11/24/2006 12:00AM

A successful month in open stakes


Marked by top performances last weekend in New York and Kentucky, statebreds continued to shine in open stakes races in November.

Accountforthegold won the Grade 3 Stuyvesant Handicap at Aqueduct, in which two other New York-breds, Carminooch and Organizer, finished second and third. The classy turf filly J'ray closed with a rush to finish second in the Grade 2 Mrs. Revere Handicap at Churchill Downs.

Accountforthegold led all the way in the Stuyvesant, finishing 1 1/8 miles in 1:48.96 on the inner dirt track at Aqueduct. Owned by the Winning Move Stable of Brian Sigler and Harold Lerner, Accountforthegold is a 4-year-old son of Successful Appeal bred by Sez Who Thoroughbreds. He is out of Accountess, a daughter of Private Account whose half-brother New Deal won the Grade 3 Discovery Handicap at Aqueduct in 1992. New Deal's dam, Count Pennies, won the Busanda Stakes at Aqueduct in 1985, and this family includes Irish Actor, winner of the Grade 1 Young America Stakes.

Accountforthegold became the 11th New York-bred to win a graded stakes in 2006. Winner of the New York Derby last year, he is 5-5-1 in 15 starts and sent his career earnings to $391,648 after the Stuyvesant.

J'ray signaled she was back in form with her effort in the Mrs. Revere, which was her second start since April. She improved to 4-1-1 in 8 starts and sent her career earnings to $260,218.

Bred and owned by Lawrence Goichman, J'ray was last year's state champion 2-year-old filly and turf female last year, when she won the open Jessamine and Selima stakes.

Foaled at Keane Stud in Amenia, N.Y., J'ray is by Distant View out Bubbling Heights, by Darshaan, and reflects Goichman's interest in getting champion Never Bend into his pedigrees.

Goichman purchased Bubbling Heights at the Tattersalls December sale in England. Bubbling Heights is a half-sister to Feather Bride, the dam of graded stakes winner Millennium Dragon. Feather Bride is from a family that includes Horse of the Year Kotashaan, who is also by Darshaan.

Never Bend sired Mill Reef, the grandsire of Darshaan, and Riverman, whose son Irish River is the broodmare sire of Distant View.

The winner of the Mrs. Revere was Precious Kitten, a daughter of New York sire Catienus. Catienus, by Storm Cat, stands at Highcliff Farm in Delanson, N.Y., and is also the sire of Grade 1 winner Dawn of War. He is the leading New York sire of 2006, with progeny earnings of more than $2.8 million.

Several other New York-breds shined in open stakes this month.

On the opening weekend in November, Friendly Island finished second in the Breeders' Cup Sprint and Sabellina captured the Grade 3 Cardinal Handicap, both at Churchill Downs.

Three New York-breds won stakes races the following weekend, led by Naughty New Yorker in the Grade 3 Red Smith at Aqueduct. He was joined by Ferocious Fires, who remained unbeaten through five starts after winning the Mr. Leader Stakes at Aqueduct, and Magnolia Jackson, who won the Montclair University Stakes at the Meadowlands.

Statebred weanling brings $150,000

A New York-bred weanling colt from a top state family was purchased for $150,000 at the recent Keeneland November sale.

Consigned by Denali Stud, Craig and Holly Bandoroff as agent, he was bought by Ben McElroy, agent, as Hip No. 471.

By Exclusive Quality, the weanling colt is a half-brother to New York-bred Private Emblem, winner of the Grade 2 Arkansas Derby, and Rhum, winner of the Ticonderoga Handicap.

Private Emblem, who also won the Grade 3 Essex Handicap and earned $783,152, was state champion 3-year-old in 2002. His dam, Merion Miss, by Halo, has also produced New York-bred stakes-placed runners Elisa's Energy and Taghkanic.

Merion Miss is out of Curlew, who placed in the Grade 3 Nijana Stakes, and whose family includes graded stakes winner Megaturn.

Crossroads Farm went to $85,000 for a New York-bred weanling filly by More Than Ready consigned by Taylor Made Sales Agency, agent, as Hip No. 928. She is a half-sister to Victorina, winner of the Grade 3 Azalea Breeders' Cup this past summer at Calder Race Course.

Victorina, out of the winning Rubiano mare Since Time Began, is a daughter of stakes winner Remember the Day, by Settlement Day.

Since Time Began is a half-sister to Remember Sheikh, winner of the Grade 3 El Camino Real Derby, and to Memory Tap, winner of the Fire Plug Stakes at Pimlico.