12/28/2001 12:00AM

Reach for More Georgia's best


The two leading sires in Georgia stand at Pitzer Farm in Perry. Georgia's leading sire is Reach for More, a son of the late I'm for More, a stallion who stood for nearly 25 years at Ocala Stud. Roaring Champ, a son of Forty Niner, is the state's second-leading sire.

Reach for More has 13 offspring who have raced this year, and nine have won, earning $127,000. Roaring Champ is a close second in the money-won category. He has had four winners from 12 starters this year.

According to Bill Russell, of the Georgia Thoroughbred Owners and Breeders Association, there aren't enough Georgia-breds to run races for them. But the GTOBA sponsors several races for horses who are sired by eligible stallions. They include three stakes at Gulfstream Feb. 24: the $75,000 Allen E. Paulson Stakes, $60,000 John A. D'Amico, and $60,000 Bonnie Heath. On July 6, the GTOBA will sponsor the $60,000 Georgia on My Mind.

There is no parimutuel racing in Georgia, and Russell said it is unlikely to come to the state in the next couple of years.

"A racetrack in Atlanta or Savannah would work," he said. "It's a tough sell but we are trying."

The GTOBA is holding a banquet and stallion auction Jan. 5 at the Atlanta National Golf Club. Russell said no-guarantee seasons to sires from 14 states and Ontario, Canada, will be auctioned, including more than 100 from Florida and nearly 50 from Kentucky.

Bids will be taken by phone

(770-463-5485) or by e-mail (gtoba@mindspring.com). Minimum bid is $200 and once the bid tops $3,000 the season becomes part of the live auction, which takes place from 7-10 p.m. E-mail and phone bids will be taken through Jan. 2 for seasons that fail to top $3,000.

For more details on the bidding process, call Russell or go to the GTOBA website at gtoba.com.

Money raised from the GTOBA auction has three purposes, according to Russell.

"We raise money to fund our administration expenses, we raise money to promote Georgia's Thoroughbred industry, and we donate to worthy causes," he said.

* The Florida Thoroughbred Owners and Breeders Association will have its annual auction banquet and fund-raiser on Jan. 13-14. Many of the stallion seasons offered at the Georgia program will be offered at the Florida auction as well.