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DREAM RUN CALIFORNIA CHROME GOING FOR TRIPLE CROWN

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From the EXECUTIVE CORNER DOUG BURGE CTBA PRESIDENT

MAKING MAGAZINE AND RACING HISTORY

SKIP DICKSTEIN

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e have two things to celebrate in the June issue of California Thoroughbred. First, the remarkable achievement so far of our superstar California Chrome, who has already made history in the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I) and Preakness Stakes (gr. I) and seems well poised for Triple Crown immortality. Second, is our new relationship with Blood-Horse Publications in Lexington, Ky., which began handling production of the magazine with this issue. California Thoroughbred every month will continue focusing on the success of California-breds while further emphasizing the CTBA member/breeder/owners whose investments and dedication are so vital to a vibrant state racing program. By outsourcing the production, it is the goal of the CTBA Board of Directors to supply this award-winning magazine in a more efficient and timely manner. Plus, periodic bonus distribution a few months throughout the year will significantly increase our exposure, which will be beneficial to the Cal-bred program and our advertising supporters. As we move through this transition, expect to see enhanced designs, layouts, and features. The CTBA will no longer have an in-house publishing department, but the promotional goals of the California Thoroughbred—in both print and digital—will be unchanged. We are excited about this new relationship with BloodHorse Publications and the utilization of its resources to offer a first-class product for our member/subscribers. As we wait for the last leg of the Triple Crown, it is difficult to write something on California Chrome and all his connections that has not been covered numerous

Triple Crown hopeful California Chrome got his foundation in the Golden State Stakes Series

times in various publications. What an incredible journey for so many of us in the California breeding and racing industry. This history-making colt is a great example of the value and significance of the Cal-bred program. Born and raised at Harris Farms in Coalinga, and then sent to trainer Art Sherman, California Chrome broke his maiden in a Cal-bred maiden special weight race, earning his owners the additional $17,500 maiden bonus, and then advanced to state-bred stakes company. It was through the Golden State Stakes Series he was able to gain the experience and foundation he would need to face tougher competition in open company. His current six-race winning

streak started with the $200,000 restricted King Glorious Stakes at Betfair Hollywood Park at seven furlongs. He then stretched out in a route for the first time in the 11⁄16-mile $250,000 California Cup Derby at Santa Anita Park in late January. From there he defeated the best 3-year-olds not only in California but across the country. This is validation for all the efforts put in by all the breeders in the state, and our partners at the Thoroughbred Owners of California (TOC) and the racetracks that assist in providing such a tremendous restricted racing and incentive program. Good luck to Team Chrome in the Belmont Stakes (gr. I). The whole state is rooting for you.

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JUNE 2014 VOLUME 140 / NO. 6

The official magazine of California Thoroughbred Breeders Association, a non-profit corporation dedicated to the production of better Thoroughbred horses for better Thoroughbred racing, published by Blood-Horse Publications, Inc. Opinions expressed in signed articles are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect policies of the CTBA or this magazine. Publication of any material originating herin is expressly forbidden without first obtaining written permission from California Thoroughbred. All advertising copy is submitted subject to approval. We reserve the right to reject any copy that is misleading or that does not meet with the standards set by the publication. Acknowledgment: Statistics in this publicaton relating to results of races in North America are compiled by the Daily Racing Form. Charts by special arrangement with Daily Racing Form Inc., the copyright owners of said charts. Reproduction forbidden. OFFICERS CHAIRPERSON DONALD J. VALPREDO

Contents

FEATURES

16 TWO DOWN,

TRIPLE CROWN TO GO

20 GOLD RUSH XV 20 Snow Chief Stakes

California Chrome’s powerful run in the Kentucky Derby and Preakness

VICE CHAIRPERSON HARRIS DAVID AUERBACH PRESIDENT DOUG BURGE

21 Melair Stakes 22 Tiznow Stakes

TREASURER TIM COHEN

23 Spring Fever Stakes

SECRETARY SUE GREENE

24 Fran’s Valentine Stakes

DIRECTORS John C. Harris, Leigh Ann Howard, John H. Barr, Daniel Q. Schiffer, William H. Nichols, Jane Johnson, William H. de Burgh, Pete Parrella, Sue Greene, Donald J. Valpredo, Terry C. Lovingier, Harris David Auerbach, Tim Cohen, George F. Schmitt, Edward Freeman

26 Native Diver Reburial 28 CTBA Member Profile: Alex Paszkeicz

EX OFFICIO E. W. (BUD) JOHNSTON A D M I N I S T R AT I V E S TA F F

ANNE M. EBERHARDT

CHIEF FINANCIAL OFFICER JAMES MURPHY SALES COORDINATOR/MEMBERSHIP CAL CUP COORDINATOR COOKIE HACKWORTH REGISTRAR/INCENTIVE PROGRAM MANAGER MARY ELLEN LOCKE ASSISTANT REGISTRAR DAWN GERBER EXECUTIVE ASSISTANT/EVENT COORDINATOR CHRISTY CHAPMAN ADVERTISING MANAGER LORETTA VEIGA

DEPARTMENTS

30 Barretts May Sale

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34 Preventing Pregnancy Loss

8 Tribal Rule In Memoriam 10 CTBA News 11 CTBA Calendar 14 California Thoroughbred Foundation 32 Winners 38 Leading Breeders in California

COMING NEXT MONTH! Thoroughbred racing grows at Los Alamitos

39 Lists of Leading Sires in California

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42 Stakes/Sales Calendar

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48 Advertising Index EDITORIAL DIRECTOR ERIC MITCHELL

California Chrome becomes the first Cal-bred to win two legs of the Triple Crown. Jockey Victor Espinoza celebrates his second Kentucky Derby victory. PHOTO BY SKIP DICKSTEIN


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TRACY GANTZ PHOTOS

Two California-breds, General Attack and Liberian Freighter, took many of the honors at the April 12-13 Thoroughbred Classic Horse Show at the Los Angeles Equestrian Center in Burbank, Calif. � General Attack, a 14-year-old son of General Meeting—Private Maid, by Private Account, now named Heaven Szent, captured the $1,500 Hunter Derby as well as first place in eight other hunter classes. Suzi Bright of Carpinteria, Calif., owns Heaven Szent and has him in training with Shauna Pennell. � While General Attack never won on the racetrack, Liberian Freighter had a very successful career. The now 9-year-old son of Bertrando—Anachristina, by Slewpy, earned $759,090 and won 10 races, including the 2010 Oak Tree Mile Stakes (gr. IIT), 2011 Arcadia Stakes (gr. IIT), and 2011 Inglewood Handicap (gr. IIIT). Liberian Freighter last started at Del Mar in 2012. With only a little over a Heaven Szent (above) and year of training for his second job, he Liberian Freighter (below) won four hunter classes at the show while ridden by his owner, Patsy Van Dyke. Both horses enjoy their second careers. Bright and Van Dyke are thrilled to own them. “He’s like a dog,” said Bright of Heaven Szent. “He would come sit on the couch with you.” Van Dyke also had high praise for Liberian Freighter’s sire, recently deceased Bertrando. “Bertrandos make such great hunters,” she said. “They are tall and elegant.” The horse show is the first of three scheduled this year to showcase former Thoroughbred racehorses in the show ring. The Siegel CARMA Foundation is the primary sponsor of the series, which was inaugurated last year. Many local horsemen and organizations also have sponsored aspects of the show, including the California Thoroughbred Foundation. The TCHS show is slated for June 14-15 at Galway Downs in Temecula, Calif. The series will conclude with a Dec. 13-14 show at the L.A. Equestrian Center.

CTBA Welcomes Oak Tree The CTBA will welcome the Oak Tree Racing Association to its Arcadia offices in June. Oak Tree is moving into the southeast wing of the CTBA building after more than 40 years at Santa Anita. “We are very pleased and excited to have Oak Tree Racing Association join us at CTBA,” said CTBA President Doug Burge. “We have been partners on California Cup

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If you couldn’t be at Churchill Downs to see California Chrome demolish his foes in the Kentucky Derby (gr. I), the next best place was John Harris’ Harris Farms. The Coalinga, Calif., farm is California Chrome’s birthplace, and he received his early lessons there as well. All of the farm’s employees were pulling for his victory, and several gathered around the television to watch the race at the farm. John Harris said that the mother of one of the employees aimed her phone at the group to capture their reaction on video. You can check out their ecstatic response to California Chrome’s victory on YouTube either by searching for “Harris Farms Horse Division Watches the 140th Kentucky Derby” or typing in http:// www.youtube.com/watch?v=LUF4_FL91gk.

STATE LEGISLATORS BACK CALIFORNIA CHROME California Sen. Andy Vidak (R-Hanford) and California Lieutenant Gov. Gavin Newsom won themselves some Kentucky bourbon by backing California Chrome in a friendly wager with their Kentucky counterparts in the Kentucky Derby (gr. I). Sen. Vidak represents the Central Valley, where California Chrome was foaled and raised. He wagered Kentucky Rep. David Osborne (R-Prospect), who owns horses, that California Chrome could beat any and all Kentucky-breds in the Derby. He put up Sen. Andy Vidak’s spoils from homegrown cherries from the Kentucky Derby his California farm against Kentucky’s Woodford Reserve bourbon. The second wager, Lt. Gov. Newsom against Kentucky’s Lt. Gov. Jerry Abramson, involved California wine and Kentucky bourbon. “Representative Osborne says he likes cherries, but he won’t be enjoying them anytime soon,” said Sen. Vidak before the Derby. “We’ve got a track record here in our Central Valley of beating the odds.” Sen. Vidak and Lt. Gov. Newsom, of course, were rewarded for their hometown loyalty when California Chrome defeated 12 Kentucky-breds, two Florida-breds, two New York-breds, one Louisiana-bred, and one Canadian-bred in the classic race. Sen. Vidak sent five pounds of cherries to Rep. Osborne anyway, with a note that read: “David—I didn’t want you to miss out on KY-bourbon Manhattan graced with a CA-grown cherry. Cheers, Andy.”

for many years and have always had a great working relationship.” Oak Tree co-hosted California Cup with the CTBA from its inception in 1990. Oak Tree has also partnered with the CTBA in symposiums over the years, and its current president, John Barr, is a past president of the CTBA and a member of the board. “We are very pleased with the quarters and look forward to moving over there,” said Sherwood C. Chillingworth, Oak Tree’s Execu-

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tive Vice-President. “We’re moving from one horse-related group to another horse-related group, which is nice instead of just being in an office building.” Oak Tree will keep its same business hours of Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Chillingworth and Jan Hunt, Oak Tree’s executive administrator, will have offices at the CTBA, and the wing will include a conference room.

COURTESY SEN. ANDY VIDAK; LT. GOV. GAVIN NEWSOM

Cal-breds Shine at CARMA Show

HARRIS EMPLOYEES ENJOY KENTUCKY DERBY


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GOLDEN STATE SERIES ADDS TWO STAKES Two new stakes have been added to the lucrative Golden State Series for 2014. Both will be in the northern half of California, one during the Oak Tree at Pleasanton meeting and the other at the Big Fresno Fair. The $100,000 Oak Tree Distaff will be held June 28 for fillies and mares 3-year-olds and up at six furlongs. Oak Tree is partnering with Pleasanton during the Alameda County Fair. The meet runs from June 19-July 6. The Big Fresno Fair meeting, which runs from Oct. 1-13 at the Fresno Fairgrounds, will inaugurate the $100,000 Harris Farms, named for the Coalinga farm owned by California Thoroughbred Breeders Association director John Harris and now well-known as the birthplace of California Chrome. The new stakes will be for 3-year-olds and up at six furlongs, scheduled for Oct. 5. The Golden State Series is open to registered California-bred or California-sired horses. It offers purses of more than $5.3 million throughout the state for all ages, distances, and surfaces. For further information on the Golden State Series, contact the CTBA offices at (626) 445-7800.

QUALIFYING CLAIMING LEVELS The following claiming levels for California owners premiums and stallion awards are currently in effect:

HISTORY favorite and led almost from the start to win by four lengths. Bred by Ted Aroney’s Halo Farms and owned by Aroney and Four M Stables, King Glorious was the California Horse of the Year in 1988 and went to stud in Japan after his racing career. He earned $1,175,650.

10 YEARS AGO California-bred BEAR FAN made a splash at Belmont Park on the day that Smarty Jones unsuccessfully tried to sweep the Triple Crown. The 5-year-old daughter of Pine Bluff—Shezalong, by Shimatoree, captured the $150,000 Vagrancy Handicap (gr. II) June 5, 2004, over 6 1/2 furlongs by an astounding nine lengths as the odds-on favorite. It was her fourth victory in a row. Wesley Ward bred and trained Bear Fan and co-owned her with Peter Fan. She eventually retired with earnings of $808,150.

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25 YEARS AGO While California-bred KING GLORIOUS did most of his running in his home state, he ventured to Thistledown June 17, 1989, to compete in the Ohio Derby (gr. II). Trained by Jerry Hollendorfer and ridden by Chris McCarron, the son of Naevus—Glorious Natalie, by Reflected Glory, went off as the

Though NATIVE DIVER is well-known for winning three editions of the Hollywood Gold Cup, he annexed just about every other major stakes in California as well. At Hollywood Park June 20, 1964, “The Diver” captured his second consecutive Inglewood Handicap. He took the 1 1/16-mile race by three-quarters of a length over Mustard Plaster. “I think this race was even better today than when he won it a year ago,” said owner-breeder L.K. Shapiro. Jerry Lambert rode the 5-year-old Cal-bred gelded son of Imbros— Fleet Diver, by Devil Diver, for trainer Buster Millerick.

NORTHERN SALE YIELDS SUCCESSFUL PINHOOK A graduate from the 2013 Northern California Yearling and Horses of Racing Age Sale turned into one of the more successful pinhooks at the 2014 Barretts May 2-year-old sale. The Kentucky-bred daughter of Majesticperfection—Ennui, by Gone West, sold for $10,000 at the Northern California sale and was resold for $85,000 at Barretts. At the Northern California sale, the filly, hip #95, went through the ring as the property of H & E Ranch. Adrian Gonzalez bought her. As hip #70 consigned by Ciaran Dunne’s Wavertree Stables Inc., she sold at Barretts to trainer Jim Cassidy. She also turned in the fastest quarter-mile preview of the Barretts sale, breezing in :20 4/5.

STALLION

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� Top Fortitude a full brother to E.A. Ranches stallion Uh Oh Bango, won the May 10 Laz Barrera Stakes (gr. III) at Santa Anita. Triple AAA Ranches bred both sons of Top Hit—French Debutante, by French Deputy. Kory Owens trains Top Fortitude for Triple AAA, the same partnership that collaborated on Uh Oh Bango, whose first foals are arriving this year. Uh Oh Bango stands at E.A. for $2,500 as the property of Triple AAA Ranch.

SANTA ANITA PARK / $40,000 GOLDEN GATE FIELDS / $20,000 OAK TREE AT PLEASANTON / $20,000

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CORRECTION Uzziel, winner of the April 11 Santa Paula Stakes at Santa Anita, was foaled in California, but is not a registered California-bred. The filly’s impressive Santa Paula victory was highlighted in the May issue of California Thoroughbred, implying that she was a registered Cal-bred.


UH OH BANGO’S full brother scores an impressive victory in the Lazaro Barrera Stake at Santa Anita TOP FORTITUDE winning Grad III Lazaro Barrera by 1 1/2 lengths in ONLY 3RD CARRER START!

UH OH BANGO, multiple grade stake’s winner $691,512 • Won the G2 San Pasqual. • Won the G3 Berkeley. • Finished 2nd behind GAME ON DUDE in the G2 San. Antonio Stakes. • 3rd in the G1 Santa Anita H.

• 2nd in the G3 Delta Jackpot Stakes. • 2nd in the G3 Iroquis Stakes. • Won the Prairie Meadows Freshman Stakes by 10-1/2 lengths.

UH OH BANGO from a proven family line of runners including EZ DREAMER (533,948.00), TOP DEBUTANTE, ROCKY BAR and now TOP FORTITUDE

Anziyan Royalty Anziyan—Shy Solana $2,000-LF

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In Memoriam

TRIBAL RULE BY TRACY GANTZ

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alifornia lost one of its homegrown star sires when Tribal Rule died of an apparent heart attack May 1. The 18-year-old son of Storm Cat— Sown, by Grenfall, had been covering a mare at Ballena Vista Farm in Ramona, Calif., his home for the past four years. At the time of his death, Tribal Rule led all other California sires by 2014 earnings, a position he relinquished only after California Chrome won the May 3 Kentucky Derby (gr. I) to put Lucky Pulpit atop the list. Tribal Rule’s 36 stakes winners include two California champions—Georgie Boy, the champion 2-year-old male of 2007, and Ismene, champion 2-year-old filly of 2011. “He was one of my favorite horses, and he was good to us,” said Russell Drake, longtime farm manager for Martin and Pam Wygod’s River Edge Farm in Buellton, Calif. The Wygods bred Tribal Rule, and they and Drake were responsible for his initial success at stud. When the Wygods curtailed their breeding activity in California, Tribal Rule moved to Donald Cohn’s Ballena Vista. “It’s a very sad day for the Thoroughbred industry and more regionally here in California,” said Cohn in a release. “My heart goes out to all that were around this magnificent horse.” Drake recalled the decision to breed Sown, a half sister to the Wygods’ good California sire Pirate’s Bounty, to Storm Cat, resulting in Kentucky-bred Tribal Rule. “Grenfall always had good-looking babies,” Drake said. “(Sown) was a pretty mare, and Marty did very well breeding to Storm Cat. He bred to him 30 or 40 times.” Julio Canani trained Tribal Rule, who showed great promise in only four starts by winning twice at Del Mar and finishing second twice, once at Santa Anita and once at Hollywood Park. Drake said that injuries curtailed Tribal Rule’s racing career. The Wygods supported Tribal Rule, who became one of the state’s most successful stallions. He was California’s leading sire of 2-year-olds in 2007 and for the past three consecutive years. In 2013 he led California’s general sires by number of races won and by number of winners, and he was second in earnings with $4,810,599. “He was a good breeder,” Drake recalled. “I liked his babies. Storm Cats can be a little tough, but most of his were pretty good.”

