01/03/2002 1:00AM

Shadwell enters sales ring for first time


LEXINGTON, Ky. - Keeneland's January horses of all ages sale, which begins Monday and runs through Jan. 10, will include the first publicly offered horses from Sheikh Hamdan al Maktoum's internationally renowned Shadwell breeding program.

The consignment is part of an auction that has cataloged 1,392 lots over four days, making it two days shorter than last year's sale, which sold 1,207 lots for $39,657,700 for an average price of $32,856.

It is the first auction for the Maktoum nursery, whose breeding program has produced such horses as last year's Arc de Triomphe winner and Breeders' Cup Classic runner-up Sakhee.

Shadwell has cataloged 14 horses, most of them broodmares, to the Keeneland January sale. Among them is Madame Secretary, a 20-year-old Secretariat mare who is the dam of French 1000 Guineas winner Ta Rib (by Mr. Prospector). She's offered in foal to a son of Mr. Prospector, Gone West. Other interesting lots are Elhasna (Danzig), a full sister to champion Dayjur out of the great mare Gold Beauty, in foal to Cherokee Run; Girchoop, a Storm Cat full sister to Elrafa Ah, dam of European champion juvenile Mujahid, and selling in foal to Elnadim; Ghashtah, a full sister to Seattle Dancer and a half to Seattle Slew, in foal to Coronado's Quest; and Gmaasha, a Kris mare out of Group winner Al Bahathri who is a full sister to Irish champion 3-year-old filly Hasbah and to the dam of another Irish champion 3-year-old, Almaty. Gmaasha sells in foal to Elnadim.

The move from Shadwell's Kentucky farm to Keeneland's auction ring is part of a long-term commercial plan, according to Shadwell general manager Rick Nichols.

"We decided a couple of years ago to move toward being more commercial, and we started developing a commercial broodmare band," he said. "We have so many fillies coming out of training each year in England, and the market to sell those mares is not very good. We can use them to breed to our stallions."

Nichols said that the Kentucky farm's broodmare band has grown from 80 mares to 170. About half of those are tabbed for the commercial operation, which will point young horses to all the major yearling sales, starting this year.

"We have a couple that we think will be suitable for Keeneland July, and about a half-dozen will probably be entered for Saratoga," Nichols said. "We'll probably have 25 or 30 for September."

Christiana dispersing mares

There are plenty of interesting mares in this Keeneland January sale.

The only dispersal, from the late Jane duPont Lunger's Christiana Stables, features such horses as Temper the Wind (Elocutionist), dam of graded stakes winner Stem the Tide and selling in foal to Unbridled, who died in October. Other Christiana horses on offer, through the Walnut Green agency, are Stem the Tide, in foal to Swain; Stem the Tide's 4-year-old Unbridled filly Tiding Over; Bethany, a half-sister to Grade 1 winners Will's Way and Willa On the Move, in foal to Pleasant Tap; Bezelle, a European champion in foal to Quiet American; Purr Pleasure (El Gran Senor), a half-sister to major earner and stakes winner Leave a Legacy, in foal to Unbridled; a 2001 Elusive Quality filly out of a half-sister to champion Go for Wand; and Foaming Brine, a full sister to End Sweep in foal to Favorite Trick.

Another interesting mare in this year's auction is Our Dani, the dam of Grade 1 winner You. Our Dani arrived in the Lane's End consignment via the University of Louisiana at Monroe. You's breeder, Dolphus Morrison, donated the Homebuilder mare to the school before You became a top racehorse, and now the college stands to gain a good bit of income by selling the mare at Keeneland. Our Dani is in foal to In a Walk, who stands for $750 at the school.

Other noteworthy mares are Captain Steve's dam, Sparkling Delite, in foal to Fly So Free and offered by Walmac International, agent; Grade 1 winner Rings a Chime, in foal to Saint Ballado and offered by Taylor Made, agent; and Breeders' Cup Sprint winner Desert Stormer, in foal to Kris S. and also in the Taylor Made consignment.

Madraar retired to stud

Madraar, a half-brother to 2001 Breeders' Cup Turf winner Fantastic Light, has retired from racing to stand at Gary and Marlene Howard's Hideaway Farm in San Jacinto, Calif. The 8-year-old Mr. Prospector horse will stand for $3,500 live foal, or $3,000 if paid by Sept. 1.

Madraar is the first foal out of Jood, a daughter of Nijinsky II. He raced primarily in Dubai, winning or placing in 17 of his first 18 races. In North America, he was unplaced in three starts.