08/17/2007 12:00AM

New York sale average drops but high end strong


The New York-bred preferred yearling sale last Saturday night suffered slight declines when compared with its record numbers in 2006.

The average price for 113 yearlings sold was $51,606, down

1.6 percent off last year's figure of $52,421, which reflected 101 sold.

The 2007 sale, however, was marked by 18 yearlings hitting the six-figure mark, compared with 12 last year.

"The consignors keep stepping up with better horses at this sale," said agent Joe Brocklebank. "There is a lot of interest in the good horses."

The sale-topper was a filly from the first crop of Travers and Whitney winner Medaglia d'Oro, from the consignment of Gallagher's Stud, with Denali Stud (Craig and Holly Bandoroff), as agent. Selling as Hip No. 445 and purchased by John Confort and Albert Weis, she is out of the Rahy mare Adorahy, from the outstanding family of her second dam, Adorable Micol.

Adorable Micol is the dam of the graded-stakes-winning New York-bred Adcat and the stakes winner Adorydar, and is the granddam of stakes winner Ruthian. Ruthian is the mother of current star turf filly Rutherienne.

At $200,000 was a colt by Posse also consigned by Denali Stud as agent. Purchased by McMahon Bloodstock LLC, agent, as Hip No. 375, he is a half-brother to New York-bred Long Distance, winner of a division of the New York Stallion Stakes.

Rayzin the Bar Thoroughbreds Corp. went to $170,000 for a filly by More Than Ready selling as Hip No. 392 from the consignment of Crossroads Sales Agency. Out of the Rubiano mare Since Time Began, she is a half-sister to graded stakes winner Victorina, an earner of more than $400,000, from a

family that includes Remember Sheikh, winner of the Grade 3 El Camino Real Derby.

Buzz Chace, agent, paid $160,000 for a filly by Blue Grass Stakes winner Peace Rules from the consignment of Paramount Sales, agent. Selling as Hip No. 336, she is out of Mambo Mistress, by Kingmambo, a daughter of stakes winner Mistress S.

New York sire Dream Run, who stands at Empire Stud in Hudson, N.Y., was represented by a colt at $100,000. Consigned by Summerfield (Francis and Barbara Vanlangendonck), agent, he was purchased by trainer Bruce Levine as Hip No. 497.

He is out of the Meadowlake mare Dangerous Beauty, who is a half-sister to the outstanding New York-bred runner David, winner of the New York Derby and third-place finisher in the Grade 1 Hollywood Gold Cup.

Hennessy filly wins in debut

On the racing front, Remarkable Renny, owned by Live Oak Plantation, won her career debut at Saratoga on Aug. 13 at

5 1/2 furlongs on turf as the only New York-bred in a field of eight juveniles.

Purchased for $200,000 as a Fasig-Tipton select yearling at Saratoga, she was bred by Sugar Maple Farm and is trained by John Kimmel. A daughter of Hennessy, she is out of the Marquetry mare Most Remarkable, a half-sister to multiple graded stakes winner Snow Dance, an earner of $938,957.

This immediate family includes Test Stakes winner Northern Sea and her grandson the Grade 1 winner General Challenge.

Classic Pack scores at Spa again

Speaking of Saratoga, there's little doubt that Classic Pack loves the turf at the historic oval.

Winner of the New York Stallion Stakes last year at 1 1/8 miles on the Spa turf, Classic Pack, a son of state sire Regal Classic, had been winless in six starts since then.

On Aug. 12, at the same distance in the West Point Handicap, Classic Pack posted an upset for owner-breeder John T. Becker and trainer Ramon Hernandez.

Classic Pack is out of the Stacked Pack mare Three Pack, a half-sister to New York-bred stakes-placed runners It's a Lark and She La Rose

Talent Search moves forward

Talent Search, by New York sire Catienus, advanced his Breeders' Cup Sprint hopes with an impressive victory in the $100,000 Teddy Drone Stakes at Monmouth Park on Aug. 8.

The 4-year-old has posted four consecutive Beyer Speed Figures above 100, and he could start next in the Grade 1 Forego Handicap at Saratoga, or the Grade 1 Vosburgh Handicap at Belmont Park.