08/02/2001 11:00PM

Country Life returns to Spa


Thirteen Maryland-breds (from an original 15 cataloged) will sell at the Saratoga yearling sale on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday evenings.

A number of Maryland breeding farms are hoping to repeat history with Saratoga consignments, including Country Life Farm in Bel Air, Md. Back in 1947, Country Life sold a homebred filly named Raise You at Saratoga for $7,400. A multiple stakes winner, Raise You gained immortality as the dam of influential sire Raise a Native, whose name can be found in the pedigrees of many horses selling at Saratoga and elsewhere.

This year, Country Life offers Hip No. 167, a full sister to Grade 1 winner Hookedonthefeelin (by Citidancer-Prospective Joy, by Allen's Prospect), consigned by Bluegrass Thoroughbred Services Inc. (John Stuart) as agent.

Remarkably, it has been 40 years since Country Life sold a yearling at Saratoga, said Mike Pons, business manager of the family-owned farm. The Citidancer-Prospective Joy filly brings Country Life back full force into the Saratoga spotlight, as both her sire and maternal grandsire have made highly successful stud careers at the Pons family's establishment.

Richard Golden, of Sycamore Hall Farm in Chesapeake City, Md., is offering four yearlings, one of whom is bound to receive special notice, as she is the first sales yearling from the first crop of multiple Grade 1 winner Coronado's Quest. Selling as Hip No. 105 in the Walnut Green consignment, the Coronado's Quest filly is out of the Summer Squall mare Hugsie, who is a full sister to champion 2-year-old filly Storm Song.

Golden's others up for bid, all colts, are: Hip No. 46, by Pulpit-Chilly Hostess, by Vice Regent; Hip No. 198, by Polish Numbers-Sky Reply, by Cox's Ridge; and Hip No. 216, by Silver Deputy-Stormeor, by Lypheor.

Golden also is the breeder of Hip No. 84, a Maryland-bred colt by Polish Numbers-For the King, by Deputy Minister, sold as a weanling at the Keeneland November sale for $117,000 and offered at Saratoga as part of the Dromoland/Hartwell Agent I consignment.

Ron and Carolyn Green's Green Willow Farms, of Westminster, Md., hit paydirt at Saratoga last year with a Boston Harbor colt (out of sprint star Disco Rico's dam Round It Off, by Apalachee) they sold for $600,000. The Greens were aiming for a repeat with Round It Off's yearling daughter by Touch Gold, but the filly had to be scratched late last week when she developed a fever.

"We're looking forward to selling her at the Maryland [Fasig-Tipton Midlantic Eastern fall] sale," said Carolyn Green.

Green Willow shipped the two other members of its consignment to Saratoga: Hip No. 5, a filly by Cape Town out of multiple stakes winner Winka (by Waquoit), and Hip No. 180, a colt by Maria's Mon-Restless Colony, by Pleasant Colony.

Glade Valley Farms, for decades one of Maryland's leading commercial breeders, will be seeking to continue tradition with two yearlings, both relatives of Maryland-bred champions. One is Hip No. 99, a colt by Tale of the Cat-Here Comes Betty, by Cox's Ridge. He is from the family of 1989 Maryland-bred juvenile filly champion Crowned. Glade Valley's other yearling is Hip No. 208, a Deputy Commander colt who is a half-brother to 1991 Maryland-bred champion 3-year-old male Gala Spinaway (out of Spinnaker Sal, by Fast Hilarious).

Allaire duPont, the long-prominent Marylander who bred and raced Crowned, is represented at this sale by Hip No. 129, a Carson City colt out of the Dixieland Band mare Mason Dixie, who is a full sister to graded winner Dixie Luck.

Herbert Moelis's CandyLand Farm bred Hip No. 161, a Grand Slam filly who is a half-sister to graded winner Popol's Gold (out of Popol Vuh, by Czaravich), from the family of speedster Pok Ta Pok.

Walnut Green has consigned Hip No. 91, a Two Punch filly out of multiple stakes producer Gramercy (by Hagley). Bred in partnership by Mrs. Orme Wilson, the filly was sold for $82,000 at the Fasig-Tipton Midlantic December sale - the third-highest-priced horse in that sale.