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February 2013 $5.00

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CALIFORNIA THOROUGHBRED

VOL. 138 NO. 2


Positive Growth & Change For The Local Industry

From the Executive Corner

by DOUG BURGE The California Thoroughbred Breeders Association (CTBA), various California racing associations and the Thoroughbred Owners of California (TOC) are pleased to announce the 2013 through early 2014 Golden State Series stakes schedule for California-breds and California-sired runners. Through the cooperation of all these parties, and financial support from the California Marketing Committee (CMC), this year’s series has been expanded by $325,000 with purses now totaling nearly $5.2 million. While the emphasis of the program continues to provide significant purses to two-year-olds and three-year-olds in order to stimulate breeding and ownership by providing quick returns, the purses and opportunities for older horses also expanded. This offers a more balanced program. One very significant change to the stakes series was the merger of California Cup and Sunshine Millions into one prestigious day with seven stakes and $1.175 million in total purses. Combining these two events provides better placement on the calendar which will significantly assist in more favorable results with respect to attendance and handle.

Over the past five years, attendance and handle on Cal Cup Day has continued to decline when it was held in the fall. Furthermore, the presence of Breeders’ Cup in California has historically had negative effects on Cal Cup, as it is no longer the premier event of the meet. Another benefit of the movement of Cal Cup Day to early in the year, is the added overnight opportunities for Cal-bred owners/breeders. Without Cal Cup being placed three weeks into the fall meet, Cal-breds will be offered more opportunities to run both earlier and later in Santa Anita’s Autumn meet. Again, I want to thank the various racing secretaries, TOC and CMC for their support and efforts in making this series even better than before. The immediate results of this series, coupled with the entire incentive and racing program, has been very positive. The production of foals has stabilized, promising young stallions and mares are coming to the state, and the commercial sales of yearlings and two-year-olds has increased dramatically. We are optimistic these trends will continue.

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Managing Editor’s Welcome

©Amanda Poore

Among The Elite It may have be a long drive for me to San Miguel and back at the beginning of December last year, but my trip to Tom and Nancy Clark’s 250-acre Rancho San Miguel was worth every second as I was able to spend some quality time at a place that is among the elite when it comes to Thoroughbred farms in California. As shown in the cover story for this February 2013 issue of our monthly California Thoroughbred magazine, Rancho San Miguel’s position as one of the Golden State’s premier facilities has a lot to do with its impressive stallion roster, combined with a group of staff who can claim to be second to none. Standing at the farm for this year’s breeding season are Comic Strip, Marino Marini, McCann’s Mojave, Onebadshark, Sierra Sunset, Slew’s Tiznow, Southern Image, Storm Wolf and The Pamplemousse, an attractive group of studs as any for local breeders to choose from. Other articles in this publication include an analysis of those California-breds who performed well enough last year to warrant consideration for 2012 championship honors, editorials on both last year’s overall leading sires and top freshman sires in the Golden State, and a profile on trainer Mike Harrington, DVM, who has been a California Thoroughbred Breeders Association (CTBA) member since 1994. There is also a Focus On The Future piece on Tom Cassidy, a member of the onair talent at Television Games Network (TVG), a wrap-up of the Barretts January Mixed Sale held at Fairplex in Pomona last month, and a Racing In Southern California review of the open-company stakes wins by the Cal-bred fillies Teddy’s Promise and A Jealous Woman during the first four weeks of Santa Anita Park’s 2012-2013 Winter-Spring meet. Another Man’s Treasure spotlights Cal-bred Glorious Dancer and the difference she has made in the life of millionaire handicapper Michael Beychok, while the illfated Cal-bred Hollywood Glitter is the subject matter of the latest story in our A Blast From The Past series. Featured as the 53rd Cal-bred millionaire is The Usual Q. T., now enjoying a life of retirement in Encanto under the care of his trainer James Cassidy’s wife Melanie, and this month’s Horse Care article is titled “Breeding-Related Diseases In Horses.” Along with a list of California’s leading breeders of 2012, we also feature the yearend lists of the top Golden State sires of last year, while Guest Forum provides a tale of how horse racing can make even the most opposite of people the best of friends, and the balance of the magazine includes all our other regular monthly information that we hope will also prove to be most helpful. Until next time, may you breed the best to the best and not just have to hope for the best! In the Company of. . .Tom Clark (center), the owner of Rancho San Miguel in partnership with his wife Nancy, and their General Manager, Clay Murdock (right), at this premier Thoroughbred farm in San Miguel that is the 250-acre home to nine impressive stallions and a group of staff second to none on December 6, 2012.

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©California Thoroughbred 2013 (ISSN1092-7328) 201 Colorado Place, Arcadia, California 91007 Telephone: (626) 445-7800 or 1-800-573-CTBA (California residents only) FAX: (626) 445-6981 E-mail address: ctbainfo@ctba.com Owned and published by the California Thoroughbred Breeders Association, a nonprofit corporation dedicated to the production of better Thoroughbred horses for better Thoroughbred racing. Opinions expressed in signed articles are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect policies of the CTBA or this magazine. Publication of any material originating herein is expressly forbidden without first obtaining written permission from California Thoroughbred. All advertising copy is submitted subject to approval. We reserve the right to reject any copy that is misleading or that does not meet with the standards set by the publication. Acknowledgment: Statistics in this publication relating to results of races in North America are compiled by the Daily Racing Form. Charts by special arrangement with Daily Racing Form Inc., the copyright owners of said charts. Reproduction forbidden. OFFICERS President: SUE GREENE Vice President: PETE PARRELLA Treasurer: JOHN H. BARR Secretary: DANIEL Q. SCHIFFER Executive Vice President and General Manager: Doug Burge DIRECTORS - John C. Harris, Leigh Ann Howard, John H. Barr, Daniel Q. Schiffer, William H. Nichols, Jane Johnson, William H. de Burgh, Pete Parrella, Sue Greene, Donald J. Valpredo, Terry C. Lovingier, Harris Auerbach, Tim Cohen, George F. Schmitt Ex Officio: E. W. (Bud) Johnston ADMINISTRATIVE STAFF Chief Financial Officer: James Murphy Sales Coordinator & Membership: Cookie Hackworth Registrar and Incentive Program Manager: Mary Ellen Locke Assistant Registrar: Dawn Gerber Executive Assistant & Event Coordinator: Christy Chapman Web Site Managing Editor: Ken Gurnick Librarian/Receptionist: Vivian Montoya RACETRACK LIAISON: Scott Henry CALIFORNIA CUP Coordinator: Cookie Hackworth PUBLICATIONS STAFF Editor: Doug Burge Managing Editor: Rudi Groothedde Advertising Manager: Loretta Veiga Art Director: John Melanson Production: Charlene Favata-Markel Subscriptions: Vivian Montoya California Thoroughbred is published monthly in Arcadia, Calif. Periodical postage is paid at Arcadia, Calif., and at additional mailing offices. Standard mail included. POSTMASTER: Send address changes to the California Thoroughbred, P.O. Box 60018, Arcadia, CA 91066-6018 California Thoroughbred is printed by Modern Litho Print Co. SUBSCRIPTIONS-$55.00 per year USA $85.00 per year Canada & Mexico CTBA on the Internet — http://www.ctba.com

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February 2013 Contents

Cover Story

VOLUME 138 NO. 2

On This Month’s Cover

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Thoroughbred Farms In California: Rancho San Miguel—Leading By Example by Rudi Groothedde

Tom and Nancy Clark’s Rancho San Miguel, one of California’s premier breeding farms for the past decade, currently provides a 250-acre home to more than 230 Thoroughbreds, including the stallions Comic Strip, Marino Marini, McCann’s Mojave, Onebadshark, Sierra Sunset, Slew’s Tiznow, Southern Image, Storm Wolf and The Pamplemousse.

©Photos By Amanda Poore

Copyright Amanda Poore

Features Departments 6 14 16 66 68 70 71 74 76 78 82

News Bits The CTBA Working For You California Thoroughbred Foundation (CTF) Notes—Februaryy 2013 Leading Breeders in California Leading Sires in California Leading Lifetime Sires in California Leading Two-Year-Old Sires in California Dates in California CTBA Calendar Classified Advertising Indexes to Advertisers & Stallions Advertised

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California-Bred Champions: The Best Of 2012 by Rudi Groothedde

California Sires: History In The Making by Emily Shields

California Sires: Firing Up The Troops by Lisa Groothedde

CTBA Member Profile: Mike Harrington—An All-Around Winner by Emily Shields

Focus On The Future: Tom Cassidy—Born Into The Sport by Emily Shields

Regional Sales: Turning Tides by Lisa Groothedde

Racing In Southern California: Cal-Bred Distaffers Win Open Company Stakes by Rudi Groothedde

Another Man’s Treasure: Glorious Dancer— Inspiring Change by Marcie Heacox

A Blast From The Past: Hollywood Glitter—Forever A Shining Star by Jackie Barnes

Cal-Bred Millionaires’ Row: #53 The Usual Q. T.—Living The High Life by Emily Shields

Horse Care: Breeding-Related Diseases In Horses by Heather Smith Thomas

©Emily Shields

Columns

With $4,610,915 in progeny earnings for 2012, Unusual Heat was the leading sire in California for the fifth consecutive year, emulating a feat last achieved by Flying Paster from 1987 to 1991, and the Harris Farms resident has now produced the earners of more than $25 million in the past six years. 4 CALIFORNIA THOROUGHBRED • FEBRUARY 2013

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From the Executive Office: Positive Growth & Change For The Local Industry by Doug Burge

Managing Editor’s Welcome: Among The Elite by Rudi Groothedde

Guest Forum: Twitch by Bob Carson

The March 2013 Cover Story

The California-Bred Champions Of 2012 www.ctba.com


WINNERS ON SYNTHETIC, DIRT & TURF MULTIPLE GRADE I PRODUCER One Of Leading Nureyev Sons In California. Grade 1 Winner Of $1,733,058 & Sire Of 2012 Group 1 Winner Happy Trails (Aus) With Progeny Earnings Almost $7 million & Average Earning Per Runner More Than $40,500.

2013 Fee: $4,000-Live Foal

AVERAGE EARNINGS PER STARTER $37,000 (OVER TEN TIMES HIS STUD FEE)

MULTIPLE STAKES PRODUCER Sire of the earners of more than $1 million in each season from 2009 to 2012. California’s leading sire with his first three crops of Cal-breds in 2007, 2008 & 2009. Lifetime progeny earnings of more than $6.5 million

2013 Fee: $3,000-Live Foal

Also Standing:

Atticus

Coil

Mr Broad Blade

Roi Charmant


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Solis Named CTBA Trainer Of The Year

News Bits Millionaire Coil Retires To Magali Farms

Conditioner Walther Solis, who saddled Californiabred Willa B Awesome to victory in Santa ©Benoit Anita Park’s 2012 Santa Anita Oaks (grade I), has been named Trainer of the Year by the California Thoroughbred Breeders Association (CTBA). Under Solis’ direction, Willa B Awesome has won four stakes titles and earned $648,896 as the 2011/2012 Valkyr

First Foal For Sierra Sunset

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Dual grade I winner Coil, a $1,154,360-earner who went out a winner in Santa Anita Park’s grade II, $150,250 San Pasqual Stakes on Jan. 5, has entered stud at Magali Farms in Santa Ynez. The five-year-old son of Point Given out of the winning Theatrical (Ire) mare Eversmile captured seven of his 14 lifetime starts, including the 2011 Haskell Invitational Stakes (grade I) at Monmouth Park and the 2012 Santa Anita Sprint Championship Stakes (grade I) at Santa Anita. “Coil has the pedigree, conformation and race record to be a great sire,” said Magali Farms General Manager Tom Hudson. “He is an exceptional individual and presents a great opportunity for California breeders.” Coil’s inaugural fee in 2013 is $5,000.

The first foal by the Rancho San Miguel stallion Sierra Sunset was born at Paradise Road Ranch in Lathrop on Jan. 10. A filly out of the winning Doneraile Court mare Jen’s Court, she was bred by George Schmitt. Sierra Sunset, an eight-year-old son of Bertrando who won the 2008 Rebel Stakes (grade II), stands for a fee of $2,500 Live Foal.

California-Breds Countrywide

©Jim McCue

Those Grand Cal-Bred Mares Sunland Park in New Mexico was the venue this past month for stakes victories by sons of two California-bred mares. Storms Surprise, a two-year-old by Attila’s Storm and the stakes-placed, four-time winner Surprisingly, a daughter of Bertrando bred in California by Martin and Pam Wygod, became a dual stakes winner with a 4 1/2-length victory in the $85,000 Red Hedeman Mile Stakes on Dec. 29. The bay gelding has earned $111,251 from three wins and a third in six starts. On Jan. 19, the $85,000 Pepsi Cola Stakes at six furlongs was won by three-year-old Devons Ca Ching whose sire is Devon Lane and who is out of the stakesplaced Half a Year mare New Focus, bred by John and Betty Mabee. A half-brother to 2010 stakes winner Favorite Flag, the gray gelding has a record of 4-3-1-0 and $93,717 in earnings. 6 CALIFORNIA THOROUGHBRED • FEBRUARY 2013

Trophy recipient. The four-year-old filly by the Lovacres Ranch stallion Awesome Gambler was bred by Terry Lovingier. Since 2005, horses trained by Solis have won 107 races and earned more than $4.9 million in collective purse money. In 2012, his starters earned $981,224, with an overwhelming percentage of that total banked by Cal-breds. Solis, 51, will be honored during the CTBA’s Annual Meeting and Awards Dinner at The Westin Pasadena on Monday, Feb. 11.

Ore Pass, a son of War Pass bred in California by Herman Sarkowsky and Martin Wygod, made it two wins in three starts when he won the $90,000 Frank Whiteley, Jr. Stakes going seven furlongs at Laurel Park in Maryland on Jan. 19. The first foal out of the winning Stephen Got Even mare Wisconsin Lady, a full sister to stakes winner Time to Get Even, the three-year-old colt sold for $25,000 as a weanling and $100,000 as a yearling and has since earned $68,070.

Kentucky Mares For Calimonco At the Keeneland January Mixed Sale in Lexington, Donald Cohn and Martin Wygod spent $333,000 on 11 mares for their Storm Cat stallion Calimonco, who begins his stud career at Cohn’s Ballena Vista Farm in Ramona this year. Their highest priced purchase was $45,000 for Good Heavens, an 11year-old daughter of Holy Bull who was sold in-foal to last year’s leading sire of two-year-olds Harlan’s Holiday and whose offspring include Rough’n Royal, a dual stakes-placed winner of $104,396. The other purchases were all broodmare prospects ranging in age from four to seven by the sires Tapit, Monarchos, Wildcat Heir, Exchange Rate, Lemon Drop Kid, Street Cry (Ire), War Front, Rahy and Quiet American. Calimonco is out of the 2009 Kentucky Broodmare of the Year, Sweet Life, by Kris S., and is the only full brother to multiple grade I winner Sweet Catomine, the 2004 Eclipse Champion Two-Year-Old Filly, and $1,820,810earner Life is Sweet, winner of the 2009 Breeders’ Cup Ladies’ Classic (grade I). The seven-year-old was a stakes winner and dual grade II-placed in 2011, again a black-type winner last year, and stands in 2013 for Private Treaty. www.ctba.com


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Stallion News Alonzo This eight-year-old winner by Pleasant Tap, a sibling to 2005 Kentucky Derby (grade I) winner Giacomo and 2007 Santa Anita Derby (grade I) winner Tiago, will stand the 2013 breeding season at Pepper Tree Farm in Vacaville.

CURRENT CALIFORNIA SIRES OF STAKES WINNERS Named Foals of

SWs

1,247

76

971

63

Bertrando (1989)†

1,011

56

High Brite (1984)†

924

46

Cee’s Tizzy (1987)†

729

39

Unusual Heat (1990)

571

37

Benchmark (1991)

655

34

Olympio (1988)†

512

30

Stormin Fever (1994)

626

30

Swiss Yodeler (1994)

677

27

Tribal Rule (1996)

456

27

Game Plan (1993)

419

23

Old Topper (1995)

481

21

Sea of Secrets (1995)

433

20

Formal Gold (1993)•

471

19

Kafwain (2000)

412

18

Atticus (1992)

435

14

Siberian Summer (1989)†

382

14

For Really (1987)†

246

13

Stallion

Bamaha Breeze

Nungaray Thoroughbreds in Berkeley is the new home of this stakes-winning stallion, an eight-year-old son of Lord Carson who earned $223,674.

Comic Strip

On Jan. 19, this Gray’s Farm resident was represented at Sam Houston Race Park by the $50,000 Spirit of Texas Stakes winner Gold Element, a six-year-old gelding who was produced by his winning daughter Five Elements.

Kafwain

Winning Image, a five-year-old daughter of this Tommy Town Thoroughbreds stallion, improved her career bankroll to $390,837 on Dec. 15 as the front-running winner of Laurel Park’s $100,000 Willa On the Move Stakes.

Auction Action Two horses with California ties commanded respective six-figure prices during the 2013 Keeneland January Horses of All Ages Sale in Lexington, Kentucky. A yearling Arch colt out of the California-bred mare Overnightsensation, a three-time winner by Bertrando, was purchased by Greendale Bloodstock for $135,000. Eliciting a $170,000 bid from Becky Thomas, agent for Chester Broman, was 10-year-old Misty Rosette, a grade III-winning daughter of the Golden Eagle Farm stallion Stormin Fever who sold in foal to Cal-bred Tiznow.

California Closers The deadline for naming foals of 2011 with The Jockey Club in Lexington, Kentucky, is Friday, Feb. 1…From Thursday, Jan. 31 to Saturday, Feb. 2, Horse Expo Pomona will be held at Fairplex in Pomona…Pool 1 of the Future Wager for this year’s Kentucky Derby will run from Friday, Feb. 8 to Sunday, Feb. 10… The closing date for applications to Darley’s 2013/2015 Flying Start program is Friday Feb. 15, additional information for which is available atwww.darleyflyingstart.com…On Thursday, Feb. 21, the California Horse Racing Board (CHRB) will hold its next monthly meeting at Santa Anita Park in Arcadia, while at the group’s January meeting, Betfair Hollywood Park confirmed that it would run its fall 2012 dates of Nov. 7 to Dec. 22…For online participation in the United States Department of Agriculture’s 2012 USDA Census of Agriculture, which will include horses, go to http://www.agcensus.usda.gov.

Brackpool Moves From CHRB To The Stronach Group Having entered into an agreement to acquire an equity share in The Stronach Group, California Thoroughbred Breeders Association (CTBA) member Keith Brackpool, the Chairman of the California Horse Racing Board (CHRB) since September of 2009, submitted his resignation from the CHRB effective Jan. 17, upon which it was also announced that David Israel had assumed the duties as the group’s Chairman. On Jan. 19, it was further announced that Brackpool had joined the Board of Directors of The Stronach Group and been appointed chairman of its operations in California.

Racing Age

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

Western Fame (1992)

280

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Ministers Wild Cat (2000)

222

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

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

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 26 to January 20 inclusive: Tiz Flirtatious f.4. Tizbud—Masquerade Belle 2nd Grade III Robert J. Frankel Stakes $151,000 1 1/8 m. (T) Santa Anita Park December 30 Breeder: Pamela C. Ziebarth John Scott g.6. Bertrando—Henlopen 3rd Grade II San Pasqual Stakes $150,250 1 1/16 m. Santa Anita Park January 5 Breeders: Harris Farms Inc. & Scott Gross Willa B Awesome f.4. Awesome Gambler—Cause I’m Tricky 3rd Grade II La Canada Stakes $150,250 1 1/16 m. Santa Anita Park January 20 Breeder: Terry C. Lovingier

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Congratulations to the connections of TIZ A MINISTER on his 1 1/4 length victory in the $300,000 California Breeders Champion Stakes, Sat. Jan 26th at Santa Anita Park. This talented son of MINISTERS WILDCAT has two wins in nine starts and earnings of $246,780.


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D E P A R T M E N T

Jack Klugman

News Bits Cont’d. Cal-Bred Grade I Winners Retire Two California-bred grade I winners with combined earnings of more than $1.8 million have been retired from racing. Nine-year-old Unusual Suspect suffered a career-ending pastern injury in his 72nd lifetime start, which came on Jan. 1 in Australia, where the 10-time winner and $1,361,522-earner was exported to race in 2011 after making his first 56 starts in North America. The 2010 Hollywood Turf Cup Stakes (grade I) winner by Unusual Heat out of the 2007/2008 California Brood-mare of the Year, Penpont (NZ), by Crested Wave, was bred by David Abrams and is currently being marketed as a stallion prospect. The seven-year-old One Man Army gelding M One Rifle concluded his 22race career with a total bankroll of $535,142 and five wins, topped by the 2009 Malibu Stakes (grade I). He has been retired to the California home of his trainer, Bruce Headley, who bred the gelding in partnership with Ed Bernstein, Brian Greenspun and Irwin Molasky. M One Rifle is out of Bertrando’s multiple winner Leanessa.

