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The Industry Loses A Giant

From the Executive Corner

by DOUG BURGE The breeding and racing industry lost one of its biggest supporters with the recent passing of Keith E. Card, a former President of the California Thoroughbred Breeders Association (CTBA). Whether it was with breeding and racing horses, his personal and business achievements or his involvement with the CTBA, Keith always had an idea or plan, was totally confident in that plan and would fight hard to make it a reality. The quality that I admired most about Keith was his great sense of pride. When his plan came through, there he stood in the forefront full of satisfaction and gratitude. For those of us fortunate enought to stand in the winner’s circle with him, or witness his recent induction into the CTBA’s Hall of Fame, that great sense of pride will always be a cherished memory. He will definitely be missed. We have asked past and present CTBA directors to reflect on our friend Keith.

Keith Eugene Card (1927–2011)—In Their Own Words

Goodbye my friend, you will be missed.” —Pete Parrella, Vice President “Keith has been a friend of mine for over 35 years. We’ve owned horses together and shared more than one hangover. At the top of his game, he was an amazing business man and always saw the glass as half full never the other way. He has struggled with all sorts of setbacks in recent years but finally did achieve many of his equine dreams. He will be missed by all who knew him.” —John Barr, Treasurer

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“Keith Card was the President of the CTBA when I was elected to its Board of Directors. Although Keith and I had been friends since the late 60s, I grew to respect and enjoy his friendship even more over the last 10 years. We shared the same interest in Thoroughbreds, as well as Quarter Horses, and each had farms where we bred, raised and trained both breeds. We even had a trainer in common, Brian Koriner. Our wives belong to the same women’s ski group and travel together on one or two ski trips a year. We were all so very proud of Keith and Barbara when California Flag won the Breeders’ Cup Turf Sprint at Santa Anita Park in 2009. I feel honored to have been able to call Keith my friend and to have worked with him on the CTBA board for many years. I am also very proud to have witnessed his current induction into the CTBA’s Hall of Fame. . .no one deserved it more!

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“Keith Card was a giant of a man both in stature and in his input and contribution to California racing. I am honored to have been his friend and to have been able to watch his California Flag win the Breeders’ Cup Turf Sprint. His horses gave him such life and joy, it transcended into all those around him, as well as those caring for his horses. He will certainly be missed and leaves behind a hugh void in all out hearts. My thoughts and prayers are with his family and his friends during this difficult time. Keith will certainly be missed.” —Sue Greene, President

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From the Executive Corner Cont’d. “For Keith Card, California Flag could not have come along at a better time. Keith was at a stage in his life when he was transitioning from the robust John Wayne type of western hero to going into retirement. He had turned his business over to his son. He was scaling down the horse farm. He was doting on the accomplishments of his grandchildren. Keith had been trying to get that special horse for a long time. I can remember seeing Pretense in Murreita when I was a teenager. Keith had tested many theories, including Pretense, trying to find that elusive combination that makes an “eyeballs out” runner. He had had some successes but he hadn’t quite found the key. Not that he had given up. That just was not Keith. He always believed in himself. A more self-assured man I never met. But time was running out. He really knew it. Despite all of his other accomplishments, the wonderful way in which he loved Barbara and his family and the respect he showed his ranch managers Scott and Laura (Siler) and their family, his business was not yet finished. He had not fulfilled all of his life’s dreams. And then along came the Flag! Keith was so proud of that horse. Flag allowed Barbara to travel when Keith couldn’t. Flag gave him a bridge to his grandchildren and friends. Flag brought Keith to the pinnacle of breeding and racing success when he crossed the finish line first in the 2009 Breeders’ Cup Turf Sprint. And finally, Flag eased away the pain that dogged Keith as his health declined. I am proud to have been Keith’s friend and I am so happy that the good Lord gave him the Flag. May he rest in peace. My deepest condolences to Barbara, his family and Scott and Laura.” —Daniel Q. Schiffer, Secretary “My association with Keith Card began as members of the CTBA Board of Directors. I immediately developed a great liking and respect for Keith as a friend, a CTBA co-director and as a man dedicated to breeding and racing the finest Thoroughbreds. My first successful broodmare was one bred by Keith and named after three of his children (Manale). She was a full sister to the California champion miler Shirkee, also bred by Keith. Over the many years, I watched Keith mate his mares with the finest stallions in California with continued success. Few have matched his skill and gift in that regard. I am sure everyone, except the competition, pulled for Keith, Barbara and California Flag. Their great success, and the awards that followed, including his induction into the CTBA’s Hall of Fame, are a fitting finale for Keith as a breeder and owner. I never heard an unkind word from or about Keith. He had the heart of a lion and was a genuinely one of a kind. I will miss you my friend.” —Dan Harralson “Keith did have unbridled enthusiasm for the game and was always positive. Few people race and breed a Breeders’ Cup winner

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and it was very touching to see him win with California Flag in 2009. It was wonderful that he received the CTBA Hall of Fame recognition which I know meant a lot to him. He will be missed. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family.” —John Harris “Not often have we had the pleasure of knowing someone who touched every phase of our industry. Keith was a horseman through and through. He rode horses, he bred horses, he raced horses, and he loved horses. He always stepped up whenever anyone asked for a volunteer. He enjoyed being active in a leadership role. No matter what befell him he kept a positive attitude. Keith was a big man in all ways, always.” —Leigh Ann Howard “Keith set a standard of excellence that every California breeder should strive for. His keen ability to raise quality racehorses from his modest farm was a testament to his innate knowledge and skill. A true gentleman and a man of good cheer, with always the time to talk horses, he will be sorely missed but fondly remembered.” —Jane & Myron Johnson “Keith has been a friend and a client for over 35 years. Always honest and straightforward, he said what he meant and he meant what he said. Keith appreciated a job well done and expressed it well. He was generous with his time and experience, regularly attending CTBA board meetings even when it was very difficult for him to do so. Our industry has lost a committed leader and we who knew him well, have lost a good friend.” —Mary Knight “Keith Card, honorable and kind gentleman, always generous with his time, always supportive of the California Thoroughbred industry; good rider, good horseman, leaves a void impossible to fill.” —Rosemary Neeb “When I first became a board member, Keith was one of the first directors to greet me and make me feel welcome. His warm, friendly attitude and his natural charm impressed me immediately and that first impressioon has never changed. He was also a very intelligent and insightful individual, making him a very important asset to the CTBA’s Board of Directors. He will be difficult to replace on the board and impossible to replace as a caring and true friend to me and to all who loved him.’’ —Bill Nichols “Keith will be greatly missed as he was a true gentleman and very respected member of the industry on many levels. He was a Hi Card. My thoughts and prayers go to his family.” —Donald Valpredo

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Managing Editor’s Welcome

©John Melanson

Dreaming Big The world of Thoroughbred breeding and racing is all about dreaming big, and that is a prevalent theme of this April 2011 issue of California Thoroughbred. Rancho Temescal, the cover story for this month’s magazine, is a spectacular 6,000-acre farm in Piru which epitomizes the dreams that have so far come true for Jed Cohen and his family during their journey through life. With 125 acres dedicated to its Thoroughbreds, the ranch provides the best in care to all the horses who roam across it, including those owned by the Cohens who exhibit a passion for the “Sport of Kings” that is second to none. Another to dream big was Keith Card, the President of the California Thoroughbred Breeders Association (CTBA) in 2005, who sadly passed away on Mar. 8. After decades of successfully breeding horses in the Golden State, this giant of a man and his lovely wife Barbara realized their ultimate dream when the couple’s homebred gelding California Flag won the $909,000 Breeders’ Cup Turf Sprint during horseracing’s biggest annual event in 2009. More dreams will be fulfilled when the 12th renewal of California Gold Rush, a day of eight stakes races worth $805,000 to California-breds and Californiasired runners only, is held at Hollywood Park in Inglewood on Saturday, Apr. 23, while out newest CTBA Member Profile features Lathrop Hoffman who celebrates his 25th anniversary with the association this year. The Future Farmers of America (FFA) students from Santa Maria High School enjoyed a dream day visiting both Santa Anita Park and the CTBA’s offices on Feb. 25, and another large group of people dreamt big at the Barretts March Sale of Selected Two-Year-Olds in Training held on Mar. 21, when the $625,000 sale-topper was joined by a Cal-bred who sold for $210,000. We also preview California’s latest group of freshman sires who are dreaming of big things in 2011, while Racing in Southern California spotlights the past month’s stakes wins at Santa Anita by the Cal-bred quartet of Ultra Blend, Quick Enough, Unzip Me and La Nez. Now enjoying a dream life as the lead pony for his trainer Doug O’Neill at Hollywood Park is the two-time California Horse of the Year and seven-time grade I winner Lava Man ($5,268,706), and Another Man’s Treasure spotlights the good work being done at the three California locations of Bonnie Adams’ TROTT (Training Racehorses Off The Track) Of Southern California operation. There is also a Focus On The Future piece on Brian Lauzurica, who has his dream job at TVG, while this month’s Down on the Farm article covers the subject matter of teasing mares. Our “Molly The App Girl!” Guest Forum editorial details some dreams coming true for 22-year-old Molly McGill, a horse crazy niece of the famous actress and California Horse Racing Board (CHRB) board member, Bo Derek, while the balance of this current publication includes all our other regular columns, features and departments that we hope will also prove to be both enjoyable and helpful. Until next time, may you breed the best to the best and not just have to hope for the best! In the Company of. . .Emily Shields, California Thoroughbred’s primary freelance writer since February of last year, at the offices of the California Thoroughbred Breeders Association (CTBA) in Arcadia on August 4, 2010.

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April 2011

Contents VOLUME 134 NO. 4

The Cohen Family’s Rancho Temescal in Piru, California, is a spectacular 6,000-acre farm with 125 acres set aside for its Thoroughbreds, including the group Iwinning champion Suances (GB) who is the sire of the grade II-placed stakes winner Feisty Suances from his first of three crops to race to date. ©Ron Mesaros

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News Bits The CTBA Working For You California Thoroughbred Foundation (CTF) Notes—April 2011 Leading Sires in California Leading Lifetime Sires in California CTBA Calendar Dates in California Classified Advertising Index to Advertisers Index to Stallions Advertised

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Thoroughbred Farms In California: Rancho Temescal—Paradise Found by Rudi Groothedde

©Ron Mesaros photos

On This Month’s Cover

Cover Story

Features

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In Memoriam: Keith E. Card—A Life Well-Lived by CTBA Staff

California Gold Rush: Cal-Bred Champions Lead The Way by Emily Shields

CTBA Member Profile: Lathrop G. Hoffman—Providing Industry Horsepower by Emily Shields

Industry Insight: A Trip Of A Lifetime by Carolyn Sherry

Regional Sales: Rock Solid by Lisa Groothedde

California Sires: Freshman Focus by Lisa Groothedde

Racing in Southern California: Cal-Breds In Familiar Territory by Emily Shields

Life After Racing: Lava Man—A New Chapter by Marcie Heacox

Another Man’s Treasure: TROTT Of Southern California—Seeing The Light by Anthony Andrews

Focus On The Future: Brian Lauzurica—Behind The Scenes by Emily Shields

Down on the Farm: Teasing Mares by Heather Smith Thomas

©Marcie Heacox

Columns

Now enjoying a second career as his trainer Doug O’Neill’s lead pony at Hollywood Park, and with the barn’s foreman Sabas Rivera in the saddle, the two-time California Horse of the Year, seven-time grade I winner and $5,268,706-earner Lava Man (right) leads out fellow California-bred Onefunsonofagun at the Inglewood track on March 14, 2011.

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From the Executive Office: The Industry Loses A Giant by Doug Burge

Managing Editor’s Welcome—Dreaming Big by Rudi Groothedde

Guest Forum: Molly The App Girl! by Pat Murphy

The May 2011 Cover Story

The California Foals Of 2011: Northern California

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Hollywood Park Preview

News Bits

Anchored by the 72nd running of the grade I, $500,000 Hollywood Gold Cup on July 9, the 2011 spring/summer meet at Hollywood Park will feature a $5.2 million stakes schedule during its 54-day stand, which extends from April 21 through July 17. Among the 49 scheduled stakes events are several opportunities planned exclusively for runners who were either bred or sired in California. In addition to the $805,000 California Gold Rush XII program on Apr. 23, the Inglewood track will host the restricted $70,000 Fran’s Valentine Stakes for turf distaffers on May 22.

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Santa Anita Secures Oak Tree Stakes

Last month, an agreement was reached between the Oak Tree Racing Association and MI Developments (MID) whereby the former’s traditional graded stakes races will be included on the schedule for the

latter’s Santa Anita Park meet being held from Sept. 28 to Nov. 6. In return, a payment of $500,000 for these rights will be paid by MID to Oak Tree who will donate this amount to the charities it has supported in the past.

A Change Of Scenery For Turkoman ©Marguerite Eliasson

In late February, the pensioned California stallion Turkoman experienced a drastic change of scenery when snow covered the grounds of his longtime residence: E.A. Ranches in perpetually sunny Santa Ysabel. The 29-year-old son of Alydar, who was retired from stud duties after the 2007 breeding season, has sired 33 stakes winners and the collective earners of more than $24 million from 21 foal crops. He is also the broodmare sire of the prominent grade I winners Point Given, Hard Spun and Colonel John. Turkoman, a dual grade I winner and $2,146,924-earner, won the 1986 Eclipse Award as Champion Older Horse.

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Square Eddie Returns To Stud Following a three-race comeback that included a track record-setting performance at Santa Anita Park, five-year-old Square Eddie ($854,766) has returned to stud at Vessels Stallion Farm in Bonsall where he had covered 30-plus mares during his first breeding season in 2010. A grade I winner at two, the son of twotime leading sire Smart Strike won a 6 1/2-furlong dirt allowance race in 1:13.11 on Jan. 14, before two unplaced finishes in grade I company. He will stand for a fee of $5,000 Live Foal.

Those Grand Cal-Bred Mares Three California-bred broodmares were recently flattered by their stakes-winning offspring. On Feb. 19, the six-year-old mare La Sorpresa captured the $100,000 Sydney Valentini Handicap at Sunland Park. The lifetime earner of $364,483 was produced by Sea Sis, a daughter of Al Mamoon who was bred in the Golden State by Mr. and Mrs. Barton D. Heller. A pair of runners out of Cal-bred mares were honored on Jan. 27, when the New Mexico Horse Breeders Association handed out its 2010 state champion awards. The dual stakes winner Jannas Pride was named the state’s top two-year-old male; he is out of the Candi’s Gold mare Janna, a winner who was bred by Ted Aroney and Ron and Fran Stolich. Receiving recognition as the state’s champion older female was Cali Baby, a multiple stakes winner who was produced by the Annabelle Stute-bred Aquarellist, a stakes-placed winner by Ole’.

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Auction Action

News Bits Cont’d.

Stallion News

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This Magali Farms resident is the broodmare sire of four-year-old Timeo (Brz), a two-time group I winner of 2009, who won the group III Grande Premio Presidente Arthur da Costa E Silva at Gavea in his native land on Mar. 18.

title on Mar. 12 with a 23-1 upset in Sunland Park’s $50,000 Bill Thomas Memorial Stakes. Brave Alex

This unraced, four-year-old son of Afleet Alex has commenced his stallion career at Lovacres Ranch in Warner Springs. Comic Strip

Smart Missile (Aus), a juvenile colt whose broodmare sire is this Gray’s Farm resident, remained unbeaten in two starts with a victory in the group II, $300,216 Jacob’s Creek Sparkling Moscato Todman Slipper Trial at Rosehill in Australia on Mar. 19. Southern Image

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Winter Camp, a four-year-old gelding whose broodmare sire is this Ballena Vista Farm resident, earned his first career stakes

This Rancho San Miguel stallion was flattered by the Mar. 5 victory of his four-year-old son Calibrachoa in the grade III, $150,000 Tom Fool Handicap at Aqueduct, a race which marked the colt’s third consecutive win in stakes company.

