02/08/2002 12:00AM

Top breeder, trainer, broodmare nominees


The New York Thoroughbred Breeders have released the nominees for top breeder, trainer, and broodmare of 2001.

The NYTB board of directors will vote on each of these categories and the winners will be revealed at an award banquet on March 26 at the Desmond Hotel in Albany, N.Y. The divisional champions and horse of the year also will be announced at the awards dinner.

James F. Edwards, the owner of The Stallion Park in Millbrook, and Jerry and Joanne Nielsen, the owners of Sunnyfield Farm in Bedford, and Edwin Wachtel, a longtime successful breeder in New York, are the finalists among breeders.

The NYTB board recently voted for Jerry Nielsen as the organization's new president.

The nominees for top trainer are H. James Bond, who trained five New York-bred stakes winners in 2001; Anthony Ferraro who also campaigned five statebred stakes winners; and Todd Pletcher with a trio of New York-bred stakes winners.

The candidates for top broodmare are Avie's Song, Critical Crew, Greening, Instant Shopper, Lolli Lucka Lolli, Luck to Boot, Moonlight Serenade, Peruvian Pride, and Phalanopsis.

Statebreds turn profit at Calder sale

A pair of New York-bred 2-year-olds who were sold at last week's Ocala Breeders' Sales Company's selected sale at Calder turned nice profits for their consignors, who purchased them as yearlings.

A Pine Bluff colt, who had a sensational 1/8-mile breeze at one of the under tack shows at the OBS sale, sold for $220,000 and was bought by the Northern California-based Cottonwood Creek Racing. The colt's consignor, Paul Sharp, bought the horse as a yearling for $35,000 at Keeneland in September. The colt was foaled at Lou Salerno's Questroyal Stud in New Hampton and was bred by Kent and Katy Wiechert of Corrales, N.M.

Notre Legacy, a Gold Fever filly, sold for $105,000 and was bought by New York trainer Frank Alexander, acting as agent for Joseph P. Platt Jr. Becky Thomas's Sequel Bloodstock consigned Notre Legacy to the sale after purchasing the filly for $44,000 last August at Fasig-Tipton's preferred sale in Saratoga. The filly, whose dam is a full sister to Grade 1 winner Timely Warning, was bred by Bettina Gates and My Jo Lee Stable II and foaled at McMahon of Saratoga Thoroughbreds.

Biogio's Rose has 'Lemon Drop' foal

Biogio's Rose, one of the best New York-bred runners in recent years, produced a Lemon Drop Kid filly, her first foal, on Feb. 3 in Kentucky, and will be bred back to Theatrical.

Biogio's Rose, a graded winner of nearly $800,000, was retired last year by her breeders and owners, Alfred and Joseph Nastasi. The Nastasi brothers bred Biogio's Rose to Lemon Drop Kid in partnership with Will Farish, whose Lane's End Farm stands Lemon Drop Kid.

All Gone's son wins Hutcheson

All Gone, standing his first year in New York in 2002, made a good first impression in the Empire State when his son Showmeitall won the Grade 2 Hutcheson Stakes last weekend at Gulfstream Park.

All Gone, who is owned by John Franks, moved from Florida to Jim Scott's Liberty Stud in Ghent last summer.

Bred by Franks, Showmeitall is out of Show Legs, who will be bred back to All Gone this year in hopes of producing a New York-bred foal.

Big Apple Triple draws 172 nominees

The Big Apple Triple for New York-bred 3-year-olds yielded 172 nominations when it closed last month. Among the nominees are stakes winners Sheastonecoldfox, Roman Dancer, White Ibis, Princess Dixie, Seeyouinmydreams, Eye of the Comet, Smokieisabandit, and J's Wild Slew.

The Big Apple Triple consists of three stakes: the $100,000-added Mike Lee at Belmont Park on June 29; the $125,000-added New York Derby at Finger Lakes on July 27; and the $150,000-added Albany at Saratoga on Aug. 21.

If a horse sweeps the Big Apple Triple, the winning owner will collect a $250,000 bonus.

Nominees to the series receive preference to all 3-year-old overnight New York-bred races for males conducted at NYRA tracks until the conclusion of the series in August.