Updated on 09/15/2011 12:55PM

Housebuster returning to United States


LEXINGTON, Ky. - Housebuster, North America's champion sprinter in 1990 and 1991, will return from Japan's East Stud this fall to resume his stud career in North America.

Donna Hayes's The Stallion Company, a stallion agency in Middleburg, Va., purchased Housebuster privately from a group of Japanese breeders and is now negotiating with Kentucky farms interested in standing him.

Hayes said that The Stallion Company plans to syndicate the 14-year-old Housebuster at $25,000 a share and expects that he will stand for a fee of about $10,000. The Stallion Company will retain an interest in Housebuster and will serve as syndicate manager.

Hayes also said she expects Housebuster, a Mt. Livermore horse, will have a book size of about 100 mares in the coming breeding season.

Housebuster has not left Japan, but, according to Hayes, plans call for the stallion to enter quarantine there on Sept. 11 or 12 and arrive in the United States by Oct. 1.

Housebuster, a son of the Great Above mare Big Dreams, began his stud career at Jonabell Farm in Lexington but was later sold and has stood in Japan since 1999 season. The Stallion Company began negotiations six months ago.

"He was the one we wanted," Hayes said. "We knew that the economy was not great over there, and we also knew there were some good horses standing there. We decided to see how their economy did, and when it didn't pick up we approached them. Obviously, there are horses over there who could be brought back. The dollar is going a little farther than we thought.

"I was astounded by the response we got when people heard he might be coming back," she added.

Housebuster's progeny have earned more than $16 million to date and include 2001 Grade 2 winner Buster's Daydream and Grade 3 winner Morluc.

Broken Vow will retire to Kentucky

Broken Vow, winner of the Grade 2 Iselin Handicap at Monmouth last Sunday, will retire from racing at the end of this season to take up stud duty at Pin Oak Stud near Versailles, Ky. No fee has been set.

Josephine Abercrombie, who bred and campaigns Broken Vow, owns Pin Oak. Broken Vow will not be syndicated, according to Pin Oak manager Clifford Barry.

Barry said Abercrombie and trainer Graham Motion haven't finalized the 4-year-old Broken Vow's racing plans for the rest of the season.

"There are a lot of options open," Barry said. "Graham has talked about the Meadowlands Cup, and he's even mentioned the Cigar Mile and Breeders' Cup Classic as possibilities."

Broken Vow is an Unbridled colt out of the Nijinsky II mare Wedding Vow. He is the best foal to date for his dam, who also produced the stakes winner Threshold, by Homebuilder.

Wedding Vow currently has a 2-year-old Affirmed colt named Indivisible and a Coronado's Quest weanling filly, and she is in foal to Seeking the Gold.

Valid Expectations colt tops yearling sale

As of 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, a $32,000 Valid Expectations-Good Forbes (by Air Forbes Won) colt was the day's top-priced yearling at Fasig-Tipton's August yearling sale at Lone Star Park in Grand Prairie, Tex.

M & H Training and H & H Equine purchased the colt from Highclere Sales, agent.

The two-day auction, which was to end Tuesday, posted a gain in average at Monday's first open session, but buybacks at that session also jumped to 29 percent from 21 percent last year.

At Monday's open session, 55 yearlings were sold for gross revenue of $277,100, down 12 percent from last year's equivalent session, which sold 66 head for $316,200. Average rose 5 percent to $5,038.

Earlier on Monday, a select session sold 74 lots for $1,841,600. That produced a 2 percent increase in average to $24,886, but the select session also was marred by a dramatic increase in buybacks, which rose from 26 percent last year to 36 percent. The select session's top price was $95,000, which Gibralter Group paid for a Holy Bull half-sister to stakes winner Danzig Queen and graded stakes-placed Eugene Eugene.

* Keeneland's director of sales, Geoffrey Russell, said the company expects to offer a maximum of 611 lots at its inaugural October yearling sale, which is set for Oct. 15-16 at the company's sale pavilion in Lexington. Russell said Keeneland already has received 511 entries and will hold an additional 100 spots in reserve for consignors whose yearlings fail to make it to or fail to sell at Keeneland's September yearling sale.

* The Thoroughbred Owners and Breeders Association has named John Hettinger, owner of New York's Akindale Farm, the 2001 recipient of its Industry Service Award. Hettinger received the award for his work to promote adoption of former racehorses.