09/29/2006 12:00AM

JEH, hit by fire in June, will be up and running in 2007


When a fire destroyed the stud barn at New Mexico's JEH Stallion Station in June and killed six stallions, including 1997 Horse of the Year Favorite Trick and Grade 1 winner Saratoga Six, the farm's co-owner Jim Helzer swore he'd rebuild. Now, just a few months after the blaze, Helzer says the farm will be ready to receive mares again for the 2007 breeding season. Its new stallion roster will feature two new Thoroughbred stallions: Minister Eric, a Grade 2-winning son of Old Trieste, and the Storm Cat horse Gen Stormin'norman, who is relocating from JEH Stallion Station's Texas division. In September, Helzer purchased C'Mon Tiger, a maiden half-brother to Tiznow, as a racehorse and as a stallion prospect. And more stallions may be on the way soon.

"We're looking at a couple of other horses right now, and we'll probably have the entire battery of stallions put together in the next few weeks," Helzer said Friday morning. "We'll have six as a minimum and maybe as many as eight."

That total will include Quarter Horses; three are already set to stand at JEH in 2007. They are Dean Miracle, Get Down Perry, and Illegal Runaway, for whom the farm just closed the deal to stand Thursday.

Investigators are still trying to determine the cause of the June fire, though they had ruled arson out by July. Helzer said he is more interested in the future of the Hondo, N.M., facility than its painful past. Helzer and his wife, Marilyn, own the New Mexico division of the JEH Stallion Station in partnership with R.D. Hubbard, and they are hopeful about the farm's outlook, especially in light of the New Mexico Thoroughbred industry's recent slot-fueled growth.

"We're excited about New Mexico," Helzer said. "Every year here looks better and better."

In the months since the fire, Helzer has been busy rebuilding and upgrading.

"The rebuilding is going right on schedule," he said. "Right now, we're pouring the foundation for the stallion barn. We ought to have the barn erected and ready for horses by Nov. 1.

"We've already redone the stallion pens and upscaled all the turn-out pens," he said.

Helzer would not disclose the cost of the building, but he acknowledged it has been "significant."

But JEH Stallion Station's New Mexico branch bred about 600 mares last season, and that's a big reason to keep going, Helzer said.

Dynaformer stud fee increased

Three Chimneys Farm in Midway, Ky., is raising the fee of one stallion this year. Dynaformer, a 21-year-old Roberto stallion, will get an increase from $100,000 this year to $150,000 for 2007, thanks in part to his son Barbaro's 6 1/2-length win in the Kentucky Derby. But Barbaro wasn't Dynaformer's only star this season. Film Maker, already a Grade 1 winner, scored in Grade 3 company and was second in the Grade 1 Beverly D. this year. Several other nice stakes winners have carried Dynaformer's flag in 2006, including Pommes Frites, Purim, Perfect Drift, and Dynamite Lass.

Dynaformer is ranked fourth by 2006 progeny earnings on the North American general sire list.

All other Three Chimneys stallions will have the same fees in 2007 that they had in 2006.

"This is a competitive business, and we want to make sure our stallions are priced to compete favorably for the best mares, so we've been very realistic in setting our fees," said Three Chimneys owner Robert Clay.

Ten Most Wanted moves to New York

Autumn traditionally is a time of change at stud farms, as stallions are acquired or sold. Among the stallions or prospects finding new quarters this week are Grade 1-winning millionaire Ten Most Wanted and graded winner Forest Grove.

Ten Most Wanted, who has stood the last two seasons at Gainesway in Lexington, will relocate to Becky Thomas's Sequel Stallions New York near Hudson, N.Y. A 6-year-old Deputy Commander horse, Ten Most Wanted will stand for $7,500 as the property of Dennis Narlinger, Gainesway, and J. Paul Reddam.

Ten Most Wanted is a son of the Criminal Type mare Wanted Again. He won the 2003 Travers Stakes and three other graded races, and he also finished second in the 2003 Belmont Stakes.

Forest Grove, a 5-year-old son of Forestry, will enter stud in 2007 at Brereton C. Jones Jr.'s Airdrie Stud. He will also stand for $7,500. A homebred campaigned by Aaron and Marie Jones, Forest Grove is out of the Batonnier mare Charm a Gendarme, also a Grade 3 winner. He is a half-brother to dual Grade 1 winner Tout Charmant.

Forest Grove won 5 of 16 starts, including the Grade 3 Los Angeles Times Handicap and two other stakes. He leaves the races with earnings of $281,130.