03/02/2007 1:00AM

Orville N Wilbur's, 12, begins stud career


Once a promising youngster on the Triple Crown trail, Orville N Wilbur's brings plenty of speed to the New York stallion ranks as he enters stud.

A 12-year-old son of Out of Place, Orville N Wilbur's begins his breeding career at Dr. Laura Kelso Canady's Sterlingbrook Farm in Canandaigua, N.Y.

An outcross with no Raise a Native, Nearctic-Northern Dancer, or Bold Ruler ancestry in his pedigree, Orville N Wilbur's will stand privately for approved mares only.

He has been in the Finger Lakes region since he was sold as part of the dispersal of The Thoroughbred Corp. in 2004, according to Canady.

Orville N Wilbur's made two starts at Finger Lakes that fall, finishing off the board on both occasions.

Orville N Wilbur's raced for a partnership that included The Thoroughbred Corp., owned by Prince Ahmed Salman. The prince's racing and breeding stock was eventually dispersed following his death in 2002.

"He's a big, smart horse that looks fabulous, and he has a lot of class," Canady said. "As an outcross, he should cross well with Kris S. mares among others. He has a lot of genetic potential."

As a 2-year-old, Orville N Wilbur's twice earned Beyer Speed Figures of 108 at Hollywood Park, the fastest for his age group that year.

The following season he won the one-mile Grade 2 San Rafael Stakes at Santa Anita by five lengths.

He earned $327,249 with a record of 4-0-2 in 16 starts.

Other top performers sired by Out of Place include millionaire Nightmare Affair, Arkansas Derby winner Certain, and this year's promising 3-year-old Out of Gwedda.

Orville N Wilbur's is out of Squalling, who is a half-sister to five stakes winners, including Breeders' Cup Turf winner Prized and Exploit, a graded stakes winner at ages 2 and 3.

State champions contest begins

An online contest to predict the 2006 New York Thoroughbred Breeders statebred champions, as determined by New York turf writers, will run through March 10. Those that pick the champions correctly will receive four free clubhouse passes to Belmont Park or Saratoga Race Course.

The free contest is offered through the New York Thoroughbred Breeding and Development Fund website at www.nybreds.com.

There are 53 final candidates for 10 championship divisions.

The divisions are: 2-year-old male and female, 3-year-old male and female, older male and female, turf male and female, and sprinter male and female.

Twelve of the 53 candidates are in the balloting for two divisions - their respective age and gender category plus either the turf or sprint specialty.

The NYTB awards for 2006 mark the first time the sprint division has an award for each gender.

In addition to the ballot listings for all candidates in the 10 divisions, Daily Racing Form 2006 past performances for each candidate are available for downloading and printing off the website's balloting link at the top of the home page.

The 2006 New York-bred champions will be announced at NYTB's annual awards dinner on May 14 at the Desmond Hotel in Albany, N.Y.

Miss Turlington colt in Calder sale

Tuesday's Fasig-Tipton selected 2-year-olds in training sale at Calder has 17 New York-breds in the catalog.

Nick de Meric, agent, is the consignor for Hip No. 66, a colt by Aldebaran out of the fine producer Miss Turlington, by Seattle Slew.

Miss Turlington is the dam of graded turf-stakes winner and sire Incurable Optimist, plus graded-stakes-placed runners Feisty Step and Cervinio.

A New York-bred, Incurable Optimist won the Pilgrim and Generous stakes in New York and California, respectively, as a 2-year-old in 1998.

Miss Turlington is out of Coaching Club American Oaks winner Class Play, from a family that also includes Grade 1 winner Pillaster.

Her third dam is the George D. Widener mare Patelin, whose family includes Grade 1 winners Seattle Meteor, Pleasant Stage, and Roanoke.

A colt by Hopeful Stakes winner Yonaguska, selling as Hip No. 68 from the consignment of Crupi's New Castle Farm, agent, is a half-brother to three stakes-placed runners out of the Cormorant mare M. J. Bean.

M. J. Bean is a full sister to New York-bred stakes winner and sire Scarlet Ibis, and a half-sister to Group 1 winner Claramount, who also won the Grade 2 Boojum Handicap.