01/12/2007 12:00AM

Mixed auction gets sale season rolling


The first sale on Florida's 2007 calendar gets under way on Wednesday, as the Ocala Breeders' Sales Company holds its annual winter mixed auction. The OBS has scheduled four 2-year-olds in training sales: selected sales on Feb. 13 and March 27-28, and open sales for April 24-27 and June 19-20. All OBS sales for 2007 will be at the Ocala venue.

Fasig-Tipton will hold its annual selected sale at Calder Race Course on March 6. Adena Springs's annual sale of homebred 2-year-olds in training is conducted by the OBS at the sales complex at the Adena Springs site and is set for March 26, the night before the OBS March selected sale of 2-year-olds.

This year's winter mixed auction goes from Wednesday-Saturday with an 11 a.m. starting time. Wednesday and Thursday are designated as consignors' preferred sessions, and there are 442 lots cataloged. The open sessions, Friday and Saturday, have 712 cataloged. By categories there are 561 broodmares, 522 yearlings, 46 2-year-olds, and sundry horses of all ages.

Beth Bayer is an agent selling 15 mares believed in foal to Sligo Bay, the only graded or group stakes winner by Sadler's Wells standing in Florida, and another 15 mares in foal to the Grade 1 stakes winner Milwaukee Brew. Both stallions stand at Frank Stronach's Adena Springs South. Indy King, another Adena Springs South stallion, has 13 mares in the sale believed in foal to his cover.

Ocala Stud stallions Trippi and Concerto have yearlings as well as mares in foal to their covers in the consignors' preferred and the open sessions. Trippi led all Florida sires in progeny earnings by juveniles last year with $1,432,081. He had 20 winners from 33 starters. Concerto sired the most juvenile winners, 22, out of 38 starters.

OBS general manager and sales director Tom Ventura is upbeat about the coming year: "I am in a positive mode when it comes to 2007. Sales were strong last year, especially the yearling and 2-year-old markets. With the Super Bowl being in Miami, we did have to make some major changes to our schedule and a change of venue, but we're confident that our traditional buyers will be in Ocala for the Feb. 12 festival of racing and for the Feb. 13 sale of 2-year-olds in training."

Stallion season auction

Florida Thoroughbred Charities Inc., an arm of the Florida Thoroughbred Breeders' and Owners' Association, will hold its annual auction of 2007 donated stallion seasons immediately following the end of Wednesday's selling at the OBS. The auction will offer well over 150 no-guarantee seasons. Those who have contributed four or more stallion seasons to the auction include Adena Springs, Bridlewood Farm, Cloverleaf Farm II, Double Diamond Farm, Hartley DeRenzo/Walmac South, Hidden Point Farm, Lambholm Farm, Lou-Roe Farm, Ocala Stud, Padua Stables, Rising Hill Farm, Sequel Stallions, Signature Stallions, Ups and Downs Farm, and Vinery.

Stallion shows galore

There are several farms that will be holding stallions shows in the coming week in conjunction with the stallion seasons auction and the OBS winter mixed sale. Double Diamond Farm will have its stallion preview on Monday and Tuesday from 8 a.m. until 2 p.m. Live Oak Stud sponsors a breakfast with its show of the stallion High Fly on Monday and Tuesday between 9 a.m. and noon.

Adena Springs South conducts its showing on Tuesday from 8 a.m. till noon. Sequel Stallions will have two viewing sessions, Tuesday and Wednesday, from 8 a.m. till 11. Hidden Point Farm holds its stallion show Thursday and Friday between the hours of 10 a.m. and noon. A continental breakfast will be served.

Nearly all of these stallion showings are accompanied by drawings or deals for '07 seasons.