12/06/2007 12:00AM

Marion farms offer stallion showcases

EmailOCALA, Fla. - Marion County farms have another round of stallion showings Saturday. The purpose of these stallion showcases is to reacquaint breeders with resident stallions and introduce new stallions that will be entering stud in 2008. Saturday's stallion shows include Lambholm South, Vinery, and Journeyman Stud.

Lambholm South will present seven stallions at its noon to 3 p.m. showing: Alysweep, Leading the Parade, Express Tour, Max's Pal, Safe in the USA, Lido Palace, and Agnes Gold.

Alysweep, a graded stakes winner by End Sweep, and Safe in the USA, by Gone West, have first crops going to the races in 2008. Express Tour, by the late Tour d'Or, has two winners from his first crop. Agnes Gold, who arrived late in 2007 and consequently was not able to cover many mares, is purported to have several winners from his first Japanese crop.

Journeyman Stud has scheduled its stallion showcase from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. There are six stallions on the Journeyman Stud roster: Bwana Charlie, Cashel Castle, Exclusive Quality, Mass Media, Mongoose, and Wildcat Heir. Free stallion seasons will be offered through a drawing.

The Vinery is located in the southwest corner of the greater Ocala area, and it will hold its stallion open house from 1 to 4 p.m. The Vinery has eight stallions for 2008. Four of these - Pomeroy, Repent, Congrats, and Alke - have moved to the Vinery from the discontinued Cloverleaf II operation. The other four stallions to be displayed are Trust N Luck and D'Wildcat, both 2007 freshmen sires and sires of stakes winners; Peace Rules, whose first crop races in 2008; and Fire Slam, whose first crop arrives in 2008.

Next Saturday, Dec. 15, Gateway Farm will hold its stallion showcase from noon to 3 p.m. Gateway stallions include the successful sire Double Honor, who stood most of his career at Farnsworth Farms, and Imperialist, a graded stakes winner by Langfuhr. Imperialist's first crop arrives in 2008.

The stallion showcase season has just begun, and more of them will be scheduled for December and January.

Peninsula Farm to be auctioned

Peninsula Farm, a 150-acre horse property, is to be auctioned off at 11 a.m. Wednesday. The farm is located on U.S. 441, a couple of miles north of the old Irish Acres Farm - a 300-acre property that is undergoing residential development.

Peninsula Farm has nine barns with 180 stalls, a five-furlong training track, houses, and a host of additional amenities. The complex has been subdivided into four parcels and can be purchased in part or as a whole.

The auction should give some sense of real estate values in the area, especially those properties related to the horse industry. Overall property values in the Ocala market have been declining lately.

Foaling workshop scheduled

The Marion County Agricultural Center, 2232 Northeast Jacksonville Road in Ocala, will conduct its annual foaling workshop Thursday. The topics for discussion include broodmare management, the foaling process, postpartum evaluation, and care of newborn foals.

The principal speakers at the workshop will be Ken Breitenbecker of Journeyman Stud, Jim Scott of Kinsman Farm, and the University of Florida's Amanda House and Marla Shuffitt, both veterinarians. There is no fee for attending this workshop. For more information call (352) 671-8400.