01/05/2007 12:00AM

Stakes runners keep Catienus on top


Catienus was the leader among New York sires with progeny earnings of $3,166,785 in 2006. The 13-year-old son of Storm Cat stands at Highcliff Farm in Delanson, N.Y., as the property of Ken and Sarah Ramsey for a fee of $7,500, live foal.

Campaigned by the Ramseys, Catienus won the Charles Staats Memorial Stakes and placed in the Whitney, Suburban, and Saratoga Cup handicaps as an older runner in North America.

He is out of the graded-stakes-placed Mr. Prospector mare Diamond City, from a family that includes Preakness Stakes winner Aloma's Ruler.

From his first crop to race, 2-year-olds of 2004, came Catienus's son Nolan's Cat, who placed in the Belmont Stakes, the Grade 2 Super Derby, and the Grade 3 Dominion Day Stakes.

Nolan's Cat is the second-leading earner for Catienus at $340,222.

He is represented by four stakes winners from his first crop, including multiple stakes winner Kathern's Cat.

Kathern's Cat is out of the Rubiano mare On Broadway, which makes her an older full sister to Lights of Broadway, winner of the Finger Lakes Juvenile in 2006.

Catienus's leading earner thus far is second-crop runner Dawn of War at $409,489, by virtue of his score in the Grade 1 Breeders' Futurity at Keeneland in 2005.

That crop also produced Precious Kitten, who captured the Grade 2 Mrs. Revere Stakes at Churchill Downs last year and has earnings of $329,688.

Catienus also had four stakes winners from his second crop, 2-year-olds of 2005.

His third crop thus far has two stakes winners, including New York-bred filly My Kitty, winner of the East View Stakes at Aqueduct, as well as Lights of Broadway.

Catienus has total progeny earnings of $5,679,427 and has 15 runners with earnings in excess of $100,000, with average earnings per runner at $36,175 for his three crops to race.

Successful Affair wins his fourth straight

New York-breds continued their winning ways in open stakes races last weekend at Aqueduct.

The remarkable Successful Affair won his fourth consecutive race in the Gallant Fox Handicap at 1 5/8 miles on the inner dirt.

Those four scores have come at successive distances of 8, 16, 12, and 13 furlongs; Successful Affair was making his 17th start of 2006 in the Gallant Fox, run on Dec. 30.

He has earned $l37,436 since being claimed for $16,000 on Oct. 19, and sent his career total to $280,479 in the Gallant Fox, based on a record of 7-8-5 in 29 starts.

Gary Contessa trains the 5-year-old gelded son of Successful Appeal for Winning Move Stable.

Bred by Sez Who Thoroughbreds North in Stillwater, N.Y., he is out of the Private Terms mare Private Pouf, making him a half-brother to stakes-placed Private Opening from the family of graded stakes winner Foufa's Warrior and multiple stakes winner and Grade 1-placed Maryland Moon.

Successful Affair is at least the 29th New York-bred open stakes winner of 2006, pending the outcome of the appeal of Rahys' Appeal's disqualification in the Top Flight Handicap on Nov. 24 at Aqueduct.

On New Year's Day, Oprah Winney captured the Interborough Handicap in a razor-sharp performance from her outside post in the 86th edition of the six-furlong event for fillies and mares.

Making her first start since winning the Bouwerie Stakes on May 7, a layoff of 239 days, Oprah Winney grabbed the lead on a sloppy track and clocked 1:09.51 for the distance. A 4-year-old daughter of Royal Academy, she is trained by Richard Dutrow Jr.

Oprah Winney is owned by Michael Dubb, Sanford Goldfarb, and Bunch of Characters Stable, and sent her career earnings to $227,930 with a record of 4-2-2 from 9 starts.

Prior to her Bouwerie Stakes victory, she captured the open Randaroo Stakes on the inner dirt in late 2005, and finished third in the Grade 3 Cicada Stakes on March 18.

Oprah Winney is the first foal of the Woodman mare Mere Presence, whose maternal granddam is Flyingtrip, by Vaguely Noble.

Flyingtrip is the mother of Icona, a Group 1 winner in South Africa, and of Cock Robin, who placed in the Group 1 William Hill Futurity in England.

She is also the mother of All in Mist, whose daughter Fit Performer won the Interborough in 2004.