01/04/2008 12:00AM

Wild Desert goes to McMahon of Saratoga

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Canadian classic winner Wild Desert has joined the stallion roster at McMahon of Saratoga Thoroughbreds in Saratoga Springs, N.Y., for the 2008 breeding season.

A 5-year-old son of Wild Rush, he will stand for a fee of $7,500.

He joins recent arrival Utopia at the McMahon facility for stud duty.

Wild Desert earned $1,042,674 with a record of 3-7-2 in 20 starts.

His biggest victory came in the 2005 Queen's Plate, the 1 1/4-mile classic that is the oldest stakes race for 3-year-olds in North America.

Wild Desert also finished second in the Grade 2 Lane's End that year to eventual Travers winner Flower Alley, and third in the Prince of Wales Stakes after the Queen's Plate.

In 2006, he was second to Premium Tap in the Grade 1 Clark Handicap, and to Horse of the Year Invasor in the Grade 1 Suburban Handicap.

Wild Desert's sire, Wild Rush, won the Metropolitan and Carter handicaps, both Grade 1 events on the New York Racing Association circuit.

Wild Rush, who stands in Japan, has sired top North American performers Bank Audit, Hollywood Story, Stellar Jayne, and Judiths Wild Rush.

Wild Desert is out of Desert Radiance, a daughter of Desert Wine who won the Tiffany Lass Stakes and placed in the Grade 3 Fair Grounds Oaks. Desert Radiance is out of a half-sister to graded stakes winners The Carpenter and Vencedor, from a family that also includes Breeders' Futurity winner Hard Work.

Also at McMahon of Saratoga Thoroughbreds are Desert Warrior, Peruvian and Wheelaway.

Desert Warrior, by Deputy Minister, has his first crop as 3-year-olds of 2008.

Peruvian, by Conquistador Cielo, has his first crop of New York-conceived yearlings in 2008.

Wheelaway, by Unbridled, has two crops at the races, including stakes winner Margies Smile.

Empire State yearlings at Keeneland

Yearlings by state sires Hook and Ladder, Roaring Fever, Wheelaway, and Read the Footnotes are among the 31 statebreds cataloged to the Keeneland January horses of all ages sale that gets underway on Monday.

Topsmeade LLC is selling a Hook and Ladder filly as Hip No. 1540. She is out of the Jules mare Royal Bauble, from the family of European group winners Marie De Litz, Marie D'Argonne and Polar Falcon.

Hook and Ladder stands at Sequel Stallions New York in Hudson.

Questroyal Stud's Roaring Fever, who stands at Dutchess Views Farm/Metropolitan Stud in Claverack, is represented by a filly and a colt at Keeneland January.

The filly, consigned by Topsmeade LLC as agent as Hip No. 1706, is out of Discover Silver, by Valid Appeal. Her third dam is stakes winner Funny Cat, who placed in the Selima and Kentucky Oaks.

The Roaring Fever colt sells as Hip No. 2503 from the consignment of Bluewater Sales LLC, agent. He is out of stakes-placed Met Her Dream, by Mehmet.

Read the Footnotes, who stands at Sequel Stallions New York, is represented by a colt consigned by Southern Cross Farm, agent. He is out of Royal Performance, by Sultry Song, and sells as Hip No. 1543.

Royal Performance is a full sister to New York Breeders Futurity winner Infinite Justice.

Wheelaway is the sire of a filly selling as Hip No. 2411 from the consignment of McMahon of Saratoga Thoroughbreds LLC, agent for Spruce Lane Farm. She is out of Dewey's Way, by Compliance.

Dewey's Way is a half-sister to Image Maker, also a winner of the New York Breeders Futurity.P

Finality tops Canadian freshman sires

New York-bred Finality, who won the West Point Handicap at Saratoga and the Grade 2 Jamaica Handicap at Belmont Park in 2002, was Canada's leading freshman sire for 2007.

From his first crop, Finality sired stakes winners Remarkable Miss and Rosada, and stakes-placed My Special Angel and Freequartersmine. Finality had 5 winners from 13 starters and progeny earnings of $255,064.

Bred by Albert Fried Jr., he is a son of champion Dehere out of the Lord Durham mare Finally Found.

Finally Found is also the dam of Stolen Beauty, winner of the Grade 2 Demoiselle Stakes.

This immediate family also includes New York-bred stakes winner Moonlightandbeauty and her son Giant Moon, winner of the Sleepy Hollow Stakes and a promising 3-year-old of 2008.