07/25/2004 11:00PM

Hough, Robsham a successful combination


SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. - Trainer Stanley Hough and owner Joyce Robsham are coming off an excellent Belmont Park spring meet and will try to keep that momentum going Wednesday at Saratoga with Broadway Gold in the Grade 2 Schuylerville, the opening-day feature.

Broadway Gold is one of four horses owned by Robsham and trained by Hough who won or placed in a stakes during Belmont's spring meet. At the 61-day stand, Robsham led all owners in number of wins, with 9 from

48 starters. Her purse earnings of $470,750 placed her fifth in the money-won category.

Broadway Gold enters the $150,000 Schuylerville for 2-year-old fillies following a three-length win in the Astoria Stakes June 27. On May 8, Hough and Robsham won the Grade 3 Bold Ruler Handicap with Canadian Frontier.

In addition to those stakes wins, Hough and Robsham finished second with Feline Story in the Grade 1 Prioress and ungraded Funistrada Stakes, and third with Western Princess in the Fashion Stakes.

Both Feline Story and Canadian Frontier, who won the Longfellow Stakes at Monmouth Park on July 3, will see stakes action at Saratoga. Feline Story, who won the Legal Light Stakes at Delaware Park in April, will run in Saturday's Grade 1 Test, while Canadian Frontier is being pointed to the Grade 2

Alfred G. Vanderbilt on Aug. 14.

Later in the 36-day meet, Hough said he hopes to unveil Robsham's 2-year-old A.P. Indy colt Deputy Indy.

"I think he is going to be a very nice horse," Hough said.

Hough is also very high on the well-bred Broadway Gold, a daughter of Seeking the Gold whose dam, Miss Doolittle, is a daughter of Storm Cat. Before winning the Astoria, Broadway Gold won a maiden race by 11 lengths. Robsham's late husband, Einar, bought Broadway Gold as a yearling at Keeneland for $600,000.

"Obviously, the races are going to get tougher for her, but she is a very talented filly," Hough said. "She is a different type of filly in that she doesn't train very aggressively. She takes care of herself."

Robsham owns about 25 of the 40 horses currently in Hough's barn. Hough, 56, trains for several others, including Sam and Jeri Knighton, Cobra Farm, Castletop Stable, and Our Sugar Bear Stable. Request for Parole, who won the Grade 1 United Nations for Knighton at Monmouth on July 3, is scheduled to run in the Grade 1 Sword Dancer on Aug. 14.

With his win in the $750,000 United Nations, Request for Parole provided Hough with his biggest win in terms of purse money in 36 years of training. But over the years, some of Hough's greatest sources of financial reward have come from deals he brokered to sell horses he trained and owned in partnership. One of those horses was Proud Appeal, whom Hough owned in partnership with Malcolm Winfield. Shortly before Proud Appeal won the 1981 Blue Grass Stakes, Hough and Winfield sold half-interest in the colt to John Gaines and Robert Entenmann for a whopping $5 million.

Among the other horses that Hough developed into stakes winners before selling them were Caller I.D. and You and I, 2-year-olds he campaigned with Triumviri Stable in the early 1990's.

"If I had my own 2-year-olds, the primary goal would be to race and sell at some point in time," Hough said. "Not everyone has that same goal."

After Robsham's husband died on Feb. 22 at 75, she continued on with the stable that he started in the early 1980's.

Hough trained for the Robshams earlier in his career, but when he took a private job with Robert and Bea Roberts in 1995, he gave up training outside horses. During his four years with the Robertses, Hough enjoyed some of his best years in the business. Between his divisions in New York and Kentucky, Hough had about 80 horses. In 1998 and 1999, Hough's combined purse earnings exceeded $6.7 million and he saddled 165 winners.

At the end of 1999, the Robertses began dispersing their racing and breeding stock because their construction business was in financial trouble. By the end of 2000, Hough was out of a job. With nothing tying him down, Hough took seven months off to be with his wife, Cinda, who was battling breast cancer. Late in the summer of 2001 and following a month's vacation in Europe with Cinda, who was responding well to treatment, Hough returned to work.

Shortly after Hough was back at the track, he was asked by Einar Robsham to take over the training of 25 horses. Hough jumped at the offer.

"Mr. Robsham and I had a good relationship and got along really well," Hough said. "I always liked him as a person and just thought he would be good to work for. It worked out great. I loved working with him and now I love working for Mrs. Robsham."