06/29/2006 11:00PM

Rising trend at sales continues


With results of seven major Eastern 2-year-old sales now in the book, prices for New York-breds continue to run ahead of the figures for 2005.

Total receipts for 217 statebreds are $13,397,300 following the Ocala Breeders' Sales Company auction of June 20-21.

That works out to an average price of $61,739, which is 20 percent higher than the corresponding figures for 2005, when 243 sold for $12,487,600, averaging $51,389.

The seven auctions used to calculate figures are OBS February and March, Fasig-Tipton Calder in February, Keeneland April, OBS April, Fasig-Tipton Midlantic May, and OBS June.

At OBS June, 24 New York-bred 2-year-olds grossed $529,200 for an average of $22,050, an increase of 32 percent over the 2005 average of $16,703 for the same sale.

At the 2005 sale, though, the gross was $668,100 for 40 sold, meaning this year's gross dropped 21 percent.

Topping the juveniles at OBS June was a son of New York stallion Gold Fever bought for $150,000 by trainer Barclay Tagg. The colt was the sale-topper at the June 21 session.

Consigned by Jimmy Miranda, agent, and named Dr. Decter, he is out of Spectacularjenelle, a daughter of Horse of the Year and former New York stallion Spectacular Bid. Spectacularjenelle has also produced stakes-placed Won Jenelle.

Spectacularjenelle is a half-sister to millionaire El Senor, winner of the Sword Dancer, Bowling Green, and Hialeah Turf Cup handicaps, all Grade 1.

NYRA Mile winner Gold Fever, managed by Questroyal Stud LLC, stands at Metropolitan Stud for a fee of $5,000, and is the sire of millionaires A Bit O'Gold and Gold Mover. Gold Fever is out of Lead Kindly Light, the daughter of Majestic Light who won the Athenia Handicap and is from the family of Alabama Stakes winner Versailles Treaty.

Dr. Decter was bred by the Very Un Stable of Joseph Gioia of Woodmere, N.Y., and foaled at Gary and Susan Lundy's Cedar Ridge Farm in Pine Plains, N.Y.

A New York-bred filly by Graeme Hall was purchased by Equirace.com (Ron Peltz) for $65,000 from the consignment of Moonshadow Farm, agent.

Out of the Eastern Echo mare Eastern Ruckus, she is a half-sister to Ladyecho, winner of the Dearly Precious Stakes at Aqueduct and placed in the Grade 2 Cotillion Handicap.

Easter Ruckus is a half-sister to Gold Star Deputy, winner of the Kelso Stakes at Delaware and an earner of $416,188.

Ferocious Won has classy dam

The Big Apple Triple series for New York-bred 3-year-olds opened last Sunday at Belmont with Ferocious Won capturing the $100,000 Mike Lee Stakes at seven furlongs.

Bred by Sanford Goldfarb, Ferocious Won, a son of Lite the Fuse, improved his career earnings to $152,237 with a record of 3-3-2 in 10 starts.

Ferocious Won is out of Shawklit Ruse, by Air Forbes Won. Shawklit Ruse hails from a very productive family.

Her dam, Shawklit Music, is a half-sister to Mr. Shawklit, winner of the Grade 3 Westchester Handicap; to Shawklit Man, winner of the Remington MEC Mile; and to Shawklit Won, who placed in the Grade 2 Gotham and Grade 1 Wood Memorial.

This family also includes Grade 1-placed Her She Shawklit, the mother of the millionaire and multiple graded stakes winner Crafty Shaw.

The series also consists of the 1 1/16-mile $150,000 New York Derby at Finger Lakes on July 15, and the 1 1/8-mile $100,000 Albany Handicap at Saratoga on Aug. 23.

Showing Up takes to turf

Showing Up, a son of Questroyal Stud stallion Strategic Mission, won his first start on grass in the $1 million Colonial Turf Cup last weekend at Colonial Downs.

Owned by Lael Stables and trained by Barclay Tagg, Showing Up sent his earnings to $840,500 and won his fourth race from five lifetime starts.

If Tagg decides to keep Showing Up on turf, his next start could come in the $1 million Virginia Derby at Colonial on July 15.

Purses for statebreds growing

New York Racing Association racing secretary P. J. Campo recently pointed out the rising purses being earned by New York-breds at the association's three tracks in recent years.

In 2004, statebreds earned $29 million in 642 restricted races at Aqueduct, Belmont, and Saratoga.

In 2005, the figure was $33 million in 722 races.

Campo said projections for 2006 call for approximately 800 races for New York-breds with purses at $35 million.