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FEBRUARY 2014

CALIFORNIA THOROUGHBRED

VOL. 140 NO. 2


Young Sires Rising to the Top! HEATSEEKER

LUCKY PULPIT

#1 No Contest Leader among California’s Second-Crop Sires

#1 by Lifetime Percentage of 2-year-old Winners from Starters

Two-crop progeny earnings worldwide have now surpassed $2 million, including eight stakes horses and $1.5 million in 2013.

Among the 50 leading Lifetime Sires in California, Lucky Pulpit has highest percentage of 2-year-old winners (24%) from foals.

Sire of California Derby third-place finisher Infosec and four first-crop 6-figure earners including stakes winner SURTSEY ($239,418), G3-placed Savvy Hester ($133,402) and Belmont allowance winner Joy Seeker.

His Lifetime A-E Index is second only to Unusual Heat among active California sires and third-highest among Pulpit’s sons at stud.

Five second-crop 2-year-olds in training sold in 2013 averaged $89,000 including a colt and filly for $180,000.

Eight yearlings sold at Barretts October last year averaged $29,525 including colts for $67,000 and $45,000.

Giant’s Causeway-Rusty Back, by Defensive Play

Pulpit-Lucky Soph, by Cozzene

Property of a Syndicate

Property of Mr. and Mrs. Larry D. Williams

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Lifetime Average Earnings per Runner: $57,217 76% Winners from Starters / 17% Wins from Starts

Fee: $5,000 Live Foal

Fee: $2,500 Live Foal A L S O S TA N D I N G

UNUSUAL HEAT Nureyev-Rossard Fee: $20,000 Live Foal

THORN SONG Unbridled’s Song-Festal Fee: $2,500 Live Foal

DESERT CODE E Dubai-Chatta Code Fee: $2,000 Live Foal

TIZBUD Cee’s Tizzy-Cee’s Song Fee: $1,500 Live Foal

LUCKY J. H. Cee’s Tizzy-Lucky C. H. Fee: $1,500 Live Foal

All stallions are nominated to the Breeders’ Cup. Stud fees are payable at foaling. Visit our website: www.harrisfarms.com for stallion news updates and booking information.

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A Golden Opportunity From The Executive Corner

by DOUG BURGE supplements two stakes races for three-year-olds at Golden Gate Fields. The CTBA, and its membership, have repeatedly asked for more restricted stakes opportunities in the north, with the big obstacle being the lack of stakes dollars allocated from the purse account as the emphasis in Northern California has been mostly on overnight races in order to protect the current horse population. The Golden State Series, which is funded by nomination fees, stallion fees and California Marketing Committee (CMC) contributions, simply supplements stakes races in the state after the commitment from the purse account. In order to keep the prestige of the series and its black-type (now that higher minimum purse standards have been placed on new races), total purses for inclusion begin at $100,000. We do understand the concerns of those breeding and racing in the north, and are currently discussing with the tracks and Thoroughbred Owners of California (TOC) on ways to allocate more purse money to stakes so that the Golden State Series can supplement and offer further opportunities. We are confident that we will be adding a race, or more, particularly at one of the Northern Californian fairs. The expansion of opportunities in the north will be a major focus. We do hope that breeders/owners in both Northern California and Southern California see the benefits of this program and the increased value for their Cal-breds. Many horses bred or started in the north have been extremely successful since the creation of the series. A complete list of the Golden State Series Stakes stakes races appears on page 60.

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The Golden State Series of stakes races for nominated California-bred or California-sired horses is in its third year, and now consists of 35 stakes races and $5.3 million in total purses. When first launched in 2012, the focus of the series was to provide significant purses and opportunities for twoand three-year-olds with the goal of providing a quick return to owners and breeders. With racing in state so dependent on the local product, such an emphasis on juvenile races was important to provide immediate stabilization with the foal crop numbers while at the same time both improving the commercial market and focusing on quality. The recent upward trends with the live foal crops and number of mares bred in the state has proven the success of the program. Also, the commercial market for Cal-breds, both in state and out of state, has also improved since the introduction of the series. When first announced, there was the commitment to expand the purses and opportunities for older horses as well. Through the involvement of the California Thoroughbred Breeders Association (CTBA) Racing Committee, we now have a more balanced program with racing opportunities for all ages. In fact, when first launched, purses for older horses were just over $1 million, or 22 percent in total. For 2014, total purses for older horses are now over $2 million or nearly 40 percent of the total. Purses and opportunities for two or three-year-olds have been protected as well. The aspect of the program that needs improvement, however, is the number of opportunities made available in Northern California. Currently, the Golden State Series

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An Exciting New Addition Last month, I had the pleasure of visiting Phil Lebherz’s Premier Thoroughbreds in Oakdale, which represents an exciting new addition to California’s Thoroughbred breeding and racing industry based on its strong stallion roster of Smiling Tiger, Sierra Sunset, Sway Away and Twice the Appeal. The 70-acre property, also the home to Pat Grohl and Amie Allen’s stateof-the-art horse rehabilitation facility Premier Equine Center, has been in these new hands only since August of last year, but is already providing a great array of services to local breeders, owners and trainers. Previously a Quarter Horse farm, Premier Thoroughbreds and Premier Equine Center are the kind of operations that the Golden State should be proud of as it strives to maintain itself as one of the leaders on the national stage. This February 2014 issue of California Thoroughbred, the official publication of the California Thoroughbred Breeders Association (CTBA), also features Points Offhtebench as the posthumous winner of the 2013 Eclipse Champion Male Sprinter award, as well as an analysis of the other California-breds also worthy of consideration for last year’s local championships. Sandwiched between articles on CTBA members Jerry Hollendorfer, the association’s Trainer of the Year for 2013, and Charles “Chuck” Winner, the new Chairman of the California Horse Racing Board (CHRB), are editorials on both the Golden State’s overall leading sires and its top freshman sires of last year. Focus On The Future spotlights 30-year-old Alexis Garske, an employee of Santa Anita Park, while the recent graded stakes win by the three-year-old colt Gervinho and the black-type wins by fellow Cal-breds Cyclometer and Dancingtothestars at that same local track are reviewed in detail. The eleven-year-old gelding Cost of Freedom, a California champion and grade I-winning millionaire, is the subject matter of Another Man’s Treasure and the eight-year-old mare Ultra Blend is highlighted as the 57th member of the CalBred Millionaires’ Row, while A Blast From The Past features the Cal-bred colt Terrang who won the $145,000 Santa Anita Handicap as a six-year-old back on Feb. 28, 1959. “Physitis In Young Horses” is the title of the latest Horse Care piece and there is also a list of California’s leading breeders of 2013, while this month’s Guest Forum contribution is from Megan Gaynes of Auction Horses Rescue and the balance of the magazine includes all our other regular columns, features and departments that we hope will also prove to be both enjoyable and helpful. Until next time, may you breed the best to the best and not just have to hope for the best! ! ! ! !! ! ! ! ! #0(1D,($AFH608(A@Q(Q(Q!-46+(=70>7.6R(;+6D6F(N,<<R(56F. ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! IAA/-R(*D.<(J,GD,+SR(BF.,(B<<,0(60/(*61(;+AD<(T+.>D1(1A(<,@1UR ! ! ! ! ! ! 61(*+,F.,+(5DA+A7>DG+,/-(60/(*+,F.,+(%V7.0,($,01,+ ! ! ! ! ! ! .0(!6W/6<,(A0(X60Q(YZR([\YZQ(

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Contents

VOLUME 140 NO. 2

On This Month’s Cover The Premier Thoroughbreds stallion Smiling Tiger, a multiple grade I winner, with the Oakdale farm’s owner Phil Lebherz (second from left), Pat Grohl (left) and Amie Allen (third from left), the owners of Premier Equine Center, Breeding Manager Graham Bell (right), Stallion Manager Oscar Munguia (second from right) and Operations Project Assistant Tami Woods (third from right). ©Ron Mesaros

Departments 6 14 16 85 86 88 89 90 92 93 95

News Bits The CTBA Working For You California Thoroughbred Foundation (CTF) Notes—February 2014 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

Cover Story

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Thoroughbred Farms In California: Premier Thoroughbreds—The New Kids On The Block

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Eclipse Awards: A Permanent Presence

by Rudi Groothedde

Features

by Emily Shields

California-Bred Champions: The Best Of 2013 by Rudi Groothedde

CTBA Trainer Of The Year: Jerry Hollendorfer—The King Of California by Gene Williams

California Sires: A Hot Pursuit by Marcie Heacox

California Sires: Star Players by Lisa Groothedde

CTBA Member Profile: Charles “Chuck” Winner—A Formula For Success by Steve Schuelein

Focus On The Future: Alexis Garske—Hooked On A Feeling by Emily Shields

The Grade California-Breds: Gervinho—Quite Remarkable by Gene Williams

Racing In Southern California: Cal-Breds Show Their Mettle by Marcie Heacox

Another Man’s Treasure: Cost Of Freedom—Dues Paid by Marcie Heacox

Cal-Bred Millionaires’ Row: #57 Ultra Blend—From Humble Beginnings by Emily Shields

A Blast From The Past: Terrang—Yet Another Good One by Jackie Barnes

Horse Care: Physitis In Young Horses by Heather Smith Thomas

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Columns

Points Offthebench, a son of Ballena Vista Farm’s Benchmark who was bred in California by Gary Rocks, was posthumously awarded the 2013 Eclipse Champion Male Sprinter award based on four wins from five starts as a four-year-old that included victories in the Del Mar Thoroughbred Club’s grade I, $300,250 Bing Crosby Stakes and the grade I, $300,500 Santa Anita Sprint Championship Stakes at Santa Anita Park (above).

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From the Executive Office: A Golden Opportunity by Doug Burge

Managing Editor’s Welcome: An Exciting New Addition by Rudi Groothedde

Guest Forum: Auction Horses Rescue Provides A Helping Hand by Megan Gaynes

The March 2014 Cover Story

The California-Bred Champions Of 2013

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Point Given—Eversmile, by Theatrical • Top Level Graded Stakes Performer: 1-2-3 in 11 of 13 starts • Earning $1,154,360, including G1 Haskell Invitational, G1 Goodwood Stakes, G1 Santa Anita Sprint Championship Stakes, and G2 Pat O’ Brien Stakes • Versatile G1 Winner at 1+1/8 Miles on the East Coast and G1 Winner at 6 Furlongs on the West Coast • Third Leading California Sire by Mares Bred in 2013 • First Foal Crop of 2014 are Arriving and Look Tremendous

Stud Fee: $5,000


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News Bits Cont’d.

10 Years Ago

In the 18th start of an eventual five-season career, five-year-old Giovannetti posted his third and final stakes victory in the $100,000 Ken Maddy Sprint Handicap at Golden Gate Fields on Feb. 21, 2004. Bred in California by Rick and Michael Arthur, the gelded son of Memo (Chi) and Rio Tejo, the 2003/2004 California Broodmare of the Year by Tsunami Slew, raced into his seven-yearold year before retiring with a record of 31-8-2-1 and $336,377 in earnings.

February 21, 2004

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Giovannetti $100,000 Ken Maddy Sprint Handicap

25 Years Ago On Feb. 18, 1989, California-bred Kool Arrival, a daughter of Relaunch and The Irish Lord’s grade I-placed graded stakes winner Irish Arrival, posted the biggest win of her career in the grade I, $133,450 Las Virgenes Stakes for three-year-old fillies at Santa Anita Park. Owned by her breeders Pete Valenti, John Coelho and Philip Fields, she retired after seven more starts that year with a 14-7-1-2 record and $422,988 bankroll before becoming the dam of the dual grade I-placed graded stakes winner Klassy Kim. February 18, 1989

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Kool Arrival Grade I Las Virgenes Stakes

Roi Charmant

Evansville Slew-Cantina, by Seattle Dancer • Fee: $1,000 LF Passing on his speed, which earned multiple 100+ beyers figures and 43 second 1/2-mile clocking. Roi Charmant is California’s leading first crop sire by average earnings per foal ($19,059), second leading sire of average earnings per runner ($30,495) and yearling average ($18.7K). 36th ranked North American first crop sire by total earnings. 62% starters from foals, including multiple stakes-placed, winner GANGNAM GUY ($113,420), second in the I’m Smoking Stakes at Del Mar and 2nd open allowance 1/16/2014, running 6 1/2 f. at Santa Anita in 111.4. His 88 Beyers ranks 16th for a 3-year-old male in 2014 (DRF 1/20). From the Sire Line of Lava Man out of a solid female family sporting a graded sprinter in every generation.

50 Years Ago After winning the $61,450 San Felipe Handicap on Feb. 12, 1964, three-year-old Hill Rise returned to Santa Anita 17 days later to win the $132,400 Santa Anita Derby by six lengths. Racing from two to five in the El Peco Ranch silks of his breeder George A. Pope Jr., this colt by Hillary out of the winning Russia II (Aus) mare Red Curtain earned $653,177 from 15 wins, six seconds and eight thirds that included a runner-up finish in the 1964 Kentucky Derby and victories in the 1965 Santa Anita Handicap and the 1966 Queen Elizabeth II Stakes at Ascot in England. February 12, 1964

Inbred 4x3 to Broodmare of the year My Charmer.

Inquiries to Tom Hudson 4050 Casey Avenue, Santa Ynez, California 93460 (805) 693-1777/FAX (805) 693-1644 e-mail: info@magalifarms.com website: www.magalifarms.com

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Hill Rise $132,400 Santa Anita Derby

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The CTBA Working For You

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.

Spotlighting California’s Foals Of 2014

California’s 2013 Champions & 2014 Hall Of Famers Headline CTBA Awards Dinner

Dates To Remember

Through the August 2014 issue of California Thoroughbred, the official publication of the California Thoroughbred Breeders Association (CTBA), this year’s crop of Thoroughbreds foaled in the Golden State will again be spotlighted in each monthly magazine with advertorials featuring six to eight photos of foals per page. The cost to publish individual photos is $75 each, while a full page insertion will be discounted down to $500. These charges represent a discount of more than 50 percent on the price of a regular full-page advertisement in the magazine. Insertions will include a caption with each foal’s sire, dam, broodmare sire, sex, date of birth and breeders, as well as the details, including a logo, of their farm location. Photos need to be submitted by the following Monday deadlines; March 3 (April issue); April 7 (May issue); May 5 (June issue); June 2 (July issue); and July 7 (August issue). For additional information, please contact the magazine’s Advertising Manager, Loretta Veiga, at Loretta@ctba.com/(626) 445-7800, extension 227, or its Managing Editor, Rudi Groothedde, at rudi@ctba.com/(626) 445-7800, extension 226. Additionally, photos can also be submitted to Ken Gurnick at kgurnick@ctba.com for free inclusion on the CTBA’s web site.

Saturday, February 1

New CTBA Members

This year’s Annual Meeting and Annual Awards Dinner of the CTBA, which will both honor last year’s California-bred champions and induct William J. Morey Jr. and In Excess (Ire) into the CTBA’s Hall of Fame, will be held at The Claremont Hotel Club & Spa in Berkeley on Monday, Feb. 10. After the 4:00 pm business meeting, a Cocktail Reception at 6:00 pm will be followed an hour later by the Awards Dinner which will also feature awards for the Golden State’s leading stallions and breeder of 2014, as well as last year’s Trainer of the Year, Hall of Famer Jerry Hollendorfer who has been a CTBA member since 1993.

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Names for foals of 2012 must be claimed; after Feb. 1, a naming fee of $75 will apply. Saturday, February 15 Annual registration of stallions is due at a fee of $1,250. Deadline to nominate California-bred/California-sired two-year-olds (foals of 2012)to the Golden State Series; $300 fee applies.

Charles Bernhardt

Julio Enciso

Nathan White

Los Flores, CA

Richmond, CA

Phoenix, AZ

Trina Burton

Joe Schneider

Peter White

Greenwood, CA

Sierra Madre, CA

Whittier, CA

Bryan Carney

Sandra L. Snider

Anthony Yakimowich

Duarte, CA

Pasadena, CA

Valencia, CA

The CTBA Calendar Corner Event

Date(s)

CTBA Annual Meeting & Awards Dinner

Monday, February 10

(2013 California-Bred Champions & 2014 California Hall of Fame Inductees)

Northern California Sale ( (For further information, contact Cookie Hackworth at cookie@ctba.com/(800) 573-2822, extension 243)

Tuesday, August 12

Venue(s)

The Claremont Hotel Club & Spa, Berkeley Alameda County Fairgrounds, Pleasanton

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

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- Val-Ue (noun) “A quality that gives something special worth; also see excellence” Distant View—Toussaud, by El Gran Senor

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• California’s Leading Turf Sire • Lifetime Progeny Earnings in excess of $8.5 million • Average Earnings Per Year $1.6 Million + • Multiple Graded Stakes Winner of $703,862 • Multiple Stakes Producer, including G1 Placed & Stakes Winner ANTARES WORLD ($438,328), G3 Winner STONEY FLEECE ($442,134), QUISISANA ($334,158) & HARLENE ($252,907) Stud Fee: $3,000

ALSO STANDING: ATTICUS • COIL • MR. BROAD BLADE • ROI CHARMANT • RICHARD’S KID

Nureyev—Chimes of Freedom, by Private Account

• Grade 1 Winner of $1,733,058 • With Progeny Earnings over $10.7 Million • Avg Earnings Per Runner more than $51,615 • Sire of G1 Winners HAPPY TRAILS (Aus) ($2,017,630), GRAND JOURNEY (Aus) ($558,747), Multiple G2 Winner SOUND JOURNEY (Aus) ($459,594), Stakes Winners THIRTYFIRSTSTREET ($398,246), Multiple Stakes Winner BELLA VIAGGIA ($261,360) & Stakes Winner AOTEAROA Stud Fee: $5,000


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Notes — February 2014 California Thoroughbred Foundation 2014 OFFICERS AND DIRECTORS Gerald F. McMahon Mrs. Jeanne L. Canty, President Neil O’Dwyer Mrs. Gail Gregson, Vice-President Mrs. Ada Gates Patton Gregory L. Ferraro, DVM, Treasurer Thomas S. Robbins Mark W. McCreary, Secretary John W. Sadler Peter P. Daily Peter W. Tunney Tracy Gantz Warren Williamson Jane Goldstein Mrs. Kenneth M. Schiffer, Director Emeritus

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 910666018. The CTF joins in honoring the memory of those whose names appear in bold type. We also thank and acknowledge the donors for their generous contributions. Margaret “Maggie” Robbins John C. Harris

Have you registered your Stallion for 2014 yet? Don’t miss the date

February 15, 2014

You can download forms or register online at www.ctba.com

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Premier Thoroughbreds: The New Kids On The Block

Thoroughbred Farms In California

by RUDI GROOTHEDDE Photos by RON MESAROS Phil Lebherz’s Premier Thoroughbreds represents a new force in the local Thoroughbred industry, offering both a breeding and boarding facility under its own name, as well as a state-of-the-art horse rehabilitation operation under the Premier Equine Center banner of Pat Grohl and Amie Allen. Previously the Valley Oak Ranch for Quarter Horses built by the renowned veterinarian Dr. Jerry Black about 15 years ago, the now 70-acre location in Oakdale is already home to four promising young stallions even though Lebherz only purchased it about six months ago. “We only bought this farm in August, and look how it is now,” said Phil, a native of San Diego who lives a little over 100 miles west of the farm in Portola Valley. “Pat and Amie have done a great job. It was a lot for them to move everything. They had to come out of their old place and then they have done so much to make it even better. We’re all real happy to be in Oakdale.” Phil’s background in Thoroughbreds goes back to his purchase of a share in Just Plain Fancy who placed in two stakes races for him as a two-year-old of 1994, but he was involved with horses prior to that. “I lived on a horse ranch in the Bay Area for many years,” he said, “but my wife Sharon is really the horse expert; I’m just the finance guy.” The 60-year-old owner of successful health insurance companies for some three decades explained further, “I used to go with my brother Rick to Bay Meadows (Racecourse)

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every Wednesday, so one day I asked someone how all of it worked and the next thing I knew, I had purchased a twentyfive percent share in a filly for $2,000. “If it’s not fun, I don’t want to do it. This work is fun for me, trying to solve problems and get the process down, as well as having a really good time. The challenge for me, more than the actual racing, is to educate on the processes, management and finances, to get everything to make sense and work. Then out comes the product. If we get a product that wins, everyone is going to say that Lebherz is the luckiest guy who ever lived. They always say that, and my answer is that I have always been lucky. The harder I work, the luckier I get. I stick with things.” Phil then explained the history of his relationships with trainer Jeff Bonde and bloodstock agent Mersad Metanovic, who is now also handling all the bookings for the stallions at Premier Thoroughbreds, as well as Pat and Amie. “When Jeff and I went to the yearling sale in Washington where we ended up buying Smiling Tiger, we met Mersad because he had also been sent over to inspect the horse. He saw how we operated and so he hung around and the next thing you know, he’s on our team. Mersad’s been terrific, as he goes to the sales and sits through the whole thing, waiting until that one horse comes up. He’s also been great for Jeff, bring-

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ing in a lot of new owners. Mersad’s just a great public relations guy. I met Pat and Amie because Jeff had them taking care of my horses. They were doing great work. I mean world class.” Amie said, “We had been loyal to him for a very long time. Before he even knew us, we were taking care of him.” Young Guns Just like the farm, the four-strong stallion roster at Premier Thoroughbreds is brand new. Smiling Tiger is standing his first season at stud this year, Sway Away and Twice the Appeal covered their first mares in Oakdale in 2013, and Sierra Sunset has relocated there after standing his first two years at Rancho San Miguel. Smiling Tiger As a three-time grade I winner, including two of those victories as a three-year-old when he was a finalist for the Eclipse Champion Male Sprinter award, Smiling Tiger offers local breeders an exceptional opportunity to breed to a runner of the highest order. Furthermore, the $1,480,704-earner is a three-quarter-brother to the 2013 Eclipse Champion Two-Year-Old Filly, She’s a Tiger, the winner of the Del Mar Debutante Stakes (grade I) who was disqualified from first to second in the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies (grade I).

