06/15/2006 11:00PM

Polish Miner gets first winner


Polish Miner had big shoes to fill when he entered stud at Northview Stallion Station in 2003. He is now off and running after getting his first winner in his first crop, when his 2-year-old daughter Red Hot Lady cruised to victory on June 13 at Delaware Park.

When his retirement was announced in the fall of 2002, Polish Miner, a son of Danzig from the outstanding family of Broadway, was to hold court beside Northview's highly successful Polish Numbers. Also a son of Danzig, Polish Numbers was a formidable presence, having become one of Maryland's leading sires by the young age of 15.

The two stallions, both from the Phipps Stable's breeding program, offered mare owners the bloodlines of Danzig and Buckpasser. Polish Numbers was out of the Buckpasser champion Numbered Account. Polish Miner is out of the Mr. Prospector mare Miner's Game. His second dam, Con Game, is by Buckpasser.

Any possible competition for mares between the two royally bred stallions disappeared when Polish Numbers died in November 2002. Polish Miner stood his first season as an heir apparent to Northview's lost king.

Bred to more than 50 mares each of his first three seasons at stud, Polish Miner has 38 current 2-year-olds.

Fred Greene's homebred Red Hot Lady, sent out by trainer Hamilton Smith, raced a bit greenly in her debut, but jockey Ramon Dominguez was peeking over his shoulder for competition as the bay filly approached the wire to win the five-furlong maiden race by nearly two lengths. The Maryland-bred filly is the first foal out of the mare Two From the Blues, a daughter of Kyle's Our Man.

Polish Miner is one of three stakes horses produced by Miner's Game. His full brother Survivalist won the Gotham Stakes last year, and his half-sister Looking Afar (by Broad Brush) was twice stakes-placed. Polish Miner is his dam's leading earner, amassing $344,646 and winning or placing in 17 starts. He was twice graded stakes placed at 2 (in the Nashua and Remsen Stakes, both at Aqueduct) and also hit the board in three stakes later in his career.

Polish Miner's family has many classic connections, most recently through Seeking the Gold, Miner's Game's full brother who sired Belmont Stakes winner Jazil. Other top sires found in the family include Reviewer, sire of the great Ruffian, and Miner's Game's half-brother Fast Play.

Two new stakes on schedule

Fourteen stakes restricted for Maryland-breds are on the summer-fall stakes schedule announced by the Maryland Jockey Club this past week. Two new stakes for 2-year-olds are carded for Sept. 16 at Laurel Park.

Both races, the Oliver's Twist Stakes for colts and geldings, and the Gin Talking for fillies, will be run at five furlongs on the turf and carry a purse of $50,000. The races are named for Maryland-bred champions.

Oliver's Twist, a champion at 2 and 3 in the mid-1990's, highlighted his career with a fast-closing second-place finish in the 1995 Preakness, won by Timber Country.

Gin Talking was also a two-time divisional champion at 2 and 3, and took Maryland-bred horse of the year honors in 2000. She has quickly made her mark as a producer, as the dam of graded-stakes winner Dixie Talking and stakes-placed Keep on Talking from her first two foals.

Neither Oliver's Twist nor Gin Talking ever started on the turf.

Cherokee's Boy newest Maryland-bred millionaire

With his second-place finish in the Brandywine Stakes at Delaware Park on June 10, worth $20,000, Cherokee's Boy pushed his career total to $1,011,486, becoming the 16th Maryland-bred to surpass the $1 million mark.

The 2005 Maryland-bred horse of the year and two-time Maryland-bred divisional champion (top 2-year-old of 2002 and champion older horse last year), Cherokee's Boy has made 42 starts, winning 17, including 12 stakes. Bred and owned by Foard Wilgis and David Picarello's ZWP Stable, Cherokee's Boy is trained by Gary Capuano. A 6-year-old son of retired Maryland sire Citidancer, Cherokee's Boy ranks immediately behind another Citidancer offspring, Urbane (with $1,018,568) on Maryland's all-time leading earner list. Cigar tops the list with $9,999,815.