04/27/2006 11:00PM

Windfields visit inspires fan to become owner-breeder


If success in Thoroughbred racing and breeding lies somewhat in the level of enthusiasm and passion an owner has, then Stuart Hyman is going to be a well-known name in racing circles soon.

Hyman, 42, is the epitome of a student of the game, as he spends hours reading pedigree pages and racing periodicals. He is well versed on stallions and their fees and has no trouble reciting several generations of Thoroughbred bloodlines.

"I've always loved horse racing," said Hyman, a native of Montreal. "Horses are beautiful animals that have played a huge part in the evolution of man. There's so much beauty and fun in the game."

Hyman now calls Toronto his home and is a businessman who is involved in local minor league hockey and charity leagues for underprivileged children.

A visit to the legendary Windfields Farm simply to look at horses led him to his first broodmare purchases.

"I have a lot of respect for E.P. Taylor and what he did for racing," said Hyman, who races under Shyman Farm. "He was a visionary. I want to try and follow his philosophy - breed the best to the best - as best as I can."

Aided in the last three years by Windfields managers Simon Cassidy and Bernard McCormack, Hyman has formed a five-mare band and currently has seven horses in training at Woodbine with Mike Keogh.

One of those is the Virginia-bred Culpepper Moon, a stakes-winning Malibu Moon mare who finished a closing fourth in the Grade 3 Whimsical Stakes on April 16.

"I had been watching her for a year," said Hyman about Culpepper Moon, a 5-year-old mare who was racing in New Mexico when he purchased her earlier this spring.

While Culpepper Moon is headed to the Grade 3 Hendrie Stakes on May 14, one of Hyman's prized possessions, Givememore, will stay in Kentucky for now with trainer Wayne Mogge.

A Brazilian-bred champion mare, Givememore (by Special Nash) finished a close and troubled fourth in the Grade 2 Shirley Jones Handicap at Gulfstream Park in March and sixth in this month's Madison Stakes at Keeneland.

"I went to the Keeneland November sale last year and I just sat there every day, all day long, watching the mares come in and looking for one to buy," said Hyman. "Simon and I had marked her in the catalog, but figured she would sell for more than $200,000 and out of my price range."

Instead, the bidding was light on Givememore and Hyman scooped her up for a bargain of $30,000.

Hyman has booked Givememore to Medaglia d'Oro this spring but may continue to race the speedy mare through this season.

In his racing stable, Hyman has high hopes for his homebred 2-year-old First Cavalry, a son of red-hot young sire Forest Camp out of Hyman's L'Enjoleur mare Wheedle. Wheedle was stakes placed and is closely related to the top mare Mepache, dam of graded-stakes winners Valid Expectations and Little Sister.

Wheedle produced a Pulpit colt this spring at Windfields.

Other promising 2-year-olds in the barn include Emma's Touch, a Touch Gold filly out of Grade 2 stakes winner Freeport Flight, and Golani, a colt from the first crop of the fast Unbridled stallion Malabar Gold.

"I would love to be the little guy that does well and encourage others, including young people, to get involved in the business," said Hyman. "Racing is not just about gambling, it can be fun and a great investment."