09/07/2009 11:00PM

Sir Shackleton moving to Pennsylvania farm


LEXINGTON, Ky. - Multiple graded winner Sir Shackleton will relocate from Kentucky to Pennsylvania for 2010.

An 8-year-old Miswaki millionaire, Sir Shackleton stood this year at Castleton Lyons in Lexington for $5,000. He is moving to Gayle Gerth's Dana Point Farm in Lenhartsville, Pa., for $2,500 when a foal stands and nurses. Pennsylvania breeders and those sending multiple mares will receive special consideration.

Sir Shackleton's first yearlings hit the auction ring this year. Three have sold so far, bringing an average of $23,000 and a median of $25,000.

Tracy Farmer bred and raced Sir Shackleton and now is the horse's co-owner with Castleton Lyons. Sir Shackleton won the Grade 2 Richter Scale Breeders' Cup Sprint Championship and the Grade 3 West Virginia Derby and Derby Trial Stakes. He also is Grade 1-placed three times and set a pair of track records at seven furlongs, one at Gulfstream in 1:21.64 and one at Tampa Bay Downs in 1:22.28.

Sir Shackleton is out of the Star de Naskra mare Naskra Colors, a Grade 1-placed runner.

Woodbine sale gets going

The Canadian Thoroughbred Horse Society's select yearling sale started Tuesday at Woodbine racecourse with a Medaglia d'Oro colt the early leader at about $142,600 U.S. Lana Sniderman purchased the colt from Gail Wood's Woodlands agency.

The colt offered as Hip No. 35, is a half-brother to two-time Canadian champion Le Cinquieme Essai. A Fastness gelding, Le Cinquieme Essai was champion juvenile in 2001 and champion 3-year-old in 2002. Hip No. 35 also is a half-brother to stakes-placed Miss Filibuster. The bay colt is a son of the stakes-placed Regal Classic mare Words of Royalty.

Earlier in the afternoon, a Trajectory colt out of Thoughtful Deed failed to reach his reserve at about $110,400 and returned to consigning agent Richard G. Hogan. Named Arawana Bajan, the colt is a full brother to seven-time stakes-winner Dancer's Bajan. Hogan came back to sell Hip No. 88 for six figures. The Strut the Stage-Cherokee Treasure colt brought about $92,000, from F. Annecchini and R. D'Alimonte. He is a half-brother to 2009 stakes-placed filly Shesadozer.

Among the more active buyers at the top end of Tuesday's market was Bear Stables, which picked up a pair of yearlings totaling about $165,600 early in the session. The first, Hip 16, was an Artie Schiller-Silver Nithi colt from Beth Hancock's consignment and a Chapel Royal-Bayou Mist colt offered by Spirit Run (Cara Bloodstock, agent). The Artie Schiller colt cost about $78,200 and is out of a stakes-winning Numerous mare. The Chapel Royal colt is a half-brother to stakes winner Selva and brought about $87,400.

The auction was still under way at 4 p.m. The horse society's open yearling sale will take place at Woodbine on Sept. 12.

Mister Baileys dead at 18

Mister Baileys, winner of the 2000 Guineas in 1994 and a former Vinery stallion, has died at age 18 because of long-term complications from a bout with grass sickness.

A son of Robellino, Mister Baileys developed grass sickness in 1994 between his retirement and the planned start of his stud career at England's National Stud. The frequently fatal disease, which also led to the death of a Darley Stud stallion, Dubai Millennium, in 2001, affects about 1 in 200 horses in some parts of the United Kingdom, and its main symptom is intestinal paralysis. It is virtually unknown in the United States, and its cause remains unidentified, although some research has linked it to the clostridium botulinum bacterium, which causes botulism.

Mister Baileys recovered from the disease. But the National Stud had filed an insurance claim on him, and his insurers sold him to Vinery in Lexington. Mister Baileys arrived at Vinery to take up his delayed stud career in 1996. He sired more than 150 foals while in Kentucky, before Vinery sold him in 2000 for an English syndicate. He stood at Whitsbury Manor Stud from 2001 until 2003, when infertility prompted his retirement. He lived out his days at a farm belonging to Paul Venner, the man who had raced him.

From 267 foals in seven crops, he sired such stakes winners as America America, Package Store, Bahia Breeze, and others.