Actor and Thoroughbred owner Jack Klugman died in Northridge on Dec. 24 at the age of 90. A member of the California Thoroughbred Breeders Association from 1980 through 2003 who won two Emmy Awards for his co-starring role on the1970s television program “The Odd Couple,” Klugman bred and campaigned the multiple graded stakes-winning California-breds Akinemod and Jaklin Klugman, the latter of whom stood at his owner’s El Rancho de Jaklin in Temecula after being named 1980 California Horse of the Year. Robert Joseph McCormick Jr. Longtime CTBA member Robert “Bob” McCormick, 60, died on Jan. 3. Born in Manhattan Beach, the fifth generation Angeleno ran the family business, McCormick & Sons Mortuaries. He is survived by his wife Peggy, six children and two grandchildren. Lin Wheeler Former trainer Lin Wheeler, son of the Racing Hall of Fame trainer Robert Wheeler, died in Coarsegold on Jan. 5 at the age of 70. Among the collective earners of more than $2.7 million he saddled from 1976 through 1994 were the 1982 Eclipse Champion Older Female, Track Robbery, California-bred grade I winner Rascal Lass and Cal-bred grade III winner Individual Style.

Gone, But Not Forgotten California-bred Variety Road, a dual grade I winner who sired the collective earners of more than $2.8 million, was euthanized due to the infirmities of old age on Jan. 14. The 30-year-old Kennedy Road stallion, who was bred and owned by Kjell Qvale and lived in Idaho as a pensioner under the care of Roger and Shirley Hansen, won 17 of 59 starts and earned $964,540. Among the rivals he defeated in Santa Anita Park’s 1987 San Fernando Stakes (grade I) were Eclipse Horse of the Year Ferdinand and Champion Three-Year-Old Colt Snow Chief.

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Long Term Wish Boo La Boo Stakes

25 Years Ago

Racing in the Golden Eagle Farm silks of her breeders John and Betty Mabee, Long Term Wish won the $112,500 Boo La Boo Stakes for three-year-old fillies at Santa Anita Park on Feb. 15, 2003. A daughter of the couple’s resident sire Souvenir Copy and the unraced Nashwan mare Warmest Wishes (GB), she made three more starts before retiring at the age of four with a record of 9-3-1-0 and $155,654 in earnings.

On Feb. 27, 1988, the winner of Santa Anita Park’s grade II, $135,600 San Rafael Stakes for three-year-olds was What a Diplomat, a colt by Captain James (Ire), out of Diplomat’s stakesplaced, three-time winner Diplomatic Trust. Bred and owned in California by Meyer and Mollie Gaskin, he retired with a bankroll of $192,475 from a 28-3-5-6 record after 19 further starts during two more years of racing.

50 Years Ago The $28,400 Santa Barbara Handicap at Santa Anita Park on Feb. 22, 1963, was won by Chicha, a five-year-old daughter of Imbros and the three-time winner Moonrise, by Moonlight Run (GB), who was making her final career trip to post. George Pope Jr.’s El Peco Ranch homebred earned $89,665 from 12 wins, 11 seconds and six thirds from 50 starts before producing her first foal Hill Shine, a dual stakes-winning four-year-old of 1968. 10 CALIFORNIA THOROUGHBRED • FEBRUARY 2013

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

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Spotlighting California’s Foals Of 2013 Through the August 2013 issue of California Thoroughbred, the official publication of the CTBA, this year’s crop of Thoroughbreds foaled in the Golden State will again be spotlighted in each monthly magazine with advertorials featuring up to six foals per page. The cost to stallion and farm owners or breeders for each page will remain at $500, representing a discount of more than 50 percent on the price of a regular full-page advertisement in the monthly magazine. Each insertion will be restricted to foals either by one stallion or from one farm or breeder and will include detailed information on every foal and facility. High quality photos need to be submitted by the following Monday deadlines: March 4 for the April issue; April 1 for the May issue; May 6 for the June issue; June 3 for the July issue; and July 1 for the August issue. For additional information, please contact either the magazine’s Advertising Manager, Loretta Veiga, at loretta@ctba.com or (626) 445-7800, extension 227 or its Managing Editor, Rudi Groothedde, at rudi@ctba.com or (626) 445-7800, extension 226. Additionally, stallion and farm owners or breeders are also welcome to submit photos of 2013 foals for inclusion on the CTBA’s website of www.ctba.com to its Managing Editor, Ken Gurnick, at kgurnick@ctba.com.

DATES TO REMEMBER Friday, February 1 – Names for foals of 2011 must be claimed. After Feb. 1, a naming fee of $100 will apply. Friday, February 15 – Annual registration of California stallions at a fee of $1,250. – Nomination of Californiabred/California-sired two-year-olds (foals of 2011) to the Golden State Series at a fee of $300.

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Notes — February 2013 2013 OFFICERS AND DIRECTORS

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

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

Mrs. Kenneth M. Schiffer, Director Emeritus

Generous Donors Make Foundation Projects Possible Through their generous donations in 2012, the following have supported numerous programs undertaken by the California Thoroughbred Foundation (CTF). John Harris Candice Hirsch Jr. Daniel Hof Lathrop Hoffman Hronis Racing LLC Marin Jessen Denise Pagliuso Keck J. Michele Kuelbs Robert & Beverly Lewis Foundation Marcy Jo Mandel Welton Mansfield Mark W. McCreary Ed Moger Hazan Morris Jerome Moss Gayle Nagy Neil O’Dwyer Pasadena Community Foundation Glenn Porter

Elke Ahlmann Katey Barrett Bonnie Acres (Robert Mitchell) Lydia Caceres Jeanne Canty Judy Carmel Peter Daily Ronald Day Reyes Duran Gloria Elio Sid Ferguson Marcelite Froeger Ada Gates-Patton Charles Gelea Charles Gold Rita Godward Jane Goldstein Gail Gregson Michael Hanna

Michael Reife Eugene Rickert Tom & Missy Robbins John Sadler Salvador Saggese Candice Simmons Burton Smith Joseph Sprouse Heinz Steinmann Sweetwater Stable Eugene Tenbrink John Tomigal Dick Van Patten Cyndalee Wahlsrom Warren Williamson Brian Wolf Karl Zappa Kevin Zietz Anonymous

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

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

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

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Unusual Heat—Winning in Style, by Silveyville

2011 Eclipse Award Champion Older Male California Horse Of The Year California Champion Older Horse And Champion Grass Horse Millionaire and multiple GI winner, including the Pacific Classic Stakes, Char les W hittingham Memorial H. (3 times) and the Eddie Read Stakes (twice). GII wins include the Jim Mur ray H. (twice) and Clement L. Hir sch Turf Championship. Leading Money-Ear ner with Lifetime Ear nings of $1,958,084. Son of five-time California Champion sire UNUSUAL HEAT, ACCLAMATION¬PZOis leading money-earUer, with lifetime earnings of $1,958,084.

2013 FEE: $20,000-LIVE FOAL

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30 Two-Year-Olds To Hit The Track In 2013

Grade I winner, Multiple Graded Stakes-Placed, by Leading Sire SMART STRIKE Set New Track Record going 6 1/2 furlongs on the dirt in 1.13.11 at Santa Anita Park in 2011. In U.S. at 2, won the Grade I, $500,000 Lane’s End Breeders’ Furturity on Polytrack, at Keeneland defeating PIONEEROF THE NILE by 9 lengths. Finished second to MIDSHIPMAN in the Grade I, $2,000,000 Breeders’ Cup Juvenile, defeating STREET HERO. Property of Paul Reddam Inquiries to Kevin Dickson (760) 414-3300 or Edward Freeman (760) 525-1412

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Besides being one of the leading stallion stations in both California and the nation, Tom and Nancy Clark’s Rancho San Miguel also provides Thoroughbred breeders and owners with the best possible care for their horses on this 250-acre facility that the New York-based couple purchased in April of 2000. “The climate, the water and the strategic position attracted me when I originally looked at purchasing the farm,” said Tom. “We then invested in new pastures, barns, equipment and housing, and also now have some exciting stallions who, most importantly, have been heavily supported by their owners. Having nine top-class studs has been the biggest change here in the last couple of years. It’s a definite improvement.” Tom has been around Thoroughbreds all his life after being raised on a farm, while Nancy earned a degree in Animal Science from the University of California at Davis before managing what is now Victory Rose Thoroughbreds. “We are committed to putting our money into the farm, into the horses, into the people; that’s the bottom line,” added Tom, who tries to come out from the East Coast to visit Rancho San Miguel at least once a month. Nestled in the coastal foothills northwest of Paso Robles, this San Miguel location is ideally situated equidistant from the major racing centers in Southern and Northern California. “It helps us attract clients from Los Angeles to San Fran-

cisco,” continued Tom. “From a business point of view, that’s a big positive for us as we are able to service both markets. He added, “We’re also not that far from the Pacific Ocean, so we get nice cool nights from its evening breezes. Even during the summer, when it can get up to 100 degrees during the day, it cools downs into the 60s here for the horses, which we think is very valuable. All of this makes for a natural environment that is healthy for the horses.” Included among Rancho San Miguel’s most recent successes have been the 2010 homebred stakes winner Money Lover, grade I winner and $2,390,556-earner Hystericalady, whom they co-owned, and the dual grade I-winning millionaire To Honor and Serve who they bred in partnership and sold for $250,000 as a weanling. These achievements, combined with being filled to capacity with more than 350 horses during the height of each breeding season and having more than 120 youngsters foal at the farm in 2012, position Rancho San Miguel as one of the Golden State’s premier Thoroughbred facilities. A Fine Nine For the studs at Rancho San Miguel, there is a large breeding shed located in the center of a nine-stall stallion barn, with doors on all of its sides, as well as an adjacent set of six roomy paddocks. The breeding area also features padded palpation Continued on next page

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Thoroughbred Farms In California Cont’d. chutes for the mares and foal boxes, plus the complex houses the farm’s offices. Comic Strip, Marino Marini, McCann’s Mojave, Onebadshark, Sierra Sunset, Slew’s Tiznow, Southern Image, Storm Wolf and The Pamplemousse were also all based at Rancho San Miguel for the 2012 breeding season, when they covered close to 220 mares between them. “When looking at standing a stallion, we look at conformation, race record and pedigree, as well as owner support,” Tom said. “We usually can’t tick off all those boxes here in California, but by bringing a good number of mares to each of our stallions they can have a relatively good chance to succeed. Also core to our success is that we have had very high fertility rates because of the performance of the stallions and the knowledgable and professional staff who oversee the breeding.” Comic Strip Relocated to Rancho San Miguel for the 2007 breeding season, this 18-year-old son of Red Ransom (Roberto) has remained under the farm’s banner even though he has been standing at Gray’s Farm in Cottonwood since 2011, as he is the property of the farm and Dr. William T. Gray, DVM. Retired to stud in Kentucky in 2000, following a four-year-old campaign that included two graded stakes wins routing on the turf, Comic Strip originally moved to California for his third season at stud in 2002. Also a grade III winner at 1 1/16 miles on the dirt as a sophomore, he banked $965,474 from a 23-10-6-3 record before becoming the sire of the earners of more than $7.5 million. Among his 22 stakes performers are champion Bamboleo, multiple stakes winners Tornado Betty and Table Mesa, graded stakes-placed Press Camp and Iced Out, and Weewinnin who won last year’s inaugural running of the $200,000 King Glorious Stakes for two-year-olds at Betfair Hollywood Park. Comic Strip’s dam was Now That’s Funny, a winning daughter of Saratoga Six who has produced three other stakes winners, including the group III-winning sire Lucayan Prince and Silver Comic, a grade II winner and the dam of 2011 graded stakes winner Silver Reunion. “He’s a tall, rangy type of horse with good conformation,” said Clay of the 16.2-hand dark bay who has 70 percent winners from starters and average earnings per runner of more than $35,000. He stands at a fee of $2,500 Live Foal this year. Marino Marini Named after an Italian sculptor of the 20th Century whose major subject was horses, this 2000 son of leading sire of sires Storm Cat (Storm Bird) boasts 15 stakes runners amongst his five crops of racing age. Marino Marini’s fillies are led by last year’s $200,000 Fleet Treat Stakes and 2011 California Cup Juvenile Fillies Stakes winner Starlight Magic, while his male offspring include dual 2012 black-type winner Shudacudawudya and four-time stakes winner Hot Fusion.

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Marino Marini

McCann’s Mojave

As a racehorse, he was a group I-placed stakes winner in Ireland as a two-year-old before his six U.S. starts in the Rancho San Miguel silks yielded an allowance win and runner-up finish in Santa Anita Park’s grade I Malibu Stakes at three and a trio of graded stakes placings at four in California and Kentucky. His overall record stands at 16-3-4-4 with $294,384 in earnings. Out of Waquoit’s grade I-winning millionaire Halo America, also the dam of grade III winner Quick Temper, Marino Marini boasts more than $5.5 million in progeny earnings, 72 percent winners from starters and average

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Sierra Sunset

Slew’s Tiznow

earnings per runner of more than $35,000 since retiring to stud in San Miguel eight years ago. A statuesque gray who stands 16.1 hands, he was bred to 44 mares last year and his 2013 fee is $2,500 Live Foal. “He’s a good size compared to a usual Storm Cat,” Clay said. “He has sired a lot of great looking foals and had a number of very good runners.” McCann’s Mojave This multiple graded stakes winner got his stud career at Rancho San Miguel off to a good start with six winners in his

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first crop last year, including the $20,280-earner Go Mojave Go whose only 2012 start was a victory in a maiden special weight race at Golden Gate Fields and Real Mojave Green, a winner of four races in Mexico. With $86,943 in progeny earnings, McCann’s Mojave ranked second among those sires who retired to stud in California for the 2009 breeding season. A debut winner at two in 2002, and a stakes winner each year from the ages of four to eight, he earned $1,513,565 from 12 victories and four runner-up finishes. After being voted the California Champion Older Male of 2004, when he won the Potrero Grande Breeders’ Cup Handicap (grade II) going at 6 1/2 furlongs at Santa Anita, McCann’s Mojave won grade III races worth $150,000 each at Golden Gate in both 2007 and 2008; the All American Stakes in a new track record time of 1:50 flat for 1 1/8 miles and then the Berkeley Stakes in the penultimate start of his 35-race career. By dual champion Memo (Chi), a son of Mocito Guapo (Arg), out of Nordic Prince’s grade III-placed, 16-time winner Joni U. Bar, his five-year-old season included a win in the $250,000 California Cup Classic Handicap during Santa Anita’s Oak Tree Racing Association meet and a second place finish in the Triple Bend Invitational Handicap (grade I) at Hollywood Park. At seven, a victory in the $1,000,000 Sunshine Millions Classic at Gulfstream Park in Florida was another highlight for McCann’s Mojave, a 16.2-hand bay owned by a syndicate led by Santa Anita’s Director of Publicity, Mike Willman. He stands for a fee of $3,000 Live Foal in 2013. “Mike is one of the great new clients we’ve got the last couple of years,” said Tom. “He has a lot of great relationships and contacts, and always speaks highly of the farm.” Clay added, “I like that McCann’s Mojave ran for a lot of years,” and Tom concluded, “He’s durable, but he’s also versatile. He won early sprinting, then succeeded at two turns, and retired sound. He’s what you want in a stallion.” Onebadshark Retired to stud in California six years ago, this dual stakes winner’s four limited crops to date boast 81 percent winners from starters and average earnings per runner of more than $30,000. Jaws ‘n Paws, a filly from his first crop, is Onebadshark’s leading runner with 10 victories, including a couple of 2012 stakes wins, and $243,215 in earnings to her name. By Diligence (Miswaki), out of Houston’s four-time winner Color Unlimited, he won six races from the age of two to six, including a track record-setting effort of :56.73 seconds for five furlongs during the Solano County Fair at Vallejo as a juvenile. At four, Onebadshark won Pleasanton’s Sam J. Whiting Memorial Handicap and Bay Meadows Racecourse’s Big Jag Handicap, both $50,000-plus events held less than three months apart, and then ran second to the grade I-placed, dual graded stakes winner Weigelia in the $150,000 Jack Dudley Sprint Handicap at Calder Race Course in Florida. In his 23rd and final lifetime start, a third career stakes-

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Thoroughbred Farms In California Cont’d. placing increased his earnings to $218,912. Onebadshark relocated to Rancho San Miguel after the 2010 breeding season and the 15.3-hand bay stands this year for a $1,500 Live Foal fee as the property of brothers Wayne Atwell and his brother Jim’s E-Racing.Com. “He’s a well-balanced, good-sized horse,” said Clay. Sierra Sunset In 2012, this winner of the 2008 Rebel Stakes (grade II) on dirt at Oaklawn Park in Arkansas was bred to 42 mares at Rancho San Miguel in his debut year at stud. A speedy son of Eclipse champion and leading California sire Bertrando (Skywalker) and the dual stakes-placed two-time winner Toot Sweet, by Pirate’s Bounty, Sierra Sunset’s immediate family includes such standouts as the grade I winner Private Persuasion, 2008 Belmont Stakes (grade I) winner Da’ Tara and grade III-winning stallion Denis of Cork. At the racetrack, his 14 career trips to post yielded a bankroll of $459,696 from five wins, three seconds and a third. Besides his three-length victory in the $300,000 Rebel Stakes, he also ran second that year in Oaklawn’s $250,000 Southwest Stakes (grade III) as a three-year-old. At two, Sierra Sunset won a 4 1/2-furlong maiden special weight race at Golden Gate before winning stakes races both sprinting and routing, namely the Bay Meadows Juvenile Stakes on dirt and $125,000 California Cup Juvenile Stakes on Santa Anita’s all-weather Cushion Track surface. At four, he posted his third lifetime black-type win at 1 1/16 miles when defeating California champion Bold Chieftain gate-towire in the Alamedan Handicap on the dirt at Pleasanton in his second-to-last career start. The 2013 fee for this bay who stands 16 hands is $2,500 Live Foal. “This stallion is a great example of his owners (George Schmitt, Phil Lebherz and Al Mariani) giving him a great shot by putting their money where their mouths are, as they purchased a bunch of mares for his first season last year,” Tom said. “I think he’s one of the best looking Bertrandos you can find. He’s got a good-sized hip and I’m confident he’s going to throw some fast horses.” Slew’s Tiznow Also standing at stud for the first time last year was this grade I-placed dual stakes winner who earned $321,100 from a record of 14-4-2-1 during four seasons of racing. Following a gate-to-wire, 4 1/4-length victory in maiden special weight company going seven furlongs on dirt at Saratoga Racecourse in New York, Slew’s Tiznow placed second in the grade I, $560,000 Lanes’ End Breeders’ Futurity at 1 1/16 miles on Keeneland Racecourse’s allweather Polytrack surface. As a sophomore of 2008, he then posted easy wins in both the $108,700 El Cajon Stakes on Polytrack at the Del Mar Thoroughbred Club and 1 1/16-mile War Chant Stakes on Cushion Track at Hollywood Park in a track record time of 1:40.34. Two years later, Slew’s Tiznow ran

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second in the Santana Mile Handicap on the all-weather Pro-Ride surface at Santa Anita before closing out his career with a third-placed finish to 2009 Hollywood Gold Cup (grade I) winner Rail Trip in Hollywood’s grade II, $150,000 Californian Stakes. By Tiznow (Cee’s Tizzy), the two-time Breeders’ Cup Classic (grade I) winner and 2010 Eclipse Horse of the Year, out of the winning Slewpy mare Hepatica, he is a full brother to fellow stallion Slew’s Tizzy, a grade II and dual grade III winner. This is also the family of 2012 two-year-old group I Continued on page 26

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winner The Hangman (SAf), as well as 1985 Irish Classic winner Al Bahathri and her 2004 English Classic-winning son Haafhd (GB), a promising young sire in his native land. The dark bay has a fee this year of $2,500 Live Foal as the property of Joseph LaCombe Stables Inc. “He has good length to him, and good conformation,” said Clay, while Tom added, “He’s a very handsome individual and looks a lot like Tiznow.” Southern Image Forty mares visited this multiple grade I winner in 2012, not surprising considering that his progeny earnings stand at more than $10.7 million from just four crops of racing age. Southern Image also has average earnings per starter of more than $42,000 and a dozen stakes performers to his name, including last year’s Caulfield Cup (group I) winner Southern Speed and five-time graded stakes winner Calibrachoa, winner of the 2011 and 2012 editions of both the grade III, $200,000 Tom Fool Handicap and grade III, $150,000 Toboggan Stakes at Aqueduct in New York. After winning the prestigious Malibu Stakes (grade I) in his final sophomore start, his four-year-old campaign included wins in the $1,000,000 Sunshine Millions Classic, a third consecutive victory at Santa Anita in the grade I, $1 million Santa Anita Handicap and the Pimlico Special (grade I) in Maryland. Southern Image’s career record is 8-6-1-1 and $1,843,750 in earnings. A 13-year-old son of Halo’s Image (Halo) and the unraced Dixieland Band mare Pleasant Dixie, his family

includes the like of his group III-winning half-brother Black Bar Spin, the 2012 grade I winner Turbo Compressor and multiple grade I-winning sire Jolie’s Halo. Purchased and syndicated by Rancho San Miguel after his 2009 breeding season in Kentucky, the 16.1-hand dark bay will stand for a fee of $2,500 Live Foal in 2013. “He’s a bit more of a refined type of horse with a different body type than most of the other stallions, not as masculine, but he also has good size to him” Clay said. Tom added, “We’re excited about his first crop of Cal-breds this year.” Storm Wolf During a period of just over two months in 2005, this 2002 foal exhibited a high level of brilliance on the dirt when he went from being a maiden to a being a graded stakes winner. Following his seven-length win in a maiden special weight event at six furlongs in March, Storm Wolf returned to Santa Anita for a victory by 7 1/2 lengths at the same distance before a six-length triumph in the grade II, $150,000 Lazaro Barrera Memorial Stakes going seven furlongs at Hollywood in May. After one more start, he was retired to stud in California with earnings of $147,840 from three wins in five trips to post. Two years later, Storm Wolf relocated to Rancho San Miguel for the 2011 breeding season, while his first crop to race last year already includes a winner. By Stormin Fever (Storm Cat), out of the Ecliptical stakes winner Exclusive Rosette, who still holds a course record of :57.31 for about five furlongs on the turf which she set in 1996, Storm Wolf’s seven winning siblings include his full sister Misty Rosette, a grade I-placed, graded stakes winner. Continued on page 28

