04/19/2007 11:00PM

Mineshaft colt sells for $500,000


The lone New York-bred sold at last Tuesday's Keeneland 2-year-olds in training sale was purchased for $500,000.

Consigned by Becky Thomas's Sequel Bloodstock, agent, the son of Horse of the Year Mineshaft was bought by Dennis O'Neill.

It was the fourth-highest price among the 82 juveniles sold at Keeneland.

Named Explosive Surge, the colt is out of the Cox's Ridge mare Immerse, who is also the dam of Stephen Got Even, winner of the Grade 1 Donn Handicap, and of Indy Glory, winner of the Videogenic Stakes and placed in the Grade 2 Black-Eyed Susan Stakes.

Immerse also is the dam of Grand Merger, winner of the Maid of the Mist Stakes at Belmont Park, and Immersed in Gold, who placed in the With Anticipation Stakes at Saratoga.

Indy Glory is the dam of New York-bred Time Squared, who won his maiden at Keeneland on opening day and was most recently sixth, beaten a little more than three lengths, in the Grade 1 Blue Grass Stakes.

Nine statebreds were catalogued to the Keeneland auction; seven were offered for sale, with only Explosive Surge being purchased. The remaining six failed to reach their reserve prices.

New York-breds score at Aqueduct

Successful Affair, Naughty New Yorker, and Accountforthegold all placed in open stakes races recently at Aqueduct on the main track.

Successful Affair finished third in the Pleasant Colony, his fifth stakes appearance in his last six starts.

He has been on the board each time, winning the Coyote Lakes and Gallant Fox on the winterized inner dirt track.

Successful Affair, a hard-knocking 5-year-old son of Successful Appeal bred by Sez Who Thoroughbreds in Stillwater, N.Y., sent his career earnings to $322,199 with a record of 10-9-5 from 32 starts.

Successful Affair is out of the Private Terms mare Private Pouf, making him a half-brother to stakes-placed Private Opening from the family of graded stakes winner Foufa's Warrior and multiple stakes winner and Grade 1-placed Maryland Moon.

Naughty New Yorker and Accountforthegold finished second and third, respectively, in the Grade 3 Excelsior Handicap.

Bred by the husband-wife team of Drs. William B. Wilmot and Joan M. Taylor, the owners of Step Wise Farm in Saratoga Springs, Naughty New Yorker sent his career earnings to $709,699.

A 5-year-old son of Quiet American, Naughty New Yorker has a record of 8-6-6 from 32 starts; among his victories is the Grade 3 Red Smith Handicap in 2006.

Naughty New Yorker is out of Naughty Natisha, a Known Fact mare who is a half-sister to National Jockey Club Oaks winner Victorica.

With his third-place finish in the Excelsior, Accountforthegold became the 30th New York-bred to hit the board in an open stakes race in 2007.

Also by Successful Appeal, the 5-year-old Accountforthegold sent his career earnings to $419,577 with a record of 6-5-2 from 17 starts.

Winner of the New York Derby in 2005 and Grade 3 Stuyvesant Handicap in 2006, Accountforthegold is out of the Private Account mare Accountess, whose half-brother New Deal won the Grade 3 Discovery Handicap in 1992.

This family includes Irish Actor, winner of the Grade 1 Young America Stakes.

Accountforthegold also was bred by Sez Who Thoroughbreds.

Another recent open winner was Lovely Dream, a daughter of New York stallion Freud who won an optional claiming event at Keeneland following Time Squared's maiden victory.

Foaled by Lakland North, now Sequel Stallions New York, the 4-year-old filly is owned by John C. Oxley, who purchased her for $220,000 at the Ocala Breeders' Sales Co.'s February 2-year-olds in training sale in 2005.

Lovely Dream is out of Saralil, who is a direct descendant of champion older mare Airmans Guide, winner of the Delaware Handicap.

Catienus's progeny earnings rise

Leading state sire Catienus is nearing the $1 million mark in progeny earnings for 2007, following his daughter Precious Kitten's second in the Grade 3 Jenny Wiley Handicap at Keeneland last weekend.

Her $40,000 check for finishing a neck behind My Typhoon helped send Catienus's progeny earnings to nearly $920,000.

Precious Kitten has finished first or second in four consecutive graded events, including a victory in the Grade 2 Mrs. Revere last fall at Churchill Downs.

Catienus stands at Highcliff Farm in Delanson, where his fee for 2007 is $7,500.

From his first three crops to race, the son of Storm Cat has 21 stakes horses, including Dawn of War, winner of the Grade 1 Lane's End Breeders' Futurity.