02/02/2007 12:00AM

Ocala sale gets the 2-year-old market going


Florida's five-month calendar of 2-year-olds in training sales begins on Tuesday, Feb. 13, with the first of four winter-spring auctions conducted by the Ocala Breeders' Sales Company at its home site in Ocala. The sale company will also conduct the annual Adena Springs 2-year-olds in training auction on the evening of March 26 at the Adena Springs South facilities. Fasig-Tipton's sale of selected 2-year-olds in training is set for March 6 at Calder Race Course, with 301 horses cataloged.

Ordinarily, the first of these 2-year-old sales is held at Calder Race Course. This year, however, the Super Bowl will be played a few furlongs from Calder on Sunday, and this created all sorts of logistical problems for both the consignors, who were priced out of accommodations for themselves and for their employees - assuming such accommodations could be found - as well as for out-of-town buyers who would be confronted with the same problem.

"There was just no way we could handle the Super Bowl factor," said Tom Ventura, the director of sales and general manager for Ocala Breeders' Sale Company.

The sale company also decided to reschedule its annual festival of racing from March to Feb. 12, the afternoon preceding next week's sale. Entries for the six-race all-stakes program will be taken until 2op.m. Monday. Entries can be made by phone at 352-237-2154.

There are 192 horses cataloged for this first OBS 2-year-olds in training sale of 2007. Sixteen of the 192 are sired by Florida stallions with first crops racing in 2007. Full Mandate, Repent, Drewman, Essence of Dubai, and Greatness all have at least two reps in the sale.

Full Mandate, a stakes-winning son of A.P. Indy, is the leader of this group with four cataloged. Among the three colts and a filly sired by him is Hip No. 114, a daughter of Mia Fast Trick (by Favorite Trick). The filly is from the family of OBS sales alumni Seaquay and Silvered Silk, each a seven-time stakes winner. The tail female grandsire, Favorite Trick, earned horse of the year honors as a 2-year-old and he, too, is an Ocala sales alumnus.

Cloverleaf Farm II is where the millionaire Grade 2 stakes winner Repent holds court, and Cloverleaf's general manager, Brent Fernung, is agent for the first offspring of Repent to enter a 2-year-olds in training sales ring.

"I'm selling Hip No. 13," said Fernung. "He's a nice colt, stout, good shoulder and hip line."

Repent has been among the more popular stallions in the Ocala venue. There are 80 registered 2-year-olds from his first crop on stage.

"We bred him to 108 in '05 and 130 last year," Fernung said.

Fernung admits that bookings this year are going slower than he anticipated. But, he commented, that's the general rule for stallions whose first get are going through the 2-year-old sales. Breeders want to see how the buyers respond to the sales before they rebook.

"Repent was a good 2-year-old," Fernung. "He raced five times, hit the board in all five, and won the Kentucky Jockey Club, the Kentucky Juvenile, and was second in the Breeders' Cup Juvenile."

Fernung said he thinks the Repent 2-year-olds will have enough speed to be competitive early on but will blossom when the 2-year-olds stretch out.

"To be honest, generally, I would not expect 2-year-olds by Repent to stop the clock in 10 and change at the under-tack shows, but I could be pleasantly surprised," he said.

* The first of two OBS under-tack shows will be held this Sunday at

9 a.m. The second under-tack show will be held the following Sunday, Feb. 11, and it, too, will have a 9 a.m. starting time. Both shows will have participants available for viewing before and during the sale.

* Five Florida stallions had mares give them their first offspring this past week. Freeforinternet (Signature Stallions), a millionaire, is now the sire of a colt. High Fly (Live Oak Stud) is also the sire of a colt, as are the stallions Pico Central and Proud Accolade (Padua Stables). The only filly foal in the group was sired by Indian Ocean (Bridlewood Farm).