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CALIFORNIA THOROUGHBRED

VOL. 137 NO. 2


Cal-Breds At A Premium Value

From the Executive Corner

by DOUG BURGE Nowhere is the value of a California-bred more evident than the current Del Mar Thoroughbred Club meet. The Southern California track has begun its 75th anniversary meet with record purses for Cal-breds. To put this in perspective, Cal-bred purses in restricted maiden special weight races are $70,000, more than 10 percent higher than last year’s meet. Plus, with the additional $17,500 bonus paid to the winning owner, the net maiden purse to the winner is $59,500. Both the restricted and open first condition allowance races carry purses of $71,000. With Cal-breds able to run in both the restricted and open non-winners (the restricted win is not considered for eligibility purposes), the total earning potential with maiden bonus and owner award money in open company is nearly $160,000. This is just through the first condition (see table below). Cal-bred Earning Potential at Del Mar Race Type

Total Purse

Maiden Restricted $70,000 First Condition Allowance Restricted $71,000 First Condition Allowance Open $71,000 Total Through First Condition

Winner’s Share

Owner’s Bonus

Total to Winner

$42,000

+

$17,500

=

$59,500

$42,600

+

$0

=

$42,600

$42,600

+

$12,780

=

$55,380 $157,480

Stakes races from the newly formed, roughly $5 million, Golden State Series will also be featured during the meet. Historically, eight restricted stakes races were offered over the 37-day race period with total purses of $800,000. For this year, those eight stakes races will now carry total purses of $1.1 million. The purse increases lie in the two-year-old and three-year-old stakes, where the initial emphasis of the new purse money was placed in the statewide Golden State Series. Golden State Series Races at Del Mar Friday, July 20 Sunday, July 22 Saturday, July 28 Wednesday, August 1 Friday, August 3 Sunday, August 19 Wednesday, August 29 Monday, September 3

CTBA Stakes California Dreamin' Handicap Fleet Treat Stakes Graduation Stakes Real Good Deal Stakes Solana Beach Handicap Generous Portion Stakes I'm Smokin Stakes

Two-Year-Old Fillies Four-Year-Olds & Up Three-Year-Old Fillies Two-Year-Olds Three-Year-Olds Four-Year-Olds & Up, Fillies & Mares Two-Year-Old Fillies Two-Year-Olds

5 1/2 Furlongs 1 1/16 Miles (Turf) 7 Furlongs 5 1/2 Furlongs 7 Furlongs 1 1/16 Miles (Turf) 6 Furlongs 6 Furlongs

$100,000 $100,000 $200,000 $100,000 $200,000 $100,000 $150,000 $150,000

With the value of a Cal-bred now higher than ever for breeders/owners, the California Thoroughbred Breeders Association (CTBA) continues to explore both existing and future means of marketing our product. The CTBA Sales Committee, along with Barretts Equine Limited, is reviewing all options to take full advantage of this demand for Cal-breds. We ask all breeders to supply input as to how to best serve the marketplace. We are definitely committed to maximizing the return to those investing in the production and ownership of Cal-breds. Have a good summer of racing.

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Managing Editor’s Welcome

©Ron Mesaros

Great Investments Gracing the cover of this August 2012 issue of our monthly California Thoroughbred magazine are 10 California-breds, who have all proved to be great investments after being sold at the CTBA Sales Northern California Yearling Sale since the California Thoroughbred Breeders Association started hosting the annual event in 2004. Led by the $724,982-earner Bai and Bai, a $3,200 purchase at the inaugural auction who subsequently won nine stakes races and was grade I-placed, this group has banked $3,476,141—and still counting—from a combined cost of only $136,100 in the sales ring, representing a return on investment of more than 2,500 percent! Other standouts include: dual graded stakes winner Autism Awareness, sold for $1,000 and now with earnings of $356,482; the $286,326-earner Leesider, winner of the $250,000 Snow Chief Stakes as a three-year-old after he was the $50,000 sale-topper in 2005; multiple stakes-placed Live Sundays, sporting a 314,732 bankroll following his $5,000 purchase in 2007; and Spud Spivens, an $8,000 buy two years ago and now a graded stakes-placed earner of $269,044. This publication also includes advertorials featuring some of the 2012 Californiabred foals at Rancho Temescal and Harris Farms (two pages), while Old English Rancho is featured as the 2011 TOBA (Thoroughbred Owners and Breeders Association) State Breeder of the Year for California and the CTBA Member Profile is on Dennis and Norine Grenier, the breeders and owners of 2012 stakes winner Best Present Ever. Besides spotlighting Bob and Carol Mitchell’s Bonnie Acres, a well-regarded layup facility in Hemet that has been in operation for more than 40 years, there is also a Focus On The Future piece on Kelsey Madden, who is putting her education and experience to good use at Rancho San Miguel. This month’s Northern California Report features the California-bred duo of Halo Dolly and Bailouttheminister, stakes winners at Pleasanton during its 2012 Alameda County Fair meet, and the latest chapter in the Cal-Bred Millionaires’ Row series analyzes the career of Dancing in Silks, who became the 51st locally bred runner to reach this plateau with his victory in the grade I, $1,818,000 Breeders’ Cup Sprint on Nov. 7, 2009, during that year’s Oak Tree Racing Association meet at Santa Anita Park. A Blast From The Past recounts the extraordinary career of the Calbred speedster Zany Tactics, who established a world record of 1:06 4/5 for six furlongs in 1987, while Down on the Farm gives tips on machinery for horse farms. The advantages to the Thoroughbred industry of interactive horse ownership is the subject matter of the Guest Forum editorial and the balance of the magazine includes all our other regular columns, features and departments In the Company of. . .Ron Jex (right), breeder of the joint 2009 California Horse of the Year, Dancing in Silks, that we hope will also prove to be who became the 51st California-bred millionaire by winning both enjoyable and helpful. that year’s grade I, $1,818,000 Breeder’s Cup Sprint, Until next time, may you breed with his wife Madeleine during the Annual Awards Dinner hosted by the California Thoroughbred Breeders the best to the best and not just have Association (CTBA) at the Claremont Hotel Club & Spa to hope for the best! in Berkeley on February 22, 2010. —Rudi Groothedde rudi@ctba.com

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©California Thoroughbred 2012 (ISSN1092-7328) 201 Colorado Place, Arcadia, California 91007 Telephone: (626) 445-7800 or 1-800-573-CTBA (California residents only) FAX: (626) 445-6981 E-mail address: ctbainfo@ctba.com Owned and published by the California Thoroughbred Breeders Association, a nonprofit corporation dedicated to the production of better Thoroughbred horses for better Thoroughbred racing. Opinions expressed in signed articles are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect policies of the CTBA or this magazine. Publication of any material originating herein is expressly forbidden without first obtaining written permission from California Thoroughbred. All advertising copy is submitted subject to approval. We reserve the right to reject any copy that is misleading or that does not meet with the standards set by the publication. Acknowledgment: Statistics in this publication relating to results of races in North America are compiled by the Daily Racing Form. Charts by special arrangement with Daily Racing Form Inc., the copyright owners of said charts. Reproduction forbidden. OFFICERS President: SUE GREENE Vice President: PETE PARRELLA Treasurer: JOHN H. BARR Secretary: DANIEL Q. SCHIFFER Executive Vice President and General Manager: Doug Burge DIRECTORS - John C. Harris, Jeanne L. Canty, Leigh Ann Howard, John H. Barr, Daniel L. Harralson, Daniel Q. Schiffer, William H. Nichols, Rosemary A. Neeb, Jane Johnson, William H. de Burgh, Pete Parrella, Sue Greene, Mary Knight, Bonnie Vessels, Donald J. Valpredo 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. 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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August 2012 Contents VOLUME 137 NO. 2

The CTBA Sales Northern California Yearling Sale, which will be held at the Alameda County Fairgrounds in Pleasanton on Tuesday, August 14, includes among its graduates at least 10 earners of more than $200,000 whose sale prices ranged from $1,000 to $50,000 during the auction’s eight previous editions hosted by the California Thoroughbred Breeders Association (CTBA). Copyright: Bai and Bai, Leesider, Spud Spivens, Inspiration Within & Gab Power—Benoit & Associates; Sierra Sunset & Jack Hes Tops—Coady Photography; More Angels—Adam Coglianese; and Autism Awareness & Live Sundays—Bill Vassar Photography.

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News Bits The CTBA Working For You California Thoroughbred Foundation (CTF) Notes—August 2012 Leading Sires in California Leading Lifetime Sires in California Leading Two-Year-Old Sires in California CTBA Calendar Dates in California Classified Advertising

by Lisa Groothedde

Features

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2011 TOBA State Breeder Of The Year For California: Old English Rancho— Among California’s Elite by Rudi Groothedde

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CTBA Member Profile: Dennis & Norine Grenier—A Record To Be Proud Of

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Focus On The Future: Kelsey Madden—No Task Too Great

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California-Bred Foals: The 2012 Foal Crop—Rancho Temescal

Departments 6 11 12

CTBA Sales Northern California Yearling Sale: Many Happy Returns

by Emily Shields

Thoroughbred Farms In California: Bonnie Acres Ranch—Small But Mighty by Marcie Heacox

©Marcie Heacox photos

On This Month’s Cover

Cover Story

by Emily Shields

Northern California Report: Cal-Breds Trained To Win by Jerry Klein

Cal-Bred Millionaires’ Row: #51 Dancing In Silks—Against All Odds by Emily Shields

A Blast From The Past: Zany Tactics—Sprinter Extraordinaire by Jackie Barnes

Down on the Farm: Machinery For Horse Farms by Heather Smith Thomas

Index to Advertisers & Index to Stallions Advertised

Advertorials California-Bred Foals: The 2012 Foal Crop—Harris Farms

©Ron Mesaros

Columns

Buddy and Judy Johnston and Pete and Mary Hilvers’ Old English Rancho in Sanger has been voted the 2011 TOBA (Thoroughbred Owners and Breeders Association) State Breeder of the Year for California, an accolade that it also received 25 years ago. 4 CALIFORNIA THOROUGHBRED • AUGUST 2012

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From the Executive Office: Cal-Breds At A Premium Value by Doug Burge

Managing Editor’s Welcome: Great Investments by Rudi Groothedde

Guest Forum: It’s About Time by Bob Carson

The September 2012 Cover Story

The 2011/2012 California Broodmare Of The Year & The Winner Of The 2011/2012 Valkyr Trophy www.ctba.com


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Harris Receives 2012 Pincay Award

News Bits 2011 Nor Cal Yearling Sale Yields Trifecta On July 8, a trio of California-bred horses who passed through the ring at the 2011 Northern California Yearling Sale completed the trifecta in a 5 1/2-furlong race conducted during the Alameda County Fair meet in Pleasanton. Capturing the $40,000 maiden claiming test for two-year-olds was the Old Topper colt Uncle Enroy, a $1,500 buy-back at last year’s auction who is now the sale’s first winning graduate. Finishing three-quarters of a length behind the winner, in second, was the Stormin Fever colt Pacific View, a $20,000 yearling sale purchase for trainer Jeff Bonde. Red Deputy, a $2,000 colt by Tannersmyman, ran another three-quarters of a length behind to secure third.

California Connections Hot At Hollywood Reigning Eclipse Champion Older Male Acclamation was named top turf horse at the conclusion of Betfair Hollywood Park’s 2012 spring/summer meet on July 15, thanks to his third consecutive victory in the track’s Charles Whittingham Memorial Handicap (grade I). The six-year-old son of Unusual Heat was bred by Old English Rancho, and is California’s 2011 Horse of the Year. Joining Acclamation with end-ofmeet honors was his fellow Californiabred Missdealornodeal, a six-year-old Benchmark mare who was bred by Clear Valley Stables and Ron Charles and who was named top claiming horse after she won three such races during the 50-day Inglewood season. California-based Harris Farms Inc. led the owners’ standings with seven victories during the meet, which reported slight dips in handle and attendance 6 CALIFORNIA THOROUGHBRED • AUGUST 2012

©Benoit

Laffit Pincay Jr. with John and Carole Harris

Prominent Thoroughbred industry leader John Harris, a Past President and current member of the Board of Directors of the California Thoroughbred Breeders Association (CTBA), received

the ninth annual Laffit Pincay Jr. Award during a July 7 ceremony at Betfair Hollywood Park in recognition of his distinguished service to the sport of horse racing. Harris is a member and past steward of The Jockey Club, a former director of Thoroughbred Owners of California (TOC) and a former chairman of the California Horse Racing Board (CHRB). He is the owner of Harris Farms in Coalinga, which ranked as California’s leading breeder of 2010.

CTFMA Event A Big Success On July 17, the California Thoroughbred Farm Managers Association (CTFMA) hosted another successful edition of its annual “Dine with the Stallions” event at Vessels Stallion Farm in Bonsall, the home of Thoroughbred stallions In Excess (Ire), Momentum and Square Eddie. The potluck dinner and fund raiser included a silent auction and several drawings of donated horse-related items for the more than 250 attendees.

Cal-Bred Fetches $110,000 At Del Mar During the inaugural Barretts Paddock Sale at Del Mar, an evening auction of “race ready” horses in training held in the walking ring of the seaside track on July 22, the California-bred two-year-old filly Hot and Pleasing sold for $110,000 to Deron Pearson as one of three six-figure purchases made after that day’s nine-race program. An Unusual Heat half-sister to the graded stakes-winning millionaire Excessive Pleasure, she was bred by David Newcomb and consigned by Sam Hendricks. Mersad Metanovic Bloodstock secured the auction’s two top sellers, including a sale-topping $200,000 paid for the winning two-year-old filly Fightin Mean Mad who is a Lifestyle half-sister to the graded stakes-winning Canadian champion Madman Diaries. Overall, 25 horses sold for $933,000 at an average price of $37,320.

Santa Anita Renames Autumn Stakes Races In a final split from the charitable Oak Tree Racing Association, which operated a meet at the track from 1969 through 2009, Santa Anita Park will introduce a slate of 14 newly renamed stakes races that were formerly hosted by Oak Tree when the facility opens its 2012 autumn meet on Friday, Sept. 28. Among the changes are new titles for the signature races of the meet. The

former Goodwood Stakes (grade I) will now be called the Awesome Again Stakes (grade I) and the former Lady’s Secret Stakes (grade I) is now the Zenyatta Stakes (grade I). The former California Cup Classic will be run as the Lava Man Cal Cup Classic Stakes on Saturday, Oct. 13, in a nod to the two-time California Horse of the Year. www.ctba.com


California-Breds Countrywide

Those Grand Cal-Bred Mares

A pair of California-bred distaffers won their first black-type races this past month. Seven-year-old Rare Sunset, a daughter of Anziyan and unraced Rare Royalty, by In Excess (Ire), is now a multiple stakes winner after her victory in the $50,000 Minnesota HBPA Mile Stakes at ©Coady Photography Canterbury Park on July 3. Bred by Nick Cafarchia, she has earned Rare Sunset $184,917 from a 40-12-5-2 record. Rubyintheruff, a four-year-old filly by Ballena Vista Farm’s Tribal Rule out of the unraced Bertrando mare Rubina, a full sister to the grade II winner Scholar’s Studio, won the $48,800 Wild Rose Handicap at Northlands Park in Canada on June 24. Her record now stands at 4-3-1-0 with a ©Haynes/Coady Photography bankroll of $72,663 and she was Rubyintheruff bred by the Cal Poly Corporation.

Two high-profile stakes races on the East Coast were recently won by colts out of mares bred in California who also excelled at the racetrack. The grade III, $150,000 Poker Handicap at Belmont Park on July 4, was won by the A.P. Indy four-year-old Clear Attempt, out of the grade Iwinning three-year-old of 2004, Silent Sighs. A Benchmark full sister to the grade I-placed, dual grade II winner Proposed, also a homebred for Martin and Pam Wygod, her best runner now has earnings of $197,902 from three wins, four seconds and a third in 11 starts. At the Hollywood Casino at Charles Town Races in West Virginia on June 30, the winner of the $400,000 Red Legend Stakes was the Speightstown sophomore Sum of the Parts whose dam is Enjoy the Moment, the 1999 California Champion Older Female. Out of this grade I-placed, multiple graded stakes winner, a Slew’s Royalty full sister to stakes winner Miss Inn Zone who was bred by the Jacoby Family Trust, he has banked $380,463 from a record of 8-4-1-0.

