08/20/2001 11:00PM

A.P. Indy and Kingmambo still at top of the market


LEXINGTON, Ky. - A.P. Indy and Kingmambo will stand in 2002 for $300,000 and $200,000, respectively, according to Will Farish's Lane's End Farm in Versailles, Ky.

The farm listed their 2001 fees as private. But industry publications have variously listed those fees as $250,000 to $325,000 to for A.P. Indy and $175,000 to $250,000 for Kingmambo.

The listed fees for 2002 place these two horses among the very top of the nation's stallions. Storm Cat, who stands at Overbrook Farm, in Lexington, has a listed fee of $400,000. Claiborne stallion Danzig's private fee is estimated to be $275,000.

The farm has posted its stallions' 2002 fees at the farm web site in advance of the Keeneland September yearling sales, where both stallions have yearlings on offer through the Lane's End consignment.

Both sires have been successful at the races and in the sale ring.

A.P. Indy, 1992 Horse of the Year, has progeny earnings of more than $30 million. In yearling sales this year, five A.P. Indy colts have sold for an average price of $505,000, and seven fillies have sold for an average of $765,714. Among his top runners is 2001 Grade 1 winner Aptitude.

Kingmambo has sired the earners of more than $25 million, including 2001 graded stakes winner King Cugat. At the Saratoga selected yearling sale earlier this month, a Kingmambo colt sold for $1.85 million to top the opening session. The three Kingmambo fillies sold at 2001 yearling sales averaged $225,000.

Stallions whose fees will drop include Lemon Drop Kid, who falls from $100,000 to $75,000; Roar, who drops from $12,500 to $7,500; Silver Ghost, who falls from $15,000 to $10,000; Gold Fever, from $20,000 to $10,000; and Gulch, from $60,000 to $50,000.

Prospectors Delite is dead

Grade 1 winner Prospectors Delite, dam of Grade 1 winner Tomisue's Delight, was euthanized on June 21 at Lane's End Farm, according to a Thoroughbred Times report. The Mr. Prospector mare was 12.

According to the report, Prospectors Delite suffered complications while foaling a Storm Cat colt, who died. The mare, a daughter of Up the Flagpole (by Hoist the Flag), foundered shortly thereafter and was euthanized.

Prospectors Delite is the fourth well-known mare that Lane's End has confirmed it lost since the spring. Three others died in March, also after foaling complications. They were Weekend Surprise, dam of A.P. Indy and Summer Squall; Charming Lassie, dam of Lemon Drop Kid; and the stakes-winning mare Tomisue's Indy.

Prospectors Delite was a homebred Farish campaigned in partnership with fellow Texans James Elkins and Temple Webber. She won a pair of Grade 1 races, the 1992 Ashland and Acorn stakes, as well as the Grade 3 Fair Grounds Oaks and the Davona Dale Stakes. She also finished second in the Lieutenant Governor Stakes and third in the Grade 1 Kentucky Oaks that season, compiling a career record of 9-6-1-1 and total earnings of $432,953.

Tomisue's Delight, winner of the Grade 1 Personal Ensign Handicap, was Prospectors Delite's first foal. Prospectors Delite went on to produce Irish Group 3 winner Monashee Mountain and Grade 3-placed stakes winner Delta Music. Barren in 2000, Prospectors Delite produced her last foal, an A. P. Indy colt named Mineshaft, in 1999.

El Prado colt brings $55,000

After a $305,000 Valid Expectations colt topped the opening-day select session at Ocala Breeders' Sales Company's August yearling auction, open sessions got underway Tuesday with a $55,000 early leader by El Prado.

The El Prado colt, offered by Marablue Farm, agent, went to bloodstock agent Buzz Chace. The colt is out of Humming Sound, by Hansel.

Monday's opening day, the sole selected session and the first of five auction days, sold 131 yearlings for $5,744,000, up 15 percent from last year, when 120 lots brought $5,009,500. Average price climbed 6 percent to $44,076, and median held steady at $35,000. But buybacks rose from last year's 32 percent to 34 percent.

* Bold Laddie, Canada's leading sire of stakes winners, was euthanized Aug. 7 at Salishan Meadows Farm in Vancouver, British Columbia, at the age of 28. Bold Laddie (Boldnesian-Santiago Lassie, by Vertex), who had been pensioned since 1999, sired the earners of more than $9.7 million.