07/31/2003 11:00PM

Thirteen NY-breds to go in select sale


New York-breds comprise the entire catalog at Fasig-Tipton's preferred yearling sale on Aug. 10 and 11 in Saratoga, but a small group of well-bred New York-breds will be offered at the auction house's select sale that begins Tuesday.

Thirteen New York-breds, all by Kentucky sires, including Carson City, Chester House, Distant View, Grand Slam, Thunder Gulch, Unbridled's Song, and Victory Gallop, are part of the three-night sale that has more than 200 horses in the catalog.

Early in the first session, a half-brother to two-time New York-bred champion and multiple stakes winner Shopping for Love is scheduled to go through the sale ring. The Carson City colt, Hip No. 6, is the property of Frank Mancini and is consigned by Eaton Sales.

Later Tuesday evening, a half-sister to graded winner Private Emblem, last year's New York-bred champion 3-year-old male, will be offered for sale by Denali Stud, agent. Merion Miss, the dam of Hip No. 43, also produced Rhum, a stakes winner with more than $300,000 in earnings. The yearling filly is by first-crop sire Chester House, a half-brother to this year's Belmont Stakes winner, Empire Maker.

Hip No. 138, an Unbridled's Song filly consigned by Thomas J. Gallo Sales Agency, is a half to restricted stakes winner, Gratiaen. The filly's second dam, Adorable Micol, has produced stakes winners Adcat and Adorydar.

Hip No. 179, a colt by Cat Thief, is a half to Bond Arbitrage, a good-looking winner of his career debut at Saratoga on July 25.

Bond Arbitrage, the highest-priced colt sold at the first session of last year's preferred sale of New York-bred yearlings, was bred by Jerry and Joanne Nielsen. The Nielsens are also the breeders of the Cat Thief colt, who comes from the Summerfield consignment of Francis and Barbara Vanlangendonck. The colt is out of the Deputy Minister mare Deputy Dear, a half-sister to stakes winners Without Feathers, Currency Arbitrage, and Copper Mount.

Traffic Chief blossoms for Schwartz

Traffic Chief, the winner of last Saturday's New York Derby at Finger Lakes, is blossoming into a top New York-bred for his owner and breeder, Barry Schwartz.

With his win in the restricted New York Derby, Traffic Chief's record is 4-1-0 in five starts. A 3-year-old Colonial Affair colt, he won his first three starts by comfortable margins in statebred races. In his start before the New York Derby, Traffic Chief finished second in the off-the-turf Hill Prince Stakes against open company at Belmont Park.

Trained by Mike Hushion, Traffic Chief was a three-length winner of the New York Derby, defeating a field that included graded winners Go Rockin' Robin and Spite the Devil.

Traffic Chief, a May foal, is the first offspring out of the Sewickley mare Ms. Forte. The mare also has a yearling filly by Sky Classic and a Gold Token colt, who was born this year.

Tour Funny Cide's birthplace

Funny Cide-mania hit the town of Saratoga Springs with a store selling Funny Cide merchandise and restaurants serving beer and wine named after the Kentucky Derby and Preakness winner.

Now fans can take a tour of Funny Cide's birthplace, McMahon of Saratoga Thoroughbreds. The farm, located five miles from Saratoga Race Course, is offering one-hour tours between 8:30 and 10:30 a.m., every day but Tuesdays, until Sept. 1.

The tour costs $5 for adults and $3 for senior citizens and children between 5 and 16. Joe McMahon, who owns the farm with his wife, Anne, said a portion of the proceeds will benefit Thoroughbred charities.

For more information, contact the farm at (518) 587-3426.

* A first, second, or third in Sunday's $1 million Haskell at Monmouth Park will vault Funny Cide to the top of the all-time leading New York-bred money earners. Say Florida Sandy, who finished third in the Vincent A. Moscarelli Memorial last weekend at Delaware Park, is currently in the lead with $2,085,409 in earnings. Funny Cide has earnings of $1,999,385, trailing Say Florida Sandy by $86,024.