Several racing prospects touting California bloodlines commanded six-figure purchase prices in Florida when they went under the gavel in March. A Lawyer Ron filly out of an unraced daughter of the Madera Thoroughbreds stallion Birdonthewire elicited a winning bid of $225,000 from Happy Hill Farm during the 2011 Fasig-Tipton Florida select sale of two-year-olds in training on Mar. 3. Also attracting a notable price at the Palm Meadows Training Center auction was an After Market colt who was produced by the California-bred mare Witchy, a multiple winner by Bel Bolide whose two stakes runners include the grade I-placed, dual stakes-winning Cal-bred Shaggy Mane; he sold to agent Steven Young for $145,000. Another pair of juveniles who were produced by daughters of California-based stallions yielded above-average prices during the Ocala Breeders’ Sales Company’s 2011 March select sale of two-year-olds. Selling for $130,000 to Patrice Miller EQB Inc., agent, was an Even the Score filly out of the winning mare Stormin Anna, by the Golden Eagle Farm sire Stormin Fever. At the same vendue, David Clark of Iron Horse Racing paid $110,000 for a Tale of the Cat colt out of Gleaming Eye’s, an unraced mare by the Victory Rose Thoroughbreds resident Olympio.

California Sires Prove Durable In the third annual listing of stallions by two criteria, as developed by the Durability Committee of the Welfare and Safety of the Racehorse Summits underwritten by The Jockey Club and Grayson-Jockey Club Research Foundation, a number of California sires posted impressive numbers for statistics through Dec. 31, 2010. Ballena Vista Farm’s Sea of Secrets

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averaged 20.75 lifetime starts per starter and 74.48 percent lifetime foals of racing age started, while the latter percentage for Stormin Fever (Golden Eagle Farm) was 79.96. The Harris Farms duo of Swiss Yodeler and Unusual Heat numbered 17.79 and 15.65 trips to post per runner, respectively, while Old Topper (Tommy Town Thoroughbreds) recorded 73.14 percent starters to foals of racing age.

Making The Grade The following runner(s), either California-bred or sired by stallions currently based in the Golden State, won or placed in graded stakes races in North America (U. S., Canada & Puerto Rico) from February 22 to March 20 inclusive: Calibrachoa c.4. Southern Image—Fort Lauderdale 1st Grade III Tom Fool Handicap $150,000 6 f. Aqueduct March 5 Breeder: N. B. Hunt Caracortado g.4. Cat Dreams—Mons Venus 2nd Grade I Frank E. Kilroe Mile Stakes $300,000 1 m. (T) Santa Anita Park March 5 Breeder: Mike Machowsky Bench Points g.3. Benchmark—Mo Chuisle 3rd Grade II San Felipe Stakes $250,000 1 1/16 m. Santa Anita Park March 12 Breeder: Gary Rocks

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Breeding Stats Published By Jockey Club

CURRENT CALIFORNIA SIRES OF STAKES WINNERS Named Foals of SWs

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As per the statistics published in The Jockey Club’s 2011 Fact Book, California’s 2,400 registered foals of 2009 again saw the Golden State rank third nationally behind Kentucky (9,393) and Florida (2,770). For the 2010 breeding season,

California remained the nation’s fourth–ranked state with 2,638 mares bred to 211 stallions, at an average book of 12.5, as compared to the corresponding numbers posted by Kentucky (17,116/278), Louisiana (3,190/238) and Florida (3,144/139).



 





               







    

         

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Cal-Bred Stakes Winners Retired The retirements of two stakes-winning distaffers bred in California were announced recently. Bloemer Girl, the California-bred winner of the 2011 Sweet Life Stakes at Santa Anita Park, was retired on Feb. 21 because of a tendon injury. The three-year-old Bertrando filly was bred by Rick and Michael Arthur, and is the fourth stakes winner out of the 2003/2004 California Broodmare of the Year Rio Tejo. Bloemer Girl won two of three starts and earned $89,658.

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The six-year-old mare Quisisana, bred in California by Todd Gerbovaz, was retired sound after her sixth-placed finish in the $100,000 Irish O’Brien Stakes at Santa Anita on Mar. 19. Owned by Ran Jan Racing Inc., the daughter of Decarchy (Magali Farms) and Mink Kiss, by Distinctive Cat, won the $200,000 Sunshine Millions Filly and Mare Sprint in 2010, and earned $334,158 from a 14-6-1-3 lifetime record.

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California Closers Pool 3 of the 2011 Kentucky Derby Wager will be held from Friday, Apr. 1 to Sunday, Apr. 3…On Saturday, Apr. 2, the Thoroughbred Owners of California (TOC) will host free “Derby Fever! – Ownership 101” seminars at Santa Anita Park in Arcadia and Golden Gate Fields in Albany, while Mark Dedomenico was appointed to its Board of Directors in February and in March, fellow California Thoroughbred Breeders Association (CTBA) member Pablo Suarez was named as the group’s representative on the Board of Directors of the National Thoroughbred Racing Association (NTRA)…The California Thoroughbred Farm Managers Association (CTFMA) will next meet at

the San Luis Rey Downs Country Club in Bonsall on Tuesday, Apr. 19… Nominations close for the Barretts California Cup Yearling Sale, being held at Fairplex in Pomona on Oct. 11-12, on Friday, Apr. 22…On Thursday, Apr. 28, the next monthly meeting of the California Horse Racing Board (CHRB) will be held at Santa Anita…The American Association of Equine Practitioners (AAEP) has developed guidelines to help veterinarians and adoption groups successfully transition retired racehorses to new homes and new careers, the details of which are available at http://www.aaep.org/images/files/TransitioningGuidelines 2011.pdf.

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Frank Alesia California Thoroughbred Breeders Association (CTBA) member Frank Alesia died in Carlsbad at the age of 65 on Feb. 27. The longtime breeder and

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Keith E. Card: A Life Well-Lived

In Memoriam by CTBA STAFF

Keith Eugene Card, a former President of the California en route to being named California’s Champion Turf Horse Thoroughbred Breeders Association (CTBA) and recent and joint Horse of the Year. inductee into the CTBA’s Hall of Fame, died on Mar. 8. Due to California Flag’s success, the Cards were honored Card was inducted into the Hall of Fame seven years at the annual Thoroughbred Owners and Breeders Associafter he revived it from long-term inactivity. He earned the ation (TOBA) awards ceremony in September of 2010. honor for four decades of breeding that included Breeders’ They were named not only California Breeders of the Year, Cup Turf Sprint winner California Flag and multiple stakes but also National Small Breeders of the Year. Card was elected President of the CTBA in 2005. He winner Linda Card, among others. had previously served on the The 83-year-old Card, a native Board as Vice President, Secreof Montana who served in the tary and Treasurer. It is fitting Navy during World War II, was that he will be forever rememinvolved in racing since 1957. He bered in the Hall of Fame that he and his wife of 21 years, Barbara, helped rejuvenate. own Hi Card Ranch, a diminutive Card had been in ill health but successful operation in Murrieta. since suffering a stroke nearly Although the Cards only produced three years ago. a few foals each year, they enjoyed “As we all know, Keith has time among the leading breeders been struggling with various in the state for decades. health issues for some time now,” After starting with Quarter said Doug Burge, the CTBA’s Horses, Card made the switch to Executive Vice President and Thoroughbreds in 1964. His first General Manager. “He was excited star was homebred Linda Card, and elated at the Annual Meetwho won the inaugural $150,000 ing when he received the great California Cup Distaff Handicap in Keith E. Card (1927-2011) honor of being inducted into the 1990. Linda Card, who was named for Card’s daughter-in-law, won eight of her 33 starts with Hall of Fame. That excitement kept a smile on his face for eight seconds and three thirds while amassing $340,318. The two solid days afterward.” At the age of 10, Card drove tractors on the family graded stakes-placed daughter of Noble Monk (Ire) retired cattle ranch in Ryegate, Montana, in Golden Valley County, with three stakes wins to her credit. One year after Linda Card’s Cal Cup win, the Card-bred population 250. He was only eight when he first herded Shirkee took the $150,000 Cal Cup Mile Handicap. Card livestock from a perch atop Pansy, an old Quarter Horse. lost the gelded son of Tell in a $16,000 claiming event two Card’s parents were native North Dakotans who came west years prior to the Cal Cup victory, but always remained to homestead in Montana. They ventured to California so his father could work in optimistic that Shirkee was going to go on to be a standout type of horse. It didn’t take long before Card was back in the San Pedro shipyards and Keith became a construction the winner’s circle; he campaigned Freedom Cry, who gave engineer and founded KEC Company, a Corona-based him only career grade I score in the $158,700 Santa Monica heavy engineering and construction firm. He eventually Handicap in 1993. The daughter of Wolf Power (SAf) began breeding Quarter Horses and later switched to earned $382,500 during four seasons of racing with ten Thoroughbreds. But a kind touch of fate made that all possible and left wins, five seconds and two thirds in 27 starts. Most recently, Keith and Barbara Card’s Hi Card Ranch him forever indebted to a future American President. While serving in the Navy during World War II, Card was produced its first Breeders’ Cup winner in the form of a powerful gray gelding named California Flag. The seven-year-old in Kingsville, Texas, when he was assigned to board a ship in son of Avenue of Flags has earned $1,166,504 to date, and has San Francisco. En route to the West Coast, his commander become something of a globetrotter after competing in group called him back to Texas. The ship in San Francisco that stakes races in both Hong Kong and the United Arab Emirates Card was supposed to be on was the last one sunk during the (UAE). Prior to his $909,000 Breeders’ Cup Turf Sprint victory war by the Japanese. There were no survivors. The naval in 2009, California Flag captured the grade III, $100,000 commander who summoned Card back was Richard Nixon. “So you see, he saved my life,” Card recalled. Morvich Handicap and the $106,100 Green Flash Handicap ©Mesaros

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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.

The CTBA Working For You

Sue Greene Elected CTBA President Sue Greene has been elected President of the experience she has cultivated an extensive knowledge California Thoroughbred Breeders Association of racehorses and the management of breeding farms. (CTBA) for 2011. She is a graduate of Cal Poly San Luis Obispo, with a In other election results from the March 10 degree in animal science. meeting of the CTBA’s Board of Directors, Pete While involved in the development of three farms, Parella was re-elected Vice President, John Barr was she has bred, foaled, owned or raised several California re-elected Treasurer and Dan Schiffer was elected stakes winners, including Haveasilverbullet and Secretary. Autism Awareness. “I am honored to be elected to this position and She also was part of the breeding and raising of am anxious to work with other industry groups for the 2006/2007 Valkyr Trophy winner Mistical Plan and betterment of racing,” Greene said. multiple stakes winner Somethinaboutlaura. Greene Greene has been involved in Thoroughbred currently owns and manages Woodbridge Farm in horses since 1969, and with 30-plus years of hands-on Oakdale, the home of sire Tannersmyman. Closing Date Reminder For CTBA’s Nor Cal Yearling Sale Saturday, Apr. 30, is the closing date for the $300 nonrefundable entries to this year’s CTBA Sales Northern California Yearling Sale being held at the Alameda County Fairgrounds in Pleasanton on Tuesday, Aug. 16. The upset price for the eighth renewal of this annual auction,

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which has produced 24 stakeswinning graduates to date, is $1,000 and the minimum commission charge will be $500. For further information, the CTBA’s Sale Coordinator Cookie Hackworth can be contacted at either cookie@ctba.com or (626) 445-7800, extension 243.

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Incentive Award Payments Mailed Last month, the CTBA mailed out total check payments of $5,007,040.56 (11.85 percent) in Breeder Awards and $1,669,029.13 (13.20 percent) in Stallion Awards for the 2010 performances by California-breds and those Golden State stallions who qualified under these incentive awards programs.

The CTBA Calendar Corner California Gold Rush XII Saturday, April 23 Hollywood Park, Inglewood CTBA Sales Northern California Yearling Sale Tuesday, August 16 Alameda County Fairgrounds, Pleasanton Barretts October Yearling Sale Tuesday, October 11 & Wednesday, October 12 Fairplex, Pomona For further information, contact the CTBA’s Event Coordinator Christy Chapman at either christy@ctba.com or (800) 573-2822, extension 247.

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Notes — April 2011 California Thoroughbred Foundation 2011 OFFICERS AND DIRECTORS Mrs. Jeanne L. Canty, President Warren Williamson, Vice-President Gregory L. Ferraro, DVM, Treasurer Jane Goldstein, Secretary Peter P. Daily Mrs. Gail Gregson

Gerald F. McMahon Neil O’Dwyer Mrs. Ada Gates Patton Thomas S. Robbins John W. Sadler Peter W. Tunney

Mrs. Kenneth M. Schiffer, Director Emeritus

Foundation Displays Trophies Won By Seabiscuit

The California Thoroughbred Foundation (CTF) is privileged to be able to display some of the many trophies Seabiscuit earned for owner Charles S. Howard during his illustrious racing career. Four of them now in the California Thoroughbred Foundation’s collection at the California Thoroughbred Breeders Association (CTBA) building in

Arcadia, and often displayed in the Carleton F. Burke Memorial Library there, are pictured here. Shown, from left, are the 1938 Hollywood Gold Cup, the 1940 Santa Anita Handicap trophy (rear), a presentation cup from Santa Anita Park marking Seabiscuit’s accomplishments, and the 1938 Pimlico Special trophy.

The California Thoroughbred Foundation The California Thoroughbred Foundation (CTF) is dedicated to the advancement of equine research and education. Since 1958, the Foundation has operated as a nonprofit 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. 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. The CTF joins in honoring the memory of those whose names appear in bold type. We also thank and acknowledge the donors for their generous contributions. Keith E. Card Mrs. Jeanne L. Canty

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Rancho Temescal: Paradise Found by RUDI GROOTHEDDE Photos by RON MESAROS For 78-year-old Jed Cohen, the 6,000-acre Rancho Temescal in Piru represents a paradise found in his journey from a life of poverty in New York to that of wealth in California. Born in March of 1933, the self-made millionaire’s favorite quote about his early life remains, “Our family really needed a rally to get to poor.” Today, Jed credits his father Harry, a hard working garment district employee, for nurturing in him a lifelong passion for horses and also putting him onto the path of success as an investment banker. “My father’s only real joy in life was going to the racetrack on Saturdays,” said Jed. “Dad, his twin brother and two millionaire friends of theirs pooled $2 together for bets and had the greatest fun in the world.” One of those friends had made his fortune in the financial business and soon convinced Jed to go into that profession. “It was made easier by the fact that when I read the race results in the newspaper, the finance section was printed on the opposite page!” said the law school graduate whose more than 50 years in the Thoroughbred game as an owner and breeder has seen his stock rise from the bottom ranks to the upper echelons of the sport. Jed explained, “My first winner was a low-level claimer in the early 1960s, and since then I’ve been fortunate enough

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Thoroughbred Farms In California to be associated with many top horses.” Those runners include: his first black-type winner Foyt’s Act, a multiple stakes winner in the early 1980s; Janet (GB), a dual grade I winner of 2001; and, most recently, the European champion Suances (GB) whom Jed is very proud to have as the resident stallion at Rancho Temescal. The spectacular full-service ranch also has a rich history itself. Deeded in 1871, as one of the original Spanish Land Grants, it had only four owners prior to its acquisition by the Cohen family in 2002. Jed explained how they are the proud owners of this spectacular ranch. “One weekend after the morning workouts, my trainer Darrell Vienna took us to look at a place in Piru where he wanted to retire. When he pointed out that the bulk of the land in that beautiful area was owned by the Texaco Oil Company, I got very excited. As a financial analyst, I knew that a recent change in Texaco’s management was forcing the company to concentrate on the oil business, so I was sure that it would want to sell such a large piece of land that it was not really doing anything with. To cut a long story short, Rancho Temescal was ours within the year, on April Fools Day in 2001.” Continued on next page

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Thoroughbred Farms In California Cont’d. Also pleasing to Jed is the fact that his family has been along for the ride. “Tim manages the farm and my other son Mark is great with remembering race results and providing pedigree information, while my daughter Linda is a fan but prefers to stay home because she can’t bear to see the pain on my face when one of our horses doesn’t win,” said Jed. “And even though my wife Bobbie has some concerns about it all as she is an ardent animal lover, she has also always been supportive of this passion of mine.” Home On The Range The Thoroughbred operation at Rancho Temescal encompasses 125 acres and includes the best to offer in facilities and care for its equine residents. “We have three managers on the farm,” said Tim who boasts a college degree and experience in hotel and restaurant management. “Ted Pearce has been the Farm Manager here since 2006, while Rene Maldonado and Dorothy Dunlap are the Assistant Farm Managers. We believe in having as much staff as possible even though our horse population only averages about 100. There are probably some other farms with twice the number of horses who have an equivalent number of staff as we have, so we are proud of this ratio.” Rancho Temescal’s centerpiece is a 23-stall main barn with a high roof line that allows for good ventilation and which includes three spacious foaling stalls (12x24), while

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other units on the farm include a breeding shed and two covered and lighted mare motels each comprising of 12 stalls, the same size as those used for foaling. “We started building here in 2002, and we’ve added barns and pastures every year until about two years ago when we got everything done,” said Tim. “All our barns are custom built, so these buildings are not going anywhere even if we were to have an earthquake here.” Also fitted with fly and bird controls are a couple of 13stall barns for the yearlings whose section of Rancho Temescal includes some of the larger of the farm’s 17 pastures that range in size from a quarter to 12 acres. Other facilities include: 20 large covered sand pens (28x40); seven medium covered sand pens (16x20); an arena turnout; a 70foot round pen; a four-horse automatic EuroCiser; a hay barn; a maintenance shed; and upscale quarters for the grooms. Rancho Temescal is also a USDA-approved quarantine facility that currently helps with the export of about 125 head a year to the Phillippines, Saudi Arabia, Thailand, Malaysia, etc. Considering that 2,500 acres of Rancho Temescal surrounds a huge lake that it owns the mineral rights to, the farm benefits from an unlimited and inexpensive water supply. “We irrigate from Piru Creek, located in the Northern section of the farm, and we go through 2 1/2 million gallons of water a day during the summer,” said Tim. “The overhead irrigation sprinklers pump out 200 gallons per minute for 22 hours a day, but the water is relatively cheap for us that we can afford it.”

