11/07/2001 12:00AM

$635K broodmare tops Day 3


LEXINGTON, Ky. - As of 6 p.m., stakes-winner Supercilious, in foal to Dixie Union, brought $635,000 as the leading seller at Wednesday's third session of the Keeneland November breeding stock sale in Lexington.

Sold by Brookdale, agent, Supercilious went to the Yoshida family's Shadai Farm in Japan. An 8-year-old mare, she is a Grade 2 winner and the dam of one other foal, a weanling filly by Deputy Minister.

Stakes-winner Gino's Spirits and young broodmare Star Queen each sold for $550,000.

Newsells Park Stud signed the ticket for the English-bred Perugino mare Gino's Spirits, whom Eaton Sales, agent, consigned as a racing or broodmare prospect. The 5-year-old mare is slated to run Sunday in Churchill's Grade 3 Cardinal Handicap.

S. David Plummer signed for Star Queen, who sold in foal to Southern Halo from the Brookdale consignment.

The sale continues through Nov. 15.

Newsells's growing broodmare band

England's Newsells Park Stud attracted attention by spending $15,967,000 in the first two days of the sale, enough to make them leading buyer.

The most expensive of those purchases was $2.4 million Volvoreta (Suave Dancer), in foal to Giant's Causeway.

The farm, located less than two hours from Newmarket, is owned by German breeder Klaus Jacobs, whose son Andreas, also runs the family's Gestut Fahrhof outside Hamburg, Germany.

"We bought the English stud about a year and a half ago," Andreas Jacobs said Wednesday. "It's about 1,800 acres and, basically, we have to fill it. Our idea is to have about 60 broodmares. Before coming here we had about 22, and as you can see we have added a few. We wanted to get up to full steam fairly quickly, and that's why we came here.

"This is a very international catalog. The prices have been strong at the upper end, but there is less competition for the European bloodlines, because many of those buyers are not here."

Newsells Park is a commercial breeding operation specializing in selling young stock and probably will try the American yearling market someday.

"We will sell here," the younger Jacobs said, "but our main focus will be the English, Irish, and French sales. We see Europe and the international market drawing together in terms of bloodlines and racing, and this is why we would like to add some international bloodlines to our German ones."

Galileo's fee $57,000

Coolmore Stud announced Wednesday that Epsom and Irish Derby winner Galileo will have a first-year fee of 50,000 Irish punts, or about $56,880, at Coolmore headquarters in Fethard, County Tipperary, Ireland.

Galileo, a son of Sadler's Wells and champion Urban Sea (Miswaki), earned more than $2.2 million at the races. In his last start, he finished fifth in the Breeders' Cup Classic.

Other 2002 fees at Coolmore's Irish division are Peintre Celebre, who will stand for $42,000; Mozart for $34,000; Spinning World and Montjeu for $31,000; King Charlemagne for $9,000; and Mull of Kintyre for $5,000. Grand Lodge, Danehill, and Sadler's Wells are advertised as private.

The fee for new stallion Golan will be announced later this month, after his run in the Japan Cup.

Dancing Mahmoud to go to Claiborne

Reynolds Bell Jr., who purchased Guided Tour's dam, Dancing Mahmoud, for $3 million on behalf of Richard Santulli's Jayeff B Stables at the Tuesday session, said the mare will go to Claiborne Farm. Dancing Mahmoud, a daughter of Topsider and Execution (The Axe II), was sold in foal to Claiborne stallion Seeking the Gold.

"We're looking for a Seeking the Gold filly, if possible," Bell said. "That would be to keep in the program, but also there seems to be a little better chance of getting a stakes horse with a Seeking the Gold filly than with the colts. Mr. Santulli is always looking to race good fillies out of his mares and continue his program."

Saoirse and the Red Cross

When Canadian champion Saoirse sold Tuesday afternoon for $2.2 million, it wasn't just a home run for her sellers. David and Ginger Mullins consigned the Cure the Blues mare, who is in foal to Seeking the Gold, on behalf of a partnership that included the Mullinses, Bill Steiden, and William Butler. But they also were consigning her on behalf of the American Red Cross, because 1 percent of the mare's sale price, $22,000, went to the organization's disaster relief efforts.

David and Ginger Mullins, who own Doninga Farm in Lexington, announced the pledge after the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks. They pointed out at the time that the mare's name made her a perfect vehicle for fund-raising after the attacks. Saoirse, pronounced SEER-sha, is an Irish word that means "freedom."