02/10/2009 1:00AM

Three broodmares top $100K at Fasig-Tipton


LEXINGTON, Ky. - Fasig-Tipton Kentucky's February mixed sale, cut from two days to one this year, had three horses sell for more than $100,000 by 5:30 p.m. Eastern on Monday.

The six-figure lots were Hip No. 38, the $130,000 broodmare Solarana; Hip No. 41, the $125,000 broodmare Spectacular Moon; and Hip No. 203, the $120,000 broodmare Joyce Ann.

Naveed Chowan purchased Solarana from the Bluewater Sales agency. Solarana was a Group 2 winner in Argentina and a multiple stakes-placed runner in the U.S. with earnings of more than $159,000. A 6-year-old daughter of Mutakddim and Sorpresiva, she is a half-sister to Argentine Group 1-placed So Shiny, who recently captured the United Arab Emirates 1000 Guineas. She went through the ring as a racing or broodmare prospect.

Denali Stud, as agent, bought 8-year-old mare Spectacular Moon. A daughter of Migrating Moon, Spectacular Moon is a Grade 2 winner with earnings of more than $204,000. She sold in foal to Speightstown. Dapple Stud, agent, was the consignor.

Stakes-placed Joyce Ann sold to Dixiana Farm from the Paramount agency. The 10-year-old Joyce Ann, a Pine Bluff mare, was cataloged in foal to Speightstown. She is a half-sister to record-setting graded performer Halo Cat and earned more than $190,000 in her racing career.

Despite these peaks, the market appeared to be producing a significant number of buybacks. One of those was Forest Whispers, a 4-year-old broodmare prospect by Forest Camp, who went back to Twin Hopes Farms at $180,000 after failing to reach her reserve.

Modest declines at Australian sale

In Australia, the Inglis Sydney Classic yearling sale ended its second of three sessions Monday with declines, but the drops weren't as dizzying as those seen at Northern Hemisphere mixed sales in late 2008 and early 2009.

Aided by mining magnate Nathan Tinkler's 11 purchases totaling Aus$700,000, the Sydney Classic sale had sold 250 yearlings for Aus$7,153,500 million, or about $4,864,380. The $19,457 average price was down 10 percent from last year's figure after day 2, but that was a relative bright spot compared to the slides of 45 percent and more that earlier sales have suffered. After two days, the median at Inglis stood at about $13,600 and was down 9 percent from last year's second day median.

Tinkler's Patinack Farm purchased the sale-leader Monday. That was a General Nediym filly out of Australian Group 3 winner Nancy Eleanor, by Blevic. The filly sold for about $149,600 and is a half-sister to 2008 stakes-placed runner Phelan Ready. Kitchwin Hills was the consignor.

Breeders form new sales group

Former Hill 'n' Dale sales director Andrew Cary has announced a new venture: Select Sales, a new partnership of commercial breeders that will have its first consignment at Fasig-Tipton's July selected yearling sale. Select Sales, which also includes Machmer Hall owners Dr. Sandra Willwerth and Carrie and Craig Brogden, will sell stock for its owners' farms as well as on behalf of outside clients. The group's other partners remain, for now, undisclosed.

Cary also is vice president of a new racing syndicate, Thoroughbred Futures Racing, which started up in December.

"With the current economic climate, commercial breeders are seeking ways to reduce costs, and the group behind Select Sales felt that consolidating into one consignor offers economies of scale and increased control and flexibility with their product," Cary explained.

Breeder of rare white horses dies

Herman K. Goodpaster, Thoroughbred trainer and breeder of rare white Thoroughbred White Beauty, has died at age 91.

Goodpaster was longtime farm manager for Patchen Wilkes Farm in Lexington, Ky. He also owned Racers Rest Farm and trained such stakes winners as White Beauty's sire, Kentucky Colonel, and Miss Rebound. But he left his lasting mark through White Beauty, a foal of 1963 and the first horse to be registered as white with The Jockey Club. She won two races. When he retired from breeding, Goodpaster left his white mares to Patchen Wilkes owner Warren Rosenthal, and the farm continues to breed registered white Thoroughbreds today.

Goodpaster's survivors include his wife Mary, daughter Betty Clem, step-daughters Joyce Brock and Brenda Martin; 10 grandchildren; 23 great-grandchildren; and three great-great-grandchildren. Contributions are suggested to Hospice of the Bluegrass, 2312 Alexandria Drive, Lexington, Ky., 40504 or Versailles Church of God, 282 Douglas Avenue, Versailles, Ky. 40383.