07/26/2001 11:00PM

Ormsby's first crop a boon to successors

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The progeny of New York freshman sire Ormsby are off to a fast start at the races.

At the recently concluded Belmont Park spring/summer meet, Ormsby had three winners from six runners who made a total of seven starts.

Ormsby's first two winners, first-time starters Mybingo and Trial Prep, won New York-bred maiden races on June 20 and June 27, respectively. Our Breadwinner, in her second race, won a statebred maiden event on July 19.

Another Ormsby 2-year-old New York-bred, Nypuddles, finished second in her career debut on July 4.

A common thread among these 2-year-old sons and daughters of Ormsby is Lou Meittinis.

Both Mybingo and Nypuddles were bred and are owned and trained by Meittinis. Trial Prep was bred by Meittinis, who consigned the colt to the Ocala Breeders' Sales Company spring sale of 2-year-olds in training in April, where he was bought for $40,000 by Sandy Goldfarb. Our Breadwinner was bought by Meittinis for $6,000 at the Fasig-Tipton Midlantic fall yearling sale.

Meittinis, who owns and trains a small stable of New York-breds at Belmont Park, bred four of his five broodmares to Ormsby in his first year at stud.

Meittinis said he supported Ormsby when he was a first-year sire because he liked what he saw when the horse was on the racetrack.

"I believed in the horse; he was a super individual," Meittinis said. "I was stabled right next to him. [Trainer] Sue Alpers did a great job with him. He was a tough horse and she got him to do the best of everything. He was a sheer speed horse who could go 1:10 and win mile-and-an-eighth races."

Ormsby, a New York-bred son of speed sire Carson City, was a front-runner who successfully carried his speed around two turns. A graded stakes winner of more than $600,000 for Woodside Stud, Ormsby was a winner at 2 and also was also stakes-placed as a juvenile. His strongest performance came in his last season of racing as a 5-year-old in the 1 1/8-mile Excelsior Breeders' Cup, which he won by 12 lengths. He earned a gaudy Beyer Speed Figure of 121 for the effort.

After standing his initial season at the Stallion Park in Millbrook, N.Y., Ormsby was moved in 1999 by his owners, Woodside Stud and J. I. Racing, Inc., to Howard Kaskel's Sugar Maple Farm in Poughquag, N.Y., where he stands for $3,000.

Ormsby has rubbed off some of his precocity to his progeny but not his blocky, sprinter-type build, according to Sugar Maple farm manager Frankie O'Connor.

"His foals typically have more length of leg than he does," O'Connor said. "He's very robust. His babies have more scope physically, which is good for getting two turns. But they are still very precocious. It's exciting they have come out running. I was half concerned that because they have more leg and scope than him, they wouldn't have that early speed."

In addition to the 29 2-year-olds Ormsby has from his first crop, he also has 22 yearlings. Numbers aren't available on the number of Ormsby's foals born this year and O'Connor said he didn't have all the figures in on the number of mares the sire covered this year, but said it was less than the previous three years.

"As is typical fashion in the fourth season, there is a decline in waiting to see if a horse makes it or not," O'Connor said. "Although it's early, his [2002] book is going pretty good and I think he'll be very popular."

O'Connor is hoping Ormsby's strong early returns with his first crop translate into good prices at the yearling sales. The first Ormsby yearling to go through the sale's ring this summer is Hip No. 407 in Fasig-Tipton's Preferred Sale on Aug. 12 in Saratoga Springs, N.Y. The registered New York-bred filly is out of Pipit, an unraced daughter of Cormorant, a leading New York sire who is now pensioned. Pipit is a full sister to New York-bred stakes winner Social Retiree, an earner of $536,560.

"She's a beautiful filly," O'Connor said. "We'll have more [Ormsby] yearlings selling in September at Keeneland. We leaned more towards selling at Keeneland to give them time on the farm."

* Eleven New York-breds are catalogued to Fasig-Tipton's Select sale of yearlings in Saratoga Aug. 7-9. Fasig-Tipton's Preferred sale offers 132 New York-breds among 141 hip numbers in the catalog