09/05/2007 11:00PM

Invasor's stallion fee set at $35K

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LEXINGTON, Ky. - Invasor, the 2006 Horse of the Year and Breeders' Cup Classic winner, will enter stud with a $35,000 fee, Sheikh Hamdan al-Maktoum's Shadwell Farm announced Thurs-day.

Shadwell also announced that 2006 Belmont Stakes winner Jazil, who retired earlier this week, will stand for $12,500. Both stallions will stand at Shadwell's Kentucky farm near Lexington.

Invasor is a 5-year-old Candy Stripes horse. He won Uruguay's Triple Crown and was that nation's Horse of the Year before Maktoum purchased him for his 2006 campaign. Undefeated in Uruguay, Invasor finished fourth in the UAE Derby at Nad al Sheba before shipping to the United States. There he rattled off four Grade 1 victories, highlighted by his defeat of Bernardini, owned by Sheikh Hamdan's brother Sheikh Mohammed al-Maktoum, in the 2006 Breeders' Cup Classic. He followed up this season with a score in the Donn Handicap, then shipped back to Nad al Sheba to take the 2007 Dubai World Cup for his sixth consecutive Grade 1 win.

Invasor is out of the Interprete mare Quendom.

Jazil, a 4-year-old Seeking the Gold colt, is out of the Deputy Minister mare Better Than Honour, making him a half-brother to the 2007 Belmont winner, Rags to Riches. Before winning the Belmont, he finished second in the Wood Memorial and fourth in the Derby.

To showcase these stallions, Shadwell will host a daily stallions show at the farm during the Keeneland September sales. The show will start daily at 8:30 a.m. from

Sept. 8 to 25.

Rhythm euthanized

Rhythm, the Breeders' Cup Juvenile winner and champion juvenile of 1989, died Tuesday at age 20 after injuring himself in a paddock accident.

A Mr. Prospector stallion, Rhythm was euthanized at Diamond F Ranch in Grass Valley, Calif., after breaking his femur. He has been buried at the farm, where he stood since owner Dave Ferguson acquired him from Ashford Stud in 2000.

"I had bred a Deputy Minister mare that I had in Kentucky to him when he was at Ashford, and we got a very nice filly from him," Ferguson said Thursday. Told his foals were not selling well, Ferguson decided to make a pitch for the sire and ended up cutting a deal with Ashford, Coolmore Stud's Kentucky division.

"I leased him for a year, then

purchased him just prior to all his Group 1 winners coming up in Australia," he said. "I was lucky."

Rhythm was a product of the famed Phipps homebreeding program. A son of the 1983 Beldame winner Dance Number, he was a full brother to Grade 3 winner Get Lucky and to Maryland's popular sire Not for Love; he was a half-brother to Grade 1-placed Offbeat.

Trained by Shug McGaughey for Ogden Mills Phipps, Rhythm became 1989's top juvenile with authoritative wins in the Champagne and then the Juvenile. He trained on well at 3, winning the Travers and Grade 3 Colin and finishing third in the Woodward and Haskell. He narrowly missed winning a stakes at 4 when he lost the Creme Fraiche by a neck to New York Swell.

Rhythm sired such stakes winners as Major Rhythm, Lotta Rhythm, Golden Rhythm, and Purple Groove. But he made his real mark as a sire in the Southern Hemisphere. There, his progeny included such standouts as Australian and New Zealand

champion stayer Ethereal, Australian Group 1 winner and New Zealand champions Zabeat and Upsetthym, and New Zealand Oaks winner Tapildo.

"He was a horse that played hard in his paddock," Ferguson said. "He'd had stifle problems in the last few years, and I think that just caught up with him."

Flu spreads further in Australia

Australia's breeding industry got the dreaded news Wednesday that two stud farms in New South Wales had horses test positive for equine influenza, the highly contagious but rarely fatal disease that has put the Australian state and neighboring Queensland in lockdown for nearly three weeks.

Segenhoe Stud, a major nursery, and smaller Kulani Stud, both in the Hunter Valley of New South Wales, are the affected farms. The Sydney Morning Herald reported Friday morning that no other stud farms had yet been affected. Segenhoe and Kulani were under quarantine, and a ban on horse transport throughout New South Wales also remained in effect.

Deal made for Posse

A group headed by Barry Weisbord has purchased a majority of the interest Bill and Corinne Heiligbrodt held in leading freshman and juvenile sire Posse, the Heiligbrodts announced Thursday.

Vinery, which stands Posse at its Lexington farm, still owns a majority interest in the 7-year-old Silver Deputy horse.

Posse is currently North America's top freshman sire and sire of juveniles by progeny earnings, with winnings of $988,058 from 13 winners. He also has sired six stakes winners this season. His leading earner is Kodiak Kowboy with $294,825. Kodiak Kowboy has won three stakes, most notably the Grade 2 Saratoga Special. Last weekend, Posse racked up

another graded winner when Lantana Mob won the Grade 3 Sapling.

"Posse has been a wonderful success story," the Heiligbrodts said in a statement, "but our family continues to put racing first. We still own a percentage of Posse, which gives us ample breedings to support our program. We have a number of Posse yearlings and weanlings, and rest assured you will still see our colors on Posse's offspring in the future."

* Karen's Caper, a Stonerside Stable homebred Grade 3 winner and

Grade 1-placed runner, has retired to the breeding shed. A 5-year-old War Chant daughter out of French-bred Miss Caerleona, Karen's Caper won the Grade 3 Eatontown Handicap this season and the Noble Damsel Handicap last season; she also placed in the 1000 Guineas, Coronation Stakes, and the Queen Elizabeth II Challenge Cup Stakes. She will reside at Stonerside near Paris, Ky.

* Sheikh Mohammed al-Maktoum's Darley operation has privately purchased an undisclosed number of shares in the successful young sire Distorted Humor, who stands at WinStar Farm near Versailles, Ky. Darley has been on a buying spree for stallions and prospects this year, with major acquisitions including Street Sense, Any Given Saturday, and Hard Spun. A release from WinStar said that Darley purchased the shares in Distorted Humor "with the intent of breeding off those shares throughout his career."

* Fasig-Tipton has announced that it has changed the date of its Calder select 2-year-old sale from March 4, 2008, to Feb. 26, 2008, in order to avoid scheduling conflicts with other major juvenile auctions. The under-tack preview for the sale, in Miami, Fla., will take place on Feb. 22, 2008.

* Hat Trick, a Japanese champion sprinter and dual Group 1 winner, will begin his stud career at Walmac Farm in 2008, the farm announced Thursday. The 6-year-old horse is by Sunday Silence out of the Grade 2-winning Lost Code mare Tricky Code. He retires with eight wins from 21 starts, including the Hong Kong Mile at Sha Tin, and with $3,122,708 in earnings.