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Fast Horses of Marion County

Timeline 2000 to 2003

2000

  • Needles is inducted into the Racehorse Hall of Fame in August.
  • Honor Glide, now partially owned by the Heaths, wins major stakes races earning $1.4 million.
  • Pinhookers are a major factor in the industry.

2001

  • Tartan Farm closes down after a 40 years of breeding champion racehorses including 100 stakes winners.
  • Winding Oaks, on about half of the original Tartan Farm land, opens.
  • Bonnie Heath II, Needles' co-owner, dies Nov. 4.
  • The Bonnie Heath Turf Cup race is created in his honor.
  • 450 thoroughbred horse farms in Marion County.
  • Ocala racehorses are a $2 billion industry.
    The economic impact includes 10,000 local jobs.

2002

  • Montbrook of Ocala Stud named Florida Stallion of the Year
  • After earning $2.4 million, Montbrook retired as stud commanding a $20,000 fee for a live foal.
  • Horses at Bonnie Heath Farm are sold or trucked to a new location.
  • The Florida Million stakes race is introduced in November at Calder Race Course.
  • FTBOA lobbies for video lottery terminals at racetracks to boost purses and better compete against gambling cruise ships and Indian gaming.

2003

  • 4,500 registered thoroughbred foals from Marion County.
  • City and county still lack master plan for development.
  • Bonnie M. Heath III puts Honor Glide, who earned $1.4 million, out to stud at in Reddick, FL.
  • Heath III closes his office at the original Bonnie Heath Farm.
  • Dudley Farm relocates from central Ocala to Fellowship.
  • A new federal tax law allows racehorse owners to depreciate a horse's purchase price more rapidly.
  • This new tax law spurs higher gross sales at thoroughbred auctions.
  • Heath Brook, a development replacing 3 heritage farms, stalls. Build-out delayed until 2013.
  • Ocala Stud is the only heritage horse farm left in central Ocala.

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