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April 2012 $5.00 APRIL 2012

CALIFORNIA THOROUGHBRED

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Welcome To California Gold Rush XIII

From The Executive Corner

Dear California Thoroughbred Reader, Saturday, Apr. 28, will mark the 13th renewal of the California Gold Rush day at Hollywood Park. This spring celebration of California-bred and California-sired Thoroughbreds will feature eight stakes races offering mored than $1.1 million in purse money. The event is highlighted by the Snow Chief stakes for three-year-olds and the Melair stakes for three-year-old fillies; each now with a purse of $300,000. Over the years, many top class Cal-breds have competed on Gold Rush day, including a host of millionaires and champions. As in the past, the day promises to feature large competitive fields offering racing fans numerous opportunities to wager on the local horses whom they have followed throughout the years. There will once again be a wide variety of races offered, from the multiple black-type opportunities to rich purses for maidens and first condition allowance horses. The CTBA is extremely proud of this event and would like to thank Hollywood Park, the Horsemen and all of the sponsors over the years for your support in making California Gold Rush such a success. Please join us on Apr. 28, in celebrating the top horses bred here in the Golden State.

©Benoit

Doug Burge Executive Vice President & General Manager 201 Colorado Place Arcadia, California 91007 (626) 445-7800 www.ctba.com

Dear California Thoroughbred Reader, The first Saturday of Hollywood Park’s 2012 Spring/Summer meet marks the running of California Gold Rush XIII. California Gold Rush is one of the most important dates on the calendar every year, as it features a day of eight stakes races offering more than $1.1 million in purses exclusively to California-breds and California-sired runners. This year’s running should prove to be another spectacle of exciting racing with full and competitive fields. Hollywood Park would like to thank Warren’s Thoroughbreds, TVG and the National Thoroughbred Racing Association (NTRA) for their continued support of races on the day’s card. The TVG Snow Chief Stakes and the Melair Stakes, now both $300,000 events, anchor the California Gold Rush program. The lucrative day also features the $125,000 Tiznow Stakes and $125,000 B. Thoughtful Stakes, each honoring an icon of the Golden State’s breeding and racing industry, as well as two $70,000 allowance races and a couple of $60,000 maiden special weight events. Hollywood Park looks forward to welcoming breeders and owners to the Gold Rush Party in the Turf Club on Saturday, Apr. 28, for one of the most festive and exciting days on this year’s racing calendar—one that underscores our continued commitment to the California Thoroughbred breeding and racing industry.

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©Vassar

F. Jack Liebau President 1050 S. Prairie Ave. Inglewood, CA 90301 (310) 419-1500 www.hollywoodpark.com

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Managing Editor’s Welcome

©Lisa Groothedde

A California Classic Back in January of this year, I had the pleasure of visiting a California classic in the form of E.A. Ranches in Ramona. My trip to this magnificent 1,000-acre, fullservice farm owned by the Auerbach family was an absolute pleasure as Marguerite Eliasson, the General Farm Manager, took me on a complete tour while filling me in on all the latest details about the place. E.A. Ranches has always been a perfect location to breed, foal and raise Thoroughbreds of the highest caliber since the late 1970s, and it also now boasts a solid stallion roster featuring Chattahoochee War, Drum Major, Elusive Bluff, Game Plan, Rocky Bar and Spensive. Its founder Ernest Auerbach, who passed away since my previous visit to his farm in 2003, was a remarkable man and his dream of providing a paradise for horses continues on in the commitment by his daughters Lorna and Heidi to preserve and build on his legacy of one of the finest Thoroughbred facilities on the West Coast. Besides this cover story on E.A. Ranches, the April 2012 issue of our California Thoroughbred magazine also features a preview of Hollywood Park’s California Gold Rush XIII day being held in Inglewood on Saturday, Apr. 28, as well as the debut of a new advertorial that spotlights the annual group of California-bred foals, this month featuring Legacy Ranch in Clements. Art DeNio, the breeder of 2012 grade II winner Frumious, is the latest California Thoroughbred Breeders Association (CTBA) member to be profiled and this year’s group of freshman sires in California is analyzed, while there’s also a wrap-up of the Barretts March Sale of Selected Two-Year-Olds in Training that was held at Fairplex in Pomona during the evening of Mar. 5. Renowned equine photographer Katey Barrett’s latest book, The Hill: 30 Years of Photographing Santa Anita’s Unique Downhill Turf Course, is reviewed in Equine Publications and Focus On The Future spotlights Dan Blacker, a young trainer who brings a wealth of talent and experience to the table. Fellow conditioner Walter Frazier provides his personal account of the massive windstorm that hit Santa Anita Park on Nov. 30, 2011, while another Industry Insight piece highlights the details of a study that was recently done on the horse industry in the Santa Ynez Valley, courtesy of Pat Murphy. California-bred Mangaki, who is still enjoying life as a 31-year-old pensioned stallion at Marianne Millard’s Here Tis Ranch in San Jacinto following a racing career that included graded stakes wins in 1984 and 1987, is the subject matter in A Blast From The Past and there is also a Down on the Farm article titled, “Fetal Programming: The Importance Of Nutrition In Pregnancy.” Guest Forum provides a mustread story about the names that we give to our horses, while the balance of the magazine 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 In the Company of. . .Turkoman, the 1986 Eclipse Champion have to hope for the best! Older Male who is currently enjoying life as a pensioned stallion at the ripe old age of 30, during a visit to the Auerbach family’s 1,000-acre, full-service E.A. Ranches in Ramona, California, on Jan. 14, 2012.

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©California Thoroughbred 2012 (ISSN1092-7328) 201 Colorado Place, Arcadia, California 91007 Telephone: (626) 445-7800 or 1-800-573-CTBA (California residents only) FAX: (626) 445-6981 E-mail address: ctbainfo@ctba.com Owned and published by the California Thoroughbred Breeders Association, a nonprofit corporation dedicated to the production of better Thoroughbred horses for better Thoroughbred racing. Opinions expressed in signed articles are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect policies of the CTBA or this magazine. Publication of any material originating herein is expressly forbidden without first obtaining written permission from California Thoroughbred. All advertising copy is submitted subject to approval. We reserve the right to reject any copy that is misleading or that does not meet with the standards set by the publication. Acknowledgment: Statistics in this publication relating to results of races in North America are compiled by the Daily Racing Form. Charts by special arrangement with Daily Racing Form Inc., the copyright owners of said charts. Reproduction forbidden. OFFICERS President: SUE GREENE Vice President: PETE PARRELLA Treasurer: JOHN H. BARR Secretary: DANIEL Q. SCHIFFER Executive Vice President and General Manager: Doug Burge DIRECTORS - John C. Harris, Jeanne L. Canty, Leigh Ann Howard, John H. Barr, Daniel L. Harralson, Daniel Q. Schiffer, William H. Nichols, Rosemary A. Neeb, Jane Johnson, William H. de Burgh, Pete Parrella, Sue Greene, Mary Knight, Bonnie Vessels Ex Officio: E. W. (Bud) Johnston & Donald J. Valpredo ADMINISTRATIVE STAFF Chief Financial Officer: James Murphy Sales Coordinator: Cookie Hackworth Registrar and Incentive Program Manager: Mary Ellen Locke Membership: Rosemary Stringer Assistant Registrar: Dawn Gerber Executive Assistant & Event Coordinator: Christy Chapman Web Site Managing Editor: Ken Gurnick Librarian/Receptionist: Vivian Montoya RACETRACK LIAISON: Scott Henry CALIFORNIA CUP Coordinator: Cookie Hackworth PUBLICATIONS STAFF Editor: Doug Burge Managing Editor: Rudi Groothedde Advertising Manager: Loretta Veiga Art Director: John Melanson Production: Charlene Favata-Markel Subscriptions: Rosemary Stringer California Thoroughbred is published monthly in Arcadia, Calif. Periodical postage is paid at Arcadia, Calif., and at additional mailing offices. POSTMASTER: Send address changes to the California Thoroughbred, P.O. Box 60018, Arcadia, CA 91066-6018 California Thoroughbred is printed by Modern Litho Print Co. SUBSCRIPTIONS-$55.00 per year USA $85.00 per year Canada & Mexico CTBA on the Internet — http://www.ctba.com

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April 2012 Contents Cover Story

VOLUME 136 NO. 4

On This Month’s Cover

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©Marguerite Eliasson

Departments 6 16 16 56 58 59 60 62 66 67

News Bits The CTBA Working For You California Thoroughbred Foundation (CTF) Notes—April 2012 Leading Sires in California Leading Lifetime Sires in California CTBA Calendar Dates in California Classified Advertising Index to Advertisers Index to Stallions Advertised

by Rudi Groothedde

©Marguerite Eliasson photos

The Auerbach Family’s E.A. Ranches in Ramona, California, is an impressive 1,000acre, full-service farm that was established by the late Ernest Auerbach during the tail end of the 1970s, and which currently boasts a strong stallion roster of Chattahoochee War, Drum Major, Elusive Bluff, Game Plan, Rocky Bar and Spensive.

Thoroughbred Farms In California: E.A. Ranches—Building On The Legacy

Features

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California Gold Rush: A Major Boost For Cal-Breds At Gold Rush XIII by Emily Shields

CTBA Member Profile: Art DeNio—Living The Fantasy by Emily Shields

California Sires: The Race Is On by Lisa Groothedde

Regional Sales: Building An Empire by Lisa Groothedde

Equine Publications: The Hallowed Hill by Marcie Heacox

Focus On The Future: Dan Blacker—The Start Of Great Things To Come by Emily Shields

Industry Insight: The Great Santa Anita Storm by Walter J. Frazier

Industry Insight: A Study Of The Horse Industry In The Santa Ynez Valley by Pat Murphy

A Blast from The Past: Mangaki—A True All American by Jackie Barnes

Down on the Farm: Fetal Programming—The Importance Of Nutrition In Pregnancy by Heather Smith Thomas

Advertorials

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California-Bred Foals: The 2012 Foal Crop

©Benoit

Columns Unusual Class, a filly by Harris Farms’ Unusual Heat out of the unraced Avenue of Flags mare Sookloozy, was the highest-priced Californiabred to sell at this year’s Barretts March Sale of Selected Two-Year-Olds in Training at Fairplex in Pomona on March 5, when David Heerensperger paid $130,000 for her out of the Sam Hendricks consignment. 4 CALIFORNIA THOROUGHBRED • APRIL 2012

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From the Executive Office: Welcome To California Gold Rush XIII by Doug Burge & F. Jack Liebau Sr.

Managing Editor’s Welcome: A California Classic by Rudi Groothedde

Guest Forum: What’s In A Name? by Bob Carson

The May 2012 Cover Story

A History Of Cal-Breds In The Kentucky Derby www.ctba.com


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Racing In Southern California: Irish For A Day

News Bits On March 17, St. Patrick’s Day, trainer Julio Canani walked around Santa Anita Park decked out in a plush green top hat and a bright green tie, which shone with the words, “Kiss me! I’m Irish.” When the Peruvian wasn’t trying to convince the few souls who braved the track during vicious inclement weather that he was Irish, he busied himself presenting the trophy for the 15th running of the $100,000 Irish O’Brien Stakes. The trophy ended up in the hands of

Barry Abrams, Robert Huston and Billy Koch of Little Red Feather Racing. Their Lindz Winz, who was making her stakes debut, stalked a quick pace in the 6 1/2-furlong Irish O’Brien before pulling away to win by 2 1/4 lengths. She and jockey Edwin Maldonado defeated Camille C and Advance Ticket to win in 1:15.58 as the race’s 8-1 longshot. Heavy rains prevented the Irish O’Brien from being run as scheduled on the downhill turf course. Bench Glory, Halo Dolly and Unzip Me all scratched due to the switch to the main track. Unzip Me was seeking a

second Irish O’Brien crown after winning the race in 2010, and a victory would have pushed her earnings over $1 million. Trainer Abrams noted that when Unzip Me scratched, “that gave us the race.” Lindz Winz, a daughter of Old English Rancho’s Vronsky, is the third winner from the first four foals out of the Smokester mare Craven Cottage. The victory was the second in 12 starts for Lindz Winz, who also has a second and two thirds with earnings of $134,226. She was making her sixth start of Santa Anita’s Winter/Spring meeting.—Emily Shields

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Lindz Winz—$100,000 Irish O’Brien Stakes—March 17, 2012

First Arrivals For Thorn Song, Global Hunter Two grade I-winning California stallions were represented by the births of their respective first foals within the past few months. On March 5, the winning Flying Continental mare Lots ©Goins of Sunshine delivered a colt Thorn Song by the Harris Farms stallion Thorn Song at the Coalinga nursery. The nine-year-old Unbridled’s Song stallion, a dual grade I winner, retired from racing with lifetime earnings of $1,132,700. The $611,365-earner Global Hunter (Arg) attained his first offspring on Feb. 2, when the unraced Lord Carson mare R Skadi produced a colt by the nine-year-old son of Jade Hunter at Rancho San Miguel. The 2009 Eddie Read Stakes (grade I) winner stands at Magali Farms in Santa Ynez. Both Thorn Song and Global Hunter survived lifethreatening racing injuries ©Mesaros Global Hunter (Arg) before entering stud last year.

CTBA Magazine Launches New Format Starting with page 31 of this April 2012 issue of California Thoroughbred, the official publication of the California Thoroughbred Breeders Association (CTBA), this year’s crop of foals born in the Golden State will be included as full-page advertorials with each page featuring six foals from a specific Thoroughbred farm, including detailed information on every foal and that facility. For this service, a fee of $500 per page will be charged, representing a discount of more than 50 percent on the cost of a regular full-page advertisement in the monthly magazine. The deadline for submitting photos of California-bred foals located at one farm in sets of five for a particular issue will be the first of the month prior to that magazine; April 9 for the May issue; May 7 for the June issue; June 8 for the July issue; and July 9 for the August issue. All photos submitted need to be at a high quality resolution of at least 300 dpi and include the details of the foal’s sire, dam, sex, date of birth and breeder, and the magazine reserves the right to request a replacement image. For further information about this new innovation, please contact either the magazine’s Managing Editor, Rudi Groothedde, at rudi@ctba.com, or its Advertising Manager, Loretta Veiga, at Loretta@ctba.com. Additionally, breeders and farms are still welcome to submit individual photos of their 2012 foals for inclusion on the CTBA’s web site, www.ctba.com, copies of which can be sent to its Managing Editor, Ken Gurnick, at kgurnick@ctba.com. Continued on page 8

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News Bits Cont’d.

Hollywood Park Embarks On New Season, Partnership

Highlighted by the $500,000 Hollywood Gold Cup (grade I) and the $400,000 American Oaks (grade I), the 2012 spring/summer meet at Hollywood Park will feature a $6.8 million stakes schedule during its 50-day season, which extends from Thursday, April 26 through Sunday, July 15. The lucrative California Gold Rush XIII program worth more than $1.1 million for runners who were either bred or sired in California will be conducted on Saturday, April 28.

Speaker Of The Assembly Visits Santa Anita John A. Perez, the Speaker of the Assembly at the Capitol in Sacramento, made his rounds during the Santa Anita Handicap Day on Mar. 3, including a visit with California Thoroughbred Breeders Association (CTBA) members Mike Pegram (left) and Bob Baffert (right) in Santa Anita Park’s winner’s circle.

©Benoit & Associates Photo.

Under the terms of a first-ever naming rights deal for a United States racing venue, the track will be renamed Betfair Hollywood Park. Among the initiatives of the five-year agreement between racetrack operators and Los Angeles-based Betfair US are facility and technology improvements aimed at enhancing customer service and attracting a younger audience.

Brazeaus Purchase Hemet Farm Paul and Aileen Brazeau have purchased the former site of Hemet Valley Thoroughbreds and Heavens View Thorough bred Farm in Hemet and, together with Heavens View owner Nadine Anderson, will be partners in a new plan to turn the property into a world-class equine facility under the title of Brazeau Thoroughbred Farms.

Zenyatta Delivers First Foal On March 8, the 2010 Eclipse Horse of the Year Zenyatta delivered her highly anticipated first foal: a colt by 2006 Eclipse Champion Three-YearOld Male Bernardini. Weighing in at 130 pounds, the youngster was foaled at Lane’s End in Kentucky. Zenyatta, an eight-year-old Street Cry ©Lisa Groothedde. (Ire) mare, won 13 grade I races and retired in November 2010 as the highest-earning female in North American racing history with a 20-race bankroll of $7,304,580. She competed almost exclusively in Southern California for owners Jerry and Ann Moss, who have been California Thoroughbred Breeders Association (CTBA) members for 25 years.

Lava Man Ponies Triple Crown Contender During Santa Anita Handicap Day on Mar. 3, California-bred Lava Man (right), the 2006 and 2007 California Horse of the Year who won the grade I Big ‘Cap in those two years, ponied the 2012

grade II winner I’ll Have Another prior to a public workout at the Arcadia track as part of this colt’s preparation for the Arcadia track’s grade I, $750,000 Santa Anita Derby on Saturday, Apr. 7. ©Heacox.

