10/18/2007 11:00PM

Keen on Andromeda's Hero

EmailAndromeda's Hero recently arrived at Dutchess Views Farm in Pine Plains, N.Y., where he will stand the 2008 breeding

season.

The Questroyal stallion's fee is $6,000 (live foal stands and nurses).

Andromeda's Hero, a big son of Kentucky Derby winner Fusaichi Pegasus, has already attracted attention.

"He has had many lookers since he arrived at our farm in New York, and so far, everyone is impressed," said Dutchess Views owner Michael Lischin. "He is a big, strong horse who is very correct. And although he appears to be smart and strong-willed, he definitely is not the nervous, high-strung type that some Fusaichi Pegasus horses can be."

With his fourth crop at the races, Fusaichi Pegasus has already passed the $24 million mark in progeny earnings, and is the sire of Grade 1 winners Roman Ruler and Bandini.

A member of his sire's first crop, Andromeda's Hero brings both an excellent race record and pedigree to New York.

As a 3-year-old of 2005, Andromeda's Hero won the Grade 3 Fred Hooper Handicap and Sam F. Davis Stakes, and finished second to champion Afleet Alex in the Belmont Stakes. He also placed in the Arkansas Derby and Jim Dandy Stakes.

In 2006, Andromeda's Hero finished third in a trio of prestigious Grade 1 events, the Jockey Club Gold Cup, Donn Handicap, and Suburban Handicap.

Andromeda's Hero is a grandson of the great Mr. Prospector out of the Storm Bird mare Marozia. He is a full brother to stakes winner and Grade 1-placed Superfly.

Second dam Make Change, by Roberto, won the Miss Liberty Stakes and finished on the board in major events such as the Coaching Club American Oaks, Alabama Stakes, Ladies Handicap, Mother Goose Stakes, and Hempstead Handicap.

Third dam Equal Change, by Arts and Letters, also placed in the Coaching Club American Oaks, and is the mother of graded stakes winner Spur Wing.

Grade 1 winners Solford and Whywhywhy are also members of this family.

Andromeda's Hero, whose first foals arrive in 2008, stood his first year at Richland Hills in Midway, Ky., in 2006.

Questroyal Stallions, Dutchess Views, and Metropolitan Stud (also owned by Lischin) led the group of New Yorkers who purchased part of Andromeda's Hero and brought him to New York.

Lischin said the initial shareholders in Andromeda's Hero, which includes Richland Hills, Nathan Fox, and Kentucky Downs owner Corey Johnsen, are going to send 15 to 20 mares to him. According to Lischin, they are interested in expanding their presence in New York.

"We have already sold out our allotment of shares," he said. "We are selling a few more shares to New York breeders, as we want to get a diversified group owning the 50 shares in the syndicate."

Record price for weanling at New York sale

The New York Breeders' Sales Company got the best results in its young history with its fall mixed sale on Oct. 14 at Saratoga Race Course.

Gross receipts were $1,776,900 for 172 horses sold, for an average of $10,331, increases of 27 percent on gross and 35 percent on average over 2006.

The company was rewarded for its emphasis on strengthening the weanling portion of the auction.

The selected weanling session produced an average of $23,485 and was marked by a sale-record weanling price of $85,000 for a colt by Eurosilver.

The previous record price for a weanling at the sale was $60,000 for a Kafwain filly in 2006. Overall, 77 weanlings sold for $1,313600 for an average of $17,052.

The company's first sale in 2004 had a weanling average of $10,616, while in 2005 the average was $6,473 and in 2006 it was $15,939.

The Eurosilver colt is a New York-bred purchased by Saratoga Oaks from the consignment of Moonestone Sales LLC, agent. Out of the Commemorate mare Shot Gun Francis, he is a half-brother to Shot Gun Favorite, winner of the Prairie Meadows Oaks and placed in the Grade 3 Indiana Breeders' Cup Oaks.

Trainer Linda Rice purchased a New York-bred weanling filly for $77,000 from the consignment of Rhapsody Farm Bloodstock LLC, agent. She is a daughter of Belmont Futurity winner Cuvee out of Wigwam, by Iron Courage. Second dam Bungalow, by Lord Avie, won a trio of Grade 3 events, including the Fleur de Lis Handicap.

This is the family of millionaire Western Playboy, winner of the Grade 1 Blue Grass Stakes.