09/15/2002 11:00PM

Mr. Greeley-Star of Paris filly sells for $485k


LEXINGTON, Ky. - A $485,000 Mr. Greeley filly was the early session leader Monday as the Keeneland September yearling sale entered its second and final week. Through its midpoint on Sunday, the 12-day auction continued the Thoroughbred yearling market's slide with sharp declines.

Elizabeth Moran's Brushwood Stable purchased the bay Mr. Greeley filly, who is out of the unraced Dayjur mare Star of Paris. Three Chimneys, agent, consigned the filly, who was the top seller of the seventh session as of 5:30 p.m. Eastern. Star of Paris is a half-sister to Grade 3 winner Millions.

On Sunday, a $360,000 Silver Charm colt topped the auction's sixth session. M & M Racing purchased the session-topper, the first foal from the Pine Bluff stakes winner Bluffing Girl. Four Star Sales, agent, consigned the colt.

On Sunday, the session marked a turnaround in gross sales by posting a slight gain in total receipts. The session sold 279 yearlings for $13,135,200, up 2 percent from last year's equivalent session when 254 lots brought $12,836,300. But average price continued the sale's downward trend, falling 7 percent to $47,080. Median was unchanged from last year at $37,000.

The auction's cumulative results reflect the downturn that other select sales saw earlier this summer. Through Sunday, the auction had sold a total of 1,434 lots for $178,272,700, down 21 percent from last year. Average price was down 25 percent to $124,318, and median was off 13 percent at $70,000.

Four Vinery stallions moving

Dr. Tom Simon's Vinery in Lexington announced Monday that four stallions it stood in 2002, including 1998 Kentucky Derby winner Real Quiet, will relocate for the 2003 season.

The list of departing stallions also includes Lord Carson, Sandpit, and Indian Charlie. Deals for new homes for the stallions are under way, but Vinery general manager Bates Newton said that Sandpit and Lord Carson appeared likely to head to California, while Real Quiet and Indian Charlie could well remain in Kentucky.

"This is part of our continual process of editing," Newton said. "Our whole plan from the beginning was to stand stallions we have equity in."

Real Quiet's departure was precipitated by the end of a three-year management agreement in place when Simon purchased Vinery in 1999. That deal expires at the end of the current southern hemisphere breeding season.

Newton said that a slowdown in syndicate support of the stallions was a factor in Vinery's decision to relocate them. "They all had full books this year of between 80 and 100 mares," he said, "but the syndicate members were less supportive than they had been, and that put the onus on us to sell seasons when we didn't have any equity in the stallions. That's something of a conflict when we bring in our own horses at the same price range."

Vinery has acquired new stallions Brahms, Scorpion, Twining, and, most recently last week, Yonaguska for its roster. "Our plan is to own at least 25 percent in each of the stallions, if not more," Newton said.

Yonaguska, who arrived at the farm last week, is entirely owned by Vinery and will stand for a $10,000 fee in 2003.

Lord Avie pensioned at age 24

Lord Avie, champion 2-year-old in 1980, has been pensioned from stallion duties at Lane's End. The 24-year-old Lord Avie had stood at Lane's End since moving from Spendthrift Farm in 1989.

The stallion's age and a decline in fertility led Lane's End to pension him, according to farm spokesman Joyce Fogleman. Fogleman said that plans for Lord Avie's future location haven't been finalized.

During his long stud career, Lord Avie has sired more than 70 stakes winners for total progeny earnings in excess of $33.6 million.

His most notable runners are Grade 1 winners Magical Maiden, Fly for Avie, Metamorphose, and Puerto Rican champion Dr. Abraham, as well as graded or group stakes winners Avies Copy, Avie's Fancy, Feasibility Study, and Ode.

As a racehorse, Lord Avie won half his 16 career starts for earnings of $705,977. During his championship season, he won the Grade 1 Champagne and Young America Stakes, as well as the Grade 2 Cowdin and the ungraded Juvenile Stakes at Belmont. He also finished second in three Grade 1 races that year: the Sapling, Arlington-Washington Futurity, and the Hopeful. At 3, he won the Grade 1 Florida Derby and the Hutcheson Stakes.

* 505 Farms, the training center and farm founded by the late Marshall Naify, sold in three tracts at auction Friday for a total of $3,641,657. Breeder John O'Meara of Milestone Farm purchased the largest parcel, covering about 165 acres, for $1,314,493; the 147-acre training center portion went to Kate Sutphin for $1,488,861; and a 115-acre tract with several barns sold to Terry Boyarsky for $838,303.

* Darby Dan Farm has privately sold homebred Storm Day to Clear Creek Stud in Folsom, La. A 5-year-old son of Storm Cat, Storm Day is out of the Graustark mare Kelley's Day, making him a half-brother to Grade 1 winner and successful Japanese sire Brian's Time. Lexington bloodstock agent Stanley Petter Jr. and Louisiana agent L.P. "Bud" Thibodaux brokered the deal for the horse, a Grade 3-placed winner with more than $197,000 in earnings.