07/21/2005 11:00PM

Freud does well at Fasig-Tipton sale


Youngsters by New York sire Freud continue to be in demand at major Eastern sales, as four of his yearlings averaged a sale price of $158,750 at the Fasig-Tipton Kentucky July yearling sale on July 18-19 in Lexington.

All four are New York-breds.

Freud, a son of Storm Cat who stands at Lakland North LLC in Hudson, N.Y., did very well at the 2-year-old in training sales earlier this year, with several of his offspring exceeding $300,000 at the Ocala Breeders' Sales Company and Fasig-Tipton venues. His stud fee for 2005 was $5,000 live foal.

Freud's top-priced yearling was $195,000, for a colt out of the stakes-winning Tricky Creek mare Tricky Move.

Tricky Move is also the dam of New York-bred stakes winner Multiplication, who won the Mike Lee Stakes at Belmont Park in 2004.

The yearling was purchased by Jack Goldthorpe, of Waterville Insurance, and Bobby Hurley, of college and professional basketball fame.

Second in the Freud quartet was a colt out of Gift for the Lady, by Pentelicus, purchased by Mike Ryan as agent for $175,000.

Gift for the Lady is a half-sister to stakes winner Al Max Diner, from the family of graded stakes winners Numerous Times, winner of the Grade 1 Atto Mile and champion grass horse in Canada, and Dumdedumdedum, winner of the Grade 3 Barbara Fritchie Handicap.

Trainer Bruce Headley, who handles top California 3-year-old Surf Cat, went to $170,000 for a Freud filly out of Rosie O'Greta, by Fight Over. Rosie O'Greta, who defeated males in the Grade 3 Tremont Stakes, is the dam of graded-stakes-placed Dancin Joey, from the family of outstanding runner and sire Broad Brush.

The top-priced New York-bred at the sale was a filly by Dynaformer, bought for $260,000 by George Krikorian, the owner of Grade 1 winner Hollywood Story. Out of the stakes-winning Explodent mare Explosive Scarlet, the filly is a half-sister to multiple stakes winner Sweet Baby James from an immediate family that includes Explosive Darling, winner of the Grade 2 Stars and Stripes Handicap and Grade 3 Cliff Hanger Handicap, which he won in course-record time.

One other New York-bred topped the $100,000 mark, a filly by Came Home purchased for $105,000 by Silver Spring Thoroughbred Management.

The filly's dam, Good Morning Smile, placed in the Grade 2 Orchid Handicap and is also the mother of a multiple-stakes-winning New York-bred, Wake Up Kiss.

Wake Up Kiss, by New York sire Cure the Blues, won the Yaddo Handicap at Saratoga and the New York Stallion Perfect Arc at Aqueduct.

This talented family also includes third dam Quiet Charm, the grandmother of both a Kentucky Derby winner, Real Quiet, and a Pacific Classic winner, Dare and Go.

The average price for the 10 New York-breds at last week's Fasig-Tipton sale was $128,700, down from 2004, when six statebreds averaged $142,000.

The figure paralleled the average decline for the entire 2005 sale, at which 368 yearlings averaged $100,832. In 2004, the average at Fasig-Tipton Kentucky July was $114,260, for 338 sold.

Say Florida Sandy carries on for Personal Flag

The outstanding New York stallion Personal Flag was euthanized on July 18 at age 22, because of the complications from the infirmities of old age.

A son of Private Account, Personal Flag was pensioned at Joe and Anne McMahon's McMahon of Saratoga Thoroughbreds, near Saratoga Springs.

Personal Flag won the Grade 1 Suburban Handicap and Grade 2 Nassau County Handicap as a 5-year-old, defeating the top runners Bet Twice in the Suburban and Cryptoclearance in the Nassau County.

He also won the Grade 1 Widener Handicap, and placed in seven other Grade 1 races, including the Jockey Club Gold Cup and Travers Stakes.

Personal Flag was a full brother to the unbeaten champion filly Personal Ensign.

Personal Flag's leading earner was Say Florida Sandy, one of the top New York-breds of all time with earnings of $2,085,408.

A Grade 2 winner, Say Florida Sandy is now a New York stallion at Buckridge Farm near Stuyvesant.

Personal Flag was also the sire of graded stakes winners Euchre, Ave's Flag, Lil Personalitee, Silky Feather, Prospector's Flag, and It's Personal from a total of 34 stakes winners.

Silky Feather placed in four New York Grade 1 events.

Bred and campaigned by Ogden Phipps, Personal Flag began his stud career at the Akindale Farm of leading New York breeder John Hettinger, who purchased him from Phipps.

Personal Flag, who has 27 juveniles and five yearlings of 2005, has progeny earnings approaching the $32 million mark.