11/08/2001 12:00AM

Amish pair join khaki-and-loafer set


LEXINGTON, Ky. - Among the consignors on Thursday, day four of Keeneland's November breeding stock sale, were Ben and Lydiann Lengacher, an Amish couple from Graybill, Ind., who are making their first foray into Thoroughbred sales at this auction.

In partnership with Versailles, Ky., horseman Barry Boutcher, the Lengachers will offer 19 weanlings through Jody and Michelle Huckabay's Elm Tree Farm.

Dressed in traditional Amish clothing - dark suits and broad-brimmed black hat for adult men and full-skirted dresses and white bonnets for women - the Lengachers and several others from the Amish community made a contrast from the khakis-and-loafers crowd in the pavilion. But they are as serious as their Kentucky colleagues about the horse business.

The Lengachers got involved in Thoroughbred breeding when veterinarian Rob Connolly, who treats the Belgian draft horses the family use for farming, invited them to the 2000 November sale. Now they are developing a small commercial breeding operation on their 75-acre Arboruita Lane Farm in Graybill, Ind. They own young mares Storm West (Gone West), who has a Joyeux Danseur weanling colt this year, and Emphasis (Green Dancer), who has an Affirmed colt. The Lengachers also have acquired Mombasa, a Dynaformer half-sister to the good racemares Funistrada and Wakonda who is in foal to Carson City.

"The quality of mare she is, I think she can produce half-million-dollar babies if she's bred to a stallion like Gone West or Giant's Causeway," Ben Lengacher said of Mombasa.

Lengacher, who also owns Indiana stallion Cat Power (Storm Cat) in partnership, said he's focusing on building a small, high-quality mare band. "I want to raise the best horses I can for the Keeneland select sales," he said. "I want to start slowly, to put everything on as solid a footing as I can."

The Lengachers, who also have a small Standardbred breeding program, foal out their mares at Boutcher's Sun Valley Farm in Kentucky, then raise the foals back in Graybill with the help of their six sons. The sons, ages six to 23, also man the family's primary business, a woodworking company.

"Our horses get handled twice a day," said Lengacher, who added that he hand-mixes each horse's feed. "Their feed ration is hand-measured every day, and each horse is fed in his own stall. During the day and at night they get turned out to play in their paddocks."

Lengacher said the two yearlings probably will sell in Kentucky with Elm Tree.

"Jody Huckabay drove all the way up to Indiana back in July to help us," said Lengacher, who credits the Huckabays and Boutcher for helping them make a start in the Thoroughbred game. "They know their breeding and conformation and what stock you should buy. I depend highly on them to teach me."

$310,000 mare leads day four

As of 5:45 p.m. Thursday, the $310,000 Saint Ballado mare Daisies and Nites was the day four session leader.

WinStar Farm purchased the 6-year-old mare, who sold in foal to Forestry, from Craig Bandoroff's Denali Stud consignment. Daisies and Nites is a multiple stakes-winner out of the Slewpy mare Slew's Ann.

The top weanling at that hour was a $280,000 Stravinsky colt out of the Danzig mare Sintanous. Bradley and Bowden, agents, signed for the bay colt, who is a half-brother to Japanese stakes-winner Raise Suzuran and to Bolivae, dam of stakes-placed Sir Andrew Chandlr. Trackside Farm (Tom Evans), agent, sold the weanling.

On Wednesday, the third session of the 10-day auction and the last session for which complete figures were available, 230 lots sold for gross revenue of $23,767,500 and an average price of $103,337; median price was $77,000. The buyback rate held level with that of the Tuesday session at 27 percent.

Comparison is difficult, because the composition of breeding stock sales is highly variable from year to year. In general, this year's figures appear lower but roughly in line with revenue from last year's most comparable session. That day, the fourth session of 2000, sold 212 lots for $25,372,000; average was $119,679, and median was $85,000.

Wednesday's top price was the $635,000 that the English commercial breeding operation Newsells Park Stud paid for Supercilious (Skywalker), in foal to Dixie Union. The sale continues through Nov. 15.

Caller I.D. will stand in New Jersey

Caller I.D., sire of 2001 stakes-winners Best of K C and Call Me Krystal, has been purchased by Michael W. Jester and will relocate in 2002 from Kentucky to New Jersey. Caller I.D., who stood at Pin Oak Stud in Versailles, Ky., this year for $6,000, will stand next season at Walnford Stud for $3,500 live foal. Chad Schumer of Schumer Bloodstock Agency in Louisville, Ky., brokered the sale on behalf of Jester.

Caller I.D., a 12-year-old son of Phone Trick, has sired 12 stakes-winners from six crops and has lifetime progeny earnings of more than $9.1 million.

* The Kentucky Thoroughbred Farm Managers' Club has announced that Garrett O'Rourke, manager of Prince Khalid Abdullah's Juddmonte Farms in Lexington, Ky., has been named its Farm Manager of the Year.