03/30/2007 12:00AM

Hook and Ladder popular at Ocala sale

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The popularity of New York sire Hook and Ladder continued at the Ocala Breeders' Sales Co. selected 2-year-olds in training sale on Tuesday and Wednesday.

Topped by a colt at $397,000, five of Hook and Ladder's seven progeny in the auction sold for $762,000, an average of $152,400; all are New York-breds.

Hook and Ladder's stud fee for this group, conceived in 2004, was $3,500.

The son of Dixieland Band stands at Sequel Stallions in Hudson, N.Y., for a fee of $6,000 this season, and his first foals are 2-year-olds of 2007.

Klaravich Stable Inc. and William Lawrence purchased the $397,000 colt from the consignment of Murray Smith, agent, as Hip No. 421.

He is out of the Cox's Ridge mare Devon Ridge, and is a half-brother to stakes-placed runners Interpretation and Son of Sabato.

The second-highest price for a New York-bred at OBS March was $210,000, paid by Zayat Stables from the consignment of Terry Oliver and Bo Hunt's O & H Bloodstock, agent. Named Mist of Malibu and sold as Hip No. 377, the horse is out of the stakes-winning mare Cherokee Mist, by Cherokee Fellow, and is a half-brother to stakes-placed runners Misty Diablo and Saratoga Episode.

Foaled at Barbara and Ellen Bongard's Rojan Farm in Saratoga Springs, he was clocked in 10 seconds flat during the under-tack show of March 24.

Trainer Linda Rice, as agent, went to $170,000 for Hip No. 234, a daughter of Crafty Prospector out of the stakes-placed St. Jovite mare Talamanca.

The filly's dam placed in the Frances A. Genter Handicap and is a half-sister to Chachagua, winner of the Convenience Stakes.

Warriors Lass the fastest at Aiken Trials

Warriors Lass, a colt by first-crop New York sire Desert Warrior, was a winner at the historic Aiken Trials on March 17 at the South Carolina training center.

His time of 22.60 seconds for the quarter-mile event was the fastest of the three races for juveniles; the other two events were timed in 23.20 and 24 seconds.

Held for the 65th time, the Aiken Trials are run under race conditions.

Bred by Robert Ross, Warriors Lass was foaled at McMahon of Saratoga Thoroughbred Farm in Saratoga Springs, where Desert Warrior stands for a fee of $3,000.

"I'm hearing good reports from all over on him," said Joe McMahon. "It seems they've got speed."

Warriors Lass is trained by his owner, Carl Durr, who purchased him for $3,000 as a weanling at the New York Breeders Sales Co. fall mixed sale at Saratoga in 2005.

Although his pedigree is light under the first three dams, fourth dam Grecian Victory is a multiple-stakes-winning half-sister to Grade 1 winner Greek Answer.

Grecian Victory is also the granddam of champion and Breeders' Cup Filly and Mare Turf winner Perfect Sting.

Desert Warrior, a son of Deputy Minister who placed in the Grade 3 Tremont and Grade 3 Derby Trial, is out of Navajo Pass, who is a full sister to the dam of the world's leading sire, Storm Cat.

Catienus's progeny rack up victories

The progeny of Catienus, a son of Storm Cat who stands at Highcliff Farm in Delanson, piled up 20 victories from March 3 to March 25 at 11 tracks in eight states plus Mexico, on all type of surfaces.

The surge gave Catienus 41 wins on the year, along with 35 seconds and 28 thirds.

Cumulatively, he has 115 winners from his first three crops to race, of which 54 are 2-year-old winners.

Catienus's progeny earnings through March 25 were just under $700,000. He is the property of Ken and Sarah Ramsey.

"The Ramseys came to New York with a nice horse," said Suzie O'Cain of Highcliff Farm. "As a son of Storm Cat, he is a nice alternative to Kentucky. This is nice stuff."

Catienus is the sire of Dawn of War, winner of the Grade 1 Breeders' Futurity, and Precious Kitten, winner of the Grade 2 Mrs. Revere Stakes.

Precious Kitten finished second, beaten 1 1/4 lengths, to Eclipse champion Wait a While in the Grade 3 Honey Fox Stakes at Gulfstream Park on March 4.

Catienus was New York's leading sire for 2006 with progeny earnings of $3,166,785, and he stands for a fee of $7,500.