05/28/2001 11:00PM

Florida: Padua trio wraps up first year


Satish Sanan's Padua Stables was until this year mostly a training facility. The change to become one of the area's new stallion stations was made in time for the 2001 breeding season. The stallion trio of Yes It's True, Sasha's Prospect, and Dance Master were the first to arrive on the scene. There will be others come next year, and the graded stakes winner Exchange Rate is among the candidates.

"It went very well," reflected Padua Stable's manager Bruce Hill. "Yes It's True generated well over 200 applications and it was decided to book 100."

"We were severely impacted" by the outbreak of mares aborting in Kentucky, said Hill, "with five of our seven mares there aborting, so we reopened Yes It's True's book and booked another 10 to him. As for Sasha's Prospect, you know we stood him free to approved mares, and we scrutinized the requests and took about half of them. He should have around 50 foals for next year. Dance Master was off a little slowly. We were not sure when he was arriving in Florida and he did arrive a little late. But we got some 40 mares to him, and that will get him started."

All things considered, Hill thinks that Padua Stable's first go-round as a breeding operation was encouraging. "Maybe it's us, because we breed to race, but it looks like local breeders are going in for something else besides speed and conformation. Sure they want speed and conformation, but that's not the end. Breeders are trying to breed the more versatile horse.

"Plans are to bring in three more stallions for next year. Among those being considered is Exchange Rate. He is racing this weekend in the Met Mile. Win or lose, Florida is in the picture for him."

David Prater dead at 79

David Prater, one of most respected figures on the local breeding scene, died this past week at the age of 79.

Prater was an Ocala resident for more than three decades during which, at one time or another, he managed Greentree Stud (annex), Meadowbrook Farm, Wycombe House Stud, Indian Hill Farm, and other farms. Before his retirement he worked with his son Bob managing Due Process South.

Sale policy pays off at track

Harry T. Mangurian Jr.'s sales policy, when he was selling off his Mockingbird Farm homebreds, was if you don't like the merchandise bring it back. And Mangurian has taken his share of horses back at the behest of customers. He would then race the horses, and if a new customer came along, the new customer had to pay the tag and take the horse as is. More often than not, the returns have more than paid their way.

The latest among the take-backs is Dark Ending, a 3-year-old daughter of End Sweep who was sold for $115,000 in March of 2000 and then returned. When Dark Ending won the $274,750 Selene Stakes at Woodbine this past week, she chalked up her fourth win in 10 starts and boosted earnings to $278,831.

*Two Item Limit, recent winner of the Black-Eyed Susan, has a curious sales history. She went through the Ocala ring as a weanling and fetched $30,000. A daughter of Twining, she resold as an Ocala yearling, but brought only $20,000. The pinhooker who bought her resold her as an Ocala 2-year-old in training and this time she brought $50,000. Two Item Limit has current earnings of just under a half million.

*Local stallions making news are Halo's Image, standing at Bridlewood Farm. He had his second first-crop 2-year-old winner last week. Mister Jolie, standing at Hidden Point Farm, is the sire of Hana Highway, winner of the Joseph M. O'Farrell Stakes at Hialeah.

*Lite the Fuse, who stands at Adena Springs South is the sire of Fertile, his fifth stakes winner from two crops of racing age. Fertile, an Ocala 2 year-old sales graduate, was auctioned for $97,000 this past February and went right to the races. The filly is 2 for 2 in California and has earned $73,350, most of which came in the Nursery Stakes at Hollywood Park which she won by 3 1/2 lengths.