05/28/2001 11:00PM

Meet Astrapi's half-brother


Undefeated Astrapi, last year's champion New York-bred 2-year-old filly, is being readied for her first start of the year, which is expected to come in the $200,000, Grade 1 Prioress at Belmont Park on July 4.

In the meantime, Astrapi's trainer, Bob Klesaris is getting acquainted with her 2-year-old half-brother, who was purchased last week by Astrapi's owners, Malakasa Farms.

The New York-bred son of Slew the Knight, out of Scotch n' Sound, was purchased Tuesday for $60,000 at the Fasig-Tipton Midatlantic 2-year-olds in training sale in Timonium, Md.

He is named C W Private Stash and was bought last year by Chris Boutte for $10,000 at the Fasig-Tipton Midatlantic Eastern fall yearling sale, less than three weeks before Astrapi crushed her competition by 18 1/2 lengths in her career debut.

C W Private Stash was consigned to Tuesday's sale by Lynne Martin, agent.

Klesaris said both his heart and head played a role in recommending the purchase of Astrapi's younger sibling, who is now in his Belmont Park barn, to Evangelos Pollatos of Malakasa Farms.

"It was half sentimental and half that he's okay," remarked Klesaris, who said the colt is currently at three furlongs in his breezing routine. "They have a similar stride, but he doesn't have [Astrapi's] speed; nobody I have has her speed - she's a freak."

Profitable pinhooks

The six highest-priced New York-breds at last week's two-day sale represented profitable pinhooks (in this case, yearlings resold as 2-year-olds).

The top-priced New York-bred was Straphanger, an Unbridled's Song colt, who went for $180,000. Purchased by J. Cary Findlay, the colt brought the third-highest price on the first day of the sale and the fourth overall.

Straphanger, who is out of a Spend a Buck mare, Cheerful Spree, was consigned to the sale by Robert N. Scanlon, agent. Last year, Straphanger was bought by Bobby and Leslie Hurley, who race Songandaprayer, another Unbridled's Song colt, for $145,000 at the Keeneland September yearling sale.

The 33 registered New York-breds to fall under the hammer brought $991,200, for an average of $30,036, slightly below the sale's average of $31,826 for 268 horses sold.

Say Florida Sandy cleans up

Owner John Rotella leads the way this year in New York-bred open company awards with $53,999, thanks to his powerhouse Say Florida Sandy, who is responsible for the bulk of that money.

Open company awards are doled out in all open races with a minimum claiming value of $30,000 and cover first- through fourth-place finishes. If their New York-bred was sired by a New York stallion, owners collect 20 percent of the purse earnings, with a $20,000 cap, per race, and 10 percent, if the runner is sired elsewhere.

Say Florida Sandy, who earlier this month finished second behind Peeping Tom in the Grade 1 Carter after a tough trip, has earned $203,011 while facing open company in 2001.

*On Mother's Day, a Deputy Minister colt, a half to stakes winner Seeking the Sky and stakes-placed Seeking it All, was born at Stonewall Farm in Granite Springs, N.Y. The foal, who is out of the Seeking the Gold mare, Seeking Regina, was bred and is owned by Barry Schwartz, the chairman and CEO of the New York Racing Association.

*New York-bred Indy Glory, who finished second in the Grade 2 Black-Eyed Susan at Pimlico on May 18, was the first horse in the name-the-foal contest, offered on the internet at www.nybreds.com. Shannon Geiser from Stillwater, N.Y., picked out the name for Indy Glory, a daughter of A.P. Indy, out of Immerse. Geiser's entry was declared the winner by Indy Glory's breeders and owners, Chester and Mary Broman. The ongoing contest offers the person who selects the winning name, which is subject to approval by The Jockey Club, with free passes and box seats for a day at Belmont Park or Saratoga.