12/09/2005 12:00AM

Well-bred Ground Storm begins stud career


The durable Ground Storm, a graded-stakes winner who won races at Aqueduct, Belmont, and Saratoga, will enter stud for 2006 at Pegasus Farms in Dover Plains, Dutchess County.

A son of classic winner and classic sire Summer Squall, Ground Storm will stand for $3,000, live foal, as the property of Pegasus Farms and Joseph Parisi.

During his career, Ground Storm won or placed in 30 of 40 starts, earning $628,600.

He earned graded status with a victory in the Grade 3 Stymie Handicap at Aqueduct in 2002, winning by two lengths in a time of 1:48.80 on the inner dirt.

Ground Storm also won the 2004 edition of the Stymie.

Ground Storm was especially sharp as a 4-year-old at Saratoga Race Course in 2000, winning three consecutive allowance races by a combined 20 lengths, and earning Beyer Speed Figures of 104 at 1 1/8 miles and 107 at 1 1/4 miles.

"We were looking for a horse who had run in New York and proven himself here," said Kevin O'Sullivan, general manager at Pegasus Farms. "We think he could turn into a legitimate sire and produce runners like himself in New York. People in New York were familiar with him, and we hope that will generate interest in breeding to him."

Ground Storm brings a terrific pedigree to the Empire State.

His sire, the winner of the Hopeful Stakes in 1989 and the Preakness Stakes the following year, is the sire of 35 stakes winners, including Horse of the Year Charismatic and Eclipse Award champion 2-year-old filly Storm Song.

Ground Storm is out of the Private Account mare Flying Heat, winner of the Rumson Handicap and an earner of $372,842.

She is also the dam of Pompeii, winner of the Grade 1 Personal Ensign and second in the Grade 1 Go for Wand at Saratoga, and of Omi, winner of the Grade 3 Arlington Matron.

Pompeii earned $717,288, and Omi earned $319,718.

Flying Heat is a granddaughter of Opec, a Bagdad mare who is a half-sister to New York graded-stakes winner Illiterate, winner of the Affectionately and Interborough handicaps.

Illiterate is the dam of Breeders' Cup Classic winner Alphabet Soup.

"We are in the business of producing racehorses in New York," said O'Sullivan. "We feel Ground Storm has a reputation and pedigree that speaks well for him."

Kafwain weanling brings top price

A New York-bred filly by first-crop sire Kafwain was the top price at $98,000 during the weanling session of last week's Fasig-Tipton December mixed sale at Timonium.

A multiple graded-stakes winner who was second behind champion Vindication in the Breeders' Cup Juvenile, Kafwain is represented by his first crop this year.

Consigned by Summerfield, agent, and purchased by Winter Spree Farm, the filly is out of Dotsie's Doll, a winning daughter of Allen's Prospect.

Stakes-placed Beseech, by Chompion, is the second dam and the producer of stakes-placed runners True Chompion and Gracie Allen, the latter a New York-bred filly who placed in the Maid of the Mist Stakes.

Beseech is the granddam of millionaire Sir Shackleton, winner of the Grade 2 Richter Scale Breeders' Cup Sprint Championship as well as the West Virginia Derby and Derby Trial, both Grade 3 races.

Also at Fasig-Tipton December, New York sire Wiseman's Ferry continued to have a strong showing with his weanlings.

His colt out of Feeling Lucky, by Lucky Lionel, was purchased by Crack of Dawn for $60,000 from the consignment of Summerfield as agent.

Feeling Lucky is out of the stakes-winning Saint Ballado mare Evening Hush, who won the Old Hat Stakes at Gulfstream Park.

Evening Hush is also the dam of stakes winner Night Sky, and the family includes the hard-knocking Link, earner of $518,930 and winner of the Grade 3 Cornhusker Handicap in a career that covered five racing seasons.

A weanling filly by Wiseman's Ferry from the consignment of Walnut Green, agent, was bought for $57,000 by Hawkesbury River LLC.

She is out of the Two Punch mare Angela's Tune, a daughter of stakes winner and Grade 2-placed Maddy's Tune.

Maddy's Tune is the dam of stakes winner Maddy's Waquoit.

Three other Wiseman's Ferry weanlings were purchased for respective prices of $80,000, $70,000, and $55,000 at the Fasig-Tipton November mixed sale.

Wiseman's Ferry's stud fee for 2004 and 2005 at Empire Stud in New York was $5,000. He will be moving to Castleton Lyons Farm in Lexington, Ky., for the 2006 season.