03/03/2006 12:00AM

$5,000 state stallion sires $800,000 colt


New York sire Millennium Wind, whose first foals are 2-year-olds of 2006, was represented by a colt purchased for $800,000 at the Fasig-Tipton Calder selected 2-year-olds in training sale on Tuesday.

Consigned by Niall Brennan Stables, agent, he was purchased by agent John Sadler.

The colt was the only one of 17 that sold for $650,000 or more at the Calder sale whose sire stands for less than $20,000.

Millennium Wind stands at Highcliff Farm in Delanson for a fee of $5,000 in 2006.

"It's just beyond belief," said Suzie O'Cain of Highcliff Farm. "Millennium Wind had enough ability to run in a Grade 1 race in his second start, and he himself was a yearling worth $1.2 million. So you kind of expect this. But when it happens, it blows you away."

Millennium Wind placed in the Grade 1 Hollywood Futurity to Point Given - the 2001 Horse of the Year - in 2000, and won the Grade 1 Blue Grass Stakes the following season.

He retired with earnings of $769,920 and 3 wins from 7 starts.

His $800,000 juvenile is named Exhale, a son of Manila Rose, by Manila. Exhale is a half-brother to Private Horde, winner of the Grade 2 Alfred G. Vanderbilt Handicap at Saratoga.

The average price for New York-breds increased at Fasig-Tipton Calder, with gross sales for seven statebreds at $1,345,000, for an average of $192,143. The average was 25 percent higher than the corresponding sale in 2005, when the figure was $154,167.

A Stormin Fever colt, named Stormin Normandy, was the highest-priced New York-bred at $375,000.

Consigned by Scanlon Training Center, as agent, he was purchased by Donada Farm and is out of the Pleasant Colony mare Patriotism.

Patriotism is out of the Danzig mare Trap Pass, who is a half-sister to Mining, winner of the Grade 1 Vosburgh Handicap and a descendant of the Wheatley Stable family of runners that included Lady Be Good, Discipline, and Full of Hope.

At $300,000 was a filly by state sire Freud from the consignment of Parrish Farms.

She was purchased by Paul Cole and is out of Exclusive Era's daughter Giana, making her a half-sister to stakes-placed Sweeping Analysis.

Giana is out of a half-sister to multiple graded stakes winner Lake of the Isles.

The third-highest New York-bred was a colt by Officer from the consignment of Paul Sharp, agent, purchased for $240,000 by Centennial Farm.

His dam, the stakes winner Miss Jeanne Cat, by Tabasco Cat, is a granddaughter of Allouette, by Valid Appeal.

Allouette's granddaughter Magical Masquerade, by Unbridled, is the dam of the world record $16 million juvenile sold at this Fasig-Tipton Calder auction.

Tim Ritchey, the trainer of Afleet Alex, went to $225,000 to acquire a New York-bred son of former state sire City Zip.

Consigned by Robert Harris as agent, he is out of Midway Gal, by Midway Circle, who is a half-sister to stakes-placed runners Fellow Traveler and Tuneful.

Behaving Badly flatters statebreds

Five year-old New York-bred mare Behaving Badly has established herself as one of the finest female sprinters in the United States.

Last weekend at Santa Anita, she crushed her opponents in the Grade 3 Las Flores Handicap, rolling home by nearly five lengths in 1:09 for six furlongs.

Behaving Badly sent her career earnings to $411,400 with a record of 6-1-0 from 8 starts.

Bred by Becky Thomas and Lewis Lakin and foaled at their Lakland North Farm in Hudson, the daughter of Pioneering is owned by Patti and Hal J. Earnhardt.

She has also won the Grade 1 Santa Monica and Grade 3 Rancho Bernardo handicaps.

A Galloping Grocer revival

Galloping Grocer returned to the winner's circle last weekend at Aqueduct.

The 4-year-old New York-bred by top state sire A. P Jet, Galloping Grocer captured an open $48,000 allowance race at a mile and 70 yards in his first outing since finishing off the board in the Empire Classic on Oct. 22.

His last last victory had come in the Sleepy Hollow Stakes in 2004, which he followed with a game second to Rockport Harbor in the Grade 2 Remsen Stakes that fall at Aqueduct.

Bred and owned by Robert Rosenthal and the estate of Ira Waldbaum, Galloping Grocer was the champion statebred juvenile that year.

With last weekend's allowance victory he sent his career earnings to $316,908 with a record of 4-3-1 from 12 starts.