11/09/2007 12:00AM

Sugar Maple has pair of newcomers

EmailFriendly Island and One Nice Cat have been added to the stallion roster at Sugar Maple Farm in Poughquag, N.Y., for the 2008 breeding season.

"We're trying to bring new blood into Sugar Maple, as we did last year with Greeley's Galaxy," said farm manager Dan Hayden. "We're trying to get marketable stallions for New York."

Friendly Island is beginning his stud career at Sugar Maple Farm. A 6-year-old son of Crafty Friend, he earned $1,369,714 in a career that showcased his high-class speed.

During a stretch from November 2006 to March 2007, he finished second in the Breeders' Cup Sprint at Churchill Downs, won the Grade 2 Palos Verdes Handicap at Santa Anita, and finished second in the $2 million Grade 1 Golden Shaheen Sprint in Dubai. Friendly Island also placed in the Grade 1 Forego Handicap at Saratoga.

"He's a gorgeous individual with world-class speed," said Hayden. "He's a world-class sprinter with a huge heart that shows up every time. If his foals look anything like him, everyone is going to be in great shape to breed to him."

Bred in New York by Kildare Stud and Adrian Regan, Friendly Island is out of the Ogygian mare Island Queen. Her dam, Regal Peace, was a stakes winner in England and also the dam of stakes-placed Royal Mistress.

Friendly Island raced for Stuart and Anita Subotnick. His fee is $5,000 when the foal stands and nurses.

One Nice Cat is a 7-year-old son of Storm Cat who is moving to New York from Florida. Winner of the Polynesian Stakes at Colonial Downs, he was also a winner at Fair Grounds, Churchill Downs, and Philadelphia Park.

One Nice Cat's dam is Jewel Princess, a daughter of Key to the Mint who won the Breeders' Cup Distaff in 1996 on the way to an Eclipse Award as champion older female.

Jewel Princess, also the mother of graded -stakes-placed Home Court, is a half-sister to stakes winner Topaz Runner. Her fourth dam was the champion Bold Ruler filly Queen Empress, who raced for the Wheatley Stable.

"You've got a Storm Cat out of a great mare like that, and he could run on dirt and turf," said Hayden.

One Nice Cat stands for $3,500.

Friendly Island and One Nice Cat join Greeley's Galaxy, A. P Jet, Performing Magic and Raffie's Majesty at Sugar Maple Farm.

Gelding looking better and better

Tin Cup Chalice looked good winning a maiden race at Finger Lakes racetrack on Oct. 23. He looked better in capturing the open Finger Lakes Juvenile Stakes Nov. 3 at the Canandaigua oval in western New York.

Unbeaten in two starts, Tin Cup Chalice, a New York-bred gelded son of Crusader Sword, sent his earnings to $41,400 for owners Michael Lecesse and Scott Vanlaer. Bred by Lecesse, Tin Cup Chalice won his maiden by more than 15 lengths in a front-running performance.

In the eighth edition of the Finger Lakes Juvenile, he rated behind the leaders before taking control in the upper stretch and winning by 1 3/4 lengths.

Crusader Sword, who stands at Foggy Bottom Farm in Geneseo, N.Y., won the Grade 1 Hopeful Stakes during his racing days. Tin Cup Chalice is the 16th stakes winner for Crusader Sword, and the 22nd New York-bred to win an open stakes race in 2007.

Tin Cup Chalice is out of Twice Forbidden, by the late Horse of the Year and New York sire Spectacular Bid. Twice Forbidden is also the dam of Don Corleone, winner of the New York Derby in 2004.

The Finger Lakes Juvenile was the final stakes race of 2007 at Finger Lakes.

Cal Cup winner from New York sire

Chief Seattle, who stands at Empire Stud in Hudson, N.Y., is the sire of California Cup Classic winner Bold Chieftain.

With Catienus having left New York, Chief Seattle, a son of Seattle Slew, is now the leading state stallion with 2007 progeny earnings in excess of $2.5 million.

Bold Chieftain, who sent his career earnings to $465,775, is one of six stakes winners this year for Chief Seattle.