02/20/2009 12:00AM

Not for Silver adds to Dark Hollow success


David and JoAnn Hayden of Dark Hollow Farm have been breeding primarily for the sales market for nearly two decades. With the goal of having mares capable of producing six-figure yearlings, they have built up a broodmare band together, and in partnership, that has produced superb results.

But sometimes a mare doesn't quite reach expectations, and hard decisions have to be made. After a promising debut, their mare Silverdew, a daughter of Silver Deputy owned in partnership with Will DeBurgh and George Harris, was on the way out.

"The mare was too small to get the good-sized foals needed for the sales market," said David Hayden, explaining part of the business side of breeding for the sales.

For that reason, Dark Hollow Farm in Upperco, Md., is no longer home to the dam of undefeated Not for Silver, winner of the Fred "Cappy" Capossela Stakes at Aqueduct on Feb. 15 in his stakes debut.

Amazingly, Not for Silver was one of Silverdew's offspring who helped send the mare on her way. The Haydens and their partners had high hopes for Not for Silver, a 2006 colt by the hottest stallion standing outside of Kentucky, Not for Love. And Not for Silver arrived the same spring that his half-brother by Golden Missile sold for $2 million that February at Fasig-Tipton Florida's Calder selected 2-year-olds in training sale.

But having a yearling by a popular sire can sometimes backfire. When Not for Silver was sent to the Fasig-Tipton Midlantic Eastern fall yearling sale in October 2007, he was one of 35 by Not for Love in the catalog. And he just didn't stand out. "He was less mature," Hayden noted.

Not for Silver made an inauspicious sales debut, falling far short of reaching his reserve when bidding stopped at $17,000. And there was no interest in him after the sale either.

The partners regrouped, brought the dark bay colt home, and targeted the Timonium mixed sale in December 2007, which provided a more satisfying result.

"It's hard to believe how much he grew in those two months between sales," Hayden said.

Plus, Silverdew's yearling was the only colt by Not for Love in the sale. Not for Silver's price nearly doubled as the partnership sold him for $32,000.

Not for Silver was to see Timonium yet one more time. Offered in Cary Frommer's consignment at the May 2-year-olds in training sale, he was purchased by his current owner, Ted Julio, for $85,000.

"Silverdew's babies are good movers," JoAnn Hayden said of the higher appraisal.

And Not for Silver had continued to mature.

Based at Laurel Park with trainer Mike Trombetta, Not for Silver made his first start exactly one year and one week after stepping into the sales ring in October at Timonium. His debut was eye-catching, as he rated early in the 5 1/2-furlong maiden special weight at Laurel Park and then drew off to win by 4 1/2 lengths.

Not for Silver won a six-furlong allowance at Laurel in his next start, and then handled shipping out of town for the first time with aplomb, taking the six-furlong Capossela. Not for Silver, a Triple Crown nominee, has now bankrolled $74,970 in three starts.

Dark Hollow Farm sold Silverdew at the 2007 Fasig-Tipton Midlantic December mixed sale for $15,000. Although bred to Bandini that year, she was not in foal. An original purchase at $75,000 in 2003 while carrying the Golden Missile colt, Silverdew produced four foals for the Dark Hollow/DeBurgh/Harris partnership. All four were sold as yearlings, for a combined $319,000. Only the Golden Missile colt topped six figures, when he initially sold for $175,000.

Not for Silver is one of three runners from the 2006 Dark Hollow Farm crop who have the Haydens excited. The filly Chattertown, by Speightstown out of Chatter Chatter (by Lost Soldier), finished second to Dream Play in the Feb. 14 Dearly Precious Stakes at Aqueduct in her stakes debut. The first foal out of Chatter Chatter, who is owned by the same partnership that owned Silverdew, Chattertown was a $105,000 Keeneland September sales yearling who resold as a 2-year-old for $250,000.

And Dark Hollow Farm remains the owner of Zak's in Town, a Speightstown colt out of Zakcat who failed to reach his reserve at the sales as a yearling and 2-year-old. In his debut last August, he finished second to another first-time starter, Friesan Fire, at Delaware Park. Friesan Fire has gone on to win two Grade 3 stakes. Trained by Graham Motion, Zak's in Town, a half-brother to stakes winners Zakocity and Lost Etiquette, is close to a return to the races after that only start.