07/24/2003 11:00PM

Future owners learn ropes

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The offices of the New York Thoroughbred Breeders will be humming during Saratoga's racing season.

Dennis Brida, the NYTB's executive director, has planned three free public events in hopes of attracting new owners to racing.

First up on Aug. 2 is a seminar on how to purchase Thoroughbreds at auction. The seminar, which begins at 8:30 a.m. at the Fasig-Tipton Sales Pavilion on East Avenue, features speakers from the auction company, including president Walt Robertson and auctioneer Terence Collier, who also serves as the director of marketing at Fasig-Tipton.

The following day, the NYTB takes to the road at 8 a.m. for a four-hour tour of local farms. One of the scheduled stops is McMahon of Saratoga Thoroughbreds, the birthplace of this year's Kentucky Derby and Preakness winner, Funny Cide. The other farms on the bus tour are Sez Who Thoroughbreds North, Mill Creek Farm, and Stone Bridge Farm.

On Aug. 9, the NYTB, in conjunction with the Thoroughbred Owners and Breeders Association, will conduct a seminar for prospective owners that begins at 7 a.m. and includes a backstretch tour of Saratoga Race Course and take-home reference materials.

Among the expected panel speakers are trainers Todd Pletcher, Leo O'Brien, and Carl Domino, and jockey Richard Migliore. Members of Sackatoga Stable, the 10-person syndicate that owns Funny Cide, will discuss their ownership experiences.

Brida, a former trainer who once was a guest speaker at the NYTB seminars, said he is astonished by the number of people he has met who became owners after attending one.

"I amazed at the participation level of these people - some are shooting big money around," Brida said.

Brida said the Sackatoga story, which proved that a person doesn't have to invest millions to be successful in racing, has helped draw awareness to the sport.

"Interest has been phenomenal because of Funny Cide, and I think a lot of people will get involved because of Sackatoga," Brida said.

For more information, contact the NYTB office at (518) 587-0777.

Statebreds in Fasig-Tipton summer sale

Eight New York-breds sold for a total of $507,000 at Fasig-Tipton's summer sale of yearlings in Kentucky on July 16-17.

Two New York-breds failed to meet their reserve prices and were not sold. Half of the New York-breds sold attracted final bids that exceeded the sale's median price of $67,000.

The highest-priced New York-bred was a Doneraile Court colt, out of the El Gran Senor mare Ciencia. The yearling, who was consigned by Warrendale Sales, was bought by Kentucky-based bloodstock agent Mike Ryan for $135,000. The colt is the third foal out of Ciencia and is a half to multiple stakes winner Major Idea. He was bred in partnership by Russell Fisher and John Nappy and foaled at Gus Schoenborn Jr.'s Contemporary in Coxsackie.

Good and Tough already has four winners

New York sire Good and Tough, a stakes-winning sprinter, is off to a fast start with his first crop of 2-year-olds.

From his initial eight runners, who have combined to make 20 starts, Good and Tough has had four winners. His winners are Tough as Neatie, Parisienne, Thornhill, and Yimmy.

A son of Carson City out of the Northern Raja mare Amy Be Good, Good and Tough earned $809,341 during his racing career, which did not include any starts as a 2-year-old. He stood the 2003 season at Becky Thomas and Lewis Lakin's Lakland North in Hudson for $6,000 as the property of a syndicate.

Four New York-bred yearlings by Good and Tough are consigned the upcoming Fasig-Tipton preferred sale in Saratoga Springs on Aug. 10 and 11.

Finger Lakes honors Packett's Landing

New York-bred Packett's Landing, the Finger Lakes horse of the year in 1989, was inducted into the track's hall of fame last weekend.

Packett's Landing, who was owned by the late Sam Morrell and bred by F. William Free, won 11 races and earned $799,769 in 47 career starts. Two of the gelding's biggest career wins took place at Finger Lakes, the New York Derby and Rochester Cup.

Packett's Landing, a son of Bates Motel, is one of the horses used in the riding program at Alfred University in upstate New York.