07/10/2008 11:00PM

Summer looking like open season


New York-breds continue on a roll in open competition as the second half of the year gets underway.

Dagnabit, a son of state sire Freud, captured the historic Tremont Stakes at Belmont Park on June 29 to remain unbeaten in two starts.

Bred and owned by Lansdon B. Robbins III and Tom Hansen, Dagnabit was a gutsy winner of the 116th edition of the Tremont, worth $105,300.

He won a maiden race over fellow New York-breds at Belmont on June 15.

Dagnabit is the sixth stakes winner for Freud, who stands at Sequel Stallions in Hudson, N.Y.

He is out of the Silver Ghost mare Cool Ghoul, who is a half-sister to New York sire and Remsen Stakes winner Comeonmom. This is the family of Oaklawn Handicap winner San Juan Hill and Sanford Stakes winner Fuzzbuster.

The Tremont, begun in 1887, has been won by Man o' War, Buckpasser, Foolish Pleasure, and Bold Forbes.

Rises the Phoenix won the $50,000 Wadsworth Handicap at Finger Lakes on July 4. A 7-year-old son of Lion Cavern, bred by Raymond Grossman and Keith Dickstein, Rises the Phoenix sent his career earnings to $290,534 with a record of 8-9-6 from 35 starts.

Rises the Phoenix is out of Laura's Bet, by Ultramate. He is owned by Oakwood Stable.

He is Laura's Bet's only foal with stakes credentials, and the family for a few generations has been pretty quiet.

His fourth dam, however - Beaumaris - produced stakes winner Point in Time, who captured the Bayou, Primonetta, and Furl Sail handicaps. Point in Time also finished second to the immortal Ruffian in the Comely Stakes.

Back at Belmont Park, Chestoria and By the Light raced with distinction on July 5.

Chestoria captured the $75,000 Mariensky Stakes on turf, a victory that followed her close second in the Grade 3 Eatontown Handicap on June 14 at Monmouth Park. Owned by E El R Stable and bred by Berkshire Stud and Oak Cliff Breeders, the 4-year-old filly sent her career earnings to $213,120 with a record of 4-2-1 in 9 starts.

Chestoria won the open Miss Grillo Stakes at Belmont Park in 2006. She is out of R D Fille, by Dixieland Band. R D Fille is a half-sister to Talloires, winner of the Caesars Palace Turf Championship.

Chestoria is the 18th New York-bred to win an open stakes event thus far in 2008.

By the Light finished second in the Grade 1 Prioress Stakes on July 5, ending her unbeaten streak at five. Bred by Paul Rothfuss and owned by Jay Em Ess Stable, she is by Malibu Moon out of Dixie Tempo, by Major Impact.

She is from the family of Grade 1 winner and former New York sire Bounding Basque, as well as champion Heavenly Cause. By the Light's career earnings are $547,565.

Also on July 5, at Churchill Downs, Segal, owned by Padua Stables, finished third in the Grade 3 Bashford Manor Stakes for 2-year-olds.

Bred by Becky Thomas and Tony Grey, this son of Harlan's Holiday was purchased for $235,000 at the Ocala Breeders' Sales Company's February 2-year-olds in training sale.

Segal is out of Boatman's Road, by Lord at War. His family includes the classy sprinter Elite Squadron, most recently second in the Grade 1 Triple Bend Handicap at Hollywood Park.

Segal has earned $56,585 with a record of 1-0-2 from 3 starts, all in open company.

Eight locals to go through Fasig-Tipton ring

Eight New York-breds are cataloged to the annual Fasig-Tipton Kentucky July yearling sale, to be held Monday and Tuesday in Lexington, Ky.

Sugar Maple Farm, with Paramount Sales as agent, is selling a filly by Cigar Mile Handicap winner Purge out of the fine New York-bred mare Bedside Manner.

Bedside Manner, by the late New York sire Dr. Blum, won the Schenectady Handicap and placed in several stakes, including the open What a Summer at Laurel Park. She is the dam of the winning filly Miss Blarney Stone.

Bedside Manner's third dam is Champagne Woman, whose family includes major stakes winners Rouse the Louse, Raise Your Glass, Hot Milk, and Region of Merit.

Eaton Sales, agent, is selling a first-crop daughter of the 2005 Horse of the Year, Saint Liam. She is out of Prairie Princess, winner of the Grade 3 Miesque Stakes, whose family includes multiple grades stakes winner Gene's Lady.