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As the property of Marsha Naify’s Liberty Road Stables, the 2013 fee for this 16.1-hand dark bay is $2,000 Live Foal. “He looks like he’ll throw speed horses,” said Tom, while Clay added, “He’s also well-balanced.” The Pamplemousse In 2009, a brace of easy graded stakes win by this gray colt catapulted him into Triple Crown contention. After a 2 3/4-length victory in a maiden special weight race going 1 1/16 miles on Hollywood’s all-weather Cushion Track surface in December of his two-year-old year, The Pamplemousse dominated Santa Anita’s two grade III preps for its Santa Anita Derby (grade I), winning January’s $100,000 San Rafael Stakes at one mile and February’s $200,000 Sham Stakes at 1 1/8 miles by two and six lengths, respectively. Scratched as the odds-on favorite for the Derby only a few hours prior to that contest, The Pamplemousse unfortunately never raced again despite an attempt at a comeback. With a record of 5-3-0-1, the earner of $208,280 was then retired to stud at Rancho San Miguel for the 2011 breeding season. A son of Kafwain (Cherokee Run) and the two-time winner Comfort Zone, by Rubiano, he is a half-brother to 2012 Betfair Hollywood Park stakes winner American Lady and is from the family of both the grade I-winning sire Stormello and last year’s Del Mar Derby (grade II) winner My Best Brother. Standing at 16.2 hands, The Pamplemousse’s fee for this

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year is $2,500 Live Foal. “We own him with a group of people headed up by bloodstock agent Alex Solis Jr.,” Tom said. “He’s big, he’s big, and his first crop includes some really good looking babies,” said Clay. “We’re very encouraged by that,” concluded Tom. Classy Care Besides this impressive stallion station, Rancho San Miguel’s equine residents also benefit from the property’s countless other facilities, including barns, pastures, paddocks, pens and related state-of-the-art equipment that all adhere to the highest levels of cleanliness, comfort and safety. All fully irrigated and ranging in size from half an acre to 10 acres, the farm’s more than 25 lush pastures, each equipped with a shelter, provide the perfect home for its resident mares, foals, weanlings, yearlings, etc. “About three years ago, we spent a lot of money connecting all of the irrigation,” said Tom of a system that features fives wells, a collection pond and a reservoir. “We have good water here, and plenty of it.” Under the watchful eye of the Resident Veterinarian at Rancho San Miguel, Jake Lynch, DVM, the broodmares are teased daily during breeding season, while palpations, ultrasounds, cultures, lavages and any other medical procedures are done when necessary. Nurse mares and stored colostrum are also on hand as a precaution. For the maiden or open mares, there are two stadium-lighted pastures and several barns featuring lighted stalls with runs. Used only to foal out mares is a foaling barn comprising of nine spacious open-air stalls, bedded with straw and regularly sanitized, where mares and their foals are kept for 48 hours after foaling before being turned out in a

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small pasture during the day, and brought in at night if the weather turns. The unit also includes a 2,000-pound hoist that can be used in the case of an emergency, such as a mare having difficulty foaling. Foal handling starts the day after the foals are born, while sick foals can take advantage of a stay in a couple of air-conditioned stalls located in one of two newer 10-stall barns. On the sales prep and lay-up sides of the farm, attention to detail is all-important. Two round pens, the 60-foot one fitted with a six-horse Eurociser, help condition the sales horses by teaching them basic ground skills and building their muscle, while they are regularly groomed and bathed and also turned out every day. The farm’s recovery programs for lay-ups utilize its stalls, pens—including the 90 partially-covered turnouts that are used as holding pens— and small paddocks, while the progress of these horses is monitored by taking radiographs and using the ultrasound machine. Helping Hands Last, but certainly not least, is Rancho San Miguel’s wonderful group of staff. “Our staff’s ability and loyalty are amazing,” said Tom. “Many of them were here before I even purchased the farm. I was a customer here and because I had a good experience with the great service, it was not just the farm that I was attracted to but the team and the leadership that was already in place. One of the most important factors here is the depth of the management team, along with the experience of everyone else.” Clay Murdock joined Rancho San Miguel in 1987, and the Idaho native is now responsible for all the activities on the farm as its General Manager, while Washington State University graduate Jake Lynch has been at his post since

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2003. Armed with an Animal Science degree from Cal Poly State University at San Luis Obispo, Amanda Poore has gone from being an intern in 2004 to the farm’s Assistant Manager and Head of Marketing. Kasia Tomaszewicz, who is from Poland and studied chemistry and nutrition before working at a number of premier locations, including Taylor Made Farm in Kentucky, has been with Rancho San Miguel since 2006. “She does a great job with ground training, foal handling and sales prep,” said Tom of the Foal/Yearling Manager. The Office Manager and Farm Secretary is Mary Ann Waiton who grew up in Colorado and joined the farm in 2008, and Jorge Cruz is the Broodmare Manager. He started working as a groom at Rancho San Miguel in 1995, and now monitors the daily health of the horses while also keeping track of pasture rotations and assisting with all the foaling procedures. Also among the farm’s horse staff, all of whom live either in the property’s houses or its one-bedroom and two-bedroom apartments, are Cecilio Cruz and Dogie Lujan. “Cecilio preps the stallions and, because he’s very meticulous and treats them like his own kids, we often get great comments from people who visit the farm, saying how good they look,” said Tom. “Dogie is our jack of all trades, doing shipping, receiving, medications and the like. “One of Rancho San Miguel’s distinguishing factors is that it has full time employees here twenty-four hours a day,” said Clay. “We always have someone watching over our horses,” he added, “while in breeding season, we have additional people watching for the foaling. Dr. Lynch is on call and I’m here or one of our management team is until someone else comes to take over.” Tom added, “The core of our business is building relationships with both our staff and our clients. We’ve got a professional staff here, and we are proud that all the people who handle the horses live on the property. This

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is a community, a family of highly trained and skilled now for California to compete with those who have horsemen.” decided that the breeding and racing business should be Success No Less subsidized by the total gambling dollars. I don’t know how When asked about Rancho San Miguel’s past, present long California can sustain this position and still say they and future status as it pertains to the local Thoroughbred want to be in the game. That’s my message. We just can’t industry, Tom Clark provided this detailed overview. compete under the present model. We are working under a “We think of ourselves as survivors. We are committed different set of rules than every other state. to sustaining our business. We believe that we have seen “We continue to be in survival mode. We have to have the worst. We faced the problems everyone else did, espe- owners who will support their own stallions. The farm can’t cially receivables. A lot of people have just walked away do it all anymore. That’s the beauty of our stallions in that from their commitments, walked away from their horses. we have outside owners who are willing to support them. This has put a burden on not just us, but most farms. Obvi- What we have is a state with hundreds of rules, constituents ously the economics of breeding and racing in California who are not working together to benefit the whole of the are still under pressure. I’m not bullish, I’m not positive, but industry and an economy that is weak to begin with. These I think we need to continue the consolidation of farms to factors in place right now make it difficult for us to get sustain the industry. someone to invest in the industry. We want to sustain it but “The bonus and award programs have helped us and we don’t have unlimited resources to do that. However, we there are a lot of other people who have stayed in the busi- at Rancho San Miguel are as committed as we’ve ever been ness because of them, but they need to be improved even because I’ve been involved in horse racing my entire life more. Our policy is to sell everything we can, because and I love the sport so much that I want to help with ensurwe’re here to support the stallions. We’ve been lucky with ing its future success.” some babies at California’s yearling and mixed sales but, for the most part, it’s a labor of love. It costs us RANCHO SAN MIGUEL FACT-FILE just as much as in Kentucky to raise them, maybe even more, but we are often not getting the same Owners: Tom & Nancy Clark dollar for our horses here. General Manager: Clay Murdock “We’ve cut back with racing as we can’t support Resident Veterinarian: Dr. Joseph “Jake” Lynch, DVM both that and the farm. Some people can do both, Assistant Manager & Head of Marketing: Amanda Poore but we’ve had to make that choice because of the Foal/Yearling Manager: Kasia Tomaszewicz Office Manager & Farm Secretary: Mary Ann Waiton economy. We want to be very good at one thing, Broodmare Manager: Jorge Cruz breeding great racehorses. At one point we were Street Address: 1741 West 10th Street, San Miguel, California 93451 training, racing and breeding, but now our focus is on Mailing Address: P. O. Box 741, San Miguel, California 93451 the breeding business, including more than a dozen Telephone: (805) 467-3847 mares of our own. I think that’s the way to explain Fax: (805) 467-3919 how we’ve changed the most in the past ten years. E-Mail Address: info@ranchosanmiguel.net “It would be great if we could have the farms, Web Site: www.ranchosanmiguel.net racetracks, owners, trainers and other horsemen Services: Breeding, Boarding, Breaking, Lay-Ups & Sales Preparation come together to find some collective conclusion about what we should do to solve racing’s challenges. Stallions But that is hard, because each one of these groups Comic Strip (Red Ransom) ......................................$2,500 - Live Foal Marino Marini (Storm Cat) .......................................$2,500 – Live Foal has a different set of economics driving them, ones McCann’s Mojave (Memo (Chi)) ...............................$3,000 - Live Foal that often don’t have enough of the revenue going Onebadshark (Diligence) ..........................................$1,500 - Live Foal back to the horsemen. Sierra Sunset (Bertrando).........................................$2,500 - Live Foal “We are battling to attract stallions to California Slew’s Tiznow (Tiznow) ............................................$2,500 – Live Foal as a lot of times they are being sold for the kind of Southern Image (Halo’s Image) ...............................$2,500 – Live Foal money we just can’t afford. Slots aren’t the long-term Storm Wolf (Stormin Fever)......................................$2,000 – Live Foal solution, but they would sure help in the short-term. The Pamplemousse (Kafwain) .................................$2,500 – Live Foal We need to get young people involved in coming to the races, having fun and coming back. We need to Horse Population – January 2013 create events and opportunities for people to come Stallions ......................................................9 together and have a good time. Racing needs to be a Broodmares ..................................................129 Foals ......................................................6 social thing. We’ve lost a large market share of the Yearlings ....................................................78 gambling dollar and are continuing to lose market Two-Year-Olds ......................................................4 share, so we have to decide if racing is going to surLay-Ups ......................................................6 vive or are we going to have to subsidize it like other TOTAL ..................................................232 major states have done. I think it’s really hard right

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Rancho San Miguel

2013 STALLION ROSTER

Ranked Among the Top Seven by 2012 Cal-Bred Earnings

MARINO MARINI Storm Cat – Halo America, by Waquoit/ $2,500 LF • Combined 2012 progeny earnings of more than $1.6 million, with 2012 stakes horses including $200,000 Fleet Treat SW STARLIGHT MAGIC ($334,900), multiple $50,000+ SW SHUDACUDAWUDYA ($329,629), 5-time Stakes-placed Bleach Blonde ($308,444), etc. • Sire of 10% Stakes Horses, including MONEY LOVER ($159,706), HOT FUSION, SILVER SENSATION, Miguel’s Mascot (NTR), Queenie Marini, etc. • Sire of THREE 2013 allowance winners in ten days!

#2 California Freshman Sire by Winners

McCANN’S MOJAVE Memo – Joni U. Bar, by Nordic Prince/ $3,000 LF (consideration to approved mares) • Record-setting, multiple Graded stakes winner of $1,513,565. • All-surface stakes winner with graded scores at 6.5F, 8.5F, and 9F (NTR) • Defeated 90 SWs including 54 Graded/Group winners and 15 Grade 1 Winners. • Sire of 6 winners from his first 12 starters!

Grade 2 Winner with Tactical Speed From a Classic Family

SIERRA SUNSET Bertrando – Toot Sweet, by Pirate’s Bounty/ $2,500 LF • Four-time stakes winner with scores in Oaklawn’s G2 Rebel S. (99 Beyer), the $125,000 California Cup Juvenile S., the Alamedan H. at 1 1/16 miles (101 Beyer), and the Bay Meadows Juvenile S. by 8 lengths. • Precocious 2YO, breaking his maiden at 4 1/2 furlongs by 5L second time out! • One of two Cal-based sons at stud by recently pensioned BERTRANDO, California Leading Sire of 56 SWs. Out of a stakes-placed full sister to the dam of G1 Belmont S. winner DA’ TARA.

Record-Setting G1 Performing Multiple Stakes Winner

SLEW’S TIZNOW Tiznow – Hepatica, by Slewpy/ $2,500 LF • Won on dirt and synthetic, including Del Mar’s El Cajon S. at one mile by 3 lengths and Hollywood Park’s War Chant S. at 1 1/16 miles in a record 1:40.34. • Saratoga maiden winner and 2nd in Keeneland’s G1 Breeders’ Futurity at two. • In his final start, posted a 102 Beyer in Hollywood Park’s G2 Californian S. • Full brother to Multiple Graded stakes winner SLEW’S TIZZY and 3/4-brother to the dam of 2012 Group 1 Winner THE HANGMAN.

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HOME OF CALIFORNIA’S LEADING SIRES California’s #3 Active Sire by Average Earnings Index (AEI)

SOUTHERN IMAGE Halo’s Image – Pleasant Dixie, by Dixieland Band/ $2,500 LF • Over $10.7 Million in progeny earnings and sire of returning Grade 1 SW SOUTHERN SPEED, winner of the $2,802,425 BMW Caufield Cup (Aus-G1) by 1 1/2 lengths and who has won or placed in FIVE Grade 1 events. • Also sire of G1-performing, 5-time NYRA Graded SW CALIBRACHOA ($666,040, G3 Tom Fool H.-twice, G3 Bold Ruler S., G3 Toboggan H.-twice, etc.), 2012 $150,000 SW WINNING IMAGE ($390,837), returning SW PINK CANDY ($149,633), SW SOUTHERN FIREBALL ($171,789, NTR), etc.

Freshman Sire with First Winner from First Starter

STORM WOLF Stormin Fever – Exclusive Rosette, by Ecliptical/ $2,000 LF • Graded SW full brother to G1-performing GSW MISTY ROSETTE. • Won 3 of 5 starts, including the G2 Lazaro Barrera Memorial S. by 6L in 1:22 1/5. • Posted a 104 Beyer breaking his maiden at Santa Anita and a 101 Beyer winning an allowance there in 1:09 flat. • Second-crop yearling brings 19-Times his fee at Barretts October sale.

First Foals Yearlings in 2013

THE PAMPLEMOUSSE Kafwain – Comfort Zone, by Rubiano/ $2,500 LF • Santa Anita Graded stakes-winning miler by 2012 Top-3 California Sire KAFWAIN. • Won 3 of 5 starts, including the G3 Sham S. by 6L (107 Beyer) and G3 San Rafael S. at one mile. • Out of a half-sister to the dam of 2YO G1 SW STORMELLO ($700,100) and 2012 G2 Del Mar Derby SW MY BEST BROTHER ($346,090). • Precocious female family of G2 Arlington-Washington Lassie S. winner SPECIAL WARMTH.

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California-Bred Champions by RUDI GROOTHEDDE The Golden State’s 2012 champions will be honored during this year’s Annual Awards Dinner of the California Thoroughbred Breeders Association (CTBA) being held at The Westin Pasadena Hotel on Monday, Feb. 11, 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 editorial provides the overall records of the leading contenders for these honors that were also included OLDER MALES

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Norvsky g. 6. Vronsky—Fimbrelith Breeder: Old English Rancho 2012 Record: 8-2-1-1 & $218,600 including San Gabriel Stakes (GII) & California Dreamin’ Handicap Red Sun g. 6. Redattore (Brz)—Sunny Sara Breeder: Harris Farms Inc. 2012 Record: 4-1-1-0 & $72,480 including Lure Stakes Shudacudawudya g. 5. Marino Marini—Sunny Miss Breeder: Brett Mason 2012 Record: 9-3-1-1 & $134,773 including Jess Jackson Owners’ Handicap & Albany Stakes Unusual Suspect h. 8. Unusual Heat—Penpont (NZ) Breeder: David Abrams 2012 Record: 11-1-0-1 & $100,011 including Werribee Cup

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Acclamation h. 6. Unusual Heat—Winning in Style Breeder: Old English Rancho 2012 Record: 2-2-0-0 & $330,000 including Eddie Read Stakes (GI) & Charles Whittingham Memorial Handicap (GI) Amazombie g. 6. Northern Afleet—Wilshe Amaze Breeder: Gregg Anderson 2012 Record: 6-2-1-1 & $394,670 including Bing Crosby Stakes (GI) & Potrero Grande Stakes (GII) Bailoutheminister g. 4. Ministers Wild Cat—T G’s Girl Breeders: Larry Hanson & Harmony Farms 2012 Record: 7-3-2-1 & $121,240 including Sam J. Whiting Memorial Handicap California Flag g. 8. Avenue of Flags—Ultrafleet Breeder: Hi Card Ranch 2012 Record: 2-1-0-0 & $60,000 including San Simeon Handicap (GIII) Caracortado g. 5. Cat Dreams—Mons Venus Breeder: Mike Machowsky 2012 Record: 1-1-0-0 & $60,000 including Daytona Stakes (GIII) Compari g. 6. Redattore (Brz)—Southern Charm Breeders: Harris Farms Inc, Donald Valpredo & John Nicoletti 2012 Record: 5-2-0-2 & $167,700 including Sensational Star Stakes Control Seeker g. 6. Sought After—Red Table Breeder: Miraleste Inc. 2012 Record: 8-3-2-1 & $144,359 including Bull Dog Handicap & Joseph T. Grace Handicap Frumious g. 6. Grindstone—Eternal Legend Breeder: JayArDee Stables 2012 Record: 1-1-0-0 & $90,000 including Palos Verdes Stakes (GII) Gatherathtealter g. 4. Lucky Pulpit—Gather the Group Breeders: Mr. & Mrs. Larry D. Williams 2012 Record: 12-3-1-1 & $80,794 including Grey Memo Stakes Global Stage g. 5. Globalize—Stage a Riot Breeders: Ellen Jackson & Margaret Sherr 2012 Record: 11-3-2-2 & $104,642 including Veteran Stakes & Ruidoso Downs Thoroughbred Championship Handicap Holladay Road g. 7. Street Cry (Ire)—Blending Element (Ire) Breeder: Williamson Racing LLC 2012 Record: 7-2-0-2 & $183,432 including Crystal Water Stakes John Scott g. 5. Bertrando—Henlopen Breeders: Harris Farms Inc. & Scott Gross 2012 Record: 7-3-1-1 & $278,704 including Harry F. Brubaker Stakes Killer Bear h. 5. Northern Devil—Tennis C. Waltz Breeder: Harold Phenix 2012 Record: 13-2-0-1 & $111,188 including On Trust Handicap Lucky Primo g. 6. Atticus—Live Free or Die Breeders: Joshua & Jason Litt & Dennis O’Neill 2012 Record: 3-2-0-0 & $153,984 including California Cup Classic Stakes Maui Mark g. 7. Unusual Heat—Dalymount Breeder: Fast Lane Farms 2012 Record: 9-6-0-1 & $212,778 including California Cup Sprint Stakes Mobilized h. 6. Soul of the Matter—Valleyofthebells Breeder: Robert Reseigne 2012 Record: 8-2-0-1 & $162,390 including Tiznow Stakes

on the official ballot mailed out to the CTBA membership last month. Among the leading nominees vying for silverware are the eight individual California-bred winners of 11 separate graded stakes races in 2012, including the two-time grade I winner and defending California Horse of the Year, Acclamation, and the dual graded stakes winners Amazombie and Willa B Awesome. 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 OLDER FEMALES

A Jealous Woman m. 6. Muqtarib—Miss Free Bird Breeders: Denise Kim Thorson & Nick Tamborrino 2012 Record: 10-3-2-1 & $223,408 including Swingtime Stakes Chokecherymary f. 4. Capsized—Sassy Rhythm Breeder: BnD Thoroughbreds 2012 Record: 3-2-0-0 & $108,360 including Valentine Dancer Stakes Cougarstown f. 4. Speightstown—Fair Apache Breeders: Rod & Lorraine Rodriguez 2012 Record: 8-3-3-0 & $101,163 including Harvest Stakes Going for a Spin f. 4. Ministers Wild Cat—Gender Motors Breeder: Tommy Town Thoroughbreds LLC 2012 Record: 12-2-5-2 & $148,410 including Cat’s Cradle Handicap & E. B. Johnston Stakes

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Unusual Heatwave THREE-YEAR-OLD FEMALES

