05/03/2007 11:00PM

Reversal boosts Rahys' Appeal


With the reversal of a stewards' decision regarding last year's Top Flight Handicap, New York-bred Rahys' Appeal has officially become a graded stakes winner.

The Gallagher's Stud homebred finished first by three lengths in the Grade 2 Top Flight at Aqueduct on Nov. 24, 2006. However, her jockey, Alan Garcia, inadvertently struck second-place finisher Malibu Mint in the face with his whip, causing the stewards to reverse the order of finish.

The New York State Racing and Wagering Board overturned the stewards' decision at its monthly meeting in April.

As a result, Rahys' Appeal's career earnings are now $442,009, with a record of 5-5-3 in 21 starts.

She also becomes the 30th New York-bred runner to win an open stakes race in 2006.

Rahys' Appeal followed her Top Flight effort with two fine performances at Santa Anita. She was second in the Grade 2 San Gorgonio on turf and third in the Grade 1 Santa Maria.

A daughter of Rahy, Rahys' Appeal is out of Appealing Kris, a New York-bred mare who placed in the Pebbles Stakes during her career, and who is out of the graded stakes winner Appealing Missy.

Appealing Missy is also the dam of the classy New York-bred Statement, who placed in the Grade 2 Arcadia Handicap at Santa Anita in 2004.

Talent Search sire's 11th stakes winner

Highcliff Farm stallion Catienus got his 11th stakes winner when the speedy Talent Search captured the Jim McKay Stakes at Pimlico recently.

Winning the six-furlong event in 1:09.43 earned Talent Search a Beyer Speed Figure of 107, his second straight triple-digit figure.

Bred and owned by Ken and Sarah Ramsey, who campaigned Catienus, Talent Search sent his career earnings to $123,360, with a record of 5-1-1 in 9 starts.

With progeny earnings now in excess of $1 million for 2007, Catienus is New York's leading sire.

A son of Storm Cat, Catienus was represented by a filly that brought $100,000 at the Ocala Breeders' Sales Co. spring 2-year-olds in training sale.

Consigned by L & S, agent, as Hip No. 940, she was purchased by trainer Linda Rice as agent for Clark Horse Stable.

Named Scoot on By, the New York-bred filly is a full sister to Kathern's Cat and Lights of Broadway, both out of the Rubiano mare On Broadway.

Kathern's Cat is a stakes winner in Canada, while Lights of Broadway won the Finger Lakes Juvenile Stakes last year.

On Broadway is out of Box Office Gold, winner of the Grade 2 Tempted Stakes at Aqueduct and the mother of stakes winner Basic Concern and New York Gold, the latter stakes-placed at Finger Lakes.

This fine family continues on to third dam Fearless Queen, winner of the Grade 3 Bed o' Roses Handicap.

Six-figure statebreds in Florida sale

Several New York-breds topped the six-figure mark on the final two days of the OBS spring sale, April 26-27.

Tom McCrocklin, agent for Mark Keller, paid $120,000 for a colt named Rocky Six from the consignment of Jimmy Miranda, agent, as Hip No. 871.

Rocky Six, a son of Rock Slide, is out of the Known Fact mare Ms. D.D. Walton, whose granddam Raise a Queen produced multiple graded stakes winner Believe the Queen.

Trainer Linda Rice, as agent, paid $115,000 each for a pair of statebred fillies.

The first, named The Hook Affair, is by state sire Hook and Ladder and was sold by Danny Pate's Solitary Oak Inc., agent, as Hip No. 913.

She is out of stakes winner Noble Affair, by Melodisk, and is a member of Hook and Ladder's first crop to race this year.

The second was consigned by Hoppel's Horse and Cattle Co., agent, as Hip No. 1309.

She is out of stakes-placed Thankyourluckystar, by Tunerup, who is a half-sister to millionaire and multiple graded stakes winner Isitingood.

Rice also purchased a filly by state sire Prime Timber for $50,000 from the consignment of Louis Ross, agent, as Hip No. 750.

She is out of Lookaway Dixie, by Dixieland Band, the dam also of Swinging Ghost, who placed in the Mike Lee Stakes.

Prime Timber, a nationally ranked third-crop sire who won the Grade 2 San Felipe Stakes, stands at Sez Who Thoroughbreds North in Stillwater.