03/03/2006 1:00AM

Record sales colt reflects nicely on Padua


Naturally, the talk of Ocala was the world-record auction-price colt sold at the Fasig-Tipton sale earlier in the week. The $16 million for the Florida-bred colt by Forestry out of Magical Masquerade, by Unbridled, was undoubtedly prompted by a great deal of buzz going for him before his entry into the sales ring, given that he had worked a furlong in under 10 seconds, but none of the many surveyed thought in terms of multimillions as a final bid.

The colt was bred by Padua Stables in Ocala and consigned to Fasig-Tipton's July sale, where he sold to the pinhooking team of Randy Hartley and Dean DeRenzo for $425,000. Nadia Sanan Briggs, daughter of Satish and Anne Sanan, is the general manager of Padua Stables, and she was quoted in the Ocala Star Banner as saying that the sale of this homebred confirms the farm's goal of breeding and selling a top-quality product. She went on to comment that part of her wishes the horse were still in the fold, but that business is business.

The dam of the record-breaking colt, Magical Masquerade, was entered in last November's Keeneland sale believed in foal to the Padua Stable-raced Eclipse 2-year-old champion Vindication. The mare did not meet her reserve of $375,000. She was subsequently sold privately to Paragon Farms.

Little Everglades day at the races

Given a break in the weather, a throng of 25,000 or more will be gathering Sunday at the Little Everglades Ranch of Bob and Sharon Blanchard for the sixth annual Little Everglades festival. The festival features six races over a 10-furlong turf course. Four of the races are sanctioned by the National Steeplechase Association. Florida-breds 3 years old and older will complete for a $10,000 allowance purse at 1 1/4 miles on the flat, and nine have been entered overnight. An amateur race, also at 1 1/4 miles on the turf, has attracted 10 candidates.

The afternoon's feature is the $35,000 Little Everglades Stakes, a National fences hurdle event over 2 1/16 miles, with seven scheduled to compete.

The site of the Little Everglades festival is located a few minutes north of Dade City, Fla., off U.S. Highway 301. The 2,000-acre territory is a wildlife sanctuary with the 1 1/4-mile turf course at its center. Pavilions line the homestretch and country fare-like booths border the track.

Gates are to open at 9 a.m., and before the first post of 1:30 p.m. there will be assorted entertainment and amusements, including antique autos and Jack Russell terriers. General admission is $10, a carload costs $50, and there are special tables with a $250 per-person seat cost. That price includes a buffet and refreshment bar. There will an ample number of food tents serving the general public. All proceeds go towards philanthropic efforts.

More under-tack shows

Rounds three and four of Florida's 2-year-olds in training auctions start this week, as horses from the fifth annual Adena Springs sale of 2-year-olds in training, scheduled for the evening of March 20, go under tack this Thursday beginning 9 a.m. at the Adena Springs training center. The Adena Springs policy is not to breeze their sales horses, preferring open gallops. All under-tack activities will be videotaped. The second of the two under-tack shows will be Monday, March 20, also at 9 a.m. Adena Springs has cataloged 113 for its sale.

On Friday, the Ocala Breeders' Sales Company will conduct the first of four under-tack shows for its March 20-21 sale. The Friday preview is for the first 268 horses cataloged. These sales horses may again be seen under tack on March 17. Sales horses Hip Nos. 269 through 535 will go under tack on March 11 and again on March 18.