08/08/2003 12:00AM

New names plentiful at Ocala sale


There's no shortage of stallions who have their first crop of Florida yearlings heading to the Ocala sales. The annual auction gets under way on Aug. 18 and continues daily through Aug. 21. The Ocala Breeders' Sales Company has cataloged 1,276 yearlings, with 202 designated as selected.

Slew Gin Fizz (by Relaunch) and Zamindar (Gone West) were graded or group winners. Both began their stud careers at foreign venues. Slew Gin Fizz still shuttles between Ocala Stud and Argentina, where he is a leading sire with several champions there.

"Slew Gin Fizz will be back in December," said Ocala Stud spokesperson Karl Koontz. "I have seen only a few of the Fizz Florida yearlings, but I can tell you this - they look just like him."

Zamindar stood at Marablue Farm until he was recalled to England following the death of his full brother Zafonic. Zamindar is the sire of the 2002 French classic winner Zenda, currently with trainer Bobby Frankel.

There are 17 yearlings by Slew Gin Fizz and three by Zamindar cataloged.

Kelly Kip, a $1 million earner and Grade 2 stakes winner, entered stud at Meadowbrook Farm before moving on to the New York program. He is one of the more durable horses from the Valid Appeal sire line, having won 15 races, all of them sprints. There are a dozen Florida yearlings by Kelly Kip cataloged.

Comeonmom (Jolie's Halo) and Worldly Manner (Riverman) stood at Wycombe House Stud before being relocated. Each took the Dubai route to the Kentucky Derby. Commitisize (Explodent) also stood at Wycombe House Stud; all three were Grade 2 stakes winners and have Florida yearlings in the auction.

Successful Appeal (Valid Appeal) is still another stallion by Florida's all-time leading sire, Valid Appeal. A Grade 2 stakes winner at 2, 3, and 4, he could carry his speed from sprint to middle distances. His dam is a winning full sister to the graded stakes winner and sire Suave Prospect. There are eight by Successful Appeal in the open sessions.

Sweetsouthernsaint (Saint Ballado) is one of three sons of Saint Ballado standing in Florida with first crops going to the yearling sales. One of his yearlings brought $48,000 at Fasig-Tipton July.

Sweetsouthernsaint is a chestnut standing well over 16 hands. Unbeaten at 2 in three races, he won the Grade 3 What a Pleasure Stakes, a 1 1/16-mile race at Calder, by nearly five lengths. He was injured while finishing third in the Grade 3 Holy Bull Stakes in his only race at 3.

Adcat (Storm Cat) is a Farnsworth Farms resident who was at home on the turf and at distances from 9 to 12 furlongs. He won or placed in nine stakes, including a win in the Grade 3 New Hampshire Sweepstakes as a 4-year-old.

His dam, Adorable Micol, is a graded stakes winner by Riverman. A bit down in his pedigree chart is End Sweep, the graded stakes winner sprinter and sire. There are four yearlings by Adcat in the open sessions.

Wised Up (Dixieland Band) has 17 of his first crop slated for the August yearling auctions. The Rising Hill Farm resident stallion began his racing career with a sprint victory on the dirt and ended his three-year campaign as a graded stakes winner who was formidable on the turf. Those pedigree mavens who look for Hyperion in a sire's pedigree will find five crosses in the pedigree of Wised Up.

Halos and Horns (Saint Ballado), who also stands at Rising Hill Farm, won a leg of the Florida Stallion Stakes series and finished second in the In Reality division. In a rarity, Halos and Horns has no crosses of Northern Dancer or Mr. Prospector in a pedigree that is loaded with Turn-to and Bold Ruler ancestors.

Impeachment (Deputy Minister), who stands at Meadowbrook Farm, did not win a black-type race. He was, however, stakes placed in the Kentucky Derby, Preakness, Grade 2 Arkansas Derby, and Tampa Bay Derby. Impeachment's dam is a half-sister to Eclipse champion sprinter Gold Beauty. There are two yearlings by Impeachment cataloged in the selected session and four more in the open sessions.