09/11/2003 11:00PM

Tradition continues at a different pace


Ocala Week, the Florida Thoroughbred industry's annual homecoming, will have some major changes to its traditional scheduling.

Activities begin on Wednesday, Oct. 8, a day earlier than usual, and conclude Oct. 16 with final session of the Ocala Breeders' fall mixed sale. Among the changes is the date of the Jockey Club's interactive seminar, to be held this year on Oct. 8 at Steinbrenner's Ramada Inn.

"It's the annual seminar that The Jockey Club holds to aid people using the Internet," said Florida Thoroughbred Breeders' and Owners' Association spokesperson JoAnn Guidry. "The seminar had to be moved up as the rest of the calendar was full."

The annual meeting of the FTBOA is usually held on a Saturday morning. No so this year. The meeting, which reviews the industry's past year, sets the agenda for the coming year, and elects the organization's board and officers, has been moved to Thursday, Oct. 9.

"There would have been a conflict with Calder Race Course's Festival of the Sun, which is on Saturday, the 11th," Guidry said. "This way the members can attend the meeting and still make it to Calder for the Florida Stallion Stakes."

Under the FTBOA rules there is a term limit for serving on the board of directors. A board member is elected for three years and may stand for reelection one time before a required hiatus of at least one year. Mike Sherman of Farnsworth Farms, Gilbert G. Campbell of Stonehedge Farm, and Frank Stronach of Adena Springs Farm have reached term limitation.

Candidates for the board include Fred Brei, owner of Jacks or Better Farm; Mark Roberts, general manager of Adena Springs Farm; William C. Schettine, who purchased DunHill Stud and renamed it Signature Stallions; Steven A. Silver, operations director of Sez Who Thoroughbreds; Randy Mills, co-owner of Break Away Farm and a director of the FHBPA; and Charlotte Weber, owner of Live Oak Stud.

There are two incumbents seeking reelection to the board. They are Norman E. Casse, chairman of the board of the OBS and owner of Cardinal Hill Farm, and Bobby Jones, president of the Florida Thoroughbred Farm Managers Club and co-owner of BryLynn Farm.

The top five vote-getters from this group of eight will sit on the board.

Friday, Oct. 10, is the day set aside for the popular Florida Thoroughbred Charities Golf Classic at the Golden Hills Golf and Turf Club. The four-man scramble format has a shotgun start at 8 a.m. The fee per player is $85. Money goes to scholarships and equine studies. Entries must be received at the FTBOA office by Oct. 3. For player information contact the FTBOA office at (352) 629-2160.

Social activities include the return of the fundraising Fillies Follies at the OBS sales pavilion on the evening of Oct. 11, and the annual FTBOA membership cocktail party the following evening at Steinbrenner's Ramada Inn. Sunday morning, Oct. 12, there will be a dedication of the Scott Dudley Memorial Library at the main office building of the FTBOA.

Cutting back the broodmare band

The four-day OBS fall mixed sale has 1,237 cataloged. Of these, 456 are foals of '03 and 68 are yearlings. Sez Who Thoroughbreds is the leading consignor to the sale with 93 mares cataloged.

"We accomplished what we wanted to do," said Steve Silver, operations director for the farm. "We wanted to make sure that our stallions got off to a good start, and now that this has been accomplished, we are going to reduce the broodmare band to a manageable number. I think the days of the 200-plus broodmare operations are over. The economic climate won't support such numbers."

Harold Rose: Class act

"He was such a class act," said George L. Onett of the late Harold Rose, who died last week at the age of 92. "I was a lobbyist in the early 60's for the tracks and represented the horsemen. Harold had a passion for the races. When he retired from business life, Harold decided to become a trainer. He was already an owner. I had the job of guiding him through the tests that you had to pass in order to get a trainer's license. He passed his tests first time around and got his trainer's ticket at Hialeah."

The Rose family - Harold, his wife, Elsie, and their four children - all took an interest in Rose's period of his life as a breeder and horseman. And each will have so many memories - memories of that October afternoon in 1983 when Harold saddled the winners of both the filly and the male division of the Florida Stallion Stakes, and in March of 2000 when the family homebred Hal's Hope won the Florida Derby.