09/01/2005 11:00PM

Patience finally pays for Baileys


Breeding horses can often be a venture of hard luck and broken promises. Kelly and Wayne Bailey can provide a list of could-have-beens and what-ifs when discussing the family of their new stable star, Saay Mi Name, a two-time stakes winner in August.

"We've believed in the family all along," said Kelly Bailey. "But they have been the most unlucky group of horses."

Based at Bowie Training Center, the Baileys have owned three generations of Saay Mi Name's family and are finally being rewarded for their devotion. Saay Mi Name, a 5-year-old son of Not for Love bred in partnership with Kelly Bailey's father, Urban Dieter Jr., captured his second stakes in 23 days when taking the Hockessin Stakes by a head at Delaware Park on Aug. 29.

A chestnut gelding, Saay Mi Name has developed into one of the region's major threats in the sprint division, first making his case with a nearly two-length victory in the Chesapeake Stakes at Colonial Downs on Aug. 6. In that effort, Saay Mi Name and Abbondanza rattled off fractions of 22.33 seconds, 44.64, and 56.30 before Saay Mi Name pulled away, stopping the clock in 1:08.87, just .40 off the six-furlong track record.

That effort, however, barely swayed public opinion when Saay Mi Name returned in the Hockessin Stakes. Giving weight to each of his rivals, Saay Mi Name was sent off as the 5-1 fourth choice in the field of five. Saay Mi Name bided his time behind favorite and early leader Pisgah before running him down in the final strides, getting six-furlongs in 1:09.91.

Unraced at 2 and 3, Saay Mi Name has made 29 starts in just over 1 1/2 years, winning 8 races and earning $230,606. On the board in 7 of 10 starts this year, Saay Mi Name was also second to Gadace's Khamseh in the Donald LeVine Memorial Handicap at Philadelphia Park in May.

The Baileys say they don't believe in pushing their 2-year-olds, preferring to break their yearlings, then turn them out for the winter, bring them back in the spring for schooling, then turn them back out. With their busy schedule - in addition to their own horses, the Baileys train approximately 20 other horses for various clients - they somewhat forgot about a couple of 3-year-olds they had been boarding, as Kelly Bailey noted in explaining Saay Mi Name's delay in getting to the races. Sent to the track late in 2003, Saay Mi Name didn't make his debut until Feb. 7, 2004, when he won a six-furlong maiden special weight at Laurel.

"We wasted a lot of time with him last year trying to make him go long," said Kelly Bailey.

Saay Mi Name has had success under many conditions, however, winning from five furlongs on the turf to 1 1/16 miles on the main track. The Baileys' primary goal for him this fall is the $150,000 Maryland Million Sprint on Oct. 8 at Laurel Park, a six-furlong race that has been won the last two years by a son of Not for Love.

Saay Mi Name is the first black-type winner descending from Wuxi, a mare Wayne Bailey purchased as a yearling in 1985. A winner of 2 of 16 starts, Wuxi (by Bupers) "was a nice race mare, but she began to have issues breaking from the gate and was retired," said Kelly Bailey.

Bred to local stallion Salutely, Wuxi produced the filly Miss Flutie Brown in 1989. The following year, while carrying her second foal, Wuxi died.

Misfortune followed Miss Flutie Brown as well. Before she could make her first start, Miss Flutie Brown broke a sesamoid. After producing her first foal, a filly by Deerhound named Kanga, Miss Flutie Brown collicked. "We were told she'd die," said Bailey. But Miss Flutie Brown survived surgery and eventually went back to the breeding shed. Her son by Smarten, an unraced horse named Who's Your Daddy, stands at stud for the Baileys, and his first runners are close to making their first starts.

The Baileys lost Miss Flutie Brown after she fractured her leg. Her final foal, born in 2001, is Miss Leetie Brown, by Larrupin'. The line continues with Kanga, however. She is currently in foal to Kokand and is the dam of Ut O, a winner earlier this year.