07/07/2006 12:00AM

Funny Cide excels in Canada


A pair of classy New York-breds, Funny Cide and Behaving Badly, captured graded stakes races during the Independence Day holiday weekend.

Sackatoga Stable's champion Funny Cide, winner of the Kentucky Derby and Preakness Stakes in 2003, won the Grade 3 Dominion Day Handicap at Woodbine Race Track near Toronto.

Funny Cide, a son of Distorted Humor, sent his career earnings to $3,432,628, based on a record of 10-6-6 from 31 starts.

Bred by WinStar Farm and foaled at McMahon of Saratoga Thoroughbreds, Funny Cide is out of Belle's Good Cide, a daughter of Slewacide who is a half-sister to multiple graded stakes winner Belle of Cozzene.

Funny Cide's third dam, Cherished Moment, placed in the Ashland Stakes and descends from the same family as his rival in the 2003 Triple Crown, Empire Maker.

Behaving Badly finally got to run in the state of her birth in the Genuine Risk Handicap at Belmont Park, and delivered a smooth performance that underlined her stature as one of the classiest female sprinters in the country.

Breaking from the inside in the six-furlong event, Behaving Badly conceded the early lead and was taken outside by jockey Garrett Gomez for the victory, her fourth in a graded stakes.

Winner of the Grade 1 Santa Monica Handicap earlier this year, Behaving Badly, a daughter of Pioneering, sent her career earnings to $614,224 with a record of 8-2-0 in 11 starts.

Behaving Badly is owned by Hal Earnhardt III and Patti Earnhardt, was bred by Becky Thomas and Lewis Lakin, and foaled at their Lakland North Farm in Hudson, N.Y.

She is out of the Sir Raleigh mare Timeleighness, who is also the dam of Lavish Numbers, winner of the Maid of the Mist Stakes, and stakes-placed Light up the Town.

Timeleighness is a full sister to stakes winner Timelessleigh, and both are daughters of the New York-bred mare Pleasure Moment, by Timeless Moment.

Belmont runners win at Finger Lakes

Belmont-based runners won the Arctic Queen Handicap and Niagara Stakes at Finger Lakes on July 4.

Sweet Sweet, bred and owned by Barry K. Schwartz, won the Arctic Queen to capture her second stakes race.

A 4-year-old daughter of Honour and Glory-How About Now, by Pentelicus, Sweet Sweet won the Bouwerie Stakes last year.

How About Now won the Grade 2 Schuylerville Stakes in 1996 in Schwartz's colors. She is out of stakes-placed Peaceful Intention and is a half-sister to Jolie's Intention and Never Fail, both stakes-placed runners.

Her family also includes champion sprinter Not Surprising, winner of the Grade 1 Vosburgh, and Leelanu, winner of the Grade 3 Kentucky Breeders' Cup.

Sweet Sweet has career earnings of $176,459 with a record of 4-1-2 in 8 starts.

Doll Baby won the Niagara for the E El R Stable to post her first stakes win.

Bred by David Cassidy, she is by Citidancer out of Sand Pirate, by Desert Wine.

Sand Pirate, a daughter of graded stakes winner Wayward Pirate, is a half-sister to the dam of millionaire Continental Red.

Purchased for $55,000 at the Fasig-Tipton New York-bred yearling sale of 2004, Doll Baby sent her career earnings to $149,734 with a record of 4-2-2 in 11 starts.

Statebred figures continue to rise

A gelding by Outofthebox was the highest-priced New York-bred of the 15 sold at the Fasig-Tipton Midlantic 2-year-olds in training sale at Timonium on June 27.

Consigned by Woodside Ranch, agent, and purchased by Kinross Corp. for $25,000, he is out of Lady Ensign, by Miner's Mark.

He is a half-brother to New York-bred Bee in a Bonnet, who placed in the East View Stakes, and descends from a family that includes Cowdin Stakes winner Old Tascosa and Tremont Stakes winner Mr. Sea Sanders.

Through the Midlantic sale, 232 New York-bred juveniles have grossed $13,490,500 at eight Eastern sales, a figure that is 7.6 percent higher than the gross for the corresponding sales in 2005.

The average for 2006, $58,149, is 14.1 percent higher than in 2005 for the same period.

The 2006 figures represent a dramatic increase in the purchase price of New York-breds since 2003, when 186 juveniles grossed $7,440,300, for an average of $40,002.

Those are gains of 81.3 percent in gross and 45.4 percent in average.