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CALIFORNIA THOROUGHBRED

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Welcome To California Gold Rush XIV

From The Executive Corner

Dear California Thoroughbred Reader, Saturday, April 27, will mark the 14th renewal of the California Gold Rush day at Betfair Hollywood Park in Inglewood. This spring celebration of California-bred and California-sired Thoroughbreds will feature eight stakes races offering nearly $1.1 million in purse money. The event is highlighted by four of this year’s Golden State Series races, the $300,000 Snow Chief Stakes for three-year-olds, $250,000 Melair Stakes for three-year-old fillies, $125,000 Tiznow Stakes for four-year-olds and up and $125,000 B. Thoughtful Stakes for fillies and mares four-year-old and up. Over the years, many top class Cal-breds have competed at California Gold Rush, including a host of millionaires and champions. As in the past, the day promises to feature large competitive fields that will offer 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 California Thoroughbred Breeders Association (CTBA) is extremely proud of this event and would like to thank Betfair Hollywood Park, the local horsemen and all of the sponsors over the years for their continued support in making California Gold Rush such a success. Please join us on April 27, in celebrating the top horses bred here in the Golden State.

©Mesaros

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 Betfair Hollywood Park’s 2013 Spring/Summer meet marks the running of California Gold Rush XIV. 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 nearly $1.1 million in stakes purses exclusively to Californiabreds and California-sired runners. This year’s running should prove to be another spectacle of exciting racing with full and competitive fields. Betfair Hollywood Park would like to thank TVG (Television Games Network), the National Thoroughbred Racing Association (NTRA) and Warren’s Thoroughbreds for their continued support of races on the day’s card. The $300,000 TVG Snow Chief Stakes and $250,000 Melair Stakes anchor the California Gold Rush XIV 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 all contested as stakes. Betfair Hollywood Park looks forward to welcoming breeders and owners to the Gold Rush Party in the Turf Club on Saturday, April 27, for one of the most festive and exciting days on this year’s racing calendar— one that underscores our continued commitment to California’s 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

©Marcie Heacox

A Storied History Since it opened 75 years ago in 1938, Hollywood Park has provided a storied history of horse racing memories, including the exploits of most of the greatest California-breds to ever grace the turf. Now doing business as Betfair Hollywood Park, the future of this historic track may currently be in doubt but what is certain is that the many great events which fans witnessed in Inglewood over the years will always be remembered. Featured in the cover story for this April 2013 issue of our monthly California Thoroughbred magazine are a host of grand performances by such Cal-bred stars as Honeymoon, Swaps, Native Diver and Acclamation, to name but a few. Plus, the article includes details of this year’s California Gold Rush XIV day being held at Hollywood on Saturday, April 27. Also being lauded for its major achievements is Tom and Debi Stull’s Tommy Town Thoroughbreds in Santa Ynez, now the leading breeders in California in both 2009 and 2012. As the home to stallions Grazen, Kafwain, Ministers Wild Cat and Old Topper, this premier Thoroughbred facility was only opened in 2000, but promises a future as bright as Hollywood Park’s past has been to date. Our latest CTBA Member Profile features George Krikorian, the founder of Krikorian Premiere Theatres whose tremendous success in the Thoroughbred breeding and racing industry so far includes being the breeder in California of Hezamazing, a seven-time stakes winner from 2009 to 2012. We also have a story on fellow California Thoroughbred Breeders Association (CTBA) member Monty Roberts, who received the Royal Victorian Oder from Queen Elizabeth II of the United Kingdom in 2011, while this year’s group of freshman sires based in the Golden State are previewed in depth. Besides a wrap-up of the Barretts March Sale of Selected Two-Year-Olds in Training held at Fairplex in Pomona on March 4, there are reviews in Racing In Southern California of the respective black-type wins at Santa Anita Park by Calbreds Ain’t No Other and Bench Glory in February’s Sensational Star Stakes and March’s Irish O’Brien Stakes, both $100,000-added Golden State Series events. Focus On The Future spotlights 25-year-old Brandon O’Bryan, a jockey agent just like both his father and grandfather, while the Thoroughbred Classic Horse Show series and its inaugural event in San Juan Capistrano on Saturday, April 20 and Sunday, April 21, are the subject matter of Another Man’s Treasure. Cal-bred On My Honor, winner of the California Derby and fourth in the Kentucky Derby during 1963, is highlighted in the latest chapter of our A Blast From The Past series and Horse Care details the process of correcting crooked legs in foals. CTBA member Toni Lilley provides a touching story titled “Special Jobs” that is about a group of adults with special needs who found a common purpose with a group of retired horses, including Thoroughbreds, 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 In the Company of. . .Krikorian Premiere Theatres founder the best to the best and not just George Krikorian (left), the breeder in California of multiple have to hope for the best! stakes winner Hezamazing and owner of grade I winners —Rudi Groothedde Starrer, Hollywood Story and Star Billing, at Santa Anita Park in Arcadia on March 16, 2013. rudi@ctba.com

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©California Thoroughbred 2013 (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, Leigh Ann Howard, John H. Barr, Daniel Q. Schiffer, William H. Nichols, Jane Johnson, William H. de Burgh, Pete Parrella, Sue Greene, Donald J. Valpredo, Terry C. Lovingier, Harris Auerbach, Tim Cohen, George F. Schmitt Ex Officio: E. W. (Bud) Johnston ADMINISTRATIVE STAFF Chief Financial Officer: James Murphy Sales Coordinator & Membership: Cookie Hackworth Registrar and Incentive Program Manager: Mary Ellen Locke 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: Vivian Montoya California Thoroughbred is published monthly in Arcadia, Calif. Periodical postage is paid at Arcadia, Calif., and at additional mailing offices. Standard mail included. 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 2013 Contents VOLUME 138 NO. 4

On This Month’s Cover At Betfair Hollywood Park, which celebrates its 75th anniversary in 2013, is this statue honoring Rex Ellsworth’s homebred Swaps who won the 1955 Kentucky Derby and whose nine career stakes wins at the Inglewood track were highlighted by a track record-setting victory in the Hollywood Gold Cup Handicap of 1956. Copyright Marcie Heacox

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News Bits

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Leading Sires in California

The CTBA Working For You California Thoroughbred Foundation (CTF) Notes—April 2013

Cover Story

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Equine Industry Milestones: Cal-Breds At Hollywood Park—A 75-Year Retrospective by Rudi Groothedde

Features

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Leading California Breeders: Tommy Town Thoroughbreds—In Good Company by Rudi Groothedde

CTBA Member Profile: George Krikorian—A Star In His Own Right by Emily Shields

Industry Portrait: Monty Roberts Joins Royal Victorian Order by Pat Murphy

California Sires: Passing Grades by Lisa Groothedde

Regional Sales: Quick Returns by Lisa Groothedde

Racing In Southern California: Homebreds Take To The Turf At Santa Anita Park by Emily Shields

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Leading Lifetime Sires in California Dates in California CTBA Calendar

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Classified Advertising Indexes to Advertisers & Stallions Advertised

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Focus On The Future: Brandon O’Bryan—Keeping It In The Family by Emily Shields

Another Man’s Treasure: Thoroughbred Classic Horse Show Series—Launchpad To A New Career by Marcie Heacox

A Blast From The Past: On My Honor—From Claim To Fame by Jackie Barnes

Horse Care: Correcting Crooked Legs In Foals by Heather Smith Thomas

©Ron Mesaros

Columns

Established just 13 years ago in 2000, Tom and Debi Stull’s Tommy Town Thoroughbreds in Santa Ynez has already been the leading breeder in California both in 2009 and last year, and it is currently the home to the stallions Grazen, Kafwain, Ministers Wild Cat and Old Topper.

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

Managing Editor’s Welcome: A Storied History by Rudi Groothedde

Guest Forum: Special Jobs by Toni Lilley

The May 2013 Cover Story

The 40th Anniversary Of Secretariat’s Triple Crown

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Cal-Bred Juveniles Attract Attention In Florida

News Bits Two California-breds who sold for $150,000 each were among six horses with Golden State pedigree ties who commanded respective six-figure purchase prices during the 2013 Ocala Breeders’ Sales Company’s March Selected Sale of Two-Year-Olds in Training last month. Steve’s Legacy, an Unusual Heat colt out of the Swiss Yodeler mare Helen’s Echo, a full sister to the Cal-bred 2006

Eclipse Champion Sprinter, Thor’s Echo, was purchased by agent Mersad Metanovic. The colt was bred in California by Josh Cantor, Tony Finn, T. Mitchell, S. Wenguer and P. Sowa. Also at the auction, Kratz Racing LLC acquired a Cal-bred Dixie Chatter filly out of Bold Executive’s stakes-placed winner Miss. Eulee who was bred by H & E Ranch. Eliciting a winning bid of $220,000 from agent Steven Young was a Scat Daddy colt out of the Arizona juvenile stakes winner Rockin On, a daughter of the Harris Farms stallion Swiss Yodeler.

Hollywood To Host 47-Race Stakes Program Highlighted by the $500,000 Hollywood Gold Cup (grade I) and the $350,000 American Oaks (grade I), Betfair Hollywood Park will feature a $6.8 million, 47-race stakes schedule during its 2013 spring/summer meet, which runs from Thursday, April 25 through Sunday, July 14. The eight-race California Gold Rush XIV program worth $1,060,000 for runners who were either bred or sired in California will be conducted on Saturday, April 27. The 49-day season also will be marked by an absence of Friday night racing, a staple at the Inglewood track since 1991 which now reverts to Friday afternoon cards.

Barretts And Fairplex Park Unite Barretts Equine Limited and Fairplex Park, the auction company and racetrack located in Pomona, have been combined and renamed Barretts Sales & Racing, effective Feb. 26. In addition to the new identity that brands all sales and facilities into one cohesive organization, the annual live racing season that coincides with the Los Angeles County Fair every September will now be called the Barretts Race Meet at Fairplex.

Another Harris Farms resident, Heatseeker (Ire), was flattered when Chika Racing went to $180,000 to secure his 2011 colt out of the New York stakes winner Minetonightsfirst. A pair of stakes-producing Cal-bred mares also received positive attention from Florida buyers. A Dunkirk colt out of stakes-placed Royal Confection, by Candi’s Gold, sold for $105,000 to Peter Johnson, while a Proud Citizen colt out of Bertrando’s daughter Sleep Away Camp was purchased by Bloom Racing Stables LLC for $100,000.

Breeders’ Cup Announces Changes For 2013 Edition For the first time in history, the Breeders’ Cup World Championships will include travel allowances paid to all participants shipping from outside California to Santa Anita Park in Arcadia for the 2013 edition of the event on Friday, Nov. 1 and Saturday, Nov. 2. Owners of horses who ship from outside North America will receive a $40,000 travel allowance, while owners of domestic horses shipping to California will receive a $10,000 allowance. In addition, entry fees for the Breeders’ Cup races will be reduced from three percent to two percent of each race’s purse. Unlike previously announced, a ban on the raceday use of the anti-bleeding medication furosemide will not be expanded to all of the Breeders’ Cup races this year. Also, the $500,000 Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Sprint, which was introduced in 2011, has been dropped from the two-day lineup.

©Natalie Ragus, Arcadia.Patch.com

Thoroughbred Walk Of Champions Approved On March 5, the City Council of Arcadia unanimously approved a Thoroughbred Walk of Champions to honor the city’s ties to horse racing and also promote the sport. Starting at Huntington Drive between Santa Anita Avenue and Second Avenue, near Arcadia’s future Metro Gold Line station, it will comprise of plaques fashioned after the renowned Hollywood Walk of Fame and featuring famous horses, jockeys, trainers and owners successful at Santa Anita Park. A private citizens’ committee responsible for the installation and maintenance of the plaques, costing $3,000 each, will also choose the first 50 honorees and raise the necessary funds to cover this initial cost. It is planned to install these plaques by Dec. 26, while subsequent recipients will undergo a nomination process and the honoree or a sponsor will pay for the plaque.

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Stallion News Point Encounter A winner at two in his only career start, this seven-year-old Point Given halfbrother to dual stakes winner Private World has retired to stud at Running Horse Equine Training Center in Stevinson.

Sea of Secrets

Sea of Secrets

This Victory Rose Thoroughbreds resident was represented at Parx Racing on March 12, when his maternal grandson Candyman E splashed to victory in a muddy edition of the $75,000 Bensalem Stakes.

It’s A Boy For Booyah On Feb. 7, the California stallion Booyah attained his first foal when the Green Dancer mare Dancing Step produced a colt by the stakes winner, a nine-year-old son of Running Stag who stands at Farrell W. Jones Thoroughbred Farm in Hemet.

Breeding Stats Published By The Jockey Club According to the statistics published in The Jockey Club’s 2013 Fact Book, California’s 1,802 registered foals of 2011, a drop of 7.3 percent as compared to the 1,943 reported the previous year, ranked the Golden State fourth in the nation behind Kentucky (7,214), Florida (2,017) and Louisiana (1,899). For the 2012 breeding season, California placed third nationally with 2,413 mares bred to 179 stallions, in comparison to the corresponding numbers of 2,520 and 198 recorded in 2011. Last year, 15,204 mares were bred to 237 stallions in Kentucky and 139 stallions covered 3,099 mares in Florida, while the previous year’s numbers for these states were 15,602/255 and 3,004/144, respectively.

Progeny Of Local Sires Prove Durable Five active California stallions were included in the lists published for the fifth consecutive year of the top 100 sires by lifetime starts per starter and lifetime percentage of foals of racing age started. To qualify for this listing developed by the Durability Committee of the Welfare and Safety of the Racehorse Summits underwritten by The Jockey Club and Grayson-Jockey Club Research Foundation Inc., a stallion must have ranked within the first 200 sires by progeny earnings last year. Covering statistics through Dec. 31, 2012, Swiss Yodeler boasts 18.57 starts per starter, followed by Ballena Vista Farm’s Benchmark (16.51), fellow Harris Farms resident Unusual Heat (15.95) and Tommy Town Thoroughbreds’ Old Topper (15.91). The latter tops the second list at 76.9 percent with the Rancho San Miguel’s Southern Image at a percentage of 74, just shading the 73.9 number recorded by Swiss Yodeler.

CURRENT CALIFORNIA SIRES OF STAKES WINNERS Stallion

Named Foals of

SWs

1,259 983 1,037 932 732 621 679 516 673 518 706 424 496 447 449 445 400 247 237 285 302

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Racing Age

Salt Lake (1989)† In Excess (Ire) (1987)† Bertrando (1989)† High Brite (1984)† Cee’s Tizzy (1987)† Unusual Heat (1990) Benchmark (1991) Olympio (1988)† Stormin Fever (1994) Tribal Rule (1996) Swiss Yodeler (1994) Game Plan (1993) Old Topper (1995) Sea of Secrets (1995) Kafwain (2000) Atticus (1992) Siberian Summer (1989)† For Really (1987)† Ministers Wild Cat (2000) Western Fame (1992) Comic Strip (1995)

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† 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.

Those Grand Cal-Bred Mares Amy Doesn’t Do Dat, a 1995 daughter of Bailjumper bred in California by Ellen Jackson, the owner and manager of Victory Rose Thoroughbreds in Vacaville, is now the dam of a stakes winner. The six-year-old gelding Lester’s Echo is her fifth of six live foals, all of whom have raced and four have won, and he triumphed in the $85,000 Mt. Cristo Rey Handicap at Sunland Park in New Mexico on March 9, to improve his record to 24-8-4-5 and $257,082 in earnings.

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 19 to March 17 inclusive: Tiz a Minister c.3. Ministers Wild Cat—Tiz a Mistress 3rd Grade II San Felipe Stakes $300,750 1 1/16 m. Santa Anita Park March 9 Breeder: Dahlberg Farms LLC Teddy’s Promise m.5. Salt Lake—Braids and Beads 2nd Grade III Las Flores Stakes $100,250 6 1/2 f. Santa Anita Park March 10 Breeders: Ted & Judy Nichols

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News Bits Cont’d.

Qualifying Claiming Levels

California Closers

The Thoroughbred Owners of California (TO C) will hold an Open Forum at Santa Anita Park in Arcadia on Sunday, A p r i l 7 … O n T h u r s d a y, A p r i l 1 1 , t h e California Horse Racing Board (CHRB) will hold its next monthly meeting at Santa Anita Park…Nominations to this year’s Barretts October Yearling Sale close on Friday, April 19…On Feb. 27, The Jockey Club announced its amendment of Rule 18 of the Principle Rules and Requirements of The American S t u d B o o k f r o m “ S o l d Wi t h o u t P e d i g r e e ” t o “Retired From Racing” so that an owner can retire a Thoroughbred from racing without affecting their breeding privileges…Diagnostic tests done at the University of California, Davis on My Sugar Sugar, who was euthanized at Santa Anita Park on Mar. 5, were returned positive for equine herpesvirus (EHV-1).