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 21 to March 18 inclusive: Amazombie g.6. Northern Afleet—Wilshe Amaze 3rd Grade II San Carlos Stakes $200,000 7 f. Santa Anita Park February 25 Breeder: Gregg Anderson Calibrachoa h.5. Southern Image—Fort Lauderdale 1st Grade III Tom Fool Handicap $200,000 6 f. Aqueduct March 3 Breeder: N. B. Hunt Compari g.6. Redattore (Brz) —Southern Charm 3rd Grade I Frank E. Kilroe Mile Stakes $300,000 1 m. (T) Santa Anita Park March 3 Breeders: Harris Farms Inc., Donald Valpredo & John Nicoletti

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News Bits Cont’d. Atticus On Feb. 19, this Magali Farms stallion was represented internationally at Sha Tin as the broodmare sire of the US$773,783 Mercedes-Benz Hong Kong Classic Cup winner: the fouryear-old gelding Zaidan.

Going Ballistic

This grade II winner and $1,195,567earner, an eight-year-old son of Lite the Fuse who entered stud this year at Victory Rose Thoroughbreds, has died.

Stallion News $21 million, including the Californiabred stakes winners Bestdressed, Lit’sgoodlookngray, Dotsy Jean, Gambler’s Justice and Maidens Justice.

Southern Image

On March 3, this Rancho San Miguel sire was flattered by his five-year-old son Calibrachoa, who improved his lifetime bankroll to $666,040 with his repeat victory in the grade III, $200,000 Tom Fool Handicap at Aqueduct in New York.

Kafwain Daisy Devine, a four-year-old filly by this Tommy Town Thoroughbreds resident, elevated her career earnings to $578,349 with her Feb. 21 victory in the $72,000 Mardi Gras Handicap on the Fair Grounds turf course in Louisiana.

Lit de Justice

This Magali Farms mainstay has been pensioned from stud duty at the age of 22. The 1996 Breeders’ Cup Sprint (grade I) winner and Eclipse Champion Sprinter by El Gran Senor has sired the collective earners of more than

Southern Image

Street Theatre This Baseline Equine stallion attained his first winner on Feb. 25, when his three-year-old gelding G’night captured a maiden special weight race on Santa Anita Park’s downhill turf course.

Western Fame

Lit de Justice

Auction Action Toasting, a Congrats filly out of California-bred Ponderway, was purchased for $175,000 by West Point Thoroughbreds during the 2012 Ocala Breeders’ Sales Company’s March Selected Sale of Two-Year-Olds in Training in Florida. Ponderway, a stakes-producing daughter of Prized, was bred by Paul Varni.

On Feb. 25, this Paradise Road Ranch resident was represented at Turf Paradise in Arizona by his maternal grandson Taylors Deal, the winner of the $75,000 Turf Paradise Derby against nine rival three-year-olds.

CURRENT CALIFORNIA SIRES OF STAKES WINNERS Named Foals of

SWs

1,246

71

965

63

1,009

53

High Brite (1984)†

923

46

Beau Genius (1985)†

748

39

Cee’s Tizzy (1987)†

727

39

Benchmark (1991)

650

32

Olympio (1988)†

511

30

Stormin Fever (1994)

621

30

Unusual Heat (1990)

562

30

Memo (Chi) (1987)†

525

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Swiss Yodeler (1994)

673

24

Game Plan (1993)

416

23

Tribal Rule (1996)

442

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Sea of Secrets (1995)

428

20

Formal Gold (1993)•

469

19

Old Topper (1995)

475

19

Kafwain (2000)

398

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Redattore (Brz) (1995)•

500

15

Atticus (1992)

433

13

Siberian Summer (1989)†

381

13

Western Fame (1992)

278

13

For Really (1987)†

246

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Racing Age

Salt Lake (1989)† In Excess (Ire) (1987)† Bertrando (1989)

† Indicates stallions who have died or have been retired from the stud. • Indicates stallions who have moved out of state but have California-bred two-year-olds of this year. All sires will remain on the list until the year after their last foals are two-year-olds.

Qualifying Claiming Levels The following claiming levels for California owners premiums and stallion awards are currently in effect: Santa Anita Park—$40,000 (closes April 22) Golden Gate Fields—$20,000 Hollywood Park—$40,000 (opens April 25) Continued on page 12

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News Bits Cont’d.

FFA Students & Staff Make Annual Visit To CTBA

Three of the horses honored during a Feb. 18 Emerald Downs awards banquet celebrating the champion Washingtonbred runners of 2011 boast California bloodlines. Point of Reference, a six-year-old daughter of the Ballena Vista Farm stallion Benchmark, was named the 2011 Washington Champion Older Filly or Mare based on her two stakes wins on the Northern California fair circuit last year. She has won 10 of her 27 starts and earned $328,687 overall. Castinette Dancer, a three-time stakes winner in Canada last year, took honors as the 2011 Washington Champion ThreeYear-Old Filly. She is by the Tommy Town Thoroughbreds sire Ministers Wild Cat, and has earned $147,541. Receiving recognition as the 2011 Washington Champion Turf Horse was the 14-time winner and $464,267-earner Reba Is Tops, a dual grade III-placed, five-time stakes winner out of Miss Kyama, a winning Present Value mare who was bred in California by Wellman and Shoemaker.

For the third consecutive year, a group of 35 Future Farmers of America (FFA) students and staff from Santa Maria High School visited the offices of the California Thoroughbred Breeders Association (CTBA) on Feb. 24, as part of their annual trip to Santa Anita Park in Arcadia.

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Washington Awards Banquet Features California Flavor

As per the statistics published in The Jockey Club’s 2012 Fact Book, California’s 1,915 registered foals of 2010 ranked the Golden State fourth in the nation behind Kentucky (8,325), Florida (2,290) and Louisiana (2,276). For the 2011 breeding season, California was also ranked fourth nationally with 2,446 mares bred to 186 stallions at an average book size of 13.2, as compared to the corresponding numbers recorded by Kentucky (15,576/250/62.3), Florida (2,946/125/23.6) and Louisiana (2,824/211/13.4).

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California Closers The closing date for entries to this year’s Northern California Yearling Sale, being hosted by the California Thoroughbred Breeders Association (CTBA) at the Alameda County Fairgrounds in Pleasanton on Aug. 14, is Monday, Apr. 9…On the same day, the “Go-Go Golfing For(e) The Winners Foundation” will hold a golf outing at the Angeles National Golf Club in Sunland to raise funds for the Winners Foundation and celebrate the release of The Garrett Gomez Story: A Jockey’s Journey Through Addication & Salvation…On Tuesday, Apr. 17, the California Thoroughbred Farm Managers Association (CTFMA) will hold its next monthly meeting at the San Luis Rey Downs Country Club in Bonsall…The closing date for entries to this year’s Barretts October Yearling Sale at Fairplex in Pomona is Friday, April 20…On Thursday, April 26, the next monthly meeting of the California Horse Racing Board (CHRB) will be held at Hollywood Park in Inglewood…”Stand Up For Horses,” a fundraiser for this non-profit organization for rescued Thoroughbred racehorses, will be held at the IMPROV Comedy Club in Los Angeles on Sunday, Apr. 29…On Mar. 13, Rod Blonien, a longtime lobbyist for horse racing in California, died at the age of 65 at his home in Sacramento…The horse racing drama show “Luck” was canceled by HBO on Mar. 14, following the death at Santa Anita Park of a third horse who was part of this weekly television series…On Feb. 15, it was announced that Kim Lloyd had been promoted to General Manager of Barretts Equine Sales and Fairplex Park…Local breeders are reminded that they are now eligible for emergency loans from the Farm Service Administration (FSA) of the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), the details of which can be obtained from the American Horse Council (AHC) at its www.horsecouncil.org web site. www.ctba.com

Cal-Bred Stakes Winners Retired Two prominent CaliforniaThe $1,531,240-earner was named bred runners have completed the California Champion Older Male their respective racing careers. and Champion Turf Horse of 2010, as Six-year-old The Usual Q. T., well as the California Champion an Unusual Heat gelding who Three-Year-Old Male of 2009. collected three state champi- ©Heacox In February, the five-time stakes The Usual Q. T. onship titles, was retired in winner Lady Railrider was retired March with a sesamoid injury. from racing and shipped to Harris Bred in California by Carlee Farms to begin broodmare duties. Van Kempen, he achieved The seven-year-old daughter of Ride the Rails won nine of 35 starts, eight wins and 11 placings from including the $100,000 CTT/TOC 23 starts, highlighted by a pair ©Benoit Lady Railrider California Cup Matron Handicap in of grade I victories in Hollywood Park’s 2009 Hollywood Derby 2009, and earned $603,041 while competand the Del Mar Thoroughbred Club’s ing as a homebred for Larry and Marianne Williams. 2010 Eddie Read Stakes.

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News Bits Cont’d.

10 Years Ago April 21, 2002

Richard “Bud” Miller Richard “Bud” Miller, a California Thoroughbred Breeders Association member since 1974, died in Petaluma on Feb. 27 at the age of 75. The lifelong horseman owned Linwood Farm and saddled the winners of 81 races as a longtime trainer on the Northern California circuit.

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Ringaskiddy Grade I San Juan Capistrano Invitational Handicap

In the biggest win of his career, six-year-old Ringaskiddy won the grade I, $400,000 San Juan Capistrano Invitational Handicap at Santa Anita Park on April 21, 2002. Bred in California by Robert H. Walter Family Trust, the gelded son of Slewvescent and five-time winner Halo At Dawn, by Halo, retired four seasons later with six wins, 13 seconds, 10 thirds and $639,591 in earnings from 55 starts.

25 Years Ago The $64,950 Providencia Stakes at Santa Anita Park on April 10, 1987, was won by three-year-old Some Sensation, an Old English Rancho homebred daughter of Somethingfabulous out of the stakes-winning Majestic Prince mare Conky Johnston. After retiring two years later with a record of 16-4-3-1 and $133,600, she then became the dam of the 1993 California Cup Juvenile Stakes winner Flying Sensation.

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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.

Sue Greene Re-Elected As CTBA President Sue Greene, who owns and manages tions; Pete Parrella as Vice President, John Barr as Treasurer and Dan Schiffer as Secretary. Woodbridge Farm in Oakdale, has been reelected to a second term as President of the The results of the latest election of members to the CTBA for 2012. Board of Directors for the period of 2012 to 2014, were In other election results from the March 8 also confirmed with the re-election of incumbents meeting of the CTBA’s Board of Directors, all of Jeanne Canty, Will De Burgh, John Harris and Pete Sue Greene last year’s Officers were re-elected to their posiParrella. Closing Date Reminder For CTBA’s Nor Cal Yearling Sale Monday, April 9, is the closing date for the $300 entry fee to this year’s Northern California Yearling Sale being held at the Alameda County Fairgrounds in Pleasanton on Tuesday, Aug. 14, starting at noon. Local breeders and owners need to note that the CTBA, which has hosted this auction for the past eight years, has announced that should it not receive an ample number of yearlings to make the sale viable then all entry fees will be refunded. The upset price at this auction, which numbers more than 500 winners and 27 stakes winners among its graduates, is $1,000 and the minimum commission charge will be $500. For additional information about the sale, the CTBA’s Sale Coordinator, Cookie Hackworth, can be contacted at either cookie@ctba.com or (626) 445-7800, extension 247. Incentive Award Payments Mailed Last month, the CTBA mailed out total check payments of $4,401,972.15 (9.76 percent) in Breeder Awards and $1,467,324.18 (9.62 percent) in Stallion Awards for the 2011 performances by California-breds and those Golden State stallions who qualified under these incentive award programs.

The CTBA Calendar Corner California Gold Rush XIII Saturday, April 28, Hollywood Park, Inglewood Northern California Yearling Sale Tuesday, August 14, Alameda County Fairgrounds, Pleasanton For information, contact the CTBA’s Event Coordinator Christy Chapman at either christy@ctba.com or (800) 573-2822, ext. 247.

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Notes — April 2012 California Thoroughbred Foundation 2012 OFFICERS AND DIRECTORS Mrs. Jeanne L. Canty, President Warren Williamson, Vice-President Gregory L. Ferraro, DVM, Treasurer Mark W. McCreary, Secretary Peter P. Daily Jane Goldstein

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CTBA Hall Of Fame Bronze With the recent 2012 inductions of Brown Bess, Quicken Tree and E.W. “Buddy” Johnson to the California Thoroughbred Breeders Association (CTBA) Hall of Fame, now might be a good time to visit the Carleton F. Burke Library and see the Hall of Fame bronze on view there. Commissioned by Keith Card, a Past President of the CTBA who passed way last year, and created by sculptor Austin Casson, the piece is titled “Another Fortunate Year.” The Burke library is home to many other bronzes, trophies and artwork running the gamut of the Thoroughbred industry. Be sure to give them all a “look see” on your next visit. Stop by anytime and enjoy an hour or two within this totally unique California Institution.

Del Mar Thoroughbred Club Gift Helps Fund Foundation Projects The Foundation wishes to acknowledge a recent donation from the Del Mar Thoroughbred Club. Such gifts support the CTF’s projects, such as the Western University and U.C. Davis scholarships and operation of the Burke Library.

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 and Western University of Health Sciences in Pomona. The Foundation maintains the Carleton F. Burke Memorial Library, one of the most extensive collections of

equine literature found anywhere. Several generous donations of book collections and artwork form the core of the library, which is housed in the CTBA offices in Arcadia. Among its 10,000 volumes are current veterinary publications, turf histories, sales catalogs, and books spanning a wide range of subjects from equine nutrition and care to fine arts. The latest instructional videos also are available for viewing in the library. The resources of the CTF’s Carleton F. Burke Memorial Library are available to the public for research and pleasure.

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

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E.A. Ranches: Building On The Legacy

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by RUDI GROOTHEDDE Marguerite Eliasson, who became the General Farm Manager five years after being hired by Auerbach in 1980, is one of the people who have been with this successful facility for many years, and she stated in 2003, “He’s truly made E.A. Ranches into one of the foremost farms in California.” But the final words come appropriately from his older daughter Lorna. “I hope to carry on Dad's dream and legacy and to uphold his reputation of running the finest full-service Thoroughbred facility on the West Coast. We are very fortunate in having an outstanding staff of extremely competent and dedicated horsemen and women under the leadership of Marguerite. No one in the industry knows horses or cares more deeply about their well-being than Marguerite. Our crew has been with us since the beginning. Their children have been born and raised on the ranch and are now starting families of their own. We are all committed to constantly improving our operations, and continuing to attract the top stallions and mares to our farm.” The Turning Point Those comments ring true in the fact that E.A. Ranches is currently home to more than 100 boarders, including six stallions, as compared to half that number of horses who Continued on next page

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One’s first impression when reaching the entrance to E.A. Ranches, a 1,000-acre ranch located in the magnificent back-country of San Diego, is one of serenity and beauty. However, when Ernest Auerbach passed away at the age of 93 in February of 2010, there was a degree of uncertainty as to whether or not that Ramona farm which the Brooklyn, New York, native had founded in the late 1970s, would remain in operation. But it was soon decided by his wife of more than 60 years, Lisa, and their daughters Lorna and Heidi that they would continue with a dream of his that had become the passion of his life. “It is a dream come true for me, because ever since I was a kid I believed that one day I would have a place like this,” Auerbach had proudly said in 2003. “I love to own land because a ranch or a farm is like a piece of artwork. Actually, it is even better than that, as you can not only see and touch it but you can also walk, drive or hike the length of it. I have hiked all over E.A. Ranches and I cannot tell you how rewarding and satisfying that has been to both me and my family.” That cattle ranch which Auerbach purchased in 1977, as a working broodmare farm from day one, is now one of California’s premier Thoroughbred breeding and racing operations; the perfect legacy to a man who was always passionate about breeding, raising and caring for horses.

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were based there a couple of years ago. The economic downturn first took its toll on the client numbers and then the family temporarily suspended its own racing activity and carefully culled its herd. The glory days of more than 350 equine residents on the property were now a distant memory. However, things have certainly turned around for E.A. Ranches since then. Sherrie Songer, the Training Track Manager, said, “We made a lot of cutbacks to get down to the bare minimum, but we just hung in there and now we are back on the way up due to our perseverance. I think Mr. Auerbach would be proud of us all; he would be happy, as this was his passion and he loved it.” Marguerite detailed a couple of the reasons why things have turned around. “We try to keep our prices realistic for our clients so we have stayed at $18 a day, just to help them out until things get better. We’ve also had a lot of people who call to say they’ve heard good things about us, especially from other farms. This solid reputation is key to our success.” She continued, “We’re thrilled about our new clients, and their enthusiasm and excitement is similar to that of Lorna and Heidi, whose decision to continue with the farm is already paying off as we have some great new stallions and we’re dealing with some good new people. That’s very

encouraging after losing Mr. Auerbach. He always said that he couldn’t have had a better life. He was a good-hearted man, with his horses too, so the farm was his love as he wanted to take care of them. We were lucky knowing him and are lucky to still be taking care of this great place.” A Welcome Resurgence With the arrival of three new stallions at E.A. Ranches for the 2012 breeding season, namely Chattahoochee War, Elusive Bluff and Rocky Bar, the farm is enjoying a resurgence in a division that was also stimulated by Spensive relocating there last year, and the retirement of Drum Major to the Ramona facility in 2010. The farm’s strong roster of half a dozen is completed by Game Plan, a resident there since 2005. Each stallion has an individual grass paddock where they spend the day before spending the night in the 16-stall breeding barn, where the resident mares are also put under lights. Two additional such paddocks are reserved for the retired stallions Soul of the Matter and Turkoman, now 21 and 30 years old, respectively. Chattahoochee War A 10-year-old son of the 2000 Breeders’ Cup Mile Stakes (grade I) winner War Chant, Chattahoochee War retired to stud in California for the 2009 breeding season. His fiveseason, all-turf racing career was topped by a graded stakes win and a grade I-placing as a three-year-old. The winner of his debut at two, Chattahoochee War’s sophomore campaign included wins in the $82,200 Hill Rise

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Stakes and grade III, $150,000 Central Bank Transylvania Stakes, runner-up finishes in the $501,500 Kent Breeders Cup Stakes and $750,000 Virginia Derby, both grade III events, and a third-place finish in the $400,000 Secretariat Stakes (grade I). In Keeneland’s Transylvania Stakes, he set a new course record of 1:35.28 for about one mile. Stakes-placed at five and a winner at six, this first foal out of the grade I-placed graded stakes-winning Sri Pekan mare Buffalo Berry (Ire) earned $553,416 from a 15-4-5-2 record compiled while racing at many of the nation’s top racetracks. He won at distances from 6 1/2 furlongs to 1 1/8 miles and twice finished just one position behind English Channel ($5,319,028), a six-time grade I winner and the 2007 Eclipse Champion Turf Male.

dave and Bernard Baruch Handicaps at Saratoga in New York. Out of the multiple stakes winner Endless Parade, by Williamstown, he retired to stud at E.A. Ranches two years ago, and now has yearlings of 2012.

