06/01/2006 11:00PM

Notebook leads parade of Ocala Stud earners


Ocala Stud stallions dominate Florida's leading-sire roster through early June. Heading this list is its late sire Notebook. His get have earned over $1.1 million this year. Right behind Notebook and closely bunched in the earnings standings are Ocala Stud's Sweetsouthernsaint (by Saint Ballado) and Concerto (Chief's Crown). Bridlewood Farm, home of Halo's Image (Halo), completes the list of Florida sires who have generated a million dollars or more in progeny earnings.

Gibson County, at McKathan Farm, has sprinted to an early lead as the state's leading freshman sire. This son of In Excess sired his first stakes winner over the Memorial Day weekend at Hollywood Park when Genuine Talent made it two wins in as many starts when he won the $68,210 Willard L. Proctor Memorial Stakes at 5 1/2 furlongs by 2 1/2 lengths.

Said Luke McKathan of McKathan Farm, "He's sure enough a fast colt, and he can relax. The other speed horses never bothered him."

Standing a sprinter in Florida is usually an exercise in futility. But Gibson County has perked the interest of local breeders and his 2006 book will have, according to a McKathan Farm spokesperson, "at least 30 mares and likely more."

Other Florida stallions with their first runners at the races and who have sired at least one winner are Fappie's Notebook at Rising Hill Farm, French Envoy at Stonehedge Farm, Three Wonders at Hidden Point Farm, and Unbridled Time at Signature Stallions.

Fappie's Notebook, a graded stakes winner of $561,085, has an initial crop of 20. French Envoy, who is graded stakes placed, is the sire of 39 in his first crop. Three Wonders is a graded stakes winner who has 53 in his first crop, and Unbridled Time, who is graded stakes placed, has a first-year crop of 43.

Who wants to have a millionaire?

The Memorial Day Handicap at Calder Race Course was supposed to be the event that elevated the 6-year-old Congrats to millionaire status. Congrats, by A.P. Indy out of Praise, by Mr. Prospector, was purchased by Cloverleaf II to stand there in 2007. Brent Fernung, general manager of Cloverleaf II, wants the cachet of a million-dollar label for his stallion prospect. Congrats's second-place finish in the Memorial Day Handicap left him a few thousand short of making the goal. No stud fee has been announced for Congrats for 2007.

Sainer has out-of-state winner

Joel Sainer has been a Florida breeder for decades. The Sarasota-based developer is an ebullient owner who thoroughly enjoys breeding and going to the races. He usually keeps a half-dozen racehorses with trainer Dave Braddy at Calder. Rarely, however, does the Sainer stable leave the state.

On May 20, though, the Sainer-bred Yes He's the Man won the Select Stakes at Monmouth. Sainer has a half-dozen mares and their offspring at Farnsworth Farms in a relationship that goes back over 30 years.

Board election for breeders and owners

Nominations to become a member of the Florida Thoroughbred Breeders and Owners Association board of directors must be received by June 16. Five members will be elected for three-year terms beginning on Oct. 7. There are three incumbents - Mark Roberts, Charlotte Weber, and Randy Mills - who are running for reelection.

A candidate must be a member of the breeders and owners association in good standing. The nomination application requires 50 signatures of association members affirming the candidacy, and this application must be presented to the group's nominating committee before a candidacy can be certified. Those interested should contact the association.