03/13/2008 11:00PM

Catalog reflects better broodmares

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Adena Springs South, Frank Stronach's farm in Williston, Fla., will send 136 homebred juveniles through the auction ring on Monday in an event that has become a staple of the Florida juvenile sale circuit and of Adena's marketing program.

"People come here, see the facilities and how the horses are handled and treated - it's a great selling point," said Mark Roberts, manager of Adena Springs South. "And it helps us make our stallions. We can showcase our progeny a little better, and that's basically the philosophy."

The auction, now in its seventh year, is unusual in at least one respect: Adena offers public under-tack shows, but it does not put the horses through timed breezes.

"We keep these horses in our program, which we're comfortable with, and at our sale they're not being pushed fast," Roberts added. "We want them to go fast enough so that people can see their action and how they move in a decent manner, but not so fast that it's going to hurt them."

The Ocala Breeders' Sales Co.conducts the Adena auction, and that means the horses will be subject to the same return policy and conditions of sale as at any other OBS sale, including a new provision for steroid-testing if a buyer so desires.

"They're welcome to test every horse here, and I can guarantee they won't find any," Roberts said.

The 2008 Adena Springs catalog shows signs of increasing quality in Stronach's broodmares. This year's auction features sons, daughters, and siblings of numerous graded-stakes performers, and some of the families are deep in black type. It's a testament to the size of the Adena broodmare band that Stronach will part with horses such as Hip No. 17, a Macho Uno filly whose second dam is Primarily, the mare who produced Canadian champions Poetically and Primaly, Grade 1 winner Citronnade, and One Over Prime, dam of Twilight Meteor.

Other examples are Hip No. 21, an Alphabet Soup filly out of Grade 1-placed Classy Cara, and Hip No. 51, an Awesome Again filly out of a half-sister to champion Jewel Princess.

There are fewer colts than in previous year, Roberts said, but there are several standouts on the catalog page. Awesome Again has a colt out of $450,000 earner Petrina Above selling as Hip No. 90. Grade 2 winner Pupil, by Unbridled, has a Touch Gold colt in the sale as Hip No. 96.

Not all of the horses are by stallions at Adena. Hip No. 166, for example, is an A.P. Indy colt out of the millionaire Smok'n Frolic, a multiple graded winner who also was Grade 1-placed. Smart Strike, like A.P. Indy a Lane's End stallion, has five horses on offer. They include Hip No. 60, a son of Canadian champion Lady Shari, and Hip No. 80, a half-brother to $720,000 earner and graded winner Mark One.

The sale begins at 4:30 p.m. Eastern. The final under-tack preview is scheduled for 8:30 a.m. Sunday, also at the farm.