12/15/2008 12:00AM

Juddmonte again gets top honors in Britain

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The Thoroughbred Breeders' Association in Great Britain has named Khalid Abdullah's Juddmonte Farms 2008's British-based breeder of the year by flat-race earnings, marking the fifth time Juddmonte has won the leading breeder title since 2000.

Juddmonte also will receive an award for its broodmare Arrive, whom the breeders' association named British broodmare of the year. A 10-year-old Khayasi mare, Arrive produced 2008 Irish Group 1 winner Promising Lead and Group 3 winner Visit. Visit, a Group 1-placed filly by Oasis Dream, also was third this year in the Grade 1 Matriarch and fourth in the Breeders' Cup Filly and Mare Turf. Arrive's full sister, Hasili, won the broodmare of the year award in 2006.

Juddmonte homebred African Rose also carried her breeder to Group 1 success this year.

The Thoroughbred Breeders' Association will present Juddmonte with the Queen's Silver Cup in London on Jan. 6 as part of its annual awards ceremony.

The award is the latest accolade for Abdullah's far-flung breeding and racing operation, which encompasses three farms in the United States, including its American headquarters at Juddmonte Farms in Lexington, Ky., and six in Great Britain and Ireland. Juddmonte's primary English operation is Banstead Manor in Newmarket. In addition to its five breeder of the year honors from the Thoroughbred Breeders' Association, Juddmonte also won four Eclipse Awards as North America's leading breeder in 1995, 2001, 2002, and 2003. Only one program, Frank Stronach's Adena Springs, has won more breeder Eclipse Awards, five.

Other award winners announced Monday by the breeders' association include stallion Pivotal, the leading British-based sire both by flat-racing earnings and individual winners; Lucky Story, leading first-season sire; breeder James Clark of Southcombe Farm, Devon, who bred Group 1 winner Borderlescott and was named small breeder of the year; and Julian and Sarah Richmond-Watson's Lawn Stud, breeder of 2008 Epsom Oak winner Look Here, which won an additional, discretionary award as flat breeder of the year.

Numbers fall at Texas sale

Fasig-Tipton's Texas December mixed sale on Dec. 14 ended the auction house's sale season on a down note, with losses across the board that continued the recent downward trend at late-season Thoroughbred markets.

The one-day auction at Lone Star Park in Grand Prairie, Tex., sold 104 horses for a total of $306,300, down 47 percent from last year's total for 125 horses. The average price fell 36 percent, from $4,598 to $2,495, and the median dropped by 14 percent, from $2,100 last year to $1,800. Buy-backs increased this year, from 22 percent to 47 percent.

The sale-topper was a $16,000 weanling colt named Lenten Moon that Terry Gabriel bought from the Elysian Bloodstock agency. The colt's dam, a Sunny's Halo mare, has produced five winners to date.

New partner at Eaton Sales

Eaton Sales Agent, a prominent Thoroughbred consigning agency, has a new partner. The company announced Sunday that Arnold "Archie" St. George will join previous partners Tom Van Meter, Reiley McDonald, and Gaines-Gentry Thoroughbreds in the Lexington-based sales agency.

St. George has been involved with the Eaton agency for seven years and will take over the day-to-day duties previously handled by Van Meter.

Eaton Sales also announced it has hired Kate Cauthen as associate director of sales, to be "involved in client solicitation and liaison," McDonald said.

Turkoman painting to benefit retirement

The Our Mims equine retirement farm in Kentucky is auctioning a painting created by 1986 champion older male Turkoman to help fund his care as a pensioner in California. The painting, which also comes with a lock of Turkoman's hair, is available on Ebay.

Turkoman, a 26-year-old son of Alydar, was pensioned this year and is retired at E. A. Ranches in California. Our Mims is subsidizing his retirement.

The group also is selling T-shirts and sweatshirts bearing Turkoman's image as taken by photographer Barbara Livingston.