Negofol Tops Sale List: Stands at Head of Xalapa Farm Stallions to be Sold, Daily Racing Form, 1924-12-07


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: 1 " L NEGOFOL TOPS SALE LIST Stands at Head of Xalapa Farm Stallions to Be Sold. Total of ICS Head to Be Offered, Including Great Band of Clioiccly-Breil Brood Mares. The catalog for the dispersal sale of Edward F. Simms Nalapa Farm Stud of thoroughbreds, which will be held at Squadron A Armory in New York on the evenings of December 10 and 11, have been issued by the Fasig-Tipton Company. They bear out the earlier announcement that in this sale Mr. Simms intends to place his entire thoroughbred holdings on the market. The catalog includes not only the seven sires and the great bard of eighty-nine brood mares that have been assembled at Nalapa Farm in Bourbon county, Kentucky, during the several years that Mr. Simms has been building up his stud, but also all of his horses in training, along with nearly fifty foals of the current year that would normally compose the Xalapa consignment to the Saratoga yearlings auctions next summer, and twelve yearlings which were reserved from the 1923 crop when that lot was sent up to the Spa last summer to establish a new record in yearling sales. These twelve were originally destined to carry the Xalapa colors in the juvenile racing of next season. The horses in training include the sensational two-year-old filly of last season, Happy Thoughts and ten two-year-olds. A recapitulation of the catalog shows a total of 168 head of thoroughbreds in the sale, divided as follows : Stallions 7 Itrood Mares SO Horses in trainins H Yearlings 1- Weanlings foals of 1024 40 Totals 163 The stallions are headed, of course, by the imported French sire, Negofol, which has stood at the head of Xalapa Farm Stud ever since that establishment attained its present proportions. Americans know Negofol chiefly as the sire of the great race horse and sire Hourless, and several other brilliant performers in this country, including the leading filly of the Rancocas juveniles of the present year just ended, Nedana. He had enjoyed similar rank in France before coming to this country, however, having himself won the French Derby and many other stakes for a total of 292.G75 francs, and having sired in turn the Derby winner Tchad and many other French stake winners. Eternal, Leonardo II. and Lucky Hour are the outstanding of the younger sires consigned to the sale. They will stand on their records and on their breeding rather than on their achievements in the stud, since none of them has been yetired to the breeding service long enough to have sons and daughters on the turf. Their records under colors are still fresh in the public mind, and the confidence of turf-1 men in at least one of them as a sire was revealed at the Saratoga auctions last sum-1 mer when one of Eternals first crop of year-J j lings brought 6,000, another 0,000, and a Continued on cigUtli page. NEGOFOL TOPS SALE LIST Continued from first page. third ?G,100. Neither Leonardo II. nor Lucky Hour has yet sent any yearlings to the market, but the former is exceedingly well represented in the young stock included - in this sale. Theo. Cook, Prince Pal and The Wanderer complete the stallions of the consignment. One of the most interesting revelations in the catalog is the confidence that Mr. Simms and his breeding advisers have that the brilliant but unfortunate young horse Leonardo II. will reproduce himself, in the stud. Among the forty-nine foals of 1924 that are catalogued for sale, Leonardo II. is represented second only to the studs head, Ne-gofol. The latter is represented by twenty sons and daughters, Leonardo II. by fourteen, and Eternal by six. TA O BY PIUNCE PALATINE. There are only two by Prince Palatine in the lot. Mr. Simms had steadfastly maintained that the son of Persimmon, imported from England at a cost of 65,000, would eventually justify that record-breaking investment. But beyond Prince Pal, Donnacona and one or two of lesser note, the English horse produced nothing of quality here; certainly far below the produce to be expected from a son of Persimmon and an Isinglass mare that had won the St. Leger. Ascot Gold Cup, Doncaster Cup, Eclipse and Jockey Club Stakes. Before his death Uist summer, therefore, Prince Palatine apparently had been virtually eliminated from the thoroughbred production at Xalapa, and his court turned over to the more promising young American sires. The eighty-nine brood mares offered in -the catalog include about a dozen French, a dozen British, and the remainder American. The foreign strains were all imported by Mr. Simms, through experts sent to Europe for that purpose. It is obvious that they were purchased with no thought of expense, for they represent the most fashionable blood lines in England and the continent. Few of them have been in this country long enough to send winners to the races, but prospective buyers familiar with foreign blood lines will recognize their worth at once. The American mares are familiar to those who interest themselves in the breeding of winners. Like the imported mares, there are many that have not yet sent sons and daughters to the races, but a preponderant majority of those that have had youngsters under colors can boast winners. 3IARES AKE ALL YOT7XG. The first point that will be noted by a breeder planning to increase his brood mare stock from the sale will be the unusually low average age of these mares. Of the eighty-nine, only seventeen are beyond the age of twelve and only four beyond the age of sixteen. Forty of the eighty-nine are within the ages of five and seven. The latter division includes all of the French-bred mares and most of the English, the French being foal3 of 1917. Without going into the individual merits of each, it would seem that the best estimate of them as a whole is to be found in the statement in the catalog that the produce of the mares in the sale, mated largely with the sires in the sales, in the last throe year? have sold as yearlings at Saratoga for the enormous sum of 1924.sh15,800.

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