06/08/2006 11:00PM

Stone Bridge Farm to install Polytrack


If plans go as scheduled, the artificial surface Polytrack will be installed at Jeffrey Tucker's Stone Bridge Farm near Schuylerville, N.Y., later this year. Stone Bridge Farm is located about 20 miles east of Saratoga Race Course.

Tucker said he hopes to have a six- or seven-furlong training oval with the Polytrack surface completed after Keeneland Race Track and Woodbine Race Track convert to it later this summer.

Polytrack is a reflection of Tucker's insistence on the safety and protection of horses.

"We hope it will change the way people breed horses," said Sue Vitro, the manager of Stone Bridge. "He is a patient man and wants to breed, raise, and race."

Started just four years ago, Stone Bridge Farm is a 150-acre facility with two indoor arenas, the largest of which is 100 feet by 145 feet and is used for breaking yearlings and legging up horses off layoffs. Both arenas have the artificial surface known as Ride-Rite. Stone Bridge Farm also has two broodmare barns with medical and quarantine facilities, covered paddocks, and a yearling barn.

Last year, Tucker's top racehorse was Acey Deucey, a New York-bred who won the Grade 1 Prioress and Grade 2 Comely stakes. A daughter of Abaginone, Acey Deucey has been retired and bred to Unbridled's Song this season.

Also for the breeding season of 2006, Tucker has sent his other mares to Afleet Alex, Indian Charlie, Malibu Moon, Quiet American, Grand Slam, Yonaguska, Cozzene, City Zip, and Slew City Slew. He has also sent mares this season to Lite the Fuse and New York stallions Artax and Williamstown.

Tucker has foals of 2006 by Smarty Jones, Salt Lake, Bernstein, Mr. Greeley, Northern Afleet, and Ten Most Wanted.

The out-of-state foals are raised as weanlings or yearlings at Meadowlark Farm near Paris, Ky., before being sent to Stone Bridge. Yearlings slated for the Keeneland September sale remain at Meadowlark.

"Our plan is to have about six commercial mares and six mares to keep for racing," said Vitro. "It's important to us to breed to stallions we like, and we support New York stallions as well as go to Kentucky."

Vitro previously worked for 20 years at Tanrackin Farm in Bedford Hills, N.Y.

Two statebreds shine at Finger Lakes

Two nice performances by New York-breds highlighted the opening of the 2006 stakes program at Finger Lakes Race Track on Memorial Day.

Johnie Bye Night captured the George W. Barker Handicap in 1:09.34 for six furlongs in his stakes debut. Bred by Kirsten LeBlanc and owned and trained by Charlton Baker, Johnie Bye Night improved his record to 4-1-0 in 7 starts and his career earnings to $116,285.

Johnie Bye Night is out of the French Deputy mare Romantic Interlude and was purchased for $7,500 at the Fasig-Tipton Midlantic Eastern fall yearling sale in 2003. His third dam, Gabfest, was raced by Greentree Stable and is from a family that produced millionaires Del Mar Dennis and Forty Niner Days.

Also on Memorial Day, Carlow won the Susan B. Anthony Handicap in her season debut. Trained by Karl M. Grusmark and owned by Seahorse Stable, Carlow improved her record to 6-2-5 in 20 starts and her career earnings to $210,413.

Carlow is by Forever Silver out of the Distinctive Pro mare Folly Go Rightly, who is a full sister to stakes winners Pro Flight and Jon Dark. Bred by Dr. Cary Shapoff, Carlow capped a four-race winning streak last year when she scored in the New York Oaks.

Another winner for Lycius as broodmare sire

When Shining Energy won the Gamely Handicap at Hollywood Park on Memorial Day, she gave New York sire Lycius another Grade 1 or Group 1 winner as a broodmare sire.

Shining Energy is out of Lycius's daughter Miss Universal, also a graded-stakes winner.

Lycius is also the broodmare sire of Flower Alley, winner of the Grade 1 Travers Stakes, and Nebraska Tornado, winner of the Group 1 Prix de Diane (French Oaks).

A son of Mr. Prospector, Lycius stands for a fee of $5,000 at Mill Creek Farm in Stillwater.