01/04/2002 12:00AM

Auction bids will benefit charity


Thirty farms representing 114 stallions have donated no-guarantee nominations for the 2002 breeding season, one of the highlights of the annual fund-raiser for Florida Thoroughbred Charities Inc., an arm of the Florida Thoroughbred Breeders' and Owners' Association. The event is scheduled for Sunday, Jan. 13 at Steinbrenner's Ramada Inn in Ocala.

Of the available stallions, 93 will be sold at live auction in the sales pavilion of the Ocala Breeders' Sales Company following the first session of the Winter Mixed Sale, which begins its two-day run on Monday, Jan. 14. The other 21 stallions will be offered as silent auction bids at the Ramada Inn next Sunday night.

Adena Springs South has gone the silent auction route and all six of its resident stallions will be offered on that basis. They include the millionaire Running Stag, whose first crop arrives in 2002. A son of Cozzene, Running Stag stands for $7,500 live foal.

Meadowbrook Farm donated seven stallion nominations. Four of these are silent auction donations and three will be offered at the live auction.

Bridlewood Farm contributed 12 stallion nominations. Among these are the successful freshman sire Halo's Image (Halo) and newcomer Put It Back (Honor and Glory). Both stallions are advertised at $5,000.

Ocala Stud will offer all its resident stallions except for Notebook, whose book is limited to shareholders. Concerto (Chief's Crown), a Grade 2 stakes winner, will have his first crop to the races in 2002 and he stands for $3,500 live foal.

Over at Hartley-DeRenzo Thoroughbreds is Diligence, one of seven being offered by that farm for the live auction. Diligence (Miswaki), a Grade 2 stakes winner who also stands for $3,500, will have his first crop at the races this year and is owned by a syndicate, including George M. Steinbrenner, whose Kinsman Stud owns Concerto.

Padua Stable has also donated its coterie of stallions. These include the newcomers Exchange Rate (Danzig), a Grade 2 stakes winner who stands for $10,000 live foal - the highest fee of all stallions in the group - and Grade 1 stakes winner Delaware Township, who begins his career with a $6,500 fee.

Wycombe House Stud has committed all five of its stallions to the live auction. Missing from the Wycombe House stallion ranks is the Grade 2 Remsen winner Comeonmom (Jolie's Halo). The 6-year-old Comeonmom stood his first season last year and has been consigned to the OBS Winter Mixed Sale by Darley Stud Management.

In addition to the stallion nominations, there will be a silent auction of sports memorabilia beginning at 6 p.m. Dinner will be served at 7:30 p.m., followed by a live auction. Among the prizes to be auctioned off during this segment of the fund raiser is a weekend package to the Indy 500, including two hotel rooms, four tickets, and a jaunt around the Indy oval in the official pace car. Admission is $35 per person.

* This is the time of year when farms standing stallions have public showings. Among them are Double Diamond Farm, which will show its stallions Saturday, Jan. 12, between 1 and 4 p.m. and Dunhill Stud, which will show its stallions a week later from noon to 4 p.m.