06/04/2004 12:00AM

New York-breds win in France, Italy


Two New York-breds sired by European champion Stravinsky and bred by Doug Koch and Tom Tatham are making a splash across the Atlantic.

Symphony of Psalms, a half-sister to New York-bred champions Private Emblem and Rhum, won the Prix de Choisy au Bac at Compeigne against males by two lengths in her second career start on May 25.

The 3-year-old Symphony of Psalms is trained by John E. Hammond. Hammond acted as agent on the purchase of Symphony of Psalms at Keeneland's 2002 September yearling sale, where Tatham bought out Koch's interest in the filly for $120,000.

Symphony of Psalms was bred under Koch's Berkshire Stud and Tatham's Oak Cliff Stable, the breeders of Private Emblem and Rhum. The filly was foaled at Koch's farm in Pine Plains, N.Y.

Symphony of Psalms is the sixth foal and winner produced by New York-bred Merion Miss, a daughter of Halo out of Curlew. Koch purchased Curlew, a graded-placed turf runner, for $22,000 at the 1987 Fasig-Tipton sale of 2-year-olds in Florida.

In addition to being a half-sibling to Grade 2 Arkansas Derby winner Private Emblem, who was euthanized from injuries sustained in last month's Kings Point at Aqueduct, Symphony of Psalms is a half-sister to stakes-placed Taghkanic.

Koch said Symphony of Psalms resembles the rest of her siblings.

"I saw [Symphony of Psalms] in May and she turned out like the other Merion Misses. She's a big rangy filly," Koch said.

Koch said Tatham's plan is to race Symphony of Psalms in Europe through the fall before bringing her to this country to possibly be trained by Bobby Frankel, who has horses for Tatham.

In Italy, at Milan Race Course, New York-bred Golden Stravinsky, a 2-year-old, won his second race in as many starts in the Premio Bimbi on May 23.

Golden Stravinsky was a six-length winner of the about five-furlong grass race. In his career debut, Golden Stravinsky won a maiden race by 3 1/2 lengths in Rome on May 1.

Golden Stravinsky was bred in partnership by Koch and Tatham and foaled at Berkshire Stud. He was sold at Fasig-Tipton's Kentucky yearling sale last October and purchased by Narvick International for $15,000.

"He was a backward yearling, but is a precocious 2-year-old, considering he probably wasn't broken until November," Koch said. "We used to call him Igor. His mare, Shagadellic, was kind of a plain wrapper; not a really big mare."

The colt is from the second crop of Stravinsky, who stands at Ashford Stud in Kentucky for a fee of $20,000. Golden Stravinsky is the first foal out of Shagadellic, a daughter of Devil's Bag. Shagadellic's dam is a half-sister to 1983 Belmont Stakes winner Caveat. Tatham bought Shagadellic for $150,000 at Keeneland's 1998 September yearling sale.

Kelly Kip's second starter a winner

Kelly Kip, who stood his second season at stud this year in New York, was represented by his first winner on May 17 when 2-year-old My Kip won her debut by 3 1/4 lengths at Calder. My Kip was Kelly Kip's second starter.

Kelly Kip, who previously stood in Florida, now stands at Highcliff Farm in Delanson. His 2004 stud fee is $2,500.

Kelly Kip, who earned $1,157,142, was one of the fastest sprinters in recent years to race in New York. A multiple stakes winner, Kelly Kip holds the track record for five furlongs at Belmont Park.

New sire at Foggy Bottom

City Hall Slew, a son of 1977 Triple Crown winner Seattle Slew, has been retired and will stand stud at Beverly Least's Foggy Bottom Farm in Geneseo. His fee is $500.

City Hall Slew is a half-brother to Grade 1 winner Spectacular Tide and Grade 3 winner Heckle.

City Hall Slew's dam, Bid Me Adieu, is from the same female family that produced Eclipse champion Life's Magic.

Sixty-six New York-breds sold at Midlantic

Sixty-six New York-breds sold for a total of $1,879,700 at Fasig-Tipton's Midlantic sale of 2-year-olds at Timonium on May 17-18.

The number of New York-breds sold this year was the highest ever at the Midlantic sale.

The 2004 sale produced two six-figure New York-breds, both of whom represented pinhooking home runs.

An Indian Charlie colt, Thunderprince, sold for $240,000 to Buzz Chace, who acted as agent for West Point Thoroughbreds. The New York-bred sales topper was consigned by Niall Brennan Stables, agent.

At Fasig-Tipton's Saratoga preferred New York-bred yearling sale in August, the colt sold for $75,000 and was bought by C & K Stable.

Leo Chasse bred Thunderprince, who was foaled at Joe and Anne McMahon's McMahon of Saratoga Thoroughbreds.

The other six-figure New York-bred to sell at the Midlantic sale was a son of Allen's Prospect who sold for $110,000 to PTK, LLC. Consigned by Eisaman Equine, the colt sold for $22,000 at Fasig-Tipton's Midlantic September sale of yearlings.