11/23/2007 12:00AM

Rewrite's win fitting for Amherst

EmailRewrite made her open stakes debut a success, capturing the Gaily Gaily Stakes last Sunday on the Aqueduct turf.

The victory brought up warm memories of the late Hall of Fame trainer P.G. Johnson, long a supporter of the New York program.

Rewrite is bred and owned by the Amherst Stable of his daughters, Karen and Kathy Johnson.

Rewrite is one of the last horses bred by their father.

She is the only horse left that is owned by Amherst Stable, which also included their parents P.G. and Mary Kay, both of whom died in 2004.

The sisters decided to sell the Johnson horses in the 2005 Keeneland January horses of all ages sale.

"From a financial perspective it would have been hard for us to continue," said Karen Johnson. "And from an emotional standpoint it was not going to be as much fun without my father and his vision and guidance."

But shortly before the sale, she and Kathy had a change of heart. They decided to keep one horse as a treat to themselves.

"I just always thought Rewrite was going to be the best one, based on her breeding and my father's excitement about her as a baby," Karen said. "This seemed like the perfect one to keep, and it was."

Rewrite is a daughter of Belmont Stakes winner Editor's Note out of Fickle Friends, by Demons Begone.

Fickle Friends, who placed in the Gradeo2 Athenia and Grade 3 Violet handicaps, is a half-sister to Breeders' Cup Classic winner Volponi, who was bred and owned by Amherst Stable and trained by P.G. Johnson.

Their dam, Prom Knight, by Sir Harry Lewis, is out of a half-sister to French champion 2-year-old colt Recitation, winner of the Poule d'Essai des Poulains and Grand Criterium, both Group 1 events.

P.G. Johnson acquired New York-bred Prom Knight for $8,000 from the consignment of Sugar Maple Farm at the Fasig-Tipton Saratoga New York yearling sale in 1993.

Rewrite sent her career earnings to $338,255 with her victory in the Gaily Gaily at one mile on turf, and raised her record to 7-1-2 from 13 starts.

She also has won the Irish Actress, Dinner Diamond, and Ticonderoga stakes.

Rewrite is trained by Christophe Clement, whom Johnson praised for his management of the light-bodied filly.

According to Johnson, she will be given some time off and be prepared for a campaign next year.

Carry My Colors cranking out winners

Carry My Colors, who holds Aqueduct's inner dirt track record of 1:38.92 for a mile and 70 yards, is today a stallion at Summitt View Farm in Greenwich, N.Y.

His record-setting victory, by a margin of nearly six lengths, occurred on Feb. 5, 2000, in a $48,000 allowance race.

The property of Margaret Picarello, Carry My Colors earned $146,480 with a record of 4-3-1 from 11 starts.

A winner at all three New York Racing Association tracks, he defeated runners such as Pleasant Breeze, Say Florida Sandy, Laredo, and Mr. Sinatra during his career.

"He's doing fine," said Fred Picarello. "He has winners on dirt and grass and they carry their speed from six to nine furlongs - just like he did."

His recent winners include Aly's Colors at Presque Isle Downs on Sept. 22, Color My Star at Laurel Park on Oct. 17, and Show of Colors at Aqueduct on Oct. 24.

All three are New York-breds who are open winners.

Carry My Colors is a son of the Pleasant Colony stallion Roanoke, winner of the Grade 1 Californian Stakes. He is out of Miss Cover Girl, by Oh Say.

Stakes-placed Miss Cover Girl, an earner of $233,294, is also the dam of the durable turf runner Baron Von Tap, winner of the Bob Harding Stakes and placed in the Grade 3 Red Bank Handicap this year.

Baron Von Tap has earned more than $250,000.

The third dam of Carry My Colors, Carolyn's World, is a half-sister to Wise Ship, winner of such events as the Man o' War, Lexington, and Dixie handicaps in New York.

Carry My Colors, who stands for a private fee, is free of Northern Dancer and Raise a Native blood.