03/19/2004 12:00AM

Well Fancied, now 6, keeps home team hot


Last weekend was a spectacular one for horses bred in the Empire State. Friends Lake became the first New York-bred to win a Grade 1 stakes this year in the $1 million Florida Derby at Gulfstream Park, and stamped himself a legitimate contender on the Triple Crown trail. Closer to home, Well Fancied continued his winning ways in the Grade 3 Toboggan Handicap at Aqueduct.

Well Fancied's win in the Toboggan was his seventh in a stakes and his second in a graded race. Before the Toboggan, the 6-year-old won the Grade 2 General George Handicap at Laurel Park in February. Well Fancied, who is inching closer to becoming the 17th member of the New York-bred millionaires' club, has earnings of $826,426.

Well Fancied is the best runner by the late New York sire Prosper Fager, who died last year at 21. Prosper Fager, a New Jersey-bred son of Mr. Prospector out of a Dr. Fager mare, has progeny earnings of $5.8 million from 13 crops. Well Fancied is the only foal of his dam, Patty's Fancy Tric, a daughter of Tricky Creek.

Bred by the late Seymour Cohn, Well Fancied made 12 starts for Cohn under trainer John Hertler until being sold to his current owners, Sanford Goldfarb, Stewart Hoffman, and Jonathan Flesig. Richard Dutrow Jr., recognized by the New York Thoroughbred Breeders as the top trainer of New York-breds in 2002, now trains Well Fancied.

Cohn, who died in November at age 92, owned Prosper Fager at the time of Well Fancied's conception.

New address for Top Account

Top Account is the newest stallion to stand at Jim and Michaelyn Scott's Liberty Stud in Ghent, N.Y. A Grade 2 winner, Top Account is owned by a syndicate and stands for $2,000.

Top Account, a 12-year-old son of Private Account, previously stood at Metropolitan Stud in Pine Plains, N.Y. He entered stud in 1998, and his progeny earnings are $1.9 million from 86 runners. Top Account's leading money-earner is Redhead Riot ($231,645).

A winner of the Grade 2 King's Bishop Stakes at Saratoga in 1995, Top Account earned $466,819 during four years of competition. His half-sister Prospectors Delite is the dam of the 2003 Horse of the Year, Mineshaft.

Top Account joins All Gone, Badge, Entepreneur, Kettle Won, Manlove, and Sea Salute at Liberty Stud.

Another graded winner for Lycius

New York stallion Lycius, whose first crop of New York-breds are yearlings this year, was represented by his latest graded-stakes winner when Coney Kitty won the Grade 3 Hillsborough on the turf at Tampa Bay Downs last Sunday.

Lycius, a Group 1 winner in England, stands at Mill Creek Farm, near Saratoga Springs, for a stud fee of $6,000.

From 335 starters, Lycius has sired 11 graded-stakes winners and 26 stakes winners.

New Yorkers in next Keeneland sale

Nine New York-breds are in the catalog for next month's 2-year-olds in training sale at Keeneland. The one-day session begins at 1:30 p.m. on April 13.

Among the sires represented by the New York-breds are Stephen Got Even, Distorted Humor, Precise End, Forestry, Stravinsky, Cozzene, and Two Punch.

Two New York-bred Stravinsky colts are in the sale, including a half-brother to graded-stakes winner Read the Footnotes, who is being pointed to the Kentucky Derby. The colt, Hip No. 45, is consigned by Niall Brennan Stables, agent. His dam, Baydon Belle, is by Al Nasr.

New York-bred filly brings $230,000 at OBS

The third-highest-priced filly to sell at the first day of the Ocala Breeders' Sales Company's selected sale of 2-year-olds last Tuesday was a New York-bred.

The Mazel Trick filly, Hip No. 21, sold for $230,000 to trainer Todd Pletcher, agent. Produced by Adelaide, a stakes-placed runner and a half-sister to multiple stakes winner Beefchopper, the New York-bred filly had worked solidly at the two under-tack shows preceding the two-day sale. Mark and Tina Casse's Moonshadow Farm consigned her to the sale.