08/15/2007 12:00AM

Darley makes deal for Any Given Saturday

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LEXINGTON, Ky. - Haskell winner Any Given Saturday will have a new owner after the Breeders' Cup Classic, but it's undecided whether he will compete at age 4 next year.

Sheikh Mohammed al-Maktoum's Darley organization announced Wednesday that it has struck a deal with Any Given Saturday's current owners, Bill Casner and Ken Troutt's WinStar Farm and Satish and Anne Sanan's Padua Stables, to privately purchase the 3-year-old Distorted Humor colt outright. Darley will take possession of Any Given Saturday after his planned run in the Breeders' Cup Classic, which is to be run at Monmouth Park on Oct. 27. WinStar and Padua will continue to campaign him until then.

As for whether the colt would compete in 2008, Darley stallion nominations manager Charlie Boden said Wednesday: "That's a possibility, but nothing's been decided yet. It depends on how he's doing."

Any Given Saturday scored his third stakes victory and fifth win from nine starts when he defeated Hard Spun and Preakness winner Curlin in the Haskell on Aug. 5 at Monmouth. Earlier this year he captured the Grade 2 Dwyer at Belmont and the Sam F. Davis Stakes at Tampa Bay Downs, and he narrowly lost to eventual Kentucky Derby winner Street Sense when finishing second in the Grade 3 Tampa Bay Derby. His other graded placings are a third-place finish in the Grade 1 Wood Memorial in April and a second in the Grade 2 Kentucky Jockey Club Stakes last season. Todd Pletcher trains Any Given Saturday, who has earned $989,213.

"Any Given Saturday is a special horse to WinStar and Padua, but because of our business approach to the industry we are willing to look at all opportunities, including selling such a tremendous stallion prospect," WinStar president Doug Cauthen said in a statement issued Wednesday. "We know Darley will do a wonderful job, and we hope to breed to him throughout his career."

Any Given Saturday is out of the A.P. Indy winner Weekend in Indy, making him a half-brother to graded winner Bohemian Lady.