03/19/2005 12:00AM

OCALA $380,000 on the line at Festival


OCALA, Fla. - The Ocala Breeders' Sales Racing Festival on Monday consists of six stakes worth an aggregate $380,000. The card, held at the Ocala Training Center, is highlighted by two divisions of the $100,000 OBS Championship Stakes at 1 1/16 miles, one for 3-year-old fillies, the other for 3-year-old males.

Although the OBS does not have a parimutuel license, the black type for these restricted stakes is recognized for sales cataloging purposes. First post is 1:30 p.m. Eastern.

A field of nine is entered in the male division of the Championship Stakes. Summer Legacy may be the one to beat. He has 2 wins in 5 starts and most recently finished second in the Sam F. Davis Stakes at Tampa Bay Downs. Trained by Ronald Allen, Summer Legacy will be ridden Monday by Federico Mata.

Other top challengers include Favre, who finished second in two divisions of last year's Florida Stallion Stakes series and enters this race off an entry-level allowance win at Gulfstream Park, and Mighty Mecke, who won a 6 1/2-furlong maiden race in his career debut at Gulfstream last month.

The filly division of the OBS Championship Stakes has a field of seven expected to run. Neverlaken has 2 victories from 4 career starts, all at Aqueduct, and was second by a length in the Busher Stakes last month. Trainer Rick Violette will bring in Shaun Bridgmohan to ride. Right Daddy, trained by Steve Klesaris, has been impressive winning both of her starts at Gulfstream and comes here off a six-length allowance victory. Southern Serenity has made her last four starts in stakes company, with her best showing a third-place finish in Calder's Three Ring Stakes last December.

The OBS Sprint Stakes are the six-furlong versions of the Championship Stakes. The $50,000 3-year-old filly division has a field of 12.

Higher World, trained by Mark Casse, won the Grade 2 Mazarene Breeders' Cup last October at Woodbine and will have regular jockey Patrick Husbands aboard Monday. Casse has also entered Extra Bases, who placed in the Ontario Debutante last summer. Babaganush has not been off the board in four starts and was second in the My Dear Girl Stakes at Calder in her last race, Oct. 14.

Hostile Witness, who has been keeping stakes company in six of his last eight races, tops the seven-horse male division of the Sprint Stakes. A Successful Appeal colt, he won the Inaugural Stakes at Tampa Bay Downs last December. Also running is Kruel Intention, a two-time winner who finished sixth to the unbeaten Lost in the Fog in the Sunshine Millions Dash at Gulfstream in his last start.

The remaining two stakes on the card are the $40,000 Florida Thoroughbred Charities Stakes at five furlongs and the $40,000 Florida Breeders' Distaff. Silver Bird heads a field of 11 entered for the Charities Stakes, which is for 3-year-olds and up. A 4 year-old filly by Lit de Justice, Silver Bird has won or placed in six stakes at Woodbine and has earned $401,264.

Eight are scheduled to go in the Florida Breeders' Distaff, a 1 1/16-mile race for fillies and mares, 3 years old and up. The main threat here could be Adobe Gold, a multiple stakes winner with a record of 4-4-1 in 14 starts.