They have been versatile as well, perhaps none more than Georgie Boy, owned and bred by George Schwary and trained by Kathy Walsh. An earner of $788,634, Georgie Boy won the 2007 Del Mar Futurity (gr. I) and Graduation Stakes, 2008 San Vicente Stakes (gr. II) and San Felipe Stakes (gr. II), and 2009 San Carlos Handicap (gr. II) and Sunshine Millions Sprint Stakes. Today he has a thriving second career on the hunter-jumper show circuit. Tribal Rule’s other stakes winners include Mexican Loop, a champion in Mexico; and graded stakes winners Alphie’s Bet, Ciao Bella Luna, Ethnic Dance, and Tribal Spy. Both Ciao Bella Luna and Tribal Spy have won stakes in 2014. Cohn said that Tribal Rule would be buried at Ballena Vista.


2014 GOLDEN STATE SERIES - $5.5 MILLION A RESTRICTED STAKES SCHEDULE FOR REGISTERED CALIFORNIA BRED OR SIRED HORSES Sat., Jan. 25 Sat., Jan. 25 Sat., Jan. 25 Sat., Jan. 25 Sat., Jan. 25 Sat., Feb. 22 Sat., Mar. 15 Sun., Mar. 23 Sat., April 5 Sat., April 5 Sat., April 26 Sat., April 26 Sat., April 26 Sat., April 26 Sat., April 26 Sun., June 8 Sun., June 8 Sun., June 8 Sat., June 28 Thur., July 3 Fri., July 18 Thur, July 26 Sun., July 27 Wed., July 30 Fri., August 1 Sun., August 17 Wed., August 27 Mon., September 1 Sun., October 5 October October November November November November December December

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Cal Cup Derby Cal Cup Oaks Cal Cup Turf Classic Sunshine Millions F/M Turf Sprint Cal Cup Sprint Sensational Star Irish O’Brien Dream of Summer Echo Eddie Evening Jewel Snow Chief Melair Tiznow Spring Fever Fran’s Valentine Crystal Water Campanile Silky Sullivan Oak Tree Distaff Bertrando CTBA Stakes Fleet Treat California Dreamin’ Graduation Real Good Deal Solana Beach Generous Portion I’m Smokin Harris Farms California Distaff California Flag Golden State Juvenile Golden State Juvenile Fillies Cat’s Cradle On Trust Soviet Problem King Glorious

Three-Year-Olds Fillies, Three-Year-Olds Four-Year-Olds & Up F/M, Four-Year-Olds & Up Four-Year-Olds & Up Four-Year-Olds & Up F/M, Four-Year-Olds & Up F/M, Four-Year-Olds & Up Three-Year-Olds Fillies, Three-Year-Olds Three-Year-Olds Fillies, Three-Year-Olds Four-Year-Olds & Up F/M, Four-Year-Olds & Up F/M, Four-Year-Olds & Up Four-Year-Olds & Up Fillies, Three-Year-Olds Three-Year-Olds F/M, Three-Year-Olds & Up Three-Year-Olds & Up Fillies, Two-Year-Olds Fillies, Three-Year-Olds Three-Year-Olds & Up Two-Year-Olds Three-Year-Olds F/M, Three-Year-Olds & Up Fillies, Two-Year-Olds Two-Year-Olds Three-Year-Olds & Up F/M, Three-Year-Olds & Up Three-Year-Olds & Up Two-Year-Olds Fillies, Two-Year-Olds F/M, Three-Year-Olds & Up Three-Year-Olds & Up Fillies, Two-Year-Olds Two-Year-Olds

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CTBA working for you To further assist the membership of the California Thoroughbred Breeders Association (CTBA) and subscribers of its official publication, California Thoroughbred, this monthly editorial page provides readers with updates about the association’s current policies, latest news and upcoming events in the Golden State.

California Legislature Honors Mario Gutierrez

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Two days after California-bred California Chrome won the Kentucky Derby (gr. I), another Derby winner, jockey Mario Gutierrez, was honored in Sacramento. The Latino Spirit Awards, established in 2002, are held in conjunction with Cinco de Mayo. Gutierrez, who piloted I’ll Have Another to win the 2012 Kentucky Derby, was one of 10 honored this year by the California Senate and Assembly. California Gov. Jerry Brown attended the dinner held the night before in conjunction with the awards. The timing couldn’t have been better, as many wanted to talk about the state’s own California Chrome. This is the first time that the Latino Spirit Awards have honored a racing figure. Gutierrez’s photo will hang in the Capitol Rotunda for a month along with the other honorees. Gutierrez was born in Mexico and initially began his riding career in his native country. He later was a huge success at Hastings Racecourse in Canada before switching his tack to Southern California. Paul Reddam, owner of I’ll Have Another, noticed the youngster’s ability and suggested him to trainer Doug O’Neill for I’ll Have Another in the Robert B. Lewis Stakes (gr. II) at Santa Anita. Gutierrez never lost on the colt in four starts—the Lewis, Santa Anita Derby (gr. I), Kentucky Derby, and Preakness Stakes (gr. I).

GOT CHROME? In the run-up to California Chrome’s successful victory in the Kentucky Derby (gr. I), the California Thoroughbred Breeders Association spread the word via a colorful button. With a tagline: “Got Chrome? California does! It pays to be Cal-bred” the CTBA promoted California Chrome and the California breeding industry. People who “liked” the CTBA’s Facebook page received one of the buttons, as did some lucky fans who flocked to California Chrome’s final work at Los Alamitos April 26. Then it was off to Kentucky, where CTBA’s Doug Burge and several board members also passed out buttons on the famed Churchill Downs backstretch. The buttons proved so popular that they also passed them out at Pimlico before the Preakness Stakes (gr. I). “Got Chrome” button

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CTBA MEMBERS Syd Belzberg (Budget Stables) Richmond, British Columbia, Canada Nels Erickson Reno, NV Thomas Glosser Whittier, CA Mary Lou Griffin Buckley, WA Tiffany Teresi, Dawn Howe, and Mary Valente (Partnership) Acampo, CA Chris and Jena Raymer Catoosa, OK Charles Robin Brentwood, CA

Nor Cal Auction Bonus—$250,000 CTBA Sales is offering a “$250,000 G1 Bonus” for the Aug. 12 CTBA Northern California Yearling and Horses of Racing Age Sale to be held at the Alameda County Fairgrounds in Pleasanton. The bonus money will be paid out to the registered owner at time of nomination according to The Jockey Club papers. The official rules for the bonus are listed under the consignor’s contract in the entry form. To earn the bonus, a yearling must go through the sales ring and win a grade I race in North America at the age of 2, 3, or 4. Closing date for sale entries is June 9, with a $300 entry fee, $1,000 upset price, and $500 minimum commission charge. For additional information, visit the CTBA’s web site at www.ctba.com or contact Cookie Hackworth, Sale Coordinator, at either cookie@ctba.com or (626) 445-7800, ext. 243.

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CTBA FUTURE EVENTS CTBA Northern California Yearling & Horses of Racing Age Sale Tuesday, August 12 Alameda County Fairgrounds, Pleasanton Contact Cookie Hackworth cookie@ctba.com / 800.573.2822 ext. 243 For further information, contact: Cookie Hackworth cookie@ctba.com 800.573.2822 ext. 243


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CTFnotes 2014 PRESIDENT

Mrs. Jeanne L. Canty VICE-PRESIDENT

Mrs. Gail Gregson TREASURER

Gregory L. Ferraro, DVM SECRETARY

Mark W. McCreary

DIRECTORS Peter P. Daily

The California Thoroughbred Foundation (CTF) has granted a scholarship to Mailie Fanning, who is a doctor of veterinary medicine candidate at Western University of Health Sciences College of Veterinary Medicine in Pomona. She expects to be awarded her degree in June 2015. Mailie has worked as a Thoroughbred sales handler for Barretts, been a student manager of the Cal Poly Veterinary Clinic, assisted the horse identification clerk at Del Mar, and worked at the Helen Woodward Equine Hospital as a veterinary technician since 2009. As a veterinary student at Western University, Mailie has participated in many extracurricular equine activities, including clinics in joint injections, nerve blocks, dentistry, castration, and farrier work. She was awarded a research scholarship from the American Humane Association and has become a member of both the national and student chapters of the American Association of Equine Practitioners. Mailie has a lifelong history with Thoroughbreds, as her grandfather is the noted California-based trainer Jerry Fanning. Mailie has been coming to Southern California racetracks from a very early age, leading to her desire to become a veterinarian with an equine specialty.

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The California Thoroughbred Foundation

Jane Goldstein Neil O’Dwyer Mrs. Ada Gates Patton Thomas S. Robbins John W. Sadler Peter W. Tunney Warren Williamson Mrs. Kenneth M. Schiffer, Director Emeritus

The California Thoroughbred Foundation is dedicated to the advancement of equine research and education. Since 1958, the Foundation has operated as a non-profit 501(c)3 corporation that can accept tax-deductible contributions. For more than four decades, the CTF has sponsored numerous research and educational projects and awarded scholarships to veterinary students at U.C. Davis and Western University of Health Sciences. The Foundation maintains the Carleton F. Burke Memorial Library, one of the most extensive collections of equine literature found anywhere. Several generous donations of book collections and artwork form the core of the Library, which is housed in the CTBA offices in Arcadia. Among its 10,000 volumes are current veterinary publications, turf histories, sales catalogs, and books spanning a wide range of subjects from equine nutrition and care to fine arts. The latest instructional videos also are available for viewing in the Library. The resources of the CTF’s Carleton F. Burke Memorial Library are available to the public for research and pleasure.

memorial donations The CTF accepts donations in memory of relatives and friends, with all such donations allocated to Scholarship Funds of the Foundation and to the Carleton F. Burke Memorial Library. Please remember members of our industry with a donation to the CTF memorial fund. Donations may be sent to: CTF P.O. Box 60018 Arcadia, CA 91066-6018.

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Western University’s Mailie Fanning Awarded Foundation Scholarship

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The Triple Crown

DESTINED FOR GLORY CALIFORNIA CHROME’S JOURNEY THROUGH THE TRIPLE CROWN BY ERIC MITCHELL

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ooking at the remarkable journey toward the Triple Crown by California Chrome and the people around him elicits an undeniable feeling of destiny fulfilled. The son of Lucky Pulpit had already earned a spot in racing history as the favorite in the 140th Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I) after he rolled to an impressive 5 -length victory in the Santa Anita Derby (gr. I). Steve Coburn and Perry Martin’s homebred then took his place among racing’s elite with a commanding victory in America’s most valued classic.

Coburn stated boldly in the press conference following the Derby: “I’ve said it all week: If this horse wins the Kentucky Derby, this horse will become the first California-bred to win the Triple Crown.” Coming from anyone else, such talk would be dismissed as folly. Except when it applies to California Chrome, who is the manifestation of a dream Coburn had three weeks before the colt’s birth. “I told my wife I had a dream about the baby,” Coburn said. “I told her I believe it is going to be a big chestnut colt with four white stocking feet and a big blaze face. We saw him the day after he was born. She walked up to that birthing stall and looked in. She said, ‘Steve,

come over here. There’s your dream.’ We’ve held onto that dream. I’ve said it a thousand times: If you’ve got a dream and you’re willing to ride it out, it will come true for you.” California Chrome is now two-thirds of the way toward the partners’ ultimate quest, having taken the Preakness Stakes (gr. I) May 17 in a very similar fashion as the Derby—a seemingly effortless stalking trip followed by a commanding lead taken with three furlongs to go, and a not-to-be denied finish down the stretch. “To me this race was even a little tougher, knowing that I’m coming back in a little shorter distance than I normally ever run them, and the time I give them to rest between races,” said trainer Art Sherman following the Preakness. “I was a little concerned about that, but he has big heart this horse—big.” Heading into the Derby, California Chrome had won a remarkable four consecutive stakes—two of them graded—by an average of six lengths. Still there had been questions hanging over the chestnut colt that some handicappers felt made

Celebrating in the Kentucky Derby winner’s circle. Front row (L-R) Co-owner/breeder Perry Martin, jockey Victor Espinoza, trainer Art Sherman, Steve Coburn, and Kentucky Gov. Steve Beshear

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By winning the May 17 Preakness Stakes, California Chrome becomes the first Cal-bred to own two legs of the Triple Crown

him a beatable favorite. For one, the colt would not have a work over the Churchill Downs main track prior to the Derby. Instead, he had his final work at Los Alamitos, Sherman’s South California home base. One of the biggest knocks against the colt, however, seemed to be the history of California-bred success on the First Saturday in May. A Cal-bred horse had not won the Kentucky Derby since Decidedly in 1962. “They never gave the horse any credence,” Coburn said. “(Cal-breds) don’t do this. They don’t do that. Guess what: He doesn’t know he’s a Cal-bred and doesn’t matter if he does know. He’s a great horse.” Then there was his sire, Lucky Pulpit, who had raced up to nine furlongs but had not placed in a race over 11⁄16 miles and had not won at more than 5 furlongs. None of this mattered. California Chrome’s talent apparently draws more upon his distance-loving ancestors—A.P. Indy and Caro on his sire’s side; Northern Dancer, Numbered Account, and Buckpasser on his dam’s side. The female family also has a strong Derby history all its own, tracing back to Uncle’s Lassie, who is the dam of 1929 Kentucky Derby winner Clyde Van Dusen. Other Derby winners to bud from this branch of the female family include Iron Liege, whose second dam is Betty Derr (a daughter of Uncle’s Lassie), and Swaps, whose third dam is Betty Derr. So this family has now produced four

Kentucky Derby winners. The connections and ironies didn’t stop there. The last two California-breds to win the Derby have other ties to the flashy chestnut. � Sherman was the exercise rider of Swaps and had traveled to Louisville for the son of Khaled’s go at the Kentucky Derby in 1955. � Love the Chase, California Chrome’s dam, is inbred 3x3 to Numbered Account, whose broodmare sire is Swaps. � California Chrome had been broken and trained at Harris Farm by trainer Per Antonsen, whose first job in California was galloping horses at George A. Pope Jr.’s famed El Peco Ranch in Madera, Calif., which owned and bred Decidedly. These ties to history were not lost on owners Coburn and Martin. When they contacted Sherman about training California Chrome, they were already calling him “our Derby horse.” The owners also came with a plan for Sherman, a list of races mapping out a route to the Derby that has been eerily successful. “To watch this colt grow and develop, and develop the mind he has; and run— just run because he loves to run and loves the competition; to see this dream come true for my partner and our wives, that we have put so much blood, sweat and tears, our savings, our retirement...I just cannot put it into words,” Coburn said when his Derby dream was realized. And there is more to the tale. When asked why he believes California Chrome www.ctba.com

is destined to be the 12th Triple Crown winner, Coburn notes the colt was born on his sister Brenda’s birthday, Feb. 18. Brenda sadly died of cancer at age 36, and it has been 36 years since Affirmed become the nation’s last Triple Crown winner. “We definitely have someone watching over us,” he said. Even if California Chrome doesn’t seize the Triple Crown grail—11 attempts have fallen short since Affirmed’s feat in 1978—Coburn is excited about the boost he’s sure the colt will provide California racing and breeding. “I think this is huge for California breeding because there are a lot of good mares in California and a lot of good sires that people overlook,” the owner said. “Even though the price tag on some of these sires isn’t what they are in Kentucky, all you need to do is go back more than four generations. Go back a little further in these bloodlines. If all the stars and the moon line up in the universe, you can have a horse like we have.” All that remains to be seen now is just how extraordinary California Chrome will become. His pilot, Victor Espinoza, has been down this road before in 2002 with War Emblem, who likely lost his bid for the Triple Crown when he stumbled out of the gate in the Belmont Stakes (gr. I). Espinoza said after California Chrome’s Preakness that he learned a lot during his journey with War Emblem. “I think the first time I’d been there I was kind of like, you know some things I was not ready for,” he said. “But now I have a second chance, so I probably will enjoy myself a little bit better, and go day by day. Because as long as California Chrome comes out good and is ready for the next step, I’ll be ready, too.” Sherman knows the test his horse faces. He had been concerned about racing back in two weeks, which he never does, and California Chrome passed that test. Now it’s the mile and half to consider. “Now I’ve got three weeks, but a mile and a half—it’s quite a challenge,” Sherman said. “I’ll tell you. You have to have a very good horse to win these three races, and I’m hoping I’ve got one right now.”

