05/04/2005 12:00AM

Roses in May to stand '06 in Japan


A majority interest in the breeding rights of Roses in May, winner of the Dubai World Cup, has been sold to Japanese interests, and the horse will head to stud next year in Japan, owner Ken Ramsey said Wednesday.

Ramsey - who owns Roses in May with his wife, Sarah - would not disclose the purchase price, nor the Japanese interests involved. But the Yoshida family, which stood the late Sunday Silence, has been seeking a Halo-line stallion to replace Sunday Silence, and Roses in May, a son of Devil His Due, qualifies.

Mikki Tsuge, a California-based bloodstock agent who represents several Japanese interests, also would not disclose the purchasers, nor the farm where Roses in May will stand.

Ramsey, who said he would retain "less than 20 percent" of Roses in May after he goes to stud, said he would send several mares to Japan to support the stallion.

Roses in May will continue to compete through the end of this year, Ramsey said, preferably ending his racing career in the Japan Cup Dirt. "He's eligible for a $1.5 million bonus in the Japan Cup Dirt, because of his win in Dubai," Ramsey said.

Ramsey said he sold the breeding rights to Japanese interests because "I needed to take some money off the table." Kitten's Joy, last year's champion turf horse, and Badge of Silver, both owned by Ramsey, are to be retired at year's end and will join Catienus in 2006 as stallions at Ramsey's Kentucky farm, he said.