12/23/2007 1:00AM

Utopia to stand in N.Y. for $7,500

EmailThe accomplished international star Utopia has been retired to stud at Joe and Anne McMahon's McMahon of Saratoga Thoroughbreds in Saratoga Springs, N.Y.

His stud fee for the 2008 breeding season is $7,500.

A multiple Group 1 winner in his native Japan, Utopia captured the Group 2 Godolphin Mile in Dubai and the Grade 3 Westchester Handicap at Belmont Park among his seven stakes wins.

Utopia concluded his career with a second-place finish to Hunting in the Stuyvesant Handicap on Nov. 17, conceding four pounds to the winner. He earned $4,913,585, with a record of

9 wins, 5 seconds, and 3 thirds in 34 starts.

Included in his Japan wins was the Group 1 All Japan Juvenile Championship, a race considered as the most prestigious event on dirt for 2-year-olds, according to the Japan Horse Racing Association.

His performance in the Westchester, in which he was timed in 1:33.23 while defeating subsequent Suburban Handicap winner Political Force, caught the attention of Joe McMahon.

"He won that race under a lot of pressure, down on the inside at Belmont," McMahon said. "He was a good 2-year-old and he was a terrific miler, and that's huge."

McMahon of Saratoga Thoroughbreds acquired Utopia from Darley Stable, which is retaining an interest in the 7-year-old son of Forty Niner.

McMahon noted that the selling of shares in Utopia is going very well, and that the majority of support is coming from Kentucky farms.

Utopia is bred similar to top sire Distorted Humor, as both are sons of Forty Niner out of granddaughters of Northern Dancer.

His dam is the unraced Northern Taste mare Dream Vision, who is also the mother of group-placed Maple Syrup. Dream Vision's third dam is Sweet Clementine, who produced the good sire Best Turn, the sire of champion Davona Dale and the outstanding handicapper Cox's Ridge.

Sweet Clementine descends from the great C.V. Whitney mare Two Bob, winner of the Kentucky Oaks.

Two Bob produced champion Two Lea, winner of the Hollywood Gold Cup, and her full sister Miz Clementine, who also defeated males in the California Derby.

"Utopia is arguably the best, if not one of the best, to retire to stud in New York off the track in a very long time," McMahon said. "We're very excited about this."

Leading N.Y. stallions in progeny earnings

With one week remaining on the racing schedule, five New York stallions have progeny earnings in excess of $2 million for 2007.

Topping the list is Golden Missile at $2,844,954. The son of A.P. Indy stands at Milfer Farm in Unadilla, N.Y. His stakes winners include Cobalt Blue, winner of the Grade 2 San Felipe Stakes, and Miss Missile, winner of the My Trusty Cat Stakes.

Golden Missile's leading earner is Gazelle Handicap winner In the Gold at $745,617. Cobalt Blue has earned $356,433, while the juvenile Miss Missile has earned $189,188.

Second in the standings is Chief Seattle at $2,743,315. The son of Seattle Slew stands at Empire Stud in Hudson, N.Y.

Chief Seattle is the sire of Bold Chieftain, winner of the California Cup Classic, and Atlanta Highway, winner of the Stonerside Stakes.

His leading earner is Canadian multiple graded stakes winner Shillelagh Slew at $735,211. Bold Chieftain has earned $465,775, while Atlanta Highway has earned $132,570.

Third on the list is Artax at $2,191,115. The son of Marquetry stands at Keane Stud in Amenia, N.Y.

Artax is the sire of the classy sprinter Diabolical, winner of the Grade 2 A.G. Vanderbilt at Saratoga last summer and his sire's top earner at $750,900.

Magnetic Miss, winner of the Purple Violet Stakes, is another of Artax's stakes winners.

Freud follows Artax at $2,160,149. The son of Storm Cat stands at Sequel Stallions New York in Hudson, N.Y.

Freud is the sire of Mighty Eros and Tamberino, both New York Stallion Stakes winners. His leading earner is the multiple graded-stakes-placed Quick Little Miss, who has earned $287,080.

Western Expression completes the top five at $2,014,365. He stands at Highcliff Farm in Delanson, N.Y.

Western Expression's leading earner is Albany Stakes winner Stunt Man at $307,819. He is also the sire of New York Stallion Stakes winner Thunderestimate.