09/30/2004 11:00PM

These two came out punching


Two New York-bred 3-year-olds were head-turning winners at Belmont Park in the last 10 days.

On Sept. 24, Commentator, a son of Distorted Humor, remained undefeated in three starts after winning a second-level allowance for New York-breds by 9 3/4 lengths. He set a track-record time of 1:27.44 for the rarely run distance of 7 1/2 furlongs at Belmont. The combined margin of victory for Commentator's three wins is 27 1/4 lengths.

On Sept. 26, Sugar Punch, a daughter K. O. Punch, won her fifth race in a row, all this year, in the $107,700 Schenectady Stakes. Her 3 1/2-length win in the Schenectady was Sugar Punch's second consecutive stakes victory.

Sugar Punch is headed to the $125,000 Iroquois Stakes at Belmont Park on New York Showcase Day, Oct. 23. Plans for Commentator, according to his trainer, Nick Zito, are to point him to the Grade 1, $350,000 Cigar Mile at Aqueduct on Nov. 27.

Commentator, who was bred Michael Martinez, was born and raised at Tom Gallo's Bluestone Farm in Cambridge, N.Y. The gelding is the first offspring out of Outsource, a daughter of Storm Bird. Outsource is a half-sister to Cogburn, a multiple stakes winner. Commentator's second dam, True Grit, is a half-sister to three stakes winners.

Owned by Tracy Farmer, Commentator originally sold as a weanling for $45,000 at Keeneland's November sale in 2001. The following year, he sold for $135,000 at Fasig-Tipton's Kentucky July Sale.

Sugar Punch is owned by a partnership consisting of IEAH Stables, Robert Speranza, Robert Petronella, Michael Devlin II, and New York Yankees manager Joe Torre.

Trained by Richard Dutrow Jr., Sugar Punch was co-bred by her former trainer and owner, Cathal Lynch. Lynch privately sold the filly to her current connections after she finished second in her first start at Aqueduct in December 2003.

Mark Reid, a prominent bloodstock agent, recommended the filly to Michael Iavarone, the president of IEAH Stables.

"I never would have dreamt this would have happened when we bought her," Dutrow said in the winner's circle after the Schenectady. "I was just looking to get a nice, solid horse. She's a nice filly, man."

Sugar Punch is the second offspring out of Wading Maggie, an 11-year-old daughter of Magesterial. Wading Maggie is a half-sister to the multiple stakes winners Wading L'Enjoleur and Thanks to Randy.

Wading Maggie was purchased for $4,600 while in foal to New York stallion Personal Flag at the 2001 Fasig-Tipton Midlantic mixed sale in December in Maryland.

Two stallions top 100-mare mark

When The Jockey Club released its 2003 breeding statistics, two New York-based stallions were on the list of sires bred to 100 or more mares. City Zip and Good and Tough were the most active of the New York sires last year.

City Zip, whose first crop are yearlings this year, was bred to 100 mares, with 59 reports of live foals registered through Sept. 9. City Zip, a son of Gone West, stands at Gus Schoenborn Jr.'s Contemporary in Coxsackie. His fee in 2003 and this year was $7,500.

Good and Tough, a son of Carson City, was bred to 114 mares, with 72 live foals registered as of Sept. 9.

Good and Tough, who entered stud in 2000, stood in Kentucky at Vinery for two seasons before coming to Becky Thomas and Lewis Lakin's Lakland Farm North in Hudson. Good and Tough's stud fee this year and last was $6,000.

The Jockey Club's breeding report also revealed that New York stallions produced more live foals in 2004 than in 2003. The number rose from 1,459 to 1,550, a 6 percent increase.