04/04/2003 12:00AM

Hasten to Add a two-market sire


LEXINGTON, Ky. - Illinois Thoroughbred breeders have an opportunity to access champion bloodlines, thanks to the recent arrival of 1995 Canadian turf champion Hasten

to Add at Shultz Farms in Bloomington. Hasten to Add's new owner, Gary Shultz, bought the horse from Black Oak Farm in California this month. But racehorse breeders aren't the only ones who will be calling Shultz to buy seasons to the Cozzene horse.

Unlike most stallion owners, Shultz intends to diversify Hasten to Add's book of mares. Thoroughbred mares bred for racehorse production will be the stallion's primary mates, but Shultz also plans to accept some sport-horse mares as a secondary market for Hasten to Add. That's an unusual move but one that can make sense, especially for stallions in smaller regional markets, where book sizes are well below Kentucky's 100-plus books. Breeding for a secondary performance horse market can allow Thoroughbred stallion owners to add business with relatively little effort. The Jockey Club's Thoroughbred registry

doesn't apply to cross-bred horses used for other sports, which means those horses don't have to be produced by live cover. That allows Thoroughbred stallion owners to ship frozen semen to sport-horse mares anywhere in the world while still covering mares.

Sport horses have bloodlines combining Thoroughbred blood with draft breeds such as Percherons or Belgians, and they are used for a wide variety of disciplines, including foxhunting, show jumping, dressage, and trail riding. Their versatility has made them popular among the non-racing horsey set, and that spells opportunity for stallion

owners. Breeders who infuse Thoroughbred blood into other breeds can even register their half-bred foals with the Performance Horse Registry, which The Jockey Club established in 1994 to encourage and track the influence of Thoroughbred breeding in other equestrian disciplines. The Jockey Club has since sold the PHR, and it now resides with USA Equestrian, formerly known as the American Horse Shows Association.

Shultz emphasizes that his primary focus will be on the Thoroughbred market, but he added, "I think it's good business to keep your stallion busy. That's why you have him. If you have one whose book isn't full, why not go for it? You have to go where the market is."

Shultz is familiar with both markets. A longtime Thoroughbred owner, he most recently stood Raja Native in Illinois. When that horse died last year, Shultz called a friend, bloodstock agent Stanley Petter, and asked him to help him find a new stallion. Shultz, general counsel for Mitsubishi's Illinois operation, runs Shultz Farms with his wife Ann, a neurosurgeon.

Hasten to Add, whose fee is private, may well have cross-over appeal. Racehorse breeders' eyes may be drawn to his turf championship, $516,822 in earnings, and the fact that he's by Cozzene out of stakes-placed Beau Cougar. Beau Cougar also produced Canadian Grade 1 winner See How She Runs. Sport-horse breeders would like the fact that Hasten to Add was a distance specialist and stands 17-1 hands.

Shultz has already bred Hasten to Add to two of his own sport-horse mares, who will produce foals that are three-quarter Percheron and one-quarter Thoroughbred. Shultz probably will sell the offspring to pleasure and show riders.

Key time for caterpillar control

University of Kentucky entomologist Don Potter reminds breeders to begin caterpillar control methods now, as timing is ideal to prevent infestation, according to an advisory issued Friday by Grayson-Jockey Club Research Foundation. Eastern tent caterpillars have been associated with occurrence of mare reproductive loss syndrome.

Potter noted that breeders can treat infested trees with a foliar spray such as Talstar, which proved nearly 100 percent effective in UK tests. Another option is to inject infested trees with bidrin (Inject-a-cide B) within the next week; this option requires injection by a certified applicator.

* Colleagues and friends of the late Linda Conley McGaughey will hold a memorial service in honor of the longtime sales manager, agent, and Tattersalls representative

April 22 at 5:30 p.m. at the Thoroughbred Club in Lexington. McGaughey died last week of liver failure at age 59.