10/28/2004 11:00PM

Silver Charm to stand in Japan


LEXINGTON, Ky. - Silver Charm, 1997 Kentucky Derby winner and champion 3-year-old, is heading for Japan.

Three Chimneys Farm, which has stood the Silver Buck horse since his retirement from racing in 1999, announced that Silver Charm's syndicate has sold him to the Japan Racing Association for an undisclosed amount. California-based agent Rollin Baugh represented the JRA in the transaction.

"We received an offer that, at my stage of life, I could not turn down," said majority shareholder Bob Lewis, who campaigned Silver Charm with his wife, Beverly, and retained a 75 percent interest in the horse during Silver Charm's breeding career. "The contract gives us the right of first refusal to purchase him if he is ever sold, so that we can ensure his well-being, and provides that he may return to Three Chimneys Farm upon his retirement."

Silver Charm was the first of two Derby and Preakness winners that the Lewises owned. The other was Charismatic, who won the first two legs of the Triple Crown and was voted champion 3-year-old male in 1999. Silver Charm also won the 1998 Dubai World Cup and earned more than $6.9 million, putting him in sixth place among all-time North American money-winners.

Now 10, Silver Charm is the sire of two crops to race. His leading runners are 2004 Grade 2 winner Preachinatthebar and Grade 2-placed Consecrate.

Silver Charm already is in quarantine, which precludes fans from visiting him. But Three Chimneys has said it will maintain a site with updated photos and information on the stallion's career in Japan.

Castleton buys Bernstein from Buck Pond

Castleton Lyons Farm in Lexington has purchased top 10 freshman sire Bernstein from Doug Arnold's Buck Pond Farm in Versailles.

Castleton will stand the 7-year-old Storm Cat horse for a $15,000 stud fee, up from the $7,500 fee he stood for at Buck Pond this season.

Bernstein is ranked ninth among the nation's first-crop sires with $459,281 in progeny earnings. His leading earner is Sweet Solairo, runner-up in Canada's Grade 3 Natalma Stakes, with $133,683. With 10 winners from 14 starters, Bernstein also is the sire of Astarita Stakes winner Toll Taker, Canterbury Park Lassie winner Berbatim, and stakes-placed runners Bad Little Bernie and Bernstein's Babe.

Bernstein is out of the Affirmed mare La Affirmed, making him a full brother to multiple Grade 3 winner Caress - the dam of Grade 1 winner Sky Mesa - and to Grade 3 winner Country Cat, as well as a half-brother to Grade 2 winner Della Francesca and Grade 3-placed Unify.

Castleton also stands Malibu Moon, 14th among the nation's second-crop sires, who will stand for $17,500 in 2005. Malibu Moon stood for $10,000 in 2004.

Bold Truth added to Buck Pond roster

Meanwhile, Buck Pond - which also launched Doneraile Court's stud career before selling him on to stand at Hill 'n' Dale Farms in Lexington - has added a new first-year Seattle Slew stallion to its roster. Bold Truth, a 5-year-old campaigned by John Oxley, will enter stud at Buck Pond in 2005 with a $5,000 live-foal fee.

Bold Truth finished third in the 2002 Amsterdam Stakes, a Grade 2 event at Saratoga, as part of a 15-2-0-6 race record. He earned $112,205. An Oxley homebred, Bold Truth is out of Forty Nine Hearts, a stakes-placed Forty Niner mare. He is her best foal to date.

Buck Pond owner Doug Arnold said he and Oxley own Bold Truth in partnership but may syndicate the stallion along with Hero's Tribute, who also recently retired to Buck Pond.

Songandaprayer moves to Walmac South

Songandaprayer is on the move in Florida. The 6-year-old Unbridled's Song-Alizea horse has relocated from Marablue Farm to Hartley/De Renzo-Walmac South near Ocala for 2005. His fee will be $10,000, the same as this year.

Songandaprayer's first yearlings sold this year for a $73,953 average price and a $62,000 median, according to SireAverages.com. Those sales included a $200,000 colt out of Peppy LaPeau that Robert Scanlon, agent, bought from the Fasig-Tipton Kentucky July sale.

Songandaprayer will stand as the property of the Hurleys, Marablue, and Hartley/De Renzo-Walmac South.

Kehaar price ties Tattersalls record

The Tattersalls autumn horses in training sale in Newmarket, England, wrapped up Thursday evening with a record-equaling top price of 525,000 guineas, or about $1,014,300. The four-day auction also set records for gross, average, and median on the back of hefty increases across the board.

The auction sold a total of 858 lots for about $35,969,203, producing an average price of approximately $41,921 and a median of about $23,184. In the local auction currency, the record gross was 18,617,600 guineas, record average was 21,698 guineas, and record median was 12,000 guineas.

The sale-topper, auctioned at Thursday's final session, was the 3-year-old stakes winner Kehaar, a Cadeaux Genereux-Lighthouse colt. His 525,000-guinea price equaled the mark set in 2001 by Firebreak.

John Ferguson, regular agent for Sheikh Mohammed al Maktoum, signed the ticket. Mikael Magnusson's Old Manor Stables sold Kehaar for East Wind Racing.