10/26/2004 11:00PM

Seaman selections well represented at Cup

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LEXINGTON, Ky. - Cecil Seaman, whose biomechanical analysis firm of the same name is familiar around sales grounds, will have four horses to cheer for at Saturday's Breeders' Cup. Seaman selected the dams of four Breeders' Cup runners: Cherlindrea, dam of Mile favorite Nothing to Lose; Kitten's First, dam of the Turf's heavy favorite, Kitten's Joy; Danzigs Fashion, dam of Distaff hopeful Island Fashion; and Ticket to Houston, who produced Juvenile Fillies contender Runway Model.

The first three mares were relatively inexpensive buys. Ken and Sarah Ramsey bought Kitten's First as an Ocala Breeders' Sale March juvenile for $41,000 back in 1993, and they got Cherlindrea for $42,000 at the 1994 Keeneland November sale, where she was in foal to Mountain Cat.

Jeff Nielsen of Everest Stables purchased Island Fashion's dam, Danzigs Fashion, for just $59,000 at the 1997 Keeneland November sale; she was in foal to Gilded Time. Nielsen's other purchase, Ticket to Houston, was considerably more expensive, costing $425,000 and in foal to Kingmambo. Both Runway Model and Island Fashion are by Nielsen's stallion Petionville, whom Seaman bought as a yearling for $175,000.

Seaman said he chose all four mares using a new, patented technique he calls the Genetic Dominance Tree, which identifies horses in a five-generation pedigree that are similar phenotypes - essentially, ones that have similar biomechanical patterns, according to Seaman's database of 70,000 horses and their biomechanical measurements.

Seaman theorizes that some great racemares don't reproduce themselves because "they're hybrids - they come from a pedigree of different extremes. You can't have 11 different phenotypes in a family tree and expect them to reproduce with any consistency.

"If you had a five-generation pedigree that included a couple of jockeys, a basketball player, a sumo wrestler, a 140-pound marathon runner, and a 220-pound fullback, you wouldn't expect that family to always produce great jockeys," he said. "But if you had all great jockeys in a Genetic Dominance Tree, you would expect it."

All four of the 2004 Breeders' Cup producers that Seaman bought scored high marks under Seaman's system, and he hopes their runners will pay off even more on Saturday at Lone Star Park.

Fasig-Tipton sale numbers down

Fasig-Tipton Kentucky's fall yearling sale ended Tuesday with declines across the board, despite producing some healthy six-figure prices.

Leading the two-day auction was a $230,000 Richter Scale colt that Ricky Higgs, agent, sold to the Narvick International agency. The colt is out of Be Six, a Saratoga Six mare who also produced the colt's winning half-siblings Courtster, Metrotown, and General Six.

Still, the sale returns decreased. The auction sold 511 yearlings for $8,317,200, a decline of 10 percent from last year's $9,219,400 for 528 lots. Average price this year dropped 7 percent, from $17,461 last year to $16,276. And median slid 12 percent, from $9,100 to $8,000. Buybacks rose from 22 percent last year to 28 percent.

The 2004 auction's $230,000 top price was well below the $400,000 high mark achieved last year by a Saint Ballado-Metromane filly that George Saufley bought. And that made a difference, according to Fasig-Tipton's chief operating officer, Boyd Browning.

"We were missing a couple of expensive horses that we had last year," Browning said. "The trade was fine, and it was a reasonable marketplace for the horses we had assembled."

Exploit to stand in Florida

Exploit, sire of 2004 stakes winner Courageous Act, is headed to Florida. The 8-year-old Storm Cat colt will relocate from Taylor Made Farm in Nicholasville, Ky., to CloverLeaf II near Ocala, Fla.

Exploit will stand at CloverLeaf for a $10,000 stud fee and will be owned by a partnership. Exploit stood for $15,000 in 2004.

Exploit, a multiple graded stakes winner out of My Turbulent Miss, has sired two crops of racing age and has progeny earnings of more than $2.5 million.

Soto, Grade 2 winner, to Highclere

Grade 2 winner Soto, who won the Grade 3 West Virginia Derby in track-record time last season, will enter stud in 2005 at Jeffry Morris's Highclere in Lexington. Soto will stand for a $7,500 fee.

Trained by Michael Dickinson for Galopp LLC, the 4-year-old Dehere colt retires with a lifetime record of 6-5-1-0 and $666,164 in earnings.

Soto is out of the Crafty Prospector mare Subtle Fragrance.

Hazyview, 3, tops Tattersalls session

The Tattersalls autumn horses-in-training auction concluded its third of four sessions Wednesday with the 3-year-old Cape Cross colt Hazyview as the session-topper on a final bid of about $676,200 from T. Mohan. Rathmoy Stables sold the colt.

Hazyview already is a stakes winner, with five victories to his credit from seven to 10 furlongs, and he is placed in Group 2 company. A son of the Woodman mare Euridice, Hazyview is a half-sibling to four winners.

The Wednesday session sold 222 lots for about $9,663,671, yielding an average of about $43,767 and a median of about $24,633. All figures were up over last year's third session.

* Marquetry, whom a Vinery-managed syndicate sold earlier this week to Richard and Audrey Haisfield of NeverTell Farm in Midway, Ky., will stand in 2005 at John Sikura's Hill 'n' Dale Farms in Lexington. Marquetry will stand in 2005 for $7,500, significantly lower than his $12,500 advertised fee at Vinery in 2004.