01/03/2003 12:00AM

Intidab begins Shadwell foray into local breeding program

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It had been a few years since a stallion stood at Gallagher's Stud, and Phil Trowbridge, the farm's manager, wasn't really looking to fill any of the four stalls in the stallion barn.

That changed when Trowbridge was contacted last fall by Rick Nichols, the general manager and vice president of Shadwell Farm in Lexington, Ky., to stand graded stakes winner Intidab, a son of Phone Trick, at Gallagher's Stud in Ghent, N.Y.

Intidab, a sprinter bred and raced by Shadwell Farm, arrived at Gal

lagher's in November. The 10-year-old, whose first crop will be yearlings this year, previously stood at Wycombe House Stud in Reddick, Fla.

Nichols said a couple of factors led Shadwell, which has large stallion operations in Kentucky, England, and Ireland, to stand a stud in New York for the first time.

"We race a lot of horses in New York, so we thought it was time to participate in the breeding program," Nichols said. "We know that the program is very good, and we wanted to take advantage of it. Intidab was a brilliant sprinter, and with so many stallions in Kentucky, we would like to get him some recognition."

Trowbridge, the general manager at Gallagher's for 27 years, said, "Intidab fit our bill. He has serious speed and longevity. He's magnificent looking and extremely intelligent, with a bright personality."

On the track, Intidab raced six seasons and was a winner in England, Dubai, and the United States. Among his three stakes wins was the Grade 2 A Phenomenon at Saratoga, where he defeated sprint champion Artax, and the Grade 2 True North at Belmont Park. In his final year of racing, Intidab finished first in the A.G. Vanderbilt (formerly the A Phenomenon), but was disqualified and placed second for interference. He retired with earnings of $531,221 and a record of 7-12-5 in 36 starts.

Intidab, who is out of the Mr. Prospector mare Alqwani, will stand for $5,000. His sire, Phone Trick, stands at Milfer Farm in Unadilla, N.Y., and commands a $25,000 stud fee, the highest in New York.

Nichols said it could turn out to be a bonus that father and son are both standing in New York, because breeders who are interested in Phone Trick, but find his stud fee too steep, will have the opportunity of sending mares to Intidab instead.

Shadwell will support Intidab with five mares, who all raced in Europe. Gallagher's also will breed some mares to the stallion. Trowbridge said one of mares on the farm booked to Intidab is Adoraday, a daughter of Dayjur, who is a Shadwell stallion standing in Kentucky. Adoraday's dam, Adorable Micol, is a Gallagher's homebred and was named the 2000 champion broodmare in New York.

Jerry Brody, who bred dozens of stakes winners at Gallagher's before his death in 2001, purchased the farm in the 1970's. Gallagher's, which was originally used to breed Angus cattle, is now owned by Brody's wife, Marlene.

Signal Tap has a graded winner

Signal Tap, who stands at Questroyal Stud in New Hampton, was represented by his first graded winner last Saturday at Santa Anita when Got Koko upset the Grade 1 La Brea Stakes and defeated Grade 1 winners You and Habibti.

Got Koko, a 4-year-old Texan-bred filly, is from Signal Tap's second crop. Got Koko became Signal Tap's first stakes winner when she won the Torrey Pines Stakes at Del Mar in September.

Signal Tap, a 12-year-old son of Fappiano, also has sired stakes placed runners No White Flags, Spectaculaireontap, and Alltappedout.

Signal Tap, who is owned by a syndicate, will stand for $2,500 this year, half of what he stood for in 2002.

Get Koko's dam, Baby North, was previously owned by Jim and Lorna Mack, the owners of Silvernails Farm in Pine Plains. The Macks bred Baby North to Signal Tap and sold the mare while she was carrying Get Koko for $11,000 at Keeneland's 1998 November sale to Eileen Hartis, who is listed as Get Koko's breeder.

Thunder strikes again

Thunder Puddles, one of New York's oldest active stallions, sired Tom's Thunder, the winner of last Sunday's Alex M. Robb Handicap for New York-breds at Aqueduct.

Thunder Puddles, a 24-year-old New York-bred son of Speak John, has sired 15 crops of runners and has progeny earnings that exceed $7.4 million.

In addition to Tom's Thunder, Thunder Puddles also has sired graded stakes winners Thunder Rumble, Thunder Achiever, and Thunder Regent.

Thunder Puddles, a graded stakes winner with nearly $800,000 in earnings, stands for $2,500 at Highcliff Farm in Delanson.

Herbert T. Schwartz, who was recognized by the Thoroughbred Owners and Breeders Association as the country's top small breeder in 2001, bred both Thunder Puddles and Tom's Thunder.