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CTBA Magazine Features New Format For Annual Foal Photos Including pages 19 to 21 of this August 2012 California Thoroughbred magazine, the official publication of the California Thoroughbred Breeders Association (CTBA), and in its September issue, this year’s crop of foals born in the Golden State are being spotlighted in full page advertorials. Each page features six foals from a specific Thoroughbred farm or by a particular stallion, including detailed information on every foal and each of their locations. For these placements, a fee of $500 per page is being charged, representing a discount of more than 50 percent on the cost of a regular full-page advertisement in the monthly magazine.

The final deadline for submitting photos of California-bred foals in sets of six is Monday, August 6, for the September 2012 issue. All photos submitted need to be at a high quality resolution of at least 300 dpi and include the details of the foal’s sire, dam, sex, date of birth and breeder, and the magazine reserves the right to request a replacement image. For further information about this new option, please contact either the magazine’s Advertising Manager, Loretta Veiga, at Loretta@ctba.com or its Managing Editor, Rudi Groothedde, at rudi@ctba.com. Additionally, breeders and farms are still welcome to submit individual photos of their 2012 foals for inclusion on the CTBA’s web site, www.ctba.com, copies of which can be sent to its Managing Editor, Ken Gurnick, at kgurnick@ctba.com.

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 June 18 to July 22 inclusive: Disposablepleasure f.3. Giacomo—My Canada 2nd Grade I Mother Goose Stakes $294,000 1 1/16 m. Belmont Park June 23 Breeder: Doug Branham Mobilized h.6. Soul of the Matter—Valleyofthebells 3rd Grade I Triple Bend Handicap $250,000 7 f. Betfair Hollywood Park June 30 Breeder: Robert Reseigne Best Present Ever f.3. Unusual Heat—Centerofattention 3rd Grade I American Oaks $350,000 1 1/4 m. (T) Betfair Hollywood Park July 14 Breeders: Dennis & Norine Grenier Sugarinthemorning f.4. Candy Ride (Arg)—Social Belle 2nd Grade II A Gleam Handicap $200,000 7 f. Betfair Hollywood Park July 14 Breeder: Stephen B. Weissman Just Call Me Al r.2. Redattore (Brz)—Alarcity 3rd Grade III Hollywood Juvenile Championship Stakes $150,000 6 f. Betfair Hollywood Park July 14 Breeders: Revocable Trust of Dr. Mikel C. Harrington & Patricia O. Harrington Eternal Rule g.4. Tribal Rule—Eternal Legend 2nd Grade III Bold Venture Stakes $172,801 6 1/2 f. Woodbine July 18 Breeder: Don Myers

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News Bits Cont’d. Aragorn (Ire) On June 24, this Tommy Town Thoroughbreds sire was represented at Belmont Park by his daughter Medolina, the winner of the grassy, $90, 000 Tweedside Stakes for three-year-old fillies.

Stallion News

Named Foals of

SWs

1,247

72

968

63

Bertrando (1989)†

1,009

55

High Brite (1984)†

924

46

Beau Genius (1985)†

749

39

Cee’s Tizzy (1987)†

728

39

Benchmark (1991)

652

33

Unusual Heat (1990)

569

33

Olympio (1988)†

511

30

Stormin Fever (1994)

624

30

Memo (Chi) (1987)†

525

28

Swiss Yodeler (1994)

676

26

Game Plan (1993)

419

23

This West 12 Ranch resident attained his first winner on July 8, when his three-year-old filly Mardi’s Tough Game defeated seven rivals in a maiden claiming race at the Alameda County Fair in Pleasanton.

Tribal Rule (1996)

450

23

Sea of Secrets (1995)

432

20

Formal Gold (1993)•

470

19

Old Topper (1995)

477

19

Eternal Rule, a four-year-old gelding by this Ballena Vista Farm sire, remained undefeated from five career starts when he captured the $100,000 Karl Boyes Memorial Stakes at Presque Isle Downs on June 20.

Kafwain (2000)

404

16

Redattore (Brz) (1995)•

501

16

Atticus (1992)

435

13

Siberian Summer (1989)†

382

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On July 2, the broodmare sire credentials of this Paradise Road Ranch stallion were boosted when his fouryear-old maternal grandson Taylor Said won the $50, 000 Lieutenant Governors’ Handicap at Hastings Racecourse.

Western Fame (1992)

279

13

For Really (1987)†

246

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Perfect Mandate This Old English Rancho veteran, a stakes-placed Gone West sire whose offspring earned more than $5.7 million, collectively, and included 11 stakes winners, died at the age of 16 on June 13.

Tizbud

Italian Boy, a three-year-old colt by this Harris Farms stallion, led at every call en route to winning Emerald Downs’ $50,000 Seattle Slew Handicap on July 15.

Aragorn (Ire)

Birdonthewire Wiredfortwotwenty, a seven-year-old gelding whose broodmare sire is this Madera Thoroughbreds resident, mastered a muddy strip to capture the $125,000 Iowa Sprint Handicap at Prairie Meadows on June 29.

Giacomo This Magali Farms stallion achieved his sixth lifetime stakes winner on July 6, when his colt Bet Your Life outran nine rival 2-year-olds in the $87,255 Iowa Stallion Futurity at Prairie Meadows.

Houston

This pensioned Ren-Mar Thoroughbreds resident, a multiple graded stakeswinning son of Seattle Slew who sired 13 stakes winners and the collective earners of more than $14 million, died on April 12 at the age of 26.

Ministers Wild Cat

This Tommy Town Thoroughbreds stallion was represented at Hastings Racecourse on July 15 by the winner of the $50,000 Strawberry Morn Handicap: his five-year-old daughter Caged Mistress.

Tizbud

Tough Game

Tribal Rule

Western Fame

Hollywood Race Has ‘Unusual’ Result The influence of Unusual Heat, California’s leading sire since 2008, was on full display at Betfair Hollywood Park on July 4, when all six runners in a 1 1/16-mile allowance optional claiming race on the turf represented the Harris Farms stallion either as his direct offspring or as sons of his daughters. Valley Cat, a five-year-old gelding out of the winning Unusual Heat mare Jane Blossom, won the race, and was followed across the wire by Unusual Heat’s colt He’s Very Rare, gelding Romeo Royale, gelding Huntsville, maternal grandson Warren’s Dr. Yang and gelding Kessabtsi. 8 CALIFORNIA THOROUGHBRED • AUGUST 2012

CURRENT CALIFORNIA SIRES OF STAKES WINNERS Stallion

Racing Age

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

† 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.

Auction Action A colt by Old Fashioned out of the Californiabred stakes winner Vikki’s Honor sold to Pike Racing, agent, for $102,000 at the 2012 Fasig-Tipton Kentucky July Sale of Selected Yearlings on July 10. His dam, a $310,672-earner by Bartok (Ire), was bred by Larry Konecne. www.ctba.com


California Closers On Tuesday, Aug. 7, the California Equine Retirement Foundation (CERF) will hold its 11th Annual Golf Classic at the Del Mar Country Club in Rancho Santa Fe… The next monthly meeting of the California Horse Racing Board (CHRB), which recently approved mini-satellite wagering locations at the Santa Clarita Lanes in Saugus and Bankers Casino in Salinas, will be held at the Del Mar Thoroughbred Club’s Simulcast Facility on Thursday, Aug. 23…On Saturday, Aug. 25, Del Mar’s Veranda Café will be the venue for the Southern California Annual Meeting of the Thoroughbred Owners of California (TOC), which has selected Paul Reddam

and Kjell Qvale—both members of the California Thoroughbred Breeders Association (CTBA)—as co-recipients of its 2011 Ed Friendly Industry Service Award… CTBA member James Cassidy was elected as the President of the California ©Cogllianese Thoroughbred Trainers (CTT) on July 6… James Cassidy The 2012 California Fact Book, a statistical guide to the Thoroughbred industry in California that is published by The Jockey Club, is now available online at www.jockeyclub.com/factbook/StateFactBook/California.pdf …With photographs by Barry Myers and text by Jay Privman, the 192-page book Del Mar at 75: Where the Turf Meets the Surf has been published to celebrate this year’s 75th anniversary of the Del Mar Thoroughbred Club.

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News Bits Cont’d. August 3, 2002

©Benoit

Warren’s Whistle $84,685 Fantastic Girl Stakes

10 Years Ago Warren’s Whistle, a four-year-old daughter of Wolf Power (SAf) and the six-time winner Velveteen, by Pirateer, won her fifth of six career stakes races when taking the $84,685 Fantastic Girl Stakes at the Del Mar Thoroughbred Club on Aug. 3, 2002. Bred in California by Robert Harmon, she retired eight starts later with a record of 44-7-3-10 and $608,308 in earnings before becoming the dam of 15-time winner Six Pack Abs.

25 Years Ago In only her fourth lifetime start, the California-bred juvenile filly Hasty Pasty scored her first and most prestigious of eight career stakes wins when she captured the Del Mar Thoroughbred Club’s grade III, $64,200 Sorrento Stakes on Aug. 24, 1987. Bred by Cardiff Stud Farms and by Flying Paster out of the unraced In Reality mare Revered, she became the dam of 2005 grade II winner Hasty Kris after having earned $563,591 from 13 wins, eight seconds and 11 thirds in 66 starts through March of her seven-year-old year. August 24, 1987

This year the 2012 California Cup will be held during the Autumn Meet at Santa Anita Park on Saturday, October 13. Guaranteed purses of over $1,000,000 Early nominations close on September 19, 2012 Regular nominations close on October 6, 2012

Hasty Pasty Grade III Sorrento Stakes

50 Years Ago On Aug. 18, 1962, six-year-old Sea Orbit, who was bred in California by Walter Thomson and Bill Nichols, won the $13,625 Bing Crosby Handicap at the Del Mar Thoroughbred Club for his 10th of 12 lifetime stakes victories. A son of Orbit II (GB) and the three-time winner Sea Flora, by Seabiscuit, he raced 10 more times before retiring to stud with a 67-22-13-7 record and $291,275 bankroll after his final trip to post in January of 1963. August 18, 1962

The popular “California Cup Party” will be held in the infield this year For more information, please email cookie@ctba.com or call 800-573-2822 Ext. 243

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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 Golden State Series List Now On CTBA Web Site

Cal Cup XXIII Date Set The 23rd renewal of California Cup will be held on Saturday, Oct. 13, during this year’s Autumn meet at Santa Anita Park in Arcadia. The day will feature guaranteed purses of more than $1 million and a “California Cup Party� in the infield. Early nominations will close on Wednesday, Sept. 19, and late nominations will close on Saturday, Oct. 6.

The list of the 831 California-bred or California-sired foals of 2010 who were nominated to the $4.65 million Golden State Series of stakes races is now available online at www.ctba.com. $

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On Saturday, Oct. 20, a bus tour hosted by the CTBA will leave Elk Grove and visit Daehling Ranch, Woodbridge Farm, Paradise Road Ranch, West 12 Ranch and Victory Rose Thoroughbreds to inspect more than 15 stallions. The cost will be $30 per person, including a box lunch and ticket for a 2013 stallion breeding draw. For reservations, contact CTBA Director, Bill Nichols, at (916) 687-6331 or seaorbit@aol.com. REGISTRATION & NOMINATION DEADLINE Saturday, September 1–The 2012 Report of Mares Bred due from stallion owners to the California Thoroughbred Breeders Association (CTBA).

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California Thoroughbred Foundation

Notes — August 2012 2012 OFFICERS AND DIRECTORS

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

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

Mrs. Kenneth M. Schiffer, Director Emeritus

Tracy Gantz Joins Foundation As A Director

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Tracy Gantz, a freelance writer for The Blood-Horse magazine, has been elected to the Board of Directors of the California Thoroughbred Foundation (CTF). Ms. Gantz, a native of San Diego, recalls her first interest in Thoroughbreds with a visit to the Del Mar Thoroughbred Club as she watched the great California-bred Native Diver win his final race in the 1967 Del Mar Handicap. Following her graduation from the University of Kentucky, she wrote for The Blood-Horse for over three years. In 1980, she returned to California and became the Managing Editor of the Thoroughbred of California magazine until 1995, when she moved to Phoenix to begin a four-year stint as the West Coast breeding columnist for the Daily Racing Form. She returned again to her native state and became Deputy Director of the Thoroughbred Owners of California (TOC). Ms. Gantz has written for numerous other horse-related magazines and served for a period as President of the American Horse Publications (AHP). She is a voting member of the Eclipse Awards and the Thoroughbred Hall of Fame. Ms. Gantz current focus is writing on racing in Southern California for The Blood-Horse magazine and the Quarter Horse publication Speedhorse.

New CTF Director Tracy Gantz resides in Monrovia with her husband, Jon White, who works as a host and analyst for HRTV’s daily racing coverage and as the morning linemaker for Santa Anita Park.

The California Thoroughbred Foundation The California Thoroughbred Foundation (CTF) is dedicated to the advancement of equine research and education. Since 1958, the Foundation has operated as a nonprofit 501(c)3 corporation that can accept tax deductible contributions. For more than four decades, the CTF has sponsored numerous research and educational projects and awarded scholarships to veterinary students at U.C. Davis and Western University of Health Sciences in Pomona. The Foundation maintains the Carleton F. Burke Memorial Library, one of the most extensive collections of

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

Memorial Donations

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

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Many Happy Returns

CTBA Sales Northern California Yearling Sale

by LISA GROOTHEDDE

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Purchase Price: $3,200

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Awareness has amassed $356,482 as a two-time graded stakes winner in Northern California after selling for a mere $1,000. Ranking fifth on the list of highest lifetime earnings by sale graduates is Live Sundays, whose $314,732 bankroll has been boosted by five stakes placings since he sold for $5,000 in 2007. From 50 starts to date, the durable 2007 Snow Chief Stakes winner Leesider has earned $286,326 since he reigned as the $50,000 sale-topper in 2005. Also still active is the grade III-placed winner Spud Spivens, a $4,500 auction graduate in 2009 and a current earner of $269,044. The 2005 sale proved to be a rich source for quality competitors, including the graded stakes-placed winner Jack Hes Tops ($229,854) and the stakes-placed winners Inspiration Within ($221,809) and Quite a Dude ($212,995). These horses sold as youngsters for $10,000, $11,000 and $5,200, respectively. Rounding out the list of the auction’s top 12 moneymakers are the $215,648earner Gab Power, a multiple winner who sold for $2,200 in 2009, and the dual stakes-placed winner Mamita Chula, a $4,000 graduate in 2004 who went on to bank $211,847. Collectively, these auction alumni have earned in excess of $3.9 million, representing a remarkable return on investment of more than 26 times their total cost of $146,100 as yearlings. Continued on next page

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Although their professional fields have few similarities regarding day-to-day dealings, bankers, brokers and breeders alike share a common goal when it comes to their primary business pursuit: realizing a positive financial return on their investments. For the past eight years, since it was revived in its current format by the California Thoroughbred Breeders Association (CTBA), the Northern California Yearling Sale has served an important economic function for many Thoroughbred industry participants. In addition to operating as a viable commercial venue for regional breeders, owners, trainers and consignors, the auction has produced 28 stakes-winning graduates and more than 560 winners overall from its 2004 through 2011 editions. During that same timeframe, the sale has yielded a dozen earners of more than $200,000 each, including several stakescaliber performers. Headlining the inaugural sale in 2004 were two successful racemares. Bai and Bai, a $3,200 purchase at the vendue, went on to earn $724,983 as a grade Iplaced, nine-time stakes winner in her home state of California, while the New York stakes winner More Angels translated her $10,000 pricetag into a $397,658 career bankroll. The 2006 sale produced a pair of top-notch runners from different points of the price spectrum. Sierra Sunset, a $40,000 graduate, captured Oaklawn Park’s 2008 Rebel Stakes (grade II) and $459,696 in purse money. Meanwhile, Autism

Bai and Bai Earnings: $724,983

Autism Awareness Purchase Price: $1,000 Earnings: $356,482

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CTBA Sales Northern California Yearling Sale Cont’d.