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Feed-wise, Tim explained, “Dr. Steve Jackson comes out twice a year from Kentucky Equine Research (KER) to help us analyze and review all our feed programs which include alfalfa, hay and three different grains. Annually, we also do a blood analysis of samples taken from horses to monitor their chemicals. What we have found out here is that they are a little deficient in selenium and zinc, so we give them a supplement to make up for this.” He added, “With the two-year-olds, Ted spends a little time with them in the round pen to give them a good grounding, but we then like to send them out, as late as October or November, to be broken by Carlos Cabello at Dignitary Downs in Anza. He does a great job with them. We believe in staying within what you have. We would like our babies to run early but we give them time to mature and develop. “Here, they are brought in and out every day, like pretty much all of the horses are except for the mares unless they have foals. We like this because we can really monitor their feed intake and don’t have to worry about the dominant foals taking food from the lesser ones. This makes it so much easier for when they go to other farms or when they go to be broken, as their minds are in a much better place having been handled so much.” With regard to veterinary work, Dr. John Halford in Ojai provides the primary care and the Humphrey, Giacopuzzi & Associates Equine Hospital in Somis is utilized for emergencies, while the farm likes to have its major surgeries done at the Alamo Pintado Equine Medical Clinic in Los Olivos. Rancho Temescal also benefits from a moderate climate. Tim commented, “In the summertime, we can get to a little over 100 degrees but we’re in this beautiful valley that still gets a bit of a coastal influence and we always have a breeze. As the crow flies, we are about 12 miles from the Pacific Ocean. It got down to 28 this winter, but that was nothing to worry about with the horses; crop damage was about all we worried about.” He explained, “It’s like a salad bowl here. Half the farm is organic, from celery to tomatoes to strawberries to leafy greens like spinach and chards, while we also grow a lot of avocados and lemons.” Tim concluded, “As you can see, we are very diversified and Rancho Temescal is also used about two times a month as a location for television, movie and commercial work.” Suances (GB) Enjoying life in a large paddock with a comfortable stall is the farm’s pride and joy, Suances. Named after a Spanish municipality, the 14-year-old son of Most Welcome (GB)— the sire of champions in eight different countries—and the High Line mare Prayer Wheel is parlaying a top-class racing record into a successful stud career. After winning four of his first five starts at two and three in Spain, Suances captured the group III Prix De Guiche at Longchamp in France before being purchased by Jed Cohen through bloodstock agent Hubert Guy. He then won the group I Prix Jean Prat at Chantilly, an effort which resulted in him being named that year’s Highweight at three on the

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French Handicap (7-9 1/2 furlongs), before heading across the Atlantic Ocean with the grade I Secretariat Stakes at Arlington Park in Illinois as his first major objective. Unfortunately, as Jed explained, things did not go as planned. “On the day of his prep race (Arlington’s American Derby), when he was returning from schooling, he kicked clean through some sheet metal, lacerating the ankle and severing a ligament in his right hind leg. For a while, we didn’t even know if he could be saved.” But 20 months later, Suances returned to racing and in his second comeback race he won the grade II, $216,250 San Francisco Breeder’s Cup Mile Handicap in April of 2002. He raced three more times before calling it a day with a lifetime record of eight wins and two thirds in 12 starts and earnings of $402,559. Retired to stud at Cardiff Stud Farm for the 2005 breeding season, the 16.2-hand sire has produced the earners of more than $570,000 from three limited crops to race, including the grade II-placed stakes winner Feisty Suances ($221,834). Said Tim, “Back in 2000, we couldn’t believe that we had the opportunity to buy a horse like this, one whose performance and durability was never compromised as a Continued on next page

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Thoroughbred Farms In California Cont’d. racehorse. As a sire, his norm is getting a good body and a great amount of bone on his babies, no matter the mare.” Jed added, “He had the rare ability of being able to carry his speed over a distance of ground, and he exhibits a presence like no other.” Boasting average earnings per starter of more than $23,000, Suances offers value for money with a 2011 stud fee of just $1,500 Live Foal. Words Of Wisdom The Cohens are well aware of the many challenges currently facing the Thoroughbred world but, based on their realistic optimism, they remain confident that Rancho Temescal will have the long and successful future that they originally envisioned. “One of the reasons for purchasing the farm was so that we could then have complete control over the health and care of all of our horses,” said Tim, while Jed added, “We are now 100 percent responsible for our own horses, and that’s a great comfort to us. The animal comes first with this family and we feel that it is a privilege to own them as they’re all very precious.” Jed added, “We also have the best staff to the job well,” and Tim said, “I like to think that we all have a lot of fun up here.” Ted Pearce, a Kansas native who came to work in

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the California horse business more than 40 years ago, confirmed that life is good for the staff at Rancho Temescal when he said, “It’s a beautiful place to work at, and the people are really nice to work for.” Tim continued, “The goal was to build a farm with an emphasis on quality, something that we believe trumps everything else in this game. We wanted a place to breed and raise sound racehorses. We don’t have a huge horse population but certainly enough to make a good business. This allows us to take great care of each and every horse, and also be in constant communication with our loyal clients who make up about 40 percent of our business. We’re very fortunate that boarding is not the basis of our success as that helps us to focus on doing the best for the horses. “We like to go to Kentucky every year to buy a few stakes performers or stakes producers, to upgrade our breeding program,” Tim said. “Last October, we also purchased six horses at Tattersalls in England, including four mares to race and then breed. Traditionally, we’ve been able to go over there every year and buy some handy horses. “However, no matter who you are, at some point the economics will drive you and the reality of the situation is that we are facing tough times,” said Tim. “We love what we do, but it’s getting harder to recommend this industry to anyone anymore. The people left in the sport, like my father, are passionate about the horse and passionate about the game. But he’s a clever man, so at some point even people like him could leave the sport and then what are you

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left with? People in the horse industry have a high threshold for loss and pain but when the fun is taken out of it, they have no reason to continue supporting their passion. “We need to get away from the attitude that it can’t be done because we haven’t done it before,” he added. “The general public has no idea of the details so we need to keep them interested by making changes that make it more exciting for them or they will leave to support other sports that are more fun. More and better marketing is urgently needed. It’s a different world. We need to take care of the customer more than ever. We need to have better communication and cooperation between all the organizations representing the various entities in California’s Thoroughbred industry. “The current Maiden Bonus Program is a step in the right direction for our incentive awards structure but it is an owner bonus,” he continued. “What about also including those breeders who have to sell because it is too costly for them to race their horses, by maybe creating a bonus system for each mare bred every year? We have a supply problem right now, so we need to focus on that. But you have to maintain a threshold of quality with qualification levels based on either on the quality of the mare, the stallion or both. “In any business, there is a life-cycle and you need to invest in research and development,” he said. “For our business, the development is the foal so we need to provide some economic benefit to breed in the first place. We don’t have a reasonable foal crop anymore and farms are closing; we have to now think differently because what we are doing right now is not working. Don’t get me wrong, I know that the owners also need to be rewarded but you’ll never own a horse unless it was bred.” Tim concluded, “Our threshold at Rancho Temescal is that if we aren’t having fun then we are not doing it right. When we stop having fun, it will be over. I am still enjoying every day, so I’m sure we’re going to be around for a long time to come. “My father has put so much into this business. He has probably put more of his heart in it than his money, and he has put a lot of money into it, so it is rewarding to see us all having so much fun with it. My dad got the love of the game from his dad and dreamed of owning just a part of one horse, so he vowed that if he ever was successful then he would do just that. We are where we are today all because of my father’s passion for horses and his love for the sport of horseracing.” During the conclusion of the recent interviews, Jed’s final comments with respect to the Thoroughbred industry’s past, present and future were rooted in the same combination of optimism and realism. “I’m analytical and optimistic, as those characteristics go with my career,” he said. “All businesses share common attributes and one of the most important is trust. Trust is even more critically essential in the gambling industry. Our industry badly needs to make some very severe, abrupt changes as it is on a dangerous path to losing its existence. Otherwise, the downward spiral will continue.”

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He concluded, “In my business, my first rule is ‘management, management, management.’ We require real leadership and good management in our sport. If you’re in the horse industry, by definition you’re a hopeful person. However, if you ignore the facts and the reality, it is at the peril of your hope. I’m an optimist, but if I ignore realism then the realism will destroy the optimism. Sadly, that’s what is happening right now but we have the chance to reverse that trend so that the future of the world of Thoroughbred horseracing can be secured for the generations to come.”

RANCHO TEMESCAL FACT-FILE Owners: The Cohen Family General Manager: Tim Cohen Farm Manager: Ted Pearce Sr. Assistant Farm Managers: Rene Maldonado & Dorothy Dunlap Physical Address: 3700 Piru Canyon Road, Piru, CA 93040 Telephone: (805) 521-0511 E-Mail Address: tcohen@ranchotemescal.com Web Site: www.ranchotemescal.com Services: Breeding, Boarding, Breaking, Training, Lay-Ups & Sales Preparation Horse Population – March 2011 Stallion ....................................1 Broodmares ..........................25 Foals/Sucklins ......................14 Yearlings ...............................20 Two-Year-Olds ......................10 Layups ..................................12 Quarantine ............................14 TOTAL ..................................96

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California Gold Rush

Cal-Bred Champions Lead The Way

by EMILY SHIELDS tentious field in the $125,000 Tiznow Stakes. A winner of five of seven starts in his career, Goggles McCoy recently defeated $1,552,291-earner Bold Chieftain in an allowance race at Golden Gate Fields on Mar. 13. He will face Mobilized, who finished third in the Tiznow last year, as well as Earnednevergiven, a son of Cee’s Tizzy who has earned $334,240. In the $100,000 Sensational Star Handicap on Feb. 27, Earnedneverigven finished fourth, beaten by Quick Enough, Amazombie and Dancing in Silks. While Quick Enough has shipped to Dubai for the $1 million Al Quoz Sprint, this year’s $200,000 Sunshine Millions Sprint winner Amazombie and 2009 Breeders’ Cup Sprint surprise Dancing in Silks could both start in the Tiznow. The B. Thoughtful Stakes for older females will feature some of the state’s classiest mares. The $125,000 race, also run over 7 1/2 furlongs, could include Ultra Blend, who upset California Horse of the Year Evening Jewel in the $98,000 Valentine Dancer Handicap on Feb. 26. The daughter of Richly Blended has earned $460,646 while winning eight of her 19 starts. She has won over the surface, having scored in the $80,400 Cat’s Cradle Handicap at Hollywood Park last Dec. 12. She defeated Camille C and U R All That I Am in that effort; both mares could return for a rematch in the B. Thoughtful. Other possible entrants include Jax El and Party With Brando. The $70,000 Grey Memo Stakes and $70,000 Warren’s Thoroughbred Stakes for allowance runners will both be contested over seven furlongs. Two stakes races for maidens include the $60,000 NTRA Stakes and $60,000 Alphabet Kisses Stakes, both of which will be run over 6 1/2 furlongs.

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California’s best homegrown runners will be on display again at Gold Rush XII, an $805,0000 showcase event to be held on Saturday, Apr. 23, during the opening weekend of the Hollywood Park Spring/Summer meeting. Four blacktype stakes races are on tap, including the featured $150,000 Snow Chief Stakes for three-year-olds going 1 1/8 miles. Last year’s California Champion Two-Year-Old Male, Bench Points, would be a likely favorite if entered in the Snow Chief. However, he is currently headed to the grade I, $1 million Santa Anita Derby on Apr. 9, in the hopes of earning a berth into this year’s $2 million Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs. A chestnut son of Benchmark, Bench Points has won four of his five starts and earned $218,280. If Bench Points sits out, the race becomes a more wideopen affair. Although $100,000 California Breeders’ Champion Stakes winner Thirtyfirststreet has not started since finishing fourth in the grade II, $250,000 Robert B. Lewis Stakes on Feb. 12, he has been working steadily at Santa Anita Park. Burns and Gab Power, who each won during the Santa Anita meet, are potential entrants as well. The $125,000 Melair Stakes for sophomore fillies will be run over a distance of 1 1/16 miles. Another California-bred champion, California Nectar, could meet a field that includes the Ron McAnally-trained Sugarinthemorning. California Nectar defeated $1,000,000 Kentucky Oaks prospect Zazu in the grade II, $150,000 Santa Ynez Stakes while Sugarinthemorning has won on both dirt and allweather tracks. Both fillies won over Hollywood Park’s main track during the Oak Tree Racing Association meet in 2010. The brilliant sprinter Goggles McCoy could face a con-

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CTBA Member Profile

Lathrop G. Hoffman: Providing Industry Horsepower

by EMILY SHIELDS While California-breds are inherently synonymous with success in their home state, they shine in other parts of the world as well. For example, Cal-breds Unzip Me and No Hesitation won graded stakes races in Canada last year, and Strike the Tiger scored at Royal Ascot in 2009. Closer to home, Hayley’s Halo has become a star on the New Mexico circuit, winning stakes races at both Sunland and Zia Park. She is a homebred for Lathrop Hoffman, who has been a member of the California Thoroughbred Breeders’ Association (CTBA) for 25 years. Hoffman found success as both an owner and breeder well before Hayley’s Halo came along. Born in Los Angeles on Nov. 13, 1924, he moved with his family to South Bend, Indiana when he was only six months old. They returned to Southern California 12 years later, and after Hoffman graduated from the University of California at Los Angeles with a degree in banking and finance, he started an automobile business—Sierra Honda—that has since expanded to be maintained by his children. Hoffman had an unlikely but coveted start in the racing industry. He first

became involved by owning a small percentage in Erins Isle (Ire), a dual group II-winning three-yearold colt in his native land who was brought over from Europe by former CTBA General Manager Brian Sweeney in 1982. “Sweeney was a friend,” Hoffman explained, “and when he put together the syndicate for Erins Isle, he got me into the business.” Erins Isle won five grade I races in California at the ages of four and five and made $1,233,889 overall. “Because it was successful,” Hoffman said, “I was hooked for life.” He originally purchased a farm in Washington, but sold it to buy Fairway Farm in 1988, along with Sweeney, George Strugar and David Kruse. Hoffman later took control of the 143-acre farm, which is located in Anza, California, and began breeding his own classy horses rather than buying into them. Hoffman’s initial stakes win as a breeder came with $388,217-earner Trailthefox, whose dam he purchased by chance in 1997. He happened to like the look of the winning Ascot Knight mare Suborned while at the Fasig-Tipton Kentucky November Mixed Sale.

