02/02/2007 12:00AM

Ramazutti adds to Beatson's success


Over the past 10 years, Annapolis-based commercial real estate developer Bill Beatson has astutely gathered a handful of broodmares, the majority while collaborating with David and JoAnn Hayden of Dark Hollow Farm. Breeding for the sales

market, Beatson has experienced a number of commercial successes.

While sales numbers are important, it all comes down to what those mares' foals do when they hit the racetrack. In that area, Beatson's fortunes keep rising, and were most recently boosted by Ramazutti's stakes-winning performance in the Grade 2 Mac Diarmida Handicap on Jan. 28 at Gulfstream Park. The turf-loving Ramazutti adds his name to a list of stakes winners that includes graded winner New York Hero and Maryland Million Classic winner Play Bingo, who have been bred by Beatson - solely or in partnership - in recent years.

Ramazutti, a 5-year-old gelding by Honor Grades owned by Anstu Stables Inc. and trained by Tony Sciametta (subbing for the suspended Todd Pletcher), snapped an 11-race losing streak in taking the Mac Diarmida to record his fourth win in 19 career starts. Ramazutti's recent record was deceiving, however, as the chestnut gelding had a solid 2006 campaign. His 10 starts last year, all in stakes company, resulted in three seconds and one third-place finish.

Twice, Ramazutti came tantalizingly close to recording his first stakes win - missing by a neck in both the Grade 3 Pan American Handicap at Gulfstream Park last April, and the Grade 3 Louisville Handicap at Churchlll Downs in May. In each of those efforts, Ramazutti set the pace and just failed to last. Employing the same tactics, he gave way late to be beaten a total of 3 1/2 lengths when fourth in the Grade 1 Sword Dancer Stakes at Saratoga.

Trying a new technique, Ramazutti was settled slightly off the pace for the 1 3/8-mile Mac Diarmida before launching his bid in midstretch. He went on to win by 1 1/4 lengths over Dreadnaught in a time of 2:11.86, and pushed his career earnings total to $273,179.

Ramazutti is the second foal out of Mine Inning, a daughter of Mining selected by trainer Graham Motion for Beatson out of the Fasig-Tipton Midlantic May 2-year-olds in training sale in 1998. Beatson's $61,000 investment for Mine Inning quickly reaped rewards as the filly won at 2, but more importantly she earned black type when third in the Prom Stakes at the Meadowlands. She only earned $20,725 on the racetrack, but Mine Inning became an attractive broodmare prospect.

Beatson credits his current successes to the guidance of David Hayden, and it was Hayden who suggested that Beatson breed Mine Inning to Honor Grades, based on the success of the best foal out of a Mining mare at the time, Middlesex Drive, who was by a son of Danzig. Danzig's son Honor Grades (who died in 2002) was also intriguing as he was a half-brother to A.P. Indy and Summer Squall. Ramazutti is the best sales horse produced by Mine Inning to date, having been sold by Beatson as a

2-year-old at the Ocala Breeders' Sales Co. March auction for $160,000.

Mine Inning has produced three foals of racing age, and all are winners. Her current 2-year-old, a colt by Not for Love named Avonian, is owned by a partnership that includes Beatson, and is in training with Tony Dutrow. The mare had a Lion Hearted filly in 2006 and is currently in foal to Not for Love. She is booked to Yes It's True for 2007.

Beatson now owns six broodmares - two solely and four in partnership with Dark Hollow Farm. All are boarded at the Haydens' Upperco establishment and include Poised to Pounce (the dam of Play Bingo) and Nin Two (the dam of New York Hero).

Beatson joined forces with the Haydens when he approached David Hayden at the Fasig-Tipton Midlantic December mixed sale in 1997 and became a partner in the mare Gala Goldie, who was purchased for $66,000 out of that sale (in foal to Phone Trick). Gala Goldie produced four foals for the partners, with three selling as 2-year-olds and the fourth, named Gallelujah (a filly by Honour and Glory), still owned by Dark Hollow and Beatson.

The three sales horses out of Gala Goldie sold for a combined $675,000 (the Phone Trick she was carrying at the time of the sale brought $250,000). For Beatson and Dark Hollow, it was the just the beginning of a long and beautiful friendship.