06/28/2002 12:00AM

Brody farm going strong


Eventail won a division of last weekend's Mount Vernon Handicap for New York-breds at Belmont Park. It would have been a proud moment for her breeder and owner, Jerry Brody, who died last year at 78.

Brody built an extremely successful breeding and racing empire at Gallagher's Stud in Ghent, N.Y., which still continues today under the guidance of his wife, Marlene, and Phil Trowbridge, Gallagher's Stud's farm manager for the past 26 years.

Brody, who purchased the 600-acre Gallagher's Stud in 1976, also was the owner of two popular Manhattan eateries, Gallagher's Steakhouse and the Oyster Bar.

During his more than 20 years as a breeder, Brody bred 16 New York-bred stakes winners. One of Brody's most notable successes was Allez Milord, a New York-bred who was a Group 1 winner in Europe and Grade 1 winner in this country.

Eventail, who carries Gallagher's Stud distinctive yellow, red, and black racing silks, is an older half-sister to Take Charge Lady, a Grade 1 winner and one of the country's top 3-year-old fillies.

Felicita, the dam of the Eventail and Take Charge Lady, is out of a Blushing Groom mare, Grand Bonheur, whom Brody purchased as a weanling.

Felicita, a Rubiano mare, was unraced because of an injury she suffered as a yearling. Her first foal was Eventail, a daughter of Lear Fan. Felicita was carrying her second foal, Take Charge Lady, when Brody sold Felicita for $42,000 at Keeneland's November sale to William Schettine, who is listed as the breeder of Take Charge Lady.

Trowbridge said Brody opted to sell Felicita because she was unraced and Brody preferred to breed mares who carried racing resumes.

Understandably, Trowbridge wishes Gallagher's Stud were listed as the breeder of the Kentucky-bred Take Charge Lady, who has earned $1,197,831, but said, "We feel like we are the breeders even though it doesn't show that on the papers. A number of horses we have bred came from that family."

Trowbridge said Dehere, Take Charge Lady's sire, was a horse he and Brody thought would be a good fit for Felicita. At the time of the mating in 1998, Dehere, who now stands in Japan, was a young sire with his first crop set to debut later that year. Trowbridge acknowledged it's a risk to breed to an unproven sire, but thought Dehere was worth the gamble.

"It's an interesting mating; there wasn't a wild nick there," Trowbridge said. "I loved Dehere. His conformation fit that mare. I had liked what I had seen in several of Dehere's foals and yearlings. It's good to breed to young horses with a pedigree."

Trowbridge said not much has changed at Gallagher's Stud since Brody's death in May 2001 after a long illness. Marlene Brody keeps 15 mares at the farm, which initially was used by husband to breed Angus cattle.

"Mrs. Brody always was extremely involved and loves the business," Trowbridge said. "We have stayed focused on what Mr. Brody wanted to do. He would be very proud."

Rodeo fillies tops at Ocala

Topped by two fillies from the first crop of New York sire Rodeo who brought prices of $70,000 and $30,000, 10 New York-bred juveniles sold for $153,400 at the Ocala Breeders' Sales Company's sale of 2-year-olds in training and horses of racing age held in Ocala, Fla. on June 18 and 19.

The highest-priced New York-bred, Kissing Cowgirl (Hip No. 147), was purchased by agent Joseph Brocklebank. The filly, who worked sharply at the under-tack show, is out of Kiss the Judge, a half-sister to a multiple stakes winner.

The other Rodeo filly (Hip 271), a half-sister to three winners, was purchased for $30,000 by C. Roger Verrier.

o The New York Thoroughbred Breeders has organized a visit to several of the state's prominent breeding farms on July 7.

The farms that will be covered on the tour are Gallagher's Stud, Lakland North, Liberty Stud, and Questroyal Stud.

The car tour, which leaves from Columbia County Airport, includes lunch at a local restaurant for $20. The registration deadline is Wednesday at the NYTB's office (518) 587-0777.