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Recent Form The 2012 Northern California Yearling Sale will be held on Tuesday, Aug. 14 at its regular locale: the Alameda County Fairgrounds in Pleasanton. Bidding begins at noon. The catalog lists 107 yearlings, all but two of whom were foaled in California. Supplementary entries will be accepted until the day of the sale. In 2011, the auction grossed $332,900 for the reported sale of 65 yearlings from the 94 offered. The average price was $5,122, while the median was $2,700. The buy-back rate was 30.9 percent. This year’s catalog is teeming with offspring of leading active California sires, including Awesome Gambler, Benchmark, Decarchy, Globalize, Kafwain, Lucky Pulpit, Old Topper, Sea of Secrets, Southern Image, Stormin Fever, Suances (GB), Swiss Yodeler, Tizbud, Unusual Heat and Vronsky, as well as the nationally noted stallions Bluegrass Cat, Pollard’s Vision, Student Council and Zanjero. Buyers will also have the opportunity to inspect first-crop yearlings by the California-based stallions Brave Cat, Bushwacker, Desert Code, Drum Major, Idiot Proof, Papa Clem, Time to Get Even and Whatsthescript (Ire). Several of the 2012 sale yearlings boast recent form in their pedigrees, with familial ties to California-bred champions of the past few years, or to the winners of graded stakes events conducted earlier this year. Thirteen consignors are scheduled to participate in this year’s edition, with 19 separate consignments listed among their entries. Shipping the largest array to Pleasanton is Harris Farms. John and Carole Harris’ leading California breeding farm of 2010 is represented by 21 yearlings, including a Suances half-brother to the group I-placed multiple stakes winner and millionaire Echo Eddie, a Singletary filly out of a winning half-sister to the dams of grade III winner Lucky J. H. and 2011 California Champion Two-Year-Old Female Ismene, an Unusual Heat colt out of a winning half-sister to

grade III winner Lightmyfirebaby and a son of Stormy Jack from the family of 2010 California Champion Older Female Unzip Me and her granddam, 1994 California Horse of the Year Soviet Problem. Last year’s leading consignor, Woodbridge Farm, returns in 2012 with 19 entries. Among the notable yearlings in CTBA President Sue Greene’s group are two fillies by Woodbridge stallion Tannersmyman: a full sister to the 2011 juvenile stakes winner Sherman Bartlebort and last year’s $40,000 sale-topping filly Potentiality, as well as a filly from the family of dual grade I winner Heritage of Gold. Woodbridge also will offer a Benchmark colt from the family of 2012 Gulfstream Park Sprint Championship Stakes (grade II) winner and 2011 Breeders’ Cup Sprint (grade I) runner-up Force Freeze and an Idiot Proof half-brother to grade III winner Standard Setter. Highlighting agent Colleen Turpin-Boyce’s 16-horse consignment is a Vronsky filly whose dam is a winning half-sister to 2012 Peter Pan Stakes (grade II) winner Mark Valeski, whom she is offering on behalf of Rancho de los Aviadores. Meanwhile, included among Sam Hendricks’ 15 listings is a son of Student Council whose pedigree features two-time California champion Romance Is Diane, and whom Hendricks is offering as agent for Americana Films. Also boasting significant pedigree credentials are a Time to Get Even half-brother to 2011 Barretts Juvenile Stakes winner Unhitchthetrailor from Terry Lovingier’s Lovacres Ranch consignment, and a Stormy Jack filly out of a winning half-sister to the dam of 2004 California Horse of the Year Moscow Burning who is listed under Joseph Duffel’s Wheatland Farms banner. Additional consignors participating in the upcoming auction are Cheryl Bigon, Robert and Betty Irvin’s C-Punch Ranch, Jack and Barb Hatch’s Green Acre Stables, Neale Jensen, William Jones, Larry and Judy Konecne’s Oak Hill Farm and Dr. Tori Polzin’s Stony Creek Farm. For a copy of the 2012 Northern California Yearling Sale catalog, contact CTBA Sales Coordinator Cookie Hackworth at (800) 573-2822, extension 243, or by email at cookie@ctba.com. The catalog can be viewed online at www.ctba.com.

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Tenga Cat out of

Empress of Dance colt foaled May 13, 2012 Owner/Breeder: Grant Truman

Tenga Cat out of

Wondrous Event filly foaled May 31, 2012 Owner/Breeder: Grant Truman

Del Mar Show out of

Joint Adventure colt foaled April 18, 2012 Owner/Breeder: Grant Truman

Del Mar Show out of

Formal Rush colt foaled May 15, 2012 Owner/Breeder: Grant Truman

Tenga Cat out of

Artistryandrhythm colt foaled May 16, 2012 Owner/Breeder: Grant Truman

Del Mar Show out of

Bold Request colt foaled May 12, 2012 Owner/Breeder: Grant Truman

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Unusual Heat out of Chi Chi Nette filly foaled March 16, 2012 bred by Madeline & Harris Auerbach & Barry Abrams

Thorn Song out of

Lucky C. H. filly foaled April 26, 2012 bred by Harris Farms

Unusual Heat out of Dotsy Jean filly foaled March 28, 2012 bred by AJM Racing LLC, Joshua Litt & Jason Litt

Tizdejavu out of

Masquerade Belle filly foaled April 9, 2012 bred by Pamela Ziebarth

Unusual Heat out of

I Can Yodele filly foaled April 20, 2012 bred by Heinz H. Steinmann

Thorn Song out of

Miss Thirtyfour D colt foaled April 24, 2012 bred by D Wellman Racing John C. Harris, President David E. McGlothlin, Horse Division Manager Dr. Jeanne Bowers, Resident Veterinarian 27366 W. Oakland Ave., Coalinga, CA 93210 Tel: (800) 311-6211 or (559) 884-2859 Fax: (559) 884-2855 www.harrisfarms.com E-Mail: davemcglothlin@harrisfarms.com 20

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Birdstone out of

Nashoba's Excess colt foaled March 13, 2012 bred by Williamson Racing LLC

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Langfuhr out of

Team Decision colt foaled February 2, 2012 bred by Harris Farms and Double D Farms

Unusual Heat out of Rockella filly foaled March 15, 2012 bred by John Yee, George Todara, Debbie Watson and Jerry Hollendorfer

Unusual Heat out of

Treasure Chest colt foaled April 6, 2012 Bred by Harris Farms

Thorn Song out of

Swift Boat filly foaled April 20, 2012 Bred by Harris Farms

Desert Code out of

Unchanged Melody filly foaled May 28, 2012 Bred by Oakcrest Stable

John C. Harris, President David E. McGlothlin, Horse Division Manager Dr. Jeanne Bowers, Resident Veterinarian 27366 W. Oakland Ave., Coalinga, CA 93210 Tel: (800) 311-6211 or (559) 884-2859 Fax: (559) 884-2855 www.harrisfarms.com E-Mail: davemcglothlin@harrisfarms.com www.ctba.com

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Old English Rancho: Among California’s Elite

2011 TOBA State Breeder Of The Year For California by RUDI GROOTHEDDE

of Somethingfabulous, he won the grade II, $114,150 Cinema Handicap and grade III, $92,350 Will Rogers Handicap en route to the California Champion Three-Year-Old Male title of that year. In 2011, the story had a number of parallels. It was the Eclipse Champion Older Male and California Horse of the Year, Acclamation, a five-year-old horse bred and owned by Buddy, Judy, Mary and Pete, whose $1,126,000 in earnings for the year resulted in a less than $50,000 victory over the Golden State’s leading breeders of 2009, Tommy Town Thoroughbreds (Tom and Debi Stull). Acclamation’s three grade I wins of last year were the $1,000,000 Pacific Classic Stakes, $300,000 Eddie Read Stakes and $250,000 Charles Whittingham Memorial Handicap, while his five-race, year-end unbeaten streak also included the Clement L. Hirsch Turf Championship Stakes and Jim Murray Handicap, both grade II, $150,000 events. Also helping out in the bankroll department was another member of the 2006 crop foaled at Old English Rancho. The gelding Norvsky, by resident sire Vronsky, won the $175,000 California Cup Classic Stakes during a campaign that yielded more than $250,000 in earnings. In partnership with Sal and Patsy Berumen, the latter of whom serves as Buddy’s invaluable manager at the Old English Rancho offices situated in the only original farm building still left standing at the Ontario property that was developed into an industrial business park, it was also the breeder of the 2011 stakes winner Excessive Passion. Old English Rancho and its partners were the breeders of Cal-breds who earned more than $2.7 million last year, including a total of $2,249,807 under its own illustrious name.

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As the 2011 TOBA State Breeder of the Year for California, Old English Rancho becomes only the fourth breeder in the Golden State to win this award more than once since the Kentucky-based Thoroughbred Owners and Breeders Association established its annual award program for regional breeders in 1984. Owned by Buddy and Judy Johnston, their daughter Mary and her husband Pete Hilvers, Old English Rancho also received this accolade in 1987. Harris Farms (John and Carole Harris) won it in 1998 and 2010, and Martin and Pam Wygod (River Edge Farm) took home trophies in 1995 and 2005, while John and Betty Mabee (Golden Eagle Farm) have been the most the successful California breeders to date, with wins in 1988, 1990 to 1994, and 1997. Established by Buddy’s father Ellwood B. Johnston in Chino during 1948, Old English Rancho has now been the leading breeder of California-breds on 14 occasions, including for the first time in 1967. The famed Thoroughbred facility got its name when Oscar Otis of the Daily Racing Form tagged it as such when visiting its Corona location to do a story about resident stallion Old English (GB) soon after the farm’s inception. Now encompassing almost 400 acres in Sanger, following 34 years at its 100-acre facility in Ontario from 1963 to 1997, Old English Rancho is once again one of the major players in the local breeding industry and promises to maintain that position in the years to come. Back in 1987, it was the dual graded stakes-winning exploits of Old English Rancho’s homebred colt Something Lucky who led the charge to secure the leading breeder title over the Mabees by a little more than $150,000. A bay son

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Dennis and Norine Grenier: A Record To Be Proud Of

by EMILY SHIELDS Arizona residents Dennis and Norine Grenier consider themselves “small potatoes” when it comes to the Thoroughbred industry. They only own a handful of horses, but one of them is their homebred filly Best Present Ever, who just finished a game third in the American Oaks (grade I) at Hollywood Park on July 14. Fittingly, trainer Eric Kruljac conditions Best Present Ever, and is the very person who introduced the Greniers into the sport. It must have been fate when the Greniers’ children ended up playing soccer and tee ball alongside Kruljac’s two oldest kids in the Grand Canyon State. “I grew up on a farm in Southern Arizona and was around horses my whole life,” Dennis explained, “but it wasn’t until we got to know Eric that we got involved in racing.” The couple raced predominantly in the Southwest, between Arizona, California and New Mexico, but ventured north to the sales in Seattle, Washington each year. Along with Frank and Karen Lewkowtiz, they campaigned No Turbulence, the 2002 Washington Champion Three-Year-Old Filly, who won that year’s $77,700 Sunland Park Oaks and Turf Paradise’s $30,000 Ahwatukee Express Stakes. ©Benoit photos

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In August of 1999, the Greniers went to $55,000 to purchase a California-bred yearling daughter of Beau Genius and the Spend a Buck mare Crowning Faith (Ire) at the CTBA Sales Del Mar Yearling Sale. They put their new acquisition, a filly named Centerofattention, into training with Kruljac. Centerofattention showed class early on; in her third career start, she finished second in the $125,000 California Cup Juvenile Fillies behind the dominating, eightlength winner Euro Empire. However, Centerofattention didn’t break her maiden until her 13th start, but went on to win five of 24 races with five seconds and three thirds. She won three stakes events in 2003, taking the $35,000 Sun City Handicap at Turf Paradise before adding the $49,340 Luther Burbank Handicap at Santa Rosa. She was 8-1 when she faced the likes of grade II winner Summer Wind Dancer in the $125,000 Solana Beach Handicap at the Del Mar Thoroughbred Club but won anyway, prevailing by half a length. “Her race at Del Mar was my favorite,” Norine said. “She was a real hard trying horse.” When Centerofattention retired, she’d earned $306,396.

Dennis and Norine Grenier at Betfair Hollywood Park on July 14, 2012.

Centerofattention—$125,000 Solana Beach Handicap—September 1, 2003

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“We had several mares in Arizona, but she was our California-bred,” Dennis explained, “so we decided to keep her there and took her to Rancho San Miguel to be bred.” From four foals to race, Centerofattetnion has produced three winners. The first is Justincredible, a daughter of Marino Marini who has won three of 17 tries. Next came a full sister named Shine’n Time, who has won won seven of 35. After Attentiontodetail, who is placed in nine tries, Centerofattention produced a daughter of Unusual Heat on Feb. 17, 2009. “That’s my birthday,” Norine explained. “It was the best present ever, which is how she got her name.” Best Present Ever debuted at Hollywood Park on June 23, 2011, finishing fourth with a somewhat troubled trip. She wheeled back just 24 days later to be third at odds of 15-1. The dark bay filly was then away from the races until March 2, 2012, but returned in a tough contest at Santa Anita Park where she missed by a length to a filly named Starry Skies. That rival went on to be stakes-placed two starts later, while Best Present Ever finally found the winner’s circle on March 31. The win came in a 6 1/2-furlong turf dash down the hill at Santa Anita, proving the filly’s affinity for the grass. It also kicked off a three-race win streak, including a 1 1/16mile allowance optional claiming contest on the turf at Betfair Hollywood Park, in which Best Present Ever scored by a half-length. From there, Kruljac decided to test the filly in stakes company for the first time, and shipped her up to Golden Gate Fields for the inaugural Campanile Stakes worth $100,000. Best Present Ever went favored in the grassy onemile event, and ran like it, scoring by five lengths despite being blocked at the top of the stretch. “We flew up to the Bay Area to watch her race,” Dennis said. “That was a really special day.” The connections took a risk when they entered their

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Cal-bred against classy international fillies in the American Oaks. The eight-strong field included a multiple stakes winner from England and a group I winner from Italy, as well as two local graded stakes winners, but Best Present Ever held her own. In mid-stretch, she and jockey Victor Espinzoa were leading the field until fellow California-based runners Lady of Shamrock and My Gi Gi ran her down. Best Present Ever finished third, bumping her record to three wins, a place and two shows in seven starts with earnings of $185,800. “That was a big step up and we couldn’t be happier,” Norine said after the race. “We’re just thrilled with her performance.” Dennis noted that either the Del Mar’s $85,000 Sandy Blue Handicap on Aug. 17, or the grade I, $300,000 Del Mar Oaks a day later could be on tap for Best Present Ever. “We’ll just play it by ear for now. She ran a really huge race and we’re so proud,” he said. The Greniers, who have been California Thoroughbred Breeders Association (CTBA) members since 2003, manage a small stable of horses, including three juveniles in training and a weanling son of Stormin’ Fever out of Centerofattention. Their prized mare, who they call their “extended third child,” is currently in foal to Southern Image. Although they have certainly done an exceptional job buying and breeding solid runners, the Greniers point to Kruljac as the crux of their success. “He’s honest and open, and conservative with the horses,” Dennis said. “If they need time off, he’s willing to do whatever is best for the horse and you don’t always find that in trainers. He’s not only a good horseman, but he’s good at picking out horses at the sale and can really get them ready to run.” “He always has the horse’s best interest in mind,” Norine added. “The horse comes first.”

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Nestled in rolling hills adjacent to the horse-related community of Santa Theresita, you will find one of the oldest and most beautiful homages to the Thoroughbred in this state, California Thoroughbred Ranch. Now in its fourth decade of operation, the ranch was built from the ground up by Jack and Susie Farmer who still own the beautiful facility and live right on the premises. Once an abandoned alfalfa field, the ranch is a striking portrayal of early California architecture, right down to the adobe and mission-style construction of the barns and office complex. The main barn contains stalls for 40 horses in training and the foaling barn comes equipped with closed circuit television monitors that are linked up to the farm manager’s office and residence 24 hours a day. Newborns are kept in stalls with their dams for the first 36 hours of life and monitored closely. After that, they are moved outdoors to grassy paddocks and pastures. The region’s temperate climate allows for horses to live outdoors year-round, and the ranch’s pastures range from two acres to almost 50 and follow the contours of the foothills. To date, more than 200 stakes winners have been foaled and raised on the ranch’s green fields. Others, like last year’s Eclipse champion juvenile colt Valid Point, were brought to the ranch as yearlings for breaking and schooling. California Thoroughbred Ranch also has an excellent reputation as a training center. It

offers five round pens, an indoor riding arena and a scenic uphill gallop that winds its way through the facility. There are also two treadmills and a swimming pool, where lay-ups can regain their conditioning without risk of further injury. The ranch is home to two of California’s finest stallions. Super Dad is the sire of 22 graded stakes winners and countless other stakes performers. His champion daughter Daddy’s Little Gal captured last year’s Cal Cup Juvenile Fillies and this year’s grade I Santa Anita Oaks. Moneymaker was foaled at the ranch and now stands at stud here. This graded stakes winner of nearly $400,000 has thrust himself into the national spotlight when his son Hayburner captured this year’s Travers Stakes at Saratoga. Winner of the Wood Memorial and second in both the Kentucky Derby and Preakness Stakes, Hayburner now has earnings over $1 million. The Cal-bred is now pointing for the Breeders’ Cup Classic. Farm manager Bob Trainer has more than 30 years of experience in this business and gives your horses the personal care and attention they deserve. Assistant manager and yearling trainer Steve Winner also has many years of veterinary experience, although the farm’s main vet lives just down the road and is on call 24 hours a day, especially during the busy foaling season. Visitors are welcome and encouraged to come and tour the facilities. Also visit their impressive website at www.Califthoroughbredranch.com.


