06/22/2006 11:00PM

Four top $1M in progeny earnings


Four New York state sires have passed the $1 million mark in progeny earnings as the 2006 racing season nears the halfway mark.

They are Tomorrows Cat at Empire Stud, A. P Jet at Sugar Maple Farm, Chief Seattle at Empire Stud, and Catienus at Highcliff Farm.

Tomorrows Cat, who like Catienus is a son of Storm Cat, received a boost when his son West Virginia earned $81,072 with his third-place finish in the Grade 1 Stephen Foster Handicap at Churchill Downs.

Through Wednesday, he was the leader at $1,091,540.

Tomorrows Cat's lifetime progeny earnings are nearing the $8 million mark with three crops at the races.

A. P Jet, who continues to recover from a freak accident earlier this year that resulted in the death of Gold Token, has 10 stakes winners and cumulative progeny earnings of more than $12.8 million.

A son of Fappiano, A. P Jet has progeny earnings for 2006 of $1,085,854.

Chief Seattle, by Seattle Slew, is the sire of Seafree, winner of the Grade 2 La Canada Stakes this year and placed in the Grade 1 Santa Margarita Invitational.

He also sired Donkey Engine, winner of the Ontario County Stakes at Finger Lakes last weekend, and has cumulative progeny earnings of nearly $2.3 million.

His earnings this year are $1,052,930.

Catienus is in fourth place at $1,030,850. He is the sire of Grade 1 Breeders' Futurity winner Dawn of War and five other stakes winners and has career progeny earnings of more than $3.5 million with three crops at the races.

His daughter Precious Kitten placed third in the Grade 3 Regret Stakes last weekend at Churchill Downs.

31 statebreds in upcoming sale

A half-brother to multiple stakes winner Princess Dixie is among 31 New York-bred juveniles cataloged to the Fasig-Tipton Midlantic sale at Timonium on Tuesday. The sale includes juveniles and horses of racing age.

Consigned by James Layden, agent, the son of Buddha is out of the Halo mare Princess Halo, whose dam Lilac Hill won the Grade 1 Cotillion Handicap.

Princess Dixie, winner of the Iroquois, Mount Vernon and several other stakes, earned $513,289.

Also in this family is Queen of Millbrook, winner of the New York Oaks.

Tomorrows Cat is represented by a half-sister to stakes-placed Bahama Boy from the family of Grade 1 winner Music Merci. A daughter of Two Dollar Nassau, by Stop the Music, she is consigned by Richard T. Saxton.

Another top New York pedigree in the sale belongs to Zig Zag Zip, a colt by former state sire City Zip out of Tomahawkstress, by Apalachee. Zig Zag Zip is a half-brother Cayuga's Waters, winner of the Pebbles Stakes and from a family that includes Bertram F. Bongard winner Sweet Envoy.

Tomahawkstress is also the mother of Sceptre of Stone, who placed in the Aspirant Stakes at Finger Lakes. Zig Zag Zip was consigned by James Layden, agent.

Fleet Indian extends win streak to five

Fleet Indian made it five wins in a row last weekend when she took the $100,000 Obeah Handicap at Delaware Park.

A New York-bred daughter of Indian Charlie, bred by Becky Thomas and Lewis Lakin and owned by Paul Saylor, she won the 1 1/8-mile Obeah by nearly eight lengths in 1:49.

A 5-year-old mare, Fleet Indian won the Montauk Handicap, an open allowance, the Grade 3 Next Move Handicap, and Grade 3 Sixty Sails Handicap before her Obeah victory.

Fleet Indian's earnings rose to $504,513; her record is 10-0-1 from 15 starts.

The Obeah may have served her as a prep for the $1 million Delaware Handicap on July 16.

Fleet Indian is out of Hustleeta, by Afleet, who is a half-sister to graded stakes placed Cherokee Wonder.

She was purchased for $230,000 at the Ocala Breeders' Sales Company March 2-year-olds auction in 2003.

West Virginia nears $900,000 in earnings

West Virginia sent his career earnings to $885,918 with his third-place finish in the Stephen Foster Handicap.

Bred by Donald S. and R. Mary Zuckerman and raced by the Zuckermans, West Virginia has a record of 7-5-3 from 24 starts.

Racing exclusively in graded stakes this year at age 5, West Virginia won the Grade 3 Excelsior Breeders' Cup Handicap and finished third in the Grade 1 Pimlico Special in his two previous 2006 starts.

He is out of Wild and Wonderful, a daughter of Kennedy Road who is a half-sister to Monmouth Oaks winner Pampered Star.