After a year's hiatus, Stallion Access' Champagne Sale of Selected Seasons and Shares returned the evening of Aug. 9. Held at Fasig-Tipton's Humphrey S. Finney pavilion in Saratoga Springs, N.Y., the sale saw 33 of the 44 no-guarantee seasons for 2003 sell for $963,500. In addition, two stallion shares sold for $182,000. The auction, a bellwether sale for next year's stud fees, averaged $29,197.
Top price for the evening was a Danzig season that sold for $205,000. The season came with a limited warranty that the stallion would be physically capable of breeding on Feb. 1, 2003. Another Danzig nomination, without the warranty, brought a final bid of $180,000. The 25-year-old Danzig stands at the Hancock family's Claiborne Farm near Paris, Ky.
The second-highest price of the evening came for a 2003 season in the stallion Kingmambo that was hammered down for $200,000. Kingmambo stands at William S. Farish's Lane's End Farm near Versailles, Ky. A similar bid was made for a season in another Claiborne stallion, Seeking the Gold, but the price failed to met the reserve.
Two of the five stallion shares offered were reported as sold. A share in the 18-year-old sire Gulch sold for $112,000. Gulch stands at Lane's End. A final bid of $70,000 was hammered down for a share in Cozzene. The 22-year-old sire stands at Graham Beck's Gainesway Farm near Lexington.
Below are a listing of the 2003 stallion seasons that were reported as sold:
Banker's Gold $4,500
Belong to Me $15,000
Clever Trick $2,500
Conquistador Cielo (2) $9,500; $9,000
Cozzene (2) $39,000; $37,500
Danzig (2) $205,000; $180,000
Devil's Bag (2) $7,500; $7,500
Dixieland Band $36,500
Favorite Trick (2) $5,000; $5,000
Gilded Time $8,500
Lear Fan $8,000
Miswaki (2) $5,000; $5,000
Mt. Livermore (2) $25,000; $24,000
Not For Love (2) $10,500; $10,000
Personal Flag $2,500
Private Terms $2,500
Red Ransom $24,500
Smart Strike $13,000
Smoke Glacken (2) $12,000; $12,500
Two Punch (2) $13,500; $12,500
With Approval $3,500