04/21/2005 11:00PM

Forestier sweet Honey Acres homebred


Forestier, winner of the April 8 Classy Mirage Stakes at Aqueduct, may turn out to be Alan Kline's classiest runner.

And that's saying a lot.

Since he began stocking his 100-acre Honey Acres Farm in Boyds, Md., with horses back in 1973, Kline has bred numerous stakes winners, including graded star Unbridled Hope, Contrary Rose ($335,262) and Peace for Peace ($255,243). Most have raced for him.

Forestier, a 4-year-old daughter of Forestry out of Kline's stakes-winning homebred D'Youville Nurse (by Dr. Blum) is "at the top of her game right now, and there's no telling how good she'll be," said Kline.

Trained by Todd Pletcher, Forestier was getting her second win in a row when she drew off to a 5 3/4-length victory, as the 8-5 favorite, in the Classy Mirage.

Undefeated in her four starts at Aqueduct, Forestier has not finished worse than fourth in her nine career starts, and was three times stakes-placed last season. Her career earnings are $161,260 - but they would get a big boost if she performs as Kline hopes in her next scheduled start, the Grade 2 Genuine Risk Stakes on May 14 at Belmont Park.

Kline, now semi-retired from his career as a certified public accountant, has many reasons to be proud of Forestier. As a yearling, she was entered in the Keeneland September sale, but scared off buyers because of a white spot in her left eye.

"We knew she could see, but the veterinarians weren't sure," said Kline, who ended up buying Forestier back for $110,000. All doubt was removed when Forestier worked impressively as a young 2-year-old.

Forestier comes from one of Kline's most productive families - one he acquired more than 20 years ago as an attempt to settle a score. Kline bought Forestier's granddam Field Point Road (by Raja Baba out of graded stakes winner Len's Determined) for $17,000 at the 1983 Keeneland November sale.

"She was in foal to Dr. Blum - that's why I bought her," said Kline. "Dr. Blum raced against Peace for Peace. They both broke the track record in a race at Monmouth Park, but my horse got beat. Imagine what that was like, having a horse finish in new track-record time, and losing the race."

Kline named Field Point Road's Dr. Blum filly D'Youville Nurse. His daughter Jennifer was attending D'Youville College in Buffalo, N.Y., at the time, and he hoped the name would bring good luck. Apparently it did, because D'Youville Nurse - Field Point Road's first foal - developed into a stakes winner of $145,000, and the student who inspired her name is now a critical care nurse in Rochester, N.Y.

Kline bred one more stakes winner from Field Point Road, the 1989 filly Peaceful Road (by Hold Your Peace). But D'Youville Nurse was the mare's only stakes winner to race for Kline.

Forestier is D'Youville Nurse's eighth foal and third stakes performer. Her 1994 filly, Unbridled Hope (by Unbridled), was sold by Kline for $175,000 at Keeneland September, and went on to win the Grade 3 Ladies Handicap and finish third in the Delaware and Pimlico Distaff handicaps (both Grade 3), earning $272,370. D'Youville Nurse also produced Silent Fred (1999, Louis Quatorze), who finished third in the Grade 2 Remsen Stakes.

D'Youville Nurse has a 2-year-old filly by Saint Ballado and a yearling filly by Elusive Quality, both still owned by Kline. She failed to conceive to the cover of Forestry for 2005. "She'd had seven foals in a row, and was telling us it was time for a break," said Kline. But she was successfully bred to Forestry this season.

Kline keeps a dozen broodmares - far fewer than years ago - and has four horses in training. "The operation is not going to get any bigger, but we're trying to improve the quality of the mares all the time," said Kline, whose list of stallions patronized this season includes Smoke Glacken, Northern Afleet, Speightstown, Cuvee, and Saarland.

Over the years, Kline has bred and raced a preponderance of fillies. "It's a funny thing," he said, "but we're a filly farm. Of the eight foals born at Honey Acres this year, we've had one colt and seven fillies."