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Worth Their Weight In Gold by DOUG BURGE

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It was only fitting that the Eclipse Awards honoring last year’s national champions was recently held in Beverly Hills, California, as two California-breds took center stage. For the second time in the last 10 years, multiple Cal-breds took home Eclipse Awards. As shown on the cover, Acclamation was voted Champion Older Male and Amazombie was voted Champion Male Sprinter. Both Tiznow and Gourmet Girl were honored in 2001, as Champion Older Male and Champion Older Female, respectively. These accomplishments are well deserved and highlight the quality of horses produced and developed in the Golden State. With multiple grade I victories, these two Eclipse winners will make it difficult for CTBA members to decide who should be honored as the California Horse of the Year at the California Thoroughbred Breeders Association (CTBA) Annual Awards Dinner in Pasadena, California on Feb. 13. Both are indeed deserving champions. In regards to this year’s awards dinner, recognizing all Cal-bred divisional winners, leading sires, breeder and trainer, we will also induct three new members into the California Hall of Fame. They include Old English Rancho owner and long time breeder Bud Johnston, and Cal-bred greats Brown Bess and Quicken Tree; each were featured extensively in the January edition of California Thoroughbred and have all been very important contributors to the successes of the Cal-bred industry. With all the perseverance and hardships that are associ-

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From the Executive Corner ated in racing, such a celebration of successes and dedication is not only deserving but needed. As the industry continues to consolidate and strive to fix its economic woes, we should also not forget to acknowledge our accomplishments of today and years past. A Need To Work Together On another note, the industry continues to work in a unified effort in Sacramento with the proposed internet gaming legislation. Horse racing in California currently has exclusivity as it pertains to legal internet wagering in the state through Advanced Deposit Wagering (ADW), and any removal of this exclusivity has to protect and include racing. This message continues to be delivered to the various legislators on behalf of all Thoroughbred and Quarter Horse racetracks, horse owners and breeders. The CTBA and our lobbying firm, Platinum Advisors, has been extremely active with farm and racetrack visits for legislators. This grass roots approach helps to further depict the importance of our multi-billion dollar agribusiness in the state of California, and the nearly 55,000 total jobs generated. We appreciate all the efforts from farm owners and managers who have offered their time and facilities to assist with the tours and visits. As we get further into the legislative session, we will be calling on the membership to help relay racing’s message. We all believe this could be a tremendous opportunity to help grow our business and allow us to compete with various racing states as well as other instate gaming interests.

Tiznow—2001 Eclipse Champion Older Male

Acclamation—2011 Eclipse Champion Older Male

Gourmet Girl—2001 Eclipse Champion Older Female

Amazombie—2011 Eclipse Champion Male Sprinter

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Managing Editor’s Welcome

Bringing Their “A” Games

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By bringing their “A” games to the races in 2011, California-breds Acclamation and Amazombie were rewarded with last year’s Eclipse Awards for Champion Older Male and Champion Male Sprinter, respectively. As the seventh and eighth Cal-breds to be awarded the ultimate accolade in Thoroughbred racing, they brought back memories of Gourmet Girl and Tiznow, the Golden State natives who were the respective Eclipse Champion Older Female and Champion Older Male of 2001. Tiznow had previously been voted the 2000 Champion Three-Year-Old Male and Horse of the Year, so it is hoped that both Acclamation and Amazombie can return this year with “A+” campaigns that lead to even more Eclipse Awards. But they are going to have a lot of competition, considering that there were four Calbred graded stakes winners at Santa Anita Park this past month. In this February 2012 issue of our monthly California Thoroughbred magazine, we review grade I winner Teddy’s Passion, grade II winners Frumious and Norvsky, and grade III winner Caracortado, as well as providing last year’s records of those Calbreds who are being considered on the ballot for local championship honors in 2011. There are also editorials on those California stallions who topped all the different 2011 categories, including a separate page on the Golden State’s leading freshman sires of last year. The California Thoroughbred Farm Managers Association (CTFMA) hosted a stallion tour for the first time, and this successful visit to five Southern California farms enjoys a detailed review, while this month’s CTBA (California Thoroughbred Breeders Association) Member Profile features Grant Truman, the owner of the promising young Golden State stallions Del Mar Show and Tenga Cat. Racing in Southern California details the winners of the 2011 editions of the California Breeders’ Champion Stakes for two-year-olds, the filly Ismene and the gelding Got Even, and the latest chapter in the Cal-bred Millionaires’ Row series spotlights Greg’s Gold, the 2001 gelding who enjoying his retirement at Harris Farms after becoming the 49th locally bred runner to reach this plateau with a grade II victory at Santa Anita on April 5, 2008. This publication sees the launch of a new feature page, “A Blast From The Past” by Jackie Barnes, and it is kicked off with an interesting story about the multiple stakes-winning Cal-bred of 1971 and 1972, Unconscious. Our bimonthly Down on the Farm article highlights the importance of deworming foals and young horses, while there is also a list of the top 50 breeders of Cal-breds in 2011. With a title of “A Little Story About A Big Horse,” Chris Aplin’s tale about her personal association with Amaazombie is a must-read, while the balance of the magazine includes all our other regular columns, features and departments that we hope will also prove to be both enjoyable and helpful. Until next time, may you breed In the Company of. . .Lita Tabish (left) and Marianne Hebner (right), Directors of the California Thoroughbred Farm the best to the best and not just Managers Association (CTFMA), at Vessels Stallion Farm in have to hope for the best! Bonsall during the CTFMA’s inaugural Southern California Stallion Tour on January 14, 2012.

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February 2012 Contents Cover Story

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On This Month’s Cover As was the case with Tiznow and Gourmet Girl in 2001, Eclipse Awards were bestowed upon two California-breds for championship-winning seasons when Acclamation, a homebred for Bud and Judy Johnston’s Old English Rancho, and Amazombie, bred by the late Gregg Anderson and trained and co-owned by California Thoroughbred Breeders Association (CTBA) member Bill Spawr, were announced as the 2011 Champion Older Male and Champion Male Sprinter, respectively, during a gala event in Beverly Hills, California, on Jan. 16. Photos: Acclamation©Benoit & Associates; and Amazombie ©Churchill Downs/Reed Palmer Photography

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News Bits The CTBA Working For You California Thoroughbred Foundation (CTF) Notes—February 2012 Leading Sires in California Leading Lifetime Sires in California Leading Two-Year-Old Sires in California Dates in California CTBA Calendar Leading Breeders in California Classified Advertising Indexes to Advertisers Indexes to Stallions Advertised

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Eclipse Awards—A Double Celebration by Emily Shields

Features

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California-Bred Champions: The Best Of 2011 by Rudi Groothedde

California Sires: The Hot Spell Continues by Rudi Groothedde

California Sires: Winning Gamble by Lisa Groothedde

Stallion Tours: CTFMA Hosts Inaugural Stallion Tour by Lisa Groothedde

CTBA Member Profile: Grant Truman—Committed To California by Emily Shields

The Grade California-Breds: Teddy’s Promise—What Are The Odds? by Marcie Heacox

The Grade California-Breds: Norvsky—The Perfect Understudy by Rudi Groothedde

The Grade California-Breds: Frumious—Fast & Furious by Rudi Groothedde

The Grade California-Breds: Caracortado—Like A Shot by Marcie Heacox

Racing In Southern California: A Couple Of Champions In The Making by Emily Shields

Cal-Bred Millionaires’ Row: #49 Greg’s Gold—An Abundance Of Riches by Emily Shields

A Blast From The Past: Unconscious—A Dream Come True by Jackie Barnes

Down on the Farm: Deworming Foals And Young Horses by Heather Smith Thomas

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Columns

California-bred Teddy’s Promise, a daughter of Salt Lake and the first ever horse bred and raced by Ted and Judy Nichols, won the grade I, $300,000 La Brea Stakes for three-year-old fillies at Santa Anita Park on Dec. 31, 2011, to improve her career record to five wins, two seconds, a third and $350,808 in earnings from 13 starts. 4 CALIFORNIA THOROUGHBRED • FEBRUARY 2012

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From the Executive Office: Worth Their Weight In Gold by Doug Burge

Managing Editor’s Welcome: Bringing Their “A” Game by Rudi Groothedde

Guest Forum: A Little Story About A Big Horse by Chris Aplin

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News Bits

Old English Rancho Returns To Its Glory Days

upon the death of his Bud and Judy Johnston’s Old father, E. B. “The Pie English Rancho, California’s leading Man” Johnston, who breeders on 13 occasions from had founded the 1967 to 1987, returned to the top of farm in Chino in the the rankings in 2011, when its ©www.horsephotos.com 1940s. Now located Leading California Breeders California-breds earned $2,249,807 to in Sanger, following Ellwood "Bud" and Judy Johnston (left) accepting their narrowly edge out the $2,201,159 a move to Ontario 2012 Eclipse Award for Champion Older Male Acclamation in 1963, Old English bamkroll posted by Tommy Town Thoroughbreds, the Golden State’s premier breeder in 2009. Rancho’s long-awaited 14th leading breeder title became Ranked third with a $2,013,946 total was last year’s leader a reality mainly due to the exploits Acclamation, a homeHarris Farms, while Pam and Marty Wygod ($1,769,156) and bred five-year-old horse by Unusual Heat who was voted Larry and Marianne Williams ($1,766,648) finished fourth the 2011 Eclipse Champion Older Male primarily based on his three grade I wins, two grade II victories and and fifth, respectively. In 1981, E. W. “Bud” Johnston took over Old English $1,126,000 in earnings last year.

Bonuses Offered To Breeders & Owners Supporting Local Stallions

2012 Kentucky Derby Future Wager Pools Set Churchill Downs has set the dates for its trio of three-day betting pools for both the Kentucky Derby (grade I) on Saturday, May 5, and the Kentucky Oaks (grade I) being contested a day earlier. This year’s Kentucky Derby Future Wagers will run from Friday, Feb. 10 to

Sunday, Feb. 12 (Pool 1), Friday, March 2 to Sunday, March 4 (Pool 2), and Friday, March 30 to Sunday, April 1 (Pool 3), while the single pool for the Kentucky Oaks Future Wager will run concurrent with Pool 2 of the Kentucky Derby Future Wager.

CTBA Offers New Format For Magazine’s Foal Photos

Recap (Ballena Vista Farm)

Two stallions retiring to stud in California this year, and another who has already had two crops to race, will offer bonus programs to breeders and owners who support them in 2012. For Ballena Vista Farm’s Recap, a five-yearold Storm Cat full brother to the grade Iwinning stallions After Market and Courageous Cat, $50,000 and $100,000 will be paid to the registered breeders of his first stakes winner and grade I winner, respectively. Respective amounts of $10,000 and $25,000 will be paid to the owners at the time of breeding of the mares who produce the first stakes winner and graded stakes winner in the United States sired by seven-yearold Sierra Sunset (Rancho San Miguel), a grade II-winning son of Bertrando. Owners of the 2013 progeny of stakes winner Cindago, a nine-year-old by Indian Charlie who retired to stud at Legacy Ranch in 2007, may be eligible for bonuses of $10,000 for maiden winners and $15,000 for stakes winners.

Starting with the April 2012 issue of California Thoroughbred, the official publication of the California Thorough-bred Breeders Association (CTBA), this year’s crop of foals born in the Golden State will be included as full-page advertorials with each page featuring six foals from a specific Thoroughbred farm, including detailed information on every foal and that facility. For this service, a fee of $500 per page will be charged, representing a discount of more than 50 percent on the cost of a regular full-page advertisement in the monthly magazine. The deadline for submitting photos of California-bred foals located at one farm in sets of five for a particular issue will be the first of the month prior to that magazine; Feb. 1 for the March issue; March 1 for the April issue; April 1 for the May issue; May 1 for the June issue; June 1 for the July issue; and July 1 for the Aug. issue. All photos submitted need to be at a high quality resolution of at least 300 dpi and include the details of the foal’s sire, dam, sex, date of birth and breeder, and the magazine reserves the right to request a replacement image. For further information about this new innovation, please contact either the magazine’s Managing Editor, Rudi Groothedde, at rudi@ctba.com, or its Advertising Manager, Loretta Veiga, at Loretta@ctba.com. Additionally, breeders and farms are still welcome to submit individual photos of their 2012 foals for inclusion on the CTBA’s web site, www.ctba.com, copies of which can be sent to its Managing Editor, Ken Gurnick, at kgurnick@ctba.com. Continued on page 8

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News Bits Cont’d. Legislators Visit Legacy Ranch Posing with resident stallion Papa Clem at Legacy Ranch in Clements during January, were (left to right) Pete Parrella, the Vice President of the California Thoroughbred Breeders Association (CTBA) who owns the farm with his wife Evelyn, Assemblyman Bill Berryhill (R-Stockton), Senator Anthony Cannella (R-Ceres) and Senator Tom Harman (R-Huntington Beach).

Those Grand Cal-Bred Mares Cremedelacramer, a 10-year-old unraced daughter of Avenue of Flags bred in California by Bill Peeples, was accredited with her second black-type winner from two runners when Mr. Prankster won the $50,000 Turfway Prevue Stakes going 6 1/2

furlongs on the all-weather Polytrack surface at Turfway Park in Kentucky on Jan. 7. A three-year-old half-brother to Californiabred Atticus Jack, a stakes winner of 2011, Kentucky-bred Mr. Prankster has now earned $88,612 from a 5-2-2-0 record.

California Closers The deadline for naming foals of 2010 with The Jockey Club in Lexington, Kentucky, is Wednesday, Feb. 1…From Thursday, Feb. 2 to Saturday, Feb. 4, the inaugural Horse Expo Pomona will be held at Fairplex in Pomona…The California Thoroughbred Farm Managers Association (CTFMA) will hold its next monthly meeting at the San Luis Rey Downs Country Club in Bonsall on Tuesday, Feb. 21…On Thursday, Feb. 23, the next monthly meeting of the California Horse Racing Board (CHRB) will be held at Santa Anita Park in Arcadia…The Equine Medicine Service of the UC Davis Veterinary Medicine Teaching Hospital and the Center for Equine Health will present “A Client Education Seminar on Equine Medicine for the Horse Owner” in the Gladys Valley Hall on Saturday, Feb. 25…Heart of Silicon Valley (HOSV) will produce an exclusive Benefit

Concert at the Montalvo Arts Center in Saratoga on Sunday, March 4, to raise revenue and awareness for the Square Peg Foundation, a horse rescue and rehabilitation facility based in Half Moon Bay…On Jan. 8, an arson attack by the Animal Liberation Front (ALF) destroyed 14 vehicles at the Fresno County center of the Harris Ranch Beef Co. owned by John Harris, a CTBA Past President and the owner of Harris Farms in Coalinga…The California Department of Food and Agriculture (CDFA) reported five new cases of the potentially fatal Equine Herpes Myoencephalitis (EHM) virus at an unidentified horse facility on Orange County from Jan. 11-13…In January, Rapid Redux extended his modern North American record for consecutive victories to 22 with a win at Laurel Park and was then honored with both the 2011 Secretariat “Vox Populi” Award and the Special Eclipse Award for his 19 wins last year.

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 December 27, 2011 to January 22, 2012 inclusive: Teddy’s Promise f. 3. Salt Lake—Braids and Beads 1st Grade I La Brea Stakes $300,000 7 f. Santa Anita Park December 31 Breeders: Ted & Judy Nichols Sugarinthemorning f. 3. Candy Ride (Arg)—Social Belle 2nd Grade I La Brea Stakes $300,000 7 f. Santa Anita Park December 31 Breeder: Stephen B. Weissman Unzip Me m. 6. City Zip—Escape With Me 3rd Grade III Morvich Stakes $100,000 abt. 6 1/2 f. (T) Santa Anita Park January 2 Breeders: Harris Farms Inc. & Donald Valpredo Caracortado g. 5. Cat Dreams—Mons Venus 1st Grade III Daytona Stakes $98,000 abt. 6 1/2 f. (T) Santa Anita Park January 8 Breeder: Mike Machowsky Norvsky g. 6. Vronsky—Fimbrelith 1st Grade II San Gabriel Stakes $150,000 1 1/8 m. (T) Santa Anita Park January 16 Breeder: Old English Rancho The Usual Q. T. g. 6. Unusual Heat—Lunge 3rd Grade II San Gabriel Stakes $150,000 1 1/8 m. (T) Santa Anita Park January 16 Breeder: Carlee Van Kempen Frumious g. 6. Grindstone—Eternal Legend 1st Grade II Palos Verdes Stakes $150,000 6 f. Santa Anita Park January 21 Breeder: JayArDee Stables Mensa Heat g. 6. Unusual Heat—Chi Chi Nette 3rd Grade II Palos Verdes Stakes $150,000 6 f. Santa Anita Park January 21 Breeders: Madeline Auerbach & David Abrams Tiz Flirtatious f. 4. Tizbud—Masquerade Belle 3rd Grade II La Canada Stakes $150,000 1 1/16 m. Santa Anita Park January 22 Breeder: Pamela Ziebarth

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Stallion News

News Bits Cont’d. Bold Chieftain This grade II winner and California champion, a nine-year-old son of Chief Seattle whose 14 lifetime stakes victories include two editions of the California Cup Classic Handicap, has retired with earnings of $1,683,181 from 47 starts and will take up stallion duties at Victory Rose Thoroughbreds in Vacaville in 2012.

Kafwain On Dec. 23, this Tommy Town Thoroughbreds stallion was represented at Sunland Park by his six-year-old daughter Twelve Twenty Two, winner of the track’s $50,000 Bold Ego Handicap.

Downtown Seattle

This Harris Farms resident died on December 14 at the age of 14. An unraced son of Seattle Slew out of 1994 California Horse of the Year Soviet Problem, he sired the collective earners of more than $370,000.

Kafwain KAFWAIN

Bold Chieftain Honored At Golden Gate Six days after his final start, the grade IIwinning California-bred Bold Chieftain was paraded at Golden Gate Fields on Jan. 22, prior to beginning his new career as a stallion at Victory Rose Thoroughbreds in Vacaville. A two-time winner of the California Cup Classic Handicap, the nine-year-old son of Chief Seattle earned $1,683,181 during a 47-race career that included 18 wins, including 14 in stakes company, and the 2008 California Champion Turf Horse title.

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The Pamplemousse’s First Foal The first foal by The Pamplemousse, a six-year-old dual graded stakes winner by Kafwain who retired to stud at Tom and Nancy Clark’s Rancho San Miguel last year, was born at the San Miguel facility on Jan. 11. Bred and owned by the farm, this filly is of the stakes-placed winner Broke the Slump who is a Slewpy half-sister to multiple stakes winner Shalini.

Auction Action A pair of multiple stakes-winning broodmares who were bred in California brought respective six-figure prices during the 2012 Keeneland January Horses of All Ages Sale in Lexington, Kentucky. Grade I-placed Summer Wind Dancer, a dual graded stakes winner and $898,762earner, was purchased by Clearsky for $165,000. Now 12, the stakes-producing Siberian Summer mare was offered in foal to Pulpit. Bluegrass Hall spent $100,000 to secure Kresgeville, a 10-year-old daughter of Bertrando. A three-time stakes winner, she sold in foal to Scat Daddy.

CURRENT CALIFORNIA SIRES OF STAKES WINNERS Stallion

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Salt Lake (1989)† In Excess (Ire) (1987)† Bertrando (1989) High Brite (1984)† Roar (1993)* Beau Genius (1985)† Cee’s Tizzy (1987)† Benchmark (1991) Olympio (1988)† Stormin Fever (1994) Unusual Heat (1990) Memo (Chi) (1987)• Game Plan (1993) Swiss Yodeler (1994) Tribal Rule (1996) Sea of Secrets (1995) Formal Gold (1993)• Old Topper (1995) Kafwain (2000) Redattore (Brz) (1995)• Skimming (1996)• Atticus (1992) Houston (1986)† Siberian Summer (1989)† Western Fame (1992) For Really (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.

Qualifying Claiming Levels The following claiming levels for California owners premiums and stallion awards are currently in effect: Santa Anita Park—$40,000 Golden Gate Fields—$20,000

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News Bits Cont’d.

