10/24/2001 11:00PM

Rizzi's fee rises with move to N.Y.


LEXINGTON, Ky. - Richard Simon's Sez Who Thoroughbreds, the Florida stallion operation that opened a facility in upstate New York this summer, will transfer popular stallion Rizzi to the Empire State.

Rizzi, sire of the dual Grade 3 winner Richly Blended, will stand in 2002 for a $10,000 fee, up from his $7,000 fee in Florida this year.

Rizzi, a top 10 sire on Florida's general sire list, has made his mark beyond the state's borders. Thanks to Richly Blended and other stakes performers around the country, Rizzi currently ranks 10th among the nation's third crop sires with 2001 progeny earnings of $2,102,245.

Canadian-bred Rizzi, a Grade 3 winner in New York, is a 10-year-old son of Afleet and the stakes-placed Topsider mare Top Wish. In addition to Richly Blended, his other top runners include Ivy's Jewel, a stakes winner who finished second in this year's Endine Stakes at Delaware Park, and 2001 stakes winners Rich Coins, Kidsarefun, and Rich Peace.

Steve Silver, the director of operations at Sez Who Thoroughbreds, said that the farm will support the young stallion with its own mares at the new facility, Sez Who Thoroughbreds North in Stillwater, N.Y.

Sez Who moved 55 mares and 38 foals to the New York farm after Simon purchased the 265-acre New York property in August. Silver said at the time that Sez Who North would function as a commercial breeding operation focusing on selling New York-breds at the nation's juvenile sales.

Ups and downs at Darley Stud

Sheikh Mohammed al-Maktoum's England-based Darley Stud has announced its 2002 stud fees, and there are some noteworthy changes.

Some of the stallions on the 26-horse roster show fee reductions, including Singspiel and Mark of Esteem, who drop from 20,000 pounds to 15,000 pounds, or about $21,450 on the current exchange rate; Polish Precedent, from 15,000 pounds to 9,000 pounds ($12,870); and Josr Algarhoud, from 4,000 pounds to 2,500 pounds ($3,575).

But it's not all good news for breeders, as the new fees also reveal some raises from last year's prices for some of Darley's most productive stallions. Machiavellian, sire of top-class runners on both sides of the Atlantic, jumps from 60,000 pounds this year to 80,000 pounds in 2002, or about $114,400. Halling also increases, from 15,000 pounds to 30,000 pounds ($42,900), and so does In the Wings, from 15,000 pounds to 25,000 pounds ($35,750).

Among the 2002 stallions whose fees have yet to be announced is Breeders' Cup Turf contender Fantastic Light, who will join the Darley stallion roster after Saturday's race.

Coolmore stocks up

A couple of other Breeders' Cup contenders also will head for stud overseas after the event. Classic competitor Galileo (Sadler's Wells-Urban Sea, by Miswaki) and Sprint candidate Mozart (Danehill-Victoria Cross, by Spectacular Bid), both Irish-breds, will head to Coolmore Stud headquarters in Co. Tipperary, Ireland, where their fees will be announced at a later date.

Coolmore also has announced the addition of several other stallions to its 2002 team. They are Golan (Spectrum-Highland Gift, by Generous), winner of this year's 2000 Guineas; French Group 1 winner King Charlemagne (Nureyev-Race the Wild Wind, by Sunny's Halo); and Group 2 winner Mull of Kintyre (Danzig-Retrospective, by Easy Goer).

The fees for Golan, King Charlemagne, and Mull of Kintyre also will be announced later.