01/16/2012 2:50PM

Purim euthanized at 10 after colic surgery

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Purim, winner of the Grade 3 Razorback Handicap in 2006, was euthanized Saturday at age 10.

LEXINGTON, Ky. – Richland Hills Farm stallion Purim, a Grade 1 winner by Dynaformer, was euthanized Saturday after undergoing colic surgery at Rood & Riddle Equine Hospital, farm president Nathan Fox confirmed Monday.

The 10-year-old stallion had been about to stand the 2012 breeding season for a $7,500 fee, the Midway farm’s highest. Purim’s first runners were 2-year-olds last year, and that first crop turned up the winners Two Months Rent, Gold Megillah, Leah Jet, Do Something, Purim Katan, and Dynabird.

Purim bred 69 mares in 2011, according to Jockey Club statistics.

Purim was a homebred for Edward Joseph Sukley and was out of the stakes-placed Lord at War mare Kirsteena. Unraced at 2, he went on to win five stakes, three of them graded, from ages 3 to 5. The most important was his neck victory over Cosmonaut in the Grade 1 Shadwell Turf Mile at Keeneland in 2007. He won another graded turf stakes in 2005, when he took the Grade 3 Arlington Classic, but he also was a graded winner on the dirt, having captured the Grade 3 Razorback Handicap in 2006. Trained by Tom Proctor, Purim ended his career in late 2007 with earnings just shy of $1 million.

The stallion underwent colic surgery late last week to correct a torsion, then underwent a second surgery Saturday that revealed extensive damage and led to his euthanization.

Fox called the young sire’s death “a very hard blow for us.”

Singapore Lilly to sell at Tattersalls

Italian champion Singapore Lilly, who most recently finished ninth in the Del Mar Oaks last year, will head for auction in England after scratching from the recent Keeneland January sale. A Group 1-placed runner, she will sell now at the Tattersalls February sale in Newmarket, England, on Feb. 2.

The 4-year-old Mujadil filly had been the subject of a lawsuit that Tattersalls filed against her owner, Jeffrey DeHaven, alleging that he never fully paid for her $343,848 purchase at the Tattersalls December mare sale in 2010. DeHaven had countered that he never authorized the bloodstock agent who made the purchase, Gordian Troeller, to buy Singapore Lilly; Troeller later sued DeHaven, alleging the California-based owner owed him commissions and expenses related to the purchases of Singapore Lilly and another filly, Latin Lashes. Following a U.S. District Court judge’s ruling in August, Tattersalls took possession of Singapore Lilly.

In a catalog of 298 horses, Singapore Lilly will sell as Hip No. 174 in the National Stud’s consignment.

Red Roy, Hard as Steel top OBS works

The Ocala Breeders’ Sales Company’s Jan. 17-18 winter mixed sale featured an under-tack show for its racing-age horses this year for the first time. The Monday show, which was optional for racing-age horses, produced a fastest three-eighths-mile time of 32 seconds. That was the workout time for Red Roy, a 3-year-old Van Nistelrooy filly. The gray or roan daughter of Red Melody is a half-sister to stakes-placed Run Red Run. She’s cataloged as Hip No. 253 in Paul Sharp’s consignment.

Hard as Steel, a 3-year-old Hard Spun colt, put up the session’s fastest half-mile in 45 seconds. The half-brother to graded winner Sky Alliance is Hip No. 128 in the W.D. North Thoroughbreds consignment.

The sale was to begin 11 a.m. Tuesday with Hip Nos. 1-110 in a consignor-preferred session, followed by Hip Nos. 111-264 in the new racing-age section. Wednesday’s open session will offer Hip Nos. 301-572.

Mixed results at Magic Millions Gold Coast

Australia’s Magic Millions Gold Coast four-day select yearling sale ended Saturday with a dip in gross sales, but average and median both performed better than last year.

The auction, the first in a series of January sessions at the Magic Millions Gold Coast sale, sold 492 yearlings for about $64,447,100, down 2 percent from last year’s gross for 515 yearlings, an expected slide considering that the catalog also scaled down from 2011’s 674 horses to 645 this year. Average price picked up steam, gaining 3 percent at about $130,990, and median got a good boost of 11 percent at about $103,000. The buyback rate also improved a tick, dropping from 17 percent last season to 16 percent this year.

The sale-topper was a $988,800 Fastnet Rock colt that Coolmore agent Demi O’Byrne and Australian bloodstock agent James Bester teamed to buy. The colt is out of Rose of Cimarron, by Bite the Bullet.