11/21/2008 12:00AM

Silver Wagon to stand at Empire Stud for $5,000


Multiple Grade 1 winner Silver Wagon will stand the 2009 breeding season at Kurt Butenhoff's and James LaMonica's Empire Stud in Hudson, N.Y.

His fee will be $5,000, foal stands and nurses.

"I felt like we could bring a quality animal to the breeders that was an A-plus physical specimen, an A-plus racehorse, and a very good-pedigreed horse," said LaMonica. "It gives them what, in my opinion, a horse that was brilliant at 2 and was sound throughout his career. If anybody comes and sees him they'll be blown away. He's a gorgeous animal."

LaMonica added that Silver Wagon is a nice addition to the Empire Stud roster in terms of what they wish to offer breeders.

"We want to have the three main ingredients," he said. "Race record, pedigree, and conformation."

Also at Empire Stud are Chief Seattle, Defer, Midas Eyes, and Sunriver.

Silver Wagon is a 7-year-old son of Wagon Limit who earned $1,162,193 with a record of 7-3-6 from 25 starts. He raced every year from his juvenile season through his 6-year-old season.

His sire, by Horse of the Year Conquistador Cielo, won a strong edition of the Jockey Club Gold Cup in 1998, defeating such good ones as Gentlemen, Skip Away, and Running Stag.

Wagon Limit's third dam is 1979 Broodmare of the Year Smartaire, the mother of champion Smart Angle and major winners Smarten and Quadratic.

Silver Wagon is out of So Ritzy, by Darn That Alarm.

He is a full brother to multiple stakes winner Rehoboth.

The gray Silver Wagon was among the most competitive runners of his generation. Silver Wagon won the Grade 1 Hopeful Stakes at Saratoga over a field that included eventual Belmont Stakes winner Birdstone.

Silver Wagon won the Grade 3 Sport Page as a 5-year-old, and the following year came back to capture the Grade 1 Carter Handicap and Grade 2 General George Handicap.

During his career he finished in front of Grade 1 winners Friends Lake, Pomeroy, Forest Danger, and Bishop Court Hill.

Get Serious, Chestoria join the club

Get Serious and Chestoria have added to the growing list of open stakes accomplishments of New York-breds this year.

Get Serious won the Alysheba Stakes at the Meadowlands on Nov. 14, becoming the 32nd New York-bred to win an open stakes race in 2008.

A 4-year-old gelded son of former state sire City Zip, Get Serious was nearly five lengths better than millionaire Judiths Wild Rush in the Alysheba.

Bred by Morgan's Ford Farm, Get Serious is owned by Hampshire Farm and Jacques J. Moore.

Purchased for $130,000 at the Fasig-Tipton Eastern September sale in 2005, he has earnings of $226,057 with a record of 5-2-2 in 18 starts.

Get Serious is out of Java Gal, by Java Gold, and was foaled at Marlene Brody's Gallagher's Stud in Ghent, N.Y.

Java Gal is a half-sister to the classy Gallagher's Farm runner Allez Milord, winner of the Grade 1 Oak Tree Invitational and a group stakes winner in Europe.

This family traces back to the great Nijinsky II.

E El R Stable's Chestoria won the Fairy Garden Stakes at Aqueduct on Nov. 12, her third open turf stakes victory on the New York Racing Association circuit.

She has also won the Miss Grillo and Mariensky stakes.

Bred by Berkshire Stud and Oak Cliff Breeders Inc., Chestoria was purchased at the Fasig-Tipton Eastern May sale in 2006 for $40,000.

Victory in the Fairy Garden sent her career earnings to $259,214 with a record of 5-2-1 in 13 starts.

A daughter of Chester House, she is out of R D Fille, by Dixieland Band.

Her dam is a half-sister to Talloires, winner of the $700,000 Caesar's Palace Turf Championship at Hollywood Park in 1996.

Uncle Camie to stand at Dutchess Views

The speedy Uncle Camie, winner of the Grade 3 Bold Ruler Handicap in 1:08.60 for six furlongs at Belmont Park, will stand the 2009 season at Michael Lischin's Dutchess Views Farm in Pine Plains, N.Y.

His first foals are weanlings of 2008.

A New York-bred son of Abaginone, Uncle Camie is owned by Carmine Telesca and John and Marilyn Guerrera, and is out of the Smart Style mare Final Style.

Final Style descends from the family of Secretariat and Sir Gaylord.