10/11/2005 11:00PM

Mt. Livermore finished as sire


LEXINGTON, Ky. - Mt. Livermore - sire of champions Orientate, Housebuster, and Eliza - has been pensioned due to declining fertility, Gainesway Farm in Lexington announced Wednesday. The Blushing Groom stallion is 24.

Bred by Hilary Boone Jr., Mt. Livermore blossomed into a talented sprinter for owner L.R. French Jr. Highlighting his race record were victories in the Grade 2 Fall Highweight and Carter handicaps, the Grade 3 Boojum, and the ungraded Jaipur in 1985. He earned $610,644 in a career that spanned his 3- and 4-year-old seasons and featured 11 wins from 30 races.

Mt. Livermore went on to sire six champions in the United States and abroad. The most recent of those is 2002 champion sprinter Orientate, also a Gainesway stallion. To date, he has gotten a total of 61 stakes winners from 17 crops to race and has sired the earners of more than $61.6 million.

Indian Halo sells for $240,000

Bridlewood Farm stole the show on day three of the Ocala Breeders' Sales Company's fall mixed auction with Indian Halo, a Halo mare who sold for $240,000 to become the auction's top seller as of 5:15 p.m. Eastern on Wednesday.

Doug Arnold purchased the 10-year-old mare, whom Bridlewood Farm sold as agent.

Indian Halo was cataloged in foal to first-season sire Black Mambo, a stakes-placed son of Kingmambo. She already is the dam of Grade 3 winner Indian Ocean and stakes winner Megan's Halo.

Indian Halo was one of just two lots sold for six figures by 5:15 on Wednesday. The other was the broodmare Raise, who sold for $100,000 to Hartley/De Renzo. The Seattle Slew mare is 9 years old and a daughter of the stakes-placed Spectacular Bid mare Add. That makes Raise a half-sister to stakes winner Inflate and to the dam of Grade 2 winner and Grade 1-placed Desert Hero. Francis and Barbara Vanlangendonck's Summerfield agency consigned Raise.

The auction was to continue through Friday at the OBS facility in Ocala, Fla.

Stud fee for five sires rises

Hill 'n' Dale Farm in Lexington has increased the fees for five of its nine stallions for 2006, including this year's leading first-crop sire, El Corredor.

El Corredor, whose daughter Adieu is one of the favorites for the Oct. 29 Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies, will have a $30,000 fee in 2006, up from $20,000 this year.

Other Hill 'n' Dale stallions with higher fees this year are Buddha, who rises from $15,000 to $17,500; Candy Ride, up from $10,000 to $12,500; Mutakddim, from $10,000 to $12,500; and Stormy Atlantic, who rises from $15,000 to $20,000.

Hill 'n' Dale also is dropping fees for two sires. Theatrical will stand for $40,000, down from $50,000, while Jade Hunter will drop from $10,000 to $7,500.

Vindication, the juvenile champion of 2003, will remain at his 2005 stud fee level of $60,000, and Vision and Verse will also continue to stand at $7,500 in the coming season.

Roman Ruler, the Grade 1-winning half-brother to El Corredor, will stand at Hill 'n' Dale at the conclusion of his racing career and has not had his fee set yet.

* The Racing Post has reported that four-time Irish St. Leger winner and Melbourne Cup hopeful Vinnie Roe will stand as a National Hunt stallion at Coolmore Stud upon his retirement from racing. The Dermot Weld-trained Vinnie Roe is in Australia to prepare for the Nov. 1 Melbourne Cup.