Gone, But Not Forgotten

On Jan. 6, 30-year-old Fabuleaux Gal died at Three notable Thoroughbreds who Pepper Oaks Farm in Santa Ynez because of the resided in California have died at infirmities of old age. The Kentucky-bred Le advanced ages. Fabuleux (Fr) broodmare produced seven winners, The United Pegasus Foundation resled by the grade II-placed stakes winner Fabulous ident Cardmania, by Cox’s Ridge, was Guy (Ire), by Sharp Victor. euthanized on Jan. 2, because of an Age-related complications also recently claimed inoperable tumor. The 26-year-old geld- ©Benoit the life of the Golden Eagle Farm broodmare Heart ing was bred in Kentucky and honored of Joy, 25. The Florida-bred daughter of Lypheor Cardmania as the 1993 Eclipse Champion Sprinter (GB) was a multiple graded/group stakes winner and following his victory in the Breeders’ Cup Sprint (grade I) at grade/group I-placed runner who earned $733,755 and proSanta Anita Park. The seven-time stakes winner earned duced the $2.6 million-earner Meiner Love, a multiple stakes $1,503,780 from 76 starts. winner in Japan.

Ben Cairo Longtime California Thoroughbred Breeders Association (CTBA) member Ben Cairo, 83, died on Jan. 2 in Del Mar. A general contractor and construction company owner by trade, he was a member of the syndicate that stood 1986 Eclipse Champion Older Male Turkoman in California.

Lewis Cenicola Lewis Cenicola, a CTBA member since 1993, died in Arcadia on Jan. 8 at the age of 66. A former jockey who became a trainer in 1982, he saddled the winners of 279 races, including the California-bred grade III winner Caballo de Oro and the 1994 California Cup Sprint Handicap winner Uncaged Fury. In addition to these professional achievements, Cenicola gained widespread fame as the exercise rider for John Henry, the Eclipse Horse of the Year in 1981 and 1984.

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Lewis Cenicola & John Henry

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10 Years Ago

February 23, 2002

Above Perfection, a four-year-old California-bred filly, scored the biggest win of her career in the grade III, $128,375 Las Flores Handicap at Santa Anita Park on Feb. 23, 2002. Bred by Old English Rancho and by In Excess (Ire) out of the unraced Somethingfabulous mare Something Perfect, she retired two starts later with a record of 10-7-1-0 and $380,737 in earnings before becoming the dam of 2009 grade I winner Hot Dixie Chick.

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25 Years Ago

Above Perfection Grade III Las Flores Handicap

On Feb. 7, 1987, the grade II, $154,700 Santa Maria Handicap at Santa Anita Park was the 12th stakes win and final lifetime victory for Earl Scheib’s homebred Fran’s Valentine, a five-year-old daughter of Saros (GB) and the dual stakes-placed, five-time winner Iza Valentine. After retiring later that year, as the leading Cal-bred female earner with $1,375,465 from 13 wins and nine placings in 34 starts, the multiple California champion then produced the five-time grade I winner of 2001 and 2002, With Anticipation.

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Fran’s Valentine Grade II Santa Maria Handicap

February 24, 1962

50 Years Ago

Physician $145,000 Santa Anita Handicap

The $145,000 Santa Anita Handicap on Feb. 24, 1962, was won by the five-year-old gelding Physician who was bred and owned in California by Mr. and Mrs. Lynn Boice. Also a stakes winner in 1961 and 1963, this son of Khaled (GB) and unraced Doc’s Rosy, by Talon (Fr), raced 51 more times before calling it a career four racing seasons later with a $240,641 bankroll from 13 wins, five seconds and 11 thirds in 85 trips to post.

 Multiple graded stakes-placed front runner, 8 times open company winner of $337,678. Won on all surfaces of the major California circuit recording 100+ Beyers 4 times. From the SEATTLE SLEW sire line of LAVA MAN ($5,268,706), first three sires have produced 200 ŠMesaros stakes winners. Out of a 100%-producing SEATTLE DANCER mare and thus bred on the same line cross as BOLD CHIEFTAIN ($1,653,171). From the female family of champions KINSALE KING ($1,504,129), ROVING BOY, SWORD DANCER and WAR RELIC (sire line of CEE’S TIZZY and BERTRANDO).  

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The CTBA Working For You

CTBA Awards Dinner To Honor California’s 2011 Champions & 2012 Hall Of Famers This year’s Annual Meeting and Awards Dinner of the California Thoroughbred Breeders Association (CTBA) will be held at The Westin Pasadena Hotel on Monday, Feb. 13, during which both last year’s Golden State champions and this year’s California Hall of Fame inductees will be honored.

After the 4:00 p.m. Business Meeting, a Cocktail Reception at 6:00 p.m. will be followed an hour later by the Awards Dinner. The inductions of Bud Johnston and the California-bred duo of Brown Bess and Quicken Tree, all elected by the CTBA’s Board of Directors in 2011, will bring the current number of Hall of Fame members to 61. Stallion Owners Make CTBA Stallion Season Auction A Success

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CTBA Annual Meeting & Awards Dinner (2011 California-Bred Champions & 2012 California Hall of Fame) Monday, February 13, 2012 The Westin Pasadena Hotel, Pasadena For further information, contact the CTBA’s Event Coordinator Christy Chapman at either christy@ctba.com or (800) 573-2822, ext: 247

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

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

Someone To Know Anyone visiting the Carleton F. Burke Memorial Library will always receive a friendly greeting from the receptionist and librarian, Vivian Montoya. Vivian, a resident of Sierra Madre, has worked with the CTBA for more than 22 years. As part of her duties, Vivian maintains the library’s vast catalog of books, magazines and other equine publications. Prior to joining the CTBA, she worked at Santa Anita Park in the administrative offices and recalls many fond memories including working the Equestrian events during the 1984 Olympics, not to mention meeting her future husband, Robert. The CTF is particularly grateful for Vivian’s tireless services to the Burke Memorial Library. She has become an endless resource for anyone interested in discovering information concerning the Vivian Montoya Thoroughbred industry. Vivian has worked with movie productions such as “Seabiscuit” as those involved visited the library looking for artifacts associated with this great Charles Howardowned racehorse. You will always find Vivian to be of help even if you only wish to research the extended pedigree of your own California-bred as you discover how compelling the history of racing in California has become. Thank you, Vivian.

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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by EMILY SHIELDS races in an impressive campaign that saw him earn $1,126,000, but because all of his races came in California, there was speculation that he would be passed over for the award. When 14-1 Drosselmeyer upset the Breeders’ Cup Classic, defeating Game On Dude, Acclamation suddenly seemed to have a real shot at winning the award. Acclamation, Game On Dude and Tizway were nominated as the three finalists for the Champion Older Male award. Both Game on Dude and Tizway had solid seasons in which they won a pair of grade I races each, but neither could match Acclamation’s overall record for the year. Acclamation outpolled Game On Dude 95 votes to 70, and Tizway earned 52 votes. Champion Older Male wasn’t the only award Acclamation was up for, however. The five-year-old son of Unusual Heat (Harris Farms) won four of his five graded stakes races on the grass, and he was nominated as Champion Turf Male. The award ultimately went to Cape Blanco (Ire), who won three grade I turf stakes in three tries this year while returning home to Europe after each start. Cape Blanco received 172 first-place votes, while Acclamation finished second in the polling with 55. Thomas Sanford and William Spawr’s Amazombie was named Champion Male Sprinter after a season that saw him win five of nine starts, all of them stakes races. He actuContinued on next page

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For only the second time since the inception of the Eclipse Awards in 1971, two California-breds took home trophies in the same year. Following the feat accomplished by Tiznow and Gourmet Girl in 2001, Acclamation and Amazombie were awarded as Champion Older Male and Champion Male Sprinter, respectively, at the Eclipse Awards ceremony in Beverly Hills on Jan. 18. They make a total of eight different Cal-breds to bring home the sport’s highest honor. Both Tiznow and Gourmet Girl only won two grade I races apiece in 2001, but they were races that truly mattered. Tiznow, who already attained fame in 2000 by becoming the first Cal-bred to win two different Eclipse Awards in the same year—Champion Three-Year-Old Male and Horse of the Year—swept the $3,664,000 Breeders’ Cup Classic and the $1 million Santa Anita Handicap. Gourmet Girl won the $500,000 Apple Blossom Handicap and the $250,000 Vanity Handicap in consecutive appearances. Although Gourmet Girl was retired before the 2001 Breeders’ Cup, her case was helped significantly when the Breeders’ Cup Distaff was won by 12-1 sophomore Unbridled Elaine, while Tiznow’s chances were cemented when the best older males also failed to perform on the day. Bud and Judy Johnston and Peter and Mary Hilvers’ Acclamation experienced similar luck this year after a setback knocked him out of the running for the Breeders’ Cup. He had already won three grade I and two grade II stakes

Acclamation’s owners Peter and Mary Hilvers and Judy and Bud Johnston (left to right)

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Eclipse Awards Cont’d. ally crossed the finish line first in a sixth race, the grade III Los Angeles Handicap, but was disqualified for interference and placed third. The son of Northern Afleet won two grade I races at the end of the year, first taking the $250,000 Ancient Title Stakes at Santa Anita Park, followed by the $1,363,500 Breeders’ Cup Sprint at Churchill Downs. Amazombie, who earned $1,327,000 in 2011, received 201 first place votes, defeating Caleb’s Posse, who received 42. Amazombie isn’t the first Cal-bred to be honored as the top male sprinter of his year. Thor’s Echo, who raced for Suarez Racing and Royce S. Jaime Racing Stable, won the Champion Sprinter award in 2006, the year before the Champion Female Sprinter award was inaugurated. He took the $1,951,080 TVG Breeders’ Cup Sprint and the $300,000 Frank J. DeFrancis Memorial Dash in consecutive starts, and those two grade I victories were enough to ensure him the award. Three other Cal-breds have taken home Eclipse Awards as well, starting with Snow Chief in 1986. The Champion Three-Year-Old Male won six stakes races, including the Preakness Stakes and Santa Anita and Florida Derbies, all grade I events. He earned $1,875,200 that year and was enshrined in the California Racing Hall of Fame in 2011. One of the 2012 Hall of Fame inductees, Brown Bess, won the Eclipse as Champion Turf Female in 1989. The diminutive but popular filly earned $720,875 while winning the five graded stakes, including the grade I Ramona Handicap at the Del Mar Thoroughbred Club and the grade I Yellow Ribbon Invitational Stakes at Santa Anita, defeating a starstudded international cast of runners. The recently pensioned California sire Bertrando was

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recognized as the Champion Older Male in 1993. The classy son of Skywalker won the grade I Pacific Classic and grade I Woodward Stakes that year, then finished second behind 133-1 bomber Arcangues in the Breeders’ Cup Classic. Bertrando earned $2,217,800 in a year that saw him compete at five different racetracks across the country. He went on to produce more than 100 stakes horses and his progeny have earned almost $41 million overall. Others with California connections also took home Eclipse Award trophies. Adena Springs, headed by California Thoroughbred Breeders’ Association (CTBA) member Frank Stronach, took home its seventh title as Champion Breeder in the last eight years. Adena Springs led the North American earnings list for the ninth year in a row, producing such horses as the 2011 California graded stakes winners Bourbon Bay, Celtic New Year and Game on Dude. Stronach also heads Magna Entertainment Corporation, which owns Santa Anita. My Miss Aurelia was named Champion Two-Year-Old Female, and missed earning the award unanimously by one vote. The daughter of Smart Strike won all four of her starts, including the grade I, $1,818,000 Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies by three lengths. She is out of the grade IIIplaced, stakes-winning Sea of Secrets mare My Miss Storm Cat, who spent her entire career in Southern California. Sea of Secrets, who previously stood at Ballena Vista Farm, has moved to Victory Rose Thoroughbreds for 2012. Other prominent awards were given to Havre de Grace as both Horse of the Year—over finalists Acclamation and Cape Blanco—and Champion Older Female, Animal Kingdom as Champion Three-Year-Old Male, Royal Delta as Champion Three-Year-Old Female and Hansen as Champion Two-Year-Old Male.

Amazombie’s connections, including Thomas Sanford (second from left) and Bill Spawr (third from left).

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The Best Of 2011 California-Bred Champions by RUDI GROOTHEDDE The 2011 California champions will be honored during this year’s Annual Awards Dinner of the California Thoroughbred Breeders Association (CTBA) being held at The Westin Pasadena on Monday, Feb. 13, starting at 7:00 p.m. The association will also hold its Annual Business Meeting at 4:00 p.m., followed by a Cocktail Party two hours later. As usual, trophies are up for grabs in nine divisions, including the prestigious California Horse of the Year accolade, and this five-page editorial provides the overall records of the leading contenders for these honors that were also included on the

official ballot mailed out to the CTBA membership last month. Among the leading nominees vying for silverware are the 12 individual California-bred winners of 20 graded stakes races in 2011, including the multiple grade I winner Acclamation, the two-time grade I winner Amazombie, victorious in last year’s Breeders’ Cup Sprint, and the grade I-winning distaffers Ultra Blend and Teddy's Promise. However, all the Cal-breds listed as follows can be applauded for once again ensuring that the Golden State remains a major force in the Thoroughbred breeding and racing industry nationwide.

Acclamation h. 5. Unusual Heat—Winning in Style Breeder: Old English Rancho 2011 Record: 7-5-0-0 & $1,126,000 including Pacific Classic Stakes (GI), Eddie Read Stakes (GI), Charles Whittingham Memorial Handicap (GI), Clement L. Hirsch Turf Championship Stakes (GII) & Jim Murray Handicap (GII) Amazombie g. 5. Northern Afleet—Wilshe Amaze Breeder: Gregg Anderson 2011 Record: 9-5-1-3 & $1,327,000 including Breeders’ Cup Sprint (GI), Ancient Title Stakes (GI), Potrero Grande Stakes (GII) & Sunshine Millions Sprint Stakes Atticus Jack g. 5. Atticus—Cremedelacramer Breeders: Greg & Valorie Scherr 2011 Record: 8-3-0-2 & $163,344 including Ralph M. Hinds Handicap Bold Chieftain dk.b./br. h. 8. Chief Seattle—Hooked On Music Breeders: Ernest L. Langbein, William Morey, Kenneth Robinson & Dwaine Hall 2011 Record: 8-1-6-0 & $131,020 including Bull Dog Stakes California Flag g. 7. Avenue of Flags—Ultrafleet Breeder: Hi Card Ranch 2011 Record: 4-1-0-0 & $62,321 including Morvich Stakes (GIII) Caracortado g. 4. Cat Dreams—Mons Venus Breeder: Mike Machowsky 2011 Record: 8-2-2-1 & $477,585 including Del Mar Mile Handicap (GII) & Sunshine Millions Turf Stakes Ducky Drake g. 9. Benchmark—Alice May Breeders: Ralph E. & Aury Todd 2011 Record: 10-5-0-3 & $170,669 including Iowa Sprint Handicap Excessive Passion c. 4. Vronsky—Ms Hearts N Arrows Breeders: Old English Rancho & Berumen 2011 Record: 4-1-1-0 & $62,500 including Sam J. Whiting Memorial Handicap Goggles McCoy g. 4. In Excess (Ire) —Swahili Song Breeders: Mr. & Mrs. Thomas A. Shapiro 2011 Record: 6-3-0-0 & $94,014 including Jess Jackson Owners’ Handicap Liberian Freighter g. 6. Bertrando—Anachristina Breeder: King Edward Racing Stable 2011 Record: 5-2-0-0 & $153,000 including Arcadia Handicap (GII) & Inglewood Handicap (GIII) Lucky Primo g. 5. Atticus—Live Free or Die Breeders: Joshua & Jason Litt & Dennis O’Neill 2011 Record: 5-1-2-2 & $114,624 including Golden State Cup Stakes Mensa Heat g. 5. Unusual Heat—Chi Chi Nette Breeders: Madeline Auerbach & David Abrams 2011 Record: 13-6-2-3 & $286,622 including Pirate’s Bounty Stakes & On Trust Handicap M One Rifle g. 5. One Man Army—Leanessa Breeders: Ed Bernstein, Brian Greenspun, Bruce Headley & Irwin Molasky 2011 Record: 6-1-1-2 & $109,130 including Cool Frenchy Stakes Pack Your Bags g. 6. Flying Continental—Ultimate Honor Breeder: Summer Mayberry 2011 Record: 13-2-2-2 & $89,448 including Lea County Sprint Stakes

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California-Bred Champions Cont’d. Norvsky g. 5. Vronsky—Fimbrelith Breeder: Old English Rancho 2011 Record: 9-2-5-0 & $259,306 including California Cup Classic Stakes & California Dreamin’ Handicap Quick Enough g. 7. High Brite—Donna B. Quick Breeder: Harris Farms Inc. 2011 Record: 13-2-5-1 & $172,153 including Sensational Star Handicap Raetodandty g. 4. Freespool—Yazor Breeder: Special T Thoroughbreds Inc. 2011 Record: 6-2-1-1 & $141,536 including Green Flash Handicap Sourdough Sam g. 4. Decarchy—General Luster Breeder: John Nicoletti 2011 Record: 3-1-0-0 & $41,000 including Oakland Stakes

Antares World f. 4. Decarchy—Alashir’s World Breeders: Mr. & Mrs. Larry D. Williams 2011 Record: 6-1-3-0 & $77,830 including Pacific Heights Stakes Chalula One m. 5. Bertrando—Call Me Breeders: Ralph E. & Aury Todd 2011 Record: 8-1-1-0 & $55,000 including Bangles And Beads Stakes Evening Jewel f. 4. Northern Afleet—Jewel of the Night Breeders: Betty L. Mabee & Larry Mabee 2011 Record: 5-1-1-0 & $205,456 including Sunshine Millions Distaff Stakes Hayley’s Halo f. 4. Sea of Secrets—Hilo Halo Breeder: Lathrop G. Hoffman 2011 Record: 7-6-0-1 & $193,000 including Chaves County Stakes, Zia Park Distaff Stakes, Dr. O. G. Fischer Memorial Handicap, Czaria Stakes, El Dario Stakes & First Lady Handicap La Nez f. 4. Storm Creek—Iza Bay Breeder: J. Chance Kruljac 2011 Record: 4-1-0-2 & $84,000 including Irish O’Brien Stakes Logical Single f. 4. Singletary—Zoelu Breeder: Harris Farms Inc. 2011 Record: 8-3-2-2 & $138,346 including Fran’s Valentine Stakes Ultra Blend m. 5. Richly Blended—Ankha Breeders: BnD Chase Thoroughbreds & Elven Adams 2011 Record: 8-4-2-1 & $648,000 including Clement L. Hirsch Stakes (GI), B. Thoughtful Stakes & Valentine Dancer Handicap Unzip Me m. 5. City Zip—Escape With Me Breeders: Harris Farms Inc. & Donald Valpredo 2011 Record: 7-4-2-0 & $309,715 including California Cup Distaff Stakes, Daisycutter Handicap & Clocker’s Corner Handicap U R All That I Am m. 5. Valid Wager—Fort Silver Breeder: Tommy Town Thoroughbreds LLC 2011 Record: 8-1-0-2 & $56,521 including Work The Crowd Stakes THREE-YEAR-OLD MALES

Ain’t No Other g. 3. Old Topper—Miami Margie Breeder: Tommy Town Thoroughbreds LLC 2011 Record: 10-5-1-4 & $214,083 including Harry Henson Stakes & Livermore Valley Wines Stakes Bench Points g. 3. Benchmark—Mo Chuisle Breeder: Gary Rocks 2011 Record: 6-2-0-2 & $145,680 including Lazaro Barrera Memorial Stakes (GIII) Burns g. 3. Unusual Heat—Little Hottie Breeders: Madeline Auerbach, David Abrams & Sonny Pais 2011 Record: 12-4-1-2 & $245,438 including La Jolla Handicap (GII) Chiloquin g. 3. Tribal Rule—Zzyzzx Road Breeders: Sam & Carl Asadurian 2011 Record: 10-3-2-2 & $202,764 including Real Good Deal Stakes Courtside g. 3. Cindago—Wet Breeders: Lee & Susan Searing 2011 Record: 8-4-2-0 & $164,620 including California Cup Sprint Stakes Luckarack c. 3. Lucky Pulpit—Tamarack Bay Breeders: Mr. & Mrs. Larry D. Williams 2011 Record: 11-4-2-1 & $200,070 including Jim Kostoff Stakes Nahem g. 3. Bertrando—Miss Bev Hills Breeders: Michael & Cory Wellman & Harris Farms Inc. 2011 Record: 11-2-1-1 & $144,740 including Snow Chief Stakes Thirtyfirststreet c. 3. Good Journey—Avian Breeders: Doug O’Neill & Mark Gorman 2011 Record: 9-1-1-2 & $208,000 including Lone Star Derby THREE-YEAR-OLD FEMALES

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Bloemer Girl f. 3. Bertrando—Rio Tejo Breeders: Rick M. & Michael V. Arthur 2011 Record: 2-2-0-0 & $85,290 including Sweet Life Stakes California Nectar f. 3. Stormy Atlantic—Absolute Nectar Breeders: Pablo & Michelle Suarez 2011 Record: 9-3-3-1 & $200,200 including Santa Ynez Stakes (GII) & Beverly J. Lewis Stakes Halo Dolly f. 3. Popular—Spanish Halo Breeders: Rod & Lorraine Rodriguez 2011 Record: 12-7-3-0 & $245,510 including Solana Beach Handicap & Diamond Jubilee Stakes

