12/27/2002 12:00AM

Two new Stallion races


The New York Racing Association has added two races for 3-year-olds, worth $250,000 apiece, to the New York Stallion Stakes series in 2003.

The new races, which are restricted to the progeny of New York-based stallions, will be run on June 8 at Belmont Park, the day after the Belmont Stakes, and are named the Statue of Liberty for fillies and the Cab Calloway for colts and geldings.

The new races bring the number of New York Stallion Stakes races to eight for 2003. Two other races in the series received purse increases of $50,000, bringing the combined value of these races to $1.25 million.

"We have always felt that the New York breeding and racing program was a key to our industry's growth and the increase in purses for divisions of the New York Stallion Series should further its development," said NYRA handicapper and racing secretary, Mike Lakow.

In addition to the New York Stallion races there are 27 New York-bred stakes, worth $2.6 million.

Five board members re-elected

The New York Thoroughbred Breeders' Inc. announced last week the election results for five seats on the organization's board of directors.

The 800-plus membership voted to keep the five directors whose two-year terms expire on Tuesday. The re-elected directors are Barbara Brewer, Thomas J. Gallo III, Michael McMahon, Gerald Nielsen, and Dr. Chris Purdy. They will each serve a two-year term that runs through Dec. 31, 2004.

The other directors, Dr. Frank Ariosta, Chester Broman, Vivien Malloy, Suzie O'Cain, Barry Ostrager, and Paul Schosberg, will be eligible for re-election when their terms expire at the end of next year.

Dennis Brida, who came on board with the NYTB as the executive director in the spring, said the re-election of the five members reflects favorably upon the NYTB.

"This vote is an affirmation of a job well done by the re-elected volunteers," Brida said.

The NYTB, a not-for-profit organization, is based in Saratoga Springs, N.Y., and represents the interests of breeders and owners of New York-breds.

The first NYTB board of directors meeting for 2003 will be held Jan. 13 at the Holiday Turf Inn in Albany.

Voting ballots for New York-bred divisional titles and horse of the year will be mailed out to New York turf writers by the NYTB by Jan. 22. The deadline for the ballots is Feb. 5.

The winners will be revealed at an awards dinner hosted by the NYTB on April 1 at the Desmond Hotel in Albany, N.Y.

Roman Dancer's owners score again

Lorraine and Rod Rodriguez, the California-based owners of New York-bred Roman Dancer, the winner of the Grade 3 Bay Shore at Aqueduct last spring, might have another good New York-bred in Bossanova.

Bossanova won a six-furlong maiden race at Hollywood Park by four lengths last Sunday. A 2-year-old Pine Bluff colt, he ran the distance in 1:09.32 after setting swift early fractions.

Bossanova, who like Roman Dancer is trained by Chris Paasch, was bought by the Rodriguezes for $220,000 at the Ocala Breeders' Sales Company select February sale of 2-year-olds in training.

Bossanova was bred by Kent and Katy Wiechert and born at Louis Salerno's Questroyal Stable In New Hampton.

Mesopotamia sires a stakes winner

Mesopotamia, who stands at Highcliff Farm in Delanson, N.Y., for his 91-year-old owner, Seymour Cohn, sired his first stakes winner in November.

Mr. Meso became the first stakes winner for Mesopotamia, a 9-year-old son of Deputy Minister, by winning the $30,000 Anthony DeSpirito Stakes at Suffolk Downs Nov. 9. In his next start, Mr. Meso, 2, won the $30,000 Norman Hall Stakes, also at Suffolk.

Mesopotamia, who stands at Highcliff for a private fee, has sired two crops of runners. He has sired 22 starters, who have made a total of 197 starts. Mesopotamia's progeny have accounted for 23 wins and earnings of $337,411.