02/27/2004 12:00AM

Small fee, big results for Manlove


New York sire Manlove is keeping good company at the top of the current list of leading grass sires of 2004.

Manlove, who stands at Liberty Stud Farm in Ghent for $3,000, is in second place on the list with $332,550 in progeny earnings with his turf runners and is surrounded by stallions whose stud fees are significantly higher. California sire In Excess, who tops the list, stands for $25,000. Theatrical, third behind Man-love, stands in Kentucky for $75,000, and another Kentucky sire, Royal Academy, fourth on the list, stands for $20,000.

Manlove's chief earner and the horse responsible for the sire's high ranking is Proud Man, who won the $500,000 Sunshine Millions Turf at Gulfstream Park on Jan. 24. Proud Man, who has lifetime earnings of $938,319, is a multiple graded-stakes winner. Max Hugel, who owns Manlove, bred Proud Man, a 6-year-old Florida-bred.

Manlove is also the sire of Gal o Gal, a graded-stakes-winning grass runner with $205,447 in earnings.

Manlove, a 17-year-old son of Mr. Prospector, arrived last year at Liberty Stud, which is owned and managed by Jim Scott and his wife, Michaelyn. But Jim Scott was already familiar with Manlove, who stood at the late John Franks's Florida farm and at Farnsworth Farm, also in Florida, when Scott managed those farms.

In 2001, Hugel moved Manlove from Florida to New York's Silvernails Farm in Pine Plains and then to the 210-acre Liberty Stud in the Hudson Valley for the 2003 breeding season.

Manlove's first crop of New York-breds are 2-year-olds this year. Scott estimates that it is a small crop of seven or eight, but said Manlove's second crop of New York-breds is double that.

Scott admitted it has been frustrating trying to sell people on Manlove, whose progeny usually don't attract a lot of attention at the sales. From nine crops, Manlove's progeny have earned $5.3 million. His yearlings (40) have sold for an average price of $4,625 at auction, and his 2-year-olds (28) have sold for an average of $9,886.

"Manlove just doesn't get the respect he deserves," Scott said. "His horses are grass-running machines. His horses haven't sold great at the sales, and a lot of New York folk are funny in that they don't respect horses that don't sell well at public sales."

Scott, who is in his fourth year of ownership of Liberty Stud, has five other moderately priced stallions at the farm. Graded stakes winner Badge, whose first crop are 2-year-olds this year, stands for $3,500. Kettle Won, whose first foals hit the ground this year, stands for $3,000. Sea Salute ($2,500), Entepreneur ($1,500), and All Gone ($1,000) round out the roster.

Scott, 50, plans on expanding Liberty Stud by building a 40-stall barn in the spring. He also is working on recruiting a big-name horse to the farm for stallion duty for the 2005 breeding season.

"The New York-bred program is just a great program, and we should be getting first-tier horses in this state, not second-tier," Scott said.

Exchange Place has second foal

Exchange Place, a full sister to multiple Grade 1 winner Affirmed Success, foaled a New York-bred colt by Giant's Causeway on Feb. 15 at Albert Fried Jr.'s Buttonwood Farm in Rhinebeck.

The foal is the second offspring produced by Exchange Place, a 9-year-old daughter of Affirmed. The first is a New York-bred yearling filly by Thunder Gulch.

Exchange Place's current foal is from the third crop of Giant's Causeway, a champion in England and Ireland and the runner-up to Tiznow in the 2000 Breeders' Cup Classic. Giant's Causeway stands at Ashford Stud in Versailles, Ky., where his 2004 stud fee is $75,000.

"This is one of the best-bred horses foaled at Buttonwood Farm," farm manager Peter Moore said. "He is a big, good-looking foal. When he was born, he was about the same size as foals born a month earlier. He's got good bone, and he's fairly correct. Now the only thing we need is to have him run like Affirmed Success."

New feature on New York-bred site

A new and free feature on the New York breeding and racing program's website - nybreds.com - offers daily racing results and entries listed under the names of the breeders of New York-breds who have run or will run during a seven-day span.

This feature allows breeders to check on how horses they have bred are performing at North American tracks and also enables potential buyers to monitor the progress of breeders and their runners.

The information includes detailed race results, pedigrees, the name of the trainer and owner, and earnings.