10/09/2002 12:00AM

Hap to stand at Darby Dan in 2003

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Grade 2 winner and millionaire Hap will begin his stud career in 2003 at Darby Dan Farm in Lexington, the California-based Narvick International confirmed Wednesday.

Narvick manages bloodstock for Michael Paulson, Hap's owner. Paulson, son of the late Allen Paulson, has overseen his father's estate since the elder Paulson's death in 2000. Hap, a 6-year-old Theatrical horse, will stand as the Allen Paulson Living Trust's property for $5,000.

Hap retired in July after injuring an ankle.

Trained by Bill Mott for Paulson and Edward White, Hap amassed a career record of 20-10-2-2, highlighted by victories in a spate of Grade 2 races: the Keeneland Turf Mile Stakes, Fourstardave Handicap, Dixie Stakes, and, in both 2000 and 2001, the Bernard Baruch Handicap. Hap also won the Grade 3 New Hampshire Sweepstakes Handicap. He placed in a pair of Grade 1 contests, finishing second in the 2001 Arlington Million and third in the Turf Classic at Churchill.

Hap is out of the multiple European and Irish champion Committed, a Hagley mare. She also is the dam of stakes winner Committed Dancer and Hap's Grade 1-winning full sister Pharma.

Danehill colt tops Goffs Orby session

The Goffs Orby yearling sale, one of Europe's top sales, continued its strong market Wednesday at its second of two sessions.

The Wednesday session's top price was the $762,146 that the British Bloodstock Agency's Anthony Stroud paid for Hip No. 311, a Danehill colt out of Born Beautiful (Silver Deputy). Stroud outgunned Adrian Nicoll, who stood with Coolmore boss John Magnier while bidding for the colt. The colt is the first foal for his unraced dam. His sire, Danehill, stands at Coolmore.

The session ended Wednesday night, selling 349 yearlings for $35,634,420 and yielding an average price of $102,053. The sale-topper was an $807,428 Sadler's Wells half-brother to stakes winner Emerald Peace. Demi O'Byrne, Michael Tabor's agent, bought the son of Puck's Castle (Shirley Heights) from Tim Hyde's Camas Park Stud.

General Meeting filly brings $165,000 at Barretts

In North America, the Barretts company posted significant gains at its own fall yearling sale in Pomona, Calif., on Tuesday. A $165,000 General Meeting filly currently named Beeper Alarm led the way at the single-session sale, which rang up double-digit gains across the board.

Trainer Wallace Dollase, agent, purchased the sale-topper. The filly is out of the Wild Again mare Terrys Wild Again, making her a half-sister to stakes winners Speaking of Time and Wild and Wise.

Betty Mabee's Golden Eagle Farm sold the filly.

Overall, the auction sold 215 lots for gross receipts of $2,721,900, up 22 percent from last year, when 222 yearlings sold. Average price this year jumped 26 percent to $12,660, and median gained 19 percent to reach $8,000. In another positive development, the buyback rate - the percentage of yearlings failing to reach their reserves - fell from last year's 27 percent to 23 percent his year.

Ocala's fall mixed sale's numbers on the rise

The Ocala Breeders' Sales Company's fall mixed sale got its third of four sessions underway Wednesday, and the first of two open sessions, with a $24,000 Tiger Ridge weanling colt the early session leader. J.N.R. Bloodstock purchased the colt, the first foal for the unraced Katowice mare Mykato, from Sue Vacek, agents.

On Tuesday, at the last of two consignor-preferred sessions, the OBS mixed auction sold 193 horses for $2,600,500, up 16 percent. Last year's equivalent session sold 204 lots for $2,245,300. The session average in 2002 increased 22 percent to $13,474, and median rose 19 percent to $8,350. But buybacks also increased in 2002, moving from 29 percent last year to 31 percent.

The Tuesday session-topper was $80,000 Angel Kate, a 10-year-old Mt. Livermore broodmare sold in foal to Grade 1 winner Vicar. Westbury Stables bought the mare from Summerfield, agent. The mare is out of stakes winner August Days (In Reality).

The two consignor-preferred sessions sold 343 lots for $4,646,900, up 3 percent from the $4,493,100 total that 408 horses brought last year. Average gained 23 percent to $13,548, and median improved 21 percent to $8,500.

Shadwell reducing stud fees

Shadwell Stud in Lexington announced Wednesday it would reduce the stud fees for most of its stallions during the 2003 breeding season.

Swain will carry a $25,000 fee in 2003, $10,000 less than his 2002 fee. Three other Shadwell stallions have had their fees cut in half: Bahri drops from $40,000 to $20,000, Aljabr moves from $30,000 to $15,000, and Dayjur goes from $10,000 to $5,000 in 2003. Sahm, who stood for $5,000 this year, will remain at that price in 2003. All fees are on a live-foal basis.

Shadwell vice-president and general manager Rick Nichols said the downward adjustments were due to changes in the marketplace. Boutique yearling sales from July to September this year have seen marked declines in gross and average.