The following claiming levels for California owners premiums and stallion awards are currently in effect: Santa Anita Park $40,000 (closes April 21) Betfair Hollywood Park $40,000 (opens April 25) Golden Gate Fields $20,000

Cal-Bred Sets Track Record Urban Hunter, a six-year-old son of Ballena Vista Farm’s Tribal Rule bred in California by Curt and Lila Lanning, set a new track record of 1:02.81 for 5 1/2 furlongs on the all-weather Tapeta surface at Golden Gate Fields on March 17.

Out of the stakes-placed, three-time winner Sulaymondo, by Mr. Procrastinator, the dark bay gelding won gate-to-wire by four lengths as the 7-5 favorite in a $25,000 claiming race. He has now earned $144,810 from a 28-7-8-4 record posted during four seasons of racing.

Charles Gold Former California Thoroughbred Breeders Association (CTBA) member Charles Gold of Beverly Hills died on March 9 at the age of 96. Among the horses he campaigned as an owner was California-bred Stancharry, the winner of two grade II stakes in 1981.

Joan Rogers Longtime horsewoman Joan Rogers, a former member of the CTBA Board of Directors, died on March 1 in Paris, France. A native Californian and attorney, Rogers owned and operated the former Applebite Farms in French Camp, a 90-acre facility which produced several California-bred stakes horses through its breeding program, including the group I-placed, dual stakes winner Jet West, the grade I-placed, multiple stakes winner Lusty Latin and the dual stakes winners Triumphant Flight and Family Guy. Joan Rogers

Merlin Volzke

Veteran racing industry participant Merlin Volzke, 87, died in Sacramento on Feb. 21. A former jockey who plied his trade from 1942 through 1979, he guided Native Diver to the California-bred millionaire’s first stakes victory in 1961 and won the 1970 Hollywood Derby with Cal-bred Hanalei Bay. Volzke worked as a steward for 26 years at Bay Meadows Racecourse and Los Alamitos before retiring in 2005. Among the awards of merit he received were the 1958 George Woolf Memorial Jockey Award and the 2009 Laffit Pincay Jr. Award.

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April 26, 2003

10 Years Ago

©Vassar

Ninebanks Grade II San Francisco Breeders’ Cup Mile Handicap

A graded stakes winner at Golden Gate Fields in his previous start, Ninebanks posted the biggest win of his career with a victory in the grade II, $177,500 San Francisco Breeders’ Cup Mile Handicap at Bay Meadows Racecourse on April 26, 2003. A five-year-old son of Smokester and the winning With Approval mare Nataka, the bay gelding was bred in California by Trudy McCaffery and John Toffan and retired 12 starts later at the age of six with a April 23,1988 39-12-8-2 record and $757,243 in earnings.

25 Years Ago On April 23, 1988, the California-bred gelding Caballo de Oro posted his only lifetime stakes win in the grade III, $80,450 San Simeon Handicap at Santa Anita Park. Bred and co-owned by Pete Fer and by Search for Gold, out of Third Martini’s black-type winner Hostage Lady, the four-year-old bay raced through October of 1990, before retiring with a bankroll of $205,700 from a record of 24-5-5-4.

©FourFootedFotos

Caballo de Oro Grade III San Simeon Handicap

50 Years Ago The $11,675 California Derby Trial (Second Division) at Bay Meadows Racecourse on April 6, 1963, was won by J. P. Metchikoff’s homebred three-year-old Vetirok, a son of Herculis (GB) and the Count Speed mare Dear Lady. After 17 more trips to post through his four-year-old season, the bay colt retired having earned $29,025 from five wins, three seconds and four thirds in 39 starts that produced this lone stakes victory.

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

The CTBA Working For You

CTBA Makes The Most Of Ag Day

Assemblyman Mike Morrell & Summer Sunshine

Ellen Jackson, Assemblyman Frank Bigelow & CTBA President Sue Greene

CTBA Past President Leigh Ann Howard, Senator Mark Wyland & CTBA President Sue Greene

The California Thoroughbred Breeders Association (CTBA) participated in California Ag Day at the Capitol in Sacramento on March 20. Among the legislators who visited the CTBA booth were senators Tom Berryhill, Bill Emmerson, Steve Knight, Mark Wyland and Leland Yee and assembly members Franklin Bigelow, Steven Bradford, Jimmy Gomez, Adam Gray, Brian Jones, Reginald JonesSawyer, Mike Morrell and Donald Wagner. Also visiting the booth were: Gareth Elliot, legislative affairs secretary for the governor; ©Chapman Photos Samuel Joey Hill, chief of staff to Senator Kevin Murray; and Robyn Black, lobbyist with Platinum Advisors. Bob Fox, Nancy Easton, Leigh Ann Howard, Sue Greene and Christy Chapman represented the CTBA. Also part of Ag Day was the presentation of the world’s largest lunch tray containing California fresh products, for which 1,000 children were invited to take part. Harris Ranch, owned by CTBA Past President John Harris, participates in the school lunch program.

Ellen Jackson, Assemblyman Adam Gray & CTBA President Sue Greene

The assembly for the Worlds Largest Lunch Tray event. 1,000 students were invited to be a part of this event.

Ellen Jackson, Assemblyman Reggie Jones-Sawyer & CTBA President Sue Greene

Senator Steve Knight

New CTBA Members

Legislators In The Limelight At Santa Anita Assemblyman Jose Medina (D-Riverside) and his wife Linda (left) with CTBA member Mike Pegram and his wife Mary Ellen in the walking ring during Santa Anita Handicap day at Santa Anita Park in Arcadia on March 2, 2013.

Assemblyman Donald Wagner

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Incentive Award Payments Mailed In March, the CTBA mailed out total check payments of $4,553,451.73 (10.55 percent) in Breeder Awards and $1,518,411.35 (9.71 percent) in Stallion Awards for the 2012 performances by California-breds and those Golden State stallions who qualified for these annual incentive award programs.

Josue Arellano

John Cook

Bonita, CA

Redondo Beach, CA

James Kirby Carpenteria, CA

Lorrie Anthony-Wanger

Richard Cornwell

Kevin Matties

Fresno, CA

Huntington Beach, CA

Laguna Beach, CA

David & Paul Astles

Richard & Vicki Dimitri

Robert Meyers

Reno, NV

Chatsworth, CA

Los Angeles, CA

Anthony & Angela Bilich

John Elick

Samuel Nichols

Calgary, Alberta, Canada

Newport Beach, CA

San Ramon, CA

Katy Farquharson

Maureen Peatross Santa Barbara, CA

Keith Brackpool

Redwood City, CA

Manhattan Beach, CA

John Gezon

Terry Prokopy

Brazeau Thoroughbred Farm L.P.

Salt Lake City, UT

Calgary, Alberta, Canada

Marie Goda

Jerry Raskey

Hemet, CA

Santa Margarita, CA

Lake Elsinore, CA

Browne Cattle Company

Heidi Griffin

Filippo Santoro

Wheatland, CA

Paso Robles, CA

Phoenix, CA

Eduardo Carajal

Angela Hager

Campbell Kissen Smith

Wilmington, CA

Paso Robles, CA

Los Angeles, CA

Sal Catanzarite

James Hale

Regan Wright

Valley Springs, CA

Yucaipa, CA

Queen Creek, AZ

Mike Cheek

Rene Hakim

Robert Zuer

Mira Loma, CA

Redondo Beach, CA

Fountain Valley, CA

The CTBA Calendar Corner Event

Date(s)

Venue(s)

California Gold Rush XIV

Saturday, April 27

Betfair Hollywood Park, Inglewood

CTBA Sales Northern California Yearling Sale

Tuesday, August 13

Alameda County Fairgrounds, Pleasanton

For further information, contact the CTBA’s Event Coordinator Christy Chapman at either christy@ctba.com or (800) 573-2822, extension 247. 12 CALIFORNIA THOROUGHBRED • APRIL 2013

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Notes — April 2013

California Thoroughbred Foundation

2013 OFFICERS AND DIRECTORS Mrs. Jeanne L. Canty, President Warren Williamson, Vice-President Gregory L. Ferraro, DVM, Treasurer Mark W. McCreary, Secretary Peter P. Daily Tracy Gantz Jane Goldstein

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

Mrs. Kenneth M. Schiffer, Director Emeritus

CTBA Hall Of Fame Bronze With the recent 2013 inductions of Windy Sands and Santa Anita Park’s legendary race caller Trevor Denman into the Hall of Fame of the California Thoroughbred Breeders Association (CTBA), now might be a good time to visit the CTBA’s Carleton F. Burke Library and see its Hall of Fame bronze on view there. Commissioned by the late Keith Card, a Past President of the CTBA, and created by sculptor Austin Casson, the piece is titled “Another Fortunate Year.” The Burke library in Arcadia 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.

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 non-profit 501(c)3 corporation that can accept tax deductible contributions. For more than four decades, the CTF has sponsored numerous research and educational projects and awarded scholarships to veterinary students at U.C. Davis. 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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Cal-Breds At Hollywood Park: A 75-Year Retrospective

Equine Industry Milestones

by RUDI GROOTHEDDE During this year’s spring-summer meet at Betfair Hollywood Park, the Inglewood track will celebrate its 75th anniversary, having opened its gates for the first time as the Hollywood Turf Club on June 10, 1938. On that historic day, California-bred Valley Lass won the opening race and the winner of the $2,930 Hollywood Premiere Handicap, now the grade I, $300,000 Shoemaker Mile, was Air Chute. The past seven and a half decades have seen a multitude of top Thoroughbreds taste success in this racetrack’s premier stakes races held on its dirt, turf and all-weather surfaces, including most of the greatest California-breds of all time. And besides the many fleeting moments of greatness that these runners have provided to racing fans, the Swaps statue and Native Diver memorial both provide a permanent reminder of two of the most famous Cal-breds in history. To Present Day Milestones for the track itself are also numerous. In what has developed into today’s lucrative awards system administered by the California Thoroughbred Breeders Association (CTBA), Hollywood Park voluntarily instituted awards to the breeders of Cal-bred winners for the 1939 season. The track was then closed from Dec. 7, 1941, the day that Japan attacked Hawaii’s Pearl Harbor, until its 34-day War Relief meeting opened on Nov. 1, 1944. When the grandstand burned down in May of 1949, Hollywood’s meet was held at Santa Anita Park before the track reopened in 1950. Hollywood Park introduced the Pick Six wager in 1980, and hosted the inaugural Breeders’ Cup World Championships on Nov. 10, 1984. That annual event returned to Inglewood in 1987 and 1991, while night racing was

introduced there in 1990. The Hollywood Park Casino was opened on July 1, 1994, and on Dec. 10, 1999, exactly two months to the day after Churchill Downs Inc. acquired Hollywood, it was the venue for Laffit Pincay Jr. to become the winningest jockey in the United States with his 8,834th career victory. In 2005, the Bay Meadows Land Co. became the track’s new owners, while its current synthetic Cushion Track surface on the main track became a reality the following September. For the first and only time, Hollywood Park hosted the Oak Tree Racing Association’s 42nd annual meet in 2010, while Betfair acquired the track’s naming rights last year and 2013 will see the 72nd running of the Hollywood Gold Cup, Hollywood Derby and Vanity Handicap, three of the 10 current grade I races on Hollywood’s annual calendar. Besides the best Cal-breds, there is also an illustrious list of the nation’s top horses who competed at Hollywood Park during the past 75 years. The legendary Seabiscuit won the 1938 Hollywood Gold Cup, while victories in this signature race in Inglewood allowed Citation and Affirmed to become horse racing’s first millionaire and multimillionaire in 1951 and 1979, respectively. Among the other Horses of the Year who graced Hollywood with their presence were Swaps, Round Table, Dr, Fager, Seattle Slew, Spectacular Bid, John Henry, Lady’s Secret, Sunday Silence, Cigar and Azeri, as well as Zenyatta who made her final racetrack appearance when she was paraded at Hollywood Park on Dec. 5, 2010. Continued on next page

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winning the 1970 and 1971 editions of the Long Beach Handicap, now a grade I event worth $250,000 after being renamed the Gamely Stakes in 1976.

Local Legends On the Cal-bred side, the exploits of Swaps, the threetime Gold Cup winner Native Diver and a host of other locally bred stars were sandwiched between Honeymoon, a top filly of the 1940s bred and owned by Louis B. Mayer, and Acclamation, who ruled the roost at Hollywood from 2010 through last year. ©Bill Mochon

Ancient Title – 1975

Honeymoon – 1947

After winning both the inaugural Hollywood Oaks and sixth running of the Hollywood Derby in 1946, Honeymoon returned to Hollywood Park to win the 1947 Vanity Handicap. First run in 1940, this current grade I event worth $250,000 boasts 14 other Cal-bred winners, including AnnieLu-San who won its 1957 and 1958 editions. The most recent Cal-bred winner of the Vanity was the ill-fated Nashoba’s Key in 2007, while Fleet Khal won both this race and the Oaks in 1953. As the last locally bred winner in 2008, Lethal Heat is among the list of 22 Cal-bred winners of the Hollywood Oaks that also includes Fran’s Valentine and Tipping Time.

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Interestingly, the only other Cal-bred to win the Gamely was 1980 victor Wishing Well, dam of the 1989 Kentucky Derby and Breeders’ Cup Classic Stakes winner Sunday Silence. He also won Hollywood’s 1990 Californian Stakes (grade I) before becoming one of the world’s leading sires. In-between his consecutive victories in the Californian, culminating in 1976, William and Ethel Kirkland’s homebred Ancient Title, a two-time California Horse of the Year, won the 1975 Hollywood Gold Cup. During his three seasons of competition, the 1955 Kentucky Derby and Californian Stakes winner Swaps proved almost invincible at Hollywood Park. After winning two of five starts there as a two-year-old of 1954, his nine subsequent starts in Inglewood resulted in eight wins and a second at three and four. The Rex Ellsworth homebred’s trio of 1955 wins was topped by a six-length victory in the Westerner Stakes, currently the grade I, $250,000 Hollywood Derby, while his four-year-old Hollywood campaign helped secure him the national Horse of the Year title in 1956.

Swaps – 1956 Fran’s Valentine (#7) – 1985

Fran’s Valentine, the 1985 Oaks winner who retired with a bankroll of $1,375,465 in 1987, was the leading Cal-bred filly or mare by earnings from October of 1985 to July of 2006, while Tipping Time was another Cal-bred who excelled in Inglewood, with all five of her career stakes wins coming there. She won the 1969 Hollywood Oaks before

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After setting world records at both a mile and 1 1/16 miles and equaling one at 1 1/8 miles, Swaps won the 1956 Gold Cup in a track record time of 1:58 3/5 for 1 1/4 miles before producing another world record setting performance at 1 5/8 miles, all within the space of just 61 days. Including Continued on page 20

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Unusual Heat—Winning in Style, by Silveyville

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2011 Eclipse Award Champion Older Male 2012 & 2011 California Horse Of The Year California Champion Older Horse And Champion Grass Horse, Millionaire and multiple GI winner, including the Pacific Classic Stakes, Charles Whittingham Memorial H. (3 times) and the Eddie Read Stakes (twice). GII wins include the Jim Murray H. (twice) and Clement L. Hirsch Turf Championship. Son of five-time California Champion sire UNUSUAL HEAT, ACCLAMATION is his leading money-earner, with lifetime earnings of $1,958,084.

