09/26/2002 11:00PM

Stormy Atlantic and West Acre are turning heads


The 2002 Ocala Breeders' fall mixed sale gets under way Oct. 7, and continues daily through Oct. 10. Among the 1,423 horses cataloged are 15 with connections to the red-hot freshman sire Stormy Atlantic and three with connections to the self-made stallion West Acre.

Stormy Atlantic, who stands at Arthur Appleton's Bridlewood Farm, is the sire of four weanling colts, three weanling fillies, and is the covering stallion of eight broodmares. West Acre, who stands at Gilbert G. Campbell's Stonehedge Farm, is represented by a weanling filly, a yearling colt, and the covering stallion of a mare in foal.

West Acre (Forty Niner-Narrate, by Honest Pleasure) was unraced - a barrier to success for most stallion prospects. But he has a highly commercial pedigree. He is a half-brother to the Grade 1 stakes winner Preach, who is the dam of Grade 1 stakes winner Pulpit - a leading sire - and is closely related to Grade 2 stakes winner and sire Tale of the Cat and to last year's Breeders' Cup Juvenile winner and Eclipse Award champion Johannesburg.

According to Stonehedge Farm manager Larry King, West Acre arrived late in the 1998 breeding season and only had four foals in 1999. But, he said, all four were winners.

"The following year we got 19 foals, who are now 2-year-olds, and come next year we should have 30-odd going to the races," King said. "It was tough getting mares to him. You know how it is. Being unraced doesn't get you much attention."

What did get West Acre the needed attention was the success of the multiple stakes-winning filly Ivanavinalot. She is by West Acre out of the Deputy Minister producer Beaty Sark. Ivanavinalot has won four of five starts, had a bad trip in her only loss, and will be favored to win the $400,000 My Dear Girl Stakes Oct. 12 at Calder Race Course.

"She sure helped the stallion," said King. "We're getting some early bookings for West Acre, something that hasn't happened before. We have a really nice yearling full sister to Ivanavinalot that we are just now putting into training."

King said Beaty Sark has a weanling by Untuttable (Unbridled-Tutta, by In Reality), who is a young Stonehedge stallion, and that she is due next March to the Mr. Prospector stallion Family Calling.

Stormy Atlantic (Storm Cat-Hail Atlantis, by Seattle Slew) is a charismatic horse who has had little difficulty attracting a full book.

Bridlewood Farm manager George Isaacs closed this year's book of mares at 128. Stormy Atlantic has 43 registered 2-year-olds. Eight of them have won and two are stakes winners.

Isaacs said he thinks Stormy Atlantic will be "more of a late 2-year-old and 3-year-old sire than a sire of precocious speedballs." So far, he said, that's the way it's working out.

"We stood him for $6,000 this year, and while we will probably change some fees, some down and others up, I suspect Stormy will have a modest increase," Isaacs said. "But we'll have to see how it goes. There's a lot of important 2-year-old races still to come."

* Bonnie Heath III has made up his mind. The multiple Grade 1 stakes winner and millionaire Honor Glide (Honor Grades-Becky Branch, by Run the Gantlet) will enter stud at Cloverleaf Farm II alongside his relative Outflanker.