Updated on 09/17/2011 9:57AM

N.Y. breeding: Halory Hunter comes to McMahon


Halory Hunter, the 1998 Blue Grass Stakes winner, is the latest stallion to arrive at Joe and Anne McMahon's McMahon of Saratoga Thoroughbreds. He arrived in New York on Feb. 12.

Halory Hunter, an 8-year-old son of Jade Hunter, who sired 2002 Horse of the Year Azeri, stands for $2,500.

Rick Pitino, the basketball coach for the University of Louisville and a former coach for the Boston Celtics, is the majority owner of Halory Hunter, who earned $713,120 on the track for Pitino's Celtic Pride Stable.

Out of the Halo mare Halory, Halory Hunter previously stood stud in Kentucky and Iowa. His first foals are 3-year-olds this year.

Halory Hunter's progeny have accounted for 10 wins from 109 starts.

Halory Hunter's 3-year-old half-brother, Van Nistelrooy, was the sale topper at the 2001 Keeneland September yearling sale with a final bid of $6.4 million.

Joe McMahon said Halory Hunter is "an attractive horse, with an attractive pedigree. And obviously, he ran in top company."

Plenty of statebreds in Fasig-Tipton sale

A number of New York-breds will be part of Tuesday's Fasig-Tipton selected 2-year-olds in training sale at Calder Race Course in Florida.

The Fasig-Tipton sale comes on the heels of the Ocala Breeders' Sales Company select auction at Calder on Feb. 4, when 10 New York-bred juveniles sold for a total of $1.5 million.

As of Friday, the New York-breds in Tuesday's sale are:

Hip No. 43: A filly by freshman sire Artax, out of Made for Satin, who is the dam of three winners, including stakes winner Mapp Hill and stakes placed Appealing Satin.

Hip No. 84: A filly by Hennessy, the sire of 2001 Breeders' Cup Juvenile winner and Eclipse Award champion Johannesburg.

Hip No. 104: A colt by Salt Lake, out of Plum Fun, the dam of stakes winner and stakes producer Petite Duchess.

Hip No. 136: An Artax colt, out of the Crafty Prospector mare Rominna.

Hip No. 208: A filly by Siphon whose dam, Uncork New York, is a sister to Hip Wolf, an earner of $313,942.

Hip No. 210: A Dance Brightly colt whose dam, Uppity, is a half to Top Secret, a graded earner of $997,647.

Hip No. 245: An Artax colt out of Avichi, a sister to several graded winners, including Honorable Miss. Avichi is the dam of graded winner Lady D'Accord.

Hip No. 251: A Louis Quatorze colt whose dam, Bella Ransom, produced Papua, a winner of his last three and a contender in Sunday's Hollie Hughes at Aqueduct.

Hip No. 257: A Smoke Glacken filly out of the unraced mare Boldly Victorious. This is her first foal.

Hip No. 283: A Silver Ghost colt and the second foal out of the Sovereign Dancer mare Delta Daylight.

Hip No. 315: An Honor Grades filly who is the first foal out of Hanyah, a daughter of Hansel.

* Loose Wire, a two-time broodmare of the year in New York, died on Tuesday at co-owner Monica Driver's Kinloch Farm in New Woodstock, N.Y. Loose Wire was 25. Loose Wire produced three New York-bred stakes winners, including Wire Me Collect, who earned $626,452. Loose Wire's last foal is a 2-year-old colt by Cape Town, Errol's Odyssey.

* The first reported foal by Radio Star was born at McMahon of Saratoga Thoroughbreds on Feb. 9. The colt is the first foal from the stakes-winning Peteski mare Boca Juniors and was bred by Louis Gambotto. Radio Star, a 6-year-old by Storm Cat out of the Grade 1 winner Andover Way, is a half-brother to Dynaformer and to Alvear, the dam of this year's Holy Bull winner Offlee Wild. Radio Star stands for $5,000.

* New York sire Malibu Wesley has been moved to Liberty Stud in Ghent. He formerly stood at McMahon of Saratoga Thoroughbreds.