10/30/2007 11:00PM

Darley sets Street Sense at $75K

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Darley purchased Street Sense (above), Hard Spun, and Any Given Saturday earlier this year as part of an aggressive sweep of the globe's top stallion prospects.
LEXINGTON, Ky. - Street Sense will stand in Kentucky for $75,000 and Hard Spun for $50,000 in 2008, Sheikh Mohammed al-Maktoum's Darley operation announced Tuesday.

Also included on the 2008 stallion roster for Darley's Lexington farm, Darley-at-Jonabell, was record-equaling Cigar Mile winner Discreet Cat, signaling his retirement from racing after a third-place finish in the Breeders' Cup Dirt Mile. A 4-year-old son of Forestry, he will stand for $30,000. Discreet Cat also won the Jerome Breeders' Cup Handicap and the United Arab Emirates Derby, both Grade 2 events, and earned $1,694,180 from 6 wins and 2 thirds in 9 starts.

Any Given Saturday's plans have yet to be decided, according to Dan Pride, Darley's chief operating officer in America.

Darley also announced that it would raise the stud fee for Street Sense's sire, Street Cry, from $50,000 to $100,000. Street Cry also stands at Darley-at-Jonabell in Lexington. He has sired four Grade 1 or Group 1 winners around the world from his first two crops to race.

Darley purchased Street Sense, Hard Spun, and Any Given Saturday earlier this year as part of an aggressive sweep of the globe's top stallion prospects. The global breeding program purchased Street Sense, the 2006 juvenile champion and 2007 Kentucky Derby winner, and Hard Spun, the Grade 1 winner who was runner-up this year in both the Derby and the Breeders' Cup Classic, this summer for an estimated $50 million and $20 million, respectively. The purchased of Any Given Saturday came in August after that Distorted Humor colt won the Haskell.

Hard Spun finished second behind probable Horse of the Year Curlin in last Saturday's Breeders' Cup Classic, with Street Sense finishing fourth and Any Given Saturday crossing the wire sixth.

In addition to these top American runners, Darley also bought an undisclosed number of shares in Any Given Saturday's sire, Distorted Humor. Maktoum also bought breeding rights to Epsom Derby winner Authorized, European champion Manduro, Japanese star Admire Moon, European runners Teofilo and New Approach, and popular Irish stallion Invincible Spirit.

Other 2008 stud fees for Darley's Jonabell stallions are Bernardini, $100,000; Elusive Quality, $75,000; Cherokee Run and Henny Hughes, $40,000; Consolidator, Quiet American, and Rockport Harbor, $20,000; E Dubai and Holy Bull, $15,000; and Kafwain, Offlee Wild, and Songster, $10,000.

Darley-at-Jonabell will host an open house this weekend to present its stallions to breeders. The open house will take place from Nov. 2-4 between 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. daily.

Deal would send Came Home to Japan

A deal is pending for Came Home, Lane's End confirmed Tuesday. In a deal brokered by California-based agent Rollin Baugh, the 8-year-old Came Home, a Gone West horse, appears headed to Japan and the Japan Bloodstock Breeders' Association Stallion Station in Hokkaido.

Came Home currently is in quarantine pending test results that will finalize the deal.

The three-time Grade 1 winner is the sire of two crops to race, and his best runners to date have been Grade 2-placed C P West, who headlines Thursday's Wild Again Stakes at Aqueduct, and Passion, third in the Adirondack. He also is the sire of 2007 stakes winners Beautiful Venue, Cajun Conquest, and Alina.

A millionaire, Came Home is out of the Grade 3 winner Nice Assay, making him a half-brother to the Grade 2-winning filly A. P. Assay.

Stormello to stand at Vinery

Vinery has added Grade 1 winner Stormello to its roster for 2008. A 3-year-old Stormy Atlantic colt, Stormello won the 2006 Hollywood Futurity and placed twice in Grade 2 races this season. He will stand at Vinery's Kentucky farm for a $15,000 fee.

Vinery has purchased what it termed "a significant interest" in the colt from William Currin and Alvin Eisman, who bred and raced Stormello in partnership. Currin also trained Stormello.

Stormello last ran in the Grade 2 Woody Stephens Stakes at Belmont in June, finishing third. He leaves the track with a career record of 3 wins, 1 second, and 3 third-place finishes from 11 lifetime starts. He won or placed in six graded stakes and earned $700,100.

Stormello is the first foal out of the Carson City mare Wilshewed.

* Breeders' Cup Dirt mile winner Corinthian, whose retirement to stud at Lexington's Gainesway Farm was announced Monday, will begin his breeding career with a $40,000 stud fee. Corinthian is by Pulpit and out of the Easy Goer mare Multiply.

"Top milers make top stallions," asserted Gainesway's president, Antony Beck.

* Grade 3 winner and Florida stallion Sabre d'Argent will relocate from Double Diamond farm, to Bridlewood Farm near Ocala, Fla., for 2008. A Kris S. horse, Sabre d'Argent will stand his second breeding season in 2008 at a fee of $5,000. Sabre d'Argent is a half-brother to the successful young stallion Exchange Rate.

* Chips Are Down, winner of the 2005 Bien Bien Stakes at Hollywood, has retired to Godstone Farm in Pine Grove, Pa. A 5-year-old son of Distorted Humor and Tiy Buster, by Housebuster, Chips Are Down will stand for $2,000. A special fee of $1,500 is available for mares foaling in Pennsylvania.

* Mr. Sekiguchi, a Storm Cat-Welcome Surprise colt who sold for a then-record $8 million at the 2004 Keeneland September yearling sale, will enter stud at Hill 'n' Dale Farms in Lexington, Ky., in 2008. He will stand for a $5,000 fee. Trained by Bob Baffert for Fusao Sekiguchi, Mr. Sekiguchi won 2 of his 4 starts and finished second twice for career earnings of $85,800.