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Trailthefox Grade II Arlington-Washington Futurity—September 23, 2000

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She was in-foal to the little-known young sire Foxtrail, winner of the 1993 Alabama Derby and Southwest Stakes, and Hoffman was able to secure her for a mere $4,000. He later sold her for $70,000 at the 2002 Barretts January Mixed Sale. That profit was due to the success of Cal-bred Trailthefox, who won the $130,625 Bull Page Stakes at Woodbine Racecourse in Canada after breaking his maiden in one of Santa Anita Park’s two-furlong juvenile sprints. He stamped himself as a leading contender for the 2000 Breeders’ Cup Juvenile at Churchill Downs by first winning Arlington Park’s grade II, $150,000 Arlington-Washington Futurity. Although he finished 13th in the Breeders’ Cup, Trailthefox returned as a three-year-old in 2001 to win the $105,800 Zany Tactics Stakes and finish second in the grade III, $110,000 Baldwin Stakes at Santa Anita. His career ended with five wins, three seconds and a third in 30 starts. Hoffman also bred Miss Adela, a daughter of Unusual Heat out of the multiple stakes-placed Spectacular Bid mare Bid of Fun. He sold Miss Adela for $13,500 at the 2006 Barretts October Mixed Sale, and she went on to be quite successful in Mexico. In addition to winning the second leg of Mexico’s Filly Triple Crown, the Clasico Esmerelda (grade I), she won the Claiso Monarca as a four-year-old. Hayley’s Halo has given Hoffman his first dose of homegrown success. The daughter of Sea of Secrets was unveiled at Hollywood Park on May 29, 2009, where she finished third. She broke her maiden at the Del Mar Thoroughbred Club in her third start, winning by a driving 2 1/2 lengths under jockey David Flores. Although Hayley’s Halo ran in Southern California five more times, she was unable to place better than third. Trainer Jerry Fanning suggested shipping her out to New Mexico to take up residence in the barn of Henry Dominguez. “Henry started in New Mexico, then came to California and went back,” Hoffman explained. “Jerry recommended

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him because he’s not only a good trainer, usually in the top two most of the time, but also because he’s a nice man and a good horseman.” Hayley’s Halo took to Dominguez immediately and responded to the change by winning a Sunland Park allowance race by two lengths on March 5, 2010. She then handled a class jump into the $200,000 Sunland Park Oaks, where she finished second at 11-1. She hasn’t lost since. After winning another allowance race, Hayley’s Halo has reeled off three consecutive stakes victories. She first took the $60,090 Chaves County Stakes for older fillies and mares at Zia Park by leading every step of the way. She then won the $55,360 Zia Park Distaff by a neck. In her lone start of 2011, Hayley’s Halo stormed to the lead and never gave it up to win Sunland Park’s $50,000 El Dario Stakes by two lengths. She now has a record of 14-6-1-2 with earnings of $202,060. “She’s done very well and is just a nice animal,” Hoffman said. “She’s in good shape and is going to stay in New Mexico for now.” He also mentioned that he has no intentions of selling Hayley’s Halo, who is the fourth winner from five foals out of her dam Hilo Halo. Hoffman no longer owns Hilo Halo, an unraced daughter of Peaks and Valleys. “I usually breed mares two or three times and then move them along,” he said. He also jokes that he doesn’t know how many horses he has. “I made a deal with my wife, Dorothy Anne, that if she never asked how many we had, I would not count them.” The couple now resides in Sierra Madre. Hoffman sold Fairway Farm several years ago, and it is now Dignitary Downs, a state-of-the-art training and lay-up facility that stands stallions Blake’s Passion, Fullbridled, Tale of the Hills and Terrell. With his keen eye for horseflesh and the continued success of Hayley’s Halo, Hoffman looks to be in fine shape for future endeavors while providing the racing world with plenty of horsepower.

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Industry Insight

A Trip Of A Lifetime

by CAROLYN SHERRY Santa Maria High School Future Farmers of America (FFA) visited Santa Anita Park racetrack and the California Thoroughbred Breeders Association (CTBA) office on Feb. 25. The field trip was arranged for the students to experience live racing, and also to supplement their reading of Laura Hillenbrand’s novel Seabiscuit: An American Legend. Instructors Carolyn Sherry, Clemente Ayon and Julie Calloway, along with their students, were given a private Seabiscuit Tour where they saw the barn area, including Seabiscuit’s stall, the receiving barn, jockey’s quarters, saddling enclosure and paddock area with the Seabiscuit statue. In addition, they had breakfast at Clocker’s Corner while watching workouts, toured the CTBA office where they saw authentic Seabiscuit memorabilia, and then watched the first race, named for them, from the winner’s circle. Four students were selected to be a part of the winner’s circle picture with winning horse, Kumiva. Group pictures were taken after the race and the students were free to enjoy the rest of the day at the races. This is the second trip to Santa Anita and the CTBA for Santa Maria High School. Santa Maria High School offers classes that team the Agriculture department with English.

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Teacher Carolyn Sherry, who is credentialed in both subjects, organized the trip for the students in order for them to experience first-hand the track where Seabiscuit raced. “I have loved racing since I was a teenager, and I love the story of Seabiscuit, so it was a natural for me to read it with the students in the Ag classes,” Sherry said. “I also love coming to the track and I’m very thankful for the opportunity to take the students on a trip that is not only fun, but makes their literature come alive.” In 2009, Santa Maria brought 18 students on the trip. This year, 30 students attended, including seven from nearby Cuyama High School who heard about the first trip and were anxious to tag along. The students are already looking forward to another trip next school year. “It was so much fun seeing the racehorses and learning more about Seabiscuit”! said student Gabby Moreno. “This was a trip of a lifetime—Santa Anita is awesome and it was very cool to see the actual Seabiscuit silks, trophies and even his hooves,” said sophomore Jacob Rodas. “I hope I get to come back next year.” Santa Maria High School hopes to make this Santa Anita/CTBA visit an annual trip.

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Rock Solid Regional Sales

by LISA GROOTHEDDE Nighttime was the right time for the 2011 Barretts March Sale of Selected Two-Year-Olds in Training, which yielded a welcome, positive turnaround for the California commercial Thoroughbred market when it was conducted in Pomona on the evening of March 21. From the 105 juveniles cataloged for the single session, 72 went through the ring and 55 were reported as sold for gross receipts of $5,539,000, representing a decline of 11.4 percent from the corresponding gross of $6,255,000 last year, when 69 of 100 horses offered were sold. However, the average price jumped 11.1 percent, from $90,652 to $100,709, while the median rose by 16.7 percent, from $60,000 to $70,000. The buy-back rate improved from 31 percent in 2010 to 23.6 percent this year. “Selling at night certainly increases the energy and electricity at a sale,” Barretts Vice President Bill Baker said of the 7 p.m. start time experiment, which led to a jovial atmosphere inside and around the Hinds Pavilion. “It has been our intent to sell more at night and will continue to be. We need to make auctions more of an event and less just straight commerce.” There were 20 six-figure purchases recorded during the 2011 auction, a gain of just one from the 2010 edition. But the highest seller this year lit up the toteboard at $625,000, compared to a $475,000 colt who led the previous proceedings. Eliciting that top bid was a Florida-bred colt by Pomeroy out of the unplaced Caller I.D. mare Leah’s Angel. A half-brother to the grade III winner Expect an

After a two-furlong workout in :21 1/5, this son of Rock Hard Ten and the graded stakes-placed winner Barbara Orr sold for $210,000 as the top-priced California-bred at this year’s Barretts March Sale of Selected Two-Year-Olds in Training.

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Angel, he was clocked in :10 1/5 for his one-furlong work during the March 18 under-tack preview held at adjacent Fairplex Park. The colt, who sold for $75,000 at a Florida yearling sale last August, was shipped to the Barretts auction as part of agent Eddie Woods’ consignment. His new owner is Californian Jess Jackson’s Stonestreet Stables LLC. Five additional juveniles commanded more than $200,000 each, including four colts from agent Ciaran Dunne’s Wavertree Stables consignment. Among these high-end horses were a $380,000 colt by Corinthian and a $290,000 colt by California-bred champion Indian Charlie who were purchased by Narvick International Inc. and a $340,000 Tapit colt who was acquired by Patrice Miller EQB Inc., agent. All three racing prospects worked a Fairplex furlong in :10 1/5 prior to the sale. The top-priced filly, and joint fifth-highest horse overall, was a daughter of Harlan’s Holiday who shared the same time for her pre-sale move. Produced by the Pleasant Tap mare Naropa and consigned by Becky Thomas’ Sequel Bloodstock, the filly was purchased by Miller for $210,000. Also selling for $210,000 was the top-priced Californiabred offering of the 2011 auction: a Rock Hard Ten colt who worked a quarter-mile in a bullet :21 1/5 for Wavertree, and whose sales ticket was signed by Buzz Chace, agent for West Point Thoroughbreds. The third foal out of the grade III-placed Tale of the Cat winner Barbara Orr is from the family of two-time Eclipse Horse of the Year Cigar, and was purchased by Dunne for $40,000 at Barretts’ 2010 California Cup Yearling Sale. All nine of the Cal-bred juveniles who were cataloged to the 2011 sale were reported as sold for a collective $528,000, resulting in a $58,667 average and $40,000 median. The auction’s leading sire by average with two or more offspring sold was Tapit, whose two youngsters averaged $197,500. The leading California stallion was Ballena Vista Farm’s Bertrando, who had two colts sell for an average of $53,500 each. Narvick was the sale’s leading buyer for the second consecutive year, with four purchases totaling $990,000. Second among spenders was Miller, whose four selections cost $765,000, followed by Stonestreet’s single purchase of the sale-topper. With nine of 12 juveniles sold for an aggregate $1,695,000, Wavertree ranked as the sale’s top consignor. Woods sold all three horses he led into the ring for total receipts of $840,000, while Red Rock Training Stables sold six of seven offerings for $672,000.

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Freshman Focus California Sires

by LISA GROOTHEDDE and ultimately retired with four wins from 18 starts and $402,365 in earnings. By Benchmark out of 2005/2006 California Broodmare of the Year Miss Soft Sell, by Siyah Kalem, Don’tsellmeshort is a full brother to the 2006 Santa Anita Derby (grade I) winner and dual California champion Brother Derek. Special T Thoroughbreds in Temecula is home to Awesome Spirit, a nine-year-old stallion who is credited with 16 offspring in his inaugural crop. He is a winning son of Awesome Again out of the Cee’s Tizzy mare Tizsweet, a full sister to Cal-bred 2000 Eclipse Horse of the Year Tiznow and another multiple Golden State champion, Budroyale. Mike Stiehr’s July Child, a 17-time winner and $298,230-earner from 60 lifetime starts, is by Distorted Humor out of Polish Symphony, by Polish Navy, and has 12 first-crop juveniles. Several other California-based stallions are represented by their initial crop of two-year-olds in 2011. West 12 Ranch in Lodi stands 12-year-old Tough Game, a 10-time winner and $300,330-earner by Mr. Greeley out of Explodent’s stakes-winning daughter Explosive Scarlet. The eight-year-old In Excess (Ire) stallion Held Over Again, a half-brother to grade I winner and California champion Leave Me Alone out of the Moscow Ballet mare Fabulous Ballet, holds court at Old English Rancho in Sanger. The winning Saint Ballado stallion Athlete (Dignitary Downs) and winning Two Punch stallion Two Dimensional (Hanes Ranch) are also categorized as freshman sires, alongside the late stallion Jet West, a group I-placed, dual stakes winner by Western Fame who will be posthumously represented by 21 juveniles this year.

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With short-distance races for two-year-old runners currently being carded across the country, it is officially “go-time” for a group of California stallions whose first foals now meet the minimum age requirement for athletic pursuits. Heading the 2011 fraternity of local freshman sires by foal numbers is Awesome Gambler, a seven-year-old son of Coronado’s Quest out of the unraced Deputy Minister mare Wedding March. The $98,579-earner won two of his six career starts, including Hollywood Park’s 2007 Alydar Stakes for three-year-olds, and ran second in the Gateway to Glory Stakes for juveniles at Fairplex Park. Awesome Gambler is represented by 36 registered twoyear-olds in his debut crop, according to The Jockey Club. He stands at Lovacres Ranch in Warner Springs as the property of Peter and Barbara Walski. Checking in with the second-highest number of potential first-crop runners in 2011 is Medallion Hill Farm’s Under Caution, an A.P. Indy stallion out of the winning Storm Cat mare Coldheartedcat who won five of 31 starts and earned $98,245 from the ages of two to five. Now 10, he stands at Sue Hubbard & Associates in San Miguel, and has 30 reported juveniles. A homegrown talent ranks third by crop size, with 23 recruits in his arsenal. Ten-year-old Don’tsellmeshort, a resident of Running Luck Ranch in Parlier, was a precocious California-bred runner who captured three black-type races—the $125,000 California Breeders’ Champion Stakes at Santa Anita Park, the $125,000 Graduation Stakes at Del Mar Thoroughbred Club and the $122,908 Barretts Juvenile Stakes at Fairplex—en route to a seasonending title as California’s Champion Two-Year-Old Male of 2003. He later placed in a grade II event at Hollywood

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Racing in Southern California

Cal-Breds In Familiar Territory

by EMILY SHIELDS daughter of Richly Blended for owner Nels Erickson. Ultra Blend won three stakes races in 2010, including the $100,000 CTT/TOC California Cup Matron Stakes and the $80,400 Cat’s Cradle Handicap, both at Hollywood Park. She has a record of eight wins, four seconds and five thirds in 19 starts and has earned $460,646. Classy Enough The eight Cal-breds who jumped from the gate at the start of the Sensational Star Handicap were an impressive group. Durable and talented, they had earned a combined $3,385,416 in 159 starts and were vying to add the winner’s share of the $100,000 purse to their bankrolls. They were a motley crew of stakes horses, pitting grade I, $1,818,000 Breeders’ Cup Sprint hero Dancing in Silks against $200,000 Sunshine Millions Sprint winner Amazombie and the grade IIplaced Colgan’s Chip. Add in last year’s $75,000 Ralph M. Hinds Handicap victor Cayambe and multiple stakesplaced J P Jammer, and the field seemed tough to separate at the betting windows. Enter grade III winner Quick Enough, who made his third start of the season a winning one in the Sensational Star on Feb. 27. The seven-year-old gelded son of High Brite and jockey Patrick Valenzuela had control of the race early, setting an advantageous and rare slow pace of :22.89 and :45.48 down the hillside grass course at Santa Anita. Quick Enough had enough left in the stretch to hold off Amazombie by a half-length at the wire while Dancing in Silks finished third. Quick Enough is owned by Michael Bello, Russell Sarno and Pablo and Michelle Suarez of Suarez Racing Inc. and is trained by Doug O’Neill. This was the second

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During Santa Anita Park’s four-week period of racing through the third weekend of March this year, Californiabreds won a quartet of black-type races with three of the victories coming in events on the Arcadia track’s about 6 1/2-furlong downhill turf course. The other Cal-bred stakes win came on the dirt, after that one-mile race was switched from the grass due to heavy rains that fell on the first weekend of February. Ultra Surprising It is remarkable how much trouble a heavy favorite can find in a four-horse field. The $98,000 Valentine Dancer Handicap on Feb. 26, was supposed to be a mere tune-up for the recently anointed California Horse of the Year, Evening Jewel. Due to the surface switch, however, seven of the 11 original entrants scratched, leaving a short field. With a target on her back as the horse to beat, Evening Jewel managed to find herself blocked coming into the stretch. As the race unfolded, Camille C and La Nez set the pace while Evening Jewel was tucked in along the rail. Ultra Blend and jockey Joel Rosario settled alongside the favorite’s flank, biding their time. The duo got the jump on Evening Jewel and began to kick away into the stretch. Although Evening Jewel eventually got out and rallied along the rail, Ultra Blend proved too classy a mare to run down and scored by 1 1/4 lengths. Evening Jewel finished second, followed by La Nez and Camille C. BnD Chase Thoroughbreds and Elven Adams bred Ultra Blend, who is the lone stakes winner for her Desert Classic dam Ankha. Art Sherman conditioned the five-year-old