Bonnie Acres Ranch: Small But Mighty Article & Photos by MARCIE HEACOX If not for the sign on the road, one could easily miss the establishment at 25240 Thoroughbred Lane in Hemet. At only 10 acres, Bob and Carol Mitchell’s Bonnie Acres Ranch is a dwarf among California’s giants, but an impressive roster of clients has fueled its 40 years of rehabilitation and lay-up services, lured by an experienced staff and one of the country’s original underwater treadmills. Bob Mitchell was born Feb. 12, 1930 in Long Beach and grew up in Signal Hill, where his dad, Bob Mitchell Sr., owned several bars. The Mitchell family had always had horses, and when they moved to Midway City in 1943, the younger Mitchell began showing and riding, including offtrack American Quarter Horses. In 1957, he began training the breed for races at Los Alamitos Race Course, counting champion gelding Vandy’s Flash as his best runner. In 1965, he switched to Thoroughbreds and found the most success with multiple stakes winners Orbit Ruler, a California-bred, and Bahia Key, who earned $214,370 in a 41-race career. Gilbert Wiener, who co-owned Bahia Key with Mitchell, suggested creating a lay-up facility for the duo’s own horses. In 1972, they purchased five acres near

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Wiener’s residence in Bradbury Estates and named it in honor of Wiener’s champion Irish Setter dog, Bonnie. They installed a self-built underwater treadmill the next year. In 1978, Mitchell retired from race training to focus on the farm. “It was going good enough I kind of wanted to get away from the racetrack anyway,” Mitchell said. Carol Mitchell, a Colorado native, also trained Quarter Horses and the occasional Thoroughbred from 1978 to 1992. Multiple graded stakes winner Hilco Scamper was her most famous pupil. She and Bob married around the time she retired, and are now going 21 years strong. In addition to her time on the farm, Carol spends many days traveling the western states as an antique dealer. In October of 2000, Bob Mitchell elected to sell the Bradbury property and move the ranch to Hemet, a location picked by friend and former employer Farrell Jones. Jones also had a farm in Hemet, at a location Mitchell said he’d picked out years before. The Mitchells had nowhere to live when they first moved to Hemet, so they traded 12 horse pens for a travel trailer with jockey Garrett Continued on next page

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Thoroughbred Farms In California Cont’d. Gomez, whose wife, Pam, needed the pens for her farm. Today, the Mitchells live in a house with their three dogs— Maddy the Australian Shepherd, Maggie the Schnauzer and Tuff the Queensland Heeler—as well as a cat and goat. Eight staff members also live on or near the farm. Alfredo Limon, the Farm Manager at Bonnie Acres, worked with horses in his native Mexico before he started walking horses for Mitchell at Santa Anita Park in 1968. “It didn’t take long to find out what kind of a hand he was,” Mitchell said. “He caught onto everything.” Alfredo lives on the property three days a week, and the rest of the time commutes from Monrovia where he lives with his wife and three kids. He said his favorite thing about working at the ranch is “all the people treat me nice,” though he admits having had to adjust to the quiet of a farm compared to a racetrack setting. Second in command among staff members is Jose “Pedro” Gonzalez, who also worked with horses in Mexico before coming straight to Bonnie Acres in 1993. Gonzalez said his favorite part of working at the farm is that his family can live there with him. Bonnie Acres’ go-to farrier is Monte Schvaneveldt, nephew of legendary Quarter Horse trainer Blane Schvaneveldt. Drs. Mike Steppe and Karen Valko come on

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Mondays or Tuesdays to perform advanced veterinary work, and Dr. Christine Jensen provides routine care the rest of the time. Mitchell said leg work is the ranch’s focus, including digital X-rays and scans, shock wave, IRAP, PRP and stem cell therapy. The number of horses requiring care at Bonnie Acres constantly fluctuates between 70 and 80. When one first arrives at Bonnie Acres, whether to take a break or recover from injury, it’s placed in a stall in either the ranch’s 14-stall or six-stall barn. Each horse then graduates to one of the 46 partially or fully covered outdoor pens, and finishes in one of the six grass paddocks before shipping out to a track or wherever its next destination may be. Mitchell said Bonnie Acres has had the longest continual operation of a water treadmill of any ranch in the country. The current underground model at the Hemet location was installed by Kevin Tisher of HydroHorse LLC. An underwater treadmill combines the benefits of a treadmill, swimming and hydrotherapy, and its reduced concussive shock is especially useful for horses recovering from injuries. The treadmill has adjustable speed, water temperature and massaging jets aimed at each leg. Mitchell said most horses come to enjoy the treadmill, but their first few attempts can be unpredictable. Four or five staff members are on hand for those early moments, and the horse is usually tranquilized. “We’re really careful when we start the first time, because you never know what a horse is going to do, whether he’s going to try to walk down there, or jump in, or

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what,” Mitchell said. A small number of horses completely refuse to enter the treadmill or present too much of a danger to themselves and others, and the staff has to walk them instead. The majority of horses use the treadmill to get fit. They’ll walk five minutes for each of the first few days, gradually working up to 20 minutes per day for a grand total of 20 to 45 days, depending on starting fitness level. “You put a horse on there for 45 days, and he’ll look like he’s ready to run,” Mitchell said. However, some horses are sent specifically to get used to being in an unfamiliar, confined space. “There are two things the treadmill is absolutely superb for, and that’s for getting yearlings ready to go to a sale, and for horses rotten around the starting gate,” Mitchell said. He knows the importance of gate training from his days with Quarter Horses, where “the gate’s everything.” Mitchell said a number of trainer Mike Mitchell’s horses have come to Bonnie Acres solely for treadmill-gate schooling. In such cases, the staff will thoroughly tranquilize a horse and “sack them out,” splashing water on them, draping towels over their head and performing other actions to completely desensitize them. Mitchell said most horses that go through this process become “great” gate horses. The water treadmill and an experienced staff are what keep trainers and owners coming back for more. Bonnie Acres’ roster of past and present clients includes National Museum of Racing Hall of Fame members Laz Barrera, D. Wayne Lukas, Ron McAnally, Jack Van Berg and Charlie Whittingham. Todd Pletcher, who leads all North American trainers with more than $10 million in earnings in 2012, sent his horses there when he had a string in Southern California. Bonnies Acres’ most enduring client is trainer Ron Ellis, Owners: Bob & Carol Mitchell Farm Manager: Alfredo Limon Assistant Farm Manager: Jose “Pedro” Gonzalez Farm Secretary: Patsy Valenzuela

who’s been sending his horses there for more than 32 years, including Eclipse Award winner Declan’s Moon and active grade I winners Include Me Out and Rail Trip. “(Mitchell) came highly recommended from a guy I’d worked for, (trainer) Larry Sterling, who’d known him for a long, long time,” Ellis said. “Bobby was a hell of a good horse trainer and he’s a great horseman, and he’s rehabbed a lot of horses for me over the years.” Some other notable horses to spend time at Bonnie Acres include Cal-bred Hall of Famer Ancient Title and California champions Bob Black Jack, Bordonaro, Georgie Boy, Greg’s Gold and Ismene. Grade I winner Bob Black Jack, the 2008 California Horse of the Year, is currently in one of the grass paddocks, recovering from a career-ending suspensory injury as his owners explore his options for stud duty. Top class racing Quarter Horses also visit Bonnie Acres, primarily for the treadmill. Champions Blues Girl Too and One Famous Eagle and Los Alamitos track record holder Chivalry SR are among the biggest names. Showjumping warmbloods and barrel racing horses also make use of the ranch’s amenities. Mitchell believes as long as there’s racing in Southern California, Bonnie Acres will continue to thrive as a rehabilitation and lay-up facility. “I think we have enough experience in that particular line to compete or overcompete with anybody, because that’s all we’ve ever done,” Mitchell said. “To me, I’ve got the cream of the crop. I’ve got a lot of good trainers, a lot of good owners. It makes our day a lot easier.” The condition Bonnie Acres returns horses in also makes trainers’ days easier. “They come back in looking like they’ve been taken care of at racetrack,” Ellis said. “They come back looking really, really good. I couldn’t be happier.”

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Focus On The Future

Kelsey Madden: No Task Too Great

by EMILY SHIELDS Madden was placed at Damian and Braxton Lynch’s Royal Oak Farm in Paris, Kentucky. In 2009, Royal Oak foaled a son of Dixie Union who went on to be Union Rags, this year’s Belmont Stakes (grade I) winner. While Madden was disappointed to miss such a colt, she gained invaluable experience. “I got to work with foals and weanlings as well as mares,” she explained. “I worked the sales by prepping and showing horses and I got to take horses up to the ring.” In addition to the demands of the auction, KEMI requirements include attending lectures, shadowing industry professionals and volunteering. “I volunteered at Old Friends Equine, where I got to give tours. I chose to shadow a technician at Rood and Riddle Equine Hospital, and I met with Evan Ferraro of Fasig-Tipton.” Upon her return to California, Madden began working for Rancho San Miguel under its Yearling Manager, Kasia Tomaszewicz. Although the 24-year-old focuses on sales prep, she also works with the farrier and the veterinarian and helps to handle foals during the breeding season. “I help with problem horses that need extra attention, which is one of the things I like about Rancho San Miguel,” she said. “The care is catered to the individual horse, and I’m detail-oriented so I think it’s great.” Madden, who has been at her current position since January of 2011, is looking forward to following the career exploits of her former equine students. She is also excited by some of the offspring of Rancho San Miguel stallions Marino Marini, McCann’s Mojave, Southern Image and The Pamplemousse. “Marino Marini can make a really pretty horse with a good body,” she said. “And The Pamplemousse is a playful guy with a lot of presence, and his babies all seem to want to please you. He’s putting a good mind on them.” In the future, Madden could see herself working for a sales company, but for now she prefers to just watch the yearlings in her care develop. “I can’t wait to see how they perform,” she said. “Yearlings are my favorite age group, but when it’s time for them to go to the track I’m just excited to see them become Kelsey Madden with a 2011 colt by McCann’s Mojave out of Urban Distraction racehorses.”

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Mission Viejo native Kelsey Madden can’t recall when she first started liking horses, but she does remember her introduction into Thoroughbred racing. During her tenure as a student at Cal Poly San Luis Obispo, Madden joined their Thoroughbred Enterprise project—which preps the school’s yearlings for auction— and ended up staying involved all four years. “The last two years, I was the student manager. I got comfortable with a lot of different horses and I had a lot of responsibility,” said Madden, who gained confidence from the program’s advisor Dr. Jaymie Noland. “She helped me to be more outgoing and gave me as much as I could handle.” While in her third year of college, Madden juggled school with an internship at River Edge Farm in Buellton. Under the tutelage of manager Russell Drake, Madden learned even more about auctions and the prepping of horses. She has put her skills to use at nearly every yearling and mixed sale since January of 2007. Shortly before graduating with her bachelor’s degree in Animal Science and a minor in Equine Science, Madden went to Kentucky to experience the Kentucky Derby. “I went on a bunch of farm tours and got to see the two biggest vet hospitals,” Madden explained. “I was torn about whether I wanted to stay in California or move to Kentucky, but Russell and Dr. Noland encouraged me to do KEMI.” KEMI is the Kentucky Equine Management Internship program, which selects students to participate in a six-month session on a major Thoroughbred farm. For the fall of 2010,

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Cal-Breds Trained To Win Northern California Report by JERRY KLEIN bred Bailouttheminister at the start of his three-year-old season, it took a few months before he got the gelding into the winner’s circle. After a second and a third while stretching out, the son of Ministers Wild Cat (Tommy Town Thoroughbreds) thrived upon his return to singleturn sprints with two wins in three starts. Then on July 4, Bailouttheminister won his first stakes, the $79,300 Sam J. Whiting Memorial Handicap at six furlongs during Pleasanton’s Alameda County Fair meet. He was exiting three top-level allowance events and was favored despite his lack of stakes experience. Under Russell Baze, he broke slowly and had to sit patiently at the rear of the five-horse field until the far turn. There he was moved off the rail and quickly engaged leader Ain’t No Other as Shudacudawudya ranged up on the outside. The three dueled to the wire, with Bailouttheminister prevailing by a half-length over the former. “The race went like I thought it would,” said Baze. “The only question was if I would find someplace to go, and it opened up. He always gives you his best, and doesn't mind being inside.” Baze was more confident than Nations, who was wary of Bailouttheminister’s poor effort over the Pleasanton oval while in his care a summer ago. “We were confident he was going to run well, but we were concerned after last year,” Nations said. “We worked him here last Wednesday, and he worked great. After that, we felt better, but, at the same time, we knew it was a tough race.” Bailouttheminister is one of four winners out of the stakes-placed Smokester mare T. G.’s Girl. Bred by Larry Hanson and Harmony Farms, he has been campaigned by Theresa and Edward DeNike since his second start and sports a record of 16-6-3-2 and earnings of $212,434.

Halo Dolly $60,950 Alameda County Fillies and Mares Handicap—June 30, 2012

Bailouttheminister $79,300 Sam J. Whiting Memorial Handicap—July 4, 2012

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Trainer Jerry Hollendorfer showed no mercy in the $60,950 Alameda County Fillies and Mares Handicap at Pleasanton on June 30, saddling the first three finishers in the five-horse field. But there was no doubt which Hollendorfer entry was queen for this day as four-year-old Halo Dolly took control soon after the start and dominated the 1 1/16-mile test, defeating Cathy’s Crunches by 2 1/2 lengths while being geared down in the final yards. Anniversary Girl was another 1 3/4 lengths back in third, though well clear of the non-Hollendorfer runners. Halo Dolly most recently had triumphed in the $71,750 Fran’s Valentine Stakes over turf at Hollywood Park and held a clear class advantage over her rivals. She broke somewhat awkwardly but rider Russell Baze quickly straightened her and sent her to the front before reaching the first turn. From there, she completed her task without a serious challenge, flicking her tail disdainfully when Baze went to the whip with a five-length lead in mid-stretch. “She didn’t break good, but I think Russell was set on getting the lead,” said Hollendorfer. “We would have been content to lay second. She’s been very lovely for us and we’re proud of her.” The trainer purchased Halo Dolly privately from Greg James and Roger Wynn after her maiden victory. For Hollendorfer, the win was her 10th overall and fourth in a stakes. Halo Dolly was bred in California by Rod and Lorraine Rodriguez. The daughter of Popular, a resident of the couple’s Cottonwood Creek Ranch, Halo Dolly is out of the unraced Comic Strip mare Spanish Halo and has now earned $402,530 from a record of 19-11-3-1. A Welcome Revival When Keith Nations took over the training of California-

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#51 Dancing In Silks: Against All Odds

by EMILY SHIELDS narian recommended against breeding the aging mare again, so she was pensioned to live out her life on a California farm. As for the Black Minnaloushe colt, he thrived and grew. “He was always a really very nice foal and weanling, but I couldn’t afford to race him so we had to sell,” Jex said. He entered the colt in the 2005 Keeneland November sale, but expected a better result than the $20,000 that the colt brought in the ring. “Some agents in Kentucky said he had a few problems, so he didn’t bring more money,” Jex recalled. “Whatever his problems were, he must have outgrown them.” New owner Ralph Bodine took the Black Minnaloushe colt home to British Columbia, but resold him at the 2006 Canadian Thoroughbred Horse Society September Yearlings & Mixed Sale. The colt brought $21,429 and returned to California to go into training for new owner Ken Kinakin, who had entered the horse racing business in 2000. He first

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The story of how Dancing in Silks went from well-traveled yearling to Breeders’ Cup Sprint-winning millionaire is terribly unlikely. That doesn’t make it any less real, as Dancing in Silks did indeed overcome an unassuming beginning to become one of the best sprinters in the world in 2009, and the 51st California-bred millionaire. Dancing in Silks’ saga starts with Ronald Jex, who was the Farm Manager at movie producer Ray Stark’s Rancho Corral de Quati for 27 years. When Stark died in 2004, Jex was left to oversee the farm dispersal at that year’s Keeneland November Breeding Stock Sale. Stark’s catalogue of mares included Lemhi Love, a multiple stakes-winning daughter of Royal and Regal. She earned $265,723 while racing between Louisiana, Kentucky, Ohio and Minnesota. Lehmi Love ultimately won 17 of her 56 starts before retirement, and had managed a productive broodmare career. She had produced 13 foals prior to her entering the sales ring, with a staggering 12 winners including grade III winner Gins Majesty and the grade I-placed Love At Noon. As a 21-year-old, her career was winding to a close. Lehmi Love went to the ring in-foal to Black Minnaloushe, a young, unproven son of Storm Cat who had won two group I miles as a sophomore: the Irish 2000 Guineas and the St. James’s Palace Stakes. There was little interest in an older mare in foal to a stallion campaigned in Europe, so Jex’s wife pressured him to buy her back. “She didn’t want that mare to go,” he explained, “so we got her for $15,000.” On March 2, 2005, the Jexes helped to deliver Lehmi Love’s bay colt, who would prove to be her last foal. A veteri-

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Dancing in Silks at Anthony and Jennifer Saavedra‘s home in Monrovia on July 24, 2012.