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California-Bred Champions Cont’d. THREE-YEAR-OLD FEMALES Continued

Joe Ja f. 3. Ministers Wild Cat—Rockette Smoke Breeder: Pete Gallegos 2011 Record: 11-3-1-1 & $92,220 including Goldfinch Stakes Miles Rules f. 3. Tribal Rule—Fair Bianca Breeder: Halo Farms 2011 Record: 3-2-1-0 & $122,120 including Melair Stakes Sugarinthemorning f. 3. Candy Ride (Arg)—Social Belle Breeder: Stephen B. Weissman 2011 Record: 7-3-2-1 & $250,980 including Fleet Treat Stakes & Manhattan Beach Stakes Teddy’s Promise f. 3. Salt Lake—Braids and Beads Breeders: Ted & Judy Nichols 2011 Record: 7-3-1-1 & $289,408 including La Brea Stakes (GI) Tiz Flirtatious f. 3. Tizbud—Masquerade Belle Breeder: Pamela Ziebarth 2011 Record: 3-3-0-0 & $116,800 including Cat’s Cradle Handicap

Got Even g. 2. Stephen Got Even—Kathryns Birthday Breeder: Madera Thoroughbreds LLC 2011 Record: 8-3-0-0 & $105,800 including California Breeders’ Champion Stakes Passing Game c. 2. Game Plan—Fifth Avenue Suite Breeders: Chambers, Bernhardt & MacNeill 2011 Record: 3-2-0-1 & $81,700 including Gold Nugget Stakes Rousing Sermon c. 2. Lucky Pulpit—Rousing Again Breeders: Mr. & Mrs. Larry D. Williams 2011 Record: 6-2-2-2 & $274,000 including California Cup Juvenile Stakes Ruler of Dubai g. 2. Tribal Rule—O K Topless Breeder: Julio Canani 2011 Record: 6-3-0-1 & $168,960 including Graduation Stakes & I’m Smokin Stakes Sherman Bartlebort g. 2. Tannersmyman—Alpenwald Breeders: Woodbridge Farm & James Eaton 2011 Record: 5-2-1-0 & $71,370 including Everett Nevin Alameda County Stakes Stoney Fleece c. 2. Decarchy—Gold Fleece Breeder: Joseph T. Alvarez III 2011 Record: 8-4-0-2 & $170,860 including Generous Stakes (GIII) Unhitchthetrailor c. 2. Kafwain—Robotica Breeder: Terry C. Lovingier 2011 Record: 6-2-1-1 & $105,529 including Barretts Juvenile Stakes TWO-YEAR-OLD FEMALES

City Route f. 2. Globalize—Mood Route Breeders: Jerry & Janet Hollendorfer & George Todaro 2011 Record: 4-3-0-0 & $105,990 including Juan Gonzalez Memorial Stakes & Lost In The Fog Stakes Heleonor Rugby f. 2. Tribal Rule—Eleanor Rose Breeder: Dr. John Piconi 2011 Record: 7-3-2-2 & $205,306 including Generous Portion Stakes & California Thoroughbred Breeders Association (CTBA) Stakes Ismene f. 2. Tribal Rule—Never to Excess Breeder: Stephen Ferraro 2011 Record: 3-3-0-0 & $150,630 including California Breeders’ Champion Stakes & Anoakia Stakes Power of Nine f. 2. Capsized—Position of Power Breeders: Robomar Racing Stables & Lloyd Mason 2011 Record: 6-2-2-0 & $81,340 including Wine Country Debutante Stakes Starlight Magic f. 2. Marino Marini—Star’s Millennium Breeders: John & Diane Fradkin 2011 Record: 4-2-0-0 & 96,780 including California Cup Juvenile Fillies Stakes Willa B Awesome f. 2. Awesome Gambler—Cause I’m Tricky Breeder: Terry C. Lovingier 2011 Record: 9-2-3-3 & $173,896 including Barretts Debutante Stakes

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Teddy’s Promise

Ain’t No Other g. 3. Old Topper—Miami Margie Breeder: Tommy Town Thoroughbreds LLC 2011 Record: 10-5-1-4 & $214,083 including Harry Henson Stakes & Livermore Valley Wines Stakes Amazombie g. 5. Northern Afleet—Wilshe Amaze Breeder: Gregg Anderson 2011 Record: 9-5-1-3 & $1,327,000 including Breeders’ Cup Sprint (GI), Ancient Title Stakes (GI), Potrero Grande Stakes (GII) & Sunshine Millions Sprint Stakes Bench Points g. 3. Benchmark—Mo Chuisle Breeder: Gary Rocks 2011Record: 6-2-0-2 & $145,680 including Lazaro Barrera Memorial Stakes (GIII) California Flag g. 7. Avenue of Flags—Ultrafleet Breeder: Hi Card Ranch 2011 Record: 4-1-0-0 & $62,321 including Morvich Stakes (GIII) California Nectar f. 3. Stormy Atlantic—Absolute Nectar Breeders: Pablo & Michelle Suarez 2011 Record: 9-3-3-1 & $200,200 including Santa Ynez Stakes (GII) & Beverly J. Lewis Stakes Chiloquin g. 3. Tribal Rule—Zzyzzx Road Breeders: Sam & Carl Asadurian 2011 Record: 10-3-2-2 & $202,764 including Real Good Deal Stakes Courtside g. 3. Cindago—Wet Breeders: Lee & Susan Searing 2011 Record: 8-4-2-0 & $164,620 including California Cup Sprint Stakes Ducky Drake g. 9. Benchmark—Alice May Breeders: Ralph E. & Aury Todd 2011 Record: 10-5-0-3 & $170,669 including Iowa Sprint Handicap

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Excessive Passion c. 4. Vronsky—Ms Hearts N Arrows Breeders: Old English Rancho & Berumen 2011 Record: 4-1-1-0 & $62,500 including Sam J. Whiting Memorial Handicap Hayley’s Halo f. 4. Sea of Secrets—Hilo Halo Breeder: Lathrop G. Hoffman 2011 Record: 7-6-0-1 & $193,000 including Chaves County Stakes, Zia Park Distaff Stakes, Dr. O. G. Fischer Memorial Handicap, Czaria Stakes, El Dario Stakes & First Lady Handicap La Nez f. 4. Storm Creek—Iza Bay Breeder: J. Chance Kruljac 2011 Record: 4-1-0-2 & $84,000 including Irish O’Brien Stakes Mensa Heat g. 5. Unusual Heat—Chi Chi Nette Breeders: Madeline Auerbach & David Abrams 2011 Record: 13-6-2-3 & $286,622 including Pirate’s Bounty Stakes & On Trust Handicap

M One Rifle g. 5. One Man Army—Leanessa Breeders: Ed Bernstein, Brian Greenspun, Bruce Headley & Irwin Molasky 2011 Record: 6-1-1-2 & $109,130 including Cool Frenchy Stakes Quick Enough g. 7. High Brite—Donna B. Quick Breeder: Harris Farms Inc. 2011 Record: 13-2-5-1 & $172,153 including Sensational Star Handicap Raetodandty g. 4. Freespool—Yazor Breeder: Special T Thoroughbreds Inc. 2011 Record: 6-2-1-1 & $141,536 including Green Flash Handicap Sugarinthemorning f. 3. Candy Ride (Arg)—Social Belle Breeder: Stephen B. Weissman 2011 Record: 7-3-2-1 & $250,980 including Fleet Treat Stakes & Manhattan Beach Stakes Teddy’s Promise f. 3. Salt Lake—Braids and Beads Breeders: Ted & Judy Nichols 2011 Record: 7-3-1-1 & $289,408 including La Brea Stakes (GI) Unzip Me m. 5. City Zip—Escape With Me Breeders: Harris Farms Inc. & Donald Valpredo 2011 Record: 7-4-2-0 & $309,715 including California Cup Distaff Stakes, Daisycutter Handicap & Clocker’s Corner Handicap

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Acclamation h. 5. Unusual Heat—Winning in Style Breeder: Old English Rancho 2011 Record: 7-5-0-0 & $1,126,000 including Pacific Classic Stakes (GI), Eddie Read Stakes (GI), Charles Whittingham Memorial Handicap (GI), Clement L. Hirsch Turf Championship Stakes (GII) & Jim Murray Handicap (GII) Ain’t No Other g. 3. Old Topper—Miami Margie Breeder: Tommy Town Thoroughbreds LLC 2011 Record: 10-5-1-4 & $214,083 including Harry Henson Stakes & Livermore Valley Wines Stakes Burns g. 3. Unusual Heat—Little Hottie Breeders: Madeline Auerbach, David Abrams & Sonny Pais 2011 Record: 12-4-1-2 & $245,438 including La Jolla Handicap (GII) California Flag g. 7. Avenue of Flags—Ultrafleet Breeder: Hi Card Ranch 2011 Record: 4-1-0-0 & $62,321 including Morvich Stakes (GIII) Caracortado g. 4. Cat Dreams—Mons Venus Breeder: Mike Machowsky 2011 Record: 8-2-2-1 & $477,585 including Del Mar Mile Handicap (GII) & Sunshine Millions Turf Stakes Halo Dolly f. 3. Popular—Spanish Halo Breeders: Rod & Lorraine Rodriguez 2011 Record: 12-7-3-0 & $245,510 including Solana Beach Handicap & Diamond Jubilee Stakes La Nez f. 4. Storm Creek—Iza Bay Breeder: J. Chance Kruljac 2011 Record: 4-1-0-2 & $84,000 including Irish O’Brien Stakes Liberian Freighter g. 6. Bertrando—Anachristina Breeder: King Edward Racing Stable 2011 Record: 5-2-0-0 & $153,000 including Arcadia Handicap (GII) & Inglewood Handicap (GIII) Norvsky g. 5. Vronsky—Fimbrelith Breeder: Old English Rancho 2011 Record: 9-2-5-0 & $259,306 including California Cup Classic Stakes & California Dreamin’ Handicap Quick Enough g. 7. High Brite—Donna B. Quick Breeder: Harris Farms Inc. 2011 Record: 13-2-5-1 & $172,153 including Sensational Star Handicap Raetodandty g. 4. Freespool—Yazor Breeder: Special T Thoroughbreds Inc. 2011 Record: 6-2-1-1 & $141,536 including Green Flash Handicap Thirtyfirststreet c. 3. Good Journey—Avian Breeders: Doug O’Neill & Mark Gorman 2011 Record: 9-1-1-2 & $208,000 including Lone Star Derby Unzip Me m. 5. City Zip—Escape With Me Breeders: Harris Farms Inc. & Donald Valpredo 2011 Record: 7-4-2-0 & $309,715 including California Cup Distaff Stakes, Daisycutter Handicap & Clocker’s Corner Handicap

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The Hot Spell Continues California Sires by RUDI GROOTHEDDE grade I and two-time grade II victor, and the ill-fated threeyear-old gelding Burns, a winner in grade II company. Most likely to be voted the California Horse of the Year for last year, the five-year-old horse Acclamation was Unusual Heat’s leading earner of 2011, with a $1,126,000 bankroll, while the five-year-old gelding Mensa Heat was a dual stakes winner for his sire in 2011. The Golden State’s money won standings then featured the Ballena Vista Farm duo of Tribal Rule and Benchmark. With $3,579,427 in progeny earnings, the former also led the stakes winners category with eight to his name, including the two-year-old gelding Ruler of Dubai and the juvenile fillies Heleonor Rugby and Ismene, each of whom won two blacktype races. Furthermore, with 83 winners of 138 races among his 142 runners, this 1996 son of Storm Cat also led these categories and was the runner-up for both turf and all-weather earnings. The latter, a 20-year-old son of Alydar, had 152 runners who earned $3,045,471 from 138 races won by 78 winners, including the graded stakes-winning three-year-old gelding Bench Points among four stakes victors, while the 2000 Cherokee Run son Kafwain occupied the fourth spot with

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By securing his fourth consecutive title as the leading sire of California-breds by money won in 2011, Unusual Heat continued to reward his loyal followers with another year of success, in the consistent mold of such legendary local stallions as Alibhai (Eng), Flying Paster and Khaled (GB). The former was California’s champion sire from 1947 to 1951, and the latter took top honors from 1986 to 1991, while Khaled’s 13-year reign from 1952 to 1964 is unlikely to ever be matched. In the year that Unusual Heat stood his first season at Harris Farms in Coalinga, where he covered 60 mares, the 1990 son of Nureyev was represented by 120 runners who earned $4,495,713 between them with 113 races won by 57 winners. He was also the leading turf sire in California for the seventh time in eight years, with 25 winners from 80 runners for 39 races won and $2,240,670 in earnings on this surface. Additionally, Unusual Heat led last year’s all-weather and average earnings per runner rankings with numbers of $1,428,004 and $37,464, respectively, while his Average Earnings Index (AEI) rose from 2.16 to 2.19, thus increasing his dominance in this category. Unusual Heat’s 2011 graded stakes winners were Acclamation, a three-time

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a $2,847,642 bankroll. The Tommy Town Thoroughbreds resident was represented by 77 winners of 135 races from his 146 runners who included the three-year-old filly Daisy Devine, a grade II and grade III winner, and four additional black-type victors. A total of $2,597,664 in earnings was enough for Rancho San Miguel’s Southern Image to secure the fifth ranking for money won in a breakout year for the 2000 son of Halo’s Image. Relocated from Kentucky to California for the 2010 breeding season, he was a division leader both with median earnings per runner of $14,253 and as the Golden State’s leading third-crop sire, while also ranking second with an AEI of 1.74. Among Southern Image’s four stakes winners was the four-year-old colt Calibrachoa, a dual graded stakes winner in New York, and the four-year-old filly Southern Speed (Aus), the winner of the 2011 edition of the BMW Caulfield Cup (group I) in her native land as a result of her sire having shuttled to the Southern Hemisphere. Another category leader was Harris Farms’ Lucky Pulpit, the top freshman sire of 2010, who posted $6,724 in average earnings per start while also reigning as the leading secondcrop sire with $880,891 in money won. With a total of $36,770, primarily due to his grade I-placed stakes-winning colt Rousing Sermon, the 2001 son of Pulpit also led the list for average earnings per runner in a two-year-old division which was otherwise dominated by Tribal Rule.

Of Tribal Rule’s 46 juvenile runners, 22 of them won 30 races and $1,097,109 in earnings to substantially lead these categories, while the runner-up by money won with $602,623 was the 2005 Kentucky Derby (grade I) winner Giacomo. Following his first five seasons at stud in Kentucky, this son of Holy Bull will stand at Magali Farms in 2012. Ranked third by juvenile earnings with $420,579 was Decarchy, who represented the only other active California stallion to have a graded stakes winner in the form of the two-year-old colt Stoney Fleece. Based at Lovacres Ranch, Awesome Gambler proved to be the Golden State’s leading first-crop sire when five of his 15 runners won six races for a bankroll of $287,862. The leading runner for this 2004 son of Coronado’s Quest was the stakes-winning filly Willa B Awesome. Returning to the overall money won list, Old Topper was the only additional sire to top $2 million in earnings, while other active sires with progeny earnings of more than $1 million were: Giacomo and fellow newcomer from Kentucky for this year’s breeding season, Tommy Town Thoroughbreds’ Aragorn (Ire); Marino Marini (Rancho San Miguel); Swiss Yodeler (Harris Farms); Ministers Wild Cat (Tommy Town Thoroughbreds), the sire of six stakes winners last year; Stormin Fever (Golden Eagle Farm); Sea of Secrets (Victory Rose Thoroughbreds); and the Magali Farms duo of Decarchy and Atticus.

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For the second consecutive year, the freshman sire list in California was dominated by a runaway leader. With collective progeny earnings of $287,862—an amount more than four times the sum of his closest competitor for the title—Awesome Gambler ranked highest among all Golden State stallions who entered stud in 2008, and whose initial crops of two-year-olds were eligible for competition in 2011. The eight-year-old son of Coronado’s Quest out of the unraced Deputy Minister mare Wedding March is represented by 36 registered foals in his debut crop. From this group, 15 entered a starting gate and five ultimately reached a winner’s circle last year. More than 60 percent of Awesome Gambler’s first-year earnings as a sire were accumulated by his hard-trying filly Willa B Awesome, a California-bred talent whose nine starts as a juvenile conceded just one single off-the-board finish. A sparkling winner in her 4 1/2-furlong career debut at Hollywood Park last April, the Terry Lovingier-bred filly tangled in tough Southern California stakes company for the duration of her two-year-old campaign. The ambitious schedule yielded five stakes placings at Hollywood, Santa Anita Park and the Del Mar Thoroughbred Club, as well as her very own stakes trophy for a 2 3/4-length score in the $89,900 Barretts Debutante Stakes in September, and total 2011 earnings of $173,896. A second filly from Awesome Gambler’s first crop, the Hollywood debut winner River Kiss, strengthened her sire’s credentials with a runner-up finish in Del Mar’s $150,000 Sorrento Stakes (grade III) in August, and a year-end bankroll of $63,000. Awesome Gambler, a Hollywood stakes winner at three,

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currently stands at Lovacres Ranch in Warner Springs as the property of Peter and Barbara Walski. His 2012 fee is $5,000. Finishing second to Awesome Gambler on the list of leading California first-crop sires last year, with collective progeny earnings of $70,520, was a state-bred stallion whose own racing career was especially notable for its precocity: Don’tsellmeshort. The 11-year-old son of Benchmark out of 2005/2006 California Broodmare of the Year, Miss Soft Sell, won three black-type races at three different tracks as a juvenile, and earned elite honors as California’s Champion Two-Year-Old Male of 2003. Two of his first-crop juveniles won in 2011. His colt Ima Kool Star romped by five lengths in a maiden claiming race in Fresno on Oct. 13, and his maiden winner Sold Short became his first stakes-caliber offspring when the gelding ran second in Golden Gate Fields’ $63,200 Lost in the Fog Stakes on June 11, less than a month after he defeated subsequent stakes winner Sherman Bartlebort and six additional rivals in a maiden special weight sprint at the same Northern California oval. Grade II-placed Don’tsellmeshort is a full brother to the 2006 Santa Anita Derby (grade I) winner and dual California champion Brother Derek, and stands at Running Luck Ranch in Parlier. California-bred Jet West, a group I-placed dual stakes winner, entered stud in 2008 at Applebite Farms in French Camp. Although he was reported as deceased prior to the 2011 breeding season, the Western Fame stallion was represented posthumously by two winners from his inaugural foal crop last year. Both fillies were successful in their initial outings: the Sacramento winner Frannie Flyer and the Golden Gate winner Finish Rich. Awesome Again’s winning son Awesome Spirit, a member of the 2011 stallion roster at Special T Thoroughbreds in Temecula, also achieved two winners during his first year of eligibility. His chief earner was the precocious colt Intense, who won his racing debut in a six-furlong maiden claiming event conducted at the Sonoma County Fair in Santa Rosa on Aug. 12. Also managing a winner from his inaugural crop of runners in 2011 was Medallion Hill Farm’s Under Caution, a multiple winner by A.P. Indy who has relocated to Victory Rose Thoroughbreds in Vacaville for the 2012 breeding season. His gelded son A. P. Caution captured a five-furlong maiden claiming race during the San Joaquin County Fair in Stockton in his second career outing on June 17. Three other California-based stallions were credited with minor progeny earnings from their respective first crops of juvenile starters last year, though none attained winners: July Child, by Distorted Humor, Tough Game, by Mr. Greeley, and Street Theatre, by Theatrical (Ire).

