01/18/2008 1:00AM

King Cugat joins Questroyal roster


King Cugat, a millionaire and multiple Grade 2 winner, will stand at Liberty Stud in Ghent, N.Y., under the management of Questroyal Stud. His fee is $3,500 for the 2008 breeding season.

"Questroyal Stud has priced this grand-looking, highly successful stallion at a stud fee that is certain to attract a quality book of mares," Liberty Stud manager Bill Allen said. "We are delighted at the opportunity to stand a horse with his impressive credentials, and he will be exceedingly well received by New York breeders."

The beautifully bred King Cugat is a son of the Mr. Prospector stallion Kingmambo, the sire of outstanding runners such as champions Lemon Drop Kid, El Condor Pasa, Divine Proportions, Rule of Law, and Russian Rhythm.

He is out of Tricky Game, who is a half-sister to leading sire Seeking the Gold.

Tricky Game, by Majestic Light, is also a half-sister to Grade 1 winner Fast Play and a full sister to Grade 3 winner Stacked Pack.

Tricky Game's mother is the Buckpasser mare Con Game, who continues the black type in this wonderful family.

Con Game is out of Broadway, the dam of champion Queen of the Stage and Reviewer, the sire of Ruffian.

King Cugat earned $1,293,782 during his career, with a record of 7-7-1 from 16 starts. He won the Arlington Classic, Jamaica, Crown Royal Turf, and Bowling Green handicaps, and placed in several Grade 1 events, including the Joe Hirsch Turf Classic, Manhattan Handicap, and Secretariat Stakes.

King Cugat was the topweighted U.S. turf horse as a 3-year-old on the International Classifications in 2000 for distances of 9 1/2 to 10 1/2 furlongs.

From four crops of racing age, King Cugat has sired the earners of nearly $5 million, including Australian Group 1 winner Devil Moon, Argentine Group 1 winner Reina Musical, and Kingship, winner of the Grade 3 Arlington Classic.

Another good performer by King Cugat is Seaside Retreat, winner of the Display Stakes and placed in several graded events, including the Virginia Derby and Lane's End Stakes.

King Cugat stood from 2002-07 at Lane's End in Versailles, Ky., and shuttled to Australia for the 2002-03 and 2006-07 seasons.

He joins Anasheed, Andromeda's Hero, Fast Play, Gold Fever, Jade Hunter, Patriot Act, and Roaring Fever on the Questroyal roster for 2008.

N.Y. breeder Brewer dies at 81

New York Thoroughbred breeding lost one of its top proponents with the recent death of Barbara Zeitler Brewer at age 81.

The Rochester native was on the board of New York Thoroughbred Breeders Inc. since 1995, as well as the Genesee Valley Breeders Association.

Brewer, a graduate of Tufts University in Massachusetts, was the founder of Onteora Farm in Canandaigua.

She was the owner of Lordofthemountain, winner of three editions of the Wine Country Handicap at Finger Lakes Race Track.

Brewer also owned Who's Gonna B Rite, winner of the Genesee Valley Breeders' Handicap at Finger Lakes, and was the breeder of Lord Ofthe Thunder, winner of the King's Point Handicap at Aqueduct.

She is survived by her husband of 56 years, Edward, as well as her son Ted, daughter Toby Evans (manager of Onteora Farm), and granddaughter Jessie Evans.

She was pre-deceased by another son, Todd.

Z Fortune off to strong start

New York-bred Z Fortune is on the Kentucky Derby trail in the wake of his authoritative victory in the Grade 3 Lecomte Stakes last weekend at Fair Grounds in New Orleans.

Z Fortune is unbeaten in three starts, with earnings of $117,600.

He won his maiden on Oct. 20, New York Showcase Day, at Belmont and followed with his first-level allowance win at Aqueduct on Dec. 7 on the inner dirt. Both of those scores were in restricted company.

Bred by Frank Stella's Delehanty Stock Farm in Amenia, N.Y., he is a son of Hollywood Gold Cup winner Siphon. Z Fortune is owned by Zayat Stable and trained by Steve Asmussen.

He is out of Fortunate Faith, a daughter of Fortunate Prospect who captured the Grade 2 Demoiselle Stakes in 1992.

Z Fortune is the first New York-bred to win a graded stakes race in 2008.

He defeated stakes winners Texas Fever, He's Eze, and Star Guitar in the Lecomte, worth $100,000 at one mile on the main track.

He is the second statebred to show promise early in his 3-year-old year.

Giant Moon, bred and owned by Albert Fried Jr., won the open Count Fleet Stakes at Aqueduct two weeks ago.