The seven-year-old son of European champion two-year-old Hold That Tiger and the stakes-winning Cahill Road mare Shandra Smiles traces back to the like of the sire Love That Mac, a grade II winner who also placed second in the Metropolitan Handicap and Vosburgh Stakes, both grade I events. The 16.1-hand chestnut, originally purchased for $40,000 during September of 2008, is owned by Lebherz in partnership with Alan Klein and will stand for $5,000 Live Foal in 2014. “We are getting phone calls like crazy,” said Phil, while Pat added, “What has amazed me are the people who usually don’t breed mares who want to breed mares to him.” Among the approximately 30 mares whom Phil owns either by himself or with partners are a couple of standouts who are going to be mated this year to Smiling Tiger, namely Proposed, both a graded stakes winner and producer, and the grade I-placed stakes winner Erica’s Smile. Phil said, “Smiling Tiger is put together right and was able to run 23 races at the highest level without having any orthopedic problems; that’s something I want to breed into. The fact that he did all of that without getting hurt; that’s huge.” Amie added, “He’s got some good bone on him” and Graham Bell, the farm’s Breeding Manager, said, “He’s going to peak at the right time. He’s one tough guy.” Phil concluded, “We’re hoping to breed 75 mares to Smiling Tiger this year, and if there is a surge at the end, then maybe 100. That’s a lot for California. We’ll see.” Sierra Sunset Using his tactical speed, Sierra Sunset won five races during three seasons of racing, including the grade II, $300,000 Rebel Stakes on Oaklawn Park’s main dirt track while on the 2008 Triple Crown Trail. The 2005 son of Eclipse champion Bertrando, California’s leading sire and leading sire of two-year-olds on a total of four occasions, earned $459,696 while posting victories at distances ranging from 4 1/2 furlongs to 1 1/16 miles.

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Seven of Smiling Tiger’s eight black-type wins came in graded stakes company, led by the 2010 editions of the Del Mar Thoroughbred Club’s grade I, $250,000 Bing Crosby Stakes and Santa Anita Park’s grade I, $245,000 Ancient Title Stakes and the grade I, $250,000 Triple Bend Handicap at Betfair Hollywood Park in 2011. Also third in the Breeders’ Cup Sprint (grade I) in both 2010 and 2012, he closed out a 23-9-2-8 lifetime record, that included a grade Iplaced stakes-winning juvenile campaign and 18 black-type wins or placings overall, with a victory in Hollywood Park’s grade III, $100,000 Vernon O. Underwood Stakes during December of 2012. Retired completely sound, Smiling Tiger won from four to seven furlongs on dirt and all-weather and recorded nine 100-plus Beyer Speed Figure efforts, including a 112 rating for his Triple Bend win over Eclipse champion Amazombie. 20 CALIFORNIA THOROUGHBRED • FEBRUARY 2014

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In eight races at two, the 16-hand bay’s three wins included an eight-length triumph in the $72,310 Bay Meadows Juvenile Stakes at six furlongs and a victory against a dozen opponents in the $125,000 California Cup Juvenile Stakes, the latter of which was contested at 1 1/16 miles on the all-weather at Santa Anita. As a sophomore, Sierra Sunset prepped for the Rebel Stakes with a runnerwww.ctba.com


up finish to Denis of Cork in the grade III, $250,000 Southwest Stakes at Oaklawn in Arkansas. At four, he defeated grade II winner Bold Chieftain by five lengths in the $57,000 Alamedan Handicap and retired one start later with a record of 14-5-3-1 before covering 42 mares in 2012 and 35 mares in 2013. Sierra Sunset is out of the dual stakes-placed, two-time winner Toot Sweet, a Pirate’s Bounty full sister to not only grade I winner Private Persuasion but both the dam of 2008 Belmont Stakes (grade I) victor Da’ Tara and the granddam of aforementioned Denis of Cork. The 2014 stud fee for this 16-hand bay is $2,500 Live Foal. A $40,000 purchase at the CTBA Sales’ Northern California Yearling Sale in Pleasanton during September of 2006, he is owned by Lebherz in partnership with George Schmitt. Sierra Sunset’s first foals are yearlings of this year. “Bonde thinks his foals are beautiful,” said Phil. Pat added, “Bonde is a conformation man and he his really high on Sierra Sunset’s babies. We’re hoping for 35 mares this year.” Phil continued, “This guy was ranked fifth for the Kentucky Derby when he got hurt after winning the Rebel.” Graham concluded, “He’s a nice looking horse and he’s a character. He had a great race record and he is a very fertile.” Sway Away The first foals by Sway Away are being anxiously awaited by Lebherz who last year bred 15 of his own mares to this six-year-old son of Afleet Alex, the 2005 Belmont Stakes (grade I) winner and Eclipse Champion Three-Year-Old Male. Sway Away’s 10-start race record included grade II placings at two, three and four, as well as a debut maiden special weight win at Pleasanton in 2010 and an allowance victory at Hollywood Park in 2011.

$2,500 Live Foal in 2014. “He’s got that big, long reach,” said Phil, “and I hope his babies come out beautiful.” Amie replied, “They will; I have absolutely no doubt. He was impressive last year because he had really just come off the track. We got some later mares but considering what we got done with him, just coming off the track two months prior, was very good.” Graham added, “He has a great walk. He’s also got plenty of bone and he’s pretty correct, so I think he’ll throw good looking babies.” Twice the Appeal Also expecting his first foals in 2014 is Twice the Appeal, a 2008 son of Successful Appeal who defeated subsequent Belmont Stakes (grade I) winner Ruler On Ice to win the 2011 running of the grade III, $800,000 Sunland Park Derby in New Mexico just two starts after winning consecutive races at Santa Anita. From a 16-3-3-2 record overall, including a start in the Kentucky Derby (grade I), he earned $476,060 while also placing in both the $75,000 Fifth Season Stakes and $100,000 Essex Handicap at Oaklawn Park in Arkansas as a four-year-old.

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He defeated the like of grade I winners Amazombie, Comma to the Top, Sahara Sky and The Factor while earning $206,800 during his three seasons of racing. Out of Seattle Shimmer, an unraced daughter of 1977 Triple Crown winner Seattle Slew, Sway Away boasts a pedigree that includes the graded stakes victor Irish Joy and the grade I-placed stakes winner Fleet Valid. A 15.3-hand bay, he is owned by Phil and is standing for

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Out of the Cormorant mare Double Boarded, Twice the Appeal is a half-brother to the grade III-placed dual stakes winner Board Elligible, while his pedigree page also includes the graded stakes performers Cologny and Selective. The 2014 stud fee for this dark bay, who stands 15.2 hands, is $1,500 Live Foal. He is owned by Rusty Brown and Victor Flores, while Graham commented, “He’s kind and has a great demeanor.” Premier Equine Center “We started this when I was 25 and Amie was 21,” said Pat of the couple’s Premier Equine Center that had previously been based at another location in his hometown of Oakdale since May of 2008. At their new facility, Pat and Arcadia native Amie have built a compact operation that features a new swimming pool, an Aquatred underwater treadmill, a vibration plate stall, a cold salt water spa, one six-horse and two four-horse covered Eurocisers, a turnout and 60 stalls, eight of them located in the farm’s stallion barn. Continued on next page

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“All the stalls have fans and misters as it does get warm up here,” said Pat. “We also have the place set up to build 20 more stalls for the summertime when it gets busier with two-year-olds then in training. We don’t just pull from the Thoroughbreds, we also have six vet clinics that refer their clients to us; cutters, reiners, rodeo horses, dressage, English, the whole deal.” The swimming pool is 40 foot in diameter and 15 feet deep. Pat said. “It’s worked out great for us. A lot of trainers now just want to give horses breaks of three to four weeks. The time in the pool all depends on the horse, how they swim and what kind of fitness level they’re at. The Thoroughbreds can do up to fifteen laps. If they swim fast, we take them out to give them breaks. Jose (Robledo) ran the swimming pool at Kenny Arnold’s farm, so everybody at the racetrack knows him because it was the farm for a long time for this type of stuff.” Amie added, “We use it a lot more for conditioning and the Aquatred is used more or less for rehab, but we do combine the two a lot.” Pat then explained the importance of the vibration plate. “This science was invented by NASA for use on their astronauts when they returned from space, to build bone mass and density. For the horses, it also does a good job of getting circulation down to their feet. We use it a lot with

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the horses on stall rest who can’t really do a lot. It at least gets them out of their stalls a couple of times a day.” Of the 35-degree temperature level in the salt water spa, Pat said, “It’s a deep, deep icing. It can be used on anything you want to remove inflammation from, such as post-surgical stuff and hot knees, ankles and feet. A daily session for three weeks will remove any kind of inflammation. “With the five acres that we lease here, we’ve been able to expand,” said Pat. “We are more of a post-surgical and conditioning facility, controlled rehab, as compared to a lay-up farm. What kind of makes Amie and I different as far as the rehab goes, is that we are the ones doing the work day in and day out. We might not swim all the horses every day, personally, but when those horses start in the pool or start in the Aquatred, we’re there. We do a lot of our own hauling for our clients and for our vet clinics, including two in Nevada, so when the horses go to be rechecked, we’re there. We can tell them what’s going on, it’s us they’re talking to. For the Thoroughbreds, we talk a lot with the trainers’ vets and ship radiographs back and forth.” The couple, who met about 10 years ago while competing at a rodeo as students of Cal Poly San Luis Obispo when he was a team roper and she was a barrel racer, also have six employees to help them with the horses, which number about 50 right now. Pat then explained how he and Amie have got where they are today. “Jack Owens set us up with the veterinarian

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Kim Kuhlmann and then Terry Knight started sending some horses over. I had a mutual friend with Jeff Bonde who told me to go and talk to him. I was driving to the racetracks once a week. I just kept showing my face. After I met Jeff, I kept after him. Eventually, he sent us Twice the Appeal after the Kentucky Derby. That went well, so he sent us others. We can now have fifteen to twenty horses of his here at a time. A few years ago, Amie and I were struggling to make a living but now we are trying to keep up with the business in the summertime. We’ve come a long ways in a short time.” Amie added, “We’ve been very lucky by having a lot of high-caliber horses around here, but our success is really due to us customizing every horse’s program.” Successful graduates of Premier Equine Center also include Smiling Tiger, Sway Away, the 2009, 2010 and 2011 stakes winner Excessive Passion, the 2013 graded stakes winner Majestic Stride, the $665,960-earner Unusual Way and Weewinnin, winner of the $251,500 California Cup Turf Classic Stakes on Jan. 25. “If Premier Equine Center keeps growing, especially with some of the tracks and farms closing down south, we’ll just grow right with it,” concluded Pat. “Even though we wouldn’t like to have more than 80 stalls, you don’t turn down business in this industry; you figure out how to accommodate the extras. What really helps us too is that we have those other non-Thoroughbred outlet. When we got the Thoroughbreds, though, we started making a living. They made all the difference. I have been at all the Thoroughbred sales the last two years. We’re really trying to

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expand our clientele down south as we are so much more affordable up here to keep horses and the shipping up here is not a big deal. That’s one thing that is pretty unique about Amie and I, not that we’re that young anymore, but there is not a lot of young blood like us in the industry. ” Phil concluded, “I love the rehab center facility. Pat and Amie were running out of room and also saying they could do way better if they had a swimming pool so this place was for sale and I knew I wanted to do some breeding. Pat built this place. He has done a beautiful job. So we bought this and put in a pool to help attract more clients and to help us with our own horses. They are great people who do a really wonderful job with our horses.” A Premier Place Besides its 12-stall stallion barn, Premier Thoroughbreds’ breeding center features a new breeding shed with padded walls, ground up rubber floor and teasing chute, three sets of mare palpation chutes with foal catches, a full reproduction laboratory, stalls for mares under lights and a foaling barn with a dozen units. Six to seven employees work on this side of the farm, but that number should swell this breeding season. “They have done a lot since I got here,” said Graham, who only started working for Premier Thoroughbreds in November. A native of Liverpool, his career in England, Germany, France and the United States as a jockey, trainer and farm manager, most recently at Adena Springs in Florida, stands him in good stead. “We were just really lucky to be Continued on next page

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Thoroughbred Farms In California Cont’d. able to get Graham,” said Phil. “He’s a terrific guy. Very experienced, knows what he is doing.” Also well respected, especially for his previous work at Applebite Farms, is the farm’s Stallion Manager Oscar Munguia who, along with Pat, Amie and Jose, lives on the property. Located about an hour from Pleasanton and less than two hours from Golden Gate Fields, Premier Thoroughbreds also has six pastures ranging in size from four to eight acres and a huge round pen that was originally used for reining horses. Amie said, “With the alleyways, the pastures are set up really well for everything to run smoothly.” A single well on the farm provides sufficient flood irrigation all off just one pump and Pioneer Equine Hospital is just two miles down the road, while A.J. Pantoja is the farrier for the Thoroughbreds. Pat concluded, “Phil is looking at purchasing another 40 acres down the road which has some pastures to move some horses to. We don’t have a lot of turnouts here, and the ones we have are full of broodmares. He would also like to build a spot there to move the stallions in the summertime.” Phil explained, “When they are done with the breeding season, they’ll have a nice place to get away from it all, where they can just relax and graze.” Phil’s Philosophy To conclude, Phil talked about his approach to the Thoroughbred business that has included him being the co-owner of 1999 graded stakes winner Epic Honor and cobreeder of 2003 graded stakes winner Standard Setter. “You learn a lot in this business. One of the things I have done is stick with Jeff Bonde. He’s been my trainer the whole time. We’ve had a lot of fun, and success, together. With Epic Honor’s career, I got my baptism; when things can go wrong.” On the racetrack, the Bonde trainee went from finishing fourth to the Kentucky Derby winner Charismatic down to the claiming ranks while his stud career proved moderate despite siring the multiple stakes winner Epic Power. “I think people either quit right there or

it makes them try harder,” Phil continued. “For me, trying harder is not throwing money at it but understanding it better. So I started to study it more and talk to Jeff a lot and put together a philosophy. “The philosophy is a lot like the movie ‘Moneyball.’ We look for athletes as we don’t have the capital or don’t want to pay big money for horses who have already run good races. To me, the joy comes from the challenge of discovering raw talent and then developing it all the way through. It’s almost like raising your children. But not everyone’s like that. Others just want to win right away. Don’t get me wrong, it’s not easy but it’s easier if you’re buying horses who have already shown talent, even though they still have the same chances as any other horse of getting hurt. “For me, it’s about finding the diamond in the rough. It’s going through the whole process; going to the sales, doing what we call our ‘underwriting.’ We have a method of deciding whether or not we are going to buy a horse. You have to be very disciplined on the money side or you can get crushed, and I’ve been crushed. However, things turn around quickly in this game as your best horse is always the one who hasn’t run yet. But it remains a tough business. You’ve got to have to want to do it. You can’t just have great expectations, you’ve got to follow up the process. You’ve got to do the best you can and then you’ve got to hope for the best. You’ve got to have racing luck, you’ve got to have breeding luck, you’ve got to have all kinds of luck. Part of it is attrition. It all boils down to one horse or two. “We’re now ready to succeed,” concluded Phil. “Pat and Amie have done a terrific job helping us get established. We work as a team, but we’re also independent. The business they’re in is way different to the business I’m in. It’s our first year, so we’re starting kind of late. We expect to not be perfect but we are not going to be not perfect because we chintzed on anything important. We’re going to learn as we go, but with Pat, Amie and Graham’s experience, I am relying on them. With Jeff and Mersad, we have the full system. We’ll breed them, take care of them and break them, train them and run them. We have the whole package. Before we had just one piece, but now we are going to give this our best shot here.”

PREMIERTHOROUGHBREDS THOROUGHBREDS FACT-FILE PREMIER FACT-FILE Owner: Phil Lebherz Breeding Manager: Graham Bell Stallion Manager: Oscar Munguia Address: 1600 West Hillsdale Blvd., San Mateo, California 94402 Telephone: (650) 653-1259 Fax: (650) 348-1474 Web Site: www.SmilingTigerStallion.com E-Mail: smiling.tiger.stallion@gmail.com Services: Breeding & Boarding Stallions: Sierra Sunset (Bertrando....................................................................$2,500 – Live Foal Smiling Tiger (Hold That Tiger) ..........................................................$5,000 – Live Foal Sway Away (Afleet Alex) ....................................................................$2,500 – Live Foal Twice the Appeal (Successful Appeal................................................$1,500 – Live Foal

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PREMIER EQUINE CENTER FACT-FILE Owners: Pat Grohl & Amie Allen Address: 10940 26 Mile Road, Oakdale, California 95361 Telephone: (209) 602-8702 or (916) 616-1897 Web Site: www.PremierEquineRehab.com E-Mail: Leteroll@wildblue.net Services: Rehabilitation & Lay-Ups

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Eclipse Awards

A Permanent Presence

by EMILY SHIELDS The heartbreaking story of Points Offthebench received a comforting ending when the California-bred, who died tragically on Oct. 26, was named the Eclipse Champion Male Sprinter of 2013. Points Offthebench was training for a start as the favorite in the Breeders’ Cup Sprint (grade I) when he was catastrophically injured during a workout and euthanized. Although he was unable to compete in the yearend championship, Points Offthebench’s two grade I victories during the season were enough to capture the trophy from eventual Breeders’ Cup winner Secret Circle and Metropolitan Handicap (grade I) hero Sahara Sky. The horse’s connections—owners Donnie Crevier and Charles “Chip” Martin and trainer Tim Yakteen—were on hand at the 43rd Eclipse Award ceremony on Jan. 18, to accept the trophy and remember their champion. Martin gave credit to Yakteen for taking a “very small, slight Calbred to the pinnacle of racing” and noted that the award gave them “closure.” Yakteen thanked the industry for their support during the difficult time, and called Points Offthebench an “unbelievable horse.” Left Bank, named Champion Older Male in 2002, was the last horse to receive a posthumous Eclipse Award. Points Offthebench’s unlikely run at the Eclipse started after a year-long layoff. The dark bay son of Ballena Vista Farm’s Benchmark had broken his maiden in August of 2011 and received six months off prior to winning an allowance race in February of 2012, before being on the shelf again until Feb. 2, 2013. He finished second in his comeback, missing by only a half-length in an allowance event. Yakteen diligently spaced the gelding’s races in an effort to keep him sound. Points Offthebench responded to the careful handling by winning an allowance race back at Santa Anita Park under jockey Tyler Baze on Apr. 6, and

followed that up with another strong allowance victory at Betfair Hollywood Park on May 27. Points Offthebench made the unusual transition from allowance company to a grade I contest a winning one when he won the grade I, $300,250 Bing Crosby Stakes at the Del Mar Thoroughbred Club on July 28. His stirring performance under jockey Mike Smith saw him hold off Santa Anita Derby (grade I) winner and race favorite Goldencents by a head in a tremendous finish. Grade I winners Jimmy Creed and Comma to the Top finished behind him in third and fifth, respectively. In his final start, Points Offthebench went to post for the grade I, $250,500 Santa Anita Sprint Championship Stakes, formerly the Ancient Title Stakes, on Oct. 5. Goldencents was again favored, with 2012 Breeders’ Cup Sprint winner Trinniberg also receiving support, but Points Offthebench mirrored his performance in the Bing Crosby to win by half a length. Goldencents, who was second, went on to win the Breeders’ Cup Dirt Mile (grade I) in his subsequent start. Points Offthebench’s career ended with six wins, a second and a third in eight starts for earnings of $514,940. Gary Rocks bred the champion out of the unraced Free House mare Mo Chuisle, who had already produced a graded stakes-winning full brother to the Eclipse winner named Bench Points. With the trophy, Points Offthebench made it two-out-ofthree for Cal-breds taking the Champion Male Sprinter title. Amazombie was honored in 2011 after his victory in the Breeders’ Cup and the Ancient Title. The Golden State was well represented during the Eclipse Awards in general and during the Sprint title specifically : Secret Circle, by Ballena Vista Farm’s Eddington, is owned by California Thoroughbred Breeders’ Association (CTBA) members Karl Watson, Mike Pegram and Paul Weitman, and Sahara Sky is trained by CTBA member Jerry Hollendorfer. All three horses were based in Southern California through-

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The Best Of 2013

California-Bred Champions by RUDI GROOTHEDDE The Golden State’s 2013 champions will be honored during this year’s Annual Awards Dinner of the California Thoroughbred Breeders Association (CTBA) being held at the Claremont Hotel Club & Spa in Berkeley on Monday, Feb. 10, 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 OLDER MALES

