10/05/2006 11:00PM

Expect weanlings to ride crest of market


There are 819 weanlings cataloged for the five-day Ocala Breeders' Sales fall mixed sale, which begins on Monday, and that's where Tom Ventura, the OBS general manager and sales director, thinks much of the action will be.

"The yearling sales were strong," said Ventura, "and when that happens pinhookers look to the weanling sales for weanlings who will sell as yearlings next year or as 2-year-olds down the road."

Jockey Club statistics list 17 first-crop Florida stallions who collectively sired 847 foals of this year, and of these first foals 194 are cataloged for this sale. The Jockey Club tallies are not necessarily complete, as there are always some foals out there that, for one reason or another, have not been registered.

Peace Rules, who stands at the Florida division of Vinery Stud, has the highest count of registered foals among first-crop Florida stallions with 104. Of these 16 are cataloged to the fall mixed sale. Peace Rules, himself a Florida-bred, won just over $3 million and is, on his dam's side, a third-generation Floridian. He's a graded stakes winner on the turf and multiple Grade 1 winner on the dirt. The son of Jules stands for $15,000 live foal and has been booked to well over 100 mares his first two seasons in stud.

Omega Code, a graded-stakes-winning son of Elusive Quality standing at Hartley/DeRenzo Walmac South for $7,500, is the group's leader in number of foals cataloged in this sale, with 24 of his 99 registered foals going to the auction. Roar of the Tiger, who stands for $6,000 at Hartley/DeRenzo, is a winning full brother to Giant's Causeway. A Storm Cat stallion, Roar of the Tiger has 74 registered foals and 22 of them have been cataloged.

There are two more Grade 1 winners among this group of first-crop stallions. They are Burning Roma, who won the 2000 edition of the Futurity Stakes, and Sarava, winner of the 2002 Belmont Stakes. Burning Roma holds court at Hidden Point Farm for $7,500. A durable racehorse, he won stakes on dirt and turf from 2 through 6, and he won just over $1.5 million. Burning Roma has eight of his first get cataloged. Sarava, by the late sire Wild Again, stands at Cloverleaf Farms II for $3,000. Sarava is a breeding oddity in that he is completely free of Northern Dancer and Mr. Prospector blood through three generations and there is no Nasrullah blood through five generations. Sarava has seven of his first foals cataloged.

Additional resident Florida first-crop stallions with 10 or more weanlings cataloged are Alajwad (14) and Alex's Pal (13) at Lou Roe Farm, Alke (15) at Cloverleaf Farms II, Black Mambo (12) at Bridlewood Farm, Gimmeawink (16) at Hidden Point Farm, and Read the Footnotes (14) at Sequel Stallions.

Three Wonders has 23 on offer

Three Wonders, a 9-year-old son of Storm Cat standing at Hidden Point Farm for $5,000 live foal, is the leading Florida juvenile sire. His first crop numbers 67, and of these 32 have raced and 12 have won. The chestnut stallion has one stakes winner and four stakes horses, and ranks fifth nationally on the first-crop sire list in the money-won category. There are 13 weanling colts and 10 weanling fillies by Three Wonders cataloged to this coming week's sale.

Winding Oaks Farm is where Graeme Hall, the nationally seventh-ranked first-crop sire stands. A Dehere stallion, Graeme Hall has 66 2-year-olds in his first crop. Eighteen of them have started and 12 have won, including 1 stakes winner and 4 who have placed in stakes. Five of his weanling colts and 10 weanling fillies are consigned to the sale. His stud fee is $7,500 - and as with Three Wonders it is quite likely to rise.

Placing in the national top 20 first-crop sires with the smallest crop of any in this group is Luke McKathan's Gibson County. There are only 14 2-year-olds by the son of the Irish-bred In Excess, five of them have made the races and all have won, including a stakes winner at Hollywood Park and a track record-setter in Canada. There is only one weanling by Gibson County cataloged, a colt out of a stakes-winning granddaughter of Foolish Pleasure

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