10/07/2007 11:00PM

Wild Gams may be off the market

EmailLEXINGTON, Ky. - Recent Thoroughbred Club of America Stakes winner Wild Gams is cataloged to the Keeneland November mixed sale, which runs from Nov. 5-19 at the Lexington, Ky., auction house. But after her win at Keeneland on Saturday, for which she earned a 99 Beyer Speed Figure, owner and breeder Eb Novak said he's not sure he wants to sell the filly.

Novak said Monday that he nominated homebred Wild Gams to the November auction in the summer.

"I'm undecided now, that's for sure!" he said. "We were not having the best year racing at that time, but things are going better now."

The Thoroughbred Club of America win marked the 4-year-old Forest Wildcat filly's third Grade 3 victory, coming after scores in the 2006 Safely Kept Breeders' Cup and Cicada Stakes. Wild Gams now has won 7 of her 16 career starts, finished second 3 times, and run third once. The Thoroughbred Club of America win lifted her lifetime earnings to $678,171.

Wild Gams is cataloged in the auction's opening session as Hip No. 26 in the Taylor Made Sales consignment. Wild Gams is a daughter of the stakes-winning Quiet American mare Diamonds and Legs, making her a full sister to stakes winner Diamond Wildcat.

Novak said Diamonds and Legs died in 2004 while carrying a Forest Wildcat foal.

Ocala fall mixed sale starts slowly

The Ocala Breeders' Sales Company kicked off its fall mixed sale Monday with solid prices at the market's top but a rash of buybacks.

Monday's opener - one of two consignor-preferred sessions at the Ocala auction - had a high price of $88,000 as of 5 p.m., for a weanling El Corredor colt that First Swing Sales bought from Kaizen Sales, agent. The dark bay or brown colt is out of My Lady Amelia, making him a half-brother to Grade 3 winner Lord Robyn.

But buyers appeared to be few and selective in the session's early hours, a factor that contributed to early buybacks. Through the first 225 cataloged horses, there were 46 scratches. From the 179 horses that went through the ring, 94 did not meet their sellers' reserve prices.

"It's been tough sledding in here," said Journeyman Bloodstock's Brent Fernung, who noted a dearth of buyers as one reason for the high buyback rate.

Journeyman sold Hip No. 38, the $82,000 Touch Gold mare Joan Joan Joan, in foal to Street Cry, to agent Matt Lyons.

"We don't have the participation from the Lexington crowd," Fernung said. "I'm pretty disappointed in the response, because we had some really nice horses. The buyers just didn't show up. I think it's just an aberration, that everyone stayed home on the same day. Periodically, we have to go through some adjustment, and I guess this is one of them."

The auction was to continue Tuesday with a second consignor-preferred session, then run through Friday with three open sessions.

* Kentucky Equine Education Project will hold an all-breed stallion-season auction on Dec. 7, to benefit the group's promotional campaign for Kentucky's equine industry and lobbying for equine-related legislation. The silent and live auctions will take place at the Hyatt Regency in Lexington, Ky., at 7 p.m., and tickets will cost $300 per couple or $175 per individual. To donate a stallion season to the auction, contact KEEP's Patrick Neely at (859) 259-0007.