10/19/2006 11:00PM

$60,000 Kafwain weanling tops sale


The New York Breeders Sales Company fall mixed sale, at Saratoga Race Course on Oct.o15, posted big gains over the corresponding sale of 2005.

The company sold 179 horses for $1,373,451, for an average of $7,673, with 91 not sold as RNA (reserve not attained).

In 2005, the sales company sold 116 horses for $690,500, for an average of $5,953 with 128 listed as not sold.

This was the fourth sale conducted by the company since it began operations in 2004.

"All in all, it was the most successful sale that we have put on so far," said general manager Harry L. Landry. "The response was overwhelmingly positive. We would still like to improve our numbers somewhat, with the RNA's and that sort of thing."

This year's auction was conducted in three segments - horses owned in partnership at Lakland North Farm in Hudson, N.Y., selected weanlings, and open mixed.

Having experienced success in past years with weanlings, the sales company made a special push in that direction this year with the select session.

Twenty-eight were sold for a gross of $446,300, averaging $15,939.

In 2004 the weanling average at the sale was $10,616, and in 2005 it was $6,473.

The sale-topper was a New York-bred weanling filly by Kafwain purchased by Dean Purdom for $60,000.

From the consignment of Fort Christopher's Thoroughbreds LLC, agent, she is out of Birthday Wire, a daughter of Birdonthewire who is a half-sister to stakes winners Nice to Know and Cheers and Tears, who both are graded stakes placed.

At $55,000 was a New York-bred weanling filly by Northern Afleet out of Bowl of Berries, by Strawberry Road.

She was consigned by Topsmeade LLC, agent for Dutchess Views Farm, and purchased by Heather Larson.

Stakes-placed Bowl of Berries is a full sister to Strawberry Way, who placed in the Grade 3 Sen. Ken Maddy Handicap.

Topsmeade also consigned a New York-bred weanling colt, from the first crop of Read the Footnotes, and he sold for $37,000 to Diamond Point Farm.

He is out of the stakes-winning Dixie Brass mare Tricky Band, who is a half-sister to stakes winner Tricky Storm, an earner of more than $300,000.

A New York-bred weanling colt from the first crop of Toccet was purchased for $45,000 by Linda Rice, agent, from the consignment of Stonebridge Farm LLC, agent. He is a half-brother to stakes-placed Treetop's Glory from the family of Laurel Turf Cup winner Rugged Bugger and Columbiana Handicap winner Four Flings.

Behaving Badly, The Daddy retired

New York-breds Behaving Badly and The Daddy, who made an impact on the national scene, have been retired.

Grade 1 winner Behaving Badly was retired after her fourth-place finish in the Thoroughbred Club of America Stakes at Keeneland last weekend.

A 5-year-old daughter of Pioneering, she won the Grade 1 Santa Monica Handicap at Santa Anita last winter for owners Patti and Hal Earnhardt and trainer Bob Baffert.

Bred by Becky Thomas and Lewis Lakin at their Lakland North, she was purchased by the Earnhardts for $150,000 out of the Fasig-Tipton Midlantic 2-year-olds in training sale in 2003.

Behaving Badly is out of the Sir Raleigh mare Timeleighness, who is also the dam of Lavish Numbers, winner of the Maid of the Mist Stakes at Belmont Park in 1997.

Timeleighness is a full sister to stakes winner Timelessleigh, and both are daughters of the New York-bred mare Pleasure Moment, by Timeless Moment.

Behaving Badly retires with earnings of $749,224 and 9 wins in 13 starts.

The Daddy, winner of the Grade 2 Super Derby in 2005, was not able to make it back to the races following an injury in that event.

Owner Greg Norman said he plans to stand The Daddy, a son of Valid Expectations, at stud in New York state.

Bred by William S. Farish Jr. and Ed Gaylord's Gaillardia, The Daddy was purchased by Norman at the Fasig-Tipton Saratoga August yearling sale for $125,000.

He is out of the stakes-placed With a Princess, a daughter of With Approval whose dam Regal Princess won the My Dear Girl Stakes. The Daddy earned $517,700 with 3 wins in 4 starts.