07/24/2003 11:00PM

Distant claims to legend


Seabiscuit mania has taken a firm hold of racetracks across the continent, and July 27 is Seabiscuit Sunday at Woodbine in celebration of the movie's opening.

While the racing career of Seabiscuit is the theme of the best-selling book and movie, not a lot has been written recently about the horse at stud. In fact, Seabiscuit, a son of Hard Tack out of Swing On, a foal of 1933, sired just 108 foals from nine crops. Of his 86 foals to race, 66 were winners and four were black-type winners.

You won't find too many direct relatives of Seabiscuit racing at your neighborhood track, but if you look close enough, there are stallions and even some runners who trace back to the iron horse's female family.

The top Canadian 3-year-old, Wando (and any other offspring of champion Langfuhr for that matter), has Seabiscuit's half-sister Brown Biscuit in his lineage.

Langfuhr's granddam, the Gus Schickedanz-owned mare Prima Babu Gum, is a daughter of Gummo, whose dam is by a Kentucky Derby winner, Determine.

The second dam of Determine, the first gray horse to ever win the Derby, is Brown Biscuit, a daughter of Swing On.

Schickedanz not only stands Langfuhr but has Wonneberg at stud in Ontario, A 7-year-old son of Woodman, Wonneberg is a half-brother to Langfuhr, and thus the Seabiscuit blood can be found in his eighth generation.

Brown Biscuit appears more immediately in the pedigree of Great Gladiator, one of Canada's longtime leading stallions. A son of Timeless Moment, Great Gladiator's maternal granddam is Lovely Folly, a daughter of Determine.

A 'Seabiscuit' bred in B.C.

I Two Step Too, who was one of 10 horses to portray Seabiscuit during the filming of the movie, was foaled in British Columbia in 1993 and bred by Donalda Cochrane,

A plain bay gelding, I Two Step Too is a son of the Washington sire Spook Dance (by Duck Dance) and is the only foal of Augustar, who raced in Alberta.

I Two Step Too debuted in September 1996 at Hastings Park in Vancouver for trainer Frank Barroby and didn't win his maiden race until May 1998 in a $4,250 claiming event at Stampede Park in Calgary, Alberta.

The gelding had a sporadic racing career with one start in 1999, two in 2000, six in 2001, and seven last year. He raced seven times this spring, with his last start coming on May 11 on a fair circuit in California for $2,000 claiming.

I Two Step Two was recently purchased for $12,000 at a charity benefit in conjunction with the Louisville, Ky., premiere of the movie. I Two Step Two was bought by the Kentucky Horse Park Foundation and will live at the horse park.

Yearlings in Kentucky, Saratoga

Eleven Canadian-bred yearlings sold for $1,185,000 at the recently completed Fasig-Tipton selected yearling sale in Lexington, Ky. Topping the group was a colt by Seattle Slew, bred by Karen and Mickey Taylor and Albert Finney, who sold for $350,000.

Woodbine-based John and Marilyn Hillier, owners of Love 2 Win Stable, sold their first yearling, a Mazel Trick colt named Here's Dougie, for $100,000 through agent Sue Foreman.

There are four Canadian-bred yearlings in the upcoming Saratoga yearling sale that begins on Aug. 5.