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CALIFORNIA THOROUGHBRED

VOL. 138 NO. 3


El Camino Real Derby Day At Golden Gate Fields

From the Executive Corner

by ROBYN BLACK

Assemblywoman Beth Gaines (right) with her daughters Haley (left) and Kelly.

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The California Thoroughbred Breeders Association We enjoyed talking with the young girls and learned that (CTBA) was fortunate to host three legislators and their they hope to attend veterinary school in the future and families during the El Camino Real Derby day at beautiful maybe become equine vets someday. The racetrack was a Golden Gate Fields racetrack on Feb. 16, in what will cer- new experience for the Levines whose young children had tainly become a cherished family memory for all three. The never been so close to so many horses. There is no denying weather could not have been nicer and the races proved to the thrill of watching the field run past while standing on the be spectacular. rail and listening to their pounding determination to run and Senator Tom Berryhill (R-Stanislaus) joined Assem- win. It’s almost impossible to take a passing interest in the blywoman Beth Gaines (R-Roseville) and newly elected sport after a day as perfect as this. Assemblyman Marc Levine (D-Marin) in the paddock and We will again face numerous challenges in the legislaon the rail, along with CTBA President Sue Greene, CTBA ture this session from Internet Poker and Sports Wagering Director George Schmitt, CTBA Executive Vice President to employment issues and possibly animal welfare issues. and General Manager Doug Burge and myself. We discussed We are fortunate to have three members take their time the importance of California’s Thoroughbred breeding and and develop relationships with our industry. As we learned racing industry and the challenges we are facing. We also last year, it truly can make a difference in understanding enjoyed the unique and special experiences offered at this the issues when they vote. This year, California has the beautiful venue. Even the party upstairs in the Director’s biggest class of new legislators since the 1960s, so it’s more Room couldn’t entice the group to leave their front row view important than ever to reach out and tell our story. of the horses. The feedback I have Special thanks once again received from the legislators to Joe Morris who always and their staff in the past few makes taking legislators to days has been wonderful. Golden Gate a wonderful There is truly no better way and informative experience to tell that story to a legislaand to Sue, George and tor than by standing next to a Doug for making themselves Thoroughbred—whether on available. the farm or in the paddock. For Senator Berryhill and Watching them run, reminds his wife, the day was a return people how magnificent both to a track where they once these animals and the people watched their own horse who love them are. Seeing run. For Beth Gaines, who countless people employed has visited Cal Expo, it was a because of racing and watching chance to share her first visit the fans reminds us all why we to Golden Gate with two of Assemblyman Mark Levine (center) with his wife Wendy and son Wayatt, must continue to fight for racher daughters and reconnect ing’s future—especially when jockey Alejandro Gomez and CTBA Director George Schmitt. with the Berryhills’ daughter. you ask their children.

Dice Flavor winning the El Camino Real Derby (Grade III)

Senator Tom Berryhill (right) with his wife Loretta and daughter Samantha

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Managing Editor’s Welcome

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A Unique Repeat As the California Horse of the Year, Champion Older Male and Champion Turf Horse of both 2011 and 2012, Acclamation became the first California-bred to achieve such a unique repeat in the 40-year history of the championship awards for locally bred runners, as voted on annually by the members of the California Thoroughbred Breeders Association (CTBA). Bred and owned in the Golden State by the Old English Rancho of Buddy and Judy Johnston, their daughter Mary and her husband Pete Hilvers, Acclamation’s two grade I wins of last year were enough for the 2011 Eclipse Champion Older Male to again reign supreme in his home state. Amazombie, the 2011 Eclipse Champion Male Sprinter, also repeated as a Cal-bred champion of 2012, when becoming only the fourth runner to secure consecutive California Champion Sprinter titles. The rest of the cover story for this March 2013 issue of our monthly California Thoroughbred magazine honors the other local champions of 2012, namely Halo Dolly, Unusual Heatwave, Willa B Awesome, Monument and Tilde, while also providing in-depth coverage of the CTBA’s Annual Awards Dinner held in Pasadena on Feb. 11. Rod and Lorraine Rodriguez, the breeders of last year’s California Champion Older Female, Halo Dolly, are this month’s CTBA Member Profile and there is also a detailed preview of the Barretts March Sale of Selected Two-Year-Olds in Training being held in the Hinds Pavilion at Fairplex in Pomona on Monday, March 4. Besides a review of the victory by the grade I-winning Cal-bred mare Teddy’s Promise in the Santa Monica Stakes (grade II) at Santa Anita Park on Jan. 26, there is a wrap-up of that same Sunshine Millions XI day’s stakes races for runners bred or sired in California that were won by Tiz a Minister, Qiaona, John Scott and Tiz Flirtatious. The latest story in our A Blast From The Past series features Fabulous Notion, a Cal-bred filly who was a grade I winner in 1983 and produced a grade I winner of 1997, while Down On The Farm deals with “Wobbler Syndrome In Horses.” This publication also includes the annual California Statistical Review which details the Cal-breds and Golden State breeders and stallions who achieved stakes successes last year, as well as providing a list of the highest earning locally bred runners of 2012. Guest Forum features a story by Elizabeth Tuoto about how her and her husband Tony have worked with Leigh Gray of the non-profit Thoroughbred Rehab Center to generously provide second careers for a number of Thoroughbreds, while the balance of the magazine includes all our other regular columns, features and departments that we hope will also prove to be both enjoyable and helpful. Until next time, may you breed In the Company of. . .Trevor Denman (left), the famed the best to the best and not just racetrack announcer who was one of this year’s two inductees into the California Hall Of Fame of the California have to hope for the best! Thoroughbred Breeders Association (CTBA), during the Annual Awards Dinner of the association held at The Westin hotel in Pasadena on February 11, 2013.

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March 2013 Contents VOLUME 138 NO. 3

On This Month’s Cover The 2012 California-Bred Champions: Acclamation, Champion Older Male, Champion Turf Horse and California Horse of the Year; Amazombie, Champion Sprinter; Halo Dolly, Champion Older Female; Unusual Heatwave, Champion Three-Year-Old Male; Willa B Awesome, Champion Three-Year-Old Female; Monument, Champion Two-Year-Old Male; and Tilde, Champion Two-Year-Old Female. Copyright Benoit & Associates

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News Bits

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Leading Sires in California

The CTBA Working For You California Thoroughbred Foundation (CTF) Notes—March 2013 Leading Lifetime Sires in California CTBA Calendar Dates in California Classified Advertising Indexes to Advertisers & Stallions Advertised

Cover Story – California-Bred Champions

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California’s 2012 Champs by Rudi Groothedde ©Ron Mesaros Photos

Acclamation: State Treasure by Emily Shields

Amazombie: Elite Member by Emily Shields

Halo Dolly: Iron Lady by Emily Shields

Unusual Heatwave: Added Reward by Ken Gurnick

Willa B Awesome: Swan Song by Rudi Groothedde

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Monument: Lasting Legacy by Rudi Groothedde

Tilde: Making Waves by Marcie Heacox

Another Night To Remember by Rudi Groothedde

California-Bred Champions: 1973-2012

Features

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CTBA Member Profile: Rod & Lorraine Rodriguez—A Thoroughbred Fever Worth Getting by Emily Shields

Regional Sales: Ahead Of The Curve by Lisa Groothedde

The Grade California-Breds: Teddy’s Promise—Hope Rekindled by Marcie Heacox

Sunshine Millions: Tiz A Good Day For Cal-Breds by Emily Shields

A Blast From The Past: Fabulous Notion—A Five-Tool Superstar by Jackie Barnes

Down On The Farm: Wobbler Syndrome In Horses by Heather Smith Thomas

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Special Department – California Statistical Review

Teddy’s Promise, the 2011 grade I-winning California Champion Three-Year-Old Female bred and owned in the Golden State by Ted and Judy Nichols, improved her record to 21-8-2-1 and $634,981 in earnings with her victory in the grade II, $250,500 Santa Monica Stakes at Santa Anita Park on January 26, 2012. 4 CALIFORNIA THOROUGHBRED • MARCH 2013

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Breeders Of California-Foaled Stakes Winners In 2012 2012 Stakes Horses By California Stallions California-Foaled Stakes Winners Of 2012 Leading California-Bred Earners For 2012

Columns

From the Executive Office: El Camino Real Derby Day At Golden Gate Fields by Robyn Black

Managing Editor’s Welcome: A Unique Repeat by Rudi Groothedde

Guest Forum: A New Lease Of Life For Thoroughbred Athletes by Elizabeth Tuoto

The April 2013 Cover Story

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Tommy Town Regains Status As Leading California Breeder

News Bits Tom and Debi Stull’s Tommy Town Thoroughbreds, California’s leading breeder in 2009, regained its former status in 2012 with the success of its California-bred breeding and racing program. From Jan. 1 through Dec. 31, 2012, horses bred by the Santa Ynez farm earned a cumulative $2,561,735. A model of consistency, Tommy Town ranked second by earnings in both 2010 and 2011 after leading the state with $2,401,922 in Cal-bred earnings in 2009. The Stulls’ Santa Ynez facility has ranked among the top four California farms every year since 2004. In 2012, seven horses bred by Tommy Town won stakes

races, led by the Ministers Wild Cat filly Doinghardtimeagain, an earner of $198,500 as a juvenile. Ranking second among all California breeders in 2012, with $1,957,842 in total purse earnings, was Harris Farms. Pam and Martin Wygod were third, at $1,731,532.

California Cup Moved To Early 2014

First Foals For California Stallions

The next edition of California Cup will be moved from its traditional fall placement to an early 2014 date at Santa Anita Park as part of a revamped Golden State Series for horses bred or sired in California. Anchored by the $250,000 California Cup Classic, the California Cup XXIV program is scheduled to feature five restricted stakes races for Golden State Series nominees. Among other planned changes, the new California Cup Derby and California Cup Oaks, valued at $250,000 each for three-year-olds, will replace the former Cal Cup juvenile races. Estimated at $5.175 million, the 2013-2014 Golden State Series comprises 33 stakes races at Santa Anita, Betfair Hollywood Park, Del Mar Thoroughbred Club and Golden Gate Fields.

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Four California-based stallions were represented by their respective first foals in recent weeks. On Jan. 18, the unraced Defy Logic mare Defiant Thought dropped a colt by dual stakes winner Slew’s Tiznow at Rancho San Miguel, home of the grade I-placed Tiznow stallion. Another son of Tiznow, the dual grade II winner Informed, attained his first offspring the same day, when a filly out of the winning Game Plan mare Noble Plan was foaled at Ridgeley Farm. Ballena Vista Farm welcomed the first foal by Recap on Jan. 31: a filly out of the unraced Candy Ride (Arg) filly Goodie Bag. On Feb. 2, Cat Dreams’ winning daughter Mistical Dream produced the first descendant of the grade II-winning California champion and millionaire Bold Chieftain, a filly who was foaled at Woodbridge Farm.

Racing In Southern California: An Assortment Of Success On Jan. 20, the five-year-old California-bred mare Going Thoroughbreds stallion Ministers Wild Cat out of the sixfor a Spin added to her two black-type wins of 2012, with a time winner and $159,374-earner Gender Motors, a 16-yearvictory in the $46,700 Pennies From Heaven Handicap at old daughter of Mr. Greeley, Going for a Spin banked $29,340 Santa Anita Park. A homebred for Tom and Debi Stull’s for this latest win to improve her record to seven wins, seven Tommy Town Thoroughbreds LLC, the dark bay rallied seconds, six thirds and $333,302 in earnings. Last year, she from eighth in the won Fairplex Park’s nine-strong field to $50,000 E. B. Johnston post a 1 1/4-length triStakes routing on the umph over the dirt in September, and Kentucky-bred dead then the $78,200 Cat’s heaters Eyes On the Cradle Handicap sprintPrize and Elegant in a ing on the all-weather final time of 1:48.92 for Cushion Track surface at Betfair Hollywood Park 1 1/8 miles on the turf. By the Tommy Town on Nov. 18. Going For A Spin— Pennies From Heaven Handicap—January 20, 2013

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Ten Cal-Breds Among Triple Crown Noms Led by the stakes winners Ore Pass, Tiz a Minister and Weewinnin, 10 Californiabreds were among the 369 nominations for the 2012 Triple Crown, encompassing the $2 million Kentucky Derby (May 4), $1 million Preakness Stakes (May 18) and $1 million Belmont Stakes (June 8), all grade I events. The Golden State ranked fifth by total Tiz a Minister nominations behind Kentucky (263), Florida (29), Pennsylvania (16) and New York (11). California-Bred (Sire—Dam)

Breeder(s)

Caviar Dreams (Pleasantly Perfect—Snobby Princess) China Prince (Peppered Cat—China Princess) Mywayorthecauseway (Red Giant—Masterful Lass) Noble Laureate (Shakespeare—Go On Baby) Omega Star (Candy Ride (Arg)—Pride of Pegasus)

Thomas W. Bachman Baljit Singh Lou Neve Kaleem Shah Herman Sarkowsky & Martin J. Wygod Herman Sarkowsky & Martin J. Wygod Double J H Stable Inc. Dahlberg Farms LLC Dinesh Maniar Dr. & Mrs. William T. Gray DVM

Ore Pass (War Pass—Wisconsin Lady) Saticoy (Bertrando—Demo Memo) Tiz a Minister (Ministers Wild Cat—Tiz a Mistress) Way Best (Best Minister—Way of Life) Weewinnin (Comic Strip—Honoree Lady)

California-Breds Countrywide

CURRENT CALIFORNIA SIRES OF STAKES WINNERS Stallion

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

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California-bred L. A. Weekend, a five-year-old son of Ballena Vista Farm’s Tribal Rule, was a gate-to-wire on his stakes debut in the $75,000 Phoenix Gold Cup going six furlongs at Turf Paradise in Arizona on Feb. 16. Out of the stakesplaced winner Storybook Fair, by Avenue of Flags, the bay gelding was bred by † Indicates stallions who have died or have been retired from the stud. • Indicates stallions who have moved out of Dennis Johnston and has earned $227,949 from six wins and a third in 14 starts. state but have California-bred two-year-olds of this

Baze Rides In 50,000th Race Racing Hall of Fame jockey Russell Baze, North America’s all-time leading rider by number of wins, became the first in his profession to compete in 50,000 races when he reached the milestone at Golden Gate Fields on Jan. 25. Baze achieved the mark with a third-place finish in a claiming

year. All sires will remain on the list until the year after their last foals are two-year-olds.

race aboard California-bred Finish Rich in Nyc, a six-year-old mare by Gotham City. The 54-year-old reinsman is credited with 11,864 career victories and total purse earnings of more than $183 million through Feb. 20.

2012 Free Handicap Features Half A Dozen Cal-Breds Six California-breds were included on last year’s Experimental Free Handicap, the ranking of two-year-olds by weights compiled for a hypothetical race at 1 1/16 miles on dirt. The four locally bred males listed were led at 114 pounds by Gervinho, a stakes-winning son of Harris Farms’ Unusual Heat bred by Barry Abrams and Madeline Auerbach.

Graded stakes-placed Just Call Me Al was rated at 103 pounds, while a 100-pound rating was given to both multiple stakes-placed Condiment and stakes-placed Hazardous. Unusual Way, Unusual Heat’s dual stakes winner bred by Tom Bachmann, was the top Cal-bred filly at 110 pounds, while listed at the 100-pound level was the 2012 California Champion Two-Year-Old Female, Tilde.

Making The Grade The following runner(s), either California-bred or sired by stallions currently based in the Golden State, won or placed in graded stakes races in North America (U. S., Canada & Puerto Rico) from January 21 to February 18 inclusive: Teddy’s Promise m.5. Salt Lake—Braids and Beads 1st Grade II Santa Monica Stakes $250,500 7 f. Santa Anita Park January 26 Breeders: Ted & Judy Nichols Sugarinthemorning m.5. Candy Ride (Arg)—Social Belle 2nd Grade II Santa Monica Stakes $250,500 7 f. Santa Anita Park January 26 Breeder: Stephen B. Weissman Nina’s Dragon c.3. Tizbud—Just Lookn 2nd Grade III El Camino Real Derby $200,000 1 1/8 m. Golden Gate Fields February 16 Breeder: Dave Currie

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California Closers

News Bits Cont’d. Stallion News Affirmative Farrell W. Jones Thoroughbred Farm in Hemet is the new home of this 14-year-old Unbridled stallion, the sire of dual stakes winner Warren’s Jitterbug and the collective earners of more than $950,000 to date

Cherokee Heave This nine-year-old son of Cherokee Run, whose seven lifetime victories included Santa Anita Park’s 2010 Impressive Luck Handicap, will stand the 2013 breeding season at DeLeon’s Ranch in Apple Valley.

On Friday, March 1, Fairplex Park in Pomona will be the venue of the training preview for the Barretts March Sale of Selected Two-Year-Olds in Training being held in Fairplex’s Hinds Pavilion on Monday, March 4, while Wednesday, March 27, is the closing date for entries to the Barretts May Sale of Two-Year-Olds in Training…Both Pool 2 of the Kentucky Derby Future Wager and the single pool for the Kentucky Oaks Future Wager will run from Friday, March 1 to Sunday, March 3, while Pool 3 of the former will be held from Friday, March 22, to Sunday, March 24…On Wednesday, March 20, California Ag Day will be held on the West Side of the Capitol in Sacramento…The California Horse Racing Board (CHRB), which elected David Israel as its new Chairman on Feb. 21, will hold its next monthly meeting at Santa Anita Park in Arcadia on Thursday, March 21, while this group’s 42nd Annual Report is now available online at www.ctba.ca.gov under “Publications.”

Qualifying Claiming Levels

Kafwain Grade I winner Daisy Devine, a five-yearold daughter of this Tommy Town Thoroughbreds resident, enhanced her career bankroll to $991,281 with a front-running score in Fair Grounds’ grassy, $72,750 Marie G. Krantz Memorial Handicap on Jan. 26.

The following claiming levels for California owners premiums and stallion awards are currently in effect:

Street Life This grade II-placed Street Sense colt, who won a pair of stakes races for threeyear-olds in New York last year, has entered stud at Lovacres Ranch in Warner Springs.

Santa Anita Park—$40,000 Street Life

Golden Gate Fields—$20,000

10 Years Ago In his final career start on March 23, 2003, Nick Cafarchia’s eight-year-old homebred gelding Road to Slew won the $100,000 Crystal Handicap at Santa Anita Park to remain unbeaten in three attempts at this grassy, one-mile event worth $150,000, having also won it in 2000 and 2001. The son of Slewpy and the unraced Bold Tropic (SAf) mare Plumeria Lei earned $875,360 from a record of 25-8-6-5 that included five black-type wins.

50 Years Ago Golden Curra, bred in California by March 23, 1963 Mr. and Mrs. M. L. Busch, added to her three stakes wins as a juvenile with a victory in the $11,150 Carmel Stakes for sophomore fillies going six furlongs at Santa Anita Park on March 23, 1963. After pulling up lame and never racing again, the daughter of Curragh King (Ire) and unraced Golden Journey, by Calstone Golden Curra—Carmel Stakes (GB), parlayed her nine wins, three seconds, three thirds and $40,440 in earnings into becoming the granddam of the 1978 and 1979 stakes winner Miss Nipsy Ann.

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March 23, 2003 Road to Slew Crystal Water Handicap ©Benoit

25 Years Ago Santa Anita Park’s grassy $62,625 La Habra Stakes for three-year-old fillies at about 6 1/2 furlongs on March 23, 1988, was won by graded stakes-placed Bolchina who raced nine more times through January of the following year before retiring with earnings of $151,492 from a 16-4-3-1 record. Also a stakes winner at two, she was by Bolger out of Nodouble’s four-time winner Tibouchina and produced the dams of black-type winners Timehascometoday and Road to Mandalay, the latter of whom is the dam of 2010 stakes winner La Concerto.

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

The CTBA Working For You

Ag Day Again Features CTBA Booth

Sue Greene Elected To Third Term As CTBA President Sue Greene, the owner and manager of Woodbridge Farm in Oakdale, has been elected to a third and final term as President of the CTBA for 2013. In other election results from the meeting of the CTBA’s Board of Directors on Feb. 11, all of last year’s other Officers were also re-elected, namely

Pete Parrella as Vice President, John Barr as Treasurer and Dan Schiffer as Secretary. Also announced were the results of the latest election of CTBA members to the board for the period of 2013 to 2015, which confirmed incumbents Tim Cohen, Bill Nichols, Dan Schiffer and George Schmitt.

The CTBA will once again have a booth at California Ag Day, being held this year on the West Side of the Capitol in Sacramento on Wednesday, March 20, where its representatives will be able to assist legislators and the general public with any questions they may have about the local Thoroughbred breeding and racing industry. Scheduled to be in attendance are: current CTBA President, Sue Greene; CTBA Past President, Leigh Ann Howard; CTBA Event Coordinator, Christy Chapman; CTBA lobbyist Robyn Black; CTBA member Nancy Easton; and Victory Rose Thoroughbreds owner Ellen Jackson, who generously brings a mare and foal from her Vacaville farm to this popular event every year.

The CTBA Calendar Corner Event

California Ag Day CTBA Sales Northern California Yearling Sale

Date(s)

Wednesday, March 20 Tuesday, August 13

Venue(s)

State Capitol (West Side), Sacramento 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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Notes — March 2013

California Thoroughbred Foundation

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

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

Mrs. Kenneth M. Schiffer, Director Emeritus

Books On Champions, Variety of Magazines Featured In Library

Among the vast selection in the Carleton F. Burke Memorial Library are books about champion racehorses, including ones on Mr. Prospector, Native Dancer, Dr. Fager and Cigar. The library also offers an array of horse magazines.

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

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

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

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Unusual Heat—Winning in Style, by Silveyville

Fee: $20,000-LIVE FOAL

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

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ACCLAMATION

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

Grand Slam—Eliot Chacer, by Clever Trick

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BIG BAD LEROYBROWN

FEE: PRIVATE TREATY-LIVE FOAL

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

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

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

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Unusual Heat—Winning in Style, by Silveyville

2011 Eclipse Award Champion Older Male 2012 & 2011 California Horse Of The Year California Champion Older Horse And Champion Grass Horse M illionaire and multiple GI wii n n e r , i n c lu u dii n g the Pacific Classic Stt a k e s , Charles Whittingham Memorii a l H . ( 3 t im m es s) e s ( t wi c e) . and the Eddie Read Stake GII wins include the Jim Murr r a y H . ( t w ic c e) h ip p. and Clement L. Hirsch Turf C h a m p i o n sh Son of five-time California Champion sire UNUSUAL HEAT T, ACCLAMATION is his Leading Money-Earner with Lifetime Earnings of $1,, 9 5 8 , 0 8 4

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California’s 2012 Champs California-Bred Champions by RUDI GROOTHEDDE Photos by BENOIT & ASSOCIATES California-breds again competed successfully at the highest level last year, and those achievements were clearly evident among the seven locally bred runners whom the members of the California Thoroughbred Breeders Association (CTBA) voted as their 2012 champions. Successfully defending their 2011 titles were Acclamation and Amazombie, while five Cal-breds became champions for the first time. Repeat wins by six-year-old Acclamation in his only two starts of last year in the Charles Whittingham Memorial Handicap and Eddie Read Stakes, both grade I events, were enough for the Old English Rancho homebred colt to again secure the trophies for California Champion Older Male, Champion Turf Horse and Horse of the Year. Amazombie, meanwhile, was voted the California Champion Sprinter for the second consecutive time based on him defending his 2011 Potrero Grande Stakes (grade II) title while also winning last year’s edition of the grade I Bing Crosby Stakes. With five 2012 stakes wins to her name, including the grade II Yellow Ribbon Handicap, Halo Dolly was voted the California Champion Older Female, while Santa Anita Oaks (grade I) winner

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Willa B Awesome and dual stakes winner Unusual Heatwave were the Golden State’s respective Champion Three-Year-Old Female and Champion Three-Year-Old Male of last year. The 2012 California Champion Two-Year-Old Male and Champion Two-Year-Old Female were black-type winner Monument and multiple stakes winner Tilde, respectively. Overall, eight individual Cal-breds won 11 separate graded stakes races last year, including both four grade I and grade II events, while all runners bred in the Golden State earned $67.7 million in 2012.

