02/11/2005 12:00AM

Empire Staters do well at OBS sale

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New York stallion Phone Trick hit a home run at last Tuesday's Ocala Breeders' Sales Company selected 2-year-olds in training sale.

His New York-bred son out of Lark Creek (by Meadowlake), was purchased for $550,000, the second-highest price of the auction.

New York-breds sold very well at the OBS venue at Calder, which annually begins the major 2-year-old training sales.

The overall sale average was $136,890 for 109 horses sold, with 12 New York-breds bringing $1,562,000, for an average price of $130,167.

The Phone Trick juvenile attracted lots of attention with his quarter-mile move in 21.40 seconds during the Jan. 31 under-tack show at Calder.

New York trainer Steve Klesaris purchased him on behalf of Jeffrey Puglisi, and the colt will train this spring at the Klesaris barn at Belmont Park.

"I was definitely interested in him," said Klesaris. "Everything about him was impressive. We studied the films of him, and he had great movement and great mechanics of movement. He is just a very good individual."

Phone Trick, who stands at Milfer Farm, is the sire of Horse of the Year and champion juvenile male Favorite Trick, as well as Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies winner and champion Phone Chatter.

A 23-year-old son of Clever Trick, Phone Trick is also the sire of graded stakes winners such as Caller One, Mazel Trick, Intidab, Zavata, and Caller I.D.

The stakes-placed Lark Creek is a half-sister to Midnight Cry, winner of the Grade 3 Stonerside Forward Gal Stakes.

The colt's third dam, Mythographer, by Secretariat, is the mother of Heart of Joy, winner of the Group 3 Nell Gwyn Stakes in England and second in the Group 1 Irish 1000 Guineas.

Klesaris and Puglisi also teamed to buy the $600,000 sale-topper, a colt by Dance Master.

New York sire Freud, who stands at Lakland North, was represented by a pair of high-priced youngsters at the sale. His daughter out of the Saratoga Six mare Saralil fetched $220,000, while a colt out of the Tank's Prospect mare Midnight Tank brought $150,000.

The filly was the second highest-priced New York-bred at the sale, and she descends from champion handicap mare Airman's Guide.

Freud, whose first crop will race this year, is a full brother to a European Horse of the Year, Giant's Causeway.

The potential in the New York breeding program is not lost on Cot Campbell, whose Dogwood Stable has long been a leading syndicator of racehorses.

Early in the Calder sale, Campbell purchased New York-bred sons of Tiznow and More Than Ready, for $75,000 and $95,000, respectively.

The pedigrees of both attracted Campbell, who compared the gray More Than Ready colt to Dogwood Stable's graded stakes winner Heckle. He is a half-brother to High Peaks, a stakes-placed filly in New York whose solid race in last weekend's Correction Handicap at Aqueduct caught Campbell's attention.

The Tiznow colt is out of a half-sister to an Ohio Derby winner, Private Man, from a family that includes the top runners Lord Avie and Stephen Got Even

"All things being equal, I would go for a New York-bred," said Campbell. "That makes it 10 percent more attractive to me. I would have bought the Tiznow colt no matter where he was bred, but the fact he is New York-bred makes me delighted to get him for $75,000."

The third-highest-priced New York-bred was a daughter of Hennessy who sold for $160,000. She is out of the winning mare Jessica Rapid, who is a half-sister to multiple stakes winner Dawnelo from a family that includes graded stakes winner Sweet Old Girl.

A strong New York family is in the pedigree of a colt purchased for $80,000 who is by former state sire City Zip. He is out of the Alydeed mare Vintage Love, who is a half-sister to Well Well Well, winner of the Bongard Stakes, and Elocat, who won the East View Stakes and is the dam of Elocat's Burglar, winner of the Ticonderoga Handicap.

In addition to Well Well Well, Elocat and Elocat's Burglar, another New York-bred in the family is stakes-placed Dam Luck.

Twenty-four New York-breds were cataloged for the OBS sale. Of those who did not sell, six were scratched and six did not reach their reserve price.

The next major auction is the March 1 Fasig-Tipton 2-year-olds in training sale at Calder, for which 21 New York-breds are cataloged.