05/24/2007 11:00PM

Two by Catienus have stakes success


Preakness Day was a good one for leading New York sire Catienus.

His daughter Precious Kitten won the Grade 3 Gallorette Handicap on turf, while his son Talent Search finished second in the Grade 3 Maryland Breeders' Cup Sprint Handicap on the main track.

Catienus, a 13-year-old son of Storm Cat who stands at Highcliff Farm in Delanson, has progeny earnings of $1.5 million for 2007.

Kenneth and Sarah Ramsey campaigned Catienus during his racing days, and are standing him at Highcliff Farm. The Ramseys are also the breeders and owners of both Precious Kitten and Talent Search.

Precious Kitten has been first or second in five consecutive graded stakes, while Talent Search made his graded stakes debut in the Maryland Breeders' Cup.

Precious Kitten set a course record of 1:40.32 for the 1 1/16-mile Gallorette, sending her career earnings to $449,688 with a record of 4-6-1 from 13 starts.

Talent Search, who lost his left hind shoe during the Maryland Breeders' Cup, sent his earnings to $163,360 and is now 6-1-1 from 10 starts.

"During the course of this year so far, his runners have done well on all surfaces, and that includes Polytrack," Highcliff's Suzie O'Cain said of Catienus. "This is another instance of someone in Kentucky coming to New York and believing in our program. Horses like this give you an opportunity to stay home. He is a true son of Storm Cat."

O'Cain added that Catienus is an easy horse to handle and be around, and is passing those traits on to his babies.

She said he is projected to cover 100 to 120 mares this season. Catienus stands for a fee of $7,500.

Diabolical wins big for Artax

Artax, who stands at Keane Stud in Amenia, is the sire of Diabolical, winner of the Maryland BC Sprint over Talent Search.

Diabolical, 4, sent his career earnings to $600,900 with a record of 7-6-2 in 18 starts.

In his previous three starts, he had been second in two Grade 1 events, the

De Francis Dash and Carter Handicap, and third in the Grade 2 Richter Scale Breeders' Cup.

Artax, the Eclipse Award sprint champion of 1999, is also the sire of Grade 1 winner Friendly Michelle.

Kafwain filly is top female at Fasig-Tipton

A New York-bred filly by Kafwain was the top-priced female at the Fasig-Tipton Midlantic preferred 2-year-olds in training sale last week on Monday and Tuesday.

Consigned by Murray Smith, agent, as Hip No. 606, she was purchased by D J Stable and Harold Lerner for $355,000.

She was among the fastest to breeze during the under-tack shows, getting a furlong in 10.20 seconds.

She is the first foal out of the Allen's Prospect mare Dotsie's Doll, a full sister to New York-bred Gracie Allen, who placed in the Maid of the Mist Stakes.

Dotsie's Doll is a half-sister to stakes-placed True Chompion, the dam of three stakes-placed runners, including Naskra Colors, who earned $411,437, Ide Be a Lady, and Mollie Creek.

All three are also graded stakes-placed, and Naskra Colors is the dam of millionaire Sir Shackleton.

At $175,000 was a New York-bred colt by top sire Johannesburg, consigned by Crupi's New Castle Farm, agent, as Hip No. 117.

Purchased by C U Sooner LLC, he is out of Mandy Jud, by Judge T C. Mandy Jud is a full sister to multiple graded-stakes winner The Judge Sez Who, an earner of $959,039.

State sire Freud was represented by a colt at $140,000. Consigned by Michael Yates's Shadybrook Farm Inc., agent, as Hip No. 285, he was bought by P T K LLC.

He is out of the Saratoga Six mare Saratoga Social, who is a half-sister to stakes-placed Mickey T. V. from a family that includes Grade 2 winner Debonaire Junior.

Jack Knowlton, the managing partner of New York-bred Eclipse Award champion Funny Cide, purchased a statebred colt and filly, each by a New York stallion.

The colt, sold as Hip No. 5 by Shadybrook Farm, is by Wheelaway out of the stakes-winning Georgie's Doctor, by Barachois.

The filly went for $110,000 from the consignment of Ciaran Dunn's Wavertree Stables Inc., agent. She is by Hook and Ladder out of Lucky Baroness, by Fortunate Prospect.

Lucky Baroness is a half-sister to stakes winner Trucking Baron, an earner of $458,272 from a family that includes multiple stakes winner Northstar Prospect.