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Acclamation: State Treasure

California-Bred Champions by EMILY SHIELDS It took three seasons, nine graded stakes victories and six year-end championships for Acclamation to go from a speed-crazy longshot to one of the best California-breds of all time. The brilliant front-running son of Unusual Heat (Harris Farms) made only two starts in 2012, but his efforts resulted in two grade I victories, enough to earn him his second consecutive titles as California Champion Older Male, Champion Turf Horse and Horse of the Year. In the 40 years since the awards were introduced, no other horse has ever won all three of these titles twice. Acclamation’s six awards rank him behind the legendary Best Pal (eight) but right alongside Lava Man, Snow Chief and Ancient Title, all of whom needed more than two seasons to garner their six honors. In addition to those grand runners, Crystal Water, Free House and Tiznow also all won the California Horse of the Year title more than once, making Acclamation the eighth horse to do so. Acclamation, with his equal prowess on turf or all-weather surfaces and brilliance from one to 1 1/2 miles, fits beside anyone in a list of the best Cal-breds ever. Entering the 2012 season as the reigning California Horse of the Year and Eclipse Champion Older Male, Acclamation had a lot to live up to, especially given that an injury ended his 2011 season before he was able to compete in the Breeders’ Cup at Churchill Downs. Much attention was given to trainer Don Warren’s careful handling of the big bay horse as he carefully jogged and galloped his way back into fitness in the early months of the new year.

Warren picked out the April 27 Inglewood Handicap (grade III) for Acclamation’s seasonal bow, but E. W. “Buddy” and Judy Johnston’s homebred, whom they campaigned in partnership with their daughter Mary and her husband Pete Hilvers, was scratched the day before the race. Warren did not like the way Acclamation had cooled out after galloping, and gave him more time off. It wasn’t until the grade I, $250,000 Charles Whittingham Memorial Handicap at Betfair Hollywood Park on June 9, that Acclamation made his long-awaited seasonal bow. He hadn’t started since winning the grade II, $150,000 Clement L. Hirsch Turf Championship Stake on Oct. 2, 2011, capping a season during which he won five straight major stakes races. No one told Acclamation that he was supposed to be rusty off the layoff. Under jockey Patrick Valenzuela, the six-year-old horse cruised out to his typical lead, strolling ahead of a field that included the grade II winners Slim Shadey (GB) and Juniper Pass. Under urging in the stretch, Acclamation stretched out and won the 1 1/4-mile contest in 2:01.50, besting Slim Shadey by a length with Utopian, who had won the Inglewood Handicap that Acclamation missed, a further 4 1/4 lengths back in third. With the win, Acclamation extended his streak of victories to six and joined Hall of Famer John Henry as the only two horses to win the Whittingham (formerly the Hollywood Invitational Turf Handicap) three times. Acclamation first won the race in 2010, drawing national attention with his first grade I score, then again in 2011 as part of his first championship season.

1st Acclamation

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Acclamation, Bay Horse (May 16, 2006)

2012

Unusual Heat—Winniing in Style, by Silveyville Breeder: Old English Rancho Owners: Pter & Mary Hilvers & E. W. & Judy Johnston Age Starts 1st (SW) 2nd 3rd Earnings 6 2 2 (2) 0 0 $330,000

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With the Whittingham victory under his belt, Acclamation went for his second title defense in the Del Mar Thoroughbred Club’s grade I, $300,000 Eddie Read Stakes on July 21. Acclamation had won this 1 1/8-mile contest in 2011, as a prep to his win in the grade I, $1,000,000 TVG Pacific Classic Stakes, and Warren planned on using the same route in 2012. Acclamation’s four rivals numbered three new shooters, including grade II winner Casino Host and South American multiple group I winner Interaction (Arg). In another one of his front-running masterpieces, Acclamation, under Valenzuela, was rolling ahead by four lengths at the top of the stretch, and cruised to the wire 2 3/4 lengths ahead of Interaction, hitting the wire in 1:46.86. With his win streak extended to seven, he appeared in perfect form to capture his second Pacific Classic at Del Mar. Just days before the race, however, Acclamation was withdrawn from Pacific Classic consideration due to a strained ligament. He resumed jogging in September with an eye on making either the Breeders’ Cup Classic or Breeders’ Cup Turf but, in October, he was officially withdrawn from the year-end championships for the second season in a row. Racing’s biggest event happened mere yards away while Acclamation waited in his stall, and performances by Little Mike, Point of Entry and Wise Dan knocked the Cal-bred out of contention for the Eclipse Awards.

While the national awards went on without him, Acclamation had settled in at his birthplace of Old English Rancho in Sanger, where he took up stud duty for the 2013 season at an advertised fee of $20,000. Johnston has not ruled out a racing comeback later this year, though, with an eye on finally making the Breeders’ Cup while it is being held at Santa Anita Park again. For now, Acclamation has won 11 of 30 starts with two seconds and six thirds, and has earned $1,958,048, ranking him 11th on the list of all-time leading Cal-bred money earners. Acclamation’s heralded return to the Johnston’s Old English Rancho is fitting. They bred his dam, the unraced Silveyville mare Winning in Style, and his second dam, the unraced Fleet Nasrullah mare Lady With Style. Five of Winning in Style’s first seven foals to race are winners, including the Johnston’s stakes-placed fillies Strut Your Stuff and Always in Style. Acclamation’s brilliance, versatility and numerous awards make him a premier stallion choice. Whether or not he makes it back to the track, Acclamation is a Golden State treasure. Starting in May of 2010, with his surprising, front-running 7 1/2-length win in the grade II, $150,000 Jim Murray Handicap, he forced people to take notice of him. Now he will get the chance to pass along his talent to his offspring, and might even return to thrill racing fans again.

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1st Acclamation

2nd Amazombie

2nd Halo Dolly

3rd John Scott

3rd Tiz Flirtatious

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Amazombie: Elite Member

California-Bred Champions by EMILY SHIELDS It wasn’t the star-studded season of 2011, when Amazombie won the grade I, $1,363,500 Breeders’ Cup Sprint and the Eclipse award as the nation’s best sprinter, but his two graded stakes wins in 2012 were enough to earn him a repeat nod as the California Champion Sprinter. With the honor, Amazombie became the fourth horse to be named Champion Sprinter twice, following Debonaire Junior in 1984 and 1985, Letthebighossroll in 1991 and 1996, and Big Jag in 1998 and 1999. Fresh off his national tour de force and Eclipse Champion Sprinter title, six-year-old Amazombie went into last year with high expectations. The son of Northern Afleet made his seasonal bow in the $200,000 San Carlos Stakes (grade II) but, despite all his accolades, did not go favored. That honor went to the wickedly fast sprinter The Factor, who carried the field gate-to-wire to win by half a length. Amazombie rallied wide into the lane and settled for third in a compact five-horse field on Feb.25. With one race under his belt, Amazombie had no trouble defending his title in the grade II, $150,000 Potrero Grande Stakes on April 7. Regular rider Mike Smith kept the bay gelding closer to the pace, and then wrestled the lead away from Roman Threat to win by three quarters of a length. The win was Amazombie’s third graded stakes score at Santa Anita Park. With the Breeders’ Cup slated to be run at the Great Race Place on Nov. 3, trainer Bill Spawr, who coowns Amazombie with Thomas Sanford, struggled with the location of Amazombie’s next start. The Tiznow Stakes for

Cal-breds was considered, but Spawr eventually settled on the $441,600 Churchill Downs Stakes (grade II), over the same track where Amazombie won his Breeders’ Cup trophy. In the Churchill Downs, Amazombie ran one of the more courageous races of his career, but still finished a length short, beaten by multiple grade I winner Shackleford. The two fan favorites put on a stirring show, dueling the length of the stretch and finishing five lengths ahead of Gantry in third. After a short break, Amazombie was back in action in the grade I, $300,000 Bing Crosby Stakes at the Del Mar Thoroughbred Club on July 29. The Factor went favored again, but this time Amazombie ran him down, surging past to a 1 1/4-length score. The win gave him a grade I victory at each of the three major Southern California racetracks in his career, and proved that the burly sprinter was far from over the hill. In his prep for a defense of his Breeders’ Cup title, Amazombie finished fourth, beaten 1 1/4 lengths, in the $250,000 Santa Anita Sprint Championship Stakes (grade I). However, a repeat in the Breeders’ Cup was not to be; Amazombie ran eighth of 14 runners as the 7-2 favorite. Amazombie finished the year with two wins, a second and a third in six starts. He is out of the winning In Excess (Ire) mare Wilshe Amaze, and was bred by the late Gregg Anderson. Amazombie has an overall record of 29-12-5-6 and earnings of $1,920,378, and is working towards the start of his 2013 season, where he will be seeking to become the first ever to three-peat as California’s champion sprinter.

1st Amazombie

2nd Unusual Heatwave

3rd Frumious

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Amazombie, Bay Gelding (April 18, 2006)

2012

Northern Afleet—Wilshe Amaze, by In Excess (Ire) Breeder: Gregg Anderson Owners: Thomas C. Sanford & William Spawr Age Starts 1st (SW) 2nd 3rd 6 6 2 (2) 1 1

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California-Bred Champions

Halo Dolly: Iron Lady

by EMILY SHIELDS The latest roster of seven California-bred champions recorded a varied number of starts in 2012; from two by Acclamation to Willa B Awesome’s nine, they made a total of 50 trips to the post between them. But the iron horse of this championship class is Halo Dolly, who made 12 of those 50 starts. The four-year-old daughter of Popular started in a Golden Gate Fields allowance on Jan. 15, and kept on going throughout the year, racing in the Robert J Frankel Stakes (grade III) on Dec. 30. She won seven of those 12 trips to post, and capped the season with a well-deserved award as California Champion Older Female. Rod and Lorraine Rodriguez, who stand Popular at their Cottonwood Creek Ranch in Cottonwood, bred Halo Dolly out of their unraced homebred Comic Strip mare Spanish Halo. They sold her to their trainer Greg James before her debut in 2010, and the ownership group of trainer Jerry Hollendorfer, Hoefflin, Hoefflin, O’Farrell, Robin, Todaro, Schneider et al purchased her privately after Halo Dolly broke her maiden in 2011. In 2011, Halo Dolly also won seven of 12 starts, including five in a row from May and August. She won her first two black-type races that year, but saved her first graded stakes victory for her championship season. After winning the allowance to start off 2012, Halo Dolly finished fourth in January’s $100,000 Valentine Dancer Stakes at Santa Anita Park, missing the win by just three quarters of a length. She was then off until April 6, but won a second Golden Gate allowance in her return.

After finishing fifth, beaten 2 1/2 lengths, in April’s $125,000 B. Thoughtful Stakes at Betfair Hollywood Park, Halo Dolly reeled off wins in the $71,750 Fran’s Valentine Stakes on May 20, and the $60,950 Alameda County Fillies and Mares Stakes at Pleasanton on June 30. Halo Dolly made three starts during the Del Mar Thoroughbred Club meet, finishing third, beaten a half-length, in the $93,110 Osunitas Stakes. She used that prep as a springboard to consecutive wins in the $100,000 Solana Beach Handicap on Aug. 19, and the grade II, $250,000 Yellow Ribbon Handicap when capturing the first graded stakes race of her career on Sept. 3. After a disappointing trip to Belmont Park in New York for September’s $600,000 Flower Bowl Invitational Stakes (grade I), where Halo Dolly finished eighth, she rebounded with a win in the $64,300 Miss America Stakes at Golden Gate on Oct. 20. She rounded out her year with a fourthplaced finish in the Robert J Frankel, beaten three lengths. Halo Dolly now has a record of 26-14-3-2 with earnings of $676,146. Although co-breeder Lorraine Rodriguez misses the classy dark bay mare, she is content to follow her success from afar. “She is the product of all the hard work that you do in the barn to take care of the mares and their foals,” Rodriguez said. “Hollendorfer has done a wonderful job with her. She’s very professional; she just goes out there and does her job. I wish they were all like that.” Now Halo Dolly’s professional attitude and remarkable consistency have earned her a California champion honor.

1st Halo Dolly

2nd Tiz Flirtatious

3rd Unzip Me

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Halo Dolly, Dark Bay or Brown Filly (February 29, 2008) Popular—Spanish Halo, by Comic Strip Breeders: Rod & Lorraine Rodriguez Owners: Hoefflin, Hoefflin, Hollendorfer, O’Farrell, Robin, Todano, Schneider et al Age Starts 1st (SW) 2nd 3rd Earnings 2012 4 12 7 (5) 0 1 $428,226

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Unusual Heatwave: Added Reward

by KEN GURNICK Unusual Heatwave proved that it paid more to be a California-bred in 2012 than it did in 2010. Two years earlier, his older half-brother Alphie’s Bet won the showcase race for Cal-bred three-year-olds, the Snow Chief Stakes, earning the $120,000 winner’s share of the $200,000 purse. Last year, little half-brother Unusual Heatwave duplicated his sibling’s Snow Chief win, but his connections took down the $180,000 first-place share of a $300,000 purse, the added money courtesy of the Golden State Series. Unusual Heatwave also outdid Alphie’s Bet by being named the Champion Three-Year-Old Male in voting by the California Thoroughbred Breeders Association (CTBA) membership. That added another honor to the resumé of Miss Alphie, the Candi’s Gold mare who has had two of her progeny win the Snow Chief Stakes. The year Alphie’s Bet won the Snow Chief, the Calbred champion sophomore was Caracortado, even though Alphie’s Bet also won the grade III Sham Stakes. Unusual Heatwave added the $200,000 Real Good Deal Stakes at the Del Mar Thoroughbred Club in the summer to carry the voting, with Rousing Sermon second and Summer Hit third. Teresa McWilliams’ Montecito Stables bred both of Miss Alphie’s Snow Chief winners, raced them in partnership with Peter and Ellen Johnson, then sold Miss Alphie to the Johnsons, who relocated the mare to Kentucky. There are no future Snow Chief Stakes winners in Miss Alphie’s future, as she has a 2011 colt by Pollard’s Vision

and a 2012 filly by Henrythenavigator, who sold for $120,000 as a Keeneland weanling. Unusual Heatwave earned his title with those two stakes wins, two seconds and a third in eight starts and 2012 earnings of $337,374. “I’m so excited and happy for the horse,” said McWilliams. “He’s the kind of horse you love because he always tries so hard. He’s never finished worse than fourth in all of his races. I wish he could understand that he’s getting rewarded.” Unusual Heatwave broke his maiden in his fifth career start (and fourth consecutive on the turf) on New Year’s Eve as a two-year-old down Santa Anita Park’s hillside course. He was second in his 2012 debut, followed by a pair of fourths, all on the grass, going into the Snow Chief Stakes, which was to be his first try of the year on the all-weather Cusion Track. He won by a half-length over favored Stoney Fleece. Unusual Heatwave returned to the Betfair Hollywood Park main track five weeks later to run a respectable fourth in the grade III Affirmed Handicap. Back on the turf for a close second in June’s $74,330 Tsunami Slew Stakes at Hollywood, he then secured his title with a win over Rousing Sermon in the Real Good Deal Stakes for Cal-breds on Del Mar’s all-weather Polytrack surface on Aug. 3. Unusual Heatwave’s last race of the year was the $100,000 El Cajon Stakes at Del Mar on Aug. 31, finishing third behind Fed Biz and eventual grade I winner Jimmy Creed. He’s been sidelined since last summer, but McWilliams said he’s expected back at the track this month.

1st Unusual Heatwave

2nd Rousing Sermon

3rd Summer Hit

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Unusual Heatwave, Bay Colt (May 16, 2009) Unusual Heat—Miss Alphie, by Candi’s Gold Breeder: Montecito Stables LLC Owners: Ellen Johnson, Peter O. Johnson Jr. & Teresa McWilliams Age Starts 1st (SW) 2nd 3rd Earnings 2012 3 8 2 (2) 2 1 $337,374

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Willa B Awesome: Swan Song

California-Bred Champions by RUDI GROOTHEDDE The announcement during the last week of January, that the members of the California Thoroughbred Breeders Association (CTBA) had voted Willa B Awesome the 2012 California Champion Three-Year-Old Female, proved to be the chestnut’s filly’s swan song when she was retired less than two weeks later and sent to Lexington, Kentucky, to be bred to Medaglia d’Oro at Darley. Bred by Terry Lovingier, who owns her in partnership with Phil Daniels, Patsy London and John Winters, Willa B Awesome’s championship season with Walther Solis as her trainer was highlighted by a victory in the grade I, $300,000 Santa Anita Oaks at Santa Anita Park. Racing through the whole year, she won two other black-type races while posting a record of 9-3-0-2 and $457,000 in earnings, all with Martin Pedroza aboard, to prove superior in the voting to Starlight Magic and Bella Viaggia, respectively. On Jan. 28, Willa B Awesome defeated 2011 grade I winner Killer Graces by 3 1/2 lengths in the five-strong field that went to post for Santa Anita’s grade III, $100,000 Santa Ysabel Stakes at 1 1/16 miles on the main dirt surface, before finishing fourth in the Arcadia track’s $250,000 Las Virgenes Stakes (grade I) on March 3. In the 1 1/16-mile Oaks on March 31, she won by a nose over 2012 grade II Reneesgotzip at odds of 13-1 in a field of five. Despite a change in surface to the all-weather Cushion Track at Betfair Hollywood Park, Willa B Awesome’s winning ways continued in the $200,000 Melair Stakes on the Inglewood track’s main strip on April 28. Another nose victory, this time over Starry Skies who finished 3 1/2

lengths clear of third-placed Starlight Magic in the field of six California-breds, was achieved as the even money favorite in this 1 1/8-mile test. Even though Willa B Awesome failed to win again in 2012, she continued to perform well at the highest level. A sixth-placed finish in the $150,000 Hollywood Oaks (grade II) on June 23, was followed by a 2 1/4-length finish behind Starlight Magic when finishing third in the $200,000 Fleet Treat Stakes on the main all-weather Polytrack surface at the Del Mar Thoroughbred Club on July 28. After her worst effort of the year, ninth and last in her only career start on the grass in the $100,000 California Cup Distaff Stakes for fillies and mares at Santa Anita on Oct. 13, won by Bella Viaggia, she bounced back with a third-placed finish to the four-year-olds Going for a Spin and Cayanna, respectively, in Hollywood’s restricted $78,200 Cat’s Cradle Handicap on Nov. 18. In her final start of 2012, Willa B Awesome finished sixth in the $200,000 Bayakoa Handicap (grade II) at Hollywood on Dec. 8. A daughter of Awesome Gambler, one of seven stallions based at Lovingier’s Lovacres Ranch in Warner Springs and both California’s leading first-crop sire of 2011 and leading second-crop of last year, and the winning Nineeleven mare Cause I’m Tricky, Willa B Awesome made one more career start in 2013. In Santa Anita’s $150,250 La Canada Stakes for four-year-old fillies on Jan. 20, she finished third to More Chocolate to round out her career with five wins, three seconds, five thirds and $648,896 in earnings from a total of 19 starts.

1st Willa B Awesome

2nd Starlight Magic

3rd Bella Vaggia

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Willa B Awesome, Chestnut Filly (February 6, 2009) Awesome Gambler—Cause I’m Tricky, by Nineeleven Breeder: Terry C. Lovingier Owners: Phil Daniles, Patsy London, John Winters & Terry Lovingier Age Starts 1st (SW) 2nd 3rd Earnings 2012 3 9 3 (3) 0 2 $457,000

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Monument: Lasting Legacy

by RUDI GROOTHEDDE The last seven months have proved bittersweet for California Thoroughbred Breeders Association (CTBA) members Lee and Susan Searing, but it has all ended on a high note with their CTBA peers voting their homebred colt Monument as the 2012 California Champion Two-Year-Old Male. On Aug. 2, the dark bay son of Cindago won his debut going 5 1/2 furlongs on the main all-weather Polytrack surface at the Del Mar Thoroughbred Club. In for a $40,000 tag against seven fellow California-breds, Monument recovered from a bump at the start to win by 1 1/4 lengths over 2013 stakes winner Tiz a Minister in 1:05.04 as the second wagering choice at 7-2. Martin Garcia was again aboard for Monument’s return to the seaside track’s main strip just 20 days later, when he won a six-furlong starter allowance by three quarters of a length in 1:10.85. In the Searing’s C R K Stable silks, the 6-5 favorite rallied successfully from the rear of the four-horse field to add $28,800 to his initial payday of $19,200. At Faiprlex Park on Sept. 12, Monument tasted defeat for the first time but was far from disgraced. In the $50,000 C. B. Afflerbaugh Stakes at seven furlongs on the dirt, he again finished well to bank $10,000 when placing second by 3 1/4 lengths to the Kentucky-bred 4-5 favorite Carving. Sadly, just 12 days later, Monument’s sire Cindago died due to complications from a seizure at Legacy Ranch in Clements where the Searings had retired him to stud in 2007. A 2003 son of California champion Indian Charlie, Cindago’s legacy includes a stakes win at three and two

black-type winners among his earners of more than $1 million to date. Monument returned to his winning ways on Oct. 13, when he was an impressive 2 3/4-length winner of the restricted $250,000 Bob Benoit California Cup Juvenile Stakes on the main dirt track at Santa Anita Park with Garcia back in the irons. The fourth betting choice at 5-1, his nine rivals could only watch as he posted a winning time of 1:44.84 for the 1 1/16 miles while earning $137,500. Furthermore, it provided a fitting double for Cindago whose 2008 gelding Courtside had won the $100,000 Donald Valpredo Cal Cup Sprint Stakes in 2011. There would be two more starts for Monument last year. First, a ninth-placed finish to the 2012 Eclipse Champion Two-YearOld Male, Shanghai Bobby, in Santa Anita’s $1,818,000 Grey Goose Breeders’ Cup Juvenile (grade I) at 1 1/16 miles on Nov. 3. Then a third place effort behind Weewinnin and Fighting Hussar as the 2-1 favorite in the restricted $200,000 King Glorious Stakes going seven furlongs on the main all-weather Cushion Track surface at Betfair Hollywood Park on Dec. 16. Trained by John Sadler, Monument earned $217,500 from a record of 6-3-1-1 last year, enough for him to earn his championship title over fellow 2012 stakes winners Gervinho and Weewinnin. The fourth foal out of the stakes-placed, nine-time winner Grant Marty a Wish, a 1999 daughter of Beautiful Crown, Monument has as his 11th dam Gondolette (GB). She produced the full siblings Sansovino (GB) and Ferry (GB), victorious in the 1924 English Derby and 1918 One Thousand Guineas, respectively.

