06/26/2008 11:00PM

Tin Cup Chalice targeting triple


Tin Cup Chalice remained unbeaten in five career starts with his victory in the Mike Lee Stakes at Belmont Park last weekend.

The seven-furlong Mike Lee opens the Big Apple Triple series, which also consists of the 1 1/16-mile New York Derby at Finger Lakes on July 12 and the 1 1/8-mile Albany Handicap at Saratoga on Aug. 20.

A winner of all three receives a bonus of $250,000, a payout that has not been made since the series was inaugurated in 1999.

Last year, Chief's Lake won the Mike Lee and New York Derby, but finished third behind Stunt Man in the Albany.

Bred, trained, and co-owned by Michael LeCesse, Tin Cup Chalice has won his races by a combined 31 lengths, with earnings of $129,960. The gelded son of Crusader Sword is based at Finger Lakes with LeCesse, who said he is now pointing to the New York Derby.

Tin Cup Chalice is out of Twice Forbidden, a daughter of the late New York sire Spectacular Bid.

"When I acquired her, she was at Foggy Bottom, where Crusader Sword stands, so I bred her to him," LeCesse said. "There wasn't any more to it than that."

Crusader Sword, winner of the Grade 1 Hopeful Stakes in 1987, stands for $1,000 at Foggy Bottom Farm, located in Geneseo, N.Y. He also is the sire of multiple graded stakes winner Isitingood, an earner of $1.2 million.

Twice Forbidden is the dam of Don Corleone, winner of the New York Derby in 2004. Her colt by E Dubai sold for $230,000 at the recent Fasig-Tipton Midlantic 2-year-old sale in Timonium, Md. She is in foal to Forest Wildcat this year.

Tin Cup Chalice began his career Oct. 23 at Finger Lakes and followed with a victory in the Finger Lakes Juvenile on Nov. 3. This year, he won two allowance races at Finger Lakes in May before shipping to Belmont Park for the Mike Lee.

Mission Approved scores in Singspiel

Mission Approved was right at home last Sunday at Woodbine, leading all the way to capture the Grade 3 Singspiel Handicap at 1 1/2 miles on turf.

The 4-year-old New York-bred is a son of With Approval, winner of the Canadian Triple Crown in 1989.

The final leg of that series is the Breeders Stakes, also at 1 1/2 miles on Woodbine's E.P. Taylor turf course.

Bred and owned by William F. Coyro Jr., Mission Approved is trained by Gary Contessa. The win sent his career earnings to $308,275, with a record of 6-1-1 from 12 starts.

Mission Approved won the Grade 3 Saranac Stakes last year at Saratoga.

He is out of Fortunate Find, a daughter of Fortunate Prospect purchased by Coyro at the Ocala Breeders' Sales Co. June 2-year-olds in training sale in 1997 for $27,000.

Fortunate Find was trained by Contessa and is a half-sister to stakes-placed Jenelle.

Third dam Sunrise Sue, by Grey Dawn II, produced El Gran Senor, a multiple Grade 1 winner whose victories included the Hialeah Turf Cup and Sword Dancer handicaps.

Mission Approved is the 15th New York-bred to win an open stakes race in 2008.

Freud gets fifth stakes winner

Freud got his fifth stakes winner recently when Extra Sexy Psychic captured the $71,250 Cozy Lace Stakes at Presque Isle Downs.

A 10-year-old son of Storm Cat and a full brother to Giant's Causeway, Freud stands at Becky Thomas's Sequel Stallions in Hudson, N.Y., for a fee of $10,000.

He entered stud at Sequel Stallions in 2002 and is owned by a partnership.

His current progeny earnings are $1,145,097, and his cumulative total for three crops to race is $5.2 million.

Freud's leading earner is stakes winner and Grade 1-placed Quick Little Miss at $287,080.

Nearly one-third of his winners have won or placed in black-type stakes competition. That group includes Market Psychology, who was second in the Papua Stakes at Belmont Park on June 12.