06/16/2005 11:00PM

Greater Good has filled Intidab's book


A prominent first-crop runner can do wonders for a stallion, as is the case for New York sire Intidab.

From a crop of just six foals, Intidab got multiple graded stakes winner Greater Good, a leading juvenile of 2004 and a contender on the Triple Crown trail this season.

A son of New York sire Phone Trick, Intidab has since been booked to more than 60 mares for the 2005 season.

Intidab stands at Gallagher's Stud in Ghent for a fee of $3,500 live foal. Campaigned by Shadwell Stable, the hard-hitting runner earned $531,221 in six seasons of international racing, winning a pair of Grade 2 events, the A Phenomenon at Saratoga and the True North at Belmont Park, in North America.

His immediate victim in the A Phenomenon was Artax, who later that year won the Breeders' Cup Sprint and the division championship.

Intidab was retired to Shadwell Farm in Kentucky for his first breeding season in 2001, and moved to Wycombe House Stud in Florida the following year. He has been at Gallagher's Stud since 2003.

Negotiations to bring Intidab to New York began the previous fall at the Keeneland November sales.

Shadwell manager Rick Nichols asked Phil Trowbridge of Gallagher's Stud if he had any interest in standing Intidab.

"Initially, I wasn't doing back flips," said Trowbridge. "He had been kind of bumped around, but I've known Rick for a long time and he is an extremely knowledgeable horseman. We came up with a business agreement that was very palatable."

Trowbridge acknowledged that New York breeders were at first skeptical of Intidab because of his travels to two other states prior to his arrival in the Empire State.

That changed when they began to see his New York foals of 2004, a crop that numbered less than 20.

"His foals are drop-dead gorgeous and he is super fertile," said Trowbridge.

Intidab's sire, a classy sprinter who won 9 of 10 starts, is the sire of Horse of the Year Favorite Trick and champion juvenile filly Phone Chatter from more than 50 stakes winners.

Intidab is out of the Mr. Prospector mare Alqwani, whose dam, Dire, is a half-sister to Grade 1 winner Header Card. The family also includes major stakes winners Top Rung, Gray Cashmere, and Split Run.

"He is a very cool horse to be around," said Trowbridge. "You could put him in your pickup truck if you wanted. If all stallions were like him, people would have five or six of them."

Puglisi Stables and Klesaris on a run

The Puglisi Stables and trainer Steve Klesaris have enjoyed a good run with their New York-breds lately.

Speed of Sound, who won his maiden in open company at Belmont Park, finished a close third in the Grade 3 Flash Stakes on June 10. The son of Phone Trick was purchased for $550,000 at the Ocala Breeders' Sales Co.'s February auction of 2-year-olds in training.

The next day, Accurate, one of their 3-year-olds, won the $50,000 Rudy Baez Breeders' Cup Stakes at Suffolk Downs.

Accurate, by Precise End, was purchased for $85,000 at the OBS April 2-year-olds in training sale in 2004. He is out of the Silver Deputy mare Love Destiny, who is a half-sister to stakes winner and graded-stakes-placed Jill Miner.

Accurate sent his career earnings to $151,538 with the victory. Last year, he captured the Great White Way division of the New York Stallion Series at Aqueduct.

Puglisi and Klesaris also sent out Little Miss Zip to win at first asking at Belmont on June 15 in a five-furlong maiden special weight for 2-year-old New York-bred fillies.

Little Miss Zip was purchased for $75,000 at the Fasig-Tipton Saratoga New York-bred yearling sale in 2004. By City Zip, she is out of stakes-placed Meadow Dream, who is a half-sister to Forty One Carats, winner of the Grade 2 Pegasus Handicap in track-record time and an earner of $828,843.

Florida sale has 91 New York-breds

Catienus, Freud, Key Contender, Phone Trick, and Rizzi are some of the state sires represented by 91 New York-breds cataloged to the two-day OBS sale of 2-year-olds and horses of racing age that starts Tuesday.

Rizzi is the sire of a juvenile colt out of Miss Catwalk, a Tabasco Cat mare who is a half-sister to Group 1 winner Miserden from a family that includes Eddington.