1st Monument

2nd Gervinho

3rd Weewinnin

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Monument, Dark Bay or Brown Colt (February 2, 2010)

2012

Cindago—Grant Marty a Wish, by Beautiful Crown Breeders: Lee & Susan Searing Owner: CRK Stable Age Starts 1st (SW) 2nd 3rd 2 6 3 (1) 1 1

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Tilde: Making Waves

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in the $100,000 California Thoroughbred Breeders Association Stakes on July 20. She followed that up with a three quarters of a length triumph in the $150,000 Generous Portion Stakes on Aug. 29, also against Golden State compatriots. Both races were contested at sprint distances on the all-weather Polytrack surface. Moving to 1 1/16 miles on the dirt during Santa Anita Park’s autumn meet, Tilde continued rolling in the $250,000 Keith E. Card California Cup Juvenile Fillies Stakes on Oct. 13. Showing her customary stalking speed, she out gamed Doinghardtimeagain by a half-length under strong urging from regular rider Rafael Bejarano. In her return to Hollywood, where the Harrington stable is based, Tilde stepped outside statebred stakes ranks in the $100,000 Sharp Cat Stakes on Nov. 11. The result was poor, as she essentially finished last, beating only a horse who was pulled up. Tilde then competed in Hollywood’s $196,000 Soviet Problem Stakes on Dec. 9, in an attempt to sweep the four Cal-bred two-year-old filly stakes and end the year on a high note. She ran her usual race up until the homestretch but tired to finish fourth under new jockey Corey Nakatani. Despite losing steam in late 2012, Tilde still held enough sway over voters to hold off Doinghardtimeagain and Unusual Way, the first and second place finishers, respectively, in this final race. Tilde ended 2012 with four wins and one third-place finish in seven starts and $344,560 in earnings. Her current career totals are 8-4-0-1 and $344,810.

A tilde is a wavy accent mark used in the Spanish and Portuguese languages, derived from the Latin word for “title”—titulus. Thus, it may seem destiny that the California-bred filly Tilde won a title, for California Champion Two-Year-Old Female of 2012, but her success has been all of her own volition. Mike Harrington, who trains, owns and co-bred Tilde in partnership with his wife, Patricia Harrington, said the filly was small and unassuming as she developed and her talent came as a pleasant surprise. “We’re ecstatic,” Mike Harrington said. “She’s exceeded all our expectations.” Tilde’s the first California champion for 20-year California Thoroughbred Breeders Association (CTBA) member Harrington and the second for sire Swiss Yodeler, with whom Harrington scored his first grade I training victory in 1996. Now standing at Lovacres Ranch, the chestnut is California’s leading active sire by lifetime two-year-old earnings. Tilde inherited her gray or roan color from her Cal-bred dam— two-time winner Self Taught, by Cee’s Tizzy. Born a May foal, many would consider Tilde disadvantaged, and her training did nothing to inspire awe. However, she soon tipped her hand by winning a 4 1/2-furlong maiden special weight over the all-weather Cushion Track surface at Betfair Hollywood Park on May 20. Harrington anted up and ran her back in the $100,000 Cinderella Stakes on June 16, but she could only gain third-place. It was at the Del Mar Thoroughbred Club meet that Tilde made a splash. In her first race restricted to Cal-bred or Cal-sired fillies, she sped her way to a 3 1/2-length score

1st Tilde

2nd Doinghardtimeagain

3rd Unusual Way

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Tilde, Gray or Roan Filly (May 3, 2010) Swiss Yodeler—Self Taught, by Cee’s Tizzy Breeder: Revocable Trust of Dr. Mikel C. Harrington & Patricia O. Harrington Owner: Mike Harrington Trustee Age Starts 1st (SW) 2nd 3rd Earnings 2012 2 7 4 (3) 0 1 $344,560

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

35490 Highway 79, Warner Springs, California 92086 website: www.lovacres.com


C O V E R S T O R Y

California-Bred Champions

Another Night To Remember

by RUDI GROOTHEDDE Photos by RON MESAROS A memorable time was had by all who attended the emotion-charged program that unfolded during this year’s Annual Awards Dinner of the California Thoroughbred Breeders Association (CTBA) at The Westin hotel in Pasadena on Feb. 11, when both the 2012 California-bred champions and 2013 California Racing Hall of Fame inductees were honored in front of an enthusiastic crowd of more than 160. The night’s high points included: a second consecutive California Horse of the Year title for Acclamation, a homebred for the Old English Rancho of Bud and Judy Johnston and Peter and Mary Hilvers; a second leading breeder title in four years for Tom and Debi Stull’s Tommy Town Thoroughbreds in Santa Ynez; and a very popular Hall of Fame induction of famed racetrack announcer Trevor Denman, whose distinctive South African voice has wowed racing fans for 30 years at Santa Anita Park, 28 years at the Del Mar Thoroughbred Club and seven years at Breeders’ Cup. Also inducted into the CTBA’s Hall of Fame was Windy Sands, a multiple stakes winner who was California’s leading

sire by money won on six occasions in 1970, 1976, 1977 and 1981 to 1983. While Acclamation’s six-year-old season, comprising of two grade I wins, resulted in him repeating as the California Champion Older Male and Turf Horse. Following the CTBA’s Annual Meeting in the afternoon and a cocktail reception in the evening, the dinner’s master of ceremonies Frank Mirahmadi kicked off festivities in the packed ballroom with the awards for last year’s leading local sires of foals conceived in the Golden State. Representing the syndicate that owns Harris Farms-based Unusual Heat, Madeline Auerbach and trainer Barry Abrams accepted the trophies for overall earnings and turf earnings, while collecting the awards to Tribal Rule for two-year-old earnings and number of winners was Miguel “Mike” Jimenez, the Broodmare Manager at Ballena Vista Farm. Accepting the trophy for Mickey and Karen Taylor’s Council Member, California’s top freshman sire by 2012 earnings, was Special T Thoroughbreds owner Rick Taylor who was followed to the podium by Walther Solis, a deserved recipient of the award for Trainer of the Year.

Santa Anita Park’s George Haines and Pete Siberell, CTBA Sales Coordinator Cookie Hackworth, Mike Willman (Santa Anita), Amy Zimmerman (HRTV) and Jane Goldstein (CTF) (left to right).

Charlie Robin, Brett and Angelique Tahajian, Jonnell Agnew, Tom Sanford and Jon Lindo (DR F) (left to right).

Katherine Wheeler (NTRA/John Deere), Mary Forney (TOC) and her husband Jim and Fran and Lou Raffetto (TOC) (left to right).

City National Bank’s Rene Martinez and Don Taylor, CTBA Event Coordinator Christy Chapman, CTBA Past President John Barr and CTBA Executive Vice President and General Manager Doug Burge (left to right).

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After Trevor Denman’s unforgettable induction in the presence of wife Robin and many of his friends and racetrack associates, as well as arguably his number one fan, fellow race caller Frank Mirahmadi himself, the proceedings continued following an In Memoriam tribute to those people and horses who departed to that racetrack in the sky this past year. Trainer Mike Harrington and his wife Patricia received the trophy for Tilde, their homebred Champion Two-Year-Old Female who won a trio of stakes races last year, while voted the Champion Two-Year-Old Male was Monument, a 2012 black-type winner in the C R K Stable silks of his breeders Lee and Susan Searing who accepted the award. It was also a special night for Terry Lovingier, who paid tribute to his 93-year-old father Russ in the audience when accepting the Champion Three-Year-Old Female accolade for homebred grade I winner Willa B Awesome, and then the Champion Three-Year-Old trophy was collected by Teresa McWilliams, who bred Unusual Heatwave under her Monetcito Stables LLC banner and owns the dual stakes winner in partnership with Peter Johnson Sr. and his wife Ellen. The other two finalists for California Horse of the Year, last year’s grade I-winning six-year-old Amazombie and grade IIwinning four-year-old Halo Dolly, were then honored with the Champion Sprinter and Champion Older Female titles, respectively. Bred by the late Gregg Anderson, the former’s trophy was collected by Tom Sanford, the co-owner of Amazombie with trainer Bill Spawr, while the latter was represented on stage by Rod and Lorraine Rodriguez, who bred Halo Dolly at their Cottonwood Creek Farm in Cottonwood where they retired her sire Popular to stud in 2005.

C O V E R S T O R Y

Chris Aplin, Jonnell Agnew, Tom Sanford, Martin Panza and Mike Smith (left to right).

Sherwood Chillingworth and Rod and Lorraine Rodriguez (left to right).

Horse of the Year, Champion Older Male & Champion Turf Horse Acclamation Old English Rancho, Breeder Peter & Mary Hilvers & E. W. & Judy Johnston, Owners Don Warren, Trainer CTBA Director Harris Auerbach, Peter O. Johnson Sr., Teresa McWilliams and Ellen Johnson (left to right).

CTBA Past President Donald Valpredo, CTBA Past President Buddy Johnston, his wife Judy and his son-in-law Pete Hilvers (left to right).

CTBA Past President John Barr and CTBA Director Terry Lovingier (left to right).

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Champion Sprinter Amazombie Gregg Anderson, Breeder Thomas C. Sanford & William Spawr, Owners William Spawr, Trainer

California-Bred Champions Cont’d.

Champion Older Female Halo Dolly Rod & Lorraine Rodriguez, Breeders Hoefflin, Hoefflin, Hollendorfer, O'Farrell, Robin, Todaro, Schneider, Tahajian, Owners Jerry Hollendorfer, Trainer Champion Three-Year-Old Male Unusual Heatwave Montecito Stables LLC, Breeder Ellen Johnson, Peter O. Johnson Sr. & Teresa McWilliams, Owners Alexis Barba, Trainer

CTBA Vice President Pete Parrella and Susan and Lee Searing (left to right).

Phil

Champion Three-Year-Old Female Willa B Awesome Terry Lovingier, Breeder Phil Daniels, Patsy London, John Winters & Terry Lovingier, Owners Walther Solis, Trainer Champion Two-Year-Old Male Monument Lee & Susan Searing, Breeders C R K Stable, Owner John Sadler, Trainer

CTBA Director Tim Cohen and Mike and Patricia Harrington (left to right).

Champion Two-Year-Old Female Tilde Revocable Trust of Dr. Mikel C. Harrington & Patricia O. Harrington, Breeder Mike Harrington Trustee, Owner Mike Harrington, Trainer Leading California Sire of California Conceived Foals By Earnings Unusual Heat The Unusual Heat Syndicate, Owner

Madeline Auerbach, CTBA Executive Vice President and General Manager Doug Burge and Barry Abrams (left to right).

Mike Jimenez and CTBA Past President Leigh Ann Howard (left to right). 38 CALIFORNIA THOROUGHBRED • MARCH 2013

CTBA Director Jane Johnson and Rick Taylor (left to right). www.ctba.com


Leading California Sire of California Conceived Foals By Turf Earnings Unusual Heat The Unusual Heat Syndicate, Owner

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Leading California Sire of California Conceived Two-Year-Olds By Earnings Tribal Rule The Tribal Rule Syndicate, Owner

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Leading California Sire of California Conceived Foals By Number of Winners Tribal Rule The Tribal Rule Syndicate, Owner

Walther Solis and CTBA Director Terry Lovingier (left to right).

Leading California Freshman Sire of California Conceived Foals by Earnings Council Member Mickey & Karen Taylor, Owners Leading Breeders Of California Foaled Thoroughbreds By Earnings Tommy Town Thoroughbreds LLC Trainer Of The Year Walther Solis

CTBA Past President Buddy Johnston and his wife Judy and CTBA Past President Dan Schiffer (left to right).

CTBA Hall Of Fame 2013 Inductees Windy Sands Trevor Denman

Frank Mirahmadi, Trevor Denman and Alan Balch (left to right).

Katherine Wheeler (NTRA/John Deere) and Tom and Debi Stull (left to right). www.ctba.com

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CALIFORNIA-BRED CHAMPIONS: 1973–2011

Unusual Heat—Winning in Style, by Silveyville

C A L I F O R N I A

Breeder: Old English Rancho Owners: Peter & Mary Hilvers & E. W. & Judy Johnston

Two-Year-Old Male

Two-Year-Old Female

Three-Year-Old Male

Three-Year-Old Female

Older Male

Older Female

Sprinter

Turf Horse

Horse of the Year

2011

Rousing Sermon

Ismene

Burns

Teddy’s Promise

Acclamation

Ultra Blend

Amazombie

Acclamation

Acclamation

2010

Bench Points

California Nectar

Caracortado

Evening Jewel

The Usual Q. T.

Unzip Me

Cost of Freedom

The Usual Q. T.

Evening Jewel

2009

Caracortado

Repo

The Usual Q. T.

Excessive Blend

Dancing in Silks

Lethal Heat

Dancing in Silks

California Flag

California Flag/ Dancing in Silks

2008

Babs Moossa

Saucey Evening

Bob Black Jack

Lethal Heat

Cost of Freedom

Nashoba’s Key

Bob Black Jack

Bold Chieftain

Bob Black Jack

2007

Georgie Boy

Spring Awakening

Idiot Proof

Romance Is Diane

Lava Man

Nashoba’s Key

Idiot Proof

Nashoba’s Key

Nashoba’s Key

2006

Pirates Deputy

Romance Is Diane

Brother Derek

Bai and Bai

Lava Man

Moscow Burning

Thor’s Echo

Lava Man

Lava Man

aMazOMBIE

2005

Brother Derek

Sierra Sweetie

Proud Tower Too

Leave Me Alone

Lava Man

Dream Of Summer

Bordonaro

Valentine Dancer

Lava Man

Northern Afleet—Wilshe Amaze, by In Excess (Ire)

2004

Texcess

Memorette

Cozy Guy

Yearly Report

McCann’s Mojave

Moscow Burning

Bear Fan

Moscow Burning

Moscow Burning

2003

Don’tsellmeshort

Valentine Dancer

Joey Franco

Cee’s Elegance

Joey Franco

Ninebanks

Joey Franco

2002

Icecoldbeeratreds

Humorous Lady

Calkins Road

Super High

Grey Memo

Above Perfection

2001

Officer

Lady George

Romanceishope

Golden Ballet

Tiznow

Gourmet Girl

Go Go

Native Desert

Tiznow

2000

Proud Tower

Jetin Excess

Tiznow

Cover Gal

General Challenge

Smooth Player

Richter Scale

Smooth Player

Tiznow

Breeder: Old English Rancho Owners: Peter & Mary Hilvers & E. W. & Judy Johnston

1999

Gibson County

Cover Gal

General Challenge

Smooth Player

Budroyale

Enjoy the Moment

Big Jag

Native Desert

Budroyale

1998

Daring General

Controlled

Indian Charlie

Magical Allure

Free House

Fleet Lady

Big Jag

Native Desert

Free House

1997

Ex Marks the Cop Career Collection

Free House

Fleet Lady

Awesome Daze

Avenue of Gold

Surachai

Gastown

Free House

HaLO DOLLY

1996

In Excessive Bull

Starry Ice

Cavonnier

Belle’s Flag

Megan’s Interco

Cat’s Cradle

Letthebighossroll

Megan’s Interco

Cavonnier

Popular—Spanish Halo, by Comic Strip

1995

Cavonnier

Batroyale

Desert Pirate

Cat’s Cradle

Best Pal

Pirate’s Revenge

Wild Gold

Work the Crowd

Cat’s Cradle

1994

Fandarel Dancer

Embroidered

College Town

Work the Crowd

Best Pal

Soviet Problem

Soviet Problem

Soviet Problem

Soviet Problem

1993

Individual Style

Work the Crowd

Denmars Dream

Soviet Problem

Bertrando

Southern Truce

Softshoe Sure Shot

Journalism

Bertrando

1992

Moscow Changes

Incindress

Bertrando

Charm a Gendarme

Best Pal

Bountiful Native

Answer Do

Blaze O’Brien

Best Pal

unuSuaL HEaTWaVE

1991

Bertrando

Don B’s Princess

Best Pal

Teresa Mc

Bruho

Somethingmerry

Letthebighossroll

Somethingmerry

Best Pal

Unusual Heat— Miss Alphie, by Candi’s Gold

1990

Best Pal

Theresa’s Pleasure

Real Cash

Materco

Flying Continental

Brown Bess

Sensational Star

Cacoethes

Best Pal

1989

Individualist

Dominant Dancer

King Glorious

Kool Arrival

Stylish Winner

Brown Bess

King Glorious

Brown Bess

1988

King Glorious

Approved to Fly

Aloha Prospector

Super Avie

Nostalgia’s Star

Brown Bess

Calestoga

King Glorious

1987

Purdue King

Variety Baby

Snow Chief

Fran’s Valentine

Zany Tactics

Snow Chief

WILLa B aWESOME

1986

Flying Lieutenant

Saros Brig

Snow Chief

Melair

Super Diamond

Fran’s Valentine

Melair

Snow Chief

Awesome Gambler—Cause I'm Tricky, by Nineeleven

1985

Snow Chief

Lady Maxine D.

Slew the Dragon

Fran’s Valentine

Barberstown

Capichi

Debonaire Junior

Snow Chief

1984

Right Con

Fali Time

Vagabond Gal

Silveyville

Fancy Wings

Debonaire Junior

Silveyville

1983

Fali Time

Fran’s Valentine Boo La Boo/ Bright Orphan

Expressman

Fali Time

1982

Aguila

Remember John

Prince Spellbound

1981

Racing Is Fun

A Kiss for Luck

I’m Smokin

Eleven Stitches

1980

Bold and Gold

1979

aCCLaMaTIOn Unusual Heat—Winning in Style, by Silveyville Breeder: Old English Rancho Owners: Peter & Mary Hilvers & E. W. & Judy Johnston

Breeder: Gregg anderson Owners: Thomas C. Sanford & William Spawr

aCCLaMaTIOn Unusual Heat—Winning in Style, by Silveyville

B R E D C H A M P I O N S

Breeders: Rod & Lorraine Rodriguez Owners: Hoefflin, Hoefflin, Hollendorfer, O'Farrell, Robin, Todaro, Schneider et.al.

Breeder: Montecito Stables LLC Owners: Ellen Johnson, Peter O. Johnson Sr. & Teresa McWilliams

Breeder: Old English Rancho Owners: Phil Daniels, Patsy London, Terry Lovingier & John Winters

MOnuMEnT

Cindago—Grant Marty A Wish, by Beautiful Crown

2 0 1 2

Breeder: Lee & Susan Searing Owner: C R K Stable

TILDE Swiss Yodeler—Self Taught, by Cee's Tizzy Breeder: Revocable Trust of Dr. Mikel C. and Patricia O. Harrington Owners: Mike Harrington Trustee

House of Fortune Excessivepleasure

Something Lucky Perchance to Dream

Billy Ball

Continental Red

Avigaition

Silveyville

Silveyville

Past Forgetting

Eleven Stitches

Avigaition Frieda Frame/ Past Forgetting Princess Karenda

Astrious

Jaklin Klugman

Princess Karenda

Beau’s Eagle

Wishing Well

Beau’s Eagle

The Carpenter

Hazel R.

Golden Act

Variety Queen

Jumping Hill

B. Thoughtful

Golden Act

1978

Flying Paster

Tourulla

Capt. Don

B. Thoughtful

Bad ’n Big

Grande Brisa

Flying Paster

1977

Chance Dancer

B. Thoughtful

Bad ’n Big

Don’s Music

Crystal Water

Dancing Femme

Crystal Water

1976

Fleet Dragoon

Special Warmth

Crystal Water

Any Time Lady

Ancient Title

Just a Kick

Crystal Water

1975

Telly’s Pop

Our First Delight

Ancient Title

Modus Vivendi

Ancient Title

1974

The Bagel Prince

Ancient Title

Impressive Style

Ancient Title

1973

Century’s Envoy Gentleman’s Sketch

Modus Vivendi Sandy Blue/ Windy’s Daughter

Royal Owl

Minstrel Miss

Windy’s Daughter

Fabulous Notion Prince Spellbound

Walk in the Sun Messenger of Song Hot n Nasty

Stardust Mel Ancient Title

Fabulous Notion Prince Spellbound

Disturbingthepeace Continental Red

Jaklin Klugman

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C O V E R S T O R Y

aCCLaMaTIOn

CALIFORNIA-BRED CHAMPIONS: 1973–2011

Unusual Heat—Winning in Style, by Silveyville

C A L I F O R N I A

Breeder: Old English Rancho Owners: Peter & Mary Hilvers & E. W. & Judy Johnston

Two-Year-Old Male

Two-Year-Old Female

Three-Year-Old Male

Three-Year-Old Female

Older Male

Older Female

Sprinter

Turf Horse

Horse of the Year

2011

Rousing Sermon

Ismene

Burns

Teddy’s Promise

Acclamation

Ultra Blend

Amazombie

Acclamation

Acclamation

2010

Bench Points

California Nectar

Caracortado

Evening Jewel

The Usual Q. T.

Unzip Me

Cost of Freedom

The Usual Q. T.

Evening Jewel

2009

Caracortado

Repo

The Usual Q. T.

