01/14/2005 1:00AM

Top dollar for long-term potential

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Cozzene's Angel sold in foal to Pulpit for $1.35 million to lead Keeneland.

LEXINGTON, Ky. - The premium broodmares at this week's Keeneland January sale showed great consistency, as both session-topping mares sold for more than $1 million and already have produced Grade 1 stakes-winning juveniles.

The sale's leader was the Cozzene mare Cozzene's Angel, selling for $1.35 million. She is the dam of Toccet, a multiple Grade 1 winner in 2002, when he won the Champagne and Hollywood Futurity as well as the Grade 2 Remsen.

While Cozzene's Angel brought the highest price at the auction and led the Tuesday session at Keeneland, the session-topper on Monday was Native Roots, the Irish-bred dam of Wilko, winner of the 2004 Breeders' Cup Juvenile and subsequently third in the Hollywood Futurity.

Each major stakes winner also was the first foal of each broodmare, which emphasizes the youth and immediate producing success of these two young mares. Cozzene's Angel is now 11, and Native Roots is only 8.

With relative youth and past accomplishments on their side, both mares will have plenty of opportunities to produce more quality foals.

Purchased by Reiley McDonald for an undisclosed partnership that has acquired a sterling handful of elite broodmares in the past few months, Cozzene's Angel is in foal to a prominent Claiborne Farm stallion, Pulpit, a leading son of A.P. Indy at stud.

The same partnership previously had acquired Santa Catarina for $4.8 million and Take Charge Lady for $4.2 million, both at the Keeneland sale in November. McDonald indicated that the foal out of Cozzene's Angel would be sold at auction as a yearling in 2006.

A stakes-placed daughter of the champion racehorse and leading sire Cozzene, Cozzene's Angel has had a most unusual production history for a high-quality broodmare. Purchased out of the annual Adena Springs auction of broodmares while in foal to Adena stallion Awesome Again, and therefore carrying Toccet, Cozzene's Angel was then sent to the minor stallion Aggressive Chief, a stakes-placed son of Chief's Crown, and sold again. The mare's third foal is by the good Claiborne stallion Out of Place and is a 3-year-old colt named Hockey Fan.

Before the ability of Toccet became apparent, Cozzene's Angel was sent to a regional stallion, and the mare's fourth foal is by a graded-stakes winner but unheralded stallion, Liberty Gold.

After Toccet, however, breeders had no question about the mare as a potential producer, and her yearling is a colt by Deputy Minister, the sire of Awesome Again.

In November, Castleton Lyons purchased Toccet as a stallion prospect at the Fasig-Tipton November sale for $3.35 million, and he begins his stud career in 2005. Castleton Lyons was the underbidder on Cozzene's Angel.

Like Cozzene's Angel, Native Roots is a good-looking mare with quality and visual appeal. A chestnut daughter of Indian Ridge, she is not overly tall, standing about 15.2 hands, but she has great length through the body and is very powerfully made in her hindquarters.

As a young mare who already has produced a Grade 1 winner, Native Roots was in considerable demand, and she sold to the Lane's End Farm of Will Farish.

A good-looking mare, Native Roots has potential to produce quality sales yearlings, as well as racehorses and broodmares for Lane's End, and her pedigree is an outcross for American bloodlines.

In color and type, she is quite like her sire. Indian Ridge was a high-class sprinter on the racetrack, winning the King's Stand Stakes and other good races. As a stallion, however, he has shown somewhat more versatility in his offspring.

The best of his racers include two winners of the Breeders' Cup Mile. Ridgewood Pearl succeeded in that Breeders' Cup event in 1995, the same year that she was voted European Horse of the Year after winning three Group 1 races: the Irish 1000 Guineas, Coronation Stakes, and Prix du Moulin de Longchamp.

The stallion's second winner at the Breeders' Cup was Domedriver, who slipped through the field to upset the heavily favored Rock of Gibraltar in 2002. Other top racers by Indian Ridge include Compton Place (July Cup) and Namid (Prix de l'Abbaye).

The 20-year-old Indian Ridge stands for 75,000 euros at the Irish National Stud.

Although no 2005 stallion has been chosen for Native Roots, she would make a fascinating mate for such stallions as A.P. Indy or his champion son Mineshaft.

After producing Wilko as her first foal, Native Roots produced a foal of 2003 who died, then a filly in 2004 by Talk Is Money, who is a young, stakes-winning son of Deputy Minister. She sold in foal to Dubai World Cup winner Street Cry, who is a son of the Mr. Prospector stallion Machiavellian and the Troy mare Helen Street.