05/09/2008 12:00AM

One look hooked Rice on Dicey D J


Maryland breeders Cynthia and Charles McGinnes were "overwhelmed with joy" when their homebred filly by Milwaukee Brew brought $70,000 at the 2006 Fasig-Tipton Midlantic Eastern fall yearling sale at Timonium.

It was not just the price that set their heads spinning - but also the apparent show of faith in the filly by the buyer, top New York trainer Linda Rice.

The McGinneses' best hopes were realized last Saturday at Pimlico, when Rice shipped the filly, since named Dicey D J, back to her home state for the Hookedonthefeelin Stakes, a five-furlong turf race for Maryland-bred 3-year-old fillies.

Making just her sixth career start, Dicey D J powered to a three-length score as the odds-on favorite in the field of nine.

Dicey D J is owned by Bad Boys Stable, a group consisting of John Bianco Sr. (managing partner), Ben Heller, Andy Alpstein, and David Janoslawicz.

Rice admitted she was smitten with Dicey D J from the first time she saw her on the Timonium sales grounds. "I loved her, and I had to have her," she said.

Rice added that the price was about what she expected to pay for the muscular, well-balanced filly.

Dicey D J progressed through her early training without a hitch, and made her debut on July 4, winning a maiden special weight at six furlongs on the turf at Belmont Park.

Aiming high, Rice sent Dicey D J back in Saratoga's Grade 3 Schuylerville Stakes three weeks later, and she finished a well-beaten fifth in what would be her only other start at 2.

Dicey D J went winless in her three starts earlier this season, all in allowance company on the turf at Gulfstream Park, at distances ranging from five furlongs to 1 1/16 miles. But she gave a strong performance in the most recent of those efforts, as runner-up, beaten a half-length, in a five-furlong sprint against males on April 19.

The stakes win boosted Dicey D J's career earnings to $77,335. Rice is considering sending her back to Pimlico for the Pearl Necklace Stakes, a 3-year-old filly race restricted to Maryland-breds at 1 1/16 miles on turf on May 31.

Dicey D J, from the first crop of her sire, comes from a well-established Maryland family.

The late C. Oliver Goldsmith, a long-successful Maryland breeder, and his former wife, Jean, counted Dicey D J's granddam, Coniving, among their prized broodmares.

A daughter of Leematt, who stood at the Goldsmiths' Longwood Farm, Coniving was bred by the Goldsmiths from the Royal Charger mare Conch, who was a half-sister to the dam of noted stakes winners and sires Cyane and Your Alibhai.

Coniving produced eight winners, including the hard-hitting stakes winner Ice Hawk (by Icecapade), and his stakes-placed full sister Cut Ice.

The McGinneses purchased Coniving's unraced daughter Dr. Nunn, a foal of 1993 by Mt. Livermore, from Oliver Goldsmith's estate dispersal at the 1997 Fasig-Tipton Midlantic December mixed sale. In foal to Valley Crossing, she cost $12,000.

Dr. Nunn was the only one of Goldsmith's mares to join the broodmare band at the McGinneses' Thornmar farm in Chestertown, Md., according to Cynthia McGinnes.

They sold six of her offspring at auction as yearlings for a total of $138,200 before selling Dr. Nunn privately, in foal to Domestic Dispute, in the fall of 2005.

The mare has been represented by one other stakes performer - This Guns for Hire, a 1999 Norquestor colt who placed second in the Northern Dancer Stakes and third in the Grade 2 Pegasus Handicap, earning $185,675. The McGinneses sold This Guns for Hire for $23,000 at the Eastern fall yearling sale.

A curious thing about Dr. Nunn, said Cynthia McGinnes, is her "incredible parrot mouth, which she's passed on to all of her foals."

That facial deformity apparently isn't too much of a problem, because all eight of Dr. Nunn's foals to race are winners. "It goes to show that when a horse wants to eat, he can eat," said McGinnes.