Dancing in Silks became the 51st California-bred millionaire when he won the grade I, $1,818,000 Breeders’ Cup Sprint on November 7, 2009, during the Oak Tree Racing Association meet at Santa Anita Park.

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named his new acquisition Dancing With Silk before having it officially changed to Dancing in Silks in January of 2007. Dancing in Silks was placed under the care of trainer Carla Gaines, who waited patiently for the horse—now a gelding— to develop. He missed his juvenile season but debuted as a three-year-old at Santa Anita Park on April 6, 2008. Under Joel Rosario, Dancing in Silks finished second at 8-1 odds, beaten only three-quarters of a length. He was no surprise when he went to the post as the 3-1 favorite next out against a full field of rivals in Hollywood Park’s $63,200 NTRA (National Thoroughbred Racing Association) Stakes during California Gold Rush IX day on April 27. Rosario urged Dancing in Silks to the lead and the pair never looked back as they cruised to a 6 1/4-length victory for an effortless $36,000 payday. Dancing in Silks won twice more in 2008, taking allowance events at Hollywood Park and the Del Mar Thoroughbred Club, and he even finished third in the $108,900 Real Good Deal Stakes, missing by half a length for the win. Despite his strong record, he was 13-1 when he faced open stakes company for the first time in the $113,800 Damascus Stakes on the Breeders’ Cup undercard at Santa Anita. Grade I winners Georgie Boy and Into Mischief were joined by grade II winner Gayego in the 11-horse field, and while Into Mischief won, Dancing in Silks held on to be a game second. At that point, it would have been impossible to guess that a return to Breeders’ Cup day was in store for the productive gelding!

After finishing third in the $77,275 On Trust Handicap to complete his sophomore season, Dancing in Silks opened up his four-year-old campaign with a fourth-place finish in the $300,000 Sunshine Millions Sprin Stakes. Something wasn’t quite right with the flashily-marked gelding, so he received a freshening and did not race again for nearly seven months, which proved to be the key to his subsequent success. When Dancing in Silks returned, it was in a Del Mar allowance optional claiming race on Aug. 14, 2009. He was reunited with Rosario and won by a neck. Next out, they took down the $112,320 Pirate’s Bounty Stakes to get the gelding his first black-type win. During the final Oak Tree Racing Association meet at Santa Anita, Dancing in Silks outlasted subsequent grade I winner M One Rifle to win the $100,000 Donald Valpredo California Cup Sprint Handicap to extend his winning streak to three. Gaines was pleased by the success, but wanted to err on the side of caution while Kinakin looked towards the Breeders’ Cup Sprint. Dancing in Silks wasn’t nominated to the Breeders’ Cup and Kinakin would have to shell out $180,000 in supplement money to make his horse eligible. The owner insisted that the money didn’t bother him, and thus Dancing in Silks found himself in the gate for the grade I, $1,818,000 Breeders’ Cup Sprint on Nov. 7, 2009. He went off at odds of 25-1, while the multiple grade I winner Zensational, former Continued on next page

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Bay Gelding, March 2, 2005— Bred in California by Ronald E. Jex.

Terlingua Black Minnaloushe Green Dancer Coral Dance (Fr) Carvinia (Fr) Vaguely Noble (Ire) Royal and Regal Native Street Lemhi Love Candy Spots Exciting Devorcee French Gal

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Cal-Bred Millionaires’ Row Cont’d. rival Gayego and Canadian Horse of the Year, Fatal Bullet, took most of the wagering money. Rosario settled Dancing in Silks in fourth, two lengths off of a dueling threesome of fellow Cal-bred Cost of Freedom, Fatal Bullet and Zensational. Dancing in Silks had a clear trip, swinging three-wide off the turn and rolling down the stretch, while Gayego and Zensational were both troubled throughout. At the wire, it was Dancing in Silks’ nose in front on the line in a tremendous four-horse finish, while all nine runners crossed the wire within 3 1/2 lengths of each other. Dancing in Silks completed the six-furlong trip in 1:08.14 on Santa Anita’s all weather surface. He paid $52.60 to win and topped a $7,651.00 superfecta. For Jex, who watched the race home alone with his dogs, the experience is unmatched. “I was shouting and screaming and riding him home, so the dogs went crazy,” Jex remembered. “The first person to call me was Russell Drake from River Edge Farm, and then everyone else started calling and it didn’t stop for a month. I couldn’t believe it; people kept inviting me to things. We were living on cloud nine for at least a year.” The victory pushed Dancing in Silks’ earnings over $1 million, and helped propel him to three California-bred championship titles: Champion Older Male, Champion Sprinter and joint Horse of the Year along with fellow Breeders’ Cup winner California Flag. Kinakin’s expensive gamble had paid off. Dancing in Silks has been unable to recapture his

Breeders’ Cup winning form since his stirring victory, but remained a popular fixture of the backside, easily spotted with his distinctive markings when he went out to train. He finished third in the grade II, $150,000 Palos Verdes Handicap in his five-year-old bow, and fifth in the San Carlos Handicap (grade II) behind the 2008 California Horse of the Year, Bob Black Jack. Since a break succeeded in changing his form a year earlier, Dancing in Silks didn’t return until September, when he was fourth in his attempt to defend his Pirate’s Bounty title. Dancing in Silks was transferred to trainer Kathy Walsh for the 2011 season, and he showed a flicker of his previous form when running third behind the graded stakes-winning Cal-bred Quick Enough and that year’s eventual Eclipse Champion Male Sprinter, Amazombie, in the $100,000 Sensational Star Handicap. He was retired in July of 2011, but returned to training in November under the care of conditioner Anthony Saavedra, who has had success handling old, game campaigners such as $517,295-earner Shadow of Illinois. Dancing in Silks was retired again after making four starts in 2012. He finished fourth in Santa Anita’s $79,880 Joe Hernandez Handicap on March 4, and his last racetrack appearance was an eight place effort in the $70,800 Robert K. Kerlan Memorial Handicap at Betfair Hollywood Park on July 1. Dancing in Silks earned $1,500,4001 while winning seven of his 25 starts with two seconds and four thirds. Not bad for a horse who always outran his odds.

NTRA Stakes—April 27, 2008

Pirate’s Bounty Stakes—September 9, 2009

Donald Valpredo California Cup Sprint Handicap—October 3, 2009

Grade I, Breeders’ Cup Sprint—November 7, 2009

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A Blast From The Past

Zany Tactics: Sprinter Extraordinaire

by JACKIE BARNES The record books of every sport are filled with thousands of facts and figures just waiting to be broken. The determination to better the mark of a previous record holder is embodied in any athlete who strives to achieve their goals. This year marks the 75th anniversary of the Del Mar Thoroughbred Club that was founded by Hollywood legends Bing Crosby and Pat O’Brien. Two of the season’s premiere sprint races are named in honor of these film greats. California-bred Zany Tactics was named the Champion Sprinter of the 1987 Del Mar meeting, courtesy of wins in both the Bing Crosby and Pat O’Brien Stakes. This year marks the 25th anniversary of his outstanding achievement. The five other sprinters who have won both races are Sensational Star, Bruho, Disturbingthepeace, Kela and Zensational. Zany Tactics, Sensational Star and Disturbingthepeace were named the California Champion Sprinter in 1987, 1990 and 2002, respectively, while Bruho was named the California Champion Older Male in 1991. Zany Tactics began his career at four with a sensational 11-length maiden victory in his second start when scorching six furlongs in 1:08 3/5 at Turf Paradise in Arizona. Two months later in July, he equaled the track record of 1:09 1/5 for six furlongs at Darby Downs in Ohio with his initial stakes victory in the $30,990 Budweiser Sprint Championship Handicap. At five, the son of grade II and grade III winner Zanthe followed three earlier wins with an explosive effort in December’s $79,850 Hollywood Turf Express Handicap at Hollywood Park. He set a new American record on turf with a three quarters of a length victory in the time of 1:07 2/5 for six furlongs. This beat the previous mark of 1:08 set by Out of Hock at Belmont Park in 1983, and was only one-fifth of a second off the world record for dirt. There were not enough superlatives to go around to describe the victory by Zany Tactics in the grade II, $119,600 San Carlos Handicap over seven furlongs at

Santa Anita Park in his next start. He defeated Bolder Than Bold by half a length with Epidaurus a fast closing third in the final time of 1:22 2/5. After two more starts at Santa Anita, trainer Blake Heap chose the six-furlong Coors/Phoenix Gold Cup (grade III) worth $100,000 at Turf Paradise for the speedster. With the track surface like a rock, owner Vera Brunette’s gelding was assigned the highweight of 126 pounds while breaking from the outside nine hole. As the gates opened, Faro shot to the lead to run the first quarter in :21 1/5 with the half done in a blazing :43 flat. Without even needing a tap of the whip, Zany Tactics overtook Faro to finish a length in front at the wire. The official time of 1:06 4/5 established a new world record, breaking the 1:07 1/5 mark of Grey Papa and Petro D. Jay. In August, after two starts in New York, Zany Tactics returned for Del Mar’s 50th anniversary season. On the second day of that month, he eked out a win in the grade III, $66,160 Bing Crosby Handicap in 1:09. Three weeks later, he scored another neck victory in $54,675 Pat O’Brien Handicap running seven furlongs in 1:21 1/5. His last win came on Nov. 4, in Santa Anita’s $63,700 Ancient Title Handicap at six furlongs. Then on Feb. 26, 1988, he unfortunately died of a heart attack when suffering a ruptured artery during a routine morning workout at Santa Anita. The Brunette’s buried him on their Murrieta property. Steve and Brenda Forth, who worked at Silken Oaks Farm in Fresno, purchased Zany Tactics’ dam Escort’s Lady, a winning daughter of Escort, in-foal to Zanthe. They struck gold as California breeders when she foaled the dark bay/brown colt on April 4, 1981. In 1987, this extraordinarily talented sprinter was ranked third at 122 pounds on the Daily Racing Form’s Free Handicap Weights to Groovy, that year’s Eclipse Champion Sprinter. His career totals were 34-15-7-4 with earnings of $588,664. Z A N Y

Grade III Bing Crosby Handicap—August 2, 1987

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$54,675 Pat O’Brien Handicap—August 23, 1987

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Machinery For Horse Farms Down on the Farm by HEATHER SMITH THOMAS Most horse breeders and owners and use some type of labor-saving equipment or machinery to make management tasks easier. These labor-savors may range from a four-wheeler to pull a hay cart or small manure spreader or harrow, to a small tractor for powering a larger manure spreader or a frontend loader, to a larger tractor to handle big round bales. Small Tractors According to Clancy McDonough at Gulf Coast Tractor, the BX and B series Kubota tractors are very popular with horse people because of their small size and maneuverability. They are small enough to fit in a stall or go down a barn aisle. These tractors can be viewed on their web site: www.kabota.com All the tractors and their specs are listed, along with their prices. “On this web site you can also find loaders that fit these tractors,” says McDonough. Barry Nelson, at John Deere says his company makes small tractors from 20 horsepower up to 60 horsepower, for horse owners. “After you get out of the lawn and garden tractor range, the person raising horses usually chooses our compact utility tractors, which are 20 horsepower on up. Those tractors will easily handle a small loader to move things around, clean horse pens, etc. You can also get a mid-mount mower to put under those tractors, or a pulltype mower behind them. These are the 3000 to 4000 series tractors and very economical,” he says. “Larger operations may prefer our larger tractors that are 60 to 120 horsepower—the 5000 series,” says Nelson. You’d want something this large for haying, or even just moving big bales around if this is how you purchase hay. “It’s always good to visit with your local John Deere dealer, and discuss the size of your acreage and what you’ll be using

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the tractor for. He can make a recommendation. Another thing to consider is that you can order SCV valves (hydraulics) for the back of the larger tractors. Depending on the type of implements you plan to get, you may need hydraulic hoses that attach from the tractor to the implement, to raise and lower it. You may also what to consider getting a three-point hitch, depending on the type of implements you’ll be using,” says Nelson. “You may also need a PTO (power take-off) to drive a manure spreader. The PTO is basically a shaft at the back of the tractor that rotates. You hook that up to a drive link, and that will drive a lot of the mowers, manure spreaders, etc., that attach to a PTO. Your dealer can help you pick out the right tractor to run these,” says Nelson. The many different models can be viewed on their web site: www.johndeere.com “The small utility tractors range in price from $10,000 to $40,000 for the 20 to 60 horsepower tractors. Our dealers also handle used tractors and equipment. This would be a strong recommendation for someone who can’t afford a new one. There are John Deere tractors out there that are 40 years old and still working. The other good thing about John Deere is that we maintain a parts supply, and if you buy a used tractor you’ll be able to get parts and the dealers are able to work on any of the older models,” says Nelson. When buying any tractor, make sure there’s a distributor where you could get parts, service and advise. Some brands have gone out of business or changed hands and certain lines have been discontinued. You may not want to buy one of those used tractors if there’s no guarantee you can find parts for them.

