02/27/2009 12:00AM

Two Punch, Not for Love alone at Calder sale


The 2-year-old sales season is in full swing, but it looks to be a quiet time for many of Maryland's headliners.

A total of three Maryland-bred juveniles are cataloged to this year's Fasig-Tipton Calder selected 2-year-olds in training sale, which will begin on the morning of Tuesday, March 3.

The sale has in recent history been a showcase for Maryland's two most dominant sales sires, Not for Love and Two Punch. But Not for Love, who had four individuals sell for $300,000 or more over the past two years, will not be represented this year.

Two Punch, now 26, is the sire of two of the statebred offerings. A year ago, two of his offspring sold for six figures at this sale.

Both Two Punch juveniles offered this year are half-siblings to stakes winners. The first, Hip No. 14, is a filly out of the Smarten mare Smart Tally. Bred by Corbett Farm, she is a half-sister to Maryland Million Distaff winner Merryland Missy, the dam of 2008 stakes-winning juvenile Essenceofthemoon.

Hip No. 183 is a colt out of Indy Go Go (by A.P. Indy) and a half-brother to $325,741 earner Raise the Bluff. The chestnut was bred by Dr. and Mrs. Thomas Bowman and their daughter, Becky Davis.

Also selling is a Speightstown filly out of Chatter Chatter (by Lost Soldier). Hip No. 112, she was bred by Dark Hollow Farm, George Harris, and Will deBurgh and is a full sister to Chattertown, a $250,000 juvenile at last year's Ocala Breeders' Sales Co.'s March sale. Chattertown most recently finished second in Aqueduct's Dearly Precious Stakes on Feb. 14.

A bright spot in the sales ring came on Feb. 17 at the Ocala Breeders' Sales Co.'s February sale of selected 2-year-olds in training. A chestnut filly by Speightstown consigned by G.W. Parrish's Parrish Farms, co-owner of the filly with breeder Alan S. Kline, sold for $200,000, the seventh-highest-priced filly in the sale.

Out of stakes-winning Unbridled Lady (by Unbridled), the filly was purchased by Roy and Gretchen Jackson's Lael Stable. She worked two furlongs in 20.80 seconds at the sale's under-tack show on Feb. 13, 0.40 of a second off the quickest time of the day.

"Although prices were down, we saw who was bidding and knew she was going into good hands," Kline said.

One of five foals out of Unbridled Lady to have been sold since 2004 as either a yearling or 2-year-old, all for six figures, the filly is a full sister to last year's sales-topping colt, Mared, who brought $475,000.

Yearling show graduates rewarded

The Maryland Horse Breeders Association has tabulated the results of last year's top money-winning Maryland-breds shown at the group's 2006 and 2007 yearling shows. A $20,000 purse premium award for each show is presented to the exhibitors of the top four earners. Taking the top awards of $13,000 are Avonian and Onearmedbandit.

Avonian, a son of Not for Love out of Mine Inning who was awarded a third-place ribbon by Preakness-winning trainer Tim Ritchey in Class 1 at the 2006 show, competed for owner William Beatson Jr. Last year, Avonian earned $74,800 during a season in which he finished second in the Maryland Million Sprint Starter Handicap.

Less than $2,500 separated the top three earners. Safe Journey, shown by Dark Hollow Farm, takes the second-place award of $4,000, having amassed $72,895. It's Not for Love (shown by Roland Farm) finished third with $72,634, for a $2,000 award. And Outside Lane, with earnings of $67,020, yields exhibitor John Foster a $1,000 check.

Stakes-winning Onearmedbandit, a daughter of No Armistice, ran away with the 2-year-old title, having earned $138,960 for the year, with her breeder, David Daniel, the award recipient. Stakes-placed Fools in Love bankrolled $84,266 to give the runner-up award of $4,000 to Bob Manfuso and Katy Voss. Dark Hollow Farm and William Beatson get the third-place check of $2,000 for Matrimony. And $1,000 for fourth goes to Brice Ridgely for Blueberry's Start.

* The 9-year-old Storm Cat stallion Parker's Storm Cat, who launched his career at Country Life Farm in Bel Air, was sold privately in early February and moved to Gibson Thoroughbred Farm in Thorp, Wash. A half-brother to Malibu Moon, who also started out at stud at Country Life Farm, Parker's Storm Cat has three crops of racing age and is the sire of stakes winner Pagan Cat.