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From the family of a number of sires, including leading 2011 freshman sire Hard Spun, Chattahoochee War’s first crop of two-year-olds are scheduled to hit the races this year. The 16-hand bay is the property of John and Jerry Amerman and stands for Private Treaty-Live Foal in 2012 “He’s kind of unknown to us because we’ve only broke one of his babies,” said Marguerite, “but he should do well as he was a great racehorse, and he’s big, kind and correct.” Drum Major During six seasons at the track, Drum Major won or placed in 11 black-type events, including five in graded stakes company. The 10-year-old son of Dynaformer was a graded stakes winner at four and earned $423,836 from six wins and nine placings in 25 starts. A stakes-placed winner at Belmont Park in New York as a two-year-old, Drum Major’s sophomore campaign included a win in the Pete Axthelm Stakes at Calder Race Course in Florida, as well as stakes placings both in the same state at Gulfstream Park and at Churchill Downs in Kentucky. In 2006, he won Aqueduct’s grade III, $114,100 Knickerbocker Handicap in New York, while Florida was the venue for his win in the Gulfstream’s $75,000 Lure Stakes and graded stakes-placings at both that track and Calder. At five, Drum Major was stakes-placed at New Jersey’s Monmouth Park and grade II-placed in both the Fourstar-

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Drum Major’s wins came at distances of 7 1/2 furlongs to 1 1/8 miles on the turf and he was also stakes-placed on the dirt, so this versatility should prove to be a great asset to him as a sire. Owned by Keith Barnacastle and standing at 16 hands, his Live Foal stud fee for 2012 is $2,500. Marguerite commented, “He has good conformation and is a beautiful mover when he runs. He’s also got some nice yearlings.” Elusive Bluff After standing his first two years at stud in Louisiana, Southern Equine Stable’s graded stakes winner Elusive Bluff relocated to E.A. Ranches for the 2012 breeding season.

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This six-year-old son of Elusive Quality, the sire of Eclipse champions Smarty Jones and Maryfield, is out of the Pine Bluff mare Megans Bluff, who earned $743,263 and whose five graded stakes victories included a win in the Continued on next page

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Thoroughbred Farms In California Cont’d. 2000 Mrs. Revere Stakes (grade II) and repeat triumphs in the grade III Early Times Mint Julep Handicap, all at Churchill Downs. Sold for $275,000 as a weanling at the 2006 Keeneland November Breeding Stock Sale, Elusive Bluff was unbeaten as a two-year-old in his only two career starts. Both his victories came on the turf course at Belmont Park in New York where he parlayed a maiden special weight win at a mile into a triumph in the grade III, $156,800 Pilgrim Breeders’ Cup Stakes going 1 1/16 miles. The $127,380-earner has 16 yearlings of this year. Elusive Bluff’s stud fee for 2012 is $1,000-Live Foal, which will be waived with a two-year contract or for mares who are either black-type performers or producers. “His owners are very excited about him and have already brought a dozen mares to the farm to support him in the breeding shed,” said Marguerite. “He’s another good looking horse with a nice mind and is big and correct.” Game Plan The elder statesman among the active stallions at E.A. Ranches is 19-year-old Game Plan who never made it to the races but successfully spent his first eight years at stud in Washington before relocating to Ramona in 2005. By five-time leading sire Danzig out of the grade I winner Cadillacing, an Alydar full sister to the 1988 Eclipse champion and 1989 Belmont Stakes (grade I) winner Easy Goer who was also a successful sire, Game Plan’s second dam Relaxing was an Eclipse champion too.

Game Plan

From his 12 crops to race, Game Plan has sired the earners of nearly $12 million and his progeny include 22 stakes winners. Numbered among Game Plan’s leading runners are grade I winner Mistical Plan ($816,790), grade III winner Celtic Dreamin, five other graded stakes performers and the two-year-old stakes winner of 2011, Passing Game. Game Plan also boasts average earnings per starter of more than $41,000 and 78 percent winners from starters.

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The property of the Game Plan Syndicate, he stands at 16 hands and his Live Foal stud fee for this year is $2,500. Marguerite said, “He’s classically bred, he’s absolutely gorgeous, even at his age, and he stamps his foals.” Rocky Bar Rocky Bar, the 14-year-old son of twice leading California stallion In Excess (Ire) and To the Post, a seven-time stakes winner who was also grade stakes-placed, was retired to stud at Richard Owens’ Triple AAA Ranch in Arizona for the 2005 breeding season and has since produced 10 stakes winners and progeny earnings of more than $2 million. Rocky Bar’s other impressive statistics include 86 percent winners from starters and more than $47,000 in average earnings per runner.

Rocky Bar

A black-type winner at three, following a four-race juvenile campaign that featured two wins and a stakes placing, Rocky Bar was graded stakes-placed at both four and five before retiring with five wins, six seconds, four thirds and a $236,649 bankroll from 24 starts. He is a half-brother to both the dual stakes winner Rockin On and the dam of $572,712-earner Uh Oh Bango, whose 2012 starts already include a grade I placing and both a win and runner-up finish in grade II company. Rocky Bar’s five multiple stakes winners are led by the filly Carlsbad whose three Southern California graded stakes victories as a three-year-old of 2009, included the grade II, $150,000 Hollywood Oaks and a track record-setting effort going 6 1/2 furlongs in the grade III, $200,000 Rancho Bernardo Handicap at the Del Mar Thoroughbred Club. He is also the sire of the 2009 filly Page Springs, a three-time stakes winner of last year. His 2012 fee is $2,500 Live Foal and he stands at 16 hands. “He takes your breath away,” said Marguerite. “They brought him to California because he’s a proven sire who can help breeders take advantage of the excellent California-bred incentive programs.” Spensive As a two-year-old of 2002, Spensive compiled a 5-2-1-1

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record that included a winning debut, a third-placed finish in the $49,500 Beau Brummel Stakes and a victory in the $81,075 Gold Rush Stakes at Golden Gate Fields. His sophomore season then produced a trio of stakes placings led by a runner-up finish in the grade II, $200,000 San Rafael Stakes at Santa Anita Park.

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Also a winner at four, Spensive’s racing record stood at 20-3-4-3 and $313,557 in earnings when he retired to stud for the 2007 breeding season. By Ponche, a grade III-placed multiple stakes-winning grandson or Mr. Prospector, Spensive is out of the winning Dr. Schwartzman mare Operate Quick. After producing only one test foal in his first crop, Spensive’s numbers have increased every year since then and the

17.2-hand gray stands this year for a Live Foal fee of $2,500. He is owned by Yvonne Cordova and Lolita Raquiza’s Y-Lo Racing Stables. Marguerite commented, “He was a great racehorse and he has such a nice mind so we’re hoping he can get the numbers that will give him the chance to prove himself.” More To Come Besides breeding and boarding, E.A. Ranches is also proficient in such other services as breaking, training, sales preparation and lay-ups. Located about an hour’s drive east of the Del Mar Thoroughbred Club, which is just a stone’s throw away from the Pacific Ocean, the farm sits at an elevation of about 2,700 feet and provides a place where its equine residents enjoy a comfortable and stress-free life. Auerbach rebuilt the farm from scratch more than 30 years ago, and its current facilities bear testament to the great job that he did. Those resources include: a 10-stall broodmare barn where the farm’s offices are also housed; a 16-stall foaling barn; countless 15-acre and 20-acre grass paddocks and pastures for the mares and foals; two yearling barns, a 14-stall unit situated at the ranch’s state-of-theart training center and one with 15 stalls in the farm’s breaking area which also features an arena and a round pen; the safest type of fencing available; fully-accessible pathways and roadways; and three miles of jogging trails cushioned with stall shavings. Even the wildfires that ravaged the region in 2007, didn’t stop the farm’s progress. It was a setback; fences, the hay

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Thoroughbred Farms In California Cont’d. barn and Marguerite’s house were lost, but no horses were lost and operations were resumed almost immediately. The training center is completely self-sufficient, with its five-furlong oval, 24-stall and 12-stall barns, three-stall starting gate, 45 large outdoor paddocks, hot walker and round pen. Sherrie said, “Steve Wood helped us build it in 1987, and it is comprised of screened top soil, sand and a quarter inch of bark. It was renovated five to six years ago, and we harrow and water it six days a week, which means 20,000 gallons are used on it each night. It is also ripped and bladed about every two weeks.” Marguerite added, “We do a lot of post-surgery rehabs and have had very good success with them, as well as horses who are just mentally stressed, by utilizing both the track and its adjacent jogging trails where the hills get them to use their muscles more. It’s so rewarding to see these horses recover and end up running and playing in the pastures.” She also explained the farm’s procedures with young horses. “After foaling, the babies stay in pens for two days and then move out into the fields if they are correct; not for all day, but as they get stronger then they stay out longer. For our weanlings, we use a gradual weanling process where we remove two mares at a time to an adjacent field process. It’s great because it’s very low stress, and we know how stress can badly affect a foal’s growth.” Help Is At Hand In total, 17 people work at the ranch on a permanent basis, including the 30-plus year veterans Roberto Mejia (Horse Crew Manager) and Miguel Vaca (Maintenance Manager). The principal employees all reside on the premises, Marguerite, Roberto and Miguel, as well as some single staff members who live in a bunkhouse. There is also a family residence, and a residence for family guests and visiting clients. San Marcos-based veterinarian Dr. Gary Cranney has been looking after the E. A. horses for more than three decades, coming out three times a week, while those same horses also benefit from a nutritionally balanced feed program that combines the best of alfalfa and oat hay, along with a grain program that was upgraded about four years ago. A Horse Paradise With successful graduates to its name like the graded stakes-winning half-siblings Belle’s Flag and Tres Paraiso, the former a California champion, and the graded stakes winners Grab the Prize, Lottery Winner, Queen of Wilshire and Star Cross (Arg), E.A. Ranches has certainly proved to be one of the West Coast’s premier Thoroughbred breeding and racing operations. It is a fitting tribute to Ernest Auerbach’s dream that his

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spirit and soul is clearly felt at the farm, especially in the large barn that houses his incredible collection of classic cars and vintage carriages. Marguerite concluded, “We’re so lucky to have the luxury of all this space for the horses. There are lots of fields for the foals to run in. We often see that incoming horses don’t move as well because they were raised where there wasn’t as much room. The feedback from trainers at the tracks has been that the natural lifestyle of having room to run and the attentive handling of foals from birth results in a more temperamentally stable and more manageable horse, very noticeable when working with them at the track. I will always be in debt to Mr. Auerbach for creating this horse paradise and allowing me to be a part of it.”

E. A. RANCHES FACT-FILE Owners: Lorna Auerbach & Heidi Farkash General Farm Manager: Marguerite Eliasson Training Track Manager: Sherrie Songer Horse Crew Manager: Roberto Mejia Maintenance Manager: Miguel Vaca Physical Address: 18122 Littlepage Road, Ramona, Calif. 92065 Mailing Address: P. O. Box 329, Santa Ysabel, Calif. 92070 Telephone: (760) 789-1498 Fax: (760) 789-7906 Web Sites: www.earanches.com & www.thoroughbredinfo.com/showcase/earanches.htm E-Mail Address: earanches@aol.com Services: Breeding, Boarding, Breaking, Training, Lay-Ups & Sales Preparation Stallions Chattahoochee War (War Chant) . . . . . . . . . . .Private Treaty-Live Foal Drum Major (Dynaformer)) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .$4,000-Live Foal Elusive Bluff (Elusive Quality) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .$1,000-Live Foal Game Plan (Danzig) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .$2,500-Live Foal Rocky Bar (In Excess (Ire)) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .$2,500-Live Foal Spensive (Ponche) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .$2,500-Live Foal Thoroughbred Population (March 2012): Stallions . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .6 Broodmares . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .106 Foals . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .35 Yearlings . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .18 Two-Year-Olds . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .7 Retirees . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .10 Total . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .182

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California Gold Rush

A Major Boost For Cal-Breds At Gold Rush XIII

by EMILY SHIELDS

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The annual California Gold Rush day has become a staple of Betfair Hollywood Park’s Spring/Summer meeting, and the 2012 season will be no different. On Saturday, Apr. 28, Gold Rush XIII will showcase eight stakes races exclusively for California-breds and California-sired runners worth more than $1.1 million. Two of the races have gotten major purse boosts, which should help to attract the very best California has to offer. The $300,000 Snow Chief Stakes had a purse of $150,000 last year, while the $300,000 Melair Stakes is up from $125,000. Nahem and Miles Rules both captured their first career stakes wins in those races in 2011. This year, both races could feature classy stakes winners. If Rousing Sermon derails from the Kentucky Derby trail, the Snow Chief, run over 1 1/8 miles, is a logical spot. He finished second in the grade I, $750,000 CashCall Futurity last December, and his $304,000 in earnings are enough to get into the Kentucky Derby field if owners Larry and Marianne Williams so desire. However, Rousing Sermon recently finished third via disqualification in the grade II, $200,000 Robert B. Lewis Stakes, and a disappointing fifth in the grade II, $300,000 San Felipe Stakes. He would have to impress his connections or run well in the grade I, $750,000 Santa Anita Derby to move on. The Melair could feature grade III, $100,000 Santa Ysabel Stakes winner Willa B Awesome, who was not nominated to the Kentucky Oaks. Sent off as the 11-1 longshot in the Santa Ysabel, Willa B Awesome dominated the race, soundly beating stars Killer Graces and Charm the Maker by 3 1/2 lengths. She then finished fourth, beaten 6 1/2 lengths, in the grade I, $300,000 Last Virgenes Stakes on

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Mar. 3. Recent Santa Anita allowance winner Vicki Victoria is also expected to contest the Melair, which is also run over 1 1/8 miles on Hollywood Park’s main all-weather Polytrack surface. Last year’s $125,000 Tiznow Stakes winner Amazombie, who subsequently captured the grade I, $1,363,500 Breeders’ Cup Sprint and the Eclipse Award as Champion Male Sprinter, could very well be back in action this year. Trainer Bill Spawr has a fondness for the trophy he received after the 2011 Tiznow, describing it as a “detailed bronze statue of a pony express horse and rider.” “I’ve received a lot of nice trophies, but that one is my favorite,” he said. Spawr has already ruled out a trip to Dubai for Amazombie, who will try to defend his Breeders’ Cup title when the event returns to Santa Anita later this year. The $125,000 B. Thoughtful Stakes will be offered for older fillies and mares. Like the Tiznow, the B. Thoughtful is contested over 7 1/2 furlongs. Ultra Blend used it as a springboard in 2011; after her victory over Lady Railrider, Ultra Blend won the grade II, $150,000 Milady Handicap and the grade I, $300,000 Clement L. Hirsch Stakes. She was then named California’s Champion Older Female. Although the retirements of Ultra Blend, Evening Jewel and Lady Railrider have left the division wide open, multiple stakes winner La Nez, third in the 2010 Melair, is on the comeback trail and may be ready in time for the B. Thoughtful. A pair of $70,000 allowance races at seven furlongs, the Grey Memo Stakes and the Warren’s Thoroughbreds Stakes for three-year-olds and up, will also be offered, as well as two $60,000 maiden stakes races over 6 1/2 furlongs. They bring the day’s total stakes purses up to $1,110,000.

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Cindago out of Rushin Empire filly foaled January 26, 2012 Owned by Legacy Ranch Papa Clem out of Smooch Me colt foaled January 27, 2012 Owned by Bo Hirsch Cindago out of Bachelorette One filly foaled Febuary 14, 2012 Owned by John Sadler Papa Clem out of Town Glory filly foaled February 6, 2012 Owned by Bo Hirsch Cindago out of Storm Hearted colt foaled Febuary 23, 2012 Owned by Lee & Susan Searing Papa Clem out of Salty Steph colt foaled January 19, 2012 Owned by Legacy Ranch Facility Location: 21455 North Clements Road, Clements, California, 95227 Mailing Address: P.O. Box 538, Clements, California, 95227 e-mail: Legacyranchnorth@aol.com • website: www.legacyranchinc.com (209) 759-3315 • fax: (209) 759-3428 Ranch Manager: Shaun Hadley • cell: (209) 712-8943 Owners: Pete & Evelyn Parrella

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Art DeNio: Living The Fantasy

by EMILY SHIELDS “Beware the Jabberwock, my son! The jaws that bite, the claws that catch! Beware the Jubjub bird, and shun The frumious Bandersnatch!” So wrote Lewis Carroll in his poem “Jabberwocky,” which can be found in his 1872 novel Through the Looking Glass. Many have studied the nonsense poem, which uses word couplings to create new words. For instance, the word frumious is derived from furious and fuming, and it was this word that stood out to breeder Art DeNio when he went to register his son of Grindstone and the unraced Gold Legend mare Eternal Legend.

