10/16/2005 11:00PM

Adena sets stallion fees for 2006


LEXINGTON, Ky. - Frank Stronach's Adena Springs Farms, which earlier this year announced it would stand 2004 Horse of the Year Ghostzapper for $200,000, has announced its other stallions' 2006 fees.

First-year stallion Ghostzapper has the Adena organization's highest stud fee, followed by Awesome Again, Ghostzapper's sire, and El Prado,

sire of 2004 turf champion Kitten's Joy and current Breeders' Cup Classic hopeful Borrego, at $125,000. El Prado stood for $100,000 in 2005, but Awesome Again's fee stays the same as it was in 2005. Ghostzapper, Awesome Again, and El Prado will stand at Adena's Kentucky division near Versailles, Ky.

Adena also will add 2004 Epsom Derby winner North Light to its Kentucky roster this year, starting him at a $50,000 fee.

Other Adena Kentucky stallions whose fees will stay the same as this year are Alphabet Soup at $25,000; Congaree, $15,000; Golden Missile, $25,000; Olmodavor, $10,000; and Touch Gold, $50,000. Gold Case drops from $7,500 to $5,000.

Grade 1 winners Milwaukee Brew and Sligo Bay will move from Adena's Kentucky base to Adena Springs Florida in Williston, Fla., for 2006. Milwaukee Brew will stand for $15,000, while Sligo Bay will stand for $10,000, the same fees they carried in 2005. Also standing at Adena's southern division are Red Bullet, whose fee remains the same at $30,000; Macho Uno, also the same at $15,000; Running Stag, who drops from $7,500 to $5,000; Greatness, the same at $5,000; and Indy King, the same at $2,000.

Buybacks prolific at New York sale

The New York Breeders Sales Company grossed $690,500 at its fall mixed sale in Saratoga Springs, N. Y., in the face of a high buyback rate.

The single-session sale on Sunday auctioned a total of 244 lots, with

116 selling. There was an RNA rate - the percentage of horses failing to reach the minimum reserve price their sellers were willing to accept - of 42 percent. The average price was $5,952 and the median was $2,500.

The auction was only the third for the company, which held its inaugural auction last September. At that two-day sale, also a mixed catalog, the company sold 208 lots for $1,234,600. The buyback last year was also 42 percent, with an average price of $5,936 and a $2,500 median.

The 2005 fall mixed auction saw a $45,000 sale-topping price for Hip No. 63, the 9-year-old broodmare Long Distance, in foal to Malibu Moon. McMahon of Saratoga Thoroughbreds purchased the Expensive Decision mare from BlueChip Stock, agent. The mare is a stakes-winning daughter of Reverse the Call.