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A Jealous Woman m. 7. Muqtarib—Miss Free Bird Breeders: Denise Kim Thorson & Nick Tamborrino 2013 Record: 7-1-1-0 & $86,700 including Megahertz Stakes Bench Glory m. 6. Benchmark—Image of Glory Breeder: Harris Farms Inc. 2013 Record: 5-1-0-0 & $70,946 including Irish O’Brien Stakes Curvy Cat f. 4. Ministers Wild Cat—Curvy Girl Breeder: Tommy Town Thoroughbreds LLC 2013 Record: 12-2-1-2 & $187,202 including B Thoughtful Stakes Halo Dolly f. 4. Popular—Spanish Halo Breeders: Rod & Lorraine Rodriguez 2013 Record: 10-3-2-2 & $234,360 including Wilshire Handicap (GIII) & Solana Beach Handicap Luscious Lonna m. 5. Benchmark—Striking Point Breeder: Nick Alexander 2013 Record: 6-2-3-0 & $89,470 including Golden Poppy Stakes Sister Kate m. 5. Benchmark—Miss Soft Sell Breeder: Mary H. Caldwell 2013 Record: 10-3-0-3 & $159,418 including Santa Lucia Stakes & California Governor’s Cup Handicap Tasty Treat f. 4. Roar—Vividora Breeder: John J. Greely III 2013 Record: 4-2-1-0 & $151,880 including Daisycutter Handicap Teddy’s Promise f. 4. Salt Lake—Braids and Beads Breeders: Ted & Judy Nichols 2013 Record: 8-4-2-1 & $397,416 including Santa Monica Handicap (GIII), L.A. Woman Stakes, Playa Del Rey Stakes & Time To Leave Stakes Tiz Flirtatious f. 3. Tizbud—Masquerade Belle Breeder: Pamela Ziebarth 2013 Record: 7-4-1-0 & $505,000 including Rodeo Drive Stakes (GI), John C. Mabee Stakes (GII), Santa Ana Stakes (GII) & Valentine Dancer Stakes Unusual Hottie f. 4. Unusual Heat—Branca Como Neve (Brz) Breeder: Ali Nilforushan Equestrian LLC 2013 Record: 6-3-1-1 & $204,740 including Fran’s Valentine Stakes & Redondo Beach Stakes Warrens Venedalucy f. 4. Doc Gus—State the Obvious Breeder: Benjamin C. Warren 2013 Record: 10-3-3-1 & $90,840 including Bold Ego Handicap

Ain’t No Other g. 5. Old Topper—Miami Margie Breeder: Tommy Town Thoroughbreds LLC 2013 Record: 10-2-2-2 & $172,112 including Sensational Star Stakes & Jess Jackson Owners’ Handicap A Toast to You g. 4. Tribal Rule—Whitewinesipper Breeder: Hidden Meadows Farm LLC 2013 Record: 9-1-2-2 & $119,980 including California Flag Handicap He Be Fire N Ice h. 5. Unusual Heat—Deputy Tombe Breeder: St. George’s Farm 2013 Record: 9-4-2-0 & $277,380 including California Dreamin’ Handicap John Scott g. 6. Bertrando—Henlopen Breeders: Harris Farms Inc. & Scott Gross 2013 Record: 2-1-0-1 & $78,000 including Crystal Water Stakes Kate’s Event h. 6. Event of the Year—Nordidid Breeder: William Henry Ziering 2013 Record: 8-3-1-0 & $191,356 including Tiznow Stakes L.A. Weekend g. 5. Tribal Rule—Storybook Fair Breeder: Dennis Johnston 2013 Record: 7-5-0-0 & $120,930 including Phoenix Gold Cup Handicap, Caballos Del Sol Stakes & Coyote Handicap Luckarack g. 5. Lucky Pulpit—Tamarack Bay Breeders: Mr. & Mrs. Larry D. Williams 2013 Record: 13-3-1-4 & $146,535 including Governor’s Cup Handicap Ourwestcoastghost g. 5. Muqtarib—Xpress Xcess Breeders: Ron & Lillian Lang & D. Wayne Baker 2013 Record: 6-3-0-0 & $93,092 including Casual Lies Handicap Points Offthebench g. 4. Benchmark—Mo Chuisle Breeder: Gary Rocks 2013 Record: 5-4-1-0 & $434,780 including Bing Crosby Stakes (GI) & Santa Anita Sprint Championship Stakes (GI) Rousing Sermon c. 4. Lucky Pulpit—Rousing Again Breeders: Mr. & Mrs. Larry D. Williams 2013 Record: 10-3-2-3 & $218,342 including On Trust Handicap Summer Hit g. 4. Bertrando—Mia F Eighteen Breeder: Kenneth & Janice Heidt 2013 Record: 9-5-1-1 & $316,758 including All American Stakes (GIII), Berkeley Handicap (GIII) & Harry F. Brubaker Stakes

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included on the official ballot mailed out to the CTBA membership last month. Among the leading nominees vying for silverware are the 10 individual California-bred winners of 14 separate graded stakes races in 2013, including the deceased Points Offthebench, a two-time grade I winner last year, grade I and dual grade II winner Tiz Flirtatious, grade I winner Tamarando and grade II winners Doinghardtimeagain, Ethnic Dance, Gervinho and Teddy’s Promise. However, each and every one of 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.

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Ethnic Dance c. 3. Tribal Rule—House of Danzing Breeder: The Craig Family Trust 2013 Record: 7-3-2-0 & $249,500 including Del Mar Derby (GII) Gervinho c. 3. Unusual Heat—Foreverinthegame Breeders: Barry Abrams & Madeline Auerbach 2013 Record: 6-2-2-1 & $290,140 including Sir Beaufort Stakes (GII) & Oceanside Stakes Omega Star g. 3. Candy Ride (Arg)—Pride of Pegasus Breeders: Herman Sarkowsky & Martin J. Wygod 2013 Record: 9-1-10 & $195,988 including Echo Eddie Stakes Ore Pass c. 3. War Pass—Wisconsin Lady Breeders: Herman Sarkowsky & Martin J. Wygod 2013 Record: 4-1-0-1 & $52,690 including Frank Whiteley Jr. Stakes Surfcup c. 3. Unusual Heat—Omi Princess Breeder: Donald R. Dizney 2013 Record: 6-4-0-1 & $364,860 including Snow Chief Stakes & Silky Sullivan Stakes Tiz a Minister c. 3. Ministers Wild Cat—Tiz a Mistress Breeder: Dahlberg Farms LLC 2013 Record: 11-2-2-4 & $405,250 including Affirmed Handicap (GIII) & California Breeders Champion Stakes U’narack g. 3. Unusual Heat—Tamarack Bay Breeder: Mr. & Mrs. Larry D. Williams 2013 Record: 4-3-0-1 & $180,080 including Real Good Deal Stakes

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Doinghardtimeagain f. 3. Ministers Wild Cat—Silver Hawk Lady Breeder: Tommy Town Thoroughbreds LLC 2013 Record: 7-3-1-0 & $388,240 including Hollywood Oaks (GII), Melair Stakes & Evening Jewel Stakes Marks Mine f. 3. Benchmark—Ermine Breeders: Mr. & Mrs. Larry D. Williams 2013 Record: 10-5-2-1 & $222,924 including California State Fair Sprint Handicap & Harvest Stakes Qiaona f. 3. Wilko—Starlet Sky Breeder: B & B Zietz Stables Inc. 2013 Record: 10-3-2-0 & $383,234 including California Breeders `Champion Stakes & California Distaff Handicap Sweet Marini f. 3. Marino Marini—Excessing Breeder: BMWZ Stables 2013 Record: 5-2-1-1 & $219,100 including Fleet Treat Stakes Unusual Way f. 3. Unusual Heat—Way Up Breeder: Thomas W. Bachman 2013 Record: 8-2-3-1 & $404,750 including Zia Park Oaks & Campanile Stakes Warren’s Veneda f. 3. Affirmative—More Cal Bread Breeder: Benjamin C. Warren 2013 Record: 11-5-1-3 & $300,064 including Cat’s Cradle Handicap & Alphabet Kisses Stakes

Alpine Luck c. 2. Lucky J. H.—I Can Yodele Breeder: Heinz Steinmann 2013 Record: 9-2-0-3 & $166,284 including Hollywood Juvenile Championship Stakes Aotearoa g. 2. Good Journey—Madera Royal Breeder: Paul Viskovich 2013 Record: 6-2-1-0 & $138,000 including Zuma Beach Stakes Better Bet c. 2. Southern Image—Short Sentence Breeder: Revocable Trust of Dr. Mikel C. Harrington & Patricia O. Harrington 2013 Record: 11-2-1-1 & $202,380 including Golden State Juvenile Stakes California Chrome c. 2. Lucky Pulpit—Love the Chase Breeder: Martin Perry & Steve Coburn 2013 Record: 7-3-1-0 & $214,850 including King Glorious Stakes & Graduation Stakes Hirschy g. 2. Papa Clem—Flashy Breeder: Thomas Weyand Bachman 2013 Record: 4-2-1-0 & $77,706 including Cavonnier Juvenile Stakes Jedi Mind Trick g. 2. Don’tsellmeshort—Icy n’ Elegant Breeder: Running Luck Ranch LLC 2013 Record: 6-3-0-0 & $142,078 including I’m Smokin Stakes Life Is a Joy g. 2. Globalize—Tadita Breeders: Jerry & Janet Hollendorfer & George Todaro 2013 Record: 6-3-1-0 & $131,330 including Charlie Palmer Futurity Tamarando c. 2. Bertrando—Tamarack Bay Breeder: Mr. & Mrs. Larry D. Williams 2013 Record: 8-3-1-3 & $455,120 including Del Mar Futurity (GI) & Real Quiet Stakes

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California-Bred Champions Cont’d. TWO-YEAR-OLD FEMALES

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Ain’t No Other g. 5. Old Topper—Miami Margie Breeder: Tommy Town Thoroughbreds LLC 2013 Record: 10-2-2-2 & $172,112 including Sensational Star Stakes & Jess Jackson Owners’ Handicap Ethnic Dance c. 3. Tribal Rule—House of Danzing Breeder: The Craig Family Trust 2013 Record: 7-3-2-0 & $249,500 including Del Mar Derby (GII) Gervinho c. 3. Unusual Heat—Foreverinthegame Breeders: Barry Abrams & Madeline Auerbach 2013 Record: 6-2-2-1 & $290,140 including Sir Beaufort Stakes (GII) & Oceanside Stakes Halo Dolly f. 4. Popular—Spanish Halo Breeders: Rod & Lorraine Rodriguez 2013 Record: 10-3-2-2 & $234,360 including Wilshire Handicap (GIII) & Solana Beach Handicap He Be Fire N Ice h. 5. Unusual Heat—Deputy Tombe Breeder: St. George’s Farm 2013 Record: 9-4-2-0 & $277,380 including California Dreamin’ Handicap Tasty Treat f. 4. Roar—Vividora Breeder: John J. Greely III 2013 Record: 4-2-1-0 & $151,880 including Daisycutter Handicap Tiz Flirtatious f. 3. Tizbud—Masquerade Belle Breeder: Pamela Ziebarth 2013 Record: 7-4-1-0 & $505,000 including Rodeo Drive Stakes (GI), John C. Mabee Stakes (GII), Santa Ana Stakes (GII) & Valentine Dancer Stakes Unusual Hottie f. 4. Unusual Heat—Branca Como Neve (Brz) Breeder: Ali Nilforushan Equestrian LLC 2013 Record: 6-3-1-1 & $204,740 including Fran’s Valentine Stakes & Redondo Beach Stakes Unusual Way f. 3. Unusual Heat—Way Up Breeder: Thomas W. Bachman 2013 Record: 8-2-3-1 & $404,750 including Campanile Stakes

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Ain’t No Other g. 5. Old Topper—Miami Margie Breeder: Tommy Town Thoroughbreds LLC 2013 Record: 10-2-2-2 & $172,112 including Sensational Star Stakes & Jess Jackson Owners’ Handicap Doinghardtimeagain f. 3. Ministers Wild Cat—Silver Hawk Lady Breeder: Tommy Town Thoroughbreds LLC 2013 Record: 7-3-1-0 & $388,240 including Evening Jewel Stakes Marks Mine f. 3. Benchmark—Ermine Breeders: Mr. & Mrs. Larry D. Williams 2013 Record: 10-5-2-1 & $222,924 including California State Fair Sprint Handicap & Harvest Stakes Omega Star g. 3. Candy Ride (Arg)—Pride of Pegasus Breeders: Herman Sarkowsky & Martin J. Wygod 2013 Record: 9-1-10 & $195,988 including Echo Eddie Stakes Points Offthebench g. 4. Benchmark—Mo Chuisle Breeder: Gary Rocks 2013 Record: 5-4-1-0 & $434,780 including Bing Crosby Stakes (GI) & Santa Anita Sprint Championship Stakes (GI) Sweet Marini f. 3. Marino Marini—Excessing Breeder: BMWZ Stables 2013 Record: 5-2-1-1 & $219,100 including Fleet Treat Stakes Teddy’s Promise f. 4. Salt Lake—Braids and Beads Breeders: Ted & Judy Nichols 2013 Record: 8-4-2-1 & $397,416 including Santa Monica Handicap (GIII), L.A. Woman Stakes, Playa Del Rey Stakes & Time To Leave Stakes U’narack g. 3. Unusual Heat—Tamarack Bay Breeder: Mr. & Mrs. Larry D. Williams 2013 Record: 4-3-0-1 & $180,080 including Real Good Deal Stakes Warren’s Veneda f. 3. Affirmative—More Cal Bread Breeder: Benjamin C. Warren 2013 Record: 11-5-1-3 & $300,064 including Cat’s Cradle Handicap & Alphabet Kisses Stakes

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Look Quickly f. 2. Run Away and Hide—Fame’s Flame Breeder: William J. Morey Jr. 2013 Record: 4-4-0-0 & $125,230 including Juan Gonzalez Memorial Stakes & Golden Gate Debutante Stakes Sprouts f. 2. Square Eddie—Ann Summers Gold Breeder: J. Paul Reddam 2013 Record: 6-3-0-1 & $171,490 including California Thoroughbred Breeders’ Association Stakes & Cinderella Stakes Sunday Rules f. 2. Tribal Rule—Sunday Dress Breeder: Nick Alexander 2013 Record: 2-2-0-0 & $130,500 including Generous Portion Stakes Swiss Lake Yodeler f. 2. Swiss Yodeler—Domasco Lake Breeder: Mr. & Mrs. Larry D. Williams 2013 Record: 4-3-1-0 & $235,600 including Golden State Juvenile Fillies Stakes & Soviet Problem Stakes

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Jerry Hollendorfer: The King Of California

CTBA Trainer Of The Year by GENE WILLIAMS

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1991, Pike Place Dancer in 1996 and Blind Luck in 2010. Lite Light went on to win the Coaching Club American Oaks and Blind Luck added Santa Anita’s Oak Leaf Stakes and Saratoga’s Alabama Stakes. Also in the grade I category, the trainer saddled Heatseeker (Ire) to win the 2008 Santa Anita Handicap and Dakota Phone to win the 2010 Breeders’ Cup Dirt Mile. Hollendorfer won his first grade I in 1988, when Cal-bred King Glorious won the Hollywood Futurity. That horse came back the next year to win the grade I Haskell Invitational Handicap at Monmouth Park. Hollendorfer’s first graded stakes winner was Cal-bred Variety Road, who captured the grade III Rolling Green Stakes at Golden Gate Fields in 1988. With a quick tip of the hat to some of the top breeders who produce Cal-breds, Hollendorfer said, “Much of the credit goes to the many horses I’ve got from Tommy Town Thoroughbreds and Mr. and Mrs. Larry Williams.” He pointed out, also, that some of his winners were owned by him or in partnership with many longtime clients, including Halo Farms. Being a co-owner of much of his racing stock has been a hallmark of the Hollendorfer style from his beginnings in 1979. He explains that thusly: “It started out that way while I was beginning to build my business. It worked so I’ve just kept doing it.” Hollendorfer’s premier year of 2013 netted $11,221,761 in purse money, a far cry from his debut year of $40,918. He struggled for another six years before he hit the milliondollar mark for the first time in 1986. He’s been sitting at the seven-figure mark every year since. He has also hit the 100-plus plateau in victories each year since 1986, with his best season of 308 wins in 2004. His 2013 earnings ran his career total to $145,312,093, good for seventh on the all-time list. His 6,548 victories through Dec. 31, put him in third place.

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Although he’s been a man of many accolades over the past dozen or so years, Jerry Hollendorfer now reigns as Trainer of the Year in California for 2013. He will receive that honor at the Annual Awards Dinner of the California Thoroughbred Breeders Association (CTBA) at The Claremont Hotel Club & Spa in Berkeley on Feb. 10. Hollendorfer, coming off his greatest year yet for purse earnings and already a national Racing Hall of Fame honoree, now can add the CTBA’s prestigious award to his resumé. And the honor is not lost on the quiet man of California racing, who said, “It’s a great honor to win this award. It’s the first time for me and I’m extremely honored.” Helping to make 2013 a standout year was the presence of 14 California-bred stakes winners, four of whom won graded events, including the grade I Del Mar Futurity by Tamarando, the grade II Hollywood ©Benoit Oaks by Doinghardtimeagain, the grade III Berkeley Handicap and All American Stakes by Summer Hit and the grade III Wilshire Handicap by Halo Dolly. Hollendorfer’s other Cal-bred stakes winners were Ain’t No Other, Going for a Spin, Hirschy, Sister Kate, Curvy Cat, Kate’s Event, U’narack, Life Is a Joy, Swiss Lake Yodeler and Rousing Sermon. Along with his Cal-bred stars, Hollendorfer, who was voted into racing’s Hall of Fame in 2011, posted other grade I victories in Betfair Hollywood Park’s CashCall Futurity by Shared Belief, the Del Mar Thoroughbred Club’s Clement L. Hirsch Stakes with Lady of Fifty and Belmont Park’s Metropolitan Handicap (Met Mile) with Sahara Sky. Shared Belief added the grade III Prevue Stakes on his way to winning the Eclipse Award as Champion Two-Year-Old Male. Hollendorfer is no stranger to grade I excellence. Prior to 2013, he chalked up 14 such victories, most notably of which were three Kentucky Oaks wins—with Lite Light in

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A Hot Pursuit

California Sires by MARCIE HEACOX

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legendary sire Storm Cat was also the overall leader in races won, with 199, and consequently had the highest number of winners—107. His 203 runners made 1,182 starts. Tribal Rule’s progeny had the most all-weather earnings in California—$1,771,082—and fourth-most nationally. Ethnic Dance was Tribal Rule’s chief money maker. Out of the Chester House mare House of Danzing, the colt won a maiden, allowance optional claiming race and the grade II, $251,250 Del Mar Derby. Tribal Rule will stand the 2014 season for a $6,500 fee. Don Cohn, who owns Ballena Vista with his wife, Karen Cohn, said he thinks Tribal Rule is the best Storm Cat son outside of Kentucky. “He’s been a very successful stallion and he continues to be, and I’m very fortunate to have him,” Cohn said. Third on the earnings leaderboard was Eddington, who has joined Tribal Rule at Ballena Vista for his first breeding season in California. A large segment of his offspring’s $3,698,416 came from Secret Circle, who won an allowance optional claiming race and the grade I Breeders’ Cup Sprint to rake in $859,800. The campaign earned him a place as finalist for the Eclipse Award for Champion Male Sprinter. Eddington was tied for second in number of winners (82), third in number of races won (128) and tied for third for number of two-year-old winners (9). He’ll stand the 2014 season for $3,500. Tommy Town Thoroughbreds’ Ministers Wild Cat was fourth in progeny earnings at $3,526,137, with the fifthhighest average earnings per runner ($29,142). The son of Deputy Minister was second by number of races won (169) and tied with Eddington for second-most winners (82). A third Ballena Vista stallion, Benchmark, rounded out the top five stallions by money won with $2,893,260. The son of Alydar also ranked fourth in races won (126) and Continued on page 44

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The race for the 2013 title of California’s leading sire by progeny earnings was torrid nearing year’s end, but Unusual Heat proved he could take the heat and continued his streak. With six straight titles, the Harris Farms stallion holds outright the second-longest streak all-time after having been tied with Alibhai (GB) and Flying Paster. A son of Nureyev and Rossard (Den), he still has a long way to go to match Khaled (GB), who was leading sire from 1952 to 1964. Unusual Heat’s sons and daughters compiled $4,903,019 in purse earnings, topping the $4,810,599 of Tribal Rule’s offspring. This number’s lower than his 2008 state record of $5,827,513 but higher than the 2010, 2011 and 2012 totals, which were bolstered by national and state champion Acclamation, who’s now standing at Old English Rancho. Unusual Heat’s only graded stakes winner in 2013 was Gervinho, who all but clinched the money title with his victory in the grade II, $201,000 Sir Beaufort Stakes on Dec. 26. The three-year-old colt out of Foreverinthegame, by Out of Place, also won the $113,150 Oceanside Stakes in July. The stallion’s other eight stakes winners of 2013 included Unusual Way, his highest individual earner of the year with $404,750. Unusual Heat, who will stand the 2014 season for a $20,000 fee, also ranked first in average earnings per runner—$39,540—and average earnings per start— $6,238. His 124 different runners made 786 starts and won 114 times. He was far and away the topper of turf earnings with $3,390,407, nearly $2 million more than second-ranked Tribal Rule. That number was enough to rank fifth nationally. Unusual Heat’s now been the leading turf sire in California for nine out of the past 10 years. Ballena Vista Farm and Martin and Pam Wygod’s Tribal Rule was second in progeny earnings but ruled the twoyear-old ranks for the third consecutive year with the most earnings—$576,758—and most winners—13. The son of

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California Sires Cont’d. fifth in winners (68). His frontrunner in 2013 was Points Offthebench, who won the grade I Bing Crosby and Santa Anita Sprint Championship Stakes before suffering a fatal training injury. His exploits earned him the Eclipse Award for Champion Male Sprinter. Outside of the top five by progeny earnings, Magali Farms stallion Good Journey had the highest median earnings per runner at $15,080. He was third by turf earnings ($1,047,126), fourth by average earnings per runner ($29,610) and fourth by average earnings per two-year-old runner ($28,780). The pensioned Bertrando held his own against the young guns to have the highest average earnings per two-year-old runner—$38,664. The 25-year-old son of Skywalker was second in two-year-old earnings with $502,636. Grade I, $301,500 Del Mar Futurity winner Tamarando played a large part. J. Paul Reddam’s Square Eddie, who stands at Vessels Stallion Farm for $7,500, was California’s leading freshman sire of 2013. The grade I-winning son of Smart Strike had five

winners from 13 runners for $473,045 in progeny earnings. Those numbers led to the second-best overall average earnings per runner ($36,388), second-best two-year-old average earnings and third-most two-year-old earnings ($473,045). Sprouts was Square Eddie’s primary bread winner with $171,490. From six starts, she won a maiden and the Cinderella and California Thoroughbred Breeders Association Stakes, both worth $100,250. Ballena Vista’s Dixie Chatter was second among freshman sires with $397,360, and had the second-most two-year-old winners—10, from 28 runners. Time to Get Even, who stands at Lovacres Ranch, was third-leading freshman sire with $269,441. Heatseeker (Ire), last year’s top freshman sire, led all second-crop sires in the state with $1,481,295 of progeny earnings, and ranked second overall in median earnings per runner ($15,000). His power came in numbers. The Harris Farms stallion had 58 runners and 34 winners, far ahead of second-ranked Lucky J. H. (Harris Farms), whose 16 runners and nine winners made $453,516. The late McCann’s Mojave (Rancho San Miguel) finished third in progeny earnings at $342,958. Lovacres Ranch stallion Awesome Gambler was the top freshman, second-crop and now third-crop sire. His 43 runners and 14 winners raked in $647,778 in 2013. Don’tsellmeshort (Running Luck Ranch) was second with $429,797, and Jet West was third with $244,873. Bertrando and Tizbud’s (Harris Farms) progeny tied for the most graded stakes wins at three each. Bertrando’s winners were Summer Hit, who took the grade III, $100,000 All American Stakes and Berkeley Handicap, and the aforementioned Tamarando. Tizbud’s Tiz Flirtatious scored in the grade II, $150,250 Santa Ana Stakes, grade II, $250,000 John C. Mabee Stakes and the grade I, $250,500 Rodeo Drive Stakes. Unusual Heat had the most overall stakes winners (nine) and stakes wins (13). Benchmark was a close second with eight and 12, respectively. Tribal Rule and Ministers Wild Cat tied for third with seven and 11, respectively.

