08/15/2002 11:00PM

Good deal on newly credentialed colt


SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. - Barbara Vanlangendonck, who along with her husband, Francis, brought a large consignment to Fasig-Tipton's New York-bred sale last week, received a wonderful phone call just hours before the start of the sale Sunday.

The caller informed Vanlangendonck that a half-sister to a Forest Wildcat colt who was part of the Vanlangendonck's consignment that evening had just won a maiden turf race at Saratoga.

As happy as Vanlangendonck was to hear the news, trainer Rick Violette, who planned on bidding on the colt for Klavarich Stables, was worried it might drive the price up.

Violette was successful in the bidding and purchased the yearling for $130,000. The colt was the first six-figure yearling to sell at the sale.

"It was right about the budget we had," Violette said. "This horse has the license to be good."

The Forest Wildcat yearling was bred by Jerry and Joan Nielsen and foaled at their Sunnyfield Farm in Bedford.

Familiarity breeds sale

When Frankie O'Connor, the owner of Kildaire Stud in Lexington, Ky., bid on the first horse to go through the ring at Fasig-Tipton's select sale earlier this month, he was quite familiar with the New York-bred yearling he ended up purchasing for $110,000.

O'Connor previously worked as the farm manager at Sugar Maple Farm in Poughquag and was employed there when the Cozzene colt was born. O'Connor left in August 2001 to open his own farm in Kentucky.

O'Connor, who bought the yearling, named Spatso, for Admire Stables, said it didn't hurt having some hands-on knowledge of the colt.

"It's nice to buy a horse you know," O'Connor said. "He never had any problems. He was a good foal and now a nice yearling."

O'Connor said Mike Hushion will train the yearling, who was bred by John A. Nerud.

Ten for $1.5 million

At the select sale, 10 New York-breds sold for $1,558,000.

The sales-topper at $300,000 was a Mt. Livermore colt who is a full brother to David, a multiple New York-bred stakes winner. Dapple Bloodstock of Lexington, Ky. was the buyer.

The yearling, who was consigned to the sale by Eaton Sales, agent, was bred by New York Racing Association chairman Barry Schwartz and foaled at Schwartz's Stonewall Farm in Granite Springs.

Also at the select sale, a full brother to New York-bred champion Shopping for Love sold for $190,000 to Centennial Farms. The colt, Love in an Instant, consigned to the sale by Derry Meeting Farm, agent, was bred by Frank Mancini and was born at Edition Farm in Hyde Park.

Guest of honor has four legs

Wheelaway, the newest stallion in residence at McMahon of Saratoga Thoroughbreds, was the guest of honor at a party attended by 250 people on Aug. 10.

Joe and Anne McMahon hosted the soiree at their Saratoga farm to show off Wheelaway, whose retirement was announced two weeks earlier. The McMahons recently set Wheelaway's 2003 stud fee at $6,000. He will stand for a syndicate.

Wheelaway, a 5-year-old son of Unbridled, won 2 of 7 starts, including the Tampa Bay Derby. He was sidelined with a bone chip in his left ankle after finishing fourth in the 2000 Belmont Stakes and was in training for a comeback to the races when he was retired.

Mike McMahon of McMahon Bloodstock, said Wheelaway immediately settled into his new surroundings. "He's a calm, intelligent horse," McMahon said. "Those horses usually acclimate easily."

McMahon said among the mares expected to be sent to Wheelaway next year are daughters of Storm Cat and Dixieland Band, whom are owned by Caesar Kimmel, who co-owned Wheelaway with Philip Solondz.

* More than 50 New York-bred yearlings are consigned to this week's four-day Ocala Breeders' Sales Company auction, including 13 from McMahon of Saratoga Thoroughbreds.

* A charity auction for Equine Advocates - an equine protection organization - will be held Tuesday evening at Stone Bridge Farm in nearby Schuylerville, N.Y. Call (518) 245-1507 for more information.