06/14/2007 11:00PM

Friendly Island had class-packed career


The classy New York-bred sprinter Friendly Island, who has been retired because of ankle problems, ends his career in ninth place on the list of New York-bred earners.

A stakes winner in each of the four seasons he raced, Friendly Island earned $1,369,714. Kentucky Derby winner and Eclipse Award champion Funny Cide tops the list with earnings of $3,469,412.

Friendly Island, a 6-year-old horse by Crafty Friend, was the New York-bred champion sprinter and champion older male for 2006. Bred by Kildare Stud and Adrian Regan, Friendly Island was foaled at Sugar Maple Farm in Poughquag, N.Y.

He won the restricted Hudson Handicap at ages 3 and 4 and got his first graded stakes victory in the Grade 3 Maryland Breeders' Cup Sprint in 2006. He also placed in two Grade 1 races, the Forego and Breeders' Cup Sprint, as well as the Count Fleet and Mr. Prospector, both Grade 3 races last year.

This year, Friendly Island opened his campaign with a win in the Grade 2 Palos Verdes, and in his final outing finished second in the Grade 1 Golden Shaheen on the Dubai World Cup program on Marcho31. He retires with a record of 8-3-2 from 19 starts.

Friendly Island is owned by the Anstu Stable of Stuart and Anita Subotnick.

His dam, Island Queen, is an Ogygian mare out of stakes winner Regal Peace. Regal Peace, by Known Fact, is a half-sister to English Group 1 winner Stalker.

Friendly Island is being syndicated.

More stakes success

The progeny of several state sires did well in stakes races last weekend.

Papi Chullo, winner of the $102,250 Birdstone Stakes on Belmont Day, is a son of New York stallion Comeonmom.

The 5-year-old Papi Chullo ran his record at Belmont Park to 3 wins in 3 starts, sending his career earnings to $356,675 with a record of 5-4-0 from 19 starts.

Papi Chullo placed in the Aqueduct and Longacres Mile handicaps last year, both Grade 3 events.

Comeonmom, winner of the Remsen Stakes at Aqueduct in 1998, is out of Single Blade, winner of the Grade 1 Gazelle Handicap, whose family includes major stakes winners San Juan Hill and Fuzzbuster. Comeonmom stands at Linda Reading's The Reading Farm in West Falls, N.Y., for a fee of $3,000 for 2007.

Girls Pearls, a 3-year-old filly by Talk Is Money, captured the Prairie Meadows Panthers Stakes. Talk Is Money stands at Highcliff Farm in Delanson, N.Y., for a fee of $5,000.

Another Highcliff stallion, Key Contender, is the sire of Ask Queenie, winner of the Isadorable Stakes at Suffolk Downs. Key Contender's fee is $3,500.

Finishing second in the Isadorable was Flirt for Fame, by Freud, who stands at Sequel Stallions in Hudson, N.Y. for a fee of $10,000.

Farm managers to meet

Sue Vitro, the manager at Jeffrey Tucker's Stone Bridge Farm, is helping to organize farm managers in the Empire State.

To that end, an initial meeting will be held this week at the Cornell Cooperative Extension offices at 50 W. High St. in Ballston Spa, seven miles southwest of Saratoga Springs.

It will begin at 6 p.m. on June 22, and includes a light buffet at no cost.

The meeting is open to everyone, but it will be geared to those whose management practices have the greatest impact on the daily operation of the farm.

Vitro is hoping to establish a clearinghouse of information, products, and services available for state farm managers.

The meeting in Ballston Spa is being sponsored by Merial, a pharmaceutical concern, and will address control of infectious diseases. Topics will include vaccination schedules, hygiene, quarantine, and biosecurity.

The biosecurity address will be given by Linda Caveney, who heads up biosecurity for the Cornell Veterinary Hospital.

Merial will provide some take-home informational material and promotional giveaways. Those in attendance will be invited to make suggestions for future meetings and locations.

The cooperative extension in Ballston Spa has the capability of a video feed to the five other extensions in New York State.

More information is available from Vitro at (518) 788-6741 or at DVS0377@aol.com.