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It’s always nice to talk with a dealer to ask questions and be sure you are getting the right product for what you need. “If you check with your local John Deere dealer, he can also check other sources. If you’re looking for a used tractor and he doesn’t have the desired model in stock, we have a search system: www.machinefinder.com If you’ve narrowed down to the type of used tractor you want, you can get on the web and compare models and pricing. Your dealer can also help you with this, if he doesn’t have it in stock,” says Nelson. One point of advice: make sure you ride and drive the tractor before you buy it. “The reason for this is that you have some options. You can buy a tractor with a shifter, or a hydraulic tractor with a foot pedal. You may have a preference, depending on your size. It makes a difference in what you’ll be comfortable with, in operating that tractor,” says Nelson. It also pays to read the operating manual, and ask questions if you have any. You need to know what the tractor is capable of, and the things that are safe or not safe to do with that model or size. “Our dealers do a good job at helping people and answering questions. There is also some routine maintenance you need to do with tractors, like changing the oil and filters, including the hydraulic oil. There are some basic things that are described in the operator’s manual. Many dealers offer specials, if you don’t want to service the tractor yourself. You can take your tractor in for a checkup, oil change and greasing, etc., if you are not familiar with machinery,” he says. Safety is also important. “This is another reason to talk to the dealer. You don’t want to have your child or grandchild on the tractor with you. Make sure you have a rollover bar, and use your seatbelt,” says Nelson. Utility Vehicles Nelson says John Deere has a line of utility vehicles, called Gators. “We just introduced a new Gator SUV that goes 44 miles per hour. We have models that go different speeds and handle different jobs. They come in different

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sizes and horsepower, and carrying capacity. There are sixwheel and four-wheel models. Some can carry bales of hay or pull a hay trailer. These are utility vehicles and can go over all kinds of terrain. The high-end models have a great suspension system and can go anywhere.” You can pull small implements or put a blade on the front of a Gator, but you can’t put a loader on the front, he says. Other options are skid steer loaders, or Bobcats. “These are very maneuverable in small places and have a loader on the front. This machine pivots on a dime, and many people use these to clean out stalls or barns or small pens,” says Nelson. These will go through small gates that a tractor won’t fit through. Manure Spreaders Brandon Rottmund at Mill Creek Manufacturers says their company offers the finest line of manure spreaders on the market, in all sizes. “Mill Creek is the original creator of the mini-spreader. We came out with the first one in 1985. There was no other maker of these small machines at that time,” he says. “Mill Creek sets itself apart from the competition because of our warranty on our equipment. Our competitors offer a one-year warranty on the mechanics of the machine. We have a two-year warranty on ours. Another thing we do, that no one else does, is pay the Rhino Lining company to Rhino-line the interior sidewalls of our machine, as an option for our customers, just like for a pickup truck. This protects the interior sidewalls from rust,” he says. Manure is acidic and corrosive, so this can keep the interior from deteriorating. “Our machine has a T-rod apron chain, which is about 30 percent stronger than a standard flat-link chain,” says Rottmund. The small units can be pulled behind a fourwheeler or a garden tractor and you don’t need a PTO. Continued on next page

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Down on the Farm Cont’d. Mill Creek spreaders come in several sizes—15 bushel, 22 bushel, 25, 35 and on up to a 90 bushel spreader. “You can get a ground drive in the smaller models; our small ones are all ground-driven,” he says. Depending on the size of the four-wheeler or gator, the pulling vehicle will handle up to the model 57 ground drive, though the 5777 is also offered in PTO drive. The larger models are only PTO driven (to be pulled by tractors) because they are so big. “This past year we created two new product lines. One is our economy line, which includes the 15 and 22 bushel spreaders. Those machines are made of galvanized sheeting, so the whole body is galvanized. That machine is priced to sell; the model 15 retails for $1,400 plus freight, and the 22 model retails for $1,800 plus freight.” The other product Mill Creek recently put on the market is the extreme Cadillac of the spreader industry. “These are the model 27 Plus Supreme and 37 Plus Supreme (25 and 35 bushel capacity). Basically it has Black Rhino lining on the interior sidewalls and the outside is coated in Rhino Mill Creek red. The entire body is encased in Rhino lining. It will never rust. The apron chain is T-rod and the entire chain is stainless steel. All the hardware—all the nuts and carriage bolts and the beater that slings the manure out of the machine—is all stainless steel,” he says. These can be run off a 4-wheeler as well as from a tractor. “A company called Cashmans (www.cashmans.com) carries

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the full line of Mill Creek spreaders. They originally worked with us to create the recent Supreme styles,” says Rottmund. Other Accessories And Implements Many horse breeders and/or owners use a variety of attachments including loaders, blades, mowers, chain drags, disc harrows, levelers for a riding arena, etc. “Many of these can be viewed at www.tractortools.com Brand names are listed, and there is also a search box for whatever type of implement you are looking for,” says McDonough. “Some of the most popular accessories for horse owners include the drag harrows and manure spreaders.” Nelson at John Deere says, “We also sell attachments and make sure all the attachments are easy to put on and take off, and if we have a gap in our lineup, we have a division called Frontier that also makes a wide variety of attachments. Just check with your local John Deere dealer and he can give you the whole list.”You may want a blade to maintain driveways or ditches. The machinery you select for your farm will generally depend on its size, the number of horses you have, their use and the way you keep them. The more labor-intensive your set-up (how many stalls to clean, pastures to clip, hay bales to stack or move, how much manure to move, etc.), the more you’ll want to depend on dependable machinery to save time and labor. No two farms or horse owners are exactly alike in their wants or needs—or ability to make a large investment in machinery. Budget may determine what you can afford, but wise purchases can save time (which often equates to money saved) and money later.

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Available Statistics Through July 1, 2012

Leading Sires in California

Leading Sires by Number of Races Won

Leading Sires by Money Won Rank Sire Runners 1. Unusual Heat . . . . . . . . . . . . 88 2. Tribal Rule . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 118 3. Kafwain . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 112 4. Benchmark . . . . . . . . . . . . . 94 5. Southern Image . . . . . . . . . 77 6. Old Topper . . . . . . . . . . . . . 110 7. Bertrando† . . . . . . . . . . . . . 96 8. Giacomo# . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 82 9. Ministers Wild Cat . . . . . . . 88 10. In Excess (Ire)† . . . . . . . . . . . 84 11. Awesome Gambler . . . . . . . 32 12. Aragorn (Ire)# . . . . . . . . . . . 70 13. Redattore (Brz)• . . . . . . . . . 66 14. Salt Lake* . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 68 15. Decarchy . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 77 16. Swiss Yodeler . . . . . . . . . . . 85 17. Marino Marini . . . . . . . . . . . 74 18. Good Journey . . . . . . . . . . 41 19. Formal Gold• . . . . . . . . . . . . 58 20. Vronsky . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 26 21. Lucky Pulpit . . . . . . . . . . . . . 31 22. Stormin Fever . . . . . . . . . . . 66 23. High Brite* . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 52 24. Popular . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 26 25. Cyclotron . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9 26. Olmodavor . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 51 27 Sea of Secrets† . . . . . . . . . . 70 28. Perfect Mandate* . . . . . . . . 39 29. Siberian Summer* . . . . . . . . 38 30. Tizbud . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 35 31. Suances (GB) . . . . . . . . . . . 19 32. Cee’s Tizzy† . . . . . . . . . . . . 42 33. Globalize . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 35 34. Terrell . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 46 35. Silic (Fr) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 19 36. Game Plan . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 30 37. Ten Most Wanted . . . . . . . . 39 38. Freespool . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 54 39. Rocky Bar# . . . . . . . . . . . . . 30 40. Muqtarib† . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 17 41. Capsized . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .24 42. Momentum . . . . . . . . . . . . . .47 43. Comic Strip . . . . . . . . . . . . . 27 44. Flame Thrower . . . . . . . . . . . 32 45. Crafty C. T.• . . . . . . . . . . . . . .15 46. Memo (CHI)• . . . . . . . . . . . . .23 47. Atticus . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 36 48. Our New Recruit* . . . . . . . . . 21 49. Gotham City . . . . . . . . . . . . . 23 50. Onebadshark . . . . . . . . . . . . 14

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Starts 352 435 478 440 337 450 342 326 383 323 111 272 233 256 283 332 293 171 272 112 128 259 247 131 27 226 284 140 166 131 78 159 172 177 66 112 172 226 149 73 103 201 101 126 65 97 121 76 82 61

Races Won 58 68 59 86 53 63 42 37 61 46 12 28 30 54 32 45 31 22 39 16 19 33 34 29 10 32 42 24 25 13 11 28 27 20 9 21 14 23 25 11 11 18 14 15 10 20 13 11 12 12

Earnings $2,187,422 1,649,192 1,448,032 1,345,515 1,144,905 1,134,403 1,090,405 1,045,664 955,051 892,193 819,525 767,529 765,974 758,510 670,753 639,066 632,675 608,151 568,217 547,936 533,723 508,331 495,441 468,159 419,474 410,805 396,777 384,387 380,198 378,517 368,659 363,305 352,664 336,385 296,807 285,031 254,363 252,138 249,723 237,583 225,274 223,234 219,709 215,533 203,976 198,944 196,825 196,409 179,498 179,409

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

Runners

Benchmark . . . . . . . . . . . 94 Tribal Rule . . . . . . . . . . .118 Old Topper . . . . . . . . . . .110 Ministers Wild Cat . . . . . . 88 Kafwain . . . . . . . . . . . . .112 Unusual Heat . . . . . . . . . 88 Salt Lake* . . . . . . . . . . . . 68 Southern Image . . . . . . . 77 In Excess (Ire)† . . . . . . . . 84 Swiss Yodeler . . . . . . . . . 85 Bertrando† . . . . . . . . . . . 96 Sea of Secrets . . . . . . . . 70 Formal Gold• . . . . . . . . . 58 Giacomo# . . . . . . . . . . . .82 High Brite* . . . . . . . . . . . . 52 Stormin Fever . . . . . . . . . 66 Decarchy . . . . . . . . . . . . . 77 Olmodavor . . . . . . . . . . . 51 Marino Marini . . . . . . . . . .74 Redattore (Brz)• . . . . . . . 66

Starts

Races Won

440 435 450 383 478 352 256 337 323 332 342 284 272 326 247 259 283 226 293 233

86 68 63 61 59 58 54 53 46 45 42 42 39 37 34 33 32 32 31 30

Earnings $1,345,515 1,649,192 1,134,403 955,051 1,448,032 2,187,422 758,510 1,144,905 892,193 639,066 1,090,405 396,777 568,217 1,045,664 495,441 508,331 670,753 410,805 632,675 765,974

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

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

Runners

Awesome Gambler . . . . . . .32 Unusual Heat . . . . . . . . . . . 88 Vronsky . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 26 Suances (GB) . . . . . . . . . . . 19 Popular . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 26 Lucky Pulpit . . . . . . . . . . . . 31 Silic (Fr) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 19 Southern Image . . . . . . . . . 77 Good Journey . . . . . . . . . . . 41 Benchmark . . . . . . . . . . . . . 94 Tribal Rule . . . . . . . . . . . . .118 Muqtarib† . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 17 Crafty C. T.• . . . . . . . . . . . . 15 Kafwain . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .112 Onebadshark . . . . . . . . . . . .14 Giacomo# . . . . . . . . . . . . .. 82 Cindago . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .13 One Man Army . . . . . . . . . .12 Redattore (BRZ)• . . . . . . . . 66 Bertrando† . . . . . . . . . . . . . 96

Races Won 12 58 16 11 29 19 9 53 22 86 68 11 10 59 12 37 7 6 30 42

Average Earnings/ Earnings Runner $819,525 2,187,422 547,936 368,659 468,159 533,723 296,807 1,144,905 608,151 1,345,515 1,649,192 237,583 203,976 1,448,032 179,409 1,045,664 165,663 148,226 765,974 1,090,405

$25,610 24,857 21,074 19,403 18,006 17,217 15,621 14,869 14,833 14,314 13,976 13,975 13,598 12,929 12,815 12,752 12,743 12,352 11,606 11,358

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Leading Sires by Turf Earnings

Leading Sires by Number of Winners

(Minimum 50 Starts Lifetime)

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

Benchmark......................... 94 Tribal Rule ........................ 118 Kafwain .............................112 Ministers Wild Cat............. 88 Unusual Heat ..................... 88 Old Topper ....................... 110 Southern Image...................77 Giacomo#........................... 82 In Excess (Ire)†.................. 84 Bertrando† ........................ 96 Swiss Yodeler.................... 85 Decarchy ............................ 77 Sea of Secrets.................... 70 Stormin Fever..................... 66 Salt Lake* .......................... 68 High Brite* .......................... 52 Marino Marini ......................74 Formal Gold•...................... 58 Redattore (Brz)• ................ 66 Aragorn (Ire)# ..................... 70 Olmodavor ........................ 51

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

Runners

Winners

Races Won

54 49 46 42 39 39 35 33 32 30 29 28 28 27 26 26 25 24 22 21 21

86 68 59 61 58 63 53 37 46 42 45 32 42 33 54 34 31 39 30 28 32

Earnings $1,345,515 1,649,192 1,448,032 955,051 2,187,422 1,134,403 1,144,905 1,045,664 892,193 1,090,405 639,066 670,753 396,777 508,331 758,510 495,441 632,675 568,217 765,974 767,529 410,805

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 ............ 63 Redattore (Brz)• ........ 19 In Excess (Ire)†.......... 24 Vronsky ...................... 14 Good Journey ........... 24 Aragorn (Ire)# ............ 38 Kafwain ...................... 24 Tribal Rule ................. 31 Bertrando†................ 32 Benchmark..................25 Decarchy.....................23 Formal Gold• ............ 14 Ministers Wild Cat...... 19 Suances (GB) .............. 9 Popular....................... 7 Old Topper ................. 23 Olmodavor ................. 13 Muqtarib† ................... 4 Giacomo# .................. 18 Perfect Mandate* ....... 11

163 40 63 40 66 96 40 50 48 54 51 25 31 24 16 34 35 10 27 25

19 4 6 4 6 9 4 6 6 5 4 3 2 2 4 5 5 2 4 4

26 6 7 4 7 11 5 8 6 7 4 6 4 3 5 5 7 2 4 5

Earnings $1,316,791 350,190 322,935 316,737 311,280 303,195 284,919 274,760 270,226 262,590 247,652 183,641 183,116 169,866 165,088 144,996 138,963 137,340 133,041 127,074

Leading Sires by Median Earnings Per Runner

Leading Sires by Average Earnings Per Start

(Minimum 10 Runners)

(Minimum 50 Starts)

Runners

Suances (GB)................... 19 Unusual Heat ................... 88 Good Journey.................. 41 Popular ........................... 26 Crafty C. T.• ..................... 15 Southern Image ............... 77 Takin It Deep• .................. 15 Game Plan ....................... 30 Memo (Chi)• .....................23 Rocky Bar# .......................30 Tizbud.............................. 35 One Man Army................ 12 Cindago ........................... 13 Our New Recruit*............. 21 Benchmark ...................... 94 Ancient Art ...................... 10 Lucky Pulpit .................... 31 Iron Cat ........................... 20 Globalize.......................... 35 Vronsky ............................ 26

Races Won 11 58 22 29 10 53 12 21 20 25 13 6 7 11 86 3 19 17 27 16

Median Earnings/ Earnings Runner $368,659 2,187,422 608,151 468,159 203,976 1,144,905 122,215 285,031 198,944 249,723 378,517 148,226 165,663 196,409 1,345,515 95,344 533,723 132,744 352,664 547,936

$14,962 10,741 10,400 9,917 8,460 7,830 7,275 6,720 6,530 6,459 6,430 6,310 6,240 6,200 6,134 6,124 6,123 5,973 5,850 5,750

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

Runners

Awesome Gambler......... 32 Unusual Heat .................. 88 Vronsky .......................... 26 Suances (GB) ................. 19 Silic (Fr) ........................... 19 Lucky Pulpit .................... 31 Tribal Rule ..................... 118 Popular........................... 26 Good Journey ................. 41 Southern Image ............ 77 Redattore (Brz)• .............. 66 Muqtarib†........................ 17 Giacomo#....................... 82 Bertrando† ..................... 96 Crafty C. T.• .................... 15 Benchmark...................... 94 Kafwain ......................... 112 Salt Lake* ...................... 68 Onebadshark ................. 14 Tizbud ............................ 35

Starts

Earnings

Average Earnings/ Start

111 352 112 78 66 128 435 131 171 337 233 73 326 342 65 440 478 256 61 131

$819,525 2,187,422 547,936 368,659 296,807 533,723 1,649,192 468,159 608,151 1,144,905 765,974 237,583 1,045,664 1,090,405 203,976 1,345,515 1,448,032 758,510 179,409 378,517

$7,383 6,214 4,892 4,726 4,497 4,170 3,791 3,574 3,556 3,397 3,287 3,255 3,208 3,188 3,138 3,058 3,029 2,963 2,941 2,889

The statistics contained in these rankings are compiled by The Jockey Club Information Systems Inc. (TJCIS). While every effort is made to prevent errors and omissions, California Thoroughbred cannot guarantee their complete and total accuracy. A dagger (†) indicates that a stallion has been pensioned, an asterisk (*) that he has died, a dot (•) that he is now standing elsewhere, a number sign (#) that he did not stand in California in 2011 but is standing in the state in 2012, a double dagger (‡) that he is not standing in California in 2012 but will stand in the state in 2013 and in bold that he is a freshman sire. In all cases, a sire will remain in the rankings until the year after his last California foals are two-year-olds. Statistics cover racing in North America (U.S., Canada and Puerto Rico), England, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Mexico, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates only.

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

Crops of Average Foals of Racing Crop Racing Age Size Age

1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7.

