11/10/2003 12:00AM

Buyers still paying six figures


LEXINGTON, Ky. - Keeneland was still selling six-figure horses on Monday, day 8 of its November breeding stock sale. At 5 p.m. Eastern, the top lot was the $120,000 broodmare Triple Treasure, whom Hopewell Investments bought from Mill Ridge, agent.

The mare is a Gone West daughter of Grade 2 winner Lemhi Go and sold in foal to Officer. She was one of three lots to reach or surpass the $100,000 mark Monday afternoon.

That followed a buoyant day of selling on Sunday, when a $200,000 weanling colt by Victory Gallop was the day's top lot. Rick Borth bought that colt, a half-brother to stakes winner Shot of Gold, from the Taylor Made agency. Gross sales for the Sunday session, the last for which complete figures were available, were $8,690,000 for 270 horses. That figure was up 29 percent from the equivalent session last year, when 256 horses sold. Sunday's average, $32,185, rose 22 percent from last year, and the $25,000 median was 25 percent higher than last year's.

Such big gains have put the auction on a profitable run. The seven-day gross of $222,629,500 far outstripped the $178,007,100 gross for the same period last year. So did the average, which soared from $107,622 last year to $134,033 in 2003, and the median, which leaped from $42,000 to $55,000.

The sale was to run through Thursday.

Sligo Bay's fee set at $10,000

Sligo Bay, winner of the 2002 Hollywood Turf Cup, will stand his first year at stud at Frank Stronach's Adena Springs in Kentucky.

Stronach announced that he had privately acquired Sligo Bay, a 5-year-old Sadler's Wells horse. Sligo Bay will stand in 2004 for $10,000.

Bred in Ireland, Sligo Bay at 2 finished third in the Group 1 Grand Criterium de Saint-Cloud. Imported at 3 to the United States for Columbine Stable in 2001, Sligo Bay won the Grade 3 Cinema Handicap and finished second in three other graded stakes: the Hollywood and Oak Tree derbies and the San Gabriel Handicap. He achieved Grade 1 status with his 2002 Hollywood Turf Cup win.

This year, Sligo Bay started just once, finishing second in the Tanforan Handicap. He retires with a career record of 17-4-6-2 and $484,935 in earnings.

Sligo Bay is out of the Halo mare Angelic Song, who also produced the Japanese stakes winner Lady Ballade.