07/28/2009 11:00PM

New bonus tied to Saratoga auction


LEXINGTON, Ky. - The Fasig-Tipton auction house and the New York Racing Association, who are co-hosting the Fasig-Tipton Festival of Racing Aug. 8-9 at Saratoga Race Course, will offer a $100,000 bonus to the first graduate of Fasig-Tipton's 2009 Saratoga select yearling sale who returns to win a 2010 graded stakes at the Spa.

If no 2009 yearling comes back to win a Saratoga graded stakes at 2 next year, the bonus will grow to $200,000 for the first yearling sold at the 2010 Saratoga select sale to win a 2011 graded stakes at Saratoga.

The bonus will be called the Saratoga Juvenile Jackpot.

Fasig-Tipton's select yearling sale will take place on the nights of Aug. 10-11 at the company's Humphrey S. Finney Pavilion across from Saratoga Race Course. The Fasig-Tipton Festival of Racing will feature such events as the John Hettinger Stakes on Aug. 8 and chef Bobby Flay's race call of another new overnight stakes, the Finney Stakes, on Aug. 9. The weekend also will include a jockey challenge, a best-turned-out horse competition, a speaker series, and a handicapping contest.

The festival events coincide with Saratoga's graded stakes that weekend led by the Grade 1 Whitney and Test Stakes on Aug. 8 and the Grade 2 Alfred G. Vanderbilt and Honorable Miss Handicaps on Aug. 9.

Nor files bankruptcy

Joanne Nor, breeder of 1995 Breeders' Cup Sprint winner Desert Stormer and Grade 1-winning millionaire Behrens, has filed for Chapter 7 bankruptcy.

Nor, who had been dispersing her bloodstock over the last several years, filed on June 15 in the U. S. Bankruptcy Court in the Eastern District of Kentucky, listing total assets of $49,400 and total liabilities of $735,490. Included in her personal property are an unnamed broodmare, stallion, and four geldings, as well as a Grand Slam foal.

According to the court filings, Nor's creditors include Ashford Stud, which has a lien on the $37,000 stud fee for Grand Slam; Hal Baerg of Trabuco Canyon, Calif., who has a $163,996 total claim; the Internal Revenue Service, with a $20,214 for 2005 income taxes; the Woodford Veterinary Clinic, with a $23,711 claim; and a variety of vendors in California and Kentucky.

Nor previously had operated a farm in Woodford County, Ky., but the property is not reflected in her list of property.

Nor's attorney, Ginger Cord, declined to comment on the filing but said, when asked whether Nor no longer owned the farm, "That's probably pretty accurate."

In addition to breeding Behrens and Desert Stormer, Nor also bred multiple stakes-winner and Grade 3-placed The Exeter Man.

Beau Genius pensioned at 24

Donald and Karen Cohn's Ballena Vista Farm in Ramona, Calif., has pensioned Grade 1-winning stallion Beau Genius at age 24 because of an age-related decline in fertility.

The Bold Ruckus horse has stood at Ballena Vista since 2000 and is the sire of 1994's Irish juvenile filly champion, Belle Genius, and graded performers Beau's Town, Gentleman Beau, My Creed, and others. He stood this year for an advertised fee of $3,000.

Beau Genius covered 10 mares in 2009, according to Jordan Krabel, Ballena Vista's director of sales and marketing.

Beau Genius, a son of the Viceregal mare Royal Colleen, won the Grade 1 Philip H. Iselin Handicap and Grade 2 Michigan Mile and One-Eighth Handicap in 1990 and 11 other stakes in four seasons of racing. He retired with earnings of $1,055,600 from a record of 19 victories in 42 lifetime starts, with 7 seconds and 4 third-place finishes.

Beau Genius began his breeding career at Vinery in Lexington before relocating to Ballena Vista. Since moving to California, he became a popular Golden State sire and ranked as high as third, in 2001, on the state's general sire list.

Rich, New York fixture, dies

David C. Rich - farm owner, trainer, assistant starter, and New York Thoroughbred industry fixture - died of cancer at Saratoga Hospital on July 21, according to the Saratogian newspaper. He was 71.

Rich owned 200-acre Rich Farm in Stillwater, N.Y., and stood the stallions Bounding Basque and Jacques Who there. He sold the property about a decade ago. Rich, who served as assistant starter for the New York Racing Association at one time, also aided the development of the Saratoga Trials, midsummer training races held at the Oklahoma training track in Saratoga Springs.

Rich is survived by four sons. David, Steven, John, and Jim; a daughter, Jessica; and 13 grandchildren.