09/28/2008 11:00PM

Coolmore spends at Goffs


LEXINGTON, Ky. - Helped along by trainer Jim Bolger and free-spending Coolmore representative Demi O'Byrne, the Goffs auction house in Ireland showed that the yearling market there has some sizzle. But the downward trend in prices was in keeping with a global trend in 2008's yearling sales.

Monday's top price was 500,000 euros, or about $720,000, for a Galileo-Sateen colt that Bolger bought from Ballymoney Park Stud, agent. Ballymoney sold the colt, the last yearling to sell Monday, on behalf of the "S" Thoroughbred Syndicate.

The chestnut colt is from the family of English and Irish champion Alexandrova, Group 1 winner Magical Romance, and numerous other group performers.

The session, one of three, sold 152 yearlings for about $15,314,400, resulting in an average price of about $100,752. Those figures were down from last year's equivalent day, when 162 horses sold. Gross was down 39 percent, and average fell by 35 percent. The buyback rate rose from 14 percent in 2007 to 24 percent. Median was down 29 percent, to approximately $72,000.

O'Byrne purchased three of the session's four top-priced yearlings.

His priciest buy was a Galileo-Laurel Delight colt from Garraun Stud for about $475,200. He also bought a Sadler's Wells-Pescia colt offered by Barronstown Stud for about $432,000 and an Encosta de Lago-Mary McGlinchy colt consigned by Ashtown House Stud for about $403,200. All three are by Coolmore sires.

O'Byrne was the session's leading buyer, signing for five yearlings worth about $1,814,400.

Silver Deputy colt sells for $155,000

Fasig-Tipton Midlantic's Eastern fall yearling sale kicked off Monday with a $155,000 Silver Deputy-Run for Joy colt the session-leader at 5 p.m. Eastern.

Candyland Farm sold the colt, cataloged as Hip No. 205, to Scanlon Training Center.

The dam is a two-time stakes winner by Geiger Counter that earned more than $400,000 on the track. Her only foal to race, a Stephen Got Even filly named Joy to Run, won a starter allowance at Philadelphia Park in June.

The sale was to continue through Wednesday at Timonium in Maryland

Elmendorf Farm's owner dies at 94

Dinwiddie Lampton, owner of Lexington's historic Elmendorf Farm since 1997, died last Thursday in Lexington. He was 94.

Lampton was president of Louisville's American Life & Accident Insurance Company, the company his father had founded in 1906. But he was at least as well known in the Bluegrass horse world as a prominent carriage driver, polo player, and steeplechase enthusiast. His Hardscuffle Farm in Oldham County hosted the well-known Hardscuffle Steeplechase since its inception in the 1970s.

Lampton purchased Elmendorf from the Jack Kent Cooke family for $5 million in 1997 and moved to the farm in 2003. He and his second wife, Elizabeth Whitcomb Brown Lampton, drove carriages there. In March, Elizabeth Lampton was fatally injured in a coaching accident at the farm when her team of horses spooked.

Lampton also owned Beechdale Farm in Pennsylvania.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to the Salvation Army, Culver Military Academy, the Thoroughbred Retirement Foundation, or the Kentucky Horse Park's Carriage Museum of America.

* Grade 2 winner Deputy Glitters has retired from the track and will enter stud in 2009 at Brent and Crystal Fernung's Journeyman Stud near Ocala, Fla. His fee will be announced at a later date.

* Group 2 stakes-placed One Great Cat will enter stud in 2009 at Walmac's Pennsylvania division at Reigle Heir Farm, the farm announced Monday. He will stand for $5,000, or $4,500 for Pennsylvania-foaling mares.