11/27/2006 12:00AM

Badge of Silver to stand for $15,000

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LEXINGTON, Ky. - Badge of Silver, who ended his racing career on Saturday with a second-place finish in Discreet Cat's Cigar Mile, will take up stud duties at Airdrie Stud in 2007 at a fee of $15,000. Badge of Silver arrived at Airdrie, in Midway, Ky., on Monday.

A 6-year-old Silver Deputy horse, Badge of Silver was bred in Kentucky by a partnership that included Liberation Farm, Trackside Farm, and Oratis Thoroughbreds. His dam, Silveroo, is a winning daughter of Silver Hawk.

Bobby Frankel trained Badge of Silver for owners Ken and Sarah Ramsey, who had great success with the horse. He won four graded stakes: the Grade 2 New Orleans Handicap, Grade 2 San Gabriel Handicap, Grade 3 Risen Star Stakes, and Grade 3 Hal's Hope Handicap. In the Hal's Hope, he set a Gulfstream Park track record of 1:48.57 for 1 1/8 miles.

He also finished second or third three times in Grade 1 company, including a second in the 2004 edition of the Cigar Mile and a third in the 2006 Breeders' Cup Mile.

Badge of Silver retires with a lifetime record of 7 wins from 16 starts, 4 seconds, and 1 third. His career earnings stand at $1,047,892.

Tattersalls December starts strongly

The Tattersalls December breeding stock sale in Newmarket, England, started strongly on Monday, just two days after the auction's five foal sessions concluded with records across the board.

The most expensive lot at Monday's opening session was the Group 1 winner Spinning Queen, who brought a final bid of 3 million guineas, or about $5,985,000, a European record for a broodmare prospect. London Thoroughbred Services purchased the 3-year-old filly from Faringdon Place Stables.

Spinning Queen is a daughter of Spinning World. She sold as a broodmare prospect after a racing career that included victory in the Group 1 Sun Chariot Stakes in England and a Group 3 win in the Brownstown Stakes in Ireland.

Spinning Queen is out of the unraced Arazi mare Our Queen of Kings and is from the family of Grade 1 winner Labeeb, Grade 2 winner Fanmore, Group 2 winner Alrassaam, and graded-placed Madame L'Enjoleur.

The session produced massive gains from last year, selling 207 lots for about $39,039,158, up 69 percent from last year's opener, when 223 horses sold. The average price, about $188,595, was up 82 percent.

The strong performance of the Tattersalls weanlings and mares echoes the bullish market for young stock and broodmares seen earlier this month at the Keeneland and Fasig-Tipton breeding stock sales.

Fasig-Tipton's November sale on Nov. 5 nearly doubled its gross receipts on a larger catalog and aggressive spending by breeders, and its average leaped 31 percent to $377,235. Median more than doubled to hit $175,000. Keeneland's two-week auction finished with its second-highest gross ever and set sale records for weanling colt ($2.7 million), weanling filly ($2.4 million), and horse in training ($6.1 million).

Tattersalls appeared to be continuing that trend, even if the prices through Monday's had not quite equaled Keeneland's.

On Saturday evening, the December foal sale closed with a total of 746 weanlings sold for a record 28,861,600 guineas, or about $57,578,892. The average price of 38,688 guineas, or approximately $77,183, was also a record. So was the 22,000-guinea median, which was about $43,890 in United States terms. The number of six-figure foals at the auction also went up, from 32 last year to 67 this year.

Last year's foal portion of the Tattersalls December sale ran for four days rather than the five in 2006.

The December breeding stock auction was to continue through Friday. Tuesday's second session was to feature the dispersal of Roger Baines's Britton House Stud, including Exciting Times, dam of turf star Gorella.

Darley donates a Bernardini season

Darley has donated a Bernardini season to Thoroughbred Charities of America's live season auction, which is set for Friday at Keeneland.

The multiple Grade 1-winning A. P. Indy colt enters stud in 2007 at Darley at Jonabell in Lexington. He will stand for $100,000.

Bernardini, a son of Cara Rafaela, retired earlier this month after finishing second to Invasor in the Breeders' Cup Classic. He is a leading contender for the 3-year-old championship.