08/03/2007 12:00AM

Saratoga's the place to be for buyers, sellers


The annual New York-bred preferred yearling sale takes place this Friday and Saturday at the Fasig-Tipton Humphrey S. Finney pavilion in Saratoga Springs.

More than 200 yearlings are cataloged, with selling getting under way each day at 7 p.m.

Last year, the sale produced a record average of $52,421 for 101 yearlings sold.

"It is certainly the best venue there is for New York-breds," said Joe McMahon, who was one of the early movers in getting the sale established in the 1980s. "There are more end-users buying horses here than any other place in the country. So it's the place to buy and to sell a New York-bred. It is a great sale, one that has grown in numbers and average over the years."

Many New York pedigrees are cataloged, such as Hip No. 438 from the consignment of Thorndale Farm, agent.

The filly is a full sister to multiple stakes winner Gold and Roses, winner of the Hudson Handicap and an earner of more than $650,000. By Gold Token, she is out of Won Perfect Rose, by Air Forbes Won, the dam also of Won Dozen Roses, who placed in the Niagara Stakes at Finger Lakes.

Gold Token is also the sire of a colt from the consignment of Paramount Sales, agent, selling as Hip No. 351. His dam, Must Be Nice, by Dixieland Band, is a half-sister to the top New York-bred David, winner of the Bongard Stakes and New York Derby and placed in the Grade 1 Hollywood Gold Cup.

Leading state sire Catienus is represented by a filly from the consignment of McMahon of Saratoga Thoroughbreds LLC, agent, selling as Hip No. 311.

McMahon is also selling a filly by home sire Desert Warrior out of Nikki Tootsie, by Waquoit, as Hip No. 354. Named Enniskillen, she is a half-sister to Montauk Handicap winner Judy Soda, an earner of nearly $400,000.

Summerfield, agent, is selling a filly by state sire Good and Tough from one of the top families of recent years. Out of Vintage Love, by Alydeed, and selling as Hip No. 427, she is a half-sister to Imperial Zip, who placed in the Finger Lakes Juvenile, from the family of Bongard Stakes winner Well Well Well, East View Stakes winner Elocat, and that one's daughter Elocat's Burglar, winner of the Ticonderoga Handicap.

Fasig-Tipton sale has 17 N.Y.-breds

Seventeen New York-bred yearlings are cataloged to the Fasig-Tipton selected yearling sale, which starts at 7 p.m. Monday and Tuesday at the Finney Pavilion.

William B. Wilmot and Joan Taylor's Stepwise Farm, with Denali Stud, agent, is selling a half-sister to graded stakes winner Time's Mistress as Hip No. 204. She is by Not for Love out of Doyenne, by Deputy Minister, from the family of Arlington Million winner Golden Pheasant.

The Wilmots bred Time's Mistress, winner of the Grade 3 Miss Preakness Stakes.

Paramount Sales, agent, is selling a half-brother to Albany Handicap winner Indian Hawke as Hip No. 4. Named Mr. D'oro, he is by Medaglia d'Oro out of Georgialina, by Affirmed.

Eaton Sales, agent, is selling a half-sister to Yaddo Stakes winner Wake Up Kiss as Hip No. 13 at the select sale. She is by Dixieland Band out of Good Morning Smile, by Morning Bob, who is also the dam of stakes-placed New York-bred Pearly White.

Andromeda's Hero to Dutchess Views

Graded stakes winner and classic-placed Andromeda's Hero will stand the 2008 breeding season at Dutchess Views Farm in Rhinebeck, N.Y., for an advertised fee of $6,000.

"We are thrilled to get a stallion of this caliber in New York, where Andromeda's Hero achieved so much of his success in Grade 1 company," said Barry Ostrager, principal owner of Questroyal Stud.

A son of Fusaichi Pegasus, Andromeda's Hero placed in several Grade 1 events, including the Belmont Stakes, Jockey Club Gold Cup, and Suburban Handicap.

An earner of $831,241, Andromeda's Hero is out of the Storm Bird mare Marozia.

Marozia's dam, Make Change, and granddam, Equal Change, both finished on the board in the Coaching Club American Oaks at Belmont Park.