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Magali Farms’ Good Journey (Nureyev—Chimes of Freedom, by Private Account)

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California Sires

Star Players

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A 10-year-old by Stephen Got Even, he stands at Lovacres Ranch. Desert Code’s five winners were led by the filly Moving Desert, who placed in three stakes races in Southern California. His 12 runners banked $259,446 on behalf of their 10-year-old sire, a multiple graded stakes winner by E Dubai who stands at Harris Farms. Credited with nine winners apiece last year were Papa Clem of Legacy Ranch and Lovacres’ Bushwacker. Papa Clem’s collective progeny earnings of $243,863 were headed by Hirschy, winner of the Cavonnier Juvenile Stakes at Santa Rosa. The gelding was one of 18 first-crop runners by the eight-year-old Smart Strike stallion, who won two grade II races. Grade III winner Bushwacker, a 12-year-old son of Outflanker, yielded overall progeny earnings of $231,721, with 19 starters from his inaugural crop of 25 foals. Chief among this troupe was the winning gelding Tupelo Cush, runner-up in Golden Gate Fields’ Lost in the Fog Stakes. A pair of geldings by the dual graded stakes-placed winner Roi Charmant proved to be precocious winners, led by Gangnam Guy, who placed in two juvenile stakes races during Del Mar’s 2013 meet. The Evansville Slew stallion, 13, generated progeny earnings of $132,714 from his Magali Farms base. Four additional California sires sent out winners in their respective first crops, including two graded stakes-winning sons of Benchmark. Five of seven starters by California-bred grade I winner Idiot Proof, a dual state champion who recently moved from Ballena Vista to Victory Rose Thoroughbreds, reached the winner’s circle last year. Meanwhile, the Tommy Town Thoroughbreds resident Grazen, a Cal-bred grade III winner, met the year-end deadline on Dec. 28 with a debut winner at Golden Gate. The sole runner by Paradise Road Ranch’s unraced Lion Heart stallion Brave Cat emerged a winner, as did Echo Zulu, a dual stakes-placed gelding by the deceased Exploit stallion E Z Warrior. Also noteworthy in this group of freshman sires, with two winners from his initial crop, is Lone Star Special, a two-time stakes winner by Malabar Gold who relocated from Louisiana to stand at Special T Thoroughbreds in 2014.

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Ballena Vista Farm’s Dixie Chatter

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Like the star-filled Los Angeles Lakers line-ups during the team’s heydays of the 1980s, the California freshman sire roster of 2013 was deep in capacity, featuring several standouts whose individual contributions led to a strong showing overall. Unlike last year, when only two California-based freshman sires managed to generate respective progeny earnings in the six-figure realm from their inaugural crops of two-year-olds, seven of the Golden State’s freshman sires of 2013 accomplished the feat. Three of these stallions attained stakes winners, compared to just one last year, and five of them ranked among the top 25 freshman sires in North America by total progeny earnings for the year; in 2012, only three ranked among the top 50. Emerging as the most valuable player of California’s 2013 freshman sire squad was Square Eddie, a flashy grade I winner at two whose offspring also displayed early potential. With 13 runners from his first crop of 32 registered juveniles, the Smart Strike stallion amassed five winners and $473,045 in progeny earnings. Four of his sons and daughters were competitive in stakes company, led by the fast-developing filly Sprouts, winner of Del Mar Thoroughbred Club’s California Thoroughbred Breeders Association Stakes and Betfair Hollywood Park’s Cinderella Stakes, each valued at $100,250. Square Eddie, eight, stands at Vessels Stallion Farm in Bonsall. Ranking second among all California freshman sires by year-end progeny earnings, and first by number of winners and stakes winners, was Dixie Chatter, a resident of Ballena Vista Farm in Ramona. The nine-year-old son of Dixie Union, winner of the grade I Norfolk Stakes for juveniles in 2007, concluded the season with collective progeny earnings of $397,949. Ten of his 28 starters won races last year, anchored by the talented filly Architecture, who nabbed three stakes titles at Hastings Racecourse in her native Canada, and the minor Turf Paradise stakes winner Southern Chatter. With 17 starters from his introductory crop of 23 juveniles, grade III winner Time to Get Even generated progeny earnings of $273,087. His seven winners included the ambitious filly Time for Angie, whose six consecutive outings in stakes company yielded a pair of third-place finishes.

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Charles “Chuck” Winner: A Formula For Success

by STEVE SCHUELEIN In Charles “Chuck” Winner’s 17th-floor Century Owners of California), breeders, trainers, tracks—in City business office towering over Los Angeles, a agreement going forward. large collage prominently secured on one wall “The closing of Hollywood Park was a sends a philosophical message in Spanish sad day for all, but at the end of the day, we words. have to turn it into a positive,” continued Winner explained that it meant not to Winner. “Every crisis is an opportunity. despair because tomorrow will be a better Here’s a real opportunity with the added day: although things look dark, the sun will dates at Santa Anita, Del Mar and Los come out. Alamitos to do some fresh and positive things. Adhering to that optimistic outlook “We’ve taken a few steps, but we have a may be critical to the recently elected Chairman of the California Horse Racing long way to go,” he conceded. “In addition Board (CHRB), dealing with myriad problems in the industry. to the growth of the racing and breeding industry, which is Facing declining numbers in people, horses and racetracks, paramount, we have to get people into the seats. We have to get a younger, broader group of people Winner has his work cut out. in. We have to be creative and think out Few may be better qualified to of the box. The board can only assist.” cope with the varied complex issues Winner also emphasized integrity and than the aptly named Winner, a wintrack safety issues as top priorities. ner off the track with the Winner & Winner indicated that his only regret Associates company he founded in has been the shrinkage of his stable 1975, and on the track as the owner of because of the demands of the new job. several major Thoroughbred stakes “I’m down to nine, the fewest number of winners, many carrying his gold and horses I’ve had in years,” said Winner. black silks with the letters “WINNER” “I’ve had as many as 60. I haven’t had on the back. the time to pick out the horses to buy.” A youthful 73, Winner sat in a Winner, whose stable is divided chair flanked by photos and trophies between trainers Paddy Gallagher and reflecting a long and productive life in Simon Callaghan, said he prefers to buy both the professional and sports worlds. “Growth,” he replied when asked ©CHRB privately as opposed to auctions and about his number one goal since taking claiming, a formula that seems to have the helm of the CHRB in January. “It’s fairly simple. I would paid off handsomely for him. The Beverly Hills resident has like to see a lot of good things happen for California racing been a California Thoroughbred Breeders Association and breeding. It’s going to take a lot of people pulling togeth- (CTBA) member since 1987. er to stimulate that. Operating mostly in a variety of partnerships, Winner “Frankly, I think we’re getting there,” he added. “David has owned such major stakes winners as Magical Fantasy, (former chairman David Israel) did a helluva job. And I have Daytona (Ire), I Want Revenge, Liberian Freighter, a good board to work with. The addiDomestic Dispute, Walkslikeaduck, tion of Madeline Auerbach will be a The Pamplemousse, Three Degrees big help to breeders.” (Ire) and Fine n’ Majestic. Winner hoped the Southern CaliThe office serves as a museum to fornia circuit would learn to adapt to a many of their accomplishments: a silver calendar without Hollywood Park for tray for I Want Revenge winning the the first time since 1938. “The closing of 2009 Wood Memorial Stakes (grade I); a Hollywood Park was a stimulant to get glass vase for Domestic Dispute winning us to address some of these problems— the 2004 Strub Stakes (grade II); a cup stabling and race dates—and to get the ©Benoit for Liberian Freighter winning the institutions—TOC (Thoroughbred 2011 Arcadia Stakes (grade II); a glass Magical Fantasy

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horsehead for Fine n’ Majestic winning the 1995 California Derby (grade III); a photo of Magical Fantasy being sold for $1.8 million at Fasig-Tipton’s 2009 November Sale. “Magical Fantasy was the best I’ve had,” said Winner of the millionaire filly who won four grade I turf stakes in 2008 and 2009. “I picked her out in England. She would be the standout.” Liberian Freighter, a quirky California-bred gelding, also holds a special place in Winner’s heart. “I bought a fifty-one percent interest in him after Ed Nahem (his owner-breeder) died,” said Winner. “He had a tendency not to want to go into the gate. Neil (trainer Neil Drysdale) had to saddle him in the walking ring while walking. He marched to his own drummer. But when the gate opened, he was all business. And when he crossed the wire, he was all done. He never galloped out.” Liberian Freighter, by Bertrando, won 10 of 33 starts from 2007 to 2012 and earned $759,090. The Arcadia was one of three graded stakes scores. Liberian Freighter was sold privately after retirement and found a second lease on life last year as a standout in the Thoroughbred Classic Horse Show (TCHS) series. The irony of a horse who refused to go the gate relishing the jumps in the hunter-jumper world did not escape Winner, who still follows his exploits. “He’s found a second career, the best thing you can do for a racehorse,” said Winner. “It’s a thrill for me to see what he’s doing.” Winner was also thrilled to see how well dual graded stakes winner The Pamplemousse was doing since being retired to stud at Rancho San Miguel after he sold his share. His first crop last year featured the $160,000 sales-topper, a colt, at the Barretts October Yearling Sale. “I got interested in ownership in 1985, when I had lunch with a friend about tax issues,” said Winner of the fateful meal. “He asked if I had ever owned and said there was a sale at Hollywood Park the next day. I called his trainer, Humberto Aguilera, and we bought a horse we knew nothing about but was cute.” Winner named the horse Jayenezy after the first initials of his four children, Justyn, Nicole, Ethan and Zachary. Winner said the inexpensive horse won a race at Hollywood Park and a new venture was launched. Shortly thereafter, Winner won his first stakes race with Bolchina, a California-bred filly who captured the 1987 Bustles and Bows Stakes at Fairplex Park and the 1988 La

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Habra Stakes at Santa Anita Park. She became a productive broodmare for him, foaling eight winners of 26 races. Before his stable flourished, Winner was well on his way with his multi-faceted company. Winner & Associates, one of the leading public policy and corporate branding, advertising and public relations firms in the nation, provides strategic, crisis, marketing and government relations communications services to numerous corporations, trade associations, law firms and government organizations. The company was sold to French-based Publicis in 2000. Winner remains as a consultant while two of his sons— Zachary, the CEO; and Justyn, General Counsel and Executive Vice President—hold down leading executive posts. Winner also remains a partner in Winner & Mandabach Campaigns, the leading ballot measure campaign firm in the country. An outgrowth of Winner & Associates, the company split off separately in Santa Monica in partnership with Paul Mandabach, also a partner in several horses. The many hats Winner has worn have brought him into contact with the racing industry on multiple fronts. He has worked for both Santa Anita and Hollywood Park as well as presenting gaming ballots that brought racinos to several states and riverboat gambling to Missouri. He has also represented Indian tribes in California and was responsible for crafting Propositions 5 and 1A. “I started working in politics in 1958 for Governor Pat Brown,” said Winner, a Los Angeles native, while still in high school. “In 1960, I was going to my first semester at UCLA and was asked to work on the campaign for President Kennedy. I never went back to school.” Instead, he embarked upon a career in which he would work for and meet not only governors Brown and his son Jerry but also presidents Kennedy, Clinton and Obama as evidenced by office photos. On a more somber note, he was also at the Ambassador Hotel in Los Angeles the night that Robert Kennedy was assassinated in 1968. Winner’s other great passion is UCLA sports. A Bruin fan since his childhood, Winner became a friend and admirer of legendary basketball coach John Wooden, attends most home basketball and football games with his wife Annie and has been named on several sports-related committees. Also found framed on an office wall are the steps in Wooden’s famed pyramid to success. It will be another tool that should come in handy for Winner in trying to forge a winning formula for California racing.

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Focus On The Future

Alexis Garske: Hooked On A Feeling

by EMILY SHIELDS The first time she sat on a horse, Alexis Garske was the next summer, when she did land the coveted internirrevocably hooked. “When I was two or three, my dad put ship at Del Mar. There she met the “amazing” Debbie me on a horse with a big white blaze,” Garske recalled. “He Olsen, who works as the Publicity Coordinator at Santa introduced me to horses, and then to racing.” Anita Park. “She saw something in me,” Garske said, “and Richard Garske was a prosecutor and at offered me a job during the upcoming one time worked with a California Horse Breeders’ Cup.” Racing Board (CHRB) investigator, who Garske took a week off of school to work introduced him to Quarter Horse racing. during racing’s championship event, and was “He was always a cowboy at heart, and fell in rewarded with a full time job offer at Santa love with it.” The two men remained Anita. “I work on the media guide, I do interfriends, and as San Diego native Alexis grew views, I get quotes after stakes races. I’m up, racing started to take root in her life, working on incorporating more video with too. “We went to Del Mar (Thoroughbred everything we do.” Club) for the morning workouts when I was Garske, who will be 30 on Kentucky Derby seven,” she recalled. “I became obsessed. day this May, didn’t mind marketing, but Every summer I was begging him to go enjoys being in publicity because she feels watch workouts.” closer to the game. “I didn’t fall in love with The legendary Cigar became “their” ©Sandra Garske concerts at Del Mar, I fell in love with Del horse, and Garske vividly recalls seeing him Mar itself,” she explained. “I wanted to be Alexis Garske with her late father in the morning at Del Mar, preparing for his closer to the animal.” Now, she is lucky Richard Garske heartbreaking run in the enough to be around 1996 Pacific Classic some special animals; (grade I). Despite Cigar’s Garske regularly visits loss, snapping a 16-race six-time grade I winwin streak, Garske conner Game on Dude tinued to pursue her and other horses in dreams, getting a job Bob Baffert’s barn. walking hots for John Although Garske Sadler when she was 16. loves her Santa Anita After high school, Garske job, she dreams of one enrolled in the Race day returning to her Track Industry Program San Diego roots for a (RTIP) at the University full time gig in Del of Arizona. “I figured if it Mar’s press box. She’s was good enough for never forgotten her Pletcher and Baffert, it father, either, although was where I should be,” ©Zoe Metz Richard Garske passed she said. in March of 2013. “He Alexis Garske with 2013 Breeders’ Cup Sprint (grade I) winner Secret Circle. Although a career was the best person training horses was never on the radar—“it’s still not the I've ever had the pleasure of meeting and I was just lucky easiest thing to be a woman on the backside”—Garske was enough to be related to him. Because of him, I'm better at determined to find a niche for herself. She credits the Uni- my job. Because of him, I know how to be better as a perversity for their internship placement; Garske found herself son. It was just so great to be able to show him around working marketing at Ellis Park in Kentucky. “I’d wanted to Santa Anita and my office before he passed. To know he intern at Del Mar, but Ellis turned out to be the best thing saw me actually doing what he knew I love so much and that happened,” she said. “I was a big fish in a little pond.” what he had helped me strive for, for so long meant the After her stint at Ellis, Garske was more prepared for world to me.”

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The Grade California-Breds

Gervinho: Quite Remarkable

by GENE WILLIAMS A model of consistency throughout his young career, Gervinho now has his first graded stakes victory tucked away and could be ready for more of the same when he returns from a well-deserved break in the action later this year. Both trainer Carla Gaines and owner Keith Brackpool have their eyes on a late-summer/fall campaign for the fouryear-old California-bred son of six-time leading California sire Unusual Heat, a resident of Harris Farms. Perhaps the pair can persuade the Del Mar Thoroughbred Club to schedule a race that would fit him on opening day July 17, since Gervinho has two opening-day victories on his resumé—last year’s $113,150 Oceanside Stakes at Del Mar and the grade II, $201,000 Sir Beaufort Stakes during Santa Anita Park’s 20132014 opener on Dec. 26. That win gave the Gaines trainee a long-awaited graded stakes victory. That’s not to say he hasn’t been productive in his two-year campaign. In nine starts at two and three, the bay colt has been off the board only once and out-of-themoney also just on one occasion. Even at that, he claimed a payday in those races—with a fourth place in the 2013 Hollywood Derby and a fifth place in the 2012 Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Turf, both grade I events. Overall, Gervinho has four wins, two seconds and a third in nine starts. Three of the victories came in stakes races, and his earnings now stand at $422,140. It’s little wonder, then, that Gaines says, “He’s a very special horse. He’s done everything we’ve asked of him.” Since winning at first asking on Del Mar’s all-weather Polytrack surface, the Unusual Heat colt has stuck to turf racing, just as so many of his sire’s progeny have done. His running style on the grass is one that features mostly upclose stalking with determined acceleration as the field turns for home and a deep-stretch rush to the wire in his winning efforts.

The colt’s hiatus from racing is the result of a need to take care of a small knee chip that was noticed following the Sir Beaufort. “It’s a little thing,” Gaines said, adding that she expects him to return in fine form once again. He took an equivalent break for a similar reason following his Breeders’ Cup race. He returned from that layoff to finish a strong second in Golden Gate Fields’ Silky Sullivan Stakes before capturing Del Mar’s Oceanside Stakes on July 17. His victory in the Sir Beaufort was one of almost-impossible proportions, since he was carried eight-wide turning into the stretch and yet made up four lengths down the stretch to finish a head to the good in a blanket finish. Following the race, Gaines said: “I just told (Jockey) Rafael (Bejarano) to settle into stride and make a run at the quarter pole on the outside. . .but someone got in his way along the way. I thought we were done, so I was so happy to see him re-rally.” Echoing Gaines’ comments, owner Brackpool said, “How he recovered from that and went on to win is remarkable in a mile, grade two race.” Also, the victory made him only the second Cal-bred to capture the Sir Beaufort, the other being another Unusual Heat son, The Usual Q. T., in 2009. Brackpool, Santa Anita’s Chairman and a California Thoroughbred Breeders Association (CTBA) member, purchased the Unusual Heat colt privately following a buy-back at the two-year-old Barretts sale and quickly changed his name from He’s Game to Gervinho, playing to both his preference for one-word names and as a nod to his favorite soccer player on his favorite soccer team. That team would be the Arsenal and the player who starred for the team at the time was Ivory Coast native Gervais Lombe Yao Kouassi, otherwise known as Gervinho. The horse has not disappointed, much as his namesake, though the soccer player was sold by Arsenal to Italian club A.S. Roma for eight million Euros six months ago.

