12/08/2008 1:00AM

Alpine Rose sells for $704K at Arqana

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Alpine Rose, a 3-year-old filly from the Aga Khan's Studs, proved the star in France at Arqana's December mixed auction that ended Monday with declines.

Topped by Alpine Rose at 550,000 euros, or about $704,000, the three-day Arqana sale sold 464 horses for about $15,459,200, an aggregate that was off 32 percent from last year's total for 530 horses in a larger catalog. The average price, about $33,317, was down 22 percent, and the approximate $12,800 median represented a decrease of 29 percent. Buy-backs were 29 percent, an improvement over last year's 36 percent.

Alpine Rose had two attributes that have proven to hold value even during this fall's plummeting bloodstock market: She is young and has proven ability in graded or group company. The Linamix-Fragrant Hill daughter was Group 3-placed this year in France. She also is a full sister to a pair of group winners, Fragrant Mix and Fracassant.

Patricia Boutin bought Alpine Rose.

Other notable sellers from the Aga Khan's operation included 3-year-old Shadiyna, who sold to Nicolas Clement for about $358,400. Clement said the Dubai Destination filly will head to the United States for her new owner, an unidentified American-based owner-breeder. Plans call for the filly to join trainer Christophe Clement, Nicolas's brother, according to the Racing Post.

Shadiyna is out of 1996 Irish Oaks runner-up Shamadara. She is a half-sister to multiple group winner Shamdala and to Shamdara, the dam of 2007 Secretariat Stakes winner Shamdinan. So far, Shadiyna has won 2 of her 8 starts in France and has been off the board only twice.

$65K session leader at F-T Midlantic

With selling still under way at 5:15op.m., Fasig-Tipton Midlantic's December mixed sale in Timonium, Md., had a $65,000 session leader in the broodmare Colonial Ball. Denise Dommel purchased the 12-year-old Pleasant Colony mare, whom Green Willow Farms, agent, sold to dissolve a partnership.

Colonial Ball is a stakes-placed runner and is the dam of two winners from three starters so far. Those winners are Fashion Air, by High Yield, and Champagne Castle, by Johannesburg. Colonial Ball was cataloged to the Midlantic sale in foal to Henny Hughes.

The second-highest price at that hour was the $42,000 that Mark Russell paid for a weanling City Zip-Dance for Jan colt that Mr. and Mrs. Rick Abbott's Charlton agency sold. The chestnut colt is out of a dual stakes winner and is a three-quarter brother to stakes winner Jo Jo Dancer.

The one-day sale was to end Monday night at Timonium.

Golden Missile colt tops Wash. sale

A $13,000 Golden Missile colt out of Skip a Dare topped the Washington Thoroughbred Breeders Association winter mixed sale Sunday at Emerald Downs.

The yearling colt sold to Jim and Mona Hour. Ron and Nina Hagen's El Dorado Farms sold the colt, a chestnut half-brother to Canadian Grade 3-placed Freyga.

The most expensive broodmare was the River Special mare Kaaaching, a 12-year-old winner who already is the dam of two-time stakes winner Follow the Lite. Kaaaching sold in foal to Cahill Road for $12,000. Clemans View Farm was the buyer. Griffin Place sold the mare.

The sale catalog was significantly smaller this year, offering 86 horses as opposed to last season's 199. The 2008 auction sold 73 horses for a total of $147,400, well down from the larger catalog's total of $460,500 last year. Despite the lower number on offer, the average price fell 39 percent to $2,019. Median also fell from last year's $1,000 to $900 in 2008, a drop of 10 percent.