03/07/2008 1:00AM

Adena Springs training sale catalogs 136


Adena Springs South is an integral part of the Eclipse Award-winning equine empire owned by Magna Entertainment's Frank Stronach. Based near Ocala in Williston, the breeding and training complex covers 4,500 acres, tied with Charlotte Weber's Live Oak Stud as Florida's biggest in terms of acreage. On the evening of March 17, Adena Springs will conduct its annual selected 2-year-olds in training sale under the auspices of the Ocala Breeders' Sales Co.

"There's 136 cataloged for this sale," said Adena Springs South's manager, Mark Roberts. "We've a few new changes for this year, but otherwise the format is the same."

The changes Roberts referred to include the following: There will be no under-tack show over the farm's turf course, and the conditions of sale, including right of return, have been amended to reflect the same conditions that OBS employed at its 2-year-old sales.

"We had little feedback about breezing over the turf," Roberts said. "So if most of the buyers are not interested in the turf aspect, we opted for two main-track under-tack shows."

The first under-tack show was Thursday, and the other is March 16.

"Same routine as last year," said Roberts of the under-tack shows. "We are going to let them pick it up through the stretch and do an eighth in 13, more or less. May foals, however, will be allowed to gallop, but not at the same pace as the older 2-year-olds."

The sale has a 4:30 p.m. starting time. As with past sales, buyers and other attendees may avail themselves of a barbecue buffet beginning at 3 p.m. There is a $20 charge for the barbecue, with all the profits earmarked for the Ocala Farm Ministry and Florida Thoroughbred Retirement Foundation.

The 136 horses in this sale represent 31 stallions. A dozen of these stand at either Adena Springs Kentucky or Adena Springs South. The Adena stallions include Alphabet Soup (10 offspring in the sale), Awesome Again (15), El Prado (4), Macho Uno (12), Milwaukee Brew (11), and Touch Gold (13). There are also 2-year-olds by the non-Adena stallions A.P. Indy, Smart Strike, and Giant's Causeway.

This sale has a fixed reserve policy.

"Some, not all, of the 2-year-olds will have a reserve," Roberts said. "We will finalize that reserve 30 minutes prior to the start of the sale. We will not bid against that reserve."

While Stronach sells most of his 2-year-olds at this auction, there are three categories of 2-year-olds he does not consign to the sale. He retains some colts who have the bloodlines he wants for stallion prospects. These are sold via partnerships. Then there are fillies he wants to retain for breeding purposes, and, finally, there are those who lack conformation or some other sale-worthy aspect.

Wilko booked to more than 100 mares

Adena Springs South stands nine stallions for the 2008 season, including the Awesome Again stallion Wilko, winner of the 2004 Breeders' Cup Juvenile.

"His family reads like a who's who of the world," Roberts said. "Local breeders have been looking at him and liking what they see, as we have over 100 mares booked at this time."

Roberts also said that Alphabet Soup, moved to Florida after successful years in Kentucky, has been well received and has more than 60 mares booked. Milwaukee Brew and Sligo Bay also have books of 50 or more.

"You can say that we are very pleased with the way Florida breeders have been booking to our local stallions," said Roberts.