03/10/2009 11:00PM

One champion gives birth, another in foal


LEXINGTON, Ky. - Champions Rags to Riches and Dreaming of Anna have hit the headlines again with "firsts." Rags to Riches, winner of the 2007 Belmont Stakes, had her first foal on Monday, while Dreaming of Anna is in foal for the first time, to Darley stallion Street Cry.

In 2007, Rags to Riches became the first filly in 102 years to win the Belmont Stakes, and she received the 3-year-old filly championship that year. Her first foal, a filly, is a daughter of Giant's Causeway born at Ashford Stud near Versailles, Ky., on March 9. Rags to Riches is a daughter of 2007 Broodmare of the Year Better Than Honour, who also is the dam of 2006 Belmont winner Jazil. Michael Tabor and Derrick Smith own Rags to Riches.

"Mother and foal are both doing well," said Ashford manager Dermot Ryan, who called the birth "straightforward."

Ryan said Rags to Riches will be bred back to Henrythenavigator.

Dreaming of Anna, the 2006 juvenile filly champion and winner of that year's Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies, retired in 2008 to Three Chimneys Farm near Midway, Ky. The farm announced late Tuesday evening that the 5-year-old Dreaming of Anna, a daughter of Rahy, is in foal to Street Cry, whose foals include 2007 Kentucky Derby winner and 2006 juvenile champion Street Sense.

Dreaming of Anna, incidentally, is a full sister to another Three Chimneys resident: Grade 2 winner Lewis Michael. He's standing his first season at Three Chimneys for an advertised fee of $12,500.

In other big mare news, Barbaro's dam, La Ville Rouge, has foaled another full brother to the 2006 Derby winner. Roy and Gretchen Jackson's 13-year-old La Ville Rouge, a daughter of Carson City, foaled at Mill Ridge Farm in Lexington at 10:45 p.m. on Tuesday. Her Dynaformer son weighed in at a hefty 142 pounds, according to Mill Ridge managing partner Headley Bell. The colt is bay with a white star and is "tall and leggy," Bell said.

"He's healthy, and his mama's healthy, and life's good," Bell said.

La Ville Rouge has produced four Dynaformer colts. Barbaro died in 2007 after developing laminitis, a complication from his breakdown during the 2006 Preakness. Nicanor, his 3-year-old full brother, finished second on March 7 at Gulfstream in his second start. He races for the Jacksons' Lael Stables. Lentenor, the 2-year-old full sibling to Barbaro and Nicanor, is training at Stephens Thoroughbreds near Ocala, Fla.

Lava Man has stem-cell therapy

Lava Man's arrival at the Old Friends equine retirement facility in Georgetown, Ky., will have to wait.

Old Friends founder Michael Blowen said the farm has postponed Lava Man's arrival celebration from April 2 until June while the seven-time Grade 1 winner undergoes stem -cell therapy. Lava Man's owners arranged for him to have the therapy at Alamo Pintado Equine Medical Center in California in an effort to improve the ankle problems that prompted his retirement last year.

"The procedure is designed to regenerate cartilage," said co-owner Steve Kenly. "Hopefully, it will make him sound for the rest of his life."

Blowen said the planned "Lava Man Luau" will be rescheduled for a date in June to be announced.

An 8-year-old Slew City Slew gelding, Lava Man is boarding at Magali Farms near Santa Ynez, Calif., for now.

Fall yearling sale canceled

Fasig-Tipton announced Wednesday that it will not hold its Kentucky fall yearling sale in 2009. The sale had been on the calendar for Oct. 26-28.

"A sale should be viable for consignors, buyers, and lastly for the sales company," said chief operating officer Dan Pride. "The feedback we are getting from our constituents indicated this was not the case for the October yearling sale. This was also the majority opinion at our advisory board meeting in early March."

Last year's Fasig-Tipton Kentucky fall yearling sale, which was extended from two days in 2007 to three days, grossed $7,471,900 for 553 yearlings, for an average price of $13,512 and a $5,500 median. In 2007, the two-day auction sold 566 yearlings for $10,595,700, yielding an $18,720 average and a $10,000 median.

Texas sale catalog available

Fasig-Tipton's March 31 Texas auction of 2-year-olds at Lone Star Park has cataloged 237 horses this year, down from 303 juveniles last year.

Catalogs are available at Fasig-Tipton offices and online at www.fasigtipton.com. The one-day auction will take place at Lone Star in Grand Prairie, Texas, starting at 11 a.m. The under-tack preview, also at Lone Star, is set for 10 a.m. March 29.

Fasig-Tipton's Texas sales director, Tim Boyce, said the company will have random medication checks throughout the under-tack show. As part of its marketing effort, Fasig-Tipton will feature upgraded video replays from the under-tack show, both at the sale pavilion and on its website.

Last year, the sale grossed $2,883,000 for 168 juveniles, for a $17,161 average price and $15,000 median. The average was nearly level with the previous season, when 183 horses averaged $17,832, and the 2008 median soared over the 2007 median of $10,000.

So far this year, the 2-year-old sales have suffered downturns, following a trend started last season at yearling and mixed auctions.