02/14/2003 1:00AM

Mangurian influence still being felt


The Florida Thoroughbred Breeders' and Owners' Association has published its annual statistical compendium, and the numbers show that 2002 was a very good year for Sunshine State breeders and owners.

Harry Mangurian/Mockingbird Farm was the nation's leading breeder. The 525 Mangurian/Mockingbird homebreds made 4,782 starts and won 737 races last year. They also racked up 603 seconds and 645 thirds for overall earnings of $16,694,793. Mangurian/Mockingbird Farm bred 12 stakes winners, including Swept Overboard, winner of the Grade 1 Metropolitan Mile.

The Mangurian/Mockingbird Farm influence is winding down as the operation was terminated several years ago, and there have been no homebreds born since 2000. It has been a remarkable run, as 2002 was the fourth straight year that Mangurian/Mockingbird led North American breeders. Its homebreds earned $60,109,605 from 1999 through 2002.

Five breeders generated $100,000 or more in Florida breeders awards. Heading the list is Mike Sherman's Farnsworth Farm with $404,182. Mockingbird Farm was second with $223,021, followed by John Franks with $168,901, Stanley Ersoff with $118,733, and Jim DiMare of Rising Hill Farm with $108,474. The FTBOA paid out $6.1 million in breeders awards for 2002.

Florida stallion awards, like breeders awards, can only be earned by winning stakes within state boundaries. Ocala Stud's Notebook topped the stallion awards list with $152,462. Rounding out the top three were Kissin Kris (Franks Farm South) with $99,440 and Montbrook (Ocala Stud) with $96,477.

Florida's leading all-around sire was Montbrook. Montbrook had 110 runners, of which 64 won, including seven stakes winners of 13 stakes. His runners earned $3,740,327.

The classic hopeful Trust N Luck was Montbrook's top earner with $382,000. In the 2002 yearling market, Montbrook's 27 yearlings sold for an average of $44,044 and a few weeks ago a Montbrook colt shattered the Florida mark for a yearling or 2-year-old sold at auction, bringing a bid of $1.2 million from the Michael Tabor team.

Notebook finished second in the money-winning category, falling about $60,000 short of Montbrook's total. Notebook sired six stakes winners who won 14 stakes, and his top get was the Grade 1 winner Booklet. Irish Acres Farm's Tour d'Or rounds out the top three in earnings, beating out Farnsworth Farm's perennial contender Fortunate Prospect by $31,000.

Tour d'Or sired four stakes winners of nine stakes, and his get earned $2.9 million.

Ocala Stud's Concerto (by Chief's Crown) was Florida's leading freshman sire by money earned last year, with $537,140. Concerto had 14 winners from 23 runners, including the stakes winner Collymore Hall.

Farnsworth Farm's Double Honor (Gone West) had the most winners, with 21 winners from 40 starters. They earned $455,778. Lucky Lionel (Mt. Livermore), who stands at Frank Stronach's Adena Springs Farm South, was third among leading freshman sires with 13 winners from 23 runners who earned $421,493.

Among those stallions with two or more crops racing in 2002, the leading sires of juvenile winners was Formal Dinner (by Well Decorated), who stands at Hidden Point Farm. His 57 runners produced 27 winners ($792,850 in earnings), including the stakes winner Forest Picnic.

Montbrook (Buckaroo) was second with 12 juvenile winners from 27 starters, and Suave Prospect (Fortunate Prospect) of Farnsworth Farm was third with 15 winners from 27 starters.

The leading owners of Florida-breds for 2002 were John Franks, 110 wins and $3.1 million in earnings; Mockingbird Farm, 40 wins and $1.8 million; and Mike Gill, with 71 wins and $1.5 million.

Individual honors and achievements for horses and humans will be announced at the annual FTBOA awards banquet at Steinbrenner's Ramada Inn on March 17.