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Fast Horses of Marion County

Timeline 1960 to 1969

1960

  • Ocala Stud brings in first stallion from Europe for breeding.
  • William McKnight, chairman of 3M Corp. of Minnesota, buys 320 acres of Bonnie Heath Farm and starts Tartan Farm.
  • It produced more than 100 stakes winners.
  • Tartan's plaid silks match 3M's "Scotch Tape" colors.
  • Carl Rose appointed to the Florida State Racing Commission.
  • Bonnie M. Heath II elected president Florida Thoroughbred Breeders'
    Association president.

1961

  • Carry Back of Ocala wins Kentucky Derby and Preakness Stakes.
  • Rosemere Farms closes.
  • Rose sells land for $1,500 an acre for development.
  • A community college and stores are built on the old Rosemere farm.
  • Thoroughbred horse farms in Marion County total 52.
  • Florida legislature passes bill allowing one race per day at Florida tracks for Florida-breds.

1962

  • Florida Breeders Sales Association's "annual" sale becomes big.
  • Auctions are scheduled twice a year in Ocala.

1963

  • Carl G. Rose dies at 70.
  • A stakes race is named in his honor.

1965

  • Florida-bred Hail to All wins the Belmont Stakes
  • Florida legislature authorizes summer racing opening the way for Calder Race Course to operate in Miami.
  • William McKnight of Tartan Farms and 3M fame is instrumental in developing an all-weather, synthetic race track.
  • The synthetic surface at Calder lasts until 1992.

1968

  • Dr. Fager, Tartan Farms of Ocala, named North American Horse of the Year - champion sprinter, champion grass horse and champion handicap horse.

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