February 19, 2024 Edition

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Inside This Issue

• Stallion Spotlight: St Patrick's Day

• The Florida Horse Podcast with guest David O'Farrell

• This Day in Florida Thoroughbred History

• 2023 Leading Florida Sires

• 2023 Leading Second Crop Florida Sires

• Kentucky Derby Leaderboard

• Milestones

• FTBOA Breeder Award Checks

• Florida-breds in Stakes

• Florida Stallion Progeny

• Florida Breeders' List

• W2W Business Place

Stallion Spotlight - St Patrick's Day


There are several horses in the Florida stallion market whose pedigrees pack a punch, but none that promise more pedigree power than Journeyman Stud's St Patrick's Day.

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Tammy A. Gantt talks about the Retired Racehorse Project with Executive Director Kirsten Green

The Florida Horse Podcast

E36 – David O'Farrell, Ocala Stud

Florida Equine Communications Editor-In-Chief Brock Sheridan interviews David O’Farrell of historic Ocala Stud about recent successes of progeny from their stallions standing in 2024.

Florida-bred Mucho Macho Man - Lou Hodges Jr./Hodges Photography

This Day in Florida Thoroughbred History - February 19

Mucho Macho Man Wins First Stakes in Risen Star


2011 - Florida-bred Mucho Macho Man won the first of his six career stakes with a length-and-a-half score against nine other 3-year-olds in the Grade 3 Risen Star at Fair Grounds, setting himself on the road to that year's Grade 1 Kentucky Derby presented by

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Scott Spieth – SV Photography

Milestone Watch

Jockey Scott Spieth is approaching a personal milestone of 5,000 Thoroughbred career wins in North America (US and Canada). Through racing Monday, Feb. 19, Spieth was at 4,998 wins. He has one mount Wednesday at Tampa Bay Downs.

Saffie Joseph Jr. – Lauren King Photo

Milestone Watch

Trainer Saffie Joseph Jr. is approaching a personal milestone of 1,000 Thoroughbred career wins in North America (US and Canada). Through racing Monday, Feb. 19, Joseph was at 995 wins. He has five horses entered for Wednesday at Gulfstream Park.

Kenneth McPeek – Coady Photography

Milestone Watch

Trainer Kenneth McPeek is approaching a personal milestone of 2,000 Thoroughbred career wins in North America (US and Canada). Through racing Monday, Feb. 19, McPeek was at 1,999 wins. He has two horses entered for Wednesday at Turfway Park.

FTBOA Breeder Award Checks

FTBOA distributed January 2024 Breeder Awards this past week via regular mail. For 2024 all award payments derive evenly from two separate sources and therefore print on separate checks. 50% of earned awards generate from the longstanding industry 'promotional trust fund' consistent with normal FTBOA procedures. Florida HB7063, two-year legislation championed by the FTBOA, enables the remaining one-half of 2024 FTBOA Awards.

FTBOA anticipates a 50% increase in net Breeder/Stallion Awards and over 60% growth in Florida Racing Incentives, all driven by HB7063 in 2024.

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Saturday, February 17

All Times Eastern

Florida-bred It's Sizzling Time (inside) Jim McCue Photo

Laurel Park

$100,000 John B. Campbell S.

Won by It's Sizzling Time (Fla)

4-year-olds and older, 1 1/8 miles

........ It’s Sizzling Time (#6) Winner



$100,000 Ruthless S.

Won by Halina's Forte (Fla)

3-year-old fillies, 7 furlongs

........ Halina’s Forte (#4) Winner

OBS Note: Halina's Forte was purchased by Woodford Thoroughbred for $130,000 out of the 2022 OBS Winter Mixed Sale when consigned by Summerfield.

Ocala Marion County Note: Halina's Forte is a graduate of the early training program at Eddie Woods Stable.

Halina's Forte is a 2022 OBS Winter Mixed Sale Graduate

Laurel Park

$100,000 Nellie Morse S.

Won by Charming Way (Md)

Fillies and mares, 4-year-olds and older, 1 1/16 miles

........ Rosie’s Halo (#1) Scratched

........ Hashtag Lucky (#5) Sixth

........ Frosty O Toole (#6) Second


Laurel Park

$200,000 Barbara Fritchie S. (Grade 3)

Won by Apple Picker (Ky)

Fillies and mares, 4-year-olds and older, 7 furlongs

........ Bluefield (#7) Fifth


Gulfstream Park

$150,000 Royal Delta S. (Grade 3)

Won by Honor D Lady (Ky)

Maryquitecontrary earned $4,000 FTBOA Florida-bred Top 3 Bonus

Fillies and mares, 4-year-olds and older, 1 1/16 miles

........ Maryquitecontrary (#2) Third

........ Rosie’s Halo (#7) Scratched

Saturday, February 24

All Times Eastern

Florida-bred Dean Delivers - Ryan Thompson Photo

Gulfstream Park

$100,000 Gulfstream Park Sprint S.

Plus $20,000 FTBOA Florida-bred Top 3 Bonus (50%-30%-20%)

[Race 11, 5:07 p.m.]

4-year-olds and older, 6 furlongs

........ Loco Abarrio (#2)

........ Dean Delivers (#10)

Oaklawn Park

$600,000 Razorback H. (Grade 3)

[Race 10, 5:45 p.m.]

4-year-olds and older, 1 1/16 miles

........ Octane (#5)

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