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Racing In Southern California

Cal-Breds Show Their Mettle

by MARCIE HEACOX Last month at Santa Anita Park, two six-year-old California-breds proved they still have spunk by winning their first stakes races. A Team Of Veterans Cyclometer decoded the stakes-winning formula to take the $88,960 Midnight Lute Stakes on Jan. 4. With 48-yearold Hall of Fame jockey Mike Smith at the controls, the chestnut horse began awkwardly but steadily made up ground outside his three rivals. Under a hand ride, he out-rallied Moonshine Bay to win by three quarters of a length. Anillo was third, and even-money favorite Midnight Transfer fourth. The 8-5 second choice, Cyclometer completed six furlongs on a fast dirt track in 1:08.95. Bruce Headley, who turns 80 this month, was the winning trainer, as well as co-breeder and co-owner with Irwin and Andrew Molasky. Cyclometer became the second stakes winner for his sire Cyclotron, who stands for a private fee at Old English Rancho in Sanger. Cyclometer is the first stakes winner and richest foal out of his dam, Moana Loa, a daughter of grade I winner Eastern Echo and the grade III-placed stakes winner Out of the Bid. Cyclometer broke his maiden in his second start on Feb. 9, 2012, and then won three allowance races in the following 13 starts. He achieved his first stakes placing in the $100,750 On Trust Handicap at Betfair Hollywood Park on Nov. 24. The Midnight Lute was his next start and his first stakes win. It led to his status as the 7-5 betting favorite in the $126,000 Donald Valpredo California Cup Sprint Stakes on Jan. 25, but he finished fifth. Cyclometer’s lifetime record is 18-5-5-3, and he’s banked $332,754.

No Longer The Backup Dancer Dancingtothestars had been knocking on the stakeswinning door for a year before finally taking center stage in the $91,000 Megahertz Stakes on Jan. 18. The dark bay or brown mare broke well, but jockey Mario Gutierrez took her back to a stalking position in the field of five fillies and mares. In the final turn, Dancingtothestars quickly passed the early leader, 7-5 favorite Fanticola, with little asking. Gutierrez had to ride harder nearing the finish, but Fanticola couldn’t regain her position, and Gulsary (Ire) finished third. Charlie Em (GB) and Charm the Maker completed the order. Dancingtothestars won by three quarters of a lengths in the one-mile turf race, stopping the timer at 1:33.77. Her final odds were 9-2. Dancingtothestars races for breeder Ren-Mar Thoroughbreds, namesake of Margie Lambert and her late husband, Rene Lambert. Her sire is Good Journey, who stands at Magali Farms for a $5,000 fee. Her dam is the In Excess (Ire) mare A Lil Excess, a five-time winner of $157,300 and secondgeneration Cal-bred for the Lamberts. Dancingtothestars is her second foal, and her first foal was stakes-placed A Lil Dumaani who won nine races and earned $386,730. Doug O’Neill’s been Dancingtothestars’ trainer since she began her career in December of 2010. She didn’t break her maiden until her third start, in June of 2012. After that, she won four allowance-level races and placed in four consecutive stakes races before breaking through in the Megahertz. Her career record thus far is 20-6-4-4 with $400,872 in earnings.

Cyclometer $88,960 Midnight Lute Stakes—January 4, 2014

Dancingtothestars $91,000 Megahertz Stakes—January 18, 2014

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Another Man’s Treasure

Cost Of Freedom: Dues Paid

What’s the cost of freedom? For the 11-year-old California-bred gelding Cost of Freedom, it was $8,650. That’s how much racetrack clocker John Malone paid in December to remove the grade I-winning millionaire from his prolonged descent through the claiming ranks. Harris Farms bred the son of Cee’s Tizzy and nine-time winner Freedom Dance, by Moscow Ballet, and started him in maiden claiming races during 2006. He won four of eight starts before trainer John Sadler claimed him for $50,000 in July of 2008. He immediately improved for new owners Gary and Cecil Barber, setting a new track record in a Del Mar Thoroughbred Club allowance and winning the grade I, $250,000 Ancient Title Stakes at Santa Anita Park in September, enough to earn the title of 2008 California Champion Older Male. Cost of Freedom then missed two races because veterinarians deemed him unsound, and didn’t start again until September of 2009. In 2010, he won the grade III, $100,000 Los Angeles Handicap and Vernon O. Underwood Stakes, the $100,000 Donald Valpredo California Cup Sprint Stakes and the $71,706 Miles Tyson Stakes in Hollywood Park record time. After three straight losses, Sadler dropped Cost of Freedom in for a $32,000 tag during 2011, and Northern Californiabased trainer Ed Moger Jr. took the bait. Cost of Freedom never finished worse than fifth in 16 starts for Moger. Trainer Genaro Vallejo and owners Battle Born Racing Stable and Nick Ferrara claimed Cost of Freedom for $12,500 at Golden Gate Fields on April 6, 2013. He won two of six races for them, passing the $1 million earnings mark in the process. On Dec. 21, 2013, trainer Robertino Diodoro and owner Rick Wiest claimed Cost of Freedom for $8,000 when he finished 10th at Hollywood Park. Malone had been concerned about the gelding since the 2011 claim, and immediately moved to purchase and

retire him after the worst finish of his 47-race career. Diodoro agreed to sell for the $8,650 cost of claiming and taxes. He also cared for Cost of Freedom until Dec. 30, and paid for transportation to Malone’s small band of Thoroughbreds in Temecula. Malone wasn’t the only one who’d wanted to help Cost of Freedom. Trainer Carl O’Callaghan collected donations from the horse’s fans and transferred funds to Malone. There’s a conflict over the correct amount of funds from that source, but Malone said he’s received donations from more than 50 people, including $2,000 from Sadler and $1,000 from the Barbers. On Cost of Freedom’s first night at his new home, Malone sat in his car next to the pen until 1:30 a.m. to make sure he’d be okay. Aside from a braying mule at an adjacent property, Cost of Freedom has immediately taken his new sights and sounds in stride. Malone’s gradually increasing the size of Cost of Freedom’s pen so the horse doesn’t hurt himself playing too vigorously. He may eventually be paired with Malone’s other retired Cal-bred gelding, Judge Gallivan. Malone said he was worried Cost of Freedom would be too energetic because he reportedly loved to train at the track, but he’s adjusted quickly. “I might throw a saddle on him sooner than I thought,” Malone said. Malone’s been chronicling Cost of Freedom’s new life through a Facebook page his daughter, Megan Malone, created. It had hundreds of “likes” within days of the horse’s retirement, and nearly 1,000 likes within a month. There were also multiple articles written about the saga. Malone said he never expected so much attention for his involvement with Cost of Freedom, but the experience has had a positive effect. “Since he showed up, it’s been like a shot in the arm,” Malone said. “It made me more positive. This whole thing has made me a better person.”

Cost of Freedom (#8) wins the Grade I Ancient Title Stakes in September of 2008.

Cost of Freedom with John Malone at Santa Anita Park in December of 2013.

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SOUGHT AFTER

2000 Bay - Height 16.0 - Dosage Profile: 12-7-19-0-0; DI: 3.00; CD: +0.82

RACE AND (STAKES) RECORD

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IN THE STUD

Mr. Prospector 1178 foals, 181 SWs

SOUGHT AFTER entered stud in 2003.

STATISTICAL SUMMARY 8 crops

Foals of racing age Starters (/Fls) Winners (/Str) Total Starts Total Wins (/Starts) Total Earnings Avg. Earnings (/Str) Avg. Earnings (/Start) Stakes Wnrs (/Str) Stakes Horses (/Str) Avg. Earnings Index Comparable Index 2013 Statistics

Starters Winners (/Str) Total Starts Total Wins (/Starts) Total Earnings Avg. Earnings (/Str) Avg. Earnings (/Start) Stakes Wnrs (/Str)

Lifetime

Lifetime 2yo

Seeking the Gold (1985) 935 foals, 92 SWs

96 96 57(59%) 33(34%) 35(61%) 12(36%) 682 99 87(13%) 15(15%) $1,549,247 $379,851 $27,180 $11,511 $2,272 $3,837 1(2%) 0(0%) 5(9%) 3(9%) 0.76 0.99 0.87 26 11(42%) 118 17(14%) $191,554 $7,367 $1,623 0(0%)

Con Game 10 foals, 3 SWs

Danzig 1074 foals, 202 SWs Smolensk (1992) 12 foals, 1 SWs Blush With Pride 15 foals, 3 SWs

SOUGHT AFTER HAS SIRED

CONTROL SEEKER (2006 c., dam by Red Ransom). 10 wins, 2 to 7, 2013, $377,338, Bull Dog H.-L, Joseph T. Grace H., 2nd All-American S.-G3, I’m Smokin S.-LR. Mom’s Intuition (2004 f., Beau Genius). 6 wins, 4 to 6, $56,747, 3rd Bluegrass S. Bean Who (2005 c., Cutlass Reality). Winner at 3, $29,690, 3rd Gateway to Glory S. Due South (2008 f., Cee’s Tizzy). 4 wins, 3 to 5, 2013, $17,603, 3rd City of Roses Filly & Mare Sprint Claiming Series S.- Final, City of Roses Filly & Mare Sprint Claiming Series S.-2nd Leg. Little Rockit Man (2011 c., T. U. Slew). Placed in 1 start at 2, 2013, 3rd Goose Island 312 Urban White Ale S. Gotnaceupersleeve (2008 f., Tahoe City). 8 wins, 3 to 5, 2013, $147,210. Seeking the Queen (2007 f., Smokester). 3 wins, $85,728. Danz With K J (2010 c., Brahms). 2 wins to 3, 2013, $54,443. Pacific Heat (2004 c., Incinderator). 2 wins at 2, $50,655. Sun Seeker (2007 c., Red Ransom). Winner at 2, $47,058. Too Pink (2006 f., Relaunch). Winner at 2 and 4, $44,300. Miss Sought After (2005 f., Numerous). 2 wins, $43,600. Scalpers Dream (2008 f., Deposit Ticket). 5 wins, 3 to 5, 2013, $42,866. R Seeker (2008 c., Slewdledo). 4 wins, 2 to 4, placed at 5, 2013, $36,744. Canadian Charm (2004 f., Numerous). Winner, $36,728. Jewel Seeker (2009 f., Red Ransom). Winner at 2 and 3, placed at 4, 2013, $33,901. Carolina Grande (2009 f., Grand Flotilla). 2 wins, $31,958. Love Seeker (2005 f., Red Ransom). 2 wins to 3, $29,060. Fire Seeker (2008 c., Red Ransom). Winner at 3, $27,290. Look for Answers (2009 c., Proud Irish). 4 wins at 3 and 4, 2013, $26,898. Chase After (2008 c., Comic Strip). Winner at 3, $24,324. The Lasher (2004 c., Red Ransom). 3 wins at 3, $24,251. After Reality (2007 c., Relaunch). Winner at 2, $24,126. Cross Fire (2006 c., You and I). Winner in 2 starts at 2, $23,650. Set ntr at Golden Gate Fields, 4 1/2 fur. in :51 1/5.

Native Dancer

Raise a Native 838 foals, 78 SWs

Raise You Nashua

Gold Digger 12 foals, 3 SWs

Sequence Tom Fool

Buckpasser 313 foals, 35 SWs

Busanda Hasty Road

Broadway 10 foals, 4 SWs

Flitabout Nearctic

Northern Dancer 636 foals, 147 SWs

Natalma Admiral’s Voyage

Pas de Nom 11 foals, 0 SWs

*Petitioner Red God

Blushing Groom (FR) 512 foals, 92 SWs

Runaway Bride (GB) Traffic Judge

Best in Show 17 foals, 4 SWs

Seeking the Stitch (2010 c., Puerto Madero (CHI)). 2 wins at 3, 2013, $20,130. Coastal Cathy (2007 f., Desert Classic). Winner, $19,465. Bellagio Road (2008 c., Unusual Heat). 3 wins at 5, 2013, $18,245. Jo Lanny (2007 c., Last Lion). 3 wins at 3 and 5, $16,187. Power of Eleven (2011 c., Lord Carson). Winner at 2, 2013, $14,440.. Sought for Speed (2006 c., Clever Trick). 3 wins at 4 and 7, 2013, $12,850.

MALE LINE

SOUGHT AFTER is by SEEKING THE GOLD, stakes winner of 8 races, $2,307,000, Super Derby-G1, etc. Among the leading sires, sire of 92 stakes winners, incl.-DUBAI MILLENNIUM. 5 wins, 2 to 4 in England, Hwt. colt at 3 on European Hand., 7 - 9 fur., Hwt. at 3 on English Hand., 7 - 9 1/2 fur., Hwt. older horse at 4 on English Hand., 9 1/2 - 11 fur., Queen Elizabeth II S.-G1, etc.; 2 wins in France, Prix du Haras de Fresnay-le-Buffard-Jacques Le Marois-G1, etc.; 2 wins at 4 in U.A.E., Horse of the year, Cham-pion older horse, Dubai World Cup-G1, etc. Sire. HEAVENLY PRIZE. 9 wins in 18 starts, 2 to 4, $1,825,940, Champion 3-year-old filly, Apple Blossom H.-G1, Beldame S.-G1, Frizette S.-G1, Alabama S.-G1, etc. CATCH THE RING. 7 wins to 4, $918,314, Champion 3year-old filly in Canada, Canadian Oaks-LR, etc. FLANDERS. 4 wins in 5 starts at 2, $805,000, Champion 2-year-old filly, Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies-G1, etc. SEEKING THE PEARL. 7 wins in Japan, NHK Mile Cup-G1, etc.; winner in France, Hwt. older mare at 4 on European Hand., 5 - 6 1/2 fur., Hwt. older mare at 4 on French Hand., 5 - 7 fur., Prix Maurice de Gheest-G1. PLEASANT HOME. 5 wins to 4, $1,378,070, Breeders’ Cup Distaff-G1, Bed o’ Roses Breeders’ Cup H.-G3, etc. WANDERIN BOY. 9 wins, $1,213,759, Brooklyn Breeders’ Cup H.-G2, Ben Ali S.-G3, Alysheba S.-G3, etc. DREAM SUPREME. 9 wins, $1,007,680, Test S.-G1, etc.

Stolen Hour

Polynesian Geisha Case Ace Lady Glory *Nasrullah Segula Count Fleet Miss Dogwood Menow Gaga War Admiral Businesslike Roman Traffic Court Challedon Bird Flower Nearco *Lady Angela Native Dancer Almahmoud Crafty Admiral Olympia Lou Petition Steady Aim *Nasrullah Spring Run Wild Risk Aimee *Alibhai Traffic Court Mr. Busher Late Date

BOB AND JOHN. 5 wins, $996,330, Wood Memorial S.G1, Lone Star Park H.-G3, Sham S.-G3, etc. Sire. CASH RUN. 5 wins to 3, $924,201, Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies-G1, Bonnie Miss S.-G2, Davona Dale S.-G2, etc.

FEMALE LINE

1st dam SMOLENSK, by Danzig. 3 wins at 2 and 3 in France, Prix d'Astarte-G2, etc.; placed at 3 in England, 2nd Coronation S.-G1; placed, $13,900, in N.A. Dam of-MARTHA'S MOON (f. by Malibu Moon). 3 wins at 2, placed at 3, 2013, $100,790, Blue Hen S.-L, etc. Can the Man (c. by Into Mischief). Winner in 2 starts at 2, 2013, $81,000, 3rd Del Mar Futurity-G1. Broodmare Sire DANZIG, 1977. Among the leading broodmare sires, sire of 478 dams of 3889 foals, 2898 rnrs (75%), 1954 wnrs (50%), 506 2yo wnrs (13%), 1.58 AEI, 1.44 CI, 209 stakes winners. 2nd dam BLUSH WITH PRIDE, by Blushing Groom (FR). 6 wins at 2 and 3, $536,807, Kentucky Oaks-G1, Santa Susana S.-G1, Ashland S.-G2, etc. Half-sister to MALINOWSKI (Champion 2-year-old in Ireland), MONROE, GIELGUD, Minnie Hauk. Dam of-BETTER THAN HONOUR (f. by Deputy Minister). 2 wins, $250,920, Demoiselle S.-G2, etc. Broodmare of the year in 2007. Dam of RAGS TO RICHES (f. by A.P. Indy, 5 wins, $1,342,528, Champion 3-year-old filly), MAN OF IRON (c. by Giant's Causeway, Hwt. colt at 3 on Irish Hand., 13 1/2 fur. & up; $270,000, in N.A.), JAZIL (c. by Seeking the Gold, $890,532, sire), CA-SINO DRIVE (c. by Mineshaft, $151,200, in N.A.). SMOLENSK (f. by Danzig). Stakes winner, above. TURNBERRY ISLE (IRE) (c. by Deputy Minister). 2 wins in 2 starts at 2 in Ireland, Juddmonte Beresford S.-G3; winner at 2 in England, 2nd Serpentine Gallery Royal Lodge S.-G2.

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Cal-Bred Millionaires’ Row

#57 Ultra Blend: From Humble Beginnings

by EMILY SHIELDS Ultra Blend’s name isn’t likely to come up in a discussion of the greatest California-breds of all time. In the minds of racing fans, she is probably not even ranked amongst the top few fillies and mares. However, none of that matters to Ultra Blend or to her connections, who watched the former claimer become another one of those great Cal-bred underdog stories, overcoming humble beginnings and a nearly career ending injury through four racing seasons to earn her place as California’s 57th millionaire. The Ultra Blend story began with a partnership and a one-eyed mare. Elven Adams and his former wife Shirley Streiff purchased the Desert Classic mare Ankha as a foal from Bryan Webb in 1996. She sported only one eye due to a paddock accident, but made it to the races and hit the board three times in seven starts. After producing three foals in 2001, 2002 and 2004, including the four-time winner Lil Nugget, and following a barren season, it became time to select another mate for Ankha. Enter Del Chase, whose BnD Chase Thoroughbreds stood Richly Blended, a dual grade III winner whose career was cut short following an unplaced try in the 2001 Preakness Stakes (grade I). “Elven had been my employee years

before, and had a mare they wanted to breed,” Chase explained. “I thought the cross to Richly Blended was great because he was from the Mr. Prospector line.” Ultra Blend was foaled on March 27, 2006. From the beginning, she was docile and likeable, but no standout. “She was the most pleasant filly; I can’t remember any problems we ever had in handling her,” Chase said. In an effort to dissolve the partnership, Adams and Chase sold a then-yearling Ultra Blend as part of a two-horse package deal to retired college professor Nels Erickson, who spotted the advertisement for the deal in an issue of the California Thoroughbred magazine. A $20,000 offer from Erickson was accepted, and he sent Ultra Blend to be conditioned by Art Sherman and his son Steve. The younger Sherman called Ultra Blend’s workouts “nonchalant,” and so she debuted in a $25,000 maiden claiming event during the San Joaquin County Fair at Stockton on Sept. 11, 2008. The filly finished a solid second, beaten 1 1/2 lengths, and went favored in her next start, another maiden race with a $32,000 tag. She cruised Continued on page 72

California-bred Ultra Blend, a 2006 daughter of Richly Blended and the Desert Classic mare Ankha, at Katsumi Yoshida’s Northern Farm in Japan during August of 2012.

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Cal-Bred Millionaires’ Row Cont’d. in that event at Golden Gate Fields, winning by six widening lengths on Oct. 18. Ultra Blend’s maiden win kicked off a run of four straight victories. She scored by an inspiring 10 lengths in a six-furlong allowance optional claiming race at Golden Gate on Nov. 14, then wheeled back to win there again on Dec. 5. She initiated her sophomore campaign with her first stakes attempt, Golden Gate’s $75,000 Tiburon Stakes, which she won by three lengths on Jan. 10. The win streak ended in the $52,750 King Glorious Handicap, an ambitious spot for Ultra Blend where she ultimately finished third, but she was facing males in the open-company event, and lost by only 2 1/2 lengths while closing steadily in the stretch. That earned her a trip down south to face graded stakes competition. Art Sherman took over for Steve for the grade III, $100,000 Santa Paula Stakes at Santa Anita Park. Ultra Blend was dismissed as the longest shot in the field of five, but finished second, beaten only by the speedy favorite Carlsbad. A trek over to Hollywood Park yielded a fourth-placed effort in the grade III, $100,000 Railbird Stakes, followed by another fourth in the grassy $87,335 Manhattan Beach Stakes. Ultra Blend always ran well, but couldn’t quite reach the winner’s circle. After a third-placed effort in the $100,000 Fleet Treat Stakes at the Del Mar Thoroughbred Club, she

ULTRA BLEND

RACE RECORD

Age

Bay Mare, March 27, 2006— Bred in California by BnD Chase Thoroughbreds & Elven Adams

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Starts

2 3 4 5 Totals

1st (SW)

4 7 6 8 25

3 1 3 4 11

(1) (3) (4)

finished second in another turf stakes there, the $112,525 Sandy Blue Handicap. That encouraging performance was immediately overshadowed by injury, as she returned to the barn with a cracked cannon bone, which required the insertion of a screw. Ultra Blend was out of training for eight months before returning to race for Steve Sherman in Northern California. After finishing third in an allowance optional claimer in June of 2010, Ultra Blend rebounded from her nearly careerending injury to win the $76,000 California State Fair Sprint Handicap at Sacramento by two lengths on July 17. She returned to the scene of her inury and just missed the win in the $100,000 Solana Beach Handicap at Del Mar, one year and one day after the Sandy Blue. Another third in an allowance at Golden Gate, and Ultra Blend then suddenly put it all together. Her run at millionaire status started off unassumingly, with a victory in the $100,000 CTT/TOC California Cup Matron Stakes on Oct. 30. She bested favored Lady Railrider in that effort, rallying from fifth in a field of seven to score by half a length. She cut back from that contest’s 1 1/16-mile distance to go 7 1/2 furlongs in the $80,400 Cat’s Cradle Handicap on Dec. 12, when she won by 3 1/4 lengths to affirm her versatility. Both races were run at Hollywood Park. During Ultra Blend’s championship 2011 season, she started Continued on page 74 2nd

3rd

1 2 1 2 6

0 2 2 1 5

Afleet Rizzi Top Wish Richly Blended Valid Appeal Valid Blend Blend of Poetry Damascus Desert Classic Classic Perfection Ankha

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Distant Day Distant Runner Mat Mit

Earnings

$59,900 $119,922 $187,824 $648,000 $1,015,646 Mr. Prospector Polite Lady Topsider Winsome In Reality Desert Trial Iron Constitution Light Face Sword Dancer Kerala Never Bend Mira Femme Fleet Nasrullah Golden Days Tim Tam Miss Patty Bee

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Unusual Heat—Winning in Style, by Silveyville • Fee: $15,000-LIVE FOAL 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, Charles Whittingham Memorial H. (3 times) and the Eddie Read Stakes (twice). GII wins include the Jim Murray H. (twice) and Clement L. Hirsch Turf Championship. Leading Money-Earner with Lifetime Earnings of $1,958,084. Son of five-time California Champion sire UNUSUAL HEAT.

