03/28/2002 12:00AM

Ingot Way more than paid her way

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LEXINGTON, Ky. - Ingot Way, dam of 1998 Horse of the Year Skip Away, was euthanized early Wednesday morning after colicking, leaving a legacy of good auction results for her owners at Summer Wind Farm near Georgetown, Ky.

Ingot Way, who was 21, died at the Hagyard Davidson McGee veterinary hospital. Summer Wind manager Mark Moloney said surgeons delivered Ingot Way's Awesome Again colt by Caesarean section before the mare died. The foal, who was 5 1/2 weeks premature, also died Wednesday at the clinic.

When the Summer Wind Farm owners, Jane and Frank Lyon and Karen Bailey, bought Ingot Way at the 1996 Keeneland November sale for $310,000, the mare already had a Grade 1 winner, Skip Away, to her credit. Now retired to stud at Hopewell Farm in Lexington, Skip Away, a three-time champion, remains the only stakes winner for his dam.

Skip Away, by Skip Trial, won 18 of 38 career races, including nine Grade 1 races, highlighted by the 1997 Breeders' Cup Classic and back-to-back victories in the 1996 and '97 Jockey Club Gold Cup. He earned more than $9.6 million.

As Skip Away's career progressed to those stellar proportions, Summer Wind reaped some of the benefit at yearling auctions, where Ingot Way quickly repaid her purchase price.

Summer Wind sold the foal Ingot Way was carrying when they bought her, a full brother to Skip Away later named Skipingo, for $300,000 at the 1998 Keeneland September yearling sale. At later yearling auctions, the mare's Seeking the Gold colt Seeking the Way sold for $450,000; her Storm Cat colt Irish Legacy sold for $320,000; and her Storm Cat filly Summer Wind Storm brought $195,000.

"She was a favorite mare here," Moloney said, "and she was one of the first mares Summer Wind bought when they got in the business.

"She was a tough mare who liked to be playful. She didn't look her age at all; she looked like a 5-year-old. She was the picture of health."

Ingot Way was buried at Summer Wind.

Honor Glide retired

Honor Glide, a dual Grade 1 winner and millionaire owned by Bonnie Heath Farm and Robert Schaedle III, has retired from racing, but his stud plans remain undecided.

Bonnie Heath Farm owners Bonnie and Kim Heath will meet with Schaedle to consider options for Honor Glide's stud career, Kim Heath said Thursday, including the possibility of selling the 8-year-old Honor Grades horse or standing him elsewhere.

In the meantime, Honor Glide is stabled at Payson Park with trainer Christophe Clement.

Honor Glide, winner of the Grade 1 Secretariat Stakes in 1997 and Grade 1 Sword Dancer Invitational Handicap in 1999, was trained earlier in his career by Jim Day. In 1997, under Day, Honor Glide won Arlington's "Turf Triple" of the Secretariat, Grade 2 Arlington Classic (equaling the course record of 1:47.40 for the 1 1/8 miles), and Grade 2 American Derby.

Honor Glide, a son of the Run the Gantlet mare Becky Branch, retires with a career record of 38-11-5-2 and earnings of $1,397,187.

In his last race, Honor Glide finished seventh in the Grade 2 Pan American Handicap at Gulfstream Park.

Vinery buys Twining

Dr. Tom Simon's Vinery in Lexington has purchased Twining, sire of stakes winner Two Item Limit, and will relocate the horse from Wimbledon Farm, also in Lexington, at the end of the breeding season.

Twining, an 11-year-old Forty Niner horse, began his stud career at Wimbledon but went to Japan's East Stud in 1999. Wimbledon got the horse back in December as part of a lease deal and stands him this year for $10,000.

Vinery's Bates Newton said that Twining, a son of Courtly Dee (by Never Bend), would begin his Vinery career at the farm's Australian facility in New South Wales during the 2002 southern hemisphere season. Vinery hasn't set an Australian fee yet, but Newton said Twining would probably stand for $10,000 in North America in 2003.

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