Excessive Blend

Dancing in Silks

Lethal Heat

Dancing in Silks

California Flag

California Flag/ Dancing in Silks

2008

Babs Moossa

Saucey Evening

Bob Black Jack

Lethal Heat

Cost of Freedom

Nashoba’s Key

Bob Black Jack

Bold Chieftain

Bob Black Jack

2007

Georgie Boy

Spring Awakening

Idiot Proof

Romance Is Diane

Lava Man

Nashoba’s Key

Idiot Proof

Nashoba’s Key

Nashoba’s Key

2006

Pirates Deputy

Romance Is Diane

Brother Derek

Bai and Bai

Lava Man

Moscow Burning

Thor’s Echo

Lava Man

Lava Man

aMazOMBIE

2005

Brother Derek

Sierra Sweetie

Proud Tower Too

Leave Me Alone

Lava Man

Dream Of Summer

Bordonaro

Valentine Dancer

Lava Man

Northern Afleet—Wilshe Amaze, by In Excess (Ire)

2004

Texcess

Memorette

Cozy Guy

Yearly Report

McCann’s Mojave

Moscow Burning

Bear Fan

Moscow Burning

Moscow Burning

2003

Don’tsellmeshort

Valentine Dancer

Joey Franco

Cee’s Elegance

Joey Franco

Ninebanks

Joey Franco

2002

Icecoldbeeratreds

Humorous Lady

Calkins Road

Super High

Grey Memo

Above Perfection

2001

Officer

Lady George

Romanceishope

Golden Ballet

Tiznow

Gourmet Girl

Go Go

Native Desert

Tiznow

2000

Proud Tower

Jetin Excess

Tiznow

Cover Gal

General Challenge

Smooth Player

Richter Scale

Smooth Player

Tiznow

Breeder: Old English Rancho Owners: Peter & Mary Hilvers & E. W. & Judy Johnston

1999

Gibson County

Cover Gal

General Challenge

Smooth Player

Budroyale

Enjoy the Moment

Big Jag

Native Desert

Budroyale

1998

Daring General

Controlled

Indian Charlie

Magical Allure

Free House

Fleet Lady

Big Jag

Native Desert

Free House

1997

Ex Marks the Cop Career Collection

Free House

Fleet Lady

Awesome Daze

Avenue of Gold

Surachai

Gastown

Free House

HaLO DOLLY

1996

In Excessive Bull

Starry Ice

Cavonnier

Belle’s Flag

Megan’s Interco

Cat’s Cradle

Letthebighossroll

Megan’s Interco

Cavonnier

Popular—Spanish Halo, by Comic Strip

1995

Cavonnier

Batroyale

Desert Pirate

Cat’s Cradle

Best Pal

Pirate’s Revenge

Wild Gold

Work the Crowd

Cat’s Cradle

1994

Fandarel Dancer

Embroidered

College Town

Work the Crowd

Best Pal

Soviet Problem

Soviet Problem

Soviet Problem

Soviet Problem

1993

Individual Style

Work the Crowd

Denmars Dream

Soviet Problem

Bertrando

Southern Truce

Softshoe Sure Shot

Journalism

Bertrando

1992

Moscow Changes

Incindress

Bertrando

Charm a Gendarme

Best Pal

Bountiful Native

Answer Do

Blaze O’Brien

Best Pal

unuSuaL HEaTWaVE

1991

Bertrando

Don B’s Princess

Best Pal

Teresa Mc

Bruho

Somethingmerry

Letthebighossroll

Somethingmerry

Best Pal

Unusual Heat— Miss Alphie, by Candi’s Gold

1990

Best Pal

Theresa’s Pleasure

Real Cash

Materco

Flying Continental

Brown Bess

Sensational Star

Cacoethes

Best Pal

1989

Individualist

Dominant Dancer

King Glorious

Kool Arrival

Stylish Winner

Brown Bess

King Glorious

Brown Bess

1988

King Glorious

Approved to Fly

Aloha Prospector

Super Avie

Nostalgia’s Star

Brown Bess

Calestoga

King Glorious

1987

Purdue King

Variety Baby

Snow Chief

Fran’s Valentine

Zany Tactics

Snow Chief

WILLa B aWESOME

1986

Flying Lieutenant

Saros Brig

Snow Chief

Melair

Super Diamond

Fran’s Valentine

Melair

Snow Chief

Awesome Gambler—Cause I'm Tricky, by Nineeleven

1985

Snow Chief

Lady Maxine D.

Slew the Dragon

Fran’s Valentine

Barberstown

Capichi

Debonaire Junior

Snow Chief

1984

Right Con

Fali Time

Vagabond Gal

Silveyville

Fancy Wings

Debonaire Junior

Silveyville

1983

Fali Time

Fran’s Valentine Boo La Boo/ Bright Orphan

Expressman

Fali Time

1982

Aguila

Remember John

Prince Spellbound

1981

Racing Is Fun

A Kiss for Luck

I’m Smokin

Eleven Stitches

1980

Bold and Gold

1979

aCCLaMaTIOn Unusual Heat—Winning in Style, by Silveyville Breeder: Old English Rancho Owners: Peter & Mary Hilvers & E. W. & Judy Johnston

Breeder: Gregg anderson Owners: Thomas C. Sanford & William Spawr

aCCLaMaTIOn Unusual Heat—Winning in Style, by Silveyville

B R E D C H A M P I O N S

Breeders: Rod & Lorraine Rodriguez Owners: Hoefflin, Hoefflin, Hollendorfer, O'Farrell, Robin, Todaro, Schneider et.al.

Breeder: Montecito Stables LLC Owners: Ellen Johnson, Peter O. Johnson Sr. & Teresa McWilliams

Breeder: Old English Rancho Owners: Phil Daniels, Patsy London, Terry Lovingier & John Winters

MOnuMEnT

Cindago—Grant Marty A Wish, by Beautiful Crown

2 0 1 2

Breeder: Lee & Susan Searing Owner: C R K Stable

TILDE Swiss Yodeler—Self Taught, by Cee's Tizzy Breeder: Revocable Trust of Dr. Mikel C. and Patricia O. Harrington Owners: Mike Harrington Trustee

House of Fortune Excessivepleasure

Something Lucky Perchance to Dream

Billy Ball

Continental Red

Avigaition

Silveyville

Silveyville

Past Forgetting

Eleven Stitches

Avigaition Frieda Frame/ Past Forgetting Princess Karenda

Astrious

Jaklin Klugman

Princess Karenda

Beau’s Eagle

Wishing Well

Beau’s Eagle

The Carpenter

Hazel R.

Golden Act

Variety Queen

Jumping Hill

B. Thoughtful

Golden Act

1978

Flying Paster

Tourulla

Capt. Don

B. Thoughtful

Bad ’n Big

Grande Brisa

Flying Paster

1977

Chance Dancer

B. Thoughtful

Bad ’n Big

Don’s Music

Crystal Water

Dancing Femme

Crystal Water

1976

Fleet Dragoon

Special Warmth

Crystal Water

Any Time Lady

Ancient Title

Just a Kick

Crystal Water

1975

Telly’s Pop

Our First Delight

Ancient Title

Modus Vivendi

Ancient Title

1974

The Bagel Prince

Ancient Title

Impressive Style

Ancient Title

1973

Century’s Envoy Gentleman’s Sketch

Modus Vivendi Sandy Blue/ Windy’s Daughter

Royal Owl

Minstrel Miss

Windy’s Daughter

Fabulous Notion Prince Spellbound

Walk in the Sun Messenger of Song Hot n Nasty

Stardust Mel Ancient Title

Fabulous Notion Prince Spellbound

Disturbingthepeace Continental Red

Jaklin Klugman

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Rod & Lorraine Rodriguez: A Thoroughbred Fever Worth Getting

CTBA Member Profile by EMILY SHIELDS

Collect Call and $27,000 to buy a three-year-old Bertrando filly named Coiner. Those purchases, combined with $240,000 for dual stakes winner Fair Apache and $82,000 for broodmare Main Gain, made the Rodriguezes the sale’s biggest buyers with $599,000 spent. Collect Call wasted no time putting her new owners on the map, winning the grade III, $109,300 Santa Ysabel Stakes in January of 2001. After two fourth-placed finishes in the Las Virgenes Stakes and Santa Anita Oaks, both grade I events, a runner-up effort in the grade II Fantasy Stakes earned her a spot in the lucrative Kentucky Oaks. In that grade I, $609,200 event, Collect Call finished third of 13 runners. “She placed third but you would have thought she’d won,” Lorraine Rodriguez said. “We could not have been happier to just have that experience. We knew so many people in racing who took so many years to win a stakes race, and how fortunate we were when we bought that mare. You always dream of doing that well.” Collect Call went on to win that year’s $161,161 British Columbia Breeders’ Cup Oaks, was named the 2001 British Columbia Champion Three-Year-Old Filly and then retired the following year with a record of 17-3-3-5 and earnings of $434,000. However, she was not yet done blessing the Rodriguezes.

Popular (Saint Ballado—Western Lady, by Gone West)

Roman Dancer (Polish Numbers—Phananopsis, by Cormorant)

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Buried within all the stories of horsemen who have toiled in the Thoroughbred industry for decades before getting their first big runner, are rare accounts of people who stumble upon stakes winners right away. Perhaps no one rose as quickly as Rod and Lorraine Rodriguez, California Thoroughbred Breeders’ Association (CTBA) members since 2001. The husband and wife team were already well entrenched in the horse industry when they discovered racing; they had been involved in ranch and cutting horses for years before their introduction to Thoroughbreds. That initiation came thanks to Dr. William “Bill” Gray, their veterinarian, who sold them half of his half-interest in a horse with the intention of teaching the Rodriguezes about racing. When that horse won his maiden, the Rodriguezes were hooked. “Thoroughbred fever hit, and we decided we needed more of these horses,” Lorraine Rodriguez said. In a twist of kismet, the Washington state dispersal sale of Marshall Naify’s 505 Farms on Sept. 5, 2000, happened to coincide with their newfound interest, and the Rodriguezes picked up a total of four horses, including a pair of fillies who would change their lives. They went to $250,000 to buy Lassie Stakes winner

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Her first foal, a Fusaichi Pegasus filly, was born in 2003, and the shrewd horsemen at Taylor Made Farm urged the Rodriguezes to sell her as a yearling. Despite reservations— Rod and Lorraine bred to race, not to sell—they gave in and watched the filly, later named Kauai Calls, go through the ring at the 2005 Fasig-Tipton Saratoga Sale. She brought a staggering $2 million. Collect Call’s second foal, a son of Unbridled’s Song named Old Fashioned, brought a “mere” $800,000 at the 2007 Keeneland September Yearling Sale. He went on to win $583,280 with four wins in six starts for owner Rick Porter of Fox Hill Farms. The flashy gray won the 2008 Remsen Stakes (grade II) and 2009 Southwest Stakes (grade III), and is now a stallion at Taylor Made. “Even when you sell them you still follow their careers,” Lorraine said. “You still feel like their parent, and they are just under someone else’s tutoring.” The Rodriguezes still own a two-year-old full sister to Old Fashioned, and plan to race her in California in 2013. Collect Call is in foal to Distorted Humor with a late foaling date. Thanks to the success of Collect Call and her foals, Rod and Lorraine enjoyed instant success and growth in the industry. Their three-year-old colt Roman Dancer, who was a multiple stakes winner, won the grade III, $150,000 Bay Shore Stakes at Aqueduct in 2002, three months after missing by a nose to Popular in the $107,900 San Miguel Stakes. “Popular was such a beautiful horse, so we were following him after he beat our horse,” Lorraine explained. When Popular, a flashy, dark bay son of Saint Ballado, was entered for a $50,000 claiming tag at the Del Mar Thoroughbred Club on July 31, 2003, the Rodriguezes nabbed him as a stallion prospect for their 5,000-acre Cottonwood Creek Ranch near Cottonwood, California. He stands alongside his old rival Roman Dancer at their owners’ private farm, Collect Call

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with both studs having produced small but successful foal crops to date. Remember Coiner, the Rodriguez’s cheapest purchase at their first auction? She was bred to Comic Strip, who stands for the same Dr. Gray who introduced the Rodriguezes to racing. The resulting foal, Spanish Halo, never raced, but produced a daughter of Popular who became Halo Dolly, one of the most consistently tough mares in California. Halo Dolly, the 2012 California Champion Older Female, was sold well before her success on the track, but she has earned $676,146 with 14 wins in 26 starts. Half of those wins have come in stakes races, but Lorraine doesn’t regret the decision to sell. “We couldn’t be prouder of her, and it still feels like she’s one of our kids.” Although Spanish Halo now resides with Greg James, their Northern California trainer, the Rodriguezes still own Coiner, who is in foal to Comic Strip again and may be bred back to him again for 2014. Another star from the Rodriguez breeding program is Camille C, a daughter of Roman Dancer who has earned $400,205 with three wins, eight seconds and five thirds in 36 starts. The grade II-placed dual stakes winner has run well on all surfaces and over all distances, proving her versatility. “It doesn’t matter if they are yours or someone else’s,” Lorraine added, “you still watch and cheer during their careers.” Rod and Lorraine still race their own horses while breeding between 12 and 25 foals a year. They keep busy with both the horse business and the 500 head of cattle they run a year. Lorraine credits her husband’s willingness as a key factor in their overwhelming early success. “Rod is a really great guy and I am so lucky to have him as my patient husband. He understands my love for the industry,” she said. “You get into this game, you do it, you love it, and you hope you’re doing it right. In the end, it’s all been worth it.”

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Regional Sales

Ahead Of The Curve

by LISA GROOTHEDDE Positioned on the calendar again this year as the lead-off juvenile auction in North America, the 2013 Barretts March Sale of Selected Two-YearOlds in Training will offer Thoroughbred buyers an opportunity to view precocious racing prospects when it is conducted in Pomona on Monday, March 4. Accompanying the auction is a 138-horse catalog, featuring 14 California-bred or California-sired juveniles who are nominated to the lucrative Golden State Series. The single session will begin at 3 p.m. in the Hinds Pavilion at Fairplex. During the corresponding sale last year, 77 of the 121 juveniles who went under the gavel were reported as sold for a collective $8,426,000, yielding a dazzling 52.1 percent boost in gross receipts and justifying the decision by Barretts Equine Limited officials to move the 2012 auction to an earlier March placement than in previous years. The average price jumped by 8.7 percent, to $109,429, and the median increased by 21.4 percent, to $85,000. Along with these fiscal improvements, however, the buy-back rate rose from 23.6 percent in 2011 to 36.4 percent to 2012, as sellers placed stronger assessments on their bloodstock. Nearly half of the horses sold last year—36 in total—commanded six-figure purchase prices. Topping the 2012 auction with her $435,000 purchase by Japan-based interests was an Empire Maker filly out of the California-bred mare Fortunate Event, a multiple stakes-placed winner by Event of the Year. For the 2013 edition, buyers will have access to sons and daughters of the prominent national sires Bernstein, City Zip, Discreet Cat, Elusive Quality, Exchange Rate, First Samurai, Flower Alley, Hard Spun, Harlan’s Holiday, Henny Hughes, Henrythenavigator, Into Mischief, Kitten’s Joy, Majestic Warrior, Malibu Moon, Midnight Lute, Scat Daddy, Smart Strike, Stormy Atlantic, Street Boss, Street Sense, Tapit, Tiznow and Unbridled’s Song. Also up for consideration are juveniles from the respective first crops of grade I winners Colonel John and Zensational. Eight California-based stallions are represented by youngsters in the elite catalog: Unusual Heat, Tribal Rule, Swiss Yodeler, Heatseeker (Ire), Bedford Falls, Storm Wolf, Dixie Chatter and Square Eddie. The latter two are grade I winners whose sale offerings hail from their inaugural foal crops. Under-tack previews will be individually timed at Fairplex Park on Friday, March 1, starting at 10 a.m. This year, 21 consignors will manage 49 separate consignments. Ciaran Dunne’s Wavertree Stables, which has led all Barretts March consignors by gross sales for the past two years, returns for the upcoming edition with 23 entries. Featured in the group are a California-bred Kitten’s Joy filly whose multiple stakes-placed dam, Langoureuse, is a half-sister to the Santa Anita Park grade I winner Healthy Addiction, a Cal-bred Square Eddie filly whose dam, Serena’s Echo, is a full sister to 2006 Eclipse Champion Sprinter Thor’s Echo and an Into Mischief colt out 50 CALIFORNIA THOROUGHBRED • MARCH 2013

of the group II winner Smolensk who boasts the recent international champions Rags to Riches and Peeping Fawn under his first two dams. A Corinthian half-brother to the 2008 graded stakes winner Queen Ofthe Catsle highlights Andy Havens’ 12-horse Havens Bloodstock Agency consignment. Among the 11 entries listed under Steven Venosa’s SGV Thoroughbreds banner are a Broken Vow colt whose winning dam, Exquisite Beauty, is a full sister to the dam of the grade I-winning California champion Idiot Proof, a Harlan’s Holiday colt from the immediate family of the 2009 grade I winner Dynaforce and a Malibu Moon filly out of Serena’s Joy, a half-sister to the current multiple graded stakes winner Doubles Partner. Three fillies out of stakes-winning dams anchor consignor Eddie Woods’ 10-member delegation: an Unbridled’s Song half-sister to 2012 Shoemaker Mile Stakes (grade I) winner Jeranimo, a daughter of Harlan’s Holiday whose catalog page features the Cal-bred grade I winners Sky Jack and Rascal Lass and a Smart Strike half-sister to 2012 Inglewood Handicap (grade III) winner Utopian. The Callaway Thoroughbreds consignment features two Cal-bred fillies out of graded stakes-producing dams: an Unusual Heat half-sister to 2006 Santa Anita Derby (grade I) winner Brother Derek and a Bedford Falls half-sister to the grade III winner Paradise Dancer. A Pioneerof the Nile filly out of a winning half-sister to the grade I-winning California champion Cost of Freedom is listed among the Niall Brennan Stables draft, while a Cal-bred Swiss Yodeler colt out of the grade I-winning Cal-bred mare Alphabet Kisses will be offered by McCarthy Bloodstock, agent for Harris Farms. A pair of fillies whose respective pedigrees are punctuated with current graded stakes form headline Becky Thomas’ Sequel Bloodstock consignment: a daughter of Tapit whose dam is a half-sister to the 2012 dual grade I winner Shackleford and a daughter of Stormy Atlantic from the family of 2012 Breeders’ Cup Turf Sprint (grade I) heroine Mizdirection. Among the additional pedigree standouts in the 2013 Barretts March catalog are a Malibu Moon half-brother to grade I winner Mass Media listed with consignor Bobby Dodd, a Wildcat Heir half-brother to 2012 Davona Dale Stakes (grade II) winner Yara offered by Classic Bloodstock, a Keyed Entry colt whose dam is a half-sister to the recent New York grade I winners Ruler On Ice and Champagne d’Oro consigned by Scanlon Training Center and a Ready’s Image colt from the family of Utopian offered by Adrian Gonzalez of Checkmate Thoroughbreds. For more information about the 2013 Barretts March Sale of Selected Two-Year-Olds in Training, call (909) 629-3099, or visit www.barretts.com to view the catalog online. www.ctba.com


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Teddy’s Promise: Hope Rekindled

The Grade California-Breds

by MARCIE HEACOX California-bred mare Teddy’s Promise has her connections aiming high again after her win in the grade II, $250,500 Santa Monica Stakes at Santa Anita Park on Jan. 26. At the end of 2011, she was in top form, winning three straight races culminating with the grade I, $300,000 La Brea Stakes. Trainer Ron Ellis and owners and breeders Ted and Judy Nichols set their sights on the grade I Breeders’ Cup Filly and Mare Sprint at Santa Anita in November, but Teddy’s Promise finished fifth in last year’s Santa Monica, then a grade I, and won only one of her next five starts. She found her stride again in the $92,200 Kalookan Queen Stakes at Santa Anita on Dec. 29 and duplicated that effort for this latest race. Both races were run over wetfast dirt. “I think that last race kind of got her a lot of confidence,” Ellis said. “She’s really starting to relax and mature mentally. Physically, she’s always been quite a specimen, but mentally she’s really turned a corner for us.” Teddy’s Promise was a bit slow to start in the Santa Monica, but settled into her rhythm and stalked in thirdplace off a respectable pace set by Kindle. Jockey Victor Espinoza asked her to quicken in the far turn, and she answered by circling three-wide to pull even with the pacesetter. When Kindle fought back in the stretch, Espinoza went to the whip, and Teddy’s Promise responded to pull away past the sixteenth pole and win by three lengths. Fellow Cal-bred Sugarinthemorning edged Kindle for second. Distracting, Belle of the Hall, Journaliste (Arg) and Pink Lollipops trailed. Teddy’s Promise finished off seven furlongs in 1:22.64 as the 3-2 favorite. She became the 10th Cal-bred to win the

Santa Monica in 56 renewals. With the $150,000 winner’s share of the purse, the five-year-old’s career earnings total $634,981. Her overall race record is 21-8-2-1. Espinoza has now ridden her in five of her eight wins, and all four of her stakes wins. “When she’s good she can beat anybody,” Espinoza said. “She and I have been getting along the few times I rode her. I know how she likes to run and she ran big in the last race and then again today. Hopefully she has come back as herself.” As Ellis said, Teddy’s Promise has always been a fine physical specimen, at a height of more than 16 hands. She’s been a sizeable horse since the Nicholses helped pull her out of dam Braids and Beads’ womb on May 6, 2008 at Golden Eagle Farm, where her sire Salt Lake stood until his death in 2010. With her La Brea win in 2011, Teddy’s Promise became his 71st of 76 stakes winners, a state record. Braids and Beads is a half-sister to grade III winner General Meeting, both bred by the late John and Betty Mabee, who owned Golden Eagle. She’s the first broodmare the Nicholses bought, and Teddy’s Promise was the first foal they bred. They live in Oceanside at their 7 1/2-acre Sunrun Farm, where their small broodmare band spends much of its time. Teddy’s Promise’s first eight races were with trainer David Hofmans, for whom she won twice. After competing in an allowance optional claiming race on March 4, 2011, she was transferred to Ellis’ barn, where she’s improved to stakes quality and won six of 13 efforts. Ellis said in an interview with the Daily Racing Form that Teddy’s Promise would likely make her next start in the grade III Las Flores Stakes at Santa Anita on March 10, with a second crack at the Breeders’ Cup as the long-term goal.

