06/15/2010 12:00AM

Sharp Humor filly the early leader at Ocala sale


LEXINGTON, Ky. - A $170,000 Sharp Humor juvenile filly who impressed with a fast eighth-mile work at the under-tack show was the sale-leader Tuesday at the Ocala Breeders' Sales Company's June juvenile and racing-age auction.

The one-day sale in Ocala, Fla., was still under way at 3:30 p.m., and the filly was the only six-figure horse at that point, less than halfway through the catalog.

Hip No. 127, a daughter of the Silver Hawk mare Antoinette, posted a worktab-topping furlong in 10 seconds at the under-tack preview. Patrice Miller, agent, signed the ticket for her. Ciaran Dunne's Wavertree agency was the consignor.

The second-highest price at the time was the $70,000 that Barbara Vivian and Dominic Vittese paid for Hip No. 95, a chestnut Montbrook half-sister to stakes winner Red Nation. Ocala Stud consigned the chestnut filly, who is a daughter of the winner Valid Pro, by Polish Pro. At the under-tack show, she worked a quarter in 21.40 seconds.

By that point Vivian and Vittese also had purchased Hip No. 16, a juvenile Pomeroy filly out of the Saint Ballado mare Saintstress, for $20,000. Nickajack Farms and Rey De Oros, agent, consigned the dark bay or brown filly, who breezed a quarter in 21.80 seconds in the under-tack preview. Unraced Saintstress is the dam of two winners to date, Moose Man (by Omega Code) and Pico Purple (by Pico Central).

The filly's sire, Pomeroy, has his first 2-year-olds this year.

A 34-horse supplementary catalog, including a half-sister to 2009 Canadian champion juvenile filly Biofuel and 25 horses from the Stonewall Farm dispersal, was to sell at the end of the session.

Singspiel nearing retirement

Singspiel, North America's champion grass horse in 1996 and a four-time Grade or Group 1 winner, is nearing retirement from stud duties because of declining fertility. An In the Wings horse, Singspiel is 18 and stands for his breeder Sheikh Mohammed al-Maktoum's Darley Stud at Dalham Hall in England.

"Singspiel has been covering mares without any satisfactory results," Darley stallion director Sam Bullard told the Racing Post. "We will need to be able to give breeders some positive news before the start of next season if we are to market him to them, and at the moment we don't have any positive news."

Singspiel won the 1996 Canadian International and Japan Cup and the 1997 Dubai World Cup, Juddmonte International, and Coronation Cup. He also won three other stakes, including a pair of English Group 3 events. He was runner-up in the 1996 Breeders' Cup Turf won by Pilsudski and placed in three other Group 1 races. He earned more than $5.9 million from nine wins in 20 lifetime starts.

At stud, Singspiel has so far gotten 2007 champion grass mare and Breeders' Cup Filly and Mare Turf winner Lahudood, 2003 Dubai World Cup winner Moon Ballad, 2009 Group 1 winner and English champion Dar Re Mi, and 2004 English champion and Ascot Gold Cup winner Papineau, among other good runners.

Jockey Club enhances tattoo service

The Jockey Club has added auction histories to its free tattoo-identification service, which allows owners of retired Thoroughbred racehorses to look up their horses' race records by the horses' tattoo numbers.

The breed registry introduced the free tattoo identification service in April 2009 and says Thoroughbred owners and retirement or rescue groups have since accessed it more than 200,000 times. The auction link now connects users to EquineLine.com's auction results search, a five-generation pedigree, and Equibase racing information.

"Adding the auction sales history provides additional information to potential owners of off-the-track Thoroughbreds and to all of the retraining and retirement groups that provide post-racing care for Thoroughbreds," explained Jockey Club customer service coordinator Andrew Chesser.