03/12/2003 1:00AM

Breeder Scott Dudley dead at 56


Scott Dudley, a breeder of stakes winners whose farm in Ocala, Fla., raised 1997 Kentucky Derby winner and champion 3-year-old Silver Charm, died of cancer Wednesday in Florida. He was 56.

Dudley and his wife, Diane, operated Dudley Farm near Ocala. The farm was founded by Dudley's father, Jack, in the 1950's. Scott and Diane Dudley had managed the 180-acre property since their marriage in 1970. The Dudleys bred or raised such stakes winners as Adhocracy, Supah Gem, Cagey Move, Valid Romeo, The Silver Move, Gator Back, Golden Par, Tee Kay, and Cee Score.

Both Scott and Diane Dudley have served on the Florida Thoroughbred Breeders' and Owners' Association board of directors, and together they won the organization's 1997 Bruce Campbell Award for bringing prestige to Florida's Thoroughbred industry. Scott Dudley also authored "Prominent Sire Lines in America II," a stallion genealogy chart that hangs in the National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame.