11/25/2005 12:00AM

Millennium Wind to Highcliff

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New York-bred filly J'ray wins the Selima at Laurel, making her 3 for 3 on the turf.

Grade 1 winner Millennium Wind will stand the 2006 breeding season at Dr. Lynwood and Suzie O'Cain's Highcliff Farm in Delanson, N.Y. He moves to Highcliff Farm from Ro Parra's Millennium Farms in Kentucky.

The fee for the son of Cryptoclearance, whose first foals are 2-year-olds of 2006, is $5,000, live foal.

Millennium Wind originally was purchased for $1.2 million by Dave and Jill Heerensperger from Parrish Hill Farm, Lane's End agent, at the 1999 Keeneland September yearling sale.

Millennium Wind won the Grade 1 Blue Grass Stakes in a runaway performance in 2001, scoring by more than five lengths over Florida Derby winner Songandaprayer and earning a Beyer Speed Figure of 114 for the race.

During his career, Millennium Wind also won the Grade 2 Santa Catalina Stakes and ran second to future Horse of the Year Point Given in the Grade 1 Hollywood Futurity.

Millennium Wind is out of the Drone mare Bali Babe, making him a half-brother to Horse of the Year Charismatic.

Charismatic, winner of the Kentucky Derby and Preakness Stakes in 1999, is the sire of this year's top 3-year-old and millionaire Sun King, winner of three graded stakes this year, including the Pennsylvania Derby.

Millennium Wind is also a half-brother to stakes winner Tossofthecoin, a multiple Grade 1-placed earner of more than $800,000.

The family also includes champion and outstanding sire Deputy Minister.

Millennium Wind belongs to the Raise a Native sire line; Cryptoclearance is also the sire of Victory Gallop, currently one of the leading third-crop sires of 2005.

Parra, the current owner of Millennium Wind, is a senior vice president of Dell Computers' Public Americas and International Group in Austin, Tex.

He also owns Super Frolic, winner of the Hawthorne Gold Cup and fourth in the Breeders' Cup Classic, and Santana Springs, winner of the Amsterdam Stakes at Saratoga Race Course last summer.

"Ro Parra is an owner with a vision for the future," said Suzie O'Cain. "Revenue from the VLT's at Aqueduct is just around the corner and will make the New York program even more lucrative. We are just honored to have Millennium Wind here."

Parra became interested in Highcliff Farm thanks to Ken Ramsey, who stood the young stallion Catienus there for two years.

Like Millennium Wind, Catienus came to Highcliff just before his progeny hit the track.

Ramsey was drawn to New York because of the breeding incentive program, and was impressed by the expertise of the Highcliff Farm staff.

It also kept him close to Saratoga Race Course, where many of his runners campaign during the summer season.

"Catienus got good books while he was here," said Suzie O'Cain. "The third and fourth years of a stallion's career are traditionally the toughest. He went back to Kentucky with a stud fee increasing from $3,500 to $10,000. If we could be known as a place where the horses and people have that kind of experience, that would be just fine."

Unbeaten J'ray rising in turf ranks

New York-bred 2-year-old filly J'ray is becoming a top-notch turf runner. She is unbeaten in three grass starts in the wake of her victory last weekend in the $125,000 Selima Stakes at Laurel Park.

The Selima followed her win in the $100,000 Jessamine County Stakes at Keeneland on Oct. 27.

Bred and owned by Lawrence Goichman, J'ray is a daughter of Distant View out of Bubbling Heights, by Darshaan.

Bubbling Heights is a half-sister to Feather Bride, the dam of graded stakes winner Millennium Dragon, from a family that also includes Horse of the Year Kotashaan.

Trained by Todd Pletcher, J'ray won her maiden on the Saratoga turf at 1 1/16 miles, the same distance as the Jessamine County and Selima.

Also at Laurel last weekend, New York-bred Clever Electrician finished third in the Grade 1 De Francis Memorial Dash.

By Clever Trick, Clever Electrician is a full brother to Wire Me Collect, winner of the Grade 3 Lafayette Stakes. His dam, Loose Wire, by Ruritania, also dropped New York-bred Electric Shock, winner of the Maid of the Mist Stakes.

The family also includes Taste of Paradise, winner of the Grade 1 Vosurgh Handicap and second in the Breeders' Cup Sprint.