04/01/2005 12:00AM

Breezy Knob gets sire Hunting Hard


The beautifully bred Hunting Hard has joined the New York stallion ranks and will stand the 2005 season at Breezy Knob Farm in Ava, N.Y., about six miles north of Rome in Oneida County.

Breezy Knob Farm is owned by Brian and Pamela Mandryck, and has been in the family since 1929.

Until Pamela Mandryck purchased a Thoroughbred broodmare in 1980, Breezy Knob was operated as a dairy farm, and it continues to breed Holstein dairy cattle.

The farm has two barns with 25 stalls for Thoroughbreds. The Mandrycks own five broodmares, including stakes winner Stormy Way and Copelan's Angel, who finished third in the Grade 3 Selima Stakes in 1997.

Hunting Hard joins Aspirant Stakes winner Tri Line, a son of Crafty Prospector, at Breezy Knob, which has previously stood Bold Agent and Leroy S.

"We were looking for another stallion and liked that he is a proven sire and has an impeccable pedigree," said Brian Mandryck.

The property of a syndicate, Hunting Hard stands for a fee of $2,500. He is the sire of Bog Hunter, who recently captured the Florida Thoroughbred Charities Stakes at the Ocala Training Center and now has earnings of more than $250,000, and Gold Huntress, winner of the Hoosier Debutante Stakes and second in the Grade 3 Indiana Breeders' Cup Oaks.

During his racing career, Hunting Hard won 3 of 12 starts and placed in the Grade 3 Discovery Handicap, in which he finished in front of the good runners Reality Road and Flying Chevron.

Bred by Ogden Phipps, Hunting Hard, a son of Seeking the Gold, is a full brother to Heavenly Prize, the Eclipse Award champion 3-year-old filly of 1994, when she won the Alabama, the Beldame, and the Gazelle Handicap.

Hunting Hard is also a full brother to Oh What a Windfall, winner of the Grade 1 Matron.

His second dam, Blitey, was a multiple graded stakes winner in New York who produced the Grade 1 winners Dancing Spree, winner of the Suburban Handicap and Breeders' Cup Sprint; Furlough, winner of the Ballerina Handicap; and Fantastic Find, winner of the Hempstead Handicap.

In addition to those three, Blitey is also the dam of Long Island Handicap winner Dancing All Night.

Hunting Hard's third dam is champion Lady Pitt, winner of the Coaching Club American Oaks and the dam of Brooklyn Handicap winner The Liberal Member.

Rizzi colt sells for $170K at OBS

A colt by New York stallion Rizzi was the top-priced New York-bred at the Ocala Breeders' Sales Company Selected 2-year-olds in training sale on March 22-23.

Anstu Stable paid $170,000 for the half-brother to New York-bred graded stakes winner Megascape.

He is also a full brother to Richest Half, winner of the Mountain Valley Stakes at Oaklawn Park.

The colt is out of Bigger Half, who is a half-sister to multiple graded stakes winner Top Secret, an earner of $997,647.

Rizzi stands at Sez Who Thoroughbreds in Stillwater, Saratoga County, and the colt is from his first New York-conceived crop.

Rizzi was also in the news for his daughter Rizzi Girl, who won the Grade 3 Hillsborough Stakes on the Tampa Bay Downs turf course on March 19.

The 7-year-old Rizzi Girl defeated several good ones in the nine-furlong Hillsborough, including stakes winners Delta Princess, Givememore, Adobe Gold, and Snowdrops.

Rizzi's 3-year-old son Mr Sword finished third in the Grade 2 Lane's End Stakes at Turfway Park on March 26 in his stakes debut.

New York sire Lycius also played a role in the $500,000 Lane's End. He is the broodmare sire of the winner, Flower Alley, through his daughter Princess Olivia.

The second-highest price for a New York-bred at OBS was $155,000, for a son of Chief Seattle.

His dam, Uncork New York, is a half-sister to stakes winners Umbrella Rig and Mink Hat.

Two New York-breds brought $150,000 at OBS March, one of them a colt by Milfer Farm stallion Phone Trick out of the stakes-winning Skip Trial mare Skippin Upbroadway.

A son of Phone Trick sold for $550,000 at the OBS February sale for 2-year-olds in training.

Overall, 38 New York-breds grossed $2,538,000 at the OBS March venue, for an average of $66,789.

At the same sale in 2004, 40 New York-breds grossed $3,584,000, for an average of $89,600.