10/05/2004 12:00AM

Stonerside-Stone Farm to trim holdings


LEXINGTON, Ky. - Mr. and Mrs. Arthur Hancock III's Stone Farm and Mr. and Mrs. Robert McNair's Stonerside Stable, highly successful partners in the sale ring and on the racetrack, will sell much of the bloodstock they own together, Arthur Hancock confirmed Tuesday. The partners bred 2000 Kentucky Derby winner Fusaichi Pegasus, whom they sold as a yearling for $4 million at Keeneland July in 1998.

The two couples will disperse five mares and five yearlings they own together, starting at the 2004 Keeneland November sale, Hancock said.

"They have their farm going full blast, and I have my farm," Hancock said. "They wanted to show a profit this year, because you have to do that, so we thought this was a good time to do this."

The mares the partners will sell are: Fineza, dam of 1998 Kentucky Oaks winner Keeper Hill and Grade 2 winner Golden Gear, in foal to Fusaichi Pegasus; Words of War, dam of Grade 1 winner No Matter What and Grade 2 winner E Dubai, in foal to Storm Cat; Blithe, a half-sister to Fusaichi Pegasus, in foal to A.P. Indy; Carafe, a three-quarter sister to Strodes Creek, in foal to Fusaichi Pegasus; and Chasm, a Grade 3-placed daughter of Fineza, in foal to Maria's Mon.

In addition to breeding and selling Fusaichi Pegasus, the partnership's other notable sales include Bless, a full sister to Fusaichi Pegasus who sold for $4 million at the 2002 Keeneland November sale; a $2.7 million Unbridled-Words of War colt that sold at the 2003 Fasig-Tipton Saratoga auction; and a $1.8 million yearling Seeking the Gold colt out of Angel Fever, sold at the 2004 Keeneland September sale.

Two other prominent mares the couples owned together were Fusaichi Pegasus's dam, Angel Fever, who died this year, and Strodes Creek's dam, Bottle Top, who Stonerside and Stone Farm have pensioned and will not sell.

Hancock said that the yearlings to sell next year are a Fusaichi Pegasus-Fineza colt; a Kingmambo-Words of War colt; a Menifee-Bottle Top colt; a Menifee-Carafe colt; and a Lemon Drop Kid-Chasm colt.

The partnership began when the McNairs bought into Hancock and Charlie Whittingham's Strodes Creek in 1994. The colt finished second that year to Go for Gin in the Kentucky Derby. Also that year, the McNairs purchased property from Hancock near his Stone Farm, founding their Stonerside operation.

Among the racehorses the two couples still own together is Canteen, a Fusaichi Pegasus half-brother to Strodes Creek trained by Neil Drysdale.

Danehill dominates Tattersalls yearling sale

Coolmore's late stallion Danehill dominated the proceedings at part one of the Tattersalls October yearling sale, which opened Tuesday.

The two-part sale in Newmarket, England, sold 168 yearlings for about $30,963,723, yielding an average of about $281,488 and a median of about $186,900. The auction is conducted in the local currency of guineas.

Danehill sired five of the six highest-priced lots at the auction, led by a colt out of the Alysheba mare Bordighera that Coolmore agent Demi O'Byrne bought for 1,150,000 guineas, or about $2,149,350. O'Byrne outbid Japanese bloodstock agent Nobutaka Tada, who was representing what Tattersalls termed "a new client," without disclosing the underbidder's identity. The Danehill-Bordighera colt is a half-brother to three-time Group 1 winner Grandera. Trickledown Stud sold the session-topper.

Other high-priced Danehill lots were a $1,401,750 colt out of the Group 1-placed mare Rockerlong, also purchased by O'Byrne from Hascombe Stud; a $1,084,020 colt out of Heavenly Whisper, another O'Byrne purchase from Highclere Stud, agent for David Hardisty; a $971,880 filly out of Hotelgenie Dot Com that O'Byrne bought from Catridge Farm Stud; a $934,500 filly out of Brigitta, consigned by Ballylinch Stud and purchased by BBA Ireland; and a $747,600 colt out of Blanche Dubois that John Ferguson, agent for Sheikh Mohammed al Maktoum, bought from Camas Park Stud.

The reason for O'Byrne's interest in Danehill progeny is easy to understand. O'Byrne represents Coolmore Stud interests, and it was Coolmore that stood the famed stallion until his death in May 2003, at age 17.

The most notable non-Danehill yearling to fetch a large price was the $1,308,300 Sadler's Wells colt out of Bex, which Tada bought from Camas Park.

The Tattersalls October sale's first part continues through Oct. 8.