12/16/2005 12:00AM

Read the Footnotes returns north


Read the Footnotes is coming home.

A brilliant New York-bred runner in 2003 and 2004, Read the Footnotes will move from Becky Thomas's Sequel Stallions in Ocala, Fla., to her companion New York farm at Lakland North in Hudson, where he will stand his second season at stud in 2006. Read the Footnotes's fee remains at $8,500.

A son of Smoke Glacken, Read the Footnotes was bred by Lawrence Goichman and trained by Rick Violette for Klaravich Stables. Read the Footnotes attracted attention from the start, topping the Fasig-Tipton Eastern May 2-year-old in training sale at $320,000 and winning his first two career starts at Saratoga, the second in open company. Following a poor effort in the Champagne Stakes, Read the Footnotes scored consecutive victories in the Grade 3 Nashua and Grade 2 Remsen to conclude his juvenile season and won the Grade 2 Fountain of Youth Stakes to open his 3-year-old campaign.

Overall, he won 5 of 8 starts and earned $450,660.

Read the Footnotes is owned by Thomas, Dennis Narlinger, Bill Heiligbrodt, and Lewis Lakin.

"This horse is very unique," said Thomas. "He had a great first book, and he will be supported substantially by mares that helped make Successful Appeal, Songandaprayer, and Yes It's True as young stallions. In New York, we often get stallions that are coming off lesser books. I feel we are offering an A-plus stallion who was a fast horse and a good horse."

As such, Read the Footnotes fits Thomas's program of developing runners out of juvenile sales.

Thomas also mentioned the potential for increased New York purses from video lottery terminals at Aqueduct and her stable's loss of the stallion Wiseman's Ferry to Kentucky as factors in bringing Read the Footnotes north.

"I think there is a window of opportunity for New York breeders when the slots become productive," she said. "I asked myself how we could keep New York breeders here when we've lost Wiseman's Ferry. I think this is a win-win for us and for New York."

Read the Footnotes is out of Baydon Belle, by Al Nasr. His family includes the top grass mare Fire the Groom, who won the Grade 1 Beverly D. and is the dam of European champion Stravinsky.

Read the Footnotes's fourth dam is Native Street, the dam of full brothers Regal and Royal and Royal and Regal, both of whom are graded stakes winners by Vaguely Noble.

Read the Footnotes will join a stallion roster at Lakland North that includes Freud, Dream Run, Good and Tough, and Hook and Ladder.

Freud, a full brother to European Horse of the Year and top young sire Giant's Causeway, is among the top 20 freshman sires of 2005 in North America. Freud was represented by several six-figure juveniles at major sales this year, and his daughters Interpretation and My Interpretation have both placed in New York stakes.

Platinum Couple a stakes winner

Platinum Couple earned his first stakes victory in a competitive renewal of the $75,000 Damon Runyon Stakes for juvenile statebreds at Aqueduct last weekend.

Bred and owned by Tristar Stables, he is trained by Joe Lostritto.

Platinum Couple added the Damon Runyon to his maiden victory on Nov. 19. He is a son of Tale of the Cat out of Ingot's Dance Away, by Gate Dancer.

Platinum Couple is a younger half-brother to Dance Away Capote, who won the $100,000 Go for Wand Stakes and $150,000 Bourbonette Stakes this year and finished third in the Grade 2 Delaware Oaks.

Ingot's Dance Away is a half-sister to Horse of the Year Skip Away, who won the Breeders' Cup Classic and was a multiple Eclipse Award winner.

Another good run for West Virginia

West Virginia continued his fine form this year with a second in the Grade 3 Queens County Handicap at Aqueduct last weekend.

In his two other appearances in graded stakes this year, West Virginia won the Grade 3 Iselin and was second by a neck in the Grade 3 Stuyvesant Handicap.

West Virginia, 4, is out of Wild and Wonderful, a daughter of Kennedy Road who is a half-sister to Monmouth Oaks winner Pampered Star.

West Virginia's finish in the Queens County sent his career earnings to $641,570 with a record of 6-5-1 from 19 starts. He is owned by Donald and Mary Zuckerman.

Tomorrows Cat, a 10-year-old son of Storm Cat, stands at Metropolitan Stud in Pine Plains.