07/25/2002 11:00PM

Koch's passive action pays off

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After New York-bred Sherpa Guide won his third consecutive race and became a stakes winner in the $81,475 Evan Shipman last Sunday at Belmont Park, his owner and breeder, Doug Koch, had to be thrilled he didn't sell as he had originally intended.

Sherpa Guide, a 4-year-old gelding with $259,999 in earnings, was consigned to Fasig-Tipton's preferred sale of yearlings at Saratoga in 1999, but failed to bring his $29,000 reserve and was kept by Koch.

Koch, a veterinarian who owns Berkshire Stud in Pine Plains, N.Y., usually sells the colts he breds and keeps the fillies to race before adding them to his broodmare band.

In the case of Sherpa Guide, Koch really liked the horse's looks and decided to send him to his trainer, Tom Bush, when bidding on the yearling didn't reach the reserve price.

"I tried to sell, but he didn't have much commercial appeal," Koch said. "There was no action on him at the sale, so I figured what the heck, we'll keep him and race him."

Koch, who is the co-breeder of this year's Arkansas Derby winner Private Emblem, owns Sherpa Guide's dam, Passive Action, an unraced daughter of Double Negative. Koch and trainer Bobby Reinacher bought Passive Action's dam, Nationalism, and alternated foals, and Koch ended up with Passive Action.

Koch said he always was a big fan of the late New York sire Ends Well and thought Passive Action, who is a large mare, would be a good fit with the stallion. The mating resulted in Sherpa Guide, Passive Action's first foal.

Passive Action also has produced a 3-year-old filly by Ends Well and a yearling filly by 1996 Preakness winner Louis Quatorze. Passive Action had another Louis Quatorze filly this year. The broodmare was bred back to Stravinsky but failed to get in foal.

David moved to Sugar Maple Farm

New York sire David, whose first foals arrived this year, has been moved to Howard Kaskel's Sugar Maple Farm in Poughquag. David, owned by Barry Schwartz, stood the 2002 season at Dutchess Views Farm in Pine Plains.

David's 2003 stud fee will remain at $3,000.

A New York-bred son of Mt. Livermore, David was a stakes winner and retired with $403,920 in earnings. His dam, Fateful Beauty, comes from the same family that produced champion sprinter and Grade 1 producer Gold Beauty.

A full brother to David, a New York-bred yearling colt, will be offered for sale on the first day of Fasig-Tipton's selected sale in Saratoga on Aug. 6. David's half-brother, Presence, a 2-year-old, is a graded stakes-placed runner.

Maria's Mon colt New York-bred sales topper

Seven New York-bred yearlings brought $1,069,000 at Fasig-Tipton's two-day sale of selected yearlings on July 17 and 18 in Kentucky.

The New York-bred sales topper was Hip No. 497, a colt by Maria's Mon, a leading third-crop sire. The colt, who is named Yankee's Luv Wells, was bought by Kathleen Schonefeld of Katy, Texas, for $395,000. The chestnut colt was consigned to the sale by Francis and Barbara Vanlangendonck's Summerfield, agent.

Francis Vanlangendonck said the Maria's Mon colt looked the part.

"He's a big athlete with a lot of leg and a body to go with it," Vanlangendonck said. "He's like a Patrick Ewing. He's athletic, and he's big. That's what the trainers are looking for."

Yankee's Luv Wells, who is out of the Seattle Slew mare Sodeo Sodeo, was foaled at Louis Salerno's Questroyal Farm in New Hampton, N.Y.

A Hennessy colt (Hip No. 312), whose dam is a half-sister to multiple stakes winner Scottish Halo, sold for $200,000 to Starlight Stables.

The colt is out of Distinctive Cash, a daughter of New York sire Distinctive Pro, and was consigned to the sale by Dennis and Debbie Petrisak, her co-breeders. Thomas J. Gallo Sales Agency acted as agent on the sale.

The Hennessy colt was foaled in Geneseo, N.Y. at Foggy Bottom Farm, which is owned by his other co-breeder, Beverly Least.

* Anniron and Proud Puppy, a pair of New York-breds who were tremendously successful during the late 1980's at Finger Lakes and Aqueduct, were inducted into Finger Lakes's Hall of Fame last weekend.