03/27/2008 11:00PM

Hook and Ladder's prestige is growing


New York-based sire Hook and Ladder got his first graded stakes winner when his son Big Truck captured the Grade 3 Tampa Bay Derby on March 15.

Big Truck is a member of Hook and Ladder's first crop to race.

Hook and Ladder, an 11-year-old son of Dixieland Band, stands at Sequel Stallions New York in Hudson for a fee of $10,000.

Hook and Ladder captured the Grade 2 Gulfstream Park Breeders' Cup Sprint and Grade 3 Mr. Prospector Handicap during his racing career. He also finished third in the Grade 1 Carter Handicap and earned $388,120 with a record of 6-2-3 from 19 starts.

Hook and Ladder is out of Taianna, by Cox's Ridge.

Taianna's mother, Prospector's Fable, by Mr. Prospector, belongs to a prolific family.

Prospector's Fable is a daughter of stakes winner Fairway Fable, the dam of Northern Fable, winner of the Grade 3 Palomar Handicap.

This family includes Cara Rafaela, winner of the Grade 1 Hollywood Starlet and the dam of Preakness Stakes winner Bernardini, the champion 3-year-old of his crop. It also includes former state sire Abaginone, winner of the Grade 3 Potrero Grande Handicap; Fairway Flyer, winner of the Grade 2 Diana Handicap; and Torsion, winner of the Grade 3 Paumonok Handicap.

Big Truck was one of several New York-breds weighted on the Experimental Free Handicap for 2007.

Bred by A. Lakin and Sons and owned by Eric Fein, he will either have one more prep in the Holy Bull at Gulfstream Park on April 12 or head directly to the Kentucky Derby.

Big Truck is trained by Barclay Tagg, who conditioned champion New York-bred Funny Cide to victories in the Kentucky Derby and Preakness Stakes in 2003.

Big Truck is out of Just a Ginny, by Kentucky Derby winner Go for Gin, a son of former New York stallion Cormorant.

Just a Ginny is a half-sister to Goodbye Doeny, who finished second in the Grade 2 Breeders' Futurity.

Hook and Ladder has been quite popular in the auction ring. His first crop of 2-year-olds averaged $111,500 for 18 sold in 2007. So far in 2008, three have sold for an average of $111,667.

At the Ocala Breeders' Sales Company March selected 2-year-olds in training sale, on March 18-19, a son of Hook and Ladder sold for $140,000. A New York-bred, he was consigned by Sequel Bloodstock (Becky Thomas), agent, and purchased by Northshore Racing LLC.

He is a half-brother to Mighty Eros, winner of the New York Stallion Stakes Park Avenue division.

Posse colt gets $350K at OBS

Six New York-breds brought six figures at the OBS March sale.

Topping the group at $350,000 was a son of Posse consigned by Eddie Woods, agent, and purchased by Paul Keating Sr., agent for Tim Ritvo.

The colt is out of Reverse the Call, by Phone Trick. He is a half-brother to Long Distance, winner of the New York Stallion Stakes Fifth Avenue division, and to Love on Hold, second in the Joseph A. Gimma Stakes.

Another good New York family at OBS was represented by a Van Nistelrooy colt consigned by Leprechaun Racing, agent, and bought by John W. Sadler, agent, for $195,000. He is out of Sailing Solo, a daughter of former New York sire Raise a Man.

Sailing Solo is a half-sister to Shesastonecoldfox, winner of the New York Breeders' Futurity, and to Boston Raider, winner of the Finger Lakes Juvenile.

Another stakes winner for Sand Pirate

The Desert Wine mare Sand Pirate, owned by David Cassidy, is turning into quite a producer.

Her New York-bred daughter Sweet Vendetta, a 3-year-old by Stephen Got Even, won the open Andover Way Stakes at Aqueduct on March 19.

The third stakes winner produced by Sand Pirate, she was coming off a second-place finish in the open Busher Stakes at the Big A Feb. 24.

Bred and owned by Cassidy and Team Penney Racing, Sweet Vendetta sent her earnings to $86,596 with a record of 2-1-0 in 6 starts.

Sand Pirate is also the dam of multiple stakes winner Half Heaven and of Doll Baby, winner of the Niagara Stakes.