01/26/2007 12:00AM

Make that three statebred Eclipse champs


With her election as champion older female for 2006, Fleet Indian becomes the third New York-bred to win an Eclipse Award.

She joins Saratoga Dew (1992) and Funny Cide (2003) as national champions in the voting process instituted in 1971.

Fleet Indian won her first six races during the campaign, which ended with an injury in the Breeders' Cup Distaff that resulted in her being vanned off the Churchill Downs track.

The 6-year-old mare by Indian Charlie won five graded stakes, including the Grade 1 Personal Ensign at Saratoga Race Course and Grade 1 Beldame Handicap at Belmont Park, earning $1,473,720 on the year.

Fleet Indian's career earnings are $1,704,513, with a record of 13-0-1 from 17 starts.

She is scheduled to be bred to Storm Cat this year.

Owned by Paul Saylor, who purchased her for $290,000 in January 2006, Fleet Indian was bred by Becky Thomas and Lewis Lakin and foaled at Lakland North LLC Farm in Hudson, N.Y., which is now known as Sequel Stallions New York.

Fleet Indian is out of Hustleeta, a daughter of Afleet who is a half-sister to graded stakes-placed Cherokee Wonder.

Saratoga Dew was champion 3-year-old filly in 1992, a year in which she won the New York Oaks, Gazelle, and Beldame.

She was bred by Helen Chenery, who sent her dam, Super Luna, to New York stallion Cormorant when he stood the 1988 season at Dutch Acres Farm in North Chatham, N.Y.

Funny Cide, who earned his title as champion 3-year-old male off victories in the Kentucky Derby and Preakness Stakes, was bred by WinStar Farm.

By Distorted Humor, he is out of Belle's Good Cide, by Slewacide, and was foaled at McMahon of Saratoga Thoroughbreds in Saratoga Springs, N.Y.

Going back farther, before the modern voting system was introduced, New York-bred Silent Screen was voted champion

2-year-old male of 1969 by Daily Racing Form and Thoroughbred Racing Associations. Bred by Dennis Noviello and Al Vespo, and raised at Tilly Foster Stock Farm in Carmel, N.Y., he was by Prince John out of Prayer Bell, by Better Self.

Silent Screen won the Cowdin, Arlington-Washington Futurity, and Champagne Stakes during his championship year.

The Hall of Famer filly Ruthless was another New York-bred who was considered the best of her generation.

Bred by Francis Morris at his Throgs Neck Farm in Westchester, she was a daughter of Eclipse out of Barbarity, by Simoon.

Ruthless won the inaugural Belmont Stakes in 1867 and the Travers Stakes.

Friendly Island grabs a Grade 2 out West

New York-bred Friendly Island won the Grade 2 Palos Verdes Handicap last weekend at Santa Anita, becoming the fourth statbred open stakes winner of the new year.

The hard-hitting 6-year-old son of Crafty Friend sent his career earnings to $969,714 with a record of 8-2-2 from 18 starts.

The Palos Verdes was his 10th consecutive race in a graded stakes.

During that run he has also captured the Grade 3 Maryland Breeders' Cup and placed in the Grade 1 Forego Handicap and Grade 1 Breeders' Cup Sprint.

Owned by Stuart and Anita Subotnick, Friendly Island was bred by Kildare Stud and Adrian Regan.

He is out of the Ogygian mare Island Queen, whose dam, Regal Peace, a stakes winner in England and also the mother of stakes-placed Royal Mistress.

The Subotnicks, of New York City, own Anstu Farm in Millbrook, N.Y.

Stuart Subotnick is a general partner and executive vice president of Metromedia Company and a trustee of the New York Racing Association.

Friendly Island joins Oprah Winney, Sagamoon, and Golden Dreamer as New York-bred open stakes winners in 2007.

He is considered a possible starter in the $2 million Golden Shaheen on the Dubai World Cup program on March 31.

Sharp maiden winner for Chief Seattle

Chief Seattle, who finished second among state sires with progeny earnings of $2.8 million in 2006, was represented by a good-looking open maiden winner at Gulfstream Park last weekend named Chief Talkeetna.

The 3-year-old colt drew off to win by 5 1/2 lengths over 11 rivals at 6 1/2 furlongs.

Chief Seattle, a 10-year-old son of Triple Crown winner Seattle Slew, stands at Empire Stud LLC in Hudson, N.Y., for a 2007 fee of $5,000, live foal.