Art DeNio at the 2010 Keeneland September Yearling Sale with the Posse filly he purchased from Calumet Farm who was later named Maria’s Overture and is now in-foal to Wilburn.

“I was thinking of an eternal legend that I could relate back to,” DeNio explained. “I thought of King Arthur and Ivanhoe, then remembered the Jabberwocky, about a young warrior who goes to slay a dragon and comes back as a man. The ‘frumious bandersnatch’ was a fire-breathing animal that runs through the woods. It turned out that the horse basically lived up to his name.” Indeed, the El Cerrito resident had no idea that the yearling he sold for $17,000 in January of 2007, would go on to be a grade II winner. DeNio was merely trying to get his own breeding operation going after moderate success as a racehorse owner. His best achievement had come as a 10

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Frumious—Grade II, $150,000 Palos Verdes Stakes—January 21, 2012

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races in a row before tackling the likes of grade I winners M One Rifle and Euroears in the grade II, $150,000 Palos Verdes Stakes on Jan. 21, 2012. Frumious stunned the field when winning by 5 3/4 lengths in a swift 1:07.28 for the six-furlong distance. However, another setback kept him from competing on the 2012 Dubai World Cup card on Mar. 31. Before Frumious’ rise to stardom but after Eternal Legend foaled a Benchmark filly named Randie’s Legend in 2007, DeNio selected Tribal Rule as her next mate. After the mare was in foal, he received a phone call from a man in Canada who expressed interest in the mare. “I told him I wasn’t interested, but he persisted and kept calling me over a period of nine months, saying this was the only mare he ever wanted to own. I finally found out that he wanted to bring the mare back to Canada to honor the memory of the trainer of her dam, Eternal Search.” Accepting that he’d had good fortune in the industry so far, DeNio relented and sold Eternal Legend. “When Barbara heard about it, she practically had a cow,” he joked. The resultant Tribal Rule colt, Eternal Rule, was foaled to Canada’s Don Meyers in 2008. He is three-for-three and was a stakes winner in 2011. Unfortunately, Eternal Legend was in foal to Eddington when she was kicked by another mare and had to be euthanized. DeNio, a CTBA member since 2009, no longer keeps his mares in California, but rather in Pennsylvania and Kentucky. “I basically breed to sell, and the situation out in California needs to turn around,” he explained. “It starts with handle at the tracks and trickles down to the purses. It affects how much people can afford to spend at the sales, and I have no control over who buys my babies. If they don’t race in California, I’m not getting breeders award bonuses for them.” However, he added, “There are good stallions at some of the farms in California now and if the purses can be adjusted to make it more affordable to race here, then I will look forward to the time that I can return and bring my breeding operation back here.”

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percent owner in La Maitresse (Ire), who shipped over from Europe to finish third in the grade III, $75,000 Miesque Stakes in 2004. “As I learned more about the backstretch, I realized I like being around horses more than I liked being in the Turf Club,” DeNio said. “I went back to a breeding clinic in Lexington and decided that’s what I wanted to do. I asked John Harris how to get more involved and he directed me to the California Thoroughbred Breeders’ Association, and they directed me to Perham Ranch in Elk Grove.” From there, DeNio was introduced to bloodstock agent Barbara Butterworth. Together they attended the 2005 Keeneland November Breeding Stock Sale and went to $40,000 to purchase a Regal Classic mare named Regal Endorsement. “I had money burning a hole in my pocket, so I told her to buy me another one, a cheaper one,” DeNio explained. “We waited until day eight, and here came Eternal Legend. She didn’t have anything particularly distinctive about her that I could see, but Barbara was the decision maker.” Butterworth saw an unraced mare with a strong female family. Eternal Legend’s dam, Eternal Search, was a threetime champion and $642,177-earner in Canada who had already produced six winners, including two black-type performers. Eternal Legend’s unraced Seattle Slew sire, Gold Legend, hailed from a strong female family himself, and was already the broodmare sire of grade III winner Level Playingfield and multiple stakes winner Enthusiast (Aus). Butterworth secured Eternal Legend for her client for only $10,000. Eternal Legend foaled her Grindstone colt at River Edge Farm, bred under DeNio’s banner of JayArDee Stables. DeNio noticed him right away. “From the beginning, he was an aggressive and inquisitive boy; he would charge you and nibble at you. He had a competitive mind.” Despite his charisma, DeNio hardly expected miracles from the colt on the track, but rather hoped to make a quick profit in the sales ring. “We took him to Barretts as a short yearling in 2007,” he said. “Barbara was excited because we had interest in the horse. In fact, one very prominent California pinhooker seemed to want him and said he was going to bid aggressively. Frumious went through the ring and we got $17,000—not the price we were expecting. Barbara met the pinhooker outside the ring and he said, ‘What happened? Did the horse sell already?’ Turns out he was in the men’s room and missed it.” He missed quite a bit, as Frumious has gone on to earn $259,192 with six wins and four thirds in 15 starts for owners George and Mary Schmitt. After winning three of his first four starts and placing in the $68,350 Solano County Juvenile Stakes, Frumious ran ninth in the $750,000 CashCall Futurity (grade I). He has since dealt with three lengthy layoffs, but returned firing in the fall of 2011, winning two

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Eternal Rule—$156,481 Achievement Stakes—July 2, 2011

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The Race Is On California Sires by LISA GROOTHEDDE The planned matings of 2009 are a distant memory, the resulting foals of 2010 are now grown and the race to become California’s leading freshman sire of 2012 has officially begun for a diverse group of stallions whose first-born offspring are eligible to compete as two-year-olds, starting this spring. Leading the way with the largest arsenal of potential runners is a stallion who relocated to the Golden State prior to the current breeding season: nine-year-old Heatseeker (Ire), a familiar name to California racing fans as the winner of Santa Anita Park’s 2008 Santa Anita Handicap (grade I). The $1,177,776-earner by Giant’s Causeway won seven of 17 starts in his native Ireland and the United States, including two graded stakes races at Hollywood Park, and covered mares at Hill ‘n’ Dale Farms in Kentucky from 2009 through 2011. Produced by Defensive Play’s unraced daughter Rusty Back, Heatseeker currently stands at Harris Farms in Coalinga and has 60 registered two-year-olds in his initial crop, according to The Jockey Club. Ranking second among all California first-crop sires with 33 juveniles is the grade I-placed millionaire McCann’s Mojave. The 2004 California Champion Older Male won 12 races from the ages of two to eight, including the 2004 Potrero Grande Breeders’ Cup Handicap (grade II) at Santa Anita and a pair of grade III tests at Golden Gate Fields in 2007 and 2008, and completed his career with a $1,513,565 bankroll. By Memo (Chi) out of the two-time stakes winner Joni U. Bar, by Nordic Prince, McCann’s Mojave is a 12year-old resident of Rancho San Miguel in San Miguel. Credited with 23 members of his inaugural foal crop is Council Member, a 10-year-old Seattle Slew stallion out of

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unraced Zoe Montana, by Seeking the Gold. A multiple group-placed, dual stakes winner in England who also placed in grade III company in New York, the $347,306-earner stands at Special T Thoroughbreds in Temecula. Grade I-placed Surf Cat, a six-time grade II winner in Southern California who banked $1,045,420 overall, is also the sire of 23 juveniles in his first crop. The 10-yearold son of Sir Cat out of the multiple winner Trust Greta, by Centrust, retired from racing in early 2009 to stand at Old English Rancho in Sanger. Also located in Sanger is Poplar Meadows, the residence of nine-year-old Bedford Falls, a Forestry half-brother to the multiple grade I-winning sire Harlan’s Holiday. The threetime winner, a $1.1 million Keeneland September Yearling Sale graduate out of the winning Affirmed mare Christmas in Aiken, is represented by 18 two-year-olds this year. California-bred Lucky J. H., a grade III winner and $632,065-earner, stands at his birthplace: Harris Farms. The 10-year-old Cee’s Tizzy stallion out of the stakes-placed winner Lucky C. H., by A.P. Indy, has 17 juveniles. Several other California-based stallions are represented by their initial two-year-olds in 2012 as well. Rancho San Miguel is home to Storm Wolf, a Hollywood Park grade II winner by Stormin Fever. Meanwhile, grade III winner Chattahoochee War, by War Chant, holds court at E.A. Ranches. Also breaking from the gate as freshman sires this year are West 12 Ranch’s winning A.P. Indy stallion Quasimodo, the grade III-winning Cape Town stallion Southern Africa of Running Horse Equine Training Center, Morning Glory Farms’ winning Notebook stallion Ghosttrapper and Deputy Commander’s grade I-placed, dual stakes winner Roman Commander of Milky Way Farm.

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Regional Sales

Building An Empire

by LISA GROOTHEDDE

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Thanks to the rousing success of the group I-winning, Japan-based auction graduates Suni and Testa Matta, whose combined earnings total nearly $9 million to date, Thoroughbred buyers from that Pacific Rim country flocked to the 2012 Barretts March Sale of Selected Two-Year-Olds in Training on March 5, and took home 16 horses—approximately one-fifth of the racing prospects sold at the elite venue. Hosted by Barretts Equine Limited at Fairplex in Pomona, the auction thrived in its new calendar position as North America’s first major juvenile sale of the year. From the 148 horses cataloged, 121 went through the ring and 77 were reported as sold for gross receipts of $8,426,000, representing a vibrant 52.1 percent increase from the corresponding gross of $5,539,000 last year, when 55 of 72 horses offered were sold. The average price jumped 8.7 percent, from $100,709 to $109,429, while the median rose by 21.4 percent, from $70,000 to $85,000. The buy-back rate, however, weakened from 23.6 percent in 2011 to 36.4 percent this year. There were 36 six-figure purchases recorded during the 2012 auction, compared to 20 such acquisitions last year. “We had very good participation from consignors from all over the country; in fact, we were the only select twoyear-old sale whose catalog was bigger than 2011, and our catalog was increased by more than 40 percent,” said Bill Baker, Barretts vice president. “Overall, we were pleased with the results.” The two most expensive horses of the 2012 auction, both Kentucky-breds, were purchased by Danox Co. Ltd. of Japan. Topping the proceedings at $435,000 for consignor Ciaran Dunne’s Wavertree Stables was a daughter of the Japan-based stallion Empire Maker out of California-bred Fortunate Event, a multiple stakes-placed winner by Event of the Year. The robust filly was clocked in :10 2/5 for her one-furlong work during the March 2 under-tack preview at Fairplex Park.

California-bred Unusual Class—$130,000

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Danox representative Hisashi Wakahara paid $385,000 for one of the two juveniles who posted a bullet furlong work in :9 4/5: consignor Eddie Woods’ Macho Uno colt out of the Storm Cat mare My Goodness, a winning daughter of Eclipse champion Caressing. Although the auction was boosted by improved returns overall, horses who were bred in California did not fare as well as during the 2011 edition of the sale, in which all nine of the state-bred juveniles cataloged sold for a collective $528,000, resulting in a $58,667 average and $40,000 median. This year, 17 of the 21 Cal-breds cataloged went under the gavel, with just eight selling for a cumulative $440,000, representing a $55,000 average and $30,000 median. “The March sale is an international sale,” Baker explained. “Japanese clients have indeed purchased some of the top-priced California-breds in the prior years, yet they purchased none this year.” “All of the California-breds were bought to race in California,” he noted. “We cataloged more California-breds for this sale believing that the (new) Golden State Series would increase the demand among local buyers in advance of the stakes being run. I still think the demand will be there, but it may take some time.” Chief among the Cal-breds who did sell this year was Unusual Class, an Unusual Heat filly who was purchased for $130,000 by David Heerensperger after she worked one furlong in :10 1/5 for consignor Sam Hendricks. Bred by David Newcomb and produced by the unraced Avenue of Flags mare Sookloozy, she is a half-sister to the 2006 Barretts May Sale of Two-Year-Olds in Training graduate Unbridled Slew, who set a record commercial price for Cal-breds when he was purchased by Darley Stable for a sale-topping $2.5 million. The other Cal-bred to secure a six-figure bid this year was a Tribal Rule colt out of the stakes-producing Boundary mare Holiday Sale who was bred by Jack and Barb Hatch, consigned by Steve Venosa’s SGV Thoroughbreds and bought for $105,000 by Jamie McCalmont on behalf of Paul Reddam. McCalmont was the sale’s leading buyer, with seven purchases totaling $940,000. With 13 juveniles sold for an aggregate $1,940,000, Wavertree ranked as the sale’s top consignor for the second consecutive year. The auction’s leading sire by average with two or more offspring sold was War Front, whose two youngsters averaged $280,000. The leading California-based stallion was Ballena Vista Farm’s Tribal Rule, who had two colts sell for a $67,500 average.

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The Hallowed Hill

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Equine Publications by MARCIE HEACOX into television and movie production, including work on the original “Mission: Impossible” series. After she joined the Directors Unit of the Actors Studio, Barrett realized the need to learn about photography and started taking still shots of actors. Encouraged by positive reviews, she taught herself more about being a photographer. Then, her childhood interest in horses was reignited when a friend invited her to take pictures of her show horses. By the time Barrett had latched onto racing in 1977, the hill had already been active for 23 years. Santa Anita founder Charles H. Strub developed the Camino Real, Spanish for “Royal Road,” in 1953. It debuted Dec. 31, 1954, with a $5,000 claiming race at the signature distance of “about 6 1/2 furlongs.” The course is also the starting point for turf route races. Many notable horses and jockeys have traversed the hillside over the years. The most prominent stakes contests that start on it are the grade III Sen. Ken Maddy, grade III Morvich, grade II Santa Barbara and grade II San Juan Capistrano Handicaps. Winners of those races include Hall of Fame horses Ack Ack, Cougar II (Chi), Exceller, John Henry and Susan’s Girl, and other notables such as Baffle, Great Lady M., Kotashaan (Fr), Leroidesanimaux (Brz), Megahertz (GB), Toussaud, Waya (Fr) and California-breds Bel’s Starlet, Brown Bess and Quicken Tree. Recent downhill stakes have been highlighted by Cal-bred stars California Flag— the course record holder and only three-time Morvich winner—and Cambiocorsa and Unzip Me. Hall of Fame jockey Johnny Longden’s final ride, a record 6,032nd career win, came aboard George Royal in the 1966 San Juan Capistrano. The downhill turf was also host to the first two Breeders’ Cup Turf Sprint races. A true Santa Anita signature, the Camino Real has become an indispensable part of the track’s history and is captured for posterity in The Hill. For more information or to purchase a copy, visit www.KateyBarrett.com.

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The Thoroughbreds and their riders shoot from the starting gate stalls, accelerate down and up a long dip, take the only right-handed turn in North America, sweep left, fan across the main dirt track then join up with a traditional turf oval to complete their race. And chances are, somewhere along the tree and flower-lined route, photographer Katey Barrett captured their trek. For more than three decades, Barrett has been documenting Santa Anita Park’s singular Camino Real racecourse, and now her best images are joined in The Hill: 30 Years of Photographing Santa Anita’s Unique Downhill Turf Course. Accompanied by writing from Eclipse-Award winning author Jay Hovdey, nearly 100 full-color photos fill the 102-page hardcover ($85). “There’s just something about the hill,” Barrett said. “I’ve always been drawn to that particular area. . .It’s so different from down below, it gives you more to work with aesthetically. There’s more to see, different kinds of light. . .I just love it up there. It’s like being off in the woods.” Barrett premiered and signed The Hill at Santa Anita on March 3. It’s her second publication, following The Light Touch in 1988. Barrett’s taken photos of Hollywood actors, showjumping and the Wild Horse Sanctuary, but her specialty is Thoroughbred horse racing. She says slow shutter speed and a mirror lens are her signature styles, the former producing blurred motion she calls “streaky freakies,” and the latter creating an out-of-focus fore-and background with “amoeba”-like blots. Both styles are aplenty in The Hill. Readers of California Thoroughbred will most recognize Barrett’s work from Sunshine Millions, California Gold Rush and California Cup photo spreads. She’s also had at least one photo in each of Santa Anita’s opening day giveaway calendars since 1977. She takes all of her photos with a Nikon film camera. Barrett grew up in Minnesota where she majored in music at college in St. Paul. She moved to Hollywood, California, as an aspiring comedian in 1956, but segued

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Graded Stakes Winning Son Of Leading Sire Elusive Quality to Stand in California Retired With Earnings Of $487,385 Winner Of The G3 Burj Nahaar S. (UAE) Winner of the 6-furlong Vincent A. Moscarelli Memorial Stakes in 1:09 (1:09.14) by two lengths at Delaware Park. Finished second in G2 $1 million Godolphin Mile at Nad Al Sheba to Diamond Stripes, defeating Don Renato, Zakocity, etc. Elusive Warning is by leading sire ELUSIVE QUALITY, sire of champion 3-year-old SMARTY JONES ($7,613,155, sire), champion female sprinter MARYFIELD ($1,360,835) and G1 Breeders’ Cup Classic winner RAVEN’S PASS ($3,658,556) and. including multiple Grade I winner QUALITY ROAD ($2,232,830).

