02/25/2005 12:00AM

Fasig-Tipton sale offers 47 Florida-breds


Round 2 of the Florida 2-year-olds in training sales takes place Tuesday when Fasig-Tipton holds its annual selected sale at Calder Race Course.

Terrence R.P. Collier, Fasig-Tipton's director of marketing, is confident this year's sale will be a winner for all concerned.

"There's a lot of confidence and optimism in the market these days," Collier said. "And there's a solid demand for horses across the board."

Collier credited much of this confidence to the work of the National Association of Two-Year-Old Consignors, an organization that promotes juvenile sales.

"This organization has built integrity and responsibility into their marketing paradigm," he said. "Their continuing efforts are building confidence in the buyer. This is a confidence that tells the buyer this or that horse did not fall through the cracks and is as represented."

Of the 355 horses cataloged, 47 are Florida-breds.

"Florida has helped its program by the rejuvenation of its stallion ranks," Collier said. He added that Florida's sire power resulted in more Florida-breds in this sale than in past Fasig-Tipton auctions at Calder.

There are a dozen stallions with offspring in the sale who currently stand in Florida or did when this group of 2 year-olds were conceived. Songandaprayer, who currently stands at Hartley-DeRenzo Walmac South for a fee of $10,000, has nine cataloged for this sale. Yes It's True, who stood at Padua Stables for a fee of $10,000 but now stands at Kentucky's Three Chimneys for $25,000, also has nine cataloged.

Montbrook, whose fee at Ocala Stud is $20,000, rounds out the top three stallions with most get in this sale. There are two colts and two fillies by Montbrook cataloged.

Songandaprayer is a 2005 freshman stallion by Unbridled's Song. Winner of the Grade 1 Fountain of Youth at Gulfstream as a 3-year-old and second to Millennium Wind in the Grade 1 Blue Grass, the bay Songandaprayer is a fifth-generation Floridian on his dam's side, tracing to the Ocala Stud foundation mare Old Bess. Two of Songandaprayer's get sold at the Ocala Breeders' Sales at Calder sale earlier this month for an average of $130,000.

Yes It's True is second to the former Florida sire Successful Appeal on the national leading second-crop sire roster. Yes It's True has 25 winners and four stakes winners. At the OBS Calder sale, six 2-year-olds went through the ring with five selling for an average of $180,000.

Montbrook, who had his reign as Florida's leading sire ended last year by Halo's Image, had six go through the ring at the OBS Calder sale. Five sold for an average of $94,000.

Those Florida stallions who had an impact at the OBS sale at Calder and have one or more get in Tuesday's auction are Delaware Township (six averaged $97,000 at the OBS sale); Exchange Rate (one, $425,000); Straight Man (two, $107,000); and Tiger Ridge (two, $102,500).

As was the case with OBS at Calder, the majority of 2-year-olds in this sale were pinhooked as yearlings.

The preview under-tack showing was held last weekend. The second under-tack show begins 10 a.m. Eastern on Sunday. Those who missed the first show can see the trials via videotape. The second show will be videotaped as well.