09/30/2008 12:00AM

Coolmore spends $5M for 10 yearlings


LEXINGTON, Ky. - Coolmore Stud, which bought relatively few high-priced horses at the U.S. yearling auctions this summer and fall, stepped up its buying action again on Tuesday at Goffs in Ireland.

The Irish-based global breeding conglomerate led all buyers at the Goffs Million yearling auction's first session on Monday, and on Tuesday Coolmore chief John Magnier, through agent Demi O'Byrne, got even more aggressive. His 10 purchases on Day 2 totaled about $5.18 million and included the session-topping 1-million-euro full sister to Coolmore's undefeated dual Group 1 winner Mastercraftsman. The roan filly is a daughter of Danehill Dancer and Starlight Dreams. Ashtown House Stud consigned the session-topper.

The million-euro price tag was worth about $1.4 million at Tuesday's exchange rate.

After ending with sharp declines at Monday's opener, the Tuesday session sold 151 yearlings for 12,750,000 euros, or about $17,850,000, resulting in an average price of about $118,211, or about 84,437 euros. The median of 40,000 euros was about $56,000.

Last year's second session sold 172 yearlings for 20,275,000 euros, for an average price of about 117,878 euros and an 80,000-euro median.

Harlington to stand in Lexington

Eugene Melnyk's Grade 2 winner Harlington has retired from racing and will stand at Hill 'n' Dale Farms in Lexington for $10,000 in 2009.

The 6-year-old Harlington is a son of champion Serena's Song and sold for $2.8 million as a yearling. He won 6 of 10 starts and $370,000.

Harlington is a half-brother to Grade 1 winner Sophisticat and Serena's Tune, both stakes producers, and to fellow Hill 'n' Dale stallion Grand Reward, a Grade 2 winner.

Songandaprayer colt brings $110,000

Fasig-Tipton Midlantic's Eastern fall yearling sale in Timonium, Md., entered its second day Tuesday on the back of opening-day slides, but yearling-to-juvenile resellers and racehorse buyers both were still in action.

At 4:30 p.m. Eastern, the session leader was Hip No. 528, a Songandaprayer-Beach Bunny colt that Dapple Bloodstock purchased for $110,000. Sally Thomas consigned the colt as agent on behalf of Hickory Ridge Farm. Beach Bunny, an unraced Storm Bird mare, is the dam of three winners to date.

Monday's opening session took place as the U.S. stock market plunged nearly 800 points on news that a federal bailout of Wall Street firms had failed to pass. Fasig-Tipton's session saw a precipitous decline of 35 percent in gross while average was slashed by 33 percent, but median held its own, staying the same as last year's at $10,000. Buybacks rose only slightly, from 33 percent to 35 percent.

The Monday session sold 171 yearlings for $2,783,400, resulting in an average price of $16,277. That compared with last year's opening-day gross of $4,269,800 for 175, an average price of $24,399.

Monday's session-topper was Hip No. 205, a $155,000 Silver Deputy colt out of stakes winner Run for Joy, by Geiger Counter. David Scanlon, a yearling-to-juvenile reseller, made the purchase in the name of his Scanlon Training Center. Herb Moelis's Candyland sold the colt.

Genuine Devotion in Fasig-Tipton catalog

After undefeated Group 1 winner Mastercraftsman's full sister sold for about $1.4 million on Tuesday at Goffs, the Crossroads Sales agency in the U.S. announced that it will offer a three-quarter-sister to that pair, Genuine Devotion, at the Fasig-Tipton November select mixed sale.

Grade 3-winning Genuine Devotion is in "light training" with Kiaran McLaughlin, according to Crossroads Sales, and will be offered as a racing or broodmare prospect. A 4-year-old Rock of Gibraltar filly, Genuine Devotion is a three-time stakes winner, having captured the Grade 3 Locust Grove Handicap and the Upper Noosh Stakes in 2008 and the Xtra Heat Handicap in 2007.

Fasig-Tipton's November mixed auction is set for Nov. 2, starting at 3 p.m. The sale will take place at Newtown Paddocks in Lexington.

John Henry statue goes on view

Kentucky Horse Park officials and the John Henry Memorial Fund have announced plans to unveil two-time Horse of the Year John Henry's memorial statue on Oct. 8. The unveiling ceremony will take place at John Henry's gravesite in front of the Kentucky Horse Park's Hall of Champions at 3:30 p.m. The event is free and open to the public. The memorial is a new bronze statue of John Henry created by sculptor Shelley Hunter.