08/18/2005 11:00PM

First-time sale rings up $1.25M


Results from the inaugural Saratoga premier yearling sale last week were encouraging to the organization's founders.

The New York Breeders Sales Company Inc. conducted the sale on Aug. 11-12 at the Yaddo Show Grounds in Saratoga Springs, N.Y., located across Union Avenue from Saratoga Race Course.

The company reported total sales of $1,251,400, for an average price per yearling of $11,587 for the 108 that were sold, and a median price of $5,000.

"I think it went well enough that we know it is a viable alternative to the sales that are available to New York breeders," said Harry L. Landry, general manager and director of sales. "And that might go for Northeast breeders as well, because the horses from Canada and New Jersey had excellent results."

The first night was the strongest, with the three top prices going through the ring that evening.

The sales-topper was a New York-bred filly by Not for Love out of Pentatonic, by Cure the Blues.

Named Pennylove, she was sold by McMahon Thoroughbreds LLC as agent for Sheila and Herb Sherry, and purchased for $150,000 by Dick Lossen.

Pennylove's dam was an outstanding New York-bred who won the Grade 3 Affectionately Handicap and placed in three Grade 1 races on the New York Racing Association circuit, earning $601,860 through four campaigns.

The champion New York-bred older mare in 2000, Pentatonic is a daughter of the late New York stallion Cure the Blues.

"I thought the sale went well," said Joe McMahon, who owns McMahon of Saratoga Thoroughbreds with his wife, Anne. "To start off like that is tough. Change doesn't come easily in the horse business. It was well attended and the facility was great. It was a beautiful place to look at a horse."

The second-high price of $85,000 was for a Canadian-bred filly from the first crop of Eclipse Award sprint champion Orientate.

Out of the Halo mare Glimmering Halo, she is a half-sister to Miss City Halo, winner of the Martha Washington Stakes, who was consigned by Glenmalure Farm as agent for Anson Stud Farm and purchased by Michael McMahon.

Becky Thomas went to $80,000 for a son of Forestry consigned by Glenmalure Farm as agent for Anson Stud Farm.

He is out of the stakes-winning Miswaki mare Showering and is a half-brother to stakes-placed Cool Rain Falling.

The immediate family includes multiple Grade 1-placed Chief Seattle, who finished second to Anees in the 1999 Breeders' Cup Juvenile.

The next sale scheduled by New York Breeders Sales Company is the second annual Saratoga fall mixed sale on Oct. 15-16, to be held at the carousel on the grounds of Saratoga Race Course.

The Daddy clobbers statebreds

The Daddy, fresh from an impressive maiden score in open company at Hollywood Park, made it two straight last weekend at Saratoga with a 12-length victory against New York-breds in a first level allowance race.

A 3-year-old colt by Valid Expectations, The Daddy was bred by William S. Farish and Gallardia LLC and is owned by Greg Norman, who purchased him for $125,000 at the 2003 Fasig-Tipton New York-bred preferred yearling sale in Saratoga Springs.

His stakes-placed dam, With a Princess, by With Approval, is out of Florida Stallion Stakes winner Regal Princess and is a full sister to stakes winner Regal Approval.

The Daddy was foaled at John Hettinger's Akindale Farm in Pawling, N.Y.

Stallion seasons up for auction

Stallion seasons to several New York sires will be part of a silent auction at the New York Turf Writers Association annual awards and dinner dance on Monday.

The stallions are Best of Luck, Freud, Gold Token, Kelly Kip, Mayakovsky, Prime Timber, Rizzi, Say Florida Sandy, and Strategic Mission.

The auction is for the benefit of Thoroughbred charities, including the Thoroughbred Retirement Foundation, Belmont Child Care Association, and Backstretch Employee Assistance Team.

Other items to be auctioned include racing art, a Travers Day box at Saratoga and Breeders' Cup tickets, racing memorabilia, gift certificates to Saratoga restaurants, and tickets to New York Yankees games.

The New York Turf Writers affair is at the Gideon Putnam Hotel in Saratoga Springs, and tickets are priced at $100.

For more information contact Charlotte Quinn at (518) 584-6200, ext. 4235.