08/12/2004 11:00PM

First-crop stallions to make impact

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The Florida yearling market opens on Monday, Aug. 23, for the Ocala Breeders' Sales Company's selected session, with 242 cataloged. The open sessions, August 24-26, have 972 cataloged. There's an 11 a.m. starting time for all four days of sales.

Eight Florida-based stallions with first-crop yearlings will give this sale a special dynamic, according to OBS general manager and director of sales Tom Ventura. Ventura points out that some of these stallions with first yearlings have already been tested in the selected Fasig-Tipton yearling markets in Kentucky and Saratoga, and that their get have been selling for multiples of their stud fee.

Padua Stable's Delaware Township is the leader among these stallions in terms of number of yearlings cataloged for this OBS yearling sale. He was bred to 73 mares in 2002 and from these mares The Jockey Club reports 54 foals. Twenty-six of these foals were entered in this sale. Delaware Township is a Grade 1 stakes-winning sprinter by Notebook who narrowly missed the million-dollar earnings mark.

Songandaprayer, who stands at Marablue Farm, is a Grade 1 stakes winner by Unbridled's Song. Trippi, by End Sweep, stands at Ocala Stud, and is also a Grade 1 stakes winner. Each stallion has 17 yearlings cataloged.

Songandaprayer covered 79 mares his first season and these mares produced 70 foals. Trippi covered 101 mares his initial season and his mares produced 76 foals. Songandaprayer had five sell at Fasig-Tipton Kentucky last month for an average of $103,000. The only get of Songandaprayer offered at Fasig-Tipton Saratoga sold this past Tuesday for $100,000. Trippi had six sell in Kentucky for an average of $131,667.

Cloverleaf Farms II's Snuck In, by Montbrook, is a graded stakes winner with 17 from his first crop in this sale. The Jockey Club registry shows that he covered 93 mares his first season and these mares produced 56 foals. Snuck In had but one yearling representing him at the Kentucky sales, and the yearling sold for $25,000, 10 times Snuck In's stud fee.

Padua Stable's Exchange Rate, a sprinter-miler son of Danzig, was well received in Kentucky, with three selling for an average of $108,333. A Grade 2 stakes winner, Exchange Rate was bred to 64 mares who produced 52 foals. Of these, 13 are cataloged for the OBS auction.

Cloud Hopping, a winning son of Mr. Prospector and a half-brother to the Grade 1 stakes winner Skimble, stands at Lambholm South. The chestnut stallion has 38 foals from his first crop, with two in the selected session and 11 more in the open sessions.

Put It Back, a resident stallion at Bridlewood Farm, had a brief racing career, winning five out of seven starts, two of them stakes, and placing in his other two efforts. By Honour and Glory, Put It Back's only yearling at Fasig-Tipton Kentucky sold for $80,000. There are 31 additional foals registered with The Jockey Club and nine of them are cataloged for the OBS sales.

Flame Thrower is one of several stakes-winning sons of the late Saint Ballado standing in Florida. Flame Thrower, a Grade 2 stakes winner at 2, has 46 reported get from his first crop. Three of these sold at Fasig-Tipton for an average of $108,000. The Cloverleaf Farms II resident has six cataloged for the OBS selected session.