Skip Away, a Florida-bred, is named North American Horse of the Year.
Skip Away earns $9.6 million in his racing career – the top spot among Florida-bred Thoroughbreds as of Dec. 31, 2002.
Ocala Breeders’ Sales Company posts Thoroughbred sales totaling $63 million.
Bonnie Heath Farm, Dudley Farm and Tartan Farms are sold to Richard Seimans, a developer, to create Heath Brook, a golf course, apartments, houses and retail stores.
For tax purposes, the Heath Brook arrangement 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.