01/23/2004 12:00AM

State industry numbers on the rise


The New York breeding and racing program enjoyed a superb year in 2003. While the achievements of Funny Cide have been well documented, news from the breeding shed also was good.

Statistics provided by the New York State Thoroughbred Breeding and Development Fund, and posted on the New York breeding and racing program's official website, nybreds.com, show increases last year in several breeding categories.

The total number of New York mares who were bred rose 12 percent to 3,296. That number is 1,267 higher than in 1994, the year the breed-back rule was changed to permit mares to be bred out-of-state annually. During the past eight years, the number of mares bred to New York stallions has increased significantly each year. In 2003, 2,724 mares were covered by New York stallions, compared with 1,418 in 1996.

Last year, there was a whopping 46 percent hike in the number of mares bred to out-of-state stallions. Two years ago, the figure was 390, compared with 572 in 2003.

The number of registered stallions in New York last year was 162, an increase of 7 percent.

The number of foals born in New York last year increased by 11 percent. Of those 2,183 foals, 1,399 were sired by Empire State stallions - a 13 percent increase over 2002 - and 784, or 36 percent, were sired by out-of-state stallions.

The number of active breeding farms in New York dipped a modest 1 percent from 401 in 2002 to 395 last year.

Langfuhr yearling leads at Keeneland

Seventeen yearlings foaled in New York sold for a total of $608,000 at Keeneland's January mixed sale on Jan. 12-16.

The New York-bred sales-topper was a Langfuhr colt who was bought by B & K Partnership for $90,000. The colt was consigned by Denali Stud, agent. The colt's dam, King's Daughter, is by the 1986 Kentucky Derby winner, Ferdinand. This is her fourth foal.

The second-highest New York-bred colt sold was a son of Tiger Ridge who sold for $87,000. Consigned by Lakland LLC, agent, the colt is out of Lantana (a daughter of Copelan), who has produced two winners. The first crop sired by Tiger Ridge, a half-brother to 1992 Horse of the Year A.P. Indy, are 2-year-olds this year.

The top-selling New York-bred filly was purchased for $77,000 by Select Bloodstock. Consigned by Crescent Hill Farm, agent, the Grand Slam filly is out of the Alleged mare, Radioactive. A winner in France, Radioactive is the dam of four registered foals.

The top-priced New York-bred yearling by a New York sire was a colt by Phone Trick, who stands at Milfer Farm in Unadilla. The colt, who was consigned by Thomas Gallo Sales Agency, agent, sold for $50,000 to Triple J.

The colt's dam, Lark Creek, was a stakes-placed winner and a half-sister to Midnight Cry, a graded stakes winner.

West Cork begins stallion career

West Cork, an 8-year-old son of Kris S., will stand his first season at stud for $2,000 at the Cornell Equine Park in Ithaca, N.Y. The Equine Park is affiliated with Cornell University.

West Cork, who was undefeated in two career starts on the grass at Saratoga Race Course in 2000, is owned by Dr. Joseph O'Dea of Roscommon Stud in Geneseo.

Bred by Prestonwood Farm in Kentucky, West Cork is out of Snow Cove, a stakes-placed daughter of Alysheba.

* The popularity of the New York Thoroughbred Breeders online sales catalogue at nybreds.com has grown significantly since it was first introduced last year. From a handful of horses initially offered, the website currently features more than 80 horses for sale. Horses of all ages are available, including a large number of broodmares. Photos of many of the sale horses are available for viewing.