02/28/2003 12:00AM

Say Florida Sandy's dam best again?

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Lolli Lucka Lolli, the broodmare of the year in New York on three occasions, is among the nominees for the award again, for 2002.

Lolli Lucka Lolli, the winner in 1997, 1998, and 2001, is joined on the nomination list by Critical Crew, Emma Loves Marie, Jack Betta Be Rite, Lizeality, Merion Miss, and Phalanopsis.

Lolli Lucka Lolli, who died in 2001 at age 17 from colic, is the dam of Say Florida Sandy, a 9-year-old who surpassed $2 million in earnings in January and is the all-time leading New York-bred in money won.

Critical Crew is the dam of Grade 1 winner Critical Eye, who retired with $1 million in earnings after winning the Grade 3 Ladies in December. Emma Loves Marie produced multiple stakes winner Dat You Miz Blue, who was retired after wins in the Garland of Roses and Iroquois handicaps last year.

Jack Betta Be Rite is the dam of Grey Comet, who won last year's Damon Runyon and a division of the New York Stallion Stakes at Aqueduct.

Lizeality's daughter Carson Hollow was the only Grade 1 winner among New York-breds in 2002. Carson Hollow is the leading contender for statebred honors in the 3-year-old filly and sprinter divisions, as well as a candidate for horse of the year.

Merion Miss produced last year's Grade 2 Arkansas Derby winner Private Emblem, who led New York-breds in earnings for the year with $550,940.

Merion Miss is also the dam of Rhum, who won the 2002 Ticonderoga at Belmont Park.

Phalanopsis is the dam of Roman Dancer, who won last year's Grade 3 Bay Shore at Aqueduct. She also produced I'm All Yours, who won the 2002 Ashley T. Cole Handicap at Belmont.

Voting conducted by the board of directors of the New York Thoroughbred Breeders will determine the 2002 broodmare of the year. The winner will be revealed at an award's dinner in Albany on April 1. Among the criteria used by the NYTB to select the winner is the dam's current stakes horses, past stakes runners, and the length of the broodmare's service in New York.

The nominees for top breeder of 2002 are James F. Edwards, Albert Fried Jr., Doug Koch, Jerry and Joan Nielsen, Patricia Purdy, and Roger Toffolon. Each of the breeders was represented last year by at least one stakes winner.

The NYTB board will vote for the winning breeder, who also will be announced on April 1.

Stallion awards raised to $1.9 million

Supplemental 2002 stallion awards, scheduled to be issued Thursday, will increase the amount paid by the New York Thoroughbred Breeding and Development Fund to owners of New York stallions by $239,000, boosting the total amount of 2002 stallion awards to $1,920,000 - an increase of more than 14 percent. These supplemental payments will raise stallion awards from seven to eight percent of money earned by their progeny (for finishing first, second, third, or fourth) in all races run in New York. The remainder of supplemental funds will be distributed as additional 2002 breeder awards.

Big Apple Triple draws 150 nominees

This year's Big Apple Triple - a series of races for 3-year-old New York-breds - drew 150 nominations.

Among the top horses nominated to the Big Apple Triple, which begins on June 28 at Belmont Park with the seven-furlong, $100,000-added Mike Lee, are: Funny Cide, Unswept, Grey Comet, Spite the Devil, and Beautiful America.

Beautiful America, the leading contender for a statebred championship for 2-year-old filly of 2002, is one of eight nominated to the Big Apple Triple by owner and breeder, Chester Broman Sr.

The other two races in the Big Apple Triple are the $125,000-added New York Derby at Finger Lakes, a 1 1/16-mile race, on July 26 and the $150,000-added Albany at Saratoga on Aug. 20, a 1 1/8-mile race.

The owner of a horse who sweeps the series wins a $250,000 bonus.

o Fourteen New York-bred stakes will be run at the 2003 Finger Lakes meet, which begins on April 18. Highlighting the stakes schedule is the New York Derby. Also on the stakes roster is the New York Breeders' Futurity, which has an estimated purse of $100,000. The six-furlong Futurity is for 2-year-olds and will be run on Sept. 1.

o Nines Wild, who previously stood at Pond View Farm near Bullville, has relocated to Tomorrow Bloodstock near Thompson Ridge. Nines Wild, a 14-year-old son of Wild Again, is the sire of Grade 3 winner Allen's Oop. Nines Wild's stud fee is $1,000.

o The Third Dam, a son of My Prince Charming, has entered stud at Highland Farm near Montgomery. The Third Dam's stud fee is $1,000.