Bella Viaggia f. 3. Good Journey—Miss Del Mar Breeder: Leatherman Racing LLC 2012 Record: 4-3-1-0 & $155,000 including California Cup Distaff Stakes Best Present Ever f. 3. Unusual Heat—Centerofattention Breeders: Dennis & Norine Grenier 2012 Record: 8-3-2-1 & $196,200 including Campanile Stakes Starlight Magic f. 3. Marino Marini—Star’s Millennium Breeders: John & Diane Fradkin 2012 Record: 6-2-1-2 & $238,120 including Fleet Treat Stakes Warren’s Amber f. 3. Broadway Moon—I’m a Cat’s Meow Breeder: Benjamin C. Warren 2012 Record: 8-1-1-2 & $181,950 including Evening Jewel Stakes Willa B Awesome f. 3. Awesome Gambler—Cause I’m Tricky Breeder: Terry C. Lovingier 2012 Record: 9-3-0-2 & $457,000 including Santa Anita Oaks (GI), Santa Ysabel Stakes (GIII) & Melair Stakes

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Halo Dolly f. 4. Popular—Spanish Halo Breeders: Rod & Lorraine Rodriguez 2012 Record: 12-7-0-1 & $428,226 including Yellow Ribbon Handicap (GII), Solana Beach Handicap, Fran’s Valentine Stakes, Miss America Stakes & Alameda County Fillies and Mares Stakes Lindz Winz f. 4. Vronsky—Craven Cottage Breeders: Abrams, Huston & Thoroughbred Equine Mgt. 2012 Record: 16-3-2-3 & $210,032 including Irish O’Brien Stakes Sparkling Style f. 4. Badge of Silver—Decades of Style (Ire) Breeder: Todd M. Sheehan & Donald W. Lindemann 2012 Record: 7-2-0-0 & $134,173 including Warren’s Thoroughbreds Stakes Teddy’s Promise f. 4. Salt Lake—Braids and Beads Breeders: Ted & Judy Nichols 2012 Record: 7-2-0-0 & $134,173 including Kalookan Queen Stakes & Time To Leave Stakes Tiz Flirtatious f. 3. Tizbud—Masquerade Belle Breeder: Pamela Ziebarth 2012 Record: 4-1-2-1 & $158,000 including California Cup Distaff Stakes Unzip Me m. 6. City Zip—Escape With Me Breeders: Harris Farms Inc. & Donald Valpredo 2012 Record: 2-1-0-1 & $66,000 including Wishing Well Stakes Warren’s Jitterbug m. 5. Affirmative—Jitterbug Jan Breeder: Benjamin C. Warren 2012 Record: 3-1-0-0 & $71,250 including B. Thoughtful Stakes

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Derby Gold c. 3. Bertrando—River Gold Breeder: Win More Farm 2012 Record: 4-1-1-0 & $127,200 including Echo Eddie Stakes Rousing Sermon c. 3. Lucky Pulpit—Rousing Again Breeders: Mr. & Mrs. Larry D. Williams 2012 Record: 8-0-1-2 & $213,500 including 3rd Louisiana Derby (GII) & Robert B. Lewis Stakes (GII) Stoney Fleece c. 3. Decarchy—Gold Fleece Breeder: Joseph T. Alvarez III 2012 Record: 7-1-3-0 & $146,198 including Alcatraz Stakes Summer Hit g. 3. Bertrando—Mia F Eighteen Breeder: Kenneth & Janice Heidt 2012 Record: 6-4-1-1 & $100,747 including Silky Sullivan Stakes Tribal Tribute g. 3. Tribal Rule—Clarity Breeder: K & J Farm 2012 Record: 7-3-1-0 & $66,332 including Robert Dupret Derby Unusual Heatwave g. 3. Unusual Heat—Miss Alphie Breeder: Montecito Stables LLC 2012 Record: 8-2-2-1 & $337,374 including Snow Chief Stakes & Real Good Deal Stakes

Willa B Awesome TWO-YEAR-OLD MALES

Gervinho c. 2. Unusual Heat—Foreverinthegame Breeders: Barry Abrams & Madeline Auerbach 2012 Record: 3-2-0-0 & $132,000 including Zuma Beach Stakes Monument c. 2. Bertrando—Grant Marty a Wish Breeders: Lee & Susan Searing 2012 Record: 6-3-1-1 & $217,500 including California Cup Juvenile Stakes Native Treasure c. 2. Tribal Rule—Visual Treat Breeders: Pam & Martin Wygod 2012 Record: 5-2-2-0 & $138,330 including I’m Smokin Stakes Strong Wind c. 2. Tribal Rule—Chalk Face Breeder: Mark Tatch 2012 Record: 9-2-1-2 & $141,360 including Graduation Stakes Weewinnin c. 2. Comic Strip—Honoree Lady Breeders: Dr. & Mrs. William T. Gray DVM 2012 Record: 3-2-0-0 & $125,900 including King Glorious Stakes

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Doinghardtimeagain f. 2. Ministers Wild Cat—Silver Hawk Lady Breeder: Tommy Town Thoroughbreds LLC 2012 Record: 4-2-2-0 & $198,500 including Soviet Problem Stakes Marks Mine f. 2. Benchmark—Ermine Breeders: Mr. & Mrs. Larry D. Williams 2012 Record: 4-2-1-1 & $76,530 including Golden Gate Debutante Stakes Shesatopattraction f. 2. Old Topper—Royal Attraction Breeder: Tommy Town Thoroughbreds LLC 2012 Record: 3-2-0-0 & $44,800 including Truth Or Consequences Overnight Stakes Tilde f. 2. Swiss Yodeler—Self Taught Breeder: Revocable Trust of Dr. Mikel C. Harrington & Patricia O. Harrington 2012 Record: 7-4-0-1 & $344,560 including California Cup Juvenile Fillies Stakes, Generous Portion Stakes & California Thoroughbred Breeders’ Association Stakes Unusual Way f. 2. Unusual Heat—Way Up Breeder: Thomas W. Bachman 2012 Record: 6-3-1-0 & $183,610 including Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Filly Sprint Preview Stakes & Wine Country Debutante Stakes Amazombie g. 6. Northern Afleet—Wilshe Amaze Breeder: Gregg Anderson 2012 Record: 6-2-1-1 & $394,670 including Bing Crosby Stakes (GI) & Potrero Grande Stakes (GII)

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California Flag g. 8. Avenue of Flags—Ultrafleet Breeder: Hi Card Ranch 2012 Record: 2-1-0-0 & $60,000 including San Simeon Handicap (GIII) Caracortado g. 5. Cat Dreams—Mons Venus Breeder: Mike Machowsky 2012 Record: 1-1-0-0 & $60,000 including Daytona Stakes (GIII) Derby Gold c. 3. Bertrando—River Gold Breeder: Win More Farm 2012 Record: 4-1-1-0 & $127,200 including Echo Eddie Stakes Frumious g. 6. Grindstone—Eternal Legend Breeder: JayArDee Stables 2012 Record: 1-1-0-0 & $90,000 including Palos Verdes Stakes (GII) Mobilized h. 6. Soul of the Matter—Valleyofthebells Breeder: Robert Reseigne 2012 Record: 8-2-0-1 & $162,390 including Tiznow Stakes Shudacudawudya g. 5. Marino Marini—Sunny Miss Breeder: Brett Mason 2012 Record: 9-3-1-1 & $134,773 including Jess Jackson Owners’ Handicap & Albany Stakes Starlight Magic f. 3. Marino Marini—Star’s Millennium Breeders: John & Diane Fradkin 2012 Record: 6-2-1-2 & $238,120 including Fleet Treat Stakes Unusual Heatwave g. 3. Unusual Heat—Miss Alphie Breeder: Montecito Stables LLC 2012 Record: 8-2-2-1 & $337,374 including Real Good Deal Stakes Warren’s Amber f. 3. Broadway Moon—I’m a Cat’s Meow Breeder: Benjamin C. Warren 2012 Record: 8-1-1-2 & $181,950 including Evening Jewel Stakes Warren’s Jitterbug m. 5. Affirmative—Jitterbug Jan Breeder: Benjamin C. Warren 2012 Record: 3-1-0-0 & $71,250 including B. Thoughtful Stakes Acclamation h. 6. Unusual Heat—Winning in Style Breeder: Old English Rancho 2012 Record: 2-2-0-0 & $330,000 including Eddie Read Stakes (GI) & Charles Whittingham Memorial Handicap (GI) TURF HORSES

Bella Viaggia f. 3. Good Journey—Miss Del Mar Breeder: Leatherman Racing LLC 2012 Record: 4-3-1-0 & $155,000 including California Cup Distaff Stakes Best Present Ever f. 3. Unusual Heat—Centerofattention Breeders: Dennis & Norine Grenier 2012 Record: 8-3-2-1 & $196,200 including Campanile Stakes California Flag g. 8. Avenue of Flags—Ultrafleet Breeder: Hi Card Ranch 2012 Record: 2-1-0-0 & $60,000 including San Simeon Handicap (GIII) Caracortado g. 5. Cat Dreams—Mons Venus Breeder: Mike Machowsky 2012 Record: 1-1-0-0 & $60,000 including Daytona Stakes (GIII) Chokecherymary f. 4. Capsized—Sassy Rhythm Breeder: BnD Thoroughbreds 2012 Record: 3-2-0-0 & $108,360 including Valentine Dancer Stakes Compari g. 6. Redattore (Brz)—Southern Charm Breeders: Harris Farms Inc, Donald Valpredo & John Nicoletti 2012 Record: 5-2-0-2 & $167,700 including Sensational Star Stakes Halo Dolly f. 4. Popular—Spanish Halo Breeders: Rod & Lorraine Rodriguez 2012 Record: 12-7-0-1 & $428,226 including Yellow Ribbon Handicap (GII), Solana Beach Handicap, Fran’s Valentine Stakes & Miss America Stakes Norvsky g. 6. Vronsky—Fimbrelith Breeder: Old English Rancho 2012 Record: 8-2-1-1 & $218,600 including San Gabriel Stakes (GII) & California Dreamin’ Handicap Tiz Flirtatious f. 3. Tizbud—Masquerade Belle Breeder: Pamela Ziebarth 2012 Record: 4-1-2-1 & $158,000 including California Cup Distaff Stakes Unusual Suspect h. 8. Unusual Heat—Penpont (NZ) Breeder: David Abrams 2012 Record: 11-1-0-1 & $100,011 including Werribee Cup

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History In The Making California Sires

by EMILY SHIELDS 2.16. He finished second in average earnings per runner with $39,076, and also came second in average earnings for twoyear-olds with $25,573. His best juvenile was dual stakes winner Unusual Way, who won the $99,500 Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Filly Sprint Preview Stakes. Other excellent Unusual Heat runners included dual stakes winner Unusual Heatwave, California Cup Sprint winner Maui Mark and grade I-placed Best Present Ever. California’s second leading sire was Ballena Vista Farm’s Tribal Rule, whose runners earned $3,882,291. The son of Storm Cat not only finished second in turf earnings ($774,683), but was also the leading two-year-old sire with both 18 winners and $838,767 in earnings. Tribal Rule had 98 winners overall, the most of any sire, and his offspring won 158 races, which came second only to Ballena Vista’s other star stallion, Benchmark. Fourth by money earned with $2,712,004, Benchmark’s runners won 178 races. A son of Alydar, Benchmark finished second in overall winners with 83. Tommy Town Thoroughbred’s sire Kafwain split the Ballena Vista duo as California’s third leading sire by money won with $3,159,591. His best runner was Daisy Devine,

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With $4,610,915 in progeny earnings, prolific sire Unusual Heat continued his march into history with his fifth consecutive title as California’s leading sire by money won in 2012. The remarkable son of Nureyev matched the achievements of Flying Paster and Alibhai, who reigned as the Golden State’s leading sires for five years from 1987 to 1991 and from 1947 to 1951, respectively. The 2012 breeding season saw Unusual Heat standing his second year at Harris Farms in Coalinga, where he drew 59 mares. He led all stallions with 10 different stakes winners, topped by the dual grade I winner Acclamation, back for another season after being named the 2011 Eclipse Champion Older Male, as well as the California Horse of the Year, Champion Turf Horse and Champion Older Male. Acclamation made two starts for two wins in 2012, and his victories in the $250,000 Charles Whittingham Memorial Handicap and $300,000 Eddie Read Stakes accounted for $330,000 of Unusual Heat’s $2,812,645 grass earnings, giving him the leading turf sire crown for the eighth time in nine years. Unusual Heat also led the way with $6,731 average earnings per start and an Average Earnings Index (AEI) of

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winner of the grade I Jenny Wiley Stakes at Keeneland in Kentucky. She also won three other stakes races at the Fair Grounds and Churchill Downs for career earnings of $946,281. Another Tommy Town resident, Ministers Wild Cat, checked in fifth by money won with $2,381,289. He sired seven stakes winners, including $196,000 Soviet Problem Stakes heroine Doinghardtimeagain, which tied him for second with Tribal Rule, while Benchmark and Kafwain each sired five stakes winners last year. The leading stallion by average earnings per runner with $54,577 was Cyclotron, a son of Grand Slam standing at Old English Rancho. He also led in median earnings per runner with $42,784. Second in median earnings with $19,090 was Suances (GB), who stands at Rancho Temescal. Santa Anita Handicap (grade I) winner Heatseeker (Ire) was California’s leading freshman sire. The son of Giant’s Causeway relocated to Harris Farms for the 2012 breeding season, before 11 of his juveniles won 14 races and earned $415,412. The stakes winner Surtsey was his leading earner with $126,171. The royally bred Council Member, a son of Seattle Slew out of a Seeking the Gold mare standing at Special T Thoroughbreds, was the second leading freshman sire with $139,410 in progeny earnings. Highlighted by grade I Santa Anita Oaks, grade III Santa Ysabel Stakes and $288,000 Melair Stakes winner Willa B Awesome, progeny of the Lovacres Ranch stallion Awesome Gambler made him the leading second-crop sire. Also the leading freshman sire of 2011, Awesome Gambler garnered earnings of $1,225,138 in 2012. His other top runners included the juvenile stakes-placed winners Awesome Annie and Awe’ Some Kitten. The top third-crop sires included Unbridled Energy with

$1,619,802 and Lucky Pulpit with $1,105,835. Lucky Pulpit, who stands at Harris Farms, was the leading freshman sire of 2010 and the leading second-crop sire of 2011. His average earnings index of 1.75 was second best for 2012. Unbridled Energy, whose runners excel on all three racing surfaces, has been relocated to Golden Eagle Farm for the 2013 breeding season. Swiss Yodeler, who will join Awesome Gambler at Lovacres for the 2013 season, led with average earnings of $37,766 from his two-year-old runners, and finished second for juvenile money won with $604,262. His daughter Tilde won three stakes, including the $250,000 Keith E. Card California Cup Juvenile Fillies Stakes, and is the likely California Champion Two-Year-Old Female. Tommy Town Thoroughbreds’ Old Topper produced earnings of over $2 million for the second year in a row; his runners earned $2,354,337. Old Topper’s runners also excel outside of California; his juvenile daughter Shesatopattraction won a Zia Park stakes race, while the three-year-old filly Take Me Away Today was a black-type winner at Sunland Park. Active sires with more than $1 million in progeny earnings were Rancho San Miguel’s Southern Image and Marino Marini, the aforementioned Swiss Yodeler, the Magali Farms duo of Decarchy and Good Journey, and Golden Eagle’s Stormin Fever. Good Journey also tied for third with an AEI of 1.61. Other active California sires who produced graded stakes winners in 2012 were Popular (Cottonwood Creek Ranch), whose daughter Halo Dolly counted the grade II, $250,000 Yellow Ribbon Handicap amongst her five stakes wins, and Vronsky (Old English Rancho), whose gelded son Norvsky won the grade II, $150,000 San Gabriel Stakes.

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California Sires

Firing Up The Troops

by LISA GROOTHEDDE

Led by a newcomer to their ranks whose sheer numbers overwhelmed the competition, California’s 2012 class of freshman sires yielded diverse results when progeny earnings were tallied at the conclusion of the racing season on Dec. 31. Ten-year-old Heatseeker (Ire), a familiar name to California racing enthusiasts as the track record-setting winner of the 2008 Santa Anita Handicap (grade I), returned to the state of his greatest athletic accomplishments prior to the 2012 breeding season, after standing his first three seasons at Hill ‘n’ Dale Farms in Kentucky. An early winner who was group I-placed as a two-year-old at The Curragh in his native Ireland and who went on to earn $1,177,776 from 17 international starts, the Giant’s Causeway stallion made an immediate impact in his own stud career, with 30 runners from his first crop of 59 registered juveniles. Eleven of his sons and daughters won races last year, including the Woodbine-based filly Surtsey, who captured the 2012 Fanfreluche Stakes and contributed $126,171 toward her sire’s overall progeny earnings of $415,412. Heatseeker, who also was flattered by the Zia Park stakes horses Certification and Flamboyance, currently commands a $5,000 fee at Harris Farms in Coalinga. Ranking second among all freshman sires who stood in the Golden State in 2012, but first among this group by Californiabred progeny earnings, was the Special T Thoroughbreds resident Council Member, who retired to the Temecula farm in late 2008 with five career wins, including two which he had achieved in stakes company in England. The 11-year-old Seattle Slew stallion, who placed in three group races as a juvenile, bestowed his precocity to several members of his inaugural crop of 23 foals, and concluded his first season of eligibility with collective progeny earnings of $139,410. From 11 starters, four Council Member juveniles won at four different racetracks: Santa Anita Park, Golden Gate Fields, Fresno and Turf Paradise. California-bred McCann’s Mojave, a three-time graded stakes winner and $1,513,565-earner who was honored as the

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champion older male in his home state for 2004, generated cumulative earnings of $93,543 from his first crop of runners. Six of the stallion’s 13 juvenile starters won during 2012, led by the Golden Gate debut winner Go Mojave Go and his cropmate Real Mojave Green, a multiple winner in Mexico. A 13-year-old by Memo (Chi), McCann’s Mojave holds court at Rancho San Miguel in San Miguel, and is credited with 33 offspring in his initial crop. Leading all California-based freshman sires of 2012 by average earnings per starter, at $20,780, and by Average Earnings Index, at 1.10, was Bedford Falls, who also was the state’s only active first-crop sire to boast 100 percent winners from starters. The 10-year-old Forestry stallion, a winning half-brother to North America’s 2012 leading sire of twoyear-olds, Harlan’s Holiday, sent out the Santa Anita maiden winner There Goes Donnie and the two-time Golden Gate winner Beau Diablo. Bedford Falls stands at Poplar Meadows in Sanger. Two of the four first-crop starters by grade III winner Lucky J. H. reached the winner’s circle as juveniles last year: the gelding Fermin Es Elegante and the filly Lucky At Midnight. Their 11-year-old sire, a $632,065-earner by Cee’s Tizzy, stands alongside Heatseeker at Harris Farms. Pirata Lobo, a juvenile winner in Mexico, was one of two starters for the Rancho San Miguel stallion Storm Wolf, an 11-year-old son of Stormin Fever who won Hollywood Park’s grade II Lazaro Barrera Memorial Stakes in 2005. The sole runner from the first crop of the deceased A.P. Indy stallion Crossword, who stood at Peach Tree Farm in Sanger, was the colt I’m Denny Crane, who broke his maiden at Lone Star Park last June. Six other California-based freshman sires were represented by maiden runners during 2012: the multiple grade II winner Surf Cat, the grade I winner Buzzards Bay, the grade II-placed winner Grinding It Out, the grade III winner Southern Africa, the grade III winner Chattahoochee War and the multiple winner Viento Fuerte.

