08/17/2006 11:00PM

Six-figure yearlings spur record average

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With a $230,000 colt from the first crop of state sire Hook and Ladder leading the way, the New York-bred preferred yearling sale at Saratoga last weekend produced a record average of $54,122.

Gross receipts for 101 yearlings sold at the two-day auction were $5,294,500. The gross represented a gain of 6 percent over 2005, and the average represented a gain of 11 percent. Twelve New York-breds commanded a six-figure price at the auction.

Consigned by Lakland North LLC, agent, the sale topper was purchased by Buzz Chace, agent, as Hip No. 315.

Hook and Ladder, by Dixieland Band, won the Grade 2 Gulfstream Park Breeders' Cup during his career, and his first yearlings are attracting attention. He is out of Moneymakinmamma, a daughter of In Excess whose dam, Queen of Money, captured the Grade 3 Santa Ynez Handicap and placed in the Grade 1 Santa Anita Oaks during her racing days.

Queen of Money is also the mother of stakes winners Quiet Cash and Pocketfullofpesos, and her family includes graded stakes winner C'Est L'Amour, who placed in the Grade 1 Acorn Stakes.

At the Fasig-Tipton Kentucky July yearling sale, Gullible Gal, a filly by Hook and Ladder, brought $310,000.

Hook and Ladder stands at Lakland North Farm in Hudson, N.Y., and his fee for the 2006 breeding season was $5,000.

"I think this is a good sale for the right horse," said consignor Thomas Gallo of Blue Stone Farm. "You have some very sophisticated buyers at this sale. A lot of good trainers were here, although not as many as before, but it is still a good group. And the pinhookers here have some of the best eyes in the business."

Gallo also noted that the increasing number of statebred races at New York Racing Association tracks could be a reason for the solid numbers.

Anstu Stables paid $200,000 for a son of Quiet American consigned by Paramount Sales as agent for Sugar Maple Farm. Sold as Hip No. 279, the colt is out of the stakes-placed New York-bred Gold 'n Sugar, a daughter of Travers winner Java Gold whose grandmother, Sue Babe, produced Sir Harry Lewis, winner of the Group 1 Irish Derby.

Sue Babe is also the dam of New York Stallion Stakes winner and Grade 1-placed Sir Richard Lewis as well as Cyrano, winner of the Bertram F. Bongard and third-place finisher in the Grade 2 Hollywood Juvenile Championship.

Paramount Sales and Sugar Maple also sold a Johannesburg colt to Richlyn Farm for $182,000. Sold as Hip No. 327, the colt is out of the Miswaki mare Out of the Buggy, a daughter of New York-bred Embracing, who won the Broadway Handicap and placed in the Grade 3 Rare Treat Handicap.

Jack Knowlton purchased a son of Not for Love from an outstanding New York family. Sold as Hip No. 290, the colt sold for $180,000 from the consignment of Denali Stud, agent. He is out of Impulse Shopper, a daughter of former state sire Dr. Blum who is a half-sister to multiple stakes winner and graded-stakes-placed Shopping for Love, an earner of more than $600,000. He is also a half-sister to Shoppers Gold, winner of the Damon Runyon Stakes, and the stakes-placed runners Berkshire Shopper and Instant Genius.

Southern Cross Farm, agent, sold a son of Johannesburg for $175,000 to Crupi New Castle Farm as Hip No. 307. He is out of Mandy Jud, a daughter of former state sire Judge T C. Mandy Jud's full brother The Judge Sez Who earned more than $950,000 and captured the Grade 3 Oklahoma Derby and Grade 3 Fred Hooper Handicap during his racing days.

A son of Harlan's Holiday was purchased for $150,000 by Journeyman Bloodstock as Hip No. 364 from the consignment of Harry L. Landry Bloodstock LLC, agent. He is out of the Halo mare Sky Bonnet, the producer of Peruvian champion Nadja from a family that includes champion and Kentucky Derby winner Canonero II.

* Ferocious Won, winner of the Mike Lee Stakes and New York Derby, is nominated to the $150,000 Albany Handicap, to be run Aug. 23 at Saratoga Race Course.

The Albany, at 1 1/8 miles on the main track, completes the OTBs' Big Apple Triple. If he wins the Albany, Ferocious Won will be the first New York-bred to sweep the series for 3-year-olds and win the $250,000 bonus for the accomplishment.