12/02/2005 1:00AM

Taste of Paradise goes to Crestwood


LEXINGTON, Ky. - Taste of Paradise, winner of the Vosburgh and runner-up in the Breeders' Cup Sprint, will stand at the McLean family's Crestwood Farm in Lexington in 2006.

Taste of Paradise, a millionaire son of Conquistador Cielo, will have a $6,000 fee. He retired after the Sprint with a lifetime record of 28-6-3-4 and $1,019,455 in earnings. Campaigned by David Bloom and trained by Gary Mandella, Taste of Paradise won the 2005 Vosburgh and three other stakes: the Grade 2 San Diego Handicap in 2003 and the Grade 3 Vernon O. Underwood and ungraded Ack Ack in 2004. He also placed in five stakes, including the BC Sprint and the Grade 1 Bing Crosby Handicap.

Taste of Paradise is out of the What Luck mare Tastetheteardrops, who also produced 2004 stakes winner Crafty Tears.

Shopping Rock Hard Ten around

Another California-based horse who looks likely to join Kentucky's stallion population is dual Grade 1 winner Rock Hard Ten. Ernie Moody, who co-owns the 4-year-old Kris S. colt with Madeleine Paulson Pickens, said Friday that they are "talking with most of the major operations out there and trying to figure out which one would give him the best chance for success."

Moody wouldn't put a time frame on any potential deal but pointed out that, with the 2006 breeding season set to open in February, Rock Hard Ten's connections don't want to delay striking the right agreement. "The best mares are booking right now," he said. "But I also don't want to make a mistake."

Moody said he intends to stay involved in Rock Hard Ten during the horse's stud career and plans to purchase some additional mares to support him

Badge of Silver will be a sire in 2006

Owner Ken Ramsey also will bring his Grade 2 winner Badge of Silver to his Ramsey Farm in Kentucky for the 2006 season, despite a change of plans that has the 5-year-old Silver Deputy horse running in the Jan. 1 San Gabriel at Santa Anita.

"He's absolutely going to stand at my farm in 2006 for $12,500," Ramsey confirmed.

Badge of Silver ran eighth behind Purge in the Nov. 26 Cigar Mile, and trainer Bobby Frankel recommended that Ramsey keep the horse in training long enough to try him on the grass. Ramsey said scopes and X-rays after the Cigar Mile showed no problems.

"On his dam's side, she's by Silver Hawk," he said. "He's got big feet, and both Bobby Frankel and I think he will do well on the turf."

Meanwhile, Ramsey's champion turf runner Kitten's Joy is already at Ramsey Farm and has been test-bred.

"We're awaiting the results," he said. "Everything went well, but it will be a week or 10 days before we know whether those mares are pregnant."

The Deputy heads to Michigan

The Deputy, winner of the 2000 Santa Anita Derby and now the sire of stakes winner Happy Buy, will stand in 2006 at Hubel Farm in Clare, Mich., according to bloodstock agent Chris Owens.

Owens, of Leading Edge Bloodstock, brokered a private sale for the Irish-bred horse, who previously stood at Margaux Farm in Kentucky. The Deputy's fee in 2006 hasn't been set yet, but he will stand as the property of E. J. and Dexter Hubel, operators of Hubel Farm.

The Deputy is the sire of Happy Buy, a stakes winner in Panama, and of North American stakes-placed Ellen's Foxy Girl. An earner of more than $817,000 on the track, The Deputy is by Petardia out of the Last Tycoon mare Manfath.

* Elbaaha, the dam of dual Group 1 winner Electrocutionist, will be cataloged to the upcoming Keeneland January sale as part of the Indian Creek consignment. The 11-year-old Elbaaha, a winning daughter of Arazi, is in foal to the popular European sire Montjeu.

* The Tattersalls December sales concluded Thursday evening in Newmarket, England, with a record 46,525,800 guineas, or about $83,537,074 in total receipts. The four-day mare portion of the auction sold 901 lots who averaged approximately $92,716 and had a median price of about $39,501. Those figures were up 21 percent and 16 percent, respectively, from last year.