10/27/2005 11:00PM

Two boost state title chances


A pair of juveniles took steps toward state championships on New York Showcase Day.

Sharp Humor won the $100,000 Sleepy Hollow Stakes over Parkhimonbroadway, with New York Breeders Futurity winner Classic Pack finishing third.

Sharp Humor previously had won the Bertram Bongard, and on Showcase Day avenged a loss to Classic Pack in the Futurity.

Sharp Humor is by Distorted Humor, the sire of New York-bred Kentucky Derby winner Funny Cide, out of Bellona, a daughter of former state sire Hansel.

Bellona is a half-sister to Melting Gold, who placed in the Group 3 Prix de Sandringham, from the family of European classic winner Shadeed and champions Forty Niner and Swale.

Sharp Humor was bred by Patricia Purdy and is owned by Purdadel Stable, named after the owners, Purdy, and Chicago real estate developer Edwin Edelberg.

Trained by Dale Romans, Sharp Humor has a record of 3-0-1 from 5 starts and earned $176,410.

The Sleepy Hollow was won by state champs Funny Cide in 2002 and Galloping Grocer in 2004.

Cinderella's Dream won the $100,000 Maid of the Mist for fillies, winning for the second time in three starts. Owned by WinStar Farm and trained by Todd Pletcher, this daughter of New York sire Prime Timber was making her stakes debut. The win lifted her earnings to $93,600.

Cinderella's Dream was bred by Sez Who Thoroughbreds, which stands Prime Timber in Stillwater, and was purchased for $190,000 at the Ocala Breeders Sales April 2-year-olds in training sale.

Cinderella's Dream is out of Broadway Hoofer, a daughter of former state sire Belong to Me, and is a half-sister to stakes winners Broadway's Top Gun and Broadway Chief.

Prime Timber, winner of the San Felipe Stakes and multiple Grade 1 placed, is a nationally ranked first-crop sire.

The Maid of the Mist was won by state champions Beautiful America in 2002 and Capeside Lady in 2003.

Filly Fly to Me wins Finger Lakes Juvenile

The New York-bred filly Fly to Me won the open $50,000 Finger Lakes Juvenile last weekend. Bred by Deborah and Dennis Petrisak, she is owned by Langpap Stable and trained by Anthony Ferraro.

Fly to Me is a daughter of Belong to Me, and her dam, Flying Nightengale, is out of the Dr. Blum mare Nurse Dopey, a multiple stakes winner and $456,362 earner.

Fly to Me has earnings of $113,430 with a record of 2-2-0 in 6 starts.

Sale prices down

New York-bred yearling prices declined at last week's Fasig-Tipton Kentucky fall yearling sale in Lexington, Ky., Oct. 24-26.

The average price per yearling was $12,797 for 38 sold at the three-day auction, down 9 percent from the average of $14,061 in 2004 when 26 were sold at a two-day auction.

The highest winning bid for a New York-bred came in the third session, when Dan McFarlane, as agent, paid $65,000 for a son of Coronado's Quest consigned by Dromoland Farm Inc., as agent. He is out of the Deputy Minister mare Sheena, a half-sister to multiple Grade 1 winner Sea Cadet and to On Target, winner of the Del Mar Futurity.

A colt by Chief Seattle, who has relocated to New York for the 2006 breeding season at Empire Stud, was bought by Jimmy Davis, agent, for $54,000 from the consignment of Paramount Sales, agent. He is the first foal of the winning Tabasco Cat mare Crypto Kate, who descends from New York stakes winner Ring O' Bells, a full sister to Fall Highweight Handicap winner Purple Mountain.

This family has long been prominent, going back to the mare Shy Dancer, whose family includes major winners such as Petite Rouge, Champagne Charlie, Lady Dulcinea, Heavenly Cause, Two Punch, and Bounding Basque.

Two New York-bred colts brought $40,000.

Agent Buzz Chace purchased a son of Defrere from Stoney Lane Farm, agent, whose third dam Good Example is the mother of Consolidator, winner of the Grade 1 Breeders' Futurity.

The other $40,000 colt, by first-crop sire Broken Vow, was bought by Double Knuck Stable LLC from Paramount Sales, agent. His dam, the Meadowlake mare Ms Bangled, is a half-sister to Anklet, winner of the Grade 3 Florida Oaks.