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Wild Again—Saboteur, by Corwyn Bay (Ire) Fee: $1,500-LIVE FOAL Versatile Stakes Winner of $421,543 Who Handled Distances From 6 Furlongs to 1 1/8 Miles on Dirt, Turf and All-Weather Surfaces. Winner of Del Mar’s $100,000 Real Good Deal Stakes by 3 1/4 lengths in a new 7-furlong track record time of 1:23.53,defeating multiple stakes winner ZONING IN and Champion IDIOT PROOF. By Breeders ‘Cup Classic, (G1) winner WILD AGAIN. Out of Saboteur, a half-sister to California champion sprinter DISTURBINGTHEPEACE

Grand Slam—Eliot Chacer, by Clever Trick

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80% Winners from Starters & More Than $66,604 Average Earnings Per Runner Sire of 8 winners from 10 starters, including 2012 NTRA Stakes VALENTINE BOY and multiple winners Cyclometer ($174,664), Circle the Moon ($131,654) & Elana Mar ($93,072). By multiple GRADE 1 winner GRAND SLAM, Out of stakes winner ELIOT CHACER, also the dam of GRADE 3-placed stakes winner CONCHACER

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Sir Cat—Trust Greta, by Centrust FEE: PRIVATE TREATY-LIVE FOAL A Graded Stakes-Winning Millionaire Won at distances from 6 1/2 furlongs to 1 1/8 miles, while earning Beyer speed Figures of 114, 110 (twice), 106, 105 (twice), 104 (twice), 102, 101 & 100 (twice). Including the $400,000 Swaps Breeders’ Cup Stakes (G2) (G2) at 1 1/8 miles by 5 lengths and the Mervyn Leroy Handicap (G2) twice, he won the Potrero Grande Handicap (G2) and San Carlos Handicap (G2) twice. By SIR CAT, a multiple Grade 2 winner and sire of 5 champions Surf Cat is a half-brother to GRADE 3 winner ROSIE O’GRETA and from the female family of leading sire BROAD BRUSH

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Danzig—Words of War, by Lord At War (Arg) FEE: $3,500-LIVE FOAL Consistently Ranked Among The Leading Sires In California One of California’s leading sires with lifetime average earnings per starter of more than $59,000 and an Average Earnings Index (AEI) of 1.72. Sire of: NORVSKY ($616,444), winner of both the $150,000 SAN GABRIEL STAKES (G2) and $100,000 CALIFORNIA DREAMIN’ HANDICAP in 2012; LINDZ WINZ ($231,582), winner of the $100,000 IRISH O’BRIEN STAKES in 2012; GRADE 3-placed multiple stakes winner EXCESSIVE PASSION ($166,943); & stakes-placed Master Chef ($325,358).

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Equine Industry Milestones Cont’d. 11 runnings as the Westerner from 1948 to 1958, the Hollywood Derby has had 17 additional Cal-bred winners from Honeymoon, whose Hollywood Gold Cup efforts included respective runner-up and third-placed finishes in 1946 and 1947, to The Usual Q. T. in 2009.

burn and Eve and Kim Kuhlmann, this winner of the 2005 Californian put together a five-year-old campaign that also included a victory in Hollywood’s grade I, $300,000 Charles Whittingham Memorial Handicap, prior him emulating Native Diver with a third consecutive triumph in the 2007 Hollywood Gold Cup.

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Best Pal – 1993

Crystal Water – 1977

The Hollywood Derby’s 1976 winner Crystal Water, a two-time California Horse of the Year bred and owned by Connie Ring, secured the Californian/Gold Cup double the following year. This feat was also achieved by Eleven Stitches, bred by Claudia Hirsch, in his final two career starts during 1981. Half a dozen Cal-breds have won seven runnings of the Californian Stakes, while the Hollywood Gold Cup has been won on 14 occasions by 10 locally bred runners, including the incomparable Native Diver, a winner of nine stakes races overall at Hollywood Park. In the 1965, 1966 and 1967 editions of the track’s signature race, Mr. and Mrs. L. K. Shapiro’s homebred went gate-to-wire each time, including a final Gold Cup win that resulted in him becoming the first ever Cal-bred millionaire.

Another notable Cal-bred to win the Gold Cup was 1993 victor Best Pal, the California Horse of the Year from 1990 to 1992. Winner of the grade I, $1,000,000 Hollywood Futurity in 1990, John and Betty Mabee’s Golden Eagle Farm homebred also won the 1991 Swaps Stakes (grade II) and 1994 Native Diver Handicap (grade III) at Hollywood Park during a seven-season career that included five other grade I wins and $5,668,245 in earnings. The Hollywood Futurity, now sponsored by CashCall, has had four other Cal-bred winners. Fali Time was the first in 1983, Brother Derek the last in 2005, and the 1985 winner Snow Chief ($3,383,210), a three-time California Horse of the Year and six-time grade I winner, went on to win the Preakness Stakes (grade I) the following year.

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Snow Chief – 1985

Native Diver – 1967

Native Diver then stood alone as the Gold Cup’s only multiple winner for nearly 40 years, before the eventual $5,268,706-earner, seven-time grade I winner and twotime California Horse of the Year, Lava Man, won this race for the second year in a row in 2006. Bred by Lonnie Arter-

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Renamed in 1989, after Swaps’ regular rider Bill Shoemaker, the Shoemaker Mile also features many great Cal-breds on its honor role. The 14 such winners of this current turf event are led by Sledge, the 1964 and 1966 victor who was bred by Covert Ranch. The 1994 winner Megan’s Interco was the last Cal-bred to win this event, and the filly Continued on page 22

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Special Touch was the first Cal-bred victor when it was still being run as the Hollywood Premiere Handicap in 1951. Kissin’ George, bred by Jim Sinnott and his trainer M. E. “Buster” Millerick, took the 1968 running, following a victory in the 1967 Lakes and Flowers Handicap which is now the grade I, $250,000 Triple Bend Handicap. In 61 consecutive runnings since its inauguration in 1952, the Triple Bend has had 22 Cal-bred victors from 1962 victor Wallet Lifter to Bilo who won it in 2007.

To be mentioned in the same breath as the legenday John Henry is one of horse racing’s highest accolades, and Acclamation is one of those rare equine athletes who can be afforded that honor. As the winner of the grade I, $250,000 Charles Whittingham Memorial Handicap from 2010 to 2012, he joins the two-time Eclipse Horse of the Year, John Henry, as the only three-time winner of this race. Sired by Cal-bred Ole Bob Bowers, the latter won this event in 1980, 1981 and 1984, when it was contested as the Hollywood Invitational Turf Handicap (grade I), and also ran second in the 1984 Gold Cup.

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Acclamation – 2012 Tiznow – 2000

The 2000 Eclipse Horse of the Year, Tiznow, both the all-time leading Cal-bred money winner with $6,427,830 in earnings and only two-time Breeders’ Cup Classic Stakes (grade I) winner to date, left his mark at Hollywood with a victory in the 1990 Affirmed Handicap (grade III). A year earlier, the $2,877,178-earner General Challenge also won the Affirmed, while the only other Cal-bred $3 million-plus earners, namely Bertrando ($3,185,610) and Free House ($3,178,971), also performed well in Inglewood. The former ran second in the Hollywood Gold Cup during his 1993 Eclipse Champion Older Male campaign and the latter won the Swaps Stakes (grade II) in 1997, his first of two consecutive years as California Horse of the Year. Now that only leaves Acclamation among the greatest of Cal-breds to have made Hollywood Park their own personal playground.

A two-time California Horse of the Year and the 2011 Eclipse Champion Older Male, Acclamation is joined by Lava Man as just two Cal-bred winners of this race which has surprisingly been downgraded to grade II status this year. Bred and owned by the Johnston family’s Old English Rancho, the former retired to stud at this famed farm’s Sanger location for this year’s breeding season. The End Of Hollywood Park? In closing, it needs to be mentioned that this year may be last for Cal-breds, as well as all the other horses bred across the world, to etch their names in Betafir Hollywood Park’s history books. It is believed that the Bay Meadows Land Co. is ready to redevelop the track’s Inglewood location once the Autumn meet concludes on Dec. 22, 2013. So it is hoped that we are in for one final year of racing that will produce a host of top performances at Betfair Hollywood Park, especially by those California-breds!

GOLD RUSH XIV Following its opening day on Thursday, April 25, Betfair Hollywood Park in Inglewood will host the 14th edition of California Gold Rush two days later, when runners bred or sired in the Golden State will compete in lucrative program that includes eight stakes races offering $1,060,000 in purse money. Heading that program is the $300,000 Snow Chief Stakes for three-year-olds at 1 1/8 miles, while sophomore fillies will contest the 1 1/16-mile Melair Stakes worth

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$250,000. There is also the Tiznow Stakes and, for fillies and mares, the B. Thoughtful Stakes, both $125,000 events at 7 1/2 furlongs for four-year-olds and up. Though not eligible for black-type, the day’s other stakes races are the $70,000 Grey Memo Stakes and $70,000 Warren’s Thoroughbreds Stakes, for allowance horses going seven furlongs, and the $60,000 maiden events at 6 1/2 furlongs, the NTRA (National Thoroughbred Racing Association) Stakes and Alphabet Kisses Stakes.

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RELOCATING for the 2013 breeding season: California’s leading sire of 2-year-olds SWISS YODELER Inquiries to Terry Lovingier (562) 547-9848/FAX: (562) 988-0094 e-mail: terry@lovco.com

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Tommy Town Thoroughbreds: In Good Company

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Leading California Breeders

by RUDI GROOTHEDDE As the leading breeder of Thoroughbreds foaled in California for both 2009 and 2012, Tommy Town Thoroughbreds has taken an impressively short time to place itself in select company. Established only 13 years ago in 2000, Tom and Debi Stull’s Santa Ynez farm has been ranked among the top 10 breeders in the Golden State every year since 2003, and is now just the seventh entity to secure multiple local leading breeder titles during the past 70 years. The other six such models of success are the Johnston family’s Old English Rancho (14 titles), Martin and Pam Wygod/River Edge Farm(three titles), John and Betty Mabee/Golden Eagle Farm(19 titles), Westerly Stud Farms/Fletcher Jones (two titles), Rex Ellsworth (16 titles) and Louis B. Mayer (10 titles). Interestingly, a portion of the 365 acres that make up today’s Tommy Town Thoroughbreds was part of the original 3,912-acre Westerly Stud Farms that was California’s leading breeder in 1979 and 1980. Last year, the California-breds listed under Tommy Town Thoroughbreds won 141 races and earned $2,561,735, led by a trio of Stull homebreds among its total of seven stakes winners. The black-type winners Doinghardtimeagain and Going for A Spin, both fillies by Ministers Wild Cat, banked $198,500 and $148,410, respectively. Meanwhile, fellow resident stallion Old Topper is the sire of Ain’t No Other, a 2008 gelding who earned $145,780 last year and won the $100,750 Sensational Star Stakes in February of this year. The farm’s other resident stallion with runners to date is Kafwain, who relocated from Kentucky for the 2010 breeding season. He was the sire of five stakes winners in 2012, including then four-year-old filly Daisy Devine who won Keeneland’s Jenny Wiley Stakes (grade I). Last year, Kafwain ranked third among all California sires with progeny earnings of

$3,159,591, while Ministers Wild Cat held the fifth spot with a $2,381,289 total and Old Topper finished one position further back with a $2,354,337 sum. Back in 2009, the local progeny bred by Tommy Town Thoroughbreds earned $2,401,922 from 144 wins, including the grade II-placed stakes winner You Lift Me Up ($160,537) and the Stulls’ homebred stakes winner U R All That I Am ($134,810). Also that year, Ministers Wild Cat was the leading freshman sire of Cal-breds with 10 winners and Old Topper, who annexed that same title with an identical number of winners and $498,815 in earnings during 2004, was the leading sire of two-year-olds by number of winners with a total of 23. In terms of lifetime stakes winners and progeny earnings, dual graded stakes winner Old Topper has 21 and more than $16 million, dual grade II winner Kafwain has 18 and more than $13 million and dual grade III-placed stakes winner Ministers Wild Cat has 13 and more than $5 million. The other resident stallion at Tommy Town Thoroughbreds is the 2009 graded stakes winner Grazen, a seven-year-old son of Benchmark whose first crop are two-year-olds of this year. Through Mar. 17 of 2013, Ministers Wild Cat ($770,951), Old Topper ($496,238) and Kafwain ($308,291) were all placed among the top eight active sires in California. Plus, the excitement level for Ministers Wild Cat reached an all-time high when his three-year-old son Tiz a Minister finished third in the grade II, $300,750 San Felipe Stakes on Mar. 9. That result placed him among the serious contenders for the April 6 Santa Anita Derby (grade I) worth $750,000 where a good performance there could lead to a start for Tiz a Minister in this year’s $2,000,000 Kentucky Derby (grade I) on May 4.

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George Krikorian: A Star In His Own Right

CTBA Member Profile by EMILY SHIELDS

Krikorian served in the Navy, then moved to Los Angeles to complete his education. He entered the real estate business, climbing the ranks until he was able to open his first movie complex in 1984. He remained interested in the sport of racing, attending the big days in Southern California and purchasing box seats at the Del Mar Thoroughbred Club. It was there that Krikorian realized he was missing out on the pleasure of being a Thoroughbred owner, and jumped back into the ownership game. Krikorian’s first horse was a filly named Box Office Girl, a 1996 daughter of Corwyn Bay (Ire) who broke her maiden by 12 lengths, just missing the 4 1/2furlong track record in her 1998 debut. After taking an allowance race, the unbeaten filly finished second in a contentious edition of the grade II, $104,700 Landaluce Stakes. Although beaten by future grade I winner and producer Hookedonthefeelin, Box Office Girl defeated eventual four-time grade I winner Excellent Meeting and future California Cup Matron Handicap winner Cee Dreams. “Not long after Box Office Girl, I purchased Starrer,” Krikorian recalled. He went to $35,000 to get the yearling filly whom bloodstock agent Donato Lanni had picked out for him, a daughter of Dynaformer out of the multiple stakes-placed Relaunch mare To the Hunt.

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George Krikorian may be a giant in the movie industry, but his favorite topic is horse racing. The affable Krikorian has been a California Thoroughbred Breeders Association (CTBA) member since 2002, and when he isn’t too busy with his business venture, Krikorian Premiere Theatres, he enjoys watching his small band of top class Thoroughbreds on the track. And why shouldn’t he enjoy it, as his runners continue to capture one major victory after another? Krikorian, who was born in Salem, New Hampshire in 1945, grew up about a mile from Rockingham Park, where his father was a trainer competing at the likes of Suffolk Downs and Lincoln Downs. “When I wasn’t in school, I would go along with him and spend time on the backside,” Krikorian said. While growing up, the backstage access to the racetrack wasn’t what attracted Krikorian. He was more “excited about the entrepenurial aspects,” and began selling the Daily Racing Form and track programs to make money, rather than dealing with the horses. “I saw that it was a tough way for my dad to earn a living,” Krikorian explained. “Sometimes things were good for him, but sometimes they weren’t, and I learned early on that that wasn’t where I wanted to start my career.” Krikorian did buy a few horses for his father to train in the late 1970s, but never got seriously involved.

Bred by George Krikorian, Hezamazing won the $50,000 Arapahoe Park Classic Stakes in both 2010 (left) and 2012 (right).

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in Versailles, Kentucky; the name is derived from Starrer and Hollywood Story. Recently they were joined by the newly retired Star Billing, whose unraced dam Topliner is a Thunder Gulch half-sister to Starrer. Star Billing broke her maiden in her 2011 debut at three and quickly followed that up with a win in the grade III, $100,000 Senorita Stakes. After finishing second in the Honeymoon Handicap (grade II), she finished third, missing by only a head in a thrilling renewal of the American Oaks (grade I). She eventually defeated older horses in the grade I, $250,000 Matriarch Stakes, surprising at 10-1, and retired in early 2013 with earnings of $415,067. Star Billing will be bred to Giant’s Causeway this year. Krikorian keeps many of the foals he breeds; Hoorayforhollywood, out of Hollywood Story, is dual stakes-placed and has earned $205,484 for his breeder. Krikorian has also been breeding some of his California-based mares to his winning Dynaformer colt, Mr. Big. “I have five Cal-bred Mr. Bigs on the ground with more coming,” Krikorian said. He bought property in Ramona, California not far from both Golden Eagle Farm and Buena Vista Farm, but has been waiting for the economy to turn before developing it. “I would like to start construction this fall and move some mares there,” he added. Krikorian was also elected to the Board of Directors of the Thoroughbred Owners of California (TOC) last year, and is currently serving as its Treasurer and Secretary and on its Executive Committee and Horse Racing Affairs Committee. Between the seven Krikorian Premiere Theatres locations in California and the 30 mares and 25 racehorses in training, Krikorian has a full plate, but so far, both of his business ventures are playing out like a scene from a Hollywood masterpiece.

