11/04/2005 1:00AM

Farms set to show off new stallions


The excitement of a new breeding season is just around the corner, and three of Maryland's busiest establishments are ready to show off their new stallions for next year.

In recent weeks came announcements that Oratory was retired to Country Life Farm in Bel Air, Md.; Dance With Ravens and Deputy Storm arrived at Northview Stallion Station in Chesapeake City, Md.; and Gators N Bears and St Averil, still in training, would stand in 2006 at Maryland Stallion Station in Glyndon, Md. Interested parties can see the new arrivals and enjoy a day in the country at upcoming stallion showings at all three farms.

The first will be held on Nov. 20 at Maryland Stallion Station. Plans are for Gators N Bears and St Averil to race once more before the show, but both are expected to be at the farm on that date.

Gators N Bears, a 5-year-old son of Stormy Atlantic from the family of millionaire Friendly Lover, is a six-time stakes-winning sprinter with earnings of $804,393. Gators N Bears captured the Grade 3 Jersey Shore Breeders' Cup Stakes at 3 and the Grade 3 Maryland Breeders' Cup Handicap at 4. His 13 stakes-placings, seven graded, include the Grade 1 Frank J. De Francis Memorial Dash.

The classically bred St Averil, by Saint Ballado out of the graded stakes-winning Lord Avie mare Avie's Fancy, was a star on the rise at 3 when he won the Grade 2 Santa Catalina Stakes after finishing second to Lion Heart in the Grade 1 Hollywood Futurity in his final start at 2. St Averil had a second-place finish in the Grade 2 San Felipe Stakes to Preachinatthebar that spring, but was knocked out of the Triple Crown by an injury. The 4-year-old returned this year to win on the turf and finish second in the 7 1/2-furlong Ack Ack Handicap on the main track at Hollywood Park. He has earnings of $328,742 from 13 starts.

Gators N Bears is being syndicated and will stand for $5,000 live foal. St Averil, the property of a partnership, is offered for $6,000. Maryland Stallion Station also will stand Meadow Monster, Maryland's 2004 leading juvenile sire, at the farm in 2006. His stud fee is $4,000.

Northview Stallion Station stood three of the four most active stallions in Maryland in 2005, including first-year stallion Domestic Dispute (with 114 mares bred). Leading the state was Lion Hearted, with 139 mares reported bred. Two-time leading sire Not for Love covered 105.

"I think that our current roster covers the whole scope - from proven, nationally accepted stallions to new and exciting young prospects," said Richard Golden, managing partner of Northview Stallion Station.

Northview's show is scheduled for Dec. 11.

"It's all about inviting our breeders to the farm to view our stallions, have a great meal, and mix and mingle with our staff and their friends," said Golden.

Dance With Ravens is by A.P. Indy out of Racing Hall of Fame member Dance Smartly, from the spectacular family that includes 2005 top sire Smart Strike and champions and top sires Sky Classic and Regal Classic. Dance With Ravens, now 3, is a graded-stakes-winning half-brother to champion Dancethruthedawn and Scatter the Gold, both winners of the Queen's Plate. He will stand for $7,500.

Deputy Storm is a multiple-stakes-winning sprinter by Forestry out of two-time Canadian champion Deputy Jane West. The 4-year-old Deputy Storm stands his first season for $3,500.

Country Life Farm has yet to announce a date for its show, but business manager Mike Pons expects it to be in December. Country Life's new stallion Oratory, a son of Pulpit out of stakes winner Arrested Dreams, recorded one of the best races by a 3-year-old this year when he captured the Grade 2 Peter Pan Stakes in May. He stands for $5,000.

Pons said that interest in Oratory has been tremendous, with nearly 80 mares booked to him. Country Life Farm is also home to Parker's Storm Cat, who covered 117 mares in 2005.

"Mare owners liked what they saw in his foals," said Pons about Parker's Storm Cat's first crop, which arrived this year, noting that 22 mares with his foals on the ground went back to the stallion. "He had a strong show of support."