12/12/2003 12:00AM

It's that time of the year: Stallions on parade


December and January is stallion showcase time in Florida. Stallion managers invite prospective breeders to look over their stallions and hopefully do some bookings.

Hartley/De Renzo & Walmac South is among the first to parade its stallions. Its stallion show is Sunday, Dec. 14, from 2-5 p.m.

Hartley/De Renzo & Walmac South is, of course, promoting its own stallions - Dilligence, Essence of Dubai, Full Manadate, Is It True, Quaker Ridge, Successful Appeal, and Tiger Ridge. But also at the Hartley/De Renzo & Walmac South showcase is a silent auction of stallion seasons that were solicited by the National Association of Two-Year-Old Consignors, a group that promotes the sales of 2-year-olds. Proceeds from the auction will go to fund NATC promotions and stakes.

Padua Stable is holding its stallion showcase next Sunday, Dec. 21. Its stallion lineup includes Yes It's True, Exchange Rate, Delaware Township, Snow Ridge, and Dance Master. Show time is from 1-4 p.m. Refreshments will be provided and a raffle of Padua stallions at $25 per ticket will be conducted with the proceeds going to the Thoroughbred Retirement Foundation.

Also on Dec. 21 is the Ups and Downs Farm Christmas party and stallion show. The event will be held from 3-5 p.m. The roster of stallions at Ups and Downs, owned by Cathy and Monte Thomas, includes Juggernaut, Migrating Moon, Palance, and Weekend Cruise. Each is also enrolled in the Georgia stallion program.

Different but successful

One of the striking things about Florida's leading sires is how little they have in common in terms of pedigree. Freshman leaders Family Calling (by Mr. Prospector), Precocity (Aferd), and Wild Event (Wild Again) stem from distinctly different sire lines. Second-crop leading sires Double Honor (Gone West), Lucky Lionel (Mt. Livermore), and Concerto (Chief's Crown) also are from dissimilar sire lines. And third-crop leading sires Lost Soldier (Danzig), Suave Prospect (Fortunate Prospect), and Halo's Image (Halo) also have no immediate commonalities in their pedigrees.

With year's end coming up, Hidden Point Farm's Family Calling has Florida's leading freshman title all but wrapped up. He has 18 winners from 40 starters and his offspring have earned $525,000.

Precocity, who stands at Franks Farms South, is second in money with $303,000 but third in races won with 8 winners from 18 starters. Third in money won ($235,000) but second in winners is Bridlewood Farm's Wild Event, with 12 winners from 22 starters.

The second-crop leader is Farnsworth Farms' Double Honor. He has 92 starters, 64 winners, 2 stakes winners, and his get have won more than $2 million. Lucky Lionel, at Adena Springs Farm, has 63 starters, 43 winners, 2 stakes winners and his get have earned $1.8 million. Right behind him is the Ocala Stud stallion Concerto, with 53 starters, 39 winners, 4 stakes winners, and earnings of $1.7 million.

Lost Soldier, who stands at Franks Farms South, is the leading third-crop sire, with 112 starters, 66 winners, 7 stakes winners, and earnings of $4.5 million.

Next comes Farnsworth Farms' Suave Prospect with 92 runners, 62 winners, 4 stakes winners, and $4 million in earnings. Third in this group is Bridlewood Farm's Halo's Image with 90 starters, 62 winners, 2 stakes winners, and $3.5 million earned.

What the third crop Florida sires do have in common is the ability to sire horses who are not one-dimensional. Lost Soldier can give you a quality sprinter, middle-distance horse, and turf specialist. Suave Prospect started off as a sprinter-type sire, but he, too, sires versatile horses who have been successful at different distances, and many have shown an affinity for the turf.

Halo's Image has not shown any great propensity to sire turf horses, even though his pedigree suggests the grass, but this may be because his get are doing so well on the dirt.