09/27/2007 11:00PM

Langfuhr's hit parade keeps marching

EmailIf it seems like everywhere you turn there is an offspring of Langfuhr winning, you would not be far off in that thinking.

And when The Niagara Queen scored a determined half-length win in the Flaming Page Stakes at 1 1/2 miles on turf at Woodbine last Sunday, the 4-year-old became the 50th stakes winner from just seven crops to race for the Canadian-bred sire.

In the four weeks ending Sept. 23, Langfuhr sired winners at Saratoga, Louisiana Downs, Delaware Park, Laurel, Calder, Philadelphia Park, and other tracks in North America, not to mention winners in Australia and England.

His offspring have won stakes at distances from 4 1/2 furlongs up to 1 1/2 miles - on dirt, turf, and synthetic surfaces.

Langfuhr is the leading sire in North America by number of winners at 117 (through Sept. 26), the fifth-leading sire by earnings ($6.4 million), and 13 of his runners this year are stakes winners.

His popular son Lawyer Ron, already a multiple Grade 1 winner, will take his final step towards the Breeders' Cup Classic next month in Sunday's Jockey Club Gold Cup at Belmont Park.

Langfuhr's owner, Gus Schickedanz of Schonberg Farm in Schomberg, Ontario, and farm manager Lauri Kenny just returned from a trip to Kentucky to visit the prized stallion.

"I always know when a horse recognizes a person, and Langfuhr always recognizes Gus," said Kenny. "Gus always hides a bag of carrots behind him and Langfuhr immediately goes searching for it."

Schickedanz visits Langfuhr at William Farish's Lane's End Farm, which also stands Langfuhr's champion son Wando, also owned by Schickedanz.

"Both guys are doing very well," said Kenny. "They are happy and healthy."

Langfuhr, a son of Danzig out of the Briartic mare Sweet Briar Too, was a Grade 1 winner and Canada's champion sprinter in 1996. He originally entered stud at Vinery Farm and did double duty in Kentucky and Australia. He moved to Lane's End in 2004.

"I get the printouts every day that lists each one of his offspring that are racing, and Gus and I love to go over them," said Kenny. "Langfuhr just had his 11th 2-year-old winner at Laurel Park the other day. And he still has 8-year-olds racing from his first crop."

Last Answer, a 7-year-old by Langfuhr, won the Grade 2 Nijinsky Stakes for Schickedanz and Langfuhr's trainer, Mike Keogh, in July.

"You can compare his rise to the top like that of Smart Strike's," said Kenny "Both guys came up the hard way."

Langfuhr bred 97 mares this season and his fee will remain at $25,000 for 2008.

Tethra changes farms

Tethra, the sire of a 2-year-old stakes winner this year, Don's Folly, has been moved from Windfields Farm to Colebrook Farms in Uxbridge, Ontario.

Tethra, a Cure the Blues 15-year-old, will stand for a $3,000 fee.

Tethra is sixth on the Canadian sire list by earnings at $1.2 million, with 36 winners from 76 starters.