02/14/2003 12:00AM

Fillies give Florida sale New York feel


A 2-year-old whose dam is a half-sister to New York-bred champion and multiple stakes winner Biogio's Rose was the top-priced New York-bred and the highest-priced filly sold at the Ocala Breeders' Sales Company's select auction at Calder Race Course on Feb. 4.

Hip No. 173, a filly by Polish Numbers out of Biogio's Girl, was bought for $450,000 by Eugene Melnyk. Melnyk has campaigned dozens of stakes winners in this country and Canada.

The New York-bred sales topper was consigned by Wavertree Stables Inc. (Ciaran Dunne), agent.

The filly, who was bred by Richard Saxton and foaled at Anne Morgan and Tim Little's Mill Creek Farm in Stillwater, just outside of Saratoga Springs, represented a successful pinhooking venture for William Schettine. At last year's Fasig-Tipton's preferred New York-bred sale in Saratoga Springs, Schettine bought her for $57,000.

Another New York-bred - Hip No. 92 - commanded the third-highest price for a filly at the OBS sale. The Tale of the Cat filly was bought for $260,000 by John Oxley, who campaigned 2001 Kentucky Derby winner Monarchos and 1999 champion handicap mare Beautiful Pleasure.

The filly was consigned by Becky Thomas's Sequel Bloodstock and bred by Hugo Reynolds. She was foaled at Michael and Debra's Lischin's Dutchess Views Farm in Pine Plains. Thomas bought the Tale of the Cat filly last year for $32,000 at Saratoga's preferred sale.

Six of the New York-breds sold at the sale were connected to Thomas - either through Sequel Bloodstock or by the New York farm she co-owns with Lewis Lakin, Lakland North in Hudson.

Overall, 10 New York-bred juveniles sold for a total of $1,515,000 at the OBS sale, with seven attracting six-figure final bids. The $151,500 average for the 10 New York-breds sold was more than 39.2 percent higher than the overall OBS sales average of $108,829 for 117 sold at the one-day sale.

Funny Cide among Triple Crown nominees

A dozen New York-bred 3-year-olds are among the record 446 early nominees to the Triple Crown.

Topping the list of New York-breds are Funny Cide and Grey Comet, who between them have won five stakes and are among the nominees for top statebred 2-year-old male of 2002.

Funny Cide, who is under consideration for the $1 million Florida Derby on March 15 or the Louisiana Derby on March 9, won two restricted stakes last year at Belmont Park - the Sleepy Hollow and Bertram F. Bongard. In his 2003 debut, Funny Cide finished fifth in the Holy Bull Stakes on Jan. 18 at Gulfstream Park after breaking from post 13.

Grey Comet finished second in last weekend's Whirlaway Stakes at Aqueduct. It was his first career defeat after winning his first four starts, all at Aqueduct, including the Damon Runyon, a division of the New York Stallion Stakes, and the Count Fleet.

Sire Prosper Fager dead at 21

Prosper Fager, a New York-based sire who stood at Meadow Hill Lane Farm in Pine Bush, died on Jan. 23 of heart failure. He was 21.

A son of Mr. Prospector, out of the Dr. Fager mare Princess Fager, Prosper Fager sired Well Fancied, a stakes-winning sprinter who is among the 2002 nominees for statebred champion sprinter. Owned by Diane Szymczak, Prosper Fager also sired graded stakes winner Loaded Gun, who won the Grade 3 Philadelphia Park Handicap in 1999.

* The New York Thoroughbred Breeders has scheduled a dinner meeting for Tuesday at Red's Restaurant in Coxsackie, beginning at 6 p.m. The guest speaker is Dr. Kevin Haussler of the Cornell School of Veterinary Medicine. The lecture is titled "A Healing Touch" and will detail chiropractic benefits for mares, foals, and race horses.

* Kettle Won arrived at Liberty Stud in Ghent on Wednesday to stand his first year at stud. Owned by Anstu Farm, Kettle Won's stud fee is $3,000. It was previously announced that Kettle Won would stand at Anstu Farm in Millbrook.