09/28/2006 11:00PM

Baker's dozen of new sires represented


Ocala was sort of a ghost town for the past several weeks, with so many locals away attending the Keeneland yearling sales. Starting Monday, Oct. 9, the focus shifts from yearling sales to the five-day Ocala Breeers' Sales mixed auction. The OBS has cataloged 1,723 lots. The three catalogs list a combined 819 weanlings and 832 broodmares. The 37 yearlings cataloged will lead the Thursday, Oct. 12, session.

There are 13 resident Florida stallions who have mares carrying their first foals at the sale. All 13 won graded stakes and several are millionaires. Padua Stables stands two of these stallions, the Brazilian-bred Pico Central and Proud Accolade, and both are Grade 1 winners.

Pico Central is by the late Kentucky Derby winner Spend a Buck. Pico Central earned both champion sprinter and horse of the year honors in his native Brazil. Imported to the U.S. as a 5-year-old, he won the Grade 1 Met Mile, Grade 1 Vosburgh, and Grade 1 Carter, and retired to Padua Stables with earnings over $1.25 million. Pico Central stands for $10,000 and stands with live foal conditions, as do most Florida stallions. There are 10 mares believed pregnant to him in the sale.

Proud Accolade, from the first crop of the former Padua Stable sire Yes It's True, won the Grade 1 Champagne Stakes as a 2-year-old and added the Grade 2 Hutcheson as a 3-year-old. He is out of Proud Ciel, by Septieme Ciel. It's a family of sprinter-milers. There are 18 mares being offered in foal to Proud Accolade, who stood the '06 season for $5,000.

Wildcat Heir won the Grade 1 De Francis Memorial Dash and placed in several additional graded sprints. The son of Forest Wildcat stands at Cloverleaf Farms II for $8,000. There are 18 mares in foal to his cover being offered.

Live Oak Stud's High Fly, winner of a host of stakes, including the Grade 1 Florida Derby, was a late arrival to the '06 breeding shed. The son of Atticus stands for $5,000 and, from his limited first book, three have been consigned to the OBS sale.

There are four stallions who won Grade 2 events among the 13. They are Bwana Charlie, who stands at Sequel Stallions for $6,500; Freeforinternet, who stands at Signature Stallions for $4,000; Supah Blitz, a multiple graded stakes winner and millionaire standing at Rising Hill Farm for $5,000; and Western Pride, who stands at Signature Stallions for a fee of $2,500.

Bwana Charlie, by Indian Charlie, won the Grade 2 Amsterdam Stakes and the Grade 3 Lafayette, and placed in four stakes. Sprinting was his forte. There are seven mares in foal to him at the coming sale. Also from Sequel Stallions is Closing Argument, by Successful Appeal. Closing Argument was a listed stakes winner at 2, won the Grade 3 Holly Bull at 3, and finished second to Giacomo in the 2005 Kentucky Derby. Closing Argument stands for $10,000 and there are 20 mares in foal to him. Also standing at Sequel Stallions is Heckle, by Hennessy. Heckle won the Grade 3 Tremont Stakes in a light campaign at 2. He stands for $5,000 and there are seven mares in the sale in foal to him. Western Pride, a grandson of Gone West, won three derbies: the Grade 2 Ohio Derby, Grade 3 Calder Derby, and the West Virginia Derby. He also won two graded stakes at Santa Anita and retired with earnings of just under $1.3 million. Only one mare pregnant to the cover of Western Pride is cataloged.

Lou Roe Farm is the home of True Direction, winner of the Grade 3 Fall Highweight and the Hirsch Jacobs Stakes. This son of French Deputy also placed in three additional sprint stakes. There are 12 mares in foal to True Direction, who stands for $3,000.

Great Pyramid, who stands at Bridlewood Farm for $2,500, is the only offspring of the late international leading sire and sire of sires Danehill to stand in Florida. He is a younger full brother to the highly successful young Irish stallion Rock of Gibraltar, and from the family that produced the French champion and successful sire Riverman. Great Pyramid did not win a stakes, as he was employed as a pacemaker for his stablemates in the English and Irish classics. Two mares from his reported full book will represent him in the sale.