Hollywood Story Grade I Vanity Invitational Handicap—July 2, 2006

Star Billing Grade I Matriarch Stakes—November 25, 2011

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Starrer broke her maiden in fancy fashion, winning the $85,975 Santa Paula Stakes as a 13-1 shot in 2001. She went on to win the grade II, $100,000 Princess Stakes and the grade II, $150,000 Bayakoa Handicap over older fillies later that year. Starrer repeated her Bayakoa victory at four, and as a five-year-old of 2003, she won consecutive grade I events in the $200,000 Santa Maria Handicap and $300,000 Santa Margarita Invitational Handicap. Krikorian has kept Starrer as a broodmare, and she resides alongside another of Krikorian’s brilliant racemares, Hollywood Story. A rangy daughter of Wild Rush, Hollywood Story went a similar route as Starrer in her quest for her initial victory. After finishing second in her debut, Hollywood Story ran second in the Del Mar Debutante Stakes (grade I), third in the Oak Leaf Stakes (grade II) and fourth of 14 in the 2003 Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies (grade I). Hollywood Story finally put it all together in the grade I, $349,500 Hollywood Starlet Stakes, winning by 2 3/4 lengths in a runaway performance fit for the silver screen. She later finished fifth in the 2004 Kentucky Oaks (grade I) and won the grade I, $300,000 Vanity Invitational Handicap in 2006. Hollywood Story retired with earnings of $1,171,105, just ahead of Starrer’s $1,043,033. However, not all of Krikorian’s success has come with Kentucky-breds. He is the breeder of Hezamazing, a California-bred son of Indy Film and the winner She’s Amazing, one of Box Office Girl’s two older halfsisters by Ruhlmann. Now in his sixth season of racing, eight-year-old Hezamazing has earned $285,707 while winning seven stakes races at Colorado’s Arapahoe Park and in Arizona at Turf Paradise. Most of Krikorian’s mares reside on the 300 acres of his Starwood Farm

Starrer Grade I Santa Margarita Invitational Handicap—March 9, 2003

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Spring is in the air at Victory Rose Thoroughbreds

BEHRENS Pleasant Colony-Hot Novel, by Mari’s Book • Fee: $1,000-LF

• 75% Starters/Foals • Average Earnings Per Starter $26,870 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.

GLOBALIZE Summer Squall-Sugar Hill Chick, by Fit To Fight • Fee: $2,500-LF

• 73% Winners/Starters and Average Earnings Per Starter $33,653 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. Stakes winners include GLOBAL STAGE, EASTLAKE AVENUE, CITY ROUTE and CELL LINE FOREVER.

MANY RIVERS Storm Cat-Christmas in Aiken, by Affirmed • Fee: $3,000-LF

First Foals Are Yearlings of 2013 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).

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

• 81% Starters/Foals • 72% Winners/Starters • Average Earnings Per Starter $44,141+ • Progeny Earnings $17 Million+. A versatile stallion whose progeny have won from 6 to 13 furlongs.

BOLD CHIEFTAIN Chief Seattle-Hooked On Music, by Seattle Dancer • Fee: $3,000-LF

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.

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Industry Portrait

Monty Roberts Joins Royal Victorian Order

by PAT MURPHY After 23 years of working with the racing Thoroughbreds belonging to Queen Elizabeth II of the United Kingdom (UK), California Thoroughbred Breeders Association (CTBA) member Monty Roberts was faced with a big challenge. Even though his gentle Join-Up system of starting a horse under saddle had been greatly successful and fully endorsed by Her Majesty the Queen, Monty had found that, when he was not in England, the traditional more coercive methods were sometimes being used. People don’t like to be told that what they have been doing for decades is faulty. Finally, the ongoing discussions and disagreements among Thoroughbred trainers in England came to a head. It was decided that a scientific study should take place. The California clinician was invited to demonstrate his gentle Join-Up system on a group of horses while another English trainer would use the traditional English methods. This study would take place in the United Kingdom. The English judges who were chosen were three highly respected individuals, with doctorate degrees and knowledge of equine behavior, physiology and training. This panel would observe the procedures and evaluate the final results. They would also report on the welfare of the horses and performances following the training periods. The interesting part was that the identity of the two trainers was not revealed to them. Fourteen privately owned horses of different breeds, who had never been saddled, were selected. They were divided into two closely matched groups of seven horses each. Some of the horses were fairly docile, others were extremely tough. Both Monty and the UK trainer worked with each of their seven horses for 30 minutes each day for 20 days. Finally, the horses and riders undertook a standard type of obstacle course, a flat work test and

CTBA member Monty Roberts receiving the Royal Victorian Order from Queen Elizabeth II at Buckingham Palace on June 7, 2011.

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a riding freestyle test. The horses had to walk over tarps, through patterns of poles on the ground both forward and backwards, then through a forest of scary plastic strips. They were also evaluated on how easily they accepted their bits, allowed their feet to be picked up and how they approached a mounting block, and finally each did a free-style exercise. The trainer from the UK used the traditional training methods and the horses turned out well and their owners were pleased. Monty’s horses were also evaluated with pleasing results. But there were some differences. The study’s official results were published in a scientific paper authored by Drs. Veronica Fowler, Mark Kennedy and David Marlin. It was titled, “A comparison between the Monty Roberts Technique and a conventional UK technique for initial training riding horses.” It was published in Anthrozods, a quarterly peer reviewed multi-disciplinary journal that reports on the interaction of animals and people. The study was also presented at The International Society of Equitation Science, The Centre for Animal Welfare and Anthrozoology, and also at the Department of Veterinary Medicine at the University of Cambridge. In summarizing the study, Dr. Veronica Fowler wrote, “This study describes a comparison of the efficacy of the Monty Roberts horsemanship technique (Join Up), and the conventional UK training techniques for the initial training of horses.” Scientific literature has previously reported that the first time a young horse is saddled and ridden, a significant stressor occurs in the terms of the welfare of the horse. It is vital to fully evaluate the techniques which are practiced around the world, in order to identify those that have the potential to cause compromised welfare and suffering during foundation training of horses. Our study reports that horses trained with the Roberts method had significantly lower maximum heart rates (bpm) during first saddle and first rider, when compared to the UK conventional training method indicating a low stress level.“ The heart rates were also lower during backing process. The study also could also find no evidence that the use of a round pen or other Join-Up methods were fear inducing.” Undoubtedly, Queen Elizabeth was pleased, since with her encouragement and endorsements, Monty had actually traveled to many foreign countries to introduce trainers to his gentle techniques of Join-Up, hoping they’d replace their rougher methods. Now, after reading how successful the fully tested JoinUp system was, and how important the scientists felt that this teaching was, the Queen began forming a plan. There was also another project of Monty’s that had caught her close attention. Having observed the mysterious ways that horses can help in healing humans, he had been inviting returning soldiers suffering

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from post-tramatic stress disorder (PTSD) to come to his Flag is Up Farms in Solvang, California. Describing the activities at one of his programs, Monty tells me, “ PTSD is really the loss of one’s sanity to violence. It can include flashback episodes, where the event seems to be happening again and again, or nightmares. People often feel hopeless and lose interest in normal activities and they can even think of hurting themselves or someone else. Doctors may give drugs to quiet them down but often they are self-medicating with marijuana or other drugs and their problems can increase. “I spent four days with three terribly afflicted veterans. One had been in jail many times for violence and wouldn’t go near the other vets. The woman had been part of a troop of 50 soldiers, only two of whom were females. They were stationed 58 miles from Baghdad. Somehow, the two women ended up being kept in a broom closet as rewards for the soldiers when they returned from a fight. In addition to the sexual mistreatment, they suffered from claustrophobia. When our female veteran complained, they gave her a job “stuffing body bags” (placing the dead casualties in bags). They told her that if she reported their treatment of her, she might end up in a bag herself. “Another of my soldiers, Joe, had been put to work in the mortuary assembling the dog tags and other belongings of the dead to send back to their families. He just went nuts and was put in the military jail. The third soldier had a traumatic brain injury and is not doing as well as the others now. I keep in touch with the vets and after our horse training sessions the first two are doing well. In fact, Joe has adopted the wild horse who he worked with here and is using his experience to work with horses. He has reported that his life has changed. “The female soldier was really troubled when she first got back to the U.S. One day she was at a theater waiting to get in and someone in the crowd heard that she was an Iraq veteran and called her a “baby killer.” She beat up the woman, her boyfriend and took on a policeman before they finally got her subdued. Here at the ranch, she was doing pretty well but still had terrible claustrophobia. During our horse work, she saw a wild horse put into a chute while we were trying to put a halter on it and she became extremely agitated. The claustrophobia was re-activated and she was bashing her fists into the fence and staggering around. I really thought we had lost her. Finally, I was able to explain to her that she needed to show this horse that she was not going to hurt him. So she started her work again and slowly by the end of several days work she had made remarkable progress. She is now working at a Therapeutic riding facility near San Diego.” Another of the walking wounded had reported “All I know is that when I finish a workout with a horse and things go well, I feel really good inside. I see that the horse really wants to obey my commands. It’s when I turn my back on a horse and he wants to follow me—that is a moment of love and respect. Then I feel love and trust. People with PTSD have a big problem with love and trust. They have a big wall up. There’s too much hurt and too much misunderstanding about what happened to you. Somehow, you don’t know how to be around other people and feel comfortable anymore. But my experience here with Monty has been

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both magical and unexplainable. Somehow, a door opens in your mind.” “It’s amazing, concludes Monty, “that when families and doctors often can’t help people, horses can. Somewhere in our DNA we realize the horses can’t lie and they mean no harm to anybody. They are flight animals and that’s the bottom line. They’re lovable and if you can empathize with them, they can somehow have a healing effect on a person.” After hearing about Monty’s different types of work and accomplishments, the Queen decided to take a big step. In the spring of 2011, Monty was contacted by Buckingham Palace’s Sir Alan Reed and asked if he could arrange to be in the UK by June 7, because she wanted to privately honor him with an award. It turned out to be an honor that she gives to an individual who has served her or the monarchy in a personal way. Each year, Britain’s reigning monarch bestows awards known as their “Birthday Honours,” and about 100 individuals would receive them that year. The award winners, wearing top hats and tails would line up and march through the Grand Hall to receive their awards. However, Monty was instructed to arrive at the Privy Gate of Buckingham Palace, which is the royal family’s private entrance. “Then I was instructed to go to the private wing,” he says. “When I arrived, I was the only guest there and I could hear the Corgies barking in the other room. As I waited, I remembered that my daughter, Debbie, had told me to please ask if a picture could be taken of me receiving the award. But I told her that I absolutely could not ask for a picture. “Somehow, when I got to the appointment secretary, Helen Cross, I heard myself asking if this would be possible. I was told that there were no camera’s allowed in the private wing of Buckingham Palace!” Although, Monty had been with the monarch of Great Britain many times over the 23 years of his work, this was a heart-pounding moment. “Then the door opened and the Queen was standing before me,” he continues. “As she presented me with my award, there were flashes of light and there was a photographer there recording the moment. I was astounded! I was then invited to stay and visit with her for about half an hour. We always talk about horses, as they are dear to both of us. She complimented me on my work with horses, troubled people and also with soldiers, saying that it had also had been the fact that my efforts had become so broadbased that she was inspired to award this medal.” “After I came out, there was Sir Alan Cross with a big smile,” recalls Monty. “He told me that it was he who had requested that I have a photograph, and the Queen had said, ‘Of course, he can have a picture.”’ Back here, at Flag is Up Farms, Monty opens the satin-lined box to show me the beautiful medal. It is in the shape of a cross with a crown at the top, and with a laurel wreath. After all those years of work, he is now an honorary member of the Royal Victorian Order, a title only given by the monarch. Queen Elizabeth’s grandmother, Queen Victoria, started the Royal Victorian Order Awards decades ago and it has been carried on ever since. “I just couldn’t believe the whole thing!” Monty says.

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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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ALL ABOUT DREAMS Rockport Harbor-Cassidy (Jolie’s Halo)

All About Dreams: • By Multiple Stakes Winner and sire of eight stakes winners Rockport Harbor • Out of the stakes winning mare Cassidy • The only Rockport Harbor son standing on the west coast • Won Maiden Special Weight at Golden Gate Fields First foals arrive 2013 $1000 LF

NORTHERN INDY A.P. Indy-Polish Nana (Polish Numbers)

Northern Indy: • By Horse of the Year, Classic Winner and Leading Sire A.P Indy • Winner at 2, 3 and 4 • Won the Hasta La Vista Handicap • 2nd in the Canadian Derby $3000 LF

MESA THUNDER Sky Mesa-Citiview (CitiDancer)

Mesa Thunder: • By G1 Winner Sky Mesa • Half brother to Midnight Lucky, stakes winner. $153,600 in 2 starts • Out of Citiview, full sister to G1 winner HookedOnTheFeeling (dam of G1 winner Pussycat Doll) • Striking first foals are yearlings of 2013 $1000 LF

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California Sires

Passing Grades

by LISA GROOTHEDDE track record-setter at five. Produced by El Gran Senor’s dual stakes-placed winner Forty Gran, he amassed $856,019 from 18 starts in England and the United States and currently resides at Vessels Stallion Farm in Bonsall. Lovacres Ranch in Warner Springs houses two freshman sires of 2013: the graded stakes-winning sprinters Bushwacker and Time to Get Even. Bushwacker, an 11-year-old son of Outflanker and the winning Romantic Lead mare Musical Score, won five races, topped by the 2007 Vernon O. Underwood Stakes (grade III) at Hollywood Park, and earned $285,840. He is represented by 25 foals of racing age. Checking in with 23 first-crop juveniles is Time to Get Even, a $150,084-earner whose three victories included Hollywood’s 2007 Lazaro Barrera Memorial Stakes (grade III). Now nine, he is by Stephen Got Even out of Tomisue’s Pleasure, by Seeking the Gold. The 17-race career of California-bred speedster Idiot Proof reached its zenith in 2007, when his tallies included Oak Tree’s grade I Ancient Title Stakes, a pair of six-furlong track records at Santa Anita and Monmouth Park and year-end titles as his home state’s champion sprinter and champion threeyear-old male. By Benchmark out of Bertrando’s winning daughter Perfectly Pretty, the nine-year-old Ballena Vista resident banked $1,294,484 overall and has 17 potential runners in his debut crop. Also represented by their initial two-year-olds in 2013 are Benchmark’s graded stakes winner Grazen of Tommy Town Thoroughbreds, Magali Farms’ dual graded stakes-placed winner Roi Charmant, by Evansville Slew, the unraced Lion Heart stallion Brave Cat of Paradise Road Ranch, Daehling Ranch’s winning Saint Ballado stallion Blake’s Passion, Smart Strike’s six-time winner Strike for Glory of Brazeau Thoroughbred Farms and Rancho Temescal’s grade IIIplaced winner Tenga Cat, by Storm Cat.

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California mare owners who opted to patronize untested stallion prospects in 2010 were afforded a bevy of graded stakes performers among their options. Now, with the resulting foals eligible to race as two-year-olds, the test to determine which of those classy runners will best impart their talents is at hand. Chief among the state’s freshman sire fraternity of 2013 is Papa Clem, a seven-year-old son of Smart Strike whose three lifetime victories included the 2009 Arkansas Derby (grade II) at Oaklawn Park and the 2010 San Fernando Stakes (grade II) at Santa Anita Park. Retired on the cusp of the 2010 breeding season when an ankle injury curtailed his racing career, the $1,121,190-earner proved popular at Legacy Ranch in Clements, and is represented by 46 first-crop juveniles this year as a result. Grade I-placed Papa Clem was produced by the Belong to Me mare Miss Houdini, winner of Del Mar Thoroughbred Club’s grade I Del Mar Debutante Stakes in 2002. The precocious runner Dixie Chatter, who captured the grade I Norfolk Stakes for two-year-olds during Oak Tree Racing Association’s 2007 meet at Santa Anita, has 44 registered juveniles in his initial crop. By Dixie Union out of 1993 Eclipse Champion Two-Year-Old Filly Phone Chatter’s unraced Deputy Minister daughter Mini Chat, he won two additional stakes titles at the ages of three and four and ultimately shed his racing plates after banking $464,606. Now eight, he stands at Ballena Vista Farm in Ramona. Ranking third among California first-crop sires with 33 juveniles is the three-time graded stakes winner Desert Code, winner of the inaugural Breeders’ Cup Turf Sprint at Santa Anita in 2008. The nine-year-old E Dubai stallion out of stakes winner Chatta Code, by Lost Code, earned $1,088,939 before he entered stud at Harris Farms in Coalinga. Credited with 32 members of his introductory foal crop is Square Eddie, a seven-year-old son of Smart Strike who was a Keeneland grade I winner at two and a Santa Anita 6 1/2-furlong

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Dixie Chatter (Ballena Vista Farm)

