01/03/2005 1:00AM

Coolmore raises stars' fees


Coolmore stallions Fusaichi Pegasus and Giant's Causeway have had their fees raised as the 2005 breeding season approaches.

Coolmore, which in November announced a $135,000 fee for Giant's Causeway and a $100,000 fee for Fusaichi Pegasus for 2005, has raised both to $150,000.

Giant's Causeway, a Group 1 winner in England and Ireland and runner-up in the 2000 Breeders' Cup Classic, is the sire of European champion juvenile Shamardal. He also has sired group stakes winners Maids Causeway and Footstepsinthesand. All are from his first crop of 2-year-olds.

Fusaichi Pegasus, winner of the 2000 Kentucky Derby whose first crop of runners also were 2 last year, had stakes winners in 2004 who included Roman Ruler in the Grade 2 Norfolk and Best Pal stakes.

Fusaichi Pegasus and Giant's Causeway were third and fourth on North America's 2004 list of first-crop sires by progeny earnings.