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Article and Photos by LISA GROOTHEDDE With more than 30 Thoroughbred breeders and racing industry newcomers in tow, the 2012 Southern California Stallion Tour trekked to five diverse farms in San Diego County and Temecula County on Jan. 14. The all-day excursion was the first of its kind to be hosted by the California Thoroughbred Farm Managers Association (CTFMA), a non-profit organization that offers year-round educational activities and networking opportunities for farm owners and managers who are based in the southern region of the state. Included in the inaugural tour group were CTFMA members and general Benchmark (Ballena Vista Farm) horse enthusiasts who were eager to learn the inner workings of local Thoroughbred farms. Vessels Stallion Farm in Bonsall served as the starting point for the tour. Farm manager Kevin Dickson provided details about the Slew’s Saga (Special T Thoroughbreds) facility’s two active Thoroughbred stallions, Momentum and Square Eddie, and reviewed the merits of two-time leading California sire In Excess (Ire), who remains at Vessels after being pensioned from stud duty at the age of CTFMA Officers & Directors 24 last year. Next, CTFMA Vice President Linda Madsen welcomed visitors to her Milky Way Farm in Temecula, the home of established sire One Man Army and young stallions Roman Commander and Sundarban. Temecula was also the site of the next farm on the tour:

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Special T Thoroughbreds. Owner Rick Taylor listed the attributes of resident stallions Council Member, Mud Route, Slew’s Saga and Taskmaster, while each was exhibited to the crowd. Following an hour-long drive to Ramona, the group stopped at Ballena Vista Farm to inspect some of California’s most successful current sires, Benchmark and Tribal Rule, as well as the third-year stallions Dixie Chatter and Idiot Proof. After the roster’s recent addition, Recap, had his moment in the spotlight, longtime farm manager Manuel Ochoa led visitors on a walking of the facility, Square Eddie (Vessels Stallion Farm) tour including a glimpse at the ongoing construction of Ballena Vista’s new stallion barn. The expedition concluded at expansive E.A. Ranches, also in Ramona. Farm manager Marguerite Eliasson narrated the parade of stallions Sundarban (Milky Way Farm) Chattahoochee War, Drum Major, Elusive Bluff, Game Plan, Rocky Bar and Spensive, then introduced the pensioned stallion Soul of the Matter. Finally, participants were treated to a special visit with E.A. Ranches resident Rocky Bar (E.A. Ranches) Turkoman, the 1986 Eclipse Champion Older Male and notable sire who lives in comfortable surroundings as a pensioner. The stately Alydar stallion, now 30, posed for several photos with his delighted guests and provided a perfect ending to the crowd-pleasing tour.

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by EMILY SHIELDS who finished third in the $72,050 Tsunami Slew Stakes in June of 2011. Truest Legend, a son of Songandaprayer, also represents the stable. The six-year-old finished third in the $80,175 Pirate’s Bounty Stakes in 2010, and was sent to Calder Race Course for one of their rich stakes events but chipped an ankle. Truest Legend is recovering and is expected to return to the track. Truman, a California Thoroughbred Breeders’ Association (CTBA) member since 1997, may have started in the industry via broodmares, but he is now finding his niche as a stallion owner. The resident of Las Vegas stands two stallions in California: Del Mar Show and Tenga Cat. Both are royally bred and offer breeders a golden opportunity to get outstanding bloodlines at a fair price. Del Mar Show raced in the famous red, white and blue silks of his breeder, Allen Paulson. The son of Theatrical (Ire) broke his maiden first out at Belmont Park as a two-year-old in 1999, then finished second in the $97,000 Canterbury Park Breeders’ Cup Derby and

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When Grant Truman’s daughters grew up and grew out of owning riding horses, Truman found he wasn’t ready to give up the equine. When he saw an advertisement for a Utah-based Thoroughbred mare in foal with a foal at her side, Truman jumped at the chance. “I kept going back and buying more broodmares,” he confessed. His breeding operation quickly expanded into racing, and this year Truman, who competes under the banner Truline Racing, has a solid stable of runners. The best known is Sirocco Strike, a classy five-year-old who finished third in the $67,650 Night Mover Stakes at Hollywood Park last Nov. 18. The son of Forestry has earned $93,316 while winning two of his 12 starts with two seconds and two thirds. Truline Racing, which is managed in part by Truman’s wife, Ingrid, and his daughter, Elizabeth, also campaigns the three-time winner Precious Union ($104,140), a 2005 mare by Dixie Union, and fouryear-old Temple’s Door,

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third in the grade II, $194,000 American Derby at three. At four, he captured the first of six career stakes wins in the $100,000 Royal Palm Handicap at Hialeah Park, followed by the grade II, $200,000 Hialeah Turf Cup Handicap and grade III, $166,650 Connaught Cup Stakes at Woodbine. As a five-yearold, he added a pair of grade III races, Gulfstream Park’s $100,000 Ft Lauderdale Handicap and the $200,000 New Hampshire Sweepstakes Handicap at Rockingam Park, to his resumé. Del Mar Show competed at 20 different racetracks, including at Dubai’s Nad al Sheba, earned several triple digit Beyer Speed Figures and defeated 2002 Breeders’ Cup Classic winner Volponi in the grade II, $150,000 Bernard Baruch Handicap at five. He retired in 2006, with 13 wins, five seconds and four thirds in 47 starts and earnings of $1,032,400. “The Paulsen family already had Theatrical and other horses by Theatrical, so they sold Del Mar Show to me,” Truman explained. Del Mar Show entered stud in California for the 2007 breeding season. “He’s going to produce long grass horses, as he never ran well short. I expect him to throw horses who like to go long, from 1 1/16 to 1 1/4 miles. His conformation is excellent and he retired sound.” Del Mar Show’s multiple stakes-winning dam, the Foolish Pleasure mare Prankstress, also produced the grade I-placed stakes winner Adel and the dual graded stakes-placed Striesen, a full sister to Del Mar Show. Another full sister, Nabla, is the dam of the grade II winner and $418,354-earner Walkslikeaduck. If possible, Tenga Cat might have an even better pedigree. The 2003 son of Storm Cat is out of the stakes-winning Mr. Prospector mare Tenga, whose most famous foal is the Theatrical colt Startac. That brilliant runner, who finished 10th in the 2001 Kentucky Derby, won the Secretariat Stakes (grade I) and Belmont Breeders’ Cup Handicap (grade II) en route to earning $703,718. Tenga is out of Royal Strait Flush, an unraced full sister to Seattle Slew’s immortal unbeaten filly Landaluce. Royal Strait Flush is responsible for the dual grade II winner Jade Flush, the

granddam of the dual grade I winner and $625,420-earner Harmonious. Tenga Cat, who debuted for owner Stan Fulton, took four tries to break his maiden, but it happened at the expense of future California-bred Breeders’ Cup Turf Sprint winner California Flag at Hollywood Park on May 6, 2007. He backed up that performance with a flashy allowance score that July, proving his affinity for grassy sprints. Thanks to Fulton’s racing stock dispersal, Truman purchased Tenga Cat for a session-topping $250,000 at the 2007 Barretts October Mixed sale. “He was a sprinter with a lot of courage, and showed up every time,” Truman said. “He didn’t win a lot, but he was right there in all his races. He had a bad sesamoid that prevented us from training him hard enough to get him fit enough, but his conformation is so beautiful and he’s so well bred.” Tenga Cat ran consistently well in stakes for his new connections; he was third in the grade III, $112,400 San Simeon Handicap in 2008, and third in the $106,100 Green Flash Handicap in 2009. Tenga Cat retired following a fifthplaced finish in the grade III, $100,000 Morvich Handicap. “We were ready for the Breeders’ Cup that year, but he didn’t draw in,” Truman explained. Tenga Cat retired with three wins, two seconds and two thirds in 12 starts. He earned $156,274. Truman is supporting his stallions and expects to find success. “We have half a dozen babies by Del Mar Show, and he’s producing big horses, which is surprising. He is a small horse at 15.2, but one that is going to the track now is going to be 17 hands.” Tenga Cat, who is bigger at 16 hands, entered stud in 2010. His first foals are yearlings of 2012. Both horses stand for $1,500 at Rancho Temescal in Piru, California, which Truman believes will give them an optimal chance for success. “Both horses will do well at that farm,” he noted. If interested in breeding to Del Mar Show or Tenga Cat this year, inquires can be directed to Tim Cohen at Rancho Temescal.

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by MARCIE HEACOX Ted Nichols has enjoyed racing since his Thoroughbredowning father first took him to Santa Anita Park when he was young. Decades later, after retiring from his sales and marketing business, he bought his first share in his own horse—the grade II-placed gelding Souvenir Slew. His wife, Judy, then convinced him to buy a farm, buy a mare and race the foal. It’s unlikely their plans called for that foal to become a grade I winner. Yet Ted and Judy Nichols realized a dream that often takes a lifetime when their California-bred Teddy’s Promise won the grade I, $300,000 La Brea Stakes at Santa Anita on Dec. 31. With jockey Victor Espinoza aboard, she stalked the leaders from the outside post and pounced turning for home, drawing off to win by 2 1/4 lengths at 16-1 odds. Fellow Cal-bred Sugarinthemorning was second and Great Hot (Brz) was third in the field of nine three-year-old fillies. Ted Nichols greeted his filly with his customary kiss to the muzzle after a win, this the fifth and richest of her career. “Needless to say, we were elated, on cloud nine,” he said. “It’s almost indescribable.” Teddy’s Promise’s final time in the seven-furlong dirt contest was 1:20.47, less than a fifth of a second off the stakes record. She became the eighth Golden State native to win in the La Brea’s 39-year history. Winning trainer Ron Ellis had cross-entered Teddy’s Promise in the $79,500 Kalookan Queen Handicap the next day, but the Nicholses aimed large. “They said, ‘Let’s go for the big time,’ so I couldn’t argue with them,” Ellis said. “She was doing great.” Ted Nichols has thought highly of his namesake filly since he and Judy helped pull her out when she was foaled at Golden Eagle Farm on May 6, 2008. “The way she ran

across the pasture, I knew she’d be a runner,” Nichols said. “The way she carried herself was effortless.” At 16.2 hands high, Teddy’s Promise is typical of the large foals produced by her dam, Braids and Beads, a halfsister to the grade I-placed, graded stakes winner General Meeting. The Nicholses bought her privately from Golden Eagle and bred her to the farm’s stallion, Salt Lake, who died in 2010 after standing five seasons in California. Teddy’s Promise is his 71st stakes winner, a record among contemporary California stallions. Teddy’s Promise was originally trained by David Hofmans, with whom she won two of eight starts. Since being transferred to Ellis in the spring of 2011, she’s improved with each race, running third, second, first and first in allowance races before this, her first stakes score. Her lifetime record now stands at 13-5-2-1 with $350,808 in earnings. Teddy’s Promise is the Nichols’ only horse in training, but they have two yearlings by Stormin Fever schooling at Vessels Stallion Farm—a colt named Blazing Fever, out of Braids and Beads, and the filly Writer Fever, out of their second mare, the stakes-placed winner Poetry Writer. Both mares will be sent to stallions at Ballena Vista Farm this year—Braids and Beads to Tribal Rule and Poetry Writer to Dixie Chatter—and return to the Nichols’ 7 1/2acre Sunrun Farm in Oceanside before foaling five miles away at Vessels. Their small farm and avocado grove shares a name with their Sunrun Kennels in Newport Beach. The couple has raised dogs for decades, and Ted is an American Kennel Club (AKC)-certified judge. But it took a much shorter timespan for their newest four-legged exploit to take flight. With a proven affinity for dirt sprints at Santa Anita, Teddy’s Promise will be pointed to the grade I, $300,000 Santa Monica Stakes on Jan. 28.

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In the world of Thoroughbred breeding and racing, it not often happens that a win by a homebred in a grade II race does not prove to be the highlight of the day for their breeder and owner. But that was certainly the case on Jan. 16, when the sixyear-old gelding Norvsky won the $150,000 San Gabriel Stakes at Santa Anita Park, just a little more than two hours prior to fellow California-bred Acclamation being honored as the 2011 Eclipse Champion Older Male at a gala event in Beverly Hills. Bred by the Old English Rancho of Bud and Judy Johnston, and foaled just 16 days apart in 2006, both Acclamation and the younger Norvsky may be enjoying the limelight now, but they certainly took different paths to get there under the care of the couple’s longtime trainer Donald Warren. Acclamation showed more precocity; winning at two and then placing in a trio of graded stakes races as a threeyear-old, including a third-placed effort in the Hollywood Derby (grade I). Meanwhile, Norvsky was unraced as a juvenile and broke his maiden in only his second start at three. As four-year-olds of 2010, Acclamation took center stage with wins in the Jim Murray Handicap (grade II) and Charles Whittingham Memorial Handicap (grade I), while Norvsky remained his understudy with an allowance win and a stakes placing. Last year, Acclamation already had a grade II win and two grade I victories to his name before Norvsky finally broke through as a stakes winner with a triumph in the $100,000 California Dreamin’ Handicap. That was in July, while August brought a stakes placing for the latter and a win in the Pacific Classic Stakes (grade I) for the former. In September, Norvsky again placed in stakes company

while Acclamation was victorious in what proved to be his last start of the season, the Oct. 2 Clement L. Hirsch Turf Championship Stakes (grade II). Since then, the headlines have all been for Norvsky, that is until the Eclipse Awards! On Oct. 29, Norvsky won the $175,000 California Cup Classic Stakes and then ran fifth in the Hollywood Turf Cup Stakes (grade I) three weeks later. With Acclamation still in his barn, recovering from the setback that kept him out of the Breeders’ Cup, his understudy finally took center stage in graded stakes company with an impressive 1 1/2length triumph in the San Gabriel. With Rafael Bejarano in the irons for the fifth time in six starts, the 3-1 second favorite rallied from fifth in the six-strong field to win this 1 1/8-mile turf test in 1:47.03 for the Johnstons and their friend Robert Riggio. He defeated the dual grade I-placed, four-time grade II winner Jeranimo with the dual grade I-winning California champion The Usual Q. T. finishing a further 2 3/4 lengths back in third. Though he has a long way to go to match Acclamation’s nine wins, two seconds, six thirds and $1,628,048 in earnings from 28 starts, Norvsky’s present record of 18-6-7-3 with a $487,844 bankroll are very worthy of an understudy to one of the best runners in the nation right now. The first graded stakes winner by his sire, the Old English Rancho resident Vronsky, Norvsky is out of the winning Flying Paster mare Fimbrelith and he will attempt to make up some ground on the idle Acclamation with his next scheduled start on Feb. 11, in Santa Anita’s grade II, $150,000 San Marcos Stakes at 1 1/4 miles on the turf. So if Acclamation’s rise to fame is anything to go by, this may just be the beginning for Norvsky as he continues in a quest to emulate the feats of his more illustrious contemporary.

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The Grade California-Breds by RUDI GROOTHEDDE He’s fast, he’s furious, he’s Frumious. Even before his first appearance as a two-year-old, this California-bred son of Grindstone exhibited the tremendous speed that has now made him a grade II winner at the age of six with a victory in the $150,000 Palos Verdes Stakes at Santa Anita Park on Jan. 21. On July 12, 2008, while boasting six bullets among his half a dozen published workouts, Frumious made his debut as the 7-2 second favorite against four winners and two other maidens in the $68,350 Solana County Juvenile Stakes for Cal-breds at 5 1/2 furlongs on the dirt, during the Solano County Fair meeting at Vallejo. After alternating on the lead with 3-5 favorite Cross Fire into the lane, he took a clear advantage when that rival ducked into the rail and fell at the three sixteenths pole, but shortened his stride in the final furlong to finish third to Babs Moossa and Turbo Call. In his next three starts as a juvenile, the dark bay won a five-furlong maiden special weight and two allowance optional claiming races at six furlongs and a mile, winning all three of these events on the all-weather Tapeta at Golden Gate Fields in almost gate-towire fashion from the second call. Racing from that same position in December’s $750,000 Call Futurity (grade I) at 1 1/16 miles on Hollywood Park’s all-weather Cushion Track, Frumious closed out his twoyear-old campaign with a dull ninth-place finish and would not been seen at the races until eight months later. In his only start of 2009, he faded to finish fifth in the $81,000 California State Fair Sprint Handicap at Cal Expo in Sacramento. The year 2010 was similarly disappointing for Frumious and his connections, especially owners George and Mary Clare Schmitt who had purchased him for $17,000 at the

Barretts January Mixed Sale in 2007. Showing less than his usual pace, his best performances from four trips to post while sprinting on the turf, Tapeta and dirt were two third placed finishes in allowance company. In 2011, things got better for Frumious, but it still took two starts following an 11-month break during which he was gelded before he was back to his best. On the dirt, he finished third in an allowance optional claiming event at Fairplex Park and fifth in the California Cup Sprint Handicap, before a return to the Hollywood Park’s main track resulted in a 3 1/4-length victory in a $40,000 claiming race. Twenty-two days later, on Dec. 31, Frumious rang in the New Year early with an allowance optional claiming win by 1 1/4 lengths on the dirt at Santa Anita, while he continued that celebration in the Palos Verdes for his third consecutive gate-to-wire, six-furlong victory as the 20th Cal-bred to win this race in 60 editions. Ridden by Antonio Castanon, Frumious belied his 6-1 odds by stopping the clock in a swift 1:07.28 on the wet fast track for a 5 3/4-length triumph over the race’s 12-1 longshot Galientos. Mensa Heat finished a further neck back in third, while fellow Cal-breds M One Rifle and Courtside, the 9-5 favorite, came home fifth and last in the six-strong field, respectively. In 14 starts for trainer Jeff Bonde, Frumious has earned $259,192 from a 15-6-0-4 record, one that his breeder Art De Nio can be proud of. The first foal out of the unraced Gold Legend mare Eternal Legend, also the dam of 2011 stakes winner Eternal Rule, he was bred under Art’s JayArDee Stables moniker. Art, and the Schmitts, are also likely to be excited about the fact that Frumious may well be headed for the group I, $2 million Dubai Golden Shaheen on Tapeta at Meydan Racecourse in the United Arab Emirates on March 31.

Grade II Palos Verdes Stakes Santa Anita Park—January 21, 2012

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The Grade California-Breds

by MARCIE HEACOX A four-horse race doesn’t get much more thrilling than Santa Anita Park’s grade III, $98,000 Daytona Stakes was on Jan. 8. In the end, the quartet was separated by a total of 1 3/4 lengths, but it was the way it was won that had heads shaking in disbelief. California-bred Caracortado was off last in his first start on the Camino Real downhill turf course. Breeders’ Cup Turf Sprint (grade II) winner Regally Ready, a 2011 Eclipse Award finalist as Champion Male Sprinter, and dual grade III winner Mr Gruff set a fast tempo, as grade II-placed Victory Pete and Caracortado dropped far back, the latter more than a dozen lengths behind at one point. In the homestretch of the approximately 6 1/2-furlong test, racetrack announcer Trevor Denman had given up on Caracortado by saying he “did not fire today,” and breeder, trainer and co-owner Mike Machowsky said he “started walking to the bar.” Yet as soon as everyone had counted him out, “Scarface” shot by the leaders to win by 1 1/4 lengths, no whip required. He stopped the clock at 1:11.59—a new stakes record—and his final eighth of a mile was estimated to be less than five seconds. “I couldn’t believe the way he was finishing,” Machowsky said. “I couldn’t believe how fast he went the last quarter of a mile. I was surprised.” Machowsky’s fellow owners are Steve Altman of AJL Productions and Don Blahut of Blahut Racing. Victory Pete also closed fast to finish second, a halflength in front of Regally Ready and Mr Gruff in a dead-heat for third. There were three scratches, including the late scratch of Silver Summation, who reared in the paddock and left jockey Garrett Gomez with a broken heel. It was the first time jockey Rafael Bejarano had gotten a

leg up on Caracortado. “(Machowsky) told me before the race to wait, and as soon as I close the door that I would have a good turn of foot from the horse,” Bejarano said. “This is the first horse I’ve rode that has this kind of finishing speed. . .It was unbelievable.” Caracortado is, by far, the most successful offspring of both his sire, Cat Dreams, and dam Mons Venus, an unraced Maria’s Mon half-sister to dual stakes winner Jaded Pleasure. The five-year-old gelding is his sire’s only graded stakes winner, and his dam’s only starter from four foals. But that success was enough for Mons Venus to net Machowsky $250,000 at Keeneland’s January Horses of All Ages Sale, one day after Caracortado’s timely win. Winstar Farm and Airdrie Stud acquired her, in foal to Harlan’s Holiday. She’s booked to Haynesfield this year. Caracortado has been a diverse performer, with wins on dirt, turf and all-weather surfaces in his 19-race career. He began with five straight wins from age two to three, including the grade II, $150,000 Robert B. Lewis Stakes. He won once more in 2010, before starting 2011 victorious in the $300,000 Sunshine Millions Turf Stakes. He then lost five straight before taking the grade II, $200,000 Del Mar Mile Handicap in August. Though 2011 ended on a down note with a fifth-placed finish in the Breeders’ Cup Turf Sprint, it was the most profitable year of his career with $477,585 in purse money. Overall, Caracortado has $864,105 and a 19-9-2-3 record. He’s also earned two California championship titles—2009 Two-Year-Old Male and 2010 Three-Year-Old Male. His next start is likely the grade I, $300,000 Frank E. Kilroe Mile Stakes at Santa Anita on March 3, when he’ll attempt to avenge a head-loss from last year.

