02/22/2002 12:00AM

Mining for statebred gold at Florida 2-year-old sale

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There have been several New York-bred gems discovered at 2-year-old in training sales in Florida in recent years.

On Tuesday, buyers hoping to strike gold with a 2-year-old New York-bred will have their pick of 11 registered New York-breds who are part of Fasig-Tipton's select one-day sale at Calder.

Gander, the 2000 New York-bred Horse of the Year and a contender to win the title again for his 2001 campaign, was purchased for $50,000 in March 1998 from an Ocala Breeders' Sales Company auction.

Gander, a son of the pensioned New York stallion Cormorant, is a winner of $1,317,688 and is still racing.

Mellow Roll, an earner of $555,775 and a New York-bred champion juvenile, was bought for $67,000 at the Fasig-Tipton select sale of 2-year-olds in February 1997. Mellow Roll, a son of Distinctive Pro, who is annually among the leading sires in New York, entered stud last year at Anstu Farm in Millbrook, N.Y. Mellow Roll's first foals arrive this year.

Circle of Life, winner of the Grade 1 Spinaway in 1999 and that year's New York-bred Horse of the Year, sold at Fasig-Tipton's February sale for $700,000. A daughter of Belong to Me, Circle of Life was retired with $268,925 in earnings after injuring herself during her 3-year-old campaign.

Among the New York-breds available in Tuesday's sale is J. B. Hood (Hip No. 319), a French Deputy colt, who at last Sunday's under-tack show breezed an eighth-mile in 10.20 seconds. The work tied with eight others as the fastest at the distance.

J. B. Hood, consigned by Niall Brennan, agent, is the first foal out of Belle Boyd, a daughter of Jolie's Halo.

Hip No. 44, an End Sweep colt, commanded one of the highest prices at last year's Fasig-Tipton preferred sale at Saratoga, when he was bought for $117,000 by singer David Cassidy. Robert N. Scanlon is the selling agent.

Another colt who attracted a six-figure bid at the 2001 preferred sale in Saratoga is Hip No. 156, a son of Smoke Glacken. Buzz Chace signed the $140,000 sales slip on the colt last August. The colt is out of Movin Along, who placed in restricted stakes. Scanlon is the selling agent.

Lofty Call (Hip No. 197) brought one of the top prices for a New York-bred when he sold last year at Saratoga's select sale for $190,000. Bought by Kenneth Ellenberg, Lofty Call is by Deputy Commander, whose first foals are 2-year-olds of 2002. Lofty Call is a half-brother to Long Distance, a New York-bred stakes winner of $148,048. Jerry Bailey Sales Agency is the agent.

Hip No. 180, a son of the late New York sire Dixie Brass, is a half-brother to two New York-bred stakes winners. The colt, who is consigned to sale by Nick de Meric, agent, is a half to I'm All Yours, a winner of $287,630, and to Roman Dancer, a winner of $123,520. Both I'm All Yours and Roman Dancer are nominees in their respective divisions - male turf horse and 2-year-old male - for 2001 New York-bred championships.

Go for Gin, Two Punch, Devil's Bag, Unbridled's Song, Smart Strike, and Out of Place are the sires representing the other New York-breds in Tuesday's sale.

o End of the Road, who once finished in a dead-heat for win with Eclipse Award champion Lemon Drop Kid in an allowance race, has been retired to stud in New York.

A 7-year-old son of Strawberry Road out of Bonjove, End of the Road will stand at Highcliff Farm in Delanson. A fee for End of Road, who is owned by James Olson, will be announced at a later date.

End of the Road is a half-brother to Grade 2 winner Scratch Pad, a winner of $440,538. A winner on dirt and turf, End of the Road earned $248,805 and won nine races.