11/08/2002 12:00AM

Warren's Whistle sells for $285,000


LEXINGTON, Ky. - Keeneland's 10-day November breeding stock sale continued its strong run at the fifth session on Friday, punching out six-figure prices with regularity. As of 5 p.m. Eastern, the session leader was a $285,000 Wolf Power-Velveteen filly named Warren's Whistle, whom Bill Carl bought from Mineola Farm, agent.

Warren's Whistle, a 4-year-old Grade 2-placed stakes winner with earnings of more than $527,000, was one of two lots to hit the $200,000 mark by 5 p.m. Another filly, this one a weanling daughter of Our Emblem and Lingquoit, brought a $200,000 bid from Venture One Partnership. Nursery Place, agent, sold that filly.

Thursday, the auction's fourth session sold 253 lots for a $15,992,700 gross, yielding an average price of $63,212 and a median of $45,000 - all of which represented solid gains over last year's fourth-session returns. The aggregate rose 26 percent, and average and median jumped 12 percent and 13 percent, respectively.

Thursday's top price was the $420,000 that Glenn Sikura paid for Water Music, a 4-year-old Danzig broodmare in foal to Monarchos. Anderson Farms consigned the mare on behalf of Sam-Son Farm.

Across town on Thursday night, Frank Stronach's Adena Springs operation held its annual broodmare sale at Fasig-Tipton's Newtown Paddocks, selling 58 head for a total of $1,079,400.

Thomas Bachman paid the evening's top price of $95,000 to acquire Way Up, a 9-year-old Great Above mare in foal to Adena stallion Awesome Again. The sale price also included a 2003 season to another Adena stallion, Touch Gold, whose fee climbs from $40,000 to $50,000 in 2003.

Way Up is a stakes-placed daughter of the Marshua's Dancer matron Shamsheer. An earner of $125,316 at the track, Way Up has produced only one other foal, a 2002 filly by El Prado.

The 58-horse sale averaged $18,610 and produced a median price of $10,000.

Mongoose to stand at Hill 'n' Dale

Grade 1 winner Mongoose, winner of the Donn Handicap this year, has retired from racing and will enter stud at Hill 'n' Dale Farm in 2003. He will stand for $5,000. Gary and Mary West campaigned the 4-year-old Mongoose, who retires with a career record of 17-6-2-2 and lifetime earnings of $694,531.

Trained first by Bill Mott and then by James Bond, Mongoose also won the Cradle Stakes and placed in three other stakes. He finished second in the Grade 1 Gulfstream Park Handicap and the Summing Stakes and ran third in the Grade 2 Turfway Spiral Stakes.

Mongoose is out of Salty Gal, a daughter of Cox's Ridge. He is the first stakes winner for his dam. She benefited from his record this week when she went through the ring at Keeneland's November sale, bringing $1.75 million from Live Oak Stud.

Dove Hunt, Touch Tone headed to Texas

The Lone Star State will have two more new stallions in 2003: Dove Hunt and Touch Tone.

Dove Hunt, a graded stakes-winning Danzig horse, relocates from Lane's End in Versailles, Ky., to Lane's End Texas in Hempstead, Texas. He will stand there for $3,500. Dove Hunt, a Grade 3 winner, has sired three crops to race so far, including stakes winners Romancin Dixie and Paloma Parilla. He is out of the Knightly Dawn mare Hunt's Lark.

Tom Durant's stakes winner Touch Tone has retired from racing to join the stallions at Jim and Marilyn Helzer's JEH Stallion Station in Pilot Point, Texas. Touch Tone, a Pick Up the Phone stallion, will stand for $2,500.

Touch Tone won the 2001 Iowa Derby and Alysheba Breeders' Cup Stakes. But his most noteworthy performance came in last year's Grade 1 Haskell Invitational, where he finished just a half-length behind winner and eventual Horse of the Year Point Given. He leaves the races with a career record of 8-3-1-3 and $632,850 in earnings.

Touch Tone is out of the El Baba mare Super Seniorita.

Meanwhile, Dutchess Views Farm in New York also is getting a new stallion in Top Account. The Private Account horse, sire of stakes winner Accountable Guy, has moved from Bridlewood Farm in Ocala, Fla., to Dutchess Views in Pine Plains, N.Y. He will stand for $3,000 in 2003.

First peek at Castleton's new look

Lexington's historic Standardbred nursery, Castleton Farm, has gone through some changes since Irish entrepreneur Tony Ryan bought the 1,100-acre property from the Van Lennep family last year. Ryan renamed the farm Castleton Lyons and made it a commercial Thoroughbred breeding operation.

Ryan also has begun restoring some of the farm's buildings. At an open house Wednesday night, he unveiled the first of those projects, the stallion barn's restoration. The barn, which once housed the stallion Ben Brush, reopened Wednesday with new white-oak paneling, brass door bolts and chains, and gold-colored horse heads above the stall doors. Ryan has renamed the stallion barn Chateau Lascombes in honor of a French vineyard he owns.