01/24/2003 12:00AM

Gelding is boss at Onteora Farm


Lordofthemountain, a two-time horse of the year at Finger Lakes and a member of the track's hall of fame, is playing babysitter these days.

A 17-year-old gelding owned by Barbara Brewer, Lordofthemountain is a companion and teacher for many of the 48 horses at Brewer's Onteora Farm, a Thoroughbred boarding and training facility located in Canandaigua, N.Y.

Lordofthemountain spends his days in a paddock with other horses, ranging in age from yearlings to 3-year-olds, at Onteora Farm, located 15 minutes from Finger Lakes,

"Lordofthemountain is the boss," Brewer said. "He plays with them and teaches them what to do. At night when it's time to run down to the hill to the barn they are stabled in, they all follow him. He's quite a character."

On the track, Lordofthemountain was all business. Trained by Brewer's daughter, Toby Brewer-Evans, the gelding raced for seven years and earned $309,068. The majority of his races were at Finger Lakes, where he won five stakes: the Wine Country Handicap three times and the George Barker twice. Lordofthemountain also won races at Belmont Park, Woodbine, and Saratoga.

It was Brewer's daughter's wish that Lordofthemountain retire on a winning note, so after a four-length victory in an overnight handicap at Finger Lakes on Sept. 17, 1995, the gelding ended his racing career with a record of 20-11-8 from 55 starts.

Barbara Brewer and her husband, Edward, bought Lordofthemountain, a son of Regal Embrace, privately when he was a yearling and later gelded him.

"Unfortunately, we gelded him, not realizing how good he was," she said. "Then again, he might not have been as good if we didn't geld him."

The Brewers liked his family so much, they later purchased Lordofthemountain's dam, La Duchesse, and a weanling half-sister in a package deal.

Brewer said La Duchesse, who died a few years ago, "was a gem. She had lots of nice horses, but none as good as Lordofthemountain and Toby's Tiger."

Toby's Tiger, a Silver Ghost filly, was a stakes winner for the Brewers and won nine races in 20 starts, retiring with earnings of $97,536.

In the breeding shed, Toby's Tiger, who died last October from an apparent heart attack at age 14, has produced three winners. Her best runner to date is Runaway Tiger who, carrying on the family tradition, was named the 2002 horse of the year at Finger Lakes. The Brewers sold Runaway Tiger, a daughter of Runaway Groom, when she was a 3-year-old in 2001.

Toby's Tiger's last foal, a 2-year-old Lite the Fuse colt, is owned by the Brewers and is being prepared for his racing career at Onteora, which features a large indoor arena and an outdoor galloping track.

Precise End's offspring attract buyers

Two yearlings from New York sire Precise End's first crop were well received at the recent Ocala Breeders' Sales Company mixed sale.

Both the registered New York-bred yearlings, who sold for $30,000 apiece on the first day of the three-day sale, were consigned by Lakland LLC, agent. Precise End stands for a partnership at Lakland North in Hudson. His stud fee is $6,000.

Hip No. 35, a Precise End filly out of a Cox's Ridge mare, was bought by Bruce Carter. Hip No. 245, a Precise End colt out of a daughter of Saratoga Six, was purchased by Jay Lieberman.

The average for the first day of the mixed sale was $16,123.

Overall, 15 yearlings foaled in New York sold for a total of $1,486,000 at the OBS auction.

* The New York State Thoroughbred Breeding and Development Fund will be able to distribute the 10 percent reserve it held back in case of a shortfall on payment of owner, breeder, and stallion owner awards in 2002. Total fund revenue last year was $13,564,000, an increase of $160,000 over 2001. Since 1998, the fund's revenue has grown 10.4 percent. All of the fund's revenue is derived from betting handle generated by state Thoroughbred and harness tracks and OTB's.

* Fans can vote for last year's top New York-breds online at www.nybreds.com/ballot/. The entrants selecting the most divisional winners in nine categories, as picked by New York turf writers, will win four passes to Saratoga Race Course. The contest ends on March 31 and the winners will be announced on April 2.