06/07/2001 11:00PM

Open Forum leads freshmen sires so far


Florida's freshmen stallions are off to a promising start. There are 31 stallions in this group, and 10 of them have already sired winners.

The leaders are Open Forum (Deputy Minster) with four and his former neighbor, Valid Expectations (Valid Appeal), with three.

Valid Expectations has been moved to Texas and judging from the interest in Open Forum, he will be traveling well before the next breeding season. A Mockingbird Farm spokesperson confirmed that "there have been an increasing number of lookers at Open Forum in the last couple of weeks." It's possible that Open Forum, a son of Deputy Minister, will follow the path of two other Mockingbird Farm stallions and be relocated to Australasia.

Juvenile sale

The Ocala Breeders' Sale June sale of 2 year-olds in training is set for Tuesday and Wednesday, June 19-20. Included in the sale are offspring of seven of the new sires. Halo's Image (Bridlewood Farm) and Fabulous Frolic (The Acorn Farm) have each sired two winners.

Halo's Image, a graded stakes winner by Halo out of a stakes winner by Valid Appeal, was expected to be a precocious sire, and his offspring have lived up to expectations, showing a good turn of foot. He has four fillies cataloged in the coming sale.

Fabulous Frolic was a graded stakes-winning turf runner who was comfortable racing 1 1/2 miles. He is by Ninjinsky II's son Green Dancer and is out of Cherokee Frolic, a graded stakes-winning daughter of Cherokee Fellow. Perhaps it is Cherokee Frolic, a sprinter, who imparts the dash to her grandkids.

Thursday at Belmont, the five-furlong Fashion Stakes was won by Smok'n Frolic, whose dam is Cherokyfrolicflash, a full sister to Fabulous Frolic. There's a pair of fillies by Fabulous Frolic cataloged in next week's OBS auction.

Zamindar (Marablue Farm) stood in Europe for his first three years in stud. His first crop is off to a solid start, with winners in England and France. Zimindar was a grades stakes winner at Deauville and placed in French Group 1 fixtures. He is by Gulch and out of the graded stakes-winning Zaizafon, by The Minstrel.

Zamindar is a full brother to the graded stakes winner and Zafonic, a European Horse of the Year.

Suave Prospect (Farnsworth Farms) was expected to pass along precocity and has not disappointed. Suave Prospect is by a perennial leading sire of winners, Fortunate Prospect, and was a precocious 2-year-old himself. The first winner for Suave Prospect was on the turf at Livorno in Italy. The June catalog lists six by this freshman stallion.

Top Account (Bridlewood Farm) is off the mark with a winner in Puerto Rico. A son of Private Account preferred a mile or under and in a mostly Big Apple career spent mostly in New York won the seven-furlong Kings Bishop, a Grade 2, at Saratoga. Prospective buyers will have five of Top Accounts to look over at the 2 year-old auction

Whitney Tower's third crop is hot

Whitney Tower is a third-crop sire standing at Jim and Sheila DiMare's Rising Hill Farm. The stallion is a 10-year-old by Storm Bird out of the sprinting stakes-placed Dream About You, by the champion sprinter Shecky Greene. Whitney Tower did not win a black type race, but he did place in both the Hopeful, a Grade 1, and the Saratoga Special, a Grade 2

Whitney Tower's first two crops showed some promise, with 21 winners - one of a stakes - from 37 runners. His third crop is on a tear and he is currently the national leader with six winners from seven starters out of a crop of 35.

"The bookings were a little slow this year," said Jim Di Mare, "until, that is, the babies started to win." Whitney Tower has two colts and two fillies for the coming auction.