01/09/2009 1:00AM

Haynesfield gives hints of classic potential

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The New York-bred Haynesfield made a successful transition to open company in the Count Fleet Stakes last weekend at Aqueduct.

Victory in the Count Fleet was Haynesfield's second two-turn stakes win, suggesting he could be on the classics trail in the coming weeks.

Haynesfield also won the Damon Runyon for statebreds on Dec. 7 with a Beyer Speed Figure of 101. Both the Count Fleet and the Damon Runyon were at one mile and 70 yards on the winterized inner dirt track.

A son of Speightstown owned by Turtle Bird Stable, Haynesfield was bred by Barry Weisbord and Margaret Santulli and foaled at Gallagher's Stud, which is owned by Marlene Brody, in Ghent, N.Y.

Haynesfield is a member of Speightstown's first crop to race. Haynesfield is out of the stakes-winning mare Nothing Special, a daughter of Tejabo purchased in Canada by Weisbord.

"We thought Speightstown would be a good match for the mare, both pedigree-wise and conformationally," said Weisbord. "We have a share in Speightstown, and while we don't breed to many unproven horses, we liked what we had seen of his progeny and thought he had a big chance."

After finishing third in his debut last summer at Saratoga Race Course, Haynesfield has now won three straight and earned $125,321.

Nothing Special, an earner of $266,590, won the Cumberland Stakes at Laurel and finished third in the Grade 2 Barbara Fritchie at that track. Stakes-placed in Canada, she is also the dam of New York-bred Mama Theresa, who finished second in the Iroquois Stakes.

If Haynesfield keeps improving this year, the elements of his third dam could play a role in success at longer distances. She is the Northern Dancer mare Cool Mood, whose daughter Passing Mood was Broodmare of the Year in Canada.

Passing Mood produced Canadian Triple Crown winner With Approval, whose victories also included the Bowling Green at Belmont Park. Passing Mood is also the dam of Belmont Stakes winner Touch Gold. This family includes another Canadian Triple Crown winner in Izvestia.

Nothing Special, who was sold at last November's Keeneland bloodstock sale, has a 2-year-old filly by Successful Appeal.

Haynesfield is yet another member of the New York foal crop of 2006 that has done so well at the races. Eight of them, topped by Doremifasollatido and Cribnote, have won or placed in graded stakes. Last year, Doremifasollatido won the Grade 2 Matron Stakes, while Cribnote finished second in the Grade 1 Hopeful Stakes.

The other members of the crop are Rereadthefootnotes, My Magic Moment, Freedom Rings, Relatively Ready, Show Me the Cash, and Segal.

Contessa leads in earnings

Gary Contessa topped trainers of New York-breds in 2008 with earnings of $2,878,728. The stable's leading earner was Sweet Vendetta at $224,070.

Richard Dutrow Jr. finished second with earnings of $2,576,720, and his leading earner was Stormin Normandy at $301,588.

Finishing third was Bruce Levine at $2,328,806. Levine trained the unbeaten Bustin Stones, who earned $355,500 on the year and is now a New York sire at Waldorf Farm in North Chatham, N.Y.

Linda Rice was fourth among the trainers at $1,690,649, with her leading earner Mother Russia at $179,420.

Rounding out the top five was Charlton Baker at $1,666,762, with Almighty Silver topping his stable with earnings of $171,383.

Michael Lecesse was next at $1,578,330. He is the trainer of Tin Cup Chalice, first winner of the Big Apple Triple in 2008 and an earner of $822,280. The series, carrying a $250,000 bonus, consists of the Mike Lee at Belmont, New York Derby at Finger Lakes, and Albany Stakes at Saratoga.