06/01/2006 11:00PM

Sale a slight dip in upward trend


The average price for New York-breds at the Fasig-Tipton Midlantic preferred 2-year-olds in training sale, held May 22-23 at Timonium, Md., declined slightly from the corresponding sale in 2005.

A total of 58 horses grossed $2,060,500 for an average of $35,526, a drop of 12.4 percent from 2005, when the gross for 55 sold was $2,230,000 for an average of $40,545,

The total amount spent for New York-bred 2-year-olds in 2006, however, continues to run substantially ahead of the pace set in 2005 for six major auctions.

Through the Midlantic sale, 193 New York-breds have grossed $12,868,100 for an average of $66,674. That represents a 14.5 percent increase from the same period in 2005 when 203 sold for $11,819,500, an average of $58,224.

In addition to the Midlantic sale, the other auctions in the comparison figures are OBS February and March, Fasig-Tipton Calder February, Keeneland April, and OBS April.

The highest-priced New York-bred at Fasig-Tipton Midlantic was $125,000 for a son of Five Star Day-Semaphore Miss, by Lost Code.

Consigned as Hip No. 514 by Paul Sharp, agent, he was purchased by agent Carol Murray of Kennett Square, Pa.

Semaphore Miss was a multiple stakes winner at The Meadowlands during her career, and has also produced stakes-placed Semaphore Man.

This colt, named Magical Star, descends from the breeding operation of Fred Hooper.

The top-priced New York-bred by a New York stallion was a colt by Wheelaway purchased for $120,000 by trainer Linda Rice as agent.

Consigned as Hip No. 653 from agent Webb Carroll, he is out of Wootie, a daughter of Compliance who placed in the Perfect Arc division of the New York Stallion Stakes series.

Wheelaway stands at McMahon of Saratoga Thoroughbred Farm for a fee of $6,000 and his first crop will soon be racing.

"He has been our big project for three years," said farm owner Joe McMahon. "We've gotten a lot of good reports from New York trainers that they like them. We're very happy with the way things are going."

A New York-bred son of state sire Freud attracted a final bid of $80,000 from Klaravich Stables at the Midlantic auction.

Sold as Hip No. 620 from the consignment of Robert Harris, agent, he is named Ready to Move and brings a top pedigree to the races.

His dam, the Colony Light mare Uppity, is also the mother of New York-bred Two Sixty Four, winner of the Alex M. Robb Stakes.

Uppity is a half-sister to multiple graded-stakes winner Top Secret, an earner of slightly less than $1 million, and to stakes winners Tate and West's Secret.

Top Secret is also a half-sister to Bigger Half, the mother of the graded-stakes-winning New York-bred Megascape.

Freud stands for a fee of $10,000 at Lakland North, LLC, in Hudson, N.Y.

New York sire Kelly Kip had just one 2-year-old at Midlantic, and the New York-bred colt named Matsibi was purchased for $70,000 by John Fahey III.

Consigned as Hip No. 582 by Safari Bloodstock, agent, he is out of Susan Do Good, by Allen's Prospect.

Kelly Kip stands at Highcliff Farm in Delanson, N.Y., for a fee of $2,500.

Big Apple Daddy runs big

New York-bred Big Apple Daddy scorched the opposition in the $100,000 Donald LeVine Memorial at Philadelphia Park on May 27.

A 4-year-old son of former state sire Precise End, Big Apple Daddy was timed in 1:20.79 for the seven-furlong event, his first outing since a solid third-place finish in the Grade 1 Carter Handicap at Aqueduct.

Bred by Becky Thomas and Lewis Lakin, he is owned by Ervin Rodriquez and trained by Bruce Levine.

Big Apple Daddy is out of the Theatrical mare Clever Actress, whose mother, Lady Clever Trick, is a full sister to graded-stakes-placed Clever Actor from a family that includes Grade 1 winner Run Man Run.

Online registration now available

The New York State Thoroughbred Breeding and Development Fund has announced a new online registration system at its website, www.nybreds.com.

Among the features of the new system is the ability to do multiple registrations using a "shopper cart" approach during a single transaction. The new system also provides automatic e-mail acknowledgment of payment.

For more information, contact the fund at (518)-580-0100.