03/14/2003 12:00AM

Fla. breeding: It's OBS stakes time again


Freedom Lane and Coach Jimi Lee, the second and third finishers Feb. 23 in the Sam F. Davis Stakes at Tampa Bay Downs, head a field of eight for the $100,000 Ocala Breeders' Sales Championship Stakes at the Ocala Training Center, one of six stakes Monday for horses who went through the ring of an OBS sale. The final race on the card, the Championship Stakes is for 3-year-old colts and geldings going 1 1/16 miles.

Russell Woolsey rides Freedom Lane and Pat Day has the mount on Coach Jimi Lee.

The Name's Bond has earned $125,670, making him the leading money earner in the field. His best payday came when he was second to Trust N Luck in the $400,000 In Reality division of the Florida Stallion Stakes last fall. Gary Boulanger will ride.

The $100,000 filly division of the OBS Championship Stakes, also at 1 1/16 miles, attracted a field of seven. Running Debate, a daughter of Open Forum, has won two races and has been stakes placed four times. She will be ridden by Edgar Prado.

Fencelineneighbor, who has two wins and has been off the board once in seven starts, figures to be the main opponent. Day will be up.

By far the most competitive race is the second. The $50,000 OBS Sprint Stakes, for colts and geldings at six furlongs, drew a field of nine. Super Fuse, winner of the Huntington Stakes at Aqueduct and stakes at Calder Race Course and Tampa Bay Downs, meets Grade 3 Sapling Stakes winner Valid Video, who comes off a victory in Gulfstream's $250,000 Sunshine Millions Dash. Prado will be up on Valid Video and Carlos Gonzalez rides Super Fuse.

The OBS card's first race, the $50,000 Sprint Stakes for 3-year-old fillies at six furlongs, has a field of nine. Crafty Brat brings a record of three wins and four seconds to the race. None of the others have won more than one race. Eibar Coa has the mount on Crafty Brat.

Handsome Smile and Raysin Thunder head a field of eight in the $35,000 Florida Thoroughbred Charities Stakes, for 3-year-olds and older at five furlongs. Both horses were stakes placed last year.

Completing the card is the $35,000 Florida Breeders' Distaff Stake, for fillies and mares at 1 1/16 miles. Nine have been entered, with Romancin Dixie, recent winner of the $50,000 Manatee Stakes at Tampa Bay Downs, the one to beat. Jose Espada will ride.

The Ocala Training Center does not have a parimutuel permit so there is no wagering on the races. First post is scheduled for 1:30 p.m Eastern.