11/30/2001 12:00AM

Padua shows off old and brings in new

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A total of 32 stallions were on exhibit at last Sunday's Florida Thoroughbred Farm Managers annual outing.

Among the two dozen stallion exhibitors was Bruce Hill, farm manager at Padua Stables. Padua Stables had on display its three stallions, Yes It's True, Dance Master, and Exchange Rate.

In front of the Padua Stables barn was a sign announcing Delaware Township would join its stallion ranks for 2002. Hill said Padua had recently completed a deal with Ebby Novak, whose New Farm owns Delaware Township, to stand the Grade 1-winning sprinter at Padua for $6,500.

Delaware Township will fit in well at Padua, Hill said. "Being by Notebook, he'll be a good cross with Mr. Prospector- and Northern Dancer-line mares," he said.

Exchange Rate, a gray graded stakes winner by Danzig, was frequently led out of his stall and paraded for prospective clients. Hill said Padua has reduced Exchange Rate's stud fee from $12,500 to $10,000 for the upcoming breeding season.

"You know after Sept. 11, much has changed," he said. "The economy is weaker and you have to adjust to the times."

Also at the Thoroughbred Farm Managers outing, the award for farm manager of the year was given to Mark Roberts of Adena Springs South. Tony Barnard became the first recipient of the Needles Award, given to a person who has brought recognition and honor to the Florida breeding industry. Barnard is headquartered in Ocala, where he prepares young horses for the racetrack.

Barnard said he worked with polo and dressage horses in his native South Africa, and then lived in England and Massachusetts, where he helped train the United States Olympic dressage team. He moved to Florida in the 1970's and developed horses for Tartan Farms.

The horses Barnard worked with at Tartan Farms read like a chapter of racing's "Who's Who." The list includes Fappiano, Unbridled, Cozzene, Codex, and Smile.

After Tartan Farms closed in the mid-1980's, he worked at preparing horses for the racetrack, among them Saint Ballado. When the owners of Horse Chestnut, South African horse of the year in 1998, decided to campaign the horse in North America, they sent him to Barnard. Barnard prepared Horse Chestnut for American racing in Ocala and then sent him on to Gulfstream Park to race. In his American debut, Horse Chestnut won the Grade 3 Broward Handicap by 5 1/2 lengths in January 2000.