04/17/2008 11:00PM

Lizzy Cool star Weathered from a winning family


Weathered, who won the Lizzy Cool Stakes in open company on April 12 at Aqueduct, is the product of connections with deep roots in the Empire State.

Bred and owned by Edward L. Shapoff, she has won three starts in a row and 4 of 5 in her career, with earnings of $102,440.

Shapoff is the son of the late New York trainer Stanley Shapoff, who trained Weathered's dam, Thunder Stand, and other top statebreds such as Liver Stand, winner of the Evan Shipman.

Edward Shapoff acquired Thunder Stand as a broodmare, and sent her to Highcliff Farm stallion Key Contender in 2005, the resulting foal being Weathered.

Winner of the Suburban Handicap, Key Contender stands for $3,500 at Highcliff Farm in Delanson, N.Y., where he and the other sires and dams are overseen by Lynwood O'Cain and his wife, Suzie.

"When we are not going to one of our own stallions, I rely on the advice of Dr. O'Cain," said Shapoff. "I have often sought his advice for his knowledge of conformation and crosses, and we have had horses at Highcliff for a long time. His recommendation for her was Key Contender, and she sure has turned out to be special. We have had a great relationship with Highcliff Farm over the years."

Thunder Stand, a daughter of Thunder Puddles, placed in the Bouwerie Stakes. She is one of six stakes horses produced by the unraced First Albert mare Stand From Under.

In addition to Liver Stand, the group includes Endsaseeket, winner of the Mike Lee Handicap; Stand on Top, third in the Grade 3 Sorority Stakes; and Boundanddetermined, second in the Busanda Stakes.

In addition to Weathered, Thunder Stand is also the mother of stakes-placed Dare to Be Great, whose earnings are nearing the $200,000 mark.

Dare to Be Great is by Expensive Decision, trained by Stanley Shapoff to win the Saranac and Kelso handicaps and who was later a stallion at Highcliff Farm.

Thunder Stand is also the dam of a 2-year-old colt by Catienus named Thunder Reigns

As for Weathered, Shapoff said she will be nominated to the Grade 3 Nassau County on May 3 and the Bouwerie Stakes on May 4.

The Nassau County is yet another family trophy, having been won by the Shapoff-trained Forever Silver.

The Shapoff youngsters are broken at David Markgraf's Bittersweet Acres farm in Florida.

Weathered is trained by Karl Grusmark

Like a Rose, Fort Drum flatter connections

Winning Move Stable and trainer Gary Contessa won both divisions of the New York Stallion Stakes at Aqueduct last weekend.

Like a Rose, bred by Thomas, Lakin and Atlantis Mares, won the Park Avenue for 3-year-old fillies.

The daughter of Hook and Ladder, foaled at Sequel Stallions in Hudson, N.Y., sent her earnings to $112,800 with a record of 2-2-0 in 4 starts.

Purchased for $105,000 at the Ocala Breeders' Sales March 2-year-olds in training sale, Like a Rose is out of the winning mare Midnight Tank, by Tank's Prospect. She is a half-sister to stakes-placed runners Tank's Expectations and Battle Tank.

Fort Drum won the Times Square for 3-year-old males.

Bred by Denlea Park and South Gate, he was foaled at Empire Stud in Hudson.

A son of Wiseman's Ferry, Fort Drum sent his earnings to $120,343, with a record of 2-2-1 in 8 starts.

He was purchased for $135,000 at the Fasig-Tipton Kentucky July yearling sale.

Fort Drum is out of Elmira Gulch, a stakes-placed daughter of Gulch. Her mother, Barronette, won the Miss Woodford Stakes at Monmouth and is from a family that also includes Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe winner Dancing Brave.

Statebred Sherine wins Comely

New York-bred 3-year-old filly Sherine won the Grade 2 Comely Stakes at Aqueduct on April 12.

Bred by Sez Who Thoroughbreds of Stillwater, N.Y., the daughter of Precise End is owned by Zayat Stables LLC.

Sherine sent her earnings to $220,662 with a record of 4-0-2 in 8 starts.

She is out of the Red Ransom mare Willa Dear and was purchased at the Ocala Breeders' Sales Company 2-year-olds in training sale for $85,000.

Willa Dear, out of the graded-stakes-placed Nijinsky II mare Nijit, is a half-sister to Spanish Parade, winner of the Mrs. Revere Stakes. Spanish Parade is the dam of Parade Queen, a multiple graded stakes winner on turf.