09/08/2006 12:00AM

Several share in weekend stakes scores


The Labor Day weekend was a good one for Florida-breds, and particularly for those who breed them, sell them, and market them. Horses with close Florida connections did well in three Grade 1 races at Saratoga, as well as four more graded stakes and a host of overnight stakes elsewhere.

Saratoga's Spinaway Stakes thrust winner Appealing Zophie into the thick of the Eclipse race. A 2-year-old filly bred in Florida by Luann Baker, Appealing Zophie is by the former Florida stallion Successful Appeal. She was purchased from February's Fasig-Tipton 2-year-old sale at Calder for $150,000.

The Ocala Breeders' Sales Co. scored an exacta in the Woodward Stakes, which was won by Premium Tap, with Second of June finishing second. Premium Tap was pinhooked from the 2003 OBS August yearling sale for $15,000 and was resold six months later as a 2-year-old in training for $60,000. Second of June, a Florida-bred, was sold as an untrained 2-year-old at the OBS winter mixed sale of 2003 for $7,500.

Pomeroy, winner of the Forego Stakes, is owned by Silverleaf Farms Inc., and under the management of the Briggs and Cromartie Agency. In early August, the agency announced that Pomeroy would be standing in Florida but that neither his residence nor his stud fee had been decided. Nothing has changed.

"I wish I could announce where Pomeroy will stand and what his stud fee will be, but we're still working on this," said Alan Briggs, vice president of Briggs and Cromartie. "I expect there will be an announcement within the month. I can confirm he is being pointed for the Breeders' Cup Sprint, and after that race he'll be retired."

Straight Man climbing toward the top

Straight Man, a son of Saint Ballado out of Brilliant Melody (Cornish Prince), had a slow start as a sire at Signature Stallion. He has come into his own of late, however, and now ranks second in Florida among third-crop sires behind Sweetsouthernsaint, an Ocala Stud stallion who is also by Saint Ballado. Straight Man and Sweetsouthernsaint are in a virtual dead heat in progeny earnings.

Over the weekend, Straight Man's son Get Funky won the Grade 2 Del Mar Derby, and in Florida the 2-year-old multiple stakes winner Straight Faced remained unbeaten after winning the Affirmed division of the Florida Stallion Stakes series. At Louisiana Downs, Lismore, a gelding from the first crop of Straight Man, lost a photo decision for the victory in the $84,500 Total Rewards Breeders' Cup Stakes.

Get Funky was bred in Florida by Larry Stewart. Straight Faced was bred in Florida by Adam and Suzette Parker.

The Susan's Girl division of the Florida Stallion Stakes was won by Adhrhythm, a bay filly by the late sire Adhocracy. A stakes-winning Spend a Buck stallion who stood at Rising Hill Farm, Adhocracy was unusual in that he was completely free of Mr. Prospector and Northern Dancer blood. Both Adhocracy and Adhrhythm were bred by Vernon Heath, who does business as Centaur Farm. Centaur Farm races Adhrhythm with trainer Eddie Plesa Jr.

Xchanger looking good of late

Murry Smith, the well-known pinhooker who sells under the banner of M.S.T.S., got some satisfaction this past week when Xchanger won the Grade 3 Sapling Stakes at Monmouth. Xchanger was pinhooked by Smith out of the Ocala Breeders' Sales Co.'s 2004 fall mixed sale as a weanling for $31,000. Entered the following August in the OBS yearling auction, Xchanger, a son of Exchange Rate out of Saragoza (Crafty Prospector), brought a disappointing bid of $6,500 and was led out of the ring unsold. Smith elected to train Xchanger into the Fasig-Tipton Midatlantic sale of 2-year-olds, and Xchanger went to Circle Z Stable for $40,000. He is now 2 for 2.

* Catalogs for the OBS fall mixed sale have been posted online at obssales.com. The consignors' preferred sessions begin Oct. 9 and continue through midday Oct. 12. The open part of the sale begins immediately after on Oct. 12 and concludes with catalog number 1,723 on Oct. 13.