07/12/2001 11:00PM

Impact on track and at sales

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On three successive weekends in June, New York-breds won graded races at Belmont Park. The impact of this success may be felt beyond the track and into the sales ring.

Say Florida Sandy, who at 7 is enjoying the best season of his career, won the Grade 2 True North Handicap at Belmont Park on June 9 and then came within a head of winning the Grade 2 Tom Fool on July 4.

Dat You Miz Blue gave top sprinter Dream Supreme a thrashing in the Grade 3 Vagrancy on June 16. Critical Eye, who won last year's Grade 1 Gazelle, added another Grade 1 to her record by winning the $250,000 Hempstead Handicap on June 23, defeating, among others, champion Beautiful Pleasure.

Do sales consignors see the successes of New York-breds in graded company this year gaining New York-breds more attention at the upcoming summer yearling sales?

"I think it will definitely help," said Dan Pride of the Kentucky-based Taylor Made Sales Agency, the consignor of seven New York-bred yearlings between Fasig-Tipton's Kentucky selected yearling sale this coming week and Fasig-Tipton's Saratoga selected yearling sale in August. "Part of our goal is to put individuals in sales where they will stand out and get individual attention. I think New York-breds do in select sales. The strong purses in the state-bred program and the recent success of New York-breds in open company will help."

Taylor Made is the consignor of two of the eight New York-breds who are among the more than 400 yearlings consigned to Fasig-Tipton's two-day sale, which begins Wednesday in Lexington, Ky.

Pride said that while sales companies like to offer a cross-section of horses bred in different states at their auctions, where a horse is bred is not the most important thing.

"At select sales, New York-breds have to compete like the other horses," Pride said. "Individuals are evaluated by their pedigree and physically. Although sales companies want to have a broad section of state-breds, the horses still have to meet the criteria."

Taylor Made has built a reputation for offering quality New York-breds at the summer select sales. Lucky Roberto and Circle of Life, a pair of New York-breds consigned by Taylor Made in the late 1990's, went on to become Grade 1 winners.

Among the New York-bred yearlings Taylor Made is offering this week in Kentucky is a Tomorrows Cat filly (Hip No. 141) who is out of Starring Monique, a Risen Star mare. The filly's second dam, Clever Monique, is the dam of Yes It's True, a Grade 1 winner of more than $1 million.

One of the five Taylor Made yearlings consigned to the Fasig-Tipton Saratoga select sale, which runs Aug. 7-9, is a Silver Deputy colt out of an In Reality mare. Last year, the highest-priced New York-bred at that sale was a Silver Deputy filly who sold for $1.25 million and was the highest price in 2000 for any offspring from that stallion.

Tom Gallo, a New York-based consignor, has a pair of New York-breds in the Kentucky sale, a Langfuhr colt and an A.P Jet colt. At the Saratoga preferred sale Aug. 12, which sells mostly New York-breds, Gallo said he would offer 18 yearlings for sale.

Last year Gallo, who operates his sales agency with his daughter, Nadine, consigned the highest-priced New York-bred at the Fasig-Tipton Kentucky select sale, a $270,000 Mr. Greeley colt.

Gallo, who sits on the board of directors of the New York Thoroughbred Breeders Inc., said that most professional buyers are drawn to individual horses based on pedigree and conformation, not because of where a horse is sired.

But he said a first-time buyer who is looking for an affordable purchase might seek out a New York-bred. Owners of New York-breds are eligible to earn bonuses on top of purse money when their horse finishes fourth or higher in open races.

"Most people don't come looking for New York-breds, but being a New York-bred is an added bonus," Gallo said. "If you like the individual and it happens to be a New York-bred, it adds value."