01/25/2008 12:00AM

Top dollar for Sunriver


With a 2008 fee of $15,000, the versatile Grade 1 winner Sunriver is the highest-priced stallion standing in New York State this year.

Sunriver, who completed his career with a victory in the Grade 1 Hollywood Turf Cup on Dec. 8, retired with earnings of $816,414, based on a slate of 6-3-3 from 17 starts.

In residence at Empire Stud in Hudson, N.Y., he is owned by a partnership headed by Jeffrey Tucker and Empire Stud co-owner Jamie Lamonica, which purchased him from his breeders Aaron and Marie Jones.

A 5-year-old son of Saint Ballado, Sunriver is a graded stakes winner on turf and dirt. As a 3-year-old, he won the Grade 2 Peter Pan Stakes at Belmont Park. He also finished third in the Florida Derby to eventual Kentucky Derby winner Barbaro, and third in the Belmont Stakes to Jazil.

In addition to the Hollywood Turf Cup, Sunriver also won the Grade 2 Bowling Green Handicap. He lost the Grade 1 Man o' War by a head, and was a close fourth in the Grade 1 Arlington Million.

Sunriver's sire, a full brother to champions Glorious Song and Devil's Bag, died in 2002 at age 13. Saint Ballado is also the sire of Grade 1 winners such as Captain Bodgit, Yankee Victor, and Sister Act among his 70 stakes winners.

Sunriver is out of Goulash, a stakes-winning daughter of Mari's Book. He is a full brother to Ashado, an earner of $3,931,440 who was an Eclipse champion filly in 2004 and 2005.

He is also a full brother to both Saint Stephen, winner of the Grade 3 Native Diver Handicap, and to stakes-placed Ballado's Halo.

Phone auction on Valentine's Day

New York Thoroughbred Breeders, Inc., is holding a telephone auction on Thursday, Feb. 14, from 4 to 8 p.m. for stallion seasons for the 2008 breeding season.

Beginning Tuesday, Jan. 29, at 8:30 a.m., prospective bidders may call to request a bidder number. The phone number for the auction is 518-587-0777.

All seasons are sold as "no guarantee," and any other conditions made by the donor will be stipulated.

More than 20 stallions are already on the list, with more expected. The roster will be updated at .

Solid auction prices

Several New York-bred yearlings commanded healthy prices at recent auctions.

A son of Officer, sold by Taylor Made Sales Agency, was purchased by Carolyn Vogel for $75,000 at the Keeneland January sale. He is out of the winning Grand Slam mare Madison Song. His third dam, Firm Stance, by Affirmed, won the Grade 1 Top Flight and is the mother of Cavallo Pazzo, who placed in the Don Rickles Stakes at Aqueduct.

A filly by Forest Danger went for $57,000 at the Keeneland sale. Forest Danger, winner of the Grade 1 Carter Handicap, is represented by his first crop of yearlings in 2008.

Consigned by Bluewater Sale LLC, the filly was bought by Cobalt Investments. She is out of Redeem, by Devil's Bag, and hails from a classy family. Redeem is a half-sister to Star of Broadway, winner of the Grade 2 Beaumont Stakes, and to Oro Bandito, who finished third in the Grade 2 Cowdin Stakes.

Her third dam, Northern Meteor, by Northern Dancer, produced Grade 1 winners A Phenomenon and Seattle Meteor, winners of the Vosburgh and Spinaway, respectively.

The top New York-bred at the Ocala Breeders Sales Company's winter mixed sale was a son of leading first-crop sire Posse.

Consigned by Journeyman Bloodstock (Brent and Crystal Fernung), he was purchased by Josham Farms Ltd., agent, for $95,000.

The colt is out of Navarro Rose, by Native Prospector. Navarro Rose is a half-sister to multiple stakes winner Dayla, from a family that includes Andestine, winner of the Grade 1 Milady Handicap.

Winning return for Bustin Stones

The talented New York-bred Bustin Stones made a winning return to the races following an eight-month absence in Thepromonroe Stakes at Aqueduct on Jan. 21. Now unbeaten in four starts, Bustin Stones was clocked in 1:09.46 for six furlongs on the inner dirt.

A son of City Zip bred and owned by Roddy J. Valente and trained by Bruce Levine, Bustin Stones had not been out since winning the Screenland Stakes last May at Belmont Park. The 4-year-old is out of Shesasurething, by Prospectors Gamble.

The third dam of Bustin Stones, No No Nona, by Tom Rolfe, won a division of the Regret Stakes at Churchill Downs.