12/01/2006 12:00AM

Gibson County exciting addition to Cloverleaf Farms


"Twelve is enough," said Brent Fernung, the general manager of Cloverleaf Farms II. But then he added, "For now, at any rate."

Fernung was referring to Cloverleaf Farm II's latest stallion addition, the freshman sire Gibson County, who moved over from McKathan Farm for the 2007 season. Among other newcomers to Cloverleaf Farms II for the '07 season are stallions Mass Media, Pomeroy, and Congrats, making for a stallion roster of an even dozen.

"I don't have the facilities to stand Gibson County," says Luke McKathan, who with his sons J.B. and Kevin runs McKathan Farm. "We run a training operation and have no breeding shed."

Gibson County, a son of In Excess, was an early 2006 sensation when he sent six 2-year-olds from his first crop to the races and all six won, including the stakes winner Genuine Talent. Two more have since made their debut and one of those won.

"We run out of ammo," said Luke McKathan. "We only had 14 in the crop."

Gibson County was shown this past Sunday in the Florida Thoroughbred Farm Managers stallion review at the Ocala Breeders' Sales Company. And he along with Mass Media, Pomeroy, and Congrats were getting most of the scanning done by a crowd of about a thousand.

"Our stud fees are reasonable," said Fernung.

He then listed the fees for quartet of stallions: Gibson County, $3,000 live foal; Mass Media, $5,000; and Pomeroy and Congrats, each $12,500.

Congrats, by A.P. Indy out of Praise, by Mr. Prospector, is a multiple Grade 2 stakes winner and Grade 1-placed, and he earned of just under $1 million. He is a three-quarter-brother to the Grade 2 stakes winner Yell.

Pomeroy, by Boundary out of Questress, by Seeking the Gold, won seven races and just under $850,000. His main victories came in the Grade 1 King's Bishop and the Grade 1 Forego.

Mass Media, by Tough Gold-Sultry Allure, by Forty Niner, also won the Forego and five additional races, and he placed twice in the Grade 1 Cigar Mile. His dam, Sultry Allure, stems from a family made famous by Live Oak Stud, and it includes Sultry Song and Solar Spendor, both Grade 1 stakes winners.

Farm managers distribute awards

The Florida Thoroughbred Farm Managers stallion review raised approximately $100,000. Most of this money funds scholarships and the rest helps those in need.

The farm managers also has an annual awards function. The 2006 farm manager of the year went to John Rasmussen of Live Oak Stud. The award for distinguished achievement went to Joanne Everard of Another Episode Farm. Awards for farm employees of the year went to Robert James McCord and Eddie Barney of Bridlewood Farm. And Padua Stable's Exchange Rate won the stallion of the year award.

Stallion shows

* Ups and Downs Farm is holding an open house on Monday from 1-3 p.m. to showcase its five stallions: Gemma's Star (by End Sweep), Weekend Cruise (A.P. Indy), Indian Express (Indian Charlie), Migrating Moon (Silver Buck), and Mount McKinley (Mr. Prospector).

* Lambholm South has moved to its new facilities (formerly Hobeau Farm) and holds its annual stallion open house next Saturday from noon to 3 p.m. The stallions to be shown are: Leading the Parade (A.P. Indy), Alysweep (End Sweep), Express Tour (Tour d'Or), Lido Palace (Rich Man's Gold), Max's Pal (Marquetry) and Safe in the West (Gone West).

* Cloverleaf Farms II also has programmed a stallion show for Saturday from 1-4 p.m. All 12 of its stallions will be shown.