11/03/2003 12:00AM

Whywhywhy to stand at Spendthrift


LEXINGTON, Ky. - Grade 1 winner Whywhywhy, who was retired last month, will stand his initial season at Spendthrift Farm in Lexington for a $7,500 fee.

Three-year-old Whywhywhy joins his sire, Mr. Greeley, at Spendthrift.

Spendthrift bought a half-interest in the colt last year from co-owners Fabien Ouaki and Patrick Biancone. Trained by Bian-cone, Whywhywhy won the Grade 1 Futurity Stakes at Belmont in 2002 after capturing the Grade 3 Flash Stakes by 5 1/2 lengths to win his maiden. Whywhywhy also won Saratoga's Grade 2 Sanford Stakes. Favored in the Breeders' Cup Juvenile, he finished 10th.

This year, his best finish was a third place in the Grade 3 Swale Stakes at Gulfstream. In September, he injured a stifle in a workout and has not started since.

Whywhywhy retired with a record of 9-3-1-1 and $315,015 in earnings. He is the first stakes winner for his dam, the Quiet American mare Thorough Fair.

Silver Hawk pensioned

Silver Hawk, runner-up in the 1982 Irish Derby and a prolific sire of graded stakes winners, has been pensioned from stud duty at the age of 24, Airdrie Stud has announced. Silver Hawk has stood at Airdrie, near Midway, Ky., since 1983.

Silver Hawk, a son of Roberto and the Amerigo mare Gris Vitesse, established himself as a talented runner in England and Ireland. At 2, he won the Solario Stakes and finished second in the Group 2 Royal Lodge Stakes. The following season, he captured the Group 3 Craven Stakes and finished second in the Irish Derby. He also ran third in the Epsom Derby.

Silver Hawk sired 14 Grade 1 or Group 1 winners, including the 1997 Epsom Derby winner, Benny the Dip; globe-trotting millionaire and English champion Mutafaweq; and Beverly D. Stakes winner and millionaire Memories of Silver. He also is the sire of Japanese champion Grass Wonder. From 18 crops to race, Silver Hawk has sired the earners of $44,293,676.

* Group 2 winner Van Nistelrooy, 2001's highest-priced yearling at $6.4 million, and Group 1 winner Hold That Tiger will retire to Coolmore's American division at Ashford Stud near Versailles, Ky., in 2004. Van Nistelrooy (Storm Cat-Halory, by Halo) will stand for $7,500, and Hold That Tiger (Storm Cat-Beware of the Cat, by Caveat) will stand for $15,000.