06/30/2005 11:00PM

Second champ comes 32 years later


Cary Jackson has twice sent out a homebred to win the grand championship at the Maryland Horse Breeders Association's annual yearling show. The first time was in 1973, and the second was last week.

"I never expect to win with anything I show, because the judges are all so different," said Jackson, after judge Ben Perkins Sr. selected his Cryptoclearance colt from among 106 Maryland-bred yearlings at the 71st edition of the event, held June 26 at the Timonium Fairgrounds.

Jackson, who maintains five broodmares at his 100-acre Foxharbor Farm in White Hall, Md., has lost count of the number of yearlings he has exhibited at this show, but estimates it's at least 30, beginning in the late 1960's. This year he sent only one - a large, scopey, athletic colt who was born almost immediately after Jackson bought his dam, Lady Tiara (by Vice Regent), for $52,000 at the 2004 Fasig-Tipton Kentucky February sale.

Handled in the ring by Paul Randall, Jackson's colt topped 18 other entries in Class 3, for colts and geldings by out-of-state sires, and was tapped for the championship above winners of the five other classes.

Jackson won his first championship with the filly Shinning Silver (by Rise 'n Shine) at a show judged by Jimmy Croll. The filly was unraced. Hopefully, Jackson's current champion will fare better on the racetrack, since the show now offers $40,000 in bonuses to the top-earning 2- and 3-year-olds.

Jackson still owns Lady Tiara, who had a Not for Love colt this spring and is in foal to Domestic Dispute. He plans to sell his prize-winning yearling at the Fasig-Tipton Midlantic Eastern fall yearling sale. If he's extremely lucky, his colt will follow in the footsteps of Declan's Moon, who won his class at the 2003 yearling show, was sold for $125,000 at the Eastern fall sale, and earned an Eclipse Award last year as the nation's champion 2-year-old male.

Reserve champion at this year's show was a Two Punch filly exhibited by Bittersweet Farm (Pat Konka and Maureen Johnson) and T. Mason Grasty. Also noted for her size and strength, the filly, out of the Smarten mare Smart Erin, topped 15 other entries in Class 5, for fillies foaled after April 2. Konka and Johnson bought Smart Erin for $37,000, in foal to Two Punch, at the 2003 Fasig-Tipton Kentucky February sale, and subsequently sold a part interest to Grasty, who is best known as the executive vice president of Fasig-Tipton Midlantic.

Smart Erin's 2003 Two Punch colt, Graynumberfive, sold for $120,000 at last year's Fasig-Tipton Kentucky July sale. This year's yearling show winner is consigned to that sale.

It was the second time in three years that Konka and Johnson, who keep six mares at their Bittersweet Farm near Westminster, have exhibited the reserve champion. Their colt Icarus (Tale of the Cat-Azusa, by Flying Paster) was pinned reserve champion in the 2003 show, judged by Barclay Tagg. The couple has had two other class winners, one of whom, the 3-year-old filly Thatswhatimean (Belong to Me-Lucinda K, by Red Ransom), a stakes winner in California, is scheduled to run in Sunday's $750,000 American Oaks at Hollywood Park. Thatswhatimean, a half-sister to the good colt Atswhatimtalknbout (by A.P. Indy), was sold by Konka and Johnson at the Keeneland September yearling sale for $375,000.

Other class winners at this year's show were: Dark Hollow Farm and William Beatson's colt by Not for Love-Nin Two, by John Alden; Mr. and Mrs. Frank P. Wright's colt Proud Roman, by Not for Love-Fittingly Proud, by Fit to Fight; Edward E. Turner's filly My Ellie Bean, by Allen's Prospect-Passionately, by Diamond Shoal; and Mr. and Mrs. Donald Townsend and Gerald Townsend's filly Rowdy Woman, by Fastness-Salute and Run, by Salutely.

Two Punch's offspring made him the top-ranked stallion for the second year in a row.