10/07/2005 12:00AM

Saratoga sale offers Internet bidding


The New York Breeders Sales Company's second fall mixed sale will be conducted at Saratoga Race Course on Oct. 16 at 10 a.m.

At last year's inaugural sale, the first conducted by the young company, gross receipts were $1,230,000.

The sale grounds are located at the Nelson Avenue stable gate at Saratoga Race Course in Saratoga Springs, N.Y.

The auction ring will be near the backstretch betting windows, which are adjacent to the main track gap at the Nelson Avenue entrance.

The Saratoga fall mixed sale is the only one of its type with Internet bidding. It also offers good deals on broodmares.

"You can be fairly comfortable bidding on the broodmares, since a lot of what you are buying is pedigree," said general manager and sales director Harry L. Landry.

Internet bidders must arrange credit with the company before the auction.

At last year's sale, the weanlings were received well by buyers, and Landry hopes for more of the same this year.

"We have about 60 weanlings cataloged, and I expect them to do very well," he said. "We've got some nice-looking babies."

Horses in the sale will be available for inspection beginning Oct. 14 at noon.

Landry said the New York Breeders Sales Company will pay for lodging on the evening of Oct. 15 in Saratoga Springs for buyers with approved credit who live more than 50 miles from the sale.

The company is located at 376 Broadway, Suite 111, Saratoga Springs, and can be reached at (518) 587-1555.

SUNY Cobleskill hosts horse farm seminar

The Thoroughbred Management Program at the State University of New York, Cobleskill, is conducting a professional horse farm manager's seminar on Nov. 18 and Nov. 19 at the school.

Participants in the seminar are Dr. Joe Pagan, founder of Kentucky Equine Research Inc.; Dr. Alan Nixon, the renowned veterinary surgeon who practices at Cornell Veterinary School; Kip Elser, who specializes in thoroughbred breaking and training with his Kirkwood Stable; and top Thoroughbred trainer Michael Dickinson.

Pagan will speak on nutritional considerations and growth rates in young Thoroughbreds, while Nixon will speak on diagnosis, treatment and prognosis of various forms of developmental orthopedic disease.

Elser will speak on sales prep, and Dickinson will discuss track surface and its relation to soundness in young Thoroughbreds.

The seminar also includes visits to New York breeding farms and a regional stallion show.

The complete package totals $140 for members of New York Thoroughbred Breeders and $160 for non-members; tickets for individual days are also available.

Sponsors for the SUNY Cobleskill program are Penn Feed, the New York Thoroughbred Breeding and Development Fund, the Equine Clinic at Oakencroft, Empire Stud, McMahon of Saratoga Thoroughbred, and Lakland North.

Contact Ray Whelihan at SUNY Cobleskill for more information at (518)-255-5695.

Three statebreds win open stakes

New York-breds The Daddy, Distinctive Trick, and Precisepursuit won open stakes races on Oct. 1.

The Daddy won the $750,000 Super Derby at Louisiana Downs to run his record to 3 victories in 4 starts.

Purchased for $125,000 at the Fasig-Tipton New York-bred preferred yearling sale, he was bred by William S. Farish and Gaillardia LLC.

The Daddy is by Valid Expectations out of the stakes-placed mare With a Princess, by With Approval. He is owned by Greg Norman.

Distinctive Trick won the $85,000 Sonny Hine Stakes at Laurel Park. A $14,000 buy at the Fasig-Tipton Midlantic 2-year-old in training sale in 2004, Distinctive Trick was bred by Brendan Mullery and Sugar Maple Farm, and is owned and trained by Uriah St. Lewis.

Distinctive Trick is a son of Distinctive Pro out of the Known Fact mare Doyourthing.

Doyourthing is a half-sister to stakes winners Imps Gift and Majesty's Imp from a family that includes multiple graded stakes winner Nasty Storm.

Precisepursuit won the $50,000 Finger Lakes Juvenile Fillies, for her second consecutive score.

Bred by Sez Who Thoroughbreds and a $1,400 Ocala Breeders Sales Company August yearling filly, Precisepursuit is owned by Timothy Murphy and David E. Brown. Precisepursuit is by former state sire Precise End out of Pleasant Pursuit, by Pleasant Tap.

Pleasant Pursuit is a half-sister to stakes winner Southern Run and stakes-placed Colonial Runner, who was third in the Grade 3 Nijana Stakes.

There are now 22 New York-bred winners of open stakes races in 2005.