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1. California Chrome’s final work at Los Alamitos before the Kentucky Derby. 2. Bath time for the Derby winner. 3. Art Sherman handled the media with grace. 4. Victor Espinoza gets his second Derby win. 5. Derby press conference with the winners (L-R): Sherman, Espinoza and Steve Coburn. 6. California Chrome takes his place in racing history. 7. Espinoza had California Chrome in an ideal spot in the first turn of the Derby. 8. With a clean, stalking trip throughout, Espinoza felt the race was his to win at the five-eighths pole. At the top of the stretch, it was smooth sailing to the wire. 9. Sherman’s son Alan and groom Raul Rodriguez lead California Chrome to the winner’s circle.

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Gold Rush-Snow Chief Stakes

AWESOME ON THE TURF BY EMILY SHIELDS

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ichard Kritzski has been around talented horses before. In 1999 he got his start in the racing business by way of Mr. Broad Blade, a striking son of Broad Brush. That colt turned heads with a gutsy victory in a Santa Anita allowance race Jan. 16, defeating, among others, a former claimer named Charismatic, who ran fifth. The two met again in the $106,500 Santa Catalina Stakes (gr. II), with Mr. Broad Blade finishing fourth and Charismatic fifth behind the triumphant California-bred General Challenge. From there, Mr. Broad Blade fell off the Triple Crown trail with an injury while Charismatic went on to become a national hero by winning the Kentucky Derby (gr. I) and Preakness Stakes (gr. I). Fifteen years later, Kritzski still remembers the sting of his Triple Crown disappointment. To make the passing of this Derby season easier, however, Kritzski is celebrating over his Snow Chief Stakes winner Awesome Return. Three-year-old Awesome Return is a homebred son of dual graded stakes winner Decarchy and Kritzski’s Mr. Broad Blade mare Awesome Broad, whom he campaigned in partnership with Arlene and Gary Brown. Mr. Broad Blade and Decarchy both stand at Magali Farms in Santa Ynez, where Kritzski also boards Awesome Broad. That mare started 16 times without reaching the winner’s circle, but she retired with five placings and earnings of $49,648. Cal-bred Awesome Return is her first foal, and he has already exceeded expectations on the track. “I’m a small breeder with just two mares and the one stallion,” Kritzski said. “It is pretty exciting to accomplish what I have.” After a fifth in his debut Oct. 12 on the dirt at Santa Anita, Awesome Return broke his maiden on the grass at Betfair Hollywood

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Park Dec. 13, despite getting away from the gate poorly and racing four wide. Trainer Mike Puype switched him back to the main track, where he ran fourth in the $250,750 California Cup Derby, beaten 13 lengths by eventual Kentucky Derby winner California Chrome. Returned to the turf, Awesome Return finished third and then second by a nose in consecutive allowance events before his Snow Chief score.ni The $250,000 Snow Chief had been previously contested over 11/8 miles on Hollywood’s synthetic main track. The move to Santa Anita brought a switch to grass for the first time in the race’s history. That change appeared to favor Del Mar Futurity (gr. I) winner Tamarando, the 3-2 choice in a field of eight, with Awesome Return sent off as the third choice at 4-1. Pray Hard sped to an early lead while Awesome Return dropped back to run in mid-pack under jockey Joe Talamo. When Talamo asked for run with three furlongs left, Awesome Return responded swiftly, collaring the front-runner at the eighth pole and holding off the closing Patriots Rule to score by three-quarters of a length. Tamarando finished fourth after jockey Rafael Bejarano lost his whip in the stretch. Awesome Return completed the nine furlongs in 1:48.88. “To put it clearly, the win was pretty awesome,” Kritzski said. “He is a talented colt with a bright future.” Kritzski still owns Awesome Broad, who has had two other foals, including a filly at her side by Coil named Coilover. Oltimate Broad, her 2-year-old filly by Olmodavor, is in training at Magali Farms. The Snow Chief was Awesome Return’s second win in six career starts, with a second and a third for earnings of $201,108. “Richard Kritzski is a small breeder, one or two at a time max,” said Puype. “These races give the little guy a chance.” A host of stakes races for turf-inclined sophomores at both Golden Gate Fields and Del Mar throughout the summer could be on tap for Awesome Return. Puype was leaning toward Golden Gate. However, another trip to Santa Anita in the fall wouldn’t be a surprise because, as Kritzski said, “You always have fun when you’re at Santa Anita.” Winning stakes there certainly can’t hurt.


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ovenna’s gutsy victory in the $250,000 Melair Stakes on the Gold Rush card at Santa Anita April 26 is just the sort of result Don Dizney anticipated when he jumped into the California breeding program six years ago. Dizney breeds predominantly Florida-breds at his Double Diamond Farm in Ocala, Fla. But lured by California’s lucrative breeders’ incentive award program, he expanded the scope of his breeding operation to the Golden State. The decision is paying dividends. Sent off as the 2-1 favorite and carrying second-highest weight of 123 pounds in the Melair, Rovenna entered the starting gate in search of her third consecutive win and second straight stakes score. Exiting a win in the 61/2-furlong Evening Jewel Stakes, Rovenna broke best in the 11⁄16-mile Melair. Jockey Victor Espinoza took a strong hold a few strides away from the gate and asked her to rate behind pacesetters Wonderful Lie and Magic Spot. Angled off the rail around the far turn, Rovenna willingly engaged Wonderful Lie to vie for command. The two straightened for the stretch run with nothing separating them. In a courageous effort Rovenna prevailed by a neck over the stubborn 23-1 longshot, completing the distance in 1:43.86. Mike Machowsky trains Rovenna, the winner in four of nine starts through the Melair with earnings of $397,760. “She’s just game,” said Machowsky. “She does everything you ask of her. This is back in three weeks, and I’ve always kind of spaced her races out a little bit more, but this type of money, how do you pass it up?” Roger Brand, Double Diamond’s general manager, reported that Rovenna had been turned out for two weeks following the Melair. She is scheduled to make her next start in the $200,000 Summertime Oaks (gr. II), formerly the Hollywood Oaks, at Santa Anita June 21. “She used to be a tough-minded filly,” said Brand. “Now she is more focused on what she has to do. She’s come a long way, and Mike has done a terrific job with her. He has a great ability to manage horses and get the most out of them.” The 3-year-old filly is by Vronsky out of the Northern Afleet mare Amadamprez, also a Dizney homebred. Amadamprez, a winner in her brief racing

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Double Diamond’s bi-coastal breeding and racing program is paying dividends, including a gutsy victory by homebred Rovenna in the Melair

career, is the dam of four winners from as many starters, including Dizney’s stakes-placed Champions Gate, runner-up in the 2011 I’m Smokin Stakes at Del Mar for Machowsky. Rovenna debuted last year at Calder Casino & Race Course, overcoming trouble to win a 51⁄2-furlong maiden race for trainer Bill White. “I told Bill before the race that if she ran well she would be going to California,” said Brand. The breeders’ awards program and the Golden State Series, Brand says, are key reasons the Florida-based operation is bi-coastal. “We usually breed four or five mares in California, and this year we sent six mares, including four in foal to (Double Diamond Farm stallion) First Dude,” Brand said. “We breed the mares in California, and when they are pronounced in foal 60-90 days, we bring them home to Florida. Then we ship them back to California when they are 30 days from foaling. We drop the babies there, breed the mares back to a California stallion, and bring the foals home to raise, break, and train in Florida before we send them back to California to race at 2.” Double Diamond’s mares bred in California are boarded at Harris Farms in Coalinga. “They board most of our mares and handle all the foaling and shipping,” Brand said. In addition to Rovenna, Dizney has enjoyed success in California with multiple stakes winner Surfcup, an earner of $395,860 with trainer Bob Baffert. Having recovered from a small fracture in his right hind leg, the Cal-bred son of Unusual Heat has resumed training at the farm and is preparing for a return trip to California. www.ctba.com

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Gold Rush-Tiznow Stakes

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olden Eagle Farm manager Janine McCullough keeps a voice mail from trainer Bruce Headley on her phone. “If I’m not mistaken, this is a stakes horse,” Headley said. Headley was referring to an unraced juvenile named Storm Fighter, who had just outworked one of his older stablemates. Although it has taken two racing seasons for Storm Fighter to live up to expectations, he finally did April 26 with a victory in the $125,000 Tiznow Stakes at Santa Anita Park. As the second choice in the Tiznow, John R. Mabee’s Storm Fighter took the lead shortly after the field broke out of the gate and never saw another horse throughout the one-mile contest. He coasted home by a widening 31/4 lengths over 9-10 favorite Rousing Sermon, a dual stakes winner who simply could not catch the winner in the lane. Jockey Edwin Maldonado was aboard for the victory, which came at the expense of four rivals after the scratches of Lakerville and Toledo Eddie. The win was 4-year-old Storm Fighter’s third in seven starts. The son of Stormin Fever—Throne Seeker, by Deputy Commander, debuted with a fourth-place finish Dec. 31, 2012, before breaking his maiden by an impressive 53⁄4 lengths in his third try. That effort earned him a trip to the 2013 Santa Anita Derby (gr. I), where he finished a dull sixth. “He came out of that race with minor issues, so we gave him time,” McCullough said. “When we brought him back this year (on March 8), he was running too short and he got bumped. I told John, ‘Just give him one more race!’ ” Storm Fighter put it together with a three-quarter-length score in

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a one-mile allowance/optional claiming event April 5, which served as his prep to the Tiznow. He has now earned $159,718. The victory was an emotional one for Mabee, son of Larry Mabee and grandson of the great California breeders John and Betty Mabee. “Right now I’m carrying the torch for them,” he said. The Mabees’ Golden Eagle Farm was a staple of the state’s breeding and racing program from its establishment in 1972 until the elder John Mabee died in 2002. Betty and son Larry continued to operate the farm until their deaths in 2010 and 2012, respectively. At that time, Golden Eagle was scaling back its equine operations. Homebred Throne Seeker had been sold because she had not hit the board in two starts. The filly had talent, but a condylar fracture curtailed her racing career. Throne Seeker’s best asset was actually her pedigree; her dam, Crafty Queen, is a half sister to Breeders’ Cup Distaff (gr. I) heroine Spain and three other stakes winners. “We had to sell anything that wasn’t a stakes winner or out of a stakes winner. Unfortunately, she was on that list,” McCullough said. Throne Seeker went through the ring without reserve at the 2012 Barretts January mixed sale, bringing a final bid of $2,600 from Matt Keneley. At the time, she was pregnant with a full sibling to Storm Fighter and subsequently foaled a colt named Dethrone who has yet to start. Keneley bred her back to Rocky Bar (who stands at E.A. Ranches) for the 2013 season but nearly lost the mare during foaling. Keneley had given the OK to have the ailing Throne Seeker euthanized. The following morning he was shocked to learn she had recovered and would live. Keneley soon after decided to leave the business, and McCullough quickly reacquired Throne Seeker and her foal. That youngster has since been named Fast Lane Larry—after an incident involving Larry Mabee and a speeding ticket—and, according to McCullough, is one of the more impressive-looking yearlings in the crop. Throne Seeker has been bred back to Stormin Fever. According to McCullough, Storm Fighter is poised for a big campaign this year, with the goal of stepping out of state-bred competition into graded company. “He’s been training great,” McCullough said, “so we’ve decided to go for it.”

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Top Kisser takes command mid-stretch and rolls to 33⁄4-length win

thus took over at a most opportune time. “We thought we had her ready,” said Hollendorfer, proving yet again why he is a Hall of Fame trainer. “The Tommy Town facilities are real nice, and we turn a lot of horses out there. We gave her some time, and she came back and responded.” Nakatani stalked the early pace of Marks Mine with Top Kisser. When the rider asked Top Kisser in the turn of the six furlongs, she readily began passing horses. Taking the lead in mid-stretch, she won by an easy 33⁄4 lengths, stopping the timer in 1:08.89. Marks Mine finished second, with Warren’s Veneda, third. Tommy Town bought Cherokee Kiss, the dam of Top Kisser, for $75,000 at the 2007 Keeneland fall mixed sale. A half sister to 2005 San Luis Rey Handicap (gr. IIT) winner Stanley Park, Cherokee Kiss was in foal to Flower Alley. Cherokee Kiss’ second dam, Tricky Squaw, is a multiple graded winner. At the time of the sale, Cherokee Kiss had produced Pointless Love, a 2007 son of Point Given who eventually earned $123,418. The Stulls bred Cherokee Kiss to Tommy Town stallion Old Topper to get Top Kisser. Since then they have bred her several times to Ministers Wild Cat, whose daughter Doinghardtimeagain won the Melair Stakes on Gold Rush Day in 2013 for Tommy Town. “Cherokee Kiss had a filly this year by Old Topper,” said Debi. “She’s long-legged, just like Top Kisser.” Tommy Town was winning its second consecutive Spring Fever, which at Hollywood Park had been called the B. Thoughtful Stakes. In 2013 the Stulls won the race with Curvy Cat when it was 71⁄2 furlongs. Tommy Town also captured the 2010 B. Thoughtful with U R All That I Am. Tom Stull missed the Gold Rush in 2013 and 2014 due to a regular golf tournament. As she did last year, Debi ably deputized for him with several girlfriends who visit Tommy Town during this time of year for several days of riding and reconnecting from their barrel-racing days. “He says he won’t miss it next year,” said Debi. www.ctba.com

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third-generation mare and a second-generation owner celebrated a victory in the $100,000 Fran’s Valentine Stakes, the first stakes on the Gold Rush program at Santa Anita April 26. Cathy Lambert, daughter-in-law of owner/ breeders Rene and Marjorie Lambert, welcomed Dancingtothestars into the winner’s circle after the 6-year-old mare’s triumph. This was Dancingtothestars’ first stakes win since taking the Jan. 18 Megahertz Stakes at Santa Anita. Jockey Mario Gutierrez piloted her to a 31⁄2-length victory in the Fran’s Valentine at a mile on the turf. Rene and Marjorie began Dancingtothestars’ saga by breeding her second dam, Seattle Lil, as well as her dam, A Lil Excess, in the name of their Ren-Mar Thoroughbreds. Rene passed away in 2007, and Cathy has gradually taken over some duties for Marjorie. “We’ve always been great friends,” said Cathy, who is married to the Lamberts’ son Ricky. “We loved to go to the races together. We worked side-by-side, and she has been a great mentor to me. I have learned a lot from her.” Rene and Marjorie got into racing during the 1980s. Their sons, Ricky, Rene Jr., and Russell, are also involved, making it truly a family operation. Ren-Mar became well-known when the popular California-bred gelding Sky Jack earned more than $1 million by winning such races as the 2002 Hollywood Gold Cup (gr. I) and 2000 Wells Fargo Bank California Cup Classic Handicap. 24

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Sky Jack now lives a relaxed life of retirement at the Lamberts’ 44acre Ren-Mar Thoroughbreds farm in Temecula, Calif., at age 18. Doug O’Neill trained Sky Jack, one of his earliest success stories, and continues to condition most of the Lambert family’s horses. Sky Jack raced from 1999-2003, and A Lil Excess was in the O’Neill barn for most of that time. She made her first start in 2000 and was a solid allowance runner when she finished her career in 2003. Unfortunately, the Lamberts lost A Lil Excess to colic last year. But she has produced two excellent runners for them. Ren-Mar raced A Lil Dumaani, a Cal-bred gelded son of Dumaani, throughout most of his career, and he earned $386,730. Then along came Dancingtothestars in 2008. Tom Hudson, the farm manager at Magali Farms in Santa Ynez, Calif., helped Cathy choose the stallion Good Journey for A Lil Excess. The millionaire son of Nureyev stands at Magali. “Tom really helped me with the breeding and has been a great inspiration,” said Cathy. “He thought A Lil Excess would be a good match with Good Journey. We took a shot at it, and it paid off.” Last year, when Betfair Hollywood Park hosted the Fran’s Valentine, Dancingtothestars finished fourth behind winner Unusual Hottie. The two met again in this year’s version. Three scratches reduced the field to four. Favored Unusual Way zipped to the early lead, while Gutierrez let Dancingtothestars settle in fourth. Though they came three wide in mid-stretch, the mare passed her rivals and drew away for the victory in 1:35.09. It was her seventh career win and raised her earnings to $473,122. Gutierrez had ridden Dancingtothestars several times before he missed the mount in the Irish O’Brien Stakes because he was out of town. O’Neill praised the Lamberts for letting Gutierrez back aboard Dancingtothestars, who ran third in the Irish O’Brien. “Mario knows her well,” said O’Neill. “She’s been so versatile and so honest.” The Lamberts hope to watch Dancingtothestars run throughout 2014. Though this will likely be her final season of competition, the family hasn’t decided whether to keep her as a broodmare or sell her. “We’re just enjoying this moment of her doing so well,” Cathy said. “She’s just always been a horse that tries every single race.”