Ultra Blend $98,000 Valentine Dancer Handicap—February 26, 2011

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time that the Suarezes, Valenzuela and O’Neill have teamed up to win the Sensational Star; in 2005 they were first in the winner’s circle with Grand Appointment. Harris Farms Inc. bred Quick Enough, who has earned $375,360 with eight wins, five seconds and three thirds in 19 starts. The Queen Of The Course Known for carrying her dazzling front-running speed to victory on Santa Anita’s downhill turf course, Cal-bred Cambiocorsa seemed an unstoppable force in 2006. She started down the hill 10 times in her career, winning eight of those races. During her heyday, the beloved steel-gray mare was revered as “the queen of the course.” Unzip Me is now well on her way to usurping that title. The flashy chestnut mare also boasts impressive speed, and has won five of her six tries on that hillside strip. Most recently, Unzip Me took the $93,150 Clocker’s Corner Handicap on Mar. 5, zipping through swift fractions to score by three quarters of a length under Rafael Bejarano. The daughter of City Zip makes scoring down the hill look effortless time after time. She dueled with Bab At the Bowster early, then started inching away just before the dirt crossing at the top of the lane. For one harrowing second, it looked like Bab At The Bowster, Broken Dreams or the

late-charging Reba Is Tops would make a race of it, but Unzip Me simply burst away into the stretch, pinning her ears back and stretching out her neck to the wire. Broken Dreams finished second with Reba Is Tops third in the field of seven. It was the 11th win in 18 lifetime starts for Unzip Me, who has two seconds and three thirds as well. The white-faced mare has earned $707,278, which is already substantially more than her hillside counterpart, Cambiocorsa, made with $522,055. It is likely that Unzip Me, bred by Harris Farms and Donald Valpredo who own her in partnership with Per Antonsen and trainer Martin Jones, will have at least one if not a few more starts down the hill this year. She is truly the course’s new champion. Pretty In Pink In the Mar. 19 Irish O’Brien Stakes, La Nez won the fourth $100,000 stakes race for California-breds in her career. Strangely, she has worn the pink saddle towel boasting the number “8” in all four victories. “She likes pink,” trainer Eric Kruljac joked. If hunch players had been paying attention to the fouryear-old filly’s form line, they may have noticed this trend. La Nez first won the California Cup Juvenile Fillies Stakes over the Santa Anita strip in October of 2009, before taking

Quick Enough $100,000 Sensational Star Handicap—February 27, 2011

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the Fleet Treat Stakes at the Del Mar Thoroughbred Club and the Cal Cup Distaff Stakes at Hollywood Park in 2010, all while wearing the number eight saddle cloth. Instead, bettors let La Nez get away at 4-1 in the Irish O’Brien behind favored Saanneen and second choice Quisisana. After the scratch of West Ruler, the field was down to eight. Jockey Martin Pedroza took the daughter of Storm

Creek back to mid-pack for the run down the hill, letting the front-running longshot Logical Single set the pace. Pedroza then swung La Nez four-wide into the lane and the filly surged to score by three quarters of a length at the wire, stopping the clock in 1:13.70. Saanneen finished second and Logical Single was third. Kruljac also bred La Nez, whose owner Joe Masino races under the name Class Racing Stable. She has earned $393,000 while winning five of her 16 starts with three seconds and four thirds.

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Lava Man: A New Chapter

Life After Racing Article and Photos by MARCIE HEACOX Lava Man, one of the greatest Cinderella stories in racing history and one of the most successful California-breds of all time, is trying on a new set of glass slippers these days. Instead of one short trip to the track each day, Lava Man now works as a pony horse from 5:30 a.m. to 9:00 a.m., six days a week, escorting racehorses to and from trainer Doug O’Neill’s Hollywood Park barn. “He loves being here, and we love having him here,” O’Neill said. A 10-year-old gelding by Slew City Slew, out of Li’l Ms. Leonard, Lava Man was bred by Lonnie Arterburn and Eve and Kim Kuhlmann and got his humble beginnings running fourth in a 2003 maiden claiming race at Stockton. Owners STD Racing Stable and Jason Wood claimed Lava Man for $50,000 during the 2004 Del Mar Thoroughbred Club meet. He quickly rose through the ranks to become the richest claimed horse in history, earning $5,268,706 during a seven-year career. He ranks third among the all-time leading Cal-bred money earners, behind Tiznow ($6,427,830) and Best Pal ($5,668,245). Lava Man won a total of seven grade I’s including a 2006 sweep of California’s three most prestigious handicap

races—the Santa Anita Handicap, Hollywood Gold Cup Stakes and Pacific Classic Stakes. He joined fellow Calbred Native Diver as only the second three-time winner of the Gold Cup, winning the 2005-2007 editions. A versatile performer, Lava Man was the first horse to win a grade I on dirt, turf and all-weather surfaces, and he set new track records on the latter two. In addition to his titles on the track, he also garnered the title of 2005 and 2006 California Horse of the Year, 2005-2007 California Champion Older Male and 2006 California Champion Turf Horse. Lava Man was initially retired after a last-place finish in the grade I, $400,000 Eddie Read Handicap on July 20, 2008. However, he underwent successful stem cell treatment at Alamo Pintado Equine Medical Center in Los Olivos to repair deteriorated ankles, and made a comeback. Despite improved physical soundness, he finished last again in the grade II, $150,000 San Gabriel Handicap on Dec. 27, 2009, and was retired again, this time for good. O’Neill said the people at the barn had always wanted him back as a pony, and it was easy to convince the owners that’s where he belonged. Lava Man thrives in an active

Lava Man—Grade I, $750,000 Hollywood Gold Cup Stakes—June 30, 2007

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setting like the track, and fans are able to visit every week. “Needless to say, I wanted to do right by him, and as long as he likes it and he’s happy, I’m all for it,” Wood said. “I just wanted to make sure he was in the right hands, and there are no better hands than the ones that had him already.” Lava Man began his pony training in March of 2010. The first thing that changed was his diet. He received a very small amount of grain at first because the high calorie content made him too excitable. As he’s learned his new role, he’s received more grain and has put on more than 200 pounds. Foreman and pony rider Sabas Rivera, who’s worked with O’Neill for nine years, was tasked with retraining Lava Man. He put a western saddle on his back and walked him around the shedrow for a short period before trying track work. Rivera controlled him with a bitless hackamore bridle for the first few months because a racehorse is trained to go faster when it feels the pressure of a bit. “The guys in the barn didn’t believe I could ride him like that,” Rivera said. “They told me, ‘He’ll run off with you.’” Lava Man jumped, bucked and tried to gallop, but has never run off.

Lava Man only kicked an exercise rider once and has never kicked another horse. He sometimes tries to bite other horses, but overall he’s been well-behaved. “He’s a smart horse,” Rivera said. “He does a very good job. He doesn’t even make me work hard.” When Rivera dismounts back at the barn, Lava Man likes to follow him or roam around but never tries to leave. Sometimes he walks straight to the feed bin, flips back the lid and grabs a few bites. Lava Man has escorted all types of horses, even his halfbrother and half-sister, grade II-winning Cal-bred Enriched and debut winner Lava Girl. O’Neill said Lava Man seems to have a positive, calming effect on his younger stablemates. Though he’s the barn’s elder statesman, Lava Man’s still young for a pony, and O’Neill and Rivera see him continuing his job for years to come. “He’s given me a lot of unbelievable moments I’ll never forget,” O’Neill said. “We’re reminded everyday how fortunate we are to have him. Hopefully we can grow old together here.”

Lava Man as trainer Doug O’Neill’s lead pony at Hollywood Park in March of 2011.

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Anoter Man’s Treasure

TROTT Of Southern California: Seeing The Light

Article and Photos by ANTHONY ANDREWS Far back, far back in our dark soul the horse prances... The horse, the horse!—D.H. Lawrence While dark recesses exist within any intimate space, so too does an infinite resource of light and hope. For years, the Thoroughbred racehorse has captivated our imagination, along with our very heart and soul. The horse has made an indelible mark within our world. From the formation of our landscape and its traditions, to the competitive nature of sport, the horse has become an undeniable hero and entity, while also being a friend and symbol of what is raw, natural and noble. They, in fact, imbue the human soul with a light that is both penetrating and undeniable. For those who love athletic coompetition, the Thoroughbred athlete is no exception. I recently had the fortune of meeting Bonnie Adams, the Director for TROTT in Southern California. TROTT, an acronym for Training Racehorses Off The Track, is a 501(c)(3) organization that specializes in retraining retired racehorses. What’s more, is that their model is not one of sensationalism, but rather a mission of education and light, where the horse is prepared for a new career and livelihood while also educating the public and racing community about the multi-faceted nature of this noble and wonderful creature.

Bonnie’s sentiment is both clear and bright. “How do we define a winner as it pertains to former racehorses? To us, they are all winners. As we look to secure their futures beyond the track, we are their voices.” Bonnie shared that some 2,000 horses are retired from the racetrack every year. This is in Southern California alone. Through Bonnie’s love and devotion to the Thoroughbred, she began her mission to serve as their advocate and friend. In doing so, TROTT has established relationships with various individuals to serve in this noble and necessary work. TROTT has three major facilities throughout California. G&M Farm is located in Hemet, and serves as a lay-up facility where “horses can just be horses.” In addition to G&M Farm, they also have facilities in Northern and Southern California. Stonepine Resort serves as their facility in Carmel, while Swede Equine serves as their base in Southern California. Upon our meeting, Bonnie gave me a tour of their facility in San Marcos. Swede Equine is a world-class facility that specializes in Hunter/Jumper, Equitation and Dressage training. Retired Thoroughbreds have made excellent prospects in such disciplines, and TROTT and Swede Equine have come together to provide such opportunities to retired racehorses throughout Southern California. As I toured the facility, Bonnie brought me in touch with some of TROTT’s horses. Horses such as Camel Point, a 2004 son of Tale of the Cat and Picturesque Lady who sold for $95,000 as a yearling, and Afleet Eagle, a 2006 gelding by Northern Afleet out of Erna’s Eagle who was a stakes winner in 2009. In meeting them that afternoon, I was introduced to a quiet calm, a demeanor not fitting of

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“typical” Thoroughbred behavior. They were neither flighty or temperamental. They enjoyed our company and companionship and allowed us to pet them and love them. This of course was done in between the occasional carrot. After visiting with “Cam” and Afleet Eagle, Bonnie introduced me to Charo’s Image, a 2007 unraced daughter of Reba’s Gold and Omomee. Charo’s Image was bred to race, but was simply unable to. Her story was an example of how certain horses, while bred with expectation, simply never see a racetrack. This could be due to a lack of soundness, or a lack of competitive drive. While not being the next Zenyatta, she possesed a warm and wonderful disposition, and is sure to make a positive transition as a show horse or family companion. All in all, the warmth and hospitality made for a wonderful morning, and the horses enjoyed their surroundings with the cool morning air and bright sunshine. A wonderful place indeed. Aside from their facility partners, TROTT has also worked with the Teddy Cole Foundation for Horses Inc. Relationships such as this serve as an example of the “village” mentality. For as much work that goes into breeding, training and racing, it takes a cooperative and diligent effort to rehome and retrain retired Thoroughbred racehorses, thus providing them with dignity in their retirment and a source of light when it comes to their future. Racehorses: Career Basics The average racehorse typically retires between two to six years of age. Some had no talent or disposition for racing, while others needed time off for recovery or simply had to retire due the infirmities of injury and old age. TROTT’s mission is to provide intervention for horses who face an uncertain future. Through networking with the California racing industry, training facilities and farms, TROTT provides “at risk” racehorses with opportunities for new careers beyond the racetrack. Bonnie and her wonderful staff of volunteers will continue to serve as advocates to those who look to us to maintain their welfare and future. Aside from their nobility, horses possess qualities that provide them with an innate sense of versatility. From Show Jumping to Dressage, to being a trail horse and

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family companion, the Thoroughbred athlete is the most versatile and multi-faceted. TROTT has many advocates with the industry. Such notables include trainers Jack Van Berg, Bob Baffert and Vladimir Cerin and jockey Mike Smith. They have become a part of what is not only a local horse community, but a global one. A community that seeks to provide sanctuary and grace to the retirement and futures of retired Thoroughbreds. Thus converting the darkness of being “at risk,” to the light of being at home. The horse indeed rests within all of us. Not only within our souls, but our hearts as well. Options For Retired Racehorses. If you are in the market for a new sport horse, please consider TROTT as a viable resource to find your next horse and possible future champion. Not only could you save a life, but you will acquire a horse with a pleasant attitude and disposition, along with a wonderful and proven work ethic. Off-track Thoroughbreds have served as GrandPrix horses and Olympic representatives. In short, there are no limits to the type of new career that you and your horse can experience and enjoy together. Save the Date! On Saturday, May 7, TROTT USA will present their 2011 Annual Charity Fundraiser; “The Kentucky Derby Party” at Santa Anita Park. They will host a buffet, silent and live auctions, live music, a Derby Hat Contest and many more surprises. In attendance will be 1987 Kentucky Derby-winning trainer Jack Van Berg, singer Liza G. Fly, Frank Sontag of KLOS Radio and Bob Baffert, the trainer of three Kentucky Derby winners. Other guests will also include Hall of Fame jockey Mike Smith and trainer Vladimir Cerin. Sponsorship opportunities will be available at different levels. Please contact Bonnie at Trottsocal@gmail.com for further details on this event. For more information, visit TROTTUSA.org to view available horses, as well as an opportunity to meet Californiabred Lukas. Lukas is TROTT’s “spokehorse” and ex-racehorse, and is affectionately known as being the “World’s Smartest Horse.” For more information on Lukas, please visit www.PlayingwithLukas.com.