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Quick Returns Regional Sales by LISA GROOTHEDDE Brisk pre-sale action on the track translated into brisk Kentucky-bred colt posted the bullet quarter-mile work of :20 4/5 activity in the auction arena during the 2013 Barretts March for consignor Breaking Point Farm during the preview. Sale of Selected Two-Year-Olds in Training, which kicked off O’Byrne returned to the top of the market to acquire North America’s juvenile sales season for the second straight another speedy racing prospect from Bruno DeBerdt’s Excel year with across-the-board fiscal gains when it was hosted by Bloodstock consignment: a Dunkirk colt out of the multiple the newly rebranded Barretts Sales & Racing on March 4. winner Missy Turtle, by Kyle’s Our Man, who was one of The stage was set for a positive renewal during a well- two juveniles clocked in a blazing Barretts record of :9 3/5 attended under-tack preview which yielded record timed for a one-furlong move prior to the auction, and whose works during its March 1 session at the track formerly known $575,000 purchase price made him the sale’s second-most as Fairplex Park. expensive horse. The ambitious moves, both on the calendar and in front Establishing the top price for her gender, and the sale’s of the grandstand, paid tidy divifourth-highest price overall, was a dends for participants. $325,000 Harlan’s Holiday filly From the 138 horses catawho caught the attention of buyer loged, 92 went through the ring Narvick International Inc. when and 61 were reported as sold for she worked a furlong in :9 4/5. gross receipts of $8,751,000, repThe first foal out of Tasha’s Star, a resenting a 3.9 percent increase winning Spanish Steps half-sister from the corresponding gross of to dual grade III winner Tasha’s $8,426,000 last year, when 77 of Miracle, was consigned by Ciaran 121 horses offered were sold. The Dunne’s Wavertree Stables. average price skyrocketed by Of the 15 California-bred 31.1 percent, from $109,429 to youngsters cataloged to the 2013 $143,459, while the median sale, seven of the 11 who ultiAfter working in :9 4/5, this daughter of Hard Spun sold for jumped 17.6 percent, from mately went through the ring were $125,000 as the highest-priced California-bred at the $85,000 to $100,000. Along 2013 Barretts March Sale of Selected Two-Year-Olds in Training. sold for a cumulative $403,000, with those improvements, the representing a $57,571 average buy-back rate dropped from 36.4 percent in 2012 to 33.7 and $35,000 median. percent this year. The Golden State Series added value to some catalog Pinhookers who shipped their charges to California from pages. Six juveniles—five Cal-breds and a Kentucky-bred— points across the country were widely rewarded for their who were nominated to the lucrative series averaged $74,667 efforts. The 12 highest-priced juveniles of the 2013 Barretts for a total of $448,000 and a median of $80,000. March sale, a group which collectively commanded Topping this group with her $125,000 purchase price was $4,245,000, had sold at various yearling auctions over the the best-selling California-bred offered at the venue: a Hard preceding eight months for a collective $1,209,000. Spun filly out of the stakes-winning Two Punch mare Two “Barretts spent a considerable amount of time this year Punch Gal who was selected by Narvick International. Bred recruiting horses, sellers and buyers for this sale,” explained by Thomas Bachman and consigned by Wavertree, she Barretts Vice President Bill Baker, who credited Director posted a time of :9 4/5 for her one-furlong preview. of Sales Sean Daniels for his work in this capacity. “The O’Byrne was the sale’s leading buyer, with three colts general consensus was this was the best group of horses in purchased for an aggregate $1,425,000. our March sale in several years and spirited bidding from Wavertree topped the list of Barretts March consignors international top-end buyers, such as the Coolmore group for the third consecutive year, with 10 juveniles sold for a from Ireland and the Shadai group from Japan, as well as collective $1,835,000. many of the top domestic buyers, confirmed it.” The auction’s leading sire by average with two or more offLeading the session with a purchase price of $675,000— spring sold was Dunkirk, whose two available first-crop colts the highest figure to light up the Hinds Pavilion toteboard in averaged $367,500. nearly five years—was a Malibu Moon colt whose sales Four California-based stallions were attributed with the ticket was signed by bloodstock agent Demi O’Byrne, accompa- sale of one juvenile each during the elite event: a Storm nied by Coolmore representative Michael Tabor. Wolf colt commanded $95,000, a Dixie Chatter colt Produced by the Forest Wildcat mare Fashion Cat, a winning fetched $85,000, a Bedford Falls filly brought $75,000 and an half-sister to the multiple grade I-winning sire Peace Rules, the Unusual Heat colt sold for $33,000. ©Marcie Heacox

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Racing In Southern California

Homebreds Take To The Turf At Santa Anita Park

by EMILY SHIELDS

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In February and March, California-breds were showcased in two black-type races down Santa Anita Park’s famous hillside turf course. While Ain’t No Other won the Sensational Star Stakes as the 9-2 second choice, Bench Glory took the Irish O’Brien Stakes in a 15-1 surprise. Focused Victory Blinkers went on, and Tom and Debi Stull’s homebred Ain’t No Other chalked up his third career stakes win, this time in the $100,750 Sensational Star Stakes on Feb. 24. The five-year-old gelded son of Old Topper, who stands at the Stull’s Tommy Town Thoroughbreds in Santa Ynez, bettered his fourth-place finishd in the 2012 edition of the 6 1/2-furlong contest. Rather than winging on the lead, Ain’t No Other rated kindly under jockey Rafael Bejarano and then moved when asked, rallying to win by three quarters of a length over Starspangled Heat in 1:11.53. A Toast to You finished third, while the 2-1 favorite Cat Talk settled for sixth in an eighthorse field. Ain’t No Other had perviously won Hollywood Park’s $85,900 Harry Henson Stakes and $63,250 Livermore Valley Wines Stakes in Pleasanton during 2011. After finishing third in a March 17 allowance race in his next try, Ain’t No Other has a record of eight wins, six seconds and seven thirds in 25 starts for current earnings of $442,173. Jerry Hollendorfer trains Ain’t No Other, who is out of the three-time winner Miami Margie, by Shadeed. Her

Ain’t No Other—$100,7500 Sensational Star Stakes—February 24, 2013

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other foals include Ain’t No Other’s full brother Topper Shopper, a dual stakes winner, and his Tale of the Cat half-sister Go Kitty Go, a multiple stakes winner. Off The Bench Surprise Bench Glory came into the March 17 Irish O’Brien Stakes worth $100,750 off a victory, but that win happened to take place nearly a year prior, on March 30, 2012. Bench Glory could have been retired to life as a broodmare at her birthplace of Harris Farms in Coalinga, but John Harris elected to keep the six-year-old Benchmark (Ballena Vista Farm) mare in training instead. His reward was the Irish O’Brien upset. Jockey Brice Blanc settled Bench Glory in third early during the 6 1/2-furlong journey down the hill, chasing the pace set by the speedy 2-1 favorite Ismene in the field of eight. When that one shortened stride in the stretch, Bench Glory was in striking distance to take over, and drew off to win by 1 1/4 lengths, scoring over Ismene in 1:12.02. The race was unfortunately marred by the breakdown of Miss Becca, who was subsequently euthanized. The Irish O’Brien was the first stakes win for Bench Glory, who is conditioned by Sean McCarthy. She has now earned $209,272 with four wins, a second and two thirds in 10 starts. Bench Glory’s dam Image of Glory is a dual stakes-winning halfsister to California champion Super High, grade III winner To B. Super and multiple stakes winner Super Interco. Bench Glory is her fifth winner from six foals to race.

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Focus On The Future

Brandon O’Bryan: Keeping It In The Family

by EMILY SHIELDS Inevitably, Brandon O’Bryan was going to end up working as a jockey’s agent anyway. Not only is his father, Craig, also an agent, but his grandfather, George O’Bryan, taught both these younger generations everything he knew about the business. When Brandon graduated from high school in 2005, and wanted to delay a trip to college, he convinced his parents that he wanted to start early and try his hand as an agent during the Del Mar Thoroughbred Club meet. It was jockey Octavio Vergara who gave O’Bryan his out. “I always wanted to do this,” O’Bryan said, “and after high school I didn’t know what else to do. (Vergara) called me and I told him I’d go to work for him, so I could get my parents off my back about going to college. After we won a few races, the college option went out the window.” Now O’Bryan and his father work together, perusing the barns at the Southern California tracks, hustling mounts for their riders while keeping an eye on the racing across the country, always hunting for new talent. O’Bryan has handled the books of Kerwin John, Danny Sorenson, David Flores and Alonso Quinonez, and currently works for Alex Bisono. The days of hardcore hustling are fading, however. “In a typical morning, I’ll check with our main clients and see if they need help working a horse,” O’Bryan said, “but these days, a trainer will come to you if they want you and if you have a rider in fashion. They have to keep their own clients happy, and if an owner wants a more known jock, there’s not much you can do.” Although his grandfather George often advised Brandon that being an agent was as easy as making sure to “ride the best horse,” the youngest O’Bryan knows it’s not that simple. “You’ve got to be there for your main clients,” he said, “even if sometimes they don’t have the best horse.”

Looking for new talent is some of the never-ending work for an agent. “You’re always keeping an eye on races from New York, Florida and Kentucky to find people to bring out here to California,” O’Bryan said. “You’re watching apprentices across the country, looking for the next Gary Stevens or a guy like that.” The 25-year-old O’Bryan experienced the highlight of his young career in 2008, while in Kentucky to watch Corey Nakatani riding Colonel John in the Kentucky Derby. O’Bryan’s father had Nakatani’s book and took his two sons, including Brandon’s brother, Kyle, to Churchill Downs for the big dance. Brandon O’Bryan had a separate rooting interest on the undercard: his rider, Quinonez, was aboard Intangaroo in the grade I, $334,800 Humana Distaff Stakes two races before the Derby. Gary Sherlock trained the 14-1 shot, who was pitted against grade I winner Hystericalady. “We walked out with the horses and watched the race right on the rail,” O’Bryan recalled. “We were sixty yards before the wire and half watching the race on television, and I thought Intangaroo had won. I was jumping up and down hysterically, but no one else was reacting because it was so close. I was going crazy and thinking that if she got beat I was going to feel awful, but when they put the result up, everyone else went crazy too. Alonso gave her a great ride; that was my most exciting moment as an agent.” Intangaroo had won the Humana Distaff by a head. That thrilling victory is likely to be just the first of many major scores for the youngest of the O’Bryan clan, who can be reached at (714) 514-8679.

Brandon O’Bryan with his father Craig O’Bryan (photo left) and three generations of jockey’s agents, George, Brandon and Craig O’Bryan (photo right).

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I. A $17,500 bonus will be made available for owners of registered California-Bred or Sired maidens in Maiden Special Weight races at the Santa Anita Park, Betfair Hollywood Park and Del Mar meetings in Southern California; and a $10,000 bonus for owners of registered CaliforniaBred or Sired maidens in Maiden Special Weight races in Northern California and at all Fair meetings throughout the state. Only races at 4 1/2-furlongs or longer will qualify. II. Significant eligibility changes for California-breds. ©Benoit

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Another Man’s Treasure

Thoroughbred Classic Horse Show Series: Launchpad To A New Career

by MARCIE HEACOX This month, the growing movement to place Thoroughbreds in post-racing careers gains steam with the debut of the Thoroughbred Classic Horse Show (TCHS) series at the Rancho Mission Viejo Riding Park in San Juan Capistrano on April 20-21. The series follows other Thoroughbred-restricted competitions created in the past few years in the Northeast and Midwest U. S. Like those events, the TCHS will be supported by the Jockey Club’s Thoroughbred Incentive Program (TIP), which sponsors Thoroughbred-only classes. It also builds on the Del Mar-based Del Sol Classic for hunters and jumpers. The TCHS was initiated by Nicole Schwartz, board president of the non-profit Neigh Savers Foundation. A lifelong Thoroughbred devotee, she hopes to create a larger market for retired racers, who were once dominant in the sporthorse world before European warmbloods became trendy. “I love Thoroughbreds. I love their heart, their spirit, their athleticism, their versatility— everything that makes them who they are, I love,” Schwartz said. “They were always my best friend. It was so sad for me to see these incredible, majestic athletes not given the opportunity to really compete in the show ring anymore.” The series’ initial funding came from the California Retirement Management Account (CARMA)’s Siegel-CARMA Foundation, created in 2009 through an endowment from late Thoroughbred owner and breeder Mace Siegel. There are more than a dozen additional sponsors of the series. Aside from Schwartz, other TCHS organizers include Lucinda Mandella, the executive director of CARMA, Jessica Boyd, an equine blogger and columnist, Jackie Poe, a director of Southern California Thoroughbred Rescue (SCTR), Dawn Mellen, founder of After the Finish Line, and trainer Sterling Ferguson. Schwartz designed the TCHS as an affordable platform for all levels of riders and horses to gain experience, with entry fees ranging from $0 to $100. Trainer and course designer Shauna Pennell-Wilson said many Thoroughbred owners compete on lower-level circuits and will appreciate the savings. “They’ll have a place to show that’s not going to be horrifically expensive like some of the larger horse shows,” Pennell-Wilson said. “Even smaller, mainstream shows now are so expensive.”

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To add to the show’s accessibility, there are more than a dozen categories to test the breed’s versatility. The Hunter Derby, Jumper Stakes and Dressage Challenge have marquee billing, each with a $1,500 pot. There will also be prizes in combined training, western and showmanship. Each class is further divided into junior/amateur and open levels. Other contests such as lead line and egg and spoon offer more informal competition. Points and ribbons will be awarded through sixth place. “I think it’s a fantastic division for reintroducing Thoroughbreds as quality horses,” Pennell-Wilson said. “It gives them an avenue to win and develop a show record. United States Equestrian Foundation (USEF)-registered judge Dianne Grod will score hunter-jumper classes, and USEF-registered and United States Eventing Association (USEA)-recorded Vicky Stashuk-Matisi will judge dressage, western dressage and jumping. Organizers encourage each entrant to provide a short biography for their horse to share the various backgrounds and qualities of all the Off-Track Thoroughbreds (OTTBs). The biographies will help determine special awards in such unique categories as “Most Recently Off the Track,” “Oldest Horse” and “Aftercare Organization with the Most Adopted Horses at Show.” There’s also a “Spirit of a Champion” class for horses whose condition precludes them from physical competition. All owners in this class will be recognized for their efforts. “It takes a special person to want to take on a horse who is going to live for a very long time and whom they’re not going to be able to ride,” Schwartz said. For horses and riders still in the learning stages, there will be clinics in multiple disciplines on April 19. In addition to the equine events, there’s a welcome dinner that same date, and a luncheon and silent auction on April 21. In keeping with the spirit of helping OTTBs, all proceeds from the event will go to participating California aftercare organizations. Entries close on Tuesday, April 16. The next shows in the three-part series will be held at the same location on July 2728 and Oct. 12-13, with cumulative points leaders crowned at the latter. Some of the top horses will then participate in an exhibition in the Santa Anita Park infield on Nov. 3, the day after the Breeders’ Cup World Championships.

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A Blast From The Past

On My Honor: From Claim To Fame

by JACKIE BARNES In the history of Thoroughbred racing, there have been many horses with fashionable pedigrees who have either sold for top prices at auction or have been bred by their owners before going on to become stakes winners. On the flip side, there have also been many less fashionably bred horses who have been talented enough to become major stakes winners in their own right. California-bred On My Honor, a son of El Drag who both won a stakes race and set a world record time of 1:20 for seven furlongs at Hollywood Park before standing at stud in the Golden State from 1956 to 1969, rose from the claiming ranks to become a black-type winner. He eventually joined fellow Cal-breds Candy Spots and Bonjour in the 89th running of the Kentucky Derby in 1963. Owned and bred by the Triple S Ranch of Michael and Jack Stein, who raced under the name of Ambush Stable, On My Honor was foaled at Ellsworth Ranch in Chino on April 13, 1960. At two, the bay colt joined the barn of trainer Jimmy Jordan at Santa Anita Park. In his debut on Jan. 25, 1962, On My Honor finished unplaced to eventual multiple stakes winner Bonjour in a three-furlong event at the Arcadia track. After a runner-up finish at the Del Mar Thoroughbred Club in September, he was sent to trainer Mike Bao at Golden Gate Fields where he charged home by 1 1/2 lengths in an $8,500 maiden claiming race at six furlongs on Oct. 5. At three, On My Honor returned to Santa Anita to win a 1 1/16-mile allowance race by 1 1/4 lengths on Feb. 23, while at Bay Meadows Racecourse on April 13, he won at a mile in the same company by 2 1/4 lengths. Just seven days later, in the 1 1/8-mile California Derby worth $42,900, On My Honor then faced a group that included Connie Ring’s Olympiad King, Clement Hirsch’s

Lak Nak, Ben Ridder’s Royal Tower and the race’s 2-1 favorite, George Pope Jr.’s Beekeeper. The San Mateo track was a quagmire of mud on race day as the nine-strong field left the starting gate for the race. Setting the pace were Vetirok and Olympiad King, winners of the two divisions of the California Derby Trial, while On My Honor raced in seventh. He then advanced steadily in the stretch to get up in the last sixteenth of a mile and win by three quarters of a length over Lak Nak, with Olympiad King a further 1 1/2 lengths back in third. With that victory, On My Honor was sent to Churchill Downs where he finished third to Bonjour in the $16,200 Derby Trial Stakes at a mile on April 30. The hard charging colt then put in a furious stretch run in the May 4 Kentucky Derby worth $151,400 to finish fourth to Chateaugay, who later won the Belmont Stakes, Never Bend and Candy Spots. After an unplaced effort behind the latter in the Preakness Stakes at Pimlico two weeks later, On My Honor finished third in Hollywood Park’s $28,675 Will Rogers Stakes (Second Division) on May 30. Unable to win at four and five, unraced at six and with just one victory at seven, the last of On My Honor’s nine lifetime wins came at Detroit on Sept. 7, 1968, when he won for the third time as an eight-year-old at the track where he would close out his 60-race career two months later. On My Honor’s sire El Drag had sired the 1962 California Derby winner Doc Jocoy, while his dam Honor (Ire) won eight races in the U.S. and Canada with earnings of $20,045. She produced three other winners and was also the granddam of stakes winner Goody Slew Shoes. Jockey Paul Frey, a winner of 2,479 races and the primary rider of On My Honor in 1963, was posthumously inducted into the Washington Racing Hall of Fame in 2012.

