07/05/2007 11:00PM

Glacken's Gal stays perfect in Astoria


New York-bred Glacken's Gal won the $100,000 Astoria Stakes for 2-year-old fillies at Belmont Park last weekend, the first juvenile stakes of 2007 on the New York Racing Association calendar.

Inaugurated in 1902 and won by many top-class fillies, the Astoria was run for the 102nd time.

Glacken's Gal was bred by the late Peter Karches, former co-chairman of the NYRA board of trustees, and Michael Rankowitz. A daughter of Smoke Glacken, she remains unbeaten in two starts with earnings of $90,180.

Glacken's Gal is owned by Kevin Scatuorchio's Let's Go Stable.

She is the 12th New York-bred open stakes winner of 2007, and the Astoria marked the 15th open stakes victory by a statebred this year.

Purchased for $210,000 at the Keeneland September yearling sale, she is out of the Silver Deputy mare Lady Diplomat, who raced for Karches and Rankowitz.

Glacken's Gal is a half-sister to City Dweller, winner of the Lost Code Stakes at Hawthorne. Her second dam, Mercedes Miss, also was a stakes winner and placed in the Arlington Oaks and Honeybee stakes, both Grade 3 events. The family continues on to include Bagshot, a Grade 1-placed horse who earned $729,104.

Chief Seattle, Talk Is Money progeny score

New York sires Chief Seattle and Talk Is Money were represented by stakes winners last week.

Chief Thief, by Chief Seattle, won the Come Summer Stakes at Canterbury Park on July 3, becoming Chief Seattle's eighth stakes winner from his first three crops to race. A son of Seattle Slew, Chief Seattle stands at Empire Stud in Hudson, N.Y.

Chief Seattle's 2007 progeny earnings are nearing the $1.2 million mark.

Talk Is Money's son High Finance won the Grade 2, $200,000 Tom Fool Handicap at Belmont Park on July 4, his second impressive victory in 38 days. Prior to his Tom Fool score, in which he traveled seven furlongs in 1:21.81, he captured an optional claiming contest in 1:33.54 for the mile at Belmont.

High Finance sent his career earnings to $295,850 and is Talk Is Money's leading earner. The 4-year-old High Finance may be pointed for the Grade 1 Forego Handicap at Saratoga, where he was an authoritative allowance winner last year in 1:21.95 for seven furlongs.

By Deputy Minister, 9-year-old Talk Is Money stands at Highcliff Farm in Delanson, N.Y. He also is the sire of Blazing Sunset, winner of the Alydar Stakes at Hollywood Park, and of Girls Pearls, winner of the Panthers Stakes at Prairie Meadows.

N.Y.-breds fare well in stakes

On the racing front last week, Eclipse champion New York-bred Funny Cide got back into the winner's circle in the $100,000 Wadsworth Memorial at Finger Lakes.

Prompting a turnout of more than 11,000 fans at the Farmington track, Funny Cide posted a time of 1:51.77 for the 1 1/8 miles.

Funny Cide, winner of the Kentucky Derby and Preakness in 2003, leads all New York-breds in earnings with $3,529,412 with a record of 11-6-8 from 38 starts.

Funny Cide, bred by WinStar Farm LLC and owned by Sackatoga Stable, posted his first victory after six losses, dating back to his win in the Grade 3 Dominion Day Handicap at Woodbine on July 1, 2006.

New York-bred Just a Nibble finished second in the aforementioned Come Summer Stakes at Canterbury Park.

Bred by Doug Koch's Berkshire Stud and Tom Tatham's Oak Cliff Stable, he was foaled at Koch's Berkshire Stud in Pine Plains, N.Y.

Just a Nibble is a son of Distant View out of the Halo mare Merion Miss.

He is a half-brother to New York-bred Private Emblem, winner of the Grade 2 Arkansas Derby and Grade 3 Essex Handicap and an earner of $783,152.

Merion Miss is also the dam of Rhum, winner of the Ticonderoga Handicap and an earner of more than $300,000.

Second dam Curlew, by Storm Bird, placed in the Grade 3 Nijana Stakes at Saratoga and hails from a family that includes multiple graded stakes winner Megaturn.

Lawrence Goichman's homebred 4-year-old turf filly J'ray finished second in the $100,000 Dr. James Penny Memorial Handicap at Philadelphia Park on July 4, conceding nine pounds to winner High Moment. A graded stakes winner, J'ray sent her career earnings to $422,218 with a record of 6-4-1 from 13 starts.

The Dr. James Penny was her first race since back-to-back wins in the Bayou Breeders' Cup and Krantz Memorial at Fair Grounds last winter.