New York Breeders Sale Gets Off Ground

The inaugural New York Breeders Sales Company's Saratoga fall mixed sale at Saratoga Race Course got off the ground Tuesday when 97 hips -- yearling, horses of racing age, and weanlings -- grossed $580,000.

The average was $5,743 with the median $2,200. Ninety-six horses failed to find new homes.

"Obviously, we would have been happier with more spectacular results, but it's our first year and all and all I think we got off to a pretty good start," said Chip Landry, general manager and director of sales for New York Breeders Sales Company. "You have to crawl before you walk."

The sale featured real-time internet bidding, which resulted in about a dozen people connecting to the site for bidding purposes.

Leading the first session of the two-day sale was a weanling son of Thunderello--whose first foals are weanlings of 2004--out of the unraced Theatrical mare Scoutingforastar. Bourke, agent, went to $57,000 to acquire the New York-bred from the consignment of Sugar Maple Farm, agent.

The colt is from the family of stakes winner Cast the Die, Dr. Riddick, and Hagley.

The second-highest price of the day was a weanling colt from the first crop of Include . Sondra Willwerth of Machmer Hall went to $52,000 to acquire the third foal out of the unraced Manila mare Manila Lilia from the consignment of Saratoga Thoroughbreds.

The New York-bred colt is from the family of stakes winner Verbality, Estimraar, Smokey Mirage, and grade II winner Monkey Puzzle.

The second session of the sale begins at 10 a.m. Wednesday and is dedicated to broodmares.

"The weanling portion of the sale really picked things up and I am expecting bigger and better results from the broodmare portion of the sale," Landry said.