01/05/2007 1:00AM

Pomeroy among 18 new Florida stallions


In a little more than a month breeding sheds will open for business. There will be at least 18 new stallions entering stud in Florida., with fees ranging from $12,500 for Congrats (by A.P. Indy) and Pomeroy (Boundary) at Cloverleaf Farms II, to $500 for Indian Ground (Nureyev), who stands at Bright Oaks Farm.

With rare exception, fees in Florida are predicated on no foal, no fee, and a fee is due when the foal stands and nurses.

There can be little doubt this is the era of Storm Cat in Florida. There are 10 stallions here in 2007 that are sons of Storm Cat and nine additional stallions who are grandsons of Storm Cat. Closest to Storm Cat in both categories here is the late Mr. Prospector, with five active sons and 11 grandsons standing in Florida.

Cloverleaf Farms II stands the only two Grade 1 stakes winners among the 18 newcomers. Mass Media, a 6-year-old horse by Touch Gold out of Sultry Allure, by Forty Niner, earned his Grade 1 victory in the Forego Handicap. He also placed in the Grade 1 Cigar and the Grade 1 Metropolitan Mile. Mass Media's fee for 2007 is $5,000.

Pomeroy, also 6, is by Boundary out of Questress, by Seeking the Gold. He, too, won the Forego, and also won the Grade 1 King's Bishop, retiring with earnings $845,050.

Cloverleaf Farms II, Bridlewood Farm, and Rising Hill Farm will each stand a dozen stallions. Cloverleaf Farms II was expected to stand the Grade 2 winner High Limit, upping its stallion roster to 13. But there was a change of plans and High Limit is back in training. Art Appleton's Bridlewood Farm will have a complement of 12 stallions with the recent announcement that Holy Ground is entering stud. Hartley/DeRenzo Thoroughbreds stands nine stallions for '07.

Three stallions in Florida have a price tag of $15,000. They are Ocala Stud's Montbrook, Vinery's Peace Rules - whose first foals are yearlings of '07 - and the Adena Springs South sire Red Bullet, who has 3 year-olds of '07.

By and large, Florida breeders support speed stallions, as the majority of the yearly Florida foal crops, 4,000 more or less, is destined for the 2 year-old sales. So it is somewhat surprising that only 5 of the 12 graded stakes winners entering stud in '07 earned their graded stakes credentials in sprints.

Those who won graded races at a mile or longer include Bachelor Blues (by Smoke Glacken) at Signature Stallions, Congrats, Imperialism (Langfhur) at Getaway Farm, Praying for Cash (Songandaprayer) at Hartley/DeRenzo Thoroughbreds, Rey de Cafe (Kingmambo) at Double Diamond Farm, Sabre d'Argent (Kris S.), also at Double Diamond Farm, and The Daddy (Valid Expectations), standing at Martin Stables South.

The graded stakes-winning sprinters among the newcomers are Fire Slam (Grand Slam) at Vinery, With Distinction (Storm Cat) at Hartley/DeRenzo Thoroughbreds, and Mass Media and Pomeroy. Too Much Bling, who is headed for Sequel Thoroughbreds and a fee of $10,000, was a quick 2-year-old who won his debut by almost 20 lengths, placed later in the Grade 1 Hopeful, and won the Grade 2 San Vicente. He is by Rubiano and out of a mare by Formal Dinner.

Holy Ground is a Saint Ballado stallion going to Bridlewood Farm for a $5,000 fee. Holy Ground won 3 of 9 races, including a 13-length romp in the Stanton Stakes at Delaware Park. Holy Ground's dam is La Ville Rouge, by Carson City, which makes this stallion prospect an older half-brother to Kentucky Derby winner and Eclipse Award candidate Barbaro.