06/07/2007 11:00PM

Mr. Greeley right sire for this mare


When Time's Mistress won the Miss Preakness Stakes at Pimlico on May 18, she became the second graded winner in recent months for William B. Wilmot and Joan M. Taylor.

The husband and wife veterinarians are fixtures in New York Thoroughbred breeding, and own and operate the 200-acre Stepwise Farm in Saratoga Springs, N.Y.

They prefer a small operation geared to individual attention and quality, keeping just six mares on the farm.

Stepwise Farm acquired Time's Mistress's dam, the Deputy Minister mare Doyenne, for $300,000 at the 2001 Keeneland November sale. A daughter of graded winner Sewillo, from the family of Arlington Million winner Golden Pheasant, Doyenne has a history of throwing small and light-bodied foals.

Time's Mistress is by the Gone West stallion Mr. Greeley.

"I was blown away by him," said Wilmot. "He is extremely handsome and masculine with amazing presence. It's important for me to see the demeanor and physical aspects of stallions I am interested in. I thought he would go well with Doyenne, who is a medium-sized mare and refined. I thought if she couldn't get something by Mr. Greeley, we're in big trouble."

Time's Mistress represents the popular cross of Mr. Prospector-line sires to mares by Northern Dancer-line stallions.

Doyenne's successive foals, by Lemon Drop Kid, Not for Love, and Ecton Park, are New York-breds, and she is currently in foal to Travers winner Flower Alley.

Wilmot and Taylor are also the breeders of Naughty New Yorker, the New York-bred winner of the Red Smith Handicap last fall.

Stepwise Farm purchased his dam, Naughty Natisha, for $150,000 at the 1998 Keeneland November sale.

"She's out of Known Fact, who is by In Reality, and that line has crossed well with other lines carrying Dr. Fager," said Wilmot.

Naughty New Yorker's sire, Quiet American, is inbred closely to Dr. Fager. Quiet American won the Cigar Mile in 1990.

"The other part of this breeding is that I had always been a fan of Quiet American and I had visited him when he was at Gainsborough," said Wilmot. "There is something about him, and he's one of those I always visit when I go to Lexington. He's a cool horse."

Naughty Natisha is in foal to Bluegrass Cat, winner of the Haskell Invitational.

Stallion Stakes winners

Laurentide Ice and Dr. V's Magic won divisions of the New York Stallion Stakes at Belmont Park on June 3.

Laurentide Ice, bred and owned by Camelia Casby, won the Cupecoy's Joy division for 3-year-old fillies. A consistent daughter of Intidab, Laurentide Ice sent her career earnings to $196,134, with a record of 3-3-2 from 9 starts. She won the Fifth Avenue division of the series last fall at Aqueduct.

Trained by Mark Hennig, Laurentide Ice is out of La Muttering, by Muttering. She is a half-sister to La Kestrel, the dam of stakes winner Shakopee.

Laurentide Ice's third dam, Labeik, is Group 1-placed in Mexico and the dam of two stakes winners in that nation.

Dr. V's Magic won the Spectacular Bid division for 3-year-old males.

Bred and owned by Digby Barrios's Majesty Stud, Dr. V's Magic, a son of Raffie's Majesty, sent his career earnings to $75,920 with a record of 2-0-1 from 4 starts. Dr. V's Magic is trained by Dominic Galluscio.

A full brother to Organizer, winner of the Empire Classic in 2006, Dr. V's Magic is out of Summer Squall's daughter Treasure Always, who is a half-sister to graded stakes winner Acceptable.

Acceptable's dam, Ms. Teak Wood, is a half-sister to Travers and Whitney winner Will's Way and Willa on the Move, winner of the Acorn Stakes.

Raffie's Majesty, by the late New York sire Cormorant, finished third in the Travers Stakes and was honored as New York-bred champion 3-year-old male in 1998.

He stands at Sugar Maple Farm in Poughquag, N.Y.