12/08/2006 12:00AM

Northview glad to get Love of Money

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Love of Money, a very fast son of Not for Love who won the Grade 2 Pennsylvania Derby two years ago in his stakes debut in only his fourth career start, will stand at Northview Stallion Station in Chesapeake City, Md., for 2007.

The now 5-year-old Love of Money is the first Pennsylvania Derby-winning Maryland-bred champion 3-year-old to stand at Northview since his grandsire, Smarten. Smarten went on to become one of Maryland's most important sires, leading the state's general sires list by total progeny earnings in 1989, and topping Maryland's juvenile rankings in 1984 and 1985.

Love of Money also descends from a family that has blossomed in recent years for Maryland breeders. Members include Tenski, the 1998 Maryland-bred horse of the year, champion 3-year-old filly, and champion turf runner; graded stakes winner Sheila's Prospect, also by leading Northview sire Not for Love; and Love of Money's multiple stakes-winning sister, Astrid. Love of Money was bred by Dr. Thomas Bowman and his wife, Chris, in partnership with Milton P. Higgins and Thomas and Carol Sutton. Bowman co-founded Northview in 1989 with Richard Golden and the late Allaire duPont.

Golden, Northview's managing partner, is thrilled to have a new stallion with these credentials.

"We have a lot of confidence in the family, as Dr. Bowman bred Love of Money and I raced Tenski," said Golden. "This is a very productive Maryland family that produces lots of high-class winners. We also love the Smarten factor on the female side, just as we have with Dance With Ravens."

Dance With Ravens stood his first season at Northview in 2006 and covered 126 mares.

"We have been pursuing Love of Money for the last two years, but his connections kept deciding to race him," added Golden.

Mace and Samantha Siegel's Jay Em Ess Stable purchased Love of Money for $70,000 out of Fasig-Tipton Midlantic's 2002 Eastern fall yearling sale and campaigned him three years. He won or placed in 7 of 10 starts, earning $602,705.

"We always have to see something brilliant in a horse in order to kindle our interest," said Golden. "Love of Money has brilliant speed, and he could carry that speed up to a mile and an eighth against many of the best horses in training."

Love of Money proved that in the 1 1/8-mile Pennsylvania Derby, when he shot right to the lead, posted fractions of 23.63 seconds, 47.62, 1:11.26, and 1:35.61, and pulled away in the stretch to win by 8 1/2 lengths in 1:48.42, earning a Beyer Speed Figure of 112. Among those trailing behind him were Tapit, Pollard's Vision, Niigon, and Royal Assault.

Love of Money posted a 114 Beyer in a one-mile Saratoga allowance; earned a 103 Beyer in the 1 1/8-mile, Grade 2 Strub Stakes when third to Rock Hard Ten and Imperialism; and ran a 110 Beyer when just missing in the one-mile, Grade 3 Westchester Handicap.

Twenty shares are being offered in Love of Money, who will stand his first season for $3,000.

"I believe that four shares have been sold already," said Golden.

Northview-sired weanlings top mixed sale

Northview's first-year sire Domestic Dispute led all sires by gross, and veteran sire Two Punch sired the co-sale topper at Fasig-Tipton Midlantic's December mixed sale, which concluded on Dec. 4.

Domestic Dispute, a son of Unbridled's Song who stands for $5,000 live foal, had four babies sell for $20,000 or more, with nine bringing a total of $170,300 (an average of $18,922). The highest price was for the first foal out of Troublesome (by Hennessy), a dark bay colt consigned by Litz Bloodstock Services, agent, and sold to Rip Curl Acres for $68,000.

Two Punch's sale topper is a gray/roan Maryland-bred colt who brought a final bid of $95,000 by Josham Farms Ltd., agent. A May foal out of Promiseville (by Alwasmi), the Two Punch colt was sold by Mantua Farm, with Rick and Dixie Abbott's Charlton as agent. Four Two Punch weanlings sold for an average of $41,125.

Two Punch, soon to turn 24, will stand privately in 2007.

"We will be very selective, and the health of the horse will always be our primary concern," said Golden.

Two other Northview stallions also showed impressive numbers. Perennial leading sire Not for Love had one weanling in the catalog, a colt out of State Street Miss, who was sold by Ryehill Farm, Litz Bloodstock Services as agent, for $70,000 to Hector Alcalde. First-year sire Great Notion, who stands for $3,500, had a colt out of Lady Adare bring $32,000. Consigned by Bill Reightler, agent, the colt was purchased by Classic Bloodstock and GB Associates.