03/07/2003 12:00AM

Lone Star Sky, 'Ivana' take honors


The Florida Thoroughbred Breeders' and Owners' Association has announced its champions for 2002. Florida horse of the year, breeder of the year, small breeder of the year, and other awards will be announced at the FTBOA banquet dinner March 17 at Steinbrenner's Ramada Inn following the Ocala sales and racing festival.

Jaime S. Carrion, who some 20 years ago founded The Oaks, now the site of Sez Who Thoroughbreds, breeds and boards horses in Florida and Kentucky. Among his better known homebreds is the 1990 Eclipse champion 2-year-old filly Meadow Star. He won FTBOA laurels this year for being the breeder of the Florida-bred champion juvenile Lone Star Sky, a son of Conquistador Cielo-Ministrada, by Deputy Minister. The bay colt won the Grade 3 Bashford Manor Stakes at Churchill Downs and the Cradle Stakes at River Downs, and was second in the Grade 2 Breeders' Futurity and Grade 2 Saratoga Special.

Lone Star Sky was foaled at Bill Rainbow's The Acorn. The colt went to Fasig-Tipton July and was sold for $50,000 as a yearling. He returned to Florida and became a part of the Nick de Meric consignment to the Ocala Breeders' Sales selected 2-year-old sale at Calder Race Course, selling to owner Walter L. New for $190,000

Gilbert G. Campbell, owner of Stonehedge Farm, won an FTBOA award for being the breeder of the turf champion Marlin. This time around he gets a dual citation, for being the breeder and the owner of Florida's 2-year-old filly champion Ivanavinalot. A daughter of Stonehedge Farm stallion West Acre, out of the mare Beaty Sark, by Deputy Minister, Ivanavinalot won 5 of 6 starts last year, including two legs of the Florida Stallion Stakes series, and earned $418,000.

Booklet is the FTBOA 3-year-old male of the year. He was also the 2001 top 2-year-old male. Bred in Florida by the partnership of Ginger Parker and Charles Baldree Jr., the son of Notebook was a frequent visitor to Florida sales rings. Booklet was sold for $20,000 as a weanling, pinhooked as a yearling for $36,000, and when he failed to bring his $80,000 reserve as a 2-year-old in training, he went privately to the partnership of Steve Klesaris and Phil and Marcia Cohen.

Following a solid 2-year-old year, capped by a victory in the In Reality division of the Florida Stallion Stakes, he was sold to John C. Oxley. Booklet's 2002 accomplishments include winning the Grade 1 Fountain of Youth Stakes and the Grade 3 Holy Bull Stakes, and placing in the Grade 1 Blue Grass Stakes.

Cellars Shiraz, a bay filly by Kissin Kris-Cellar's Best, by Band Practice, won seven stakes last year, including the Grade 3 Herecomesthebride at Gulfstream. She was named Florida's outstanding 3-year-old filly. Cellars Shiraz was bred and is owned by Robert and Corrine Walker, who breed under the name of Bitterroot Investments and race under Bitterroot Racing Stable. Bitterroot is a name derived from a vacation retreat in Colorado.

The Walkers board at John Franks's Franks Farm South, where Kissin Kris stands. There are two siblings to Cellars Shiraz, a 2-year-old and a yearling.

The Franks homebred Clearly a Queen, daughter of Lucky North, was voted Florida's best older filly or mare for 2002. She won 3 of 6 races. Two of the wins came in Grade 3 stakes, and she placed in two stakes.

Ladies Din, an 8-year-old by Din's Dancer-Ladies Double, by Kris S., threepeated as Florida turf champion. He won the title in 1998 and 2000. The Meadowbrook Farms-bred gelding won the Grade 1 Shoemaker Breeders' Cup Mile from three starts last year. He is owned by Terry Lanni and Bernie Schiappa.

Two Grade 1 stakes winners are vying for Florida's horse of the year title. They are Florida's champion sprinter Swept Overboard and the late Hal's Hope, who is champion older horse.

Swept Overboard, winner of the Grade 1 Met Mile and third in the Grade 3 Bay Meadows Breeders' Cup Sprint, was bred at Harry T. Mangurian Jr.'s Mockingbird Farm. He is by the late End Sweep out of Sheer Ice, by Cutlass. Swept Overboard, now retired, raced for John Paul Reddam.

Hal's Hope won two graded races last year, including the Grade 1 Gulfstream Park Handicap. Hal's Hope was by Jolie's Halo out of Mia's Hope, by Rexson's Hope. Hal's Hope was bred and raced by trainer Harold Rose. The dam's side of the pedigree owes virtually all of its success to Rose, who raced the dam and her sire.