02/14/2002 12:00AM

Turkey buys two stallions


LEXINGTON, Ky. - The Turkish Jockey Club, which stands 1991 Kentucky Derby winner Strike the Gold and other former American horses near Izmit, Turkey, has purchased central Kentucky stallions Unaccounted For and Accelerator.

The California-based Narvick International bloodstock agency brokered the private deals in America, with French agent Jean-Pierre Deroubaix representing the Turkish Jockey Club.

Grade 1 winner Unaccounted For was to stand at Millennium Farms Kentucky for $5,000 this year. An 11-year-old Private Account horse, he is the sire of four crops of racing age. His top runners are Grade 3 winner Quick Tip and stakes winners Grundlefoot, Unaccountedlea, No Curfew, Zamba Canuta, and Account for Me. He has progeny earnings of more than $4.8 million.

Unaccounted For, winner of the 1995 Whitney (Grade 1) and 1994 Jim Dandy (Grade 2), is out of the stakes-winning The Minstrel mare Mrs. Jenney.

Accelerator, a Grade 3-winning son of A.P. Indy, was to stand the 2002 season at John Sikura's Hill 'n' Dale Farms for $5,000, but the syndicate decided to sell the 8-year-old after receiving a private offer from the Turkish Jockey Club.

"We had no interest in selling Accelerator, but the syndicate felt this offer was a substantial one," Sikura said. "I like his foals here at Hill 'n' Dale and am disappointed he is leaving. It turned out to be a very good deal for the syndicate, and the Turkish Jockey Club has bought a very nice horse."

Accelerator is a son of the Grade 3 winner Get Lucky, by Mr. Prospector. His first foals will be yearlings this year.

"Their racing is very strong," Narvick representative Richard Cross said of the Turkish Jockey Club. "In comparison with much of Europe, their prize money is pretty high. If you look at the stallions they have, there are some nice ones, like Common Grounds and Doyoun, who have had some runners."

Lose a stallion, gain a stallion

Millennium Farms Kentucky, the Lexington farm that sold Unaccounted For, lost little time filling his empty stall. The farm announced Thursday that it has purchased Sultry Song, sire of Canadian champion 3-year-old filly Kirby's Song, and will relocate him from Claiborne Farm in Paris, Ky.

Sultry Song, a three-time Grade 1 winner by Cox's Ridge, will stand for a lower fee at Millennium, dropping from an advertised $7,500 at Claiborne this year to $5,000 at Millennium.

Sultry Song is out of Sultry Sun (Buckfinder), making him a half-brother to Grade 1 winner Solar Splendor and to graded stakes winner Strategic Mission, who entered stud at Gainesway this year. From six crops to race, he has sired such stakes winners as Prime Timber, Lyracist, Song for Annie, Gangsta Rap, Sibling Song, and Zagan.

Etc. . . .

Keeneland will catalog 249 for its April 16 sale of 2-year-olds in training, 50 more than were in the catalog last year. The auction, which will start at 1:30 p.m., will feature horses by such stallions as A.P. Indy, Mr. Prospector, Seattle Slew, Thunder Gulch, and Unbridled. Two under-tack shows, on April 8 and 15 at 10:30 a.m., will precede the sale. . . . Catalogs for Ocala Breeders' Sales Company's March select 2-year-old sale on March 19-20 are available online at www.obssales.com. Catalogs for the March 21 Adena Springs juvenile sale, which offers 70 horses from Frank Stronach's home-breeding program, also are available at the OBS site. OBS will host that sale at Adena Springs South in Ocala. . . . Grade 3-placed stakes winner Chief Three Sox has retired from racing and will enter stud this year at Stoneview Farm in Hempstead, Texas, with a private stud fee. Chief Three Sox, an earner of $353,620, is a 7-year-old horse by Chief Honcho out of the Our Native mare Ramona Kay.