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Brian Lauzurica: Behind The Scenes

Focus On The Future by EMILY SHIELDS

When Brian Lauzurica was 15-years-old, he received every aspiring horseplayer’s ultimate Christmas gift. “I found a Daily Racing Form for Opening Day at Santa Anita Park with $10 bills taped to the pages inside,” he said. “Still to this day, that was the best gift I’ve ever received.” It’s no wonder that Lauzurica is a horse racing fanatic. He was born at Arcadia Methodist, the hospital located only a stone’s throw away from Santa Anita, and jokes that his first trips to the track were while inside his mother’s womb. “My mother would go to the track with my dad; he’d loved horse racing forever.” Rigoberto and Rosa Lauzurica had a home in Arcadia, where Brian grew up. They would often leave their son with his grandparents while at work, and Brian’s grandfather, Cristobal, would take him to bet the last race of the day. “It was so cool to hang out at the track with my grandpa and my dad,” Lauzurica recalled. He attended grade school at Holy Angels, which hosts the annual Holy Angels/Santa Anita Jockeys Charity Basketball Game. Lauzurica played for Holy Angels at a time when the jockeys were dominant; nowadays the games are more even. “The jockeys used to wipe the floor with us,” he joked. “I hear the Holy Angels kids do a better job these days.” After college at Cal State Fullerton, Lauzurica was managing a body shop when he entered a handicapping contest, which he ultimately won. Through that tournament, he met Television Games Network (TVG) personality Dave Weaver. After spending time together at Los Alamitos, Weaver encouraged Lauzurica to apply for a position as a production assistant at TVG. He was hired in 2002, and Lauzurica says it is his dream job. “I get to watch horses run all day long and I get paid to do something I would otherwise be paying for,” he said. “I give the guys on the air information on news developments and stories, and it feels good to help them out. I get to talk about a subject I’m passionate about.” There is one drawback, however. “Sometimes I miss the live races and I get a little sad ©Tina Barranco

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that I can’t go out on the weekends, but I’m still watching and I try to sneak out when racing is at Hollywood Park so I don’t forget the vibe of the racetrack.” As he gained experience, Lauzurica was given more responsibility at TVG. He has been on air live three times and also plays a role during the popular show “The Works,” which allows viewers to see the final pre-race workouts and gallops for major contenders of events such as the Breeders’ Cup. While he coordinates both cameras and horse spotters on the racetrack in the morning, Lauzurica takes the time to observe the way the horses are training. “I like to see a horse breezing within itself,” he said. “I want to see the rider sitting still and the horse reaching with a big stride.” Lauzurica has had a handful of favorites over the years, inheriting a passion for Spectacular Bid from his father. “He did things that are not supposed to be done by four-legged animals. What he did is standing the test of time.” Lauzurica also loved Bedouin, who was known as “the poor man’s Vigors.” The nearly-white horse, who competed in the 1984 Kentucky Derby (grade I) but later went off form, would thrill with come from behind efforts in low level claiming races. Then there is Lauzurica’s favorite California-bred memory: “I was at Hollywood Park the day Best Pal broke his maiden. He was the iron horse; when I think of durability, I think of Best Pal. There’s nothing more California than a great horse bred by the Mabees of Golden Eagle Farm.” Although Lauzurica loves his current job, he would eventually like to end up in a more influential capacity. “I want to be involved as some sort of racing official at any racetrack or as the President of TVG/Betfair. My goal is to have more say in the sport I love.” The next time you are watching the races on TVG, imagine Lauzurica working feverishly in the background to provide the information you are hearing. His being industry savvy helps to keep those live shows up to date and accurate.

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Teasing Mares Down on the Farm

by HEATHER SMITH THOMAS A successful breeding program depends on being able to accurately predict when a mare is in heat and likely to conceive. Mares may vary in estrus behavior, and some don’t show obvious signs of heat, so most breeders use a teaser stallion to help determine a mare’s status. Breeders have various methods of checking the mares. Bill Tracy, owner of JEH Stallion Station (Texas, New Mexico and Oklahoma), uses a teaser stallion he’s owned for a long time. “He’s very easy to get along with, so I walk him along the 12-foot wide alleyways between the paddocks. I usually have a helper (most often it’s my wife) and they have the chart and I’ll take the horse. We go up and down in-between the paddocks, and maybe stop and let the stallion eat grass in there. Some mares will come immediately and be beligerent and want to run him off, and others will come up and want to play—showing their receptiveness. A more timid mare might stand off by herself and show heat, away from the stallion. That’s why it’s important to have an observer with you. One person can’t see everything, and if you are not watching the stallion you’ll end up with trouble,” he says. “Some mares are so bossy that they’ll run the other mares away, even if another mare is wanting to come up to the stallion. The bossy mare might not be in heat but she runs the others off. You might have to come back several times to really know what’s going on; it pays to be persistent, rather than just walking down there once and deciding nothing’s showing,” says Tracy. “When we have our mares under lights (inside under

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lights with timers to turn them on in the evening for awhile and again in the early morning), I bring the stallion down through the barn after the mares have eaten and tease at each stall. That’s a bit harder because it’s a little more confined, but if you have an observer while you are letting him tease a mare, that person can also be watching the mares in the other stalls. A timid mare might back away from the stallion, but might show heat when he’s not right at her stall.” You have to be observant, and persistant. When teasing along a pasture fence, the fence must be safe and secure. “Some mares will run up and kick at the stallion, and might kick through the fence. More typically, they’ll strike at him, and might get a foot caught. A good teasing area is very important. Most farms have a solid fence where they tease mares. Sometimes they use a teasing chute, where they bring the mare to the stallion,” he says. Teasing with the foals present can be a tough situation. “What some places do, and we are also set up to do this (though we don’t very often) is use a stud pen that’s a small pen within a pen. It’s a six-foot high pipe fence, within a larger fenced area. Our stud pen is a quarter acre, within an acre pen. So I can turn mares in there, next to him. Where I first saw this type of set-up was at Texas A&M; in their horse reproduction course they had a teasing area like that, where someone would get up on the corner of the fence and sit there to observe, with a chart, writing down which mare came over and did what.” It’s crucial to have some kind of identification on the mares, so that anyone on the farm (even someone who’s not very familiar with the mares) can properly identify them. “Sometimes the mares don’t show to the stallion when you are teasing them, but a little later someone will be out feeding hay and see two mares chewing on each other and one of them is showing heat. So it helps if the mare can be identified—so anyone can tell you what number she was,” says Tracy. “On our mares who have foaled, we can kind of estimate when they will start to show. Most of the Thoroughbred mares we aren’t going to breed at foal heat anyway (we’ll wait till 30 days), but we do breed some of the Quarter Horses at foal heat because we AI (artificial insemination) them. We have a little more leeway on them, because we know a mare isn’t going to get bruised immediately again by natural service. We have our teaser horse in his own stall in the barn—so when we are bringing foaled mares in and out we can walk them by his stall. That’s a little easier. If you are taking a mare by him at four to six days post-foaling you know that she probably won’t be in heat, and if she is in heat a breeding that early won’t work anyway. But if a mare gets

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out to 10 or 11 days and she starts to show, if you are going to try foal heat breeding it’s time to do it,” he says. “Some people leave a teaser stallion in a pen next to the mare paddock, so mares can come up to him whenever they wish. But I prefer being able to observe the mares in a controlled situation. I’ve found that when the mares and stallion are real familiar with one another (constant contact) the mares may not show as much; it’s not a big deal.” The teasing situation works best if it’s a little more of a novelty for the mares to have the stallion come by; a mare is more apt to come see him and say, “Hey, I’ve been looking for you!” “The stallion I use as a teaser is one that in earlier years (when I had my own place), I turned him out with mares, to pasture breed. In those years, I never saw him breed a

mare, but had one hundred percent conception rate. I’d hear him out there at eleven o’clock at night romancing a mare, but never saw him breed a mare in the daytime. He’d loaf around, and lie down with the foals. If there were ten mares out there, it would be him and ten foals lying there under a tree. He’d get up to go to water and his whole group of foals would get up and go with him. He’d almost totally ignore the mares, because he already knew what was going on,” says Tracy. Because of the pasture breeding experience, and breeding mares as nature intended, this particular teaser is very savvy. “If he’s really interested in a certain mare when we check the mares, you’d better go back and tease her some more, because he knows, even if she’s not showing,” he says.

Tricky Teaser Every horseman has a few anecdotes to tell about unusual horses or a horse who did something unusual or humerous. Bill Tracy tells about an Appaloosa stallion he used for teasing, years ago. “A man sent a maiden mare to me, and she wouldn’t have anything to do with the regular teasing stallion. This Appaloosa stallion was in the barn, so I just tied the mare outside his stall in the alleyway, and we were in the barn watching her. The stallion was having a fit, bellering and hollering and the mare would just look the other way. So all at once he darts down and grabs a big mouthful of alfalfa hay, and went to the corner where she was tied—where there was a little feed door with one less bar. He jammed his face out there with

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the alfalfa in his mouth and just stood there, and never made a sound.” The mare came over to him, finally, and started nibbling the alfalfa he’d offered her. And whenever she nibbled at his mouthful of hay, he’d make a low, quiet nickering, chuckling sound, sweet-talking her. “He went back and got three more mouthfuls after she ate the first one he offered. Four mouthfuls later, she broke down and showed she was in heat, and we were able to breed her immediately after. That was the most unusual courtship I’d ever seen. If loud noises won’t work, bring flowers! That horse quit bellering and was as quiet as can be, and it worked,” says Tracy.

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Available Statistics Through March 6, 2011

Leading Sires in California

Leading Sires by Number of Races Won

Leading Sires by Money Won Rank Sire Runners 1. Unusual Heat . . . . . . . . . . . 56 2. Benchmark . . . . . . . . . . . . . 76 3. Southern Image . . . . . . . . . . 48 4. Bertrando . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .45 5. Cee’s Tizzy† . . . . . . . . . . . . . 31 6. Tribal Rule . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 49 7. Kafwain . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 63 8. In Excess (Ire) . . . . . . . . . . . . 57 9. Marino Marini . . . . . . . . . . . . 43 10. Swiss Yodeler . . . . . . . . . . . 70 11. Salt Lake* . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 46 12. Old Topper . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 63 13. Ministers Wild Cat . . . . . . . 35 14. Siberian Summer . . . . . . . . . 34 15. Formal Gold• . . . . . . . . . . . . 37 16. Atticus . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 32 17. Redattore (Brz)• . . . . . . . . . . .32 18. High Brite* . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 42 19. Tizbud . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 13 20. Sea of Secrets . . . . . . . . . . . 41 21. Decarchy . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 34 22. Stormin Fever . . . . . . . . . . . 49 23. Skimming• . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 41 24. Western Fame . . . . . . . . . . . 24 25. Freespool . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 44 26. Comic Strip . . . . . . . . . . . . . 22 27. Birdonthewire . . . . . . . . . . . . 8 28. Safe in the U S A# . . . . . . . . 13 29. Momentum . . . . . . . . . . . . . 34 30. Crafty C. T.• . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7 31. Globalize . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 21 32. Memo (Chi)• . . . . . . . . . . . . . 14 33. Olmodavor# . . . . . . . . . . . . . 29 34. Ten Most Wanted . . . . . . . . 30 35. Suances (GB) . . . . . . . . . . . . .13 36. Ancient Art† . . . . . . . . . . . . . .10 37. Tannersmyman . . . . . . . . . . . 15 38. Popular . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .14 39. Valid Wager* . . . . . . . . . . . . . 27 40. Raise Suzuran• . . . . . . . . . . . 4 41. Lucky Pulpit . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7 42. Good Journey . . . . . . . . . . . . 8 43. Perfect Mandate . . . . . . . . . . 26 44. Poteen . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7 45. Alymagic . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9 46. Doc Gus* . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9 47. Singletary . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9 48. Blazonry . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8 49. Stormed† . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6 50. Gotham City . . . . . . . . . . . . . .11

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Starts 133 167 100 85 69 100 118 119 91 171 92 136 77 70 80 75 68 93 29 89 76 95 93 56 106 46 18 23 75 17 50 35 64 75 21 20 30 29 56 10 11 16 53 19 25 21 19 12 10 22

Races Won 15 22 21 19 11 16 17 14 15 19 14 18 13 12 12 13 9 12 5 11 12 9 18 9 8 5 3 4 10 3 7 7 9 4 3 3 5 7 5 4 2 3 6 2 3 2 3 2 1 2

Earnings $580,438 558,322 459,789 398,129 348,677 334,436 324,312 321,103 313,730 287,178 282,012 258,332 251,932 243,184 222,880 198,785 195,932 192,379 188,670 187,944 178,241 162,094 160,496 158,882 116,169 110,089 109,855 106,877 96,562 92,473 89,385 88,431 87,281 86,748 79,916 78,203 77,482 75,095 73,380 72,434 66,160 65,198 64,503 64,040 62,268 58,360 57,863 56,810 52,840 47,290

Rank Sire

Runners

1. Benchmark . . . . . . . . . . . 76 2. Southern Image . . . . . . . 48 3. Bertrando . . . . . . . . . . . . 45 Swiss Yodeler . . . . . . . . . 70 5. Old Topper . . . . . . . . . . . 63 Skimming• . . . . . . . . . . . 41 7. Kafwain . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 63 8. Tribal Rule . . . . . . . . . . . . 49 9. Unusual Heat . . . . . . . . . 56 Marino Marini . . . . . . . . . 43 11. In Excess (Ire) . . . . . . . . . 57 Salt Lake* . . . . . . . . . . . . .46 13. Ministers Wild Cat . . . . . . 35 Atticus . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 32 15. Siberian Summer . . . . . . 34 Formal Gold• . . . . . . . . . .37 High Brite* . . . . . . . . . . . . 42 Decarchy . . . . . . . . . . . . . 34 19. Cee’s Tizzy† . . . . . . . . . . 31 Sea of Secrets . . . . . . . . 41

Starts

Races Won

Earnings

167 100 85 171 136 93 118 100 133 91 119 92 77 75 70 80 93 76 69 89

22 21 19 19 18 18 17 16 15 15 14 14 13 13 12 12 12 12 11 11

558,322 459,789 398,129 287,178 258,332 160,496 324,312 334,436 580,438 313,730 321,103 282,012 251,932 198,785 243,184 222,880 192,379 178,241 348,677 187,944

Leading Sires by Average Earnings Per Runner (Minimum 10 Runners)

Rank Sire 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10. 11. 12. 13. 14. 15. 16. 17. 18. 19. 20.

Runners

Tizbud . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 13 Birdonthewire . . . . . . . . . . . 8 Crafty C. T.,• . . . . . . . . . . . . 7 Cee’s Tizzy† . . . . . . . . . . . . 31 Unusual Heat . . . . . . . . . . . 56 Southern Image . . . . . . . . . 48 Lucky Pulpit . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7 Poteen . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7 Bertrando . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 45 Trapper . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5 Stormed† . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6 Safe in the U S A# . . . . . . . 13 Good Journey . . . . . . . . . . . 8 Ancient Art† . . . . . . . . . . . . 10 Kelly Kip† . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5 Benchmark . . . . . . . . . . . . . 76 Marino Marini . . . . . . . . . . . 43 Ministers Wild Cat . . . . . . . 35 Siberian Summer . . . . . . . . 34 Blazonry . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8

Races Won 5 3 3 11 15 21 2 2 19 3 1 4 3 3 2 22 15 13 12 2

Average Earnings/ Earnings Runner $188,670 109,855 92,473 348,677 580,438 459,789 66,160 64,040 398,129 44,130 52,840 106,877 65,198 78,203 37,749 558,322 313,730 251,932 243,184 56,810

$14,513 13,732 13,210 11,248 10,365 9,579 9,451 9,149 8,847 8,826 8,807 8,221 8,150 7,820 7,550 7,346 7,296 7,198 7,152 7,101

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Leading Sires by Turf Earnings

Leading Sires by Number of Winners

(Minimum 10 Starts Lifetime)

Rank Sire 1. 2. 3. 4. 6. 7.

12.

15.

18. 20.

Benchmark . . . . . . . . . . . . . 76 Southern Image . . . . . . . . . .48 Old Topper . . . . . . . . . . . . . 63 Bertrando . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 45 Swiss Yodeler . . . . . . . . . . . 70 Skimming• . . . . . . . . . . . . . 41 Unusual Heat . . . . . . . . . . . .56 Tribal Rule . . . . . . . . . . . . . 49 Kafwain . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 63 In Excess (Ire) . . . . . . . . . . . 57 Salt Lake* . . . . . . . . . . . . . 46 Marino Marini . . . . . . . . . . . 43 Ministers Wild Cat . . . . . . . 35 Siberian Summer . . . . . . . . 34 Formal Gold• . . . . . . . . . . . 37 Atticus . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 32 Sea of Secrets . . . . . . . . . . 41 Decarchy . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 34 Momentum . . . . . . . . . . . .. 34 Redattore (Brz)• . . . . . . . . . 32 High Brite . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 42

Rank Sire 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10. 11. 12. 13. 14. 15. 16. 17. 18.

Runners

Winners

Races Won

Earnings

22 18 17 16 16 15 14 14 14 14 14 12 12 12 11 11 11 10 10 9 9

22 21 18 19 19 18 15 16 17 14 14 15 13 12 12 13 11 12 10 9 12

$558,322 459,789 258,332 398,129 287,178 160,496 580,438 334,436 324,312 321,103 282,012 313,730 251,932 243,184 222,880 198,785 187,944 178,241 96,562 195,932 192,379

Rank Sire 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10. 11. 12. 13. 14. 15. 16. 17. 18. 19. 20.

