04/19/2004 11:00PM

A. P Jet colt tops OBS first session at $350K


LEXINGTON, Ky. - The Ocala Breeders' Sales Company's April 2-year-old auction continued the season's positive trend when it opened Monday in Ocala, Fla. The first of four sessions didn't break any records, as select auctions earlier in the season have, but it posted gains across the board.

A $350,000 A. P Jet-Manor Queen colt led the session. Sheikh Mohammed al Maktoum's representative, John Ferguson, signed the ticket for the colt, who is a half-brother to stakes winner Infinite Justice. Nick De Meric, agent, sold the session-topper. The colt had breezed a quarter-mile in 21.80 seconds at the first of four under-tack shows for the sale.

The opener sold 173 juveniles for total receipts of $4,569,100, up slightly from last year's gross of $4,528,000 for 186 lots. The session average rose 9 percent, from $24,344 last year to $26,411, and median increased by 3 percent, climbing from $16,000 to $16,500. But buybacks also bumped upward slightly, from 26 percent last year to 27 percent in 2004.

Selling resumed Tuesday, the second of four sessions, with some strong early showings. In the first five hours of selling, five horses went for $100,000 or more, including a $250,000 Halo's Image colt that James McIngvale bought from Mirage Bloodstock, agent. The colt is out of Next Kindofmiracle, a Distinctive Pro mare who also is the dam of winner Regal Miracle.

The early session results also included a $160,000 Yes It's True filly out of Plano Star that Roger Werneth bought from Terry Oliver, agent. The filly is a half-sister to the winner Cryptonite and to the dam of Grade 3-placed stakes winner August Storm. She is from the first crop of Yes It's True, a Grade 1 winner and millionaire.

The sale was scheduled to continue at the OBS facility through Thursday.

Machiavellian removed from stud duty

Sheikh Mohammed al Maktoum's Darley operation in England has taken its flagship stallion Machiavellian out of service indefinitely due to laminitis.

Machiavellian, now 18, stands at Darley's Dalham Hall Stud in Suffolk, England, for a private fee. He has been troubled with laminitis in his right front foot "for several years," according to a Darley statement.

"It's in the horse's best interest to stop covering and to give him the rest he needs," Dalham Hall stallion manager Liam O'Rourke said. "His condition is quite stable, and the horse is bright and is not in too much discomfort."

The Darley statement noted that the operation has not set a date for Machiavellian's return to active stud duty.

Machiavellian, a Mr. Prospector horse, is the sire of such Grade 1 or Group 1 winners as Street Cry, Almutawakel, and Storming Home.

Ex-Calumet manager switches jobs

Tony Cissell, the former manager of Calumet Farm in Lexington, has joined Tony Ryan's Castleton Lyons operation, also in Lexington.

Cissell left Calumet last year after the estate of late farm owner Henryk de Kwiatkowski brought in new management for the famed Bluegrass nursery. Cissell had been general manager at Calumet since 1998. Most recently, he had been a bloodstock advisor to Middlebrook Farm in Lexington.

Ryan bought Castleton Farm, a prominent Standardbred nursery, in 2001 and converted it to a commercial Thoroughbred breeding operation. Now named Castleton Lyons, the farm acquired its first Thoroughbred stallion last year in Malibu Moon. It will also stand Action This Day, the 2003 Breeders' Cup Juvenile winner and juvenile champion, in 2005.

Dam of Glitter Woman dies

Carols Folly, dam of 2001 Breeders' Cup Distaff winner Unbridled Elaine and Grade 1-winning millionaire Glitter Woman, has died at age 17.

The mare, owned by Summer Wind Farm in Georgetown, Ky., ruptured her cecum - part of the large intestine - Tuesday morning, according to Summer Wind manager Karen Bailey. The farm rushed her to the Hagyard Davidson McGee veterinary hospital in Lexington, where surgeons performed an emergency Caesarean section and were able to save the mare's Storm Cat colt. The colt is in the hospital's intensive care unit.

"He's beautiful, and I'm just saying a lot of prayers for him," Bailey said. "So far, it looks kind of promising for him."

Carols Folly was a stakes-winning daughter of Taylor's Falls and the Bob's Dusty matron No Trespassing. An Alabama-bred, she won a pair of stakes at Birmingham in 1989, the Airdrie Stakes and the Alabama Thoroughbred Juvenile Stakes. From eight foals, she has produced three winners from five starters.

Her best runners were the Unbridled's Song filly Unbridled Elaine and the Glitterman filly Glitter Woman. Unbridled Elaine won the Breeders' Cup Distaff and three other stakes to earn more than $1.7 million. Glitter Woman won five graded stakes, most notably the Grade 1 Ashland, and earned more than $1.2 million.

Carols Folly will be buried at Summer Wind next to Evil Elaine, dam of 1997 Horse of the Year Favorite Trick. Evil Elaine died at Summer Wind in March.