07/27/2006 11:00PM

Volume drags on average price


The 17 registered New York-breds sold at the recent Fasig-Tipton Kentucky July yearling sale brought a record gross of $1,479,000 for New York-breds at that auction.

The average price of $87,000, though, was a decline of a little more than 32 percent from 2005. At last year's sale, 10 sold for $1,287,000 for an average of $128,700.

The figures reflect a trend in recent years of more New York-breds consigned to the Fasig-Tipton Kentucky July yearling sale, resulting in larger grosses but smaller averages.

Five registered New York-breds hit the six-figure mark, topped by a filly at $310,000.

By New York stallion Hook And Ladder, that filly was consigned by Burleson Farm, agent, and purchased by Ahmed Zayat's Zayat Stables.

She was bred by Becky Thomas's Sequel 2003 in partnership with Lynda Richter of Florida and foaled at Lakland North in Hudson, N.Y.

The filly, named Gullible Gal, is a half-sister to Grade 2 Fantasy Stakes winner Ready to Please and impressive first-out New York-bred winner Chief Officer, who won her career debut over fellow statebreds by 10 lengths at Belmont Park and finished third in the Grade 3 Schuylerville Stakes at Saratoga on Wednesday.

A colt by Buddha out of Polish Devil, by Devil's Bag, was sold for $170,000 to Dapple Bloodstock from the consignment of Hidden Brook, agent.

Bred by the partnership of Jeremy Peskoff and Donna Bernhard and foaled at Hidden Brook Farm in Otisville, N.Y., the colt is a half-brother to stakes-placed Deviletta.

Polish Devil is out of the outstanding Irish and French sprint champion Polonia, winner of the prestigious Group 1 Prix de l'Abbaye de Longchamp and a half-sister to the popular American runner Peat Moss, winner of the Grade 3 Display Handicap.

Taylor Made Sales Agency, agent, consigned a daughter of former state sire Precise End who brought $165,000 from Leprechaun Racing, agent.

Bred by Sez Who Thoroughbreds North in Stillwater, N.Y., and foaled there, she is out of Since Time Began, by Rubiano.

Since Time Began is the dam of Victorina, winner of the Grade 3 Azalea Breeders' Cup at Calder Race Course just three days before the sale. Since Time Began is a half-sister to Grade 3 El Camino Real Derby winner Remember Sheikh and stakes winner Memory Tap, who earned $320,260.

Sold for $135,000 was a son of former state sire Wiseman's Ferry consigned by Beth Bayer, agent, and purchased by Mike Ryan, agent.

The colt is out of stakes-placed Elmira Gulch, a Gulch mare whose dam, Barronette, won the Miss Woodford Stakes at Monmouth Park.

He was bred by South Gate, of Dr. E.C. Hart and Susan Hart of Millwood, Va., and Denlea Park of Kurt Butenhoff of Hillsdale, N.Y., and foaled at Butenhoff's and James Lamonica's Empire Stud in Hudson.

Also at $135,000 was a filly by Forest Camp-La Luminosa, by Relaunch, consigned by Dromoland Farm Inc., agent, and purchased by New Jersey-based Sky Racing.

She was also bred by Denlea Park and foaled at Empire Stud, and is a half-sister to On the Fritz, winner of the Clark County Stakes at Keeneland and an earner of $237,407, from a family that includes multiple graded stakes winner Quick Tip.

Chief Seattle back on top

Following a productive period of four weeks from mid-June to mid-July, Chief Seattle has returned to the top of the earnings list among New York stallions.

Through racing of Wednesday, he has progeny earnings of $1,591,458 on the year.

His son Shillelagh Slew captured the Prince of Wales Stakes at Fort Erie on July 16, a race worth $443,000 in U.S. funds. The race is the second leg of the Canadian Triple Crown.

Chief Seattle is also the sire of Donkey Engine, winner of the Ontario County Stakes at Finger Lakes Race Track on June 18, and of Patty Seattle, winner of an allowance race on the Churchill Downs turf on July 16.

He is also the sire of Seafree, winner of the Grade 2 La Canada Stakes at Santa Anita in February. She is a member of his first crop to race.

A nationally ranked third-crop sire, Chief Seattle stands at Empire Stud in Hudson, N.Y.

He is represented by one New York-bred yearling at the Fasig-Tipton Saratoga open yearling sale on Aug. 15. That is a filly out of Dutch Maid, by Distinctive Pro, who is a half-sister to graded stakes winner Hilbys Brite Flite.