04/24/2008 11:00PM

Icabad Crane joins open stakes winners


Icabad Crane is the latest New York-bred 3-year-old open stakes winner of 2008, with his victory in the $100,000 Tesio Stakes on April 19 at Pimlico Race Course.

The group also includes Big Truck, winner of the Grade 3 Tampa Bay Derby; Z Fortune, winner of the Grade 3 Lecomte Stakes; and Giant Moon, winner of the Count Fleet Stakes.

Bred and foaled at Marlene Brody's Gallagher's Stud in Ghent, N.Y., Icabad Crane is owned by Earle I. Mack.

Purchased for $110,000 at the Ocala Breeders' Sales Co. sale of 2-year-olds in training, Icabad Crane, a son of Jump Start, has now earned $125,400 with a record of 3-0-1 in 4 starts.

The Tesio Stakes is often used as a prep for the Preakness Stakes, to be run on May 17 at Pimlico.

Icabad Crane is out of the winning Rahy mare Adorahy, who has an outstanding New York family.

Second dam Adorable Micol won the Grade 3 Countess Fager Handicap and placed in several graded events. She is the dam of Adcat, winner of the Grade 3 New Hampshire Sweepstakes, and Adorydar, winner of the Torrey Pines Stakes and third in the Grade 1 Hollywood Oaks.

Yet another productive daughter of Adorable Micol is Adoryphar, who placed in the Grade 2 La Prevoyante Handicap and is the dam of stakes winner Ruthian.

Ruthian is the dam of the superior runner Rutherienne, winner of the recent Grade 2 Jenny Wiley at Keeneland and the Grade 1 Del Mar Oaks last year.

Adorable Micol is also the granddam of Albany Handicap winner Gratiaen.

Mr. Greeley colt brings $750,000

A New York-bred colt by Mr. Greeley sold for $750,000 to the Shadwell Estate Co. of Sheikh Hamdan al-Maktoum at Tattersalls' Craven 2-year-old breeze-up sale on April 17 in England.

He was foaled at Tom Gallo's Blue Stone Farm in Cambridge, N.Y.

The colt is out of Dehere of the Dog, by Dehere, and was sold for $260,000 last year at the Keeneland September yearling sale out of the Gallo Sales Agency consignment. He was purchased by Margaret O'Toole.

Gallo is the managing owner of the Dehere of the Dog broodmare partnership, which bred the colt. The group also includes Mia Gallo, Joan Desadora, Dave Stack, and Fred Gorsline.

Dehere of the Dog is a half-sister to Sunray Spirit, winner of the Grade 3 Cowdin Stakes. Third dam Slewsbasque, by Seattle Slew, is a daughter of La Basque.

La Basque is a half-sister to champion filly Heavenly Cause, whose terrific family includes Wood Memorial winner Bounding Basque.

Dehere of the Dog is currently in foal to first-year stallion Discreet Cat, winner of the Grade 1 Cigar Mile.

New York juveniles sell well at Ocala

Juveniles by several state sires brought healthy prices at the Ocala Breeders' Sales Co. 2-year-olds in training sale this past week.

Hook and Ladder was represented by a colt named Stately Chief, who sold for $120,000 on April 21.

Consigned by Sequel Bloodstock (Becky Thomas), agent, he was purchased by Elektikos Stable, Linda Rice, agent.

He is out of Fine Design, a daughter of Colony Light. Colony Light's half-brother Silvardara placed in the Grade 3 Lawrence Realization.

Wicked Climb, another colt by Hook and Ladder, was purchased by Gary Contessa for $92,000 at the same session.

Also consigned by Sequel Bloodstock, he is out of Devil's Waltz, by Marshua's Dancer. His half-brother Waltzin' Storm placed in the Grade 2 Summer Stakes and Grade 3 Play the King Handicap at Woodbine.

Hook and Ladder stands at Sequel Stallions in Hudson.

On the second day at OBS, a colt by Freud brought $80,000 from Linda Rice, agent. He is out of Friendziedfruitcake, by Wild Again. Friendziedfruitcake's half-sister Zealous Connection won the Grade 2 Landaluce Stakes.

Freud is also at Sequel Stallions.

A filly by Desert Warrior fetched $65,000 at this session. Consigned by Jennifer Maselli, agent, she was purchased by Marshall Dowell.

Out of the Runaway Groom mare Groom Service, the filly is a half-sister to stakes-placed Lonesome Leo.

This family includes several stakes winners, among them Chores at Dawn, winner of the Aspidistra Handicap at Calder.

Desert Warrior stands at McMahon of Saratoga Thoroughbreds in Saratoga Springs.