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Fast Horses of Marion County

Timeline 1990 to 1999

1990

  • William McKnight of Tartan Farms and co-founder of Calder Race Course, named leading U.S. breeder.
  • McKnight bred and owned Dr. Fager, Ta Wee, Dr. Patches, Unbridled and others.
  • Unbridled of Tartan Farms wins the Kentucky Derby and the Breeders Cup Classic.
  • Unbridled won $4.5 million in his racing career.
  • Unbridled ranks third highest among Florida-breds as of Dec. 31, 2002.
  • The number of pinhookers, those who buy a weanling or yearling and sell it after a year or less, begins to grow.

1991

  • January - Bonnie M. Heath II leases his 440-acre farm to son and daughter-in-law, Bonnie M. Heath III and Kim.
  • Champion racer Holy Bull is born five nights later.

1994

  • Holy Bull, Bonnie Heath Farms of Ocala, named North American Horse of the Year.
  • Holy Bull earned nearly $2.5 million in his racing career.
  • Ranks ninth among top Florida-bred money-earners as of Dec. 31, 2002.
  • Frank Stronach, owner of the Gulfstream Race Track in Miami, buys the 330-acre Lin-Drake Farm on Highway 27 West just outside Ocala for $1.9 million.
  • Farm is called Adena Springs South. He buys 2,700 more acres and creates the largest breeding farm in the U.S.

1997

  • Silver Charm, who was born at Dudley Farm, wins the Kentucky Derby.
  • Owned by pinhookers J.B. and Kevin McKathan of McKathan Brothers Training Facility in Ocala.
  • Silver Charm earned $6.9 million.
  • Ranks second among Florida-breds as of Dec. 31, 2002.
  • Honor Glide, bred by Bonnie Heath Farm and owned
    by Ron Chattel of Tennessee, wins best U.S. turf horse honors.

1998

  • Skip Away, a Florida-bred, named North American Horse of the Year.
  • Skip Away earned $9.6 million in his racing career - the top spot among Florida-bred thoroughbreds as of Dec. 31, 2002.
  • Ocala Breeders' Sales Company posted thoroughbred sales totaling $63 million.
  • Feb. - Sale of Bonnie Heath Farm, Dudley Farm, Tartan Farms to Richard Seimans, a developer, to create Heath Brook, a golf course, apartments, houses and retail stores.
  • For tax purposes, the Heath Brook deal is set up so it takes the buyer seven years to possess all the property.
  • Jack Dudley, Needles' co-owner, dies.
  • The Jack Dudley Sprint Handicap is created in his honor.

1999

  • After a bad 1998 season, Honor Glide is sent back
    to Bonnie Heath Farm for rehabilitation.

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