02/15/2002 12:00AM

Mockingbird's stallions top a most successful year


The Florida Thoroughbred Breeders and Owners Association has published its year in review data, and 2001 was a very good year for the Sunshine State.

It was truly a remarkable year for Harry T. Mangurian Jr. and his Mockingbird Farm, as the industry's leading categories belong to this team.

Top breeder honors went to Mockingbird, as its homebreds earned a record $18,875,766. This was accomplished in the main with 741 winners, including 25 stakes winners.

Mockingbird topped the Florida breeders' awards program with $306,163. Two former resident stallions of Mockingbird, Valid Expectations and Open Forum, finished first and second on the national freshman sire roster. Another sire, End Sweep, now in Japan, finished eighth overall on the general sire roster. Storm Creek finished 11th among second-season sires, and Rizzi finished 10th on the leading third-crop list. The late Valid Appeal was listed among the top 10 broodmare sires.

Farnsworth Farms and Franks Farms finished second and third behind the Mockingbird in money won, stakes winners, and breeders' awards.

Florida-breds won 362 stakes in 2001, and 64 of them were graded. Overall earnings came in at $217.3 million. The breeders' awards program generated $5,795,360, and the resident stallion premium awards were just under a million dollars.

Notebook, standing at Ocala Stud, led the stallion premium award list, followed by Wheaton, from Sez Who Thoroughbreds. Montbrook, another Ocala Stud stallion, took the third spot.

Notebook was the state's leading sire with 131 runners, 76 winners, and nine stakes winners of 16 stakes. Delaware Township, a multiple graded stakes-winning sprinter now at stud at Padua Stables, was Notebook's leading earner with $635,840. All together, Notebook's offspring won $4,164,083.

Second to Notebook was Tour d'Or, standing at Irish Acres Farm, with $3,965,466. He had 118 runners, 77 winners, and six stakes winners. His leading earner is the graded stakes winner Express Tour, with $1,290,000. Rounding out the top three is Montbrook. He had 92 runners, 62 winners, and 10 stakes winners - tops in this category. His offspring won $3,505,081, with Grade 1 stakes winner Outofthebox his primary earner with $607,995.

Proud Man, bred by Max Hugel, and sired by Manlove (now in New York), won the most graded stakes among Florida-breds in 2001. Proud Man, whose forte is turf, won three Grade 3 events in Florida and another at Belmont.

If Valid Expectations or Open Forum were still standing in Florida, either would have led the state's freshman sire list. As it is, Lost Soldier, a Franks Farms stallion, finished in front of Outflanker, who stands at Cloverleaf, in money won $460,983 to $402,394. Outflanker, however, beat Lost Soldier in winners, 12-11. Both stallions are sons of Danzig.

Zimindar (Gone West), who stands at Marablue Farm, was third in earnings ($270,552), but has no Florida-breds or offspring racing in the United States. Right behind him comes the Farnsworth Farms stallion Suave Prospect, with 10 winners and $267,557.

Of the older stallions who stood in Florida in 1998 with 2-year-olds racing in 2001, the leader was Montbrook with 20 winners, two stakes winners, and $824,766. Second is stablemate Notebook with 12 winners, two stakes winners, and $723,984. Third place went to Kissin Kris, with eight winners, two stakes winners, and $591,442.