01/11/2008 1:00AM

OBS sale spotlights broodmares

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The Ocala Breeders' Sales Co.'s annual winter mixed auction gets under way on Wednesday and runs through Friday. The consignors' preferred session will be conducted Wednesday, and 248 broodmares and short yearlings have been cataloged. The two-day open portion of the sale is set for Thursday and Friday. All three sessions have an 11 a.m. starting time.

As with last year's winter mixed sale, confidence is guarded as to how the market will play. OBS general manager and sales director Tom Ventura said: "Young broodmare prospects and broodmares in foal to popular stallions will continue to attract attention. So will the yearlings. The likely 2007 Japanese 2-year-old champion Goshawk Ken was sold at this sale in 2006 as a short yearling."

Stallion seasons for charity

The Florida Thoroughbred Charities Inc., an offshoot of the Florida Thoroughbred Breeders' and Owners' Association, will hold its annual fundraising auction of stallion seasons in the OBS sales auditorium immediately following the Wednesday sales session. The auction offers more than 100 no-guarantee seasons, including all 15 of Bridlewood Farm's stallions. Ocala Stud has contributed seasons to its 10 stallions, including Florida's leading 2007 sire, Trippi. Adena Springs offers seasons to all nine of its stallions.

The get of stallions whose seasons were previously donated to Florida Thoroughbred Charities Inc. are eligible for the $50,000 Florida Charities Stakes, a five-furlong event to be run on the OBS Day of Champions card on Feb. 11 at the OBS training center. The winner of the Florida Charities Stakes gets a season to the Kentucky-based Darley stallion Kafwain.

Agnes Gold finally settled in

Agnes Gold had problems aplenty making the transition from his native Japan to his current home in the stallion barn of Roy Lerman's Lambholm South. Scheduled to arrive and be in business prior to the 2007 breeding season, the Grade 2 stakes-winning son of Sunday Silence was subject to delay after delay, and when he finally did arrive in Florida, the United States Department of Agriculture, responsible for seeing to it that the imported stallion was free of disease, somehow mixed up his blood samples, and this caused another delay. Agnes Gold did not cover his first American mare until mid-April.

"It was frustrating," said Lerman. "We had to cancel bookings, because while the mares were ready, the stallion's papers were not."

Agnes Gold eventually got 15 mares covered in '07, two of whom are cataloged in the open sessions of the coming sale.

Agnes Gold is the first millionaire graded stakes winner by Sunday Silence to stand in Florida. His roots, however, stem from mares that once roamed the paddocks of Florida's Tartan Farms. He is a full brother to a pair of Grade 2 stakes winners in Japan, and his immediate family includes the American Grade 1 stakes winners Clabber Girl and Fappiano.

Agnes Gold entered stud in Japan in 2004. According to figures provided by the farm, Agnes Gold is the sire of 32 registered 2-year-olds in his first crop. Twenty-two of them have started in Japan, 11 have won, and 5 more have placed. His fee for 2008 is $3,500.

'Tis the season for stallion shows

The following farms will be showing stallions this coming week: Adena Springs holds its show on Tuesday from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Double Diamond Farm's show is Wednesday and Thursday from 8-11 a.m.; Hidden Point Farm's is Wednesday and Thursday from 9 a.m. to noon; Live Oak's is on Wednesday and Thursday from 9 a.m. to noon; and Journeyman Stud's goes next Saturday from noon to 4 p.m.