04/22/2004 11:00PM

Two shots at a second Derby winner


Can lightning strike twice? That question is on the minds of those involved in the New York's breeding industry as the anniversary of Funny Cide's win in last year's Kentucky Derby approaches.

Funny Cide, who became the first horse bred in the Empire State to win the Kentucky Derby, created a buzz never felt before in New York's breeding and racing program. Next Saturday at Churchill Downs, two New York-breds, Friends Lake and Read the Footnotes, will try to follow in Funny Cide's footsteps when they run in the 130th Kentucky Derby.

"We've got two bullets in the gun this time," said Dennis Brida, the executive director of the New York Thoroughbred Breeders, who will be attending his first Kentucky Derby. "I know all the connections and either horse is capable of winning on the right day. These horses have really good, strong owners who have paid their dues and been diligent in the game."

Friends Lake, the winner of the Grade 1 Florida Derby at Gulfstream Park on March 13, is owned by his breeders, Mary and Chester Broman, the owners of Chestertown Farm in Chestertown, N.Y. The Bromans bred Antespend, a mare they bought at auction for $900,000, to A.P. Indy and the resulting foal was Friends Lake, who was born at Chestertown Farm. The following year, Antespend died giving birth to a Seeking the Gold filly.

Read the Footnotes, who won two graded stakes as a 2-year-old in New York last year, as well as this year's Grade 2 Fountain of Youth at Gulfstream, is owned by Seth Klarman. Klarman, who has been very active at the sales in the last several years, bought Read the Footnotes when he was a 2-year-old for $320,000 - the top price at Fasig-Tipton's Midlantic auction in May 2003. Lawrence Goichman, a longtime owner and breeder in New York, bred Read the Footnotes, a son of Smoke Glacken out of the Al Nasr mare Baydon Belle. Read the Footnotes was born at Henry and Janet Prieger's Prantlack Farm in Stanfordville.

The trainers behind the New York-bred Derby hopefuls have been familiar faces on New York racing's circuit for many years. Rick Violette Jr., Read the Footnotes's trainer, has trained horses in New York since the 1980's. John Kimmel, Friends Lake's trainer, led the year-end standings in New York three consecutive times during the late 1990's.

Migliore guest emcee at dinner

Richard Migliore, who will ride Friends Lake in the Kentucky Derby, will be a guest master of ceremonies at the NYTB's annual awards dinner honoring last year's top New York-breds in Albany on Monday.

Migliore and Brida are the co-emcees of the event, to be held at the Desmond Hotel and Conference Center. Divisional winners, plus horse of the year, top breeder, trainer, and jockey will be revealed at the dinner, which begins at 7:30 p.m.

New York-bred tops Ocala session

Blue Sunday, a New York-bred son of New York stallion A. P Jet, topped last Monday's first session of the Ocala Breeders' Sales Company's April sale of 2-year-olds in training. The colt sold for $350,000 to John Ferguson, an advisor to Godolphin Racing. A half-brother to New York-bred stakes winner Infinite Justice, the colt produced the fastest quarter-mile workout - 21.90 seconds - at the first under-tack show at the four-day sale.

Consigned by Nick de Meric, agent, Blue Sunday was bred by Edward Behringer and Dr. Thomas Murray and foaled at Dr. Doug Koch's Berkshire Stud in Pine Plains. The colt's dam, Manor Queen ($320,145), won 11 races.

* Progeny of New York sire Goldminers Gold were on a hot streak recently. In the span of two days, sons and daughters by Goldminers Gold accounted for four wins at two New York tracks. On April 16, the 11-year-old sire was represented by three winners, Board Elligible at Aqueduct, and Shes R Our Gold Mine and Karat Tales at Finger Lakes. On April 17, Gold Clara won at Finger Lakes.

Goldminers Gold stands as the property of a partnership at Metropolitan Stud in Pine Plains, where his 2004 stud is $2,500.