12/13/2001 12:00AM

Loudrangle, Sam-Son mare, dead


LEXINGTON, Ky. - Loudrangle, Sam-Son Farms' Canadian broodmare of the year in 1986, died of old age at the farm in Ontario, Canada, during the night of Dec. 12, according to farm officials. She was 27.

Loudrangle, a stakes-winning daughter of Quadrangle, was one of Sam-Son Farms' most successful producers. From nine registered foals, she produced Canadian champions Tilt My Halo and Ruling Angel and stakes-winners No Louder, Slew of Angels, Dancing with Wings, and Tiffany Tam, who went on to produce a champion herself. Loudrangle's last registered foal was produced in 1989.

She also is the third dam of Mountain Angel, a leader in Canada's older filly or mare division.

For the Samuel family, owners of Sam-Son Farms, Loudrangle will forever be linked with the famed homebreeding operation's other foundation mare, No Class, who also was a broodmare of the year and is the second dam of champion Dance Smartly.

"My father bought Loudrangle and No Class together as yearlings, as racing prospects," said Tammy Samuel-Balaz, who manages the breeding operation founded by her father, the late Ernie Samuel. "We think about them and smile, because it's an unbelievable dream to have two like them."

No Class died in 1993.

Loudrangle was the fourth foal and only stakes winner for her dam, the Nearctic mare Lady Known as Lou. She won the 1976 Princess Elizabeth Stakes in Canada at 2 and later captured Keystone's Mountain Laurel Handicap at four. Those two stakes wins were the top of a career that encompassed 22 starts, nine wins, and a pair of seconds and thirds. Upon her retirement from racing, she had earnings of $105,804.

Her racing career, though above average, could not have predicted the genetic wellspring that Loudrangle would become.

Her quality as a broodmare was evident early. Loudrangle's first foal, the Tentam mare Tiffany Tam, became a stakes winner and earner of more than $130,000 before retiring to a successful breeding career herself; Tiffany Tam's own first offspring was Canada's champion 3-year-old of 1988, Regal Intention.

By the time her daughter Tiffany Tam produced Regal Intention, Loudrangle had produced three other foals who would assure her reputation as a font of quality. No Louder (Nodouble) was a listed stakes-winner in Canada, followed by the 1986 Canadian champion juvenile filly and Horse of the Year Ruling Angel (Vice Regent) and 1988 champion 3-year-old filly Tilt My Halo (Halo).

"What she accomplished as a broodmare is unfathomable," Samuel-Balaz said. "Not just because it all came together, but because her influence has passed through so many generations."

Commands heading for France

Australian graded stakes-winner Com-mands, a son of Danehill, will stand the 2002 breeding season at Haras du Quesnay near Deauville, France.

The 5-year-old horse, who stood his initial year as a stallion at Woodlands Stud in New South Wales, Australia, will have a fee of about $5,389 in 2002.

Commands won the Australian Grade 3 S. T. C. Missile Stakes and the Victoria Racing Club Concept Sports Stakes, also in Australia, in 1999; he also finished third that year in the Australian Grade 1 Caulfield Guineas. The following year, Commands finished second in the Australian Grade 1 Galaxy Stakes among his stakes-placed performances.

By the dominant Australian sire Danehill, Commands is a son of the unraced My Swanee mare Cotehele House, who is herself a half-sister to Australian star Octagonal. He is a full brother to Australian champion Danewin and a half-sibling to Theme Song, dam of stakes-winners Emerald Dream and Special Bond and stakes-placed Mancini.

Commands is expected to arrive in France at the beginning of January to take up Northern Hemisphere stud duties.

Ocala sale smaller in scope

The Ocala Breeders' Sales Company has cataloged 720 lots for it 2002 winter mixed sale, which begins with a one-day consignor-preferred session in Ocala, Fla., on Jan. 14.

The two-day auction will conclude on Jan. 15 with an open session.

The catalog will be significantly smaller for 2002 than it was this year, when the auction was four days. This year's edition ultimately sold a total of 685 lots for gross revenue of $5,397,400. The two consignor-preferred sessions sold 295 lots for an average price of $12,631, while the two open sessions sold 390 horses for an average price of $4,285.

OBS expects to mail catalogs for the 2002 sale next week, but the information already is available on the sale company's website at www.obssales.com. The online version indexes the catalog pages by consignors, broodmares, yearlings, sires, dams, and covering sires.