01/30/2009 12:00AM

Stallion seasons for sale in online auction


THOROPAC, the bipartisan political action committee of New York Thoroughbred Breeders Inc., will hold its annual stallion season Internet auction Feb. 9-12.

The group's goal is to generate funds to support lobbying efforts in the state legislature for New York racing and breeding.

The online auction is conducted by Starquine at www.starquine.com. In order to bid, buyers must register with Starquine prior to making a bid. Those using the Starquine auction platform may bid as often as they wish.

NYTB will assist in the auction by taking one telephone call per buyer on Feb. 12 from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. Telephone buyers are required to set a maximum bid price for each season of interest, and NYTB will submit the bid to Starquine from its office.

According to NYTB executive director Jeffrey Cannizzo, this year's auction offers a record number of stallions.

Currently, more than 80 stallions are listed, a number that continues to climb.

Stallion seasons from several states, including New York, have been donated, with Thursday Feb. 5 the deadline for donations.

"This is the largest group we have ever had, and in tough economic times like these, efforts to support and help influence the breeders of New York State are really important," said Cannizzo.

Leading state sire Freud, Read the Footnotes, Greeley's Galaxy, and Raffie's Majesty are among the New York sires in the auction.

For more information on the auction, call NYTB at (518)-587-0777.

Statebreds successful on turf

Three New York-breds posted turf victories against open company in January at tracks in California and Florida.

Heathersdaddysbaby won at one mile with a claiming tag of $50,000 on Jan. 2 at Santa Anita.

A 6-year-old mare, Heathersdaddysbaby is owned by Ellis and Noone Cooper, and her earnings are now $272,119.

Bred by James Vena and foaled at Liberty Stud in Ghent, N.Y., she is by Badge out of Bonzo's Baldski, by Baldski.

Bonzo's Baldski is a half-sister to Dice Dancer, winner of the Grade 2 Withers Stakes and an earner of $404,492. Third dam La Bonzo captured the Grade 2 Matron Handicap and is the dam of Wheatly Hall, second in the Grade 1 Arkansas Derby.

Heathersdaddysbaby has won at Charles Town, Mountaineer, Colonial Downs, and Pimlico.

Pastel Gal, owned by Sackatoga Stable, captured a one-mile allowance at Gulfstream Park on Jan. 4.

A 5-year-old daughter of Lemon Drop Kid out of Watercolors, by Theatrical, Pastel Gal sent her career earnings to $102,712 with the score.

She was bred by Elise B. Browne and Stonerside Stable, and foaled at Mark Jordan's Crescent Brook Farm in Hopewell Junction, N.Y. Pastel Gal, who has also placed in the Bouwerie Stakes, is a half-sister to multiple stakes winner Lyracist.

Sackatoga Stable campaigned Kentucky Derby winner and Eclipse champion Funny Cide, who is the all-time leading statebred in earnings at $3,529,412.

Bold Pageantry, a 5-year-old gelded son of former New York sire Precise End, won a first-level allowance at 1 1/16 miles at Tampa Bay Downs on Jan. 10.

Owned by Gary Katz's Snookum Farm, his career earnings are $112,137.

Bold Pageantry was bred by Richard Simon's Sez Who Thoroughbreds North in Stillwater, N.Y. He is out of Pageantry, by Marquetry. Bold Pageantry is a half-brother to five stakes winners and comes from the family of champion Roving Boy.