09/21/2006 11:00PM

Tommy Town looking to continue its growth


The addition of three stallions to the roster at Tommy Town Thoroughbreds for the 2007 breeding season may not be the end of the changes at the Santa Ynez, Calif., farm.

Farm owner Tom Stull said on Thursday that he was in negotiation to acquire another stallion, but that a deal has not been finalized.

"I've got one we're trying to buy," he said.

In recent weeks, the stallion team at Tommy Town has greatly expanded. The farm has announced that Kissin Kris, Supah Blitz, and Uncle Denny will stand at Tommy Town in 2007. Uncle Denny is standing his first season at stud, Kissin Kris is relocating from Kentucky, and Supah Blitz is moving from Florida.

None is owned by Stull. Uncle Denny (who will stand for $3,000) is owned by a partnership that includes Larry and Suzanne Bollman. Supah Blitz ($2,500) is owned by Tom Kagele, who was part of the partnership that campaigned the horse. Kissin Kris ($5,000) was recently purchased by Suarez Racing.

They join Tommy Town stallions Old Topper, the leading freshman stallion in California in 2004; Ministers Wild Cat, whose first foals will arrive in 2007; and Valid Wager, who has sired 11 stakes winners.

Stull operates Tommy Town with his wife, Debbie.

"I think this will work out pretty good," Stull said. "Uncle Denny is by In Excess, and he has a different pedigree. Supah Blitz was a big runner. Kissin Kris has proven to be a pretty good sire."

Stull did not name the stallion that he is pursuing but said that he wants to stand "three or four" of his own.

Tommy Town is a breeding and racing operation, and it keeps a 25-horse stable at Hollywood Park.

Next month, Tommy Town will have seven yearlings in California's October yearling sale at Barretts in Pomona on Oct. 3. The 327-horse sale, inaugurated last year, is a joint venture between Barretts and the California Thoroughbred Breeders Association. The breeders' association no longer conducts a yearling sale at Del Mar.

The Tommy Town consignment includes six colts and a filly, who is by Epic Honor. There are two colts by Lord Carson and Valid Wager and one each by Old Topper and Storm Boot. Lord Carson, who through Wednesday was fifth among the state's stallions in progeny earnings, died in 2005.

The Valid Wager colt has a strong pedigree. He is out of the Quest for Fame mare Hagley's Quest, a stakes winner at Woodbine in 2001.

Thursday, Stull was reluctant to make a prediction on how those yearlings will sell.

"Everything we put up for sale we think is a good horse," he said. Buyers "are going strictly on conformation and pedigrees. Who knows? With yearlings, you just don't know."

In Excess filly brings $110K

A California-bred yearling full sister to Uncle Denny sold for $110,000 to Donamire Farm at Wednesday's session of the marathon Keeneland September yearling sale.

Consigned by Vessels Stallion Farm, the filly is by In Excess out of Gift to the World, who is also the dam of the stakes-placed Infinite Faith.

Through Thursday, the In Excess filly was the most expensive California-bred sold at the auction. The sale included 35 California-breds among more than 5,000 horses offered. Through Thursday, 14 California-breds had been offered. Of those, nine had sold for prices ranging from $110,000 to $9,000, and five were bought back. Four California-breds were withdrawn.

The final days of the sale will include three yearlings by In Excess, who is the second-leading stallion in the state by progeny earnings. All three In Excess yearlings are being offered by Vessels Stallion Farm.