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Tiz A Good Day For Cal-Breds

Sunshine Millions

by EMILY SHIELDS Chilly temperatures and the threat of wet weather were not enough to discourage 14,355 racing fans from gathering at Santa Anita Park for the 11th annual Sunshine Millions event, a former bicoastal competition between Californiabreds and Florida-breds and current showcase of the best of the Golden State. Six stakes races worth $1,153,000 were offered on the 10-race program, including two graded stakes and four black-type events for Cal-breds or California-sired runners. This year was the second time that Gulfstream Park in Florida held their own Sunshine Millions event, while California strung together a combination of open and restricted races. In 2014, the format will change again with the relocation of California Cup to Sunshine Millions’ January date as part of the revamped Golden State Series. The Jan. 26 event saw state-bred Teddy’s Promise steal the show with her three-length victory in the grade II, $250,500 Santa Monica Stakes. But she was far from the only notable performance on the card, which saw two races come off the grass due to the rain. Unexpected Chance After owner Stephen Young’s S.A.Y. Racing LLC claimed Tiz a Minister for $40,000 from a maiden event at the Del Mar Thoroughbred Club on Aug. 2, he could not have imagined that a chance to compete on the Triple Crown Trail would now be staring him in the face. Five months later, that is

exactly the chance that Young and trainer Paul Aguirre have, as Tiz a Minister will use his victory in the $300,500 California Breeders’ Champion Stakes as a stepping stone to Santa Anita’s grade II, $300,000 San Felipe Stakes on March 9. Sent off as a 9-1 shot in a field of 10, the three-year-old colt trailed his rivals early before rallying to be third at the top of the stretch. He willingly reeled in favored Omega Star and pacesetter Surfcup to score by 1 1/4 lengths under Garrett Gomez, taking down the mile race on a wet fast surface in 1:36.56. Tiz a Minister is by Ministers Wild Cat (Tommy Town Thoroughbreds) out of the unraced Cee’s Tizzy mare Tiz a Mistress. He broke his maiden in his sixth start, winning a maiden special weight event at Betfair Hollywood Park on Nov. 11, before running fourth in the same track’s $200,000 King Glorious Stakes, beaten 2 1/2 lengths, on Dec. 16. He has won two of nine starts with four seconds and a third for earnings of $246,780. Spectacular Performance Perhaps the most eye-catching performance of the weekend at any track in the country was Qiaona, who splashed to the lead from 10th place in the final quarter-mile to score in the fillies division of the $300,750 California Breeders’ Champion Stakes. The stunning victory at 23-1 odds came at the expense of Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies Sprint Preview winner Unusual Way

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in second, and fellow 2011 two-year-old stakes winners Marks Mine and Doinghardtimeagain in third and fourth, respectively, in the field of 11. Gomez piloted Qiaona to score by a half-length in 1:37.75. It was the second win in a row for Qiaona, who broke her maiden in her seventh try one start prior to her Cal Breeders’ score. The daughter of Wilko was bred by B & B Zietz Stables Inc. and purchased for $4,500 by her current owners Curt and Lila Lanning at the 2011 Barretts October Yearling Sale. Ed Moger Jr. trains the filly, who is out of the 13-time winner Starlet Sky, by Skywalker. Qiaona has two wins, two seconds and two thirds in eight starts for earnings of $228,010. She had run in stakes company twice previously, finishing second in September’s $100,000 Barretts Debutante Stakes at Fairplex Park and sixth in Santa Anita’s $250,000 Keith E. Card Cal Cup Juvenile Fillies Stakes in October. Ambitious Plans After John Scott won the $106,460 Harry F. Brubaker Stakes at Del Mar in September, trainer Carla Gaines hatched big plans for the gelded son of Bertrando. He was meant to win the $175,000 Lava Man California Cup Classic Stakes as a prep for the Breeders’ Cup Dirt Mile (grade I), but finished third as the favorite in that race with a slowstarting, wide trip. Undeterred, Gaines went ahead and started Harris Farms Inc.’s John Scott in the $909,000 Dirt Mile, where he ran a respectable fourth, defeating grade I winners Jersey Town, Emcee and Shackleford. After finishing third in January’s grade II, $150,250 San Pasqual Stakes, it was time to get John Scott back to the winner’s circle. Sent off as the 5-2 second wagering choice in the $100,750 Crystal Water Stakes, six-year-old John Scott showed speed early before surging to the front under Martin Garcia. The hard closing Huntsville

rallied to draw alongside and even got his head in front, but John Scott battled back to score by a nose, covering the grassy 1 1/8-mile distance in 1:47.08. It was the sixth win in 12 lifetime starts for John Scott, who has also finished second once and third twice for earnings of $460,304. Harris Farms, in partnership with Scott Gross, bred John Scott out of the grade II-placed Deputy Minister mare Henlopen. Confidence Booster There is no doubt that Pamela Ziebarth’s homebred Tiz Flirtatious is one of the most talented mares on the West Coast, but after losses in November’s Matriarch Stakes (grade I) and the Robert J Frankel Stakes (grade III) in December, trainer Marty Jones decided a return to state-bred company was in order to bolster the five-year-old mare’s confidence. In her prior starts against her own ilk, Tiz Flirtaious won the $85,800 Cat’s Cradle Handicap at Hollywood Park in 2011, and the grassy $100,000 John Deere Cal Cup Distaff Stakes on the downhill turf course at Santa Anita in 2012. In the $100,500 Valentine Dancer Stakes going a mile on the Santa Anita grass, Tiz Flirtatious was the 4-5 favorite in a field of seven, but she was hardly a lock. Grade I-placed Best Present Ever, the 2012 California Champion Older Female, Halo Dolly, and the race’s defending champion Chokecherymary were all present. But Tiz Flirtatious, under Rafael Bejarano, was able to show her true colors by rallying to a 1 3/4-length victory over Dancingtothestars while stopping the clock in 1:35.17. Tiz Flirtatious, by Tizbud out of the unraced Victory Gallop mare Masquerade Belle, has a flashy record of five wins, two seconds and a third in eight starts. She has earned $334,800, and is expected to return to graded stakes company in her next start.

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Tiz Flirtatious—$100,500 Valentine Dancer Stakes

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A Blast From The Past

Fabulous Notion: A Five-Tool Superstar

by JACKIE BARNES In today’s modern era of sports, a superstar baseball player is often referred to as “a five-tool player.” This means that they can hit for average, hit for power, run, throw and field. In other words, they are blessed with such tools as speed, talent, leadership and the heart of a champion. Fabulous Notion, who raced from 1982 to 1984, was similarly blessed with speed, talent, a tough competitive nature and the heart of a champion, all of which made her a true superstar as both a grade I winner and grade I producer. A bay daughter of grade I-placed Somethingfabulous and stakes-placed Careless Notion, by Jester, she was bred by famed movie producer Ray Stark and foaled at his Rancho Corral de Quati in Los Olivos on April 23, 1980. Her sire was a half-brother to 1973 Triple Crown winner Secretariat and sired many other excellent stakes winners, including the grade II-winning California champions Something Lucky and Somethingmerry. Fabulous Notion’s dam was named the 1988/1989 California Broodmare of the Year, having also produced the grade II-placed stakes winner Margaret Booth and 1990 grade I victor Cacoethes. In 1981, Fabulous Notion was consigned to the Del Mar Yearling Sale where she was purchased for $30,000 by Mr. and Mrs. James Murray of Pine Meadow Thoroughbreds. They placed her in the hands of veteran California trainer James “Jimmy” Jordan under whose care and guidance she grew into a record breaking star. As a two-year-old, Fabulous Notion rattled off five consecutive wins, including victories in the $27,500 Saddleback Stakes at Los Alamitos and respective six-length and four-length triumphs in Hollywood Park’s $493,850 Hollywood Starlet Stakes and $115,400 California Breeders’ Champion Stakes at Santa Anita Park. At the end of that undefeated season, the California Champion Two-YearOld Female was the richest juvenile filly with earnings of $378,368, as well as the top money winner of her age and sex in the Golden State.

After a third-placed finish in Santa Anita’s Santa Ynez Stakes (grade II) on her three-year-old debut, Fabulous Notion returned to her winning ways with a 3 1/2length triumph in the grade I, $161,400 Santa Susana Stakes on March 13, 1983. Then back at Santa Anita on Oct. 8, she won the grade III, $64,350 Linda Vista Handicap over the undefeated grade I winner Ski Goggle. In the penultimate start of her sophomore season, Fabulous Notion won the $223,654 California Miss Sires Stakes at Hollywood on Nov. 30. This pushed her winnings to $668,253, a record for a California-bred filly or mare. The 1983 California Champion Three-Year-Old Female scored her last career victory in an allowance race at Santa Anita on Oct. 26, 1984, and was then retired after fracturing a sesamoid during the running of Hollywood’s Somethingroyal Handicap the following month. Fabulous Notion won the prestigious Valkyr Trophy twice and the dual California champion had faced many great stars, such as Eclipse champion Heartlight No. One and multiple grade I winner Sangue (Ire). There was no doubt she was one of the very best of her generation. Her career numbers were 16-9-0-3, with earnings of $702,002, a record at that time for any Cal-bred distaffer. With her impeccable bloodlines, which traced back to Fiji (GB), the 1998 Eclipse Champion Turf Female, and the dual grade I-winning sire Subordination, as well as the 2011 California Champion Two-Year-Old Female, Ismene, Fabulous Notion was destined to be a great producer. Many of her foals sold well at auction, including four $200,000-plus yearlings, while her 1994 daughter Fabulously Fast, winner of the grade I Test Stakes at Saratoga in New York during 1997, sold for $1.7 million in-foal to Giant’s Causeway at the 2002 Keeneland November Breeding Stock Sale. Fabulous Notion certainly proved herself to be a fivetool superstar with the heart and soul of a champion.

Fabulous Notion—Grade I Santa Susana Stakes—March 13, 1983

Fabulously Fast—Grade I Test Stakes—July 26, 1997

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Wobbler Syndrome In Horses Down on the Farm

by HEATHER SMITH THOMAS There are numerous disorders affecting the musculoskeletal and neurological systems in horses. The problem most commonly associated with a “wobbler” is called cervical vertebral malformation (CVM), in which there is some malformation or compression of the spinal cord. This is often termed wobbler disease and is also called cervical vertebral stenotic myelopathy. Impairment of the spinal cord can lead to ataxia and incoordination. Dr. Steve Trostle (Blue Ridge Equine Clinic in Earlysville, Virginia) says the term wobblers has been used to describe many horses with a neurological gait. “In specific terms, however, it is used to define horses who have a developmental condition. They are not necessarily born neurologic, but over time the development of their bones causes spinal cord compression. In a broader sense, this may include the whole developmental orthopedic disease phenomenon. This terminology may not be universally accepted, but sometimes the faster-growing young horses are the ones who develop this problem,” he explains. The horse’s bones may be growing too fast, with certain risk factors. “There are also horses who develop arthritis in the bones of the neck. This enlargement of the bones can cause spinal cord compression. These cases have not actually been given a name. They tend to be included in what we call wobblers but it’s a different cause,” he says. This could be an older horse rather than a young growing one. “Bone response to injury is to create more bone. With

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arthritis you get loss of cartilage, and the development of more bone. Sometimes that bony enlargement can impinge on the spinal cord,” he explains. “Cervical vertebral malformation (CVM) is the most common term used, along with cervical vertebral stenosis (narrowing). There are several terms used in the scientific literature but in lay terminology wobbler has persisted as the term for a horse with a neurologic problem with the spine,” he says. Diagnosis An accurate diagnosis is important. Sometimes ataxia and incoordination may be due to Equine Protozoal Myeloencephalitis (EPM). In some cases, the early signs of a wobbler problem might be mistaken for leg lameness. A thorough examination of the horse is crucial. “We are getting better at looking farther, when certain things don’t seem to be making sense. We are more likely to wonder if this horse has an underlying neurologic problem— particularly the horses who have a bi-lateral lameness. There may be more to it than lameness,” says Trostle. “We start with a good neurologic examination. The next step is to take radiographs of the neck. There are also some measurements that can be taken, and this is an area currently being investigated and somewhat controversial. People look at some of the measurement ratios to see if these might have a positive predictive value for the horse actually having spinal cord compression,” he says. “The thing that’s difficult in doing radiographs of the horse’s neck is that we can really only take them from the side—what we call lateral to medial. We are usually taught to take x-rays from the front to back plane, as well, so that if we put them together with the x-rays from the side they would make a 90-degree angle. But the horse’s neck is so big and thick that we can’t take that top to bottom view, so this is a limiting factor in diagnostics,” explains Trostle. “This is why we try to look at the measurement ratios to see if those can tell us something. The x-rays are a good screening tool, but if they are normal this doesn’t mean the horse doesn’t have wobblers. At this point, the gold standard in equine diagnosis would be a myelogram. For this, the horse is anesthetized and some cerebral spinal fluid (CSF) is collected and drawn from the horse. Then a dye is injected into the CSF and the horse’s neck is positioned in a neutral position, then an extended and a flexed position, while we look at the dye in the myelogram (with x-rays) to see if there is indication of compression of the spinal cord,” he says.

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Again, this procedure is somewhat limited because the x-rays can only be taken from the side. “In humans and small animals, and maybe soon in the horse, a Magnetic Resonance Image (MRI) or Computed Tomography (CT) Scan may replace this, for better imaging—in which you can see not only the bone but also the soft tissue. You’d get to see it on two planes or a three-dimensional reconstruction, whereas with our current technology we can really only see it on one plane,” says Trostle. Treatment One of the surgeries often done to try to alleviate pressure on the spinal cord is the basket surgery, as was done on Seattle Slew. “Where the cord is compressed is basically the articulation between two vertebrae. The surgeon goes in and puts a metal ‘basket’ in there to fuse the two vertebrae, then the bone above that articular facet (which has become enlarged either from the horse’s growth/development or arthritis) tends to atrophy or melt back a bit and takes the pressure off the spine,” explains Trostle. “But you need to know where to put that basket—to place it in the proper position to alleviate the pressure. We can do what’s called a single level or a double level, or sometimes a triple or quadruple level. But the more levels we do, the greater the decrease in mobility or movement of the neck. I think a single level has very little clinical impact or significance on the horse’s mobility. A double level has some, but a triple level will definitely impact the horse.” The neck movement might be impaired so much that it hinders the horse’s athletic ability. The horse’s neck has more range of motion than that of a human. If this range of motion becomes limited it could create some serious issues for the horse. Surgery is the primary treatment for spinal cord compression in older horses, but in a young growing horse who’s less than a year old, people may try dietary modification to slow down growth. “The diet would be very limited in calories, to slow down bone growth. For this to work, the horse must be young enough that there is still growth occurring. Once a horse gets past a year of age, this ‘pace diet’ is not as effective because the bones have done most of their enlarging. The horse isn’t done growing yet, but the neck bones are done, for all practical purposes,” says Trostle. The young horse does most of its growing within the first year of life. Thus you’d need to have proper diagnosis very early in life, for this strategy to work. “In the true wobblers, with developmental issues, surgery is still the preferred method of treatment,” he says. “In some of the older horses, you could inject the articular facets with steroids to try to relieve some of the discomfort. For some horses, this has a benefit, but it’s hard to predict which ones will be helped,” he says. Some horses just have pain rather than physical impairment. “In these cases the injection can be very helpful because you are just treating the inflammation in the joint Continued on next page

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Down on the Farm Cont’d. of the neck itself. If there are bony changes that are compressing the cord, injecting the facet joint will help with the pain but won’t produce regression of the bone or modification of the bone that is impacting on the spinal cord. So those horses are not good candidates for neck injections— though this treatment has helped some of them. It may be a short-term relief.” Surgery, by contrast, is an effort to try to modify the bone itself and resolve the problem. Then the horse might be able to continue to function as an athlete. Diagnosis and evaluation of the horse’s impairment uses a neurologic grading system of zero to five. The prognosis for good recovery will depend on how serious this impairment is before the surgery. “We generally consider that 80 percent of horses will improve about one grade after the surgery. So if horses are at grade two and have the spinal surgery and it’s successful,

about 80 percent of these horses would drop down to a grade one. There are many horses who can function very well at grade one. If a horse is at grade three, they’d have an 80 percent chance of going down to grade two,” explains Trostle. The sooner the problem is recognized and surgery performed, the better the chance for a more permanent and successful outcome. “Spinal tissue does not heal quickly, and can suffer permanent damage. The cord will heal some, after compression is relieved, but some of the damage may not be resolved. The longer the problem exists, the greater the likelihood that some of it will not recover. In my opinion, diagnosing it early is the hard part because some of the early signs of neurologic problems are very subtle and might be confused as a lameness.” There have been anecdotal reports about success with stem cells, and this may have promise in the future. “We are using stem cells a lot for musculoskeletal issues and, in my opinion, it’s a shame we haven’t garnered more data and science from this. We will know more about it a few years from now,” he says.

Current Research Dr. Steve Reed (Rood and Riddle Equine Hospital in Lexington, Kentucky) says there’s a lot of new research going on right now, looking into the genetics of this problem, as well as looking at diagnosis and treatments. “A project at the Gluck Center is looking at the potential role of genetics. I am on the committee working on this. We’ve always considered wobblers to be a multi-factorial disease, and now that we have gene chips, we are getting a large number of samples—and finally getting close to some sort of an answer,” he says. “It probably won’t be simple because it will be multiple genes involved, but we may learn about something else that could be very helpful. The genetic aspect of this disease is something horsemen and geneticists have been interested in for a long time, and now this group of researchers is investigating this idea,” says Reed. This study of wobblers syndrome will be looking at everything from genetics to diet to spinal cord pathologies, along with new diagnostic techniques and imaging availability. “Surgical intervention has been refined and is down to the point where there are only a few places that are doing it in the United States. On the West Coast, the surgeries are being done by Dr. Barrie Grant in California, and on the East Coast, Dr. Brett Woodie and myself are doing it here at Rood and Riddle. We have some long-term followups now on some of these surgeries. I’ve been here five years and we’ve been doing about two each week.”

“Dr. Woodie and I are trying to work on some followups so we can answer questions people ask about the outcomes, after the surgery. At this point it looks like the procedure probably works a little better for show horses than racehorses, but part of this comparison is time,” says Reed. Often racehorses have to make all of their career progress within two and three years of age. In contrast, the show horse owners can often be more patient, knowing that the horse could have a career lasting 10 to 15 more years. “People are learning that nervous tissue heals slowly and that it will take some time.” That horse can still be in a successful career when he’s 10 years old or older. “Another thing that needs to be mentioned is that the acquired form of wobblers syndrome (which occurs with arthritis in the mature horse) is now being recognized in a number of stallions. If we are are repairing stallions with this problem this comes right back to needing a better understanding of the role of genetics,” says Reed. About 60 percent of the client work he does is with wobblers. “I do all the diagnostic workups. Dr. Woodie is the surgeon on these cases, but I help with all of them. The curved cylinder implant (the Seattle Slew implant) is what we do on these,” he says. For more information, check the online web site of www.equinewobblers.com to find the answers to common questions about wobblers.

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California Statistical Review Barry Abrams & Madeline Auerbach Gervinho, 2010 b. c. by Unusual Heat David Abrams Unusual Suspect, 2004 dk.b. or br. h. by Unusual Heat Abrams, Huston & Thoroughbred Equine Mgt. Lindz Winz, 2008 dk.b. or br. f. by Vronsky AJM Properties Inc Dr. Dizzle, 2005 dk.b. or br. g. by Iron Cat Nick Alexander Gracias, 2008 dk.b. or br. f. by Salt Lake Joseph T. Alvarez III Stoney Fleece, 2009 b. c. by Decarchy Gregg Anderson Amazombie, 2006 b. g. by Northern Afleet Thomas W. Bachman Unusual Way, 2010 b. f. by Unusual Heat BnD Thoroughbreds Chokecherymary, 2008 dk.b. or br. f. by Capsized Larry & Suzanne Bollmann High Class Cat, 2006 b. g. by Royal Cat Nick Cafarchia Rare Sunset, 2005 b. m. by Anziyan Cal Poly Corporation Rubyintheruff, 2008 b. f. by Tribal Rule Hank Clayton & Kelly Hammargren Unvarnished, 2005 dk.b. or br. g. by Worldly Manner Daehling Ranch Blast'em, 2006 gr. or ro. g. by Siberian Summer Dutton Stables & P Hurley Yield a Winner, 2003 ch. g. by High Yield Tawnja Elison Maravillosa Marcos, 2003 dk.b. or br. g. by Benchmark Fast Lane Farms Maui Mark, 2005 ch. g. by Unusual Heat Fast Lane Farms, J. Cantor, T. Finn, T. Mitchell, S. Wenguer & Block-Forman Carlsbad Lagoon, 2008 b. g. by Unusual Heat 64 CALIFORNIA THOROUGHBRED • MARCH 2013

Breeders Of California-Foaled Stakes Winners In 2012 Allen E. Floyd Justice for Al, 2006 b. g. by Lit de Justice John & Diane Fradkin Starlight Magic, 2009 gr. or ro. f. by Marino Marini Dr. & Mrs. William T. Gray DVM Weewinnin, 2010 dk.b. or br. c. by Comic Strip Dennis & Norine Grenier Best Present Ever, 2009 dk.b. or br. f. by Unusual Heat Larry Hanson & Harmony Farms Bailouttheminister, 2008 dk.b. or br. g. by Ministers Wild Cat Harris Farms Inc. Red Sun, 2006 b. g. by Redattore (Brz) Harris Farms Inc. & Scott Gross John Scott, 2007 dk.b. or br. g. by Bertrando Harris Farms Inc. & Donald Valpredo Unzip Me, 2006 ch. m. by City Zip Harris Farms Inc., Donald Valpredo & John Nicoletti Compari, 2006 b. g. by Redattore (Brz) Kenneth & Janice Heidt Summer Hit, 2009 dk.b. or br. g. by Bertrando Hi Card Ranch California Flag, 2004 gr. or ro. g. by Avenue of Flags Ellen Jackson & Margaret Sherr Global Stage, 2007 dk.b. or br. g. by Globalize JayArDee Stables Frumious, 2006 dk.b. or br. g. by Grindstone K & J Farm Tribal Tribute, 2009 dk.b. or br. g. by Tribal Rule George Krikorian Hezamazing, 2005 dk.b. or br. g. by Indy Film Leatherman Racing LLC Bella Viaggia, 2009 b. f. by Good Journey Joshua & Jason Litt & Dennis O'Neill Lucky Primo, 2006 b. g. by Atticus

Terry C. Lovingier Willa B Awesome, 2009 ch. f. by Awesome Gambler Mike Machowsky Caracortado, 2007 ch. g. by Cat Dreams Dale Mahlum Salty Le Mousee, 2007 dk.b. or br. g. by Salt Lake Leslie Maldonado Castle Pines, 2003 b. g. by Slewvescent Todd Marshall & Andrew Molasky Valentine Boy, 2009 ch. g. by Cyclotron Brett Mason Shudacudawudya, 2007 gr. or ro. g. by Marino Marini Ross McLeod Andrell, 2009 dk.b. or br. g. by Terrell Miraleste Inc. Control Seeker, 2006 b. g. by Sought After Montecito Stables, LLC Unusual Heatwave, 2009 b. c. by Unusual Heat Ted & Judy Nichols Teddy's Promise, 2008 dk.b. or br. f. by Salt Lake Old English Rancho Acclamation, 2006 b. h. by Unusual Heat Norvsky, 2006 b. g. by Vronsky Twenty Hawks, 2007 ch. g. by Unusual Heat Robert & Eileen Osaki & West 12 Ranch Scarlett's Mark, 2007 ch. m. by Benchmark Harold Phenix Killer Bear, 2007 b. h. by Northern Devil Milt A. Policzer & Owners Stables Mini Dancing, 2007 dk.b. or br. m. by Skip Away Rainbow Meadows Farm Quinnette, 2009 dk.b. or br. f. by Stormy Jack Rancho San Miguel Amps, 2006 dk.b. or br. m. by Storm Creek Robert Reseigne Mobilized, 2006 dk.b. or br. h. by Soul of the Matter www.ctba.com


Revocable Trust of Dr. Mikel C. Harrington and Patricia O. Harrington Tilde, 2010 gr. or ro. f. by Swiss Yodeler Rod & Lorraine Rodgriguez Plus Ultra, 2009 dk.b. or br. f. by Popular Cougarstown, 2008 b. f. by Speightstown Halo Dolly, 2008 dk.b. or br. f. by Popular Jim Schlagel & Dr. Joseph Sciarra Unusual Jazz, 2007 b. h. by Unusual Heat Lee & Susan Searing Monument, 2010 dk.b. or br. c. by Cindago Todd M. Sheehan & Donald W. Lindemann Sparkling Style, 2008 b. f. by Badge of Silver Heinz Steinmann

Mr. & Mrs. Larry Williams A Royal Tizzy, 2006 gr. or ro. g. by Cee's Tizzy Bertinelle, 2006 dk.b. or br. m. by Bertrando Gatheratthealter, 2008 ch. g. by Lucky Pulpit Marks Mine, 2010 dk.b. or br. f. by Benchmark Royal Recruit, 2010 ch. f. by Our New Recruit Williamson Racing, LLC Holladay Road, 2005 dk.b. or br. g. by Street Cry (Ire) Win More Farm Derby Gold, 2009 dk.b. or br. c. by Bertrando

Pam and Martin Wygod Alywyn, 2006 b. m. by Benchmark Native Treasure, 2010 b. c. by Tribal Rule Nene, 2005 b. g. by Bertrando Talk Circuit, 2003 dk.b. or br. g. by Benchmark Pamela Ziebarth Tiz Flirtatious, 2008 dk.b. or br. f. by Tizbud

Breeders Of California-Foaled Stakes Winners In 2012 An alphabetical listing by breeder of all the California-foaled runners who were stakes winners in North America (U. S., Canada & Puerto Rico) during 2012.

