05/19/2005 11:00PM

Stallion awards supplemented


The board of directors of the New York Thoroughbred Breeding and Development Fund Corporation has approved the immediate distribution of $314,000 in supplemental stallion award funds based on 2004 purse earnings at New York tracks.

The payment raises the total amount paid in 2004 stallion awards to $2,217,057. The supplement increased the percentage paid for stallion awards from the standard 7 percent to approximately 8.5 percent of purse money for finishing first through fourth in all races run in New York in 2004.

The stallion awards, along with owner awards and breeder awards also paid by the breeding fund, are in addition to purse money earned by New York-breds. New York-breds earned more than $26 million in purse money last year.

Stallion awards are paid to the owners or shareholders of registered New York stallions standing in New York at the time the New York-bred purse-earning progeny of those stallions were conceived, even if those stallions are deceased, pensioned, or no longer standing in New York.

The 7 percent figure (before the addition of the $314,000 supplement) remains in effect for 2005 and is capped at $10,000 per horse per race, meaning the offspring of a registered New York stallion would have to earn nearly $143,000 in the purse of an individual race before the cap applies.

Since 2000, when slightly less than $1.7 million was paid in stallion awards by the breeding fund, the awards have grown by more than $533,000, or about 32 percent.

Statebreds prominent in Midlantic sale

Ninety-seven New York-breds are cataloged to the Fasig-Tipton Midlantic 2-year-olds in training sale on May 23 and May 24 at Timonium.

Several of the lots have pedigrees with strong New York connections, such as a colt by Vicar out of the D'Accord mare Yestday's Kisses.

Yestday's Kisses, campaigned by prominent New York breeder John Hettinger, is a New York-bred who won the Grade 2 La Prevoyante Handicap. She is the dam of stakes-winning New York-breds Outlaw and Inlaw, as well as stakes-placed Sawa's Song.

New York state sires represented at the Midlantic sale include Rizzi, Prime Timber, Regal Classic, David, Artax, and A. P Jet.

Sensibly Chic's roots run deep

When Sensibly Chic finished second in the Grade 2 Genuine Risk Handicap on May 14 at Belmont Park, it was the eighth time this year at a New York Racing Association track that a statebred won or placed in a graded race.

Bred by McMahon of Saratoga Thoroughbreds and WinStar Farm, the 5-year-old mare is a daughter of Distorted Humor out of Rajana's Honor, by Hero's Honor.

Rajana's Honor is a full sister to Honor Rajana, who placed in the Group 1 CIGA Grand Criterium and Group 2 CIGA Prix du Rond-Point in France, as well as the Grade 2 Tidal Handicap at Belmont Park.

Sensibly Chic is from the same crop of foals born at McMahon of Saratoga Thoroughbreds as Funny Cide, winner of the Kentucky Derby and Preakness, and Go Rockin' Robin, winner of the Grade 2 Peter Pan Stakes.

All three are by Distorted Humor.

"They are the result of the foal shares we did with WinStar and Distorted Humor," said Joe McMahon. "What a wonderful year and what an amazing crop of foals."

Blue Sunday shows potential for Darley

It looks like Darley Stable has a top-notch New York-bred 3-year-old in Blue Sunday, who scored a big allowance victory against statebreds on May 13 at Belmont Park.

Blue Sunday has won 2 of his 3 starts by a total 23 lengths, the loss coming by only a head in his first try in allowance company.

He is a son of A. P Jet, who stands at Sugar Maple Farm in Poughquag.

Purchased for $350,000 at the Ocala Breeders' Sales April 2-year-olds in training sale in 2004, Blue Sunday is out of Manor Queen, by Wavering Monarch.

Bred by Edward C. Behringer and Thomas P. Murray, he is a half-brother to Infinite Justice, winner of the New York Breeders Futurity.

The stakes-placed Manor Queen is out of a half-sister to stakes winner Cozy Drive, who placed in the Grade 3 Salvator Mile.

Blue Sunday is a candidate for the OTB Big Apple Triple for New York-bred 3-year-olds, which begins with the Mike Lee at Belmont Park on June 26.