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NATIVE DIVER ‘RACING ROYALTY’ RETURNS TO DEL MAR, SITE OF LAST WIN BY GENE WILLIAMS

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Shortly after Hollywood Park closed its doors following last year’s fall meeting, Richard Shapiro, grandson of owner/breeder L.K. Shapiro, began thinking about how he could make sure Native Diver, whom he characterizes as “racing royalty,” got a proper reburial. He was quoted as saying, “You couldn’t leave a horse like this beneath a real estate development,” which is what lies ahead for the Hollywood Park property. Thus, the first Cal-bred millionaire will receive a grave in the Del Mar infield. His

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ar hero and American president Andrew Jackson earned the nickname “Old Hickory” for his toughness. In the world of horse racing, Native Diver could easily claim that sobriquet for the same reason. The California-bred gelding started 81 times in a seven-year career in which he never ran fewer than 10 times in any year other than his 2-year-old season in 1961.

Making the record even more remarkable was the 37 victories posted, as well as seven second-place finishes and 12 thirds. If you’re doing the math, that comes out to a 45% win rate and 69% for in-the-money finishes. Native Diver, winner of three Hollywood Gold Cups, was buried at Hollywood Park following his death in 1967. But now his remains lie in a new home, having been exhumed from his grave at the closed racetrack and slated for reburial at Del Mar.

California-bred Native Diver was a staple of Golden State racing in the 1960s and an overwhelming fan favorite.

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Native Diver’s Del Mar Handicap win on September 4, 1967, turned out to be the last race of his remarkable racing career. Nine days later he died due to complications from colic.

that he will be the centerpiece of the area.” In addition, Read said, the track intends to build a memorial wall noting Native Diver’s achievements. It will be located in the area where the horses walk to the track for each race.

You couldn’t leave a horse like this beneath a real estate development.” — Richard Shapiro grandson of Native Diver’s owner/breeder

In death, then, Native Diver will probably get the same kind of attention he received during his days at the track, deemed by longtime racing publicist Dan Smith as the most popular horse of his day.

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new resting place seems proper because the brilliant black horse won the final race of his career by capturing the 1967 Del Mar Handicap. Earlier, Native Diver won the track’s San Diego Handicap three straight years, 1963-65. His career ran from 1961 to 1967, and his durability is reflected in his 15 starts in both 1963 and ’64 and 13 in his final year. He died of colic shortly after the Del Mar Handicap. According to Tim Read, vice president of operations at Del Mar, Native Diver’s remains, which were exhumed from the Hollywood Park gravesite by an archeological team from the University of Southern California, will be located in a spot near the grave of Star Fiddle, the first winner of the Del Mar Futurity in 1948. “We have his remains here, we’ve built a coffin, and the remains are in the coffin,” Read said. “We’ve created the cemetery so

Native Diver’s third consecutive win in the San Diego H. Jockey Jerry Lambert is aboard.

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“He always played to the crowd,” Smith said. “When he raced, I would say he was probably good for maybe 5,000 to 10,000 more fans than otherwise.” Smith watched Native Diver’s distinguished career unfold as he worked in publicity at Santa Anita, Hollywood Park, and Del Mar. Smith believes trainer Buster Millerick, who always referred to Native Diver only as “the black horse,” thought he was cut out to be a sprinter. But over time the horse proved he could run at just about any distance and still carry his remarkable speed, even at the kind of high weights put on handicap horses in those days. Smith recalls that Native Diver normally was able to put enough distance between him and the rest of the field that regular rider Jerry Lambert could give him a breather with about three-eighths of a mile to go and then have him turn on the speed again for the run home. Among Native Diver’s many spectacular victories, the 1967 Los Angeles Handicap at seven furlongs stands at the top of Smith’s list as most memorable. The old warrior took on the newest kid to challenge his prowess, Viking Spirit. “Both horses carried 126 pounds, and they hooked up early on the backstretch and just dueled all the way to the wire,” Smith said. “The race was ballyhooed as a showdown between Native Diver and what was considered ‘the now’ horse, Viking Spirit. And they didn’t disappoint, turning it into a match race that Native Diver won by a neck to equal the track and world-record time of 1:20. It was truly a great race.”

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CTBA Member

PROFILE

ALEX PASZKEICZ BY EMILY SHIELDS

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hen retired schoolteacher Alex Paszkeicz of Sunnyvale, Calif., made the improbable jump to being an owner, breeder, and trainer, no one could have guessed the move would result in multiple stakes horses and more than $3.5 million in earnings. Even more unlikely, Paszkeicz is able to take what he learned teaching and apply it to training Thoroughbreds. While on his honeymoon in France with his first wife, Paszkeicz showed an interest in the numerous horse farms they

first drove past, then ultimately visited. “My wife said, ‘One of these days, I’m going to go buy you a horse,’ ” Paszkeicz recalled. “That never happened, but when we got a divorce, I went out and bought my own horse.” At first Paszkeicz let others train for him at the track, while he concentrated on rehabilitating horses at the Portola Valley Equine Center in Menlo Park. “They had both a swimming pool and a track there,” he said. “Swimming helps horses gain strength while building new muscles, and

then they could go jog to maintain the old muscles. I enjoyed boarding there, but I noticed that a lot of my horses were doing better coming off farm rest than what they were doing with the trainers. After 27 years of teaching, I retired and started training the horses myself.” Paszkeicz was an art teacher, but he also coached track. “I know those don’t really go together,” he joked, “but I took my knowledge from coaching and brought it to the racetrack.” Unfortunately, some of Paszkeicz’ favorite exercises can’t be duplicated in horses.

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Former teacher turned trainer, Alex Paszkeicz (holding trophy right) in the San Francisco Mile Stakes winner’s circle with his longshot winner Pepper Crown

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“I loved having my runners do ‘repeats,’ where they run a lap, walk a lap, run a half lap, walk a half lap, and on. You can’t really arrange things like that on the horse track unless you have your own farm. But working with human athletes gave me a good background for working with horse athletes.” Paszkeicz enjoyed the breeding aspect of the game as well but felt out of place with the bigger breeders in the state. “I was just going to whatever stud I could,” he explained. “Being in Northern California, I didn’t really know which direction to go. And coming from teaching meant I was at the mercy of everyone else.” Paszkeicz didn’t set out to acquire his own stallion, but he found one anyway. While visiting the track kitchen at Golden Gate Fields on a February morning in 2004, Paszkeicz spoke with a member of the gate crew. “He kept talking about this one horse who was a sure thing that day. I noticed the horse was in a $4,000 claiming race, and I thought I might be able to afford that.” Paszkeicz was one of 17 people to put in a claim on the horse, named Peppered Cat. The buzz was correct: Peppered Cat won by a staggering 15 lengths while equaling the track record for 51⁄2 furlongs. Paszkeicz was so unfamiliar with the claiming process that when his claim number was called, he thought he had been eliminated. Instead, he owned the impressive winner. Peppered Cat, a Florida-bred son of Tabasco Cat, had won twice in four races. “I raced him six more

Before the race, I think that the longer the odds, the better...but I didn’t realize he was that long.” — Alex Paszkeicz on Pepper Crown’s 46-1 odds in the San Francisco Mile Stakes

times, but he had a knee problem,” said Paszkeicz. “I decided to make him a stallion.” With just $33,160 in earnings and six on-the-board finishes in 10 tries, Peppered Cat is not the kind of horse breeders typically jump on. But Paszkeicz had faith. “I might have been new to the game, but here was this horse by a Preakness (gr. I) and Belmont (gr. I) winner with a good family.” Peppered Cat is out of the graded stakes-winning Meadowlake mare Morning Meadow. “It was five years before anybody really looked at him.” Breeders are paying attention now. Paszkeicz’ multiple stakes-placed homebred filly Sweetly Peppered won six times and earned $221,400 before retiring to Daehling Ranch, where Peppered Cat stands for $2,000. “That filly got things start-

ed for him,” said Paszkeicz of his stallion. Paszkeicz lost another multiple stakes-placed homebred in Pepnic, who won an allowance optional claimer March 30 but was claimed for $62,500. Finishing third behind Pepnic was another Paszkeicz homebred, 4-yearold Pepper Crown, whose dam is the winning Crowning Storm mare Crown This Lady. Paszkeicz trained the mare and has always thought highly of her foals. “I considered Pepper Crown the better of the two,” he said. “It wasn’t the plan to have Pepnic claimed, but I wasn’t crying.” The former stablemates met again in the $100,315 San Francisco Mile Stakes (gr. IIIT) April 26, where Pepper Crown went off as the longest shot on the board at more than 46-1. He won by three-quarters of a length www.ctba.com

while Pepnic finished sixth. “Before the race, I think that the longer the odds are, the better,” Paszkeicz said, “but I didn’t realize he was that long.” The stunning victory lifted Pepper Crown’s record to five wins, two seconds, and two thirds in 10 starts for earnings of $156,433. While Peppered Cat stands at 17 hands, Pepper Crown is diminutive. “I like that he’s not a real big horse,” Paszkeicz said. “The bigger a horse is, the harder it is for them to maneuver out of a crowd well. If they get stopped, it takes time to get going again. He’s been a real good horse to train with no problems.” The day after the Mile win, another Paszkeicz runner and Pepper Crown’s full brother, Pazmeifucan, broke his maiden, having finished second four consecutive times. He subsequently ran second in the $75,000 Alcatraz Stakes, increasing his earnings to $58,370. “I have high hopes for him,” Paszkeicz said. The retired teacher, who has been a California Thoroughbred Breeders Association member since 1985, started with a single horse. He now has 15. Since taking out his trainer’s license in 1991, Paszkeicz has won 146 races and has earned $3,517,767 through May 12. His best mare, Sweetly Peppered, will soon give birth to a foal by Sought After. Paszkeicz plans on retaining the foal to race. After being overlooked by breeders early, Peppered Cat is now bringing in books of more than 20 outside mares. That number is sure to increase with the continued success of his foals.

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Barretts May Sale

CAL-BREDS TOP BARRETTS SALE BY TRACY GANTZ

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alifornia-breds dominated the Barretts May 2-year-old sale. Of the seven horses to sell for six figures, three were registered Cal-breds, including the $260,000 sale -topper, and another was eligible for Calbred registration. John Harris and Donald Valpredo bred and owned the sale-topper, a Calbred daughter of Street Boss out of the stakes-winning Stormy Atlantic mare Hotlantic. They raised the youngster at Harris’ River Ranch, where California-bred California Chrome grew up en route to his victory in the Kentucky Derby (gr. I). Harris recalled buying the sale-topper in

Trainers Mike Mitchell (L) and Phil D’Amato signed for the $260,000 sale-topper, Long Hot Summer (above)

utero, “Hotlantic was one of our all time great fortuitous purchases. Where preparation met opportunity—the definition of luck. I can still distinctly recall Don Valpredo and I looking at her in the back ring at Keeneland. She was a nice-looking mare. She had a decent race record, but the stakes she won were in Texas and Louisiana. But she had run close up although unplaced in a grade I at Keeneland. Dr. Jeanne Bowers, our resident vet, and another vet Dr. Betsy Ninekirk had also looked at her for us, and 30

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liked her. She was in foal to Street Boss, a really fast, good-looking colt Bruce Headley had trained out here in California, and we liked that part.” Three California stallions sired the other three six-figure horses. Cal-bred Lucky Logan, the sale’s top-priced colt at $150,000, is by Lucky Pulpit, the sire of California Chrome. Matty’s Tribal, who sold for $145,000, is a son of recently deceased Tribal Rule. Cal-bred Bold Papa, a son of Papa Clem, brought $110,000. “We are very pleased and excited to see Cal-breds sell so well,” said CTBA president Doug Burge. “With all of the lucrative opportunities now available for Cal-breds, it is great to see their demand and commercial value reflected in the prices they brought. One of the key objectives when creating the Golden State Series was to yield higher auction prices for Cal-breds.” Kim McCarthy’s McCarthy Bloodstock consigned the sale-topper for Harris and Valpredo, who bought Hotlantic carrying the filly for $47,000 at the 2011 Keeneland November breeding stock sale. Hotlantic has a yearling filly by Unusual Heat, who stands at Harris, and a suckling colt by Acclamation, who stands at Old English Rancho. “The filly came in about two weeks ago to Santa Anita, and she was very professional right away,” said McCarthy. Joseph Scardino and Anthony Fanticola, who campaign millionaire graded stakes winner Obviously, bought Long Hot Summer. Mike Mitchell, trainer of Obviously, signed the ticket as agent for the partners. “These are great guys, and they really wanted this horse,” said Mitchell. “I believe in Street Boss, and I love that the filly is a Cal-bred.” Mitchell was one of several California conditioners who said they bought Calbreds because of the strength of the statebred racing program.

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Trainer Peter Miller bought Lucky Logan for an undisclosed buyer. Ciaran Dunne’s Wavertree Stables consigned the son of the unraced Tale of the Cat mare Treed Cat. Santa Rosa Stables had purchased the colt for $37,000 at the 2013 Barretts yearling sale. “He is a beautiful-looking colt,” said Miller. “He’s by Lucky Pulpit, he’s a Calbred—there was nothing I didn’t like about him.” Sam Hendricks sold Matty’s Tribal, and trainer Mark Glatt signed the ticket for Ted Aroney’s Halo Farms. The colt is out of the stakes-winning Lit de Justice mare Gambler’s Justice. “He looked like a horse that you could go right on with,” said Glatt. “With the Cal-bred program being what it is, we’ll look at a couple of stakes down at Del Mar this summer.” Barretts Sales & Racing general manager Kim Lloyd said he was pleased with how well the Cal-breds sold. “Obviously, there is a good market for them with all of the incentives and the great stakes program,” he said. The May sale had taken a huge jump in 2013, and in 2014 it settled back to its 2012 levels. A total of 70 horses averaged $43,307 on a gross of $3,031,500, a decrease of 21.7% in average and 37.7% in gross from 2013. In 2012, 69 horses grossed $2,986,500 and averaged $43,283. The median remained at $30,000, the same as in 2013. A total of 50 horses were withdrawn prior to the sale, and 21 of the 91 put through the ring did not sell, for a 23% buy-back rate. McCarthy led consignors, selling 13 head for $674,500. Gary Hartunian’s Rockingham Ranch led buyers with four purchases totaling $275,000.


