04/03/2008 11:00PM

New York sires have Derby, Oaks hopefuls


Topped by runners headed for the Kentucky Oaks and Kentucky Derby, four New York sires had a productive month of March.

Shes All Eltish, a daughter of Eltish, won the Grade 2 Bonnie Miss Stakes at Gulfstream Park on March 29 to put her in contention for the Kentucky Oaks on May 2.

Eltish, a son of Cox's Ridge, stands at Keane Stud Operations LLC in Amenia, N.Y.

Winner of the Group 2 Royal Lodge Stakes in England and second to champion Timber Country in the Breeders' Cup Juvenile, Eltish is out of the Danzig mare Nimble Feet.

Nimble Feet is a half-sister to the dam of Skimming, winner of the Grade 1 Pacific Classic and an earner of $2.2 million.

Shes All Eltish sent her career earnings to $156,280. She is a full sister to graded-stakes-placed Elizabul as both are out of the Hesabull mare Shesabullwinkle.

Eltish ranks fifth among New York sires with progeny earnings of $443,871 for 2008.

In 2007, he was the leading New York sire of 2-year-old winners with 16.

Eltish stands for a fee of $3,500.

Two runners by New York stallions could be headed for the Kentucky Derby on Mayo3 - Smooth Air and Big Truck.

Smooth Air, a Florida-bred by Smooth Jazz, finished second in the Grade 1 Florida Derby at 1 1/8 miles on March 29.

Smooth Jazz, a son of Storm Boot, now stands at Buckridge Farm in Kinderhook, N.Y., after moving north from Florida.

Winner of the Grade 2 Commonwealth Breeders' Cup Stakes and Best Turn Stakes in his racing career, Smooth Jazz is out of Blushing Issue, by Blushing John. His mother is a half-sister to Royal Chariot, winner of the Grade 1 Hollywood Turf Cup.

Smooth Air, who is the first stakes winner from his sire's first crop, sent his earnings to $395,500. He won the Grade 2 Hutcheson Stakes on Jan. 5.

Smooth Jazz ranks fourth among New York stallions with progeny earnings of $446,797 for 2008. He stands for a fee of $3,000.

Big Truck, a New York-bred son of Hook and Ladder, is also under consideration for the Kentucky Derby.

Hook and Ladder, a son of Dixieland Band, stands at Sequel Stallions New York in Hudson, N.Y.

He ranks second among New York sires with progeny earnings of $467,635 for 2008.

Big Truck won the Grade 3 Tampa Bay Derby at 1 1/16 miles on March 15 to send his career earnings to $336,880.

He is from Hook and Ladder's first crop, as is Bertram F. Bongard Stakes winner Spanky Fischbein, who also placed in the Count Fleet Stakes in open company this year. I Promise, who finished second in the Grade 3 Schuylerville Stakes last year, is also a member of this crop.

Hook and Ladder stands for a fee of $10,000.

Diabolical wins in Dubai

The classy sprinter Diabolical, by New York sire Artax, won his third graded stakes on March 6 in the Group 3 Mahab Al Shimaal at six furlongs in Dubai.

Artax, the Eclipse champion sprinter of 1999 when he won the Breeders' Cup Sprint, stands at Fever Stallions in Coxsackie, N.Y.

Artax, by Marquetry, ranks seventh among New York sires with progeny earnings of $401,231 for 2008.

He is also the sire of Grade 1 winner Friendly Michelle, and his progeny earnings exceed $9.2 million for his five crops to race. Artax stands for a fee of $3,500.

Ten statebreds cataloged at Keeneland

New York-bred colts by state sires Hook and Ladder and Read the Footnotes are among the 10 statebreds cataloged to the Keeneland 2-year-olds in training sale Aprilo8-9 in Lexington, Ky.

Hook and Ladder is represented by two colts. The first is named Social Escalade and is consigned by Sequel Bloodstock, Becky Thomas, agent. He is out of the Saratoga Six mare Saratoga Social.

Saratoga Social is a half-sister to stakes-placed Mickey T.V., from a family that includes Debonaire Junior, winner of the Grade 2 San Carlos Handicap.

Sanctum, also by Hook and Ladder, is also consigned by Sequel Bloodstock, Becky Thomas, agent. Out of the Captain Bodgit mare Saint Kaytie, he is a half-brother to Brown Eyed Belle, who placed in the Personal Bid Stakes. Saint Kaytie is a half-sister to multiple Grade 1 winner and millionaire Kip Deville.

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

He is out of Structured, a daughter of West by West.

Structured is a half-sister to stakes winner Marquesa Lana.