Lucky Thirteen, 2004 b. g. by Swiss Yodeler Swiss Exploit, 2007 ch. g. by Swiss Yodeler Swiss Ski, 2004 b. g. by Swiss Yodeler H. C. Stone Finish Strong, 2005 ch. g. by Gotham City Mark Tatch Strong Wind, 2010 ch. c. by Tribal Rule Denise Kim Thorson & Nick Tamborrino A Jealous Woman, 2006 ch. m. by Muqtarib Mr. & Mrs. John Toffan All Saint, 2006 gr. or ro. h. by Skimming Tommy Town Thoroughbreds Del Mar Drama, 2006 b. g. by Mizzen Mast Going for a Spin, 2008 dk.b. or br. f. by Ministers Wild Cat She'smylittleman, 2006 b. m. by Valid Wager Tom's Rules, 2006 b. g. by Old Topper Doinghardtimeagain, 2010 dk.b. or br. f. by Ministers Wild Cat Shesatopattraction, 2010 b. f. by Old Topper Take Me Away Today, 2009 ch. f. by Old Topper Vessels Stallion Farm LLC Fox in the House, 2005 b. g. by Free House Benjamin C. Warren Warren's Amber, 2009 dk.b. or br. f. by Broadway Moon Warren's Internet, 2009 dk.b. or br. f. by Excess Danger Warren's Jitterbug, 2007 ch. m. by Affirmative

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California Statistical Review Affirmative WARREN'S JITTERBUG Alymagic Watch Your Money Anziyan RARE SUNSET Aragorn (Ire) Anniversary Girl, LADY ARAGORN, MEDOLINA, PACO SMART, Shining Copper Atticus Bold Meeting, I'M NOT ALONE, LUCKY PRIMO, Star Rocker Avenue of Flags CALIFORNIA FLAG Awesome Gambler Awe Golly Molly, Awe' Some Kitten, Awesome Annie, River Kiss, WILLA B AWESOME Awesome Spirit Awesome in Black Beau Genius Tonys a Genius Benchmark ALYWYN, Bench the Judge, Comprometido, La Pinot, Lafayette Star, MARAVILLOSA MARCOS, MARKS MINE, Missdealornodeal, SCARLETT'S MARK, Sister Kate, TALK CIRCUIT Bertrando BERTINELLE, Bloemer Girl, Coach Bob, DERBY GOLD, JOHN SCOTT, Liberian Freighter, NENE, Party With Brando, SUMMER HIT, Touch the Sun Bring the Heat Handsome Jack, RIP ROARIN RITCHIE Broadway Moon WARREN'S AMBER Calkins Road Enterprise Zone Capsized CHOKECHERYMARY Cat Dreams CARACORTADO 66 CALIFORNIA THOROUGHBRED • MARCH 2013

2012 Stakes Horses By California Stallions Category Five TUFFERNHELL Cayoke (Fr) Cayanna Cee's Tizzy A ROYAL TIZZY Cindago MONUMENT Clure Clurmor Cobra King MEMO TO MYA, Skip Along Lou Comet Shine Be S. U., Kash's Komet Comic Strip WEEWINNIN Cyclotron VALENTINE BOY Decarchy Antares World, STONEY FLEECE Deputy Commander Jacobino Devon Lane Agiba Yulla, Chuchuluco, Damascus Last Hope, Fast Devon Distinctive Cat Penny Ante Cat Dominique's Cat Doms Flash, Dueling Dom Don'tsellmeshort Mrs. Corcoran Dumaani TSUNAAMI STU, Woodmont Emerald Jig Brother Louie Fabulous Champ Babble Champ Flying Continental Pack Your Bags Formal Gold Advance Ticket, Formula Gold For Really REALLY A CHARMER Free House FOX IN THE HOUSE Freespool Buh Buh Bones, Hawkers Gate, Joe's Cannon

Fusaichi Zenon (Jpn) ZENON'S STAR Game Plan Birdiebobtoo, Passing Game General Meeting Favorite Meeting, General Joe Giacomo BET YOUR LIFE, COLOR BLIND, DAUGHTER'S PRIDE, Disposablepleasure, GO VIVIAN GO, Jake Mo, Lindomo, Slim Pickins Globalize Cell Line Forever, GLOBAL STAGE, Karmalize, Pokomoke Good Journey BELLA VIAGGIA Gotham City FINISH STRONG Haasil (Ire) Best Verse Half a Year Rusty Monet Heatseeker (Ire) Certification, Flamboyance, SURTSEY Helmsman Full Power Ahead, Starboardlights High Brite Live Sundays High Demand Tommy Danzigger Indy Film Dixie Film, HEZAMAZING In Excess (Ire) Kingpin Ryno Iron Cat DR. DIZZLE Joey Franco HIGH END MAN, Joey La Bamba, The Gov Kafwain CONTESSA'S MOMENT, DAISY DEVINE, Kid Rambo, Peggy Jane, Raging Daoust, THIRD CHANCE, TWELVE TWENTY TWO, Wild Target, WINGS OF WAR Kid Capote Works for Silver www.ctba.com


King Excess Percy D Kings Blood (Ire) The Prince and I Kissin Kris DOUBLE KISSES, Kiss My Kriss, Kissittoo, PUMPKIN HOLLOW Latin American Latin Diva Lit de Justice JUSTICE FOR AL Lord Carson Absolute Courage Lucky Pulpit GATHERATTHEALTER, Rousing Sermon Majesterian West Seattle Boy Marino Marini Bleach Blonde, Regal Marino, SHUDACUDAWUDYA, Silver Cinders, STARLIGHT MAGIC Memo (Chi) Seattle Memo Menhal Canigotoo Miesque's Son Heaven's Hope Ministers Wild Cat BAILOUTTHEMINISTER, CAGED MISTRESS, Curvy Cat, DOINGHARDTIMEAGAIN, GOING FOR A SPIN, HOLLYWOOD DRAMA, HOLLYWOOD DREAMS, Showstopper Ella, TOLEDO EDDIE, Wild Cat's Prize Momentum Mo's Teresa Muqtarib A JEALOUS WOMAN National Saint FITZHUGH FLASH, STICKROSSMOUNTAIN Nineeleven Lovmeister Northern Devil KILLER BEAR

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Nucay Nu Moon Bay Old Topper Ain't No Other, Bond James Bond, Carrie Rose, Meet Me At Wilsons, P Town Topper, SHESATOPATTRACTION, TAKE ME AWAY TODAY, TOM'S RULES Olmodavor ALMIGHTY O, IDLE TALK, NUMB LIPS Onebadshark JAWS N' PAWS Our New Recruit ROYAL RECRUIT Peppered Cat Condiment, Pepnic, Sweetly Peppered Phone Saga Bear's Saga Popular HALO DOLLY, PLUS ULTRA Pulzarr Notiago's Girl, Tw Dashboardlights Red Seven Tuff Redattore (Brz) Alphonso, COMPARI, Just Call Me Al, Red Defense, RED SUN, Sixty Stars Regal Groom Eightnchangegroom Richly Blended Blendara, Rich Debut Roar Lyon's Growl, Obsess Rocky Bar ESPRESSO SPRINGS, Frisky Ricky, Mo Rock, PAGE SPRINGS, Rock Those Hips, TRUCKIN Roman Dancer Camille C Royal Cat HIGH CLASS CAT Salt Lake CONCLAVE, Cotton's Point, GRACIAS, HAMAZING DESTINY, Madame Pele, PARIS IN APRIL, Salt Flat Speed, SALTY LE MOUSEE, Spot of Salt, TEDDY'S PROMISE

Score Early Outside Shot Sea of Secrets Hermosillo, Mark of Mischief, Saros Secret, Tychonic Choice Siberian Summer BLAST'EM, My Summer Slew, Reagan Republican Silic (Fr) Birthday Beau, P D Q KIDDO Singletary Logical Single Six Below Jobber Ron Skimming ALL SAINT, Bialsky, Dewey's Special, Perusethenews, Souvenir Winner Slew's Saga Forty Something, Slew the Cat, Sweet Saga Slewvescent CASTLE PINES Smokester Lot a Smoke, Waverly Girl Snowbound Snowbound Hero Soft Gold (Brz) BAHATI GOLD, Slewzy's Gold Sought After CONTROL SEEKER, Due South Soul of the Matter MOBILIZED Southern Image BIG KISS, CALIBRACHOA, Pink Candy, Standbyyourmangirl, WINNING IMAGE Spinelessjellyfish More Sofishticated Storm Creek AMPS, La Nez Stormin Fever Imashowoff, King Ledley, Stormin River Stormy Jack QUINNETTE, Teancum, Ubetican Suances (GB) Mine an Luci's Swiss Yodeler Downhill Diva, LUCKY THIRTEEN, R W Dusty's Girl, Swiss Engagement, SWISS EXPLOIT, Swiss Jewel, SWISS SKI, TILDE Continued on next page

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California Statistical Review Cont’d. Tannersmyman Tannersmillionaire Ten Most Wanted A Wanted Affair, LADY ON THE RUN, TENTH POWER Terrell ANDRELL, Declan Downs, Terrell Me a Story, XSTRANSPORTATION Thunderello SERGEANT KARAKORUM Tizbud Catch Lorraine, ITALIAN BOY, Spud Spivens, Tiz a Daisy, TIZ FLIRTATIOUS Tribal Rule Ballard Ruler, Captain Crunk, Captain Gavel, Ciao Bella Luna, Complete Rule, Dylan Donnelly, ETERNAL RULE, Italian Rules, Leaving New York, Madoffwiththemoney,

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NATIVE TREASURE, RUBYINTHERUFF, SALADO TRIBE, Secret Cove, STOPIN MEMO, STRONG WIND, Sweet Siouxsie, The Humancomplaint, Tribal Peace, TRIBAL TRIBUTE Trickey Trevor FINDING MORE Unbridled Energy Forty Nine Watts, STERLING MADAME Unbridled Native Where's the Remote Unusual Heat ACCLAMATION, BEST PRESENT EVER, Boller Bomb, Brushburn, CARLSBAD LAGOON, GERVINHO, Lakerville, MAUI MARK, Mensa Heat, Relentless Heat, Ribald, Sizzlin' Joe, Steamy Story, The Usual Q. T., TWENTY HAWKS, UNUSUAL HEATWAVE, Unusual Hottie, UNUSUAL JAZZ, UNUSUAL SUSPECT, UNUSUAL WAY

Valid Wager SHE'SMYLITTLEMAN Vermont LOOKING AT LISA, Makerhappencaptain, Teki Tail Vronsky LINDZ WINZ, NORVSKY Western Fame Western Act Wild Gold Mississippi Gold Worldly Manner UNVARNISHED 2012 Stakes Horses By California Stallions An alphabetical listing of California sires who were represented by stakes winners or stakesplaced horses in North America (U.S., Canada & Puerto Rico) during 2012. A “California” stallion is one who is currently standing in the state or was based in the state upon his retirement and/or death or is now based in another state or country but has at least one stakes performer of last year who was foaled in California. Please note that those horses who are stakes winners are denoted in capital letters.

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California-Foaled Stakes Winners Of 2012 ACCLAMATION, 2006 b. h. by Unusual Heat—Winning in Style Won Charles Whittingham Memorial H. [G1], Eddie Read S. [G1] A JEALOUS WOMAN, 2006 ch. m. by Muqtarib—Miss Free Bird Won Swingtime S. 2nd American Beauty S., Goldikova S. [G2] ALL SAINT, 2006 gr or ro. h. by Skimming—Santa Patricia Won Turf Paradise H. ALYWYN, 2006 b. m. by Benchmark—Renaissance Woman Won John Patrick H. 2nd Wild Rose H. AMAZOMBIE, 2006 b. g. by Northern Afleet—Wilshe Amaze Won Bing Crosby S. [G1], Potrero Grande S. [G2] 2nd Churchill Downs S. [G2] 3rd San Carlos S. [G2] AMPS, 2006 dk.b. or br. m. by Storm Creek—Midnight Nell Won Ralph Taylor/Vance Davenport Memorial S. ANDRELL, 2009 dk.b. or br. g. by Terrell—Andrea (NZ) Won Starter S. A ROYAL TIZZY, 2006 gr. or ro. g. by Cee's Tizzy—Royal Woodman Won Starter S. BAILOUTTHEMINISTER, 2008 dk.b. or br. g. by Ministers Wild Cat—T. G.'s Girl Won Sam J. Whiting Memorial H. BELLA VIAGGIA, 2009 b. f. by Good Journey—Miss Del Mar Won John Deere California Cup Distaff S. BERTINELLE, 2006 dk.b. or br. m. by Bertrando—Domasco Danielle Won Miss Elko Thoroughbred S. 2nd Westmark Mile S. BEST PRESENT EVER, 2009 dk.b. or br. f. by Unusual Heat—Centerofattention Won Campanile S. 2nd John Deere California Cup Distaff S. 3rd American Oaks S. [G1] BLAST'EM, 2006 gr. or ro. g. by Siberian Summer—Burnemup Won Starter S. www.ctba.com

CALIFORNIA FLAG, 2004 gr. or ro. g. by Avenue of Flags—Ultrafleet Won San Simeon H. [G3] CARACORTADO, 2007 ch. g. by Cat Dreams—Mons Venus Won Daytona S. [G3] CARLSBAD LAGOON, 2008 b. g. by Unusual Heat—Helen's Echo Won Portland Meadows Route Claiming Series - 1st Leg S. CASTLE PINES, 2003 b. g. by Slewvescent—Cajun Tide Won Portland Meadows Route Claiming Series - 2nd Leg S., Oregon H.B.P.A. Route Claiming Series S., Oregon H.B.P.A. Route Claiming Series S. 2nd Portland Meadows Route Claiming Series - 1st Leg S. 3rd Portland Meadows Route Claiming Series S. CHOKECHERYMARY, 2008 dk.b. or br. f. by Capsized—Sassy Rhythm Won Valentine Dancer S. COMPARI, 2006 b. g. by Redattore (Brz)—Southern Charm Won Sensational Star S. 3rd Frank E. Kilroe Mile S. [G1], San Simeon H. [G3] CONTROL SEEKER, 2006 b. g. by Sought After—Red Table Won Bull Dog H., Joseph T. Grace H. 2nd All American S. [G3] COUGARSTOWN, 2008 b. f. by Speightstown—Fair Apache Won Harvest S. DEL MAR DRAMA, 2006 b. g. by Mizzen Mast—Going Hollywood Won Dr. Dale Shirley Memorial S., Rillito Park Budweiser Mile S. DERBY GOLD, 2009 dk.b. or br. c. by Bertrando—River Gold Won Echo Eddie S. DOINGHARDTIMEAGAIN, 2010 dk.b. or br. f. by Ministers Wild Cat—Silver Hawk Lady Won Soviet Problem S. 2nd Keith E. Card California Cup Juvenile Fillies S. DR. DIZZLE, 2005 dk.b. or br. g. by Iron Cat—Scrutiny Won Secretariat Memorial S. FINISH STRONG, 2005 ch. g. by Gotham City—Gleeful Femme Won Blach Distributor Par Electric S.

California Statistical Review FOX IN THE HOUSE, 2005 b. g. by Free House—Stonecoldfox Won Con Jackson Claiming H. FRUMIOUS, 2006 dk.b. or br. g. by Grindstone—Eternal Legend Won Palos Verdes S. [G2] GATHERATTHEALTER, 2008 ch. g. by Lucky Pulpit—Gather the Group Won Grey Memo S. GERVINHO, 2010 b. c. by Unusual Heat—Foreverinthegame Won Zuma Beach S. GLOBAL STAGE, 2007 dk.b. or br. g. by Globalize—Stage a Riot Won Ruidoso Downs Thoroughbred Championship H., Veteran S. 3rd Mark Villa Memorial S. GOING FOR A SPIN, 2008 dk.b. or br. f. by Ministers Wild Cat—Gender Motors Won Cat's Cradle H., E. B. Johnston S. 2nd B. Thoughtful S. 3rd Las Madrinas H., Miss America S. GRACIAS, 2008 dk.b. or br. f. by Salt Lake—Malley Girl Won Starter S. HALO DOLLY, 2008 dk.b. or br. f. by Popular—Spanish Halo Won Alameda County Fillies and Mares S., Fran's Valentine S., Miss America S., Solana Beach H., Yellow Ribbon H. [G2] 3rd Osunitas S. HEZAMAZING, 2005 dk.b. or br. g. by Indy Film—She's Amazing Won Arapahoe Park Classic S., Front Range S. HIGH CLASS CAT, 2006 b. g. by Royal Cat—Highly Affirmed Won Robinson Gold Mine Speed H. HOLLADAY ROAD, 2005 dk.b. or br. g. by Street Cry (Ire)—Blending Element (Ire) Won Crystal Water S. 3rd Harry F. Brubaker S., Inglewood H. [G3] JOHN SCOTT, 2007 dk.b. or br. g. by Bertrando—Henlopen Won Harry F. Brubaker S. 2nd San Diego H. [G2] 3rd Lava Man California Cup Classic S. JUSTICE FOR AL, 2006 b. g. by Lit de Justice—Dolly's Hit Lady Won B Cup Three Year Old and Up Classic S.

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California Statistical Review Cont’d. KILLER BEAR, 2007 b. h. by Northern Devil—Tennis C. Waltz Won On Trust H. LINDZ WINZ, 2008 dk.b. or br. f. by Vronsky—Craven Cottage Won Irish O'Brien S. LUCKY PRIMO, 2006 b. g. by Atticus—Live Free Or Die Won Lava Man California Cup Classic S. LUCKY THIRTEEN, 2004 b. g. by Swiss Yodeler—Magic Rythm Won Spring Overnite Sprint S. 2nd A.C.T.R.A./Evergreen Park S. 3rd B Cup Sprint S. MARAVILLOSA MARCOS, 2003 dk.b. or br. g. by Benchmark—Philippine Queen Won Au Revoir Ted Thibert Memorial S., Westmark Mile S. MARKS MINE, 2010 dk.b. or br. f. by Benchmark—Ermine Fever Won Golden Gate Debutante S. 3rd Wine Country Debutante S. MAUI MARK, 2005 ch. g. by Unusual Heat—Dalymount Won Donald Valpredo California Cup Sprint S. MINI DANCING, 2007 dk.b. or br. m. by Skip Away—Southern Meeting Won Clasico H. Comision Mexicana de Carreras de Caballos y de Galgos MOBILIZED, 2006 dk.b. or br. h. by Soul of the Matter—Valleyofthebells Won Tiznow S. 3rd Triple Bend H. [G1] MONUMENT, 2010 dk.b. or br. c. by Cindago—Grant Marty a Wish Won Bob Benoit California Cup Juvenile S. 2nd C. B. Afflerbaugh S. 3rd King Glorious S. NATIVE TREASURE, 2010 b. c. by Tribal Rule—Visual Treat Won I'm Smokin S. 2nd Lost in the Fog S., Everett Nevin Alameda County S. NENE, 2005 b. g. by Bertrando—Magical Maze Won Art Smith Memorial Thoroughbred S. 70 CALIFORNIA THOROUGHBRED • MARCH 2013

NORVSKY, 2006 b. g. by Vronsky—Fimbrelith Won California Dreamin' H., San Gabriel S. [G2] 3rd San Marcos S. [G2] PLUS ULTRA, 2009 dk.b. or br. f. by Popular—Unravel Won Chantilly S. QUINNETTE, 2009 dk.b. or br. f. by Stormy Jack—Unaflame Won Silver Patrona Invitational S. RARE SUNSET, 2005 b. m. by Anziyan— Rare Royalty Won Glendale H., Minnesota H. B. P. A. Mile S., Queen of the Green S. 3rd Sun City H. RED SUN, 2006 b. g. by Redattore (Brz)—Sunny Sara Won Lure S. ROYAL RECRUIT, 2010 ch. f. by Our New Recruit—Royal Herat Won Idaho Equine Hospital - Chris Christian Thoroughbred Futurity RUBYINTHERUFF, 2008 b. f. by Tribal Rule—Rubina Won Wild Rose H. SALTY LE MOUSEE, 2007 dk.b. or br. g. by Salt Lake—Chasseur Dame Won Norm Goeringer Memorial S. SCARLETT'S MARK, 2007 ch. m. by Benchmark—Malbay Slew Won Southern Belle S. SHESATOPATTRACTION, 2010 b. f. by Old Topper—Royal Attraction Won Truth Or Consequences Overnight S. SHE'SMYLITTLEMAN, 2006 b. m. by Valid Wager—Inspired Heiress Won Czaria S. 2nd Dr. O. G. Fischer Memorial H., First Lady H. SHUDACUDAWUDYA, 2007 gr. or ro. g. by Marino Marini—Sunny Miss Won Albany S., Jess Jackson Owners' H. 3rd Sam J. Whiting Memorial H. SPARKLING STYLE, 2008 b. f. by Badge of Silver—Decades of Style (Ire) Won Warren's Thoroughbreds S. 3rd Solana Beach H. STARLIGHT MAGIC, 2009 gr. or ro. f. by Marino Marini—Star's Millennium Won Fleet Treat S. 2nd Evening Jewel S. 3rd Melair S., Torrey Pines S.