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Mikel “Mike” Harrington: An All-Around Winner

by EMILY SHIELDS Celebrating his 20th anniversary as a California winning his first five starts as a juvenile, including four Thoroughbred Breeders Association (CTBA) memstraight black-type races. After taking the $51,550 ber this year, is Mikel “Mike” Harrington, DVM, Westchester Stakes and $61,150 Haggin Stakes, former rodeo rider, farrier and veterinarian and Swiss Yodeler also took Hollywood Park’s grade II, current owner, breeder and trainer. To celebrate $102,900 Hollywood Juvenile Championship this milestone, the 71-year-old horseman is Stakes. coming off a fantastic season, which saw He followed that with a win in the grade III, him compete on the Triple Crown Trail $105,550 Best Pal Stakes at the Del Mar with grade I winner Creative Cause and Thoroughbred Club, but his streak was nearly sweep all the California-bred snapped when he ran third to eventual juvenile filly stakes races with Tilde. Kentucky Derby winner Silver Charm in Oregon native Harrington hails from the Del Mar Futurity (grade II). After a multi-generational racing family, and two more losses, Swiss Yodeler was diswas always going to be involved in the missed at 19-1 in the grade I, $580,850 industry in some capacity. He started out Hollywood Futurity, his ninth start of the with Quarter Horses, training at bush year. Under jockey Alex Solis, he batleague tracks, then became a licensed tled gamely on the front end to win by a veterinarian. He met his wife Patricia, half-length, giving Harrington the first who took over training duties at the grade I win of his career. tracks where Harrington was practicing Unable to recapture his juvenile form medicine. He switched to training full as an older horse, Swiss Yodeler retired time in 1993, and didn’t have to wait after the 1999 racing season with six long before he purchased his first star wins, a second and eight thirds from 24 for his principle client, Heinz Steinstarts and earnings of $761,442. As a mann. reward for a job well done, Steinmann “Mr. Steinmann is very much a gengave Harrington a percentage of the tleman,” Harrington said. “If it wasn’t young stallion, who has become one of for our association and being involved the leading stallions in California. in Swiss Yodeler, I wouldn’t still be in “Being involved in Swiss Yodeler business.” changed everything,” Harrington said. Mike and Patricia Harrington Harrington went to $60,000 to pur“We breed and raise a lot of Swiss Yodelers, chase Swiss Yodeler at the 1995 Keeneland September Year- most of them are talented, some are very talented.” ling Sale. The chestnut son of Eastern Echo came out running, California’s leading freshman sire of 2002, and its top

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sire of Cal-bred two-year-olds on three more occasions since, Swiss Yodeler is responsible for 70 stakes horses, including the 2006 Breeders’ Cup Sprint winner and Eclipse Award Champion Sprinter, Thor’s Echo ($2,461,490). Patricia trained him through his first two starts and maiden win before he was sold to another stable. Other top runners by Swiss Yodeler include Oberwald, My Honey Bunny, Hi Ho Yodeler and Dave the Dude, all of whom Mike Harrington trained to win stakes races as juveniles. It wasn’t until 2011, that Harrington won his second grade I. Already grade I-placaed Creative Cause won the $250,000 Norfolk Stakes by 1 3/4 lengths after winning the grade II, $150,000 Best Pal Stakes over a horse named I’ll Have Another. As a Giant’s Causeway son of the grade I-winning California champion Dream of Summer, Creative Cause drew a lot of attention before making a start in the 2011 Breeders’ Cup Juvenile (grade I) at Churchill Downs. He finished third, beaten only a length, and his game, battling performance put him atop many early Kentucky Derby (grade I) watch lists. Creative Cause solidified his position as a leading three-year-old when he defeated the upstart sophomore Bodemeister in Santa Anita’s grade II, $300,000 San Felipe Stakes on March 10. He then missed winning April’s grade I, $750,000 Santa Anita Derby by a nose, coming up short behind his old rival I’ll Have Another. They would meet again in the Kentucky Derby, a media circus unlike anything Harrington had experienced before. Creative Cause ran his usual strong race, but finished a gutsy fifth behind I‘ll Have Anoter in the “Run for the Roses.” He became Classic-placed with a third place effort in the Preakness Stakes (grade I), the final race of his career. Creative Cause was injured and retired with four wins, two seconds and three thirds in 10 starts for earnings of $1,039,000. As if to ease the sting of her stablemate’s early retirement, juvenile filly Tilde stormed onto the scene the day after the Preakness. The gray daughter of Swiss Yodeler scored at 8-1, surprising not only bettors at Betfair Hollywood Park but also Harrington, her owner, breeder and trainer. “She was

just a little gray filly, a very unimposing horse,” Harrington said. “She certainly didn’t stand out in the herd, and up to the first time I ran her I never thought she would show that much ability.” However, Tilde exceeded expectations with victories in Del Mar’s $100,000 CTBA Stakes and $150,000 Generous Portion Stakes, as well as Santa Anita’s $250,000 Keith E. Card California Cup Juvenile Fillies Stakes. The little gray filly’s juggernaut faltered in the $100,000 Sharp Cat Stakes and $196,000 Soviet Problem Stakes, but her brilliant season should still be enough to secure her the award as California’s Champion Two-Year-Old Female of 2012. “She has a huge heart, a huge will to win, and that’s what makes a racehorse,” Harrington said. “She has more desire to win than her bigger counterparts.” Tilde will be pointed for the Golden State Series in 2013, starting with the $300,000 California Breeders’ Champion Stakes on Jan. 26. She is just one of 35 horses whom Harrington has in training, including a promising group of young Cal-breds owned by Steinmann. “He has a Sea of Secrets colt who I really like, and an Unusual Heat colt and a Lucky J. H. colt who look nice. When Tilde came in last year, no one thought she would break her maiden first time out, let alone win three stakes, so you can’t always tell how good they’ll be.” Swiss Yodeler will stand the 2013 season at Terry Lovingier’s Lovacres Ranch alongside another Harrington trainee, Empire Way. The son of Empire Maker is a grade IIplaced, winning full brother to two-time Breeders’ Cup Distaff (grade I) winner Royal Delta. He earned $119,170 under Harrington’s care, and finished fifth in the $750,000 CashCall Futurity (grade I) in 2011. Besides Tilde, Harrington has much to look forward to in 2013, including his usual army of Swiss Yodeler juveniles. With Patricia still assisting her husband’s string while also maintaining a smaller stable of her own runners, don’t be surprised to see the couple help California’s leading sire of 2006 add to his current progeny earnings of $6 million-plus for two-year-olds and $24 million-plus overall.

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Tom Cassidy: Born Into The Sport

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Every serious horse racing fan has that one moment that captures their imagination and permanently entrenches them in the sport. For 24-year-old Tom Cassidy, that moment came while sitting on a sulky behind a pacing Standardbred. Then only 10, Cassidy was captivated by the feel of the very real animal moving ahead of him, and the awareness of the danger involved in the game. “You spend so many nights watching the horsemen handling the animals and they make it look easy,” he said. “When you’re young, you don’t think about the dangers and possibilities of these animals who do quirky things. It makes you appreciate what these guys are doing out there.” Cassidy had a backstage pass to the sport even before he drove a horse for the first time. The New Jersey native had relatives who owned Standardbreds, and would get to see them on the backside in the mornings and then on the racetrack at night. “There is a winner’s circle picture from Freehold where I’m in a baby carriage,” he said. “I was born into the sport, I never had a chance to do anything but love it.” At first, Cassidy was content to just be around horses and watch races, but he invested even deeper in the game when he first learned about gambling. He began to add betting into his forays to the track, learning about pick fours

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and payouts while regularly visiting Monmouth Park and the Meadowlands. After a stint at the University of Louisville in Kentucky, Cassidy returned home and got a bachelor’s degree in marketing from Kean University while staying involved and working at the local racetracks. While working in the press box at Monmouth doing race reviews and program comments, Cassidy’s friend, Media Eclipse Award winner Ryan Goldberg, put in a good word for the upstart kid, who soon found himself doing seminars at the track. One day, Cassidy was asked to do a brief hit on the Television Games Network (TVG), and his first national segment went so well that he was asked to return day after day. His obvious knowledge and easy-going style soon landed him a job offer in the Los Angeles studios. It took courage to move from New Jersey to California, but Cassidy did it, and is now a full time talent on the network. He covers both Thoroughbred and harness racing, and does not regret his decision. “This is all I ever wanted to do,” he said. “I would have gone to the moon if they asked me to move there.” The experience has taken Cassidy on new adventures—he was sent to Saratoga for opening weekend in 2012—and back to his old stomping grounds: he covered both the Haskell Invitational Stakes and his first Hambletonian. In the future, Cassidy imagines he will still be in television, but will also own both Thoroughbreds and Standardbreds. “There is no better feeling than opening your program and seeing your own name,” he noted, “and no one has ever complained about paying for a winner’s circle photo of their own horse!” See Cassidy on TVG Wednesday through Sunday covering all types of racing from across the country.

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Turning Tides

by LISA GROOTHEDDE

Youth was served at the 2013 Barretts January Mixed Sale, as racing prospects dominated the results in a dramatic turn of events at the top of the leaderboard for the Jan. 22 session, which was conducted at the Hinds Pavilion in Pomona and marked the first time since 2006 that a mature female was not the most expensive horse sold at the annual bloodstock auction. Unlike the past six editions of the sale—including in 2012, when the graded stakes-producing mare Sci Fi Kin topped the proceedings with her $60,000 pricetag, broodmares were relegated to background players during this year’s event. Only two of the top 10-priced horses at the 2013 sale were mares; five horses among this group were juveniles, and the remaining three were yearlings. In comparison, only one juvenile, and no yearlings, were included among last year’s top 10 offerings. Despite the sudden downgrading of demand for broodmares, the sale itself was buoyed by across-the-board fiscal improvements. From the 239 horses of varying age and gender who were offered at this year’s auction, host Barretts Equine Limited reported the sale of 184 individuals for gross receipts of $1,536,100, a tremendous 56.3 percent increase from the $982,500 in total sales achieved at the corresponding auction in 2012, when 162 of 243 horses led through the ring were sold. Accompanying the higher overall bottom line were a 37.6 percent rise in average price, from $6,065 in 2012 to $8,348 this year, and a 50 percent jump in median, from $3,000 to $4,500. The buy-back rate also improved, from 33.3 percent last year to 23 percent this year, as 55 horses did not meet their respective reserves. The two best-selling horses at this year’s sale shared a similar profile: both are juvenile colts who were foaled in

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Bred by Kristin Mulhall and Vicky Dimitri, this yearling colt by Pioneerof the Nile was consigned by Mary Knight and sold for $62,000 as the highest-priced California-bred at this year’s Barretts January Mixed Sale.

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Florida and offered at Barretts by consignor H & E Ranch as graduates of the 2012 Ocala Breeders’ Sales Company (OBS) August Selected Sale of Yearlings. Leading the proceedings at $70,000 was Hi Fashioned, a colt from the first crop of Old Fashioned out of the unraced Zamindar mare Zamsweet. Rozamund Barclay of Washington signed the ticket for the sale-topper, who previously sold for $67,000 at the OBS auction. Just a few moments after Hi Fashioned lit up the auction ring with his session-topping price, another representative of Florida’s 2011 foal crop grabbed attention from buyers. Mucho Distinction, the second foal out of the unraced Songandaprayer mare Anythingispossible, was ultimately acquired by Southern California trainer James Cassidy, who outlasted all challengers with a winning bid of $69,000 for the With Distinction colt, who had been purchased for $55,000 by H & E Ranch at the OBS sale last August. Two California-bred yearlings commanded the third- and fourth-highest prices at the vendue. Selling for $62,000 to agent Kate Sheehan was the first foal out of Mineshaft’s multiple winner Argenta: a Pioneerof the Nile colt who was bred by Kristin Mulhall and Vicky Dimitri and consigned by Mary Knight. An Unusual Heat filly out of stakes winner Rockella, by Tribal Rule, sold for $53,000 to Racing Hall of Fame trainer Jerry Hollendorfer. The latter yearling was bred by Hollendorfer in partnership with George Todaro, Gallop Out Racing LLC and John Yee, and offered in the Harris Farms consignment. The highest-priced broodmare of the 2013 auction, and the ninth-highest seller overall, was six-year-old Phi Beta Heat, a daughter of Unusual Heat also consigned by Harris Farms. A winning full sister to the grade I-placed dual stakes winner Mensa Heat, she sold for $26,000 to H & E Ranch while carrying a foal by 2007 Eclipse Champion Turf Male English Channel. A pair of Ballena Vista Farm stallions shared the spotlight with their youngsters. Tribal Rule ranked as the auction’s leading sire of juveniles by average price, two or more sold; three members of his 2011 crop averaged $26,500 each. Meanwhile, Dixie Chatter led the yearling portion with two of his offspring from this age group selling for an average of $12,250. The leading covering sire was the Harris Farms resident Unusual Heat. Two mares offered in foal to the five-time leading California sire sold for an average price of $22,000. With 44 horses reported as sold for a collective $272,700, Havens Bloodstock Agency ranked as the auction’s top consignor by gross sales. Barclay led the way among buyers this year with three purchases adding up to a collective $100,000. For complete results of the 2013 Barretts January Mixed Sale, visit www.barretts.com.

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Racing In Southern California

Cal-Bred Distaffers Win Open Company Stakes

by RUDI GROOTHEDDE

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The California-bred duo of four-year-old filly Teddy’s Promise and seven-year-old mare A Jealous Woman were victorious in stakes races during the first few weeks of Santa Anita Park’s 2012/2013 Winter-Spring meet. True To Her Word Ted and Judy Nichols’ homebred filly Teddy’s Promise, the winner of the 2011 La Brea Stakes (grade I) and also that year’s California Champion Three-Year-Old Female, won her second stakes race of last year with her 5 1/4-length victory in the $92,200 Kalookan Queen Stakes on the main dirt track at Santa Anita Park on Dec. 29. In her only other triumph of 2012, the dark bay daughter of deceased Salt Lake and the Capote mare Braids and Beads had won the $84,950 Time To Leave Stakes going five furlongs on Betfair Hollywood Park’s main all-weather Polytrack surface on May 6, exactly four years to the day that she had been foaled at Golden Eagle Farm in Ramona. The 6 1/2-furlong Kalookan Queen attracted a field of six fillies and mares, including the eventual runner-up Snow Fall who became a dual stakes winner in her next start, with Teddy’s Promise going to post as the 7-5 favorite. Finishing third to the winner, who stalked in second before taking the lead on the turn to draw off under a moderate hand ride, was Great Hot (Brz), a grade II winner who is also twice grade Iplaced. The 2-1 second favorite Pink Lollipops ran fourth, followed by dual 2012 stakes winner Going for a Spin and 11-time winner Sizzling Gold. From 20 starts, the Ron Ellis trainee, who has been ridden by Victor Espinoza in all three of her career black-type wins, has a record

Teddy’s Promise—$92,200 Kalookan Queen Stakes—December 29, 2012

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of 7-2-1 and $484,981 in earnings after her $60,300 payday on a track labeled wet fast (sealed). She’s A Mega Force The $92,500 Megahertz Stakes on firm going at Santa Anita Park on Jan. 19, was won by the oldest of its seven entrants when a blanket finish resulted in the previously grade II-placed A Jealous Woman defeating dual stakesplaced Byrony (Ire) by a neck. The race’s 9-5 favorite In the Stars (Brz), group I-placed in Argentina, finished a further head away in third. Stakes-placed Hard to Resist, grade III winner Lady Ten, group I-placed Plaza de Indias (Chi), and the event’s defending champion and subsequent grade II winner Vamo a Gulupiar (Chi) completed the order of finish. Bred in California by Denise Kim Thorson and Nick Tamborrino and foaled at Rancho San Miguel in San Miguel, this winner of last year’s $87,100 Swingtime Stakes, also at a mile on Santa Anita’s turf course, is owned by Three Cent Stable and was ridden in both her black-type victories by Brice Blanc for trainer Francis Meza. By Muqtarib, she is out of unbeaten Miss Free Bird who was a Fly So Free half-sister to Devil’s Disciple, a grade I-placed dual stakes-winning two-year-old. A half-sister to stakes-placed Unsupervised, A Jealous Woman’s record now stands at 19-8-3-3 and a bankroll of $443,856 after the 2-1 second wagering choice stalked in third on the backstretch and then made a bid on the second turn to put her head in front. She then fought gamely in the stretch to hold on for a narrow victory at the wire for a $60,600 payday.

A Jealous Woman—$92,500 Megahertz Stakes, January 19, 2013

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Another Man’s Treasure

Glorious Dancer: Inspiring Change

by MARCIE HEACOX The four-year-old California-bred filly Glorious Dancer didn’t know how much was on the line when her Thoroughbred instinct compelled her to a nose victory in an $8,000 maiden claiming race at Golden Gate Fields on Jan. 28, 2012. About 500 miles away in Las Vegas, Nev., her triumph gave horseplayer Michael Beychok an equally narrow $1 win margin and thus the $1,000,000 grand prize of the Daily Racing Form/National Thoroughbred Racing Association National Handicapping Championship (NHC). He and Glorious Dancer’s lives were changed forever. Beychok knew immediately he wanted to claim the daughter of Roman Dancer and City Mouse, by Rahy, but was talked into waiting until her price tag dropped to $6,250 two starts later, on March 11. “That’s really when I said, ‘I’ve got to do this,’ because the next step is $4,000, and then after that you don’t know what happens to a horse when they leave the track and can’t run,” he said. The bay filly bred by Rod and Lorraine Rodriguez then raced three times for her new owner, with a win and third and second placings and $8,340 in additional earnings. When trainer Steve Sherman said Glorious Dancer was sore after her last race, on June 14, Beychok took her out of training and had her shipped to his native Louisiana, where he lives with his family and works as a political consultant. He wasn’t sure of his next step, but eventually decided to rehome her. He gave five-year-old Glorious Dancer and an accompanying donation to the Louisiana Horse Rescue Association (LHRA), a 501 (c)(3) charity that specializes in the rescue, retraining and/or rehoming of racing breeds. “I decided she’d done whatever she needed to do on the track, and she’s finished racing,” Beychok said. Sunny Francois, executive director of the LHRA, said

Glorious Dancer spent a very short time in their program. “If a horse is healthy and sound, we call people we know and trust will give them a good home,” she said. “They’ll often come and look at them and take them on the spot.” The trusted individual in this case was Lori Sommers, a neurosurgeon and experienced rider. She adopted Glorious Dancer late last month and will train her in three-day eventing or polo at her new farm in Folsom, La. Beychok said he plans to visit Glorious Dancer regularly. She’s neither the first nor last horse he’s owned. He’s intermittently had racehorses for a decade, and currently has a share in a three-year-old colt named Xavi. Beychok said he’ll stick to one horse at a time, and has been judicious with his $1 million windfall. “I guess it makes you sleep a little better at night,” he said. “Most of it’s put away for college, retirement and stuff like that, and a little bit of it was invested back in racing (through horse ownership).” Beychok said claiming Glorious Dancer gave him a new perspective on racing, which he spoke about when he accepted the Handicapper of the Year title at the Jan. 19 Eclipse Awards ceremony. “For the first time, I felt responsible for a horse, and realized that none of us would be here tonight without the horses,” Beychok said. He also called for his fellow horseplayers to contribute to horse retirement and aftercare, pledging 10 percent of his 2013 NHC winnings to the cause and challenging his cohorts to do the same. “I think the industry, and we as horseplayers, have got to do more—should do more—to ensure these horses are taken care of when they leave the track,” Beychok said. “I’ll just lead by example and hope other folks follow along.”

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Michael Beychok with California-bred Glorious Dancer, who won for him at Golden Gate Fields on April 22 of last year (right), after he had claimed her subsequent to her win at the same Northern California track that secured his $1 million win in the DRF/NTRA National Handicapping Championship in Las Vegas on January 28, 2012.

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A Blast From The Past

Hollywood Glitter: Forever A Shining Star

by JACKIE BARNES The grade I La Canada Stakes has been one of the most prestigious races for newly turned four-year-old fillies during the annual Santa Anita Park season. This February marks the 25th anniversary of the California-bred Hollywood Glitter’s hard-fought victory in this event over subsequent grade I winner By Land By Sea and 2006 Breeders’ Cup Sprint (grade I) winner Very Subtle. Other Cal-bred fillies to etch their names in the record book with wins in the La Canada Stakes include the champions B. Thoughtful, Avigaition and Belle’s Flag. Hollywood Glitter, a daughter of successful sire The Irish Lord out of the winning Donut King mare Fluffity Uppity, was foaled at Mira Loma Farms on May 22, 1984. She was bred by William and Carole Bohm. The couple also bred and or owned B. Thoughtful, fellow champion Perchance to Dream, and the 1978 California Broodmare of the Year, Fluffy Thought. Saddled with some financial difficulties, Carole Bohm was forced to sell some of her stock to offset the bills. Quarter Horse owner Joanne Batchelor, a friend of Carole’s, was among the prospective buyers interested in her two-yearold filly Hollywood Glitter. Batchelor was quite taken by the young filly, as well as the highly successful bloodlines of her female family. So, following an inspection by trainer Barry Woodhouse, she purchased her first Thoroughbred for $30,000. The filly joined the barn of veteran California trainer Gary Jones, who sensed she was something special. Hollywood Glitter broke her maiden at Hollywood Park on July 4, 1987, winning by 2 1/2 lengths at 1 1/16 miles. Hollywood Glitter gained her second career win in an allowance race at the Del Mar Thoroughbred Club on Aug. 20. The race set her up perfectly for Del Mar’s $55,250 Torrey Pines Stakes, where she finished third. She capped the season with a win each at Santa Anita and Hollywood in her last three starts of 1987.

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Hollywood Glitter—Grade I La Canada Stakes—February 6, 1988

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As the new Santa Anita season opened, Gary Jones was holding all the aces in the older filly division with dual stakes winner By Land By Sea and Hollywood Glitter. The grade I, $161,700 La Canada Stakes was run on Feb. 6, 1988, with six of the seven runners being graded stakes winners. The post time favorite was Very Subtle, with By Land By Sea the second choice. Hollywood Glitter, under Laffit Pincay Jr., stalked the lead set by her stablemate to the head of the stretch where the two fillies the battled down the stretch with Hollywood Glitter prevailing by a neck. On Feb. 21, Hollywood Glitter then lost a head-bobber to Flying Julia in the grade I, $300,000 Santa Margarita Invitational Handicap. Following a routine workout at Churchill Down where she was next sent to campaign, Hollywood Glitter was found to have a hairline fracture of the cannon bone which sidelined her for more than a year. With her thrilling victory in the La Canada Stakes, she was voted the winner of the 1988 Valkyr Trophy. She was the second Valkyr Trophy winner for the Bohms who won it twice with B. Thoughtful in 1978 and 1979. Hollywood Glitter returned to action at age five in May of 1989, when she finished unplaced in two allowance races at Hollywood. She then returned to stakes competition in the grade I Milady and Vanity Handicaps where she also finshed unplaced. With hopes of restoring her confidence, Hollywood Glitter was sent to Santa Rosa for the $41,450 Luther Burbank Handicap. Purely the class of the field, she was sent to post as the favorite. After a clean start, Hollywood Glitter was running comfortably into the first turn when she bobbled. Jockey Ron Hansen immediately dismounted only to witness that the gallant mare had broken both front legs. Sadly, she was humanely destroyed. Batchelor has fond memories of Hollywood Glitter being a versatile filly who could run on dirt and turf. She recalled all the hard work that Gary Jones did with Hollywood Glitter by saying “He did a wonderful job. She wouldn’t have been the horse she was if it wasn’t for him.” Hollywood Glitter’s sire The Irish Lord sired many other stakes winners, while her dam Fluffity Uppity, a half-sister to multiple stakes winner To B. Or Not, also produced the 1986 stakes winner Sure to Fire. Her career totals were 15-5-1-2 with earnings of $238,000. While the story of this gallant Cal-bred mare has a sad end, Hollywood Glitter is still fondly remembered today by many racing fans.

