10/25/2005 12:00AM

Distorted Humor colt goes for $600K


LEXINGTON, Ky. - Tuesday started off as a routine sale day at Fasig-Tipton's Kentucky fall yearling sale, but Jess Jackson's Stonestreet Stables soon livened up the proceedings.

Jackson has spent lavishly for horses at public auction in the last several years, and he added another expensive lot to his account at Fasig-Tipton, paying $600,000 for a colt by Distorted Humor. Consigned by James Keogh's Grovendale agency, the colt is just the second foal out of the Lear Fan mare Happy Nation, who is a half-sister to the graded-placed stakes winner Happily Unbridled. The $600,000 colt, Tuesday's top price as of 5 p.m., is a half-sibling to the juvenile filly Noshameinmygame, unbeaten in her first two starts, both at Woodbine.

At Monday's opening session, average and median were up significantly from last year's opening-day figures. The first day sold 192 lots for $3,267,700, down from 255 lots that brought $3,752,400 last year, when the sale was conducted in two days instead of the three days scheduled this year. The opening-day average price was $17,019, up 16 percent from last season's $14,715. Median also gained, rising 25 percent, from $7,000 to $8,750. But buybacks, the percentage of horses failing to reach the reserves set by their sellers, also inched upward, from 30 percent last year to 31 percent.

Monday's top seller was Hip No. 219, a $160,000 Silver Deputy filly out of Hedge Ratio. Sold by the Grovendale agency, the filly is a half-sister to a pair of stakes performers: Mary Alex, who has placed in Grade 3 company, and Save the Profit, also stakes placed.

Respite Farm, agent, was the buyer.

The Silver Deputy filly was one of four lots to bring $100,000 or more at the opening session.

The auction was to continue through Wednesday at the Fasig-Tipton facility at Newtown Paddocks in Lexington, Ky. Sessions were to begin daily at 10 a.m.

Taylor Made boosts some stud fees

Taylor Made Farm in Nicholasville, Ky., has announced fees for its full roster of stallions for 2006. Among the horses who will be more expensive for breeders next year are Taylor Made's flagship sire, Unbridled's Song, who will rise from $125,000 to $150,000 in 2006, and top-five third-crop sire Forestry, whose fee increases from $75,000 to $100,000.

Northern Afleet, sire of 2005 Kentucky Derby and Preakness winner Afleet Alex, also gets a fee boost from $12,500 to $20,000.

Taylor Made will introduce two new stallions this season. Forestry's leading earner, Forest Danger, will stand in 2006 for $20,000. And the Halo horse Southern Image, winner of three Grade 1 races and two $1 million races, will stand for $15,000.

Our Emblem, sire of champion 3-year-old and Derby and Preakness winner War Emblem, is also on the Taylor Made roster for 2006. But his fee has yet to be announced.

My Trusty Cat to be sold

Hermitage Farm in Goshen, Ky., has announced that it will consign My Trusty Cat, a Grade 1 winner of more than $900,000, to Fasig-Tipton's upcoming fall mixed sale.

The 5-year-old Tale of the Cat mare will be offered as a racing or broodmare prospect.

My Trusty Cat is out of the stakes-placed Private Account mare Entrusted. She has won the 2005 Humana Distaff Handicap and seven other races in her career.

My Trusty Cat will sell as Hip No. 162.

The auction will be held in Lexington on Nov. 6, starting at 4 p.m.

Eurosilver first stallion for Dromoland

Unbridled's Song's son Eurosilver, the first stallion to stand at Gerry Dilger's Dromoland Farm, will start his stud career with a $12,500 fee. Noting Unbridled's Song's recent success with Songandaprayer, North America's second-leading freshman sire, Dilger said: "This stud fee provides breeders a real opportunity to breed to a very talented racehorse by the emerging sire of sires Unbridled's Song. This is the first stallion to stand at Dromoland Farm, and we believe it is important to get him a strong book of mares to launch our stallion operation."

Quadratic dead at 30

Quadratic, a Grade 2 winner and sire of Grade 1 winner Home at Last and Panamanian Horse of the Year El Catedratico, has died in Virginia at age 30, according to a Thoroughbred Times report Tuesday.

The Quadrangle stallion died at Morgan Kenyon's Deer Haven Farm, where he had lived since late 2001.

Bred in Maryland by Ryehill Farm, Quadratic was out of the Quibu mare Smartaire, making him a full brother to champion Smart Angle and a half-brother to stakes winners Smarten and Smart Heiress. In two seasons at the track, he won the Grade 2 Cowdin in 1977 and four ungraded stakes in 1977 and 1978. He also placed in six other graded stakes. His race record stands at 19-6-4-4 with $233,941 in earnings. Woody Stephens trained Quadratic for August Belmont.

Quadratic sired more than 20 black-type winners. In addition to Home at Last and El Catedratico, Quadratic also got Quixotic Lady, whose wins included the 1983 Monmouth Oaks; Grade 3 winners Speedratic and Four Flings; and the good steeplechaser Statesmanship.