09/26/2008 12:00AM

Performing Magic colt wins Gimma Stakes


Youngsters by New York sires Performing Magic and Hook and Ladder won a pair of important stakes last Sunday at Belmont Park.

Performing Magic's son Trinity Magic won the Bertram F. Bongard, while Hook and Ladder's daughter Sneakin Up took the Joseph A. Gimma. Both $100,000 events were at seven furlongs on the main track.

Bred by Sugar Maple Farm and owned by Treasa and James Donnan, Trinity Magic is now unbeaten in two starts, having won his debut at Saratoga on Aug. 15. Purchased for $50,000 at the Ocala Breeders' Sales Company April 2-year-olds in training sale, Trinity Magic has earned $98,040.

Performing Magic, by Gone West, stands at Sugar Maple Farm in Poughquag, N.Y., where his fee for 2008 was $5,000. He won three graded events, including the Illinois Derby, during his racing days.

Performing Magic's dam, Performing Arts, by The Minstrel, finished third in the Group 1 Irish 1000 Guineas.

Trinity Magic is out of Miz Pickens, by Pine Bluff. Miz Pickens is a half-sister to stakes winner Joopy Doopy, who also hit the board in several graded events, including the San Vicente Stakes. This family includes Devilish Touch, winner of the Grade 2 Astarita Stakes.

The Bongard is one of the premier events for juvenile New York-breds. It honors one of the founding directors of the Eastern New York Thoroughbred Breeders Association and an original member of New York Thoroughbred Breeders Inc.

Bertram F. Bongard's daughter Ellen Bongard recently endowed the Bongard Room at the National Museum of Racing to honor state breeders.

Past Bongard Stakes winners include graded stakes winners Fio Rito (1980, when it was for olders horses), Funny Cide (2002), Sharp Humor (2005), and Big Truck (2007).

Gimma winner Sneakin Up became the fifth stakes winner from two crops for Hook and Ladder. The graded-stakes-winning son of Dixieland Band stands at Sequel Stallions North in Hudson, N.Y., where his fee for 2008 was $10,000.

Sneakin Up was bred by Thomas & Lakin and is owned by Henry C. B. Lindh and Joseph Pierce Jr. Lindh campaigned the outstanding filly Grecian Flight, winner of the Grade 1 Acorn Stakes in 1987 and a New York-bred horse of the year.

Sneakin Up, who won her maiden in the Gimma, has career earnings of $95,444, with a record of 1-2-0 in 5 starts. Prior to the Gimma, she was third in the open Sorority Stakes at Monmouth Park.

Sneakin Up was purchased for $52,000 at OBS April. She is out of Tricky Move, by Tricky Creek, which makes her a half-sister to New York-bred stakes winner Multiplication.

The Joseph A. Gimma Stakes also honors a stalwart of New York breeding and racing. Gimma served on the New York State Racing Commission with Ashley T. Cole and Ed Hanrahan and worked on legislation that created the New York State Thoroughbred Breeding and Development Fund Corp.

Past winners of the Gimma include graded stakes winners Capeside Lady (2003) and Megascape (2004).

Trinity Magic and Sneakin Up belong to a strong crop of New York-breds foaled in 2006 that includes Doremifasollatido, winner of the Grade 2 Matron Stakes; Dagnabit, winner of the open Tremont Stakes; and Cribnote, second in the Grade 1 Hopeful Stakes.

Tale of the Cat colt sells for $190,000

Tom Gallo's Blue Stone Farm Broodmares LLC bred and foaled the sale-topper at the Sept. 18 session of the Keeneland September yearling sale.

The New York-bred colt by Tale of the Cat, out of Dehere of the Dog, was purchased for $190,000 by Maverick Racing from the consignment of Woods Edge Farm (Peter O'Callaghan), agent.

"This was an outstanding, athletic colt, and we wish his new owners at Maverick Racing every success with him," Gallo said. "It's just another feather in the cap of the New York breeding and racing industry."

Dehere of the Dog, by Dehere, was the first foal purchased by Parting Glass Racing of Saratoga Springs, N.Y., of which Gallo is the managing partner. She is a half-sister to Cowdin Stakes winner Sunray Spirit, from a family that includes champion filly Heavenly Cause.

Gallo, who also heads Thomas J. Gallo III Sales Agency, owns Blue Stone Farm in Cambridge, N.Y. He serves on the board of New York Thoroughbred Breeders Inc.