04/22/2005 12:00AM

Prime Timber has the numbers in OBS sale

New York sire Prime Timber won the Grade 1 Hollywood Futurity at 2 and was fourth in the Kentucky Derby.

Runners from the first crop of New York stallion Prime Timber top a large group of statebreds cataloged in the Ocala Breeders' Sales Co.'s spring sale of 2-year-olds in training.

The auction runs this Monday through Thursday in Florida and has more than 120 New York-breds scheduled for sale. At the 2004 sale, New York-breds averaged $28,770 for 72 sold, comparing well with the overall sale average of $29,952.

Prime Timber was retired to stud at Sez Who Thoroughbreds North in Stillwater, N.Y., after a fine career at the track. Winner of the Grade 1 Hollywood Futurity as a 2-year-old in 1998, he was a prominent player on the Kentucky Derby trail the following spring. Prime Timber won the San Felipe Stakes and placed in the Grade 1 Santa Anita Derby behind General Challenge prior to a fourth-place finish in the Kentucky Derby.

A 9-year-old son of multiple Grade 1 winner Sultry Song, Prime Timber is represented by 31 juveniles cataloged to the OBS auction. That group includes a half-brother to graded-stakes winner Sweet Win, who won the Grade 2 San Clemente Handicap at Del Mar last year and was third in the Grade 1 Del Mar Oaks behind Amorama and Ticker Tape. The colt is out of the St. Jovite mare Win for Juno, a daughter of Grade 1 winner Special Team.

Sez Who Thoroughbreds North also stands Rizzi, whose progeny are enjoying a fine year and whose son Nicandro won the recent Dayton Andrews Dodge Sophomore Turf Stakes to become Rizzi's 15th stakes winner. Rizzi has 10 in the OBS catalog, including a colt out of Miss Catwalk, whose family includes current handicap star Eddington and champion turf female Possibly Perfect.

The young Storm Cat stallion Tomorrows Cat, who stands at Metropolitan Stud in Pine Plains, is represented by a filly with strong New York connections. She is out of the Personal Flag mare Rachel Allyn, who is a full sister to New York-bred stakes-placed runner Personal Coup. The immediate family also includes Royal Roberto, the outstanding New York-bred winner of the Lexington, Everglades, and Laurel Turf Cup handicaps in the 1980's.

Tomorrows Cat is the sire of stakes winners West Virginia and So Sweet a Cat from his early crops, both earners of more than $400,000.

Lakland North stallion Freud, enjoying a terrific year in the ring with his juveniles, is represented by a half-sister to top New York-bred 3-year-old Sort It Out, who hails from the family of champions Forty Niner and Swale.

Veteran sire Regal Classic, who stands at McMahon of Saratoga Thoroughbreds, has a filly out of the Cure the Blues mare Blue Tap Shoes at OBS. Blue Tap Shoes is a half-sister to Kentucky Derby winner Go for Gin, a son of the late and great state sire Cormorant, as well as champion Pleasant Tap, winner of the Grade 1 Jockey Club Gold Cup.

Other New York sires represented at the OBS sale include Artax, Goldminers Gold, Lycius, Millions, Nunzio, Phone Trick, River Keen, Rock and Roll, and Williamstown.

Statebreds make noise in open stakes

New York-breds Acey Deucey and Seeking the Ante took down first and second money in last weekend's Grade 2 Comely Stakes at Aqueduct for 3-year-old fillies.

It was the third straight excellent performance by Acey Deucey in open company, following her second in the Grade 3 Cicada Stakes on March 19 and her victory in the Dearly Precious Stakes on Feb. 21.

The Comely marked the third time this year in which New York-breds finished first and second in an open stakes race at the Big A.

It also happened in the Ruthless with Megascape and Pelham Bay, and in the Whirlaway with Sort It Out and Naughty New Yorker.

The Comely was the fourth open stakes at Aqueduct won by a New York-bred, the other being the Fred "Cappy" Capossela, won by Distinctive Trick.

New York-breds at Keeneland sale

Three registered New York-breds were sold at the Keeneland 2-year-olds in training sale on April 19, topped by a son of Horse of the Year Tiznow at $275,000. He is a half-brother to Lady Dora, winner of the Grade 3 Pebbles Handicap.

Sold for $175,000 was a son of Hennessy from the stakes-placed mare Dehere of the Dog, who is a half-sister to Cowdin Stakes winner Sunray Spirit.

A daughter of New York stallion Freud brought $75,000. She is a half-sister to New York-bred stakes winner Lavish Numbers.