09/08/2005 11:00PM

Strong year for Questroyal trio


With sires Gold Fever, Gold Token, and Tomorrows Cat having a fine year with their progeny, Questroyal Stud's Barry R. Ostrager is optimistic about the future.

Each of the three, all owned by Questroyal, rank high among New York stallions in progeny earnings through Sept. 7.

"We're bullish on the New York program," said Ostrager. "Even with the uncertainties related to the franchise, most thoughtful people would agree that the VLT's will result in increased purses for New York-breds and for open company."

Ostrager was referring to the bidding process that New York state is expected to conduct for the operating rights to Aqueduct, Belmont, and Saratoga, as well as the potential for increased purses from video lottery terminals at Aqueduct.

Ostrager, the principal owner of Questroyal Stud, is president of New York Thoroughbred Breeders Inc., and a founding shareholder and director of the New York Breeders Sales Co.

Gold Fever, who stands at Metropolitan Stud in Pine Plains, is a 12-year-old Forty Niner stallion whose first New York-bred crop arrives in 2006. He ranks fourth in progeny earnings at $1,954,325.

His son A Bit O'Gold won the Grade 2 Chinese Cultural Centre Stakes at Woodbine this summer, sending his career earnings to $1,587,734.

A Bit O'Gold won the Prince of Wales and Breeders' Stakes last year at Woodbine, the second and third legs of the Canadian Triple Crown.

Tomorrows Cat, at 10-year-old son of Storm Cat who won the Grade 2 Pegasus Handicap, is the sire of New York-bred West Virginia, winner of the Grade 3 Iselin Handicap on Aug. 28 at Monmouth Park.

Tomorrows Cat also stands at Metropolitan Stud, and is ranked fifth in progeny earnings at $1,640,529.

First money of $90,000 in the Iselin sent West Virginia's career earnings to $590,870; he is expected to run in the $250,000 Empire Classic on New York Showcase Day at Belmont on Oct. 22.

The 4-year-old West Virginia is out of Wild and Wonderful, who is a half-sister to Monmouth Oaks winner Pampered Star. Tomorrows Cat is also the sire of Debi's Moon Cat, a New Jersey-bred who won a $46,000 maiden special weight on the Iselin card.

Gold Token, who stands at Sugar Maple Farm in Poughquag, is by Mr. Prospector.

His son Gold and Roses won the $250,000 Cab Calloway division of the New York Stallion Stakes at Saratoga and followed with a third in the Albany Handicap, sending his career earnings to $369,208.

Gold and Roses is a half-brother to stakes-placed Won Dozen Roses from a family that includes Long Island Handicap winner D.O. Lady.

Gold Token is ranked seventh in progeny earnings at $1,547,183.

In addition to those three stallions, Questroyal Stud also stands Strategic Mission, at Liberty Stud in Ghent, and Roaring Fever at Metropolitan Stud.

Statebreds do well in Spa stakes

New York-breds turned in good performances in a pair of open turf stakes for 2-year-olds on the final weekend of the Saratoga summer meeting.

In the $65,000 P.G. Johnson Stakes for fillies at 1 1/16 miles, My Interpretation finished second after holding the lead in the stretch.

She is a member of Freud's first crop to race and was purchased for $125,000 at the Fasig-Tipton February 2-year-old sale at Calder.

My Interpretation, bred by Lewis Lakin and Becky Thomas and owned in part by Lakin, is out of the Gone West mare Tuesday Edition. Freud stands at Lakland North in Hudson.

In the $65,000 With Anticipation Stakes at 1 1/16 miles, New York-breds finished second and third.

Second was Metro Meteor, bred by Gus Schoenborn Jr. and owned by Obviously NY Stable.

Metro Meteor is by City Zip, who formerly stood at Schoenborn's Contemporary Stallions in Coxsackie, out of Here Comes Nikki, by The Prime Minister.

Third was Immersed in Gold, a son of Seeking the Gold who is a half-brother to Grade 1 winner and good young sire Stephen Got Even. Immersed in Gold was bred and is owned by Chester and Mary Broman.