11/10/2006 1:00AM

Talk Is Money enters Highcliff marketing plan


Promising young sire Talk Is Money will stand the 2007 breeding season at Carl Lizza Jr.'s and Joseph Bartone's Highcliff Farm in Delanson, N.Y.

An 8-year-old son of Deputy Minister, Talk Is Money arrives from Ro Parra's Millennium Farms in Kentucky, will stand for a fee of $5,000.

Millennium Farms also relocated the stallion Millennium Wind to Highcliff Farm in late 2005 for the 2006 breeding season.

Talk Is Money is already the sire of Blazing Sunset, winner of the Alydar Stakes at Hollywood Park and placed in the $250,000 Iowa Derby from his first crop.

Another good runner from that crop is the sharp multiple allowance winner High Finance, recently fourth in the Grade 3 Perryville Stakes at Keeneland.

For that crop, Talk Is Money earned an excellent Comparable Index rating of 2.38 last year, meaning runners from his mares earned more than twice, on average, what runners from the same mares by other stallions earned.

Talk Is Money is among the leading second-crop sires in North America.

"We're going to have to attract some better stallions for New York," said Suzie O'Cain of Highcliff Farm. "We hope this is the beginning of something that will get better and stronger. We are very excited to have him here."

Talk Is Money, winner of the Miracle Wood Stakes and third in the Grade 3 Flamingo, was campaigned by Dan Borislow, who retains part ownership in the stallion.

In addition to Talk Is Money, Deputy Minister, a champion grandson of Northern Dancer, is the sire of Awesome Again, Dehere, Touch Gold, Salt Lake, and Silver Deputy at stud.

Talk Is Money is out of Isle Go West, by Gone West, and she is a half-sister to the top sire Hennessy, whose progeny include top young sire Johannesburg and Grade 1 winners Madcap Escapade, Harmony Lodge, and Henny Hughes.

Isle Go West is out of stakes-placed Island Kitty, who is also the mother of Pearl City, winner of the Grade 1 Ballerina Stakes and multiple graded stakes winner Shy Tom.

This Whitney family includes Grade 1 winner Field Cat and his half-sister Beware of the Cat, the dam of Belmont Stakes winner Editor's Note.

Sprint finish an Empire State best

Friendly Island's second-place finish in the Breeders' Cup Sprint was the best finish ever by a New York-bred on Breeders' Cup Day.

Fourstars Allstar finished third in the Mile in 1993, and Cadillac Women finished third in the Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies in 1991.

Fourstars Allstar was bred by Richard Bomze, while Cadillac Women was bred by Andrew and David Kaskel.

Friendly Island, owned by the Anstu Stable of Stuart and Anita Subotnick of New York City, was bred by Kildare Stud and Adrian Regan.

The Subotnicks own Anstu Farm in Millbrook, N.Y., and Stuart is a member of the board of trustees of the New York Racing Association. They campaigned state champion juvenile Mellow Roll in 1997.

Friendly Island is a son of multiple graded stakes winner Crafty Friend out of Island Queen, by Ogygian.

His second dam is stakes winner Regal Peace, a daughter of Known Fact who is a half-sister to Stalker, winner of the Group 1 Tattersalls Middle Park Stakes.

Friendly Island won the Grade 3 Maryland Breeders' Cup Sprint Handicap earlier this season, and he placed in three other graded events, including the Grade 1 Forego Handicap.

He sent his career earnings to $879,714 with a record of 7-2-2 from 17 starts.

Sabellina gets graded win

The durable New York-bred mare Sabellina captured the Grade 3 Cardinal Handicap at Churchill Downs on the day after the Breeders' Cup.

Bred by the late John Valentino and owned by Jay A. Lieberman, Sabellina, a 5-year-old daughter of Langfuhr, was making her 11th start of the year and was coming off a head loss to Finlandia in the Ticonderoga Handicap on New York Showcase Day.

Sabellina, the state champion turf female in 2004, is out of Restored Hope, by He's Bad.

Valentino also bred and owned Restored Hope, winner of the Next Move and Rare Treat handicaps, both Grade 3, at Aqueduct in 1995.

Winner also of the Mount Vernon Handicap this year, Sabellina sent her career earnings to $515,190 with a record of 7-5-4 from 32 starts.

She is the 24th New York-bred winner of an open stakes race this year, and the ninth such winner of a graded event in 2006.