12/09/2005 1:00AM

Rock Hard Ten will begin stud career at Lane's End in 2006

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Rock Hard Ten was retired from racing in November with an 11-7-1-1 record and earnings of $1,870,380.

LEXINGTON, Ky. - Dual Grade 1 winner and 2004 Preakness second Rock Hard Ten will stand at Lane's End in Versailles, Ky., in 2006. A 4-year-old Kris S. colt, Rock Hard Ten will have a $50,000 fee for his first year at stud.

Campaigned by Ernie Moody's Mercedes Stable in partnership with Madeleine Paulson Pickens, Rock Hard Ten started his career at age 3 with a pair of wins in maiden special weight and allowance company. He finished a close second to Castledale in his first stakes attempt, in the Santa Anita Derby, but was disqualified to third. Next out, he finished a distant second behind Smarty Jones in the Preakness and fifth behind Birdstone in the Belmont. But he bounced back in fine style, taking the Grade 2 Swaps and Grade 1 Malibu before year's end. At 4 this season, Rock Hard Ten won all three of his starts, all in graded stakes: the Grade 2 Strub, Grade 1 Santa Anita Handicap, and Grade 2 Goodwood Breeders' Cup Handicap. The runners he beat in those final three races included leading 2005 Horse of the Year contender Saint Liam, Borrego, Roman Ruler, and Imperialism.

Jason Orman and Richard Mandella trained Rock Hard Ten, who leaves the track with an 11-7-1-1 record and a $1,870,380 bankroll.

Rock Hard Ten retired in November after arthroscopic surgery revealed cartilage damage in his left foreleg. Hall of Fame jockey Gary Stevens, Rock Hard Ten's regular rider, said the colt was among his most talented mounts and noted that Rock Hard Ten's retirement helped convince him to hang up his boots later that month.

"He's the best horse I ever sat on," Stevens said in a release issued by Lane's End. "He is the kind of horse that could win Grade 1 stakes at both sprint and classic distances. Not too many horses in the history of racing have ever done that."

Pickens bred Rock Hard Ten from her Mr. Prospector mare Tersa, France's champion juvenile filly in 1988. Rock Hard Ten is the first stakes winner for his dam. He will arrive at Lane's End on Dec. 12.

Shadwell ends Juddmonte's reign

Juddmonte's three-year lock on the British flat breeding title ended Thursday when Sheikh Hamdan al-Maktoum's Shadwell Stud received the Queen's Silver Cup. Britain's Thoroughbred Breeders' Association gives the award annually to the breeder whose runners earn the most purse money during the British and Irish flat season.

It wasn't the only award the Maktoum family collected. Sheikh Maktoum al-Maktoum's Gainsborough Stud won the Barleythorpe Cup for Royal Applause, who led all British stallions by number of flat winners; Sheikh Mohammed al-Maktoum's Darley took honors for Halling's achievement as top British flat sire by earnings and Bertolini's position as top first-year sire.

Britain's broodmare of the year award went to the Most Welcome mare Star, dam of 2005 Group 1 winners Pastoral Pursuits and Goodricke.

Also receiving awards were Deerfield Stud, who bred 2005 Epsom Derby winner Motivator, and Pantycoed Stud, who bred 2005 Irish 1000 Guineas winner Saoire.

* Second-season sire Read the Footnotes (Smoke Glacken-Baydon Belle, by Al Nasr) will relocate from Becky Thomas's Sequel Stallions in Orange Lake, Fla., to Lakland North in Hudson, N. Y., which Thomas operates in partnership. Read the Footnotes, who covered 89 mares last year, is the property of Thomas, Dennis Narlinger, Bill Heiligbrodt, and Lewis Lakin and will stand for $8,500 in 2006, the same fee he had in 2005.

* Gary Bush, former general manager of WinStar Farm near Versailles, Ky., has been named manager of Craig and Holly Bandoroff's Denali Stud near Paris, Ky. Bush, who also served 14 years as broodmare manager for Three Chimneys Farm before joining WinStar in 2000, takes his new position effective Jan. 1.