07/12/2007 11:00PM

Questroyal lands Patriot Act


Questroyal Stud has acquired the breeding rights to the 5-year-old A.P. Indy horse Patriot Act.

Bred and owned by William S. Farish, the stakes winner Patriot Act will continue to run for Farish through Oct. 31.

Patriot Act, who finished second the Grade 1 Breeders' Futurity as a 2-year-old maiden, has placed in the New Orleans and Cornhusker handicaps this season, sending his earnings to $452,252.

His sire, the Horse of the Year in 1992 when he won the Belmont Stakes and Breeders' Cup Classic, is developing into an important sire of sires through his sons Stephen Got Even, Old Trieste, and Pulpit.

A.P. Indy's son Mineshaft, Horse of the Year in 2003, is represented by his first 2-year-olds in 2007.

Patriot Act is out of Classic Value, a multiple graded stakes winner bred by the late Fred Hooper.

By the brilliant juvenile Copelan, Classic Value is also the dam of Class Kris, an earner of nearly $600,000 with victories in such graded events as the Black Helen, Buckram Oak and Boiling Springs handicaps.

Classic Value is the granddam of Gradepoint, winner of the Grade 3 Risen Star Stakes.

Her immediate family also includes graded stakes winners Gulch Approval and Don't Get Mad.

Patriot Act's syndicate manager, Barry Ostrager, notes that Patriot Act was quickly syndicated, receiving support from former New York Racing Association board chairman Barry Schwartz and Lou Salerno, who purchased Belong to Me for Questroyal Stud when that successful stallion retired to New York in 1994.

Farish also intends to support Patriot Act at stud, and has retained a 25 percent interest.

Patriot Act's stud fee is tentatively set at $6,000.

Polytrack comes to New York

Jeffrey Tucker's Stone Bridge Farm opened its new Polytrack training oval last week.

The first such surface in New York, it is seven furlongs in circumference and is the latest addition to the 160-acre facility in Schuylerville, about 20 miles east of Saratoga Springs.

"I'll be moving the vast majority of my horses to Stone Bridge and keep a few stalls at Belmont Park," said John Morrison, who trains for Tucker. "We will train on Polytrack and race off it. From what I've seen so far, horses just seem to glide over it."

Morrison added that new clients for the training surface will be welcome in the near future.

Stone Bridge Farm also has two indoor arenas, the largest of which is 100 feet by 145 feet and is used for breaking yearlings and legging up horses off layoffs.

Both arenas have the artificial surface known as Ride Rite.

Stone Bridge Farm has two broodmare barns with medical and quarantine facilities, covered paddocks, and a yearling barn.

Tucker campaigned New York-bred Acey Deucey, winner of the Grade 1 Prioress and Grade 2 Comely stakes in 2005, trained by Morrison.

First crop by Read the Footnotes hits sale

Two first-crop yearlings by New York sire Read the Footnotes are among the 17 statebreds cataloged to the Fasig-Tipton Kentucky July yearling sale on Monday and Tuesday.

First through the ring will be a colt consigned by Taylor Made Sales Agency, agent. He is out of the In Excess mare Oneexcessivenite, a half-sister to Favored One, winner of the Grade 2 Princess Stakes.

The other Read the Footnotes yearling is also a colt, consigned by Burleson Farms LLC, agent. He is out of the Sheikh Albadou mare Re Re Be Be, who is a half-sister to the good New York runner Parlay, winner of the Grade 2 Distaff Handicap.

Read the Footnotes, by Smoke Glacken, was one of the top members of his foal crop of 2001.

He won the Grade 2 Remsen and Grade 3 Nashua stakes as a 2-year-old, and followed at 3 with a victory in the Grade 2 Fountain of Youth that earned him a Beyer Speed Figure of 113.

Read the Footnotes is out of Baydon Belle, by Al Nasr, whose dam Vague Prospect is a half-sister to champion Fire the Groom.

His family includes champion runner and good sire Stravinsky, as well as Kentucky Oaks winner Native Street and her collection of graded and group winners.

Read the Footnotes stands at Sequel Stallions in Hudson, N.Y. His 2007 fee was $8,500.