Updated on 09/18/2011 2:46AM

Three Wonders tops '06 table of earnings


When the statistics are tallied at the end of next week, the numbers will show that Florida's first-crop sires had a solid year. Three Wonders, standing at Hidden Point Farm, will earn the leading money-winning title with nearly $700,000 in progeny earnings. Graeme Hall, at Winding Oaks Farm, and Snow Ridge, at Padua Stable, are competing for most winners.

Three Wonders, yet another son of Storm Cat to make good, has 71 registered 2-year-olds. Forty-two of them have started, and 13 are winners. Three Wonders has the stakes winner Gal Wonder, who is out of a Proud Birdie mare, and also has five stakes-placed runners. He shows no bias when it comes to colts or fillies, and is versatile in that his offspring win sprinting, going a mile or more, and on the turf.

Three Wonders's fee has been raised from $5,000 live foal to $7,500.

Graeme Hall was quick off the mark and has had a steady stream of winners since early summer. A son of Dehere, he has 66 registered foals in his first crop. Twenty-eight of those have raced, and 14 have won. Two of his get are stakes winners, and five have placed in stakes. He is the runner-up on the Florida first-crop earnings list. His fee was $7,500 for 2006, and there has been no announcement, as yet, of a change for the coming season

Snow Ridge, who leads all Florida first-crop sires in winners and wins, has a first crop of 66 going for him. The group has had 32 starters and 15 winners. Snow Ridge has sired a stakes winner and two stakes-placed runners. His fee for the 2006 season was $5,000, and no change has been announced for 2007.

It's not often a non-stakes winner gets the quality and the quantity of mates to place him high up on the first-crop sire list, yet French Envoy, a son of Deputy Minister standing at Stonehedge Farm South, is fourth on the list of Florida's leading first-crop sires. His fee for 2006 was $2,500. His initial crop has 47 registered and 28 have raced, 10 have won, and he has one stakes winner and three stakes-placed runners. His fee has been doubled to $5,000 for the 2007 season.

Rounding out Florida's top five first-crop stallions is the 2000 Preakness winner, Red Bullet. A son of Unbridled, he stands at Adena Springs Farm South, and began the year with the highest stud fee in Florida, $30,000. Red Bullet has the pedigree of a classic horse and himself was a classic horse. His first crop of 54 has produced 19 runners, with six winners, one stakes winner, and two stakes-placed runners. All in all it was a good beginning for a stallion who was unraced at 2 and whose get should improve with age. But, apparently it was not good enough, for Red Bullet's stud fee has been halved for 2007 to $15,000.

Georgia auction coming up

Every January, the Georgia Thoroughbred Owners and Breeders Association conducts an auction of stallions seasons to fund its legislative programs and promote its causes. This year it is on Jan. 6. The Georgia breeders' association will earmark an estimated $300,000 for stakes, all or most of that money going to races at Calder Race Course and Tampa Bay Downs.

These races are restricted to the offspring of those stallions whose seasons were bought at the January auction. Most of the stallions to be auctioned this year have roots in Florida.

* Catalogs for the Ocala Breeders' Sale Company mixed sale are out and in the mail. The sale will begin on Jan. 17, with the first of two consignor-preferred sessions. The final two days, the open sessions, conclude on Jan. 20.

* The Florida Charities auction of stallion seasons will take place in the OBS auditorium on Jan. 17, immediately after the sale session.