09/19/2002 11:00PM

Timonium brings out quality and quantity


Shopping for a Maryland champion? Looking for a classic winner? Have an itch to find a runner for the Maryland Million? A good place to start is Fasig-Tipton Midlantic's Eastern fall yearling sale, which starts its three-day run on Sept. 30 at the Timonium State Fair grounds.

The largest sale of the year in Maryland, it has 780 yearlings

cataloged, and Mason Grasty, Fasig-Tipton Midlantic's executive vice president, said he has heard numerous comments that this is stronger catalog than in recent years.

That bodes well for yearling buyers, who have found such gems as this year's Belmont Stakes winner, Sarava, in the Timonium sales ring.

Grasty is guardedly optimistic when asked about projected sales figures, encouraged by the showing at Keeneland's current September auction of middle-market youngsters.

This year's Fasig-Tipton Midlantic sale once again is a source for some of the brightest of the locally bred yearlings. The history of the quality of local horses offered needs to go back no further than last year.

Six of the nine 2001 Maryland-bred champions went through the sales ring - all at Fasig-Tipton Midlantic - and four were purchased as fall yearlings. Plus, a third of all Maryland Million winners have sold at Timonium.

Grasty noted that "this is where the local stallions shine, as buyers have more selection." Topping all stallions by number of yearlings offered is Maryland's leading sire, Allen's Prospect, with 23.

One of the Allen's Prospect youngsters is a colt out of Georgia K., a full sister to Maryland Million Classic winner Forry Cow How. He is consigned by Thornmar, agent.

Popular young Maryland sire Not for Love has 22 yearlings cataloged. Harry Landry Bloodstock LLC, agent, is selling a colt out of Thanks Pal, thus a half-brother to two stakes winners as well as to the dam of Maryland Million juvenile winner Pal's Partner.

Among the Not for Love yearling fillies is a full sister to Maryland Million Classic winner Reputed Testamony from Marshall Silverman's consignment.

Another of Maryland's leading sires, Two Punch, is represented by 20 yearlings. Getting a lot of attention is a filly offered by Mrs. J.W.Y. Martin Jr. through Litz Bloodstock Services, agent. This daughter of Two Punch is out of the stakes-placed mare Lady Bering (by Lord Gaylord), from the family of Ratings, Recording, and Lord Zada.

Another Two Punch filly, out of Shiviat, is consigned by Summer Wind Farm, agent. Shiviat, by Caveat, is a winning half-sister to Taking Risks (by Two Punch), a Grade 1 winner who won the Maryland Million Classic.

Seventeen offspring of Polish Numbers are listed, including a half-brother to Maryland Million Sprint winner Aristotle (out of Slick Turn Baby) consigned by Cut n Run Farm, agent. Two others are offered by Dark Hollow Farm, agent - a half-brother to Quick 'n Smart from the family of Smart 'n Quick, plus the first foal of the Private Terms mare Duffel, from the family of champion sprinter Safely Kept and top freshman sire Partner's Hero (by Danzig).

Partner's Hero himself has 17 in the sale, including a full brother to his first winner, Joanie's Smile. The colt, consigned by Becky Davis, agent, is also a half-brother to graded stakes-winning sprinter Who Wouldn't.

Maryland stallions with first-crop yearlings in the sale are led by Diamond, with 12, who is joined by Malibu Moon (11), Crypto Star (2), and Rubiyat (1).

A number of top Maryland-bred racemares have offspring in the sale, including the first for Merengue (a filly by Silver Charm) and Potomac Bend (a colt by Silver Charm). Both are being sold by Davis, agent. Another Silver Charm colt is from the Thornmar consignment, out of stakes winner and multiple stakes producer Muffies Muffin.

The wonderful Maryland producer Gala Goldie takes over four consecutive pages of the catalog with descendants from three consignments. Glade Valley Farms, Inc., sells a colt by Partner's Hero out of Gala Goldie's stakes-winning daughter Gala Gold Digger, as well as a filly by Polish Numbers out of Gala Goldie's stakes-placed daughter Gala Goldie's Best.

Silverman, agent, offers a Two Punch colt out of multiple stakes winner Gala Goldilocks (out of Gala Goldie).

And Gala Goldie herself is the dam of a colt by Two Punch, the property of Dark Hollow and William Beatson Jr.