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Dan Blacker: The Start Of Great Things To Come

Focus On The Future

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Far removed from his native England, Dan Blacker has Blacker said. “Every day he would show me something settled in at Hollywood Park in California to pursue his new that would completely astound me. I had no idea dream of being a Thoroughbred trainer. With an extensive horses would respond differently to certain techniques background in the business and his first winner already in the or actions. He is a remarkable horseman, one of the books, the newly turned 30-year-old Blacker is simply wait- best, and he inspired me to want to be a trainer in ing for his big break. America.” When it comes, Blacker will Blacker went to work for trainer have earned it. An intense drive to Tom Albertrani for two and a half succeed and a habit of meticulous years. He was tasked with travelattention to detail were instilled in ing between Palm Meadows in him from early on, as was a love of Florida, to Keeneland Racecourse the Thoroughbred. Blacker’s grandin Lexington, Kentucky, and then father, Colin Davies, trained steepleto Belmont and Saratoga in New chase horses in Wales, and his father, York, all the while exercise riding Phillip Blacker, was not only a some of the best horses in the counjockey, but also an equine sculptor. try. Although riding star runners Blacker himself grew up on a farm and was nothing new to Blacker—he rode show jumpers in his early years. rode future Prix de l’Arc de TroimAfter graduating from the Univerphe winner Bago (Fr) while still in sity of Edinburgh, Blacker was Europe—he found himself gallopaccepted into the exclusive Darley ing the 2011 Toyota Blue Grass Flying Start program, which takes 12 Stakes (grade I) winner Brilliant students per session for an intensive Speed while the three-year-old two-year course in horse care, traincolt was prepping for last year’s $2 ing and management. “That was an million Kentucky Derby (grade I). Dan Blacker galloping grade I amazing experience,” Blacker said. “I Dismissed at 27-1, Brilliant Speed winner Brilliant Speed in 2011 got an all-expenses paid chance to do rallied to be seventh, then finished what I love. I made good contacts and some friends for life.” third at 13-1 in the $3 million Breeders’ Cup Turf (grade I). Thanks to that program, Blacker completed a placement Blacker returned to California in September last year, and course in California with Hall of Fame trainer Richard Man- after getting his bearings by riding briefly for trainer John della. “I’d been around horses my whole life, and after a time Shirreffs, Blacker has gone out on his own with six horses at you think you know horses. Then you meet someone Hollywood Park. “From a horseman’s point of view, it’s the like Mandella and realize you don’t know anything,” place to be,” he said. “The horses are more relaxed there, and you have both dirt and synthetic to train on.” Blacker has already gotten his first winner in his young career thanks to friend and trainer Jamie Lloyd, who opted to focus on a bloodstock business and transferred his horses to Blacker. “He knew I wanted to start training and put in a good word with his owners,” Blacker said. One of the horses Blacker received was Hameildaeme (GB), who won a $25,000 claiming event on Dec. 18, 2011. “Your first win is really special,” Blacker said. Unfortunately, Hameildaeme was claimed out of that start, but Blacker is well on his way to a long and successful training career. “I am always accepting new horses, owners and syndicates,” he said. “I run an open shed row, people are always welcome to come watch the horses train.” If you wish to contact Dan Blacker then please go online to his web site, www.danblackerracing.com, or call him at Hameildaeme (GB)—December 18, 2011 (626) 720-3032.

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The Great Santa Anita Storm Industry Insight

Article & Photo by WALTER J. FRAZIER, M.A. ED. The night of Nov. 30, 2011, came crashing down on Santa Anita Park like a runaway locomotive charging through a forest, strewing destruction in an ever widening path as the Santa Ana winds swirled and dove through the backside ripping roofs and walls away as easily as a surgeon. Just after midnight, as the winds picked up velocity, grooms were milling about outside the barns fearing that the end was near. Decades-old pepper trees lost limbs, were uprooted and fell on the failing roofs of the barns. Tim Yakteen and Doug O’Neill lost portions of the outer walls of their barns; water lines burst creating a veritable flood in that area. Security had alerted the folks in the Yakteen barn that the roof had come down on the outer stalls, exposing the horses in those stalls to the heavens. As the last horse was led from their stall, the outer wall came crashing down with a mighty roar. Winds were gusting between 50 and 80 miles an hour. At around 2 a.m., the air suddenly quieted to a deathly silence then the strongest winds began. The destruction and force of the wind were equivalent of a tornado or a Category Five hurricane. Having lived in Oklahoma for many years, I have been in many tornadoes. This seemed such an occurrence but the winds did not subside for what seemed an eternity. The result of the effect of the winds was evident to all as the morning sun rose in a magnificent sky over the San Gabriel Mountains. Such beauty often follows destruction. Don Luby, the Stable Manager for Santa Anita, walked through the backside early on Dec. 1, viewing the path of destruction caused by the powerful winds. His thoughts were that Santa Anita looked like a war zone, a very apt description of what had happened. Don was also amazed

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and thankful that no one was injured or hurt and that none of the horses were set loose or injured. This was nothing short of a miracle in his mind. On that dark and windy Nov. 30, God was looking down on Santa Anita as well as the cities surrounding the track; Arcadia, Pasadena, etc. For a couple of weeks, since moving my horses to Santa Anita, I had occasionally stayed on the backside and, as fate would have it, I had chosen to stay Nov. 30, as I had a horse running at Hollywood Park on Friday, Dec. 2. I had enjoyed the experience immensely and had taken great pleasure in being around my charges as they readied for racing at Hollywood Park and Santa Anita. Watching grooms go about their business as they clean stalls, bathe horses and cool them out, and then repeat the process every day, is purely an existential feeling. They are at one with the gallant Thoroughbreds whom are taking care of and spend an inordinate amount of time each day, to prepare them for racing under the watchful eyes of the rainers and barn foremans. It was during this time that on Nov. 30, the experience of surviving the mighty wins of the Santa Ana as it wreaked havoc on the backside of this historic track. It is often said that what does not kill you only makes you stronger, and it will be that Santa Anita will emerge as a phoenix to be greater than before. Santa Anita is the “Jewel in the Crown” of California racing. Under the supervision of Don Luby and the maintenance crew, the effects of the destruction were attacked. Grooms from every barn joined in to clean the areas between the barns as tree and roof debris was removed as quickly as possible. Dec. 1, 2011, was a day of much activity at Santa Anita but with no horses training as the track was closed. There was no electrical power until late Sunday afternoon but everyone quickly adapted and training resumed as usual on Dec. 2. Thanks to the large number of grooms engaged in the work and the supervision of Don Luby and his overseeing of the cleanup, Santa Anita emerged better than ever. The photo on this page shows some of the destruction inflicted at Santa Anita, but within days and weeks the effects of the storm was little evident as work continued to repair and make better the barn area. Many thanks must be given to Mr. Luby, all of the grooms who helped in the cleanup, and the maintenance crews who removed the debris from the barn area and got power restored. Life quickly got back to normal as everyone prepared for the Santa Anita meeting that began on Dec. 26.

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Indusry Insight

A Study Of The Horse Industry In The Santa Ynez Valley

by PAT MURPHY

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Data has been carefully gathered and documented about the horse industry in the Santa Ynez Valley. It not only provides incomes for thousands people, but also offers healthy recreation for people of all ages. Very importantly, it also supports the natural beauty and wide open spaces for which this valley is famous. In California, the horse industry has a $7 billion impact on our state’s economy and contributes $4.1 billion in goods and services. Importantly, it provides 54,200 full time jobs. This puts California at the top, in the entire United States. It is followed by Texas with a $5.2 billion impact on its state’s economy and next comes Kentucky that has a $3.5 billion impact on local economy. These documented statistics come from the American Horse Council (AHC) in Washington, D.C. The Santa Ynez Valley is very likely the epicenter of California’s multi-billion dollar horse industry. This valley is a relatively small area, approximately six miles from north to south and 10 miles from east to west. While other vast areas in California have large numbers of horses, none of them have as many outstanding elements as does this small valley. For several decades, it has been one of the most important horse locations in America. In addition to the numbers of its very high quality horses, it is also because of the prominent clinicians, veterinarians, showmen and judges, that the Santa Ynez Valley is so well known. It has actually become recognized in multiple places all over the civilized world. There has been no official local governmental data on the horse industry because, somehow, it has not been cate-

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gorized as agriculture. The reason given is that they are not raised for food like cattle, sheep and swine. Therefore, they have not been included in County data as important commodities. However, now their true economic importance has been studied by the AHC in our nation’s capitol. Presently, we have at least 53 different, privately owned breeds of horses here, some of which are quite rare. They range from large draft horses to those at the valley’s Miniature horse farm. We have long been a leading Arabian horse location. Om El Arab has sold horses for more than $2 million. Our breeds have come from different countries, including Iceland, Peru, Canada, Ireland, Germany, England and elsewhere. The wonderful Kentucky Horse Park (which advertises that they have the most different breeds) tells us that we exceed them because soome of their breeds are on loan from different locations. Since ours are all privately owned and in permanent residence here, this very likely makes us the top location in America. Since 1925, the Santa Ynez Valley has been very active in the horse world. It was then that Mr. Dwight Murphy, on his Rancho San Fernando Rey, began a Palomino breeding program that helped form the roots of what this registered breed is today. When Murphy gave actor Leo Carrillo a beautiful stallion named Conquistador, this so impressed the Chrysler Automobile Corporation that they named the Conquistador car after him and gave Carrillo a golden Chrysler. In the 1930s, C. E. Perkins bought the 1925 Kentucky Derby winner Flying Ebony and stood him at stud at his Alisal Ranch. A few other Kentucky Derby winners have lived in the valley since then and many contenders were trained here by D. Wayne Lukas. The 2005 Kentucky Derby winner Giacomo is presently standing at stud at Magali Farms. In Santa Ynez there is a famous Carriage Museum that holds national symposiums. Their annual Vaquero Show honors the early horsemen and draws large crowds of out-of-town visitors. At the main intersection of the town, there are crosswalks imbedded with horseshoes that have been featured on television. The routes of the old horse-drawn stage coaches are marked throughout the valley. There is an Equestrian Center that holds competitions for adults and children most every weekend. They have western horse and mule shows, roping and all kinds of cow horse events. The team penning contests actually started in this valley. There are also hunter-jumper shows, gymkhanas and High School

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and Jr. Rodeo competitions for children. A wealth of information comes from well known clinicians, and the carriage driving club has expert advice and training from John Crockett, a local carriage authority. The three polo fields are used each year by world-class polo players from foreign countries. Local polo horse owner, Joel Baker, tells us that owners invest $500 to $600 each month for their care; and there are at least 140 polo ponies here. Show horses of various breeds have sold for as much as $100,000 or more. There have been literally hundreds of World Champion horses and riders. Even foreign Olympians have been trained here. Although the economic crisis brought a drop in the prosperity of Thoroughbred racing, the remaining Santa Ynez Valley Thoroughbred racing farms are successful. Their Thoroughbreds have been sold internationally and River Edge Farm had one that brought $9.7 million dollars. A famous award winning jockey Jerry Lambert trains here, and not too long ago this Valley was considered the western branch of Kentucky Thoroughbred racing country. Former President Ronald Reagan was one of our horsemen and a member of the gentlemen’s riding club, The Rancheros Visitadores. The famous Rancheros bring approximately 1,000 riders, from six different countries, to the valley for a week each May. Their ride to the Mission Santa Ines draws hundreds of spectators. This valley actually has a galaxy of stars: A long-time resident, Monty Roberts, is a world famous clinician who travels to various countries. He is currently engaged in working with returning soldiers with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). He also works with the Thoroughbred racehorses belonging to the Queen of England and has received a royal medal from her because of his expertise. There are a number of noted trainers who regularly produce champion riders and horses. Another resident, Greg Simon, has bred Quarter Horses who have attained seven world championships in just a few years, and that was against thousands of contenders during year-long competitions. The Santa Ynez Valley has two women, Audrey Griffin and Sandy Collier, who have been inducted into the Cowgirl Hall of Fame. Charlotte Bredahl Baker is an Olympic medalist in dressage and also a dressage judge at both national and international levels. Bo Derek, the famous acress, has successfully fought the national battle to ban the slaughter of horses in America. Mr. Arthur Perry has had a National Morgan Horse Show dedicated to him. There are riding clubs: the Sage Hens, the Fillies, Santa Barbara Trail Riders, Santa Ynez Valley Riders, Back Country Horsemen, and a hunt club. Children’s riding activities include Pony Club, Jr. and High School Rodeo and private equestrian schools. A Therapeutic Riding organization is very active for people with physical or mental dis-

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abilities. There are also yearly round-ups on the cattle ranches. It is evident that the Santa Ynez Valley has an active horse business that employs thousands of people and greatly contributes to the financial well being of our County. They include ranch workers, ranch managers, feed distributors, hay growers, truckers, pasture seed distributors, horse fencing, horse housing, purveyors of straw and shavings for horse bedding, and horse trailer sales. In addition there are 24 equine veterinarians and three clinics. One of our clinics is so skilled that their client roster is international. Over 40 farriers have been documented, and multiple trainers who either give riding lessons or train horses in various disciplines. There are dozens of exercise riders and Thoroughbred farms employ jockeys. There is even a horse taxi, a disposal service, and several feeding services. A quarantine service is here for horses in route to far off lands. The valley has two large stores that sell a multitude of ranch and horse supplies which also includes horse equipment (tack) and ranch supplies. There are three saddle makers and another store that sells veterinary medications plus rodeo and farrier equipment, and there is a special horse blanket laundry. Horse ranches buy irrigation pipes, tractors and other farm machinery and are strong supporters of local hardware stores. It is evident that horses stimulate the economy in a wide number of ways. In addition, equestrian visitors help support restaurants, motels and clothing stores. Income also comes from stud fees and horse sales. Horse owners range from the “backyard” variety to the large ranches with 600 or more horses in residence. Realtors tell us that horse properties have always been a hot item because horse zoning is alive and thriving. County zoning allows one adult horse per 20,000 sq. ft. (one acre equals 43,560 sq.ft.) on parcels up to 20 acres. Larger parcels have increased numbers. The zoning in the valley supports one of the most important equestrian locations in America.

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A Blast From The Past

Mangaki: A True All American

by JACKIE BARNES The All American Handicap (grade III), contested at Golden Gate Fields since 1968, has been run on dirt, turf and all-weather over the years. Tsar Rodney (Fr) won the last grass running in 1996. Mangaki, by successful sire Olympiad King out of multiple stakes producer Sweet Anatascia by Isle of Greece, won the 20th running of the All American on the turf in 1987. With Mangaki’s pedigree having produced many successful winners on both turf and dirt, it seemed a natural that he would handle both surfaces with no problem. Chrys S. Chrys, a California Thoroughbred Breeders Association (CTBA) member since 1969, who bred Mangaki and co-owned him with Roger Manlin, saw the colt win his first stakes race in the $83,400 Round Table Handicap for three-year-olds at Bay Meadows Racecourse on Sept. 29, 1984. Sent off at the generous odds of 20-1, Mangaki’s final time for the 1 1/16 miles was an excellent 1:42. Mangaki had shown his versatility during the summer with a gate-to-wire victory at Santa Rosa, where he set a track record of 1:34 2/5 for a mile on the dirt. His final start of 1984, was the grade III, $113,400 Bay Meadows Derby at 1 1/8 miles on the turf. It was one of the most prestigious races for sophomores in Northern California. In a sparkling performance, Mangaki broke sharply at the start and cruised home gate-to-wire by six lengths. While the time of 1:52 on soft turf was not impressive, it was a commanding performance by a rising star. In early April of 1987, with Mangaki training very well, Chuck Jenda chose the $137,150 All American Handicap at one mile on the turf. The field for the race included seven graded stakes performers. The six-year-old bay showed why he was one of the best grass milers in California. He broke sharply to take the lead and was in total command of the race. He led gate-to-wire

and won by half a dozen lengths. The final time for the distance was an excellent 1:34 2/5. Chrys entered the horse business when he bought a couple of young horses at a sale. One of them, Anytime Tim, was out of the mare Awake. Chrys subsequently bought Awake and bred her to Isle of Greece, and she produced Sweet Anatascia. He loved the breeding of Isle of Greece (Porterhouse—Lysistrata) so much that he bred many of his mares to him with great success. Sweet Anatascia also produced the stakes winners He Man Sam, Maryo and Sweet Kakalina. Maryo was the dam of 1988 Hollywood Derby (grade I) winner Silver Circus, stakes winner Mountains of Lune and stakesplaced Kaboi. Mangaki’s sire Olympiad King, a multiple stakes winner, sired 27 stakes winners, including the California champions Racing Is Fun, winner of the 1982 Hollywood Derby (grade I), and Just a Kick. Mangaki retired to stud at Van Mar Farms in 1988, relocated to Mira Loma Thoroughbred Farm for 1991, and then stood at Chrys Chrys Thoroughbred Ranch from 1992 to 1996. In 1997, he moved to Marianne Millard’s Here Tis Ranch in San Jacinto. He was retired from stud in 2004. At stud, Mangaki sired the multiple stakes winners Patriotaki ($293,732) and Mangaki’s Pet and the multiple stakes-placed Weekend Playboy. Now at the age of 31, Mangaki is the picture of health and a very sociable individual in his paddock at Here Tis Ranch. Chrys gives much of the credit to ranch owner Millard for keeping Mangaki in such excellent condition. This professional racehorse displayed exceptional talent in many of his nine wins, but it was in his four stakes victories that really shined. His final career totals were 24-9-5-2 for earnings of $373,465.

