11/09/2007 12:00AM

Ocala, Vinery, and Adena lead sire standings

EmailHeading into the statistical homestretch for 2007, three farms - Ocala Stud, the Vinery, and Adena Springs South - are well out in front in several of the leading sire categories. One of these categories, Florida stallions with first crops racing in 2007, is dominated by the Vinery and Adena Springs South.

The Vinery stands D'wildcat. This son of Forest Wildcat-D'Enough, by D'Accord, preferred sprint distances as evidenced by his victory in the Grade 1 De Francis Memorial Dash at Laurel and the Grade 3 Swale at Gulfstream. His mid-November count shows he has sired 6 winners from 23 starters, including two stakes winners led by Authenticat ($190,216 in earnings). Overall, D'wildcat's get have earned $647,374.

Repent, second to D'wildcat in the money-won list of first-crop sires, has been moved to the Vinery for the 2008 breeding season. By Louis Quatorze-Baby Graces, by Cipayo, he was a bit slow off the mark, but he has gained momentum through late summer and fall with 31 starters entering Thursday. Eleven of them have won, and he is the sire of the stakes winner Atoned.

Repent earned $1.2 million competing at 2 and 3 in 2001 and 2002. Winner of the Grade 2 Louisiana Derby and runner-up to Medaglia d'Oro in the Travers Stakes, Repent was best at a mile or more, and it came as no great surprise when his 2-year-old colt Atoned won his first stakes going around two turns.

Frank Stronach's Adena Springs South was the residence of Macho Uno, Florida's top-ranked first-crop sire, who has since relocated to Kentucky. Two Adena Springs stallions, however, have developed faster than most pundits would have predicted. Sligo Bay is one and Milwaukee Brew is the other.

Sligo Bay raced five times at 2 in Ireland, France, and England. He won a maiden race at the Curragh at one mile, and then went on to become stakes-placed four times at distances ranging from a mile to 1 1/4 miles. His North American campaign was capped by a victory in 2002 in the 1 1/2-mile Grade 1 Hollywood Turf Cup. Sligo Bay's dam is by Halo and his second dam is by Herbager - not a pedigree normally associated with precocity. Yet, he is third among Florida's first-crop sires with 8 winners from 25 starters, including the stakes winner Wind in my Wings.

Fourth in the Florida rankings is the Adena Springs South stallion Milwaukee Brew. He has 34 starters and 12 winners, including the stakes-placed Ginger Brew. Milwaukee Brew is another who figures, via his performance and pedigree analysis, to sire more stamina than speed. The two-time Santa Anita Handicap winner did not win a race under 1 1/16 miles. And he did not race at 2.

Milwaukee Brew is by Wild Again out of graded stakes winner Ask Anita (Wolf Power). His second dam is by the French classic winner and sire Val de l'Orne.

Ocala Stud's veteran sires Trippi, Montbrook, Notebook (deceased), and Concerto are the four leading sires in Florida in the category of money won in '07. Trippi leads, with runners who have earned $4 million, headed by the graded stakes winner Miss Macy Sue. Montbrook is runner-up, with 132 runners - 82 winners - generating more than $3 million.

* Sarava, the winner of the 2002 Belmont, is another former Cloverleaf II stallion who has been relocated for the '08 breeding season. The son of Wild Again-Rhythm of Life, by Deputy Minister, was bred to 101 mares in 2006 and 88 in '07. He stands for $3,000 at Martin Stables South. His first crop races next year.

* Bwana Charlie, a graded stakes winner of $388,850 by Indian Charlie-Sahalo, by Halo, moves from Sequel Stallions to Journeyman Stud, where he will stand for $6,500. He covered 66 mares in 2007.