10/30/2003 1:00AM

Victory Gallop's fee goes to $30K

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WinStar Farm in Versailles, Ky., which announced in October that it would raise Distorted Humor's fee from $20,000 to $50,000 in 2004, also will double Victory Gallop's fee, to $30,000.

Victory Gallop, an 8-year-old son of Cryptoclearance, is the nation's second-leading freshman sire this year. His leading earner is Victory U. S. A., who finished third in the Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies and second in the Frizette.

* Twining, the sire of Two Item Limit, will head for Japan after completing the Southern Hemisphere breeding season in Australia.

Tom Simon's Vinery announced that Japan's dominant breeding farm, Shadai Stallion Station, has purchased a half-interest in Twining, a 12-year-old Forty Niner horse, and will stand him for the 2004 Northern Hemisphere season.

Twining made his first Japanese sojourn three years ago, when he stood at East Stud. The foals from that season's matings debuted this year in Japanese racing and have made Twining the nation's leading first-crop sire.

Twining stood last year's Northern Hemisphere season at Vinery Kentucky for a $10,000 fee.