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Mangaki winning the 1987 All American Handicap (grade III)

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Mangaki standing at Mira Loma Thoroughbred Farm in 1990

Mangaki enjoying his retirement at Here Tis Ranch in 2012

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Down on the Farm

Fetal Programming: The Importance Of Nutrition In Pregnancy

by HEATHER SMITH THOMAS

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The future of a developing embryo/fetus depends upon the health and nutrition of the dam. This formative time for the foal can be adversely influenced by the uterine environment if the mare is exposed to certain diseases, toxins or a poor diet. What a pregnant mare eats during gestation—quantity and quality of various nutrients—can have a long-lasting effect on her foal. Nutrients in early gestation are more important than we once thought. Most of the important organs and body systems of the foal are being formed during that time. Metabolism, muscle mass, skeletal structure and other important factors that become permanent traits for that foal are also influenced by what the mare eats. Studies have shown that nutritional management of pregnant mares can also affect the development of body systems controlling glucose and insulin dynamics in the foal. Most of the individual traits/characteristics of a foal, lamb, calf or human baby are pre-determined by genetics (genotype or inherited traits). But the ultimate expression of those genetics can be altered by environmental influences— especially early on—as the embryo/fetus develops. This can result in different phenotypes (appearance, etc.) even in

closely related individuals. An example would be identical twin equine embryos placed in two very different recipient mares, such as a pony and a draft mare. Not only will those foals be a different size at birth, but some of their differences will be evident for the rest of their lives. Similarly, foals born from dams who are on very different types of diet or nutrient levels will be different. The uterine environment, which includes nutritional factors, plays an important role in what we now term “fetal programming.” Tania Cubitt, PhD, an equine nutritionist at Middleburg, Virginia (Performance Horse Nutrition) says many horse owners ask her about growth problems in foals. “In order to address their concerns, I ask them about the maternal nutrition, what the dam was eating. Once the foal is born, there’s not a lot you can do to change things. There are a few nutritional strategies you can try, but basically you are stuck with what you already have,” she says. The time to build the foundation for what that foal will be is during gestation when the embryo/fetus is developing. Damage may have already been done—that might result in development problems like DOD, or metabolic disease and insulin resistance, for example.

Proper Nutrition Is Important Before The Pregnancy Begins When people ask Cubitt about the most important time to feed their mare, she says it starts before that mare is ever bred. “Putting her on a proper plane of nutrition will increase her likelihood of getting pregnant. Things like selenium are very important for fertility, for instance, so making sure the mare has adequate amounts of trace minerals and vitamins can increase her ability to get pregnant. We have to consider pregnancy a luxury. The goal of any animal is to stay alive. The second goal is to reproduce. If there’s not enough nutrition, the animal will not reproduce. Anorexic women and thin animals do not cycle,” she explains. At the other extreme, a mare who’s too fat is not a good candidate for breeding. “Obese mares, just like obese women, have more problems in getting pregnant. One study at the University of Kentucky showed that some obese

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mares have a tendency to get stuck in the luteal phase of their cycle. Each cycle has a follicular phase where the follicles are developing, then ovulation occurs and an egg is released. Then the follicle forms a corpus luteum (CL), which produces progesterone. If that egg was fertilized, it becomes an embryo and the progesterone produced by the CL helps maintain that pregnancy in the beginning. But if the egg does not get fertilized, then the CL is supposed to go away. In some obese mares, the CL does not regress, and the mare does not return to heat—sometimes for several months. You may miss out on that breeding season, and not get her bred again that year,” explains Cubitt. If the mare is not checked for pregnancy, the owner might just think she’s pregnant because she isn’t cycling.

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“Raising a foal is like building and painting a fence. The fetus growing is like building the fence. You need to build it correctly. Once the foal is born, that’s like painting the fence,” she says. There’s not a lot you can do to cover up poor structure. “Too many people think they can start feeding a foal the proper nutrients at weaning time. They think that up to that point it’s all up to the mare. Yes, it’s up to the mother, but what she eats can make a big difference in how that foal develops,” says Cubitt. Early Pregnancy Is A Cricial Time Many people still think that the most important time to make sure the pregnant mare has adequate nutrition is during the last trimester when the fetus is growing fastest. “Actually, all that’s happening in that part of the pregnancy is that the fetus is laying down more tissue and fat. All of the critical organs are already developed,” she says. Cubitt points out that the heart is one of the first organs formed. “You can see the heartbeat of the embryo on ultrasound by 18 to 20 days’ gestation. The heart is a very important organ—especially for an animal that will have an athletic career—and if it’s already functioning and beating that early, critical growth has already been occurring.” The first 30 days of pregnancy are crucial, especially in terms of early embryonic loss. If the mare is thin or expending energy trying to stay healthy (fighting disease or some other problem), she may not continue the pregnancy. This early stage is when you want to make sure everything is going properly, with adequate nutrition for optimum health of the mare. “You can’t just suddenly start feeding her properly after you know she’s pregnant, because by that time you are already well into that first crucial phase of gestation. There are feeding and management factors that are crucial at the very beginning. You don’t want to stress the mare by underfeeding, or excessive exercise, or transport,” she says. The embryo is floating around until it implants into the uterine lining, and is at a very vulnerable stage of existence. “Many mare owners need to give more consideration to

maternal nutrition. If the goal of your breeding program is a strong, healthy foal, you want the early uterine environment to be optimum. The first thing a doctor tells a woman when she finds out she’s pregnant is to take prenatal vitamins. Humans and horses are not that different,” says Cubitt. The mare doesn’t need a lot of extra calories during that initial stage, but she definitely needs all of the important vitamins and minerals that are crucial to embryonic development. She needs a well balanced diet that has the right amount of selenium, copper and other important trace minerals, along with vitamins A, E, etc. You don’t want any deficiencies at that point in her pregnancy. “Having your mare on a ration-balancer supplement or a balanced plane of nutrition (whether the basic diet is pasture or hay) is absolutely critical during early gestation if you want to give her foal the best chance of being healthy and strong. A lot of the research in fetal programming comes from human medicine; we know that what the mother is eating can predispose children to diseases later in life—problems that may not even show up until those children are adolescents,” says Cubitt. “Even though there’s no direct research that shows you could cause OCD problems in a foal by improper feeding of the mare, I think we can definitely make this connection,” she says. The way some mares are overfed or underfed certain nutrients can have long-lasting effects. Overfeeding Can Be As Harmful As Underfeeding Overfeeding calories is never healthy—whether in humans or horses. This could lead to problems with obesity and insulin resistance in the offspring. “There’s also the issue of sheer physics. There’s only a certain amount of space in the uterus. If you have a big, fat mare and she’s eating a lot and putting too much nutrition into the foal, it will grow very large and this may result in birthing difficulties or contracted tendons at birth because there wasn’t enough room for those long legs to move in the uterus,” she says. Continued on next page

Requirements Change As Pegnancy Progesses “The latest NRC recommendations break pregnancy requirements into more phases. In the earlier recommendations, they addressed just the beginning, middle and final trimester. Now it’s broken down into early pregnancy (the first four months) and then monthly (five, six, seven, eight, nine, 10 and 11 months) for various increases in nutrients. We know there are more specific changes in requirements as gestation progresses.” During the first four months the mare doesn’t much more than a balanced ration for a maintenance diet. “Many inactive/maintenance horses just get pasture or grass hay, with no supplement, but you need to make sure it’s a balanced diet, with adequate protein, for example.

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For the average horse that’s not doing any exercise, you only need 630 grams of protein for a 500-kilogram horse (1,100 pounds). In the early stages of gestation when all the organs of the fetus are being developed, that’s also enough protein for the pregnant mare,” explains Cubitt. “Then as the fetus gets larger during the middle stage of pregnancy, the mare needs more protein. By the end of the middle stage, all the fetal limbs are developed and the crown-rump length (from the point of the head to the base of the tail) is also fully developed. After that, all we’re doing while feeding the mare during the final part of gestation (the last three months) is laying down more tissue and fat, fleshing out what’s already formed,” she says.

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Down on the Farm Cont’d. “There is a happy medium between being overweight and underweight. The bottom line is that the mare needs an adequate supply of vitamins and minerals, and good quality protein—aside from the calories,” says Cubitt. Some mare owners overfeed their mares from the beginning, and this can lead to other problems. “When we say that a mare should be on a good nutritional program, this doesn’t necessarily mean more calories. Typically people associate a better quality diet with calories, but this is not the case.” The diet simply needs to be balanced to include all the important nutrients. If you feed the mare too many calories, she will not only get too fat, but you also may harm the fetus. Fat is never healthy. Overfeeding can be detrimental to the future health of the foal, leading to problems later in life. “We have not yet done the long-term research in horses to confirm this, but we suspect it to be true because long-term research has been done in humans. There are many studies that show that obese women may predispose their offspring to certain metabolic disorders later in life, like diabetes and insulin resistance. Young males may be infertile. Even though we haven’t done similar research in horses, we must not ignore the fact that obese, overfed mares could potentially have the same detrimental effects on their foals,” says Cubitt.

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Overfeeding calories may predispose a mare’s offspring to potentially being at higher risk for metabolic disorders, which then creates higher risk for laminitis or growth problems like DOD. It’s not worth that risk. It’s better to have mares in optimal body condition—neither thin nor fat. The extra weight on an obese mare can also put her at risk for problems as she becomes heavier in late pregnancy. All that weight is carried on four tiny feet. There is much more stress on feet and leg joints. “During my graduate program at the MARE center in Virginia we had a mare that developed laminitis during her career as a show jumper. She was retired and came to us to have foals. Every pregnancy, during her third trimester, she would get sore feet, just because of the extra weight of pregnancy. To have that mare obese would have been a disaster,” says Cubitt. “You need to make sure you are feeding a mare what she needs. That’s when the ration-balancer pellets are ideal because you can feed her a pound per day of those and know she is getting everything she needs, and adjust the total amount of energy (from the hay) accordingly. You could give a little alfalfa along with the grass hay if she needs more calories, for instance, or add a little oil or rice bran to the supplement pellets. If she’s an easy keeper all she’ll need is the hay and ration-balancer.” Just because a mare is fat and getting lots of calories doesn’t mean she’s getting adequate nutrition.

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FEATURE YOUR FOALS IN THE BEST LIGHT A D V E R T O R I A L

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Happy Easter From Victory Rose Thoroughbreds BEHRENS • 76% Starters/Foals • Average Earnings Per Starter $26,326 Multiple GI winner of $4,563,500 By classic winner and Champion 3-year-old Colt PLEASANT COLONY, sire of Champions PLEASANT TAP, ST JOVITE and PLEASANT STAGE

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GLOBALIZE • 69% Winners/Starters and Average Earnings Per Starter $27,500 Multiple Graded stakes winner of $623,650. By Classic winning millionaire SUMMER SQUALL, sire of Horse of the Year CHARISMATIC and Champion two-year-old filly STORM SONG. 2011 stakes winners include CITY ROUTE and CELL LINE FOREVER.

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MANY RIVERS First Foals Arrive in 2012 By twice leading sire STORM CAT, sire of 180 stakes winners including twice leading sire GIANTS CAUSEWAY and champions STORM FLAG FLYING and SWEET CATOMINE. By CHRISTMAS IN AIKEN, sister to Bandito Barney, dam of Gr. I winner HARLANS HOLIDAY ($2,432,664). First foals arrive in 2012.

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Where a Few Good Stallions are Hunting for Fertile Eggs SEA OF SECRETS • 77% Starters/Foals • 74% Winners/Starters • Average Earnings Per Starter $44,800+ Graded Stakes Winner SEA OF SECRETS has relocated to Victory Rose Thoroughbreds for the 2012 Breeding Season. A versatile stallion whose progeny have won from 6 to 13 furlongs. Progeny to race have amassed $16 million plus, including graded stakes winners SECRET GYPSY ($595,926), PRINCIPLE SECRET ($269,440) and graded stakes-placed MY MISS STORM CAT. 2011 stakes winners include HERMOSILLO, HALEY’S HALO and TYCHONIC CHOICE, stakes-placed Bythebeautifulsea, Hidden Expense and Shred the Secrets.

Storm Cat-Love From Mom, by Mr. Prospector • Fee: $2,500-LF

BOLD CHIEFTAIN The Only Two-Time Cal Cup Classic Winner and the 50th Cal-Bred Millionaire A versatile racehorse who won on tapeta, grass and dirt. Graded stakes winner of 18 races, 14 in stakes with earnings of $1,683,181. Won the Gr. II, $150,000 San Francisco Mile, defeating Gr. I winner MONTEREY JAZZ. Only horse to win the California Cup Classic Hcp. at Oak Tree at Santa Anita twice, defeating CELTIC DREAMIN, LAVA MAN and LETHAL HEAT. Only horse to win the California Dreamin’ Hcp. at Del Mar twice. Won the $500,000 Sunshine Millions Classic Stakes at Santa Anita defeating Gr. I winners THE USUAL Q. T., ACCLAMATION and Gr. II winner ENRICHED.

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UNDER CAUTION Ranked in the Top Six Leading 2nd Crop Sires in 2012 From his first crop he has sired A. P. Caution (3 length maiden winner) and placed runners A. P. Anna and Vitameatavegamin. By Horse of the Year and classic winner A. P. INDY. Out of the winning STORM CAT mare Coldheartedcat. She is a half-sister to classic winner CAVEAT, DEW LINE, BALTIC CHILL and Winters’ Love dam of TRANQUILITY LAKE ($1,662,390), and leading California sire BENCHMARK; granddam of AFTER MARKET ($903,685, sire), COURAGEOUS CAT ($1,165,760, Shoemaker Mile S.-G1, etc.) and JALIL.

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Available Statistics Through March 4, 2012

Leading Sires in California

Leading Sires by Number of Races Won

Leading Sires by Money Won Rank Sire Runners 1. Unusual Heat . . . . . . . . . . . 62 2. Tribal Rule . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 65 3. Southern Image . . . . . . . . . 51 4. Benchmark . . . . . . . . . . . . . 60 5. In Excess (Ire)† . . . . . . . . . . . 49 6. Old Topper . . . . . . . . . . . . . 62 7. Kafwain . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 63 8. Ministers Wild Cat . . . . . . . 55 9. Bertrando† . . . . . . . . . . . . . 53 10. Giacomo# . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 42 11. Redattore (Brz)• . . . . . . . . . 39 12. High Brite* . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 38 13. Vronsky . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 17 14. Swiss Yodeler . . . . . . . . . . . 53 15. Salt Lake* . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 41 16. Decarchy . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 50 17. Suances (GB) . . . . . . . . . . . . 16 18. Marino Marini . . . . . . . . . . . 46 19. Lucky Pulpit . . . . . . . . . . . . 19 20. Aragorn (Ire)# . . . . . . . . . . . . 38 21. Good Journey . . . . . . . . . . . 25 22. Capsized . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 16 23. Formal Gold• . . . . . . . . . . . 40 24. Popular . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 19 25. Cyclotron . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4 26. Perfect Mandate . . . . . . . . 22 27. Siberian Summer* . . . . . . . . 27 28. Muqtarib† . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 12 29. Awesome Gambler . . . . . . . 11 30. Momentum . . . . . . . . . . . . . 33 31. Sea of Secrets . . . . . . . . . . . 42 32. Rocky Bar# . . . . . . . . . . . . . 26 33. Tizbud . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 19 34. Stormin Fever . . . . . . . . . . . 36 35. Globalize . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 23 36. Olmodavor . . . . . . . . . . . . . 29 37. Comic Strip . . . . . . . . . . . . . 19 38. One Man Army . . . . . . . . . . 10 39. Flame Thrower . . . . . . . . . . 21 40. Freespool . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 33 41. Terrell . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 16 42. Our New Recruit* . . . . . . . . . 14 43. Game Plan . . . . . . . . . . . . . 16 44. Cindago . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7 45. Crafty C. T.• . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10 46. Stormy Jack . . . . . . . . . . . 21 47. Atticus . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 21 48. Silic (Fr) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9 49. Memo (Chi)• . . . . . . . . . . . . .19 50. Trapper . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5

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Starts 135 136 95 146 112 132 116 126 106 87 82 90 39 112 80 101 37 94 42 73 45 41 98 42 6 51 55 28 24 76 93 62 40 77 48 69 38 23 42 79 32 31 33 17 24 37 35 19 38 9

Races Won 25 19 19 24 20 15 17 26 14 12 8 17 6 16 16 9 6 10 6 8 5 6 9 6 3 7 4 4 2 12 12 9 2 7 7 9 5 3 6 7 5 3 6 3 4 6 5 2 6 3

Earnings $755,495 472,836 434,361 428,788 414,481 382,339 381,216 344,536 325,664 279,189 276,251 253,120 245,431 233,162 213,218 208,267 190,703 187,368 165,331 155,443 152,584 152,387 151,822 147,745 136,040 134,787 133,383 126,487 124,330 119,172 113,533 104,046 103,607 103,237 95,185 90,744 89,040 81,631 80,561 80,551 78,375 73,880 72,645 71,968 71,109 67,668 66,708 63,989 62,422 60,814

