10/18/2001 11:00PM

New York is 'bustling' for breeders and Jim Scott

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After 30 years spent working at several of central Florida's biggest breeding farms, Jim Scott decided earlier this year that the time was right to go into business for himself.

Scott, 47, and his wife, Michaelyn, bought 212 acres of land in Ghent, N.Y., in the spring and named the property Liberty Stud Farm.

The Scotts already have five stallions at Liberty Stud Farm - All Gone, Badge, Brushed On, Mancini, and Sea Salute - and are working on getting more to fill their eight-stall stallion barn.

Scott brings a wealth of experience to his new venture. He worked as the farm manager at several prominent breeding facilities in Ocala, Fla., including Farnsworth Farms, George Steinnbrenner's Kinsman Stud Farm, and John Franks's Franks Farms Southland Division.

Most recently, Scott was the manager at Lewis Lakin and Becky Thomas's Lakland North LLC in Hudson, N.Y., not far from Scott's new property.

"I've been working for somebody all my life," Scott said.

Despite his strong ties to the Florida breeding industry, Scott said he believes New York is the perfect place to embark on his new role as a farm owner.

"I spent 30 years in Florida, and I was ready for a new challenge," Scott said. "New York is a young Ocala. It's bustling and the horse business is getting cranked up. I would like to make an impact here and my knowledge should help this industry, which has a great breeding program."

The property the Scotts bought also was a motivating factor in their decision to set up shop in the Empire State.

"I fell in love with the piece of property when I stumbled on it," Scott said. "It has the most beautiful stallion barn."

Two of the stallions brought to Liberty Stud Farm by Scott, All Gone and Sea Salute, stood at farms where Scott previously worked. All Gone had been standing in Florida at Franks Farms Southland Division, while Sea Salute stood the 2001 breeding season at Lakland North.

Liberty Stud Farm's third sire, Brushed On, entered stud this year at Clermont Farm for owner Gene Martello, who moved the son of Broad Brush to Scott in August. Brushed On, a stakes-placed winner of more than $400,000, will stand for $2,500 in his second season in 2002.

All Gone, who will stand for $4,000 next year for his owner, Franks, entered stud in 1996. An 11-year-old son of Fappiano, out of a Buckpasser mare, All Gone won nearly $250,000 from four seasons of racing and was graded placed. From three crops to reach the races, All Gone's progeny have topped $730,000 in earnings.

"I think he'll fit really well in New York," Scott said. "He has a hell of a pedigree. He's on the list of [lifetime] leading third-crop sires and is among the leading sires in Florida with 2-year-olds this year."

This month, the Scotts welcomed to Liberty Stud Farm Mancini, a half-brother to Grade 1 winner Unbridled's Song, and Badge, who was third in the Preakness in 1999. Mancini, a lightly raced 3-year-old who has been retired, will stand as a first-year sire in 2002 for $3,000 and is owned by a partnership. Badge, who is owned by James Vena, will stand for $3,500 in 2002, his second season at stud.

Sea Salute, owned by Roger Toffolan, has a private stud fee. He is a son of Danzig out of the Seattle Slew mare Glowing Honor. Sea Salute's progeny have earned more than $860,000 from two crops to reach the track. This year, Sea Salute, a 9-year-old, has had two stakes winners from his initial crop, Barnabus and We'll Sea Ya.

Scott anticipates 60 to 70 mares - half owned by Toffolan - to be in residence at Liberty Stud Farm during next year's breeding season.