06/17/2004 11:00PM

Wavering Monarch dies at 25


LEXINGTON, Ky. - Wavering Monarch, Grade 1 winner and sire of champion Maria's Mon, was euthanized Thursday because of the infirmities of old age, Glencrest Farm in Midway, Ky., announced Friday. He was 25.

Wavering Monarch was a Glencrest homebred out of Uncommitted, a winning Buckpasser mare. He won 6 of his 13 lifetime starts, most notably the 1982 Haskell Invitational and 1983 San Fernando Stakes, both Grade 1 events. He earned $466,773.

Wavering Monarch sired Maria's Mon, the champion juvenile of 1995, and 37 other stakes winners and has current progeny earnings of more than $19.2 million. In addition to Maria's Mon, Wavering Monarch's best runners so far are Wavering Girl, Canada's champion juvenile filly in 1989; Grade 2 winner Fluttery Danseur; and Grade 3 winners Overturned, A.V. Eight, and King's Blade.

But Wavering Monarch was at least as well known as a broodmare sire. At the time of his death, his daughters had produced 27 stakes winners, the most famous of whom was 1993 champion 3-year-old and Preakness Stakes winner Prairie Bayou. Wavering Monarch's daughters have produced the earners of almost $25 million.

Wavering Monarch was buried at Glencrest. The farm recently announced the death of another of its oldest stallions, 28-year-old Clever Trick, on June 5.

Chiselling will stand in South Africa

Chiselling, a Grade 1-winning half-brother to Empire Maker, will stand in South Africa. Partners Andreas Jacobs and Scott Brothers have privately purchased the 5-year-old Chiselling and will stand him at Maine Chance Farms near Robertson in South Africa's Western Cape, starting in September. Maine Chance announced that his fee will be 25,000 rand, or about $4,000.

Chiselling, trained by Bobby Frankel, won the Grade 1 Secretariat Stakes and the Grade 3 Lexington Stakes in 2002. He also was third in the 2002 Jamaica Handicap, a Grade 2 race. Chiselling made two starts in 2003 and was unplaced, and he had not started this season.

Chiselling is out of Juddmonte Farm's remarkable matron Toussaud, 2003's broodmare of the year. Toussaud, a Grade 1 winner herself, is the dam of four Grade 1 winners from six foals to race: Chiselling, Empire Maker, Honest Lady, and Chester House. She also produced Grade 2 winner Decarchy.

Big day for former partners

Kentucky-based consignors James Keogh and Jim FitzGerald may not be selling horses under the same banner anymore, but the pair reaped the rewards of their partnership on June 12, when four of their sales graduates won stakes on the same afternoon.

The four FitzGerald/Keogh agency horses were Sister Star, who won the Grade 3 Regret at Churchill; Senor Swinger, winner of the Opening Verse Handicap at Churchill; Chance Dance, who captured the Estrapade at Arlington; and Wildwood Royal, victorious in the Wild Rose Stakes at Prairie Meadows.

Keogh and FitzGerald ended their selling partnership last year but remain friends, Keogh said, and kept up with the June 12 results as they unfolded. Fitz-

Gerald and Keogh are both still involved in Thoroughbred sales but sell horses under separate concerns.

"We'd never had a day like that before," Keogh said. "It's kind of cool. And three of those runners could have been bought for $20,000 or less. They had less-than-perfect X-rays. The lesson is that there are nice horses that run to their looks and not to their X-rays."

Sister Star was a $20,000 Keeneland November buy-back in 2001 that the agency later sold privately; Chance Dance brought $19,000 at the 2001 Keeneland September yearling sale; Wildwood Rose sold at Fasig-Tipton Kentucky's February yearling sale for $12,000; and Senor Swinger was withdrawn from the 2001 Keeneland October yearling sale and subsequently sold privately.

* The Kentucky Equine Education Project, a grass-roots educational and lobbying effort for Kentucky's horse industry, has granted board of directors seats to the United States Equestrian Federation and the American Saddlebred Horse Association. The additions are in keeping with KEEP's plan to include all breeds and disciplines in its efforts, said KEEP chairman Brereton Jones. Misdee Wrigley will represent the saddlebred organization, and John Long will represent the USEF.

* A June 15 auction at the Ocala Breeders' Sales Co. to benefit the Connor Halligan Fund raised $108,333, the sale company announced. The auction proceeds will help defray medical expenses for a liver transplant for Connor Halligan, the 4-month-old son of Brian and Sonia Halligan. Brian Halligan is an exercise rider for Florida-based pinhooker Niall Brennan.