12/21/2002 12:00AM

Another good filly for Colony Light


Dakota Light, the 2-year-old filly who won last Saturday's $100,000 Three Ring Stakes at Calder, is getting better as she matures. That's no surprise, considering her sire is Colony Light, a 13-year-old son of Pleasant Colony-Great Light, by Rube the Great who stands at Jim and Sheila DiMare's Rising Hill Farm in Ocala.

Colony Light, the only sire from the His Majesty line standing in Florida for 2003, is bred to 40 or 50 mares a year, said Jim DiMare.

"People who race come back to him, and they know his horses get better with age, like most of the sire line," he said.

A 16-hand dark bay or brown son of Pleasant Colony, Colony Light raced only 10 times before he was injured and retired. In 1992, his 3-year-old season, Colony Light finished first the Grade 3 Louisiana Derby at Fair Grounds, but was disqualified to third place. He also finished second at Belmont in the Grade 1 Jerome Handicap and the Grade 2 Peter Pan Stakes that year.

The DiMares bred and race Dakota Light under the stable name of J.D. Farm. Dakota Light won the Three Ring in her sixth start. She has earned $145,150.

Colony Light has seven stakes winners and about 100 winners. His top American runners have been fillies. Dakota Light is his fifth filly stakes winner. Plenty of Light is Colony Light's best offspring. She won the Grade 1 Spinster at Keeneland.

Rising Hill Farm has changed its stallion roster for 2003. There will be eight stallions holding court there. Struggler has been sent to Texas, and the farm has added Dr. Caton, moved from Double Diamond Farm, and Thats Our Buck, who stood previously at Break Away Farm.

Texas Glitter set for new career

The multiple graded stakes winner Texas Glitter arrived at DunHill Stud Thursday following an uneventful journey from Hong Kong. Texas Glitter finished eighth in the Hong Kong Sprint there in his final career start.

Adam Staple, of DunHill, said Texas Glitter, a son of Glitterman- Come on Texas, by Apalachee, would have a full book by mid-January.

There are nine stallions at DunHill, including two whom Staple also expects to have full books, Unbridled Time and Straight Man. One new DunHill stallion is Holiday Thunder, a graded stakes placed son of Thunder Gulch.

* A recent survey of the approximately 325 stallions who will stand in Florida for 2003 reveals that there are 26 sons and grandsons of Mr. Prospector in the state and 17 descendants of Northern Dancer.

* Carol Casse, who sold 2-year-olds in training with her husband, Norman E. Casse, died recently after a long illness. The Casses sold horses under the banner of Cardinal Hill Farm.

Norman Casse family is the chairman of the board of the Ocala Breeders' Sales Company.