03/22/2007 11:00PM

Hook and Ladder strong at sales


This continues a review of New York stallions that will be represented by their first crop of runners in 2007.

Hook and Ladder: This son of Dixieland Band stands at Sequel Stallions New York, in Hudson, N.Y., for a fee of $6,000.

Winner of the Grade 2 Gulfstream Park Breeders’ Cup Sprint Handicap and Grade 3 Mr. Prospector Handicap, Hook and Ladder has been well received at auction. He was among the national leaders in terms of return on investment for a first- crop yearling sire in 2006.

Several members of his first crop of yearlings sold for six figures, topped by one at $310,000, when Hook and Ladder’s fee was $3,500. Overall, the 32 yearlings by Hook and Ladder sold at auction averaged $49,825.

Hook and Ladder is from the family of Cara Rafaela, the dam of champion and classic winner Bernardini.

Mayakovsky: Among the best of his class, this son of Hollywood Futurity winner Matty G stands at Mill Creek Farm, in Stillwater, N.Y., for a fee of $3,000.

Mayakovsky set a track record of 1:03.32 for five furlongs in his debut at Saratoga in 2001. He defeated Thunderello, who the following year finished second in the Breeders’ Cup Sprint.

Mayakovsky returned to finish a close second to Came Home in the Grade 1 Hopeful Stakes, finishing ahead of Proud Citizen and Jump Start. As a 3-year-old, Mayakovsky won the Grade 3 Gotham Stakes in his seasonal debut.

He is out of the Raise a Man mare Joy to Raise, making him a half-brother to Emotional Outburst, the dam of multiple graded stakes winner Roar Emotion.

Ommadon: This fine runner brings a solid New York pedigree to the stud. Ommadon, winner of the Grade 3 Nashua Stakes and placed in the Grade 2 Remsen, stands at Metropolitan Stud in Pine Plains, N.Y., for a fee of $1,000.

He is by Kentucky Derby winner Grindstone out of the top New York-bred runner Missymooiloveyou, winner of the Grade 3 Miss Grillo Stakes. She is a half-sister to another classy New York-bred in Lady D’Accord, winner of the Grade 2 Bed o’ Roses Handicap and an earner of $590,138.

Say Florida Sandy:This multiple New York champion, who earned $2,085,408 during an outstanding career that saw him win 33 starts from ages 2 through 9, stands at Buckridge Farm in Kinderhook, N.Y., for a fee of $5,000.

A New York-bred son of state sire Personal Flag, Say Florida Sandy won 19 stakes race, five of which were graded. Speed and soundness are the hallmarks of this popular runner, who recorded a Beyer Speed Figure of 100 or higher on 41 occasions during his 98-race career.

Say Florida Sandy is a half-brother to graded-stakes-winning New York-bred Dancin Renee, who won the Honorable Miss Stakes at Saratoga.

New Yorkers in Ocala

Forty-seven New York-breds are cataloged to the Ocala Breeders’ Sales Company selected 2-year-olds in training sale on March 27-28 at the OBS sales and training complex.

Hook and Ladder is the sire of a colt from the consignment of Ricky Leppala, agent, selling as Hip No. 326. The bay colt, named Astounding, is out of the Comet Shine mare Ausable, who is a half-sister to the dam of New York-bred Beautiful America, winner of the New York Stallion Stakes and an earner of more than $500,000.

Third dam Schoharie Creek is also a New York-bred stakes winner.

Hook and Ladder is also the sire of a colt from the consignment of Murray Smith, agent, selling as Hip No. 421. He is a half-brother to stakes-placed runners Interpretation and Son of Sabato, both New York-breds, with Son of Sabato hitting the board in the open Miss Grillo Stakes.

New York sire Freud is represented by a colt from the consignment of Excel Bloodstock, LLC, agent, selling as Hip No. 275.

He carries the name Skewed and is out of the Clever Trick mare Whataboutus, whose dam, Cazzy B., was a New York-bred who placed in the National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame Stakes.

Cazzy B. is a full sister to statebred Budgerigar, winner of the Sag Harbor Stakes and the dam of Avian Assembly, winner of the Anne Arundel and placed in the Grade 1 John A. Morris Stakes at Saratoga.