12/27/2002 12:00AM

Two states, two stallion season auctions


Two auctions selling about 300 stallion seasons, mostly for Florida stallions, will be conducted in the Southeast in the next couple of weeks. One will be conducted by the Florida Thoroughbred Breeders' and Owners' Association and the other by the Georgia Thoroughbred Owners and Breeders Association.

The Georgia auction will be held at the Atlanta National Golf Club next Saturday. The Florida sale will be held in the sales auditorium of the Ocala Breeders' Sales Co. Jan. 13 following the first session of the OBS winter mixed sale.

There are about 200 stallions nominated to the Georgia sale, many of them standing in Florida, said Bill Russell, executive director of the GTOBA.

Russell said those who want to bid on a stallion with an advertised fee of $3,000 or more must contact him, and he will give them a phone number they can call to enter their bid. Bids on seasons from cheaper stallions can be made by silent auction.

The progeny of stallions whose seasons are sold at the Georgia sale are eligible for a series of restricted stakes races at Gulfstream, Calder, and Tampa Bay Downs. The dates of those stakes for next year will be announced soon, Russell said, and the series will include a $75,000 stakes race at Gulfstream Park in February or March.

The Florida auction is for Florida stallions only. There will be seasons from about 100 stallions on offer. Those who want to bid by phone must first call the FTBOA headquarters at 352-629-2160.

The Florida stallion auction is held under the banner of Florida Thoroughbred Charities Inc., the philanthropic arm of the FTBOA. There will be an FTBOA-sponsored party at Steinbrenner's Ramada Inn the evening before the stallion auction.

Montbrook, Florida's leading sire for 2002, will have a season for sale at the Florida auction. The Ocala Stud stallion is advertised at $20,000 live foal.

Red Bullet, who enters the stud in 2003 at Frank Stronach's Adena Springs South, has the highest-priced advertised fee in the auction at $30,000 live foal.

The Florida Thoroughbred Charities Stakes will be renewed in 2003 as part of the Ocala Festival of Racing March 17 at the OBS sales and training complex. The $35,000-guaranteed stakes is at five furlongs and is for 3-year-olds and up who are the progeny of stallions whose seasons were donated to the auction on or before 2000.