Longwood Farm for sale, ending Goldsmith era

ON HORSE RACING

January 18, 1998|By Tom Keyser | Tom Keyser,SUN STAFF

After months of trying to preserve Longwood Farm for another generation of Goldsmiths, Robert Goldsmith has decided not to buy the Howard County estate of his father, C. Oliver Goldsmith, who died last spring.

Robert Goldsmith, 30, a veterinarian, has retained some of his father's horses for himself and family members. But he said last week that he could not afford to buy the 100-acre Longwood Farm, his father's beloved horse farm -- and site of Oliver Goldsmith's famous parties.

"I tried to make the numbers work, but I just couldn't do it," Robert said. "So the farm's for sale, and we've got a couple of prospective buyers already. We're hoping to sell it to someone who will keep it as a horse farm."

One of five children, Robert has retained three broodmares for his company, Woodlawn Breeding Inc.: Mymet, who will be bred to Polish Numbers; Capp Ice, who will be bred to Honour and Glory; and Red Lamp, who will be retired after giving birth to her foal by Allen's Prospect.

Robert is also a 60-percent owner of Longwood Stables, which will race horses. His mother, Jean, owns 20 percent, as does his sister and her husband, Robin and Todd Evans. They all live in Ellicott City.

Longwood Stables consists of three yearlings, three 2-year-olds

and Redcall, an 8-year-old gelding who had been retired but is back in training. The horses are being boarded at nearby Chanceland Farm.

Of all of Oliver Goldsmith's horses, none is more revered than Turn Capp, the 26-year-old mare who won 20 of 44 races and then bore 18 foals. The estate retains ownership of her, Robert said, and she will spend her remaining days at Longwood, if the new owners agree, or at a retirement farm.

Scratch this connection

On Oct. 11, it looked as if a Maryland trainer had a legitimate Kentucky Derby prospect.

Victory Gallop, then a 2-year-old trained by Mary Eppler at Pimlico, won the one-mile Chenery Stakes at Colonial Downs with a powerful late surge, the kind that makes you dream of the first Saturday in May.

Last year, Eppler eyed the Kentucky Derby with Traitor until injuries sidelined him. This year, she won't even get the chance with Victory Gallop, who, like Traitor, is a son of Cryptoclearance.

His former owner, Speriamo Stable in Florida, sold him to Prestonwood Farm in Kentucky for an undisclosed price, and Prestonwood sent him to Elliott Walden in Florida.

Stabled at Payson Park, Walden plans to launch Victory Gallop's 3-year-old season Feb. 21 in the Fountain of Youth Stakes at Gulfstream Park or Feb. 22 in the Risen Star Stakes at the Fair Grounds in New Orleans.

Golden moves

Richard L. Golden's name keeps popping up in the trade publications.

President and part owner of Northview Stallion Station and owner of Sycamore Hall Farms, both in Cecil County, Golden paid $325,000 for Tiffany's Secret, an 11-year-old daughter of Secretariat, at Keeneland's January sale of horses of all ages sale.

Golden bought the stakes-winning mare for his Sycamore Hall Farms, where he keeps 22 to 23 broodmares. She is in foal to the first-year stallion Smart Strike, a son of Mr. Prospector.

Although the price topped Monday's opening day of trading, Golden said he believes he got a good deal. He was prepared to pay more than half a million dollars for Tiffany's Secret.

"She's one of the last stakes-winning mares by Secretariat, a half-sister to a champion," Golden said. "We felt we wouldn't have many opportunities to buy a mare like this ever again. She's gorgeous, just a knockout. We couldn't be happier."

A few weeks earlier, Golden bought Sir Cat, a 5-year-old son of Storm Cat then in training with Bill Mott. In his first race for Golden, Sir Cat won the Grade II Appleton Handicap on opening day, Jan. 3, at Gulfstream Park.

After that, a group of investors offered to buy three-quarters of the horse. Golden agreed, and then they decided to retire Sir Cat.

"That wasn't my intention at the outset," Golden said. "But the other investors wanted to retire him. And it made a lot of sense."

rTC Sir Cat retires a hot stallion prospect with three straight graded-stakes victories and seven wins in 14 career starts. By retiring him now to Gainesway Farm near Lexington, Ky., Golden and his partners can fill his book for this breeding season. He will stand for $7,500.

Delaware slots update

Wagering on slot machines at three Delaware racetracks increased 20 percent in December, compared with a year earlier, to $8.44 million per day. The handle for 1997 was $3.6 billion.

Since Delaware approved slots to revive its ailing horse-racing industry -- play began late December 1995 -- bettors have wagered nearly $5.8 billion. Of that, nearly $5.3 billion was paid back to bettors.

Of the $483 million that was withheld, $244 million went to the tracks, $124.4 million to the state, $60.3 million to the machine vendors and $54.3 million to racing purses.

Miscellaneous

Bob Baffert, the Eclipse Award-winning trainer of Kentucky Derby and Preakness winner Silver Charm, won the Big Sport of Turfdom award for 1997. The award is presented by the Thoroughbred Publicists of America. Patricia Cooksey, 39, became the second female jockey to win 2,000 races when she triumphed aboard Noble Annie in the second race Wednesday at Turfway Park in Kentucky. Julie Krone, who won her 2,000th in 1990, has more than 3,300 victories.

Looking back

Jan. 19, 1955: Swaps won the San Vicente Stakes, the first race of his 3-year-old campaign, by 3 1/2 lengths at Santa Anita Park. He went on to triumph over Nashua in the Kentucky Derby.

Jan. 24, 1974: Chris McCarron rode his first race, finishing last aboard Most Active at the Bowie Race Course.

Thoroughbred Racing Communications contributed to this article.

Pub Date: 1/18/98

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