Grade III Daytona Stakes Santa Anita Park—January 8, 2012

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Racing In Southern California

A Couple Of Champions In The Making

by EMILY SHIELDS The $100,000 California Breeders’ Champion Stakes has often been a barometer for championship success. Since 2000, six winners of the fillies’ division and four of the winning males have gone on to earn the end-of-year state bred awards, sometimes beating out the winners from California Cup day or the prestigious state-bred stakes at the Del Mar Thoroughbred Club in the summer. Even when the victory does not culminate in an award, it can spell years of future success. Remarkable horses such as world record setter Bob Black Jack, dual grade I-winner Evening Jewel and $2,877,178-earner General Challenge have not been named two-year-old champion but have gone on to illustrious careers. The 2011 California Breeders’ Champion Stakes were run on opening day at Santa Anita Park on Dec. 26. The day drew an oversized crowd of 44,579, the largest since 1994, and four stakes races highlighted the card. Impressive Ismene Although The Factor, who dazzled in the grade I, $300,000 Malibu Stakes, drew most of the day’s headlines, Cal-bred Ismene was nearly as impressive when taking the female division of the Cal Breeders. The dark bay daughter of Tribal Rule broke the stakes record when taking the seven-furlong contest in 1:21.61—an improvement over the previous record of 1:21.66 set by California Nectar in this event’s 31st edition last year. Under jockey Mike Smith, 3-5 favorite Ismene was sent to the lead from the start and held off an early challenge from 16-1 rival Belloma. Smith simply pressed the prover-

bial button and Ismene drew off around the far turn and into the stretch, floating away to win by 2 3/4 lengths. Stakes winner Willa B Awesome rallied from last in the sixhorse field to be second with Warren’s Amber and Tangerine Tickle third and fourth. The previously unbeaten Almost a Lady and Belloma rounded out the order of finish. With the victory, Ismene remained undefeated in three starts. She debuted for her breeder, Sierra Madre resident Stephen Ferraro at Del Mar on Aug. 13, and won for fun by 2 1/4 lengths going 5 1/2 furlongs. She returned on Oct. 22, at Santa Anita, to take the $80,600 Anoakia Stakes over open company, including the highly touted filly Sister Moon. Ismene refused to cave to that rival, holding on in the stretch to outlast the 1-5 favorite by a length. Ismene’s trainer Bill Spawr knows something about classy animals, as he is also the conditioner of the 2011 Eclipse Champion Male Sprinter, Amazombie. Both Spawr and Ferraro are hopeful that unlike her older, more famous stablemate, Ismene will be able to go a route of ground, and jockey Smith agrees. “She’s learning to relax and to rate and she wants to learn,” he said. “She was a little fresh leaving the gate today, but she settled right down. I definitely think she can stretch out the way she’s improving.” Ismene, who has earned $150,630, is not the first stakes horse for her dam, the winning In Excess (Ire) mare Never to Excess. Her first foal is a full brother to Ismene named Oonga Boonga, who finished third in the $57,250 Cavonnier Juvenile Stakes in 2009. Never to Excess produced a Tribal Rule filly in 2008, and that foal, Joyful Emma, is a

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two-time winner. Never to Excess’ 2010 daughter is also by Tribal Rule, while her 2011 colt is by fellow Ballena Vista Farm resident stallion Dixie Chatter. Never to Excess has the pedigree to be a strong producer. Her grade II-placed, stakes-winning dam, Margaret Booth, is a half-sister to grade I-winning Cal-bred Fabulous Notion, who won the 1982 California Breeders’ Champion Stakes, and also millionaire Cacoethes, who won the grade I Turf Classic Handicap at Belmont Park in 1990, and contested the Breeders’ Cup Turf there as well. Margaret Booth produced five winners, including the stakes-placed runners Baccarat and Lucky C. H. The latter is the dam of Lucky J. H., an earner of $632,065 who ran third behind subsequent winner Uncle Denny in the 2004 Cal Breeders. Lucky J. H. retired to stud at Harris Farms in 2009. Getting Even It took a drop to the $40,000 state-bred claiming level after the ultimate equipment change—gelding—to get Got Even to break his maiden in his fifth start. Since then, he has annihilated starter allowance company by 4 1/4 lengths, won the colts and geldings division of the California Breeders’ Champion Stakes, and missed by just a nose in the open San Pedro Stakes. Peter Miller trains Got Even, who noted that gelding the rapidly improving son of Stephen Got Even made a huge difference. “That’s the only thing I can really point to that turned him around,” he said. Under jockey Garrett Gomez in the Cal Breeders, 12-1 shot Got Even bounded to the lead and pulled clear throughout, shaking loose of any challenge at the top of the stretch and rushing home to score by 4 1/4 lengths in 1:21.39. Recent maiden winner Exotic Slew finished second, while $66,040 Golden Nugget Stakes hero Passing Game ran third. The 2-1 favorite Stoney Fleece, who won November’s grassy $100,000 Generous Stakes (grade III) in which Got Even finished eighth, ran fifth of nine horses.

“I was watching the race and I kept saying, ‘When’s he going to stop?’ and he never did,” Miller said. “I don’t know where this race came from.” Got Even is owned by Bruce Chandler, Jeff Fink and Marc Umeda and was bred by Cal and Jill Fischer’s Madera Thoroughbreds. He was purchased for $14,000 at the tail end of Barretts California Cup Yearling Sale in October of 2010. National level black-type runners fill Got Even’s unique pedigree. He is the second foal from his stakes placed Blare of Trumpets dam, Kathryns Birthday, who won two of 15 starts. She is a half-sister to five winners, including the stakes-placed Kona Queen. Their second dam, the multiple stakes-winning Salem mare Kaylem Ho, is the dam of grade I winner Private Persuasion, as well as stakes winners Wishful Splendor and Sound Wisdom and the dual stakes-placed Torchera. Sound Wisdom’s daughter Unbridled Girl produced 2008 Kentucky Derby (grade I) third-place finisher Denis of Cork, while Torchera produced 2008 Belmont Stakes (grade I) winner Da’ Tara. Kaylem Ho, out of Kay Ho, is a half-sister to the stakesplaced colt Tight Halo, as well as dual stakes-placed Toot Sweet, dam of grade II winner Sierra Sunset. Kay Ho also produced Halo Ho, who is the dam of grade III-placed, multiple stakes winner Tempered Halo. The son of Blade achieved his important victories at Churchill Downs and Delta Downs during the 1992 season. After the California Breeders’ Champion Stakes, Got Even went on to run in the $82,500 San Pedro Stakes on Jan. 22. He faced both open company and the likes of grade I Del Mar Futurity winner Drill. Got Even led every step of the way under heavy pressure until the very last jump, in which he was nailed on the line by Midnight Transfer. Got Even galloped out in front of the winner and impressed with his game performance. He now has a record of three wins and a second in nine starts with earnings of $125,900.

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#46 Greg’s Gold: An Abundance Of Riches

Cal-Bred Millionaires’ Row

by EMILY SHIELDS year’s Kentucky Derby. He went on to be second in the Del Mar Invitational Derby (grade II) and fourth in the grade I Malibu Stakes before retiring to Harris Ranch in Coalinga. Greg’s Gold’s Fit to Fight dam, Lake Windermere, was purchased by Boswell for $32,000 at the 1997 Keeneland September Yearling Sale. The gray filly was a half-sister to the dual stakes-winning filly Double O J and stakes-placed colt Wise Judgement. Lake Windermere won once in seven starts before injury forced her retirement. The mating between Lake George and Lake Windermere produced a leggy gray colt who soon grew to be 17 hands tall. After failing to reach his reserve and being bought back for $17,000 at the Barretts October Yearling Sale in 2002, Greg’s Gold went into training with Howard Zucker. He was a feisty foal at the farm, and was so unruly as a two-year-old that he was gelded. After missing his juvenile season, he debuted as a three-year-old at Hollywood Park in a tough spot on June 16, 2004. The 1 1/16-mile grass race was not to his liking, and Greg’s Gold finished eighth of nine runners. The gelding was turned over to trainer David Hofmans and improved to be second next out going six furlongs on Continued on next page

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Although minor injuries are an unfortunate but expected part of the Thoroughbred racing game, major injuries pose more of a problem. While a horse can sometimes return from certain fractures or bone chips via lengthy layoffs, it is unlikely they will ever reach their previous level of talent. California-bred Greg’s Gold did all of that and more, when he returned after more than 18 months away from the races due to a tendon injury to become the state’s 49th millionaire. Aside from his tremendous comeback, Greg’s Gold always carried an extra emotional weight on his back. His story began in 2001 when, only a few weeks after he was born, his breeder, retired Calgary oilman William “Bill” Boswell, lost a grandson named Greg. The Special Olympics athlete and gold medalist, who suffered from Down’s syndrome, was killed in an accident at the age of 16. Boswell had promised Greg that they would name a horse together, and from that promise, Greg’s Gold was christened. Boswell’s own bloodlines ran richly through the veins of his young foal. Boswell campaigned the colt’s sire, Lake George, under the name of Stonehenge Stable in partnersip with Bedord Stable. The son of Vice Regent won a division of the Oceanside Stakes at the Del Mar Thoroughbred Club in 1995, his second start since finishing 18th in that

Greg’s Gold at Harris Farms in Coalinga during January of 2012.

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Cal-Bred Millionaires’ Row Cont’d. the dirt. Two starts later and after another runner-up finish, Greg’s Gold finally broke through with a hard-fought halflength victory on Nov. 3, 2004. He backed that up with an allowance score 25 days later, and then ran creditably in the allowance ranks through the end of 2004 and early 2005. Greg’s Gold made his stakes debut in Hollywood Park’s $150,000 Tiznow Stakes for state-breds on April 24, 2005. He was dismissed at 14-1 but finished third, beaten four lengths. Finishing fifth was the classy Areyoutalkintome, whose career earnings would total $985,417. Another 1 1/2 lengths behind in sixth came Lava Man, whose loss in the Tiznow propelled him to three straight victories, including the $750,000 Hollywood Gold Cup (grade I). After an impressive allowance score during June, in which he covered six furlongs in 1:08.33, Greg’s Gold was thrust into the grade I, $300,000 Bing Crosby Handicap at the Del Mar Thoroughbred Club. Although the field included Kentucky invader Battle Won and the three-time grade I winner Pico Central (Brz), Greg’s Gold bounded away to a 1 1/4-length victory under regular pilot David Flores. His six-furlong time of 1:08.04 came close to the track record, and Greg’s Gold suddenly seemed primed for a

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run at the 2005 Breeders’ Cup Sprint at Belmont Park in New York. But shortly after the win, a scan revealed that Greg’s Gold had torn the ligaments in his right front tendon. Bowed tendons usually spell retirement for racing’s classiest runners, but Hofmans urged Boswell to try stem cell therapy. “Hofmans recommended the treatment to me, and felt that it would be successful because ‘Greg’ was young,” Boswell said. “He obviously was a runner, so we went ahead and did it.” Stem cell therapy involves the removal of cells from the body’s connective tissues and injection around an injury site. The therapy in horses does not involve cells from embryos, which has recently been a hot topic during political campaigns. Instead, the cells come from the horses themselves. Greg’s Gold became one of the first racehorses to be successfully treated with the procedure, but his road to recovery was long. After a lengthy layoff, the big gelding was given hydrotherapy on an underwater treadmill for three months before being deemed fit enough to return to the track. Hofmans and Boswell were warned that Greg’s Gold would only have a few races left before the tendon would become injured again, but Hofmans felt sure that it had improved beyond expectations. Continued on page 56 2nd

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Vice Regent Grey/Roan Gelding, February 19, 2001, ?— Bred in California by Bill Boswell

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Cal-Bred Millionaires’ Row Cont’d. Away from the races since July 31, 2005, Greg’s Gold returned on Feb. 18, 2007. He ended up right back where he left off—in the winner’s circle. Reunited with Flores, Greg’s Gold crushed allowance foes by 3 1/4 lengths at Santa Anita Park. The treatment had obviously worked and now Boswell and Hofmans merely had to worry about its longevity. The Southern California racing landscape had changed while Greg’s Gold was away, too. The three major racetracks had been mandated to install all-weather surfaces that year, and after Santa Anita’s winter meet, Greg’s Gold race exclusively on synthetics. Hofmans believes that may have contributed to the healed tendon lasting longer than expected. In his return to stakes company, Greg’s Gold finished second behind the brilliant Smokey Stover in the grade II, $192,000, Potrero Grande Breeders’ Cup Handicap on April 7, then finally captured the Tiznow Stakes two years after his stakes debut in that same race. Greg’s Gold traveled for the first time in June, finishing fourth in the grade III, $159,600 Aristides Handicap at Churchill Downs in Kentucky. After missing a defense of his Bing Crosby title by a nose to In Summation, Greg’s Gold rebounded with a game win over favored Surf Cat in Del Mar’s grade II, $306,000 Pat O’Brien Handicap. He was also part of a California-bred exacta sweep in the grade I, $300,000 Ancient Title Stakes at Santa Anita. The quick three-year-old Idiot Proof won by three quarters of a length over Greg’s Gold, while the speedy Cal-bred Bordonaro finished fourth. All three of them made the journey to New Jersey’s Monmouth Park for the grade I, $1,832,000 TVG Breeders’ Cup Sprint. While Idiot Proof, California’s 48th millionaire, finished second, Bordonaro and Greg’s Gold resented

the sloppy going and finished sixth and eighth, respectively. Idiot Proof was named the California Champion Sprinter of 2007, over Greg’s Gold, while Bordonaro had received that honor the year Greg’s Gold was injured. Greg’s Gold started twice more in 2007, both times at Hollywood Park’s fall meet. He finished third, beaten a length despite a wide trip, in the grade III, $105,800 Vernon O. Underwood Stakes, but rebounded with a win in the $107,800 On Trust Handicap. He started 2008 with an eye on the Sunshine Millions Sprint, but missed that contest and instead went to the post in the grade II, $150,000 San Carlos Handicap. He suffered another close loss, missing by half a length to Surf Cat but defeating both Cal-bred Johnny Eves, winner of the recent Malibu Stakes (grade I), and the grade I-winning East Coast shipper Circular Quay. Greg’s Gold avenged his loss to Surf Cat one start later by defeating that rival and four others in the grade II, $200,000 Potrero Grande Handicap. He rallied from nextto-last in the 6 1/2-furlong event, then ran past Surf Cat at the top of the stretch to win by 1 3/4 lengths and attain millionaire status. After the race, Boswell noted, “It’s amazing he’s earned a million dollars. There was a time when we never thought he’d race again.” As expected, Greg’s Gold’s tendon injury did flare up again, although a full year after it was predicted. The big, popular runner was retired with nine wins, 10 seconds and two thirds in 25 starts and earnings of $1,067,923. He won three graded stakes races, but one could presume he would have accomplished more had his career not been interrupted. Thought was given to retraining Greg’s Gold as a riding horse, but according to Boswell, that plan was abandoned. “He’s back where he was foaled at Harris Ranch,” Boswell said. “They used to use him to keep the younger horses calm, but now he’s just out in a field enjoying life.” As a brilliantly talented racehorse, and as the poster boy for stem cell therapy treatment, Greg’s Gold deserves nothing less.

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Bill Boswell’s homebred Greg’s Gold, a 2001 gelded son of Lake George, became the 49th California-bred to achieve millionaire status with a victory in the grade II, $200,000 Potrero Grande Handicap at Santa Anita Park on April 5, 2008.

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Unconscious: A Dream Come True

A Blast From The Past by JACKIE BARNES

On Saturday, Feb. 5, the 74th edition of the historic San Antonio Stakes will be run at Santa Anita Park. With a purse of $200,000, the grade II race for four-year-olds and up is a major prep toward the grade I, $750,000 Santa Anita Handicap on Mar. 3. Such California-bred stars as Best Pal and Free House, as well as ledendary Seabiscuit, have won this prestigious race. In 1972, Cal-bred Unconscious won the San Antonio, defeating Triple Bend and Cougar II (Chi). This season marks the 40th anniversary of that historic race. Unconscious, owned and bred by Texas oilman Arthur A. Seeligson Jr. and trained by John Canty, was coming off a brilliant three-year-old season that was cut short due to injury. He had been training forwardly since November, with his main objective being the Charles H. Strub Stakes. The son of 1964 Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe winner Prince Royal II (Eng), out of the Del Mar Debutante Stakes winner Brown Berry, Unconscious passed his two prep races with flying colors. In the $130,300 Charles H. Strub Stakes on Feb. 12, Unconscious and Bill Shoemaker aboard faced an excellent field that included highly regarded Triple Bend. The talented horse and rider duo gained a hard-fought half-length victory over Triple Bend in the first $100,000 event of the season. Two weeks later on Feb. 26, a field of nine combatants took the stage for the 1 1/8-mile San Antonio Stakes, with Cougar II the 128-pound highweight. Unconscious was assigned 123 pounds, but this time he was without Shoemaker in the saddle. Angel Cordero Jr. replaced Shoemaker who was committed to riding Cougar II for Charlie Whittingham. The race was turned out to be a classic. Buzkashi and Figonero (Arg) battled on the lead for most of the way, before Triple Bend and Unconscious overtook the front run-

ners. The pair battled down the stretch with Triple Bend getting a short lead with a furlong to go. Thinking he had it won, Triple Bend began easing up in the drive allowing Unconscious to re-rally and win by a nose at the wire. Cougar II, never a factor for the victory, rallied to finish third. “Before this race, we thought that Cougar II was the number one horse in the country and that Unconscious was number two,” said Seeligson. “Now, I believe that we are number one.” In his final two starts, Unconscious finished third in the Santa Anita Handicap to Triple Bend and Cougar II and was second to Cougar II in his record-setting performance in the Century Handicap at Hollywood Park. At the end of the 1972 season, Unconscious was ranked second at 124 pounds on the Free Handicap to champion Autobiography at 126. He and Triple Bend were both ranked on the list of the top 25 winners of stakes and feature races, that included Secretariat and Riva Ridge. Unconscious was retired to stud at Leslie Combs II’s Spendthrift Farm in Kentucky in 1973. In 1978, he moved to Hamburg Place, where he stood till 1984. He was sold at the 1985 Fasig-Tipton January sale and stood in Maryland until 1988. His last stop was at Quigley’s Thoroughbreds in Oklahoma in 1988. He sired 10 stakes winners, including grade I winners Affiliate and Tango Dancer. His daughters have produced such stakes winners as Sheer Kingston, a dual group I winner in Australia, and Becky’s Queen. The brilliant Cal-bred was not only a class individual, but had the heart and soul of a champion. Unconscious’ career totals were 24-10-6-2 for earnings of $373,300. He battled the best of his generation, while giving his best each time he stepped on the track.

Unconscious—$86,050 San Antonio Stakes—February 26, 1972

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Slew’s Tiznow TIZNOW – HEPATICA, BY SLEWPY

Record-Setting, Grade 1-Performing Multiple Stakes Winner N Saratoga 2yo maiden winner by 4 1/4 lengths and 2nd G1 Breeders’ Futurity at Keeneland.

N Won Del Mar’s El Cajon S. at one mile by 3 lengths and a dual stakes-placed older horse, posting a 102 Beyer in his final start, Hollywood’s G2 Californian S. A full brother to record-setting, multiple Graded stakes winner SLEW’S TIZZY ($619,619), SLEW’S TIZNOW by Breeders’ Cup Classic TIZNOW, EW W’S T IZNO IZ NOW W iis sb y ttwo-time wo-titime B reed ders’’ C up Cl Clas sic i winner i TIZN TI ZNOW OW Horse of the Year and leading sire of more than 35 stakes winners. Out of a half-sister to 3 stakes winners, SLEW’S TIZNOW is from a pedigree that has produced more than 40 stakes winners under the first three dams, including G1 SWs HEATSEEKER, AL BAHATHRI, GLADIATORUS, etc. N Fee: $2,500 Live Foal No Booking Fees for 2012 Seasons / Stud Fees are payable Oct. 1 of year bred please visit www.ranchosanmiguel.net for more details on our stallions Inquiries to Clay Murdock / P.O. Box 741, San Miguel, CA 93451 PH: (805) 467-3847 / FX: (805) 467-3919 / EM: ransanmig@tcsn.net / www.ranchosanmiguel.net

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Down on the Farm

Deworming Foals And Young Horses

by HEATHER SMITH THOMAS Young horses are more vulnerable to internal parasite infection and damage than adult horses, because they have less immunity. Most horse breeders try to keep foals, weanlings and yearlings dewormed. Ray Kaplan, DVM, PhD, DACVM, DEVPC (Professor of Parasitology, College of Veterinary Medicine, University of Georgia) says the most important issue today in the battle against internal parasites is surveillance, checking for eggs in the feces. Deworming should only be done when needed, and with a drug that works effectively to kill the targeted parasite. With foals, however, you don’t want to wait until you see a problem (signs of worm burden or high egg counts) before you start treating. Kaplan recommends that foals be treated on a regular basis. “However, if you are just treating without doing fecal sample surveillance, you won’t know whether the drugs are working or not,” he says. With all the drug resistance issues currently, we don’t want to be treating foals unless they need it or this will compromise our ability to control worms in the future. At the same time, if we are not treating correctly, with drugs that work, we may think everything is fine because we are deworming on a regular basis—and not realize we have a disaster brewing because the drugs aren’t working anymore.

