07/03/2003 11:00PM

Statebred Spoken Fur well sold and well bought


Ohio resident George Smith and his longtime friend and partner Dr. W.E. Johnson usually breed and foal a mare or two in Florida. The result of one of such breeding is Spoken Fur (Notebook-Siberian Fur, by Siberian Express), who, following her recent sale by Smith and Johnson, went from allowance company to a Grade 1 win in the Mother Goose Stakes for Amerman Racing Stables and trainer Bobby Frankel.

"Doc Johnson is not in the best of health these days, and he's getting up there," said Smith over the phone from Ohio."We got a good offer for Spoken Fur and we took it. We have the mare back in foal to Notebook, there's a yearling by Slew City Slew, and a baby by the Green Forest stallion Forest Gazelle.

"Spoken Fur was a family-pet kind of a horse. We had her here in Ohio before she went to the races. My son Austin, who trained her up until we sold her, liked her from the beginning. I have to hand it to Bobby Frankel. He paid my son a fine compliment, said that Spoken Fur's groundwork was already done for him - like a cake ready for the oven. Looks like Belmont was the right oven and Frankel the right baker."

Precocious on track, at stud

The Florida stallion midyear report for 2003 has few surprises. Ocala Stud's duo of Montbrook and Notebook lead the earnings list, with both sires generating progeny earnings of just under $1.9 million. Each stallion has three stakes winners and each has a Grade 1 stakes winner. In third place is the Irish Acres Farm's veteran Tour d'Or with $1.65 million in earnings and three stakes winners. Is It True, a relatively recent arrival at Hartley/DeRenzo and Walmac South, leads in individual stakes winners with seven.

The 2-year-old division has two new faces among the leadership. Hidden Point Farm's Family Calling (Mr. Prospector-Sense of Unity, by Northern Dancer) has 12 of his registered crop of 74 to the races and six of them have won. This places the 9-year-old stallion in a tie for first among the nation's freshmen leaders.

The other leading 2-year-old sire is Eltish (Cox's Ridge-Nimble Feet, by Danzig), who stands at Live Oak Stud. A precocious 2-year-old, Eltish won the Group 2 Royal Lodge Stakes at Ascot and the Group 3 Lanson Champagne Stakes at Goodwood. In the fall of his 2-year-old campaign, Eltish made the transatlantic trek to Churchill Downs and competed in the 1994 Breeders' Cup Juvenile, finishing second to Timber Country.

Eltish returned to England for his 3-year-old season, and placed in the Group 1 Prince of Wales's Stakes at Royal Ascot and in a listed stakes at Newmarket. He raced at 4 and 5 in the U.S., placing in three graded stakes, including a second in the Grade 1 Philip H. Iselin Handicap.

Eltish entered stud at Live Oak Stud in 1998 and his first crop of 10 foals hit the ground in 1999. The following year his crop numbered 29 and for 2001 the number came in at 15. Live Oak Farm manager Eric Hamelbach is unequivocal in stating that Eltish's lean years are over.

"He'll get more than 70 mares this year," he said. "The farm is supporting him and outside breeders as well."

New Life Stable's For All Who Dream is one of the 15 from the 2001 crop. The bay filly made her third start this past week at Calder Race Course in the $100,000 J j'sDream Stakes for 2-year-old fillies at 5 1/2 furlongs and blew away her 10 rivals with a five-length win, her second win in three tries.

For All Who Dream is out of Betz Brush, by Broad Brush, and was bred by Procino and Sacks, who race as New Life Stable. Betz Brush was unplaced in one start. Earlier, she lost foals by Northern Afleet and Cryptoclearance. Betz Brush is out of the stakes winner Rainbow Colors. She is a half-sister to the $216,012 earner and stakes winner Blazing Colors, and a full sister to the stakes-placed Nevis.

For All Who Dream was an August 2002 Ocala Breeders' yearling sale candidate, but was withdrawn from the sale because her breeder-owners thought they would not get their price. The highest-priced yearling filly by Eltish sold in 2002 fetched $31,000. For All Who Dream has already won nearly three times as much.