11/16/2007 1:00AM

Latest arrivals boost local scene

EmailAdditions to Florida's stallion ranks are being announced on a daily basis. Among those being retired to stud duty in 2008 are the stallions Pavarotti and Simon Pure. Both will stand at Hartley/DeRenzo Walmac South. Ocala Stud will stand High Cotton, while Exclusive Quality enters stud at Journeyman Stud.

Pavarotti is a 3-year-old son of A.P. Indy out of Snow Forest, by Woodman. Bought by the partnership of Michael Tabor, Mrs. John Magnier, and Derrick Smith at the Keeneland yearling sales of 2005 for

$2.5 million, the colt retires with 3 wins in 6 tries, including the Round Table Stakes at Arlington. In all, he earned just over $151,000. Pavarotti, who enters stud with a fee of $6,500, is a half-brother to the Grade 1 winner Snow Ridge.

Simon Pure will be the only son of Silver Deputy to be standing in Florida. The graded-stakes-placed colt is out of the two-time Eclipse champion Life's Magic. Sold for $665,000 as a Keeneland yearling, he will stand for $5,000.

Exclusive Quality, as one might suspect, is by the successful sire Elusive Quality. A $850,000 Keeneland sales yearling, he had a promising but brief racing career. He won 3 of 4 starts, including the Spectacular Bid Stakes at Gulfstream Park. That win was preceded by a track-record 1:21.11 for seven furlongs at the Hallandale, Fla., track.

Exclusive Quality is being syndicated and will stand for $4,000. Those buying shares will not actually own a piece of the horse. Rather, each share represents one annual lifetime breeding right with no expenses for upkeep and marketing.

Mike O'Farrell's Ocala Stud has partnered with Vern Heath's Centaur Farm, Joyce Robsham, and Harold Plumley of Plumley Farm to stand High Cotton. A Dixie Union 4-year-old, High Cotton won the Grade 3 Northern Dancer Breeders' Cup and two other stakes and placed in the Grade 2 Ohio Derby. He earned $462,575. His dam, High Tune, by A.P. Indy, sold earlier this month at Keeneland in foal to Storm Cat for a little under $2 million. The fee for High Cotton has been set at $5,000.

Florida-bred showcases

There are two series of stakes programs for Florida-breds on the calendar, and there is another day set aside for the annual California-versus-Florida rivalry in the Sunshine Millions on the final Saturday of January. Calder Race Course hosts Florida Million Day each November and Tampa Bay Downs hosts Florida Cup Day on the first Saturday in April.

Calder's renewal of the Florida Million last Saturday comprised eight statebred stakes. Six of the stakes were won by the offspring of resident Florida sires. The other two were sired by Kentucky-based stallions. To be a Florida-bred, it is not necessary to be the get of a Florida sire. The rules allow for mares residing in the state to be mated out of town and return to foal. Mares purchased at auction qualify for Florida-bred produce if the mare is subsequently housed and foals in Florida.

The two richest races run on Florida Million Day were the $200,000 Carl G. Rose Classic and the $200,000 Elmer F. Heubeck Distaff. The 1 1/16-mile Heubeck was won by Annabill, a 4-year-old daughter of Outflanker bred by Peter Fuller. Fuller is the breeder of the 1985 Eclipse Award-winning 3-year-old filly, Mom's Command, and the father of Abigail Fuller, the jockey who rode that champion. Fuller also bred and campaigned Dancer's Image, the disqualified winner of the 1968 Kentucky Derby.

The 1 1/16-mile Carl G. Rose Classic went to the Padua Stables-bred Delaware Township gelding Electrify. Delaware Township stood at Padua Stables before it closed.

Wised Up, who stands at Jim DiMare's Rising Hill Farm, is the sire of Wise Answer, impressive winner of the final leg of the Florida Stallion Stakes series. Wise Answer was sent away at 70 cents on the dollar for the $150,000 Jack Price Juvenile Stakes at seven furlongs last Saturday, but the best he could do was finish third.

Wised Up, however, was not to be denied. His daughter Wise Cookie, at 12-1, upset rival 2-year-old fillies and earned a neck victory in the $150,000 John Franks Juvenile Fillies Turf, contested at 1 1/16 miles on the grass.