08/16/2001 11:00PM

Freshman sires big at sale


There are 28 Florida stallions who have first crops at the races this year. Most of them are represented with yearlings in the Ocala Breeders' Sales Company's sale of yearlings, which begins Monday and continues through Friday.

Among this group of first-crop stallions, 24 have already produced winners. Foremost among them is the one-time Mockingbird Farm stallion - now in Texas - Valid Expectations.

A son of Valid Appeal, Valid Expectations has 13 winners at five different racetracks and is the current national leader among freshman sires by winners. He is also the leader in progeny earnings and is the co-leader in stakes winners and stakes victories. There are five yearlings by him in the select segment of the sale and six more in the open sessions.

Open Forum, still in residence at Mockingbird Farm, is second among the young Florida sires. He is by Deputy Minister and to date has five winners and is tied for first place with Valid Expectations nationally in stakes winners and stakes won. Open Forum is second on the national list in progeny earnings as well. Seven of his yearlings are cataloged for the select session and 22 for the open sessions.

The syndicated Matty G (Capote) stood his first three seasons at Devonia Stud before relocating to California. He has four winners to date, including Mayakovsky, the colt who recently set the 5 1/2-furlong track record at Saratoga. Mayakovsky is being pointed to the Grade 1 Hopeful Stakes..

Florida freshman stallions with three or more winners are Fabulous Frolic (Green Dancer), Halo's Image (Halo), Lost Soldier (Danzig), Outflanker (Danzig), and Wild Escapade (Wild Again). All have yearlings going to auction.

Although there are no yearlings by the Marablue Farm stallion Zamindar (Gone West) in the OBS yearling auction - he began his stud career in England - the stallion deserves mention. His freshman crop is racing in Europe and three have already won.

Adhocracy (Spend a Buck) stands at Rising Hill Farm. His career highlight while racing came in the Grade 3 Fairmount Derby in 1993. He has two winners thus far, including Pharmstar, winner of last week's Desert Vixen Stakes division of the Florida Stallion Stakes series. While not the racehorse his sire was, Adhocracy is already quicker off the mark as a stallion.

Farnsworth Farms' Suave Prospect is the leading money earner of the freshman sires. This multiple graded stakes winner of $730,000 had 15 Beyer Speed Figures of 100 or more, all on the dirt. Despite being inbred to Northern Dancer, Suave Prospect wasn't tried on the turf. Surprise! The only two of his get to try the turf won at first asking.

Struggler (GB), who stands at Devonia Stud, was the highest weighted sophomore on the French Free Handicap for five-to-seven furlongs. He earned this distinction racing on the turf. Struggler has had five runners to date. Two have won and two others have been second - all on the dirt.

Lost Soldier at Franks Farm has two dirt winners and one turf winner. No surprises here, as he was at home on both surfaces.