11/11/2005 12:00AM

VLT revenue could mean a 50 percent boost to breeders


The agreement on how to divide video lottery terminal revenue from the planned racino at Aqueduct Racetrack represents a major boost for New York breeding.

The New York Racing Association, New York Thoroughbred Horsemen's Association, and New York Thoroughbred Breeding and Development Fund came to terms on Nov. 3 on sharing revenue from the 4,500 machines that are scheduled to open in late 2006. The machines could generate an additional $7 million to $8 million in incentive awards to be distributed by the breeding and development fund in 2007, according to executive director Martin Kinsella.

"That is a 50 percent increase over our projections for that year without the VLTs," said Kinsella. "I am relieved this is over. It has been a long time and I am happy we were able to get this done. I commend NYRA for finally getting it done, and it is a much-needed shot in the arm for the breeding program. We are projected to go from a bit over $15 million to over $23 million."

The figures represent breeder and stallion awards, open-company owner awards, and purse enrichments.

Kinsella noted the figures do not include the expected purse increases for New York-bred races.

He suggested that a New York-bred maiden special weight event might be worth $70,000, as opposed to the current range of $40,000 to $45,000.

Barry Ostrager, president of New York Thoroughbred Breeders Inc., expressed his satisfaction while adding a note of caution pertaining to NYRA's financial and political problems as it fights to keep and extend its franchise at Aqueduct, Belmont, and Saratoga racetracks. NYRA's current franchise agreement with the state expires at the end of 2007.

"On behalf of New York Thoroughbred Breeders I am extremely pleased to have this," Ostrager said. "But I also recognize it is important to continue watching the unfolding dynamic of NYRA's attempts to remain afloat. I might add that I am rooting for NYRA to succeed."

Princess Sweet a quick study

New York-bred juvenile filly Princess Sweet has had, to say the least, an amazing start to her career.

A daughter of former state sire Precise End, Princess Sweet won her maiden at first asking on Nov. 3 at Aqueduct among statebreds. Brought back by trainer Linda Rice after a two-day rest, Princess Sweet won the $125,000 Fifth Avenue division of the New York Stallion Stakes series in runaway fashion on Nov. 6 at the Big A.

Princess Sweet is out of the unraced Meadowlake mare Princess Meadowlak, whose own mother, Princess Polonia, was a multiple stakes winner whose victories included the Grade 3 Sixty Sails Handicap.

This family includes graded stakes winner Roscius and the great sire and juvenile champion Raise a Native. Princess Sweet was bred by Sez Who Thoroughbreds Inc. and is owned by Whos Next Racing Team.

Wiseman's Ferry's offspring in demand

First-crop New York sire Wiseman's Ferry got good results at the Fasig-Tipton November selected mixed sale in Lexington, Ky., last Sunday.

His weanling colt out of the Indian Charlie mare West Indian was purchased for $80,000 by Bloodstock Services from the consignment of Highclere Sales, agent. West Indian's family includes O.K. By You, winner of the Grade 1 Sapling Stakes, and Colleen Stakes winner Forever Partners, who placed in the Grade 1 Spinaway Stakes.

A weanling Wiseman's Ferry colt out of Elmira Gulch, by Gulch, was purchased for $70,000 by Dillons Stable from the consignment of Warrendale Sales, agent. Elmira Gulch is a stakes-placed daughter of the Track Barron mare Barronette, who won the Miss Woodford Breeders' Cup at Monmouth Park. The first four dams of this colt earned black type, from a family that includes Group 1 winners Dancing Brave and Jolypha.

Wiseman's Ferry was also represented by a weanling colt at $55,000, consigned by Moonstone LLC, agent, and purchased by T K Hawkesbury River LLC. The youngster is out of the Woodman mare Poplar Lady, a half-sister to Apremont, who placed in the Grade 3 Gotham Stakes. This rich family includes champion and Travers winner Chief's Crown.

Wiseman's Ferry stands at Empire Stud, in Hudson, and his stud fee for 2004 and 2005 was $5,000.

"We're pretty excited about it," said syndicate manager James LaMonica, referring to the November sale results. "He is getting good-looking foals, but we never imagined he would do that well."

Wiseman's Ferry is a multiple graded-stakes-winning son of Hennessy from a family that includes Hopeful Stakes winner Sky Mesa, popular young sire Bernstein, and champions Outstandingly and Buckpasser.