11/29/2002 12:00AM

Boom times enable Naylee to add stallions

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West Virginia breeders have many reasons to give thanks. With purses at the tracks high and breeders' fund money filling the coffer, there is plenty of incentive to head to West Virginia.

Rene Moore has owned Naylee Farm near Summit Point with her husband, Dickie Moore, general manager at Charles Town, since 1988, and has seen the good times and not-so-good times for breeding and raising Thoroughbreds in the state. These are very, very good times.

"It was good for a while in the 1980's and early '90's," Rene Moore recalled. "We would foal about 40 mares a year." But with no revenue flowing into Charles Town and closing of the track imminent in the mid-1990's, business dropped "to where we were down to foaling three mares a year," Moore said.

Coming to the rescue were video lottery terminals - slots - and horsemen's optimism went through the roof. "This past year we foaled 89 mares," Moore said, the vast majority for outside clients.

The quality of stallions heading to the state has risen as dramatically. And breeding farm owners need not do the searching - the calls and stallions are coming to them. Naylee Farm has expanded its roster to eight stallions, with the two most recent arrivals standing the 2003 season in the Mountain State after making their careers in Kentucky.

Already on the farm is Grade 1 winner Valiant Nature, a son of His Majesty who arrived in August. Valiant Nature, a handsome bay out of Premium Win, is a full brother to champion turf horse and millionaire Tight Spot. From four crops to race, Valiant Nature has sired five stakes winners, including $305,339-earner Nature. His seven stakes-placed runners are topped by Valiant Halory, a talented sprinter who has amassed $346,248 in earnings while placing in four graded stakes, including the Grade 1 King's Bishop at Saratoga.

Naylee Farm purchased a half-interest in Valiant Nature and expects to breed about 60 mares to the 11-year-old stallion. Signed contracts are already in from mare owners across the country. Valiant Nature stands for $3,000.

Firming up details this past week, Moore announced that Run Softly, a striking bay son of Deputy Minister, will also make his home at Naylee. The 11-year-old Run Softly is expected to arrive by mid-December.

Winner of the Grade 3 Volante Handicap at Santa Anita on the turf, Run Softly had the speed to win at a mile on the main track at Belmont Park.

With two crops to race, Run Softly is represented by Running Tide, who went undefeated in five races this year, two of them stakes, including the Grade 3 Leonard Richards at Delaware Park.

Run Softly, out of the Riverman mare River Lullaby, is a half-brother to two group winners from the family of Cryptoclearance. Offered for $2,500 after standing for $5,000 at Hill 'n' Dale Farms in 2002, Run Softly remains the property of the original syndicate. Moore expects he will cover about 60 mares.

Naylee Farm is a family operation that spans 75 acres in Jefferson County, W.Va., and Clark County, Va. The land the Moores purchased was a blank canvas, and they built all their barns on the West Virginia side of the property. There are currently three barns on the farm with a new six-stall stallion barn in the process of being built. In addition to the original farm, the Moores lease another 50 acres to accommodate their growing business.

Naylee Farm will also stand the following stallions in 2003: Enough Reality (1985, In Reality-Karla's Enough, by Vent du Nord) - $500 live foal.

Satchmo's Band (1997, Dixieland Band-Satan's Satchel, by Devil's Bag) - $750 live foal.

Tank (1988, Tank's Prospect-Native Zone, by Exclusive Native) - $750 live foal.

This Bulls for You (1997, Holy Bull-Linda North, by Northern Dancer) - $2,000 live foal.

Van Go (1986, Full Out-Victorian Queen, by Victoria Park - $500 live foal.

Verification (1982, Tank's Prospect-The Cuddler, by Buckpasser) - $500 live foal.