06/23/2005 11:00PM

Gold Token a sire on the rise


With his son Gold and Roses in sharp form, and with progeny earnings topping the $1 million mark, Gold Token is enjoying a solid season at stud.

Among his current runners, 50 percent are winners, and he has had 66 percent winners from starters overall.

The 12-year-old son of Mr. Prospector is owned by Questroyal Stud and stands at Sugar Maple Farm, in Poughquag, N.Y., for a fee of $3,500, live foal.

Gold Token's best performance during his racing career was perhaps his 6 1/2-length victory in the $100,000 Polynesian Stakes at Colonial Downs, which he won in track record time of 1:41 for 1 1/16 miles.

He was retired to stud in 1999 and has been a New York stallion ever since.

Gold Token is out of the Nijinsky II mare Connie's Gift, who won the Grade 2 Louisville Breeders' Cup in 1990 and who is a half-sister to graded stakes winner Court Hostess.

Third dam Homespun, by Round Table, is the dam of Mashallah, winner of the Group 1 Irish St. Leger, and Folk Art, winner of the Grade 1 Oak Leaf Stakes.

Gold Token has three stakes winners from a small first crop of 21 runners.

They are Jets Fan, winner of the San Carlos Handicap at Golden Gate; Big Tease, winner of the Mount Vernon Handicap at Belmont Park; and Golden Damsel, winner of the Bouwerie Stakes at Belmont and placed in the Grade 3 Affectionately Handicap

His second crop produced Coined for Success, winner of the Nick Shuk Memorial Stakes at Delaware Park and an earner of more than $230,000.

Gold Token was booked to 76 mares in 2004 and his book for 2005 closed at 130.

"He has been a very good breeder and a good percentage of his mares are in foal," said Questroyal stallion manager Chris Bernhard, who noted that Gold Token produced several good New York winners from his initial books of mares, most of whom were inexpensive.

"Now that he is getting much nicer mares, we are cautiously optimistic about how his future runners will do," he said. "He gets a beautiful, athletic foal and they all want to run."

Gold Token's last two books have included mares by El Gran Senor, Seattle Slew, Unbridled's Song, Fappiano, and Deputy Minister.

A successful cross with Gold Token has been with Red Ransom mares. Three earners of more than $100,000 from this cross are Rhumjar, Bogota Bill, and Twooutsintheninth.

Gold and Roses, from Gold Token's third crop, won the $150,000 New York Stallion Times Square at Aqueduct on April 24, winning for the third time in four starts this year.

Bestowed still undefeated

New York-bred turf runner Bestowed remained unbeaten in three starts with his victory at Belmont Park last Sunday in a second-level restricted allowance at 1 1/16 miles.

A 3-year-old gelded son of Repeal, Bestowed was bred and is owned by Gallagher's Stud and trained by Michael Dickinson.

The late Jerry Brody founded Gallagher's Stud in 1976, named for his Gallagher's Steakhouse in Manhattan. He bred the little-known Repeal, a son of Rahy who died after a paddock accident in 2001.

Bestowed is out of Blond Lady, a daughter of Eclipse Award sprint champion Rubiano who is a half-sister to Gallagher's Allez Milord, winner of the Grade 1 Oak Tree Invitational.

He began his career on May 6 and has beaten older horses in each race.

New York gal loves the shore

The 4-year-old filly Capeside Lady certainly enjoys Monmouth Park. A champion 2-year-old and co-champion 3-year-old New York-bred, Capeside Lady captured the Monmouth Beach Stakes last weekend.

Bred by Becky Thomas and Lewis Lakin, and owned by So Madcapt Stable, she won for the third time in four starts at the New Jersey track. She won the Grade 2 Monmouth Oaks last year.

Capeside Lady, a daughter of Cape Town, is out of the stakes-winning Zen mare Gray Lady Type, who is a full sister to stakes winners Unique Type and Magnetic Type. Gray Lady Type is also a half-sister to Liberada, a stakes-winning daughter of Spend a Buck.

Capeside Lady, trained by Todd Pletcher, became the 13th New York-bred winner of an open stakes race in 2005. Purchased for $65,000 at the Fasig-Tipton May 2-year-olds in training sale in 2003, Capeside Lady has earned $458,760.