12/19/2003 12:00AM

A stallion to fit every bankroll

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When the breeding season opens in early February, there will be approximately 235 stallions available to Florida breeders, according to Linda Leaf of the Florida Thoroughbred Breeders' and Owners' Association.

"We have 225 registered with us and there are usually a few last-minute additions," Leaf said.

When asked about the number of broodmares in the state, Leaf said the annual foal crop has remained constant for the past three years at 4,100 or so, and this suggests around 7,000 mares are in service.

About 60 percent of the stallions who will be breeding next year have their own pedigree page in the FTBOA's stallion register.

At the top of the fee ladder is Adena Springs Farm South's Red Bullet at $30,000 live foal. The classic-winning son of Unbridled covered 88 mares this past year. Ocala Stud's Montbrook has a $20,000 fee, and at $15,000 is another Adena Springs Farm South stallion, Macho Uno, winner of the 2000 Breeders' Cup Juvenile.

At $10,000 live foal are Songandaprayer, standing at Marablue Farm; Tour d'Or, at Irish Acres; and Yes It's True, at Padua Stables.

On the lower rungs of the ladder are 37 stallions at the $2,500 level, the most in any fee category, and down another rung at $1,000 are 12 stallions.

Jim and Sheila DiMare's Rising Hill Farm offers a dozen stallions, the most of any stallion complex within the Sunshine State. Next comes Ocala Stud and Franks Farm South with 10 apiece.

The Mr. Prospector influence

The late Mr. Prospector is the predominant sire line in Florida. Seven of his sons stand here and 17 more are grandsons. Storm Cat has eight sons standing in Florida, but only three grandsons. Deputy Minister has five sons and two grandsons. North America's leading sire this year, A.P. Indy, has three stallions in Florida, including newcomers A.P. Five Hundred and Full Mandate.

Six newcomers to the stallion ranks in Florida either won Grade 1 stakes races or earned over a $1 million, or both. Best of the Rest, headed for Farnsworth Farms, is a millionaire and won the most stakes of the newcomers, 13. The son of Skip Trial will stand for $3,500 live foal.

Lido Palace, a grandson of Forty Niner, earned $2.7 million, tops among newcomers. A multiple Grade 1 winner, Lido Palace stands at Lambholm South for $8,500.

Essence of Dubai, a Grade 2 stakes winner by Pulpit, won $2 million plus. He stands for $7,500 at Hartley/DeRenzo & Walmac South. Repent, by Louis Quatorze, stands at Cloverleaf Farms II at $5,000 live foal. Repent is a Grade 2 stakes winner who earned $1.2 million. Another Grade 2 stakes winner with earnings of $1.2 million, Dollar Bill, stands at Signature Stallions. Dollar Bill, by Peaks and Valleys, has a fee of $3,500. Scorpion, standing at Pinecrest Stables, won the Grade 1 Jim Dandy. This son of Seattle Slew is listed at private treaty.

The senior citizen of Florida's 2004 stallion ranks is Island Whirl. Sire of the winners of over $17 million and 26 stakes winners, the soon-to-be 26-year-old is in need of new quarters. Sez Who Thoroughbreds is the home of Island Whirl, but the farm is closing its Florida operation and relocating to its New York facilities.