10/06/2009 11:00PM

Adena stallions leaving Florida

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Stallions who had previously stood at the Florida operation of Frank Stronach's Adena Springs farm will be moved to the Adena properties in Kentucky and Canada, the farm announced on Tuesday.

Adena Springs South, located in Ocala, will remain in operation for breaking and training all of Adena's weanlings and yearlings, according to Adena officials, and the farm will also take boarders. All six of the active sires now at the farm, however, will move to the Adena Springs properties in either Paris, Ky., or Ontario, Canada.

Mark Roberts, the general manager of Adena South, said that the stallions were being moved to take advantage of breeders' incentives programs in Kentucky and Canada that offer more to statebreds than the Florida program.

Mark Roberts, the general manager of Adena South, said that the stallions were being moved to take advantage of breeders' incentives programs in Kentucky and Canada that offer more to statebreds than the Florida program.

"It's sheer economics," said Roberts. "Racing is in bad shape right now. The purse structure is not good, therefore the demand for Florida-breds is not good. It makes it very tough here in Florida."

Moving to Canada will be Alphabet Soup, the 1996 Breeders' Cup Classic winner who covered 81 mares in 2008, according to the Jockey Club; Milwaukee Brew, who covered 94 mares in 2008; and Olmodovar, who covered 53 mares last year. (Covering statistics for stallions in 2009 are not yet available.)

Moving to Kentucky will be Red Bullet, who covered 31 mares in 2008; Showing Up, who stood his first season in 2009; and Wilko, who covered 126 mares in 2008.