07/28/2005 11:00PM

First yearling sale for new company


The New York Breeders Sales Co. makes its initial venture into the yearling market on Aug. 11-12 in Saratoga Springs.

The Saratoga premier yearling sale will take place each evening at 7:30 at the Yaddo Show Grounds on Union Avenue, across the street from the main track at Saratoga Race Course.

The new company's sale will be the second of three yearling auctions at the Spa, during a week that opens with the 85th edition of the Fasig-Tipton Saratoga yearling sale on Aug. 9-10, and concludes with that company's New York-bred yearling sale on Aug. 14-15.

Most of the 210 yearlings cataloged to the Saratoga premier yearling sale are New York-breds, with youngsters bred in Canada, Kentucky, and New Jersey also in the book.

The company held its first sale, a mixed auction that grossed $1.2 million, last Sept. 28-29 at Saratoga Race Course. Stabling was at the track, with horses of racing age galloping on the Clare Court track within the Saratoga grounds.

The results pleased officials of the new company, which had been formed just a few months earlier.

Its founding members were several New York breeders who hoped to attract 10 investors at $15,000 each to launch the company. The response was much bigger than expected, and the company was capped at 40 shareholders with a waiting list.

"We actually talked about a yearling sale last year," said general manager Harry L. Landry. "We of course missed the yearling market with the timing, and our planning of the fall sale."

Landry and NYBSC were soon planning a yearling sale for 2005, and targeted summer in Saratoga Springs because buyers are in the city at that time.

Landry traveled to Ocala in January and held a focus group meeting with Florida pinhookers with respect to the sale.

"We talked about what we could do with a yearling sale that would make them come to Saratoga for our sale," he said. "One important thing they mentioned was a bone warranty, so saving that as an expense for them was good. So far, things like that and the date we selected seem to be working, because we are getting calls from pinhookers who want us to make reservations in town and send them catalogs."

Landry also noted that the Yaddo Show Grounds will have four tents with 60 stalls each, along with hay, grain, and tack rooms.

Among the New York stallions with offerings in the sale are Catienus, Gold Fever, Freud, Raffie's Majesty, Judge T C, Regal Classic, and Wheelaway.

Judge T C is the sire of a filly whose dam, the stakes-placed Winterwish, is a half-sister to Lodge Hill, who won the Breeders' Stakes at Woodbine and placed in the Grade 1 Canadian International.

A filly by Gold Fever, out of Diversity, is a half-sister to Musical Dancer, group-placed in England and a member of the family of champion mare Princess Rooney.

Wheelaway, whose first foals are yearlings of 2005, is the sire of a filly out of Sorority Stakes winner Divine Answer.

NYBSC has also scheduled its second Saratoga fall mixed sale for Oct. 15-16 at Saratoga Race Course.

Intidab moving back to Kentucky

Intidab, the sire of multiple graded stakes winner Greater Good from his small first crop of runners, is leaving New York and returning to Kentucky for the 2006 breeding season.

A son of top New York sire Phone Trick, Intidab is going back to Shadwell Farm in Lexington, where he began his career in 2001 upon his retirement from racing. He most recently stood at Gallagher's Stud in Ghent.

Gold Fever heads New York sire list

Gold Fever, who stands at Metropolitan Stud, is this year's leading New York sire through July 24, with progeny earnings of $1,963,743.

He received a big assist when A Bit O'Gold won the Grade 2 Chinese Cultural Centre Stakes last weekend at Woodbine, earning $168,957 in U.S. dollars.

Gold Fever, the sire of 27 stakes winners, has two earners of more than $1.5 million in A Bit O'Gold and Gold Mover.

* Best of Luck, a multiple graded stakes winner on the New York Racing Association circuit, has been moved from Kentucky to New York, where he will stand the 2006 breeding season at Highcliff Farm in Delanson.