O N M Y H O N O R

$42,900 California Derby—April 20, 1963

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Horse Care

Correcting Crooked Legs In Foals

by HEATHER SMITH THOMAS Your mare has just foaled and the new baby is scrambling to his feet. As he makes his first tentative steps you notice that his legs seem very crooked. Many foals are born with some degree of crookedness (angular limb deformity). Most common are knees too close together (carpal valgus), with fetlock joints (ankles) turned out, making the legs base wide. Next common is bowlegged at the knees (carpal varus) with fetlock joints turned in, making the legs base narrow. All joints in the legs (front or hind) can be affected with some deviation. Lax ligaments or tendons may allow the fetlock joint to drop to the ground and the toe to flip up. Sometimes a foal has “windswept” legs, with both front legs or both hind legs curved in the same direction. This deformity is thought to be due to the way the foal was lying in the uterus, perhaps with not quite enough room. Most abnormalities straighten on their own, in a few days or weeks. Some foals need help, however, and various methods are used to support and protect the legs while they straighten (if ligaments are lax) or to encourage leg bones to become better aligned. The correction technique selected depends in part upon location and severity of the problem— whether at knees, hocks or fetlock joints, and how many degrees out of line the bones are slanted. Conservative methods (stall confinement and careful trimming/leveling of the feet) may correct mild cases, but for more severe deviations some owners opt for surgical intervention—to make sure the horse will have better conformation.

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The simplest surgical treatment is periosteal stripping (sometimes called scraping), to encourage one side of the bone to grow faster. More complicated (but also more foolproof) is a procedure called transphyseal bridging—in which staples or screws are used to bridge the growth plate and halt growth on one side, allowing the other side to catch up. Dr. Tim Lynch (Peterson and Smith Equine Hospital, Ocala, Florida) says that some foals have such severe angular limb deformities that they need surgical bridging. It depends on the age of the foal, as well. The window of opportunity to correct an out-of-line knee is much longer than for correcting a fetlock joint. “Procedures to correct the fetlock joints are usually done fairly soon because their growth potential (hence the potential for straightening) is very limited, versus the knee or the distal radius or the hock. With those joints you have a longer time for potential growth and correcting that growth,” he says. The foal’s bones are all growing very rapidly during the first 10 weeks of life, and after that it tapers off. The humerus (between shoulder and elbow) and femur (between hip and stifle) are still steadily growing, but the growth rate of cannon bones and pasterns is slowing down. By about four months of age, the cannons and pasterns have stopped growing. Thus your chance to correct fetlock joints is best before the foal is 10 weeks old. Fetlock joints with mild deviation will usually improve on their own within two to four weeks of age. If there’s not significant improvement by that time, it’s crucial to make a decision about resolving the deviation. The earlier you do it, the quicker it will respond. Toward the end of that timeframe the bones are growing more slowly and you have less opportunity for improvement. “In Kentucky, they do a lot of periosteal stripping, but here in Florida we don’t do very many. I don’t know how much difference it actually

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makes by the time those foals become yearlings or two- need only a stab incision for the top screw and for the botyear-olds, but it mainly depends on the severity,” says tom screw. The wire is tunneled under the skin between Lynch. the two without cutting the skin. By contrast, when using Periosteal stripping involves making a tiny skin incision staples, the skin must be cut the width of the staple, and above the growth plate of the joint (knee, hock or fetlock chances are greater for creating a blemish. A tiny stab joint) on the side that needs to grow faster, lifting off the incision for a screw reduces the risk for a scar or abnormal membrane (periosteum) that surrounds the bone. Stripping healing. a section away seems to release tension off the growth plate After the correction is made and the leg is straight, the on that side, allowing it to grow faster and catch up with screws are taken out and the leg bandaged to protect it the other side. while the area heals. Many veterinarians recommend that The theory behind stripping is that the envelope around the stitches be taken out in about seven to 10 days. This is the bone is restricting growth. In a foal with knock knees, quite early, but results in fewer blemishes. If the skin is healtension on the outside of the envelope seems to be greater ing normally, it just needs to be held in place with stitches than on the inside of the leg. If the surgeon makes a cut at first; then it continues to heal very well on its own. Foals down to the bone on the side growing too slowly, this allows heal faster than adults. the growth plate to respond and accelerate its growth on A disadvantage of screws and wires compared to stripping that side, without influencing the other side. is greater expense. They must be inserted with precision, to Most of the time, one procedure is enough for cases in not affect the growth plate. The surgeon usually takes x-rays which there is enough time for altering growth. If the age of to determine placement of the implant. It also requires a secthe foal or the location of the problem (knee versus fetlock ond procedure to remove the implants once the correction joint) indicates you are okay with the window, periosteal is complete, which requires anesthetizing the foal again. Growth changes must be carefully monitored and the stripping will generally work. Stripping, for the mild to moderate cases, works very implants taken out at exactly the right time, or you'll overwell at an early stage of life, if it's a fetlock joint. For the correct and the foal ends up with the opposite deviation. If knee, by contrast, in a month-old foal you might decide to correcting a knock kneed condition you certainly don't wait and see if the leg straightens on its own, because at one want him to end up bowlegged “It’s rare that a horse gets worse, but you have to be careful month it is still quite early in the development and growth of that part of the leg. The problem is that often a foal has with some of the surgeries. A single-screw fixation across the growth plate can create problems if the screw is left in too long more than one joint with a problem. “People have tried a wide range of corrections—includ- and the leg ends up crooked in the opposite direction; the coring splints and tube casts. What your veterinarian might rection is overdone,” says Lynch. “This just illustrates that doing surgeries to try to maniprecommend will vary, depending on the case,” says Lynch. Many foals will straighten as they grow, but the question is: ulate the legs is not without potential complications later, or scarring. Angular limb deformities and how to deal with will they straighten enough? Treatment of choice in severe cases is transphyseal bridg- them generates a lot of debate,” he says. ing—mechanically halting the growth on the longer side of the leg so the opposite (shorter) side can catch up. This is accomplished by making two tiny skin incisions above and below the growth plate of the affected joint in order to allow a tiny stainless steel screw to be inserted in each opening. A stainless steel wire is then wrapped around the screw head to hold back the growth on that side of the joint, being careful to not invade the growth plate itself. The original procedure, dating back to the 1950s, used surgical staples put in with a staple gun. Most surgeons today use screws and wires (like those used in fracture repair) since these are stronger and have Single Screw Transphyseal Bridging more flexibility regarding fit, and

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D E P A R T M E N T

Available Statistics Through March 3, 2013

Leading Sires in California

Leading Sires by Number of Races Won

Leading Sires by Money Won Rank Sire Runners 1. Unusual Heat . . . . . . . . . . . . 59 2. Tribal Rule . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 88 3. Ministers Wild Cat . . . . . . . . 67 4. Bertrando† . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 45 5. Old Topper . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 57 6. Benchmark . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 52 7. Good Journey . . . . . . . . . . . 38 8. Kafwain . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 52 9. Salt Lake* . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 26 10. Decarchy . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 47 11. Cindago* . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 11 12. Unbridled Energy# . . . . . . . 36 13. Southern Image . . . . . . . . . . 39 14. In Excess (Ire)† . . . . . . . . . . 49 15. Tizbud . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 27 16. Marino Marini . . . . . . . . . . . . 38 17. Heatseeker (Ire) . . . . . . . . . . 25 18. Perfect Mandate* . . . . . . . . . 22 19. Swiss Yodeler . . . . . . . . . . . . 41 20. Terrell . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 21 21. Game Plan . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 14 22. Awesome Gambler . . . . . . . 22 23. Atticus . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 19 24. Vronsky . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .15 25. Cee's Tizzy† . . . . . . . . . . . . 23 26. Suances (GB) . . . . . . . . . . . 11 27. Iron Cat . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .13 28. Rocky Bar . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 27 29 Lucky Pulpit . . . . . . . . . . . . . 22 30. Tannersmyman . . . . . . . . . . . 19 31 Freespool . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 21 32. Stormin Fever . . . . . . . . . . . . 22 33. Momentum . . . . . . . . . . . . . .16 34. High Brite* . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 28 35. Affirmative . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 14 36. Globalize . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 22 37. Ten Most Wanted* . . . . . . . . 15 38. Sea of Secrets . . . . . . . . . . . 38 39. Grey Memo . . . . . . . . . . . . . 13 40. Silic (Fr) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .12 41. Onebadshark . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9 42. Singletary . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 11 43. Popular . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 17 44. Expressionist . . . . . . . . . . . . 12 45. Truckee* . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5 46. Flame Thrower . . . . . . . . . . . 16 47. Siberian Summer* . . . . . . . . 13 48. Comic Strip . . . . . . . . . . . . . 18 49. Stormy Jack . . . . . . . . . . . . .20 50. Trapper . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8

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Starts 134 178 138 90 119 109 74 111 52 88 19 81 84 105 54 79 46 53 87 51 28 48 42 36 49 24 32 54 37 52 46 49 32 73 30 40 30 82 23 26 16 24 35 28 10 32 26 47 38 26

Races Won 12 25 24 19 21 17 9 8 9 10 6 15 11 16 5 12 7 10 12 8 6 2 10 4 6 4 8 8 6 8 8 3 5 7 2 4 3 7 5 5 4 6 3 5 2 3 2 1 2 5

Earnings $676,139 639,717 597,060 475,143 453,882 419,495 251,911 241,954 241,835 238,546 230,407 226,359 204,674 202,368 194,477 189,401 181,977 164,490 154,837 140,629 139,214 123,208 121,958 121,924 113,999 107,160 94,334 93,876 89,099 79,648 79,085 77,641 75,235 74,308 73,995 73,848 68,496 68,026 61,472 60,938 60,250 58,971 58,059 55,502 53,695 53,122 52,656 52,051 51,104 44,814

Rank Sire 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8.

11. 12.

15. 17.

Runners

Tribal Rule . . . . . . . . . . . . 88 Ministers Wild Cat . . . . . . 67 Old Topper . . . . . . . . . . . .57 Bertrando† . . . . . . . . . . . 45 Benchmark . . . . . . . . . . . 52 In Excess (Ire)† . . . . . . . . 49 Unbridled Energy# . . . . . 36 Unusual Heat . . . . . . . . . 59 Marino Marini . . . . . . . . . 38 Swiss Yodeler . . . . . . . . . 41 Southern Image . . . . . . . 39 Decarchy . . . . . . . . . . . .. 47 Perfect Mandate* . . . . . . .22 Atticus . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 19 Good Journey . . . . . . . . .38 Salt Lake* . . . . . . . . . . . . 26 Kafwain . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 52 Terrell . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 21 Iron Cat . . . . . . . . . . . . . .13 Rocky Bar . . . . . . . . . . . . 27 Tannersmyman . . . . . . . . 19 Freespool . . . . . . . . . . . . 21

Starts

Races Won

Earnings

178 138 119 90 109 105 81 134 79 87 84 88 53 42 74 52 111 51 32 54 52 46

25 24 21 19 17 16 15 12 12 12 11 10 10 10 9 9 8 8 8 8 8 8

$639,717 597,060 453,882 475,143 419,495 202,368 226,359 676,139 189,401 154,837 204,674 238,546 164,490 121,958 251,911 241,835 241,954 140,629 94,334 93,876 79,648 79,085

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

Cindago* . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 11 Unusual Heat . . . . . . . . . . . 59 Truckee* . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5 Bertrando† . . . . . . . . . . . . . 45 Game Plan . . . . . . . . . . . . . 14 Suances (GB) . . . . . . . . . . . .11 Salt Lake* . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 26 Ministers Wild Cat . . . . . . . 67 Vronsky . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 15 Benchmark . . . . . . . . . . . . . 52 Old Topper . . . . . . . . . . . . . 57 Perfect Mandate* . . . . . . . . 22 Lasersport . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6 Sought After . . . . . . . . . . . . 5 Heatseeker (Ire) . . . . . . . . . 25 Tribal Rule . . . . . . . . . . . . . 88 Iron Cat . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 13 Tizbud . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 27 Cyclotron . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5 Terrell . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .21

Races Won 6 12 2 19 6 4 9 24 4 17 21 10 3 6 7 25 8 5 0 8

Average Earnings/ Earnings Runner $230,407 676,139 53,695 475,143 139,214 107,160 241,835 597,060 121,924 419,495 453,882 164,490 44,309 36,657 181,977 639,717 94,334 194,477 34,176 140,629

$20,946 11,460 10,739 10,559 9,944 9,742 9,301 8,911 8,128 8,067 7,963 7,477 7,385 7,331 7,279 7,270 7,256 7,203 6,835 6,697

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Leading Sires by Turf Earnings

Leading Sires by Number of Winners

(Minimum 10 Starts Lifetime)

Rank Sire

Runners

1. Tribal Rule ......................... 88 Ministers Wild Cat............. 67 3. Old Topper ......................... 57 4. Bertrando† ......................... 45 5. Benchmark......................... 52 In Excess (Ire)†................... 49 7. Unusual Heat ..................... 59 Unbridled Energy# ............. 36 Southern Image.................. 39 Marino Marini ..................... 38 11. Perfect Mandate* .............. 22 Swiss Yodeler..................... 41 13. Good Journey .....................38 Kafwain .............................. 52 Decarchy .............................47 16. Salt Lake* ............................26 Heatseeker (Ire) .................. 25 Atticus ............................... 19 Iron Cat .............................. 13 Rocky Bar .......................... 27 Tannersmyman.................. 19 Freespool ........................... 21 Sea of Secrets.....................38

Winners

Races Won

Earnings

21 21 20 16 15 15 11 11 11 11 10 10 8 8 8 7 7 7 7 7 7 7 7

25 24 21 19 17 16 12 15 11 12 10 12 9 8 10 9 7 10 8 8 8 8 7

$639,717 597,060 453,882 475,143 419,495 202,368 676,139 226,359 204,674 189,401 164,490 154,837 251,911 241,954 238,546 241,835 181,977 121,958 94,334 93,876 79,648 79,085 68,026

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

Races Runners Starts Winners Won

Unusual Heat ............. 33 Tribal Rule ................. 18 Bertrando†................ 13 Good Journey .......... 14 Ministers Wild Cat...... 7 Old Topper ................ 6 Decarchy................... 18 Tizbud ........................ 8 Heatseeker (Ire)........... 7 Suances (GB) .............. 4 Cindago* ..................... 2 Kafwain ...................... 8 Terrell........................... 3 Momentum.................. 3 Benchmark................. 9 Perfect Mandate* ....... 5 Unbridled Energy# ...... 5 Cee's Tizzy†................ 5 Atticus...................... 10 Game Plan .................. 5

67 27 19 21 8 8 23 12 10 9 2 11 7 4 9 11 7 7 11 5

6 3 3 2 3 2 2 2 4 2 2 1 1 1 1 2 1 1 2 2

7 3 3 2 3 2 2 2 4 2 2 1 1 1 1 2 1 1 2 2

(Minimum 10 Starts)

(Minimum 5 Runners)

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

Runners

Cindago*.......................... 11 Truckee*............................ 5 Suances (GB)................... 11 Iron Cat ............................ 13 Atticus.............................. 19 Sought After ..................... 5 Trapper .............................. 8 Bertrando†....................... 45 Unusual Heat ................... 59 Cayoke (Fr) ....................... 6 Vronsky .............................15 Tribal Rule ........................ 88 Under Caution .................. 5 Western Fame................... 6 Old Topper ....................... 57 Salt Lake*......................... 26 Lasersport.......................... 6 Benchmark ..................... 52 Unbridled Energy#........... 36 Affirmative........................ 14

Races Won 6 2 4 8 10 6 5 19 12 1 4 25 1 2 21 9 3 17 15 2

Median Earnings/ Earnings Runner $230,407 53,695 107,160 94,334 121,958 36,657 44,814 475,143 676,139 37,647 121,924 639,717 17,822 30,974 453,882 241,835 44,309 419,495 226,359 73,995

