10/12/2007 12:00AM

Weanlings prominent at N.Y. sale

EmailThe annual New York Breeders' Sales Co. fall mixed sale takes place 10 a.m. Sunday at Saratoga Race Course.

The catalog is substantially larger than in 2006 and again is marked by a select weanling component, scheduled as Hip Nos. 1 through 86.

The company, which experienced some success with weanlings in its first few sales, made a push to emphasize them in 2006. The results were very positive, with the average for 28 sold coming in at $15,939.

The weanling average in 2004 was $10,616, while in 2005 it was $6,473.

"I believe that nearly 80 percent of those that sold in the select weanling portion last year went on either to Keeneland or the New York-bred preferred sale," said Todd Venetz, general manager and director of sales for New York Breeders' Sales Co.

Venetz noted that the median stud fee for the sires of this year's weanlings was just more than $15,000, while last year the figure was just less than $6,000.

"In correlation, the mares have gotten stronger as well," Venetz said. "The foal pedigrees this year are just exponentially better, and I'm really excited about it. Overall, the catalog is bigger by about 100 hips, and I think we are going to have a very strong sale. This is a great venue and I think New York needed it."

New York sire Artax has a weanling filly in the sale out of Talented Belle, by Belong to Me. From the consignment of Topsmeade LLC, agent, she is Hip No. 14.

The winning mare Talented Belle is a half-sister to Hanselina, winner of the Park Avenue division of the New York Stallion Stakes and an earner of $317,449.

The nationally ranked first-crop New York sire Hook and Ladder has a weanling filly selling as Hip No. 23.

Consigned by McMahon of Saratoga Thoroughbreds LLC, agent, she is out of Absolutely Lovely, by Silver Ghost. Second dam Miroswava, by In Fijar, won the Group 3 Prix Vanteux and is the mother of multiple graded stakes winner Pacific Fleet. Miroswava is also the dam of stakes winner Siberian Mirage.

Saratoga Glen Farm, agent, is selling a son of Came Home as Hip No. 34. Out of the unraced Pine Bluff mare Bluff for Bluff, the colt is a half-brother to two stakes-placed runners, including Wacky for Love, who placed in the Grade 3 Richter Scale Breeders' Cup Sprint Championship.

Bluff for Bluff descends from the George D. Widener family of champion Jaipur.

Sunday's sale will be the fifth conducted by the New York Breeders' Sales Co. since it began operations in 2004.

By the Light wins Breeders' Futurity

By the Light defeated the boys in the $269,200 New York Breeders' Futurity at Finger Lakes Race Track on Oct. 6.

The favored Law Enforcement, coming off a powerful score in the Aspirant Stakes at Finger Lakes, finished second.

Bred by Paul Rothfuss, By the Light, a daughter of Malibu Moon, added the Futurity to her earlier score in the Lady Fingers Stakes and is unbeaten in three starts for earnings of $271,815.

By the Light was purchased for $190,000 at the Fasig-Tipton Midlantic Eastern fall yearling sale by her owner, Jay Em Ess Stable.

By the Light's mother is the Major Impact mare Dixie Tempo. A full sister to Queen of Wilshire, winner of the Grade 3 Hawthorne Handicap, Dixie Tempo descends from a top family.

Her third dam is La Basque, mother of former New York sire and multiple Grade 1 winner Bounding Basque, and of El Basco, winner of the Grade 2 Withers Stakes.

This family also includes champion Heavenly Cause and major winners Quixotic Lady and Two Punch.

By the Light was the 10th filly to win the New York Breeders' Futurity, first run in 1963.

Last year's winner, Chief Officer, was also a filly, and she went on to become champion 2-year-old filly at the annual New York Thoroughbred Breeders' Inc. awards.

Chief Officer also placed in the Grade 3 Schuylerville Stakes last year.

Notable winners of the event include Always Run Lucky (1980) and Say Florida Sandy (1996), both of whom went on to be multiple open stakes winners.