08/10/2006 11:00PM

Forestry filly sale's statebred leader


The figures for gross receipts and average for New York-breds at the Fasig-Tipton Saratoga selected yearling sale declined substantially when compared with results for the same sale in 2005.

The 86th annual edition of the sale was conducted Aug. 8-9 at the Humphrey S. Finney Pavilion in Saratoga Springs, N.Y.

Eleven registered New York-breds grossed $2,270,000, for an average of $206,364, for respective declines of 31 percent and 37.5 percent. At the 2005 sale, 10 statebreds grossed $3.3 million, for an average of $330,000.

It should be pointed out, however, that the 2005 sale included a New York-bred son of Giant's Causeway purchased for $1.1 million. If the Giant's Causeway colt was taken out of the equation, the gross dropped 3 percent and average was off 16 percent.

Topping the New York-breds at the 2006 Saratoga sale was a daughter of Forestry consigned by Taylor Made Sales Agency at $425,000.

Selling as Hip No. 65, she was purchased by Hoby and Layna Kight, and is the first foal of the Gone West mare Gone Musical.

The filly's second dam, Igotrhythm, won the Grade 2 A Gleam Stakes and is a half-sister to graded stakes winner Slew Gin Fizz from the family of Mr. Prospector.

At $360,000 was a Distorted Humor colt from a terrific state family purchased by B. Wayne Hughes as Hip No. 74.

Consigned by Taylor Made Sales Agency, he is out of I Love New York, who is a half-sister to Florida Derby winner Friends Lake and Nassau County Breeders' Cup Handicap winner Seeking the Ante, both New York-breds.

Coming in at $280,000 was a daughter of Fusaichi Pegasus sold as Hip No. 40 by Sugar Maple Farm, Eaton Sales agent.

Mike Ryan, as agent, bought the daughter of Do Mountain Doo, by Mountain Cat, whose immediate family includes champion filly Banshee Breeze, winner of the Coaching Club American Oaks and Alabama Stakes.

Sugar Maple Farm, with Eaton Sales as agent, also sold a Hennessy filly as Hip No. 104 for $200,000 to Live Oak Plantation.

She is out of the Marquetry mare Most Remarkable, whose half-sister Snow Dance won the Grade 2 New York Handicap.

Jack Knowlton, the managing partner of Sackatoga Stable and New York-bred Kentucky Derby winner Funny Cide, purchased a colt by Forestry at Saratoga from Eaton Sales, agent.

Selling as Hip No. 96, he has New York connections as a half-brother to Marc's Rainbow, winner of the East View and placed in the open Miss Grillo.

Fleet Indian early Distaff favorite

New York-bred millionaire Fleet Indian, winner of the recent Grade 2 Delaware Handicap and unbeaten in four starts in 2006, is the early favorite for the Breeders' Cup Distaff in future book wagering.

The Breeders' Cup will be run on Nov. 4 at Churchill Downs.

Opening at 12-1 at Wynn Las Vegas, Fleet Indian has been bet down to 3-1.

Bred by Becky Thomas and Lewis Lakin and foaled at their Lakland North LLC Farm in Hudson, N.Y., Fleet Indian is owned by Paul Saylor.

She is a possible starter in the Grade 1 Personal Ensign at Saratoga on Aug. 25, at the same 10 furlongs as the Delaware Handicap.

Fleet Indian's Beyer Speed Figure of 112 for the Delaware Handicap was the highest for any filly or mare racing beyond a mile in 2006.

West Virginia ultra-consistent

It would be difficult to find a more reliable New York-bred runner at the highest levels of the sport than West Virginia.

Bred and owned by Mary and Donald Zuckerman, West Virginia, a son of New York sire Tomorrows Cat, finished third in last weekend's Grade 1 Whitney Handicap at Saratoga.

It was his third consecutive placing in a Grade 1 event, following the Pimlico Special and Stephen Foster handicaps.

West Virginia has now competed in eight straight graded events dating back to the Stuyvesant Handicap last fall at Aqueduct.

During that stretch, he captured the Grade 3 Excelsior Handicap at Aqueduct on April 1 over fellow New York-bred Funny Cide.

West Virginia is out of the Kennedy Road mare Wild and Wonderful, who is a half-sister to Pampered Star, winner of the Monmouth Oaks and placed in the Grade 1 Alabama Stakes.

He has earned $960,918 with a record of 7-5-4 in 25 starts.