Races Runners Starts Winners Won

Unusual Heat ............. 25 Cee's Tizzy†............... 9 Bertrando.................. 12 Benchmark................ 14 Siberian Summer ...... 8 In Excess (Ire)............ 10 High Brite*................. 4 Tizbud ........................ 2 Tribal Rule ................... 9 Decarchy.................... 8 Skimming• ................. 9 Redattore (Brz)• .......... 8 Marino Marini ............ 5 Atticus....................... 6 Ancient Art .................. 2 Formal Gold• ............. 3 Birdonthewire.............. 1 Safe in the U S A#..... 2 Swiss Yodeler............. 6 Kafwain ...................... 5

46 19 13 20 13 14 5 4 14 12 15 12 9 10 4 4 1 2 8 5

5 5 2 3 3 3 1 1 2 2 3 1 1 0 1 1 0 1 1 1

5 7 2 3 3 3 1 1 2 2 3 1 1 0 1 1 0 1 1 1

Leading Sires by Median Earnings Per Runner

Leading Sires by Average Earnings Per Start

(Minimum 5 Runners)

(Minimum 10 Starts)

Runners

Lucky Pulpit . . . . . . . . . . . 7 Tizbud . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 13 Birdonthewire . . . . . . . . . . .8 Crafty C. T.• . . . . . . . . . . . 7 Capsized . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9 Behrens . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7 Stormed† . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6 Ministers Wild Cat . . . . . . 35 Our New Recruit . . . . . . . 6 Western Fame . . . . . . . . . 24 Safe in the U S A# . . . . . 13 Southern Image . . . . . . . 48 Alymagic . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9 Unusual Heat . . . . . . . ... 56 Bertrando . . . . . . . . . . . . 45 Decarchy . . . . . . . . . . . . . 34 Benchmark . . . . . . . . . . . .76 Tannersmyman . . . . . . . . 15 Memo (Chi)• . . . . . . . . . . 14 20. Trapper . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5

Races Won 2 5 3 3 4 4 1 13 3 9 4 21 3 15 19 12 22 5 7 3

Median Earnings/ Earnings Runner 66,160 188,670 109,855 92,473 48,855 37,397 52,840 251,932 24,277 158,882 106,877 459,789 62,268 580,438 398,129 178,241 558,322 77,482 88,431 44,130

$6,720 6,480 6,000 4,620 4,524 4,500 4,300 4,080 3,860 3,728 3,590 3,440 3,398 3,300 3,220 3,120 3,080 3,000 3,000 2,900

Rank Sire 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10. 11. 12. 13. 14. 15. 16. 17. 18. 19. 20.

Runners

Raise Suzuran• ............... 4 Tizbud ..............................13 Birdonthewire.................. 8 Lucky Pulpit .................... 7 Crafty C. T.• .................... 7 Stormed ............................ 6 Cee’s Tizzy† .................... 31 Blazonry ............................ 8 Bertrando ...................... 45 Safe in the U S A#.......... 13 Southern Image ............ 48 Unusual Heat ................. 56 Good Journey .................. 8 Ancient Art† ................... 10 Suances (GB) .................. 13 Trapper............................ 5 Siberian Summer ............ 34 Marino Marini .................. 43 Kelly Kip† ......................... 5 Poteen............................. 7

Starts 10 29 18 11 17 10 69 12 85 23 100 133 16 20 21 12 70 91 11 19

Earnings $339,424 265,223 128,714 108,590 83,312 82,045 80,400 69,840 68,537 63,396 53,248 50,740 39,530 39,526 38,768 37,960 33,000 23,751 23,576 22,252

Earnings

Average Earnings/ Start

72,434 188,670 109,855 66,160 92,473 52,840 348,677 56,810 398,129 106,877 459,789 580,438 65,198 78,203 79,916 44,130 243,184 313,730 37,749 64,040

7,243 6,506 6,103 6,015 5,440 5,284 5,053 4,734 4,684 4,647 4,598 4,364 4,075 3,910 3,806 3,678 3,474 3,448 3,432 3,371

The statistics contained in these rankings are compiled by The Jockey Club Information Systems Inc. (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 2010 but is standing in the state in 2011, a double dagger (‡) that he is not standing in California in 2011 but will stand in the state in 2012 and in bold that he is a freshman sire. In all cases, a sire will remain in the rankings until the year after his last California foals are two-year-olds. 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 only.

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Available Statistics Through March 6, 2011

Leading Lifetime Sires in California Crops of No Stallion, Year Foaled, Sire

1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 7. 8. 9. 10. 11. 12. 13. 14. 15. 17. 18. 19. 20. 22.

25. 26. 28. 29. 30. 31.

36. 37. 39.

42. 44. 45.

48. 49.

Named Crops of Average Foals of Racing Crop Racing Age Size Age

Unusual Heat, 1990, by Nureyev In Excess (Ire), 1987, by Siberian Express Cee’s Tizzy †, 1987, by Relaunch Tribal Rule, 1996, by Storm Cat One Man Army, 1994, by Roman Diplomat Salt Lake *, 1989, by Deputy Minister Bertrando, 1989, by Skywalker Memo (Chi) •, 1987, by Mocito Guapo (Arg) Good Journey, 1996, by Nureyev Vronsky, 1999, by Danzig Birdonthewire, 1989, by Proud Birdie Benchmark, 1991, by Alydar Stormin Fever, 1994, by Storm Cat Safe in the U S A #, 1999, by Gone West Beau Genius †, 1985, by Bold Ruckus Formal Gold •, 1993, by Black Tie Affair (Ire) Robannier, 1991, by Batonnier Olympio, 1988, by Naskra Atticus, 1992, by Nureyev Kafwain, 2000, by Cherokee Run Kelly Kip †, 1994, by Kipper Kelly Redattore (Brz) •, 1995, by Roi Normand Swiss Yodeler, 1994, by Eastern Echo Tizbud, 1999, by Cee’s Tizzy Siberian Summer, 1989, by Siberian Express Decarchy, 1997, by Distant View Snow Chief *, 1983, by Reflected Glory High Brite *, 1984, by Best Turn Silic (Fr), 1995, by Sillery Old Topper, 1995, by Gilded Time Lake George, 1992, by Vice Regent Perfect Mandate, 1996, by Gone West Sea of Secrets, 1995, by Storm Cat Southern Image, 2000, by Halo’s Image Stormy Jack, 1997, by Bertrando Marino Marini, 2000, by Storm Cat Michael’s Flyer †, 1986, by Flying Paster Suances (GB), 1997, by Most Welcome (GB) Tannersmyman, 1998, by Lord Carson Thisnearlywasmine, 1994, by Capote Western Fame, 1992, by Gone West Iron Cat, 1995, by Storm Cat Olmodavor #, 1999, by A.P. Indy Crafty C. T. •, 1998, by Crafty Prospector Epic Honor, 1996, by Honor Grades Roman Dancer, 1999, by Polish Numbers Sought After, 2000, by Seeking the Gold Discover †, 1988, by Cox’s Ridge Game Plan, 1993, by Danzig Latin American, 1988, by Riverman Poteen, 1994, by Irish River (Fr)

11 16 18 6 6 16 15 14 6 4 14 10 9 4 18 10 12 16 11 5 8 4 10 4 10 5 20 20 7 8 12 8 9 3 5 4 16 4 6 7 10 10 4 5 8 5 6 15 12 14 6

46 59 40 57 10 77 65 37 37 16 18 61 65 15 41 45 8 31 37 71 13 94 64 22 36 46 13 46 19 56 13 36 45 82 25 47 7 16 14 8 27 12 41 18 9 11 10 10 33 22. 12

501 937 714 339 62 1,230 968 517 224 64 246 607 588 59 744 451 96 498 407 354 107 376 640 89 362 228 263 913 132 444 157 286 406 246 125 186 106 65 82 56 272 123 163 89 70 55 59 148 395 307 71

Runners

331-66% 645-69% 484-68% 155-46% 43-69% 995-81% 670-69% 322-62% 90-40% 21-33% 177-72% 421-69% 423-72% 36-61% 606-81% 338-75% 62-65% 380-76% 293-72% 228-64% 85-79% 208-55% 465-73% 26-29% 275-76% 118-52% 180-68% 699-77% 99-75% 313-70% 95-61% 129-45% 294-72% 102-41% 41-33% 92-49% 48-45% 24-37% 38-46% 34-61% 179-66% 88-72% 95-58% 43-48% 49-70% 29-53% 27-46% 95-64% 274-69% 200-65% 50-70%

Winners

242-48% 476-51% 352-49% 103-30% 27-44% 795-65% 468-48% 228-44% 44-20% 10-16% 128-52% 310-51% 302-51% 26-44% 456-61% 264-59% 36-38% 285-57% 177-43% 145-41% 71-66% 130-35% 326-51% 11-12% 192-53% 77-34% 111-42% 565-62% 63-48% 229-52% 57-36% 77-27% 221-54% 56-23% 24-19% 59-32% 25-24% 11-17% 19-23% 22-39% 132-49% 72-59% 62-38% 31-35% 37-53% 16-29% 18-31% 65-44% 214-54% 130-42% 35-49%

2-Y-O Winners

25-5% 110-12% 58-8% 45-13% 2-3% 239-19% 112-12% 42-8% 7-3% 1-2% 37-15% 86-14% 102-17% 14-24% 138-19% 76-17% 8-8% 60-12% 38-9% 57-16% 16-15% 30-8% 140-22% 3-3% 26-7% 24-11% 27-10% 143-16% 11-8% 95-21% 9-6% 14-5% 69-17% 21-9% 7-6% 18-10% 5-5% 2-3% 5-6% 5-9% 44-16% 7-6% 20-12% 9-10% 6-9% 3-5% 9-15% 10-7% 53-13% 28-9% 4-6%

Stakes Winners

27-5% 62-7% 39-5% 14-4% 4-6% 70-6% 51-5% 28-5% 3-1% 1-2% 10-4% 30-5% 30-5% 1-2% 39-5% 19-4% 3-3% 30-6% 12-3% 12-3% 2-2% 13-3% 23-4% 1-1% 13-4% 5-2% 9-3% 46-5% 1-1% 15-3% 5-3% 11-4% 19-5% 3-1% 1-1% 4-2% 3-3% 1-2% 1-1% 0-0% 13-5% 5-4% 4-2% 1-1% 1-1% 2-4% 0-0% 2-1% 22-6% 6-2% 3-4%

Graded Stakes Winners

9-2% 11-1% 9-1% 2-1% 1-2% 23-2% 12-1% 9-2% 2-1% 0-0% 1-0% 7-1% 12-2% 0-0% 5-1% 5-1% 0-0% 4-1% 5-1% 3-1% 1-1% 11-3% 2-0% 0-0% 4-1% 0-0% 1-0% 9-1% 1-1% 0-0% 1-1% 0-0% 2-0% 2-1% 1-1% 0-0% 0-0% 0-0% 1-1% 0-0% 0-0% 0-0% 1-1% 0-0% 0-0% 0-0% 0-0% 1-1% 2-1% 2-1% 0-0%

Progeny Earnings

Average Earnings Index

$27,997,440 40,730,893 35,530,155 7,679,082 2,012,165 57,725,221 39,401,852 17,428,596 2,811,585 593,633 11,384,713 21,862,642 23,897,730 1,230,168 34,311,678 17,347,761 2,846,302 18,760,964 11,752,731 7,513,587 4,223,326 3,689,288 21,527,126 592,100 11,302,321 4,090,321 5,632,633 34,397,232 6,421,834 11,603,742 4,051,252 4,698,824 15,216,173 2,392,430 1,367,150 2,429,888 1,876,965 557,583 916,823 1,224,212 6,959,080 3,026,548 2,530,548 1,650,337 2,165,700 696,655 719,969 3,298,869 11,555,123 6,499,085 1,694,307

2.16 1.73 1.72 1.50 1.45 1.45 1.42 1.36 1.35 1.34 1.32 1.29 1.28 1.25 1.20 1.20 1.19 1.13 1.11 1.10 1.10 1.09 1.09 1.09 1.08 1.07 1.07 1.06 1.04 1.00 0.99 0.99 0.99 0.99 0.99 0.96 0.95 0.95 0.94 0.94 0.94 0.92 0.92 0.90 0.89 0.89 0.89 0.88 0.87 0.87 0.87

Comparable Index

1.11 1.46 1.18 1.20 0.89 1.42 1.57 1.14 1.03 0.77 1.41 1.20 1.47 1.16 1.17 1.41 1.11 1.33 1.54 1.33 1.03 1.21 1.08 0.95 0.89 1.01 1.30 1.19 0.95 0.90 1.05 1.24 1.11 1.48 0.73 1.06 0.60 1.29 0.77 0.78 0.82 1.03 1.40 0.95 0.74 0.98 0.80 0.85 0.82 1.11 0.80

These statistics are for active California-based sires with a minimum of 50 foals of racing age, ranked here by lifetime Average Earnings Index (AEI). The statistics contained in these rankings are compiled by The Jockey Club Information Systems Inc. (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 2010 but is standing in the state in 2011, a double dagger (‡) that he is not standing in California in 2011 but will stand in the state in 2012 and In bold that he is a freshman sire. In all cases, a sire will remain in the rankings until the year after his last California foals are two-year-olds. 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. Percentages are based upon number of foals of racing age.

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Important Events, Dates and California-Bred/Sired Stakes Races

CTBA Calendar

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CALIFORNIA-BRED/SIRED STAKES RACES CALIFORNIA GOLD RUSH XII AT HOLLYWOOD PARK ON SATURDAY, APRIL 23, 2011 $805,000 IN PURSES $150,000 TVG SNOW CHIEF STAKES 3YO, 1 1/8 MILES $125,000 MELAIR STAKES 3YO FILLIES, 1 1/16 MILES $125,000 TIZNOW STAKES 4YO & UP, 7 1/2 FURLONGS $125,000 B. THOUGHTFUL STAKES 4YO & UP, FILLIES & MARES, 7 1/2 FURLONGS $70,000 GREY MEMO STAKES 3YO & UP, 7 FURLONGS $70,000 WARREN’S THOROUGHBREDS STAKES 3YO & UP, FILLIES & MARES, 7 FURLONGS $70,000 NTRA STAKES 3YO & UP, 6 1/2 FURLONGS $70,000 ALPHABET KISSES STAKES 3YO & UP, FILLIES & MARES, 6 1/2 FURLONGS

SATURDAY, APRIL 23 $50,000 WORK THE CROWD STAKES 4YP & UP, FILLIES & MARES, 1 MILE (TURF) Golden Gate Fields, Albany, Calif.

IMPORTANT EVENTS & DATES SATURDAY, APRIL 2 THOROUGHBRED OWNERS OF CALIFORNIA (TOC) FREE “DERBY FEVER” OWNERSHIP 101 SEMINAR Santa Anita Park, Arcadia, Calif. & Golden Gate Fields, Albany, Calif. TUESDAY, APRIL 19 CALIFORNIA THOROUGHBRED FARM MANAGERS ASSOCIATION (CTFMA) MONTHLY BOARD MEETING San Luis Rey Downs Country Club, Bonsall, Calif. FRIDAY, APRIL 22 BARRETTS EQUINE LIMITED BARRETTS OCTOBER YEARLING SALE NOMINATION CLOSING DATE Fairplex, Pomona, Calif. THURSDAY, APRIL 28 CALIFORNIA HORSE RACING BOARD (CHRB) MONTHLY BOARD MEETING Santa Anita Park, Arcadia, Calif. SATURDAY, APRIL 30 CTBA SALES NORTHERN CALIFORNIA YEARLING SALE ENTRY CLOSING DATE CTBA Offices, Arcadia, Calif.

