12/10/2007 12:00AM

Young fillies, mares boost sale

EmailLEXINGTON, Ky. - The market for fillies and young broodmare prospects continued its boom in France at the Arqana December breeding stock auction, which saw a sale-topping $1.1 million filly on Sunday. But overall market declines fit another, less sunny trend that suggested overproduction is affecting sales on both sides of the Atlantic.

The Deauville auction ended Monday with 454 horses sold for 16,635,000 euros, or about $24,453,450, resulting in an average price of about $53,862 and a median of about $22,050. The average rose slightly, from 35,544 euros last season to 36,641 euros, but the gross and median dropped by 5 percent and 12 percent, respectively. And the buyback rate climbed from 18 percent last year to 33 percent.

The commodity weathering downturns the best in France was the same one that drew the biggest bids at Keeneland November in Kentucky, Tattersalls December in England, and the recently concluded Goffs auction in Ireland: young fillies and mares. At Arqana, the sale-topping horse was the 3-year-old filly Jambu, an Ocean of Wisdom half-sister to Grade 1 winner Aube Indienne and Group 1-placed Mare Nostrum.

Jambu sold for 750,000 euros, or about $1,102,500.

Bertrand le Metayer purchased Jambu on behalf of an undisclosed Australian partnership. Haras de Fresnay-le-Buffard consigned the filly.

"The market has been selective, as it was in England and Ireland, with more horses sold in the upper levels," Arqana president Eric Hoyeau said.

High Yield dies in France at age 10

Multiple Grade 1 winner High Yield has died in France at age 10, according to a Blood-Horse report. No cause of death was reported, but subsequent online reports from France indicated that the stallion had developed a rare heart infection that required euthanasia.

Alain Regnier, who stood High Yield at his Haras de la Haie Neuve, could not be reached for comment Monday.

High Yield, a son of Storm Cat and Scoop the Gold, won the 1999 Hopeful Stakes and the 2000 Fountain of Youth and Blue Grass stakes among his 4 victories in 14 lifetime starts. He earned $1,170,196.

Bred by Betty Moran's Brushwood Stable, High Yield sold for $1.05 million to Coolmore agent Demi O'Byrne at the 1998 Keeneland July yearling sale. High Yield raced for the partnership of Sue Magnier, Michael Tabor, and the late Bob Lewis and his wife Beverly. D. Wayne Lukas trained the horse.

High Yield initially retired to Coolmore's Kentucky division at Ashford Stud. In 2005, Haras la Quebrada in Argentina, which had stood the horse during Southern Hemisphere shuttle seasons, purchased him. In 2006, he had been slated to stand at Hill 'n' Dale Farm in Lexington but was instead sent to Regnier in France.

High Yield is the sire of such stakes performers as 2007 Grade 2 winner High Again, Canadian stakes winner Alezzandro, Group 1-placed and Group 3 winner Magic America, 2005 Pennsylvania Oaks winner Amazing Buy, and others. In 2007, he has so far sired seven stakes winners.

High Yield has lifetime progeny earnings of $11,333,516 to date from four crops to race.

KEEP auction raises $4 million

The Kentucky Equine Education Project's Dec. 7 stallion season auction in Lexington raised more than $4 million, the grassroots lobbying organization said Monday.

Live and silent auctions featuring a total of 184 seasons to both Thoroughbred and other breed stallions generated $3.9 million, and the group reported that some seasons still in the process of being sold privately would boost the revenue past the $4 million mark.

The live auction's top price was $300,000 for a season to Distorted Humor, who will stand for $300,000 in 2008. A season to Storm Cat also went for $300,000 in a private sale.

Officials at KEEP said they would not reveal the identities of the season buyers.

"These funds will go a long way to help our organization continue its mission," said KEEP executive director Patrick Neely. "Most people forget we are still a young organization, having only been around since 2004. We have a lot of work left ahead of us to raise awareness about the importance of the horse industry to our state and the economic role our industry plays in the local economies all across the Commonwealth."

Saint Anddan to stand at Journeyman Stud

Grade 2 winner Saint Anddan, a 5-year-old A.P. Indy horse, has retired to begin his stud career at Brent and Crystal Fernung's Journeyman Stud in Ocala, Fla., as part of the Taylor Made/WinStar Venture roster. Saint Anddan is out of the stakes-placed Danzig Connection mare Adoradancer.

Trained by Anthony Dutrow for Mr. and Mrs. William K. Warren Jr., he won 5 of 16 starts, including the Grade 2 Churchill Downs Stakes this year, and earned $423,170. He also won the Duncan F. Kenner Stakes and placed in the Grade 3 Phoenix Stakes this year. Saint Anddan will stand for $6,500.

Fasig-Tipton Texas December sale posts gain

A pair of $35,000 mares brought the top price Sunday at Fasig-Tipton's Texas December mixed auction. The one-day sale sold 125 horses for $574,700, up 6 percent from last year, when 124 sold. The $4,598 average also was up from last year's $4,365, but the $2,100 median was down from $2,800 last season.

The sale-toppers were the 10-year-old Storm Bird mare Moon Tide, whom Stonerside Farm (Lane's End Texas, agent) sold to Harvey Trimble, and the 12-year-old Saratoga Six mare Taffy, whom TRB Thoroughbreds (Lane's End Texas, agent) sold to Heiligbrodt Racing Stable. Both mares were cataloged in foal to Valid Expectations.

* A HK$7.2 million Flying Spur gelding topped the Dec. 8 Hong Kong International sale of imported juveniles at Sha Tin racecourse. The buyer was local developer Cheuk Law. The gelding, whose price was about $923,000, was bred in New Zealand and is out of the Fuji Kiseki mare Floating World. The one-session auction sold 17 horses for about $9,619,331, for an average price of about $565,843 and a median of approximately $577,159.