03/07/2015 4:50PM

Leading Florida sires: Notebook

Louise Reinagel
Notebook, who died in 2003, is among the perennial leading broodmare sires for Florida.

Leading broodmare sire

Although Florida sire Notebook has been gone for more than a decade, his influence continues to burn in the Sunshine State.

The former Ocala Stud sire who died in 2003 led the Florida broodmare sire list for 2014, marking the seventh consecutive year he has been first or second on that list. The son of Well Decorated again edged two familiar rivals, Montbrook and Marquetry, to lead the category.

The consistent Notebook was represented by 104 winners, including two stakes winners, out of his daughters in 2014, for total progeny earnings of $3,856,158. That was enough to edge fellow former Ocala Stud stallion Montbrook, who was pensioned and died in 2013, with $3,682,230. Montbrook’s daughters were represented by 79 winners last year, including multiple Grade 1 winner and Eclipse Award finalist Stopchargingmaria.

Just behind in third was Marquetry, the broodmare sire of female turf standout Discreet Marq, with a bankroll of $3,656,469. The stallion, who most recently stood at Stonewall Farm Ocala, was pensioned in 2010 and died in 2013.

The broodmare sire list for 2014 looked quite similar to 2013, when Marquetry led the standings, followed by Notebook and Montbrook. The three were separated by just over $1 million.

The top earner in 2014 out of a daughter of Notebook was Chrysolite, who won 3 of 10 starts and placed in two other races while competing on the lucrative New York Racing Association circuit. The New York-bred daughter of Freud is out of Halo’s Notebook, who won her only career start.

Notebook’s two stakes winners in 2014, Serendip and Sheer Drama, are both out of extremely productive mares – Spoken Fur and Riveting Drama, respectively. Spoken Fur won a pair of prestigious Grade 1 events in 2003, taking the Mother Goose Stakes and Coaching Club American Oaks. She is now the dam of four winners from as many starters. Serendip, her 2010 Ghostzapper colt, became her first stakes winner by taking the Prairie Meadows Handicap last season.

The unraced Riveting Drama is among the most productive daughters of Notebook. Her nine winners from as many starters include champion sprinter Big Drama; four additional stakes winners, most recently Sheer Drama, who took the Thirty Eight Go Go Stakes at Laurel last year; and one additional stakes-placed winner. Sheer Drama, by Burning Roma, is already getting her family off to a quick start in 2015, finishing second in two stakes in Florida, including the Grade 3 Rampart Stakes.

The New York-bred Notebook won 8 of 21 starts, including seven stakes races, during his career while earnings $584,630. His résumé included wins in the Grade 2 Kentucky Jockey Club Stakes as a juvenile and the Grade 3 Best Turn Stakes the following season.

Notebook entered stud in 1990. A perennial leader among Florida’s stallions throughout his career, his top runners included Grade 1 winners Booklet, Three Ring, and Delaware Township; Group 2 Godolphin Mile winner Diamond Stripes; and Puerto Rican champion Dusty’s Lil Book.

Along with Big Drama – who won the 2010 Breeders’ Cup Sprint to lock up an Eclipse Award – Notebook’s career leaders as a broodmare sire include Dubai World Cup winner Well Armed, Grade 1 winner Outofthebox, Grade 2 winner Point Prince, and Grade 3 winner Witty.

Notebook was euthanized during colic surgery in August 2003 at age 18.