02/28/2003 12:00AM

Last call for two OBS Racing Festival stakes


Next on the Florida roster of 2-year-olds in training sales is the annual OBS Sales and Racing Festival. Nominations close Monday for the 1 1/16-mile, $35,000 Florida Breeders' Distaff Stakes for fillies and mares and the restricted $35,000 Florida Thoroughbred Charities Stakes for 3-year-olds and up at five furlongs.

These two races, plus the four OBS sales alumni races, make up a $370,000 black type program that will be run March 17 at the OBS sales and training center. Entries for the racing festival program will be drawn on March 10.

The Adena Springs under tack preview show begins at 9 a.m. Friday. It's held in conjunction with the homebred 2-year-olds in training sale at the Adena Springs facilities on March 20 under the management of the OBS. A second Adena Springs under tack show will be held on sales day, beginning at 8:30 a.m. The sale starts at 2:30 p.m.

The OBS will offer its under tack preview on March 8-9. Both preview sessions start at 9 a.m. Sales horses will have a second opportunity to breeze or gallop under tack at 9 a.m. March 15-16. Both sessions will be videotaped and will be available for review, as will the Adena Springs consignment.

Following the six-race program on March 17, the Florida Thoroughbred Breeders' and Owners' Association will hold its annual awards dinner at Steinbrenner's Ramada Inn. Tickets, priced at $75 per person, can be obtained from the FTBOA. Award winners, except for Florida's horse of the year, will be announced by the FTBOA before the dinner.

First stakes winner for 'Buck'

That's Our Buck is a 13-year-old stallion by Buckaroo-Native Fire Dance, by Raise a Native, and stands at Jim and Sheila DiMare's Rising Hill Farm. A bay horse with four white socks, That's Our Buck raced through his 7-year-old season, winning four stakes.

White Buck, recent winner of the $50,000 Sam F. Davis Stakes at Tampa Bay Downs, is from That's Our Buck's second crop of 22 foals. White Buck was bred by Dr. and Mrs. Cornelius Link and is the first stakes winner for his sire. The Sam F. Davis Stakes is the major prep at Tampa Bay Downs for the Grade 3 Tampa Bay Derby on March 16.

Also at Tampa Bay, Just Bill Me, who as a 2 year-old became the first stakes winner for the stallion Master Bill, won the $50,000 Suncoast Stakes. Just Bill Me, who stands at Solred Farm, is from the second crop of Master Bill, a 10-year-old son of Forty Niner-Banker's Lady, by Nijinsky. Master Bill is a full brother to the multiple Grade 2 stakes winner Banker's Gold.

o A total of 503 horses are in the catalog for this year's OBS selected sale of 2-year-olds in training. That's a 25 percent increase from the past two years. Kentucky-breds make up roughly half of the consigned horses. There are 125 Florida-breds and 38 New York-breds cataloged. The Adena Springs Farm catalog lists 88 with a balance of Florida, Canadian, and Kentucky-breds

o Fasig-Tipton's selected sale of 2-year-olds in training, held at Calder Race Course last Tuesday, roughly reflected the OBS 2-year-old Calder sales data of Feb. 4. Both the average and median price were down slightly from last year. The two major players at the Feb. 4 sale at Calder followed the same script: Demi O'Bryne, acting for Michael Tabor, bought the sales topper and Mike Gill continued his shopping.