06/06/2002 11:00PM

Final sale of juveniles coming up


The year's fifth and final Florida sale of 2-year-olds in training takes place in Ocala on June 19 and 20. The Ocala Breeders' Sales Company will conduct its under-tack shows next Saturday and Sunday with an 8 a.m. starting time. The OBS has cataloged 226 for Tuesday's opening session and 214 for Wednesday. An additional 14 older horses in training will be offered at the end of the 2-year-old sale. Starting time for both sessions is 11a.m.

The June sale has become an important venue for consignors and buyers, as recent averages indicate. In the past six years, the average price has doubled from $8,240 to $16,857. In the 2001 June sale, four 2 year-olds brought $100,000 plus. Farnsworth Farms was the leading consignor, selling 40 2 year-old for a combined $564,000. Ocala Stud was next among leading consignors selling 12 juveniles for $427,000. This year, Farnsworth Farms has 63 cataloged, the most of any consignor, and Ocala Stud has 20.

"The June sale is okay now," said Mike Sherman of Farnsworth Farm. "If you have the right horse, you can get him sold. I am a consignor who had well over a hundred homebreds to take to the 2-year-old sales this year. Some of them came along early, and some late. I had a bunch of 2-year-olds by my first-crop stallion Double Honor in the April sale. I did okay, but I expect to do better selling his 2 year-olds in this sale, because he is now the sire of two starters and two winners, and both won impressively."

There are three Florida first-crop stallions with at least two winners. Lucky Lionel (Mt. Livermore), Concerto (Chief's Crown), and Double Honor (Gone West). Lucky Lionel has a filly, Hip No. 68, in the first session. Concerto has four fillies, Hip Nos. 53, 77, 114, and 348, and a colt, Hip No. 166. Those interested in a 2 year-old by Double Honor will have a generous selection to choose from, as there are 29 cataloged for the June auction.

Five second crops prospering

Florida-based second-crop sires are led by Lost Soldier ($1,024,000) and Outflanker ($930,815). Each is a son of Danzig. Lost Soldier, who stands at Franks Farm South, has 43 offspring racing to date, and 21 of them have won, including two stakes winners. The multiple stakes winner Lush Soldier is his leading performer, with earnings of $246,518.

Outflanker, at Cloverleaf Farms II, has 19 winners from 27 starters. His four stakes winners, tops among Florida second-crop sires, include Regiment, with earnings of $216,420. Halo's Image ($728,740), and Jules ($553,421) stand at Bridlewood Farm and are third and fifth in the rankings. Halo's Image has 22 winners from 39 starters, including the stakes-placed Bob's Image who has earnings of $114,435. Jules, by Forty Niner, has 25 winners from 54 starters with earnings of $553,421. Among his three stakes winners is Front Nine, with earnings of $98,810.

Suave Prospect, at Farnsworth Farms, is the fourth-ranked stallion of the group. A son of Fortunate Prospect, he has 16 winners from 33 starters, one stakes winner, and earnings of $659,535. His top earner is Salem Willow, with $96,266. Suave Prospect, it should be noted, has two known runners campaigning in Italy, and both are winners.

All five of these stallions have one or more in the OBS June sale, with Suave Prospect having eight, three more than Jules.