09/20/2002 12:00AM

Graeme Hall leads way


Graeme Hall, a millionaire son of Dehere, will become the first stallion to stand at Eugene and Laura Melnyk's Winding Oaks Farm in Ocala. His stud fee has been set at $7,500 live foal.

"He's booked up for 2003," said Winding Oaks manager Phil Hronic. "The first book was set at 50 mares and that's it."

Graeme Hall won seven races from 22 starts, including two Grade 2 stakes, the Arkansas Derby and Jim Dandy, for the Melnyks and trainer Todd Pletcher. The 5-year-old chestnut earned $1,147,441.

Graeme Hall is out of the Grade 3 stakes winner Win Crafty Lady, by Crafty Prospector, and is a half-brother to stakes winner and Grade 1 stakes-placed Harmony Lodge. Win Crafty Lady is a half-sister to the Grade 2 stakes winner Diligence, who stands at Hartley/DeRenzo and Walmac South in Ocala.

Winding Oaks Farm is the current name of the 1,000-acre property that began as Tartan Farms and later become Mockingbird Farm.


Oct. 3-Oct. 12 is homecoming time for the Florida Thoroughbred breeding industry. Years ago this was basically a party time as many of the bigger farms took the opportunity to show off new stallions and 2-year-old sales prospects. Visitors were treated to drink, food, and entertainment. Those days and the legendary parties are history. In their place are annual scheduled events.

Activities begin on Thursday, Oct. 3, with a seminar given by representatives of The Jockey Club. The subject is online interactive computer data and programming dealing with The Jockey Club services. Starting time is 10 a.m. at Steinbrenner's Ramada Inn Convention Center. Lunch follows.

Friday morning (Oct. 4) at the Golden Hills Golf and Turf Club is the annual Four Person Scramble. Florida Thoroughbred Charities is the host of this golf tournament. Entry fee is $85. Registration is 7 a.m. for an 8 a.m. shotgun start. Those interested in teaming up should contact Linda Leaf at the Florida Thoroughbred Breeders' and Owners' Association office at (352) 629-2160.

Saturday morning (Oct. 5) at 10 a.m. is the annual meeting of the FTBOA at the Golden Hills Golf and Turf Club. Sunday evening (Oct. 6) the FTBOA holds its annual members cocktail party, which is by invitation, beginning at 7 p.m at the Ramada Inn. Then on Monday (Oct. 7) at 10:30 a.m. is the first of four daily sessions of the Ocala Breeders' fall mixed sale.

On Saturday, Oct. 12, is the inaugural Appleton Cup Invitational polo match at the Sunnyside Farm in Morriston, about 20 miles north of Ocala. The match begins at 3 p.m. and tickets are $35.

It is being co-sponsored by the Florida Thoroughbred Fillies, who will present a "Roaring 20's" review during intermission.

Missing from the October itinerary is the annual Florida Farm Managers' Club Parade of Stallions. It has been moved to Nov. 17, at the Ocala Breeders' Sales Company.

Franks Farm to sell 98

The OBS fall mixed sale has cataloged 1,423 horses, including 464 weanlings and 143 yearlings. The remainder are broodmares, broodmare prospects, and others.

Franks Farm South continues its reduction of Thoroughbred inventory with 98 cataloged. Forty-four of the Franks Farm horses are weanlings and 54 are broodmares.

Also, 22 broodmares have been cataloged from the estate of the late Marvin Warner of Warnerton Farm. Hartley/DeRenzo and Walmac South is the agent.

- Franks Farm's Lost Soldier has moved into the national top 10 rankings of second season stallions. The 12-year-old son of Danzig has 30 winners from 50 starters, four of them stakes winners, and his get have earned just under $2 million.