08/17/2006 11:00PM

Rice confident of contingent


Woodside Ranch in Fort McCoy, Fla., is the base for the Rice family, a well-known clan of multi-generational Thoroughbred professionals. The active members are Bryan Rice, his brothers Wayne and Curt, and his sister, Linda, a prominent New York trainer in her own right. Woodside Ranch is mostly known for the rehabilitation and training of horses for clients who race or sell in the 2-year-old market. This Tuesday, Woodside Ranch, as agent, will sell the Sherman Family Trust's yearlings during the four days of open sessions at the Ocala Breeders' Sales Co. yearling auction.

The Sherman Family Trust is a new name for a familiar entity that comprises Mike Sherman and sister Dayle, along with their respective children. The Shermans were the owners of Farnsworth Farms before the farm and its name were sold this past June. The horses to be sold in the coming sale were registered as Farnsworth Farms-bred.

"I've had them about six weeks," Bryan Rice said of the 107 yearlings he is taking to the auction for the Sherman family. "They were, of course, green, but they've come around."

Rice makes no bones about the task he faced prepping these yearlings for the sale.

"It took a staff of 20 or more to handle the job," he said.

He would have liked to have had a little more time with these raw sales recruits, but, he says, he believes buyers will like what they see.

Several first-crop offerings

The Ocala Breeders' Sales Co. has cataloged 284 yearlings for Monday's select session. Among the first-crop sires represented in this session is Essence of Dubai (by Pulpit out of Epitome), winner of the Grade 2 Norfolk Stakes in 2001 and the Grade 2 Super Derby in 2002. He is the sire of five yearlings in the selected session and 12 more in the open sessions.

Full Mandate (A.P. Indy-Clear Mandate) is a listed stakes winner with 11 in the select session and 37 more spread out over the four open sessions. Repent (Louis Quatorze-Baby Grace) is a multiple graded stakes winner who earned more than $1.2 million. He has six in the first session and 24 more in the open sessions.

Macho Uno (Holy Bull-Primal Force) was the Eclipse champion juvenile colt of 2000. There are 11 of his offspring in the selected session and six additional cataloged in the open sessions.

Lido Palace (Rich Man's Gold-Sonada), the leading money earner of this group, was Horse of the Year as a 3-year-old in his native Chile and was subsequently exported to the United States. In two seasons of North American competition, he won the Grade 1 Whitney Stakes and twice won the Grade 1 Woodward, earning more than $2 million. Lido Palace, a grandson of Forty Niner, has five in the selected session and seven more in the open sessions.

Gulf Storm has highest count

Gulf Storm, a stakes-placed son of Storm Cat, gets the nod as the first-crop stallion with the most yearlings in the sale. There are 42 yearlings by him cataloged - three in the selected session and 39 in the open sessions. These 42 yearlings, however, represent a mere 40 percent of Gulf Storm's first crop of foals. In 2004 Gulf Storm was bred to 155 mares, and from these mares there are 102 registered foals

Three Florida stallions who are vying to become Florida's leading freshman sire are Gibson County, Graeme Hall, and Three Wonders. Gibson County has one yearling in the selected and seven in the open sessions. Graeme Hall has four yearlings in the select session and 11 in the open sessions, and Three Wonders has two yearlings in the select and 25 in the open sessions.