Unusual Heat, 1990, by Nureyev 12 Lucky Pulpit, 2001, by Pulpit 3 Vronsky, 1999, by Danzig 5 Awesome Gambler, 2004, by Coronado's Quest 2 Cee’s Tizzy†, 1987, by Relaunch 20 In Excess (Ire)†, 1987, by Siberian Express 17 Southern Image, 2000, by Halo's Image 4 Tribal Rule, 1996, by Storm Cat 7 9. Good Journey, 1996, by Nureyev 7 One Man Army, 1994, by Roman Diplomat 7 11. Salt Lake*, 1989, by Deputy Minister 17 12. Bertrando†, 1989, by Skywalker 16 13. Memo (Chi)•, 1987, by Mocito Guapo (Arg) 15 14. Birdonthewire, 1989, by Proud Birdie 15 15. Benchmark, 1991, by Alydar 11 16. Rocky Bar#, 1998, by In Excess (Ire) 5 17. Stormin Fever, 1994, by Storm Cat 10 18. Beau Genius†, 1985, by Bold Ruckus 19 19. Formal Gold•, 1993, by Black Tie Affair (Ire) 11 20. Kafwain, 2000, by Cherokee Run 6 21. Robannier, 1991, by Batonnier 13 22. Olympio*, 1988, by Naskra 17 23. Popular, 1999, by Saint Ballado 5 24. Atticus, 1992, by Nureyev 12 25. Snow Chief*, 1983, by Reflected Glory 21 26. Kelly Kip, 1994, by Kipper Kelly 9 27. Giacomo#, 2002, by Holy Bull 3 High Brite*, 1984, by Best Turn 21 Siberian Summer*, 1989, by Siberian Express 11 Swiss Yodeler, 1994, by Eastern Echo 11 31. Tizbud, 1999, by Cee's Tizzy 5 32. Decarchy, 1997, by Distant View 6 Silic (Fr), 1995, by Sillery 8 34. Aragorn (Ire)#, 2002, by Giant's Causeway 3 Redattore (Brz)•, 1995, by Roi Normand 6 Suances (GB), 1997, by Most Welcome (GB) 5 37. Lake George, 1992, by Vice Regent 13 38. Old Topper, 1995, by Gilded Time 9 Perfect Mandate*, 1996, by Gone West 9 40. Sea of Secrets, 1995, by Storm Cat 10 41. Marino Marini, 2000, by Storm Cat 5 42. Ministers Wild Cat, 2000, by Deputy Minister 4 43. Poteen†, 1994, by Irish River (Fr) 7 Western Fame, 1992, by Gone West 11 45. Crafty C. T.•, 1998, by Crafty Prospector 5 Olmodavor, 1999, by A.P. Indy 5 47. Grey Memo, 1997, by Memo (Chi) 6 Iron Cat, 1995, by Storm Cat 11 Thisnearlywasmine, 1994, by Capote 8 50. Epic Honor, 1996, by Honor Grades 8 76.Latin American, 1988, by Riverman

47 22 16 39 36 57 85 64 48 9 73 63 35 17 59 16 62 39 43 67 8 30 15 36 13 12 59 44 35 61 26 44 19 57 84 17 12 53 33 43 48 55 11 25 18 42 10 12 8 9 .

569 67 78 78 728 968 341 450 336 63 1,247 1,009 525 255 652 80 624 749 470 404 100 511 75 435 270 108 178 924 382 676 131 265 151 172 501 85 159 477 296 432 241 218 74 279 89 208 60 136 67 70 15

Runners

Winners

391-69% 281-49% 34-51% 24-36% 35-45% 23-29% 35-45% 11-14% 506-70% 370-51% 699-72% 513-53% 148-43% 105-31% 256-57% 167-37% 143-43% 75-22% 44-70% 29-46% 1,024-82% 822-66% 742-74% 505-50% 336-64% 240-46% 184-72% 130-51% 466-71% 353-54% 44-55% 38-48% 460-74% 331-53% 611-82% 462-62% 369-79% 285-61% 298-74% 200-50% 65-65% 38-38% 391-77% 287-56% 46-61% 38-51% 313-72% 188-43% 181-67% 111-41% 87-81% 72-67% 105-59% 65-37% 714-77% 579-63% 287-75% 204-53% 508-75% 354-52% 55-42% 24-18% 162-61% 107-40% 107-71% 69-46% 107-62% 63-37% 337-67% 191-38% 37-44% 23-27% 101-64% 59-37% 372-78% 277-58% 156-53% 98-33% 342-79% 251-58% 140-58% 96-40% 135-62% 85-39% 50-68% 36-49% 186-67% 137-49% 49-55% 36-40% 128-62% 88-42% 26-43% 20-33% 100-74% 83-61% 37-55% 25-37% 49-70%. 38-54% 21 309 206-67%

2-Y-O Winners

31-5% 13-19% 3-4% 7-9% 59-8% 114-12% 30-9% 71-16% 10-3% 2-3% 244-20% 118-12% 43-8% 37-15% 92-14% 15-19% 106-17% 138-18% 77-16% 70-17% 8-8% 60-12% 14-19% 38-9% 27-10% 16-15% 20-11% 145-16% 26-7% 149-22% 4-3% 32-12% 11-7% 21-12% 43-9% 3-4% 10-6% 103-22% 18-6% 74-17% 26-11% 26-12% 4-5% 45-16% 9-10% 25-12% 5-8% 7-5% 5-7% 6-9% 134-43%.

Stakes Winners

33-6% 3-4% 3-4% 1-1% 39-5% 63-7% 5-1% 23-5% 3-1% 4-6% 72-6% 55-5% 28-5% 10-4% 33-5% 10-13% 30-5% 39-5% 19-4% 16-4% 3-3% 30-6% 2-3% 13-3% 9-3% 2-2% 5-3% 46-5% 13-3% 26-4% 3-2% 7-3% 2-1% 2-1% 16-3% 1-1% 5-3% 19-4% 11-4% .20-5% 5-2% 8-4% 3-4% 13-5% 1-1% 6-3% 0-0% 6-4% 0-0% 1-1% 28-9%

Graded Stakes Winners

Progeny Earnings

10-2% $34,100,137 0-0% $1,689,985 1-1% $1,923,290 1-1% $1,107,387 9-1% $36,389,019 11-1% $43,042,604 2-1% $5,675,210 2-0% $12,573,265 2-1% $5,474,890 1-2% $2,475,171 24-2% $60,271,991 12-1% $42,032,090 9-2% $17,954,162 1-0% $11,636,197 8-1% $25,695,306 1-1% $2,141,057 12-2% $25,745,956 5-1% $34,623,096 5-1% $18,612,179 4-1% $11,482,630 0-0% $2,920,686 4-1% $18,834,342 0-0% $1,773,822 5-1% $12,798,340 1-0% $5,651,473 1-1% $4,322,177 2-1% $2,879,468 9-1% $35,545,654 4-1% $12,250,664 2-0% $23,563,251 0-0% $1,464,179 1-0% $6,008,114 1-1% $6,884,567 0-0% $3,119,606 12-2% $6,144,450 0-0% $1,260,373 1-1% $4,151,634 0-0% $14,664,129 0-0% $5,790,994 2-0% $16,720,757 0-0% $4,556,783 0-0% $3,631,200 0-0% $1,957,368 0-0% $7,340,815 0-0% $2,107,834 1-0% $3,824,453 0-0% $821,711 0-0% $3,407,621 0-0% $1,331,681 0-0% $2,197,119 6-2% 2-1% $6,561,674

Average Earnings Index

2.17 1.85 1.70 1.69 1.67 1.65 1.45 1.45 1.43 1.43 1.42 1.38 1.32 1.30 1.26 1.25 1.23 1.18 1.15 1.13 1.12 1.11 1.10 1.08 1.07 1.06 1.05 1.05 1.05 1.05 1.02 1.01 1.01 1.00 1.00 1.00 0.97 0.96 0.96 0.95 0.94 0.93 0.91 0.90 0.89 0.89 0.88 0.88 0.88 0.87 0.86

Comparable Index

1.25 1.24 0.95 0.76 1.16 1.43 1.42 1.20 1.05 0.99 1.42 1.56 1.12 1.38 1.16 0.77 1.43 1.16 1.36 1.30 1.07 1.30 0.97 1.49 1.30 1.01 1.46 1.18 0.89 1.10 0.93 1.00 0.93 1.47 1.21 1.21 1.04 0.87 1.26 1.09 1.02 1.01 0.81 0.81 0.95 1.36 0.76 1.00 0.74 0.74 1.10

These statistics are for active California-based sires with a minimum of 50 foals of racing age, ranked here by lifetime Average Earnings Index (AEI) The statistics contained in these rankings are compiled by The Jockey Club Information Systems Inc (TJCIS) While every effort is made to prevent errors and omissions, California Thoroughbred cannot guarantee their complete and total accuracy A dagger (†) indicates that a stallion has been pensioned, an asterisk (*) that he has died, a dot (•) that he is now standing elsewhere, a number sign (#) that he did not stand in California in 2011 but is standing in the state in 2012, a double dagger (‡) that he is not standing in California in 2012 but will stand in the state in 2013 and In bold that he is a freshman sire In all cases, a sire will remain in the rankings until the year after his last California foals are two-year-olds Statistics cover racing in North America (US, Canada and Puerto Rico), England, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Mexico, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates (UAE) only Percentages are based upon number of foals of racing age

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Leading Two-Year-Old Sires in California

Leading Sires Of Two-Year-Olds by Money Won Rank Sire

Runners

Starts

Races Won

23 18 14 6 6 3 4 2 4 2 8 10 3 7 14 8 5 1 3 7 1 10 7 2 1

2 4 2 2 1 1 1 1 1 1 2 1 0 1 0 0 0 1 0 2 1 2 2 1 1

1. Awesome Gambler . . . . . . . 12 2. Tribal Rule . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 11 3. Swiss Yodeler . . . . . . . . . . . . 8 4. Stormin Fever . . . . . . . . . . . 3 5. Unusual Heat . . . . . . . . . . . . 4 6. Cee's Tizzy† . . . . . . . . . . . . 2 7. Redattore (Brz)• . . . . . . . . . 2 8. Suances (GB) . . . . . . . . . . . 1 9. Rio Verde . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3 10. Nineeleven . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1 11. Globalize . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3 12. Kafwain . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8 13. Game Plan . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1 14. Old Topper . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5 15. Tannersmyman . . . . . . . . . . 5 16. Council Member . . . . . . . . 6 17. Cindago . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4 18. Southern Image . . . . . . . . . 1 19. Salt Lake* . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2 20. Singletary . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4 21. Crossword* . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1 22. McCann's Mojave . . . . . . . . 3 23. Our New Recruit* . . . . . . . . . 3 24. Sought After . . . . . . . . . . . . 2 25. Comic Strip . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1

Earnings $164,486 123,846 90,372 58,680 57,185 51,310 45,680 41,600 36,950 31,200 30,465 29,988 26,520 20,577 20,276 20,180 17,340 16,200 13,470 12,716 11,820 11,729 11,511 11,200 9,900

Leading Sires Of Two-Year-Olds by Average Earnings Per Runner (Minimum 3 Runners)

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

Runners

Stormin Fever . . . . . . . . 3 Unusual Heat . . . . . . . . . 4 Awesome Gambler . . . 12 Rio Verde . . . . . . . . . . . . 3 Swiss Yodeler . . . . . . . . 8 Tribal Rule . . . . . . . . . . .11 Globalize . . . . . . . . . . . . .3 Cindago . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4 Old Topper . . . . . . . . . . . 5 Tannersmyman . . . . . . . 5 McCann's Mojave . . . . 3 Our New Recruit* . . . . . . .3 Kafwain . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8 Council Member . . . . . 6 Singletary . . . . . . . . . . . . 4

Races Won Earnings 2 1 2 1 2 4 2 0 1 0 2 2 1 0 2

$58,680 57,185 164,486 36,950 90,372 123,846 30,465 17,340 20,577 20,276 11,729 11,511 29,988 20,180 12,716

Average Earnings/ Runner $19,560 14,296 13,707 12,317 11,297 11,259 10,155 4,335 4,115 4,055 3,910 3,837 3,749 3,363 3,179

STORMIN FEVER (GOLDEN EAGLE FARM) Leading Two-Year-Old Sire in California by Average Earnings Per Runner through July 1, 2012.

Leading Sires Of Two-Year-Olds by Number of Winners Rank Sire

Runners

1. Tribal Rule ........................11 2. Awesome Gambler ..........12 Swiss Yodeler .................. 8 Stormin Fever .................... 3 Globalize .......................... 3 Our New Recruit* .............. 3 7. Unusual Heat .................... 4 Cee's Tizzy† .................... 2 Redattore (Brz)• ................ 2 Suances (GB).................... 1 Rio Verde .......................... 3 Nineeleven ........................ 1 Kafwain ............................ 8 Old Topper ........................ 5 Southern Image ................ 1 Singletary.......................... 4 Crossword ........................ 1 McCann's Mojave .......... 3 Sought After ...................... 2 Comic Strip........................ 1 Memo (Chi)• ...................... 1 Benchmark ...................... 3 Olmodavor ...................... 2

Winners

Races Won

Earnings

4 2 2 2 2 2 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1

4 2 2 2 2 2 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 2 1 2 1 1 1 1 1

$123,846 164,486 90,372 58,680 30,465 11,511 57,185 51,310 45,680 41,600 36,950 31,200 29,988 20,577 16,200 12,716 11,820 11,729 11,200 9,900 9,050 6,934 1,673

The statistics contained in these rankings are compiled by The Jockey Club Information Systems Inc. (TJCIS). While every effort is made to prevent errors and omissions, California Thoroughbred cannot guarantee their complete and total accuracy. A dagger (†) indicates that a stallion has been pensioned, an asterisk (*) that he has died, a dot (•) that he is now standing elsewhere, a number sign (#) that he did not stand in California in 2011 but is standing in the state in 2012, a double dagger (‡) that he is not standing in California in 2012 but will stand in the state in 2013 and in bold that he is a freshman sire. In all cases, a sire will remain in the rankings until the year after his last California foals are two-year-olds. Statistics cover racing in North America (U.S., Canada and Puerto Rico), England, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Mexico, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates only.

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Regional Race Meetings, Stakes Races and Sale Dates

Dates in California

2012 REGIONAL RACE MEETINGS Del Mar Thoroughbred Club, Del Mar . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .July 18-Sept. 5, 2012 Sonoma County Fair, Santa Rosa . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .July 25-Aug. 12, 2012 Humboldt County Fair, Ferndale . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Aug. 15-26, 2012 Golden Gate Fields, Albany . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Aug. 17-Sept. 16, 2012 Fairplex Park, Pomona . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Sept. 7-23, 2012 San Joaquin County Fair, Stockton . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Sept. 19-30, 2012 Santa Anita Park, Arcadia . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Sept. 26-Nov. 4, 2012 Fresno County Fair, Fresno . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Oct. 3-14, 2012 Golden Gate Fields, Albany . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Oct. 18-Dec. 16, 2012 Hollywood Park, Inglewood . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Nov. 7-Dec. 16, 2012

AUGUST AND SEPTEMBER 2012 REGIONAL STAKES RACES Date

Track

Stakes (Grade)

Conditions

Distance

Added Value

Aug. 1 Aug. 3 Aug. 4 Aug. 4 Aug. 5 Aug. 5 Aug. 5 Aug. 8 Aug. 10 Aug. 11 Aug. 11 Aug. 12 Aug. 12 Aug. 15 Aug. 17 Aug. 18 Aug. 19 Aug. 19 Aug. 24