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“Doing egg count surveillance for both strongyles and roundworms (ascarids—the number one problem in foals) is critical, to make sure your program is working,” says Kaplan. Ascarids are the predominant parasite in foals between the ages of four to eight months. This is when we tend to see disease from heavy worm burdens if the foals are in an environment heavily contaminated with these worms. “Once the foals are eight months and older they start to develop pretty good immunity to ascarids,” he explains. At that point, which is usually around weaning time and during the foal’s first winter, small strongyles become more of an issue. It takes several years for the young horse to develop some immunity to small strongyles. “Weanlings and yearlings remain highly susceptible to these, whereas by about eight months of age they are developing immunity to ascarids and start self-curing for ascarids on their own, even without treatment. They may still be infected, but usually not with pathogenic levels,” says Kaplan. After becoming exposed to ascarids, the foal’s immune system helps their body start regulating the number of worms. If the foal is healthy, they will start eliminating the ascarids on their own. As they gets closer to a year of age, they might still have some of these worms, but even without treatment they probably won’t have enough to produce disease. So between four and eight months is the most important time to treat for ascarids to prevent disease, because they do not yet have enough immunity to hold them in check. “From eight to 12 months there’s a good chance the young horse will still be positive if you check the feces; they might be shedding low numbers of eggs. But you wouldn’t expect any disease problems. After the horse is a year old these parasites become even less important,” says Kaplan. Most individuals show negative ascarid fecal counts, even without treatments, at some point between 12 and 18 months of age. “A few animals continue to be infected with low levels, however, with or without treatment. On breeding farms where there are many foals, and lots of ascarid eggs in the environment, some mares shed ascarid eggs— usually low egg counts. These individuals don’t develop complete immunity to these parasites, which is something new. Years ago, we rarely saw adult animals with ascarid infections. It could be that the parasites have changed. When we treat with drugs, we are selecting for resistant worms and possibly selecting for other traits,” he explains. The drugs we are using and the way we use them may be selecting for parasites that can complete their life cycles faster, so they can bypass the effect of the drugs. Kaplan

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explains that this phenomenon is separate from drug resistance—which involves biochemical mechanisms and genetic changes that change the chemistry of how the drug affects the parasite. “Worms have a great deal of genetic diversity, and can respond in multiple ways to selection pressure with drugs. If you are treating frequently with drugs, you will be selecting for worms that can complete their life cycle faster, and get their eggs out there into the environment, before you treat the horse again. This has nothing to do with drug resistance; it’s a completely separate selection process,” he explains. Both of these processes are happening simultaneously when we treat with drugs at frequent intervals, and there may be other things we don’t know about that we are selecting for that may be linked with some of these traits. We are seeing changes in the biology of some of these parasites. “In general, we are seeing shortening of the life cycle with pinworms and small strongyles. We see changes with ascarids, as well, with more adult animals coming up positive. But disease from ascarids in adult animals is very rare. I’ve only heard of one case where a mare actually had a pathogenic burden of ascarids,” says Kaplan. Ascarids are mainly pathogenic in foals, so after the young horse is more than a year old, we become more focused on dealing with small strongyles. Between eight to 12 months is the transition time when the small strongyles start becoming more important and the ascarids less important, according to Kaplan. Every farm is different, however. The worm burden in the horses—whether it’s high enough to be a problem—depends on the management system and how contaminated the environment is, whether the foals have good nutrition and good overall health. All of these things can have an effect. But if horse owners or farm managers are doing egg count surveillance, they can keep track of what’s happening and know if the control programs are working or not. Most veterinarians recommend starting treatment of foals for ascarids at two months of age. There is no value in treating any earlier. “Some people want to start treatment at two to four weeks of age, but this will just encourage drug resistance. Those treatments are not very effective. The early stages of this parasite are the hardest to kill; you have to wait until the worms are older to have an effective kill rate,” explains Kaplan. In ascarids, resistance to ivermectin and moxidectin is becoming quite common. The early larval stages are the most difficult to kill, even when the worms are susceptible. If the worms are already in the process of becoming resistant, the first ones that will resist being killed are those early larval stages. “By treating foals sooner than two months of age, all you are doing is putting more selection pressure on those worms for developing drug resistance, without accomplishing much in parasite control,” he says. The rational for starting treatment at two months is that the life cycle of the ascarid takes about 10 to 15 weeks for the worms to start producing eggs after the foal becomes infect-

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ed. If you start treating at two months, you are still treating prior to when these worms will be shedding eggs, but by that time they are old enough to be more susceptible to the drug. After that initial treatment, Kaplan recommends treating the foal every two months. Prior to the second treatment, however, it’s wise to do an egg count. If more than a few eggs show up in that check, he suggests doing another egg count two weeks after treatment—to see if the drug is working. “To really get a good reading on whether the drugs you are using are effective against ascarids, it’s best to do this test when the foal is in the four to six months age range. Once foals get to be more than six months old, you may see reductions in egg counts that have nothing to do with the drugs, just because foals at that age are starting to build their own immunity,” he explains. For example, the drug may not be working very well, but if it’s working at 50 percent you might see a high level of egg reduction just because the animal’s immune system killed another 40 to 50 percent. “It also seems like treatment helps stimulate the foal’s immunity. If you are killing some of the worms, this seems to stimulate his body to build immunity to help kill more of the remaining worms,” says Kaplan. Therefore, if you do post-treatment fecal egg counts to see if the drug you chose is working, it’s best to do this in the younger foals rather than the older ones, or you might come to the wrong conclusion and think the drug is working, even though it’s not. “We see a lot of resistance to the benzimadazole drugs and to pyrantel in small strongyles. The most resistance we see in ascarids is to ivermectin and moxidectin. In some cases, depending on what’s on a particular farm in terms of resistance, it may be necessary to treat with two different drug classes at the same time—because you are targeting two completely different parasites and want to make sure you kill both,” explains Kaplan. Rotating drug classes every time you deworm (every two months) would not be a good idea in this situation because then you could have a four-month period in which you are Continued on next page

Small strongyles (cyathestomes) embedded in the stomach lining

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Down on the Farm Cont’d. not adequately treating a certain parasite if one of those drugs doesn’t work. This could set foals up for severe worm burdens if the parasites have resistance to one of the two drugs that you are using. “This is why surveillance with egg counts, and monitoring the effectiveness of your treatments, is the most important aspect of parasite control. Everything else is secondary, because if you know which drugs are effective and use those, you will have better success in control. Yet at the same time you don’t want to treat too often with those drugs because success today may lead to failure tomorrow,” says Kaplan. Thus the horse owner must walk a fine line, trying to keep the animals dewormed without compromising future effectiveness of the available drugs. At this point in time, there are no new drugs in the pipeline, for horses. “There is one new drug for sheep, but it is not yet available in the United States and it doesn’t look like it will be developed for horses in the near future. With no other new classes of drugs on the horizon, so we must try to preserve the effectiveness of the ones we have,” he says. Managing The Environment More important than using chemical dewormers is trying to keep the horses’ environment less contaminated with worm eggs and larvae, thereby reducing the incidence of transmission. The use of deworming drugs should be an adjunct to good management, rather than thinking we can depend on these drugs alone. “Interestingly, some horse owners in other countries are managing fine without heavy dependence on dewormers. I was recently in Brazil, on a farm that has resistance to all drugs, in all the parasites, but the horses looked great— mainly because of good management and diligent egg count surveillance, just selectively treating the individuals who need to be treated. Even though there is drug resistance, this doesn’t mean the drugs are useless. You just don’t get a high kill rate,” explains Kaplan. You may still help the horse by giving them a little assistance when he needs it. If you are only getting 80 to 90 percent kill rate with a certain drug, then technically you have a resistance problem. If

you keep using that drug frequently, in all your horses, it will keep losing efficacy until it is useless. Kaplan points out that if a drug has only 80 to 90 percent efficacy and you start using that drug in a targeted manner, you can still get good use from it and the worms won’t get any more resistant to it than they already have, because you are not using it that often. The farm in Brazil that he uses as an example included cattle in a pasture rotation to help break the life-cycle of the worms. The adult horses were grazing in one pasture, the young horses in another pasture and cattle in a third pasture, and these groups were then rotated among the pastures. This grazing strategy can help tremendously, in contrast to having the foals always in the same pasture, constantly in a wormcontaminated environment—which would greatly increase the transmission of parasites. But if you can move them into a pasture that was just grazed by cattle, the cattle have vacuumed up many of the horse parasites (which won’t complete their life-cycle in the cattle). Also, the extra time between occupancies by horses allows some of the parasite larvae to die naturally. This tactic can greatly diminish worm numbers. “After the foals are gone from that pasture you can graze it again with cattle, then adult horses, then cattle, and by the time foals are there again, you’ve gotten rid of a lot of the parasites. On this particular farm, this strategy has worked well and their horses are winning many races—in spite of having the worst drug resistance of any farm in the world,” says Kaplan. Careful management can make all the difference. Drugs should be secondary to management and not the other way around. Blind reliance on deworming is always a bad idea. “With good management, you can control parasites, even with drugs that are not fully effective. It’s easier if they are fully effective, but if you’ve used the drugs so much that they become ineffective, then they are worthless. But if you are monitoring (with egg counts), and notice some decreased efficacy in the early stages of resistance, then you can manage the situation more carefully and still maintain that drug at a fairly good level,” he explains. If you are not monitoring, you won’t realize this is happening. “By the time you do realize it—seeing clinical disease in the foals—you may have a disaster on your hands, and that drug will be essentially useless on your farm from then on,” he says.

No Need To Deworm Mares At Foaling Time The common practice of deworming mares at foaling time, to prevent threadworm (Strongyloides) transmission to foals through the milk, is totally unnecessary, according to Kaplan. “Threadworms are a non-issue today. I haven’t heard of a case of threadworm disease for a long time. The treatment at foaling was specifically to control this one particular parasite. Even in the rare situation where a foal might have a problem, threadworms can be treated—and also controlled through management. You only have this problem in a wet, dirty environment. If you have a prob-

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lem with Strongyloides you could address this with management,” he says. Threadworm infection is not a life-threatening disease. It causes temporary diarrhea in young foals and is easily treatable. Deworming mares at foaling time is unnecessary if they are on a good parasite control program, checking egg counts on the mares—to know that their parasites are under control. “If you are doing that, then there is no need to give an extra treatment at foaling,” says Kaplan. This merely leads to more resistance in various parasites.

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Leading Sires in California

Available Statistics Through December 31, 2011 Leading Sires by Number of Races Won

Leading Sires by Money Won Rank Sire Runners 1. Unusual Heat . . . . . . . . . . 120 2. Tribal Rule . . . . . . . . . . . . . 142 3. Benchmark . . . . . . . . . . . . . 152 4. Kafwain . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 146 5. Southern Image . . . . . . . . 103 6. Old Topper . . . . . . . . . . . . . 151 7. Salt Lake* . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 104 8. Bertrando† . . . . . . . . . . . . . 114 9. Aragorn (Ire)‡ . . . . . . . . . . . 91 10. Marino Marini . . . . . . . . . . . 102 11. In Excess (Ire)† . . . . . . . . . .115 12. Swiss Yodeler . . . . . . . . . . . 131 13. Ministers Wild Cat . . . . . . . . 85 14. Giacomo‡ . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 83 15. Stormin Fever . . . . . . . . . . . 107 16. Decarchy . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 85 17. Sea of Secrets . . . . . . . . . . . 98 18. Atticus . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 64 19. Redattore (Brz)• . . . . . . . . . 71 20. Olmodavor# . . . . . . . . . . . . 68 21. Good Journey . . . . . . . . . . . 38 22. Skimming• . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 76 23. Formal Gold• . . . . . . . . . . . 81 24. Lucky Pulpit . . . . . . . . . . . . . 25 25. Cee's Tizzy† . . . . . . . . . . . . 60 26. High Brite* . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 70 27. Freespool . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 79 28. Vronsky . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 24 29. Siberian Summer* . . . . . . . . 62 30. Ten Most Wanted . . . . . . . . . 55 31. Perfect Mandate . . . . . . . . . 54 32. Roar* . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 53 33. Popular . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 28 34. Tizbud . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 36 35. Momentum . . . . . . . . . . . . . 68 36. Globalize . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 43 37. Terrell . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 54 38. Rocky Bar‡ . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 35 39. Capsized . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 32 40. Comic Strip . . . . . . . . . . . . 40 41. Memo (Chi)• . . . . . . . . . . . . 36 42. Gotham City . . . . . . . . . . . . . 37 43. Western Fame . . . . . . . . . . . .40 44. Suances (GB) . . . . . . . . . . . 27 45. Game Plan . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 48 46. Tannersmyman . . . . . . . . . . 30 47. One Man Army . . . . . . . . . . . 15 48. Trapper . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 13 49. Crafty C. T.• . . . . . . . . . . . . 21 50. Flame Thrower . . . . . . . . . . . 43

Starts 785 684 915 884 708 941 659 609 555 602 657 906 625 491 671 533 626 342 426 457 242 500 579 131 383 503 569 145 436 493 356 364 170 144 457 319 319 252 221 229 204 205 199 132 270 202 138 100 130 228

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Races Won 113 138 119 135 118 135 103 82 80 107 86 104 99 69 75 74 83 50 46 72 27 78 71 26 43 61 62 18 52 41 48 58 45 25 51 39 57 51 33 32 34 32 30 16 26 29 14 24 19 25

Earnings $4,495,713 3,579,427 3,045,471 2,847,642 2,597,664 2,184,316 1,994,329 1,937,362 1,862,729 1,807,090 1,740,100 1,684,237 1,655,647 1,524,535 1,495,621 1,423,229 1,296,499 1,044,066 1,007,983 965,497 959,411 931,193 918,664 880,891 844,236 840,236 829,952 827,040 811,329 773,105 772,286 732,133 693,399 668,232 653,280 647,368 647,154 578,666 528,592 451,833 448,838 428,851 423,973 414,047 397,747 383,213 360,788 355,260 345,994 341,870

Rank Sire

Runners

1. Tribal Rule . . . . . . . . . . .142 2. Kafwain . . . . . . . . . . . . . 146 Old Topper . . . . . . . . . . 151 4. Benchmark . . . . . . . . . . .152 5. Southern Image . . . . . . 103 6. Unusual Heat . . . . . . . . .120 7. Marino Marini . . . . . . . . .102 8. Swiss Yodeler . . . . . . . . .131 9. Salt Lake* . . . . . . . . . . . .104 10. Ministers Wild Cat . . . . . 85 11. In Excess (Ire)† . . . . . . . .115 12. Sea of Secrets . . . . . . . . 98 13. Bertrando† . . . . . . . . . . .114 14. Aragorn (Ire)‡ . . . . . . . . . 91 15. Skimming• . . . . . . . . . . . 76 16. Stormin Fever . . . . . . . .107 17. Decarchy . . . . . . . . . . . . 85 18. Olmodavor# . . . . . . . . . . 68 19. Formal Gold• . . . . . . . . . 81 20. Giacomo‡ . . . . . . . . . . . . 83

Starts

Races Won

684 884 941 915 708 785 602 906 659 625 657 626 609 555 500 671 533 457 579 491

138 135 135 119 118 113 107 104 103 99 86 83 82 80 78 75 74 72 71 69

Earnings $3,579,427 2,847,642 2,184,316 3,045,471 2,597,664 4,495,713 1,807,090 1,684,237 1,994,329 1,655,647 1,740,100 1,296,499 1,937,362 1,862,729 931,193 1,495,621 1,423,229 965,497 918,664 1,524,535

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

Unusual Heat . . . . . . . . . . .120 Lucky Pulpit . . . . . . . . . . . . 25 Vronsky . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 24 Trapper . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .13 Good Journey . . . . . . . . . . . 38 Southern Image . . . . . . . . 103 Tribal Rule . . . . . . . . . . . . .142 Popular . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .28 One Man Army . . . . . . . . . . 15 Aragorn (Ire)‡ . . . . . . . . . . . 91 Benchmark . . . . . . . . . . . . 152 Kafwain . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .146 Ministers Wild Cat . . . . . . . 85 Awesome Gambler . . . . . . 15 Salt Lake* . . . . . . . . . . . . . 104 Poteen . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 13 Tizbud . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .36 Giacomo‡ . . . . . . . . . . . . . .83 Alymagic . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .10 Marino Marini . . . . . . . . . . 102

Races Won 113 26 18 24 27 118 138 45 14 80 119 135 99 6 103 8 25 69 10 107

Average Earnings/ Earnings Runner $4,495,713 880,891 827,040 355,260 959,411 2,597,664 3,579,427 693,399 360,788 1,862,729 3,045,471 2,847,642 1,655,647 287,862 1,994,329 243,781 668,232 1,524,535 180,408 1,807,090

$37,464 35,236 34,460 27,328 25,248 25,220 25,207 24,764 24,053 20,470 20,036 19,504 19,478 19,191 19,176 18,752 18,562 18,368 18,041 17,717

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Leading Sires by Turf Earnings

Leading Sires by Number of Winners

(Minimum 100 Starts Lifetime)

Rank Sire

Runners

1. Tribal Rule .........................142 2. Benchmark........................152 Old Topper ....................... 151 4. Kafwain .............................146 5. Southern Image................ 103 6. Swiss Yodeler....................131 7. Marino Marini ....................102 8. In Excess (Ire)†................. 115 9. Unusual Heat ................... 120 10. Bertrando† ........................114 11. Salt Lake* ..........................104 12. Ministers Wild Cat.............. 85 Sea of Secrets................... 98 14. Aragorn (Ire)‡ ..................... 91 Giacomo‡.......................... 83 16. Stormin Fever....................107 Decarchy ............................ 85 18. Olmodavor# ....................... 68 Formal Gold•...................... 81 20. Skimming• ......................... 76

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

Winners

Races Won

83 78 78 77 67 64 63 59 57 55 54 49 49 48 48 42 42 39 39 38

138 119 135 135 118 104 107 86 113 82 103 99 83 80 69 75 74 72 71 78

Earnings $3,579,427 3,045,471 2,184,316 2,847,642 2,597,664 1,684,237 1,807,090 1,740,100 4,495,713 1,937,362 1,994,329 1,655,647 1,296,499 1,862,729 1,524,535 1,495,621 1,423,229 965,497 918,664 931,193

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 ............. 80 Tribal Rule .................. 32 Aragorn (Ire)‡ .............60 Benchmark................. 48 Bertrando†................ 42 In Excess (Ire)†........... 41 Good Journey ............ 24 Decarchy................... 32 Redattore (Brz)• ........ 35 Atticus........................ 25 Cee's Tizzy†................20 Vronsky ..................... 16 Kafwain ..................... 41 Skimming• ................ 16 Southern Image ........ 39 Old Topper ..................32 Siberian Summer* ..... 24 Ministers Wild Cat..... 25 Swiss Yodeler............ 21 Globalize .................... 16

276 87 220 131 86 110 91 88 97 68 60 41 86 56 91 77 104 55 56 57

26 14 20 14 6 13 6 10 7 7 8 5 8 7 6 5 9 7 4 5

39 21 30 16 7 16 9 14 9 8 11 6 12 10 8 8 17 10 8 8

Earnings $2,240,670 845,272 828,711 676,808 508,170 507,893 469,808 426,765 415,169 413,965 404,499 395,329 383,461 358,567 351,199 302,448 301,209 256,246 237,798 237,388

Leading Sires by Median Earnings Per Runner

Leading Sires by Average Earnings Per Start

(Minimum 10 Runners)

(Minimum 100 Starts)

Runners

Southern Image ............. 103 Unusual Heat ................. 120 Takin It Deep†...................16 One Man Army................. 15 Lucky Pulpit ..................... 25 Alymagic ...........................10 Rocky Bar‡ ...................... 35 Tribal Rule ...................... 142 Marino Marini..................102 Trapper .............................13 Vronsky ............................ 24 Olmodavor# ..................... 68 Popular ........................... 28 Ancient Art ........................17 Roar*................................ 53 Extra ............................... 11 Our New Recruit*............. 17 Aragorn (Ire)‡ ................... 91 Grey Memo .......................16 Birdonthewire ...................16

Races Won 118 113 12 14 26 10 51 138 107 24 18 72 45 11 58 5 14 80 14 20

Median Earnings/ Earnings Runner $2,597,664 4,495,713 159,333 360,788 880,891 180,408 578,666 3,579,427 1,807,090 355,260 827,040 965,497 693,399 295,676 732,133 178,980 252,544 1,862,729 278,111 264,511

$14,253 13,608 11,975 11,700 11,205 10,836 10,714 10,598 10,454 10,434 9,840 9,639 9,532 9,450 9,438 9,370 9,175 9,144 8,935 8,805

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

Runners

Lucky Pulpit ................... 25 Unusual Heat ................ 120 Vronsky .......................... 24 Tribal Rule ..................... 142 Tizbud ............................. 36 Popular........................... 28 Good Journey ............... 38 Southern Image .............103 Trapper........................... 13 Aragorn (Ire)‡ ................ 91 Benchmark.....................152 Kafwain ......................... 146 Bertrando† .....................114 Suances (GB) ...................27 Giacomo‡........................ 83 Atticus ............................ 64 Salt Lake* ...................... 104 Marino Marini ................ 102 Ancient Art ...................... 17 Grey Memo .................... 16

Starts

Earnings

Average Earnings/ Start

131 785 145 684 144 170 242 708 100 555 915 884 609 132 491 342 659 602 110 104

$880,891 4,495,713 827,040 3,579,427 668,232 693,399 959,411 2,597,664 355,260 1,862,729 3,045,471 2,847,642 1,937,362 414,047 1,524,535 1,044,066 1,994,329 1,807,090 295,676 278,111

$6,724 5,727 5,704 5,233 4,641 4,079 3,965 3,669 3,553 3,356 3,328 3,221 3,181 3,137 3,105 3,053 3,026 3,002 2,688 2,674

The statistics contained in these rankings are compiled by The Jockey Club Information Systems Inc. (TJCIS). While every effort is made to prevent errors and omissions, California Thoroughbred cannot guarantee their complete and total accuracy. A dagger (†) indicates that a stallion has been pensioned, an asterisk (*) that he has died, a dot (•) that he is now standing elsewhere, a number sign (#) that he did not stand in California in 2010 but is standing in the state in 2011, a double dagger (‡) that he is not standing in California in 2011 but will stand in the state in 2012 and in bold that he is a freshman sire. In all cases, a sire will remain in the rankings until the year after his last California foals are two-year-olds. Statistics cover racing in North America (U.S., Canada and Puerto Rico), England, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Mexico, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates only.

