10/29/2003 12:00AM

Dollar Bill retired to stud in Florida


LEXINGTON, Ky. - Millionaire and Grade 2 stakes winner Dollar Bill has been retired to stud at William Schettine's Signature Stallions near Ocala, Fla. A 5-year-old Peaks and Valleys horse, Dollar Bill will stand his first season for $3,500.

Dollar Bill won the 2000 Kentucky Jockey Club Stakes at Churchill and finished second in the Lane's End Breeders' Futurity at Keeneland at 2 before hitting the Triple Crown trail in 2001. He won the Risen Star Stakes and finished third in the Blue Grass before tackling the Derby, but he finished 15th after a rough trip.

He went on to finish fourth in the Preakness, in which he endured another difficult trip, and fourth in the Belmont. He closed out the season with a third in the Travers behind eventual Horse of the Year Point Given.

Returned to the track at 4, Dollar Bill didn't win any graded stakes, but he placed in Grade 1 company twice, finishing second in the Stephen Foster and third in the Oaklawn Handicap. In all, Dollar Bill was in the top three in 10 graded stakes, including a third in this year's Suburban Handicap at Belmont.

He retires with a career record of 22-4-5-5 and $1,225,546 in earnings. Dallas Stewart trained Dollar Bill for all but his final race, which he ran for Bobby Frankel. He is owned by Gary and Mary West, who bought him for $145,000 at the 1999 Keeneland September yearling sale.

Bred by Robert Courtney, Dollar Bill is the best foal from his dam, Saratoga Dame, the stakes-winning Saratoga Six mare who also produced stakes-placed Golden Illusion and Grindavik.

Proud Citizen: $12,500 fee

Grade 2 winner Proud Citizen has arrived at Airdrie Stud in Midway, Ky., where he will stand his initial season at stud for $12,500.

Proud Citizen, a 4-year-old Gone West colt, won his maiden at Belmont in June 2001 by 9 3/4 lengths. After knee surgery in September, Proud Citizen came back at 3 and won the Lexington Stakes. He finished second to War Emblem in the Kentucky Derby and third in the Preakness Stakes en route to earning $638,822. Proud Citizen sustained a condylar fracture in the Belmont and had surgery to insert four screws in the injured leg.

Trained by D. Wayne Lukas and on the track for three seasons, Proud Citizen won three of 16 starts, finishing second twice and third once.

Proud Citizen is out of the Green Forest mare Drums of Freedom and is Drums of Freedom's first stakes winner.

Stud fees set

More farms announced stud fees this week. Pin Oak Stud, which announced the retirement of Changeintheweather earlier this month, has set Changeintheweather's first-year fee at $7,500. The only Pin Oak stallion whose fee is changing in 2004 is Sky Classic, whose fee drops from $20,000 to $12,500.

At Hopewell Farm, Skip Away and Souvenir Copy will have reduced fees in 2004. Skip Away, who stood for $20,000 this year, will stand for $15,000, and Souvenir Copy's fee will drop from $15,000 to $12,500.

Gene Dosher Jr. dead at 49

Gene "Johnny Green" Dosher Jr., a longtime trainer and exercise rider in New York and Florida, died in Ocala, Fla., at age 49. Dosher most recently worked as an assistant trainer at J. J. Crupi's New Castle Farm in Ocala.

Dosher got his start in the Thoroughbred business in the 1970's, when, at age 16, he got a job with trainer Allen Jerkens. Twenty years later, he worked for Jerkens's son, Jimmy Jerkens.

Dosher initially was an exercise rider, spending a stint in upstate New York and New England, but more recently had owned and trained horses.

Dosher is survived by his brother, Kevin, and grandmother, Anna Weitzel.

* The two-day Barretts fall mixed sale ended Tuesday with declines across the board. Topped by Mary Knight's (agent) sale of the $72,000 broodmare Nanogram to Sheila O'Callaghan, the auction sold 513 lots for $2,860,400 (down 10 percent from last year) for an average of $5,576 (down 25 percent) and a $3,200 median (down 9 percent).

* The Tattersalls autumn horses in training sale hit record levels in its third of four sessions Wednesday. The $339,150 Zafonic colt Astronomic, a winner in France sold by Juddmonte Farms, was the day's high price. Howard Johnson bought Astronomic, with Wally Dollase the underbidder. The session sold 212 lots for $22,684,316, a record gross at the auction; the average of $38,984 and median of $21,866 were up 24 percent and 11 percent, respectively.