Winners APRIL 19, 2014 3-Year-olds & Up Awesome Gambler—Santuchee: Controller (23-5), f, 3 yo, Sunray Park, MCL, 4/29, 7f, 1:26.88, $4,500. Awesome Gambler—Saratoga Friends: She's Flush (23-5), f, 3 yo, Santa Anita Park, MCL, 5/9, 6 1/2f, 1:19.53, $11,400. Awesome Gambler—Trick'er Sweet: Awesome T (23-5), g, 3 yo, Northlands Park, MCL, 5/17, 6f, 1:14.02, $4,500. Benchmark—Jewel Magic (NZ): Magic Mark (69-30), g, 4 yo, Santa Anita Park, AOC, 4/25, 1mi, 1:36.16, $45,240. Benchmark—Morell's Love: Salah Champ (69-30), g, 4 yo, Golden Gate Fields, ALW, 5/3, 1 1/16mi (T), 1:43.92, $23,400. Benchmark—Striking Point: Luscious Lonna (69-30), m, 6 yo, Golden Gate Fields, STK, Golden Poppy S., 5/10, 1 1/16mi (T), 1:43.13, $39,450. Benchmark—Tialinga: Sweetrayofsunshine (69-30), m, 5 yo, Santa Anita Park, AOC, 5/18, 1mi, 1:37.50, $34,800. Benchmark—Sonata Style: Cantona (69-30), g, 7 yo, Parx Racing, STR, 5/19, 1mi 70yd, 1:41.32, $15,600. Bushwacker—Steal My Charm: Charm This (17-4), f, 3 yo, Assiniboia Downs, WMC, 5/16, 5f, 1:1.40, $3,900. Chattahoochee War—Merlin's Gift: John's War (4-1), f, 4 yo, Mountaineer Casino Racetrack & Resort, MCL, 4/19, 6f, 1:15.68, $4,779. Comic Strip—Tahoe Dealer: Tahoe Strip (12-5), f, 3 yo, Golden Gate Fields, MCL, 4/25, 1 1/16mi, 1:48.38, $7,800. Council Member—Playful Sara: Hope for Sara (22-7), f, 3 yo, Emerald Downs, MCL, 4/27, 5 1/2f, 1:5.12, $3,025. Cyclotron—Moana Loa: Mangita (11-4), f, 4 yo, Santa Anita Park, AOC, 5/8, 1mi (T), 1:34.14, $34,800. Decarchy—Gold Fleece: Stoney Fleece (63-25), g, 5 yo, Santa Anita Park, AOC, 4/20, 1 1/4mi (T), 2:0.50, $46,800. Decarchy—Awesome Broad: Awesome Return (63-25), c, 3 yo, Santa Anita Park, STK, Snow Chief S., 4/26, 1 1/8mi (T), 1:48.88, $137,500. Decarchy—Madam: My Monet (63-25), f, 3 yo, Santa Anita Park, STR, 5/3, 6f, 1:9.52, $21,600. Decarchy—Charm N Broad: Cut to Run (63-25), g, 3 yo, Santa Anita Park, MCL, 5/10, 6f, 1:13.28, $11,400. Decarchy—Ruftar: Dollski (63-25), f, 3 yo, Golden Gate Fields, MCL, 5/11, 1mi (T), 1:39.09, $7,800. Desert Code—Image of Glory: Reflective Glory (15-3), f, 3 yo, Emerald Downs, WMC, 4/20, 5f, 58.98, $3,699. Dixie Chatter—Day Jewels: Lets Talk Diamonds (25-14), f, 3 yo, Golden Gate Fields, MCL, 4/19, 5 1/2f, 1:5.25, $4,400. Dixie Chatter—Cabaletta: Marla Hooch (25-14), f, 3 yo, Golden Gate Fields, STR, 5/4, 1mi (T), 1:38.51, $12,240. Don'tsellmeshort—Golden Genes: French Chocolate (24-11), g, 4 yo, Assiniboia Downs, WCL, 5/11, 4 1/2f, 54.20, $4,080. Don'tsellmeshort—Icy Streak: Gambling Streak (24-11), g, 3 yo, Golden Gate Fields, MCL, 5/18, 6f, 1:11.50, $4,400. Fullbridled—Golden Sliver: Glitter of Silver (8-6), g, 4 yo, Santa Anita Park, MCL, 4/19, 5 1/2f, 1:4.03, $18,600. Game Plan—Dancing Spray: Best Laid Plans (23-5), g, 6 yo, Fonner Park, AOC, 4/26, 6 1/2f, 1:21.40, $5,820. Game Plan—Chalkoneupforus: My Game (23-5), g, 6 yo, Golden Gate Fields, MCL, 5/4, 5f, 58.87, $3,850. Globalize—Spark a Glow: Global Glow (25-9), g, 7 yo, Atlantic City, STR, 4/26, 1mi (T), 1:38.26, $12,000. Globalize—Marketable: Panda Power (25-9), f, 3 yo, Golden Gate Fields, MCL, 5/3, 6f, 1:11.53, $4,400. Good Journey—Stellina: Vegas Burn (44-17), g, 4 yo, Emerald Downs, WCL, 4/20, 5 1/2f, 1:3.98, $2,915. Good Journey—A Lil Excess: Dancingtothestars (44-17), m, 6 yo, Santa Anita Park, STK, Fran's Valentine S., 4/26, 1mi (T), 1:35.09, $60,000. Good Journey—Pegasus Lady: Fly to Freedom (44-17), m, 5 yo, Santa Anita Park, MCL, 4/27, 6f, 1:10.73, $18,600. Good Journey—Cantina's Rose: Kathleen Rose (44-17), f, 4 yo, Santa Anita Park, AOC, 5/1, 1mi (T), 1:33.83, $46,800. Gotham City—My Dancen Diva: El Anejo (13-5), g, 3 yo, Golden Gate Fields, MCL, 5/10, 5 1/2f, 1:6.34, $4,400. Gotham City—Dancer Ivonne: Melanie Rose (13-5), f, 3 yo, Golden Gate Fields, STR, 5/16, 6f, 1:11.84, $12,240. Kafwain—Haitian Vacation: Oh Boo Hoo (61-30), f, 3 yo, Prairie Meadows, WMC, 4/24, 5f, 59.11, $7,155.

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MAY 20, 2014 Kafwain—Royal Attraction: He's a Royal Pain (61-30), g, 3 yo, Sunray Park, MCL, 4/29, 4 1/2f, 52.54, $4,500. Kafwain—Sea Poppy: Theplane Theplane (61-30), g, 3 yo, Sunray Park, MCL, 5/17, 6 1/2f, 1:20.67, $4,500. Lucky J. H.—Almond Blossom: Sheriff Buford (12-4), c, 3 yo, Golden Gate Fields, MCL, 5/3, 1 1/16mi (T), 1:46.57, $7,800. Lucky Pulpit—Stop the Humor: Little But Lucky (41-16), f, 3 yo, Santa Anita Park, MSW, 5/3, 6 1/2f, 1:17.72, $33,600. Lucky Pulpit—Love the Chase: California Chrome (41-16), c, 3 yo, Churchill Downs, STK, Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I ), 5/3, 1 1/4mi, 2:3.66, $1,417,800. Lucky Pulpit—Love the Chase: California Chrome (41-16), c, 3 yo, Pimlico, STK, Preakness S. (gr. I ), 5/17, 1 3/16mi, 1:54.84, $900,000. Marino Marini—Violet Brook: Rebecca's Surprise (52-17), f, 4 yo, Parx Racing, AOC, 5/11, 6 1/2f, 1:17.43, $27,000. Marino Marini—Shesontheroadagain: Marina Martini (52-17), m, 5 yo, Los Alamitos, MCL, 5/16, 4 1/2f, 52.68, $3,090. Marino Marini—Faxene: Marino's Wild Cat (52-17), g, 5 yo, Golden Gate Fields, STR, 5/17, 6f, 1:9.59, $12,240. McCann's Mojave—Secret R. N.: Mojave Secret (25-12), g, 4 yo, Fonner Park, ALW, 4/25, 6f, 1:14.40, $5,100. McCann's Mojave—Ghazi's Lass: Biltmore Boogie (25-12), c, 4 yo, Golden Gate Fields, STR, 4/26, 5 1/2f, 1:3.73, $12,240. McCann's Mojave—Dreamy Meeting: Mojave Mandate (25-12), g, 4 yo, Emerald Downs, MCL, 4/26, 5 1/2f, 1:3.56, $3,025. Ministers Wild Cat—Curvy Girl: Curvy Kitten (80-28), f, 3 yo, Sunray Park, MSW, 4/22, 4 1/2f, 51.58, $6,900. Old Topper—Cherokee Kiss: Top Kisser (48-20), m, 5 yo, Santa Anita Park, STK, Spring Fever S., 4/26, 6f, 1:8.89, $75,000. Old Topper—Miami Margie: Ain't No Other (48-20), g, 6 yo, Golden Gate Fields, AOC, 5/18, 6f, 1:10.57, $24,180. Onebadshark—Starry Cat: Puttybadshark (11-5), f, 4 yo, Santa Anita Park, MCL, 5/3, 5 1/2f, 1:5.22, $11,400. Onebadshark—Wild Shenanigans: Chicsdigtheshark (11-5), g, 5 yo, Santa Anita Park, AOC, 5/3, 6 1/2f, 1:16.41, $34,800. Onebadshark—Sulaymondo: The Sunol Grade (11-5), g, 4 yo, Los Alamitos, MCL, 5/17, 4 1/2f, 52.82, $3,425. Peppered Cat—California Star: Califo Cat (18-9), g, 4 yo, Golden Gate Fields, MCL, 4/25, 5 1/2f, 1:4.30, $8,400. Peppered Cat—Crown This Lady: Pepper Crown (18-9), c, 4 yo, Golden Gate Fields, STK, San Francisco Mile S. (gr. IIIT ), 4/26, 1mi (T), 1:36.90, $60,000. Peppered Cat—Crown This Lady: Pazmeifucan (18-9), c, 3 yo, Golden Gate Fields, MSW, 4/27, 1mi, 1:39.90, $20,280. Peppered Cat—Phantom Forest: Where's Pepper (18-9), c, 4 yo, Golden Gate Fields, STR, 5/2, 1mi (T), 1:39.32, $12,240. Peppered Cat—Crown This Lady: Pazmeifucan (18-9), c, 3 yo, Golden Gate Fields, STR, 5/18, 1mi (T), 1:37.54, $12,240. Popular—Noruega: Popular Name (13-5), g, 6 yo, Fonner Park, STR, 4/13, 1mi, 1:43.20, $3,060. Rocky Bar—Miss Dow Jones: Rockin Cowgirl (41-21), f, 4 yo, Turf Paradise, MOC, 4/22, 5 1/2f, 1:4.82, $6,752. Sea of Secrets—Celestial Risk: Sergeant Peto (42-17), g, 5 yo, Los Alamitos, MCL, 4/26, 4 1/2f, 52.39, $3,780. Sea of Secrets—Queens Over Jacks: Yuma Landing (42-17), f, 4 yo, Les Bois Park, MSW, 5/3, 4 1/2f, 53.36, $3,000. Sea of Secrets—Vee Voom (NZ): R Last Hoorah (42-17), g, 3 yo, Assiniboia Downs, WMC, 5/4, 4 1/2f, 54.60, $3,900. Silic (FR)—Lady's Caper: Cheezy Breezy (16-5), g, 5 yo, Turf Paradise, STR, 5/4, 1mi, 1:37.07, $3,744. Silic (FR)—Seattle Fleet: Silent Flight (16-5), g, 5 yo, Los Alamitos, MCL, 5/9, 4 1/2f, 53.04, $3,535. Sought After—Trotinette: Masochistic (20-2), g, 4 yo, Churchill Downs, MSW, 5/3, 6f, 1:8.85, $30,540. Southern Image—Keystone Malibu: Bart the Barrister (53-19), g, 3 yo, Golden Gate Fields, MCL, 5/4, 5 1/2f, 1:5.98, $4,400. Square Eddie—Farnham: Frensham (19-5), c, 3 yo, Santa Anita Park, MSW, 5/9, 1 1/16mi, 1:44.48, $33,600. Square Eddie—Teresa Ann: Eddie's First (19-5), c, 3 yo, Santa Anita Park, MSW, 5/11, about 6 1/2f, 1:10.73, $33,600. Stormin Fever—Throne Seeker: Storm Fighter (45-16), c, 4 yo, Santa Anita Park, STK, Tiznow S., 4/26, 1mi, 1:35.06, $75,000.

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The accompanying list includes runners that are both California-foaled and California-sired winners in 2014 of all recent North American races, except straight claiming races. Abbreviations used for the class of race are similar to those used by Equibase: Alw–allowance; Hcp–overnight handicap; names of stakes race are spelled out, with the grade of the race, when applicable, in parentheses. Storm Wolf—Mysterious Maria: Mysterious Storm (9-3), g, 3 yo, Sunray Park, ALW, 5/4, 4 1/2f, 51.17, $10,080. Suances (GB)—Unusual Beauty: Unique Suances (19-5), m, 5 yo, Golden Gate Fields, STR, 5/18, 1 1/16mi (T), 1:44.37, $12,240. Surf Cat—Unusual Prospect: Take a Risk (19-8), g, 4 yo, Santa Anita Park, MCL, 4/25, 6f, 1:10.97, $13,800. Surf Cat—Bonefide Reason: Compulsive (19-8), g, 3 yo, Santa Anita Park, MCL, 5/17, 5 1/2f, 1:5.47, $11,400. Swiss Yodeler—Scare Tactics: Never Afraid (64-25), f, 4 yo, Los Alamitos, MCL, 5/2, 4 1/2f, 52.93, $3,480. Tannersmyman—Adarlyn Cat: Curly Girly (32-13), f, 4 yo, Golden Gate Fields, STR, 4/25, 6f, 1:11.03, $12,240. Tannersmyman—Get the Money: Tannersmymuscle (32-13), g, 4 yo, Turf Paradise, ALW, 4/29, 5 1/2f, 1:4.21, $9,418. Terrell—Court of Claims: Small Claims Court (38-18), f, 4 yo, Golden Gate Fields, MCL, 5/11, 5 1/2f, 1:5.18, $4,400. Thisnearlywasmine—Hilary (FR): Nearly Was Mine (15-5), h, 6 yo, Will Rogers Downs, MCL, 5/3, 6f, 1:11.36, $3,612. Tough Game—I'm Convinced: Toughtoconvince (8-6), f, 4 yo, Santa Cruz County Fair @ Sonoita, STK, Baffert Family Memorial S., 5/3, 5 1/2f, 1:9.30, $2,805. Tough Game—Atsashanaray: Tough Annie (8-6), f, 3 yo, Golden Gate Fields, MCL, 5/11, 5 1/2f, 1:5.90, $7,800. Tough Game—Funny Flag: Tough Orphan (8-6), f, 4 yo, Golden Gate Fields, MSW, 5/18, 6f, 1:10.81, $20,280. Tribal Rule—Mark Set Go: Doctor Glynis (124-54), f, 3 yo, Golden Gate Fields, MSW, 4/20, 5 1/2f, 1:4.65, $20,280. Tribal Rule—Belle Armour: Chumash (124-54), f, 4 yo, Turf Paradise, AOC, 4/30, 1mi (T), 1:35.18, $11,662. Tribal Rule—Visual Treat: Jacktookthemoney (124-54), g, 3 yo, Golden Gate Fields, MSW, 5/3, 6f, 1:11.59, $20,280. Tribal Rule—Electric Chair: Tribal Torch (124-54), f, 4 yo, Golden Gate Fields, ALW, 5/11, 6f, 1:11.42, $23,400. Tribal Rule—Lighten Up Tiny: Medicine Gal (124-54), f, 4 yo, Golden Gate Fields, STR, 5/16, 6f, 1:11.34, $12,240. Tribal Rule—Anachristina: Public Interest (124-54), g, 5 yo, Santa Anita Park, MCL, 5/17, 1 1/8mi (T), 1:50.19, $18,600. Under Caution—Suzie Sparkle: Rich in Tradition (6-2), m, 5 yo, Santa Anita Park, MCL, 5/16, 5 1/2f, 1:5.59, $11,400. Unusual Heat—Come to Light (SAF): Time to Glow (86-31), g, 4 yo, Golden Gate Fields, MCL, 4/19, 1mi (T), 1:40.09, $7,800. Unusual Heat—Ballistic Lady: Heat Flash (86-31), g, 4 yo, Santa Anita Park, MSW, 4/26, 1mi (T), 1:34.86, $33,600. Unusual Heat—Nina's Delight: Sizzlin' Joe (86-31), g, 5 yo, Santa Anita Park, AOC, 4/26, 1 1/8mi (T), 1:48.50, $34,800. Unusual Heat—Style of the Year: Heat Du Jour (86-31), f, 4 yo, Golden Gate Fields, ALW, 4/27, 1 1/16mi (T), 1:45.04, $23,400. Unusual Heat—Craven Cottage: Bobby Z Man (86-31), g, 3 yo, Santa Anita Park, STR, 5/4, about 6 1/2f, 1:12.80, $21,600. Unusual Heat—Style of the Year: Unusual Style (86-31), f, 3 yo, Santa Anita Park, MSW, 5/8, 1mi (T), 1:35.78, $33,600. Unusual Heat—Wild Tickle: Tickle Again (86-31), m, 6 yo, Lone Star Park, MSW, 5/9, 1mi, 1:40.10, $11,640. Unusual Heat—Ballistic Lady: Heat Flash (86-31), g, 4 yo, Santa Anita Park, AOC, 5/16, about 6 1/2f, 1:13.20, $34,800. Vronsky—Singed: Burnaroundtheedges (32-8), g, 3 yo, Santa Anita Park, MSW, 4/26, 6 1/2f, 1:16.84, $33,600. Vronsky—Amadamprez: Rovenna (32-8), f, 3 yo, Santa Anita Park, STK, Melair S., 4/26, 1 1/16mi, 1:43.86, $140,000. Vronsky—Styledtoperfection: Stylesky (32-8), f, 3 yo, Golden Gate Fields, MCL, 5/2, 6f, 1:10.93, $4,950.

2-Year-olds Bushwacker—Robotica: Robo Girl (17-4), f, 2 yo, Santa Anita Park, MSW, 4/25, 4 1/2f, 52.75, $33,600. Game Plan—Run Kaitlyn Run: Runninsmygame (23-5), f, 2 yo, Golden Gate Fields, MSW, 5/15, 4 1/2f, 53.34, $20,280. Globalize—Shebang (IRE): Global Magician (25-9), g, 2 yo, Golden Gate Fields, MSW, 5/17, 4 1/2f, 52.40, $20,280. Lucky Pulpit—Aleyna’s At Brown: Kristi’s Copilot (41-16), c, 2 yo, Santa Anita Park, MSW, 5/16, 4 1/2f, 51.84, $33,600. Tannersmyman—Get the Money: The One We Stole (32-13), f, 2 yo, Golden Gate Fields, MSW, 4/25, 2f, 21.90, $17,550.


Health pregnancy loss, or abortion in the past. This mare would be in the highest risk category. There are many mares somewhere in between. They may have a recent history of weight loss or systemic disease, or treatment during the previous cycle for uterine infection. These mares may be at a higher risk of early embryonic death than the healthy maiden mare,” he explained. “When we look at what might cause embryonic loss, we can blame either the uterus (the mare and the uterine environment for that embryo) or the embryo itself, or the stallion in some instances. There may be some outside environmental factors, as well,” said Tibary.

