07/12/2002 12:00AM

End Sweep, 11, dies in Japan after withers injury


LEXINGTON, Ky. - Former leading American juvenile sire End Sweep, who injured his withers in a fall earlier this year, has died in Japan. Veterinarians in Japan euthanized the 11-year-old Forty Niner horse on July 11, according to a report in the Australian publication Racing and Sports.

End Sweep had shuttled from Australia's Arrowfield Stud to Shadai Stud in Japan for the 2002 breeding season. Arrowfield purchased the stallion from Harry Mangurian's Mockingbird Farm in 1999, a year after he set a North American record of 33 winners from his first crop to race.

End Sweep fell and injured his withers last month, then developed an infection related to that injury. Arrowfield announced on July 10 that he would miss the southern hemisphere breeding season this year due to the problem.

"He seemed to be doing well, but secondary complications occurred over the last five days," Arrowfield veterinarian Dr. Mark Wylie told Racing and Sports.

When End Sweep was unable to rise on July 11, veterinarians consulted and determined that the most humane option was to euthanize him.

End Sweep's North American Grade 1 winners include Swept Overboard, Trippi, Nany's Sweep, and Dark Ending.

End Sweep was a son of the Grade 1 winner Broom Dance, by Dance Spell.

Fasig selected yearling sale hails new sires

While Keeneland gears up for its July selected yearling sale on Monday and Tuesday, the Fasig-Tipton Company across town is preparing for its own sale. The Fasig-Tipton Kentucky selected yearling sale gets underway July 17-18 at Newtown Paddocks north of Lexington.

Though it does not produce routine $1 million yearlings as Keeneland July does, the Fasig-Tipton sale has enjoyed recent successes with graduates such as Grade 1 winners Take Charge Lady and Harlan's Holiday, and Grade 2 winner Repent. This year, Fasig-Tipton July cataloged a record 604 lots, the most since 517 were offered in 2000.

The first 260 lots sell as part of a "new sire showcase," limited to yearlings by sires of no more than two crops. The new-sire portion of the sale is one way that Fasig-Tipton has carved a niche for itself in the select yearling market.

"We showcase those first- and second-year horses because people like those new sires and because it helps get those stallions off to a good start," said Bill Graves, who heads Fasig-Tipton's selection team. "People love to feel like they're the first to grab a new product, and if you can present yearlings by those young stallions in a select format, it gives those sires a nice average."

Another way Fasig-Tipton has made its mark is through a rigorous selection process that focuses on physical design more than on pedigree.

"I do think the way many buyers look at horses has changed," Graves said. "I can remember years ago they were buying certain pedigrees and dealing with the physical problems that came with them, just to get the pedigrees.

"These days, people are very interested in the individual. Naturally, the pedigree is still very important, but physical conformation is more important than before. Consignors used to say, 'We have $50,000 in the stud fee; this colt ought to bring $100,000.' The stud fee was a key to value. Now, if it's an ugly horse or he's not designed to run, they just won't buy him.

"We want the best-bred horses we can get," Graves added, "and the pedigrees are the first things we look at. We begin by keeping pedigrees we think the market will accept. But the worst thing you can do is accept a huge pedigree and a bad horse."

Last year's Fasig-Tipton July sale sold

237 yearlings for $23,148,000, yielding an average price of $97,671, the seventh consecutive gain in average for the auction. The sale's high price was $625,000 for Overpowering, a Dehere colt out of Afleet's Gold (by Afleet).

Sessions begin each day at 10 a.m.

Keeneland's new library is dedicated

The Keeneland Association dedicated its new library on Friday with a crowd of about 100 on hand to watch a ribbon-cutting ceremony that included Keeneland trustee Ted Bassett and president Nick Nicholson.

Keeneland has had a library in its administration building since William Arnold Hanger donated a 2,300-volume book collection to the association in 1939. The new building marks the first time the library has had its own building.

The new 10,000-square-foot library holds 10,000 books, 200,000 photographs and negatives, and 100,000 newspapers. The newspaper files include more than 70,000 copies of Daily Racing Form, part of the Form archives that date back to 1896.