07/11/2006 11:00PM

Higher standards for black-type races

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LEXINGTON, Ky. - North America's members in the Society of International Thoroughbred Auctioneers have raised the minimum purse requirement for races to earn black-type designation in sales catalogs.

Effective Jan. 1, 2007, races must have a total purse of $45,000, distributed on the day of the race, in order to be eligible for black type. The current minimum purse requirement is $40,000. The minimum purse level will be raised again, to $50,000, effective Jan. 1, 2008.

SITA also said that it will not grant black type to races that contain "a preference clause(s) based on criteria unrelated to the quality of the horse + if such a preference clause(s) could possibly exclude any horse(s) of superior quality from competing."

SITA secretary Carl Hamilton said that this change would not affect restricted statebred races.

"Over the last several years, we've had a very few cases of races that were offering preferences to statebred horses," Hamilton said. Races that prefer statebreds on entry but are not restricted to statebreds are rare, Hamilton said.

"You could probably count them on one or two hands," he said. "We wanted to make sure those don't proliferate.

"All restricted races previously eligible are still going to get black type," he added.

Races offering bonuses only to statebreds also will continue to be eligible for black type, provided their base value for all horses reaches the minimum purse level.

Big lots boost JHRA sale

The Japan Racing Horse Association ended its summer foal sale Wednesday on a high note. The auction at Northern Horse Park in Hokkaido set a world-record foal price of $5.2 million on Tuesday, a price that helped buoy its two foal sessions' total returns and average price.

The pair of foal sessions sold 221 lots for $72,526,087, for an average price of $328,172 and a $226,087 median. A total of 83 of the 304 foals on offer, or 27 percent, did not sell.

The gross rose 2 percent from last year, when 242 lots sold, and average price climbed 12 percent. But median declined, falling 3 percent.

The world-record lot was Hip No. 271, a daughter of the Kingmambo horse King Kamehameha and the Japanese Grade 1-winning mare To the Victory, by Sunday Silence. Nobutaka Tada, agent, signed the ticket for Global Equine Management Co., a partnership whose participants Tada would not disclose.

Northern Farm, owned by Katsumi Yoshida, sold the filly.

The auction opened Monday with its first yearling session, which saw a Japanese record yearling price of $1.79 million for a Pivotal colt out of Veil of Avalon.

Deal for Honour and Glory completed

Coolmore Stud has sold its Grade 1-winning stallion Honour and Glory to the new Argentine breeding farm La Mission Stallion Station, which in turn will lease him to Kentucky's Wintergreen Stallion for the Northern Hemisphere breeding season.

Honour and Glory will stand at Wintergreen starting in 2007. Wintergeen has a lease agreement with La Mission to stand the 13-year-old Relaunch horse during Northern Hemisphere breeding seasons through 2010.

Honour and Glory's Kentucky stud fee has not been set.

Nicolas Quintana of Argentina Bloodstock Agency brokered the sale. Honour and Glory, currently preparing for the Southern Hemisphere season in Argentina, is the sire of champion juvenile filly Caressing as well as graded winners Blues and Royals, Discreet Hero, Battle Won, Keyed Entry, Put It Back, and Chilean champion All Glory. He was North America's top first-crop sire and juvenile sire in 2000.

John Greely IV and Beau Greely's Wintergreen Stallion Station in Midway, Ky., also will stand Borrego in 2007. The farm's roster also includes Pollard's Vision, Five Star Day, Century City, and Ecton Park.

Honour and Glory stood his first season in Argentina in 2005, where his book featured a raft of Grade 1-winning and -producing mares. Among them were Que Ilusion, dam of 1997 Argentine Horse of the Year Chullo, and Ma Raffine, dam of 1996 Argentine Horse of the Year Rafinado Tom.