09/27/2007 11:00PM

Hook and Ladder runners go 1-2

EmailBig Truck and Expect the End have risen to the top of the juvenile ranks among New York-breds following important stakes wins last Sunday at Belmont Park.

Building upon his impressive first-out victory at Saratoga on Aug. 23, Eric Fein's Big Truck captured the $100,000 Bertram F. Bongard Stakes at seven furlongs.

Bred by A. Lakin and Sons, Big Truck is the first stakes winner from the first crop of hot young New York sire Hook and Ladder.

The Bongard runner-up, Spanky Fischbein, is also by Hook and Ladder, who has six juvenile winners.

Big Truck, purchased for $90,000 at the Fasig-Tipton Eastern Midlantic May 2-year-olds in training sale, sent his career earnings to $97,380.

He is out of Just a Ginny, a daughter of Go for Gin who is also the dam of 3-year-old Logic Way.

Logic Way finished second in the Cab Calloway division of the New York Stallion Stakes at Saratoga in August.

Just a Ginny is a half-sister to Goodbye Doeny, who placed in the Grade 2 Breeders' Futurity at Keeneland. This family includes Malevic, a Group 1 winner in Italy, and graded stakes winners Irving's Baby and Deeliteful Irving.

Expect the End won her second consecutive stakes in the $100,000 Joseph A. Gimma Stakes at seven furlongs. She also captured the Jena Jena Stakes at Saratoga on Aug. 27.

Purchased for a mere $1,200 at the Ocala Breeders Sales August open yearling sale, Expect the End has earnings of $126,600 with a record of 3-1-0 in 4 starts.

Bred by Sez Who Thoroughbreds Inc., in Stillwater, N.Y., she is owned by Sanford Goldfarb, Michael Dubb, and Irwin Goldfarb's Cast of Characters Stable.

Expect the End is by Precise End out of Expect Awhile, by Valid Expectations. Expect Awhile is a half-sister to stakes winners Formerly Diablo, Vilhelm, and Urus.

Expect Awhile is out of Florida Oaks winner Erstwhile, a daughter of champion Arts and Letters.

Eltish, Catienus get open winners

State sires Eltish and Catienus were represented by open stakes winners last week.

Eltish, who stands at Dan and Kathy Barraclough's Saratoga Glen Farm in Saratoga Springs, is the sire of Silk Ridge, winner of the $150,000 Brave Raj Stakes at Calder Race Course last Saturday.

In winning her third consecutive stakes race, Silk Ridge sent her earnings to $266,740, with a record of 4-1-0 in 6 starts.

Eltish is owned by New York breeder Gary Olsen. He finished second in the 1994 Breeders' Cup Juvenile to champion Timber Country and was a multiple group stakes winner in England.

Catienus is the sire of Unspoken Word, winner of the $75,000 Wild Applause Stakes at Belmont Park last Wednesday at seven furlongs on turf. The 3-year-old filly sent her earnings to $134,478, with a record of

3-2-2 in 8 starts.

Unspoken Word finished third to Gazelle winner Lear's Princess in the Tweedside Stakes earlier this year. She is the 16th stakes winner for Catienus, whose progeny earnings exceed $9.4 million. The son of Storm Cat stands at Highcliff Farm in Delanson for a fee of $10,000 in 2008.P

Plenty of New York-breds at sale

More than 140 New York-breds are cataloged to the annual Fasig-Tipton Midlantic Eastern fall yearling sale at Timonium from Oct. 1-3.

State sires A. P Jet, Desert Warrior, Dream Run, and Wheelaway have the largest numbers of yearlings in the catalog.

Leading New York sire Catienus is represented by two colts and a filly, while leading first-crop state sire Hook and Ladder has three fillies and a colt.

The colt is a half-brother to Follow My Dream, who placed in the Statue of Liberty division of the New York Stallion Stakes series at Saratoga in 2006.

At the recent Keeneland September sale, 15 of the 17 yearlings offered by Ten Most Wanted were sold, topped by a colt named Jacques Sparrow at $35,000. Consigned by Pope McLean and purchased by Charles Simon, agent, he is out of Paris Sky, by Skywalker.

A Travers winner, Ten Most Wanted was also represented by a filly out of the Lost Code mare Angel Lips at $25,000. Consigned by Warrendale Sales, agent for Rose Hill Farm and Hargus and Sandra Sexton, she was purchased by Rose Hill Farm.

Ten Most Wanted stands at Sequel Stallions New York, in Hudson. His first foals are yearlings of 2007.