04/05/2007 11:00PM

Two-surface prowess puts Trippi on top


Florida stallion standings for the first quarter of '07 have been compiled and there are no surprises. Trippi, who stands at Ocala Stud Farm, leads the standings. Sixty-nine runners by Trippi have gone postward, 17 have won, and they have earned just under $700,000. What adds an extra dimension to Trippi's leadership is that the son of End Sweep is also emerging as a turf sire; he is currently Florida's leading sire of turf performers

Bridlewood Farm's pair of Halo's Image and Put It Back along with Ocala Stud's Montbrook are vying for runner-up status. Halo's Image, a son of Halo, has seven crops to the races and has led the Florida sire list on several occasions. At the end of the quarter, Halo's Image was in second place among state stallions with 70 starters, 25 winners, and $674,331 banked. Put It Back, a 9-year-old Honour and Glory stallion, has 41 get racing with 19 winners. He is the sire of Smokey Stover, a two-time stakes winner this year who leads all Florida-breds with earnings of $242,000. Put It Back, as with Trippi, has three crops racing and has sired five stakes winners.

The 17-year-old Montbrook has 10 crops at the races and he has been a leader since his first crop made its debut in '98. Montbrook is the sire of 32 stakes winners, nine of them graded, and his get have won nearly $23 million.

Ocala Stud is also where Sweetsouthernsaint, sire of the '06 Illinois Derby winner and Kentucky Derby favorite Sweetnorthernsaint, holds court. The Saint Ballado stallion has 16 winners from 58 runners in '07, including Sweetnorthernsaint.

Padua Stable's Exchange Rate, also a third-crop sire, rounds out the lead group. The 10-year-old is the sire of 9 winners from 36 starters in '07, including the graded stakes winner Swap Fliparoo.

Montbrook stands for $15,000, Trippi and Exchange Rate for $10,000, Halo's Image commands $7,500, Put It Back stands for $5,000, and Sweetsouthernsaint for $3,500. All fees are for a live foal due when the foal stands and nurses.

Exchange Rate will get the farm limit of 120 contracts for '07 said Padua Stables manager Bruce Hill. Hill also said that Proud Accolade and Pico Central are getting renewed patronage now that both of these stallions have their first foals on the ground.

"You have to like what you see when it comes to the foals of these two stallions," he said. "This usually means they'll pick up some additional bookings."

Pico Central is by Spend a Buck, the late Kentucky Derby winner who was a leading sire in Brazil. Among Pico Central's victories in the U.S. were three Grade 1 stakes: the Met Mile, Carter, and Vosburgh.

"We expect that when the current foaling season is over, there will be around 75 foals by him in his first crop," said Hill.

Proud Accolade is from the first crop of the former Padua Stable resident Yes It's True. The bay 5-year-old won the Grade 1 Champagne as a 2-year-old and the Grade 3 Hutcheson as a 3-year-old. Proud Accolade served a book of 91 mares in '06.

* There are two remaining 2-year-olds in training sales on the Florida calendar, and they are scheduled for April 24-27 and June 19-20. The first of four under-tack shows for the first sale is April 18, and they continue through April 21. There are 1,399 cataloged for this sale versus 1,246 last year.