09/30/2004 11:00PM

Small gains over 2003 at Irish sale

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LEXINGTON, Ky. - Ireland's Goffs Orby sale, which concluded Friday in County Kildare, made only moderate gains on its 2003 edition.

The five-day auction saw some high-priced lots, most notably the $806,715 Green Desert-Simaat filly that John Magnier bought from Camas Park Stud. That filly topped the sale, followed by another filly, a $682,605 daughter of Fantastic Light and Sabaah, which Sheikh Mohammed al Maktoum's representative, John Ferguson, bought from the Irish National Stud.

The sale sold 807 yearlings for a total of 32,425,000 euros, or $40,249,152, up just slightly from the 2003 Orby sessions. The average price was 40,180 euros ($49,884). Last year, the Goffs company combined its Orby and Challenge sales, selling 566 lots total, and that yielded an average of 65,891 euros, well above the expanded Orby dates this year. The 2004 Orby sale was expanded from two days to five in order to incorporate the company's former Autumn Bonus yearling sale.

Those changes made year-to-year comparisons difficult, but the auction's first two sessions - its boutique portion - clearly disappointed Goffs managing director Matt Mitchell, who told Thoroughbred Daily News, "I'd like it to have been better, and so far it hasn't met expectations."

The sale improved in its later sessions, a positive sign for European middle-market sellers.

Burning Roma, 6, retired to stud

Millionaire and Grade 1 winner Burning Roma has retired from racing and will enter stud in 2005 at Tim and Renee Dodd's Jubilee Farm in Citra, Fla. His initial fee will be $6,500.

A 6-year-old Rubiano horse, Burn-ing Roma leaves racing with 12 stakes wins, three graded, from a career record of 36-13-5-7. He earned $1,500,200. Campaigned by Harold Queen, Burning Roma scored his most notable victories in Belmont's Grade 1 Futurity Stakes in 2000 and the Grade 2 Meadowlands Cup Handicap in 2002. Most recently, he won the 2004 Red Bank Handicap, a Grade 3 race.

Burning Roma is a son of the Overskate mare While Rome Burns.

Jubilee manager Chris Jackson also has acquired Danaher Steve, a stakes-winning son of Notebook. Danaher Steve will stand at Jubilee for $3,000.

Danaher Steve, 6, won last season's Thats Our Buck Stakes at Calder and placed in five other stakes.

Danaher Steve retires with a 33-5-7-12 record and $186,220 in winnings. He is out of Video Cassette, a winner by Talc. Video Cassette also is the dam of stakes winners Bubba Higgins and Desktop, as well as stakes-placed Barnacle Jim.

Vindication's fee now $60,000

Hill 'n' Dale in Lexington has announced its 2005 stud fees, and 2002 juvenile champion Vindi-cation's fee has gone up from $50,000 to $60,000 for the coming season. A son of Seattle Slew, he covered 140 mares this year and will be standing his second year at stud in 2005.

"It's been overwhelming," Dr. George Mundy, Hill 'n' Dale general manager, said of Vindication's popularity. "He had a fantastic book of mares last year. We felt [the raise] was justified."

Hill 'n' Dale's other stallions and 2005 fees are Buddha at $15,000; Candy Ride, who debuts at $10,000; Doneraile Court, $15,000; El Cor-redor, $20,000; Jade Hunter, who drops from $15,000 to $10,000; Medaglio d'Oro, debuting at $35,000; Mutakddim, $10,000; Saarland, standing his initial season at $10,000; Stormy Atlantic, who rises from $12,500 to $15,000; Theatrical, who drops from $75,000 to $50,000; and Vision and Verse, $7,500.

Event benefits Secretariat Center

The Thoroughbred Retirement Foundation will hold a fund-raiser at the Keeneland entertainment center on Oct. 23. Chaired by Kim and Nick Zito, the event, called "Anything Goes," will honor the Maker's Mark Distillery's $500,000 contribution toward establishment of the TRF's new adoption and retraining facility, the 22-acre Secretariat Center, at the Kentucky Horse Park. Maker's Mark committed the funds through sales of its limited edition Triple Crown series of bottles.

The fund-raiser will include food, silent and live auctions, and a wine tasting from 7 to 8:30 p.m. The live auction begins at 8:30, hosted by Terence Collier, TRF president and Fasig-Tipton announcer. TRF co-founder Diana Pikulski said the group welcomes additional silent and live auction items.

Tickets are $100 per person, and all proceeds benefit the Maker's Mark Secretariat Center. For more information, call (859) 288-4272.

Whitney adopts rescued gelding

One of the Secretariat Center's biggest supporters is Marylou Whitney. Whitney and her husband, John Hendrickson, last month adopted a gelding they bred, Cviano, who was rescued from slaughter by the Angel Acres Horse Haven in Pennsylvania. The rescue group notified Whitney and Hendrickson that they bought the horse, a half-brother to champion Bird Town and Belmont and Travers winner Birdstone, for $325 out of a Pennsylvania kill pen. The gelding is a 7-year-old maiden.

Mare, 13, shot to death in Ocala

Roses From Heaven, a half-sister to 1980 Preakness winner Codex, died in Ocala, Fla., Thursday morning after being shot in an apparent drive-by shooting at Shanbally Acres, the Ocala Star-Banner reported Friday. The 13-year-old Mogambo mare, dam of three winners from four foals, was pregnant.

The shots were fired Wednesday night. The following morning, farm manager Amalio Lozano found the mare on her feet but convulsing. She later fell and died.

Veterinarian Allison Foil said the mare died from internal bleeding. The bullet entered the mare's hindquarters and exited in her midsection.