STONEY FLEECE, 2009 b. c. by Decarchy—Gold Fleece Won Alcatraz S. 2nd Baffle S., Silky Sullivan S., Snow Chief S. STRONG WIND, 2010 ch. c. by Tribal Rule—Chalk Face Won Graduation S. 2nd Golden Nugget S. 3rd I'm Smokin S. SUMMER HIT, 2009 dk.b. or br. g. by Bertrando—Mia F Eighteen Won Silky Sullivan S. 3rd Grey Memo S. SWISS EXPLOIT, 2007 ch. g. by Swiss Yodeler—Hard Ack to Follow Won Portland Meadows Route Claiming Series - 1st Leg S., Portland Meadows Route Claiming Series - 2nd Leg S., Portland Meadows Route Claiming Series S. SWISS SKI, 2004 b. g. by Swiss Yodeler—Lots of Stingers Won Starter S. TAKE ME AWAY TODAY, 2009 ch. f. by Old Topper—She's Gottogetaway Won El Paso Times S. TALK CIRCUIT, 2003 dk.b. or br. g. by Benchmark—T. V. Residual Won SPRC Claiming Series I S. TEDDY'S PROMISE, 2008 dk.b. or br. f. by Salt Lake—Braids and Beads Won Kalookan Queen S., Time To Leave S. TILDE, 2010 gr or ro. f. by Swiss Yodeler—Self Taught Won California Thoroughbred Breeders' Association S., Keith E. Card California Cup Juvenile Fillies S., Generous Portion S. 3rd Cinderella S. TIZ FLIRTATIOUS, 2008 dk.b. or br. f. by Tizbud—Masquerade Belle Won John Deere California Cup Distaff S. 2nd Matriarch S. [G1], Robert J. Frankel S. [G3] 3rd La Canada S. [G2] www.ctba.com


TOM'S RULES, 2006 b. g. by Old Topper—Lori Gail Won Saskatoon H. 3rd Prairieland Park H. TRIBAL TRIBUTE, 2009 dk.b. or br. g. by Tribal Rule—Clarify Won Robert Dupret Derby TWENTY HAWKS, 2007 ch. g. by Unusual Heat—Perfectly Perfect Won Governor's Cup H. UNUSUAL HEATWAVE, 2009 b. c. by Unusual Heat—Miss Alphie Won Real Good Deal S., Snow Chief S. 2nd Tsunami Slew S. 3rd El Cajon S. UNUSUAL JAZZ, 2007 b. h. b by Unusual Heat—Jazz Ya Won March Madness Starter H. UNUSUAL SUSPECT, 2004 dk.b. or br. h. by Unusual Heat—Penpont (NZ) Won TAB Werribee Cup 3rd Sportingbet Sandown Cup

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UNUSUAL WAY, 2010 b. f. by Unusual Heat—Way Up Won Breeders' Cup Juvenile Filly Sprint Preview S., Wine Country Debutante S. 2nd Soviet Problem S. UNVARNISHED, 2005 dk.b. or br. g. by Worldly Manner—Totally K. B. Won Claiming Series Leg 1S. UNZIP ME, 2006 ch. m. by City Zip—Escape With Me Won Wishing Well S. 3rd Monrovia S. [G3] VALENTINE BOY, 2009 ch. g. by Cyclotron—Calamity June Won NTRA S. WARREN'S AMBER, 2009 dk.b. or br. f. by Broadway Moon—I'm a Cat's Meow Won Evening Jewel S. 2nd Fleet Treat S. 3rd Campanile S. WARREN'S INTERNET, 2009 dk.b. or br. f. by Excess Danger—Go for Quality Won Alphabet Kisses S.

WARREN'S JITTERBUG, 2007 ch. m. by Affirmative—Jitterbug Jan Won B. Thoughtful S. WEEWINNIN, 2010 dk.b. or br. c. by Comic Strip—Honoree Lady Won King Glorious S. WILLA B AWESOME, 2009 ch. f. by Awesome Gambler—Cause I'm Tricky Won Melair S., Santa Anita Oaks [G1], Santa Ysabel S. [G3] 3rd Cat's Cradle H., Fleet Treat S. YIELD A WINNER, 2003 ch. g. by High Yield—Social Woman Won Governor's Claiming S. California-Foaled Stakes Winners Of 2012 An alphabetical listing by breeder of all the California-foaled runners who were stakes winners in North America (U. S., Canada & Puerto Rico) during 2012.

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Leading California-Bred Earners For 2012

RANK CALIFORNIA-BRED

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.

Willa B Awesome ch. f., 3, by Awesome Gambler—Cause I'm Tricky Halo Dolly dk.b. or br. m, 4, by Popular—Spanish Halo Amazombie b. g., 6, by Northern Afleet—Wilshe Amaze Tilde gr. or ro., f., 2, by Swiss Yodeler—Self Taught Unusual Heatwave b. c., 3, by Unusual Heat—Miss Alphie Acclamation b. h., 6, by Unusual Heat—Winning in Style John Scott dk.b. or br. g., 5, by Bertrando—Henlopen Starlight Magic gr. or ro., f., 3, by Marino Marini—Star's Millennium A Jealous Woman ch. m., 6, by Muqtarib—Miss Free Bird Norvsky b. g., 6, by Vronsky—Fimbrelith Monument dk.b. or br. c., 2, by Cindago—Grant Marty a Wish Rousing Sermon ch. c., 3, by Lucky Pulpit—Rousing Again Maui Mark ch. g., 7, by Unusual Heat—Dalymount Lindz Winz dk.b. or br. m, 4, by Vronsky—Craven Cottage Doinghardtimeagain dk.b. or br. f., 2, by Ministers Wild Cat—Silver Hawk Lady Best Present Ever dk.b. or br. f., 3, by Unusual Heat—Centerofattention A Toast to You dk.b. or br. c., 3, by Tribal Rule—Whitewinesipper Missdealornodeal ch. m., 6, by Benchmark—Bah Bye Unusual Way b. f., 2, by Unusual Heat—Way Up Holladay Road dk.b. or br. g., 7, by Street Cry (Ire)—Blending Element (Ire) Warren's Amber dk.b. or br. f., 3, by Broadway Moon—I'm a Cat's Meow Kingpin Ryno b. g., 4, by In Excess (Ire)—Live Free Or Die Dancingtothestars dk.b. or br. m, 4, by Good Journey—A Lil Excess Tasty Treat dk.b. or br. f., 3, by Roar—Vividora Sizzling Gold b. m., 5, by Formal Gold—Rosana's Intention Unusual Hottie b. f., 3, by Unusual Heat—Branca Como Neve (Brz) Compari b. g., 6, by Redattore (Brz)—Southern Charm Cyclometer ch. h., 4, by Cyclotron—Moana Loa Mobilized dk.b. or br. h., 6, by Soul of the Matter—Valleyofthebells Tiz Flirtatious dk.b. or br. m, 4, by Tizbud—Masquerade Belle Grumpy Small Mouth ch. g., 3, by Tribal Rule—Pippette Starry Skies dk.b. or br. f., 3, by Sky Mesa—Cosmah Star Bella Viaggia b. f., 3, by Good Journey—Miss Del Mar Lucky Primo b. g., 6, by Atticus—Live Free Or Die Huntsville ch. g., 3, by Unusual Heat—Lethal Hunter Lakerville ch. h., 4, by Unusual Heat—Foreverinthegame Going for a Spin dk.b. or br. m, 4, by Ministers Wild Cat—Gender Motors Italian Rules ch. h., 7, by Tribal Rule—Golden Harmony Valley Cat dk.b. or br. g., 5, by Royal Cat—Jane Blossom Shigeru Kaicho dk.b. or br. h., 4, by Benchmark—Eleanor Rose Sugarinthemorning b. m., 4, by Candy Ride (Arg)—Social Belle Stoney Fleece b. c., 3, by Decarchy—Gold Fleece Ain't No Other b. g., 4, by Old Topper—Miami Margie Control Seeker b. g., 6, by Sought After—Red Table Strong Wind ch. c., 2, by Tribal Rule—Chalk Face Circaʼsgoldengear dk.b. or br. g., 5, by Golden Gear—Circa Native Treasure b. c., 2, by Tribal Rule—Visual Treat Red Defense ch. g., 5, by Redattore (Brz)—Air Defense Shudacudawudya gr. or ro., g., 5, by Marino Marini—Sunny Miss Unstopper Topper gr. or ro., g., 4, by Old Topper—Emmy Ann

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BREEDER(S)

Terry C. Lovingier Rod & Lorraine Rodriguez Gregg Anderson Revocable Trust of Dr. Mikel C. Harrington & Patricia O. Harrington Montecito Stables LLC Old English Rancho Harris Farms & Scott Gross John & Diane Fradkin Denise Kim Thorson & Nick Tamborrino Old English Rancho Lee & Susan Searing Mr. & Mrs. Larry D. Williams Fast Lane Farms Abrams, Huston & Thoroughbred Equine Management Tommy Town Thoroughbreds LLC Dennis & Norine Grenier Hidden Meadows Farm LLC. Clear Valley Stables & Ron Charles Thomas W. Bachman Williamson Racing LLC Benjamin C. Warren Joshua & Jason Litt Ren-Mar Thoroughbreds Inc. John J. Greely III John D. Murphy Ali Nilforushan Equestrian LLC Harris Farms, Donald Valpredo & John Nicoletti Bruce Headley & Irwin & Andrew Molasky Robert Reseigne Pamela Ziebarth Allen Tepper Harris Farms & Donald & Michael Valpredo Leatherman Racing LLC Joshua & Jason Litt & Dennis O'Neill David Abrams & Madeline Auerbach Barry Abrams & Team Green Tommy Town Thoroughbreds LLC Nick Cafarchia Jeff Stiefel Dr. John Piconi Stephen B. Weissman Joseph T. Alvarez III Tommy Town Thoroughbreds LLC Miraleste Inc. Mark Tatch Earle Malley & Sue Hubbard Pam & Martin Wygod Harris Farms Mason Brett Tommy Town Thoroughbreds LLC

EARNINGS

$457,000 428,226 394,670 344,560 337,374 330,000 278,704 238,120 223,408 218,600 217,500 213,500 212,778 210,032 198,500 196,200 193,892 187,509 183,610 183,432 181,950 180,674 174,856 171,500 171,490 170,038 167,700 162,694 162,390 158,000 157,498 156,324 155,000 153,984 148,674 148,640 148,410 148,160 146,722 146,413 146,350 146,198 145,780 144,359 141,360 139,304 138,330 136,444 134,773 134,440

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D E P A R T M E N T

Available Statistics Through February 3, 2013

Leading Sires in California

Leading Sires by Number of Races Won

Leading Sires by Money Won Rank Sire Runners 1. Ministers Wild Cat . . . . . . . . 54 2. Unusual Heat . . . . . . . . . . . . 44 3. Bertrando† . . . . . . . . . . . . . 39 4. Tribal Rule . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .78 5. Benchmark . . . . . . . . . . . . . 41 6. Salt Lake* . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .21 7. Old Topper . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 43 8. Good Journey . . . . . . . . . . . 28 9. Kafwain . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 40 10. Heatseeker (Ire) . . . . . . . . . . 21 11. Unbridled Energy# . . . . . . . . 32 12. Tizbud . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 23 13. Cindago* . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8 14. In Excess (Ire)† . . . . . . . . . . . 42 15. Marino Marini . . . . . . . . . . . 26 16. Vronsky . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 13 17. Perfect Mandate* . . . . . . . . . 20 18. Awesome Gambler . . . . . . . 15 19. Decarchy . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 34 20. Southern Image . . . . . . . . . . 27 21. Cee's Tizzy† . . . . . . . . . . . . . 17 22. Swiss Yodeler . . . . . . . . . . . . 33 23. Atticus . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 17 24. Game Plan . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 12 25. Tannersmyman . . . . . . . . . . 18 26. High Brite* . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 23 27. Siberian Summer* . . . . . . . . .12 28. Terrell . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 18 29. Freespool . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 20 30. Iron Cat . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .12 31. Lucky Pulpit . . . . . . . . . . . . . 14 32. Sea of Secrets . . . . . . . . . . . 28 33. Comic Strip . . . . . . . . . . . . . 17 34. Affirmative† . . . . . . . . . . . . . 14 35. Globalize . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 16 36. Gotham City . . . . . . . . . . . . 13 37. Popular . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 13 38. Rocky Bar . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 21 39. Flame Thrower . . . . . . . . . . . 11 40. Trapper . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7 41. Momentum . . . . . . . . . . . . . .15 42. Expressionist . . . . . . . . . . . . 11 43. Singletary . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9 44. Ten Most Wanted* . . . . . . . . .11 45. Sought After . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5 46. Truckee† . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4 47. Cyclotron . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5 48. Stormy Jack . . . . . . . . . . . . 16 49. One Man Army . . . . . . . . . . . 3 50. Silic (Fr) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .11

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Starts 72 66 54 103 55 25 53 38 52 30 43 31 9 53 36 21 29 19 42 43 24 44 21 16 29 34 18 27 27 18 20 37 30 18 22 17 18 25 16 13 16 13 12 14 7 5 8 20 3 15

Races Won 13 4 10 9 11 5 8 6 4 6 9 4 3 10 6 3 4 1 3 5 4 4 6 2 6 4 2 4 4 3 3 4 1 1 3 2 1 3 1 4 2 2 3 2 4 1 0 2 1 2

Earnings $378,717 338,946 326,934 316,211 243,358 193,227 192,893 171,630 142,191 140,870 134,881 128,297 126,684 123,488 110,521 95,076 92,368 82,790 81,808 81,188 78,922 73,831 73,756 62,684 55,867 48,106 47,566 44,010 41,822 40,175 39,933 38,633 38,270 36,925 35,236 35,018 34,577 34,459 32,596 30,656 29,928 29,881 27,889 26,825 26,588 24,555 24,452 22,816 21,640 21,207

Rank Sire

Runners

1. Ministers Wild Cat . . . . . . 54 2. Benchmark . . . . . . . . . . . 41 3. Bertrando† . . . . . . . . . . . 39 In Excess (Ire)† . . . . . . . . 42 5. Tribal Rule . . . . . . . . . . . 78 Unbridled Energy# . . . . . 32 7. Old Topper . . . . . . . . . . . 43 8. Good Journey . . . . . . . . . 28 Heatseeker (Ire) . . . . . . . . 21 Marino Marini . . . . . . . . . 26 Atticus . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .17 Tannersmyman . . . . . . . . .18 13. Salt Lake* . . . . . . . . . . . . 21 Southern Image . . . . . . . 27 15. Unusual Heat . . . . . . . . . .44 Kafwain . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 40 Tizbud . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .23 Perfect Mandate* . . . . . . 20 Cee’s Tizzy† . . . . . . . . . . .17 Swiss Yodeler . . . . . . . . . 33 High Brite* . . . . . . . . . . . .23 Terrell . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .18 Freespool . . . . . . . . . . . . 20 Sea of Secrets . . . . . . . . 28 Trapper . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7 Sought After . . . . . . . . . . . 5

Starts

Races Won

Earnings

72 55 54 53 103 43 53 38 30 36 21 29 25 43 66 52 31 29 24 44 34 27 27 37 13 7

13 11 10 10 9 9 8 6 6 6 6 6 5 5 4 4 4 4 4 4 4 4 4 4 4 4

$378,717 243,358 326,934 123,488 316,211 134,881 192,893 171,630 140,870 110,521 73,756 55,867 193,227 81,188 338,946 142,191 128,297 92,368 78,922 73,831 48,106 44,010 41,822 38,633 30,656 26,588

Leading Sires by Average Earnings Per Runner (Minimum 5 Runners)

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

Runners

Cindago* . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8 Salt Lake* . . . . . . . . . . . . . .21 Bertrando† . . . . . . . . . . . . . 39 Unusual Heat . . . . . . . . . . . 44 Vronsky . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 13 Ministers Wild Cat . . . . . . . 54 Heatseeker (Ire) . . . . . . . . . 21 Good Journey . . . . . . . . . . . 28 Benchmark . . . . . . . . . . . . 41 Tizbud . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 23 Awesome Gambler . . . . . . .15 Sought After . . . . . . . . . . . . 5 Game Plan . . . . . . . . . . . . . 12 Cyclotron . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5 Cee's Tizzy† . . . . . . . . . . . .17

Races Won 3 5 10 4 3 13 6 6 11 4 1 4 2 0 4

Average Earnings/ Earnings Runner $126,684 193,227 326,934 338,946 95,076 378,717 140,870 171,630 243,358 128,297 82,790 26,588 62,684 24,452 78,922

$15,836 9,201 8,383 7,703 7,314 7,013 6,708 6,130 5,936 5,578 5,519 5,318 5,224 4,890 4,642

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Leading Sires by Turf Earnings

Leading Sires by Number of Winners

(Minimum 10 Starts Lifetime)

Rank Sire

Runners

1. Ministers Wild Cat.............. 54 2. Bertrando† ........................ 39 Benchmark........................ 41 In Excess (Ire)†................... 42 5. Tribal Rule ......................... 78 6. Old Topper ......................... 43 7. Unbridled Energy# ............. 32 8. Good Journey .................... 28 Heatseeker (Ire) .................. 21 Marino Marini ..................... 26 Atticus ............................... 17 Tannersmyman................... 18 13. Salt Lake* ........................... 21 Southern Image.................. 27 15. Unusual Heat ..................... 44 Kafwain .............................. 40 Tizbud ................................ 23 Perfect Mandate* ............... 20 Cee’s Tizzy† ........................17 Swiss Yodeler..................... 33 Terrell.................................. 18 Freespool .......................... 20 Sea of Secrets.................... 28

Winners

Races Won

Earnings

13 10 10 10 9 8 7 6 6 6 6 6 5 5 4 4 4 4 4 4 4 4 4

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$378,717 326,934 243,358 123,488 316,211 192,893 134,881 171,630 140,870 110,521 73,756 55,867 193,227 81,188 338,946 142,191 128,297 92,368 78,922 73,831 44,010 41,822 38,633

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 ............. 23 Bertrando†................ 11 Tizbud ......................... 6 Good Journey ........... 9 Heatseeker (Ire)........... 6 Cindago* .................... 2 Tribal Rule ................. 12 Kafwain ....................... 4 Ministers Wild Cat....... 5 Unbridled Energy# ....... 3 Cee’s Tizzy†................ 2 Marino Marini ............. 2 Atticus........................ 6 One Man Army........... 1 Decarchy.................... 9 Old Topper ................. 5 Cyclotron ................... 2 Siberian Summer* ....... 5 Downtown Seattle* .... 1 Momentum.................. 3

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Earnings $199,320 122,967 99,749 77,295 70,496 67,200 61,503 52,600 52,445 33,745 26,492 22,720 19,790 19,200 17,439 16,787 15,580 15,045 14,700 14,450

Leading Sires by Average Earnings Per Start (Minimum 10 Starts)

Leading Sires by Median Earnings Per Runner

Rank Sire

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Runners

Cindago*.......................... 8 Trapper ............................. 7 Bertrando†....................... 39 Atticus............................. 17 Jet West*........................... 7 Sought After ..................... 5 Vronsky .............................13 Heatseeker (Ire)............... 21 Cee’s Tizzy†.................... 17 Cyclotron .......................... 5 Tannersmyman ................ 18 Comic Strip...................... 17 Onebadshark .................... 5 Lucky Pulpit ..................... 14 Marino Marini................... 26

Races Won 3 4 10 6 2 4 3 6 4 0 6 1 1 3 6

Median Earnings/ Earnings Runner $126,684 30,656 326,934 73,756 18,172 26,588 95,076 140,870 78,922 24,452 55,867 38,270 19,915 39,933 110,521

$9,200 3,499 3,480 3,400 3,400 3,205 3,000 2,574 2,505 2,502 2,090 2,025 1,960 1,950 1,945

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Runners

Salt Lake* ....................... 21 Bertrando† .................... 39 Ministers Wild Cat............54 Unusual Heat ................. 44 Heatseeker (Ire) .............. 21 Vronsky .......................... 13 Good Journey ................. 28 Benchmark..................... 41 Awesome Gambler......... 15 Tizbud ............................. 23 Game Plan ..................... 12 Old Topper ...................... 43 Atticus ............................. 17 Cee’s Tizzy† ................... 17 Perfect Mandate* ............ 20 Unbridled Energy# ........ 32 Marino Marini ................. 26 Tribal Rule ....................... 78 Kafwain .......................... 40 Siberian Summer* ........... 12

Starts

Earnings

Average Earnings/ Start

25 54 72 66 30 21 38 55 19 31 16 53 21 24 29 43 36 103 52 18

$193,227 326,934 378,717 338,946 140,870 95,076 171,630 243,358 82,790 128,297 62,684 192,893 73,756 78,922 92,368 134,881 110,521 316,211 142,191 47,566

$7,729 6,054 5,260 5,136 4,696 4,527 4,517 4,425 4,357 4,139 3,918 3,639 3,512 3,288 3,185 3,137 3,070 3,070 2,734 2,643

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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Available Statistics Through February 3, 2013

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

Crops of Average Foals of Racing Crop Racing Age Size Age

1.Unusual Heat, 1990, by Nureyev 13 2.Cindago*, 2003, by Indian Charlie 4 3.Lucky Pulpit, 2001, by Pulpit 4 4.Cee’s Tizzy†, 1987, by Relaunch 21 5.In Excess (Ire)†, 1987, by Siberian Express 18 Vronsky, 1999, by Danzig 6 7.Good Journey, 1996, by Nureyev 8 8.Awesome Gambler, 2004, by Coronado’s Quest 3 9.Salt Lake*, 1989, by Deputy Minister 18 10.One Man Army, 1994, by Roman Diplomat 8 Tribal Rule, 1996, by Storm Cat 8 12.Bertrando†, 1989, by Skywalker 17 13.Southern Image, 2000, by Halo’s Image 5 14.Birdonthewire, 1989, by Proud Birdie 16 15.Benchmark, 1991, by Alydar 12 16.Stormin Fever, 1994, by Storm Cat 11 17.Kafwain, 2000, by Cherokee Run 7 18.Rocky Bar, 1998, by In Excess (Ire) 6 19.Popular, 1999, by Saint Ballado 6 20.Olympio*, 1988, by Naskra 18 21.Robannier, 1991, by Batonnier 14 22.Atticus, 1992, by Nureyev 13 23.Snow Chief*, 1983, by Reflected Glory 22 24.Affirmative†, 1999, by Unbridled 6 Kelly Kip†, 1994, by Kipper Kelly 10 26.High Brite*, 1984, by Best Turn 22 Swiss Yodeler, 1994, by Eastern Echo 12 28.Siberian Summer*, 1989, by Siberian Express 12 Unbridled Energy#, 2002, by Unbridled’s Song 4 30. Tizbud, 1999, by Cee's Tizzy 6 31.Ministers Wild Cat, 2000, by Deputy Minister 5 Silic (Fr), 1995, by Sillery 9 33.Decarchy, 1997, by Distant View 7 Lake George, 1992, by Vice Regent 14 Old Topper, 1995, by Gilded Time 10 Suances (GB), 1997, by Most Welcome (GB) 6 37.Marino Marini, 2000, by Storm Cat 6 38. Perfect Mandate*, 1996, by Gone West 10 Sea of Secrets, 1995, by Storm Cat 11 40.Heatseeker (Ire), 2003, by Giant’s Causeway 2 Western Fame, 1992, by Gone West 12 42. Sought After, 2000, by Seeking the Gold 8 43.Iron Cat, 1995, by Storm Cat 12 Latin American†, 1988, by Riverman 16 45.Game Plan, 1993, by Danzig 14 46.Thisnearlywasmine, 1994, by Capote 9 47.Comic Strip, 1995, by Red Ransom 11 48.Globalize, 1997, by Summer Squall 9 49.Mud Route, 1994, by Strawberry Road (Aus) 11 Roman Dancer, 1999, by Polish Numbers 7 60 Memo, 1997, by Memo (Chi) 7