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

Grand Slam—Eliot Chacer, by Clever Trick • FEE: PRIVATE TREATY-LIVE FOAL 80% Winners From Starters More Than $60,000 Average Earnings Per Runner, including 2012 NTRA Stakes VALENTINE BOY and multiple winners Cyclometer ($195,954), Circle the Moon ($191,060) and Elana Mar ($96,972). By multiple Grade 1 winner GRAND SLAM, out of stakes winner ELIOT CHACER, also the dam of Grade 3-placed stakes winner CONCHACER.

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

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Cal-Bred Millionaires’ Row Cont’d. off losing by less than a length in Santa Anita’s $300,000 Sunshine Millions Distaff Stakes, won by fellow Cal-bred millionaire Evening Jewel. Ultra Blend had to make her late rally from second last going four wide that day, and simply came up short. She sought redemption in the $98,000 Valentine Dancer Handicap, and bested Evening Jewel in an upset victory on Feb. 26. Back at Hollywood Park on April 23, Ultra Blend again rocketed from second last to take the $125,000 B. Thoughtful Stakes, which was her final career effort against Cal-bred company. “She was exceptional when she ran against Calbreds,” Chase noted. “Eventually she had to race against open company, because she needed that kind of competition.” Ultra Blend gained her first graded stakes trophy under unusual circumstances in the grade II, $150,000 Milady Handicap on May 21. The heavily favored St. Trinians (GB), who had previously tested the great filly Zenyatta only a year before, finished first in the 1 1/16-mile contest, but was disqualified for drifting in during the stretch run. Ultra Blend was declared the winner to the tune of an $18.00 payout on a $2 win bet. Finally respected by the bettors, Ultra Blend went to post as the 7-2 favorite in the grade II, $200,000 A Gleam Handicap, a contest over seven furlongs. She missed by the smallest nose after rallying from last in the nine-horse field and going four wide on the far turn. “Her come from behind style was exhilarating to say the least,” Chase recalled. “Sometimes she looked like she was giving up at the top of the stretch, but she had so much desire and late kick. The fun of watching her race was those stretch runs.” Ultra Blend provided her connections with an extraordinary thrill when she went to the post in the grade I, $300,000 Clement L. Hirsch Stakes at Del Mar on Aug. 6. Despite her recent success, she was sent off as the 10-1 long-

shot in a field of five, which featured grade I winners Zazu and Switch. Under jockey Tyler Baze, Ultra Blend trailed for the first six furlongs, then slowly started closing on her more heralded rivals. She swung four wide into the lane and collared Switch, then gamely battled with Zazu to the wire, prevailing by a neck. The win was the final victory of Ultra Blend’s career, but she had two more races to top the million-dollar mark. Zazu got her revenge by defeating Ultra Blend by a half-length in the grade I, $250,000 Lady’s Secret Stakes at Santa Anita, but the Cal-bred had shown enough during the year to earn a trip to the Breeders’ Cup World Thoroughbred Championships at Churchill Downs in Kentucky on Nov. 4. After being fractious at the gate, she finished an admirable fourth behind future three-time Eclipse champion Royal Delta while defeating Kentucky Oaks winner Plum Pretty. That effort earned her $120,000, enough to get over the milliondollar benchmark with earnings of $1,015,646. Ultra Blend retired with 11 wins, six seconds and five thirds in 25 starts, as well as the title of California’s 2011 Champion Older Female. Although Erickson had originally planned to retire her and breed her to dual classic winner Big Brown, the lucrative Fasig-Tipton November Sale won out, and Ultra Blend sold for $700,000 to Katsumi Yoshida’s Northern Farm in Japan. The Yoshida brothers—Teruya, Katsumi and Haruya—often buy Cal-bred stars, and had previously purchased the likes of California Horse of the Year Moscow Burning and two-time champion Lethal Heat. After producing a now-yearling filly by Japanese superhorse Deep Impact (Jpn)—winner of the Japanese Triple Crown and two-time Japanese Horse of the Year—Ultra Blend is currently in foal to Daiwa Major (Jpn) on a 2013 cover. Like Deep Impact, Daiwa Major is a son of Sunday Silence, and was also a champion in his native land. With any luck, Ultra Blend’s Japanese runners will be able to thrill crowds as their dam did, but unlike Ultra Blend, they won’t come from humble beginnings.

Two starts after her victory in the grade I, $300,000 Clement L. Hirsch Stakes at the Del Mar Thoroughbred Club (above), Ultra Blend became the 57th Cal-bred millionaire when finishing fourth in her final race, the grade I, $1,818,000 Breeders’ Cup Ladies Classic at Churchill Downs in Kentucky on November 4, 2011.

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City Zip—Miss Blue Grass, by St. Jovite 2014 FEE: $1,500

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Indian Charlie—Unenchantedevening, by Unbridles Song 2014 FEE: $3,000

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A Blast From The Past

Terrang: Yet Another Good One

by JACKIE BARNES Influential California breeder and owner Rex C. Ellsworth had many great horses who played a part in shaping the history of breeding and racing in California, including the 13-time leading sire Khaled (GB) and his own immortal son, Swaps, to name but a few. The Santa Anita Derby and Santa Anita Handicap, now grade I races, had their inaugural runnings in 1935. Six horses have gone on to win both races, including the California-breds General Challenge, Free House, Hill Rise and Terrang. This story takes a look back at Terrang’s historic career during which he earned $599,285 from a 66-15-9-12 record from 1955 to 1959. Ten of his dozen stakes wins came at Santa Anita Park. On the morning of April 1, 1953, Rex Ellsworth’s stakeswinning mare Flying Choice foaled a brown colt by Khaled at his ranch in Chino. With this excellent pedigree, the sturdy colt had the right to be a good one. At two, Terrang’s three wins in 10 starts came at Hollywood Park on June 4, at Washington Park in Illinois during August, and at Santa Anita on Dec. 31, when the improving colt won the $30,500 California Breeders’ Trial Stakes. Terrang’s early three-year-old season was a busy one with four starts by the end of February. On March 3, a gigantic field of 18 went to post for the 1 1/8-mile Santa Anita Derby with a purse of $158,800. In an awesome display, Terrang, racing just off the pace with jockey Bill Shoemaker up, took command to win by 1 1/4 lengths over dual stakes winner Social Climber. After his win in Hollywood Park’s $29,700 Will Rogers Stakes in May, the colt was given some time off to get ready for his next season. In early January of 1957, Terrang was sold for $83,200 to wealthy Texas businessmen Lawrence S.

Terrang—$145,000 Santa Anita Handicap—February 28, 1959

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Pollock (Poltex Stable) and Roland Bond. The colt was relocated to the barn of Carl “Slim” Roles. A Thoroughbred owner and trainer, Roles had trained for prominent owners Ada L. Rice and Louis B. Mayer. He trained many stakes winners including Desert Trial, a twotime winner of the Del Mar Thoroughbred Club’s Ramona Handicap. For his new owners, Roles got Terrang back into the best race conditioning of his career. Over the next three years, the horse was the picture of supreme confidence. At four, Terrang set a new track record of 1:47 2/5 for 1 1/8 miles with his victory over multiple stakes winner Honeys Alibi in Santa Anita’s $57,800 San Antonio Handicap during February. After three stakes wins at five, Terrang was now a major handicap star and he set his sights on a win in the 1959 Santa Anita Handicap. Coming into the race, Roles made sure Terrang had a good foundation of works under him. On Feb. 19, he worked the colt 1 1/8 miles in 1:51 1/5 handily. Terrang then blew out in :35 seconds flat to set him up perfectly. On Feb. 28, there was no one more than confident than Carl Roles on this day. In the paddock, a supremely confident Terrang looked like a winner. The $145,000 Santa Anita Handicap boasted a large field of 13 as they went to the post. Multiple stakes winner Hillsdale was the 4-5 favorite with Terrang going off at 9-1. Longshot Ballyrullah had the early lead, with Terrang tracking in third. He then took the lead in the stretch and held off Hillsdale to win by half a length. His final time of two minutes flat was only one-fifth of a second off the track record held by Round Table for the 1 1/4-mile distance. Terrang’s dam Flying Choice, by Flying Heels, was purchased for $1,300 by Ellsworth as a yearling. She won three races including the $10,000 Starlet Sweepstakes at two in 1940. She produced four other stakes performers, all full siblings to Terrang, including the multiple stakes winner Flight Khal, as well as Full Cargo, an 18-time winner by Swaps. Terrang was retired to stud in 1960, to Seven Seas Ranch in Chino. Two years later, he moved to Three Rings Ranch in Beaumont. Terrang then relocated to Kentucky where he stood from 1963 to 1971. His final stop was at Abacus Ranch in Colorado in 1972. Terrang’s leading runners from his 13 relatively small crops were the 1965 Hollywood Derby winner Terry’s Secret and 1970 Santa Anita Derby winner Terlago. Terrang will always be remembered as one of the great stars of his era, during which time everyone who was involved with him played a significant role in enriching California’s horse racing history. www.ctba.com


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Physitis In Young Horses Horse Care

by HEATHER SMITH THOMAS When a foal is young and growing, the leg bones lengthen swiftly. This growth is accomplished by changes and growth at the ends of those bones. The region of bone-growing activity is called the physis or growth plate. This is where new cartilage cells are formed and mature. After they mature they are replaced by bone. Growth plates at the ends of the cannon bone, distal radius and distal tibia, for instance, are instrumental in lengthening these bones as the foal grows larger and taller. Sometimes during this period there is inflammation in one or more of the growth plates and this condition is called physitis (often called epiphysitis in earlier years). Gary Baxter, VMD, MS (Hospital Director at University of Georgia in Athens, Georgia), says physitis is often considered one of the growth problems/abnormalities that we tend to group in the category termed DOD (developmental orthopedic disease) in young horses. “We don’t always know the exact cause of physitis; some foals have mild signs of this as they grow—as a natural progression of growth. This area where the bones are growing have a lot of cellular activity,” he says. These growth plates may be temporarily enlarged while the foal is growing swiftly. “Many of them enlarge for awhile and then the enlargement disappears as the foal matures. You might think a foal has physitis just because there is enlargement of the growth plate, but if there is no heat or pain, it may be just a normal condition. Most of the time it’s nothing to worry about; it is just a young, growing horse,” he says. “Some of these enlargements may be abnormal, however,

Enlarged knee joints—A varus deformity with crooked legs (out at the knees).

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and some may be due to improper nutrition. We’re not entirely sure what type and kind of nutrition contributes to this. There are also some cases due to trauma. It may be external trauma or too much exercise and resultant concussion on the delicate growth plate. Whether or not there is actual damage may depend on where the physis is, in the growth period,” says Baxter. “There may be times when the physis is more vulnerable to trauma during its growth period. If the foal overuses the leg when the bone is still soft and not as strong as it should be, there may be some crushing and damage to cells in the growth plate. This could create swelling and inflammation, with clinical signs of physitis.” In some cases this might occur if the owner has the young horse on a forced exercise program. “Exercise might not be as damaging by yearling age; the growth plate is most vulnerable during the first year of life and particularly when the foal is growing fastest—during the first six to nine months of age. There can be a nutritional component and/or a mechanical component when a young horse develops physitis. There might be regions of trauma in the growth plate where there is damage. There may be subchondral bone damage or microfractures in that area, leading to clinical signs of inflammation,” Baxter explains. “The foal may give you clues. If you see only one physis affected, you would suspect some type of mechanical or traumatic cause, whereas if you see multiple physes involved (such as young horses with enlargements on all four distal cannon bones) it might just be related to growth. The physes at the distal cannon bone close before the carpus and tarsus. In general, we see physitis involving the distal cannon in younger foals (knobby fetlock joints) and might see swelling at the knees and hocks in the older foals.” It is less common to see enlargements in the growth plate at the hocks. “It’s more common to see physitis at the knees and fetlock joints. Mechanical physitis problems, especially at the knees and fetlocks, can lead to crooked legs (angular limb deformity).” The bone is growing faster on one side than the other, due to the inflammation being more on one side—leading to asymmetrical bone growth. “Any foal with significant physitis may end up with damage to the growing cartilage on one side of the growth plate. If the damage is asymmetrical it can lead to different growth rates on each side, creating limb deformities. It is especially important to monitor this at the fetlock joints. If there is significant physitis in that region, causing asymmetrical growth, it usually causes a varus deformity—a

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turning inward of the lower leg. This can lead to long-term inflamed area and softened bone. This could contribute to problems, especially if it is not corrected quickly. You have asymmetrical growth and angular limb deformities. If there less time to deal with this than with is no heat or pain, and just some problems involving the knee,” he says. swelling, this would be much less The window of opportunity to correct it worrisome,” he says. closes sooner. “For the ones showing clinical “This is an important aspect to consigns, however, I would suggest sider. I’ve seen foals with all four distal restricting the foal’s activity and trycannon bones very swollen and painful, ing to treat the inflammation— but only the rear limbs ended up with either by using low dose NSAIDs deformities. I’ve also seen a lot of foals (non-steroidal anti-inflammatory with just a single leg—one of the rear drugs) and trying to correct the diet if limbs—getting a severe physitis of the necessary, or just monitoring it. In distal cannon bone, leading to a crooked many cases these will resolve on their leg,” says Baxter. own,” he says. “Most of the traumatic types of physi“Some of the newer treatments tis I’ve seen at the carpus (knee) have could include topical NSAIDs (like also resulted in varus (inward turning) of Surpass) to try to decrease the inflamthe knee. You need to correct this, if posmation. This would mean applying sible. Any turning inward is worse than the medication to the swollen area turning outward, from a lameness perrather than giving a systemic treatspective and future usefulness of the ment. Some foals will be easier to horse.” work with than others if you try to rub Treatment generally involves addressthat on their legs, especially if you ing the symptoms. “This may vary from have to apply it onto the rear limbs. just monitoring—and it goes away—to But this is another possibility, rather more serious conditions where you may than giving these drugs systemically need to look at nutritional aspects. This to foals (which can lead to GI probDeformity at the fetlock joint would be the case if there are several lems),” he says. foals on the farm showing signs, with “It is important to decrease the multiple limbs,” he says. inflammation, particularly if the foal Some people feel that physitis in has any kind of lameness. Many foals is simply related to calcium/phosfoals can have active physitis with phorus ratios or deficiencies but it’s not local heat and swelling and not be that clear-cut or simple. “We tend to lame, but if the foal is lame you really see more incidences of physitis in foals need to monitor this and attempt to who are pushed for fast growth with reduce the inflammation. In this diets high in protein and energy. It may situation, get advice from your vethelp to back off on those feeds. If you erinarian. Some cases should be have a young horse with physitis who’s radiographed, to know what is being pushed, probably the best thing is going on in the growth plate and to reduce the levels of protein and joint,” says Baxter. energy in the diet. You don’t want to “These swellings are not infections. drop these too low, but you do need to On the flip side, a foal can have infecreduce those a bit,” says Baxter. Young tious physitis, with bacteria in the horses who are not overfed and allowed growth plate. They get there from the to grow a little more slowly and natubloodstream—usually from a systemic rally seem less prone to significant infection like joint ill/navel ill or physitis. some other septicemia. Bacteria in “If there is a lot of inflammation in the blood may lodge in the growth the physis and the limb is still straight, I plate and cause a low grade think it is important to limit the foal’s osteomyelitis. This would be much activity. If the growth plate is inflamed, more serious. The affected foal generthat tells me the bone is not normal. If ally has just one physis involved, and you allow the foal a lot of exercise it may Deformity at the fetlock joints lead to trauma and damage on that Continued on next page

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Horse Care Cont’d. is usually lame—with significant signs of inflammation. These can usually be diagnosed with bloodwork and radiographs.” This is the other end of the spectrum. Physitis ranges from almost nothing (and the foal will be fine) to permanent cosmetic blemishes/enlargements, all the way up to the point they can be very lame from infection. There is a wide range of presentations, with physitis. Enlargements usually disappear as the foal grows, but occasionally remain as knobby joints. “Bone is a very active structure, laying down new bone, resorbing, etc. Bones continually remodel, and in most instances, as a two-year-old you’d never know that the foal had a problem with physitis, in the more normal cases. Some of the traumatic or infected growth plates tend to stay enlarged,” he says. The long-term consequences may differ. “There are some typical radiographic signs of physitis that would confirm a diagnosis. There will be extra bone production around the physis. This is often called paraphyseal lipping or metaphyseal flaring when seen on radiographs. Sometimes you can actually see a widening of the physis and the bone becomes darker than normal.

There may also be asymmetry from one side of the physis to the other. The radiographic signs often correlate (being more pronounced) with severity of the physitis,” says Baxter. It pays to pay attention to foals as they grow, to know if they change from week to week or even every few days. “Make sure you observe them frequently, because things can happen very quickly in these babies. If there’s something that needs attention it’s best to deal with it as soon as possible,” he says.

Physitis in all four legs, with enlarged and knobbly fetlock joints

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Available Statistics Through December 31, 2013 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.

Total Earnings

Tommy Town Thoroughbreds LLC . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .$3,089,448 Mr. & Mrs. Larry D. Williams . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .2,112,193 Harris Farms . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .2,074,649 Benjamin C. Warren . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1,534,050 Nick Alexander . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1,429,960 Pam & Martin Wygod . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1,420,892 Terry C. Lovingier . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1,316,311 Dahlberg Farms LLC . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .845,642 Thomas W. Bachman . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .784,753 Pamela C. Ziebarth . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .760,336 Donald R. Dizney . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .627,862 Old English Rancho . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .613,245 Lee & Susan Searing . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .604,368 J. Paul Reddam . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .598,736 B & B Zietz Stables Inc. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .574,471 Barry Abrams & Madeline Auerbach . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .552,638 Heinz Steinmann . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .466,558 Rod & Lorraine Rodriguez . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .464,028 Gary Rocks . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .443,178 Old English Rancho & Patsy & Sal Berumen . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .433,274 Legacy Ranch Inc. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .429,989 Curt & Lila Lanning . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .429,046 Ted & Judy Nichols . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .405,766 Dr. & Mrs. William T. Gray . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .405,215 Applebite Farms . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .402,529 Madera Thoroughbreds . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .402,049 Revocable Trust of Dr. Mikel C. Harrington & Patricia O. Harrington . . .394,811 Ellen L. Jackson . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .387,581 Leatherman Racing LLC . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .374,393 Nick Cafarchia . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .371,670 Mercedes Stable LLC . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .361,567 Joe L. Turner . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .355,544 Red Baron's Barn LLC . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .344,052 Dinesh Maniar & Getaway Farms . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .341,239 Herman Sarkowsky & Martin J. Wygod . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .336,955 Kenneth & Janice Heidt . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .316,758 St. George's Farm . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .305,579 Vessels Stallion Farm LLC . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .302,153 Joseph P. Morey Jr. Revocable Trust . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .298,736 Ballena Vista Farm . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .293,157 Liberty Road Stables . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .277,793 Jerry & Janet Hollendorfer & George Todaro . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .277,031 Running Luck Ranch LLC . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .276,219 Madeline Auerbach . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .273,180 Madeline Auerbach & David Abrams . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .253,766 Ed Delaney . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .252,505 The Craig Family Trust . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .249,500 Daehling Ranch LLC . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .245,925 ARCHA Racing Inc. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .245,386 Alex Pasckeicz . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .235,512

Leading Breeders In California

Leading Earner (Sire) Earnings Doinghardtimeagain (Ministers Wild Cat) $388,240 Tamarando (Bertrando) $455,120 Super Ability (Langfuhr) $142,960 Warren's Veneda (Affirmative) $300,064 Hail Mary (Old Topper) $198,288 Spring Bloom (After Market) $143,352 Time for Angie (Time to Get Even) $98,660 Tiz a Minister (Ministers Wild Cat) $405,250 Unusual Way (Unusual Heat) $404,750 Tiz Flirtatious (Tizbud) $505,000 Surfcup (Unusual Heat) $364,860 Somethings Unusual (Vronsky) $107,976 My Cinsation (Cindago) $117,480 Sprouts (Square Eddie) $171,490 Qiaona (Wilko) $383,234 Gervinho (Unusual Heat) $290,140 Alpine Luck (Lucky J. H.) $166,284 Halo Dolly (Popular) $234,360 Points Offthebench (Benchmark) $434,780 Volkonsky (Vronsky) $99,850 Haywired (Cindago) $92,030 Urban Hunter (Tribal Rule) $94,637 Teddy's Promise (Salt Lake) $397,416 Joy Boy (Tribal Rule) $100,403 Follini (Western Fame) $128,722 Soul Candy (Birdonthewire) $83,412 Better Bet (Southern Image) $202,380 Olympic Blue (Olympio) $161,200 Journey On (Good Journey) $145,050 Italian Rules (Tribal Rule) $89,502 Rock Me Baby (Rock Hard Ten) $246,464 Marcyjane (Unusual Heat) $101,780 Sassy Suances (Suances (GB)) $99,658 Wild in the Saddle (Silic (Fr)) $92,398 Omega Star (Candy Ride (Arg)) $195,988 Summer Hit (Bertrando) $316,758 He Be Fire N Ice (Unusual Heat) $277,380 Eddies Curl (Square Eddie) $54,050 Space Runner (Trapper) $35,360 Big Macher (Beau Genius) $71,428 Unusual Lover (Unusual Heat) $36,102 Life Is a Joy (Globalize) $131,330 Jedi Mind Trick (Don'tsellmeshort) $142,078 Hotradamus (Unusual Heat) $116,872 Empty Headed (Unusual Heat) $142,750 Oscillator (Decarchy) $82,780 Ethnic Dance (Tribal Rule) $249,500 Sing and Tell (Aylmagic) $99,548 Soi Phet (Tizbud) $245,386 Pepnic (Peppered Cat) $101,782

