12/23/2004 1:00AM

Trio of Grade 1 winners now locals


There are an estimated 300 stallions who will stand the 2005 season in Florida, and 172 of them are detailed in the annual register recently published by the Florida Thoroughbred Breeders' and Owners' Association. Those absent are missing for several possible reasons: They came to the state too late to make the publishing deadline, their services are limited because of advancing years, or they are commercially not viable.

There are 23 stallions listed in the Florida Horse Stallion Register who are beginning stud duties in 2005, 10 of them graded stakes winners. Three - Burning Roma, Peace Rules, and Sarava - are Grade 1 winners.

There are a dozen stallions with first crops going to the races in 2005. Among these are the Grade 1 stakes winners Delaware Township, Songandaprayer, and Trippi. Grade 2 stakes winners with first crops racing in 2005 are Exchange Rate, Flame Thrower, Lexicon, and Put It Back,

Burning Roma, who stands at Jubilee Farm, raced five active seasons, making 36 starts, winning 13 and placing in 12 more. A son of Rubiano, he was effective as a 2 year-old, winning the Grade 1 Futurity, and he won or placed in stakes through this past summer, when he won the Red Bank Stakes, a Grade 3 at Monmouth. He was at home on dirt and turf and retired with earnings of $1.5 million. Burning Roma will stand for $6,500 live foal.

Peace Rules will stand at Vinery Stud in Summerville, Fla. A son of Jules, Peace Rules won more than $3 million in a high-class campaign that ranked him among the leaders of his division at 2, 3, and 4. He fee is $15,000 live foal.

Sarava, at CloverLeaf Farms II, is one of two Grade 1 stakes winners by Wild Again standing in Florida. The other is Wild Event, standing at at Bridlewood Farm, who is the sire of Aclassysassylassy, the filly who swept this year's Florida Stallion Stakes series. Sarava, the 2002 Belmont Stakes winner, subsequently was injured and never was the same horse. He will stand for $5,000 live foal.

Florida farms with nine or more stallions are Bridlewood Farm, CloverLeaf Farms II, Hartley/ DeRenzo Walmac South, Ocala Stud, and Rising Hill Farm. The highest advertised fee in Florida belongs to Adena Springs South's Preakness winner Red Bullet, who commands $30,000 live foal. Montbrook, at Ocala Stud, is next with a $20,000 live foal fee. Macho Uno, a Breeders' Cup Juvenile winner at Adena Springs, is advertised at $15,000 live foal, as is Peace Rules. At $10,000 live foal are Halo's Image (Bridlewood Farm), this year's leading Florida sire in terms of progeny earnings, and Songandaprayer, at CloverLeaf Farms II, a 2005 debut stallion.

The recently deceased Storm Bird is the dominant sire line in the Florida market. There are 14 grandsons of Storm Bird, and 12 go through his son Storm Cat. Mr. Prospector is still a force in Florida, with 13 sons or grandsons in the Ocala market.

There are two new stallion lines that bear watching in 2005. Austinpower, who stands at Lou-Roe Farm, is the only son of the epic Japanese stallion Sunday Silence to stand in Florida. A 6-year-old stallion, Austinpower had a limited racing career, placing twice from as many starts. A dark bay horse, he is the first foal of Eishin Austin, who is by Seattle Slew and a half-sister to Devil's Bag and Saint Ballado. Also close up in the pedigree are the stallions Singspiel and Rahy.

The other new stallion is Great Pyramid, who will stand at Elangeni Farm for $2,500 live foal. He is by Danehill, currently the world's leading sire of stakes winners. Great Pyramid is a full brother to a European horse of the year Rock of Gibraltar, and is from the family of the French champion and leading sire Riverman.

Sunday Silence and Danehill are ordinarily bloodlines that Floridians read about but rarely encounter.