Dmr Dmr Dmr Sro Dmr Sro Sro Dmr Dmr Dmr Sro Dmr Sro Dmr Dmr Dmr Dmr Dmr Dmr

Aug. 25 Aug. 26 Aug. 26 Aug. 26 Aug. 26

Dmr Dmr Dmr Dmr Fer

Aug. 29 Aug. 31

Dmr Dmr

Graduation Stakes . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .2-y-o, Cal-Bred/Cal-Sired . . . . . . . . . . . .5 1/2 f. . . . . . . . . . . . . . .$100,000g Real Good Deal Stakes . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .3-y-o, Cal-Bred/Cal-Sired . . . . . . . . . . . .7 f. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .200,000g Clement L. Hirsch Stakes (Gr. I) . . . . . . . . . .3-y-o & up, f. & m. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1 1/16 m. . . . . . . . . . . . . .300,000g Robers Dupre Derby . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .3-y-o . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1 1/16 m. (T) . . . . . . . . . . .50,000+ Best Pal Stakes (Gr. II) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .2-y-o . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .6 1/2 f. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .150,000g Jess Jackson Owner’s Handicap . . . . . . . . .3-y-o & up . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .5 f. (T) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .50,000+ Joseph T. Grace Handicap . . . . . . . . . . . . . .3-y-o & up . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1 1/16 m. (T) . . . . . . . . . . .50,000+ Sorrento Stakes (Gr. III) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .2-y-o f. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .6 1/2 f. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .150,000g Daisycutter Handicap . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .3-y-o & up., f. & m. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .5 f. (T) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .85,000+ La Jolla Handicap (Gr. II) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .3-y-o . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1 1/16 m. (T) . . . . . . . . . . .150,000g Wine Country Debutante Stakes . . . . . . . . .2-y-o f. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .6 f. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .75,000g John C. Mabee Stakes (Gr. II) . . . . . . . . . . .3-y-o & up, f. & m. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1 1/8 m. (T) . . . . . . . . . . . .250,000g Cavonnier Juvenile Stakes . . . . . . . . . . . . . .2-y-o . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .6 f. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .50,000g Green Flash Handicap . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .3-y-o & up . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .5 f. (T) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .85,000+ Sandy Blue Handicap . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .3-y-o f. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1 m. (T) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .85,000+ Del Mar Oaks (Gr. I) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .3-y-o f. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1 1/8 m. (T) . . . . . . . . . . . .300,000g Rancho Bernardo Handicap (Gr. III) . . . . . . .3-y-o & up, f. & m. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .6 1/2 f. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .150,000g Solana Beach Handicap . . . . . . . . . . . . . .3-y-o & up, f. & m, Cal-Bred/Cal-Sired 1 m. (T) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .100,000g CTT and Thoroughbred Owners of . . . . . . .3-y-o & up, f. & m. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1 3/8 m. (T) . . . . . . . . . . . . .85,000+ California Handicap Del Mar Handicap (Gr. II) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .3-y-o & up . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1 3/8 m. (T) . . . . . . . . . . . .200,000g TVG Pacific Classic (Gr. I) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .3-y-o & up . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1 1/4 m. . . . . . . . . . . . . .1,000,000g Pat O’Brien Stakes (Gr. I) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .3-y-o & up . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .7 f. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .250,000g Del Mar Mile (Gr. II) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .3-y-o & up . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1 m. (T) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .200,000g C. J. Hindley Humboldt County Marathon . . . .3-y-o & up . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1 5/8 m. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .30,000g Starter Stakes Generous Portion Stakes . . . . . . . . . . . . .2-y-o f., Cal-Bred/Cal-Sired . . . . . . . . . .6 f. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .150,000g El Cajon Stakes . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .3-y-o . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1 m. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .100,000g

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Dmr Dmr Dmr Dmr Dmr Dmr Dmr Dmr Dmr Dmr Dmr Dmr

Del Mar Debutante (Gr. I) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .2-y-o f. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .7 f. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .$300,000g Harry F. Brubaker Stakes . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .3-y-o & up . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1 m. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .85,000+ Del Mar Derby (Gr. II) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .3-y-o . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1 1/8 m. (T) . . . . . . . . . . . . . .300,000g Torrey Pines Stakes . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .3-yo f. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1 m. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .100,000g Adoration Stakes . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .3-y-o & up, f. & m. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1 m. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .85,000+ Yellow Ribbon Handicap (Gr. II) . . . . . . . . . . . .3-y-o & up, f. & m. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1 1/16 m. (T) . . . . . . . . . . . . .250,000g I’m Smokin Stakes . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .2-y-o, Cal-Bred/Cal-Sired . . . . . . . . . . . . .6 f. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .150,000g Oak Tree Juvenile Fillies Turf Stakes . . . . . . . .2-y-o f. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1 m. (T) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .100,000g Del Mar Futurity (Gr. I) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .2-y-o . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .7 f. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .$300,000g Oak Tree Juvenile Turf Stakes . . . . . . . . . . . . .2-y-o . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1 m. (T) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .100,000g C.E.R.F. Stakes . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .3-y-o & up, f. & m. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .6 f. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .85,000+ Pirate’s Bounty Stakes . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .3-y-o & up . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .6 f. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .85,000+

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Beverly J. Lewis Stakes . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .3-yo f. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .6 1/2 f. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .50,000g E. B. Johnston Stakes . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .3-y-o & up, f. & m., Cal-Bred/Cal-Sired . . .1 1/16 m. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .50,000g Jim Kostoff Stakes . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .3-y-o . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .6 1/2 f. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .50,000g C. B. Afflerbaugh Stakes . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .2-y-o . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .7 f. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .50,000g Phil D. Shepherd Stakes . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .2-y-o f. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .7 f. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .50,000g Barretts Debutante Stakes . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .2-y-o f. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .6 1/2 f. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .100,000g Barretts Juvenile Stakes . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .2-y-o . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .6 1/2 f. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .100,000g Governor’s Cup Handicap . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .3-y-o & up . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .6 1/2 f. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .50,000g Bangles And Beads Stakes . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .3-y-o & up, f. & m. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .6 1/2 f. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .50,000g Las Madrinas Handicap . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .3-y-o & up, f. & m. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1 1/16 m. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .50,000g Pomona Derby . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .3-y-o . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1 1/16 m. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .50,000g The Harvest Stakes . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .3-y-o & up, f. & m. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .6 f. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .50,000+ Ralph M. Hinds Pomona Handicap . . . . . . . . .3-y-o & up . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1 1/8 m. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .100,000g Eddie D. Stakes (Gr. III) (Morvich Stakes) . . . . .3-y-o & up . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .abt. 6 1/2 f. (T) . . . . . . . . . . . .100,000g Awesome Again Stakes (Gr. I) (Goodwood Stakes) 3-y-o & up . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1 1/8 m. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .250,000g Zenyatta Stakes (Gr. I) (Lady’s Secret Stakes) . .3-y-o & up, f. & m. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1 1/16 m. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .250,000g Rodeo Drive Stakes (Gr. I) (Yellow Ribbon Stakes) .3-y-o & up. f. & m. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1 1/4 m. (T) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .250,000g FrontRunner Stakes (Gr. I) (Norfolk Stakes) . . .2-y-o . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1 1/16 m. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .250,000g Chandelier Stakes (Gr. I) (Oak Leaf Stakes) . . .2-y-o f. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1 1/16 m. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .250,000g John Henry Turf Championship Stakes (Gr. II) (Clement L. Hirsch Turf Championship Stakes) .3-y-o & up . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1 1/4 m. (T) . . . . . . . . . . . . . 150,000g *Purse includes money from Cal-bred Race Fund **Purse includes money from Breeders’ Cup Fund #-Purse includes money from Golden State Series Fund g-Purse guaranteed • e-Estimated purse • +-Added purse

2012 REGIONAL SALE DATES August 14 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Northern California Yearling Sale . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .(Entries closed April 9) October 9 & 10 . . . . . . . . . . . .Barretts October Yearling Sale . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .(Nominations closed April 20)

California-Bred/California-Sired Stakes Races August to October DEL MAR THOROUGHBRED CLUB

SANTA ANITA PARK

Wednesday, August 1

Friday, August 3

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

$200,000 Real Good Deal Stakes Three-Year-Olds 7 Furlongs

Sunday, August 19

Wednesday, August 29

$175,000 Lava Man California Cup Classic Three-Year-Old & Up 1 1/8 Miles (Turf)

$100,000 Solana Beach Handicap Three-Year-Old & Up, Fillies & Mares 1 Mile (Turf)

$150,000 Generous Portion Stakes Two-Year-Old Fillies 6 Furlongs

$125,000 California Cup Distaff Three-Year-Old & Up, Fillies & Mares 6 1/2 Furlongs (Turf)

Monday, September 3 $150,000 I’m Smokin Stakes Two-Year-Olds 6 Furlongs

FAIRPLEX PARK Saturday, September 8 $50,000(G) E. B. Johnston Stakes Three-Year-Old & Up, Fillies & Mares 1 1/16 Miles

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Saturday, October 13 California Cup XXIII

$100,000 California Cup Sprint Three-Year-Old & Up 6 Furlongs $100,00 California Cup Juvenile Two-Year-Old, Colts & Geldings 1 1/16 Miles $100,00 California Cup Juvenile Fillies Two-Year-Old Fillies 1 1/16 Miles

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CALIFORNIA-BRED/CALIFORNIA-SIRED STAKES RACES WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 1 $100,000(G) GRADUATION STAKES 2YO, 5 1/2 FURLONGS Del Mar Thoroughbred Club, Del Mar, Calif.

FRIDAY, AUGUST 3 $200,000(G) REAL GOOD DEAL STAKES 3YO, 7 FURLONGS Del Mar Thoroughbred Club, Del Mar, Calif.

SUNDAY, AUGUST 19 $100,000(G) SOLANA BEACH HANDICAP 3YO & UP, FILLIES & MARES, 1 MILE (TURF) Del Mar Thoroughbred Club, Del Mar, Calif.

WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 29 $150,000(G) GENEROUS PORTION STAKES 2YO FILLIES, 6 FURLONGS Del Mar Thoroughbred Club, Del Mar, Calif.

IMPORTANT EVENTS & DATES TUESDAY, AUGUST 14 CTBA SALES NORTHERN CALIFORNIA YEARLING SALE Alameda County Fairgrounds, Pleasanton, Calif. THURSDAY, AUGUST 23 CALIFORNIA HORSE RACING BOARD (CHRB) MONTHLY BOARD MEETING Del Mar Thoroughbred Club (Simulcast Facility), Del Mar, Calif.

SATURDAY, AUGUST 25 THOROUGHBRED OWNERS OF CALIFORNIA (TOC) SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA ANNUAL MEETING Del Mar Thoroughbred Club, Del Mar, Calif.

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

THOROUGHBREDS FOR SALE Granny Got Game (2004) by Stormy Atlantic, first foal currently running and a winner. Second foal a yearling colt by Lucky Pulpit. Infoal (early cover) to Desert Code. $6,500. 209-613-6020 CAL-BRED 3-YEAR-OLDS FOR SALE. Colts & fillies by Jump Start, Even the Score, Scrimshaw, Will He Shine & others. From $5,000 to $25,000. For photos or questions. E-mail: bulldog@wavecable.com

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ADVERTISERS Ballena Vista Farm . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .OBC Cal Cup Nominations/Reservations . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .10 Cal-Bred Maiden Bonus Program . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .IBC Cardiff, Suzanne, Pedigree Research . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .53 Cole Ranch . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .52 CTBA 2013 Stallion Directory . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .31 CTBA Farm Spotlight . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .26 CTBA Foal Advertorial . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .39 CTBA Northern California Yearling Sale . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .18 Daehling Ranch . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .52 Dickson Podley Realtors (Jeannie Garr Roddy) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .53 E.A. Ranches . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .14 Equineline.com . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .23 Equinesavings.com . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .37 Fairplex Park . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .17 Farm Safety Video . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .43 Gayle Van Leer Thoroughbred Services . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .53

Gloria Renteria . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .52 Harris Farms . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .IFC , 20, 21 Laurel Fowler Insurance Broker Inc. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .53 Legacy Ranch . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .5 Linda Cardenas-Subias-Law Office . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .53 Lilian Nichols/Halters . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .53 NTRA Advantage/Sherwin Williams . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .9 NTRA Advantage/John Deere . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .11 Rancho Temescal . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .19 Ridgeley Farm . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .51 The Loftin Firm LLP . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .53 Tommy Town Thoroughbreds LLC . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .3 Trainers Praise Natural Alternative, EPO-Equine . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .13 Washington Thoroughbred Breeders Assoc. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .54 West Coast Racing Colors/June Gee . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .52 www.horselawyers.com . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .53

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STALLIONS

Mares’ Nest (Colleen Turpin-Boyce, Agent)

Is proud to offer at the August 14 Pleasanton Yearling Sale DESERT OASIS

NORTHERN IMAGE

Hip No. 75

Hip No. 89

Chestnut colt by Breeders’ Cup Sprint Turf winner DESERT CODE out of the young winning half-sister to Peruvian Horse of the Year and three-time champion BLACK COFFEE. This colt is from the first crop of multiple stakes winner DESERT CODE.

Bay filly by the sensational young sire SOUTHERN IMAGE, sire of stakes winners SOUTHERN SPEED ($2,376,850), CALIBRACHOA, SOUTHERN FIREBALL, etc., out of the young half-sister to champion three-year-old filly BAI AND BAI, multiple stakes winner of $724,983.

Mares’ Nest Has bred, or co-bred, sales yearlings that have won 24 Stakes Races and placed in an additional 25 Stakes at every major California track. www.ctba.com

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It’s About Time Guest Forum

by BOB CARSON “Time Flies. It’s up to you to be the navigator.”—Robert Orben “Time will explain it all. He is a talker, and needs no questioning before he speaks.”—Euripides About a dozen years ago, six people new to the horse ownership game formed a syndicate and purchased a yearling. We were excited about joining the ranks of horsemen. We each coughed up about three grand (I am using the word “about” more than usual because it was a decade ago, and I have enough trouble keeping tabs on my teenage daughter and car keys let alone old financial records). I do remember clearly that we all said we did not care about losing the money; we just wanted to have fun. This did not prove to be true. At the end of our pedestrian run as new owners there was a split decision. Our horse, like many horses, did not earn money. Still, at the end of the season I was excited and felt that the whole adventure was a smashing success. I was chomping at the bit, ready for more equine adventure. My fellow syndicate members held an opposing view. Apparently they were just kidding when they said they did not care about losing money. They did not have as much fun as they hoped. The question is, why the mixed reviews? The answer, I believe, was time. You see, my unusual occupation, (some suggest nonoccupation), frees my schedule. Working as a writer allowed me to visit the stables as much as I wanted. And I wanted to visit often. I probably visited a hundred times in the first year. From that first step when the horse walked nervously off the trailer, I was there. I mucked his stall, took him to the blacksmith, and listened to the endless backstretch talk. I learned about horses. It was a blast. Meanwhile, my syndicate friends were tethered to regular employment, family obligations and, well, normal life. They only drove out to the stables a couple of times on weekends. It is easy to see where these folks did not feel they received a good run for their money and decided to pass on the next opportunity for horse ownership. The thesis is simple. Spending quality time with your horse, whether champion or pedestrian, enriches the experience. Spending daily time with your horse makes you appreciate the effort, difficulty and intrigue the sport offers. People need time to appreciate the value of ownership. Obviously, the best formula for new horse owners is to set aside employment, family and social obligations and spend massive amounts of time on the backstretch. This may be a stretch for normal citizens.

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In modern America, time is a precious commodity. Instant coffee takes too long. Dialing a telephone is passé. College students consider e-mail prehistoric. This makes driving an hour to the stables, spending time there and then driving back home a chunk of time that most people cannot easily spare. So let’s compress time. Save time. Expand time. Let’s allow new syndicate owners to be in the barn every single day, watch their horse every step of the way and be intimately involved in their investment. We can do it with cameras, cell phones and computers. The technology is simple, the investment is minimal and the upside is great. Almost every new computer comes with a built in camera. Typing this right now, a friend in Nova Scotia can turn on his computer and we could watch each other or each other’s office all day long. It costs nothing. Verbal, innovative and charismatic trainers out in their quest of new owners may want to consider this idea. Install cameras and microphones at your barn. Look for new owners who are computer literate and own a high-speed server. Lean on the angle that this is a new, cutting edge concept—interactive horse ownership. As administrator, give daily briefings via e-mail and podcasts of scheduled events such as shoeing, training schedules, etc., to your new owners. Use the computer to slowly explain the reasons for the various steps and allow them to interactively ask questions. Make it easy for your new owner to spend time, as much time as possible, with his horse. The computer-savvy new horse owner has several additional advantages besides saving time. Ownership is not limited geographically. Time is not your enemy. A computer feed allows recording and playback possibilities at your fingertips. Owners can have access to research with a click of the mouse. And most importantly, new owners can have instant communication with other owners and the trainer. All of this from a warm chair. Imagine if my friends from the long ago syndicate had the opportunity to push a button on their computers and watch the horse adventures after work or after midnight. While not as good as being in the barn, it is a big improvement on being out of the loop. Owners could see the horse, hear conversations, and learn—everything, except smelling the manure. Cameras in the barn and focused on the track (non-stop live feeds of the backstretch are not inconceivable) would give new owners a window to the world of horse racing and horse training. Wire up in the barn. Take the horse into the owner’s living room. It’s about time.

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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. *Paid directly to owner in approximately 45 racing days. II. Significant eligibility changes for California-breds. ©Benoit

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