02/03/2006 12:00AM

Montbrook and Trippi lead way at juvenile sale

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The 2-year-olds in training auctions get underway Tuesday at Calder Race Course with one of four Florida sales hosted by the Ocala Breeders' Sales Company. Fasig-Tipton will conduct its annual 2-year-old auction, also at Calder Race Course, on Feb 28.

The OBS had cataloged 197 horses for Tuesday's sale, but, per usual, there have been some withdrawals for injury and other reasons, and the number to be offered will more likely number around 180. Tom Ventura, the OBS general manager and sales director, said of those on offer: "I believe that this year's group of sales horses is among the best OBS has offered in terms of conformation and other physical attributes."

The Ocala Stud sires Montbrook and Trippi lead the Florida stallions at this sale in number of offspring offered with eight apiece. Montbrook, always among the leading Florida sires, has four colts and four fillies cataloged. One of the colts is a half-brother to a pair of stakes winners and to a stakes-placed winner. Among the fillies is a full sister to the multiple stakes winner and Grade 3 stakes-placed Royal Lad.

Trippi, who ranked ninth among first-crop sires last year with 16 winners from 37 starters - six of them were stakes-placed - has seven colts and a filly in this sale.

Three Wonders, the stakes-winning Storm Cat stallion who stands at Hidden Point Farm, gets his first crop to the races in 2006, and is represented by six in the sale. Hip Nos. 19 and 36 are a colt and filly, respectively, by Three Wonders, and they are from the same black-type family. In 2005 there were 50 yearlings offered at public auction by Three Wonders. Thirty-five were sold for an average of just under $30,000, with a filly topping the group at $135,000.

Red Bullet, who stands at Adena Springs South, had 27 of his crop of 55 sold as yearlings, and they brought an average of just under $50,000. Three sold for $100,000-plus and one of those, a colt out of the stakes winner and black-type producer Patooie, is in this sale.

Texas Glitter, who holds court at Signature Thoroughbreds, is a rarity among most modern stallions in that he raced for five seasons. He made 37 starts, won a stakes every season he raced, and was at home on dirt and turf. A 10-year-old son of Glitterman, Texas Glitter has 62 offspring in his first crop, 29 of them sold as yearlings, and the average price came in at just under $19,000.

Graeme Hall, a graded stakes winner and millionaire, stands at Winding Oaks Farm, and this chestnut stallion is the sire of 67 registered foals, of whom 17 sold as yearlings for an average of slightly over $32,000. His sales-topper came at Keeneland where a colt sold for $110,000. There is a colt and a filly cataloged for this sale.

The second of two under-tack shows for this sale takes place Sunday at 10:30 a.m. at Calder Race Course.

One for the home team

Live Oak Stud's Charlotte Weber, a finalist for an Eclipse Award as the industry's leading breeder and as leading owner, went with her management team to the intertrack wagering site at the Ocala Breeders' Sales complex on Jan. 28 to watch her homebred Miesque's Approval compete in the $500,000 Sunshine Millions Turf, the richest of the four Sunshine Millions stakes at Gulfstream Park. The exuberance was palpable when Miesque's Approval, on the board at 45-1, took the track for the post parade.

Anticipation gave way to resounding cheers as Miesque's Approval rallied from well back to take the lead in midstretch. And the cheering hit crescendo levels when, at 48-1, he victoriously crossed the finish line. It took a few moments before Weber, giving a quick glance to her partially crumpled mutuel tickets and assuring herself that they were the right ones, said with demonstrative ebullience: "Hot damn. We can eat tonight!"

Miesque's Approval's winning share of the purse pushed the 7-year-old's lifetime earnings over the million mark. When asked about standing him, Weber said reflectively: "Tough to stand a turf horse in Florida."