EARLY PREGNANCY LOSS IN MARES

ANNE M. EBERHARDT

AGE OF MARES

BY HEATHER SMITH THOMAS

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here are many reasons for early pregnancy loss in mares, and various risk factors. According to Dr. Ahmed Tibary, Professor of Theriogenology, Department of Veterinary Clinical Sciences, Washington State University, it’s wise to check mares early for pregnancy after breeding, and monitor the pregnancy to make sure it is progressing normally. “We offer a schedule to breeders after we help them with breeding management. This includes bringing the mare back for the first pregnancy diagnosis about 14 days after ovulation. We always tell them she needs a couple of re-checks—one at about 25 to 28 days and the second one somewhere between 35 and 50 days,” he said. “The reason for this is because there is a high incidence of early embryonic death during the first 50 days of pregnancy. The mare owner wouldn’t notice anything unusual in the mare that early and might just assume she’s still pregnant,” he explained. “After she goes past the 35-day mark, when the endometrial cups are already formed, if she loses the pregnancy she will not come back into estrus,” he said. The endometrial cups are outgrowths

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on the placenta that produce important hormones in the pregnant mare. If these are already formed, the mare may enter a pseudo-pregnancy state that can last up to four months. This can be disappointing to the owner later, finding out that the mare is actually not pregnant. “There have been many studies over the years, looking at how many mares failed to foal after they were diagnosed pregnant at 14 days. There is a wide range of reported incidence of pregnancy loss, depending on the studies—ranging from 2.5% all the way up to 30%. This tells us that we need to look at the risk factors,” he said. RISK FACTORS

“When we work with a mare to get her bred, we classify her as whether she will be easy to get pregnant and maintain the pregnancy or whether she will be at high risk of losing the pregnancy. We assume that a young maiden mare in good health, good body development, with no problems settling on the first cycle would have less than 5% chance of losing the pregnancy,” said Tibary. This type of mare would have the least risk for pregnancy loss. “The other extreme is the aged mare— greater than 18 years of age and one that has had problems with uterine infection,

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“In the mare the main risk factors are age-related changes to the uterus or to the quality of the oocyte. Just as in women, the eggs in an older mare may not be as viable as in a younger individual. The embryo itself (from the older mare) can be a factor in early embryonic death,” he explained. The oocyte (the egg) from the older mare undergoes many changes that are not compatible with normal development. “Studies have shown that those changes, and poor quality of the oocyte, start showing up in some mares as early as 12 years of age. “Definitely by 20 years, most mares will have some problems. In these mares we often see embryonic losses as high as 40 or 50%,” he said. TIMING OF BREEDING

“There is also another twist regarding aging of oocytes. The aging can be due to the mare’s age itself, but also the time elapsed from when it was ovulated. The longer we wait to inseminate or breed the mare after she ovulates, the higher the risk for poor embryo quality,” Tibary said. “Before the oocyte dies, it is still able to be fertilized, but it may be running out of optimum ability for good development. We see this happen when people take chances and still breed the mare even if it’s been a bit too long after ovulation. Sometimes you end up with a pregnancy at 14 days, but it doesn’t continue to develop,” said Tibary. In these instances it might be better to


wait until the next heat cycle to breed the mare. You may actually save time by waiting, rather than have the mare become pregnant and lose the pregnancy and have to start over later. “This is the frustrating part. You gamble, and get a positive result at 14 days (you can see the embryo), but then you have to wait to see if the pregnancy will maintain or not. Usually those embryos from older oocytes are smaller than normal,” he said. UTERINE ENVIRONMENT

“In the uterus we look at whether there is inflammation and whether it is acute or chronic. Chronic inflammation can be the biggest risk factor for loss of pregnancy. This is why every mare going into the breeding shed should have an endometrial biopsy, particularly if she has any history of infertility or recurrent pregnancy loss. Then we can more accurately determine her chances for allowing the embryo to fix normally (and get enough nutrients from the uterus), and for maintaining pregnancy to term. We look at whether there is

scar tissue or fibrosis of the endometrium,” Tibary said. UTERINE CYSTS

“In older mares (and sometimes in younger mares) that have had several pregnancies we may also see uterine cysts. There is debate about whether these cysts are linked to early pregnancy loss. There is some evidence that these may affect pregnancy loss. A German study has shown that when there are large cysts or more than five, the risk for losing pregnancy is increased,” he said. Uterine cysts may hinder movement of the embryo within the uterus, before it fixes and starts attaching. “This movement is required, to signal its existence to the mare (maternal recognition of pregnancy), and maintain the pregnancy,” Tibary explained. If this trans-uterine embryo migration is hindered, the mare is unable to recognize that she’s pregnant, the uterus releases prostaglandin F2 alpha (which stimulates the corpus luteum—the source of progesterone) and she returns to estrus.

COURTESY MERCK ANIMAL HEALTH (REGU-MATE BOTTLE)

HOW DO WE KNOW IF A PREGNANCY MAY BE AT RISK? Breeders often want to know how they might tell if the pregnancy is not viable. “There are a few indications that sometimes tell us we are dealing with a non-viable pregnancy, though we can’t start evaluating the embryo/pregnancy until 12 to 14 days with ultrasound. Doing a pregnancy diagnosis is not just about finding the embryo/vesicle. We need to pay attention to the health of that vesicle and whether it is of appropriate size for that day of pregnancy,” said Dr. Ahmed Tibary, Professor of Theriogenology, Department of Veterinary Clinical Sciences, Washington State University. This is also when the veterinarian will check to see if there are twins. “This is one reason we check mares at 14 days. The embryo does

not stop its migration until day 16. If there are twins, you still have a chance to separate and crush one of the embryos, which allows the other one to develop normally,” he said. “If the vesicle does not stop moving after day 16, this is an indication something is wrong. The embryo has to fix at the base of the horn by day 16 or it will not survive. Another thing we look for is where the embryo stops. If it fixes in the body of the uterus instead of at the base of a horn, we know it will likely not be carried to term,” he said. “We also look for presence of edema. If there is a pregnancy but also excessive edema, this tells us there is something wrong with the hor-

“Another thing that may happen is that the embryo may fix near a cluster of cysts or near a large cyst. Then the fixation is not very solid, and more precarious. Mares have a better chance of maintaining pregnancy if these cysts are removed,” he said. “We do a lot of cyst removal here, either by electrocoagulation or with laser surgery. This works well for many mares; their success rate for future pregnancies is improved. A study done at Equine Services Surgical Hospital in Kentucky showed that when they treated these mares, 60% of the mares that could be followed got pregnant after the laser surgery, and maintained the pregnancies,” said Tibary. PROGESTERONE DEFICIENCY

“The problem most talked about as a cause of early embryonic loss in mares, and most commonly treated, is progesterone insufficiency. But this cause is very hard to prove. Many people become frustrated with mares and just put them on progesterone. If their history has all the

monal environment. If I see a pregnancy on ultrasound, but the uterus on palpation does not feel very toned (nice and tubular), this suggests there is something wrong with either the uterus or the hormonal environment—particularly the level of progesterone,” he explained. “We like to see a proper embryo by day 21 or 22 and by day 25 we need to see a heartbeat. If we do a pregnancy diagnosis at 14 days and everything looks good, we ask the client to bring the mare again at day 25 or 28. Then we can evaluate the presence of fetal heartbeat, growth of the vesicle, etc. The reason we do this is because there are situations in which the vesicle will develop and be maintained for as long as 30 days, without a proper embryo inside it. These are sometimes called

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ghost pregnancies. It’s just the outer membrane sitting there; the embryo inside it died earlier,” he said. Later ultrasound examination looks at fluid and membranes. “We can detect a dislodged vesicle, loss of fluid, etc. These can indicate whether a pregnancy is viable or not. The clinician may decide to aid a pregnancy with progesterone or altrenogest. If I see a good vesicle but the tone is not what I’d like, I may put the mare on altrenogest (synthetic progesterone, such as Regu-Mate®). I like altrenogest because it allows me to check the endogenous progesterone of the mare (what she is producing) because the test does not cross-react with synthetic hormone. Now, with Doppler ultrasonography, we can glean even more information about the quality of the pregnancy and the CL,” he said. —Heather Smith Thomas

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Health indications that they may be at higher risk of losing the pregnancy or they have had loss of pregnancy before, they are generally put on progesterone supplementation, such as Regu-Mate® (altrenogest), and it may help in some cases,” he said. “There is not a lot of evidence scientifically that it helps because it is very hard to design an experiment that would allow us to prove this. Thus, it is a subject of debate, but in equine reproductive practices many mares are put on progesterone. And we put mares on progesterone any time they have a situation that may threaten a loss of pregnancy such as a bout of fever,” he said.

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pregnancy,” he said. Stress from high heat, systemic infection, severe pain, laminitis, etc., have been shown to cause lower progesterone levels. A mare that colics during early pregnancy or that undergoes surgery—with possibility of endotoxemia— may compromise the quality of the CL and the pregnancy would be at risk. Lactating mares might be at a higher risk for embryo loss

Whether the mare has a foal at her side may also make a difference in her chances for losing the embryo. “According to one study, lactating mares seem to have double the rate of pregnancy loss compared to non-lactating mares. I think it’s not lactation per se that causes this problem, as much as the effect of lactation on the mare. This would include nutrition and body condition. There are other studies from South Africa showing that nutrition (quality of energy and protein intake) will affect maintenance of pregnancy via the quality of the CL and production of progesterone,” said Tibary. If the mare has trouble trying to maintain herself, feed her nursing foal, and start a pregnancy, the pregnancy gets sacrificed.

STRESS FROM DISEASE/ INFECTIONS/TEMPERATURE

“Systemic disease may also have an impact on whether the mare maintains pregnancy. Any medical situation characterized by stress on the mare such as high fever for a few days, or any disease that is linked to production of endotoxin, will jeopardize the pregnancy. The inflammation, endotoxins, etc., will create an environment incompatible with maintenance of the CL (corpus luteum) function, and affect the CL’s secretion of prostaglandin,” said Tibary. High environmental temperatures and humidity may lead to loss of pregnancy, putting the embryo outside the window of healthy temperature. “I haven’t seen this in the U.S., but when I was practicing in the UAE, where temperature and humidity were very high, we could hardly keep mares pregnant, particularly if adverse conditions occurred early in the

FOAL HEAT BREEDING

“Some early studies showed that foal heat breeding results in less fertilization and probably more incidence of early embryonic death than waiting until the next heat cycle. Some other studies, however, have shown foal heat breeding is successful—as long as the mare has no complications from foaling,” said Tibary. This must be considered case by case. Some mares need more time to recover from foaling.

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OTHER CAUSES

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Some causes of pregnancy loss may be region specific, or specific to a certain year. “Fescue toxicosis can be a problem for late term pregnancies, but it has been shown that mares on endophyte-infected fescue pastures can also have higher rates of early pregnancy loss. This is generally due to reduction in the hormone prolactin,” said Tibary. Many breeders assume their mares are safe on fescue pastures until late preg-

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nancy, but this is not always true. Endophyte-infected fescue pastures should be avoided for broodmares . Early pregnancy loss has also been associated with MRLS (mare reproductive loss syndrome). “Those losses are generally later than 50 days, and closer to foaling, but there were some between 80 and 120 days gestation,” he said. Some stallions seem to produce pregnancies that are at higher risk. “There may be some abnormality in their DNA (chromatin) in the spermatozoa. These factors are hard to identify, unless we are dealing with stallions that have bred many mares and we have rigorous data on the outcome of breeding,” said Tibary. Similarly, in maiden mares that experience repeated pregnancy losses, there may be individual problems. “A report that came out three or four years ago from the University of Kentucky showed that some of these mares have normal cycles; they become pregnant when bred but lose the pregnancy due to a chromosomal abnormality. The embryo or fetus can’t get past a certain stage. The chromosomal abnormality leads to a problem in development,” he added. This is a genetic factor that results in pregnancy loss. “Some of these factors are difficult to identify. But if the individual mare has a problem, it is worth investigating further. We don’t look at mares as a herd. Each mare is a special case, with her own unique situation. In other species we have weeded out most of the reproductive problems, but in horses we have selected for other traits than reproductive soundness and have to deal with various breeding challenges,” Tibary explained.


2014 LEADING BREEDERS IN CALIFORNIA BY EARNINGS (THRU MAY 20, 2014) Breeder

Starts

Perry Martin & Steve Coburn

Stakes Wins

Leading Earner

Earnings

5

5

5

California Chrome ($3,237,800)

262

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1

Curvy Cat ($87,900)

$833,122

96

13

2

Tamarando ($190,000)

$637,819

Harris Farms

160

26

0

Velvet Mesquite ($99,956)

$563,312

Terry C. Lovingier

228

23

0

Pay the Debt ($52,600)

$483,706

Nick Alexander

82

15

1

Luscious Lonna ($63,110)

$419,700

Donald R. Dizney

26

5

2

Rovenna ($306,800)

$355,106

181

11

0

Warren’s Rosebud ($40,280)

$332,944

Pam & Martin Wygod

81

15

0

Major Truth ($55,698)

$289,536

Old English Rancho

72

10

0

Twenty Hawks ($47,433)

$286,429

Ballena Vista Farm

22

2

2

Big Macher ($245,000)

$280,115

J. Paul Reddam

66

9

0

Frensham ($56,300)

$267,185

Alex Paszkeicz

30

6

1

Pepper Crown ($125,583)

$256,332

Thomas W. Bachman

18

5

0

Unusual Way ($103,600)

$221,335

4

3

1

Alert Bay ($194,500)

$194,500

Liberty Road Stables

32

9

1

Red Outlaw ($84,000)

$191,267

Dahlberg Farms LLC

44

5

0

Patriots Rule ($91,430)

$190,939

Richard Allen Kritzski

4

1

1

Awesome Return ($173,148)

$173,148

Larry Mabee

14

5

1

Storm Fighter ($111,308)

$171,578

Dr. & Mrs. William T. Gray DVM

12

2

1

Weewinnin ($137,500)

$171,244

Madeline Auerbach

22

4

0

Mega Heat ($81,430)

$170,600

Ed Delaney

27

6

1

Susans Express ($110,500)

$165,915

Lee Searing & Susan Searing

46

7

0

Wake Up Nick ($33,600)

$159,114

8

2

1

Cyclometer ($86,450)

$156,050

Applebite Farms

67

9

0

Jet Warrior ($33,200)

$150,206

Gary Barber

12

4

2

Tribal Spy ($135,000)

$149,731

Madeline Auerbach & Barry Abrams

26

5

0

Heat Flash ($105,136)

$148,932

Carol A. Lingenfelter

13

5

0

Wonderful Lie ($87,080)

$148,189

Eagle Oak Ranch, LLC

19

7

1

G. G. Ryder ($127,980)

$145,565

Daehling Ranch LLC

45

8

0

Sing and Tell ($53,352)

$144,392

8

2

0

Kathleen Rose ($92,290)

$138,050

Donald Valpredo

32

4

0

Do Some Magic ($56,000)

$137,277

Herman Sarkowsky & Martin J. Wygod

19

2

0

Omega Star ($75,920)

$137,045

Y-Lo Racing Stables, LLC

15

3

0

Harlington’s Rose ($103,900)

$133,864

Joseph T. Alvarez III

4

2

0

Stoney Fleece ($132,700)

$132,700

Ren-Mar Thoroughbreds Inc

4

2

2

Dancingtothestars ($132,250)

$132,250

Michael Wellman & Cory Wellman

7

2

0

Well Measured ($67,200)

$117,880

Pamela C. Ziebarth

13

3

1

Ambitious Brew ($105,240)

$115,992

Rod Rodriguez & Lorraine Rodriguez

42

6

1

Halo Dolly ($84,060)

$114,511

Dorine Lanza & John R. Lanza

4

3

0

Magic Mark ($113,890)

$113,890

Joe F. Parker

5

2

0

Our Pure Creation ($109,870)

$109,870

46

5

0

Atomic Rule ($49,620)

$108,734

5

1

1

Lakerville ($106,370)

$106,370

25

4

0

Better Bet ($52,740)

$102,692

Tommy Town Thoroughbreds, LLC Mr. & Mrs. Larry D. Williams

Benjamin C. Warren

Thomas Newton Bell & Ross John McLeod

Bruce Headley, Irwin Molasky & Andrew Molasky

B&B Zietz Stables, Inc.

Joseph A. Duffel Abrams & Team Green

Revocable Trust of Dr. Mikel C. Harrington and Patricia O. Harrington Hidden Meadows Farm, LLC

$3,237,800

6

2

0

A Toast to You ($96,190)

$96,190

Legacy Ranch

37

9

0

Papa’s Tango L R ($27,120)

$96,186

James W. McKenney & Tammy McKenney

14

4

1

Uzziel ($76,870)

$95,010

6

2

0

San Onofre ($92,040)

$93,040

Desperado Stables, Inc.

