Updated on 10/24/2011 2:50PM

New York Breeding Development Fund to raise rewards by 50 percent


In a move that is likely to fuel more optimism for New York’s breeding program, the New York Breeding and Development Fund has said it will raise statebred breeders’ awards by 50 percent across the board next year.

The raises will boost breeders’ awards for New York-sired statebreds from 20 percent of the purse for a winner to 30 percent. Breeders’ awards for second- and third-place finishes will jump from 10 percent to 15 percent. Breeders’ awards for statebreds sired by stallions outside of New York will jump from 10 percent to 15 percent for wins and from 5 percent to 7.5 percent for seconds and thirds.

The NYTBDF also dramatically will increase the earnings cap for statebred runners. The New York-sired statebred earnings cap will quadruple, from $10,000 to $40,000 per award. The cap for New York-breds sired by out-of-state stallions will increase from $10,000 to $20,000 per award.

The New York Thoroughbred Breeders applauded the move as a strong incentive for breeders to send their mares to New York.

“Raising the breeders’ awards percentages is yet another message to breeders across the country that New York is open for business, and the incentives and purses here are up for grabs,” said NYTB executive director Jeffrey Cannizzo, who noted that there will be more than 600 New York-bred restricted races next year with more than $35 million in purses available to statebreds.

Medaglia d’Oro colt fetches $200K
A $200,000 Medaglia d’Oro colt that Peter Deutsch bought was the early highlight Monday at 3:30 p.m. at the Fasig-Tipton Kentucky fall yearling sale’s opening session in Lexington.

Holly and Craig Bandoroff’s Denali Stud agency consigned the bay colt, a June 4 foal out of the unraced Coronado’s Quest mare Especially Me. The colt is a half-brother to three-time winner Friends N Secret, and his dam is a half-sister to Grade 3 winner Better Now. He is bred along similar lines as the stakes-placed Medaglia d’Oro winner Dark Cove, who is a out of a half-sister to Especially Me.

Three $100,000 fillies were the highest priced yearlings of their sex by that hour. One was a full sister to champion Summer Bird that Drs. K.K. and V.D. Jayaraman (Pauls Mill, agent) sold to Dromoland Farm and Peter Blum. The two others were by Tapit. One was a daughter of the Grade 3 winner Hollywood Picture, by Holy Bull, that the Paramount Sales agency sold to Dapple Bloodstock. The second was out of the Catrail stakes winner Jig and is a half-sister to the winner Elusive Answer. Bluegrass Thoroughbred Services, agent, sold the gray or roan filly to Kinwy Stables.

Also bringing six figures by that hour were a $120,000 Big Brown half-brother to Grade 3 winner Uncle Denny that Adena Springs bought from the Hunter Valley agency.

Fasig-Tipton’s three-day sale follows a strong summer and fall yearling auction season during which the world’s largest yearling sale, Keeneland’s September auction, saw average and median grow by 13 percent and 20 percent, respectively. In August, the highly select Fasig-Tipton Saratoga yearling sale produced a 16 percent gain in average and a 4 percent uptick in median.

The Fasig-Tipton Kentucky fall sale was to continue through Oct. 26, with sessions starting at 10 a.m. daily at Newtown Paddocks. The late Carl Lizza’s Flying Zee dispersal was to take place Oct. 26, immediately following the yearling session.

Friesan Fire to stand at Merryland

Multiple graded winner Friesan Fire has retired and will begin his stud career at Merryland near Hydes, Md., for a $4,000 fee in 2012. He will stand as the property of Vinery and Fox Hill Farms, which campaigned him, and Country Life Farm.

The A.P. Indy ridgling bankrolled more than $679,000 from five wins and four placings in an 18-race career. He is out of the Asutralian Group 1 winner Bollinger, by Dehere. Friesan Fire, trained by Larry Jones, last appeared on July 16, when he was sixth in the R.R.M. Carpenter Jr. Memorial Stakes.

◗ Nobiz Like Shobiz, winner of the 2007 Wood Memorial and five other graded stakes, will relocate from Darby Dan Farm to Crestwood Farm in Lexington, Ky. Elizabeth Valando’s homebred also will get a fee increase from $2,500 to $5,000 for the coming season. The 7-year-old Albert The Great-Nightstorm horse was bred to 170 mares in his first two seasons. His first foals are yearlings this year.

◗ Adena Springs Farm in Paris, Ky., will send two-time graded winner Noble Court to California to begin his stud career at Magali Farms in Santa Ynez. The 7-year-old Doneraile Court horse earned more than $465,000 in a 20-race career, and his six victories included scores in the Grade 2 San Vicente and Grade 3 Ack Ack. Noble Court is out of the Grindstone mare Grey Dawn Grey. Adena will announce his fee later.

◗ Personalized, one of only four foals sired by Hall of Famer Precisionist, was euthanized Oct. 20 at Old Friends in Georgetown, Ky. She had fractured a hip in a paddock accident. A homebred for the late Fred Hooper, Personalized was rescued from a Washington feedlot before her pensioning at Old Friends. Her sire, the 1985 champion sprinter, also resided at Old Friends before his death in 2006.