Fast Horses of Marion County
Timeline 1960 to 1969
- 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'
- 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.
- Florida Breeders Sales Association's "annual" sale becomes big.
- Auctions are scheduled twice a year in Ocala.
- Carl G. Rose dies at 70.
- A stakes race is named in his honor.
- 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.
- Dr. Fager, Tartan Farms of Ocala, named North American Horse of the Year - champion sprinter, champion grass horse and champion handicap horse.