03/07/2008 12:00AM

Statebreds average $174K at sales


With two major juvenile auctions this year in the books, New York-breds are drawing healthy prices.

Thirteen statebred youngsters were sold at the Ocala Breeders' Sales Company sale on Feb. 12 and the Fasig-Tipton Calder Sale on Feb. 26, and they grossed $2,265,000 for an average of $174,230.

The top price for a statebred at the Ocala auction was $400,000 for a colt by Hold That Tiger out of French Factor, by Gulch.

All five sold at Fasig-Tipton exceeded the $100,000 mark, topped by a daughter of Tale of the Cat consigned by Nick de Meric, agent. Bred by Barry Ostrager in partnership with Steven Mukamal, she was purchased by Lansdon Robbins for $230,000.

Foaled at Liberty Stud LLC in Ghent, N.Y., she is out of the Conquistador Cielo mare Conquestiality, winner of the Office Queen Stakes at Calder. Second dam Damality, by Damascus, won the Peach Blossom Stakes at Delaware Park.

Damality is a half-sister to Orange Sunshine, winner of the Grade 3 Gallant Man Stakes at Saratoga Race Course, and to Matchless, winner of the Lyphard Stakes and second in the Grade 3 Lamplighter Handicap.

At $220,000 was a daughter of Cherokee Run sold by Crupi's New Castle Farm, agent, and purchased by Joe Brocklebank for Repoli Stable.

Bred by Richard Simon and foaled at his Sez Who Thoroughbreds North in Stillwater, N.Y., she is out of Be My Baby, by Ogygian. Be My Baby is also the dam of Divine Silver, a stakes winner in Japan.

Second dam Pudical is a multiple stakes winner and the grandmother of Grundlefoot, winner of the Grade 3 Baltimore Breeders' Cup Handicap and an earner of $616,780.

State sire Hook and Ladder was represented by a colt purchased at Fasig-Tipton for $120,000 by Gary Contessa, agent, from the consignment of Eddie Woods, agent.

Out of the Gulch mare Amazing Madeline, the colt is a half-brother to New York-bred Keesler, winner of the Arctic Queen Handicap at Finger Lakes.

Hook and Ladder is the sire of the promising 3-year-old Big Truck, who finished second in the Sam F. Davis Stakes at Tampa Bay Downs on Feb. 16.

Juvenile selling continues with the OBS March selected sale on March 18 and 19.

Forty-three New York-breds are catalogued to this sale.

Millennium Farms rewards program

New York sire Millennium Wind, who stands at Highcliff Farm in Delanson, N.Y., is part of the Millennium Stallions rewards program for Millennium Farms-owned sires in Kentucky and New York.

The program is for the achievements of the progeny of Millennium Farms stallions in the sales ring and on the racetrack.

The program started on Jan. 1, 2008 and is retroactive to January 2005 to allow Millennium stallion-sired juveniles of 2008 to earn program points.

It is modeled on points programs popular in consumer marketing.

Points earned are converted to dollar credits at a 10-to-1 ratio. Bonus points are earned for stakes wins, with a top of 75,000 points for a Group 1 or Grade 1 victory.

The figure of 75,000 points equates to a credit of $7,500 for stud fees on the Millennium Farms roster.

If a Millennium Farms stallion-sired yearling is bought for $100,000, the credit is $10,000.

Enrollment in the program earns 10,000 points.

Retired Oprah Winney in running for honors

Oprah Winney, a leading candidate for 2007 statebred championship honors, has been retired following a poor effort in the Barbara Fritchie Handicap on Feb. 16.

A 4-year-old daughter of Royal Academy, she was attempting to win the Grade 2 Fritchie for the second year in a row.

Bred by Gatsas Stable and owned by Michael Dubb, Sanford Goldfarb, and Bunch of Characters Stable, Oprah Winney retired with earnings of $593,989 with a record of 7-3-5 from 18 starts.

She earned $400,394 of her total during 2007, when she won the Fritchie, Interborough and Regret, all open handicaps, as well as the restricted Schenectady.

Her victory in the Jan. 1 Interborough came after a layoff of 239 days, following her victory in the Bouwerie Stakes on May 7, 2006. Oprah Winney is scheduled to be bred to Ghostzapper this year.