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

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Available Statistics Through December 31, 2011

Crops of Average Foals of Racing Crop Racing Age Size Age

Unusual Heat, 1990, by Nureyev Southern Image, 2000, by Halo's Image Cee's Tizzy†, 1987, by Relaunch In Excess (Ire)†, 1987, by Siberian Express Vronsky, 1999, by Danzig Good Journey, 1996, by Nureyev Roar*, 1993, by Forty Niner Tribal Rule, 1996, by Storm Cat 9. One Man Army, 1994, by Roman Diplomat 10. Salt Lake*, 1989, by Deputy Minister 11. Bertrando†, 1989, by Skywalker 12. Rocky Bar‡, 1998, by In Excess (Ire) 13. Memo (Chi)•, 1987, by Mocito Guapo (Arg) 14. Birdonthewire, 1989, by Proud Birdie 15. Benchmark, 1991, by Alydar Stormin Fever, 1994, by Storm Cat 17. Beau Genius†, 1985, by Bold Ruckus 18. Formal Gold•, 1993, by Black Tie Affair (Ire) Robannier, 1991, by Batonnier Kafwain, 2000, by Cherokee Run Olympio*, 1988, by Naskra 22. Atticus, 1992, by Nureyev 23. Snow Chief*, 1983, by Reflected Glory 24. Kelly Kip, 1994, by Kipper Kelly Swiss Yodeler, 1994, by Eastern Echo 26. Decarchy, 1997, by Distant View High Brite*, 1984, by Best Turn Siberian Summer*, 1989, by Siberian Express Tizbud, 1999, by Cee's Tizzy 30. Aragorn (Ire)‡, 2002, by Giant's Causeway. Popular, 1999, by Saint Ballado Redattore (Brz)•, 1995, by Roi Normand 33. Silic (Fr), 1995, by Sillery 34. Lake George, 1992, by Vice Regent Marino Marini, 2000, by Storm Cat 36. Old Topper, 1995, by Gilded Time Perfect Mandate, 1996, by Gone West. Sea of Secrets, 1995, by Storm Cat 39. Giacomo‡, 2002, by Holy Bull. Ministers Wild Cat, 2000, by Deputy Minister 41. Olmodavor#, 1999, by A.P. Indy Western Fame, 1992, by Gone West Suances (GB), 1997, by Most Welcome (GB) 44. Iron Cat, 1995, by Storm Cat Michael's Flyer†, 1986, by Flying Paster Poteen, 1994, by Irish River (Fr) Thisnearlywasmine, 1994, by Capote 48. Crafty C. T.•, 1998, by Crafty Prospector. Epic Honor, 1996, by Honor Grades 50. Latin American†, 1988, by Riverman 81.Game Plan, 1993, by Danzig

11 3 18 16 4 6 12 6 6 16 15 4 14 14 10 9 18 10 12 5 16 11 20 8 10 5 20 10 4 2 4 5 7 12 4 8 8 9 2 3 4 10 4 10 16 6 7 5 8 14 12

46 100 40 59 16 51 56 61 10 77 65 13 37 18 61 66 41 45 8 74 31 37 13 13 64 47 46 37 24 65 16 94 20 13 50 57 36 46 67 57 43 27 17 13 7 12 8 18 9 22 33

509 301 718 945 64 306 667 363 62 1,230 980 51 517 246 610 593 746 454 97 369 501 411 263 107 643 236 914 365 95 130 65 470 139 158 198 452 289 411 133 170 172 272 67 130 107 71 56 89 70 307 398

Runners

366-72% 136-45% 496-69% 677-72% 29-45% 117-38% 523-78% 225-62% 44-71% 1,016-83% 714-73% 41-80% 337-64% 178-72% 455-75% 447-75% 610-82% 357-79% 63-65% 273-74% 385-77% 306-74% 181-69% 86-80% 491-76% 142-60% 708-77% 285-78% 44-46% 93-72% 40-62% 286-61% 102-73% 97-61% 128-65% 350-77% 146-51% 329-80% 85-64% 108-64% 118-69% 185-68% 32-48% 97-75% 53-50% 50-70% 36-64% 47-53% 49-70% 205-67% 287-72%

Winners

263-52% 89-30% 362-50% 498-53% 17-27% 66-22% 404-61% 148-41% 29-47% 818-67% 493-50% 36-71% 237-46% 129-52% 336-55% 316-53% 460-62% 278-61% 38-39% 183-50% 286-57% 184-45% 111-42% 72-67% 348-54% 94-40% 574-63% 203-56% 18-19% 51-39% 31-48% 173-37% 65-47% 59-37% 89-45% 261-58% 94-33% 241-59% 48-36% 65-38% 83-48% 134-49% 17-25% 78-60% 27-25% 36-51% 25-45% 34-38% 38-54% 133-43% 225-57%

2-Y-O Winners

30-6% 29-10% 58-8% 114-12% 3-5% 10-3% 101-15% 67-18% 2-3% 243-20% 118-12% 15-29% 43-8% 37-15% 90-15% 103-17% 138-18% 77-17% 8-8% 69-19% 60-12% 38-9% 27-10% 16-15% 147-23% 31-13% 145-16% 26-7% 4-4% 20-15% 14-22% 60-9% 11-8% 10-6% 26-13% 102-23% 18-6% 74-18% 20-15% 26-15% 24-14% 45-17% 2-3% 7-5% 5-5% 4-6% 5-9% 9-10% 6-9% 28-9% 55-14%

Stakes Winners

29-6% 5-2% 39-5% .63-7% 2-3% 3-1% 44-7% 21-6% 4-6% 71-6% 53-5% 10-20% 28-5% 10-4% 31-5% 30-5% 39-5% 19-4% 3-3% 16-4% 30-6% 13-3% 9-3% 2-2% 23-4% 7-3% 46-5% 13-4% 2-2% 1-1% 1-2% 14-3% 1-1% 5-3% 5-3% 18-4% 11-4% 20-5% 5-4% 8-5% 5-3% 13-5% 1-1% 5-4% 3-3% 3-4% 0-0% 1-1% 1-1% 6-2% .23-6%.

Graded Stakes Winners

Progeny Earnings

Average Earnings Index

10-2% 2-1% 9-1% 11-1% 0-0% 2-1% 22-3% 2-1% 1-2% 24-2% 12-1% 1-2% 9-2% 1-0% 8-1% 12-2% 5-1% 5-1% 0-0% 4-1% 4-1% 5-1% 1-0% 1-1% 2-0% 1-0% 9-1% 4-1% 0-0% 0-0% 0-0% 12-3% 1-1% 1-1% 0-0% 0-0% 0-0% 2-0% 2-2% 0-0% 1-1% 0-0% 0-0% 0-0% 0-0% 0-0% 0-0% 0-0% 0-0% 2-1% 2-1%

$31,912,715 $4,530,305 $36,025,714 $42,149,890 $1,375,354 $4,593,950 $24,127,546 $10,924,073 $2,329,745 $59,777,157 $40,941,685 $1,912,334 $17,818,237 $11,539,369 $24,349,791 $25,237,305 $34,509,747 $18,043,962 $2,905,559 $10,033,842 $18,798,559 $12,601,515 $5,645,853 $4,290,209 $22,924,185 $5,335,309 $35,045,089 $11,870,466 $1,071,662 $2,344,366 $1,305,663 $5,299,025 $6,587,760 $4,138,709 $3,923,248 $13,529,726 $5,406,607 $16,323,980 $1,833,169 $2,676,149 $3,410,295 $7,224,171 $891,714 $3,274,487 $1,899,810 $1,874,048 $1,321,404 $1,903,858 $2,191,038 $6,555,604 $11,905,927.

2.19 1.74 1.68 1.67 1.66 1.50 1.48 1.48 1.45 1.43 1.39 1.38 1.33 1.31 1.26 1.24 1.19 1.15 1.13 1.12 1.12 1.09 1.07 1.06 1.06 1.05 1.05 1.05 1.03 1.02 1.02 1.02 1.00 0.98 0.98 0.97 0.97 0.97 0.93 0.93 0.91 0.91 0.90 0.89 0.89 0.89 0.89 0.88 0.88 0.86 0.85

Comparable Index

1.25 1.44 1.17 1.43 0.83 1.06 1.36 1.20 0.91 1.42 1.57 0.77 1.13 1.39 1.18 1.44 1.16 1.37 1.09 1.31 1.31 1.50 1.30 1.01 1.09 0.98 1.19 0.89 0.93 1.48 0.96 1.21 0.94 1.04 1.04 0.89 1.26 1.09 1.49 1.02 1.39 0.81 1.25 1.02 0.59 0.80 0.75 0.95 0.74 1.11 0.82

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 2009 but stood in the state in 2010, a double dagger (‡) that he did not stand in California in 2010 but will stand in the state in 2011 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 twoyear-olds. Statistics cover racing in North America (U.S., Canada and Puerto Rico), England, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Mexico, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates (UAE) only. Percentages are based upon number of foals of racing age.

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Leading Two-Year-Old Sires in California

Leading Sires Of Two-Year-Olds by Money Won Rank Sire 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10. 11. 12. 13. 14. 15. 16. 17. 18. 19. 20.

Runners

Tribal Rule . . . . . . . . . . 46 Giacomo‡ . . . . . . . . . . .31 Decarchy . . . . . . . . . . . 16 Kafwain . . . . . . . . . . . . 25 Lucky Pulpit . . . . . . . . . 10 Aragorn (Ire)‡ . . . . . . . . 21 Marino Marini . . . . . . . . 20 Southern Image . . . . . . 16 Swiss Yodeler . . . . . . . 14 Awesome Gambler . . . 15 Unusual Heat . . . . . . . . 19 Bertrando† . . . . . . . . . 21 Old Topper . . . . . . . . . . 17 Rocky Bar† . . . . . . . . . . 6 Roar* . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9 Stormy Jack . . . . . . . . . .15 Capsized . . . . . . . . . . . . 9 Globalize . . . . . . . . . . . . 6 Olmodavor# . . . . . . . . . 11 Benchmark . . . . . . . . . . 8

Starts 149 145 46 92 36 63 67 75 65 40 68 62 61 24 40 47 46 16 50 28

Races Won

Earnings

30 $1,097,109 19 602,623 14 420,579 19 384,285 6 367,701 15 350,573 10 325,171 14 320,626 7 293,716 6 287,862 5 270,359 7 239,420 8 218,210 8 180,394 7 176,503 12 140,447 6 131,878 4 128,033 6 116,501 5 115,641

Leading Sires Of Two-Year-Olds by Average Earnings Per Runner

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

Runners

Lucky Pulpit...................... 10 Rocky Bar‡ ........................ 6 Decarchy .......................... 16 Tribal Rule ........................ 46 Globalize............................ 6 Swiss Yodeler .................. 14 Southern Image ................ 16 Roar*.................................. 9 Giacomo‡ ........................ 31 Awesome Gambler ........ 15 Tannersmyman ................ 6 Aragorn (Ire)‡.................... 21 Marino Marini.................... 20 Popular .............................. 7 Kafwain............................ 25 Our New Recruit*.............. 7 Capsized............................ 9 Benchmark ........................ 8 Unusual Heat .................. 19 Perfect Mandate................ 5

Races Won Earnings 6 8 14 30 4 7 14 7 19 6 4 15 10 7 19 5 6 5 5 5

$367,701 180,394 420,579 1,097,109 128,033 293,716 320,626 176,503 602,623 287,862 100,895 350,573 325,171 109,403 384,285 106,935 131,878 115,641 270,359 67,380

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

(Minimum 5 Runners)

Rank Sire

TRIBAL RULE (BALLENA VISTA FARM) Leading Two-Year-Old Sire in California by Money Won and Number of Winners through December 31, 2011.

Average Earnings/ Runner $36,770 30,066 26,286 23,850 21,339 20,980 20,039 19,611 19,439 19,191 16,816 16,694 16,259 15,629 15,371 15,276 14,653 14,455 14,229 13,476

Runners

1. Tribal Rule ...................... 46 2. Giacomo‡ ........................ 31 Kafwain .......................... 25 4. Aragorn (Ire)‡ .................. 21 5. Marino Marini .................. 20 Southern Image ................16 Stormy Jack .................... 15 8. Decarchy.......................... 16 Swiss Yodeler .................. 14 Roar* ................................ 9 11. Bertrando†........................21 Old Topper ...................... 17 13. Lucky Pulpit .................... 10 Awesome Gambler ........15 Unusual Heat .................. 19 Popular .............................. 7 Sea of Secrets ..................16 Ministers Wild Cat .......... 24 19. Rocky Bar‡ ...................... 6 Capsized .......................... 9 Olmodavor# ......................11 Benchmark ........................ 8 In Excess (Ire)†..................12 Our New Recruit* .............. 7 Perfect Mandate .............. 5 Singletary............................6

Winners 22 12 12 10 8 8 8 7 7 7 6 6 5 5 5 5 5 5 4 4 4 4 4 4 4 4

Races Won 30 19 19 15 10 14 12 14 7 7 7 8 6 6 5 7 5 6 8 6 6 5 4 5 5 4

Earnings $1,097,109 602,623 384,285 350,573 325,171 320,626 140,447 420,579 293,716 176,503 239,420 218,210 367,701 287,862 270,359 109,403 104,490 102,693 180,394 131,878 116,501 115,641 112,709 106,935 67,380 28,166

The statistics contained in these rankings are compiled by The Jockey Club Information Systems Inc. (TJCIS). While every effort is made to prevent errors and omissions, California Thoroughbred cannot guarantee their complete and total accuracy. A dagger (†) indicates that a stallion has been pensioned, an asterisk (*) that he has died, a dot (•) that he is now standing elsewhere, a number sign (#) that he did not stand in California in 2010 but is standing in the state in 2011, a double dagger (‡) that he is not standing in California in 2011 but will stand in the state in 2012 and in bold that he is a freshman sire. In all cases, a sire will remain in the rankings until the year after his last California foals are two-year-olds. Statistics cover racing in North America (U.S., Canada and Puerto Rico), England, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Mexico, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates only.

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

Pleasant Colony-Hot Novel, by Mari’s Book Fee: $3,000-LF

GLOBALIZE • 69% Winners/Starters and Average Earnings Per Starter $29,020 Multiple Graded stakes winner of $623,650. By Classic winning millionaire SUMMER SQUALL, sire of Horse of the Year CHARISMATIC and Champion twoyear-old filly STORM SONG. 2011 stakes winners include CITY ROUTE and CELL LINE FOREVER.

Summer Squall-Sugar Hill Chick, by Fit To Fight Fee: $3,000-LF ©Mesaros

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

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

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New To Victory Rose SEA OF SECRETS • 79% Starters/Foals • 74% Winners/Starters • Average Earnings Per Starter $50,000+ Graded Stakes Winner SEA OF SECRETS Will Relocate to Victory Rose Thoroughbreds for the 2012 Breeding Season. A versatile stallion whose progeny have won from 6 to 13 furlongs. Progeny to race have amassed $16 million plus, including graded stakes winners SECRET GYPSY ($595,926), PRINCIPLE SECRET ($269,440) and graded stakes-placed MY MISS STORM CAT. 2011 stakes winners include HERMOSILLO, HALEY’S HALO and TYCHONIC CHOICE, stakes-placed Bythebeautifulsea, Hidden Expense and Shred the Secrets.

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

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

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

UNDER CAUTION Ranks in the Top Five Leading Freshman Sires in 2011 From his first crop he has sired A. P. Caution (3 length maiden winner) and placed runners A. P. Anna and Vitameatavegamin. By Horse of the Year and classic winner A. P. INDY. Out of the winning STORM CAT mare Coldheartedcat. She is a half-sister to classic winner CAVEAT, DEW LINE, BALTIC CHILL and Winters’ Love dam of TRANQUILITY LAKE ($1,662,390), and leading California sire BENCHMARK; granddam of AFTER MARKET ($903,685, sire), COURAGEOUS CAT ($1,165,760, Shoemaker Mile S.-G1, etc.) and JALIL.

