03/29/2002 12:00AM

High-priced duo booked solid for the year


Quality sells - that has been proven over and over again during the 13-year history of Northview Stallion Station.

Northview stands the two most expensive stallions in the mid-Atlantic region: Two Punch ($25,000) and Polish Numbers ($20,000). Both are booked full for the 2002 season, and seasons to Two Punch are increasingly at a premium, said Richard Golden, managing partner of Northview.

"People will respond to a stud fee, as long as they perceive it as value," said Golden, who founded Northview in 1989, along with fellow owners Allaire duPont and Tom Bowman.

"We turned down 30 or 40 mares to Two Punch this year," Golden said. "He'll be 20 next year, and we're trying to take good care of him, to keep him around for a long time to come. His book is limited to about 70 mares."

Two Punch was the mid-Atlantic region's leading sire of sales horses in 2001. His standout was Heavyweight Champ, who brought $675,000 at the Fasig-Tipton February 2-year-olds in training sale and was three times graded stakes-placed at 2, including a second in the Grade 2 Saratoga Special. Two Punch also accounted for the two top mid-Atlantic-sired sales yearlings, both exceeding $200,000. His yearlings averaged $57,211, well over double the stud fee, and his 2-year-olds recorded an average of $114,773 for 11 sold.

A regally bred son of Mr. Prospector and Heavenly Cause (by Grey Dawn II), Two Punch is represented by 13 crops of racing age. His top-performing offspring include champion sprinter and nationally prominent young sire Smoke Glacken.

Polish Numbers's sales 2-year-olds also averaged well over $100,000 last year. His top sales horse, at $465,000, was Renumbered, also sold at the Fasig-Tipton Florida 2-year-olds in training sale. Polish Numbers (by Danzig-Numbered Account, by Buckpasser) has eight crops of racing age, and was represented in 2001 by 18 stakes performers (six stakes winners), including Maryland-bred champions One Eyed Joker and Sparkling Number.

The largest commercial stallion operation in the mid-Atlantic region, Northview has 11 stallions on its 2002 roster. No new stallions were added this year, although Golden indicated that an addition - in the higher price ranges - is likely for 2003.

"Next year we might add a horse with a higher stud fee than we've ever had. We've never exceeded the $25,000 mark," said Golden.

Northview's lineup is a mix of younger and older stallions. Two Northview horses will be represented this year by their first crops of 2-year-olds: multimillion-dollar earning turf star Awad (Caveat-Dancer's Candy, by Noble Dancer), and Partner's Hero, who is sprint champion Safely Kept's graded stakes-winning half-brother, by Danzig.

First foals are arriving this spring for Northview stallions Crowd Pleaser, who is a graded stakes winner by A.P. Indy out of Creaking Board, by Night Shift, and Lion Hearted, a graded stakes-placed horse by Storm Cat-Cadillacing, by Alydar, from the female family of champion Easy Goer.

Diamond (Mr. Prospector-Pure Profit, by Key to the Mint), a stakes-winning half-brother to champion Inside Information and three additional stakes horses, will have his first foals come to the races next year. Tamayaz (Gone West-Minstrelsy, by The Minstrel), from the illustrious female line of Mrs. Peterkin, has several winners in his first crop of 3-year-olds.

Then there is the well-proven trio of Not for Love and multimillionaires Concern and Waquoit. Not for Love, who stands for $15,000, is among the highest-priced stallions in the mid-Atlantic region. A son of Mr. Prospector-Dance Number, by Northern Dancer, he rose to the fore when his son LaSalle Street brought $2 million at the 1999 Keeneland April 2-year-olds in training sale, and was represented in 2001 by five stakes winners, including Maryland-bred champion Touch Love.

Concern (Broad Brush-Fara's Team, by Tunerup) has several stakes winners from his first three crops. Waquoit (Relaunch-Grey Parlo, by Grey Dawn II) is a regional stalwart, with progeny earnings exceeding $18 million from 11 crops of racing age.