01/07/2005 1:00AM

Adena Springs finishes first in earnings again


LEXINGTON, Ky. - Adena Springs, which stands one of North America's leading sires, Awesome Again, has topped the list of North American breeders for the second year in a row.

Frank Stronach's breeding operation bred the winners of 400 races and $14,225,036 in 2004, according to statistics compiled by The Jockey Club Information Sys-tems. The rankings are determined by purse earnings, which put Stronach well ahead of his closest rival, the late John Franks. Franks-bred runners won 542 races last season and earned $10,296,813.

Adena Springs got a boost from homebred Ghostzapper, Awesome Again's leading earner. Ghostzapper earned $2,080,000 for his three-length win in the 2004 Breeders' Cup Classic.

Other leading breeders in 2004, in order, were Farnsworth Farms, $8,684,897 and 472 wins; Roy and Pat Chapman's Someday Farm, $7,563,853 and 6 wins; Mr. and Mrs. John C. Mabee, $5,063,818 and 201 wins; Arthur Appleton, $5,042,948 and 160 wins; Juddmonte Farms, $4,989,627 and 55 wins; Ken and Sarah Ramsey, $4,832,083 and 111 wins; Sam-Son Farm, $4,782,501 and 51 wins; and Edward P. Evans, $4,775,260 and 138 wins.

Adena Springs also led the rankings of breeders including partnerships, although none of Stronach's horses was bred in partnership. The list of top 10 breeders including partnerships also included, in order, Franks, with earners of $11,102,598 and 569 wins; Farnsworth Farms, $10,111,530 and 590 wins; Someday Farm, $7,563,853 and 6 wins; William S. Farish, $5,661,499 and 226 wins; the Mabees (no horses bred in partnership), $5,063,818 and 201 wins; Arthur Appleton, $5,042,948 and 160 wins; Juddmonte (none in partnership), $4,989,627 and 55 wins; Sez Who Thoroughbreds, $4,906,670 and 213 wins; and the Ramseys (none in partnership), $4,832,083 and 111 wins.

Rankings of the top 100 breeders by earnings is available at www.equineline.com.

Danehill colt gets top price

A Danehill colt brought $700,000 Australian, or about $529,900 U.S., to top Friday's second session at the Magic Millions yearling auction on Australia's Gold Coast.

Graeme Rogerson bought the son of Marigot Bay, by Fairy King, saying, "He's got a stallion's pedigree, and he's by Danehill. He'll look cheap if he comes out and wins the Magic Millions 2-Year-Old Classic next year."

The Danehill connection has always proven valuable in Australia, where Danehill dominated the sire ranks until his untimely death in a paddock accident in 2003 at age 17. Coolmore Stud, which stood Danehill, sold Marigot Bay's colt as agent.

Overall, the second session sold 329 lots for a gross of about $27,564,073 U.S. and an average price of about $83,781 U.S. The sale was to continue through Jan. 12.

WinStar starts fund for tsunami victims

WinStar Farm owners Bill Casner and Ken Troutt have donated $100,000 to establish a Thoroughbred industry relief fund for victims of the earthquake and tsunami that devastated dozens of countries in the Indian Ocean region. The Keeneland Foundation has volunteered to coordinate and administer the fund, which will provide its proceeds to Action Against Hunger and Direct Relief International. Both agencies are working to get food and medical resources to the affected areas in Asia and Africa.

Keeneland will accept cash, check, and credit-card donations, as well as sale-percentage donations by consignors, at the January all-ages sale. The sale begins Monday and runs through Jan. 15. Donation forms are also available at Keeneland's website, www.keeneland.com. Donors can make contributions at the sales counter in the auction pavilion.

* Friday's Bloodstock Notes misstated which breeds would be eligible for the Kentucky Equine Education Project's proposed breeders' awards program. It would be all breeds, not just Thoroughbreds.