A. P. Indy-Coldheartedcat, by Storm Cat Fee: $1,500-LF

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Regional Race Meetings, Stakes Races and Sale Dates

Dates in California

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

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Strub Stakes (Gr. II) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .4-y-o . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1 1/8 m. . . . . . . . . . . . .$200,000g Robert B. Lewis Stakes (Gr. II) . . . . . . . . .3-y-o . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1 1/16 m. . . . . . . . . . . . .200,000g Arcadia Stakes . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .4-y-o & up . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1 m. (T) . . . . . . . . . . . . . .150,000g San Antonio Stakes (Gr. II) . . . . . . . . . . . .4-y-o & up . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1 1/8 m. . . . . . . . . . . . . .200,000g San Marcos (Gr. II) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .4-y-o & up . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1 1/4 m. (T) . . . . . . . . . . .150,000g El Camino Real Derby (Gr. III) . . . . . . . . . .3-y-o . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1 1/8 m. . . . . . . . . . . . . .200,000g Santa Maria Stakes (Gr. II) . . . . . . . . . . . . .4-y-o & up, f. & m . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1 1/16 m. . . . . . . . . . . . .200,000g San Vicente Stakes (Gr. II) . . . . . . . . . . . . .3-y-o . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .7 f. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .150,000g Buena Vista Handicap (Gr. II) . . . . . . . . . .4-y-o & up, f. & m . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1 m. (T) . . . . . . . . . . . . . .150,000g San Carlos Stakes (Gr. II) . . . . . . . . . . . . .4-y-o & up . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .7 f. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .200,000g

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Santa Anita Handicap (Gr. I) . . . . . . . . .4-y-o & up . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1 1/4 m. . . . . . . . . . . . .$750,000g Frank E. Kilroe Mile (Gr. I) . . . . . . . . . . .4-y-o & up . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1 m. (T) . . . . . . . . . . . . . .300,000g Las Virgenes Stakes (Gr. II) . . . . . . . . . .3-y-o f. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1 m. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .250,000g San Felipe Stakes (Gr. II) . . . . . . . . . . . .3-y-o . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1 1/16 m. . . . . . . . . . . . .300,000g Las Flores Stakes (Gr. III) . . . . . . . . . . .4-y-o & up, f. & m. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .6 1/2 f. . . . . . . . . . . . . . .100,000g Santa Margarita Handicap (Gr. I) . . . . . .4-y-o & up, f. & m. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1 1/8 m. . . . . . . . . . . . . .300,000g Irish O’Brien Stakes . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .4-y-o & up, f. & m., Cal-Bred/Cal-Sired abt. 6 1/2 f. (T) . . . . . . . .100,000g San Luis Rey Stakes (Gr. II) . . . . . . . . . .4-y-o & up . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1 1/2 m. (T) . . . . . . . . . .150,000g Tokyo City Cup (Gr. III) . . . . . . . . . . . . .4-y-o & up . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1 1/2 m. . . . . . . . . . . . . .100,000g Santa Ana Stakes (Gr. II) . . . . . . . . . . . .4-y-o & up, f. & m. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1 1/8 m. (T) . . . . . . . . . .150,000g Santa Anita Oaks (Gr. I) . . . . . . . . . . . . .3-y-o f. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1 1/16 m. . . . . . . . . . . . .300,000g Echo Eddie Stakes . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .3-y-o . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .6 1/2 f. . . . . . . . . . . . . . .200,000g Evening Jewel Stakes . . . . . . . . . . . . .3-y-o f. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .6 1/2 f. . . . . . . . . . . . . . .200,000g

2012 REGIONAL SALE DATES March 5 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Barretts March Sale of Selected Two-Year-Olds in Training: Training preview on March 2 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .(Nominations closed October 26) May 15 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Barretts May Sale of Two-Year-Olds in Training: Training preview on May 11 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .(Entries close March 23) October 9 & 10 . . . . . . . . . . . .October Yearling Sale . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .(Nominations close April 20)

California-Bred/California-Sired Stakes Races February to April SANTA ANITA PARK

HOLLYWOOD PARK

Saturday March 17

California Gold Rush XIII Saturday, April 28

$100,000 Irish O’Brien Stakes Four-Year-Old & Up, Fillies & Mares about 6 1/2 Furlongs (Turf)

$300,000 Snow Chief Stakes Three-Year-Olds 1 1/8 Miles

Saturday March 31

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

$200,000 Echo Eddie Stakes Two-Year-Old 6 1/2 Furlongs $200,000 Evening Jewel Stakes Three-Year-Old Fillies 6 1/2 Furlongs

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

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IMPORTANT EVENTS & DATES WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 1 THE JOCKEY CLUB DEADLINE FOR NAMING FOALS OF 2010 The Jockey Club Head Office, Lexington, Ky.

MONDAY, FEBRUARY 13 CALIFORNIA THOROUGHBRED BREEDERS ASSOCIATION (CTBA) ANNUAL MEETING AND AWARDS DINNER The Westin Pasadena Hotel, Pasadena, Calif. WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 15 CALIFORNIA THOROUGHBRED BREEDERS ASSOCIATION (CTBA) DEADLINE FOR 2012 CALIFORNIA STALLION REGISTRATION CTBA Office, Arcadia, Calif. & CALIFORNIA THOROUGHBRED BREEDERS ASSOCIATION (CTBA) DEADLINE FOR REGISTRATION TO 2012 GOLDEN STATE SERIES CTBA Office, Arcadia, Calif. TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 21 CALIFORNIA THOROUGHBRED FARM MANAGERS ASSOCIATION (CTFMA) MONTHLY MEETING San Luis Rey Downs Country Club, Bonsall, Calif.

THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 23 CALIFORNIA HORSE RACING BOARD (CHRB) MONTHLY BOARD MEETING Santa Anita Park, Arcadia, Calif.

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Standing For 2012 Breeding Season BONNRITA

Dark Bay or Brown Horse; Feb. 19, 2002

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

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

BREED FOR YOUR 2-YR-OLD WINNER!! For Inquiries please contact Nancy Markwell 818 472 5626

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Leading Breeders in California Ranking Breeder 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10. 11. 12. 13. 14. 15. 16. 17. 18. 19. 20. 21. 22. 23. 24. 25. 26. 27. 28. 29. 30. 31. 32. 33. 34. 35. 36. 37. 38. 39. 40. 41. 42. 43. 44. 45. 46. 47. 48. 49. 50.

Available Statistics Through December 31, 2011 Total Earnings

Old English Rancho . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .$2,249,807 Tommy Town Thoroughbreds LLC . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .2,201,159 Harris Farms . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .2,013,946 Mr. & Mrs. Martin J. Wygod . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1,769,156 Mr. & Mrs. Larry D. Williams . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1,766,648 Benjamin C. Warren . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1,675,198 R. Gregg Anderson . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1,432,086 Terry C. Lovingier . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .881,509 BnD Chase Thoroughbreds & Elven Adams . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .648,000 Betty L. Mabee & Larry Mabee . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .645,946 Rancho San Miguel . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .633,327 Rod & Lorraine Rodriguez . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .626,926 Nick Alexander . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .607,878 Charlotte M. Wrather . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .587,880 Joseph P. Morey Jr. Revocable Trust . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .522,367 Madeline Auerbach & David Abrams . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .520,459 Mike Machowsky . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .498,285 Dr. & Mrs. William T. Gray . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .434,675 Lee & Susan Searing . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .429,388 Harris Farms Inc. & Donald Valpredo . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .426,038 Revocable Trust of Dr. Mikel C. Harrington & Patricia O. Harrington . . . . . . . .422,832 Curtis C. & Lila Lee Lanning . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .410,850 Doug O'Neill & Mark Gorman . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .397,958 Applebite Farms . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .390,283 Vessels Stallion Farm LLC . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .382,720 J. Paul Reddam . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .380,977 Madera Thoroughbreds . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .352,189 Brett Mason . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .341,868 Dr. John Piconi . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .329,136 Old English Rancho & Patsy & Sal Berumen . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .307,091 Red Baron's Barn LLC . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .304,625 Sutherland Farm Inc. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .296,325 Stephen B. Weissman . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .292,964 Ted & Judy Nichols . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .289,408 Nick Cafarchia . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .289,279 SLU Inc. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .282,493 David Abrams & Tom Roberts . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .278,122 Sunset Stables . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .267,029 Pamela C. Ziebarth . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .250,537 Special T Thoroughbreds Inc. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .249,690 Ralph E. Aury Todd . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .247,222 David Abrams . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .246,622 Madeline Auerbach, David Abrams & Sonny Pais . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .245,438 Daehling Ranch LLC . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .239,365 Magali Ventures LLC . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .238,661 Madeline Auerbach . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .238,130 Pablo & Michelle Suarez . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .233,722 Richard A. Bell . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .229,110 Lathrop G. Hoffman . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .212,413 Sam & Carl Asadurian . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .208,625

Leading Earner (Sire) Earnings Acclamation (Unusual Heat) $1,126,000 Ain't No Other (Old Topper) $214,083 Quick Enough (High Brite) $172,153 Secret Cove (Tribal Rule) $141,299 Rousing Sermon (Lucky Pulpit) $274,000 Warren's Knockout (Stormed) $145,838 Amazombie (Northern Afleet) $1,327,000 Willa B Awesome (Awesome Gambler) $173,896 Ultra Blend (Richly Blended) $648,000 Evening Jewel (Northern Afleet) $205,456 Coalbanks Landing (Formal Gold) $68,670 Halo Dolly (Popular) $245,510 Bluegrass Reward (Good Reward) $106,770 Don Tribales (Tribal Rule) $90,864 Upstairs Maid (Trapper) $106,660 Mensa Heat (Unusual Heat) $286,622 Caracortado (Cat Dreams) $498,285 Brown is Beige (Popular) $149,840 Courtside (Cindago) $164,620 Unzip Me (City Zip) $309,715 Edgewick Road (Swiss Yodeler) $68,346 Evasive Charmer (Atticus) $81,876 Thirtyfirststreet (Good Journey) $208,000 Santabarbrabendita (Unbridled Energy) $42,220 Legal Separation (Jackpot) $145,608 Joyzey Billy (Momentum) $50,492 Got Even (Stephen Got Even) $105,800 Bleach Blonde (Marino Marini) $137,508 Heleonor Rugby (Tribal Rule) $205,306 Preferred Mandate (Perfect Mandate) $62,580 Adam Suances (Suances (GB)) $54,800 Gab Power (Powerscourt (GB)) $118,776 Sugarinthemorning (Candy Ride (Arg)) $250,980 Teddy's Promise (Salt Lake) $289,408 Italian Rules (Tribal Rule) $96,680 Senator Bob (Skimming) $107,610 Romeo Royale (Unusual Heat) $104,112 Mavicsa (Ocean Terrace) $40,719 Tiz Flirtatious (Tizbud) $116,800 Raetodandty (Freespool) $141,536 Ducky Drake (Benchmark) $170,669 Unusual Suspect (Unusual Heat) $226,340 Burns (Unusual Heat) $245,438 My Golly (Alymagic) $67,228 Lunch Money (Decarchy) $47,805 Magic School (In Excess (Ire)) $121,750 California Nectar (Stormy Atlantic) $200,200 Sir Bell (Memo (Chi)) $51,868 Hayley's Halo (Sea of Secrets) $193,000 Chiloquin (Tribal Rule) $202,764

GRAND TOTAL OF EARNINGS FOR ALL BREEDERS FOR JANUARY 1 THROUGH DECEMBER 31, 2011, IS $70,175,492 The statistics contained in this ranking are compiled by The Jockey Club Information Systems Inc. While every effort is made to prevent errors and omissions, California Thoroughbred cannot guarantee their complete and total accuracy. Statistics cover California-bred foals racing in North America (U. S., Canada and Puerto Rico), Argentina, Australia, England, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Mexico, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates only.

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BOARDING

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

EXCELLENT CARE AT AFFORDABLE RATES. Years of experience with breeding, foaling and dealing with all types of leg injuries. Nothing fancy, large paddocks, good feed with lots of TLC. $185 per month. Standing for 2012–Pious. Contact Gloria Renteria 619-766-4557.

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

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

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

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

TWO-YEAR-OLD COLT BY TRIBAL RULE now with over $1 million in juvenile progeny earnings—for sale at $30,000 by Cole Ranch. Half-brother (Bertrando, 2009) sold for over $80,000. Excellent conformation with 60 days under saddle. Will happily consider partners with minimum of $1,500 (5%) buy-in and even monthly share of expenses. He’s turned out in a five-acre pasture now, then to Mike Puype’s barn at Hollywood Park around May. Pedigree in www.barretts.com October 2011 catalogue online–Hip 89. Photos upon request at or (805) 990-3669.

MARES FOR SALE

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FOR SALE OR LEASE. 2003 mare by Devil His Due out of Stakeplaced Load N Go by Prized. This mare is 3/4 to G1 winner Buckle Down Ben. Sells in-foal to Songandaprayer. Call Karen at 775-934-5332

TRAINER(S) WANTED: Breeder has progeny by JUMP START, EVEN THE SCORE, CHEROKEE RUN, etc., ready for the track. Looking for creative proposals for purse sharing, partnerships, syndicates, etc. Email: bulldog@wavecable.com

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COLE RANCH MARE AND FOAL CARE: ✓ Free shipping to Cole Ranch with minimum 180 day boarding ✓ Free shipping to/from stallion (less fuel) ✓ Large irrigated grass pastures with shelters ✓ Video monitored/recorded foaling ✓ 24/7 barn attendant during foaling season ✓ Free Jockey Club and CTBA Cal-Bred registration ✓ Free halter breaking ✓ Discounts for more than two pregnant mares ✓ $2.00 for foal until weaned BOARDING/SALES PREP/LAYUPS AND TRAINING: ✓ Safe un-crowded irrigated pastures for mare and foal ✓ Best quality alfalfa and grain with supplements (ingredients listed on website. Bulk price at cost) ✓ Timely and comprehensive vaccinations, de-worming and hoof care ✓ Yearlings started meticulously with patients & kindness ready for the turmoil of the race track. View YouTube training progress online ✓ Sale prep horses will look and behave at their best ✓ Prefer high value horses Located between Southern and Northern Tracks

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CLASSICAL EUROPEAN-BRED HORSEMASTER. Desires total farm, ranch manager position preferably for European breeds such as Friesian, Lippizaner, Warm Blood, American Standardbred or Thoroughbred, starting colts, older sires, stallion. I have the following to offer: • Approximately 7 years tradining experience • Break into english saddle; sidesaddle only • Cross country; trail ride • Hunter/ jumper prep • Premium nutrition plan for sport horses; performance horses • Gentle, loving ground park for colts, stallion. Pay negotiated per job, no hourly rates, no flat rate. Private interview, no obligation. Contact Pink via fax only for more info. Fax number 951-653-0673 any time, leave telephone number or fax number. Pink will work for free in barter of warmblood, colt, stallion proven broodmare, American Standardbred, trotter pacer.

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ADVERTISERS Audi Brand Specialist/Tina Hover ................................85 Ballena Vista Farm........................................OBC, 21, 22 Cal-Bred Maiden Bonus Program ................................66 Cal-Bred Stallion Registration Deadline .......................78 Cardiff, Suzanne, Pedigree Research...........................85 Cole Ranch ...................................................................83 CTBA Annual Meeting/Awards Dinner .........................32 Daehling Ranch ............................................................83 Dickson Podley Realtors, Jeannie Garr Roddy............84 E.A. Ranches..............................................43, 45, 47, 71 Equineline.com .............................................................79 Gayle Van Leer Thoroughbred Services.......................84 Golden Eagle Farm.......................................................15 Golden State Series ...............................................40, 41 Harris Farms ............................................IFC, 25, 27, 29, Joyce Canaday Equine Arts .........................................84 Laurel Fowler Insurance Broker Inc..............................85 Law Office of Linda Cardenas-Subias ........................ 85

Legacy Ranch.........................................................11, 33 Legal Equestrian/Lisa Lerch .........................................85 Lillian Nichols/Halters ...................................................85 Lisa Dezotell .................................................................87 Lovacres Ranch............................................................35 Magali Farms....................................................13, 17, 18 NTRA Advantage ..........................................................14 NTRA Advantage/John Deere ......................................12 Odyssey Performance Premium Horse Exerciser ........85 Paradise Road Ranch.............................................65, 67 Rancho San Miguel ................................................59, 61 Rancho Temescal ...................................................49, 52 Ridgeley Farm.........................................................55, 81 Salesring.com ...............................................................84 Special T. Thoroughbreds.............................................57 Tommy Town Thoroughbreds.......................3, 5, 7, 9, 47 Victory Rose Thoroughbreds..................................74, 75 www.horselawyers.com................................................84

STRIKE FOR GLORY Smart Strike – Secreto’s Glory, by Secreto By twice leading sire SMART STRIKE sire of 10 Champions, including Horse of the Year twice CURLIN. Out of stakes winner, graded stakes-placed Secreto’s Glory. Dam of graded stakes-placed Star On Fire. 2012 Fee: Free Breeding-Booking Fee $350

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

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STALLIONS Aragorn (Ire).......................................................................................................33 Atticus..............................................................................................................17 Awesome Gambler ..........................................................................................35 Behrens ...........................................................................................................74 Benchmark.............................................................................................21, OBC Blake's Passion ...............................................................................................447 Bold Chieftain..................................................................................................75 Bonnrita ...........................................................................................................81 Brave Cat.........................................................................................................65 Bushwacker.....................................................................................................35 Chattahoochee War ........................................................................................445 Cindago ...........................................................................................................333 Council Member ..............................................................................................557 Decarchy..........................................................................................................17 Del Mar Show ............................................................................................49, 52 Desert Code ....................................................................................................25 Dixie Chatter ..........................................................................................21, OBC Drum Major......................................................................................................43 Elusive Bluff ...............................................................................................43, 71 EZ Warrior........................................................................................................67 Game Plan.......................................................................................................43 Giacomo ....................................................................................................17, 18 Global Hunter (Arg)..........................................................................................17 Globalize..........................................................................................................74 Good Journey..................................................................................................17 Grace Upon Grace ..........................................................................................35 Heatseeker (Ire)..........................................................................................25, 27 Idiot Proof ..............................................................................................21, OBC Informed ..........................................................................................................555 Kafwain..............................................................................................................55 Lucky J. H. ......................................................................................................25 Lucky Pulpit ...............................................................................................25, 29

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Many Rivers.....................................................................................................74 McCann's Mojave............................................................................................661 Mesa Thunder .................................................................................................67 Ministers Wild Cat .............................................................................................77 Mr. Broad Blade...............................................................................................17 Old Topper.........................................................................................................99 Olmodavor.......................................................................................................17 Papa Clem.......................................................................................................111 Recap...............................................................................................21, 22, OBC Rio Verde .........................................................................................................35 Rocky Bar........................................................................................................43 Roi Charmant.............................................................................................113, 17 Run Brother Ron..............................................................................................65 Sea of Secrets .................................................................................................75 Singletary.........................................................................................................25 Slew’s Saga .....................................................................................................57 Slew’s Tiznow..................................................................................................559 Spensive ..........................................................................................................37 Stormin Fever ..................................................................................................115 Stormy Jack ....................................................................................................25 Strike Gold.......................................................................................................86 Suances (GB)...................................................................................................52 Swiss Yodeler ..................................................................................................25 Ten Most Wanted ............................................................................................17 Tenga Cat...................................................................................................49, 52 The Good Life..................................................................................................86 Thorn Song ..............................................................................................IIFC, 25 Time to Get Even.............................................................................................35 Tizbud..............................................................................................................25 Tribal Rule ..............................................................................................21, OBC Under Caution .................................................................................................75 Unusual Heat...................................................................................................25

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Guest Forum

A Little Story About A Big Horse

by CHRIS APLIN I arrived in Louisville on the Monday night of Breeders’ Cup week. I was there to get the groom, Rafael “Raffa” Banuelos, settled in—and Amazombie as well. A week before I was to leave for the Breeders’ Cup, I bought a pair of cute rubber boots that were on sale at Costco. I remembered that the forecast was for rain during the week. Boy did they come in handy. As predicted, heavy rain came on Thursday. On the day of the race, I had it all planned out. I had two sets of footwear, my heels for a party in a Churchill Downs suite and my little rubber boots for the walkover. As it got closer to the fifth race, I changed into my little rubber boots and excused myself from the party. I took the shuttle to the backside to walk over with Bill, Amazombie and Raffa. I was excited that the moment had finally come. Bill and I were directed to the rail to watch the race. One moment I remember well came when the horse were turning for home. I see a dark bay horse on the inside coming and a dirty horse on the outside of him. Oh my God, the dirty horse on the outside looks a lot like our horse! Yikes, it is our horse! Wow I can't and can believe it all at the same time. Here they come closer and closer and it is Amazombie on the outside ahead! We have just won the Breeders’ Cup Sprint. We were all beside ourselves with joy. It was such an amazing journey with lots of twists and turns. As the horse came back, I was so thankful for being able to be a part of “the little barn that could.” Bill has had many ups and downs in this business, as have we all have, and I was so happy to see it turn out for him this time. As the photographers snapped their pictures and camera crews circled around, I thought about the fact that I was standing here in the Breeders’ Cup winner’s circle in my fabulous white suit and my little rubber boots. It was a great day.

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It was in early May 2009, when trainer Bill Spawr, who I had worked for since 1980, invited me to go to Oldie J Farms near Hemet. When we arrived, Bill’s friend Judd Morse was there to greet us. This particular morning, Judd had a couple of three-year-old colts galloping on the track while we were there. He told Bill that the owner had suffered a stroke and the man’s son wanted to sell the young horses. Judd suggested that Bill buy one of them. About a week later Bill had scraped up $5,000 and told Judd to send the one whom he liked best. When the van arrived on May 12, there were two horses to unload. Bill immediately called to say that there was some kind of mistake. No, Judd told Bill, the owner’s son threw in the other colt for free. That handsome colt was named Amazombie. Bill showed the horse to his longtime friend Tom Sanford, who liked what he saw and became part owner. Amazombie had been to the track before but had injured his tibia. He was all healed up and ready to train at the track by the time he came to us. By August he was ready to run his first race. Bill put him in a maiden special weight at the Del Mar Thoroughbred Club going a mile on the turf. He ran a very impressive second to Tamarack Smarty, now stakes-placed. Bill ran him five more times and found that he was using up a lot of his energy in the saddling paddock and post parade. Bill decided to geld him at that point. Amazombie improved in his performance tenfold the next race he contested a few months later. On March 28, 2010, he ran down the hillside turf course at Santa Anita Park like a different horse. He started to settle in and become the racehorse that he could be. After winning the grade I Ancient Title Stakes this past Oct. 8, it was clear that this amazing sprinter was destined to go to the Breeders’ Cup. Everything had fallen into place as if it was destiny.

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