Rank Sire Runners 1. Ministers Wild Cat . . . . . 55 2. Unusual Heat . . . . . . . . . 62 3. Benchmark . . . . . . . . . . . 60 4. In Excess (Ire)† . . . . . . . . 49 5. Tribal Rule . . . . . . . . . . . 65 Southern Image . . . . . . . 51 7. Kafwain . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 63 High Brite* . . . . . . . . . . . . 38 9. Swiss Yodeler . . . . . . . . . .53 Salt Lake* . . . . . . . . . . . . 41 11. Old Topper . . . . . . . . . . . 62 12. Bertrando† . . . . . . . . . . . 53 13. Giacomo# . . . . . . . . . . . . 42 Momentum . . . . . . . . . . . 33 Sea of Secrets . . . . . . . . 42 16. Marino Marini . . . . . . . . . 46 17. Decarchy . . . . . . . . . . . . . 50 Formal Gold• . . . . . . . . . 40 Rocky Bar# . . . . . . . . . . . 26 Olmodavor . . . . . . . . . . . 29

Starts 126 135 146 112 136 95 116 90 112 80 132 106 87 76 93 94 101 98 62 69

Races Won 26 25 24 20 19 19 17 17 16 16 15 14 12 12 12 10 9 9 9 9

Earnings $344,536 755,495 428,788 414,481 472,836 434,361 381,216 253,120 233,162 213,218 382,339 325,664 279,189 119,172 113,533 187,368 208,267 151,822 104,046 90,744

Leading Sires by Average Earnings Per Runner (Minimum 5 Runners)

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

Runners

Vronsky . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 17 Unusual Heat . . . . . . . . . . . 62 Trapper . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5 Suances (GB) . . . . . . . . . . . 16 Awesome Gambler . . . . . . .11 Muqtarib† . . . . . . . . . . . . . 12 Cindago . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7 Capsized . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 16 Illinois Storm* . . . . . . . . . . . . 5 Lucky Pulpit . . . . . . . . . . . . 19 Southern Image . . . . . . . . . 51 In Excess (Ire)† . . . . . . . . . . 49 One Man Army . . . . . . . . . .10 Popular . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 19 Tribal Rule . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 65 Benchmark . . . . . . . . . . . . 60 Crafty C. T.• . . . . . . . . . . . . 10 Silic (Fr) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9 Redattore (Brz)• . . . . . . . . . 39 Sought After . . . . . . . . . . . . 7

Races Won 6 25 3 6 2 4 3 6 2 6 19 20 3 6 19 24 4 2 8 4

Average Earnings/ Earnings Runner $245,431 755,495 60,814 190,703 124,330 126,487 71,968 152,387 45,573 165,331 434,361 414,481 81,631 147,745 472,836 428,788 71,109 63,989 276,251 48,449

$14,437 12,185 12,163 11,919 11,303 10,541 10,281 9,524 9,115 8,702 8,517 8,459 8,163 7,776 7,274 7,146 7,111 7,110 7,083 6,921

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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. 5. 7. 8. 10. 12. 14. 16. 18.

Ministers Wild Cat.............. 55 Benchmark......................... 60 Unusual Heat ..................... 62 In Excess (Ire)†................... 49 Tribal Rule ......................... 65 Kafwain ............................. 63 High Brite* ...........................38 Southern Image................. 51 Bertrando† ......................... 53 Old Topper ..........................62 Swiss Yodeler..................... 53 Giacomo#........................... 42 Salt Lake* ........................... 41 Marino Marini ..................... 46 Sea of Secrets.................... 42 Decarchy ............................ 50 Momentum......................... 33 Formal Gold•...................... 40 Rocky Bar# ........................ 26 Olmodavor ......................... 29

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

Runners

Winners

Races Won

Earnings

Rank Sire

21 20 19 16 15 15 14 13 13 12 12 11 11 10 10 9 9 8 8 8

26 24 25 20 19 17 17 19 14 15 16 12 16 10 12 9 12 9 9 9

$344,536 428,788 755,495 414,481 472,836 381,216 253,120 434,361 325,664 382,339 233,162 279,189 213,218 187,368 113,533 208,267 119,172 151,822 104,046 90,744

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 ............ 36 In Excess (Ire)†......... 12 Redattore (Brz)• ......... 9 Vronsky ...................... 8 Capsized..................... 1 Muqtarib† .................. 3 Suances (GB) ............. 6 Benchmark............... 14 Cyclotron .................. 3 Good Journey ............ 17 Ministers Wild Cat...... 7 Old Topper .................. 7 Tribal Rule .................. 11 Siberian Summer* ...... 8 Perfect Mandate ........ 8 Decarchy................... 13 Bertrando†..................15 Aragorn (Ire)# ............ 11 Kafwain ..................... 4 Caros Love................. 1

62 22 14 14 2 4 11 18 4 21 9 8 16 13 9 14 16 16 5 2

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Leading Sires by Median Earnings Per Runner

Leading Sires by Average Earnings Per Start

(Minimum 5 Runners)

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Runners

Suances (GB) . . . . . . . . . 16 Trapper . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5 Illinois Storm* . . . . . . . . . . 5 Unusual Heat . . . . . . . . . 62 Silic (Fr) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9 Sky Terrace . . . . . . . . . . . . 6 Expressionist . . . . . . . . . . 8 Crafty C. T.• . . . . . . . . . . 10 One Man Army . . . . . . . . .10 Game Plan . . . . . . . . . . . 16 Cindago . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .7 Rocky Bar# . . . . . . . . . . 26 Ministers Wild Cat . . . . . . 55 Perfect Mandate . . . . . . . 22 In Excess (Ire)† . . . . . . . . 49 Peteski's Charm . . . . . . . . 6 Lucky Pulpit . . . . . . . . . . 19 Peppered Cat . . . . . . . . . . 5 Benchmark . . . . . . . . . . . 60 Ancient Art . . . . . . . . . . . . 8

Races Won 6 3 2 25 2 3 6 4 3 6 3 9 26 7 20 2 6 1 24 1

Median Earnings/ Earnings Runner $190,703 60,814 45,573 755,495 63,989 28,306 40,694 71,109 81,631 72,645 71,968 104,046 344,536 134,787 414,481 32,680 165,331 27,747 428,788 32,970

$10,019 9,066 7,070 6,183 4,924 4,738 4,720 4,372 4,073 3,896 3,706 3,648 3,590 3,510 3,465 3,280 3,276 3,003 2,968 2,935

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

Runners

Vronsky .......................... 17 Unusual Heat .................. 62 Awesome Gambler......... 11 Suances (GB) ................. 16 Southern Image ............. 51 Muqtarib†........................ 12 Cindago........................... 7 Lucky Pulpit ................... 19 Capsized ......................... 16 In Excess (Ire)†................ 49 One Man Army ............... 10 Popular........................... 19 Tribal Rule ...................... 65 Good Journey ................ 25 Redattore (Brz)• ............. 39 Silic (Fr) .......................... 9 Kafwain .......................... 63 Illinois Storm* .................. 5 Giacomo#........................ 42 Bertrando† ..................... 53

Earnings $482,132 191,063 188,713 171,954 106,800 93,550 88,514 84,856 80,760 75,568 75,360 63,120 61,717 55,141 54,994 52,765 52,444 49,257 48,758 46,400

Starts

Earnings

Average Earnings/ Start

39 135 24 37 95 28 17 42 41 112 23 42 136 45 82 19 116 14 87 106

$245,431 755,495 124,330 190,703 434,361 126,487 71,968 165,331 152,387 414,481 81,631 147,745 472,836 152,584 276,251 63,989 381,216 45,573 279,189 325,664

$6,293 5,596 5,180 5,154 4,572 4,517 4,233 3,936 3,717 3,701 3,549 3,518 3,477 3,391 3,369 3,368 3,286 3,255 3,209 3,072

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 2011 but is standing in the state in 2012, a double dagger (‡) that he is not standing in California in 2012 but will stand in the state in 2013 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 4, 2012

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

Crops of Average Foals of Racing Crop Racing Age Size Age

1. Unusual Heat, 1990, by Nureyev 2. Lucky Pulpit, 2001, by Pulpit 3. Vronsky, 1999, by Danzig 4. Cee's Tizzy†, 1987, by Relaunch 5. In Excess (Ire)†, 1987, by Siberian Express 6. Southern Image, 2000, by Halo's Image Tribal Rule, 1996, by Storm Cat 8. Good Journey, 1996, by Nureyev 9. One Man Army, 1994, by Roman Diplomat 10. Salt Lake*, 1989, by Deputy Minister 11. Bertrando†, 1989, by Skywalker 12. Memo (Chi)•, 1987, by Mocito Guapo (Arg) Rocky Bar#, 1998, by In Excess (Ire) 14. Birdonthewire, 1989, by Proud Birdie 15. Benchmark, 1991, by Alydar 16. Stormin Fever, 1994, by Storm Cat 17. Awesome Gambler, 2004, by Coronado's Quest 18. Beau Genius†, 1985, by Bold Ruckus 19. Formal Gold•, 1993, by Black Tie Affair (Ire) 20. Robannier, 1991, by Batonnier 21. Kafwain, 2000, by Cherokee Run Olympio*, 1988, by Naskra 23. Atticus, 1992, by Nureyev 24. Kelly Kip, 1994, by Kipper Kelly Swiss Yodeler, 1994, by Eastern Echo 26. High Brite*, 1984, by Best Turn Siberian Summer*, 1989, by Siberian Express 28. Decarchy, 1997, by Distant View Popular, 1999, by Saint Ballado Tizbud, 1999, by Cee's Tizzy 31. Aragorn (Ire)#, 2002, by Giant's Causeway Redattore (Brz)•, 1995, by Roi Normand 33. Silic (Fr), 1995, by Sillery 34. Lake George, 1992, by Vice Regent 35. Giacomo#, 2002, by Holy Bull Marino Marini, 2000, by Storm Cat Old Topper, 1995, by Gilded Time Perfect Mandate, 1996, by Gone West Sea of Secrets, 1995, by Storm Cat 40. Suances (GB), 1997, by Most Welcome (GB) 41. Ministers Wild Cat, 2000, by Deputy Minister 42. Western Fame, 1992, by Gone West 43. Olmodavor, 1999, by AP Indy Poteen, 1994, by Irish River (FR) 45. Iron Cat, 1995, by Storm Cat 46. Crafty C T•, 1998, by Crafty Prospector Michael's Flyer†, 1986, by Flying Paster Thisnearlywasmine, 1994, by Capote 49. Epic Honor, 1996, by Honor Grades Grey Memo, 1997, by Memo (CHI) 52. Latin American, 1988, by Riverman

12 3 5 19 17 4 7 7 7 17 16 15 5 15 11 10 2 19 11 13 6 17 12 9 11 21 11 6 5 5 3 6 8 13 3 5 9 9 10 5 4 11 5 7 11 5 17 8 8 6 15

47 22 15 38 57 81 63 48 9 73 63 35 16 17 59 62 39 39 43 8 66 30 36 12 61 44 35 44 15 25 55 83 19 12 55 48 53 33 43 17 52 25 41 11 12 18 6 8 9 10 21

562 65 77 727 965 325 442 336 63 1,246 1,009 525 80 254 650 621 77 748 469 99 398 511 433 108 673 923 381 263 75 127 165 500 150 159 166 240 475 296 428 83 207 278 203 74 135 89 107 66 70 60 309

Runners

377-67% 28-43% 29-38% 497-68% 683-71% 139-43% 234-53% 120-36% 44-70% 1,018-82% 725-72% 333-63% 42-53% 180-71% 460-71% 449-72% 19-25% 611-82% 360-77% 64-65% 280-70% 385-75% 310-72% 86-80% 494-73% 713-77% 286-75% 149-57% 43-57% 47-37% 99-60% 294-59% 103-69% 100-63% 91-55% 130-54% 357-75% 149-50% 333-78% 35-42% 116-56% 185-67% 121-60% 50-68% 97-72% 47-53% 53-50% 37-56% 49-70% 25-42% 205-66%

Winners

266-47% 20-31% 20-26% 363-50% 505-52% 93-29% 151-34% 67-20% 29-46% 820-66% 498-49% 239-46% 36-45% 129-51% 343-53% 318-51% 5-6% 460-61% 280-60% 38-38% 186-47% 286-56% 186-43% 72-67% 350-52% 576-62% 203-53% 96-37% 31-41% 20-16% 54-33% 175-35% 66-44% 59-37% 53-32% 91-38% 267-56% 95-32% 246-57% 21-25% 73-35% 135-49% 84-41% 36-49% 80-59% 35-39% 27-25% 25-38% 38-54% 19-32% 133-43%

2-Y-O Winners

30-5% 13-20% 3-4% 58-8% 114-12% 29-9% 67-15% 10-3% 2-3% 244-20% 118-12% 43-8% 15-19% 37-15% 91-14% 103-17% 5-6% 138-18% 77-16% 8-8% 69-17% 60-12% 38-9% 16-15% 147-22% 145-16% 26-7% 31-12% 14-19% 4-3% 21-13% 40-8% 11-7% 10-6% 20-12% 26-11% 102-21% 18-6% 74-17% 2-2% 26-13% 45-16% 24-12% 4-5% 7-5% 9-10% 5-5% 5-8% 6-9% 5-8% 28-9%

Stakes Winners

30-5% 2-3% 2-3% 39-5% 63-7% 5-2% 21-5% 3-1% 4-6% 71-6% 53-5% 28-5% 10-13% 10-4% 32-5% 30-5% 1-1% 39-5% 19-4% 3-3% 16-4% 30-6% 13-3% 2-2% 24-4% 46-5% 13-3% 7-3% 1-1% 3-2% 1-1% 15-3% 1-1% 5-3% 5-3% 5-2% 19-4% 11-4% 20-5% 1-1% 8-4% 13-5% 5-2% 3-4% 5-4% 1-1% 3-3% 0-0% 1-1% 0-0% 6-2%

Graded Stakes Winners

Progeny Earnings

Average Earnings Index

10-2% 0-0% 1-1% 9-1% 11-1% 2-1% 2-0% 2-1% 1-2% 24-2% 12-1% 9-2% 1-1% 1-0% 8-1% 12-2% 1-1% 5-1% 5-1% 0-0% 4-1% 4-1% 5-1% 1-1% 2-0% 9-1% 4-1% 1-0% 0-0% 0-0% 0-0% 12-2% 1-1% 1-1% 2-1% 0-0% 0-0% 0-0% 2-0% 0-0% 0-0% 0-0% 1-0% 0-0% 0-0% 0-0% 0-0% 0-0% 0-0% 0-0% 2-1%

$32,668,210 $1,321,593 $1,620,785 $36,079,817 $42,564,892 $4,964,666 $11,396,909 $4,707,577 $2,408,576 $59,890,233 $41,267,349 $17,857,964 $1,995,380 $11,552,086 $24,778,579 $25,340,862 $412,192 $34,533,689 $18,195,784 $2,906,337 $10,415,807 $18,802,038 $12,668,223 $4,293,468 $23,157,347 $35,303,333 $12,003,849 $5,545,628 $1,453,408 $1,189,269 $2,507,520 $5,568,850 $6,651,749 $4,149,933 $2,112,993 $4,111,476 $13,912,065 $5,541,394 $16,437,513 $1,082,417 $3,020,685 $7,255,360 $3,504,392 $1,931,518 $3,311,151 $1,974,967 $1,914,495 $1,323,454 $2,196,707 $724,218 $6,556,234

2.18 1.94 1.71 1.68 1.67 1.61 1.48 1.47 1.45 1.43 1.39 1.33 1.33 1.31 1.26 1.24 1.23 1.19 1.15 1.13 1.12 1.12 1.09 1.06 1.06 1.05 1.05 1.04 1.04 1.04 1.02 1.02 1.00 0.98 0.97 0.97 0.97 0.97 0.97 0.95 0.94 0.91 0.90 0.90 0.89 0.88 0.88 0.88 0.87 0.87 086

Comparable Index

1.25 1.25 0.85 1.17 1.43 1.43 1.21 1.06 0.96 1.42 1.56 1.13 0.78 1.39 1.18 1.43 0.78 1.16 1.37 1.09 1.31 1.30 1.49 1.01 1.10 1.18 0.89 1.00 0.97 0.93 1.48 1.21 0.94 1.04 1.48 1.04 0.89 1.26 1.09 1.24 1.02 0.81 1.40 0.81 1.02 .09 0.59 0.75 0.74 0.77 111

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 2011 but is standing in the state in 2012, a double dagger (‡) that he is not standing in California in 2012 but will stand in the state in 2013 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 (US, 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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TUESDAY, APRIL 17 CALIFORNIA THOROUGHBRED FARM MANAGERS ASSOCIATION (CTFMA) MONTHLY BOARD MEETING San Luis Rey Downs Country Club, Bonsall, Calif. FRIDAY, APRIL 20 BARRETTS EQUINE LIMITED BARRETTS OCTOBER YEARLING SALE NOMINATION CLOSING DATE Fairplex, Pomona, Calif. THURSDAY, APRIL 26 CALIFORNIA HORSE RACING BOARD (CHRB) MONTHLY BOARD MEETING Santa Anita Park, Arcadia, Calif.

