03/13/2008 11:00PM

New York-breds enjoying strong year in open company


New York-breds are off to a fast start in stakes company in the first several weeks of 2008. Here's is a look at the accomplishments of six statebred winners of open stakes.

Commentator: With a huge victory in the Grade 2 Richter Scale Handicap at Gulfstream Park on March 8, the 7-year-old won his 11th race from 17 starts and sent his earnings to $971,936.

Commentator has won his first two starts this year by nearly 28 lengths.

Bred by Michael Martinez, the son of Distorted Humor is out of Outsource, by Storm Bird. Outsource is a half-sister to Cogburn, winner of the Rutgers Stakes and placed in the Grade 3 Jersey Derby.

Commentator's third dam, Quite Honestly, is the mother of Hot Novel, winner of the Grade 3 Rancho Bernardo Breeders' Cup. Hot Novel is the dam of multiple Grade 1 winner Behrens.

Commentator was foaled and raised at Tom Gallo's Blue Stone Farm in Cambridge, N.Y.

Bustin Stones: Bred and owned by Roddy J. Valente, this son of City Zip ran his lifetime record to 5 for 5 in the Grade 2 General George Stakes at Laurel Park on Feb. 18.

Bustin Stones, who runs without medication, is being pointed to the Grade 1 Carter Handicap on April 5 at Aqueduct.

He is out of Shesasurething, a daughter of Prospector's Gamble claimed by Valente for $50,000 at Hollywood Park in 2000.

Shesasurething's immediate family includes stakes winners No No Nona and Split the Tab.

Bustin Stones has earned $300,150.

Giant Moon:Bred and owned by Albert Fried Jr., he won the Count Fleet Stakes in January. By Giant's Causeway, he is out of Fried's mare Moonlightandbeauty, by Capote.

Second dam Stolen Beauty, also raced by Fried, won the Demoiselle Stakes, and is a half-brother to graded-stakes-winning New York-bred Finality. Giant Moon has earned $186,035.

Z Fortune: Bred by Frank Stella's Delehanty Stock Farm in Amenia, N.Y., the son of Siphon is on the classics trail this year following his victory in the Grade 3 Lecomte Stakes and second in the Grade 3 Risen Star, both at Fair Grounds.

Z Fortune, owned by Zayat Stables LLC, is out of Grade 2 Demoiselle Stakes winner Fortunate Faith, by Fortunate Prospect.

Z Fortune has earned $177,600. He was entered to run Saturday in the Grade 2 Rebel Stakes at Oaklawn Park.

Self Made Man: Bred and owned by Kenneth and Sarah Ramsey, he won the Dust Commander Stakes at Turfway Park and was entered back four weeks later in Saturday's Tejano Run.

Self Made Man is out of the Red Ransom mare Striking Image, who is a half-sister to Eclipse champion turf male Kitten's Joy.

Self Made Man, a 4-year-old gelding, has earned $106,558.

Love Co: Bred by Prantlack Farm and David Lester, this daughter of Not for Love won the Glory in Motion Stakes at Aqueduct. She is owned by Darlene Bilinski and Richard Fields, and is out of Cozzekiki, by Cozzene. The unraced Cozzekiki is a half-sister to Raffie's Majesty, who stands at Sugar Maple Farm in Poughquag, N.Y. Love Co has earned $77,484.

Ten New-York-breds in Keeneland sale

Juveniles by New York sires Hook and Ladder and Read the Footnotes are among the 10 statebreds cataloged to the Keeneland 2-year-old training sale on April 8-9.

Sequel Bloodstock (Becky Thomas), agent, is selling two Hook and Ladder colts, Social Escalade and Sanctum. Social Escalade is out of Saratoga Social, by Saratoga Six. Saratoga Social is a half-sister to stakes-placed Mickey T.V.

Sanctum is out of the Captain Bodgit mare Saint Kaytie and is a half-brother to New York-bred Brown Eyed Belle, who placed in the Personal Bid Stakes. Saint Kaytie is a half-sister to multiple Grade 1 winner Kip Deville, winner of the Breeders' Cup Mile.

Niall Brennan Stables, agent, is the consignor of a Read the Footnotes colt in the sale.

The colt is out of Structured, a daughter of West by West who is a half-sister to stakes winner Marquesa Lana.