$461,818 183,607 180,608 120,636 119,015 110,637 106,096 102,849 96,782 88,091 67,200 54,144 53,740 48,050 45,798 41,414 39,090 38,539 37,590 33,840

Leading Sires by Average Earnings Per Start

Leading Sires by Median Earnings Per Runner

Rank Sire

Earnings

$11,400 9,920 7,000 6,410 6,250 6,000 4,994 4,312 3,700 3,685 3,610 3,518 3,510 3,472 3,420 3,417 3,308 3,288 3,255 3,130

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

Runners

Cindago* ........................ 11 Truckee.............................. 5 Bertrando† ..................... 45 Unusual Heat .................. 59 Game Plan .......................14 Salt Lake* ........................ 26 Suances (GB) .................. 11 Ministers Wild Cat........... 67 Heatseeker (Ire) .............. 25 Benchmark...................... 52 Old Topper ...................... 57 Onebadshark ................... 9 Lasersport ....................... 6 Tizbud ............................. 27 Tribal Rule ...................... 88 Good Journey ................. 38 Vronsky ........................... 15 Cayoke (Fr)...................... 6 Cyclotron.......................... 5 Perfect Mandate* ........... 22

Starts

Earnings

Average Earnings/ Start

19 10 90 134 28 52 24 138 46 109 119 16 12 54 178 74 36 12 11 53

$230,407 53,695 475,143 676,139 139,214 241,835 107,160 597,060 181,977 419,495 453,882 60,250 44,309 194,477 639,717 251,911 121,924 37,647 34,176 164,490

$12,127 5,370 5,279 5,046 4,972 4,651 4,465 4,327 3,956 3,849 3,814 3,766 3,692 3,601 3,594 3,404 3,387 3,137 3,107 3,104

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 2012 but is standing in the state in 2013, a double dagger (‡) that he is not standing in California in 2013 but will stand in the state in 2014 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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Leading Lifetime Sires in California Crops of No Stallion, Year Foaled, Sire

Available Statistics Through March 3, 2013

Crops of Average Foals of Racing Crop Racing Age Size Age

Runners

Winners

2-Y-O Winners

Stakes Winners

Graded Stakes Winners

Progeny Earnings

Average Earnings Index

Comparable Index

1. Unusual Heat, 1990, by Nureyev 13 48 621 423-68% 297-48% 38-6% 37-6% 10-2% $37,199,769 2.15 1.23 2. Cindago*, 2003, by Indian Charlie 4 14 56 24-43% 15-27% 3-5% 2-4% 0-0% $1,108,378 1.78 1.43 3. Lucky Pulpit, 2001, by Pulpit 4 23 91 44-48% 34-37% 16-18% 3-3% 0-0% $2,351,196 1.68 1.19 4. Cee's Tizzy†, 1987, by Relaunch 21 35 732 517-71% 374-51% 59-8% 39-5% 9-1% $36,836,066 1.64 1.16 5. In Excess (Ire)†, 1987, by Siberian Express 18 55 983 720-73% 531-54% 116-12% 63-6% 11-1% $44,066,247 1.61 1.41 6. Vronsky, 1999, by Danzig 6 19 112 42-38% 25-22% 4-4% 3-3% 1-1% $2,424,373 1.60 0.94 7. Good Journey, 1996, by Nureyev 8 53 420 190-45% 101-24% 12-3% 5-1% 3-1% $7,956,504 1.53 1.04 8. Awesome Gambler, 2004, by Coronado's Quest 3 31 94 47-50% 19-20% 10-11% 1-1% 1-1% $1,636,208 1.43 0.78 9. Salt Lake*, 1989, by Deputy Minister 18 70 1,259 1,036-82% 827-66% 245-19% 76-6% 25-2% $61,568,625 1.41 1.41 10. One Man Army, 1994, by Roman Diplomat 8 9 74 45-61% 29-39% 2-3% 4-5% 1-1% $2,570,094 1.39 0.97 Tribal Rule, 1996, by Storm Cat 8 65 518 304-59% 209-40% 85-16% 28-5% 2-0% $15,446,081 1.39 1.19 12. Bertrando†, 1989, by Skywalker 17 61 1,037 765-74% 529-51% 121-12% 56-5% 712-1% $43,480,718 1.36 1.53 13. Southern Image, 2000, by Halo's Image 5 96 479 252-53% 149-31% 39-8% 6-1% 2-0% $10,833,170 1.31 1.37 14. Birdonthewire, 1989, by Proud Birdie 16 16 261 186-71% 134-51% 38-15% 10-4% 1-0% $11,775,753 1.29 1.37 15. Benchmark, 1991, by Alydar 12 57 679 490-72% 373-55% 99-15% 34-5% 8-1% $27,481,290 1.25 1.14 Stormin Fever, 1994, by Storm Cat 11 61 673 471-70% 339-50% 108-16% 30-4% 12-2% $26,327,381 1.20 1.41 17. Kafwain, 2000, by Cherokee Run 7 64 449 324-72% 224-50% 78-17% 18-4% 4-1% $13,436,743 1.15 1.28 18. Rocky Bar, 1998, by In Excess (Ire) 6 17 101 56-55% 45-45% 18-18% 11-11% 1-1% $2,540,298 1.13 0.7 19. Olympio*, 1988, by Naskra 18 29 516 397-77% 293-57% 60-12% 30-6% 4-1% $18,958,336 1.10 1.30 Popular, 1999, by Saint Ballado 6 13 76 53-70% 39-51% 15-20% 2-3% 1-1% $2,267,715 1.10 0.96 21. Robannier, 1991, by Batonnier 14 7 104 68-65% 40-38% 8-8% 3-3% 0-0% $2,980,514 1.08 1.04 22. Atticus, 1992, by Nureyev 13 34 445 322-72% 194-44% 39-9% 14-3% 5-1% $13,418,099 1.07 1.47 23. Affirmative, 1999, by Unbridled 6 14 86 32-37% 17-20% 4-5% 1-1% 0-0% $974,712 1.06 0.80 Snow Chief*, 1983, by Reflected Glory 22 12 272 183-67% 112-41% 27-10% 9-3% 1-0% $5,663,603 1.06 1.29 25. Kelly Kip†, 1994, by Kipper Kelly 10 11 111 87-78% 73-66% 16-14% 2-2% 1-1% $4,355,258 1.05 1.01 26. High Brite*, 1984, by Best Turn 22 42 932 722-77% 585-63% 145-16% 46-5% 9-1% $35,940,491 1.04 1.17 Swiss Yodeler, 1994, by Eastern Echo 12 59 706 521-74% 369-52% 153-22% 27-4% 2-0% $24,670,127 1.04 1.09 28. Siberian Summer*, 1989, by Siberian Express 12 33 400 291-73% 207-52% 28-7% 14-4% 4-1% $12,594,322 1.03 0.88 Unbridled Energy#, 2002, by Unbridled's Song 4 48 193 112-58% 74-38% 16-8% 4-2% 0-0% $3,532,637 1.03 1.20 30. Tizbud, 1999, by Cee's Tizzy 6 24 144 74-51% 39-27% 8-6% 4-3% 0-0% $2,176,520 1.01 0.95 31. Ministers Wild Cat, 2000, by Deputy Minister 5 47 237 169-71% 108-46% 32-14% 13-5% 0-0% $5,645,358 1.00 0.99 32. Silic (Fr), 1995, by Sillery 9 17 157 114-73% 73-46% 11-7% 2-1% 1-1% $7,153,487 0.99 0.93 33. Suances (GB), 1997, by Most Welcome (GB) 6 18 107 44-41% 28-26% 4-4% 1-1% 0-0% $1,561,053 0.98 1.14 34. Old Topper, 1995, by Gilded Time 10 50 496 387-78% 296-60% 107-22% 21-4% 0-0% $16,337,945 0.97 0.86 35. Decarchy, 1997, by Distant View 7 42 293 187-64% 116-40% 33-11% 7-2% 1-0% $6,947,683 0.96 0.99 Lake George, 1992, by Vice Regent 14 12 162 102-63% 61-38% 10-6% 6-4% 1-1% $4,186,902 0.96 1.03 37. Marino Marini, 2000, by Storm Cat 6 44 261 161-62% 115-44% 30-11% 5-2% 0-0% $5,735,153 0.95 1.00 Perfect Mandate*, 1996, by Gone West 10 30 298 169-57% 107-36% 18-6% 11-4% 0-0% $6,191,476 0.92 1.25 Sea of Secrets, 1995, by Storm Cat 11 41 447 356-80% 259-58% 75-17% 20-4% 2-0% $17,176,664 0.92 1.09 40. Heatseeker (Ire), 2003, by Giant's Causeway 2 40 80 34-43% 16-20% 11-14% 1-1% 0-0% $597,389 0.89 1.66 Western Fame, 1992, by Gone West 12 24 285 188-66% 138-48% 45-16% 13-5% 0-0% $7,479,716 0.89 0.85 42. Sought After, 2000, by Seeking the Gold 8 12 93 44-47% 33-35% 11-12% 1-1% 0-0% $1,394,350 0.88 0.88 43. Iron Cat, 1995, by Storm Cat 12 12 144 108-75% 88-61% 8-6% 6-4% 0-0% $3,672,679 0.87 0.99 44. Latin American, 1988, by Riverman 16 20 313 207-66% 136-43% 28-9% 6-2% 2-1% $6,576,493 0.86 1.10 45. Game Plan, 1993, by Danzig 14 30 424 303-71% 240-57% 55-13% 23-5% 2-0% $12,609,023 0.85 0.81 46. Thisnearlywasmine, 1994, by Capote 9 8 73 41-56% 26-36% 5-7% 0-0% 0-0% $1,382,149 0.82 0.72 47 Comic Strip, 1995, by Red Ransom 11 27 302 219-73% 156-52% 35-12% 12-4% 1-0% $7,676,570 0.79 1.19 48. Globalize, 1997, by Summer Squall 9 18 158 107-68% 78-49% 29-18% 4-3% 0-0% $3,471,720 0.78 0.80 49. Mud Route, 1994, by Strawberry Road (Aus) 11 24 259 161-62% 102-39% 24-9% 6-2% 1-0% $4,597,991 0.77 0.90 Roman Dancer, 1999, by Polish Numbers 7 8 59 38-64% 24-41% 4-7% 2-3% 0-0% $1,025,557 0.77 1.00 53. Grey Memo, by Memo (CHI) 6-8% 0-0% $992,931 0.76 are compiled 0.73 by These statistics are1997, for active California-based sires with 7a minimum10of 50 foals72 of racing 35-49% age, ranked here23-32% by lifetime Average Earnings0-0% Index (AEI). The statistics contained in these rankings 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 2012 but is standing in the state in 2013, a double dagger (‡) that he is not standing in California in 2013 but will stand in the state in 2014 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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Regional Race Meetings, Stakes Races and Sale Dates

Dates in California

2013 REGIONAL RACE MEETINGS Santa Anita Park, Arcadia . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Dec. 26, 2012-April 21 Golden Gate Fields, Albany . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Dec. 26, 2012-June 16 Hollywood Park, Inglewood . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .April 25-July 14 Alameda County Fair, Pleasanton . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .June 19-July 7 California State Fair (Cal Expo), Sacramento . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .July 10-21 Del Mar Thoroughbred Club, Del Mar . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .July 17-Sept. 4 Sonoma County Fair, Santa Rosa . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .July 24-Aug. 11 Humboldt County Fair, Ferndale . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Aug. 14-25 Golden Gate Fields, Albany . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Aug. 14-Sept. 15 Fairplex Park, Pomona . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Sept. 5-22 San Joaquin County Fair, Stockton . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Sept. 18-29 Santa Anita Park, Arcadia . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Sept. 25-Nov. 3 Fresno County Fair, Fresno . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Oct. 2-13 Golden Gate Fields, Albany . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Oct. 16-Dec. 22 Hollywood Park, Inglewood . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Nov. 6-Dec. 22

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Santa Anita Derby (Gr. I) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .3-y-o . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1 1/8 m. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .$750,000 Santa Anita Oaks (Gr. I) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .3-y-o f. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1 1/16 m. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .300,000 Potrero Grande Stakes (Gr. II) . . . . . . . . . . .4-y-o & up . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6 1/2 f. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .150,000 Providencia Stakes (Gr. III) . . . . . . . . . . . . . .3-y-o f. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1 1/8 m. (T) . . . . . . . . . . . . .150,000 Golden Poppy Stakes . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .4-y-o & up, f. & m. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1 1/16 m. (T) . . . . . . . . . . . . .50,000 Las Cienegas Handicap (Gr. III) . . . . . . . . . .4-y-o & up, f. & m. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .abt. 6 1/2 f. (T) . . . . . . . . . . .100,000 Santa Barbara Handicap (Gr. II) . . . . . . . . . .4-y-o & up, f. & m. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1 1/4 m. (T) . . . . . . . . . . . . .150,000 San Simeon Stakes (Gr. III) . . . . . . . . . . . . . .4-y-o & up . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .abt. 6 1/2 f. (T) . . . . . . . . . . .100,000 San Juan Capistrano Handicap (Gr. II) . . . . .4-y-o & up . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .abt. 1 3/4 m. (T) . . . . . . . . . .150,000 Harry Henson Stakes . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .3-y-o . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .6 f. (T) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .70,000

California Gold Rush XIV—$1,060,000 in Stakes Purses at Betfair Hollywood Park on Saturday, April 27, 2013 April 27 April 27 April 27 April 27 April 27

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Snow Chief Stakes . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .3-y-o, Cal-Bred/Cal-Sired . . . . . . . . . . . . .1 1/8 m. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .$300,000 Melair Stakes . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .3-y-o f., Cal-Bred/Cal-Sired . . . . . . . . . . . .1 1/16 m. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .250,000 Tiznow Stakes . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .4-y-o & up, Cal-Bred/Cal-Sired . . . . . . . . .7 1/2 f. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .125,000 B. Thoughtful Stakes . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .4-y-o & up, f. & m., Cal-Bred/Cal-Sired . . . . .7 1/2 f. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .125,000 Grey Memo Stakes . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .3-y-o & up, non-winners . . . . . . . . . . . . . .7 f. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .70,000 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . of two races, Cal-Bred/Cal-Sired Warren’s Thoroughbreds Stakes . . . . . . . . .3-y-o & up, f. & m., non-winners . . . . . . . .7 f. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .70,000 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . of two races, Cal-Bred/Cal-Sired NTRA Stakes . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .3-y-o & up, maiden c. & g., . . . . . . . . . . . . .6 1/2 f. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .60,000 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Cal-Bred/Cal-Sired Alphabet Kisses Stakes . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .3-y-o & up, maiden f. & m., . . . . . . . . . . . . . .6 1/2 f. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .60,000

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Mervyn LeRoy Handicap (Gr. II) . . . . . . . . . . . .3-y-o & up . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1 1/16 m . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .$150,000 Cool Frenchy Stakes . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .3-y-o & up . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .5 f. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .70,000 Time To Leave Stakes . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .3-y-o & up, f. & m. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .5 f. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .70,000 Senorita Stakes (Gr. III) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .3-y-o f. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1 m. (T) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .100,000 Came Home Stakes . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .3-y-o . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .7 f. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .70,000 Alcatraz Stakes . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .3-y-o . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1 m. (T) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .50,000 Round Table Handicap . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .4-y-o & up . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1 1/2 m. (T) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .70,000 Marjorie L. Everett Handicap (Gr. II) . . . . . . . . .3-y-o & up, f. & m. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1 1/16 m. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .150,000 Fran’s Valentine Stakes . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .3-y-o & up f. & m., . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1 m. (T) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .100,000 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Cal-Bred/Cal-Sired Railbird Stakes (Gr. III) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .3-y-o f. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .7 f. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .70,000 American Handicap (Gr. II) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .3-y-o & up . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1 m. (T) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .150,000 Great Lady M Stakes . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .3-y-o & up, f. & m. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .6 f. (T) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .70,000 Gamely Stakes (Gr. I) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .3-y-o & up, f. & m. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1 1/8 m. (T) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .250,000 Los Angeles Handicap (Gr. III) . . . . . . . . . . .3-y-o & up . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .6 f. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .100,000 All American Stakes (Gr. III) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .3-y-o & up . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1 1/16 m. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .100,000

2013 REGIONAL SALE DATES May 13 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Barretts May Sale of Two-Year-Olds in Training: Training preview on May 10 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .(Entries closed March 27) July 21 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Barretts Paddock Sale at Del Mar, Presented by Sentient Jet, of “Race Ready” Horses of Racing Age . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .(Entries close June 4) August 13 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .CTBA Sales Northern California Yearling & Horses of Racing Age Sale . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .(Entries close June 3) October 8 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Barretts October Yearling Sale . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .(Nominations close April 19) December 28 . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Barretts Winter Paddock Sale at Santa Anita of “Race Ready” Horses of Racing Age . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .(Entries close November 15)

California-Bred/California-Sired Stakes Races April to July 2013

It Pays To Be Cal-Bred

BETFAIR HOLLYWOOD PARK California Gold Rush XIV Saturday, April 27 $300,000 Snow Chief Stakes Three-Year-Olds 1 1/8 Miles $70,000 Grey Memo Stakes Three-Year-Old & Up 7 Furlongs

$250,000 Melair Stakes Three-Year-Old Fillies 1 1/16 Miles $70,000 Warren’s Thoroughbred 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

Saturday, May 18 $100,000 Fran’s Valentine Stakes Three-Year-Old & Up, Fillies & Mares 1 Mile (Turf)

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

CTBA Calendar

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CALIFORNIA-BRED/CALIFORNIA-SIRED STAKES RACES CALIFORNIA GOLD RUSH XIV AT BETFAIR HOLLYWOOD PARK ON SATURDAY, APRIL 27, 2013 – $1,060,000 IN STAKES PURSES $300,000 SNOW CHIEF STAKES 3YO, 1 1/8 MILES

$70,000 GREY MEMO STAKES 3YO & UP, 7 FURLONGS

$250,000 MELAIR STAKES 3YO FILLIES, 1 1/16 MILES

$70,000 WARREN’S THOROUGHBREDS STAKES 3YO & UP, FILLIES & MARES, 7 FURLONGS

$125,000 TIZNOW STAKES 4YO & UP, 7 1/2 FURLONGS

$60,000 NTRA STAKES 3YO & UP, 6 1/2 FURLONGS

$125,000 B. THOUGHTFUL STAKES 4YO & UP, FILLIES & MARES, 7 1/2 FURLONGS

$60,000 ALPHABET KISSES STAKES 3YO & UP, FILLIES & MARES, 6 1/2 FURLONGS

IMPORTANT EVENTS & DATES SUNDAY, APRIL 7 THOROUGHBRED OWNERS OF CALIFORNIA (TOC) OPEN FORUM Santa Anita Park, Arcadia, Calif.

