03/22/2007 11:00PM

Busy week starts with Adena Springs sale


The juvenile sales tempo accelerates this week with the Adena Springs auction of homebred 2-year-olds in training set for Monday afternoon at 5 p.m. There are 141 cataloged for this sale, which is managed by the Ocala Breeders' Sales Co. The auction, however, does not take place at the OBS facilities but at Adena Springs South, about 20 miles north of Ocala.

The OBS March selected sale of 2-year-olds in training begins Tuesday morning at 11 a.m. There are 259 2-year-olds cataloged to sell in the first session and 261 for the second and final session on Wednesday.

Adena Springs stands 17 stallions, 11 in Kentucky and 6 in Florida. The Florida-based stallions and their number of get in this sale are Greatness (2), Indy King (2), Macho Uno (13), Milwaukee Brew (20), Red Bullet (13), and Sligo Bay (15).

Adena Springs has two policies that differ from other 2-year-olds in training sales. The first is it doesn't subject the under-tack sales horses to time trials.

"Those 2-year-olds foaled before May 1 will lightly breeze through the stretch," said Mark Roberts, Adena Springs's general manager. "The May and June foals will gallop."

There are two under-tack showings - the first on the turf course and the second on the main track. Both are videotaped and are available on demand at the farm and via the OBS website, www.obssales.com.

Adena Springs also has a policy of taking back any sales horse with no questions asked.

"Complete X-rays and the results of endoscopic exams on all the sales horses are available in our repository," Roberts said. "If, within 48 hours, your vet does not like what he sees, we'll take the horse back with no questions asked providing the horse has not left our grounds."

First crops by Harlan's Holiday, Proud Citizen

Harlan's Holiday, the Grade 1 stakes-winning grandson of Storm Cat who earned $3.6 million, leads the roster of first-crop stallions at the two-day OBS auction, with 13 offspring cataloged. Sixty-one yearlings by Harlan's Holiday were sold in 2006 for an average of $95,584.

Proud Citizen, from the same crop as Harlan's Holiday, won the Grade 2 Lexington Stakes on his way to a second-place finish in the Kentucky Derby and a third in the Preakness. A son of Gone West, Proud Citizen has 10 in the sale from his first crop cataloged.

Among Florida stallions with a first crop going to the races is the stakes winner Full Mandate. Six juveniles by this son of A.P. Indy are cataloged. Gulf Storm, a stakes-placed son of Storm Cat, has three cataloged. Lido Palace, the Chilean champion and American multimillionaire, has a filly in this sale, while Eclipse champion 2-year-old Macho Uno is the sire of one colt.

Mike O'Farrell's team at Ocala Stud, which sells only homebreds, offers four by Montbrook and four by Trippi. Both stallions stand at Ocala Stud and are among the current leading Florida sires. In all there are 10 2-year-olds by Montbrook in this sale and 11 by Trippi.

Buyers seeking 2-year-olds who fit in with specific state premium programs can choose among 275 cataloged horses from Kentucky, 140 from Florida, and 43 New York-breds.

* Agnes Gold, a Grade 2 stakes-winning son of Sunday Silence imported from Japan to stand at Roy Lerman's Lambholm South, should have satisfied all his U.S. Department of Agriculture and state quarantine requirements and be ready to resume breeding this week, according to Lerman. A millionaire racehorse with Tartan Farms pedigree connections, Agnes Gold will begin his Florida stallion career for a fee of $5,000.