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Cal-Bred Millionaires’ Row

#53 The Usual Q. T.: Living The High Life

by EMILY SHIELDS Dallas Van Kempen remembers a call from the farm where his father, Don, kept his mares, reporting that their winning Western Fame mare Lunge had a good-looking Unusual Heat colt on the ground. The straight-legged colt eventually grew up to be Don Van Kempen, Michael Nentwig and George Saadeh’s The Usual Q. T., the 53rd California-bred millionaire. Bred in the name of Van Kempen’s daughter Carlee and foaled on Feb. 5, 2006, he took time to develop into a star on the racetrack. It took trainer James Cassidy six tries to break the gelding’s maiden, although The Usual Q. T. did string together four straight second place finishes, including two narrow misses. He tried sprinting and running a mile on the all-weather Pro-Ride track at Santa Anita Park, then sprinting on the grass and going both short and long on the all-weather Cushion Track surface at Hollywood Park. The Usual Q. T. finally put it all together with a victory in a maiden special weight at the Del Mar Thoroughbred Club on Aug. 5, 2009. David Flores piloted the three-yearold bay to a 2 1/4-length score over a mile on the grass, paving the way for a sensational second half of the year. The Usual Q. T. made quick work of a Del Mar allowance optional claiming race on Sept. 2, winning by four lengths under new rider Garrett Gomez. He faced stakes competition for the first time in October’s $125,000 John C. Mabee California Cup Mile Handicap held during Santa Anita’s Oak Tree Racing Association meet, but passed the test with flying colors. Gomez kept him off the pace in third until grabbing

the lead at the top of the stretch and edging clear to the wire to win by a length. On that day, he defeated future grade I winner Unusual Suspect to cement his place as a rising star. Despite the flashy win, The Usual Q. T. was 10-1 when he went to the post in the grade II, $150,000 Oak Tree Derby at Santa Anita on Nov. 7. Undeterred by his odds, The Usual Q. T. ran gamely in deep stretch to hold off the rallying 9-5 favorite Battle of Hastings (GB). Jockey Victor Espinoza was aboard on this occasion, and remained aboard when The Usual Q. T. and Battle of Hastings met again on Nov. 29, for the grade I, $300,000 Hollywood Derby. Battle of Hastings wasn’t the only challenger in the Derby worth fearing. Dual grade I winner Take the Points and the graded stakes winner Al Khali shipped in from the East Coast, while grade I-placed Black Bear Island (Ire) drew attention after two good starts in the United States after relocating from his native land. The Usual Q. T. ran them all off their feet, winning the 1 1/4-mile turf contest by 1 1/2 lengths in 1:59.69. Finishing third in that race was Acclamation, who just six months later would also impress with wins in the grade II Jim Murray Handicap and grade I Charles Whittingham Memorial Handicap. By the end of 2012, Acclamation had amassed earnings of $1,958,048 with six grade I wins and the 2011 Eclipse Champion Older Male title to his name. Instead of resting until 2010, The Usual Q. T. returned in the grade III, $100,000 Sir Beaufort Stakes on Dec. 26, Santa

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Anita’s opening day. He finally went favored in that contest over a mile on the grass, and won by a length after sitting in fourth during the early running. That performance sealed his bid for a championship; The Usual Q. T. was named the California Champion Three-Year-Old Male of 2009. He completed the season with six wins and two seconds in nine starts with earnings of $498,670. Expectations ran high for the following season, but The Usual Q. T. struggled to get going. He finished last of nine as the 1-5 favorite in the $500,000 Sunshine Millions Classic Stakes on Jan. 30, finishing well behind Cal-bred winner Bold Chieftain. He shipped to the United Arab Emirates to compete in the $5 million Dubai Duty Free (group I), where he finished fourth against the world’s best. After three months off, The Usual Q. T. returned in a classy Hollywood Park allowance race to defeat future Breeders’ Cup Dirt Mile (grade I) winner Dakota Phone. He parlayed that victory into the biggest win of his career, the grade I, $300,000 Eddie Read Stakes at Del Mar on July 24. Espinoza let The Usual Q. T. settle in third early, then the bay came with an eye-catching rally to score by two lengths, covering the 1 1/8-mile distance in 1:47.28. He became the first Calbred to win the Eddie Read since 1983. However, that win was to be the last of The Usual Q. T.’s career. He finished fifth as the favorite in the $1,000,000 Pacific Classic Stakes (grade I), but that effort was enough to push his earnings over the $1 million mark. From there, he Age

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shipped to Woodbine in Toronto, Canada, to finish second in the grade I, $103,200 Woodbine Mile Stakes to multiple grade I winner Court Vision. To cap his fine year, The Usual Q. T. finished third, beaten only two lengths, to the incomparable Goldikova (Ire) in the grade I, $1,818,000 TVG Breeders’ Cup Mile. His season earned him awards as California’s Champion Older Male and Champion Turf Horse, but he missed the California Horse of the Year award to the threeyear-old filly and his stablemate, Evening Jewel. The Usual Q. T. ran three times in 2011, starting with a second-place finish in the $300,000 Sunshine Millions Turf behind fellow Cal-bred Caracortado. He was third in the hotly contested grade III, $98,000 Inglewood Handicap, defeating dual grade II winner Jeranimo, and then he was third again in the grade II, $150,000 American Handicap. Injury sent The Usual Q. T. to the sidelines for more than eight months, until he made only one start in this comeback attempt. He was third, beaten by fellow Cal-bred Norvsky, in the grade II, $150,000 San Gabriel Stakes on Jan. 16, 2012, and subsequently retired in March of last year with eight wins, six seconds and five thirds in 23 starts. The Usual Q. T. earned $1,531,240. The Usual Q. T. is now enjoying life at a farm in Encanto, California. “My wife Melanie has been taking care of him,” trainer Cassidy said. “He’s turned out, has a girlfriend next to him, and is ridden but not very often. He’s doing just fine.” The Usual Q. T. certainly earned this life of luxury. 2nd

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Horse Care

Breeding-Related Diseases In Horses

by HEATHER SMITH THOMAS There are several sexually transmitted diseases in horses that can lead to either infertility (uterine infections), early embryonic death, abortion or the birth of weak or diseased foals. Some of these diseases, such as CEM (contagious equine metritis), are caused by bacteria. Some are viral, such as EVA (equine viral arteritis). The only protozoan venereal disease recognized in equines is dourine, which has been eradicated from Europe and North America. Dr. Mats Troedsson (Professor and Chair, Department of Veterinary Science, University of Kentucky) says CEM and EVA are the two diseases breeders are most concerned about in the U.S. “Officially we are free of CEM, but the outbreak we saw in 2008-2009 made it clear that we have probably had a subclinical form of CEM in this country for many years,” he says. Contagious Equine Meritis “CEM was a concern during the late 1970s in central Kentucky in the Thoroughbred population. It had a devastating effect on the breeding industry, with pregnancy rates dropping dramatically, and many stallions not being able to be used during the breeding season,” says Troedsson. The interesting thing about the more recent outbreak in 2008, was that CEM at that time was never associated with any clinical signs. It might never have been discovered, except for a routine culture of a stallion of another breed that had been collected—for frozen semen to be exported to South America. “The exporting of semen requires testing for CEM, and this stallion came up positive, in spite of the fact he had excellent pregnancy rates in his mares, and no reports of any clinical signs in the mares. This was a totally different picture than what had happened in Kentucky in the past,” he says. “At the end of the resulting investigation, it was found that more than 700 mares had been exposed to the 22 stallions who turned out to be positive, and only five of the mares had a positive culture.” A study was conducted at the Gluck Equine Research Center immediately after that investigation—to see if there was a difference in transmission of the disease between mares

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bred by artificial insemination and mares bred by live cover. “The first outbreak in the 1970’s here in Kentucky was in the Thoroughbred industry, with natural breeding. The later outbreak was in Quarter Horses and Warmbloods, and they were all bred by artificial insemination. When we use artificial insemination, we use semen extender containing antibiotics. So we did a study in which we inseminated mares using a commercial semen extender with antibiotics, using CEM infected stallions with positive semen, and compared the results with mares that were inseminated with the same semen without an antibiotics-containing extender,” says Troedsson. While all mares who were inseminated in the absence of an antibiotics-containing semen extender contracted CEM, the mares bred with the semen extender containing antibiotics did not show any signs of transmission from infected stallions. This presents a problem because it then becomes a disease that doesn’t give us any clinical signs, to know it’s there.” It could quietly spread through a horse population and become widespread before breeders become aware of it. “Everyone was surprised when we cultured one stallion and found him positive, and then suddenly we have 22 carrier stallions and more than 700 mares who have been exposed over the years. If it quietly spreads around the country, it could eventually reach the Thoroughbred population and again have a devastating effect on this industry that utilizes natural breeding,” he explains. “This highlights and emphasizes the importance of finding a simple, inexpensive surveillance test—to test stallions and mares before the breeding season, for natural breeding, and to test any stallions who would be involved in an artificial insemination program. The current system, with culturing three times and test breeding two mares and then culturing them, is very expensive and very time consuming,” he says. “PCR tests that are quite sensitive and accurate have been developed. These tests need to be validated before they can be used, but something like this might be a way to control the disease and make sure we don’t have it in this country,” says Troedsson. Breeders also need to know that CEM is a treatable disease. “If a mare or stallion comes up positive, the infection can easily be treated with antibiotics, but it takes some time—because these horses need to be tested again,” he says. This can be frustrating, however, because by then the breeding season may be over, which financially can be a big problem. Equine Viral Arteritis “Equine viral arteritis is a disease with predominantly respiratory clinical signs that also can cause abortions in

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late pregnant mares. It is spread via nasal discharge, coughing, etc. It’s also been shown that stallions who contract the disease can become carriers with the virus present in the semen. They are not sick in any way and you can’t tell that they are carriers unless you take a serum sample and look for antibodies, and then you find them to be positive. They are positive because they have been exposed or have been vaccinated,” says Troedsson. If you take a semen sample from one of these stallions and send it in for virus isolation or a PCR test, it would be positive in carrier stallions but not in vaccinated stallions. “These stallions are carrying the virus, and when they breed a mare, the virus in the semen will infect the mare. All mares bred by an infected stallion seroconvert and have antibodies against that virus. Most of them will develop very mild clinical signs,” says Troedsson. “This does not affect their pregnancy rates. They don’t experience early pregnancy loss. They become pregnant and carry their foals; it is not a problem for them, at all. But if they have contact with late pregnant mares, they will transmit the disease to them, via the aerosol route by coughing, etc. There is a second transmission to the late pregnant mares—and the disease can cause abortion in those mares. That is the big problem with EVA, and it is often misunderstood, with people thinking that the mares who are bred to a positive stallion are at risk themselves. They are not, but they create a potential risk for any late pregnant mares they might come into contact with.” Therefore, the best way to deal with this disease it to make sure all stallions are vaccinated before they become sexually mature, and continue to vaccinate them on an annual basis to make sure they never contract the disease. This would be a way to get rid of EVA, but this is not happening because very few people vaccinate their young stallions. “Stallions should be tested before breeding, to know whether they are positive or negative. We can manage this disease, but only if we know the status of the stallion. If a stallion is negative, there’s no problem, and no precautions need to be taken. If a stallion is positive, you can vaccinate the mare before she’s bred to him,” he says. “The other option, which is rarely utilized, is just to isolate that mare. The disease does not affect her or her pregnancy. It only affects any other mares on the farm who might be in late pregnancy. If the bred mare can be isolated from other pregnant mares, and from any horses who might then have contact with pregnant mares, this disease will not cause abortions,” explains Troedsson. But most people don’t want the inconvenience of isolating the mare. “One of the problems with vaccination is that it’s a modified live vaccine. Once a horse is vaccinated, it will shed some virus for awhile and theoretically could infect other horses during that time—so a vaccinated horse also needs to be isolated for a certain time after vaccination,” he says. “Another interesting aspect of EVA is that there seems to be a resistance or susceptibility in some horses to this disease. Warmbloods and Standardbreds, for instance, are

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almost all seropositive, yet rarely do they show clinical signs and we rarely have an outbreak of abortion in those groups. EVA seems to be endemic in those breeds and they seem to tolerate it well. They must all be susceptible, because they all have it, yet they don’t get sick, which means they have some resistance,” says Troedsson. “Thoroughbreds, on the other hand, are rarely found to be positive, but when they are exposed, they become sick and we see abortions. Quarter Horses are also vulnerable because they have a lot of Thoroughbred ancestry. There was an outbreak of EVA a few years ago in the Southwestern U. S. in Quarter Horses,” he says. “There are obviously some genetic differences in breeds and maybe among individuals, and researchers at the Gluck Center, led by Drs. Udeni Balasuriya and Ernie Bailey, have identified a potential genetic marker for resistance to the disease that is present across breeds. This has potential to be very helpful, because then we can take a blood or hair sample and determine if an individual horse is likely to become a chronic carrier if it was exposed to EVA. This could be very useful in the future,” he explains. Other Infections There are a number of other infections that can be spread by breeding. Most of these are bacterial infections that are simply mechanically transmitted by the act of breeding. “With endometritis, it has been assumed that the stallion who breeds a mare with endometritis can then become infected and transmit it to other mares he breeds. I have worked with endometritis research for over 20 years, and we’ve found that in 90 percent of mares we can introduce the most common endometritis bacteria into the uterus and they will expel that infection within 24 to 36 hours. Even if a stallion cultures positive to streptococcus or E. coli (and in most cases pseudomonas can also be involved), he would not transmit this to a mare,” says Troedsson. “It partly depends on the strain of bacteria. There are some strains of Klebsiella and pseudomonas that a stallion potentially can transmit when he breeds a mare. It’s a little bit like CEM but in these instances we are dealing with bacteria that have much lower pathogenicity. In most cases the mares do not become infected,” he says. “There are some rare strains of pseudomonas and Klebsiella that possibly could override the immune defenses of the mare. But I don’t see these as something mare owners should be too worried about. They just need be aware that the possibility is there—that there are a few bacterial infections that could affect their breeding program. Primarily it would only happen in isolated cases of mares with compromised immunity.” There is also a herpes virus that causes lesions, similar to genital herpes in humans. “This causes erosions of the penis of the stallion and the vulva in mares, but doesn’t affect fertility. The lesions may be painful, however, making him unwilling to breed. If a stallion is diagnosed with this problem he should have sexual rest, because it could be transmitted to the mare.”

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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, 2012 Total Earnings Leading Earner (Sire) Earnings

Tommy Town Thoroughbreds LLC . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .$2,561,735 Harris Farms . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1,957,842 Pam & Martin Wygod . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1,731,532 Terry C. Lovingier . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1,539,071 Benjamin C. Warren . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1,402,424 Mr. & Mrs. Larry D. Williams . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1,296,860 Old English Rancho . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1,252,501 Rod & Lorraine Rodriguez . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .933,591 Dr. & Mrs. William T. Gray . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .769,461 Nick Alexander . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .688,717 Revocable Trust of Dr. Mikel C. Harrington & Patricia O. Harrington . . . . . .538,242 Lee & Susan Searing . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .513,654 Nick Cafarchia . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .461,677 Dahlberg Farms LLC . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .459,627 R. Gregg Anderson . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .436,282 Madera Thoroughbreds . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .416,788 Charlotte M. Wrather . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 413,020 Red Baron’s Barn LLC . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .394,051 Vessels Stallion Farm LLC . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .380,563 Heinz Steinmann . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .371,521 Curt & Lila Lanning . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 359,747 Betty L. Mabee & Larry Mabee . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .357,710 Montecito Stables LLC . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .354,024 Thomas W. Bachman . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .353,215 Joseph P. Morey Jr. Revocable Trust . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .329,464 Legacy Ranch Inc. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .316,034 Dinesh Maniar . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .305,835 J. Paul Reddam . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .286,776 Harris Farms & Scott Gross . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .278,824 Brett Mason . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .276,766 Mark Tatch . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .271,958 Richard A. Bell . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .265,931 Abrams, Huston & Thoroughbred Equine Mgt. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 262,960 John & Diane Fradkin . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 262,293 Sunset Stables . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .256,627 Dr. Edward C. Allred . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .255,217 Applebite Farms . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .248,899 Hidden Meadows Farm LLC . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 247,821 Old English Rancho & Patsy & Sal Berumen . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 246,930 David Abrams & Madeline Auerbach . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 245,684 Leatherman Racing LLC . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .234,402 John D. Murphy . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .233,786 Denise Kim Thorson & Nick Tamborrino . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .223,408 Fast Lane Farms . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .222,022 Ellen L. Jackson . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .220,855 Sutherland Farm Inc. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 220,185 Dennis & Norine Grenier . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .219,217 Daehling Ranch LLC . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .212,908 Joshua & Jason Litt . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .212,284 Dr. John Piconi . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .207,097

Doinghardtimeagain (Ministers Wild Cat) $198,500 Red Defense (Redattore (Brz)) $136,444 Native Treasure (Tribal Rule) $138,330 Willa B Awesome (Awesome Gambler) $457,000 Warren’s Amber (Broadway Moon) $181,950 Rousing Sermon (Lucky Pulpit) $213,500 Acclamation (Unusual Heat) $330,000 Halo Dolly (Popular) $428,226 Weewinnin (Comic Strip) $125,900 Carrie Rose (Old Topper) $81,045 Tilde (Swiss Yodeler) $344,560 Monument (Cindago) $217,500 Italian Rules (Tribal Rule) $148,160 Leaving New York (Tribal Rule) $105,505 Amazombie (Northern Afleet) $394,670 Swift Eagle (Birdonthewire) $122,060 La Sombre (Unusual Heat) $80,040 A Little Hot Sauce (Suances (GB)) $61,550 Love That Action (Quick Action) $85,078 Nebikon (Swiss Yodeler) $84,752 Noise of the Crowd (Roar) $86,130 Siempre Mio (Dixie Union) $64,340 Unusual Heatwave (Unusual Heat) $337,374 Unusual Way (Unusual Heat) $183,610 Trapper’s Bounty (Trapper) $108,424 Night Wind (Cindago) $47,880 Sibella (Silic (Fr)) $55,050 Bud I Crushed It (Momentum) $104,838 John Scott (Bertrando) $278,704 Shudacudawudya (Marino Marini) $134,773 Strong Wind (Tribal Rule) $141,360 Filly Power (Memo (Chi)) $65,960 Lindz Winz (Vronsky) $210,032 Starlight Magic (Marino Marini) $238,120 Luckyvic (Gotham City) $86,810 Ribald (Unusual Heat) $77,500 Silver Dagon (Suances (GB)) $43,266 A Toast to You (Tribal Rule) $193,892 Jonny’s Choice (Unusual Heat) $75,796 Huntsville (Unusual Heat) $148,674 Bella Viaggia (Good Journey) $155,000 Sizzling Gold (Formal Gold) $171,490 A Jealous Woman (Muqtarib) $223,408 Maui Mark (Unusual Heat) $212,778 Downtown C. T. (Crafty C. T.) $34,014 Gab Power (Powerscourt (GB)) $118,156 Best Present Ever (Unusual Heat) $196,200 Blast’em (Siberian Summer) $39,630 Kingpin Ryno (In Excess (Ire)) $180,674 Shigeru Kaicho (Benchmark) $146,413

GRAND TOTAL OF EARNINGS FOR ALL BREEDERS FOR JANUARY 1 THROUGH DECEMBER 31, 2012, IS $67,782,719 ..................................................................... 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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Leading Sires in California

Available Statistics Through December 31, 2012 Leading Sires by Number of Races Won