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GRAND TOTAL OF EARNINGS FOR ALL BREEDERS FOR JANUARY 1 THROUGH DECEMBER 31, 2013, IS $70,084,620 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, 2013 Leading Sires by Number of Races Won

Leading Sires by Money Won Rank Sire Runners Starts 1. Unusual Heat . . . . . . . . . . . 124 786 2. Tribal Rule . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 203 1182 3. Eddington‡ . . . . . . . . . . . . .128 875 4. Ministers Wild Cat . . . . . . . 121 936 5. Benchmark . . . . . . . . . . . . .117 851 6. Kafwain . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 121 867 7. Bertrando† . . . . . . . . . . . . 105 610 8. Old Topper . . . . . . . . . . . . . .103 721 9. Southern Image . . . . . . . . . 85 664 10. Good Journey . . . . . . . . . . . 63 476 11. Decarchy . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 95 548 12. Tizbud . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 51 335 13. Heatseeker (Ire) . . . . . . . . . . 58 341 14. Salt Lake* . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 59 405 15. Swiss Yodeler . . . . . . . . . . . 89 643 16. Lucky Pulpit . . . . . . . . . . . . . 47 304 17. Marino Marini . . . . . . . . . . . 87 500 18. In Excess (Ire)* . . . . . . . . . . . .89 561 19. Vronsky . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .42 251 20. Stormin Fever . . . . . . . . . . . 73 493 21. Rocky Bar . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 59 384 22. Cindago* . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 32 175 23. Atticus . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 44 295 24. Affirmative . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 32 198 25. Game Plan . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 38 238 26. Suances (GB) . . . . . . . . . . . 31 193 27. Terrell . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 58 452 28. Awesome Gambler . . . . . . . 43 300 29. Globalize . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 31 235 30. Perfect Mandate* . . . . . . . . 36 234 31. Prime Timber‡ . . . . . . . . . . . .33 282 32. Sea of Secrets . . . . . . . . . . . .73 483 33. Popular . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 28 233 34. Cee’s Tizzy† . . . . . . . . . . . . 39 228 35. Square Eddie . . . . . . . . . . . 13 48 36. Lucky J. H. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 16 84 37. Freespool . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .44 297 38. Don’tsellmeshort . . . . . . . . . 31 234 39. High Brite* . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 46 326 40. Tannersmyman . . . . . . . . . . . 44 304 41. Peppered Cat . . . . . . . . . . . .19 170 42. Stormy Jack . . . . . . . . . . . . 56 271 43. Cyclotron . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .15 71 44. Dixie Chatter . . . . . . . . . . . 28 82 45. Grey Memo . . . . . . . . . . . . . 28 180 46. Momentum . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 35 238 47. Ten Most Wanted* . . . . . . . 34 206 48. Lightnin N Thunder‡ . . . . . . 21 221 49. McCann’s Mojave* . . . . . . . . 34 174 50. Comic Strip . . . . . . . . . . . . . 29 185

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Races Won 114 199 128 169 126 124 100 112 105 62 62 42 46 75 87 38 74 83 43 50 78 39 49 23 37 36 44 22 24 42 30 43 30 33 7 15 48 28 38 43 23 39 17 15 24 29 14 25 20 19

Earnings $4,903,019 4,810,599 3,698,416 3,526,137 2,893,260 2,532,511 2,409,301 2,047,923 1,939,568 1,865,461 1,723,239 1,595,921 1,481,295 1,367,856 1,353,563 1,291,116 1,259,385 1,222,913 1,187,797 1,111,118 1,002,537 845,904 821,599 807,234 741,182 718,891 661,929 647,778 645,767 586,902 544,170 528,176 507,907 505,867 473,045 453,516 448,774 429,797 429,376 428,871 416,133 413,720 411,009 397,949 397,518 380,589 360,006 346,675 342,958 339,025

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

Runners

Tribal Rule . . . . . . . . . . . . 203 Ministers Wild Cat . . . . . .121 Eddington‡ . . . . . . . . . . . .128 Benchmark . . . . . . . . . . . .117 Kafwain . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 121 Unusual Heat . . . . . . . . . .124 Old Topper . . . . . . . . . . . 103 Southern Image . . . . . . . . . 85 Bertrando† . . . . . . . . . . . .105 Swiss Yodeler . . . . . . . . . . 89 In Excess (Ire) . . . . . . . . . . 89 Rocky Bar . . . . . . . . . . . . . 59 Salt Lake* . . . . . . . . . . . . . 59 Marino Marini . . . . . . . . . . 87 Good Journey . . . . . . . . . . 63 Decarchy . . . . . . . . . . . . . 95 Stormin Fever . . . . . . . . .. 73 Atticus . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 44 Freespool . . . . . . . . . . . . . 44 Heatseeker (Ire) . . . . . . . . . 58

Starts 1182 936 875 851 867 786 721 664 610 643 561 384 405 500 476 548 493 295 297 341

Races Won 199 169 128 126 124 114 112 105 100 87 83 78 75 74 62 62 50 49 48 46

Earnings $4,810,599 3,526,137 3,698,416 2,893,260 2,532,511 4,903,019 2,047,923 1,939,568 2,409,301 1,353,563 1,222,913 1,002,537 1,367,856 1,259,385 1,865,461 1,723,239 1,111,118 821,599 448,774 1,481,295

Leading Sires by Average Earnings Per Runner (Minimum 10 Runners) Rank Sire Runners 1. Unusual Heat . . . . . . . . . . .124 2. Square Eddie . . . . . . . . . . 13 3. Tizbud . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 51 4. Good Journey . . . . . . . . . . .63 5. Ministers Wild Cat . . . . . . 121 6. Eddington‡ . . . . . . . . . . . .128 7. Lucky J. H. . . . . . . . . . . . . . 16 8. Vronsky . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 42 9. Lucky Pulpit . . . . . . . . . . . . 47 10. Cyclotron . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 15 11. Cindago* . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 32 12. Heatseeker (Ire) . . . . . . . . . 58 13. Affirmative . . . . . . . . . . . . . 32 14. Birdonthewire† . . . . . . . . . 13 15. Benchmark . . . . . . . . . . . .117 16. Tribal Rule . . . . . . . . . . . . .203 17. Suances (GB) . . . . . . . . . . . 31 18. Salt Lake* . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 59 19. Bertrando† . . . . . . . . . . . . 105 20. Southern Image . . . . . . . . . 85

Races Won 114 7 42 62 169 128 15 43 38 17 39 46 23 5 126 199 36 75 100 105

Earnings 4,903,019 473,045 1,595,921 1,865,461 3,526,137 3,698,416 453,516 1,187,797 1,291,116 411,009 845,904 1,481,295 807,234 325,490 2,893,260 4,810,599 718,891 1,367,856 2,409,301 1,939,568

Average Earnings/ Runner 39,540 36,388 31,293 29,610 29,142 28,894 28,345 28,281 27,471 27,401 26,435 25,540 25,226 25,038 24,729 23,698 23,190 23,184 22,946 22,818

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Leading Sires by Number of Winners Runners Rank Sire 1. Tribal Rule ........................ 203 2. Eddington‡........................128 Ministers Wild Cat.............121 4. Kafwain ............................ 121 5. Benchmark....................... 117 6. Unusual Heat ....................124 7. Old Topper ........................103 8. Southern Image................. 85 9. Bertrando† ........................105 10. Swiss Yodeler......................89 In Excess (Ire)*.................... 89 12. Marino Marini .................... 87 13. Decarchy ........................... 95 14. Salt Lake* .......................... 59 15. Rocky Bar .......................... 59 16. Heatseeker (Ire) .................. 58 17. Good Journey .................... 63 18. Terrell.................................. 58 19. Stormin Fever.................... 73 20. Stormy Jack ........................56

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

Winners 107 82 82 69 68 65 63 55 53 47 47 45 43 37 36 34 33 31 30 29

Races Won 199 128 169 124 126 114 112 105 100 87 83 74 62 75 78 46 62 44 50 39

Leading Sires by Turf Earnings

(Minimum 100 Starts Lifetime) Earnings $4,810,599 3,698,416 3,526,137 2,532,511 2,893,260 4,903,019 2,047,923 1,939,568 2,409,301 1,353,563 1,222,913 1,259,385 1,723,239 1,367,856 1,002,537 1,481,295 1,865,461 661,929 1,111,118 413,720

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 ............. 94 Tribal Rule ................. 74 Good Journey .......... 39 Tizbud ....................... 28 Heatseeker (Ire)......... 36 Decarchy................... 54 Ministers Wild Cat.... 30 Benchmark................. 36 Eddington‡ ................ 55 Atticus....................... 22 Bertrando†............... 38 Old Topper ................. 25 In Excess (Ire)* ........... 25 Suances (GB) ........... 15 Affirmative................ 18 Kafwain .................... 31 Vronsky .......................21 Lucky Pulpit .............. 15 Southern Image ........ 27 Globalize ................... 14

414 196 191 88 111 139 93 93 137 78 103 54 74 59 64 78 57 40 83 46

40 17 18 9 17 14 13 9 12 9 8 5 6 6 6 5 3 5 7 3

69 21 28 14 20 15 18 12 15 14 10 10 10 12 7 6 4 6 7 3

Earnings $3,390,407 1,417,106 1,047,126 819,625 817,960 714,790 529,476 506,666 496,537 437,574 432,568 395,139 373,098 353,075 318,938 316,525 287,878 267,644 258,683 242,568

Leading Sires by Median Earnings Per Runner

Leading Sires by Average Earnings Per Start

(Minimum 10 Runners)

(Minimum 100 Starts)

Runners

Good Journey.................. 63 Heatseeker (Ire)............... 58 Unusual Heat ..................124 Lucky J. H....................... 16 Cyclotron ......................... 15 Trapper ............................ 15 Southern Image ............... 85 Western Fame* ................ 15 Atticus.............................. 44 Lucky Pulpit .................... 47 Anziyan Royalty ............... 14 Awesome Spirit.................10 Ministers Wild Cat ......... 121 Birdonthewire† .................13 Lightnin N Thunder‡ ........ 21 Cindago*.......................... 32 Eddington‡ .....................128 Kafwain.......................... 121 Bushwacker ................... 19 Capsized.......................... 26

Races Won 62 46 114 15 17 17 105 27 49 38 13 8 169 5 25 39 128 124 9 16

Median Earnings/ Earnings Runner $1,865,461 1,481,295 4,903,019 453,516 411,009 191,559 1,939,568 320,346 821,599 1,291,116 273,178 156,565 3,526,137 325,490 346,675 845,904 3,698,416 2,532,511 231,721 304,492

$15,080 15,000 14,925 14,703 14,680 14,426 14,071 13,792 13,325 13,255 13,248 12,703 12,385 11,768 11,694 11,684 11,585 11,420 11,070 11,007

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 ................ 124 Cindago* ......................... 32 Tizbud ............................ 51 Vronsky .......................... 42 Heatseeker (Ire) .............. 58 Lucky Pulpit .................... 47 Eddington‡.....................128 Affirmative ....................... 32 Tribal Rule .................... 203 Bertrando† .................... 105 Good Journey ................ 63 Ministers Wild Cat......... 121 Suances (GB) ................. 31 Benchmark................... 117 Salt Lake* ........................ 59 Decarchy ....................... 95 Game Plan .......................38 Southern Image ............. 85 Kafwain ......................... 121 Old Topper .....................103

Starts 786 175 335 251 341 304 875 198 1,182 610 476 936 193 851 405 548 238 664 867 721

Earnings

Average Earnings/ Start

$4,903,019 845,904 1,595,921 1,187,797 1,481,295 1,291,116 3,698,416 807,234 4,810,599 2,409,301 1,865,461 3,526,137 718,891 2,893,260 1,367,856 1,723,239 741,182 1,939,568 2,532,511 2,047,923

$6,238 4,834 4,764 4,732 4,344 4,247 4,227 4,077 4,070 3,950 3,919 3,767 3,725 3,400 3,377 3,145 3,114 2,921 2,921 2,840

The statistics contained in these rankings are compiled by The Jockey Club Information Systems Inc. (TJCIS). While every effort is made to prevent errors and omissions, California Thoroughbred cannot guarantee their complete and total accuracy. A dagger (†) indicates that a stallion has been pensioned, an asterisk (*) that he has died, a dot (•) that he is now standing elsewhere, a number sign (#) that he did not stand in California in 2012 but is standing in the state in 2013, a double dagger (‡) that he is not standing in California in 2013 but will stand in the state in 2014 and in bold that he is a freshman sire. In all cases, a sire will remain in the rankings until the year after his last California foals are two-year-olds. Statistics cover racing in North America (U.S., Canada and Puerto Rico), England, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Mexico, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates only.

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

Available Statistics Through December 31, 2013

Crops of Average Foals of Crop Racing 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. 5.

Unusual Heat, 1990, by Nureyev 13 48 628 459-73% 326-52% 44-7% 43-7% 11-2% $41,426,649 2.13 1.27 Cee’s Tizzy†, 1987, by Relaunch 21 35 733 522-71% 382-52% 59-8% 39-5% 9-1% $37,227,934 1.61 1.15 In Excess (Ire)*, 1987, by Siberian Express 18 55 986 734-74% 545-55% 117-12% 63-6% 11-1% $45,086,792 1.57 1.39 Lucky Pulpit, 2001, by Pulpit 4 23 92 62-67% 48-52% 22-24% 4-4% 0-0% $3,553,213 1.56 1.25 Good Journey, 1996, by Nureyev 8 48 38 91-24% 58-15% 9-2% 8-2% 4-1% $4,706,017 1.54 1.02 Vronsky, 1999, by Danzig 6 19 114 63-55% 36-32% 6-5% 4-4% 1-1% $3,490,246 1.54 1.14 7. Cindago*, 2003, by Indian Charlie 4 16 64 38-59% 29-45% 7-11% 2-3% 0-0% $1,723,875 1.46 1.39 8. Salt Lake*, 1989, by Deputy Minister 18 68 1,224 856-70% 678-55% 201-16% 77-6% 25-2% $58,259,017 1.41 1.40 9. Bertrando†, 1989, by Skywalker. 17 61 1,044 789-76% 543-52% 122-12% 58-6% 14-1% $45,416,876 1.35 1.51 10.Tribal Rule, 1996, by Storm Cat 8 66 530 371-70% 254-48% 98-18% 34-6% 4-1% $19,620,963 1.34 1.16 11. Eddington‡, 2001, by Unbridled. 5 65 327 249-76% 187-57% 52-16% 5-2% 3-1% $12,277,599 1.31 0.59 12.One Man Army, 1994, by Roman Diplomat 8 9 74 48-65% 32-43% 3-4% 4-5% 1-1% $2,657,135 1.30 0.93 13.Birdonthewire, 1989, by Proud Birdie 16 16 263 191-73% 135-51% 39-15% 10-4% 1-0% $12,088,246 1.29 1.35 14.Benchmark, 1991, by Alydar 12 57 686 519-76% 397-58% 104-15% 41-6% 10-1% $29,955,054 1.24 1.13 15. Southern Image, 2000, by Halo's Image 5 83 415 181-44% 132-32% 35-8% 8-2% 2-0% $8,464,367 1.21 1.32 16.Stormin Fever, 1994, by Storm Cat 11 62 679 496-73% 350-52% 110-16% 30-4% 12-2% $27,360,858 1.18 1.40 17.Tizbud, 1999, by Cee's Tizzy 6 24 146 91-62% 54-37% 9-6% 4-3% 1-1% $3,577,964 1.17 0.93 18. Awesome Gambler, 2004, by Coronado’s Quest 3 31 94 62-66% 27-29% 12-13% 2-2% 1-1% $2,160,778 1.15 0.78 19.Affirmative, 1999, by Unbridled 6 14 86 46-53% 27-31% 5-6% 2-2% 0-0% $1,707,951 1.14 0.78 Kafwain, 2000, by Cherokee Run 7 65 453 345-76% 253-56% 85-19% 21-5% 5-1% $15,727,951 1.14 1.28 21.Heatseeker (Ire), 2003, by Giant's Causeway 2 46 91 60-66% 39-43% 17-19% 2-2% 0-0% $1,896,707 1.13 1.51 22.Prime Timber‡, 1996, by Sultry Song 8 28 224 182-81% 144-64% 29-13% 5-2% 3-1% $9,643,413 1.12 1.25 23.Ministers Wild Cat, 2000, by Deputy Minister 5 48 242 197-81% 140-58% 35-14% 15-6% 2-1% $8,574,435 1.10 0.97 24.Olympio*, 1988, by Naskra 18 29 517 403-78% 297-57% 61-12% 30-6% 4-1% $19,218,036 1.11 0.28 25.Robannier, 1991, by Batonnier. 14 7 104 68-65% 40-38% 8-8% 3-3% 0-0% $3,000,545 1.07 1.02 26.Atticus, 1992, by Nureyev 13 34 445 332-75% 202-45% 39-9% 14-3% 5-1% $14,116,307 1.06 1.45 Popular, 1999, by Saint Ballado 6 13 76 56-74% 43-57% 15-20% 2-3% 1-1% $2,717,563 1.06 0.95 28.Snow Chief*, 1983, by Reflected Glory 22 12 272 187-69% 114-42% 27-10% 9-3% 1-0% $5,696,92 1.05 1.29 29.High Brite*, 1984, by Best Turn 22 43 935 732-78% 594-64% 145-16% 46-5% 9-1% $36,295,559 1.03 1.17 Kelly Kip, 1994, by Kipper Kelly 10 111 111 87-78% 73-66% 16-14% 2-2% 1-1% $4,384,515 1.03 1.02 Rocky Bar, 1998, by In Excess (Ire) 6 17 102 77-75% 62-61% 23-23% 14-14% 1-1% $3,448,959 1.03 0.86 32.Swiss Yodeler, 1994, by Eastern Echo 12 59 712 543-76% 386-54% 159-22% 28-4% 2-0% $25,871,853 1.02 1.07 33.Siberian Summer, 1989, by Siberian Express 12 34 402 301-75% 212-53% 28-7% 14-3% 4-1% $12,843,574 1.01 0.88 Suances (GB), 1997, by Most Welcome (GB) 6 18 110 55-50% 34-31% 4-4% 1-1% 0-0% $2,172,784 1.01 1.11 35.Silic (Fr), 1995, by Sillery 9 18 160 118-74% 76-48% 11-7% 2-1% 1-1% $7,421,878 0.97 0.92 36.Old Topper, 1995, by Gilded Time 10 50 498 403-81% 312-63% 109-22% 22-4% 0-0% $17,931,986 0.96 0.86 37.Decarchy, 1997, by Distant View 7 43 298 209-70% 138-46% 39-13% 8-3% 1-0% $8,432,376 0.95 0.98 38.Lake George, 1992, by Vice Regent 14 12 162 103-64% 61-38% 10-6% 6-4% 1-1% $4,240,134 0.94 1.03 39.Marino Marini, 2000, by Storm Cat 6 44 263 184-70% 129-49% 33-13% 7-3% 0-0% $6,805,137 0.91 1.03 Perfect Mandate*, 1996, by Gone West 10 30 298 171-57% 112-38% 18-6% 12-4% 0-0% $6,613,888 0.91 1.23 41.Western Fame*, 1992, by Gone West 12 24 289 191-66% 141-49% 46-16% 14-5% 0-0% $7,769,088 0.90 0.83 42.Lightnin N Thunder‡, 2001, by Storm Cat 7 25 178 130-73% 88-49% 28-16% 8-4% 0-0% $5,173,601 0.89 1.11 Sea of Secrets, 1995, by Storm Cat 11 41 447 369-83% 266-60% 75-17% 21-5% 3-1% $17,636,814 0.89 1.09 44.Epic Honor, 1996, by Honor Grades 9 8 70 49-70% 38-54% 6-9% 1-1% 0-0% $2,210,264 0.86 0.72 45.Game Plan, 1993, by Danzig 14 34 424 315-74% 248-58% 56-13% 23-5% 2-0% $13,210,991 0.85 0.80 Iron Cat, 1995, by Storm Cat 12 12 144 109-76% 90-63% 8-6% 6-4% 0-0% $3,911,679 0.85 0.97 Latin American, 1988, by Riverman 16 23 313 211-67% 136-43% 28-9% 6-2% 2-1% $6,596,093 0.85 1.09 48.Globalize, 1997, by Summer Squall 9 18 159 109-69% 80-50% 30-19% 5-3% 0-0% $4,043,637 0.81 0.78 49.Thisnearlywasmine, 1994, by Capote 9 8 73 47-64% 31-42% 5-7% 0-0% 0-0% $1,555,911 0.80 .0.71 50.Comic Strip, 1995, by Red Ransom 11 27 302 226-75% 165-55% 37-12% 12-4% 1-0% $7,963,544 0.78 1.17 51.Half Term, are 1990, MrProspector 13of 50 foals 184of racing 136-74% 101-55% 29-16%Earnings Index 4-2% (AEI). The 0-0% 0.77 are compiled 1.17 by These statistics for by active California-based sires with14a minimum age, ranked here by lifetime Average statistics$4,903,247 contained in these rankings

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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 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 29 Bertrando† . . . . . . . . . . . . . 13 Square Eddie . . . . . . . . . . 13 Swiss Yodeler . . . . . . . . . . . 15 Dixie Chatter . . . . . . . . . . . 28 Lucky Pulpit . . . . . . . . . . . . . 12 Kafwain . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 13 Time to Get Even . . . . . . . 17 Desert Code . . . . . . . . . . . 12 Decarchy . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10 Lucky J. H. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9 Papa Clem . . . . . . . . . . . . . 18 Heatseeker (Ire) . . . . . . . . . 17 Rocky Bar . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10 Bushwacker . . . . . . . . . . . 19 Southern Image . . . . . . . . . . 9 Unusual Heat . . . . . . . . . . . . 21 Stormin Fever . . . . . . . . . . 12 Good Journey . . . . . . . . . . 7 Awesome Gambler . . . . . . 10

Starts

Races Won

87 37 48 58 81 53 41 88 43 40 31 55 47 32 110 33 58 45 24 60

19 3 7 8 15 8 9 7 5 7 5 10 9 9 9 3 6 3 3 2

Earnings $576,758 502,636 473,045 424,458 397,360 390,273 293,993 269,441 259,446 257,937 257,170 243,863 240,522 236,686 231,721 228,067 217,935 204,443 201,460 188,332

(Minimum 5 Runners)

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

Runners

Bertrando† . . . . . . . . . . .13 Square Eddie . . . . . . . . 13 Lucky Pulpit . . . . . . . . . .12 Good Journey . . . . . . . . 7 Lucky J. H. . . . . . . . . . . . 9 Swiss Yodeler . . . . . . . . 15 Roi Charmant . . . . . . . 5 Decarchy . . . . . . . . . . . . 10 Southern Image . . . . . . . 9 Rocky Bar . . . . . . . . . . . 10 Kafwain . . . . . . . . . . . . .13 Desert Code . . . . . . . . .12 Tribal Rule . . . . . . . . . . .29 Awesome Gambler . . . 10 Stormin Fever . . . . . . . . 12 Time to Get Even . . . . 17 Dixie Chatter . . . . . . . . 28 Heatseeker (Ire) . . . . . . . 17 Papa Clem . . . . . . . . . 18 Benchmark . . . . . . . . . . 8

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

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

Rank Sire

TRIBAL RULE (BALLLENA VISTA FARM) Leading Two-Year-Old Sire in California by Money Won and Number of Winners through December 31, 2013.