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Dates in California

Regional Race Meetings, Stakes Races and Sale Dates 2011 REGIONAL RACE MEETINGS

Santa Anita Park, Arcadia . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Dec. 26, 2010-April 17, 2011 Pacific Racing Association, Golden Gate Fields, Albany . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Dec. 26, 2010-June 12, 2011 Hollywood Park, Inglewood . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .April 21-July 17 San Joaquin County Fair, Stockton . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .June 15-19 Alameda County Fair, Pleasanton . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .June 22-July 10 California State Fair, Cal Expo, Sacramento . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .July 13-24 Del Mar Thoroughbred Club, Del Mar . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .July 20-Sept. 7 Sonoma County Fair, Santa Rosa . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .July 27-Aug. 14 Humboldt County Fair, Ferndale . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Aug. 12-21 Pacific Racing Association, Golden Gate Fields, Albany . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Aug. 19-Oct. 2 Fairplex Park, Pomona . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Sept. 8-26 Pacific Racing Association, Santa Anita Park, Arcadia . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Sept. 28-Nov. 6 The Big Fresno Fair, Fresno . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Oct. 5-16 Pacific Racing Association, Golden Gate Fields, Albany . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Oct. 19-Dec. 18 Hollywood Park, Inglewood . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Nov. 9-Dec. 18

APRIL AND MAY 2011 REGIONAL STAKES RACES Date April 2 April 3 April 9 April 9 April 9 April 9 April 10 April 16 April 16 April 16 April 17 April 21

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Stakes (Grade)

Conditions

Distance

Added Value

Las Flores Stakes (Gr. III) . . . . . . . . . . .4-y-o & up, f. & m. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6 1/2 f. . . . . . . . . . . . . . .$100,000g Potrero Grande Stakes (Gr. II) . . . . . . . .4-y-o & up . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6 1/2 f. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .150,000g** Santa Anita Derby (Gr. I) . . . . . . . . . . . .3-y-o . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1 1/8 m. . . . . . . . . . . . . .1,000,000g Arcadia Stakes (Gr. II) . . . . . . . . . . . . . .4-y-o & up . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1 m. (T) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .150,000g Providencia Stakes (Gr. II) . . . . . . . . . . .3-y-o f. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1 1/8 m. (T) . . . . . . . . . . . .150,000g Las Cienegas Handicap (Gr. III) . . . . . . .4-y-o & up, f. & m. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .abt. 6 1/2 f. (T) . . . . . . . . .100,000g La Puente Stakes . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .3-y-o . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1 1/8 m. (T) . . . . . . . . . . . .100,000g Santa Barbara Handicap (Gr. II) . . . . . .4-y-o & up, f. & m. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1 1/4 m. (T) . . . . . . . . . . . .150,000g San Simeon Handicap (Gr. III) . . . . . . . .4-y-o & up . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .abt. 6 1/2 f. (T) . . . . . . . . .100,000g Golden Poppy Stakes . . . . . . . . . . . . . .3-y-o f. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1 1/16 m. (T) . . . . . . . . . . . .75,000g San Juan Capistrano Handicap (Gr. II) .4-y-o & up . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .abt. 1 3/4 m. (T) . . . . . . . .150,000g Harry Henson Stakes . . . . . . . . . . . . . .3-y-o . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .6 f. (T) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .75,000+

California Gold Rush XII Day—$805,000 in Purses at Hollywood Park on Saturday, April 23, 2011 April 23 April 23 April 23 April 23 April 23

Hol Hol Hol Hol Hol

April 23

Hol

April 23

Hol

April 23

Hol

April 23 April 24 April 30 April 30

GG Hol Hol GG

Snow Chief Stakes . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .3-y-o, Cal-Bred/Cal-Sired . . . . . . . . . .1 1/8 m. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .150,000g Melair Stakes . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .3-y-o f., Cal-Bred/Cal-Sired . . . . . . . .1 1/16 m. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .125,000g* Tiznow Stakes . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .4-y-o & up, Cal-Bred/Cal-Sired . . . . .7 1/2 f. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .125,000g* B. Thoughtful Stakes . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .4-y-o & up, f. & m., Cal-Bred/Cal-Sired .7 1/2 f. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .125,000g* Grey Memo Stakes . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .3-y-o & up, non-winners . . . . . . . . . . .7 f. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .70,000g . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . of two races, Cal-Bred/Cal-Sired Warren’s Thoroughbreds Stakes . . . . .3-y-o & up, f. & m., non-winners . . . . .7 f. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .70,000g . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . of two races, Cal-Bred/Cal-Sired NTRA Stakes . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .3-y-o & up, maiden c. & g., . . . . . . . . . .6 1/2 f. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .70,000g . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Cal-Bred/Cal-Sired Alphabet Kisses Stakes . . . . . . . . . . . . .3-y-o & up, maiden f. & m., . . . . . . . . . .6 1/2 f. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .70,000g . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Cal-Bred/Cal-Sired Work The Crowd Stakes . . . . . . . . . . . .4-y-o & up, f. & m., Cal-Bred/Sired . .1 m. (T) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .50,000g Inglewood Handicap (Gr. III) . . . . . . . . .3-y-o & up . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1 1/16 m. (T) . . . . . . . . . . .100,000g Wilshire (Gr. III) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .3-y-o & up, f. & m.. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1 m. (T) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .100,000g San Francisco Mile (Gr. II) . . . . . . . . . . .4-y-o & up . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1 m. (T) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .150,000g

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Stakes (Grade)

Conditions

Distance

Added Value

Time To Leave Stakes . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .3-y-o & up, f. & m.. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .5 f. Mervyn LeRoy Handicap (Gr. II) . . . . . .3-y-o & up . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1 1/16 m Senorita Stakes (Gr. III) . . . . . . . . . . . . .3-y-o f. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1 m. (T) Cool Frenchy Stakes . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .3-y-o & up . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .5 f. Alydar Stakes . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .3-y-o . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1 1/8 m. Jim Murray Handicap (Gr. II) . . . . . . . . . .3-y-o & up . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1 1/2 m. (T) Alcatraz Stakes . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .3-y-o . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1 1/16 m. (T) Lazaro S. Barrera Memorial . . . . . . . . .3-y-o . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .7 f. Stakes (Gr. III) Milady Handicap (Gr. II) . . . . . . . . . . . . .3-y-o & up, f. & m. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1 1/16 m. Railbird Stakes (Gr. III) . . . . . . . . . . . . . .3-y-o f. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .7 f. Fran’s Valentine Stakes . . . . . . . . . . .3-y-o & up f. & m., . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1 m. (T) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Cal-Bred/Cal-Sired American Handicap (Gr. II) . . . . . . . . . .3-y-o & up . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1 m. (T) Great Lady M. Stakes . . . . . . . . . . . . . .3-y-o & up, f. & m. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .6 f. (T) Gamely Stakes (Gr. I) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .3-y-o & up, f. & m. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1 1/8 m. (T) Los Angeles Handicap (Gr. III) . . . . . . . .3-y-o & up . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .6 f. Berkeley Stakes (Gr. III) . . . . . . . . . . . . .4-y-o & up . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1 1/16 m. *Purse includes money from Cal-bred Race Fund **Purse includes money from Breeders’ Cup Fund g-Purse guaranteed +-Added purse

$70,000+ 150,000g 100,000g 70,000+ 70,000+ 150,000g 75,000g 100,000g 150,000g 100,000g 70,000+ 150,000g 70,000+ 250,000g** 100,000g 100,000g

2011 REGIONAL SALE DATES May 16 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Barretts May Sale of Two-Year-Olds in Training: Training preview on May 13 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .(Entries closed March 25) August 16 . . . . . . . . . . . . . .CTBA Sales Northern California Yearling Sale . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .(Entries close April 30) October 11 & 12 . . . . . . . . .Barretts October Yearling Sale . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .(Nominations close April 22)

California-Bred/California-Sired Stakes Races—March To July HOLLYWOOD PARK Saturday, April 23 California Gold Rush XII $150,000 SNOW CHIEF STAKES $125,000 MELAIR STAKES 3yo, at 1 1/8 Miles 3yo Fillies, at 1 1/16 Miles $125,000 TIZNOW STAKES 4yo & up, at 7 1/2 Furlongs

$125,000 B. THOUGHTFUL STAKES 4yo & up, Fillies & Mares, at 7 1/2 Furlongs

$70,000 GREY MEMO STAKES 3yo & up, which have not won $3,000 other than maiden, claiming or stakes, at 7 Furlongs

$70,000 WARREN’S THOROUGHBRED STAKES 3yo & up, Fillies & Mares, which have not won $3,000 other than maiden, claiming or stakes, at 7 Furlongs

$70,000 NTRA STAKES 3yo & up, maiden colts & geldings, at 6 1/2 Furlongs

$70,000 ALPHABET KISSES STAKES 3yo & up, maiden Fillies & Mares, at 6 1/2 Furlongs

Sunday, May 22, 2010 $60,000 FRAN’S VALENTINE STAKES 3yo & up, Fillies & Mares, at 1 Mile (Turf)

It Pays To Be Cal-Bred

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GOLDEN GATE FIELDS Saturday, April 23 $50,000 Work The Crowd Stakes Four-Year-Olds & Up, Fillies & Mares 1 Mile (Turf)

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Index to Advertisers Ballena Vista Farm . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .OBC

Legacy Ranch . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .7

Cal-Bred Maiden Bonus Program . . . . . . . . . . . .41

Magali Farms,LLC . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .3, 17, 20

Cal-Bred/Cal-Sired Stakes Races . . . . . . . . . . . .57

NTRA Advantage/John Deere . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .12,

CTBA Industry Directory . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .37

NTRA Advantage/Sherwin Williams . . . . . . . . . . .14

CTBA Membership . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .62

Oakmont Ranch . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .IBC

CTBA Northern California Yearling Sale . . . . . . . .26

Once Over Farm . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .51

CTBA Stallion Season Auction (PAC) . . . . . . . . . .35

Paradise Road Ranch . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .40, 61

CTBA Website . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .64

Poplar Meadows . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .11

Daehling Ranch . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .27, 59, 58

Rancho Temescal . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .13

E.A. Ranches . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .9,15,18

Ridgeley Farm . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .49

Equineline.com . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .33

Tommy Town Thoroughbreds LLC . . . . . . . . . . . . .5

Harris Farms Inc. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .IFC

Victory Rose Thoroughbreds . . . . . . . . . . . . .44-45

Hollywood Park, Gold Rush . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .29

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Atticus . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .3, 20

Bedford Falls . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .11 Behrens . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .44 Benchmark . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .OBC Bertrando . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .OBC Bonrita . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .49 Brave Cat . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .61 Comet Shine . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .44 Decarchy . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .3 Desert Code . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .IFC Dixie Chatter . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .OBC Downtown Seattle . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .IFC Drum Major . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .9, 18 EZ Warrior . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .40 Game Plan . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .9 Global Hunter . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .3 Globalize . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .44 Good Journey . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .3 Gotham City . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .27 Grazen . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .5 Idiot Proof . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .OBC Indian Country . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .9 Kafwain . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .5 Latin American . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .44 Lucky J. H. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .IFC Lucky Pulpit . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .IFC Many Rivers . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .44

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Ministers Wild Cat . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .5 Monsajem . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .59 Mr. Broad Blade . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .3 Old Topper . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .5 Olmodavor . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .3, 17 Olympio . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .44 Papa Clem . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .7 Peppered Cat . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .27 Pure Thrill . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .44 Roi Charmant . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .3 Sea of Secrets . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .OBC Siberian Summer . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .44 Singletary . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .IFC Soul of the Matter . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .9 Spensive . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .9, 15 Stormy Jack . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .IFC Suances (GB) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .13 Swiss Yodeler . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .IFC Ten Most Wanted . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .3 Thisnearlywasmine . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .27 Thorn Song . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .IFC Tizbud . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .IFC Tribal Rule . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .OBC Unusual Heat . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .IFC Western Fame . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .61 Whatsthescript . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .5

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Molly The App Girl! Guest Forum by PAT MURPHY Twenty-two-year-old Molly McGill had a lot of excitement last year. But it really started years ago, when she and her family came to the Santa Ynez Valley to visit her aunt, Bo Derek. “I was horse crazy and I loved to ride her horses,” she tells me. “Later, my family moved there and I could take part in the gymkhanas at the SYV Equestrian Center. My horse, El Nino is Quarter Horse-Thoroughbred who just loves those gymkhana games. When he sees a barrel he’s ready to go!” Little did she realize that a few years later she would be involved with Thoroughbred racing industry. Presently, Molly is a student at the University of Tampa in Florida, majoring in International Business. Traveling with Bo definitely has sparked her interests in this field. As a member of the California Horse Racing Board (CHRB), Bo is connected with fascinating people in the horse world. One of their recent trips was to the Asian Racing Conference in Australia. This meeting brings together all the countries in Asia and South Africa to discuss what needs improvement and how racing can be better promoted internationally. “My aunt was invited to speak on animal welfare. She was concerned that the industry doesn’t do a better job in

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letting the public know how well treated these Thoroughbreds are. They even have spa treatments such as massages and water therapy. They are really treated like royalty!” Among the persons attending the Asian Conference was Greg Avioli, who was the President and CEO of Breeders’ Cup Limited. Bo has close ties with this organization and has been hoping to bring the Breeders’ Cup back here to California. One morning, Molly had breakfast with Greg and his wife, Cheryl, and after hearing that Molly loved her job working for Apple Computers and also loved the horse racing industry, he suggested that she might combine the two. Molly leaped at this suggestion and said, “The Breeders’ Cup really should have an app on the iPhone. You could really promote horse racing on the iPhone!” Greg’s eyes lit up at the idea and asked her to put together a proposal for him. She immediately started working on it and also checked in with the Apple Corporation. They, too, liked the idea. The next thing she knew, she had received an invitation to intern with Peter Rotondo at the New York office of the Breeders’ Cup. From last June to Oct. 11, Molly and Justin McDonald

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Guest Forum Cont’d. worked on writing and designing the an app. “We got in touch with Equibase and got detailed information on racing. We sent mock-ups and information back and forth. We did interviews, got racing footage and learned how to edit movies. We hired Rock Software to further develop the app for both the iPhone and the iPad and I also put together a video. “We were able to make it possible for people to actually watch the Breeders’ Cup races live on their iPhones. We wound up with over 49,000 downloads and it was seen in 86 countries. We were rated number two in downloads for all apps in the many sports categories. I was very excited because I knew this would benefit them, but I didn’t realize just how much!” Needless to say, there is a job waiting for her when she graduates from college. Molly bubbles with enthusiasm as she tells me, “Going to the races with Bo is really fun. We are never in our seats; we go out to the paddock, then we walk out with the horses, then we go out to the winner’s circle to watch the races. We just go to the clubhouse to place our bets and grab some food. “We have gotten acquainted with the Mosses, owners of the famous racehorse Zenyatta. They are extremely nice and invited Bo and me to be in photos with them and stand in the winner’s circle. At the Breeders’ Cup race in Kentucky, the crowd was just screaming and screaming and then when she didn’t win there was almost total silence. Poor Blame and Garrett Gomez, his jockey, who were left standing in the win-

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ner’s circle with very few cheering for them. After coming out of the gate with all the dirt flying in her face, it took Zenyatta a bit longer to weave around the horses in front of her. She wasn’t used to the dirt track. But she still ran a spectacular race and she just missed winning by inches.” When Molly interviewed Zenyatta’s jockey Mike Smith for one of her apps, he described how she would run joyfully down the racetrack with her head and ears bobbing. That interview inspired Molly to create the “Zenyatta Bob” and for pre-race coverage, she filmed various people performing this cute little song with two fingers held up like Zenyatta’s ears. Zenyatta’s owner, Jerry Moss planned to get Molly’s song posted on Zenyatta’s website. It has also been performed on the TVG network. Maybe there could also be a Zenyatta dance imitating her unique way of strutting to the track before a race. Molly has created a movie, “Queen Z” which can be accessed easily online at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2vNAyhDi8Ic, while her Zenyatta Bob is also accessible on the Internet at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=piX KIrKDCk. Bo says, “It’s really fun to travel on behalf of horses, and share these adventures in the racing world with my sisters and niece Molly. Growing up, my sister and I were all horse crazy girls. I am so grateful to Governor Schwarznegger for giving me the opportunity to work on the inside of the horse racing world.” Molly and Bo were in Miami, Florida for the Eclipse Awards at the Fontainebleau Miami Beach resort on Jan. 17. They were overjoyed when Zenyatta won the Eclipse Horse of the Year title!

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