12/05/2007 1:00AM

Tattersalls sale breaks receipts record

EmailLEXINGTON, Ky. - Group 2 winner Jewel in the Sand, offered in foal to Galileo, took top billing Wednesday at the Tattersalls December mares sale in Newmarket, England, at a session that saw sharp drops from last year.

Croom House Stud owner Denis Brosnan made the winning bid of 620,000 guineas, about $1,315,020 at Wednesday's exchange rate, for the session topper. Lisieux Stud was the seller.

That contributed to a new sale-record cumulative gross for the auction. Through its third of four sessions Wednesday, the sale had sold 564 horses for 68,144,000 guineas, or about $144,728,131, breaking last year's total income record of 66,235,800 guineas.

But with fewer horses sold on Day 3 this year - 186 compared with 210 last season - the day-to-day comparisons showed steep losses across the board on Wednesday. The next-to-last session sold 186 horses for about $15,562,837, yielding an average of about $83,671. The median was approximately $59,388. Considered in guineas, those figures were down 47 percent, 40 percent, and 22 percent, respectively.

Barretts moves against steroids

The Barretts auction house in Pomona, Calif., announced Tuesday night that it would also take up the call to ban anabolic steroids from auctions by prohibiting their use in weanlings and yearlings within 45 days of a sale, starting in 2008. The company also anticipates developing an anabolic steroid policy at future 2-year-old sales.

The Tuesday announcement follows similar policies instituted by Keeneland and Fasig-Tipton and came on the same day that the Ocala Breeders' Sales Co. announced it would also ban anabolic steroid administration within 45 days of a sale.

The new Barretts policy will not affect the Jan. 22-23 mixed sale, which will be conducted under the previous conditions of sale. Entries for that sale closed on Nov. 9.

Asked whether the company might be able to institute testing on 2-year-olds this year, the firm's president and general manager, Jerry McMahon, said, "We're looking into that right now.'

Barretts also announced it will submit all samples for testing, including state-mandated blood sampling, to the Ken Maddy Laboratory at the University of California at Davis. Testing on Barretts samples previously was handled by Truesdail Laboratories in Tustin, Calif.

Kipling moving to Kentucky

Kipling, sire of dual Grade 1 winner Kip Deville and Grade 3-placed stakes winner Dreamsandvisions this year, will relocate from Mighty Acres in Pryor, Okla., to Pope McLean's Crestwood Farm in Lexington. He will stand for $7,500 in 2008.

Kipling, an 11-year-old Gulch horse, stood this year in Oklahoma for $2,500, but his stock went up dramatically when Kip Deville blossomed into a Grade 1 winner with victories in the 2007 Breeders' Cup Mile and Frank E. Kilroe Mile. The colt also finished second this year in Canada's Grade 1 Woodbine Mile.

Bred by Will Farish and W.S. Kilroy, Kipling is out of the Storm Bird mare Weekend Storm and is a full brother to Grade 2 winner Court Vision and stakes winner Garcia Marquez, and he is a half-brother to stakes-placed City Weekend.

Melnyk buys Kentucky property

Eugene Melnyk, currently ranked sixth among North America's owners by purse earnings, has purchased the 117-acre Ripplewood Farm on Muir Station Road near Lexington as a second farm. The purchase price was not disclosed.

Melnyk will rename the Ripplewood property Winding Oaks Farm, which is also the name of Melnyk's farm in Ocala, Fla. The Kentucky farm will serve as a boarding facility for Melnyk's mares who are being bred to local stallions.

"We are still retaining Winding Oaks Farm, Ocala, as our principal operating base both for raising and pre-training our horses, but with the number of high-class mares we are sending to Kentucky every breeding season, it makes sense for us to have our own facility and thereby retain oversight of each stage of the program," Melnyk said in a release announcing the Kentucky purchase.

Group gets high-priced donation

The Kentucky Equine Education Project got a big addition to its Dec. 7 fundraising auction of stallion seasons and shares Wednesday when Overbrook Farm agreed to donate a Storm Cat season.

The sire will have a $300,000 stud fee in 2008.

Unlike Overbrook's other stallion seasons, which will sell as part of the group's live and silent auction program, the Storm Cat season will go on the block privately. Interested bidders can contact the education group at (859) 259-0007.

The live and silent auctions, which will take place Friday at Lexington's Hyatt Regency Ballroom, have grown to include nearly 200 stallion seasons, the equine-industry promotional and lobbying group said Wednesday.

Every season in the auction includes stallion-availability insurance at no cost to the bidder, and most will also include a guaranteed breed-back option in 2009, meaning winning bidders can breed again in 2009 at no additional cost if they do not get a live foal from their 2008 mating.