12/28/2007 12:00AM

New York-breds found success in graded races worldwide

EmailAmong the nearly 80 New York-breds that won or placed in open stakes races in 2007, six won graded or group events.

Their accomplishments are listed below, ranked according to earnings for the year.

Friendly Island: Bred by Kildare Stud and Adrian Regan, he won the Grade 2 Palos Verdes Handicap at Santa Anita and finished second in the Grade 1, $2 million Dubai Golden Shaheen at Nad Al Sheba.

The 6-year-old son of Crafty Friend raced for Stuart and Anita Subotnick.

Friendly Island is out of Island Queen, by Ogygian. His second dam, Regal Peace, was a stakes winner in England and is the dam of stakes-placed Royal Mistress. The family also includes Group 1 winner Stalker.

Friendly Island will stand his first season at stud in 2008 at Sugar Maple Farm in Poughquag, N.Y., for a fee of $5,000.

He earned $490,000 in 2007.

Oprah Winney: Bred by Gatsas Stable, this gifted 4-year-old daughter of Royal Academy won the Grade 2 Barbara Fritchie Handicap at Laurel Park.

Oprah Winney also won the Interborough Handicap at Aqueduct and the Regret Stakes at Monmouth Park.

She is owned by Michael Dubb, Sanford Goldfarb, and Pamela Caliendo.

Oprah Winney is out of Mere Presence, by Woodman. Mere Presence's maternal grandmother is Flyingtrip, by Vaguely Noble.

Flyingtrip is the dam of Icona, a Group 1 winner in South Africa, and of Cock Robin, who placed in the Group 1 William Hill Futurity in England.

Oprah Winney earned $392,224 for the year.

J'ray: Bred and owned by Lawrence Goichman, this 4-year-old daughter of Distant View has been an open stakes winner in each of her three seasons of racing.

J'ray won the Grade 3 Bayou Breeders' Cup Handicap and Marie G. Krantz Memorial at Fair Grounds, and the Grade 3 My Charmer Handicap at Calder Race Course.

The turf specialist is a multiple state champion.

J'ray is out of Bubbling Heights, by French Derby winner 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.

J'ray earned $227,471 in 2007.

Dave: Bred by the late Joe W. Gerrity, the 6-year-old gelded son of former state sire Ends Well captured the Grade 2 Red Smith Handicap at Aqueduct and the Ashley T. Cole Handicap at Belmont, both on turf.

He races for Three Colleens Stable and Partingglass Stable.

Dave is out of Commodore's Gold, by Commodore C., a stakes-placed mare who won 22 races from 78 starts in seven campaigns.

Commodore's Gold is a half-sister to stakes winner Sir Stephenmichael, from a family that includes stakes winners Just Smashing and New Alibhai, and Grade 1-placed Gold Spruce.

Dave earned $204,055 in 2007.

Mission Approved: Bred and owned by William F. Coyro Jr., the 3-year-old son of With Approval won the Grade 3 Saranac Stakes at Saratoga and the Princeton Stakes at the Meadowlands. Those victories were 12 days apart.

He is out of the winning mare Fortunate Find, by Fortunate Prospect. Fortunate Find is a half-sister to stakes-placed Won Jenelle.

Fortunate Find's third dam, Sunrise Sue, is the mother of El Senor, the millionaire winner of the Hialeah Turf Cup and Sword Dancer Handicap.

Mission Approved, who began his career this year, earned $201,332.

Dream Impact: Bred by Sez Who Thoroughbreds North LLC, and owned by Scuderia Quattro Mori, the 6-year-old by Royal Academy won the Group 3 Premio Carlo & Francesco Aloisi in Rome.

Dream Impact is out of the Storm Cat mare One Fit Cat.

Her mother, the stakes-winning In Reality mare Lean Cuisine, is a half-sister to Canadian champion juvenile filly Legarto.

This family also includes stakes winners Dream About and Social Director, and Nacheezmo, who placed in the Grade 2 Dwyer Stakes.

Dream Impact earned $136,350 in 2007.