07/01/2004 11:00PM

New York breeders to hold fall mixed sale in Saratoga

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ELMONT, N.Y. - A group of prominent New York breeders on Friday announced the formation of a sales company that will conduct a mixed sale in Saratoga Springs, replacing one that was recently canceled by Jeff Minton.

The inaugural sale was created in 2003 by Minton, a New York-based consignor and bloodstock agent, and held in October at Saratoga Race Course. Minton had plans to conduct the sale, which featured New York-bred weanlings, yearlings, mares, and racing stock, again this year on Sept. 28, but canceled the auction because of costs associated with renting the grounds at Saratoga from the New York Racing Association.

The newly formed New York Thoroughbred Breeders Sales Company will hold its initial sale on Sept. 28 at either Saratoga Race Course or the Fasig-Tipton sales pavilion.

The sales company was formed by a group of founding shareholders, mainly made up of New York's leading breeders and stallion stations. They include Questroyal Stud, McMahon of Saratoga Thoroughbreds, Contemporary Stud, Chester Broman's Chestertown Farm, Frank Stronach, Metropolitan Stud, Liberty Stud, Edition Farm, Nightingale Farm, John Nerud, Walter Downey, Frank and Peggy Ariosta, Harry Landry, and Joanne and Jerry Nielsen Jr. There are 25 authorized shares in the new sales company.

"The New York breeding program is exploding," said Dennis Brida, executive director of the New York Thoroughbred Breeders, in a news release. "The breeders recognize the need for a sale at which New York breeders can market their horses in their natural market and have founded an organization patterned on the Ocala Breeders' Sales Company."

The shareholders of the new sales company expect to offer at least 350 mares, yearlings, weanlings, and horses of racing age at the Saratoga sale. Applications for the sale can be obtained from the NYTB at (518) 587-0777 or online at www.nybreds.com.

Last year, from 162 horses offered at Minton's sale, 99 sold for a total of $493,500, for an average price of $4,984. The sale-topper was a 7-year-old mare by Dispersal who sold for $80,000.

Baffert chasing a triple with Multiplication

Trainer Bob Baffert was denied the Triple Crown in the Belmont Stakes with Silver Charm in 1997 and Real Quiet in 1998. This year, Baffert will chase another triple with New York-bred Multiplication, who won the first leg of OTBs' Big Apple Triple, the Mike Lee Stakes, on June 26 at Belmont Park.

Multiplication, a son of Subordination, will stay in New York to run in the remaining races in the series, the $150,000-added New York Derby at Finger Lakes on July 17 and the $150,000-added Albany on Aug. 25 at Saratoga. If Multiplication wins those races, his owner, Jim McIngvale, will earn a $250,000 bonus.

Becky Thomas, who co-owns Lakland North in Hudson, N.Y., with Lewis Lakin, bred Multiplication. Thomas bought Multiplication's dam, Tricky Move, for $13,000 at Keeneland's November mixed sale in 2000, when the mare was carrying Multiplication.

Multiplication is Tricky Move's second foal and her first starter and winner. The 9-year-old mare, a stakes-winning daughter of Tricky Creek, also has a yearling filly by New York sire Freud, who stands at Lakland North, and a colt born this year by Freud.

Thomas had withdrawn Multiplication from the Fasig-Tipton sale of preferred yearlings at Saratoga in August 2002. Last September, the colt was consigned to Fasig-Tipton's Eastern fall sale in Maryland by Becky Merkel and sold for $20,000 to Horizon Bloodstock. The following March, Horizon sold Multiplication for $300,000 to McIngvale's M & M Racing at the Ocala Breeders' sale of 2-year-olds in training.

Statebreds finish one-two in open Tremont

New York-breds finished one-two in the June 26 Tremont Stakes for 2-year-olds at Belmont. With his win in the Tremont, Gold Joy became the 16th New York-bred to win an open stakes this year.

New York-bred Winning Expression, a son of New York sire Western Expression, who stands at Highcliff Farm in Delanson, finished second in the Tremont.