THURSDAY, APRIL 11 CALIFORNIA HORSE RACING BOARD (CHRB) MONTHLY BOARD MEETING Santa Anita Park, Arcadia, Calif.

FRIDAY, APRIL 19 BARRETTS EQUINE LIMITED BARRETTS OCTOBER YEARLING SALE NOMINATION CLOSING DATE Fairplex, Pomona, Calif.

California Thoroughbred Breeders Association 201 Colorado Place, P.O. Box 60018, Arcadia, CA 91066-6018 • (626) 445-7800 • Fax (626) 574-0852 58 CALIFORNIA THOROUGHBRED • APRIL 2013

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Cash with order. $1.00 a word. $15.00 minimum. Deadline 1st of preceding month. Additional charges for bordered ads. Include area and zip codes. California Thoroughbred reserves the right to edit all copy.

ART FOR SALE Lithographs All Signed and Numbered. Artist: Richard Stone Reeves Title: Profiles of Courage Title: Seattle Slew Artist: Fred Stone Title: Colonial Affair & Jockey Julie Krone - Limited Edition Print Title: The Duel – Affirmed & Alydar And more. For information call Marc Hill 714892-1323

BOARDING $35 A DAY Breaking and Training the easy and fast way. All-Weather Track • Starting Gate Covered Round Pen • Hot Walker Bring us your young horse! 10 years of track experience DAEHLING RANCH 916-685-4965 E-mail: daehlingranch@hotmail.com www.daehlingranch.com

COLE RANCH MARE AND FOAL CARE:

✓ Day boarding ✓ Large irrigated grass pastures with shelters ✓ Video monitored/recorded foaling ✓ 24/7 barn attendant during foaling season ✓ Free Jockey Club and CTBA Cal-Bred registration ✓ Free halter breaking ✓ Discounts for more than two pregnant mares ✓ $2.00 for foal until weaned BOARDING/SALES PREP/LAYUPS AND TRAINING: ✓ Safe un-crowded irrigated pastures for mare and foal ✓ Best quality alfalfa and grain with supplements (ingredients listed on website. Bulk price at cost) ✓ Timely and comprehensive vaccinations, de-worming and hoof care ✓ Yearlings started meticulously with patients | & kindness ready for the turmoil of the race track. View YouTube training progress online ✓ Sale prep horses will look and behave at their best ✓ Prefer high value horses

BOARDING

$10.00 A DAY 200 acres irrigated pasture with lots of lush grass, safely divided into 4- to 10-acre pastures. Individual paddocks available. Grain fed daily. Bring us your broodmares, foals, yearlings, lay-ups. Electronic supervised foaling stalls. For more information and pictures call

DAEHLING RANCH 10045 Grant Line Rd. Elk Grove, CA 95624 916/685-4965

Email: daehlingranch@hotmail.com www.daehlingranch.com

MISCELLANEOUS EXCELLENT CARE AT AFFORDABLE RATES. Years of experience with breeding, foaling and dealing with all types of leg injuries. Nothing fancy, large paddocks, good feed with lots of TLC. $205 per month. Standing for 2013–Pious. Contact Gloria Renteria 619-766-4557.

For Sale by Private Owner

‘Spirit of Competition’ Bronze Sculpture By: Elizabeth Guarisco For details please Contact: Rlv1104@cox.net

RACING SILKS

Located between Southern and Northern Tracks

www.thecoleranch.com or 559-535-4680 www.ctba.com

WEST COAST RACING COLORS. June Gee. Silks, Blinkers and Horse apparel. 626-359-9179

Classified Advertising RANCHES FOR SALE CONCORD, CALIF. Nice horse setup with a cute 3 bedroom 2 bath home. New carpets, refinished hardwood floors. New paint. Great view. PLUS two-stall barn with turn-outs. Very nice arena, minutes from Mt. Diablo Trails. Priced in the low $600,000’s www.robinranches.com 925-550-2383

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JOB MARKET As a service of the California Thoroughbred industry, all related “Help Wanted” classified advertising will be placed in this section at no charge. Employers are encouraged to use this space to advertise job opportunities available within the industry. Similarly, we urge individuals seeking such employment to list their interests and qualifications.

Experienced Riders Needed at Harris Farms Summary of Position Exercise Riders must have experience working with and starting young horses. Knowledge of general handling of horses is required. Must be a team player exhibiting leadership and time management. Duties and Responsibilities • Riding, lunging, driving and other ground work. • Rider will be asked to work with up to 12 horses daily. The present daily average is 10 horses. • This is not a training position unless specified at hiring. • Rider must be motivated, reliable, have strong work ethics and have the ability to be a team player. • Body weight of no more than 160 lbs. preferred. • Salary and Housing Allowance consistent with skill level. Please apply on-line at www.harrisranch.com or submit your resume to dmcglothlin@harrisfarms.com and to bcape@harrisranch.com or call 800-311-6211

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BUSINESS CARDS

Suzanne Cardiff Pedigree Research Consultation 413 W. Camino Real Arcadia, CA 91007-7302 Phone (626) 445-3104 Fax (626) 445-0743 www.thoroughbredinfo.com/showcase/cardiff.htm

Lillian Nichols

Laurel Fowler Insurance Broker, Inc. Tel (800) 700 6263 (805) 473 2227 Fax (805) 473 0202

Lic.# O.B.57610 JEANNIE GARR RODDY Broker Associate

626 862-0620 Cell 818 583-1217 Direct Line 818 583-1231 E-Fax jeannie.garr@dicksonpodley.com 877 Noyes Rd., Arroyo Grande, CA 93420

Sue Hubbard We charge insurance on only the miles you drive! Call me for details! State Farm Insurance Providing Insurance and Financial Services

526 Spring Street Paso Robles, CA 93446 (805) 238-6200 (805) 238-1516 Fax Nobody Takes Care of You Like a State Farm Agent!!

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DRE # 00941946

846 Foothill Blvd., La Cañada, Flintridge, CA 91011

www.horselawyers.com EQUINE

LAW

1 (800) 745-9336 THE LAW OFFICES OF BING I. BUSH JR. APC

Offices in Southern California & Lexington Kentucky Email: b.bush@horselawyers.com

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Index to Advertisers & Stallions Advertised

NOTE: Inside Back Cover, IBC; Outside Back Cover, OBC; Inside Front Cover, IFC 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.

ADVERTISERS Ballena Vista Farm . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .IBC, 8, 9 Betfair Hollywood Park . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .16 Brazeau Thoroughbred Farms,LP . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .55 Cal-Bred Maiden Bonus Program . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 35 Cardiff, Suzanne, Pedigree Research . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .60 Cole Ranch . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .59 CTBA 13/14 Industry Directory . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .43 CTBA Foal Advertorial . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .45 CTBA Membership . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .64 CTBA Northern California Yearling Sale . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .47 Daehling Ranch . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .59 Dickson Podley Realtors (Jeannie Garr Roddy) . . . . . . . . . .60 E.A. Ranches . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .15 Farrell Jones Layup Center . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .39 Gayle Van Leer Thoroughbred Services . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .61 Gloria Renteria . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .59 Harris Farms . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .IFC

Laurel Fowler Insurance Broker Inc. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .60 Legacy Ranch . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .3 Lillian Nichols/Halters . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .60 Lovacres Ranch . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .21, 23, 37 Magali Farms . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .5 Odyssey Performance Premium Horse Exerciser . . . . . . . . .60 Old English Rancho . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .19 Paradise Road Ranch . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .13, 35 Rancho Temescal . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .41 Ridgeley Farm . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .49 SK Racing Stable . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .11 State Farm Insurance-Sue Hubbard . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .60 The Jockey Club Information Systems, Inc . . . . . . . . . . . . .48 Thoroughbred Classic Horse Show . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .45 Tommy Town Thoroughbreds LLC . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .26, 27 Victory Rose Thoroughbreds . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .30, 31 www.horselawyers.com . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .60

STALLIONS Acclamation . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .19 Affirmative . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .339 Allaboutdreams . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .35 Anziyan Royalty . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .15 Atticus . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .55 Awesome Gambler . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .21 Behrens . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .30 Benchmark . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .8, IBC Best Minister . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .55 Big Bad Leroybrown . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .19 Bold Chieftain . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .30 Bonnrita . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .449 Bushwacker . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .21 Calimonco . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .8, 9, IBC Chattahoochee War . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .15 Cyclotron . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .19 Del Mar Show . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .41 Desert Code . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .IFC Dixie Chatter . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . IBC, 8 Empire Way . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .21, 22 Fullbridled . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .55 Game Plan . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .15 Globalize . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .30 Grace Upon Grace . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .21 Heatseeker (Ire) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .IFC Idiot Proof . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .8, IBC

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Kafwain . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .26 Lucky J. H. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .IFC Lucky Pulpit . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .IFC Many Rivers . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .30 Mesa Thunder . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .35 Ministers Wild Cat . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .227 Northern Indy . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .113, 35 Old Topper . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .26 Papa Clem . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .33 Rocky Bar . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .15 Sea of Secrets . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .30 Soul of the Matter . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .15 Spensive . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .15 Stormy Jack . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .555 Street Life . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .21, 37 Strike For Glory . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .55 Suances (GB) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .41 Surf Cat . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .19 Swiss Yodeler . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .21 Tenga Cat . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .41 Time To Get Even . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .21 Tizbud . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .IFC Tribal Rule . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .8, IBC Under Caution . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .11 Unusual Heat . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .IFC Vronsky . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .19

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by TONI LILLEY When it’s time for a Thoroughbred racehorse to retire, the options are out there, but the fit has to be perfect. Whether to breed, to train for another activity or simply to be pensioned to a grassy retirement community, the horse will have a new job. And what my students with special needs would discover is that the retired Thoroughbred horses weren’t the only ones going to be trained for a special job. I am a teacher for adults with special needs in Tracy, California. Along with my husband, Al, I am also a California Thoroughbred breeder under Lilley Ranch. Each month, my students plan their activities around Independent Living Skills like shopping, money management, community interaction and social skills. And when the search for a summer volunteer activity came up, we found the perfect job fit with Heartland Stables, a Therapeutic Riding Stable just outside of town. It is a small stable where horses are trained to accept and carry riders with various types of disabilities. On our first volunteer day, I met my 10 students and their city transit bus at the end of Heartland Stable’s long gravel driveway. Each student stepped off the bus with their required uniforms: hat, water bottle, old clothes, old shoes and a baggy of horse treats (cut up apples or carrots). The stable’s staff manager and two volunteers met us at the office for our volunteer instructions. The students put their water bottles and bags of treats on a table and listened as the staff explained how the horses arrived at Heartland Stables. Some were no longer able to be properly cared for by their former owners, some came from other riding stables and some, like the Thoroughbreds, Callie and Prince, were former racehorses. The staff showed us Prince’s lip tattoo that explained his identification. (I was hoping to get Prince’s racing name from his tattoo, but the tattoo was too blurred to read). We were then told how to safely work around horses: stand close to the horse, but don’t stand directly in front or behind them. Put your hand out flat when greeting the horse or when feeding them.

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The students all signed a Volunteer Emergency Form and gathered up the tools for the day: manure rakes, manure cart, grooming brushes and shanks. Fancy, the demonstration Paint horse, was brought out to help instruct the students on the proper grooming techniques. The students were shown how to hold the shank, hold a grooming brush, where and how to brush the horse, and where to stand alongside the horse while grooming. After a few gentle tugs from me to get them away from Fancy’s blind spots, they were job ready. The staff led Fancy to the large, metal-adapted ramp. The long, gently sloping ramp connected to a platform at the top. Fancy was walked in place just below the platform where she would accept the rider. My students chose not to ride, but rather to volunteer to groom, feed and clean up. The second set of instructions was how to clean the property. My student, Charlie, an older adult with Down syndrome who wore his favorite Sacramento Kings hat and jacket had his own description. “Pee, you,” he said, holding his nose with two fingers. Ernie raised his hand, “What about the treats?” The staff explained that after the horses exercised and their jobs were finished, they could get their treats. Ernie clapped his hands and said, “I knew that!” Next, the staff and all the volunteers chose the job they wanted first: grooming and walking the horses or pooperscoopers. Jared, Brian, Jessica, and Charlie chose to groom and walk the horses first. Joey, Becky, Paul, Jennifer and Ernie chose pooper-scooping. Joe chose to walk along with the green manure cart. Halfway through the hour, they switched jobs. And that’s when Becky screamed, “Hey, stop that!” I looked over and saw Becky, all 4’11” of her, stopped with her head down and eyes tightly shut. Callie was nipping at the top of her head. “Becky, you’re okay,” I said, as I walked over to both of them. “Callie is just telling you she wants to walk and get her exercise.”

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I lifted up Becky’s arm with the shank still held tightly in her hand. “You’re holding her work tool. So, let’s get to work,” I said. Becky’s eyes popped open. She looked up and smiled at me and off they went. No sooner had Becky and Callie walked away, when I heard another shout. “Look, there’s another pile!” This time it was Paul, a young adult with autism, who stands about 6’2.” With his dark hair, dark whiskers and work hat, he was off and running, taking his pooper-scooper job very seriously. “Paul,” I got his attention

the horses their much-deserved treats. “So, Charlie, who gets the treats?” I asked, as I watched Charlie pop an apple chunk in his mouth. “I know, I know,” he said, waving me off with the back of his hand. He pulled out another apple chunk, put it in the center of his palm and neatly placed his open hand under Cassie’s mouth. Charlie looked up at me and shook his other finger. “I know, I know,” he repeated. Work was done. Treats were fed. We all said goodbye for now, but would return several more times during the summer to do our job all over again. This fall, we were busy traveling to the Mall. On our route, we passed by Heartland Stables. To my shock, the

without shouting back. “Show me how you walk around the pasture when the horses are exercising,” I continued. Paul stopped on a dime, and dropped his head and shoulders. “Sorry”, he said. And with his head down and his very long strides, he arrived at the next poop pile. “I found it!” he whispered as he eagerly scooped away. With the horses exercised and groomed and the poop all scooped up, the students put their tools away, washed their hands and gathered up the bags of treats. It was now time to give

stalls were gone, the adapted ramp was gone and the fencing was gone. But saddest of all—the horses were gone. I looked at my students to see their reaction. They all had their hands raised and were waving to the empty land. “Hi Callie, hi Fancy,” they said. Then I looked at Charlie. He was waving with one hand as he held his nose with the other fingers and said, “Pee, you.” I waved, too, knowing that my students and the horses had something in common: they both had special jobs.

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