08/28/2003 11:00PM

Saratoga sale draws surprising 190 horses


When bloodstock agent Jeff Minton made the decision to conduct a mixed sale at Saratoga Race Course this fall, he would have been delighted to have attracted 125 horses for the auction.

When the catalog for the one-day sale on Oct. 11 is released this week, it will contain 190 horses, including weanlings, yearlings, mares, and horses of racing age.

"I'm very, very pleased," Minton said. "I really couldn't have expected it to be any better. I didn't imagine the first year would have these many horses. It's a very good first start."

Last year, Minton had planned on holding a one-day sale of horses of racing age at Saratoga, but he failed to draw a sufficient amount of entries.

Minton said the difference with this sale is that it is open to all ages and provides local consignors with a less costly alternative to shipping to an out-of-state sale.

"It works best with other horses," Minton said. "There is a real demand for another outlet [to sell horses] here. A lot of people don't want to go to Timonium because of the shipping expenses. We needed a regional marketplace."

In addition to New York-based consignors, including Tom Gallo, McMahon of Saratoga Thoroughbreds, Harry Landry, Liberty Stud, Milfer Farm, Dutchess Views Farm, and Henry Prieger, Minton's sale drew consignors from Florida, Kentucky, and Maryland.

Among the sires represented by horses in the mixed sale are Carson City, Johannesburg, Phone Trick, City Zip, Lord Carson, and Tomorrows Cat.

Post-sale golf outing at Saratoga G.C.

The New York Thoroughbred Breeders will host its inaugural golf tournament at Saratoga National Golf Club on Oct. 12, the day after the mixed sale.

The tournament will be open to 100 people and costs $260 for a single and $1,000 for a foursome. The proceeds will benefit THOROPAC, the Thoroughbred Breeders' Political Action Committee, which represents the interests of breeders in Albany.

For registration, contact the NYTB offices at (518) 587-0777.

61 statebreds sell at Ocala

Sixty-one registered New York-bred yearlings sold for a total of $1,029,800 at the Ocala Breeders' Sales Company's selected and open yearling sales in Florida on Aug. 18-21. Only 11 of the 72 New York-breds to go through the sale failed to be sold.

The five highest-priced New York-breds were consigned by Sez Who Thoroughbreds, which has farms in Stillwater, N.Y., and Ocala, Fla. Sez Who Thoroughbreds, which is owned by Richard Simon, was the leading consignor in gross at the three open sessions and the third-leading consignor at the select sale.

The top-priced New York-bred at the OBS sales and the fourth highest-priced filly in the select sale on Aug. 18 was an Anees filly who sold for $90,000. Becky Thomas, who co-owns Lakland North in Hudson, N.Y., and Lakland in Versailles, Ky., bought the filly, who is out of the Housebuster mare Dither.

The most expensive New York-bred colt to be sold at the four-day sale was a son of Stormin Fever who was bought for $70,000 by Mercedes Stable at the select session. The colt is out of Littleboldchrissie, a daughter of New York stallion Williamstown.

Overall this year, 204 New York-bred yearlings were sold at four auctions for a gross of $8,345,800. Last year during the same period, New York-bred yearlings sold for a total of $117,100 less. That came during five sales, including Keeneland July, which was not held this year.

* Brushed On, whose first foals are yearlings this year, has left New York to stand stud in Pennsylvania at Xanthus Farms. Brushed On, a son of Broad Brush, stood the 2003 breeding season at Jim and Michaelyn Scott's Liberty Stud in Ghent for a fee of $2,500.