Leading Sires by Money Won Rank Sire Runners 1. Unusual Heat . . . . . . . . . . . 118 2. Tribal Rule . . . . . . . . . . . . . .169 3. Kafwain . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 139 4. Benchmark . . . . . . . . . . . . .125 5. Ministers Wild Cat . . . . . . . .119 6. Old Topper . . . . . . . . . . . . . 131 7. Bertrando† . . . . . . . . . . . . . 123 8. Southern Image . . . . . . . . . 95 9. In Excess (Ire)† . . . . . . . . . 112 10. Marino Marini . . . . . . . . . . . . 97 11. Unbridled Energy‡ . . . . . . . 93 12. Swiss Yodeler . . . . . . . . . . .103 13. Salt Lake* . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 82 14. Redattore (Brz)• . . . . . . . . . .80 15. Decarchy . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .100 16. Good Journey . . . . . . . . . . 60 17. Awesome Gambler . . . . . . . 41 18. Lucky Pulpit . . . . . . . . . . . . . .40 19. Stormin Fever . . . . . . . . . . . 78 20. Formal Gold• . . . . . . . . . . . . 67 21. Vronsky . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .32 22. Popular . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 34 23. Tizbud . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 50 24. High Brite* . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 62 25. Terrell . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 57 26. Sea of Secrets . . . . . . . . . . . 90 27. Globalize . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 39 28. Cee's Tizzy† . . . . . . . . . . . . .51 29. Atticus . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 50 30. Siberian Summer* . . . . . . . . 44 31. Perfect Mandate* . . . . . . . . 54 32. Cindago* . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 21 33. Ten Most Wanted• . . . . . . . 45 34. Game Plan . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 40 35. Suances (GB) . . . . . . . . . . . 26 36. Rocky Bar# . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 37 37. Cyclotron . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .10 38. Comic Strip . . . . . . . . . . . . . .35 39. Freespool . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 66 40. Silic (Fr) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 24 41. Momentum . . . . . . . . . . . . . 53 42. Muqtarib† . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 20 43. Capsized . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 34 44. Heatseeker (Ire) . . . . . . . . . 30 45. Sought After . . . . . . . . . . . . . 21 46. Stormy Jack . . . . . . . . . . . . .45 47. Our New Recruit* . . . . . . . . .26 48. Flame Thrower . . . . . . . . . . . 42 49. Crafty C. T.• . . . . . . . . . . . . . .16 50. Gotham City . . . . . . . . . . . . . 37

Starts 685 960 950 895 822 910 688 665 667 573 592 658 513 472 569 358 250 267 514 514 210 246 261 449 402 574 337 340 289 300 298 112 349 242 137 290 51 188 453 156 348 115 220 95 136 256 158 226 127 182

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Races Won 108 158 137 178 135 141 92 89 88 69 80 96 100 56 71 53 20 48 66 70 35 45 39 59 59 78 49 49 35 40 46 21 34 38 18 55 14 28 54 18 34 18 30 14 21 30 24 25 16 27

Earnings $4,610,915 3,882,291 3,159,591 2,712,004 2,381,289 2,354,337 2,063,890 1,994,494 1,709,628 1,621,644 1,619,802 1,591,105 1,563,647 1,452,976 1,371,776 1,354,693 1,225,138 1,105,835 1,012,115 973,281 927,095 903,993 896,381 815,970 788,961 784,543 703,254 696,353 694,016 671,200 620,379 615,853 583,006 563,882 562,179 554,508 545,768 545,348 536,861 504,789 482,562 450,694 418,042 415,412 390,021 363,227 358,859 342,518 336,135 332,063

Rank Sire

Runners

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

Benchmark . . . . . . . . . . .125 Tribal Rule . . . . . . . . . . .169 Old Topper . . . . . . . . . . .131 Kafwain . . . . . . . . . . . . .139 Ministers Wild Cat . . . . .119 Unusual Heat . . . . . . . . .118 Salt Lake* . . . . . . . . . . . . 82 Swiss Yodeler . . . . . . . . .103 Bertrando† . . . . . . . . . . .123 Southern Image . . . . . . . 95 In Excess (Ire)† . . . . . . . .112 Unbridled Energy‡ . . . . . 93 Sea of Secrets . . . . . . . . 90 Decarchy . . . . . . . . . . . .100 Formal Gold• . . . . . . . . . 67 Marino Marini . . . . . . . . . .97 Stormin Fever . . . . . . . . . 78 High Brite* . . . . . . . . . . . 62 Terrell . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 57 20. Redattore (Brz)• . . . . . . . 80

Starts

Races Won

895 960 910 950 822 685 513 658 688 665 667 592 574 569 514 573 514 449 402 472

178 158 141 137 135 108 100 96 92 89 88 80 78 71 70 69 66 59 59 56

Earnings $2,712,004 3,882,291 2,354,337 3,159,591 2,381,289 4,610,915 1,563,647 1,591,105 2,063,890 1,994,494 1,709,628 1,619,802 784,543 1,371,776 973,281 1,621,644 1,012,115 815,970 788,961 1,452,976

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

Cyclotron . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .10 Unusual Heat . . . . . . . . . . .118 Awesome Gambler . . . . . . . 41 Cindago* . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 21 Vronsky . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .32 Lucky Pulpit . . . . . . . . . . . . 40 Popular . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .34 Tribal Rule . . . . . . . . . . . . .169 Kafwain . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .139 Good Journey . . . . . . . . . . . 60 Muqtarib† . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 20 Benchmark . . . . . . . . . . . .125 Trapper . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 11 Suances (GB) . . . . . . . . . . . 26 Silic (Fr) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 24 Crafty C. T.• . . . . . . . . . . . . 16 Southern Image . . . . . . . . . 95 Peppered Cat . . . . . . . . . . . 15 Ministers Wild Cat . . . . . . .119 Salt Lake* . . . . . . . . . . . . . 82

Races Won 14 108 20 21 35 48 45 158 137 53 18 178 11 18 18 16 89 8 135 100

Average Earnings/ Earnings Runner $545,768 4,610,915 1,225,138 615,853 927,095 1,105,835 903,993 3,882,291 3,159,591 1,354,693 450,694 2,712,004 238,158 562,179 504,789 336,135 1,994,494 305,158 2,381,289 1,563,647

$54,577 39,076 29,881 29,326 28,972 27,646 26,588 22,972 22,731 22,578 22,535 21,696 21,651 21,622 21,033 21,008 20,995 20,344 20,011 19,069

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Leading Sires by Turf Earnings

Leading Sires by Number of Winners

(Minimum 100 Starts Lifetime)

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

Tribal Rule ........................ 169 Benchmark....................... 125 Kafwain .............................139 Old Topper ....................... 131 Ministers Wild Cat............ 119 In Excess (Ire)†..................112 Unusual Heat ....................118 Bertrando† ........................123 Unbridled Energy‡ ............ 93 Swiss Yodeler................... 103 Southern Image................. 95 Marino Marini ......................97 Stormin Fever......................78 Decarchy ...........................100 Salt Lake* .......................... 82 Formal Gold•...................... 67 Sea of Secrets.....................90 High Brite* .......................... 62 Redattore (Brz)• ................ 80 Terrell.................................. 57

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

Runners

Winners

Races Won

98 83 75 73 67 56 55 55 53 50 48 47 43 42 40 38 38 36 33 32

158 178 137 141 135 88 108 92 80 96 89 69 66 71 100 70 78 59 56 59

Earnings $3,882,291 2,712,004 3,159,591 2,354,337 2,381,289 1,709,628 4,610,915 2,063,890 1,619,802 1,591,105 1,994,494 1,621,644 1,012,115 1,371,776 1,563,647 973,281 784,543 815,970 1,452,976 788,961

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 ............. 88 Tribal Rule ................. 51 Redattore (Brz)• ..........34 In Excess (Ire)†......... 38 Kafwain ..................... 39 Good Journey ............ 36 Vronsky .................... 16 Popular ..................... 10 Decarchy.................. 40 Bertrando†................ 51 Benchmark................. 37 Unbridled Energy‡ ..... 21 Marino Marini ............. 27 Old Topper ................ 32 Muqtarib† .................... 6 Tizbud .........................18 Southern Image ......... 30 Formal Gold• ............. 18 Ministers Wild Cat..... 29 Suances (GB) ............. 12

312 113 107 111 83 127 63 31 114 108 91 58 61 62 17 42 84 54 63 40

30 10 10 9 8 11 5 5 6 11 8 5 8 8 2 5 5 4 3 4

52 17 14 12 12 15 7 9 9 11 12 10 10 9 4 8 6 7 6 5

Earnings $2,812,645 774,683 699,445 639,430 617,653 561,414 476,990 462,244 449,781 428,863 426,431 379,855 372,060 309,516 288,350 284,522 267,775 267,493 255,686 240,412

Leading Sires by Median Earnings Per Runner

Leading Sires by Average Earnings Per Start

(Minimum 10 Runners)

(Minimum 100 Starts)

Runners

Cyclotron ........................ 10 Suances (GB)....................26 Unusual Heat ................. 118 Trapper ............................ 11 Onebadshark ................... 14 Good Journey...................60 Southern Image ................95 Benchmark .....................125 Awesome Spirit................ 11 Terrell ............................... 57 Rocky Bar# ...................... 37 Lucky Pulpit ..................... 40 Takin It Deep• .................. 16 Crafty C. T.• ......................16 Council Member ............ 11 Popular ............................ 34 Tribal Rule .......................169 One Man Army................. 13 Illinois Storm*................... 10 Salt Lake*......................... 82

Races Won 14 18 108 11 18 53 89 178 12 59 55 48 17 16 5 45 158 12 8 100

Median Earnings/ Earnings Runner $545,768 562,179 4,610,915 238,158 258,292 1,354,693 1,994,494 2,712,004 161,043 788,961 554,508 1,105,835 200,719 336,135 139,410 903,993 3,882,291 220,519 124,972 1,563,647

$42,784 19,090 14,364 13,627 13,442 12,569 12,510 12,180 11,970 11,800 11,775 11,555 11,170 10,576 10,530 9,828 9,806 9,798 9,768 9,690

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 ................ 118 Cindago* ......................... 21 Awesome Gambler.......... 41 Vronsky .......................... 32 Lucky Pulpit .................... 40 Suances (GB) ................. 26 Tribal Rule ..................... 169 Muqtarib†........................ 20 Good Journey ................. 60 Popular........................... 34 Tizbud ............................. 50 Kafwain ......................... 139 Silic (Fr) .......................... 24 Redattore (Brz)• .............. 80 Salt Lake* ....................... 82 Benchmark.....................125 Bertrando† ................... 123 Southern Image ............. 95 Comic Strip .................... 35 Ministers Wild Cat..........119

Starts

Earnings

Average Earnings/ Start

685 112 250 210 267 137 960 115 358 246 261 950 156 472 513 895 688 665 188 822

$4,610,915 615,853 1,225,138 927,095 1,105,835 562,179 3,882,291 450,694 1,354,693 903,993 896,381 3,159,591 504,789 1,452,976 1,563,647 2,712,004 2,063,890 1,994,494 545,348 2,381,289

$6,731 5,499 4,901 4,415 4,142 4,104 4,044 3,919 3,784 3,675 3,434 3,326 3,236 3,078 3,048 3,030 3,000 2,999 2,901 2,897

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

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

Available Statistics Through December 31 2012

Crops of Average Foals of Racing Crop Racing Age Size Age

Runners

Winners

2-Y-O Winners

Stakes Winners

Graded Stakes Winners

Progeny Earnings

Average Earnings Index

Comparable Index

1. 2. 3. 4.

Unusual Heat, 1990, by Nureyev 12 48 571 415-73% 293-51% 38-7% 37-6% 10-2% $36,523,630 2.16 1.24 Lucky Pulpit, 2001, by Pulpit 3 22 67 42-63% 33-49% 16-24% 3-4% 0-0% $2,262,097 1.75 1.17 Cee’s Tizzy†, 1987, by Relaunch 20 36 729 513-70% 372-51% 59-8% 39-5% 9-1% $36,722,067 1.64 1.16 Good Journey, 1996, by Nureyev 7 56 390 181-46% 93-24% 12-3% 5-1% 3-1% $7,612,578 1.61 1.05 In Excess (Ire)†, 1987, by Siberian Express 17 57 971 715-74% 528-54% 116-12% 63-6% 11-1% $43,860,039 1.61 1.41 Vronsky, 1999, by Danzig 5 16 78 40-51% 25-32% 4-5% 3-4% 1-1% $2,302,449 1.61 0.94 7. Awesome Gambler, 2004, by Coronado’s Quest 2 39 78 44-56% 17-22% 10-13% 1-1% 1-1% $1,513,000 1.46 0.78 8. Salt Lake*, 1989, by Deputy Minister 17 73 1,247 1,036-83% 827-66% 245-20% 76-6% 25-2% $61,367,282 1.41 1.41 9. Tribal Rule, 1996, by Storm Cat 7 65 456 292-64% 203-45% 85-19% 27-6% 2-0% $14,806,364 1.40 1.19 10. One Man Army, 1994, by Roman Diplomat 7 9 63 45-71% 29-46% 2-3% 4-6% 1-2% $2,547,464 1.39 0.99 11. Bertrando†, 1989, by Skywalker 16 63 1,011 761-75% 521-52% 121-12% 56-6% 12-1% $43,005,575 1.36 1.53 Southern Image, 2000, by Halo’s Image 4 101 404 249-62% 147-36% 39-10% 6-1% 2-0% $10,708,732 1.35 1.37 13. Memo (Chi)•, 1987, by Mocito Guapo (Arg) 15 35 528 339-64% 244-46% 44-8% 28-5% 9-2% $18,139,029 1.30 1.12 14. Birdonthewire, 1989, by Proud Birdie 15 17 255 186-73% 134-53% 38-15% 10-4% 1-0% $11,762,756 1.29 1.37 15. Benchmark, 1991, by Alydar 11 60 655 486-74% 369-56% 99-15% 34-5% 8-1% $27,061,795 1.25 1.15 16. Stormin Fever, 1994, by Storm Cat 10 63 626 469-75% 338-54% 108-17% 30-5% 12-2% $26,249,740 1.21 1.41 17. Beau Genius†, 1985, by Bold Ruckus 19 39 749 612-82% 463-62% 138-18% 39-5% 5-1% $34,695,744 1.18 1.15 18. Kafwain, 2000, by Cherokee Run 6 69 412 317-77% 220-53% 78-19% 18-4% 4-1% $13,194,189 1.15 1.28 Rocky Bar#, 1998, by In Excess (Ire) 5 16 81 50-62% 43-53% 18-22% 11-14% 1-1% $2,446,422 1.15 0.77 20. Formal Gold•, 1993, by Black Tie Affair (Ire) 11 43 471 373-79% 294-62% 78-17% 19-4% 5-1% $19,017,243 1.13 1.34 21. Popular, 1999, by Saint Ballado 5 15 75 53-71% 39-52% 15-20% 2-3% 1-1% $2,209,656 1.11 0.96 Olympio*, 1988, by Naskra 17 30 512 396-77% 291-57% 60-12% 30-6% 4-1% $18,934,344 1.10 1.30 23. Robannier, 1991, by Batonnier 13 8 100 68-68% 39-39% 8-8% 3-3% 0-0% $2,956,169 1.08 1.05 24. Atticus, 1992, by Nureyev 12 36 435 321-74% 192-44% 39-9% 14-3% 5-1% $13,295,531 1.07 1.47 25. Affirmative, 1999, by Unbridled 5 13 67 28-42% 15-22% 4-6% 1-1% 0-0% $900,717 1.06 0.81 Snow Chief*, 1983, by Reflected Glory 21 13 271 182-67% 111-41% 27-10% 9-3% 1-0% $5,658,689 1.06 1.29 27. Kelly Kip, 1994, by Kipper Kelly 9 12 108 87-81% 73-68% 16-15% 2-2% 1-1% $4,354,868 1.05 1.01 28. High Brite*, 1984, by Best Turn 21 44 924 720-78% 584-63% 145-16% 46-5% 9-1% $35,866,183 1.04 1.17 Swiss Yodeler, 1994, by Eastern Echo 11 62 677 521-77% 366-54% 153-23% 27-4% 2-0% $24,515,290 1.04 1.09 Unbridled Energy‡, 2002, by Unbridled’s Song 3 56 167 111-66% 71-43% 16-10% 4-2% 0-0% $3,306,278 1.04 1.21 31. Siberian Summer*, 1989, by Siberian Express 11 35 382 290-76% 207-54% 28-7% 14-4% 4-1% $12,541,666 1.03 0.88 Redattore (Brz)•, 1995, by Roi Normand 6 84 505 390-77% 239-47% 52-10% 22-4% 15-3% $7,841,129 1.01 1.19 33. Silic (Fr), 1995, by Sillery 8 19 153 111-73% 71-46% 11-7% 2-1% 1-1% $7,092,549 1.00 0.93 Tizbud, 1999, by Cee's Tizzy 5 27 136 69-51% 37-27% 8-6% 4-3% 0-0% $1,982,043 1.00 0.93 Ministers Wild Cat, 2000, by Deputy Minister 4 56 222 161-73% 100-45% 32-14% 12-5% 0-0% $5,057,438 0.98 1.00 36. Decarchy, 1997, by Distant View 6 45 268 178-66% 115-43% 33-12% 7-3% 1-0% $6,709,137 0.96 0.99 Lake George, 1992, by Vice Regent 13 12 160 102-64% 60-38% 10-6% 5-3% 1-1% $4,181,488 0.96 1.03 Old Topper, 1995, by Gilded Time 9 53 481 383-80% 290-60% 107-22% 21-4% 0-0% $15,884,063 0.96 0.86 Suances (GB), 1997, by Most Welcome (GB) 5 17 87 43-49% 28-32% 4-5% 1-1% 0-0% $1,453,893 0.96 1.14 40. Marino Marini, 2000, by Storm Cat 5 49 243 155-64% 110-45% 30-12% 5-2% 0-0% $5,545,752 0.95 1.00 41. Sea of Secrets, 1995, by Storm Cat 10 43 433 351-81% 256-59% 75-17% 20-5% 2-0% $17,108,523 0.93 1.09 Perfect Mandate*, 1996, by Gone West 9 33 297 168-57% 102-34% 18-6% 11-4% 0-0% $6,026,986 0.92 1.25 43. Poteen†, 1994, by Irish River (Fr) 7 11 74 51-69% 37-50% 5-7% 3-4% 0-0% $2,003,910 0.91 0.82 44. Crafty CT.•, 1998, by Crafty Prospector 5 18 91 49-54% 38-42% 9-10% 1-1% 0-0% $2,239,994 0.89 0.95 Western Fame, 1992, by Gone West 11 25 280 186-66% 138-49% 45-16% .13-5% 0-0% $7,448,742 0.89 0.85 46. Epic Honor, 1996, by Honor Grades 8 9 70 49-70% 38-54% 6-9% 1-1% 0-0% $2,210,084 0.87 0.73 Sought After, 2000, by Seeking the Gold 7 11 76 44-58% 31-41% 11-14% 1-1% 0-0% $1,357,693 0.87 0.88 48. Iron Cat, 1995, by Storm Cat 11 13 139 106-76% 84-60% 8-6% 6-4% 0-0% $3,578,345 0.86 1.00 Latin American†, 1988, by Riverman 15 21 309 207-67% 136-44% 28-9% 6-2% 2-1% $6,576,259 0.86 1.10 50. Game Plan, 1993, by Danzig 13 32 419 303-72% 239-57% 55-13% 23-5% 2-0% $12,469,809 0.85 0.81 77.Heatseeker Giant's Causeway 55 contained in55these30-55% 11-20% by These statistics (IRE), are for2003, activeby California-based sires with a minimum of 50 foals of racing age, ranked here by lifetime Average Earnings Index 1(AEI) The statistics rankings are compiled The Jockey Club Information Systems Inc (TJCIS) While every effort is made to prevent errors and omissions, California guarantee their complete and total accuracy A dagger (†) indicates 11-20% 1-2% 0-0% $415,412 0.84 Thoroughbred cannot1.68 that a stallion has been pensioned, an asterisk (*) that he has died, a dot (•) that he is now standing elsewhere, a number sign (#) that he did not stand in California in 2011 but is standing in the state in 2012, a double dagger (‡) that he is not standing in California in 2012 but will stand in the state in 2013 and In bold that he is a freshman sire In all cases, a sire will remain in the rankings until the year after his last California foals are two-year-olds. Statistics cover racing in North America (US, Canada and Puerto Rico), England, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Mexico, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates (UAE) only Percentages are based upon number of foals of racing age

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Leading Two-Year-Old Sires in California

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

Runners

Tribal Rule . . . . . . . . . . . 35 Swiss Yodeler . . . . . . . 16 Unusual Heat . . . . . . . . 22 Ministers Wild Cat . . . . 21 Heatseeker (Ire) . . . . . 30 Awesome Gambler . . . 21 Benchmark . . . . . . . . . 16 Kafwain . . . . . . . . . . . . 19 Cindago* . . . . . . . . . . . . 10 Marino Marini . . . . . . . . 12 Council Member . . . . .11 Comic Strip . . . . . . . . . . 2 Rio Verde† . . . . . . . . . . 10 Salt Lake* . . . . . . . . . . . . 7 Old Topper . . . . . . . . . . 10 Bertrando† . . . . . . . . . . 10 Stormin Fever . . . . . . . . . 9 Southern Image . . . . . . 11 Atticus . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5 Peppered Cat . . . . . . . . 5

Starts 110 66 62 78 95 89 85 63 24 34 47 9 38 23 36 41 27 30 19 19

Races Won 22 11 11 11 14 5 13 8 4 6 5 3 4 1 6 3 4 4 1 2

Earnings $838,767 604,262 562,616 462,665 415,412 394,085 267,360 254,990 249,385 151,842 139,410 136,070 135,019 133,029 127,190 113,56 105,458 102,496 102,488 100,799

(Minimum 5 Runners)

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

Runners

Swiss Yodeler .................. 16 Unusual Heat.................... 22 Cindago* .......................... 10 Tribal Rule........................ 35 Ministers Wild Cat ............ 21 Atticus ................................ 5 Peppered Cat .................... 5 Salt Lake* .......................... 7 Awesome Gambler .......... 21 Benchmark ...................... 16 Heatseeker (Ire) .............. 30 Rio Verde† ........................ 10 Kafwain ............................ 19 Old Topper........................ 10 Singletary .......................... 5 Council Member ............ 11 Marino Marini.................... 12 Lucky Pulpit ...................... 6 Stormin Fever .................... 9 Bertrando† ........................10

11 11 4 22 11 1 2 1 5 13 14 4 8 6 6 5 6 4 4 3

$604,262 562,616 249,385 838,767 462,665 102,488 100,799 133,029 394,085 267,360 415,412 135,019 254,990 127,190 63,544 139,410 151,842 75,133 105,458 113,566

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

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

TRIBAL RULE (BALLENA VISTA FARM) Leading Two-Year-Old Sire in California by Money Won and Number of Winners through December 31, 2012.

