08/07/2008 11:00PM

Mr. Greeley filly leads way at Spa sale


Topped by a $500,000 Mr. Greeley filly, five New York-breds grossed $975,000 at the Fasig-Tipton Saratoga select yearling sale on Aug. 4-5.

Consigned as Hip No. 10 by Kaizen Sales, agent, she was purchased by Blandford Bloodstock Ltd. Named Princess Aurora, she is a half-sister to multiple stakes winner Willard Straight and to New York-bred stakes winner Jesse's Justice.

Mark Johnston purchased the second-highest priced New York-bred at $130,000 from the consignment of Eaton Sales, agent, as Hip No. 94. The colt, by War Chant, is out of Delaware Handicap winner With a Wink, who is the dam of three New York-bred stakes winners.

They are Iroquois Handicap winner Jena Jena, Joseph A. Gimma winner Win With a Wink, and Bertram F. Bongard winner Up Like Thunder.

Dogwood Stable purchased two of the New York-bred quintet, a colt by Lion Heart at $125,000 and a filly by Sky Mesa at $100,000.

Edition Farm, with Denali Stud (Craig and Holly Bandoroff), agent, sold the Lion Heart colt as Hip No. 86. He is out of New York-bred Wake Up Kiss, winner of the Yaddo Stakes. Wake Up Kiss has also produced stakes-placed A Shin Forward.

Sugar Maple Farm, with Eaton Sales as agent, sold the Sky Mesa filly as Hip No. 8. She is out of the Marquetry mare Most Remarkable, who is also the dam of Remarkable Remy. The immediate family includes multiple graded stakes winner Snow Dance.

Cot Campbell of Dogwood Stable said he was looking to buy some New York-breds.

"I have been down in that category the last couple years, and these were two lovely individuals," he said.

Doc N Roll adds to Wheelaway totals

Doc N Roll, owned by Sackatoga Stable, captured the Cab Calloway division of the New York Stallion Stakes at Saratoga on Aug. 6. The $150,000 event was at 1 1/16 miles on turf.

Doc N Roll, bred by McMahon of Saratoga Thoroughbreds LLC, is trained by Barclay Tagg. Sackatoga and Tagg developed champion Funny Cide, who was foaled at the McMahon farm a few miles east of the track in Saratoga Springs, N.Y.

Purchased for $85,000 at the Fasig-Tipton Eastern May juvenile sale, Doc N Roll is by Wheelaway, who stands at McMahon of Saratoga Thoroughbreds. He is the third stakes winner for Wheelaway, whose progeny earnings for 2008 are $1.1 million.

Doc N Roll is out of Georgies Doctor, by Barachois. Georgies Doctor is a multiple stakes winner whose family includes graded stakes winners Remember Sheikh and Victorina.

Doc N Roll has won 3 of 4 starts on grass, and his overall record is 3-1-1 from 8 starts with earnings of $146,284.

The New York Stallion Stakes series got under way at Aqueduct with the Park Avenue Division, won by Like a Rose, and the Times Square, won by Fort Drum. Like a Rose is by Hook and Ladder, while Fort Drum is by Wiseman's Ferry.

At Belmont Park on June 1, the Spectacular Bid division was won by Brookhaven's Money, and the Cupecoy's Joy division was won by Study Abroad. Brookhaven's Money is by Precise End, while Study Abroad is also by Wheelaway.

Ballindaggin among best of his time

Ballindaggin, who died recently at age 23 after living for the last two years at the Old Friends equine retirement facility in Georgetown, Ky., was one of the finest New York-breds of his era, A foal of 1985, Ballindaggin was bred by Eaton & Thorne and trained by John Hertler.

He won the $1 million Molson Export Challenge at Woodbine in 1988, as well as three divisions of the New York Stallion Stakes series the previous year.

He also placed in the Longacres Derby and Pennsylvania Derby, both Grade 3 events.

He was a son of Noble Nashua, winner of the Marlboro Cup and Swaps Stakes, both Grade 1 events.

Ballindaggin was out of the unraced Stop the Music mare Can't Be Bothered. She also produced four stakes-placed runners. One of her daughters, Ruby Wax, produced a Bertram F. Bongard Stakes winner, Ruby Hill.

Ballindaggin earned $946,894.