19

3

0

Pressure Time ($48,160)

$91,390

Albert & Kathleen Mattivi, LLC

11

2

0

Yes She’s Unusual ($82,570)

$90,280

Benjamin C Warren

21

4

2

Warren’s Knockout ($75,274)

$89,729

Barbara Kelly

14

6

0

Full Dancer ($41,450)

$89,211

Ellen Jackson

33

4

0

Fly Blue ($20,805)

$88,450

Dinesh Maniar

80

9

1

Cheezy Breezy ($27,608)

$88,049

Ridgeley Farm LLC

24

5

0

My Monet ($49,400)

$82,415

Joseph P. Morey Jr. Revocable Trust

36

4

0

Curly Girly ($20,020)

$80,985

Bruce Headley

38

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Leading California Sires Lists 2014 LEADING SIRES IN CALIFORNIA BY AVERAGE EARNINGS PER RUNNER

2014 LEADING SIRES IN CALIFORNIA BY MONEY WON

(MINIMUM 10 RUNNERS) Sire

Races Rnrs Won

Earnings/ Runner

Earned

Sire

1 Lucky Pulpit, 2001, by Pulpit

Rnrs

Strts

Races Won

Earned

41

137

24

$3,677,478

1 Lucky Pulpit, 2001, by Pulpit

41

24

$3,677,478

$89,695

2 * Tribal Rule,1996, by Storm Cat

125

402

81

$1,916,995

2 Peppered Cat, 2000, by Tabasco Cat

18

15

$403,305

$22,406

3 Unusual Heat,1990, by Nureyev

86

299

43

$1,592,055

3 Comic Strip, 1995, by Red Ransom

12

5

$228,382

$19,032

4 Decarchy, 1997, by Distant View

64

225

38

$1,082,126

4 Unusual Heat, 1990, by Nureyev

86

43

$1,592,055

$18,512

5 Kafwain, 2000, by Cherokee Run

64

249

40

$966,816

5 Vronsky, 1999, by Danzig

32

14

$581,961

$18,186

6 † Benchmark, 1991, by Alydar

72

249

40

$959,546

6 Cyclotron, 2000, by Grand Slam

11

4

$191,320

$17,393

7 # Eddington, 2001, by Unbridled

77

258

39

$825,996

$16,908

8 * Bertrando, 1989, by Skywalker

69

227

27

$793,224

9 Ministers Wild Cat, 2000, by Deputy Minister

79

274

39

$776,406

10 Good Journey, 1996, by Nureyev

52

181

31

$758,651

11 Southern Image, 2000, by Halo’s Image

56

187

23

$598,547

12 Vronsky, 1999, by Danzig

32

104

14

$581,961

13 Old Topper, 1995, by Gilded Time

46

168

28

$531,354

14 Swiss Yodeler, 1994, by Eastern Echo

65

232

34

$490,045

15 Heatseeker (IRE), 2003, by Giant’s Causeway

41

140

21

$473,471

7 Decarchy, 1997, by Distant View 8 * Tribal Rule, 1996, by Storm Cat

64 125

38 81

$1,082,126 $1,916,995

$15,336

9 Kafwain, 2000, by Cherokee Run

64

40

$966,816

$15,107

10 Good Journey, 1996, by Nureyev

52

31

$758,651

$14,589

11 Papa Clem, 2006, by Smart Strike

19

12

$257,469

$13,551

12 Square Eddie, 2006, by Smart Strike

19

5

$253,295

$13,331

13 † Benchmark, 1991, by Alydar

72

40

$959,546

$13,327

14 Dixie Chatter, 2005, by Dixie Union

25

20

$319,853

$12,794

16 Stormin Fever, 1994, by Storm Cat

46

169

24

$469,818

15 * In Excess (IRE), 1987, by Siberian Express

39

23

$462,311

$11,854

17 * In Excess (IRE), 1987, by Siberian Express

39

133

23

$462,311

16 Old Topper, 1995, by Gilded Time

46

28

$531,354

$11,551

18 Marino Marini, 2000, by Storm Cat

54

179

24

$410,896

17 Heatseeker (IRE), 2003, by Giant’s Causeway

41

21

$473,471

$11,548

19 Peppered Cat, 2000, by Tabasco Cat

18

82

15

$403,305

18 * Bertrando, 1989, by Skywalker

69

27

$793,224

$11,496

20 Tizbud, 1999, by Cee’s Tizzy

38

130

18

$358,058

41

183

34

$357,499

19 Surf Cat, 2002, by Sir Cat

20

10

$228,660

$11,433

21 Rocky Bar, 1998, by In Excess (IRE)

20 Freespool, 1996, by Geiger Counter

21

14

$232,256

$11,060

22 • Redattore (BRZ), 1995, by Roi Normand

46

168

19

$337,423

23 Dixie Chatter, 2005, by Dixie Union

25

81

20

$319,853

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24 * Terrell, 2000, by Distorted Humor

38

159

22

$301,673

(MINIMUM 50 STARTS)

25 † Beau Genius, 1985, by Bold Ruckus

7

23

6

$284,343

26 * Salt Lake, 1989, by Deputy Minister

30

104

23

$282,645

27 * Cindago, 2003, by Indian Charlie

25

86

13

$275,713

21 $1,075,978

28 Papa Clem, 2006, by Smart Strike

19

72

12

$257,469

Sire

Rnrs Strts Wnrs Wins

Earned

1 Unusual Heat, 1990, by Nureyev

59

157

17

2 Decarchy, 1997, by Distant View

31

66

9

11

$661,482

29 Square Eddie, 2006, by Smart Strike

19

52

5

$253,295

3 * Tribal Rule, 1996, by Storm Cat

38

69

8

10

$653,969

30 Globalize, 1997, by Summer Squall

25

68

12

$241,459

4 Good Journey, 1996, by Nureyev

31

80

7

10

$556,384

31 Freespool, 1996, by Geiger Counter

21

73

14

$232,256

5 † Benchmark, 1991, by Alydar

16

32

6

7

$269,709

32 Sea of Secrets, 1995, by Storm Cat

43

155

19

$229,048

6 * In Excess (IRE), 1987, by Siberian Express

11

26

4

6

$257,568

33 Surf Cat, 2002, by Sir Cat

20

75

10

$228,660

$201,427

34 Comic Strip, 1995, by Red Ransom

12

50

5

$228,382

$177,595

35 Affirmative, 1999, by Unbridled

28

99

5

$225,072

$153,592

36 Tannersmyman, 1998, by Lord Carson

32

116

19

$222,757

7

33

9

$204,806

38 Atticus, 1992, by Nureyev

26

83

9

$196,064

39 Cyclotron, 2000, by Grand Slam

11

33

4

$191,320

40 * Perfect Mandate, 1996, by Gone West

24

87

12

$188,910

41 * McCann’s Mojave, 2000, by Memo (CHI)

25

82

14

$179,263

8

24

9

$178,614

7 * Bertrando, 1989, by Skywalker 8 Heatseeker (IRE), 2003, by Giant’s Causeway 9 Comic Strip, 1995, by Red Ransom 10 Square Eddie, 2006, by Smart Strike

22 16 6 9

43 34 9 16

3 5 1 2

4 6 1 2

$126,820

37 Bedford Falls, 2003, by Forestry

11 Papa Clem, 2006, by Smart Strike

7

15

3

5

$126,026

12 Peppered Cat, 2000, by Tabasco Cat

8

14

3

3

$124,500

13 Tizbud, 1999, by Cee’s Tizzy

15

20

1

2

$124,467

14 Southern Image, 2000, by Halo’s Image

11

21

2

2

$121,359

15 # Eddington, 2001, by Unbridled

19

24

3

3

$116,207

43 • Formal Gold, 1993, by Black Tie Affair (IRE)

31

126

13

$176,537

16 Affirmative, 1999, by Unbridled

16

35

2

2

$112,549

44 Stormy Jack, 1997, by Bertrando

29

106

12

$162,592

17 * Terrell, 2000, by Distorted Humor

14

29

6

6

$105,633

45 Awesome Gambler, 2004, by Coronado’s Quest 23

91

5

$161,930

5

7

2

3

$76,035

46 Suances (GB), 1997, by Most Welcome (GB)

19

77

9

$150,091

18

32

2

3

$74,360

47 • Skimming, 1996, by Nureyev

26

74

15

$148,973

4

9

1

1

$73,140

48 • Souvenir Copy, 1995, by Mr. Prospector

24

85

7

$147,596

18 Lucky J. H., 2002, by Cee’s Tizzy 19 • Redattore (BRZ), 1995, by Roi Normand 20 Cyclotron, 2000, by Grand Slam

42 Fullbridled, 2001, by Unbridled’s Song

The statistics shown here are compiled by The Jockey Club Information Systems (TJCIS). While every effort is made to prevent errors and omissions, California Thoroughbred cannot guarantee their complete and total accuracy. A dagger (†) indicates that a stallion has been pensioned, an asterisk (*) that he has died, a dot (•) that he is now standing elsewhere, a number sign (#) that he did not stand in California in 2013 but is standing in the state in 2014, a double dagger (‡) that he is not standing in California in 2014 but will stand in the state in 2015. Freshman sires are highlighted in bold text. Statistics cover racing in North America (U.S., Canada and Puerto Rico), England, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Mexico, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates (UAE) only. Racing statistics through May 20, 2014.

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Leading California Sires Lists 2014 LEADING SIRES IN CALIFORNIA BY NUMBER OF WINNERS

2014 LEADING SIRES IN CALIFORNIA BY MEDIAN EARNINGS PER RUNNER (MINIMUM 10 RUNNERS) Sire

Wnrs

Races Won

Earned

Median

1 * Tribal Rule, 1996, by Storm Cat

125

55

81

$1,916,995

2 Unusual Heat, 1990, by Nureyev

86

31

43

$1,592,055

Earned

1 Peppered Cat, 2000, by Tabasco Cat

18

15

$403,305 $12,130

2 Papa Clem, 2006, by Smart Strike

19

12

$257,469

$9,125

† Benchmark, 1991, by Alydar

72

31

40

$959,546

3 Unusual Heat, 1990, by Nureyev

86

43

$1,592,055

$8,220

4 Kafwain, 2000, by Cherokee Run

64

30

40

$966,816

4 Old Topper, 1995, by Gilded Time

46

28

$531,354

$8,180

# Eddington, 2001, by Unbridled

77

30

39

$825,996

5 Comic Strip, 1995, by Red Ransom

12

5

$228,382

$7,943

6 Ministers Wild Cat, 2000, by Deputy Minister

79

28

39

$776,406

6 * Cindago, 2003, by Indian Charlie

25

13

$275,713

$7,820

7 Decarchy, 1997, by Distant View

64

25

38

$1,082,126

7 Dixie Chatter, 2005, by Dixie Union

25

20

$319,853

$7,800

65

25

34

$490,045

8 Decarchy, 1997, by Distant View

64

38

$1,082,126

$7,480

9 * Bertrando, 1989, by Skywalker

69

23

27

$793,224

9 Lucky Pulpit, 2001, by Pulpit

41

24

$3,677,478

$7,420

10 Rocky Bar, 1998, by In Excess (IRE)

41

21

34

$357,499

125

81

$1,916,995

$7,360

11 Good Journey, 1996, by Nureyev

52

20

31

$758,651

11 * McCann’s Mojave, 2000, by Memo (CHI)

25

14

$179,263

$6,515

Southern Image, 2000, by Halo’s Image

56

20

23

$598,547

12 Good Journey, 1996, by Nureyev

52

31

$758,651

$6,207

Old Topper, 1995, by Gilded Time

46

20

28

$531,354

13 Heatseeker (IRE), 2003, by Giant’s Causeway

41

21

$473,471

$5,693

14 * In Excess (IRE), 1987, by Siberian Express

39

19

23

$462,311

14 Surf Cat, 2002, by Sir Cat

20

10

$228,660

$5,678

15 * Terrell, 2000, by Distorted Humor

38

18

22

$301,673

15 Flame Thrower, 1998, by Saint Ballado

15

11

$91,780

$5,400

16 Stormin Fever, 1994, by Storm Cat

46

17

24

$469,818

16 Kafwain, 2000, by Cherokee Run

64

40

$966,816

$5,398

Marino Marini, 2000, by Storm Cat

54

17

24

$410,896

17 • Memo (CHI), 1987, by Mocito Guapo (ARG)

11

8

$105,255

$5,355

Sea of Secrets, 1995, by Storm Cat

43

17

19

$229,048

18 Stormin Fever, 1994, by Storm Cat

46

24

$469,818

$5,310

19 Lucky Pulpit, 2001, by Pulpit

41

16

24

$3,677,478

19 Vronsky, 1999, by Danzig

32

14

$581,961

$5,285

20 • Redattore (BRZ), 1995, by Roi Normand

46

15

19

$337,423

20 Time to Get Even, 2004, by Stephen Got Even

13

5

$124,071

$5,230

21 Heatseeker (IRE), 2003, by Giant’s Causeway

41

14

21

$473,471

Dixie Chatter, 2005, by Dixie Union

25

14

20

$319,853

Salt Lake, 1989, by Deputy Minister

30

14

23

$282,645

10 * Tribal Rule, 1996, by Storm Cat

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Earned

Swiss Yodeler, 1994, by Eastern Echo

2014 LEADING SIRES IN CALIFORNIA BY NUMBER OF RACES WON

(MINIMUM 50 STARTS)

40

Rnrs

Sire

Races Rnrs Won

Earnings Start

Races Won

Rnrs

Srts

1 Lucky Pulpit, 2001, by Pulpit

41

137

$3,677,478

$26,843

1 * Tribal Rule, 1996, by Storm Cat

125

402

81

$1,916,995

2 Vronsky, 1999, by Danzig

32

104

$581,961

$5,596

2 Unusual Heat, 1990, by Nureyev

86

299

43

$1,592,055

3 Unusual Heat, 1990, by Nureyev

86

299

$1,592,055

$5,325

3 Kafwain, 2000, by Cherokee Run

64

249

40

$966,816

4 Peppered Cat, 2000, by Tabasco Cat

18

82

$403,305

$4,918

† Benchmark, 1991, by Alydar

72

249

40

$959,546

5 Square Eddie, 2006, by Smart Strike

19

52

$253,295

$4,871

5 # Eddington, 2001, by Unbridled

77

258

39

$825,996

6 Decarchy, 1997, by Distant View

64

225

$1,082,126

$4,809

79

274

39

$776,406

7 * Tribal Rule, 1996, by Storm Cat

125

402

$1,916,995

$4,769

7 Decarchy, 1997, by Distant View

64

225

38

$1,082,126 $490,045

Sire

Ministers Wild Cat, 2000, by Deputy Minister

Rnrs

Srts

Earned

8 Comic Strip, 1995, by Red Ransom

12

50

$228,382

$4,568

8 Swiss Yodeler, 1994, by Eastern Echo

65

232

34

9 Good Journey, 1996, by Nureyev

52

181

$758,651

$4,191

Rocky Bar, 1998, by In Excess (IRE)

41

183

34

$357,499

10 Dixie Chatter, 2005, by Dixie Union

25

81

$319,853

$3,949

10 Good Journey, 1996, by Nureyev

52

181

31

$758,651

11 Kafwain, 2000, by Cherokee Run

64

249

$966,816

$3,883

11 Old Topper, 1995, by Gilded Time

46

168

28

$531,354

12 † Benchmark, 1991, by Alydar

72

249

$959,546

$3,854

12 * Bertrando, 1989, by Skywalker

69

227

27

$793,224

13 Papa Clem, 2006, by Smart Strike

19

72

$257,469

$3,576

13 Lucky Pulpit, 2001, by Pulpit

41

137

24

$3,677,478

14 Globalize, 1997, by Summer Squall

25

68

$241,459

$3,551

Stormin Fever, 1994, by Storm Cat

46

169

24

$469,818

15 * Bertrando, 1989, by Skywalker

69

227

$793,224

$3,494

Marino Marini, 2000, by Storm Cat

54

179

24

$410,896

16 * In Excess (IRE), 1987, by Siberian Express

39

133

$462,311

$3,476

16 Southern Image, 2000, by Halo’s Image

56

187

23

$598,547

17 Heatseeker (IRE), 2003, by Giant’s Causeway

41

140

$473,471

$3,382

* In Excess (IRE), 1987, by Siberian Express

39

133

23

$462,311

18 * Cindago, 2003, by Indian Charlie

25

86

$275,713

$3,206

* Salt Lake, 1989, by Deputy Minister

30

104

23

$282,645

19 # Eddington, 2001, by Unbridled

77

258

$825,996

$3,202

19 * Terrell, 2000, by Distorted Humor

38

159

22

$301,673

20 Southern Image, 2000, by Halo’s Image

56

187

$598,547

$3,201

20 Heatseeker (IRE), 2003, by Giant’s Causeway

41

140

21

$473,471

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2014 LEADING LIFETIME SIRES IN CALIFORNIA (50 OR MORE NAMED FOALS)

