10/18/2007 11:00PM

Wise Answer validates DiMare's approach

EmailCalder Race Course's Festival of the Sun is a showcase for Florida's breeding industry. The two richest races of the year for the get of resident stallions, the $400,000 In Reality Stakes division of the Florida Stallion Stakes series, and the $400,000 My Dear Girl Stakes, the filly culmination of the Florida Stallion Stakes series, were held last Saturday during the festival.

Earlier in the summer and at sprint distances, Jim DiMare's homebred Wise Answer was vying to be second best among the Calder juveniles. Big City Man, since purchased and relocated to Dubai, was at the time the leader. The way Wise Answer accelerated in the In Reality Stakes to gallop home by a record margin of 10 lengths in a race that numbers Holy Bull among its alumni suggests that this colt is certainly in the same class as Big City Man, and perhaps better.

DiMare - who races and breeds under the name of J D Farms - listens to a different drummer when it comes to breeding, which is why he frequently cannot get his homebreds sold at a sale for a price that he thinks is commensurate with value.

Wise Answer is typical of DiMare breeding. His sire, Wised Up, by Dixieland Band, won the Fort Marcy Handicap at Aqueduct. The Fort Marcy is a middle-distance graded turf race. The dam of Wise Answer is by Colony Light, a Pleasant Colony middle-distance horse who won the Louisiana Derby but was disqualified.

Minds can change, but when DiMare a short while back was asked if he had any interesting offers for Wise Answer, he smiled and in so many words indicated that the colt was a keeper.

Peter Rosbeck's Hidden Point Farm is home to the Storm Cat stallion Three Wonders, sire of Calico Bay, winner of the My Dear Girl division of the stallion series. Three Wonders has much in common with Wised Up in that his zenith as a racehorse came in a middle-distance turf race, the Grade 3 Kent Breeders Cup at Delaware. Both stallions also trace to Northern Dancer. Wised Up is a second generation scion while Three Wonders is a third generation scion. Both the maternal grandsire of Wise Answer and the maternal grandsire of Calico Bay descend from the Ribot line through His Majesty.

Three Wonders is Florida's number one stallion with two crops racing; he is ranked 11th nationally. He has 89 starters and 49 winners, including the stakes winner Gal Wonder, who has earned more than $700,000. His daughter Calico Bay has earnings of $325,300 to boost his progeny earnings to $2.3 million. Three Wonders stands for $7,500.

$185,000 weanling tops OBS mixed sale

The Ocala Breeders' Company's fall mixed sale, which ran Oct. 8-12, had a change in the OBS minimum commission rates, which resulted in a higher percentage of buy-backs. Consequently, the consignors preferred session stats were somewhat skewed.

The top 20 sold - a measure that is use as a barometer of the sale's business - comprised 12 weanlings and eight broodmares, and there were few surprises in the results. Of the six in this category who sold for $100,000 or more, three were weanlings and two were broodmares, and one was a filly racing or breeding prospect.

The highest-priced weanling topped the sale at $185,000. He was Hip No. 374, a dark bay or brown colt from the first crop of Kentucky Derby runner-up Closing Argument, who stands at Sequel Stallions for $10,000. The colt is a half-brother to three winners, including the stakes-winning Puerto Rican champion Vivaldi Girl (by Forest Camp). Consigned by Beth Bayer he went to Buzz Chace, agent.

Kinsman Stud, the nom de course of the Steinbrenner family, bought the highest-priced mare in foal - the $175,000 Gilded Time broodmare Maid Guinevere. Consigned by Journeyman Bloodstock to dissolve a partnership, the mare sold in foal to Empire Maker.

Hip No. 387, sold by Bridlewood Farm, agent, brought $125,000. The 4-year-old filly by Trippi-Best of the Sea, by Lord of the Sea, was purchased on behalf of Art Appleton, for whom she will possibly continue her racing career. A stakes winner, the filly has earned a tad short of $300,000.