06/13/2002 11:00PM

Stella's latest work: Too Scarlet


Frank Stella, a renowned painter and sculptor, has spread his talents beyond the canvas.

New York-bred Too Scarlet, the winner of the $66,150 WNBC Stakes on the Belmont Stakes undercard, was bred by Stella, the owner of Delehanty Stock Farm, a 100-acre farm in Amenia, N.Y.

Too Scarlet, racing for the first time since January, won the WNBC by 1 3/4 lengths and returned $18.40. The filly, a 4-year-old daughter of Colonial Affair, has an outstanding record of 7-2-0 from nine starts and $223,090 in earnings.

The mile WNBC was the first stakes win for Too Scarlet, who is trained by Kristina Dupps and owned by Charles Hallas.

Stella, whose work is shown in art galleries and museums all over the world, has been involved with the New York-bred program since the 1970's when he and a few partners bought Delehanty Stock Farm, which originally was named Stock Green Farm. Stella, who creates his paintings and sculptors in his New York City studio, has been the sole owner of the farm since the late 1980's.

Stella bought Too Scarlet's dam, Lady She Is Too, a daughter of Two's a Plenty, while she was still racing. Lady She Is Too, a stakes winner with $91,725 in earnings, has proven to be an excellent broodmare for Stella.

Stella sold Lady She Is Too's first foal, John Paul Too, a son of Sea Hero, as a 2-year-old at auction for $130,000. John Paul Too, a restricted stakes winner, has earned $276,204.

Lady She Is Too's second foal, Too Scarlet, was sold by Stella for $8,000 as a yearling. The following spring, Hallas privately purchased Too Scarlet as an unraced 2-year-old.

Stella, explaining Too Scarlet's low price purchase as a yearling, said, "Too Scarlet wasn't pretty as a baby; she was gangly."

Stella said he selected classic winners for Lady She Is Too's first two matings because he wanted a good dose of stamina in the foals.

"I thought Sea Hero was a very good choice - a classic, long-running horse," Stella said. "The same thing with Too Scarlet's sire [Colonial Affair] - it was a long-running family."

Stella's most successful breeding yielded Perfect Arc, a New York-bred champion and a Grade 1 winner of $668,230. Perfect Arc is the dam of Kepler, a 3-year-old son of Spinning World, owned by Stella and racing in England. Stella also has horses in training at Belmont Park with Frank Alexander.

Stella said he doesn't believe in seeking the advice of outside pedigree experts when planning the matings for the six mares he keeps at Delehanty Stock Farm. Instead, Stella said he confers with Jim Cassidy, his longtime farm manager.

Stella said he's a believer in breeding mares who are proven on the racetrack.

"I breed mares I know can run," Stella said. "We race our mares and produce horses than can run too.

"The whole point is to see your horse win," Stella added. "As the breeder, you feel like it's your horse."

New York-bred exacta

There were no New York-breds in the Belmont Stakes, but statebreds did remarkably well on the undercard.

In addition to Too Scarlet's win, Sherpa Guide, bred and owned by Dr. Doug Koch's Berkshire Stud in Pine Plains, N.Y., lit up the toteboard in the third race, an open allowance. Sherpa Guide, carrying odds of 34-1, won by1 1/4 lengths over the favorite, Personable Pete, another New York-bred and a half-brother to statebred champion Critical Eye. Sherpa Guide paid $70 and the all New York-bred exacta returned $189.

In the $250,000 True North Breeders' Cup Handicap, New York-bred Entepreneur finished second, beaten a length by the favorite, Explicit. Bred by George Waggoner Stables and owned by Gary and Mary West, Entepreneur has finished second to Explicit in three stakes this year.

* Rhum, a New York-bred half-sister to this year's Arkansas Derby winner, Private Emblem, won her first stakes in the $76,500 Rosenna Stakes at Delaware Park last weekend. Rhum, who shares the same breeders as Private Emblem - Berkshire Stud and Oak Cliff Stable - was stakes-placed before winning the Rosenna. Trained by John Servis and owned by D. J. Stables, the 5-year-old Rhum is by Go for Gin, out of Merion Miss. Rhum has earned $156,934.

* Dr. Gillian Perkins of Cornell University's College of Veterinary Medicine will be the speaker at the New York Thoroughbred Breeders bi-monthly dinner meeting June 25. The dinner will be held at the Holiday Inn in Kingston, N.Y.