08/19/2004 11:00PM

Leuty watches as 'Justice' shines bright


Jennifer Leuty spent the winter of 2003 watching her yearling colts by Whiskey Wisdom and Foxtrail race around her Walter's Falls, Ontario, paddock in the snow.

Fast-forward to Aug. 15, when Leuty traveled 2 1/2 hours to Woodbine Racetrack and watched those same fellows, Moonshine Justice and Handlebar Hank, now 2-year-olds, finish first and third in the $164,550 Vandal Stakes for Ontario-sired juveniles.

"I was really excited - it was pretty neat," said Leuty, 38, who sold both colts at last fall's Woodbine yearling sale. "That's just what they did all that winter."

It was the second stakes victory for the attractive dark bay Moonshine Justice, a son of Whiskey Wisdom who was bought privately by Dave Cotey's Dominion Bloodstock after the colt failed to meet his yearling reserve.

Leuty, who owns Fox Hollow Farm, a 40-acre spread, with her husband, Jack Cullen, got her first pony when she was 4 years old, and she rode show jumpers throughout her childhood.

Her interest in racing was piqued by Sue Foreman, whom she met through equestrian circles. Foreman gravitated to the racing industry in the late 1980's, and Leuty followed soon after finishing college.

Leuty's first broodmare purchase, Freezbie, came in 1997, through Cotey. She paid less than $5,000 for the mare. Leuty sold Freezbie's first foal, a filly by Highland Ruckus, for $9,000 and was excited by the experience.

The next year, Mike Walsh, farm manager at Adena Springs North, offered Leuty an older broodmare who was having trouble getting in foal. The mare, Traipsin Lady, produced a "beautiful" Ascot Knight colt for Leuty, she said, that brought a whopping $70,000 at the local yearling sale.

By this time, Leuty's father, Stan Leuty, and cousin, Peter Hanson, wanted to become involved, and sent Jennifer off to the local mixed sale to buy them a broodmare. She came home with Legal Rhythm, the dam of Moonshine Justice.

"I liked her [catalog] page and her body type," said Leuty. "I didn't like her front end - she had broken a knee. But she had a kind eye."

Leuty paid $23,000 for the mare, in foal to Queen's Plate winner Regal Intention. That foal brought $20,000 as a yearling.

Leuty chose Whiskey Wisdom for Legal Rhythm after many hours of studying pedigree nicks. She said she liked the cross of Drone, the sire of Legal Rhythm, with Wild Again, the sire of Whiskey Wisdom, because it had produced the millionaire Wild Rush.

Fox Hollow now has seven broodmares. Leuty hopes to get into racing her homebreds one day, but she will be busy at sales this fall. Four of her mares have yearlings in the Woodbine sale in September, and Legal Rhythm's weanling colt by Scorpion could sell in the Keeneland November sale.

London calling for annual mixed sale

The Ontario division of the Canadian Thoroughbred Horse Society's annual mixed sale will take place Oct. 2 at the new Western Fair Agriplex in London, Ontario.

The sale will offer yearlings, weanlings, broodmares, stallion shares or seasons, and horses of racing age.

While the Agriplex will not become the permanent home of the sale, the CTHS elected to move the sale and push the date forward because of the extended Woodbine racing meeting.

"We had to have the sale off site or wait until the Woodbine meeting ended," said Julie Coulter, general manager of the CTHS (Ontario). "But because racing is not done until Dec. 12 this year, it would take us too close to Christmas, and the weather starts to become too inclement."