10/18/2005 11:00PM

Overbrook lowers most of its stud fees


LEXINGTON, Ky. - Fall is stud-fee season, a time when stallion operations set their prices for the coming breeding season and breeders eagerly await word of which horses are moving up or down in cost. Among the farms putting out their rosters this week were Overbrook Farm and Walmac Farm in Lexington and Northview Stallion in Maryland.

Overbrook's Storm Cat had perhaps the most anticipated fee announcement after his progeny averaged more than $1.7 million at the Keeneland September sale. But Ric Waldman, who manages the Overbrook stallions, got the big announcement out of the way early last week by confirming that Storm Cat's fee for 2006 will remain at $500,000, due Sept. 1.

All but one of Overbrook's other sires will stand for lower fees in 2006. Jump Start remains on a par with his 2005 fee at $10,000, but the rest will decrease. Cat Thief will drop from $25,000 to $10,000; Cape Town will stand for $15,000, down from $20,000; Cape Canaveral drops from $15,000 to $10,000; Grindstone and Tactical Cat go from $10,000 to $5,000; and Pioneering decreases from $5,000 to $3,500.

Across town at Walmac Farm, hot young sire Songandaprayer will get a fee boost to $35,000 when he moves from Walmac South in Ocala, Fla., to Lexington. The stallion stood for just $10,000 in 2005. After the breeding season ended and his first foals hit the track, the son of Unbridled's Song promptly developed into the year's second-ranked freshman sire with such runners as graded winners He's Got Grit and What a Song and graded-placed Golden Silk and Wedding Singer.

Walmac also stands Successful Appeal, last year's leading freshman sire, also brought up from Florida. Successful Appeal's fee will remain $25,000, the same as in 2005.

In Chesapeake City, Md., Northview Stallion Station has cut Crowd Pleaser's fee from $3,500 to $2,500 for 2006 and has added Dance With Ravens ($7,500) and Deputy Storm ($3,500) to the roster. Its other stallions - including Two Punch and Not for Love, who each stand for $25,000 - will carry the same fees they had in 2005.

Ohrstrom, Virginia sportsman, dies

George Ohrstrom Jr. - Thoroughbred owner and breeder, chairman of the National Sporting Library, and owner of the magazine The Chronicle of the Horse - died Oct. 6 at his home near The Plains, in Virginia's horse country. He was 78.

Ohrstrom was chairman of his late father's private equity company, G.L. Ohrstrom & Co., which he had joined in 1960 after a stint with Lehman Brothers in New York.

Ohrstrom's three most notable horses were Comtesse de Loir, France's champion 3-year-old filly in 1974; Mossflower, winner of the 1998 Hempstead Handicap; and Appolinax, a steeplechaser. Ohrstrom also was an amateur steeplechase rider and a foxhunter - he was president of the Orange County Hunt and founded the Bath County Hounds.

A memorial service was scheduled for 11 a.m. Thursday at Grace Episcopal Church in The Plains.