12/30/2005 12:00AM

Taylor moves Peruvian to McMahon for 2006


Good experiences with New York racing and breeding have prompted Ted Taylor to move his stallion Peruvian to the Empire State.

Peruvian, a 14-year-old son of Conquistador Cielo, will stand the 2006 season at Joe and Anne McMahon's McMahon of Saratoga Thoroughbreds for $2,000, live foal.

Taylor, an insurance fraud attorney in Birmingham, Ala., formerly owned Spendthrift Farm in Kentucky, where Peruvian previously stood. He became acquainted with the McMahons when he purchased the New York-bred filly Dancin on Broadway from their consignment at the Fasig-Tipton New York-bred yearling sale at Saratoga in 2003.

Dancin on Broadway, a daughter of Menifee who was bred by the McMahons, became an open allowance winner in her third start, and later earned fourth money in the Ruthless Stakes at Aqueduct.

Taylor, a frequent buyer of New York-breds at Timonium in Maryland, races his stock with trainer Gary Contessa on the New York Racing Association circuit. He is also the breeder of Maggy Hawk, the dam of Preakness and Belmont winner Afleet Alex.

Taylor visited the McMahon farm and decided to further his involvement in New York.

"The New York breeding program is just fantastic," he said. "I've enjoyed it very much, and when I realized you can qualify for incentive payments if you own the stallion and the broodmare, whether or not you own the horse, I moved Peruvian and some mares to New York. He is a horse who really stamps his foals."

Peruvian won the Grade 3 Iroquois Stakes and Ellis Park Juvenile as a 2-year-old in 1994.

The following year, he won the Indiana Derby and Beulah Park Breeders' Cup, and retired with six wins from 14 starts, earning $318,123.

Peruvian is out of Aragon, by Raconteur. Isobella, Raconteur's dam, is the granddam of multiple group stakes winner Robellino in England.

Peruvian's third dam is Monarchy, a full sister to the great racehorse and sire Round Table, Horse of the Year in 1958.

Monarchy, through her daughter State, is the granddam of graded-stakes winners Region, Double Feint, and Announce.

It is a family that includes top young sires Pulpit and Tale of the Cat, as well as Breeders' Cup Juvenile winner Johannesburg and Grade 1 winners Minardi and Preach.

"He was a good racehorse and a very good 2-year-old," McMahon said of Peruvian. "We want to increase his book in New York, and I think he will make a good racehorse sire."

Peruvian is one of eight stallions at McMahon of Saratoga Thoroughbreds for 2006, joining Regal Classic, Wheelaway, Desert Warrior, Judge T C, Western Borders, Let Goodtimes Roll, and Millions.

Wheelaway's first crop will begin racing as 2-year-olds in 2006.

Canada honors sons of New York sires

Sons of New York stallions Gold Fever and Lycius have won Sovereign Awards, given to champions in Canadian racing.

A Bit O'Gold, by Gold Fever, was voted Horse of the Year, champion older male, and champion turf male.

A Bit O'Gold raced exclusively in graded-stakes company in 2005. He won the Dominion Day Handicap on dirt at 1 1/4 miles and the Chinese Cultural Centre Stakes on turf at 1 3/8 miles during a season that saw him earn $497,437 from three victories in seven starts.

A Bit O'Gold and the top filly Gold Mover, also by Gold Fever, are both millionaires.

Gold Fever, owned by a syndicate managed by Questroyal Stud LLC, stands at Metropolitan Stud in Pine Plains and has a fee of $5,000 for the 2006 breeding season.

A son of Forty Niner, Gold Fever has cumulative progeny earnings of more than $14 million from five crops, with at least 29 stakes winners.

Palladio, by Lycius, won a Sovereign Award as champion 3-year-old male.

He won the Grade 2 Ohio Derby at Thistledown in July and later captured the Ontario Derby at Woodbine, earning $444,143 on the season with four victories in nine starts.

Lycius, by Mr. Prospector, is also the broodmare sire of Travers Stakes winner Flower Alley. Owned by Steven Belkin's B.E. Stables, he stands at Anne Morgan's Mill Creek Farm in Stillwater for a fee of $5,000 for the 2006 breeding season.

Lycius also has cumulative progeny earnings of more than $14 million.

To qualify for Sovereign Awards, horses must make at least three starts in Canada by the end of November in the year of consideration.