Races Won

Earned

Average Earnings/ Runner

3 7 8 3 5 8 2 7 3 9 9 5 19 2 3 7 15 9 10 8

502,636 473,045 390,273 201,460 257,170 424,458 132,714 257,937 228,067 236,686 293,993 259,446 576,758 188,332 204,443 269,441 397,360 240,522 243,863 105,153

$38,664 36,388 32,523 28,780 28,574 28,297 26,543 25,794 25,341 23,669 22,615 21,621 19,888 18,833 17,037 15,849 14,191 14,148 13,548 13,144

Runners

1. Tribal Rule . . . . . . . . . . . 29 2. Dixie Chatter . . . . . . . . .28 3. Papa Clem . . . . . . . . . . .18 Bushwacker . . . . . . . . .19 Eddington‡ . . . . . . . . . . 15 6. Kafwain . . . . . . . . . . . . . 13 Time to Get Even . . . . . 17 McCann's Mojave . . . . . 15 9. Swiss Yodeler . . . . . . . . 15 Lucky Pulpit . . . . . . . . . 12 Decarchy . . . . . . . . . . . . 10 Heatseeker (Ire) . . . . . . 17 Unusual Heat . . . . . . . . 21 14. Square Eddie . . . . . . . 13 Desert Code . . . . . . . . 12 Rocky Bar . . . . . . . . . . 10 Benchmark . . . . . . . . . . . 8 Idiot Proof . . . . . . . . . . . 7 19. Lucky J. H. . . . . . . . . . . . 9 Cindago* . . . . . . . . . . . . .8 21. Don’tsellmeshort . . . . . . 4 Ministers Wild Cat . . . . . 9 Stormy Jack . . . . . . . . . . 6 Singletary . . . . . . . . . . . . 6 Marino Marini . . . . . . . . . 6 Storm Wolf . . . . . . . . . . . 5 Rivergrade Boy† . . . . . . .3

Winners 13 10 9 9 9 7 7 7 6 6 6 6 6 5 5 5 5 5 4 4 3 3 3 3 3 3 3

Races Won 19 15 10 9 10 9 8 8 8 8 7 9 6 7 5 9 8 8 5 5 5 3 3 3 3 3 3

Earnings $576,758 397,360 243,863 231,721 162,007 293,993 273,087 134,413 424,458 390,273 257,937 240,522 217,935 473,045 259,446 236,686 105,153 64,564 257,170 94,957 157,483 77,710 70,411 55,415 48,528 47,624 44,540

The statistics contained in these rankings are compiled by The Jockey Club Information Systems Inc. (TJCIS). While every effort is made to prevent errors and omissions, California Thoroughbred cannot guarantee their complete and total accuracy. A dagger (†) indicates that a stallion has been pensioned, an asterisk (*) that he has died, a dot (•) that he is now standing elsewhere, a number sign (#) that he did not stand in California in 2012 but is standing in the state in 2013, a double dagger (‡) that he is not standing in California in 2013 but will stand in the state in 2014 and in bold that he is a freshman sire. In all cases, a sire will remain in the rankings until the year after his last California foals are two-year-olds. Statistics cover racing in North America (U.S., Canada and Puerto Rico), England, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Mexico, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates only.

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Dates in California

Regional Race Meetings, Stakes Races and Sale Dates

2014 REGIONAL RACE MEETINGS Santa Anita Park, Arcadia . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Dec. 26, 2013-April 20 Golden Gate Fields, Berkeley . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Dec. 26, 2013-June 15 Santa Anita Park, Arcadia . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .April 25-June 29 Alameda County Fair, Pleasanton . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .June 19-July 6 Los Alamitos Race Course, Los Alamitos . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .July 3-13 California State Fair (Cal Expo), Sacramento . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .July 10-20 Del Mar Thoroughbred Club, Del Mar . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .July 17-Sept. 3 Sonoma County Fair, Santa Rosa . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .July 21-Aug. 10 Humboldt County Fair, Ferndale . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Aug. 13-24 Golden Gate Fields, Berkeley . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Aug. 15-Sept. 14 Barretts Race Meet at Fairplex, Fairplex Park . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Sept. 4-23 San Joaquin County Fair, Stockton . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Sept. 19-28 Santa Anita Park, Arcadia . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Sept. 25-Nov. 2 Fresno County Fair, Fresno . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Oct. 1-13 Golden Gate Fields, Berkeley . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Oct. 16-Dec. 21 Del Mar Thoroughbred Club, Del Mar . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Nov. 7-Dec. 30 Los Alamitos Race Course, Los Alamitos . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Dec. 4-21

FEBRUARY AND MARCH 2014 REGIONAL STAKES RACES Date

Track

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Las Virgenes Stakes (Gr. I) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .3-y-o f. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1 m. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .$300,000 Arcadia Stakes (Gr. II) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .4-y-o & up . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1 m. (T) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .200,000 Palos Verdes Stakes (Gr. II) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .4-y-o & up . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .6 f. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .200,000 San Antonio Stakes (Gr. II) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .4-y-o & up . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1 1/8 m. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .300,000 Robert B. Lewis Stakes (Gr. II) . . . . . . . . . . . . .3-y-o . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1 1/16 m. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .200,000 San Marcos Stakes (Gr. II) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .4-y-o & up . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1 1/4 m. (T) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .200,000 California Oaks . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .3-y-o f. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1 1/16 m. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .50,000 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. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .200,000 Buena Vista Stakes (Gr. II) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .4-y-o & up, f. & m . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1 m. (T) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .200,000 Lost In The Fog Stakes . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .4-y-o & up . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .6 f. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .50,000 Sensational Star Stakes . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .4-y-o & up, Cal-Bred/Cal-Sired . . . . . . . . . . .abt. 6 1/2 f. (T) . . . . . . . . . . . . . .100,000

Mar. 1 Mar. 8 Mar. 8 Mar. 8 Mar. 8 Mar. 9 Mar. 15 Mar. 15 Mar. 15 Mar. 16 Mar. 22 Mar. 23 Mar. 29

SA SA SA SA SA SA SA SA GG SA SA SA SA

Santa Ysabel Stakes (Gr. III) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .3-y-o f. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1 1/16 m. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .100,000 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 San Felipe Stakes (Gr. II) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .3-y-o . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1 1/16 m. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .300,000 San Carlos Stakes (Gr. II) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .4-y-o & up . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .7 f. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .250,000 Las Flores Stakes (Gr. III) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .4-y-o & up, f. & m. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .6 f. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .100,000 Santa Margarita Stakes (Gr. I) . . . . . . . . . . . . . .4-y-o & up, f. & m. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1 1/8 m. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .300,000 Irish O’Brien Stakes . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .4-y-o & up, f. & m., Cal-Bred/Cal-Sired . . . .abt. 6 1/2 f. (T) . . . . . . . . . . . . .100,000 Camilla Urso Stakes . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .4-y-o & up, f. & m. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .6 f. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .50,000 Santa Ana Stakes (Gr. II) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .4-y-o & up, f. & m. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1 1/8 m. (T) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .200,000 San Luis Rey Stakes (Gr. II) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .4-y-o & up . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1 1/2 m. (T) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .200,000 Dream Of Summer Stakes . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .4-y-o & up, f. & m., Cal-Bred/Cal-Sired . .1 m. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .100,000 Tokyo City Cup (Gr. III) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .4-y-o & up . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1 1/2 m. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .100,000

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2014 REGIONAL SALE DATES March 3 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Barretts Sales & Racing March Sale of Selected Two-Year-Olds in Training: Training Preview on February 28 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .(Nominations closed October 25) May 12 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Barretts Sales & Racing May Sale of Two-Year-Olds in Training: Training Preview on May 9 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .(Entries close March 26) July 20 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Barretts Sales & Racing Paddock Sale at Del Mar of “Race Ready” Horses of Racing Age . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .(Entries close June 4) August 12 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .CTBA Sales Northern California Sale . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .(Entries close June 2) October 6 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Barretts Sales & Racing October Yearling Sale . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .(Nominations close April 18)

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California-Bred/California-Sired Stakes Races January to April 2014 SANTA ANITA PARK Saturday, February 22 Saturday, March 15 $100,000 Irish O’Brien Stakes Four-Year-Olds & Up, Fillies & Mares abt. 6 1/2 Furlongs (Turf)

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

Saturday, March 23 $100,000 Dream Of Summer Stakes Four-Year-Olds & Up, Fillies & Mares 1 Mile

Saturday, April 5 $200,000 Echo Eddie Stakes Three-Year-Olds 6 1/2 Furlongs

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

It Pays To Be Cal-Bred

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CALIFORNIA-BRED/CALIFORNIA-SIRED STAKES RACE(S) SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 22 $100,000 SENSATIONAL STAR STAKES 4YO & UP, ABOUT 6 1/2 FURLONGS (TURF) Santa Anita Park, Arcadia, Calif.

IMPORTANT EVENTS & DATES SATURDAY , FEBRUARY 1

THE JOCKEY CLUB DEADLINE FOR NAMING FOALS OF 2012 The Jockey Club Head Office, Lexington, Ky.

MONDAY, FEBRUARY 10 CALIFORNIA THOROUGHBRED BREEDERS ASSOCIATION (CTBA) ANNUAL MEETING AND AWARDS DINNER The Claremont Hotel Club & Spa, Berkeley, Calif.

FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 15 CALIFORNIA THOROUGHBRED BREEDERS ASSOCIATION (CTBA) DEADLINE FOR 2014 CALIFORNIA STALLION REGISTRATION CTBA Office, Arcadia, Calif. & CALIFORNIA THOROUGHBRED BREEDERS ASSOCIATION (CTBA) DEADLINE FOR REGISTRATION TO 2014 GOLDEN STATE SERIES CTBA Office, Arcadia, Calif.

FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 21 CALIFORNIA HORSE RACING BOARD (CHRB) MONTHLY BOARD MEETING Santa Anita Park, Arcadia, Calif. FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 28 BARRETTS SALES & RACING MARCH SALE OF SELECTED TWO-YEAR-OLDS IN TRAINING PREVIEW Fairplex Park, Pomona, Calif.

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Ballena Vista . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .OBC, 26, 27, 29, 30, 31 Brazeau Thoroughbred Farms, LP . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .63, 67 Cal-Bred Stallion Registration Deadline . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .16 Cal-Bred Maiden Bonus Program . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .75 California Thoroughbred Weekly . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .81 Cardiff Stud Farm . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .94 Cole Ranch . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .93 CTBA Annual Meeting/Awards Dinner . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .48 CTBA Foal Advertorial . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .64 CTBA Membership . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .80 CTBA Unclaimed Checks . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .84 CTBA Website . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .52 CTFM Training Center Tour . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .71 Daehling Ranch . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .68, 69, 93 Dickson Podley Realtors (Jeannie Garr Roddy) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .94 E.A. Ranches . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .17 Fruitful Acres Farm . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .36, 37 Gayle Van Leer Thoroughbred Services . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .94 Golden State Stakes Series . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .60, 61 Harris Farms . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .IFC, 5 Laurel Fowler Insurance Broker Inc. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .94

Index to Advertisers & Stallions Advertised

Legacy Ranch . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .8, 9, 25 Lillian Nichols/Halters . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .93 Los Laureles Training and Equine Therapy . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .93 Lovacres Ranch . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .43, 45 Magali Farms . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .11,12,13,15 Milky Way Farm . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .18 NTRA /John Deere . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .65 Old English Rancho . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .71 Paradise Road Ranch . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .7, 56, 57 Premier Thoroughbreds . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .IBC Rancho San Miguel . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10, 40, 41 Rancho Temescal . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .25, 55, 59 Randy Cuddy Horse Transportation . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .94 Ridgeley Farm . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .47 Robins Ranches-Nor Cal HorseProperty Specialist . . . . . . . . . . . . .93 Special T. Thoroughbreds Inc. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .39, 49 The Jockey Club Information Systems,Inc . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .79 Tommy Town Thoroughbreds LLC . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .3 Vessels Stallion Farm . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .53 Victory Rose Thoroughbreds . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .76,7 www.horselawyers.com . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .94

STALLIONS A Kings Life . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .67 Acclamation . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .73 Affirmative . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .663 Allaboutdreams . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .56 Anziyan Royalty . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .17 Awesome Gambler . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .43 Benchmark . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .229, OBC Big Bad Leroybrown . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .73 Bold Chieftain . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .76 Brave Cat . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .56 Bushwacker . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .43 Calimonco . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .26, OBC Cee's Tizzy . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .5 Champ Pegasus . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .88, 9 Chattahoochee War . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .17 Coil . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .111, 15 Comic Strip . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .40 Congo King . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .449 Cyclotron . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .73 Del Mar Show . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .25 Decarchy . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .15 Desert Code . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .IFC, 5 Dixie Chatter . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .330, OBC Eddington . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .331, OBC Empire Way . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .43, 45 Fullbridled . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .67 Game Plan . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .17 Gig Harbor . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .76 Golden Balls . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .56 Good Journey . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .15

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Gotham City . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .69 Grace Upon Grace . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .43 Heatseeker (Ire) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .IFC, 5 Hidden Blessing . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .36 Hoorayforhollywood . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .18 Idiot Proof . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .76 Impeachment . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .36 Indian Evening . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .76 Informed . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .447 Kafwain . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .3 Lightnin N Thunder . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .36 Lucky J. H. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .IFC, 5 Lucky Pulpit . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .IFC, 5 Make Music For Me . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .67 Many Rivers . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .76 Marino Marini . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .40 Mesa Thunder . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .57 Ministers Wild Cat . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .3 Monsajem . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .36 Mr. Broad Blade . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .15 Northern Indy . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .7, 57 Old Topper . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .3 Onebadshark . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .40 Papa Clem . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .335 Peppered Cat . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .69 Richard's Kid . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .113, 15 Rocky Bar . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 17 Roi Charmant . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .12, 15 Run Brother Ron . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .57 Sea of Secrets . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .76

Sierra Sunset . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .IBC Slew's Tiznow . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .10, 41 Smiling Tiger . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .IBC Sought After . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .668, 69 Soul of the Matter . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .17 Southern Image . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .40 Square Eddie . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .553 Stormy Jack . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .67 Storm Wolf . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .41 Street Life . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .18 Strike For Glory . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .67 Suances . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .25 Sundarban . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .18 Surf Cat . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .73 Sway Away . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .IBC Swiss Yodeler . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .43, 45 Tenga Cat . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .25, 55 The Pamplemouss . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .41 Thorn Song . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .IFC, 5 Time To Get Even . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .43 Tizbud . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .IFC, 5 Tribal Rule . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .227, OBC Truest Legend . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .559 Twice The Appeal . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .IBC Uh Oh Bango . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .17 Ultimate Eagle . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .339 Unusual Heat . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .IFC, 5 Vronsky . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .73 World Renowned . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .67

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Auction Horses Rescue Provides A Helping Hand

Guest Forum by MEGAN GAYNES

In the spring of 2011, I attended my first auction in Mira Loma, California. That day, I made my first auction purchase. She was a registered ex-racehorse, the chestnut Thoroughbred mare Houston’s Tiara, whom I named May. May was not a success on the racetrack (5-0-0-0) and although a gorgeous mare to look at, somehow, she ended up at a low-end livestock auction. Other than the person who brought her there and bid up the price, only one other person was bidding. She was just one of several Thoroughbreds there that day. Later that year, I was in attendance once again. It was the same story. I could not help but notice the many Thoroughbreds, most of them being purchased by the man standing in the corner, identified by several in attendance as, “The Kill Buyer.” Some people tell themselves only the poorly bred Thoroughbreds end up in these places but reality tells an entirely different story. Since those first two auctions, over the last two years I have relentlessly attended each and every one. I attend other, smaller livestock auctions, along with auctions in Northern California. Everywhere I go, I find Thoroughbreds discarded from racing, mostly in very poor condition, some with severe injuries, others with more insidious and chronic problems. None of the Thoroughbreds are in high demand. “A dime a dozen,” I once overheard The Kill Buyer telling his friend and truly, that statement could not be more accurate. As each auction has passed, it has become more and more clear just how many Mays are out there. Bad enough that you are a Thoroughbred at an auction, but if you are a broodmare then the prospects are exceptionally dim. Most end up on “the truck” headed to a grim fate in Mexico. After coming into contact with so many, I began to wonder where May’s dam, the 1998 mare Numberfifteen, by Thunder Gulch, might be. I started searching and during that search, my newly formed organization, “Auction Horses Rescue,” identified and saved one well-bred, abandoned broodmare after another. Blonde Fever is one of them. She is the dam of a mare we had previously rescued; Blonde Bounty. Both were stakes winners, and Blonde Fever herself has also produced grade II winner Feverish, and between the two of them, some millions of dollars were made for the racing industry. Yet both were found in similar precarious situations: Blonde Bounty at an auction with only that one man bidding; and

Blonde Fever, now elderly, found standing in an open field in very poor condition with freezing temperatures at night, no shelter and not enough food. That is what all that money they produced earned those two mares. Blonde Fever had been bred almost every year since 1995. The huge sway in her back was a testament to the overuse of this mare. She was sold for $3,000 at Barretts as a 21-year-old, her profitable days behind her, and was yet again bred in an unsuccessful attempt to produce one more winning foal. Several others, including Jessakar, a grand-daughter of Blonde Fever, Kentucky-bred Dezba, a winning War Chant filly who was not sold for $160,000 at Keeneland, and Monterey Gold, yet another stakes winner and producer, are just a few of the mares we have identified and rescued in deplorable condition at auction. We identified another mare as Gdansk’s Honour, who was saved by a fellow rescue. Her offspring are still producing,while her dual grade Iwinning grandson General Quarters ran in the 2009 Kentucky Derby. What that mare produced was nothing short of impressive, yet there she stood in a backyard, an emaciated rack of bones, rescued with the help of Animal Control from people who thought a “sliver” of hay was adequate nutrition for an elderly 1,100-pound horse. There are other mares of lesser note we have rescued, but many more we could not help. Others we could not identify, when we could not get them to cooperate at auction, left us to wonder just who those horses were. We have watched them loaded onto the truck at just about every auction we attend. We have pulled several off that truck or off of feed lots but still, the endless progression of the ones we could not help continues. Over the last two years, we have identified hundreds of Thoroughbreds and saved quite few in the process. We have accomplished this in a number of ways. Either by networking them to safety straight from auction, in more than one case, reuniting them with people they have known in the past. Or, rehabilitating them and then finding them new homes. As already mentioned, what has become a special passion for us is helping the many mares and broodmares we find. They clearly are the most in need and we would very much like to find a way to protect these old mares from such a sad end. Lost, hopeless and forgotten.

©Bill Scherlis

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Blonde Fever

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