08/09/2003 12:00AM

$500k for Distorted Humor share

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A share in Funny Cide's sire, Distorted Humor, sold for $500,000 to top Friday night's Stallion Access Champagne sale of seasons and shares in Saratoga Springs, N.Y.

Stallion Access does not report the buyers of its seasons and shares at auction. The Distorted Humor share was sold to a buyer bidding by phone through Fasig-Tipton staff. Distorted Humor, a WinStar farm stallion who is also the sire of Awesome Humor, was last year's leading freshman sire.

The evening's top season price was $125,000 for a no-guarantee season to the Claiborne Farm stallion Seeking the Gold. Earlier in the auction, another no-guarantee season to that stallion sold for $100,000 as the night's second-highest price for a season. Among the seasons failing to reach their reserves was one to Danzig, who also stands at Claiborne; that season went unsold on a final bid of $87,000.

The auction sold 30 seasons for a total of $682,400, for an average price of $22,747. Only two stallion shares were sold: the $500,000 Distorted Humor share and a $1,700 Private Terms share.