12/04/2008 1:00AM

Street Hero retired to stud at Vinery


LEXINGTON, Ky. - Grade 1-winning juvenile Street Hero has retired from racing and will join the stallion roster at Vinery here, farm officials said.

A Street Cry colt, he will stand for $12,500.

Street Hero underwent knee surgery after finishing third behind Midshipman in the Oct. 25 Breeders' Cup Juvenile. He is due to arrive at Vinery on Friday.

Street Hero raced as a homebred for his trainer, Myung Kwon Cho. After a third-place finish, also behind Midshipman, in the Del Mar Futurity, he won this year's Norfolk Stakes in September to earn his status as a Grade 1 winner. He leaves the track with 1 win, 2 seconds, and 3 thirds from 6 lifetime starts and has earnings of $419,360.

Street Hero is out of the Grade 3-placed Summer Squall mare Squall Linda and is her first stakes winner.P

Marcavelly to stand in Ontario

Zayat Stables' dual Grade 3 winner Marcavelly has retired to enter stud in Ontario, Canada. A 4-year-old Johannesburg colt, Marcavelly will stand at John Burness's Colebrook Farms Stallion Station for $5,000.

Sobhy Sonbol, racing manager for Zayat Stables, said the lucrative Canadian-bred and Ontario-sired incentive programs were a major reason that owner Ahmed Zayat decided to send Marcavelly north of the border for his stud career. Sonbol also said that Zayat remains majority owner in the horse and plans to send mares to him.

Marcavelly is from Johannesburg's first crop and is out of the Majestic Light mare Dark Jewel, who also produced stakes-placed Delong and is a full sister to Artie Schiller's dam, Hidden Light. He won the Transylvania Stakes and Hill Prince Stakes, both Grade 3, in 2007 and the Continental Mile Stakes in 2006. He placed in two other turf contests, the Grade 2 National Museum of Racing Hall of Fame Stakes at Saratoga and the Summer Stakes at Woodbine. He never tried dirt but did run second in the Woodford Reserve Bourbon Stakes at Keeneland when it was moved from turf to Polytrack.

Marcavelly retires with wins in half his eight starts and $332,963 in earnings.

Business slumps in England

The Tattersalls December mare sale concluded Thursday in Newmarket, England, with heavy declines in line with those seen earlier at breeding-stock sales in the United States and Ireland.

The four-day auction sold 610 horses for about $51,483,674, down 52 percent from last year's auction, when 762 horses sold. The average price, approximately $84,399, was off by 40 percent, and the median of about $19,293 was down 46 percent. Buy-backs were 32 percent, down from 33 percent in 2007.

The sale-topping filly was dual Group 1 winner Saoirse Abu, who sold to Sheikh Mohammed al-Maktoum for 1.95 million guineas, the equivalent of a little more than $3 million. A 3-year-old Mr. Greeley filly, she is likely to retire to visit Authorized in the breeding shed.

Edmond Mahony, chairman of Tattersalls, noted that the 2008 catalog "lacked the extraordinary strength and depth of 2006 and 2007," but noted that quality horses, like Saoirse Abu, commanded high prices even in the recession.

Congressionalhonor on the move

Grade 3 winner Congressionalhonor will relocate in 2009 within Pennsylvania, from Maui Meadow Farm to Northview Stallion Station. First runners by the 7-year-old Forestry horse will hit the track in 2009.

Congressionalhonor will stand for $3,500.

He is a son of the Quiet American stakes winner Quiet Dance and is a half-brother to 2005 Horse of the Year Saint Liam. He won the 2004 Bay Meadows Derby.

* Walmac Farm and the U.S. Marines will join forces to collect toys for the Toys for Tots program on Dec. 13 at Walmac's open house and stallion show. Visitors bringing an unwrapped toy or making a minimum donation of $40 to Toys for Tots will be entered in a drawing for a free season to first-year stallion Salute the Sarge, who stands for $7,500. Walmac's stallion show takes place from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

* The Thoroughbred Retirement Foundation is holding an online auction to benefit its racehorse retirement programs around the nation. In addition to racing memorabilia, the auction also features vacation packages, tickets for the NBA's New York Knicks, a Barbaro sculpture, and a Churchill Downs package including use of a Jockey Club Suite with 24 tickets, racing programs, and a 50 percent discount on selected food and beverages. The auction runs through Dec. 20 at .