09/14/2005 11:00PM

Prices at Keeneland remain strong, if not jaw-dropping

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This colt by Mr.Greeley out of the Dixieland Band mare Dreams of Success sold for $1 million on Wednesday.

LEXINGTON, Ky. - As Keeneland prepared to close out the first four days of its 14-day September yearling sale, the auction continued its strong run Thursday.

The sale, which began on Monday, was scheduled to take a one-day break Friday before resuming Saturday. The opening two sessions for selected yearlings saw sharp increases in prices, including a sale-record $9.7 million Storm Cat colt out of Tranquility Lake that Sheikh Mohammed al-Maktoum bought from Marty and Pam Wygod (Mill Ridge, agent). The bullish early market was still having some effect on prices in the first two open sessions on Wednesday and Thursday.

By 5:30 p.m. Thursday, the top price was the $900,000 that Jess Jackson's Stonestreet Stables paid for a Distorted Humor colt out of the Deputy Minister mare Barnie Fife that Warrendale Sales, agent, consigned. The colt is a half-brother to the winner Neville.

Earlier in the day, agent Tim Kegel paid $700,000 for an Unbridled's Song colt out of 1996 Spinaway winner Oath, by Known Fact. The Taylor Made agency sold that colt.

At Wednesday's third session - and the sale's first open session - Coolmore Stud agent Demi O'Byrne paid $1 million for a Mr. Greeley colt out of the Dixieland Band mare Dreams of Success. Craig and Holly Bandoroff's Denali Stud agency consigned the colt. This was one of two yearlings bought by O'Byrne. He also bought a $400,000 colt by Coolmore sire Giant's Causeway out of French stakes-winner Lypink. That colt, offered by the Eaton Sales Agency, is a half-brother to stakes-placed Pinkhair.

O'Byrne's $1 million Mr. Greeley colt was the only seven-figure lot on Wednesday, but strong selling overall pushed Keeneland's third day to some sharp gains over its 2004 returns. The session sold 282 yearlings for $50,257,000, up 14 percent from last year's third day, when 276 lots sold. The average price increased by 12 percent to $178,216, but the median held steady at $130,000.

Stonewall acquires Leroidesanimaux

Grade 1 winner Leroidesanimaux, who extended his win streak to seven with a victory in Saratoga's Grade 2 Fourstardave on Aug. 27, will join the stallion roster at Richard and Audrey Haisfield's new Stonewall Farm near Versailles, Ky., at the conclusion of his racing career.

A 5-year-old Candy Stripes horse, Leroidesanimaux is expected to start in Sunday's Grade 1 Atto Mile en route to the Oct. 29 Breeders' Cup Mile at Belmont.

Leroidesanimaux began his win streak in January 2004, when he won a turf allowance at Santa Anita. The streak featured scores in five stakes: the Grade 1 Frank Kilroe and Citation handicaps, the Grade 3 Inglewood and Morvich handicaps, and the Fourstardave. A Brazilian-bred campaigned by Goncal Torrealba's T N T Stud, Leroidesani-maux has a lifetime record of 11-8-1-0 and $744,337 in earnings. Bobby Frankel trains the horse.

Barry Irwin of Team Valor handled the acquisition of Leroidesanimaux on behalf of Stonewall, which also will stand Medaglia d'Oro, Marquetry, and Doneraile Court in 2006.

Leroidesanimaux is out of the Ahonoora mare Dissemble, also the dam of Brazilian Grade 1 winner Uapybo and Brazilian Grade 3 winner Disport.

Dromoland to open stallion operation

Dromoland Farm, best known in recent years as a successful yearling sales team headed by Gerry Dilger, also will open a stallion operation in 2006, and its first horse will be graded winner Eurosilver. Dromoland hasn't yet announced a fee for Eurosilver, a 4-year-old Unbridled's Song colt.

Eurosilver earned $622,310 in three seasons at the races, winning the Grade 2 Breeders' Futurity at Keeneland in 2003 and the Grade 3 Skip Away Handicap at Gulfstream earlier this year. He also finished second in this year's Grade 1 Stephen Foster and in last year's Grade 3 Swale Stakes and ungraded Perryville Stakes.

Eurosilver is out of the Nijinsky II stakes-winner Russian Tango and is the sole stakes winner to date for his dam.