11/21/2008 12:00AM

Live Oak mare throws another good one


Charlotte Weber’s Live Oak Stud team has not made the headlines in 2008 they made in recent years, such as when homebred Miesque’s Approval won an Eclipse Award as turf champion in 2006, or when millionaires My Typhoon and Revved Up were winning graded stakes. Headlines down the road will be made, according to Live Oak manager Bruce Hill, when the future crops of homebreds come on line.

“I am on the same page with Ms. Weber,” said Hill. “We go over the stallion opportunities that are available and then match them to the Live Oak mares.”

The proposed matings for 2009 include such stallions as Pulpit, Smart Strike, Awesome Again, Giant’s Causeway, Distorted Humor, and others of this caliber.

“Live Oak generally keeps a few mares to breed locally,” said Hill, “but there has not been any determinations yet as to who goes to whom in 2009.”

There are no stallions standing at Live Oak.

Win Approval is a gray or roan mare by With Approval and she has proved herself to be among the elite producers. She is the dam of six foals of racing age, all winners, including Miesque’s Approval, who earned $2.6 million, and Revved Up, a Grade 2 winner of $1.5 million. Youngest of the siblings to race is Winning Doe. The 2-year-old gray or roan daughter of Running Stag made her debut at Calder Race Course this past Sunday in a five-furlong turf maiden race. Rated well off the pace, she moved up effortlessly and won determinedly.

“Winning Doe is a promising filly,” said Hill. “Win Approval was barren this year to Ghostzapper. She has a yearling filly by High Fly that is showing promise. The mare has been booked to Pulpit for 2009.”

Charlotte Weber is not shy when it comes to supporting the needy. Among her industry efforts for 2008 is her support of the Georgia Thoroughbred Owners’ and Breeders’ Association’s program to enhance the industry in the Peach State. To this end, Calder Race Course will feature the Live Oak Georgia Debutante Stakes, a 1 1/16-mile turf stakes for 2-year-old fillies, next Saturday. It’s a restricted race for the get of those stallions who had seasons auctioned off for the benefit of the Georgia owners and breeders association. Among those eligible is Winning Doe.

Stallion auction season

This is the time of the year when sundry groups conduct silent as well as live-bidding auctions for 2009 seasons to Florida stallions. First of these auctions off the mark will take place next Saturday, when the Florida Thoroughbred Farm Managers Inc. holds its annual fundraiser and cocktail party at the Ocala Hilton. Admission is free to this event, which kicks off at 6 p.m. Besides the silent auction of stallion seasons, all sorts of donated goods and services will be on the auction block.

The following Saturday, Dec. 6, there will be another fundraiser for the National Association of Two-Year-Old Consignors, at Hartley DeRenzo Thoroughbreds. This silent auction will also feature local stallions and will be part of the Hartley DeRenzo stallion show. Starting time for the stallion show is 2 p.m.

The Florida Thoroughbred Charities Inc., the fundraising arm of the Florida Thoroughbred Breeders’ and Owners’ Association, will hold its annual auction of stallions following the Ocala Breeders’ Sales Company’s Feb. 17 sale of 2-year-olds in training. There will be both a silent bidding format as well as a live auction of seasons.