Average Earnings/ Runner $37,766 25,573 24,939 23,965 22,032 20,498 20,160 19,004 18,766 16,710 13,847 13,502 13,421 12,719 12,709 12,674 12,654 12,522 11,718 11,357

Runners

1. Tribal Rule ........................ 35 2. Heatseeker (Ire).............. 30 3. Unusual Heat .................. 22 Benchmark .................... 16 5. Kafwain ............................19 6. Swiss Yodeler .................. 16 Ministers Wild Cat .......... 21 McCann's Mojave .......... 13 9. Awesome Gambler .......... 21 Old Topper ...................... 10 11. Marino Marini .................. 12 Council Member..............11 Rio Verde† ...................... 10 Stormin Fever .................. 9 Southern Image .............. 11 Tannersmyman ................ 11 Tizbud .............................. 9 Don'tsellmeshort.............. 7 19. Bertrando† ...................... 10 Globalize .......................... 4 Lucky Pulpit .................... 6 Unbridled Energy‡ .......... 15 Singletary.......................... 5 Rocky Bar# ........................6 Our New Recruit* .............. 5

Winners 18 11 8 8 7 6 6 6 5 5 4 4 4 4 4 4 4 4 3 3 3 3 3 3 3

Races Won

Earnings

22 14 11 13 8 11 11 9 5 6 6 5 4 4 4 5 4 5 3 6 4 4 6 3 6

$838,767 415,412 562,616 267,360 254,990 604,262 462,665 93,543 394,085 127,190 151,842 139,410 135,019 105,458 102,496 82,623 66,269 55,760 113,566 77,901 75,133 72,679 63,544 53,717 40,429

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

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Victory Rose Presents a Lineup of Eligible Bachelors

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

• 75% Starters/Foals • Average Earnings Per Starter $26,905 Multiple GI winner of $4,563,500 By classic winner and Champion 3-year-old Colt PLEASANT COLONY, sire of Champions PLEASANT TAP, ST JOVITE and PLEASANT STAGE.

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

• 72% Winners/Starters and Average Earnings Per Starter $33,695 Multiple Graded stakes winner of $623,650. By Classic winning millionaire SUMMER SQUALL, sire of Horse of the Year CHARISMATIC and Champion two-year-old filly STORM SONG. Stakes winners include GLOBAL STAGE, EASTLAKE AVENUE, CITY ROUTE and CELL LINE FOREVER.

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

First Foals Are Yearlings of 2013 By twice leading sire STORM CAT, sire of 180 stakes winners, including twice leading sire GIANTS CAUSEWAY and champions STORM FLAG FLYING and SWEET CATOMINE. By CHRISTMAS IN AIKEN, sister to Bandito Barney, dam of Gr. I winner HARLANS HOLIDAY ($2,432,664).

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

• 80% Starters/Foals • 73% Winners/Starters • Average Earnings Per Starter $44,452+ • Progeny Earnings $17 Million+. A versatile stallion whose progeny have won from 6 to 13 furlongs.

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

The Only Two-Time Cal Cup Classic Winner and the 50th Cal-Bred Millionaire A versatile racehorse who won on tapeta, grass and dirt. Graded stakes winner of 18 races, 14 in stakes with earnings of $1,683,181.

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Regional Race Meetings, Stakes Races and Sale Dates

Dates in California

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

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Robert B. Lewis Stakes (Gr. II) . . . . . . . . . . . . .3-y-o . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1 1/16 m. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .$200,000 Strub Stakes (Gr. II) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .4-y-o . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1 1/8 m. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .200,000 Arcadia Stakes (Gr. II) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .4-y-o & up . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1 m. (T) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .150,000 San Antonio Stakes (Gr. II) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .4-y-o & up . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1 1/8 m. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .200,000 San Marcos Stakes (Gr. II) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .4-y-o & up . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1 1/4 m. (T) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .150,000 California Oaks . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .3-y-o f. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1 1/16 m. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .75,000 Santa Maria Stakes (Gr. II) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .4-y-o & up, f. & m . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1 1/16 m. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .200,000 El Camino Real Derby (Gr. III) . . . . . . . . . . . . . .3-y-o . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1 1/8 m. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .200,000 San Vicente Stakes (Gr. II) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .3-y-o . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .7 f. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .150,000 Buena Vista Stakes (Gr. II) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .4-y-o & up, f. & m . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1 m. (T) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .150,000 Albany Stakes . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .4-y-o & up . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .6 f. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .75,000 San Carlos Stakes (Gr. II) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .4-y-o & up . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .7 f. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .200,000 Sensational Star Stakes . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .4-y-o & up, Cal-Bred/Cal-Sired . . . . . . . . . . .abt. 6 1/2 f. (T) . . . . . . . . . . . . . .100,000

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Santa Anita Handicap (Gr. I) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .4-y-o & up . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1 1/4 m. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .$750,000 Frank E. Kilroe Mile (Gr. I) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .4-y-o & up . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1 m. (T) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .300,000 Las Virgenes Stakes (Gr. I) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .3-y-o f. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1 m. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .250,000 San Felipe Stakes (Gr. II) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .3-y-o . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1 1/16 m. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .300,000 Camilla Urso Stakes . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .4-y-o & up, f. & m. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .6 f. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .50,000 Las Flores Stakes (Gr. III) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .4-y-o & up, f. & m. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .6 1/2 f. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .100,000 Santa Margarita Stakes (Gr. I) . . . . . . . . . . . . . .4-y-o & up, f. & m. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1 1/8 m. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .300,000 San Luis Rey Stakes (Gr. II) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .4-y-o & up . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1 1/2 m. (T) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .150,000 Irish O’Brien Stakes . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .4-y-o & up, f. & m., Cal-Bred/Cal-Sired . . . . . . .abt. 6 1/2 f. (T) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .100,000 Tokyo City Cup (Gr. III) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .4-y-o & up . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1 1/2 m. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .100,000 Santa Ana Stakes (Gr. II) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .4-y-o & up, f. & m. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1 1/8 m. (T) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .150,000 Echo Eddie Stakes . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .3-y-o . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .6 1/2 f. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .200,000 Evening Jewel Stakes . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .3-y-o f. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .6 1/2 f. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .200,000

2013 REGIONAL SALE DATES March 4 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Barretts March Sale of Selected Two-Year-Olds in Training: Training preview on March 1 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .(Nominations closed October 19) May 13 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Barretts May Sale of Two-Year-Olds in Training: Training preview on May 10 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .(Entries close March 27) July 21 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Barretts Paddock Sale at Del Mar, Presented by Sentient Jet, of “Race Ready” Horses of Racing Age . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .(Entries close June 4) August 13 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .CTBA Sales Northern California Yearling & Horses of Racing Age Sale . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .(Entries close, June 3) October 8 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Barretts October Yearling Sale . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .(Nominations close April 19) December 28 . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Barretts Winter Paddock Sale at Santa Anita of “Race Ready” Horses of Racing Age . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .(Entries close November 15)

It Pays To Be Cal-Bred

California-Bred/California-Sired Stakes Races February to April 2013 SANTA ANITA PARK Sunday, February 24

Sunday, March 17

$100,000 Sensational Star Stakes Four-Year-Old & Up abt. 6 1/2 f. (Turf)

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

Saturday, March 30 $200,000 Echo Eddie Stakes Three-Year-Old 6 1/2 f.

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$200,000 Evening Jewel Stakeses Three-Year-Old Fillies 6 1/2 f.

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CALIFORNIA-BRED/CALIFORNIA-SIRED STAKES RACE(S) SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 24 $100,000 SENSATIONAL STAR STAKES 4YO & UP, ABOUT 6 1/2 FURLONGS (TURF) Santa Anita Park, Arcadia, Calif.

IMPORTANT EVENTS & DATES FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 1 THE JOCKEY CLUB DEADLINE FOR NAMING FOALS OF 2011 The Jockey Club Head Office, Lexington, Ky.

MONDAY, FEBRUARY 11 CALIFORNIA THOROUGHBRED BREEDERS ASSOCIATION (CTBA) ANNUAL MEETING AND AWARDS DINNER The Westin Pasadena Hotel, Pasadena, Calif.

FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 15 CALIFORNIA THOROUGHBRED BREEDERS ASSOCIATION (CTBA) DEADLINE FOR 2013 CALIFORNIA STALLION REGISTRATION CTBA Office, Arcadia, Calif. & CALIFORNIA THOROUGHBRED BREEDERS ASSOCIATION (CTBA) DEADLINE FOR REGISTRATION TO 2013 GOLDEN STATE SERIES CTBA Office, Arcadia, Calif.

THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 21 CALIFORNIA HORSE RACING BOARD (CHRB) MONTHLY BOARD MEETING Santa Anita Park, Arcadia, Calif.

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Standing for 2013 Breeding Season The Only Son of Gulch to Stand in California

BONNRITA

Gulch—Icanseeyounow, by Deputy Minister

Breed For Speed and Soundness Bonnrita retired sound after a 64 race carreer! By GULCH (1984), champion sprinter in U.S.,Stakes winner of $3,095,521, 1st Breeders’ CupSprint (G1), etc. Among the leading sires in U. S., sireof 20 crops of racing age, 1,100 foals, 910 starters,72 stakes winners, 1 champion, 642 winners of 2,304races 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.

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Index to Advertisers & Stallions Advertised

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ADVERTISERS Ballena Vista Farm` . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .OBC, 12, 13 Brazeau Thoroughbred Farms, LP . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .81 Cardiff, Suzanne, Pedigree Research . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .79 Cole Ranch . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .78 California Thoroughbred 2013 Stallion Directory . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .14 CTBA Annual Meeting/Awards Dinner . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .55 CTBA Foal Advertorial . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .63 CTBA Membership . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .67 CTBA Unclaimed Checks . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .80 CTBA Website . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .84 Daehling Ranch . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .53, 78 Dickson Podley Realtors (Jeannie Garr Roddy) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .79 E.A. Ranches . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .29, 37 Gayle Van Leer Thoroughbred Services . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .80 Gloria Renteria . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .78 Golden State Series . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .48, 49 Harris Farms . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .IFC Laurel Fowler Insurance Broker Inc. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .79 Legacy Ranch . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .3

Lillian Nichols/Halters . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .79 Lovacres Ranch . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .34, 39 Magali Farms . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .5, 11, 15 Milky Way Farm . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .45 NTRA Advantage-Valvoline . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .59 Odyssey Performance Premium Horse Exerciser . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .79 Old English Rancho . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .17, 18, 19 Paradise Road Ranch . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .25, 42, 43 Rancho San Miguel . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .32, 33 Rancho Temescal . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .51 Ridgeley Farm . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .27, 77 State Farm Insurance-Sue Hubbard . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .79 Stallion Registration Deadline . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .57 The Jockey Club Information Systems, Inc . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .62 The Loftin Firm LLP . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .79 Tommy Town Thoroughbreds LLC . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .8, 9 Vessels Stallion Farm . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .20 Victory Rose Thoroughbreds . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .72, 73

STALLIONS A Kings Life ..................................................81 Acclamation......................................17, 18, 19 All About Dreams..........................................42 Anziyan Royalty ............................................37 Atticus ......................................................5, 15 Awesome Gambler ......................................34 Behrens ........................................................72 Benchmark ........................................OBC, 12 Best Minister ................................................81 Big Bad Leroybrown ....................................17 Blake's Passion ............................................53 Bold Chieftain ..............................................72 Bonnrita ........................................................77 Brave Cat......................................................42 Bushwacker..................................................34 Calimonco ....................................OBC, 12 ,13 Chattahoochee War................................29, 37 Coil ..........................................................5, 11 Comic Strip ..................................................33 Cyclotron ......................................................17 Decarchy ........................................................5 Del Mar Show ..............................................51 Desert Code................................................IFC Dixie chatter........................................OBC, 12 Empire Way ............................................34, 39 82 CALIFORNIA THOROUGHBRED • FEBRUARY 2013

Fullbridled ....................................................81 Game Plan....................................................37 Globalize ......................................................72 Good Journey ................................................5 Gotham City ................................................53 Grace Upon Grace ......................................34 Heatseeker (Ire) ..........................................IFC Idiot Proof ..........................................OBC, 12 Informed ......................................................27 Kafwain ..........................................................8 Lucky J. H...................................................IFC Lucky Pulpit ................................................IFC Many Rivers..................................................72 Marino Marini................................................32 McCann's Mojave ........................................32 Mesa Thunder ..............................................43 Ministers Wild Cat ..........................................9 Monsajem ....................................................53 Mr. Broad Blade..............................................5 Old Topper......................................................8 Onebadshark ................................................33 Northern Indy..........................................25, 42 Papa Clem......................................................3 Peppered Cat ..............................................53 Rendezvous..................................................53

Rocky Bar ....................................................37 Roi Charmant ................................................5 Run Brother Ron ..........................................43 Sea of Secrets ..............................................72 Sierra Sunset ................................................32 Slew's Tiznow ..............................................32 Sought After ................................................53 Southern Image ............................................33 Spensive ......................................................37 Square Eddie ................................................20 Storm Wolf....................................................33 Stormy Jack ................................................81 Strike For Glory ............................................81 Suances (GB)................................................51 Sundarban ....................................................45 Surf Cat ........................................................17 Swiss Yodeler ..............................................34 Tenga Cat ....................................................51 The Pamplemousse......................................33 Thorn Song ................................................IFC Time To Get Even ........................................34 Tizbud ........................................................IFC Tribal Rule ..........................................OBC, 12 Unusual Heat ..............................................IFC Vronsky ........................................................17 www.ctba.com


Twitch

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by BOB CARSON I stood in the quiet conga line waiting my turn at the casket. I kept thinking about one of the few items that stuck in my brain during my alleged high school education. My woodshop teacher, Mr. Palmerston, showed us how to cut a dovetailed joint. A dovetail is a complex shaping of a corner, two boards, mirror opposites that fit together perfectly, like person’s hands when they lock fingers to pray. Twitch, the guy in the casket, and I were like that, opposites that fit together. The one common trait we shared was that we enjoyed playing the ponies. Our favorite place in the world was the racetrack grandstands, watching the horses go around. Anything else, flip sides of a coin. Twitch was always sick; my last serious health crisis was an upset stomach from an overdose of raw hot dogs. Twitch loved to talk and put a positive spin on everything, graduated from Junior College and was a veteran of Vietnam; I was a veteran of nothing. I work at a crummy job in a dingy factory making iron castings; Twitch would have loved to work, but when he came home and started getting sick the army paid his freight every month. I glanced up and was not happy to see that the shiny wood casket was open. I don’t like to look at bodies; usually I pretend to look while I focus on a ruffle of linen or a cufflink. The person lying there isn’t the person I knew. The black man on the white silk wasn’t the Twitch I remember crossing paths with a decade ago. This was not the tall skinny guy who showed up unexpectedly at the track wearing a long black trench coat over hunched shoulders that seemed to carry an invisible weight. He took a seat right next to me then nodded hello, both things sort of threw me because most racetrack regulars are loners who would not even nod hello to their brother. We made some real small talk. I noted two unusual traits; his protruding eyeballs had a tinge of red and every few seconds he jerked his head back. When he was facing you it was like he was trying to stab you with his chin. My first thought was drugs. I never thought war. I relaxed after a few races. We joked a bit and had a nice time considering we were strangers. He muttered, “Gotta go man,” and struggled into his coat around the ninth race. He was halfway up the stairs when I noticed he left his pen wedged between slats of the wooden chair covered with countless layers of green paint. It was a cheap nothing of a pen but I snatched it up, turned, then called to the back of the black coat. If he had told me his name it didn’t stick. I gave a little shout, “Hey, Twitch!” The instant the two words flew out of my mouth I wanted to suck them back in. I mentally kicked myself as the tall dark figure turned to face me. A frozen second passed. I didn’t know where we were headed. I just stood there holding out the stupid pen like a frozen symphony conductor. The smile that spread across his face was a welcome direction. We started down a road to friendship.

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The funeral home smelled of stale coffee, perfume and tears. I moved up a place in the line that was headed where I did not want to go. I shoved my hand deep into the pocket of my best pair of pants and felt the comforting square of paper, a ticket on the pick three, a winning ticket on a horse race. Twitch’s ticket. Because he was a disabled veteran, Derby Downs Racetrack waived the two-dollar admission charge for Twitch. Because he was a good sport and had flashes of quirkiness, Twitch would always reinvest the two dollars he saved on admission for his rolling bones play of the day. We began the ritual that we had performed for, what, 10 years. Twitch would pull a single dice cube out of his pants pocket and I would pull a pen out of my shirt pocket. We would both lean forward on our grandstand seats to watch the die bounce off the cement and settle. Twitch would dramatically announce the first number. I jotted it down. We repeated this bizarre action twice more. Twitch would hand me the two dollars and repeat the three numbers. I did all the betting because it was a chore for Twitch to lumber up the stairs to the windows, a few times the hike set off one of his ugly coughing jags. There was no rhyme or reason for the silly wager, but rolling bones was the signal that all was right with the world and we were ready to enjoy the horse races. He never won using the rolling bones system. This was not surprising, it’s hard to pick three winners in a row using the program let alone using a single dice that automatically eliminates any horse wearing a number higher than six. Twitch didn’t care. It was the play that we enjoyed. Hell, we could have lit the two dollars with my lighter and watched it burn and been happy because it was our little thing. Ours. I don’t know squat about karma or spirituality. I do know this—I had a funny feeling Saturday when just after I placed Twitche’s rolling bones bet, he told me to hang on to the ticket, he was heading home, he didn’t feel too great. I didn’t press things. Like I say, I don’t talk that much, but I knew Twitch was messed up if he was headed back to the apartment he shared with his mom before the first race. I just mumbled something like, “See ya, buddy.” Not exactly an eloquent epitaph. Three things that should have been astounding did not even cause me to blink. It was like I knew they would happen. They unfolded like a dream, not a nice dream, not a bad dream, just a slow motion dream where you are a helpless observer. First, the bones came in. Numbers two, three, six. Easy as pie. The number three horse, with the ironic name, March to War, was a bomb. The pick three paid off at $1,056.00. Second, when I called Twitch’s house that night with the good news I was not even excited because I knew, knew, he would not be there. His mom, Esther Rowlands, reported in a quivering voice that, “The 9-1-1 people done took William off to the hospital.” Continued on next page

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Guest Forum Cont’d. Third, when I showed up at the Hospital on Monday morning, I knew Twitch would be dead. William Turner had been dying since he returned with a medical discharge in his hand. He told me the story one rainy Friday. We sat in the empty grandstands after the last race. He spoke quietly. He did not look at me but kept his gaze on the ducks who swam in endless circle around the pond behind the tote board. He began by saying he was lucky to have drawn easy duty, driving a forklift in a supply depot. The war was far away and William Turner would soon finish his stint, return. He was unlucky to have accidentally driven the prongs of his forklift into a barrel of chemicals. Bad chemicals. “When I poked a hole in that container, I poked a big hole in my life.” That was as close to bitching as I ever heard from Twitch. I moved up and found myself face to face with a black ball of a woman with shocking white hair. She went 300 pounds, easy, which is a lot to carry around when you are in your 70s. She smiled sadly and said, “You must be Rick, from the racetrack.” This did not take Sherlock Holmes because I was the only white face in the funeral home. I nodded. She put her arms out and I tried to give her a hug. It was like latching onto a soft refrigerator. “Lordy, that boy loved his horses and going to the races.”

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I almost met Twitch’s mom once before. About five years ago, my wife, Ellie, had the brilliant idea that I should invite Twitch over for dinner. I knew this was not a brilliant idea but I could not think of a logical reason to disagree. Twitch did a double take when I relayed the invitation but he said he would come on the appointed night. Ellie went all out with a nice dinner compete with wine. I spent the night calling him William, which sounded silly. Twitch dressed real nice and was a fine guest, the only black person I can recall visiting our little bungalow. The evening was a bomb. Without the buffer of the horse track everything seemed strained, not bad, but just, you know, let’s get this over with. A week later Twitch invited me to his mom’s. We both knew this was just polite reciprocation. I closed my eyes and ran my fingers through my long hair before I spoke. “Twitch, I think we’ve suffered enough.” He laughed so hard he had another of those damn cough-athons. Twitch’s mom gave me a gentle nudge toward the coffin. I looked at everything but his face. There was a crisply folded flag. A simple silver ring hung on his left hand. A photograph of a 10year-old black boy in a baseball uniform with the word “BEARS” printed on the yellow shirt. Without looking at his face, I took the winning ticket out of my pocket and slid it into the breast pocket of his green army uniform. I ran my hand along the wood as I walked away. I stopped at the corner of the coffin. Beautiful dove-tailed joinery.

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