11/12/2008 12:00AM

Only one horse hits six figures at Keeneland


LEXINGTON, Ky. - The Keeneland November breeding stock sale's 10th session ended with more declines, following the pattern since the two-week auction opened on Nov. 3.

Eaton Sales agency's $110,000 weanling Indian Charlie colt out of Willa Time, by Gilded Time, was Wednesday's highest-priced horse, and sole six-figure horse. Shannon Run Stables purchased the bay colt, a half-brother to the winner Aura Lee consigned as Hip No. 3705.

The session ended with 178 horses sold, down from 266 last year, for a gross of $2,580,500, an average price of $14,497, and a median of $12,000. Those figures were down 59 percent, 39 percent, and 31 percent, respectively. Buy-backs climbed from 22 percent to 30 percent.

Cumulatively, the sale's first 10 days sold 1,999 horses for $175,875,300, a decline of 46 percent, while the $87,982 average was off 35 percent and the $38,000 median was down 31 percent. Buy-backs rose from 20 percent to 32 percent.

One day earlier, the ninth session had shown big prices are possible even in the down market, and race-ready stock continued to be a popular commodity. The session suddenly brightened in its last hour when six horses brought prices of $100,000 or more, including the $450,000 session-topper.

The session-topping mare, Concern Nacca, is a half-sister to Grade 1 winner Hystericalady, who sold at the auction's opening session for a sale-leading price of $3 million. Tasuku Tsuji bought the unraced 8-year-old Concern Nacca, by Concern, who was cataloged in foal to Invasor.

Niknar Farm, agent, consigned Concern Nacca as Hip No. 3377.

WinStar Racing's consignment of racing or breeding prospects livened up the remainder of the Tuesday session with five more six-figure horses: the $180,000 Pool Play, a 3-year-old Silver Deputy half-brother to Voodoo Dancer bought by Bill Farish; Fine Flyer, a 4-year-old Fusaichi Pegasus half-brother to Keeper Hill who brought $165,000 from Samantha Will as agent for David Will; Lunar Humor, a $155,000 Distorted Humor 3-year-old colt purchased by agent Gayle Van Leer; $120,000 Sonoma Cat, a stakes-placed 4-year-old colt by Storm Cat bought by agent Dan Kenny from Stonestreet Stables (consigned through WinStar Racing); and Grade 3-placed Silver Sword, a 3-year-old Smart Strike colt bought by Pablo Suarez for $100,000.

All were offered as racing or stallion prospects.

That late run blunted the severity of Tuesday's declines, but the session still sustained steep drops. The day saw 232 horses bring $5,395,500, a drop of 34 percent from last year's ninth day, when 268 horses sold. Average fell 24 percent to $23,256, and the $15,000 median was down 33 percent. Buy-backs also rose, from 20 percent last season to 25 percent.

The sale was to continue through Nov. 17. Sessions start at 10 a.m.

Mazel Trick euthanized

Track-record-setting Grade 2 winner Mazel Trick was euthanized Oct. 31 at Canmor Farm in British Columbia because of the effects of laminitis, the farm announced on its website. He was 13.

A son of Phone Trick, Mazel Trick had stood at Canmor since moving from Pennsylvania in October 2006. Mazel Trick's best runners include Grade 2 winner Major Success, stakes winner Outcashem, and stakes winners Ontheqt, My Lucky Free, and Ride Em Cowgirl.

As a racehorse, Mazel Trick won the 1999 Triple Bend Breeders' Cup Invitational Handicap at Hollywood Park in track-record time of 1:19.97 for the seven furlongs. He also took the Grade 3 San Diego Handicap and Lazaro S. Barrera Handicap in 1999 and 1998, respectively.

Mazel Trick was out of the Grade 3-winning Ramahorn mare Mazatleca. He was a half-brother to Grade 1 winner Wild Escapade.

The farm also lost former Canadian champion 3-year-old Regal Intention on Oct. 26. A 23-year-old son of Vice Regent, he was found dead in his paddock. He has sired 28 stakes winners, including two-time Canadian champion Woolloomooloo.

Coolmore's Irish fees mostly lower

Coolmore headquarters in County Tipperary, Ireland, is the latest to announce broadly lower stud fees.

Coolmore will drop fees for at least 16 of its 20 returning sires. The farm is introducing Duke of Marmalade at 40,000 euros, about $50,000.

The farm's most expensive stallions in 2008, Montjeu at 125,000 euros and Danehill Dancer at 115,000 euros, will move to private fees in 2009. Galileo, private in 2008, will remain private.

* Fasig-Tipton has cataloged 221 horses to its Texas December mixed sale, set for 11 a.m. on Dec. 14 at Lone Star Park. The auction includes 22 Stonerside Stable horses and 31 Louisiana-breds among the 142 broodmares or broodmare prospects, 44 weanlings, and 35 yearlings and racing-age horses.