48 14 23 35 55 19 53 31 70 9 65 61 96 16 57 61 64 16 13 29 7 34 12 14 11 42 59 33 48 24 47 17 42 12 49 18 43 30 41 40 24 12 12 20 30 8 27 17 24 8 10

Runners

Winners

2-Y-O Winners

618 419-68% 55 22-40% 90 43-48% 731 516-71% 983 716-73% 112 41-37% 420 184-44% 94 45-48% 1,259 1,036-82% 74 45-61% 517 300-58% 1,036 764-74% 479 252-53% 261 186-71% 679 489-72% 671 470-70% 448 320-71% 97 53-55% 76 53-70% 516 396-77% 104 68-65% 445 322-72% 272 183-67% 86 32-37% 111 87-78% 932 721-77% 702 521-74% 400 291-73% 191 111-58% 144 71-49% 236 164-69% 157 113-72% 292 184-63% 162 102-63% 493 386-78% 107 44-41% 260 158-61% 298 168-56% 446 353-79% 80 32-40% 284 187-66% 93 44-47% 143 107-75% 313 207-66% 424 303-71% 73 41-56% 302 219-73% 157 106-68% 259 161-62% 59 38-64% 71 34-48%

295-48% 3-24% 34-38% 373-51% 531-54% 25-22% 100-24% 18-19% 827-66% 29-39% 204-39% 526-51% 149-31% 134-51% 370-54% 338-50% 221-49% 44-45% 39-51% 293-57% 40-38% 194-44% 112-41% 16-19% 73-66% 584-63% 367-52% 207-52% 72-38% 38-26% 104-44% 72-46% 115-39% 60-37% 293-59% 28-26% 112-43% 104-35% 258-58% 15-19% 138-49% 32-34% 85-59% 136-43% 240-57% 26-36% 156-52% 77-49% 102-39% 24-41% 21-30%

38-6% 3-5% 16-18% 59-8% 116-12% 4-4% 12-3% 10-11% 245-19% 2-3% 85-16% 121-12% 39-8% 38-15% 99-15% 108-16% 78-17% 18-19% 15-20% 60-12% 8-8%. 39-9% 27-10% 4-5% 16-14% 145-16% 153-22% 28-7% 16-8% 8-6% 32-14% 11-7% 33-11% 10-6% 107-22% 4-4% 30-12% 18-6% 75-17% 11-14% 45-16% 11-12% 8-6% 28-9% 55-13% 5-7% 35-12% 29-18% 24-9% 4-7% 6-8%

Stakes Winners

Graded Stakes Winners

Progeny Earnings

Average Earnings Index

37-6% 2-4% 3-3% 39-5% 63-6% 3-3% 5-1% 1-1% 76-6% 4-5% 27-5% 56-5% 6-1% 10-4% 34-5% 30-4% 18-4% 11-11% 2-3% 30-6% 3-3% 14-3% 9-3% 1-1% 2-2% 46-5% 27-4% 14-4% 4-2% 4-3% 13-6% 2-1% 7-2% 5-3% 21-4% 1-1% 5-2% 11-4% 20-4% 1-1% 13-5% 1-1% 6-4% 6-2% 23-5% 0-0% 12-4% 4-3% 6-2% 2-3% 0-0%

10-2% 0-0% 0-0% 9-1% 11-1% 1-1% 3-1% 1-1% 25-2% 1-1% 2-0% 12-1% 2-0% 1-0% 8-1% 12-2% 4-1% 1-1% 1-1% 4-1% 0-0% 5-1% 1-0% 0-0% 1-1% 9-1% 2-0% 4-1% 0-0% 0-0% 0-0% 1-1% 1-0% 1-1% 0-0% 0-0% 0-0% 0-0% 2-0% 0-0% 0-0% 0-0% 0-0% 2-1% 2-0% 0-0% 1-0% 0-0% 1-0% 0-0% 0-0%

$36,862,576 $1,004,655 $2,302,030 $36,800,989 $43,983,527 $2,397,525 $7,839,717 $1,595,790 $61,568,625 $2,569,104 $15,122,575 $43,332,509 $10,833,170 $11,766,298 $27,305,153 $26,269,901 $13,336,980 $2,480,881 $2,244,233 $18,949,646 $2,963,474 $13,369,287 $5,662,759 $937,642 $4,355,258 $35,914,289 $24,589,121 $12,589,232 $3,441,159 $2,110,340 $5,436,155 $7,113,756 $6,790,945 $4,182,110 $16,076,956 $1,473,118 $5,656,273 $6,119,354 $17,147,271 $556,282 $7,463,263 $1,384,281 $3,618,520 $6,576,369 $12,532,493 $1,379,068 $7,662,789 $3,433,108 $4,594,268 $1,025,307 $941,777

2.16 1.72 1.71 1.64 1.61 1.61 1.58 1.46 1.42 1.39 1.39 1.36 1.33 1.29 1.25 1.20 1.15 1.14 1.11 1.10 1.08 1.07 1.06 1.05 1.05 1.04 1.04 1.03 1.03 1.01 0.99 0.99 0.96 0.96 0.96 0.96 0.95 0.92 0.92 0.89 0.89 0.88 0.86 0.86 0.85 0.83 0.79 0.78 0.77 0.77 0.76

Comparable Index

1.23 1.43 1.19 1.16 1.41 0.94 1.04 0.78 1.41 0.98 1.19 1.53 1.37 1.37 1.15 1.41 1.28 0.77 0.96 1.30 1.04 1.47 1.29 0.80 1.01 1.17 1.09 0.88 1.20 0.95 1.00 0.93 0.99 1.03 0.86 1.14 1.00 1.25 1.09 1.67 0.85 0.89 1.00 1.10 0.81 0.72 1.19 0.79 0.91 1.00 0.73

These statistics are for active California-based sires with a minimum of 50 foals of racing age, ranked here by lifetime Average Earnings Index (AEI) The statistics contained in these rankings are compiled by The Jockey Club Information Systems Inc (TJCIS) While every effort is made to prevent errors and omissions, California Thoroughbred cannot guarantee their complete and total accuracy A dagger (†) indicates that a stallion has been pensioned, an asterisk (*) that he has died, a dot (•) that he is now standing elsewhere, a number sign (#) that he did not stand in California in 2012 but is standing in the state in 2013, a double dagger (‡) that he is not standing in California in 2013 but will stand in the state in 2014 and In bold that he is a freshman sire. In all cases, a sire will remain in the rankings until the year after his last California foals are two-year-olds. Statistics cover racing in North America (US, Canada and Puerto Rico), England, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Mexico, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates (UAE) only Percentages are based upon number of foals of racing age

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SATURDAY, MARCH 30 $200,000 ECHO EDDIE STAKES 3YO, 6 1/2 FURLONGS Santa Anita Park, Arcadia, Calif.

SATURDAY, MARCH 30 $200,000 EVENING JEWEL STAKES 3YO FILLIES, 6 1/2 FURLONGS Santa Anita Park, Arcadia, Calif.

IMPORTANT EVENTS & DATES FRIDAY, MARCH 1 BARRETTS EQUINE LIMITED TRAINING PREVIEW FOR MARCH SALE OF SELECTED TWO-YEAR-OLDS IN TRAINING Fairplex Park, Pomona, Calif. THURSDAY, MARCH 21 CALIFORNIA HORSE RACING BOARD (CHRB) MONTHLY BOARD MEETING Santa Anita Park, Arcadia, Calif.

MONDAY, MARCH 4 BARRETTS EQUINE LIMITED MARCH SALE OF SELECTED TWO-YEAR-OLDS IN TRAINING Fairplex, Pomona, Calif. WEDNESDAY, MARCH 27 BARRETTS EQUINE LIMITED ENTRIES CLOSE FOR MAY SALE OF TWO-YEAR-OLDS IN TRAINING Fairplex, Pomona, Calif.

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Regional Race Meetings, Stakes Races and Sale Dates

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

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Santa Anita Handicap (Gr. I) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .4-y-o & up . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1 1/4 m. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .$750,000 Frank E. Kilroe Mile (Gr. I) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .4-y-o & up . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1 m. (T) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .300,000 Las Virgenes Stakes (Gr. I) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .3-y-o f. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1 m. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .250,000 San Felipe Stakes (Gr. II) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .3-y-o . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1 1/16 m. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .300,000 Camilla Urso Stakes . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .4-y-o & up, f. & m. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .6 f. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .50,000 Las Flores Stakes (Gr. III) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .4-y-o & up, f. & m. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .6 1/2 f. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .100,000 Santa Margarita Stakes (Gr. I) . . . . . . . . . . . . . .4-y-o & up, f. & m. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1 1/8 m. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .300,000 San Luis Rey Stakes (Gr. II) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .4-y-o & up . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1 1/2 m. (T) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .150,000 Irish O’Brien Stakes . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .4-y-o & up, f. & m., Cal-Bred/Cal-Sired . . . . .abt. 6 1/2 f. (T) . . . . . . . . . . . . .100,000 Tokyo City Cup (Gr. III) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .4-y-o & up . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1 1/2 m. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .100,000 Santa Ana Stakes (Gr. II) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .4-y-o & up, f. & m. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1 1/8 m. (T) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .150,000 Echo Eddie Stakes . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .3-y-o, Cal-Bred/Cal-Sired . . . . . . . . . . . . .6 1/2 f. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .200,000 Evening Jewel Stakes . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .3-y-o f., Cal-Bred/Cal-Sired . . . . . . . . . . . .6 1/2 f. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .200,000 Santa Anita Derby (Gr. I) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .3-y-o . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1 1/8 m. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .750,000 Santa Anita Oaks (Gr. I) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .3-y-o f. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1 1/16 m. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .300,000 Potrero Grande Stakes (Gr. II) . . . . . . . . . . .4-y-o & up . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6 1/2 f. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .150,000 Providencia Stakes (Gr. III) . . . . . . . . . . . . . .3-y-o f. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1 1/8 m. (T) . . . . . . . . . . . . .150,000 Golden Poppy Stakes . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .4-y-o & up, f. & m. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1 1/16 m. (T) . . . . . . . . . . . . .50,000 Las Cienegas Handicap (Gr. III) . . . . . . . . . .4-y-o & up, f. & m. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .abt. 6 1/2 f. (T) . . . . . . . . . . .100,000 Santa Barbara Handicap (Gr. II) . . . . . . . . . .4-y-o & up, f. & m. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1 1/4 m. (T) . . . . . . . . . . . . .150,000 San Simeon Stakes (Gr. III) . . . . . . . . . . . . . .4-y-o & up . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .abt. 6 1/2 f. (T) . . . . . . . . . . .100,000 San Juan Capistrano Handicap (Gr. II) . . . . .4-y-o & up . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .abt. 1 3/4 m. (T) . . . . . . . . . .150,000 Harry Henson Stakes . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .3-y-o . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .6 f. (T) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .70,000

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Distance

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California Gold Rush XIV—$1,060,000 in Purses at Betfair Hollywood Park on Saturday, April 27, 2013 April 27 April 27 April 27 April 27 April 27 April 27 April 27 April 27 Apr. 27 Apr. 28

BHP BHP BHP BHP BHP

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

GG

BHP

San Francisco Mile (Gr. II) . . . . . . . . . . . . . .3-y-o & up . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1 m. (T) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .100,000 Wilshire Handicap (Gr. III) . . . . . . . . . . . . .3-y-o & up, f. & m. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1 m. (T) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .100,000

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

It Pays To Be Cal-Bred

California-Bred/California-Sired Stakes Races March to July 2013 SANTA ANITA PARK Sunday, March 17

Saturday, March 30

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

$200,000 Echo Eddie Stakes Three-Year-Olds 6 1/2 f.

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

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

$250,000 Melair Stakes Three-Year-Old Fillies 1 1/16 Miles $70,000 Warren’s Thoroughbred Stakes Three-Year-Old & Up, Fillies & Mares 7 Furlongs

$125,000 Tiznow Stakes Four-Year-Old & Up 7 1/2 Furlongs $60,000 NTRA Stakes Three-Year-Old & Up 6 1/2 Furlongs

$125,000 B. Thoughtful Stakes Four-Year-Old & Up, Fillies & Mares 7 1/2 Furlongs $60,000 Alphabet Kisses Stakes Three-Year-Old & Up, Fillies & Mares 6 1/2 Furlongs

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

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RANCHES FOR SALE LIVERMORE, CALIF. 23 PLUSACRE HORSERANCH. Nice 3 bedroom, 2 bath home. Separate in-law apartment, 4-stall barn PLUS 8-stall mare motel. HUGE shop, hay barn for 500+bales. Small indoor arena, numerous paddocks and lease the adjoining 60 acres of pasture for $100 a MONTH. Priced at $800,000 www.robinranches.com 925-550-2383

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

BONNRITA

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Breed For Speed and Soundness Bonnrita retired sound after a 64 race carreer! By GULCH (1984), champion sprinter in U.S.,Stakes winner of $3,095,521, 1st Breeders’ CupSprint (G1), etc. Among the leading sires in U. S., sireof 20 crops of racing age, 1,100 foals, 910 starters,72 stakes winners, 1 champion, 642 winners of 2,304races and earnings of $86,008,667 U. S., including THUNDER GULCH (Champion in U. S., $2,915,086, 1st Kentucky Derby (G1), etc., NAYEF (Hwt. in England and United Arab Emirates, $3,594,157, USA, 1st Juddmonte International S. (G1), etc.), EAGLE CAFE ($4,227,985 USA, 1st Japan Cup Dirt, etc.), BRAVE TENDER ($2,708,334 USA, 1st Arlington Cup, etc.), COURT VISION (to 5, 2010, $2,606,521 USA, 1st Woodbine Mile S. (G1), etc.), THE CLIFF’S EDGE ($1,265,258, 1st Toyota Blue Grass S. (G1), etc.), WALLENDA ($1,205,929, 1st Super Derby (G1), etc., ESTEEMED FRIEND ($805,237, 1st General George H. (G1), etc.). First dam is by DEPUTY MINISTER, leading broodmare sire of more than 180 stakes winners, including CURLIN, RAGS TO RICHES, HALFBRIDLED, JAZIL, BOB & JOHN etc.

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NOTE: Inside Back Cover, IBC; Outside Back Cover, OBC; Inside Front Cover, IFC This index is provided as a service. The publisher does not assume any liability for errors or ommisions. Bold figures indicate a page that features a stallion.

ADVERTISERS Backyard Race Horse . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .84 Ballena Vista Farm . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .OBC, 12, 13 Barretts Equine Limited . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .29 Brazeau Thoroughbred Farms,LP . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .87 Cal-Bred Maiden Bonus Program . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .73 California Thoroughbred Weekly . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .84 Cardiff, Suzanne, Pedigree Research . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .83 Cole Ranch . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .82 CTBA Foal Advertorial . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .44 CTBA Membership . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .48 Daehling Ranch . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .77, 82 Dickson Podley Realtors (Jeannie Garr Roddy) . . . . . . . . . .83 E.A. Ranches . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .20, 49 Farrell Jones Layup Center . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .59 Gayle Van Leer Thoroughbred Services . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .84 Gloria Renteria . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .82 Golden Eagle Farm . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .25, 27 Harris Farms . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .IFC Laurel Fowler Insurance Broker Inc. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .83

Legacy Ranch . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .3 Lillian Nichols/Halters . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .83 Lovacres Ranch . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .31, 35, 51 Magali Farms . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .5,11, 14, 15 NTRA Advantage/John Deere . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .63 Odyssey Performance Premium Horse Exerciser . . . . . . . . .83 Old English Rancho . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .17, 18, 19 Paradise Road Ranch . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .40,41, 53 Rancho Temescal . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .45 Ridgeley Farm . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .33, 85 SK Racing Stable . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .68 State Farm Insurance-Sue Hubbard . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .83 The Jockey Club Information Systems,Inc . . . . . . . . . . . . . .79 The Loftin Firm LLP . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .83 Tommy Town Thoroughbreds LLC . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .8, 9 Unclaimed Checks . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .65 Victory Rose Thoroughbreds . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .56, 57 West Coast Racing Colors/June Gee . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .82 www.horselawyers.com . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .83

STALLIONS A Kings Life .........................................87 Acclamation.............................17, 18, 19 Affirmative..................................... 31, 59 Allaboutdreams ...................................40 Anziyan Royalty...................................20 Atticus..............................................5, 15 Awesome Gambler..............................31 Behrens ...............................................56 Benchmark ................................OBC, 12 Best Minister .......................................87 Big Bad Leroybrown ...........................17 Blake's Passion...................................77 Bold Chieftain......................................56 Bonnrita...............................................885 Brave Cat ............................................40 Bushwacker.........................................31 Calimonco............................OBC 12, 13, Chattahoochee War.......................20, 49 Coil ........................................................5 Cyclotron .............................................17 Decarchy ...............................................5 Del Mar Show......................................45 Desert Code.......................................IFC

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Dixie Chatter..............................OBC, 12 Empire Way ...................................31, 35 Fullbridled............................................87 Game Plan...........................................20 Globalize..............................................56 Good Journey .......................................5 Grace Upon Grace ..............................31 Heatseeker (Ire)..................................IFC Idiot Proof ..................................OBC, 12 Informed ..............................................333 Kafwain..................................................8 Lucky J. H..........................................IFC Lucky Pulpit .......................................IFC Many Rivers.........................................56 Mesa Thunder .....................................41 Ministers Wild Cat .................................55 Monsajem............................................77 Mr. Broad Blade ....................................5 Northern Indy ................................40, 53 Old Topper.............................................8 Papa Clem.............................................3 Peppered Cat ......................................77 Rendezvous.........................................77

Rocky Bar............................................20 Roi Charmant ..................................5, 14 Run Brother Ron .................................41 Sea of Secrets.....................................56 Sought After ........................................77 Spensive..............................................20 Stormin Fever......................................227 Stormy Jack ........................................887 Street Life ......................................31, 51 Strike for Glory ....................................87 Suances (GB) ......................................45 Surf Cat ...............................................17 Swiss Yodeler ......................................31 Tenga Cat ............................................45 Thorn Song ........................................IFC Time to Get Even ................................31 Tizbud ................................................IFC Tribal Rule ................................. OBC, 12 Unbridled Energy.................................225 Under Caution .....................................68 Unusual Heat .....................................IFC Vronsky................................................17

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by ELIZABETH TUOTO The other two geldings we’ve adopted from Leigh are fouryear-old Valuation (Ire) and Kentucky-bred Coastal Flare, a nine-year-old bred by Juddmonte Farms. Coastal Flare is a flashy gray who has the natural stride for hunters, and is now living in San Diego and successfully competing in hunter-jumper competitions. We owe a deep gratitude and appreciation to Leigh Gray and her team of volunteer professionals. I had an opportunity to talk with Leigh at Dr. Shields’ Winner’s Circle Ranch in Bradbury. Leigh is a native Californian who spent her childhood riding her pony bareback with her group of friends. Starting as a teenager, Leigh spent her time at the racetracks among the trainers working as an exercise rider for more than 12 years. Leigh rehabbed her first off the track Thoroughbred (OTTB), Sam, when she was only 17 years old and also competed in three-day eventing. She worked for 10 years at an equine hospital, in radiology and as a surgical technician. She passed her state boards and became a veterinary technician. For the last nine years, Leigh has worked at Winner’s Circle Ranch. Located near Santa Anita in Arcadia, they specialize in Thoroughbred layups and rehabilitating injured racehorses. With over 25 years of experience in rehabilitating racehorses, Leigh has become an expert at diagnosing their injuries. This, coupled her connections in the competitive show community and her network of professional volunteers, facilitates the successful placement of these spectacular athletes. She also attributes her success to both Dr. Shields and Karen Klawitter, the Administrator at the Equine Hospital at Santa Anita, who has set up a salvage surgery program to facilitate vet care on the backside. Since 2003, when she started her non-profit organization, Leigh has rehabbed and placed over 400 ex-racehorses. But the economic downturn has hit the Thoroughbred Rehab Center hard—donations have been down over 50 percent over the last several years. Also, the availability of appropriate homes has dropped off considerably, making it much more difficult to find suitable long-term homes. It takes time, money and training to take a horse from the track and give it the skills for a new career. These beautiful athletes deserve a chance at a new beginning. If you are looking to retire a racehorse, or wish to donate to a worthy cause, please consider calling Leigh Gray at (626) 824-7455.

©Tony Tuoto

With appropriate rehabilitation and retraining, Thoroughbreds can enjoy life-long second careers in many disciplines and excel as three-day eventers, hunter-jumpers and dressage and pleasure riding horses. My husband Tony and I have personally adopted four such exceptional athletes from Leigh Gray of the non-profit Thoroughbred Rehab Center based in Bradbury Estates, California. One horse we had the good fortune to adopt is 12-year-old Epic Power, bred in California by Richard Meister and foaled at Legacy Ranch (formerly Blooming Hills) in Clements. Owned by Ron Valenta and trained at Santa Anita Park by Jack Carava, he had a successful race career with 13 wins in 75 starts and earnings of $778,173 during eight seasons. He was a three-time stakes winner, including a victory in the $175,000 California Cup Mile Handicap during 2006. When his owner Ron Valenta decided to retire him, Leigh was contacted by his trainer. We picked up this beautiful, healthy horse from Laurie Canty at her training facility after one quick viewing at turnout. Laurie had “Epic” in training for several months and had done a very good job on all of his basic work. Epic Power is true to his name—he’s an incredibly strong and agile athlete built for three-day eventing, and with that big engine, he needs a lot of fuel. We are fortunate to have acres of grass for him to graze upon, and he eats constantly. With my good friend and trainer, Rebecca Morris of Gardnerville, all of our horses are becoming proficient at jumping, dressage and cross-country, and are successfully competing at various levels. Epic’s pasture mate on our 26-acre Bella Luna Ranch is fellow California-bred Wilmore. Wilmore was bred by trainer William Joseph Morey Jr., who has over 35 years of experience in the business and is most recently known for training California champion Bold Chieftain. Wilmore’s sire was Dixie Dot Com, his dam was Speedy Dish, and he earned $102,036 and was stakes-placed in his 46-race career. Now 10, he was a star in the HBO series “Luck” and was placed with the Thoroughbred Rehab Center when the series was cancelled. Wilmore is a fabulous gelding who has exceptional movement and is showing a strong talent for dressage. He came to us in excellent physical condition and is a pleasure to ride every day.

Epic Power (right) with Wilmore and Elizabeth Tuoto. 88 CALIFORNIA THOROUGHBRED • MARCH 2013

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