11/10/2005 12:00AM

Day 4 brings $650K broodmare


LEXINGTON, Ky. - One day after posting strong increases, the Keeneland November mixed sale continued to ring up impressive mare prices on Thursday, its fourth day.

By 5:30 p.m., Thursday's top seller was a $650,000 broodmare, Pure Charm, purchased by agent P. F. McCarthy. A 7-year-old Storm Cat mare, Pure Charm is a daughter of stakes winner Testy Trestle, who hails from a prolific family of graded winners, most notably Sports View and Classy Cathy. Mimi's Golden Girl, the dam of Grade 1-placed Noble Causeway, also is in the family.

Craig and Holly Bandoroff's Denali agency consigned Pure Charm, who is carrying a foal by Unbridled's Song. Denali offered the mare on behalf of Robert and Beverly Lewis.

Jess Jackson's Stonestreet Mares, a prominent bidder and buyer on the first three days of the 12-session sale, was still active Thursday. Jackson waited until late in the session to pick up the second-most expensive lot as of 5:30 p.m. That was the $575,000 broodmare Brisquette, and she, too, had an Unbridled's Song connection. She is a 7-year-old daughter of that hot young sire and is out of Grade 1-placed Pirate's Glow. The Mill Ridge agency consigned Brisquette on behalf of Marty Wygod and Herman Sarkowsky. Brisquette is a stakes-placed runner and was cataloged in foal to Dixie Union.

The top-priced weanling at 5:30 p.m. was a $525,000 Forestry colt out of Majesty's Crown. Templeton Railton Farms made the purchase from Denali, which this time sold on behalf of Avalon Farms. The colt is a half-brother to champion sprinter Smoke Glacken and a full brother to Grade 3 winner Smokey Glacken.

On Wednesday, the auction's third session featured a Grade 1 winner in Sweet Talker, who topped the day's selling on a $1.15 million final bid from Courtlandt Farm. That helped push the session to gains. Wednesday's session sold 261 horses for $42,564,000, up from last year's $40,070,000 for 267 lots on the equivalent day. The average price also rose, from $150,075 to $163,080, and the median increased from $100,000 to $120,000.

Wednesday's increases brought the three-day total to $200,002,000 for 633 horses, up slightly from last year's $202,533,500 three-day gross for 691 lots. The cumulative average price of $315,959 was up 8 percent from last year, and the $200,000 median was up 33 percent.

Bwana Charlie retired to Florida

Bwana Charlie, a Grade 2 winner, has retired from racing and will enter stud in 2006 at Becky Thomas's Sequel Stallions in Orange Lake, Fla. A son of Indian Charlie, he will stand for $6,500 live foal.

Trained by Steve Asmussen for the Heiligbrodt Racing Stable, the 4-year-old Bwana Charlie won the Grade 2 Amsterdam and Grade 3 Lafayette Stakes in 2004. He placed in four other stakes, including a pair of Grade 3 races, and also finished fourth in the Breeders' Cup Sprint and Grade 1 King's Bishop Stakes. He retires with a record of 4-4-5 from 19 starts and $388,850 in earnings.

Bwana Charlie is out of the Halo mare Shahalo, who is also the dam of the 2005 stakes-placed Marquetry filly Ten Halos.

Sequel Stallions, a new endeavor for prominent pinhooker and Lakland Farm co-owner Becky Thomas, also will stand Closing Argument, Read the Footnotes, Heckle, and One Nice Cat in 2006.

Dubai rulers buy Manhattan property

Sheikh Mohammed al-Maktoum, the crown prince of Dubai who bought Ashado on Monday afternoon at the Keeneland November sale for a world-record mare price of $9 million, has also been spending lavish sums on real estate investments. The New York Times reported Thursday that two companies controlled by the Maktoum family have purchased two New York landmark buildings: Essex House, an art deco hotel on Central Park South, and a 34-story office building at 230 Park Avenue. Total cost: more than $1.1 billion, according to family representative Sultan Ahmed bin Sulayem, whom the Times said announced the deals.

It is the first time that Dubai has invested in New York real estate.

"We believe the market is very good here," Sulayem told the Times. "If we see another opportunity, we'll return."