event at 1 1/8 miles on turf with a powerful late rush, sending her career earnings to $271,640 with a record of 5-0-2 from 8 starts.

Trained by Philip M. Serpe, I Lost My Choo finished on the board in the Appalachian and Sands Point stakes, both Grade 3, in her two previous starts.

Flying Zee Stable owned and campaigned both I Lost My Choo's sire, Western Expression, and dam, Fairy Queen. Western Expression, a 12-year-old son of Gone West, finished second in the Grade 1 Carter Handicap during his racing days. He is a half-brother to millionaire turf performer King Cugat, from the family of top sire Seeking the Gold.

Western Expression is also the sire of stakes winners Stunt Man, Artistic Express, and Thunderestimate. He stands at Highcliff Farm in Delanson, N.Y., for a fee of $5,000.

Lizza and Joseph Bartone are the owners of Highcliff Farm, where I Lost My Choo was foaled.

Fairy Queen is a daughter of Tom Rolfe.

"She won first out for us going a mile on the turf," said Lizza. "She is a very nice mare. She's not a big mare, and Tom Rolfe often does not get a big mare."

Fairy Queen is out of Fairy's Frolic, whose grandmother was the marvelous producer Iberia. Iberia was the dam of the brilliant Kentucky Derby and Belmont Stakes winner Riva Ridge, as well as stakes winners Hydrologist and Potomac.

I Lost My Choo joins a list of several fine performers campaigned by Lizza, topped by Eclipse champion filly Wayward Lass.

He has also campaigned Marlboro Cup winner Noble Nashua and Suburban Handicap winner Key Contender.

I Lost My Choo was the 19th New York-bred to win an open stakes race in 2008.

Mr. Windjammer earns stakes win

The consistent Mr. Windjammer made his first stakes start a winning one in the Ontario County at Finger Lakes last Sunday. Jonathan Buckley trains this son of Regal Classic, bred by Stonebridge Farm and owned by Stonegate Racing Stables.

A 3-year-old gelding, Mr. Windjammer sent his career earnings to $72,800 with a record of 4-3-0 from 7 starts. He is out of Royal Relic, an unraced daughter of Colonial Affair.

Royal Relic is a half-sister to stakes winners Memory Work, King of Syn, and Cooper Street, from a family that includes major stakes winners Limit Out and Dixie Luck.

Dixie Union colt leads way

A colt by Dixie Union was the top-priced New York-bred at the Fasig-Tipton Kentucky July yearling sale. Consigned by Highclere Sales, agent, he was purchased for $150,000 by Maverick Racing LP.

He is out of King's Fancy, by King of Kings.

King's Fancy is a half-sister to Dixie Pearl, an earner of more than $400,000, and to Cornish Snow, who placed in the Grade 2 Tom Fool Handicap to Trippi. This family also includes Point Ashley, winner of the Grade 1 Del Mar Debutante.

At $123,000 was a son of Grand Slam purchased by Crupi's New Castle Farm Inc. from JLT Bloodstock, agent. His dam, the Deputy Minister mare Lemon Tart, is out of a half-sister to graded stakes winner Namaqualand.

The fourth dam is the high-class producer Courtly Dee, whose progeny include champion filly Althea plus Grade 1 winners Ali Oop and Ketoh, along with graded stakes winners Twining, Aquilegia, Aishah, and Native Courier.

Two more New York-breds hit the six-figure mark at the sale.

A daughter of Travers Stakes winner Medaglia d'Oro was bought for $115,000 by Tory Chapman, agent, from the consignment of Eaton Sales. Both her dam, Miss Mary, and granddam, Miss Peggy, were group winners in Argentina.

Miss Peggy is the dam of Miss Linda, a Group 1 winner in Argentina and winner of the Grade 1 Spinster Stakes in the United States.

Bringing $100,000 was a filly by Purge from the consignment of Sugar Maple Farm, with Paramount Sales as agent. She was purchased by Seth Benzel, agent for Whitehall.

The filly is out of the top New York-bred Bedside Manner, a daughter of Dr. Blum who captured the Schenectady Handicap.

Her family includes numerous graded stakes winners, including Rouse the Louse, Region of Merit, and Chindi.