08/04/2005 11:00PM

Statebreds selling right and left


Over 400 New York-bred yearlings are cataloged in three sales this coming week, beginning with the two-day Fasig-Tipton Saratoga select yearling sale Tuesday.

The New York Breeders Sales Company's first yearling sale follows on Aug. 11-12, and the Fasig-Tipton New York-bred yearling sale is on Aug. 14-15.

Twelve statebreds are entered in the annual Saratoga select yearling sale, which is being conducted for the 85th time in Saratoga Springs at the Humphrey S. Finney Pavilion.

During the last five years, 40 New York-breds have grossed a combined $8,975,000 at the select sale, an average of $224,375. The top individual during that time was a daughter of Silver Deputy-Screened (by Alydar) who was purchased for $1,250,000 in 2000.

In the current select yearling catalog, there is a full sister to New York-bred multiple stakes winner Jena Jena, who is by Dixieland Band out of With a Wink, a graded-stakes-winning Clever Trick mare.

Another top offering is a half-sister to New York-bred Turnofthecentury, winner of the Grade 2 National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame Stakes, as well as the Empire Classic for statebreds.

The select yearling sale also offers a filly out of Impulse Shopper, who is a half-sister to New York-bred stakes winner Shopping for Love, an earner of more than $600,000 during her career. This family has been prominent at the select yearling sale over the years. A colt out of Impulse Shopper brought $180,000 at this sale in 2004, and her mother, Instant Shopper, accounted for yearling colts worth $190,000 and $120,000 at the select yearling sale in 2002 and 2003.

Also being offered is a New York-bred filly who is a half-sister to Never Give In, a New York-bred who placed in the Sleepy Hollow Stakes. Purchased for $200,000 at the select yearling sale in 2000, Never Give In is out of Give Notice, who was represented last year by a Gone West colt at $350,000.

A. P Jet, Catienus, Freud, Judge T C, Raffie's Majesty, Regal Classic, and Wheelaway are among the state sires represented in the New York Breeders Sales Company auction.

Freud got his first winner at Saratoga Race Course on Wednesday, when My Interpretation captured a statebred maiden event at 1 1/16 miles for 2-year-olds on turf.

Judge T C is the sire of a filly out of Winterwish, who is a half-sister to Breeders' Stakes winner Lodge Hill. Lodge Hill also placed in the Grade 1 Canadian International during his career. The family includes Canadian champion and Queen's Plate winner Norcliffe.

Wheelaway, the Tampa Bay Derby winner whose first foals are yearlings of 2005, is represented by a filly out of graded and multiple stakes winner Divine Answer. The filly is a half-sister to Too Too Divine, winner of the Nellie Morse Stakes.

A half-brother to Capeside Lady is offered in the New York-bred yearling sale.

A New York-bred, Capeside Lady is the winner of the Monmouth Oaks and Molly Pitcher, both Grade 2 events. Her half-brother is by Freud.

Another top offering at this auction is a half-sister to New York-bred Buy the Sport, winner of the Grade 1 Gazelle Handicap. By sprint champion Orientate, this filly is also a half-sister to New York-bred stakes winners Haggs Castle, Try N Sue, and Winter Dreams.

* Unbeaten New York-bred Behaving Badly, owned by Patti and Hal Earnhardt III and trained by Bob Baffert, is pointing for the Grade 3 Rancho Bernardo Handicap for fillies and mares at 6 1/2 furlongs. The Rancho Bernardo is on Aug. 19 at Del Mar.

Bred by Becky Thomas and Lewis Lakin, Behaving Badly is a daughter of Pioneering out of Timeleighness and is a half-sister to Lavish Numbers, winner of the Maid of the Mist. Behaving Badly was purchased from Fasig-Tipton's Midlantic 2003 sale of 2-year-olds for $150,000.

* Ave's Flag, the New York-bred champion 3-year-old male of 1995, died after a paddock accident at Victory Lane Farm in Millbrook. A 13-year-old gelding, Ave's Flag was owned by his co-breeders, Barbara McNulty and the late David P. McNulty of Millbrook, who bred him in partnership with Howard Kaskel's Sugar Maple Farm in Poughquag.

Ave's Flag was one of 34 stakes winners sired by the late New York stallion Personal Flag. An earner of $501,925 with 11 career victories, Ave's Flag won the Grade 3 Gallant Fox Handicap at Aqueduct.