09/15/2006 12:00AM

Thunderello supplying much-needed speed


Sugar Maple Farm stallion Thunderello, a blazing fast runner during his racing days, is off to a good start at stud. A 7-year-old son of Montbrook, he is 10th among first-crop sires with earnings of $244,101.

"We're very excited and delighted with him," said Dan Hayden, farm manager at Sugar Maple Farm. "We brought him here to bring some speed to New York, and he's a fast horse from a good family."

After winning the Gallant Bob Handicap at Philadelphia Park over graded stakes winners Boston Common and Vinemeister, Thunderello nearly upset the Breeders' Cup Sprint in 2002. He carved out early fractions of 21.53 seconds, 43.91, and 56.09 for the first five furlongs of the Breeders' Cup Sprint, before yielding in the final strides to champion Orientate. Behind Thunderello that day were Grade 1 winners Xtra Heat, Kalookan Queen, Kona Gold, Bonapaw, Swept Overboard, and New York champion Carson Hollow.

Thunderello retired with three wins from seven starts and earnings of $388,400.

Montbrook, a multiple graded-stakes-winning son of Buckaroo, is the sire of Grade 1 winners Outofthebox and Trust N Luck, along with major winners such as Shake You Down and Chapel Royal. During his racing days, Montbrook won the

De Francis Memorial Dash and Riva Ridge Stakes, both Grade 3 events at the time.

Thunderello's dam, On the Square, is a daughter of In Reality who is also the dam of stakes winners Ms. Deep Pockets and Square Up the Bet. On the Square is a granddaughter of the Olden Times mare Square Generation, whose family includes Awesome Again, an outstanding sire and winner of the Breeders' Cup Classic, and Macho Uno, winner of the Breeders' Cup Juvenile. Square Generation is also the granddam of champion older mare North Sider, a multiple Grade 1 winner and earner of more than $1 million.

Said Hayden of Thunderello: "He's a big, strong, good-looking horse, and he is a complete outcross for most mares in New York."

Thunderello's leading earner is Gonetoground, a winner of two starts at Delaware Park and $48,011. Gonetoground is out of Eskimo Song, a daughter of Eskimo.

Thunderello's son C J's Lightning, out of She's the One (Northern Flagship), won her maiden at Woodbine and has earned $43,127.

Another multiple winner is Talkin Thunder, winner of two starts at Calder Race Course and $38,030. Talkin Thunder is out of Ms. Waki Talkin, by Miswaki.

Thunderello was bred to only 15 mares in 2006. His stud fee for the season was $5,000.

Distorted Humor colt brings $250,000

A trio of New York-breds brought six-figure prices during the first three days of the Keeneland September yearling sale this past week.

The top price belonged to a Distorted Humor colt who was purchased for $250,000 by Nick De Meric, agent, from the consignment of Denali Stud, agent, as Hip No. 547.

The colt is out of Nothing Special, winner of the Cumberland Stakes and placed in the Grade 3 Barbara Fritchie at Laurel Park. Nothing Special is a granddaughter of Cool Mood, whose family includes With Approval and Izestia, both Canadian Triple Crown winners.

A daughter of Street Cry from the grand New York mare Final Accord was purchased for $175,000 by Hugo Merry Bloodstock from the consignment of Bluegrass Thoroughbred Services Inc., agent, as Hip No. 202. Final Accord is the dam of Buy the Sport, winner of the Grade 1 Gazelle Handicap; Haggs Castle, winner of the New York Stallion Stakes; Try N Sue, winner of the Niagara Stakes; and Winter Dreams, winner of the Bouwerie Stakes. All four stakes winners are New York-breds.

Another solid New York-bred family was represented by Hip No. 694, a colt by Fusaichi Pegasus purchased by Thomas J. Gallo Sales Agency for $155,000 from the consignment of Woods Edge Farm, agent. He is a half-brother to Grataien, winner of the Albany Handicap and placed in the Gen. Douglas MacArthur Handicap. The colt's dam, Adorable Minister (by Deputy Minister), is out of the Riverman mare Adorable Micol, who produced Adcat, winner of the Grade 3 New Hampshire Sweepstakes, and Adorydar, winner of the Torrey Pines Stakes and placed in the Grade 2 Fantasy Stakes and Grade 1 Hollywood Oaks.