07/17/2008 11:00PM

Tomisue's Delight dies after surgery


LEXINGTON, Ky. - Two-time Grade 1 winner Tomisue's Delight, a full sister to 2003 Horse of the Year Mineshaft and the dam of stakes-placed Save Big Money, was euthanized on Wednesday due to complications from colic surgery, according to a release issued Friday by Lane's End Farm in Versailles, Ky. The A.P. Indy mare was 14.

Bred by Lane's End owner William S. Farish in partnership with James Elkins and W.T. Webber Jr., Tomisue's Delight was a daughter of 2003 Broodmare of the Year Prospectors Delite. She sold to Stephen Hilbert for $575,000 at the 1995 Keeneland July yearling sale. The filly won the 1997 Ruffian and 1998 Personal Ensign handicaps, as well as the Grade 3 Falls City Handicap in 1998. She was also runner-up in six other Grade 1 races.

She closed out her career with a lifetime 7-5-4 record from 20 starts, earning $1,207,537.

Her Storm Cat son Save Big Money has placed in two stakes and also set a track record at Keeneland last spring when he won a 1 3/16-mile allowance in 1:56.09.

Hilbert Thoroughbreds and John Menard's Menard Thoroughbreds owned Tomisue's Delight at her death. She has a yearling Storm Cat filly and a 2008 Distorted Humor colt foaled in May.

Tomisue's Delight will be buried at the Lane's End cemetery.

Van Clief to head monitoring panel

The Thoroughbred Owners and Breeders Association has announced the members of the Monitoring Committee that will oversee and review implementation of the Sales Integrity Task Force's recommendations to increase transparency at horse sales.

Fasig-Tipton chairman D.G. Van Clief Jr. will chair the committee. Other members are Jimmy Bell of Darley USA; Reynolds Bell of Reynolds Bell Thoroughbred Services; Bill Casner of WinStar Farm; Nick Nicholson of Keeneland; Mike O'Farrell of Ocala Stud; Frank Penn of Pennbrook Farm; Fred Sarver of the American Saddlebred Horse Association; Samathan Siegel of Jay Em Ess Stable; John Sikura of Hill 'n' Dale Farms; and Bayne Welker of Mill Ridge Farm.

TOBA has launched a website for the program at www.salesintegrity.org.

Sales officials wary of oversupply

Oversupply in the Thoroughbred marketplace remains a big concern in light of across-the-board declines at Fasig-Tipton's July yearling sale last week.

"The reality is, we've got an ever-increasing supply in the commercial marketplace, and probably a dwindling supply of buyers," said Fasig's chief operating officer, Boyd Browning. "The pendulum's swinging farther in that direction than we'd want it to. The reality is that no one in the industry can control the overall U.S. or world economy. The only thing we can do is try to do a better job of promoting and selling our sport. I think we continue to face those challenges and need to attack them more aggressively."

Fasig-Tipton will be in a stronger position to tackle the owner-recruitment issue now that it has been purchased by Dubai-based Synergy, a company with close ties to Sheikh Mohammed al-Maktoum. Synergy has made promotion of the sport and racehorse ownership a top priority at Fasig-Tipton, and sale company executives are brainstorming to that end.

But the task of finding more racehorse investors could face a stiff headwind from the economy, which is turning formerly bullish middle-market buyers into bears.

"I will say this," said Fasig president Walt Robertson, "the horse business is doing better than my 401(k).

"The world's tough. Every market that I can name, from cattle to real estate to stocks, they're down, except one: oil."

So until the new buyers start arriving, breeders are likely to cut back, too, especially in light of rising fuel, feed, and transport costs. That could be just what the market needs for now.

Another successful sale for Polan

Rosilyn Polan, a breeder with just seven mares, topped the Fasig-Tipton July auction's opening session back in 2005 with a $385,000 El Corredor colt. She was back in the spotlight again this year as one of the auction's most successful small consignors. Her three homebred yearlings fetched a total of $405,000.

But much has changed for Polan. Her husband, Kenneth Ross, died shortly after the 2005 July sale, leaving Polan to run the Sunday Morning Farm the couple built over 20 years in Woodford County, Ky. She has help from her 10-year-old daughter, Laiken, and right-hand man, Manuel Rodriguez, and foals her mares herself.

"To me, the money, of course, the money is fabulous, but I like coming out here and having people say, 'I like your horse!' " said Polan, 55. "In this business you have to grasp any high you can, your mare foaling or your yearling getting into a sale, because there are so many downs with horses."

Polan said she only wished her husband, Kenneth, who put so much work into Sunday Morning Farm, could have been there to enjoy the 2008 returns with her.

"Nothing made him happier than to hit a good lick like this," she said.

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The Ocala Breeders' Sales Co.'s August yearling sale catalog features 1,342 horses that will sell from Aug. 18-21. The select session on Aug. 18 includes 230 yearlings. The catalog is available online at www.obssales.com. . . . Sam and Jery Knighton's Request for Parole, a 9-year-old Judge T C stallion who stands at Fox Tale Stud in Pennsylvania, is shuttling to Argentina this year. He will stand at Estacion de Monta Don Petiso near Buenos Aires for a partnership including that farm, Haras El Tala, and Haras Don Yeye.