05/22/2007 12:00AM

Several sell for $230K or more

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LEXINGTON, Ky. - A day after financial returns slipped from last year's record figures at Fasig-Tipton Midlantic's preferred 2-year-old sale in Timonium, Md., the Tuesday session boasted a spate of horses for $200,000 or more.

At 5 p.m Eastern, Tuesday's top price was $280,000 for a Sky Mesa filly out of All Blonde, by Unbridled. Tim Kegel, agent, purchased the filly from Don Graham's agency. The bay is from the family of Kentucky Oaks winner Secret Status and South American champion Maria Candela. The filly was one of seven horses to bring between $230,000 and $280,000 Tuesday.

Coming off a record sale last year, the 2007 edition opened Monday with declines across the board. The opening session sold 176 horses for $9,158,700, a drop of 7 percent from last year's equivalent session. Average dipped 9 percent, falling from $53,699 to $52,038. Median declined 8 percent, from $32,000 to $29,500.

Last season's Fasig-Tipton Midlantic preferred 2-year-old auction set a record of $21,236,500 for gross and $57,396 for average.

Monday's session-topper was a $350,000 Chief Seattle colt that Murray Smith, agent, sold to Bear Stables Ltd. The dark bay or brown colt is a son of the stakes-placed Foolish Pleasure mare Sabreen. That makes him a half-brother to Emerald Downs stakes winner Briartic Gold, who also set a 7 1/2-furlong course record of 1:28.18 at Turf Paradise in 2003.

Monday's top-priced filly was a $320,000 Monarchos filly out of the His Majesty winner Palangana. Off the Hook Partners, agent, sold the gray or roan filly on behalf of Church Street Equine Investments. Patrice Miller of EQB Inc. signed the ticket for an unidentified client.

The top-priced colt and filly were among 28 juveniles who brought prices of $100,000 or more at the opening session.

Other buyers who purchased big-ticket horses on Monday included Harry Aleo and Zayat Stables. Aleo, owner of the late champion Lost in the Fog, spent $200,000 for a Street Cry filly out of Quiet Word. Agent Paul Sharp sold that filly, a bay currently named Word O'Street. She is from the family of E Dubai and No Matter What, both Grade 1 performers. And Zayat Stables, owned by Egyptian beverage magnate Ahmed Zayat, spent $260,000 for a Broken Vow-Sheza Wild Thing filly that Scanlon Training Center consigned. That filly is from the same family as Yankee Victor.

Smarty Jones breeder buys colt

One familiar name on the Monday sale receipts was Pat Chapman. Chapman and her late husband, Roy, bred and raced 2004 Kentucky Derby and Preakness winner Smarty Jones, now a stallion at Three Chimneys Farm in Midway, Ky. But lately, Chapman's racing stable has been winding down, and she sent Smarty Jones's trainer, John Servis, to find her an exciting prospect at the Fasig-Tipton Midlantic sale. He bought her a $105,000 Five Star Day colt out of Just Be Lucky, a winning daughter of Topsider. Paul Sharp, agent, was the consignor.

"I called John a couple of weeks ago and said, 'John, I'm getting fed up with waiting for Smarty Jones's foals to grow up!"

"He's very pleased with this colt. He says he's big and bay, he worked a quarter in 22 1/5, he's very professional, and he has a nice walk. He was one John had picked out and wanted to get if he could. I had no input in it. I just said, 'You pick out one you want to train.' "

Chapman said she has been enduring a sort of empty-nest syndrome as her racehorses have gradually retired or left her stable.

"My very last homebred is still in training and still trying to find the finish line," she said, referring to the 4-year-old Honour and Glory filly Mohonour, who won her second start in 2006 by six lengths but has yet to win again. Chapman retired another homebred, the stakes-placed Last Toots, in January and has bred her to Rockport Harbor. Another runner, One Slick Chick, got claimed May 1.

That has left Chapman looking for some more racetrack entertainment.

"This one will keep me occupied," she said of her new Five Star Day colt.

Chapman does have other horses to follow. She has several Smarty Jones foals she owns in partnership, she said, as well as an Elusive Quality filly this year that is out of Shoot for the Stars, a mare Chapman bought to breed to Smarty Jones this year. She hasn't decided yet which ones to keep and which ones to race.

"The breeding end of it is exciting," she said, "but not as exciting as getting them in the big races. There's nothing like racing."