11/24/2006 12:00AM

Having a good time for a good cause


The Florida Thoroughbred Farm Managers Inc. has been in the charitable and philanthropic mode since 1963. As part of its fund-raising program, the farm managers hosts a stallion showcase combined with a family outing which includes as entertainment trick horses and high-stepping Hackney ponies. This year the annual fund-raising party will be held Sunday, Nov. 26, at the Ocala Equestrian Complex, located adjacent to the northern boundary of the Ocala Breeders' Sales Company. Festivities begin at 10 a.m. and will continue until mid-afternoon.

While the number of stallions who will participate is subject to last-minute additions and subtractions, on the average between 30 and 40 will be showcased. Unlike past stallion showings, this year there will be no parade of stallions. The participating stallions instead will be exhibited in the walkways between the barns.

Debbe Wojack is the executive director of the farm managers and event coordinator.

"We've got over 300 items to be auctioned off," said Wojack, "and they range from collectibles to farm equipment to stallions services. We'll have an equine trade show under the big tent. And we'll have all sorts of concession stands. And admission is free to the public."

The sale of no-guarantee stallion seasons is one of the prime fund-raisers for the farm managers. This year, according to Wojack, some 30 farms will be donating close to 100 seasons, which can be purchased via silent auction. Among the donated seasons is one for Chapel Royal, standing at Ashford Stud in Kentucky. Local stallions with donated seasons include Macho Uno (Adena Springs), High Fly (Live Oak Stud), Pico Central (Padua Stables), and Graeme Hall (Winding Oaks Farm).

Kent Breitenbecker, stallion manager for Cloverleaf Farms II, expects to take at least four stallions to the stallions exhibit.

"We are going to showcase our newcomers, the stallions entering stud for next year," said Breitenbecker. "Those on the list include Congrats, Pomeroy, Mass Media, and High Limit."

Congrats is a near-millionaire graded stakes winner by A. P. Indy. Pomeroy, by Boundary, is a Grade 1-winning sprinter. Mass Media, by Touch Gold, also is a Grade 1-winning sprinter, and High Limit, by Maria's Mon, is a multiple Grade 2 stakes winner with earnings just short of a million.

Jim and Sheila's DiMare's Rising Hill Farm is always a popular rendezvous for those scrutinizing stallions. The DiMares are famous for their buffets, which always attracts many hundreds to their barn.

"We're bringing two stallions, lots of tomatoes, and the usual cuisine," said Sheila DiMare.

The two Rising Hill Farm stallions to be exhibited are Hear No Evil, a stakes-winning son of Carson City who entered stud earlier this year, and the Northern Afleet stallion Saint Afleet, winner of the Grade 2 Palos Verdes.

Open house time

This is the time of year when farms conduct open houses to showcase their stallions.

* Hartley/DeRenzo's annual stallion show will be conducted this coming Saturday, from 2-5 p.m. Eight stallions will be shown: City Place, Diligence, Essence of Dubai, Full Mandate, Omega Code, Roar of the Tiger, Werblin, and With Distinction.

This stallion showcase is in conjunction with the National Association of Two-Year-Old Consignors, and to raise promotional funds, a silent auction of various stallion services begins at 2 p.m.

* Padua Stables and the Vinery, both located in the same general area south of Ocala, will offer a simultaneous stallion showing. The scheduled hours are 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. There are no fixed times for stallions to be presented. According to a Padua Stables spokesperson, both farms will be on a continuous routine and it doesn't make any difference when one arrives.

Florida Cup correction

The Florida Cup series hosted by Tampa Bay Downs each spring was categorized in last week's column as a restricted to Florida-breds. It should have been stipulated that this series is Florida-breds preferred. Should a race fail to fill, non-Florida-breds may compete but they will not be eligible for the full purse.