Stallion (Foreign Foaled), Year, Sire

1 Lucky Pulpit, 2001, by Pulpit

Crops

Avg Named Size Foals

Runners

Winners

2YO Winners

Stakes Winners

Graded Stakes Winners

Progeny Earnings

AEI

Comp Index

1.25

5

30

148

73-49%

54-36%

23-16%

4-3%

1-1%

$7,230,691

2.33

2 Unusual Heat, 1990, by Nureyev

14

48

666

470-71%

339-51%

44-7%

44- 7%

11-2%

$43,018,704

2.12

1.27

3 Cyclotron, 2000, by Grand Slam

5

12

59

18-31%

15-25%

0- 0%

2- 3%

0- 0%

$1,251,297

1.77

1.40

5 * In Excess (IRE), 1987, by Siberian Express

19

52

990

739-75%

553-56%

117-12%

63- 6%

11- 1%

$45,549,103

1.56

1.39

7

20

137

71-52%

39-28%

6- 4%

5- 4%

1- 1%

$4,072,207

1.56

1.13

7 Good Journey, 1996, by Nureyev

9

48

433

99-23%

63-15%

9- 2%

9- 2%

4- 1%

$5,464,668

1.46

1.01

8 * Cindago, 2003, by Indian Charlie

5

16

80

46-58%

33-41%

8-10%

2- 3%

0- 0%

$2,000,064

1.40

1.38

9 * Tribal Rule, 1996, by Storm Cat

9

61

550

393-71%

273-50%

98-18%

36- 7%

5- 1%

$21,537,958

1.35

1.15

10 * Bertrando, 1989, by Skywalker

18

59

1062

795-75%

550-52%

122-11%

60- 6%

14- 1%

$46,207,600

1.34

1.50

11 † Birdonthewire, 1989, by Proud Birdie

17

16

268

192-72%

136-51%

39-15%

10- 4%

1- 0%

$12,166,725

1.29

1.35

6

57

340

256-75%

193-57%

52-15%

6- 2%

3- 1%

$13,037,837

1.28

1.56

9

9

83

51-61%

35-42%

3- 4%

4- 5%

1- 1%

$2,704,869

1.28

0.94

13

54

706

528-75%

404-57%

104-15%

41- 6%

10- 1%

$30,916,012

1.24

1.13

Vronsky, 1999, by Danzig

12 # Eddington, 2001, by Unbridled † One Man Army, 1994, by Roman Diplomat 14 † Benchmark, 1991, by Alydar Southern Image, 2000, by Halo’s Image Stormin Fever, 1994, by Storm Cat

6

73

435

188-43%

135-31%

35- 8%

8- 2%

2- 0%

$9,043,303

1.18

1.31

12

60

715

501-70%

356-50%

110-15%

31- 4%

12- 2%

$27,767,696

1.18

1.39

Kafwain, 2000, by Cherokee Run

8

61

485

350-72%

262-54%

85-18%

21- 4%

6- 1%

$16,655,666

1.15

1.28

Lucky J.H., 2002, by Cee’s Tizzy

3

17

52

21-40%

11-21%

6-12%

1- 2%

0- 0%

$594,804

1.15

1.28

Tizbud, 1999, by Cee’s Tizzy

7

21

150

97-65%

60-40%

9- 6%

5- 3%

1- 1%

$3,936,022

1.15

0.92

20 Heatseeker (IRE), 2003, by Giant’s Causeway

3

35

105

65-62%

43-41%

17-16%

3- 3%

0- 0%

$2,370,178

1.12

1.50

21 Awesome Gambler, 2004, by Coronado’s Quest

4

29

117

64-55%

31-26%

12-10%

2- 2%

1- 1%

$2,322,708

1.11

0.78

9

25

227

181-80%

145-64%

29-13%

5- 2%

3- 1%

$9,703,970

1.11

1.25

6

14

86

53-62%

29-34%

5- 6%

2- 2%

0- 0%

$1,933,023

1.09

0.78

# Prime Timber, 1996, by Sultry Song 23 Affirmative, 1999, by Unbridled Ministers Wild Cat, 2000, by Deputy Minister

6

45

271

204-75%

146-54%

35-13%

15- 6%

2- 1%

$9,350,841

1.09

0.97

19

28

526

404-77%

298-57%

61-12%

30- 6%

4- 1%

$19,100,849

1.09

1.28

14

32

452

331-73%

203-45%

39- 9%

14- 3%

5- 1%

$14,207,210

1.06

1.44

Popular, 1999, by Saint Ballado

7

11

79

57-72%

43-54%

15-19%

2- 3%

1- 1%

$2,850,583

1.06

0.95

* Robannier, 1991, by Batonnier

1.02

* Olympio, 1988, by Naskra 26 Atticus, 1992, by Nureyev

15

7

107

69-64%

40-37%

8- 7%

3- 3%

0- 0%

$3,015,835

1.06

29 Swiss Yodeler, 1994, by Eastern Echo

13

56

734

555-76%

397-54%

160-22%

28- 4%

2- 0%

$26,361,898

1.02

1.07

Rocky Bar, 1998, by In Excess (IRE)

7

17

117

83-71%

69-59%

23-20%

16-14%

1- 1%

$3,806,458

1.01

0.89

* Siberian Summer, 1989, by Siberian Express Suances (GB), 1997, by Most Welcome (GB) 33 Decarchy, 1997, by Distant View

13

32

416

305-73%

215-52%

28- 7%

14- 3%

4- 1%

$12,973,048

1.01

0.88

7

17

116

59-51%

36-31%

4- 3%

1- 1%

0- 0%

$2,322,875

1.00

1.12

8

40

323

218-67%

149-46%

39-12%

10- 3%

1- 0%

$9,514,502

0.98

0.97

11

46

509

405-80%

314-62%

109-21%

23- 5%

0- 0%

$18,463,340

0.96

0.86

* Silic (FR), 1995, by Sillery

10

18

177

121-68%

75-42%

11- 6%

3- 2%

1- 1%

$7,369,101

0.96

0.92

36 Desert Code, 2004, by E Dubai

2

30

60

18-30%

8-13%

5- 8%

0- 0%

0- 0%

$358,895

0.93

1.27

37 Crafty C.T., 1998, by Crafty Prospector

5

24

119

51-43%

41-34%

9- 8%

3- 3%

1- 1%

$2,497,927

0.91

1.03

38 Marino Marini, 2000, by Storm Cat

7

41

288

191-66%

135-47%

33-11%

7- 2%

0- 0%

$7,210,808

0.90

1.05

.13

22

290

193-67%

142-49%

46-16%

14- 5%

0- 0%

$7,857,611

0.90

0.83

40 # Lightnin N Thunder, 2001, by Storm Cat

8

23

181

131-72%

88-49%

28-15%

8- 4%

0- 0%

$5,255,887

0.89

1.10

41 Papa Clem, 2006, by Smart Strike

2

56

112

24-21%

15-13%

10- 9%

2- 2%

0- 0%

$502,760

0.88

1.31 1.08

34 Old Topper, 1995, by Gilded Time

* Western Fame, 1992, by Gone West

12

38

456

370-81%

272-60%

75-16%

21- 5%

3- 1%

$17,863,976

0.88

43 Game Plan, 1993, by Danzig

Sea of Secrets, 1995, by Storm Cat

15

29

429

318-74%

250-58%

57-13%

23- 5%

2- 0%

$13,311,195

0.85

0.80

Iron Cat, 1995, by Storm Cat

13

11

148

111-75%

92-62%

8- 5%

6- 4%

0- 0%

$4,001,058

0.85

0.96

† Latin American, 1988, by Riverman

17

18

313

211-67%

137-44%

28- 9%

6- 2%

2- 1%

$6,614,572

0.85

1.09

2

40

80

32-40%

20-25%

10-13%

2- 3%

0- 0%

$717,802

0.84

1.07

† Globalize, 1997, by Summer Squall

10

17

168

116-69%

83-49%

31-18%

5- 3%

0- 0%

$4,285,096

0.81

0.78

* Thisnearlywasmine, 1994, by Capote

10

8

77

50-65%

33-43%

5- 6%

0- 0%

0- 0%

$1,663,461

0.80

0.71

49 Comic Strip, 1995, by Red Ransom

12

27

318

226-71%

166-52%

37-12%

12- 4%

1- 0%

$8,191,926

0.79

1.17

50 † Mud Route, 1994, by Strawberry Road (AUS)

12

22

259

166-64%

104-40%

25-10%

6- 2%

1- 0%

$4,665,817

0.75

0.88

51 Roman Dancer, 1999, by Polish Numbers

8

8

62

39-63%

25-40%

4- 6%

2- 3%

0- 0%

$1,059,468

0.73

0.90

Sought After, 2000, by Seeking the Gold

9

11

100

63-63%

39-39%

13-13%

1- 1%

0- 0%

$1,668,280

0.73

0.87

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Stakes & Sales Dates 2014

2014

REGIONAL RACE MEETINGS Golden Gate Fields, Berkeley

REGIONAL SALE DATES

Dec. 26, 2013-June 15

Santa Anita Park, Arcadia

April 25-June 29

Oak Tree at Pleasanton, Alameda County Fair, Pleasanton

JULY 20 Barretts Sales & Racing Paddock Sale at Del Mar of “Race Ready” Horses in Training

June 19-July 6

Los Alamitos Race Course, Los Alamitos

July 3-13

California State Fair (Cal Expo), Sacramento

July 10-20

Del Mar Thoroughbred Club, Del Mar

(NOMINATIONS CLOSE JUNE 4)

July 17-Sept. 3

Sonoma County Fair, Santa Rosa

July 21-Aug. 10

Humboldt County Fair, Ferndale

Aug. 13-24

Golden Gate Fields, Berkeley

AUGUST 12 CTBA Northern California Yearling & Horses of Racing Age Sale

Aug. 15-Sept. 14

Barretts Racing at Fairplex (tentatively at Los Alamitos) San Joaquin County Fair, Stockton

Sept. 4-23

(ENTRIES CLOSE JUNE 9)

Sept. 19-28

Santa Anita Park, Arcadia

Sept. 25-Nov. 2

Fresno County Fair, Fresno

OCTOBER 6 Barretts Sales & Racing October Yearling Sale

Oct. 1-13

Golden Gate Fields, Berkeley

Oct. 16-Dec. 21

Del Mar Thoroughbred Club, Del Mar

(NOMINATIONS CLOSED APRIL 18)

Nov. 5-Dec. 3

Los Alamitos Race Course, Los Alamitos

Dec. 4-21

California-Bred/California-Sired Stakes Races June to September 2014 SANTA ANITA

Sunday, June 8

GOLDEN GATE FIELDS

Sunday, June 8

Sunday, June 8

OAK TREE AT PLEASANTON

LOS ALAMITOS

Saturday, June 28

Thursday, July 3

$100,000 Crystal Water Stakes $100,000 Silky Sullivan Stakes $100,000 Campanile Stakes $100,000 Oak Tree Distaff $100,000 Bertrando Stakes Three-Year-Olds Three-Year-Old Fillies Three-Year-Olds & Up Three-Year-Old Fillies Three-Year-Olds & Up 1 Mile (Turf) 1 Mile (Turf) 1 Mile (Turf) 6 Furlongs 1 Mile DEL MAR THOROUGHBRED CLUB

Friday, July 18

Saturday, July 26

Sunday, July 27

Wednesday, July 30

$100,000 CTBA Stakes Two-Year-Old Fillies 5 1/2 Furlongs

$200,000 Fleet Treat Stakes Three-Year-Old Fillies 7 Furlongs

$150,000 California Dreamin’ Handicap Three-Year-Olds & Up 1 1/16 Miles (Turf)

$100,000 Graduation Stakes Two-Year-Olds 5 1/2 Furlongs

Friday, August 1

Sunday, August 17

Wednesday, August 27

Monday, September 1

$100,000 Real Good Deal Stakes Two-Year-Olds 7 Furlongs

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Date

Track

JUNE

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JULY

2014 REGIONAL STAKES RACES Stakes (Grade)

Conditions

Distance

3 4 4 5 5 6 6 12 13 13 17 18 19 19 19 20 23 15 26 26 27 27 30

SA SA GG GG SA SA GG SA SA SA Pln SA SA Pln SA SA SA SA Pln SA

Affirmed Stakes (Gr. lIl) Crystal Water Stakes Silky Sullivan Stakes Campanile Stakes Shoemaker Mile (Gr. I) Vanity Stakes (Gr. I) Albany Stakes Desert Stormer Stakes Summertime Oaks (Gr. II) Singletary Stakes Oak Tree Handicap Santa Anita Juvenile Landaluce Stakes Pleasanton Oaks The Gold Cup At Santa Anita (Gr. I) Triple Bend Stakes (Gr. I) Royal Heroine Stakes (Gr. II) Senorita Stakes (Gr. III) Oak Tree Distaff San Juan Capistrano Stakes (Gr. II)

3-y-o 4-y-o & up, Cal-Bred/Cal-Sired 3-y-o, Cal-Bred/Cal-Sired 3-y-o f., Cal-Bred/Cal-Sired 3-y-o & up 3-y-o & up, f. & m. 3-y-o & up 3-y-o & up, f. & m. 3-y-o f. 3-y-o 3-y-o & up 2-y-o 2-y-o f. 3-y-o f. 3-y-o & up 3-y-o & up 3-y-o & up, f. & m. 3-y-o f. 3-y-o f., Cal-Bred/Cal-Sired 3-y-o & up

1 1/16 m. 1 m. (T) 1 m. (T) 1 m. (T) 1 m. (T) 1 1/8 m. 5 f. (T) 6 f. 1 1/16 m. 1 m. (T) 1 1/8 m. 5 1/2 f. 5 1/2 f. 6 f. 1 1/4 m. 7 f. 1 m. (T) 1 m. (T) 6 f. abt. 1 3/4 m. (T)

$100,000 $100,000 $100,000 $100,000 $400,000 $300,000 $50,000 $75,000 $200,000 $75,000 $100,000 $125,000 $125,000 $50,000 $500,000 $300,000 $200,000 $100,000 $100,000 $200,000

LA Pln LA Pln LA Pln LA LA LA LA Dmr Dmr Dmr Dmr Sac Dmr Dmr Dmr Dmr Dmr Dmr Dmr Dmr

Bertrando Stakes OakTree Sprint American Flag Stakes Juan Gonzalez Memorial Stakes Los Alamitos Derby (Gr. II) Everett Nevin Stakes Cypress Stakes Great Lady M Stakes (Gr. II) Cinderella Stakes Willard L. Proctor Memorial Stakes Oceanside Stakes CTBA Stakes Osunitas Stakes San Clemente Handicap (Gr. II) California Governor’s Cup Eddie Read Stakes (Gr. I) Wickerr Stakes Cougar II Handicap (Gr. III) Fleet Treat Stakes San Diego Handicap (Gr. II) California Dreamin’ Handicap Bing Crosby Stakes (Gr. I) Graduation Stakes

3-y-o & up, Cal-Bred/Cal-Sired 3-y-o & up 3-y-o & up 2-y-o f. 3-y-o 2-y-o 3-y-o & up, f. & m. 3-y-o & up, f. & m. 2-y-o f. 2-y-o 3-y-o 2-y-o f., Cal-Bred/Cal-Sired 3-y-o & up, f. & m. 3-y-o f. 3-y-o & up, f. & m. 3-y-o & up 3-y-o & up 3-y-o & up 3-y-o f., Cal-Bred/Cal-Sired 3-y-o & up 3-y-o & up, Cal-Bred/Cal-Sired 3-y-o & up 2-y-o, Cal-Bred/Cal-Sired

1 m. 6 f. 1 1/16 m. 5 1/2 f. 1 1/8 m. 5 1/2 f. 1 1/16 m. 6 1/2 f. 6 f. 6 f. 1 m. (T) 5 1/2 f. 1 1/16 m. (T) 1 m. (T) 1 1/16 m. 1 1/8 m. (T) 1 m. (T) 1 1/2 m. 7 f. 1 1/16 m. 1 1/16 m. (T) 6 f. 5 1/2 f.

$100,000 $75,000 $75,000 $50,000 $500,000 $50,000 $75,000 $200,000 $100,000 $100,000 $100,000 $100,000 $90,000 $200,000 $75,000 $300,000 $90,000 $100,000 $200,000 $200,000 $150,000 $300,000 $100,000

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NTRA /John Deere ........................................................15

CTBA 14/15 Industry Directory .....................................37

Premier Thoroughbreds ..............................................IBC

CTBA Northern California Yearling Sale ......................31 CTBA Website..................................................................4

Robins Ranches-Nor Cal Horse Property Specialist .....................................................46

Daehling Ranch ..............................................................46

Special T.Thoroughbreds Inc. .........................................5

Dickson Podley Realtors (Jeannie Garr Roddy).................................................47

The Jockey Club Information Systems,Inc...................25

E.A. Ranches ....................................................................7

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Fruitful Acres Farm ..................................................12, 13

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Tommy Town Thoroughbreds LLC .................................3

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STALLIONS Anziyan Royalty ................................................................7

Old Topper .......................................................................3

Chattahoochee War ........................................................7

Rocky Bar ..........................................................................7

Game Plan ........................................................................7

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Hidden Blessing .............................................................12

Soul of the Matter ............................................................7

Impeachment .................................................................12

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Kafwain .............................................................................3

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