02/09/2007 12:00AM

Hamms dabble in a bit of everything


Tim Hamm is often a middle man in the Thoroughbred business world of buying and selling. The tag pinhooker, however, is an insufficient job description, for Hamm and his wife, Shawna, cover a much greater commercial paradigm.

Their Blazing Meadows Farm in North Jackson, Ohio, and their annex Blazing Meadows South in the Ocala area of Florida, while often accommodating the preparation of pin-hooks for the sales, are also involved in breeding replacements for the sizable Hamm stable of horses.

Earlier this month in Los Angeles, a Hamm pinhook, Wait a While, bought for $50,000 as a yearling and resold at the OBS February 2005 sale of 2-year-olds in training for $260,000, earned an Eclipse Award as the 2006 champion filly or mare.

On Tuesday, when Hip No. 187 goes through the ring of this year's OBS select sale of 2-year-olds in training, Blazing Meadow Farm, agent, will be offering a bay filly by Grand Slam out of Wildcat Victory, a winning daughter of Forest Wildcat.

"We sell here, we sell there, and we race," said Tim Hamm, who trains the bulk of the Hamm family stable, which numbers between 60 and 70 horses at the races. "We race most of our horses at Mountaineer Park, a slightly lesser number in Ohio, and then, if we have horses that belong in the big leagues, they go where they fit."

It has been a good run for the stable.

"We've won about 50 stakes races over the past six years," Hamm said.

One of those stakes winners is the homebred Too Much Bling. A gray or roan son of Rubiano, Too Much Bling began his career with a maiden victory at Thistledown and then went on to place in the Grade 1 Hopeful Stakes. As a 3-year-old this past season, the Ohio-bred Too Much Bling ran six times, won a pair of Grade 2 races, a Grade 3 race, and a listed stakes, and also finished second in the Grade 2 Woody Stephens Breeders' Cup at Belmont.

Too Much Bling is out of the stakes-winning Rose Colored Lady, by Formal Dinner, and is the fourth stakes winner produced by his dam. Retired to stud, Too Much Bling is standing his first season for $10,000 (live foal, stands and nurses) at Sequel Stallions in Florida as the property of a partnership.

Too Much Bling is on the Hamms' list of stallions they plan to book for 2007. Others whom the Blazing Meadows mares will be bred to in Florida include Exchange Rate, Montbrook, Pure Precision, and one of Tim Hamm's favorite stallions, Formal Dinner.

"We've been fortunate with that stud," said Hamm.

Formal Dinner is owned by a syndicate that includes several members with Ohio addresses. The 19-year-old Formal Dinner, from the Bold Ruler line, stands at Hidden Point Farm, Ocala, for a fee of $5,000, and his get have won slightly less than $20omillion.

Asked about the extent of the Hamm family members in Blazing Meadows operations, Hamm said, "It really is a family business."

Hamm admitted that he thought he would be making his living in the mundane business world when he graduated college.

"My parents were behind me," he said, "and my wife, Shawna, who had no real knowledge of horses when we got married, has developed a sharp eye for conformation."

Hamm said he believes most pinhookers look for those special traits that they hope will translate into a profitable investment. Hamm sets a limit on how much he's willing to spend on a yearling. This past year it was $60,000. Scope is the key attribute he seeks.

"There are exceptions, of course, but for me, I want horses who stand over themselves," he said. "Wait a While, she is that kind of horse."