08/31/2001 12:00AM

Pinhooker Eisaman was a busy shopper


The Ocala Breeders' yearling sales, held Aug. 20-24, was, in these generally uncertain economic times, a vote of confidence by the buyers.

Those who race were as busy as those who pinhook. The select session of the yearling sale was led by Padua Stable, which is ostensibly a racing enterprise. As reported last week, Padua Stable bought five yearlings in the select session for $642,000.

Dr. Barry Eisaman of Eisaman Equine is a top-of-the line pinhooker. He bought a Fortunate Prospect yearling colt in the select session for $24,000 and then shopped for 14 more in the open sessions, bringing his total to 15 and his bids to $334,500. And he is not through shopping. There are the Keeneland and Fasig-Tipton sales to go.

Eisaman takes his pinhooks to the various 2 year-old venues. Last April, one of his horses sold for $210,000. Formerly known as Matty's Boy, the 2-year-old colt is now named Mayakovsky. He was scheduled to run in Saturday's Grade 1 Hopeful at Saratoga. Mayakovsky, a colt by Matty G, originally sold as a weanling at the 1999 OBS fall mixed sale for $10,000.

How rapidly fortunes can change is reflected in the following scenario: Hip No. 1266 goes into the ring and the Montbrook colt generates active bidding right through $60,000. Eisaman is pleased with his purchase and consignors Kevin and Jessica Hartigan of Cashel Stud are pleased with the sale. Only moments later, a 2 year-old half-sister to the colt, Cozie Advantage, makes her debut at Saratoga and wins going away. Said Eisaman: "Fastest update I've ever had."

Overall, the sale was more or less on a par with last year. The select session ended with the yearling average of $44,076, a few percentage points above last year, while the open sessions were down a bit at $9,399. It should be noted, however, that for the first time in a decade there was no Harry T. Mangurian, Jr-Mockingbird Farm consignment to act as a magnet. Last year, the final year of the Mockingbird Farm dispersal of yearlings, 74 yearlings from this dispersal sold for an average of $43,277.

The top 20 yearlings sold ranged from a high of $305,000 - bid by Padua Stable for a colt by Valid Expectations - to $72,000 for a filly by Cherokee Run. The highest price for a resident Florida sire was for Hip No. 134, a colt by the Marablue Farm stallion Tactical Advantage who probably suffered in the marketplace because he was unwittingly not nominated to the 2002 Florida Stallion Stakes series.

The next resident Floridian to make the top 20 was the first-crop stallion Diligence, who stands at Hartley-DeRenzo Thoroughbreds. Buzz Chace went to $85,000 for the filly who cataloged as Hip No. 370. Pentelicus, at Ocala Stud, is the sire of Hip No. 122, an $80,000 colt who went to Cary Frommer, agent.

Double Honor of Farnsworth Farms is a first-crop sire. He did well despite the fact that Farnsworth Farms reserves the best of its crops for the 2-year-old markets.

One filly, Hip No. 22, was listed as a $75,000 buy-back and two more yearlings sold for $25,000 and $18,000 respectively.

Others who brought a multiple of stud fee are Semoran and Northern Afleet (Double Diamond Farm) and Stormy Atlantic (Bridlewood Farm).

Florida well stocked at Keeneland

When the Keeneland Fall Yearling Sales begin on Monday, Sept. 10, those in market for Florida-bred yearlings will have 217 opportunities scattered through the 13 days of selling.

Although most of these yearlings were foaled in Florida, they were not conceived in the Sunshine State, so they will not be eligible for next year's Florida Stallion Stakes series. Nineteen Florida resident stallions, however, are represented at the sale.

o The syndicated Matty G. began his stud career at Devonia Stud. He was relocated to California for the 2001 breeding season because Devonia Stud is going out of business. His first crop has come out running and there is renewed local interest in Matty G, a son of Capote, but he is reportedly headed to Kentucky.