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Dates in California

Regional Race Meetings, Stakes Races and Sale Dates

2011 AND 2012 REGIONAL RACE MEETINGS Santa Anita Park (Los Angeles Turf Club), Arcadia . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Dec. 26, 2011-April 22, 2012 Golden Gate Fields (Pacific Racing Association), Albany . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Dec. 26, 2011-June 17, 2012 Hollywood Park, Inglewood . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .April 25-July 15, 2012 Alameda County Fair, Pleasanton . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .June 21-July 8, 2012 California State Fair (Cal Expo), Sacramento . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .July 11-22, 2012 Del Mar Thoroughbred Club, Del Mar . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .July 18-Sept. 5, 2012 Sonoma County Fair, Santa Rosa . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .July 25-Aug. 12, 2012 Humboldt County Fair, Ferndale . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Aug. 15-26, 2012 Golden Gate Fields (Los Angeles Turf Club), Albany . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Aug. 17-Sept. 16, 2012 Fairplex Park, Pomona . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Sept. 7-23, 2012 San Joaquin County Fair, Stockton . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Sept. 19-30, 2012 Santa Anita Park (Pacific Racing Association), Arcadia . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Sept. 26-Nov. 4, 2012 Fresno County Fair, Fresno . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Oct. 3-14, 2012 Golden Gate Fields (Pacific Racing Association), Albany . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Oct. 18-Dec. 16, 2012 Hollywood Park, Inglewood . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Nov. 7-Dec. 16, 2012

APRIL AND MAY 2012 REGIONAL STAKES RACES Date

Track

Apr. 7 Apr. 7 Apr. 7 Apr. 7 Apr. 14 Apr. 21 Apr. 21 Apr. 22 Apr. 26 Apr. 27 Apr. 28

SA SA SA GG SA SA SA SA Hol Hol GG

Stakes (Grade)

Conditions

Distance

Added Value

Santa Anita Derby (Gr. I) . . . . . . . . . . . .3-y-o . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1 1/8 m. . . . . . . . . . . . .$750,000g Potrero Grande Handicap (Gr. II) . . . . . .4-y-o & up . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6 1/2 f. . . . . . . . . . . . . . .150,000g Providencia Stakes (Gr. II) . . . . . . . . . . .3-y-o f. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1 1/8 m. (T) . . . . . . . . . . .150,000g Golden Poppy Stakes . . . . . . . . . . . . . .3-y-o f. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1 1/16 m. (T) . . . . . . . . . . .75,000g Las Cienegas Handicap (Gr. III) . . . . . . .4-y-o & up, f. & m. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .abt. 6 1/2 f. (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 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+ Inglewood Handicap (Gr. III) . . . . . . . . .3-y-o & up . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1 1/8 m. (T) . . . . . . . . . . . .100,000g San Francisco Mile (Gr. III) . . . . . . . . . .4-y-o & up . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1 m. (T) . . . . . . . . . . . . . .150,000g California Gold Rush XIII Day—$1,110,000 in Purses at Hollywood Park on Saturday, April 28, 2012

April 28 April 28 April 28 April 28 April 28

Hol Hol Hol Hol Hol

April 28

Hol

April 28

Hol

April 28

Hol

Apr. 29

Hol

Wilshire Handicap (Gr. III) . . . . . . . . . . .3-y-o & up, f. & m . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1 m. (T) . . . . . . . . . . . . . .100,000g

May May May May

Hol Hol Hol Hol

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. Time To Leave Stakes . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .3-y-o & up, f. & m. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .5 f.

5 5 5 6

Snow Chief Stakes . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .3-y-o, Cal-Bred/Cal-Sired . . . . . . . . . .1 1/8 m. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .300,000g# Melair Stakes . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .3-y-o f., Cal-Bred/Cal-Sired . . . . . . . .1 1/8 m. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .300,000g*# 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 Warrens 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. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .60,000g . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Cal-Bred/Cal-Sired Alphabet Kisses Stakes . . . . . . . . . . . . .3-y-o & up, maiden f. & m., . . . . . . . . . .6 1/2 f. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .60,000g . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Cal-Bred/Cal-Sired

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150,000g 100,000g 70,000+ 70,000+

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Date

Track

May 12

Hol

May 12 May 13 May 19 May 19 May 20

GG Hol Hol Hol Hol

May 26 May 27 May 28 May 28 May 28

Hol Hol Hol Hol GG

Stakes (Grade)

Conditions

Distance

Added Value

Lazaro S. Barrera Memorial . . . . . . . . .3-y-o . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .7 f. Stakes (Gr. III) Alcatraz Stakes . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .3-y-o . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1 1/16 m. (T) Round Table Handicap . . . . . . . . . . . . .4-y-o & up . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1 1/2 m. (T) 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.

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

*Purse includes money from Cal-bred Race Fund **Purse includes money from Breeders’ Cup Fund #-Purse includes money from Golden State Series Fund g-Purse guaranteed • e-Estimated purse • +-Added purse

2012 REGIONAL SALE DATES May 14 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Barretts May Sale of Two-Year-Olds in Training: Training preview on May 11 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .(Entries closed March 23) July 22 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .The Paddock Sale at Del Mar of Selected Horses of Racing Age . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .(Please contact Barretts Equine Ltd. for details) August 14 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Northern California Yearling Sale . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .(Entries close April 9) October 9 & 10 . . . . . . . . . . . .Barretts October Yearling Sale . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .(Nominations close April 20)

It Pays To Be Cal-Bred

California-Bred/California-Sired Stakes Races April to July HOLLYWOOD PARK Saturday, April 28 California Gold Rush XIII – $1,110,000 In Purses $300,000 Snow Chief Stakes Three-Year-Olds 1 1/8 Miles

$70,000 Grey Memo Stakes Three-Year-Old & Up 7 Furlongs

$300,000 Melair Stakes Three-Year-Old Fillies 1 1/8 Miles

$70,000 Warren’s Thoroughbreds Stakes Three-Year-Old & Up, Fillies & Mares 7 Furlongs

$125,000 Tiznow Stakes Four-Year-Old & Up 7 1/2 Furlongs

$60,000 NTRA Stakes Three-Year-Old & Up 6 1/2 Furlongs

$125,000 B. Thoughtful Stakes Four-Year-Old & Up, Fillies & Mares 7 1/2 Furlongs

$60,000 Alphabet Kisses Stakes Three-Year-Old & Up, Fillies & Mares 6 1/2 Furlongs

Sunday, May 20 $70,000 Fran’s Valentine Stakes Three-Year-Old & Up, Fillies & Mares 1 Mile (Turf)

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Standing For 2012 Breeding Season BONNRITA

Dark Bay or Brown Horse; Feb. 19, 2002

The Only Son of GULCH to stand in California By GULCH (1984), champion sprinter in U. S., Stakes winner of $3,095,521, 1st Breeders’ Cup Sprint (G1), etc. Among the leading sires in U. S., sire of 20 crops of racing age, 1,100 foals, 910 starters, 72 stakes winners, 1 champion, 642 winners of 2,304 races and earnings of $86,008,667 U. S., including THUNDER GULCH (Champion in U. S., $2,915,086, 1st Kentucky Derby (G1), etc.), NAYEF (Hwt. In England and United Arab Emirates, $3,594,157 USA, 1st Juddmonte International S. (G1), etc.), EAGLE CAFE ($4,227,985 USA, 1st Japan Cup Dirt, etc.), BRAVE TENDER ($2,708,334 USA, 1st Arlington Cup, etc.), COURT VISION (to 5, 2010, $2,606,521 USA, 1st Woodbine Mile S. (G1), etc.), THE CLIFF'S EDGE ($1,265,258, 1st Toyota Blue Grass S. (G1), etc.), WALLENDA ($1,205,929, 1st Super Derby (G1), etc.), ESTEEMED FRIEND ($805,237, 1st General George H. (G1), etc.). First dam is by DEPUTY MINISTER, leading broodmare sire of more than 180 stakes winners, including CURLIN, RAGS TO RICHES, HALFBRIDLED, JAZIL, BOB & JOHN etc.

Fee: $2,000-LF, No Booking Fee—First Foals Due 2012 5 Two-year-old winners out of 7 (71.43%) in 1st dam of Bonnrita.

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Index to Advertisers & Stallions Advertised

This index is provided as a service. The publisher does not assume any liability for errors or ommisions. Bold figures indicate a page that features a stallion. NOTE: Inside Back Cover, IBC; Outside Back Cover, OBC; Inside Front Cover, IFC

ADVERTISERS Audi Brand Specialist/Tina Hoover . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .63 Ballena Vista Farm . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .OBC Barretts Equine Limited . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .13 Cal-Bred Maiden Bonus Program . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .49 Cal-Bred/Cal-Sired Stakes Races . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .61 Cardiff, Suzanne, Pedigree Research . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .63 Cole Ranch . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .62 CTBA Foal Advertorial . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .53 CTBA Industry Directory . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .52 CTBA Northern California Yearling Sale . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .16 CTBA Stallion Season Auction (PAC) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .67 Daehling Ranch . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .62 Dickson Podley Realtors (Jeannie Garr Roddy) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .63 E.A. Ranches . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .19, 20 Equineline.com . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .46 Equinesavings.com . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .47 G1goldmine . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .30 Gayle Van Leer Thoroughbred Services . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .63 Golden Eagle Farm . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .15 Harris Farms . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .IFC, 7 Hollywood Park, Gold Rush . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .29 Joyce Canaday Equine Arts . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .63 Laurel Fowler Insurance Broker Inc. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .64

THE GOOD LIFE Seattle Slew out of Love For Life, by Forli

Lifetime earnings $103,125 From 12 starts, 4 wins, 1 place By Horse of the Year and three-time Champion SEATTLE SLEW. Out of the FORLI mare LOVE FOR LIFE, dam of 8 foals to race, 7 winners, including ANNUAL REUNION ($541,705) winner of the GI Santa Anita Handicap, etc., and Soft Charm dam of FULL MOON MADNESS ($1,256,098). Runners are led by Jasmine’s Gem ($73,928), I’m Jackies Boy ($63,827), Amber’s Girl ($41,575) and Gramar Love ($33,166). 2012 Fee: Free Breeding- Booking Fee $350

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Legal Equestrian/Lisa L. Lerch.Esq . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .64 Legacy Ranch . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .5, 31 Lillian Nichols/Halters . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .64 Linda Cardenas-Subias-Law Office . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .63 Lisa Dezotell . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .66 Lovacres Ranch . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .27 Madera Thoroughbreds . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .39 Magali Farms . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .9, 11, 17 Mel Stute/Thoroughbred Horse Trainer . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .62 NTRA Advantage . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .14 NTRA Advantage/John Deere . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .12 Odyssey Performance Premium Horse Exerciser . . . . . . . . . . . . . .63 Paradise Road Ranch . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .43 Rancho Temescal . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .35, 41 Ridgeley Farm . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .65 Special T.Thoroughbreds Inc. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .37 The Loftin Firm LLP . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .64 Thoroughbred Daily News . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .64 Tommy Town Thoroughbreds LLC . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .3 Victory Rose Thoroughbreds . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .54, 55 West Coast Racing Colors/June Gee . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .62 www.horselawyers.com . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .63

STRIKE FOR GLORY

Smart Strike out of Secreto’s Glory, by Secreto

Lifetime earnings $112,605 From 15 starts, 6 wins, 1 place and 4 shows By twice leading sire SMART STRIKE sire of 10 Champions, including Horse of the Year twice CURLIN. Out of stakes winner, graded stakes-placed Secreto’s Glory. Dam of graded stakes-placed Star On Fire.

Contact Lisa Dezotell 209-244-8769 12530 E. White House Rd., Stockton, CA 95215-9567

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Index to Stallions

STALLIONS Atticus . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .9, 17 Awesome Gambler . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .27 Behrens . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .54 Benchmark . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .OBC Bold Chieftain . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .55 Bonnrita . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .55 Brave Cat . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .43 Bushwacker . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .27 Chattahoochee War . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .20 Cindago . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .31 Council Member . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .37 Decarchy . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .9 Del Mar Show . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .35, 41 Desert Code . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .IFC Dixie Chatter . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .OBC Drum Major . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .20 Elusive Bluff . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .20 Elusive Warning . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .39 Game Plan . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .20 Giacomo . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .9, 11 Global Hunter (Arg) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .9 Globalize . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .54 Good Journey . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .9 Grace Upon Grace . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .27 Heatseeker (Ire) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .IFC, 7 Idiot Proof . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .OBC Lucky J. H. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .IFC Lucky Pulpit . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .IFC Many Rivers . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .54

California Thoroughbred Breeders Association would like to thank the following stallion owners for their generous donation to the 2012 Stallion Season Auction benefiting the Political Action Committee.

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Mesa Thunder . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .43 Mr. Broad Blade . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .9 Noble Court . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .9, 11 Olmodavor . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .9, 11 Papa Clem . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .5, 31 Recap . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .OBC Rio Verde . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .27 Rocky Bar . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .20 Roi Charmant . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .9 Run Brother Ron . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .43 Sea of Secrets . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .55 Singletary . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .IFC Slew's Saga . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .37 Spensive . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .19, 20 Stormin Fever . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .15 Stormy Jack . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .IFC Strike For Glory . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .66 Suances (GB) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .35 Swiss Yodeler . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . IFC Ten Most Wanted . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .9 Tenga Cat . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .35, 41 The Good Life . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .66 Thorn Song . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .IFC Time To Get Even . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .27 Tizbud . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .IFC Tribal Rule . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .OBC Under Caution . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .55 Unusual Heat . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .IFC

Ballena Vista Farm & Mr. & Mrs. Martin J. Wygod Bill Morey E.A. Ranches Game Plan Syndicate George Schmitt Harris Farms Heatseeker Syndicate Keith Barnacastle Larry & Robin Frost Lovacres Ranch Papa Clem Syndicate Magali Farms Mike Willman

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Oak Hill Farm Old English Rancho & Bruce Headley Paradise Road Ranch Rancho San Miguel Rivendell Ranch & Joe Morey R. M. Master Racing Stables Suarez Racing Inc. Tommy Town Thoroughbreds Triple AAA Ranch Victory Rose Thoroughbreds Y-Lo Racing Stables LLC Woodbridge Farm

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What’s In A Name? Guest Forum by BOB CARSON “"What's in a name? That which we call a rose by any other name would smell as sweet.”—Romeo and Juliet. What’s In A Name? The future is here. Like it or not. People tug at our sleeves and say, “You have to. . .Google, Iphone, Link, Twitter, Facebook, YouTube, LinkedIn, MySpace, pod-cast, Blackberry, Blueberry and network or you will be out of touch.” It’s getting difficult to keep up. Devices are ringing, buzzing and vibrating all over our bodies. E-mail, which many of us are finally getting used to, is prehistoric to teenagers. Sadly, print is fading. Local newspapers are folding. It’s a cold world. We have to get aboard or get run over. So let’s get techie. The following ramble is a way to integrate all of the above devices. If this story is not coming to you via PDA, you will need to grab some sort of device and log on. If you connect, you will be rewarded with some information and a song. Every racehorse has a name. Usually, there is a story behind the name. Pedigrees, interests, song tiles, famous quotes, wordplay, puns, mysteries, family names, traditions or business associations—there are an endless number of reasons that go into naming a horse These stories should be told. Telling the story behind the name would cost nothing and could be beneficial to horse racing. Participants in our game often like to tell the reason for the choice of their horse’s name. Many of us would like to hear these stories. Knowing the story behind a horse’s name distinguishes it from the herd. The reason for the name gives a glimpse into the owner. The process would be fun. Pacing The Cage For example, imagine you see a racehorse listed in the program. The name of the horse is Pacing the Cage. Next to this name you spy an Internet link. If you are already online you click, if you are not online, type a search into your I-Phone or your device of choice. The link will lead you to the story behind the name; you

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will hear some music, see some poetry, learn a little about the owner and even be able to contact them if you wish. A buddy sent me a video of a singer songwriter. He said in the e-mail that this guy was really good and looked like my clone. He suggested that this singer/songwriter might be a long lost brother that was separated from me at birth. So I clicked on. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sAcqr3MYMmM. I didn’t think that the guy looked like me, but this dude, Bruce Cockburn, had talent. I loved the song “Pacing the Cage”; it was an evocative tune about choices we make and the restlessness of the human spirit. Immediately the title Pacing the Cage stuck in my head as a great name for a racehorse. I did a little investigation and listened to several other songs. What a discovery. Bruce Cockburn is Canadian but I could not believe he had eluded my radar screen for the past 30 years. He will not elude it any longer. In fact, his biggest hit, “If I Had a Rocket Launcher,” just might be good for another yearling. That Is The Story Behind The Name. Undoubtedly, you have stories behind the names of your horses or you have found yourself curious about why other horses have been given a name like, oh, say, Zenyatta or Game On Dude We live in an information age. Storage space is virtually limitless. If you don’t already use a hand-held device to access the Internet— you soon will. Owners should have the opportunity to explain why they chose the name that they did. It could be stored in a paragraph of simple words, or for the adventurous and tech savvy, a digital file. A link could appear in the program where anyone curious could quickly search for the name, maybe just a generic search for “Pacing the Cage—racehorse” could do the trick. Should you name a horse after your girlfriend or granddaughter you could have a link to photos, or a business could link to the product home page, or a movie clip, or a poem or who knows what? What fun. And the fun would be cost free. The stories behind the names would be a new part of the entire race package, something to fill the minutes between races and something to let horse race fans interact. If Bill Gates is correct when he says the Internet is the town square for the global village of tomorrow, horse racing needs to set up a few soapboxes.

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