09/19/2003 12:00AM

Stonewall-bred yearling colt sets sale record


The racing achievements of New York-breds have made the headlines on numerous occasions this year, so it was only fitting that a New York-bred caused a bit of a stir at Keeneland's September yearling sale.

At the opening session on Sept. 8, a Storm Cat colt bred and foaled at Barry Schwartz's Stonewall Farm in Granite Springs, N.Y., set the record for a New York-bred yearling sold at auction. The colt sold for $1.6 million, and was bought by bloodstock agent John Ferguson, an advisor to Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid al Maktoum's Godolphin Stable.

The price was the fourth-highest for a colt sold at the opening session.

The chestnut colt, consigned by Eaton Sales, is out of Seeking Regina, a stakes-winning daughter of Seeking the Gold. Last year, the colt sold as a weanling for $500,000 at Keeneland's November sale.

Schwartz, the chairman of the New York Racing Association, bought Seeking Regina for $470,000 at Keeneland's November sale when she was carrying her first foal, Seeking the Sky, a Grade 3 winner and a full sister to the $1.6 million colt.

The previous record for a New York-bred yearling was $1.25 million paid for a Deputy Minister filly at the 2000 Fasig-Tipton select sale in Saratoga Springs. The filly, who is named Perfectly Stunning and owned by John Oxley, won an allowance race this year at the Saratoga meet.

Catienus moving to Highcliff Farm

Catienus, a stakes-winning son of Storm Cat, will stand stud in New York for the 2004 breeding season at Highcliff Farm in Delanson, N.Y., his owner Ken Ramsey announced recently.

Catienus, a 9-year-old, stood his first three seasons at stud in Nicholasville, Ky., at a farm owned by Ramsey and his wife Sarah. The horse's first foals are yearlings this year.

Next year, Ramsey plans on sending 40 of his mares to be bred to Catienus, whose dam, Diamond City, is a daughter of Mr. Prospector.

The fee for Catienus, a Kentucky-bred, will be $3,500, live foal, for approved mares only.

"He is really stamping his foals," Ken Ramsey said. "They almost all have that Storm Cat profile in terms of conformation and proportions, and he's like a carbon copy of his sire."

Catienus, a late May foal, began his racing career as a 2-year-old in England for the Maktoum family's Darley Stud. He won three of eight starts in England and Ireland before coming to the United States at 4. After winning an allowance race on the dirt at Monmouth Park, Catienus was bought by the Ramseys.

In his first start for the Ramseys, Catienus won the Charles Staats Memorial Stakes at Delaware Park as a 5-year-old. That year he also finished second in the Grade 2 Suburban and the Grade 2 Saratoga Breeders' Cup, and was third in the Grade 1 Whitney.

Catienus retired with a record of 5-5-2 in 22 starts and earnings of $370,386.

Desert Warrior to stand at McMahon

Desert Warrior, a stakes-placed runner, was recently retired and will stand his first season at Joe and Anne McMahon's McMahon of Saratoga Thoroughbreds in 2004.

Desert Warrior will stand as the property of a partnership. His fee will be $3,000, live foal.

Raced and bred by William T. Young's Overbrook Farm, Desert Warrior is a son of Deputy Minister and is out of the Secretariat mare, Navajo Pass, a full sister to Terlingua, the dam of Storm Cat.

Last year as a 2-year-old, Desert Warrior was third in both the Gilded Time and Tremont.

After finishing sixth in a claiming race on Aug. 11 at Saratoga, Desert Warrior was retired with $171,783 in earnings and a record of 4-1-2 in 16 starts.