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A Huge New Incentive

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From the Executive Corner

by DOUG BURGE

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we needed to expand on the maiden success. The new earning potential now provided through the Golden State Series will make it so people cannot afford to not race Cal-breds. These opportunities offered to owners after the maiden bonus win should most definitely put a premium on Calbreds/Cal-sireds. The news of this new series in fact had an immediate positive impact on the recent October Yearling Sale at Barretts Equine Ltd. The opening selected night session yielded a 44 percent increase in average with the median doubling last year’s first session. At the conclusion of the second day, the sale had an overall average increase of nearly 20 percent. The joint sale-topper was a son of Unusual Heat, purchased for $100,000 by trainer Eric Kruljac on behalf of Class Racing Stable. Joe Masino, the manager of Class Racing Stable, stated after bidding, “With the California incentive program changes, it’s time to start getting some Cal-breds and supporting Cal-breds.” We are optimistic that this trend will continue. I would be remiss if I did not acknowledge the efforts of Martin Panza, Vice President of Racing at Hollywood Park, the California Marketing Committee and the TOC for all their support and efforts in making this series a reality. With Cal-breds making up over 50 percent of the field sizes in the state, everyone realizes the importance of a strong state-bred program which provides the necessary racing inventory. Further details of the Golden State Series appear on pages 23 and 24.

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As depicted on the cover of this issue of California Thoroughbred, the California Thoroughbred Breeders Association (CTBA) is pleased to announce the Golden State Series. This new 27-race stakes program, scheduled to begin in 2012, provides an additional $2.325 million in restricted purses for two-year-old and three-year-old horses bred or sired in California. It was through the financial commitment of the entire racing industry that we are able to provide such lucrative advantages to those breeding and racing California-breds and California-sired runners. Funding has been provided by the Thoroughbred Owners of California (TOC) through the purse account, the California Marketing Committee (CMC) through an annual allocation, and through the nominators of two-year-olds that see the tremendous opportunities that will now exist. A one-time voluntary $300 nomination fee by owners makes their two-year-olds eligible for all races. This new series is a great addition to the Cal-bred racing program and a natural extension of the very popular Maiden Bonus Program that has been in place the past two years. Initially, we will provide significant boosts to the purses and number of races available for two and threeyear-olds to continue the quick return to owners and breeders. Over time, and with success, it is our goal to also expand the purses and opportunities for older horses as well. The purses for the new stakes series range from $100,000 to $300,000 with races at all the major tracks in the state. Two of the new races (and the only additions on the turf) will be held at Golden Gate Fields, providing horsemen in Northern California with more lucrative restricted opportunities. As mentioned earlier, the idea behind this new program was to build on the success of the maiden bonus offering. Currently, when a Cal-bred or Calsired horse breaks their maiden, there is a huge financial return for the owner or owner/breeder. However, in order to create a market for Cal-breds and give breeders more financial justification to breed while providing more incentives to own,

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Managing Editor’s Welcome

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Turning Points During the past month, the local Thoroughbred breeding and racing industry experienced a few turning points that have resulted in a more positive feeling about its future. First and foremost among these was the announcement by the California Thoroughbred Breeders Association (CTBA) of the creation of the Golden State Series, an expansion of the existing stakes schedule for California-breds and California-sired runners to 27 black-type races worth $4.65 million. The changes for 2012 relate exclusively to the events for two-year-olds and three-year-olds, whereby the addition of six new races worth $1 million are part of an overall increase of $2,325,000 in purse money for these runners. Besides this cover story, Cal-bred Amazombie’s first career grade I win last month is another story featured in this November 2011 issue of our California Thoroughbred magazine that bodes well for the future. He, along with California Flag who also won a graded stakes race in October, will be hoping for more good news during this year’s Breeders’ Cup World Championships being held at Churchill Downs in Louisville, Kentucky, on Friday, Nov. 5 and Saturday, Nov. 6, and are included in an editorial that also features Ultra Blend, Unzip Me and Caracortado as the other possibe Cal-breds heading to this premier event. Also enjoying coverage is Acclamation’s fifth graded stakes win of 2011, while the upward trends recorded in the gross receipts, average price and median price at last month’s Barretts October Yearling Sale provide more reason for optimism in the future. Added to that is a story on Milky Way Farm, Linda Madsen’s impressive 100-acre facility in Temecula that is proving its commitment to the future by standing such stallions as One Man Army, Roman Commander and Sundarban. Our latest CTBA Member Profile features Pete Gallegos, the breeder of 2011 stakes winner Joe Ja, and there is an Industry Insight piece on EquiSight, Kenleigh Hobby and David Matt’s company which provides a jockey camera technology that successfully allows fans to experience horseracing as if they were in the saddle themselves. Emily Mode, a young trainer who also has two winning rides to her name as a jockey, is the subject of Focus On The Future, while the six Calbred stakes winners during September’s Los Angeles County Fair meet at Fairplex Park are reviewed in depth. In the Cal-Bred Millionaires’ Row editorial, we spotlight Idiot Proof who became the 48th member of this exclusive club with a runner-up finish in United Arab Emirates’ group I, $2 million Dubai Golden Shaheen during March of 2008, and Horse Care highlights all that needs to be known about hock joints. This month’s Guest Forum pays tribute to T. V. Lark, the brilliant Cal-bred racehorse and stallion who famously defeated the legendary Kelso in the Washington D. C. International 50 years ago, 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 the best to the best and not just In the Company of. . .Adrian Gonzalez (right), the consignor have to hope for the best!

under his Checkmate Thoroughbreds banner of the joint $100,000 sale-topper at this year’s Barretts October Yearling Sale, during the California Cup Yearling Sale in the Hinds Pavilion at Fairplex in Pomona on October 5, 2009.

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November 2011 Contents VOLUME 135 NO. 5

On This Month’s Cover Totaling $4.65 million in purse money, the Golden State Series is the new schedule of 27 restricted stakes races for registered California-bred or California-sired horses, including the addition of six black-type events for 2012, that provides an increase of $2,325,000 in annual purses through the expansion of the two-year-old and threeyear-old stakes program from 12 races worth $1.275 million to 18 races worth $3.6 million. ©Artwork by John Melanson and Photo by Benoit & Associates

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100News Bits The CTBA Working For You California Thoroughbred Foundation (CTF) Notes—November 2011 Leading Sires in California Leading Lifetime Sires in California Leading Two-Year-Old Sires in California Dates in California CTBA Calendar Classified Advertising Index to Advertisers & Stallions Advertised

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Golden State Series: A Cal-Bred Windfall by Ken Gurnick

Features

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Thoroughbred Farms In California: Milky Way Farm—A New Frontier by Rudi Groothedde

The Grade California-Breds: Amazombie—Rising Back To Life by Marcie Heacox

The Grade California-Breds: Acclamation—Keeping It Cal-Bred by Emily Shields

The Grade California-Breds: California Flag—Far From Over The Hill by Gene Williams

Breeders’ Cup World Championships: Cal-Breds Set To Tackle Breeders’ Cup by Emily Shields

CTBA Member Profile: Pete Gallegos—Feeling Thankful by Emily Shields

Regional Sales: On The Rise by Lisa Groothedde

Industry Insight: EquiSight—Putting Viewers In The Saddle by Marcie Heacox

Focus On The Future: Emily Mode—Doing It The Right Way by Emily Shields

California Fairs: Cal-Breds Earn Their Fair Share In Pomona by Emily Shields

Cal-Bred Millionaires’ Row: #48 Idiot Proof—Born To Be A Star by Emily Shields

Horse Care: Hock Joints by Heather Smith Thomas

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1 2 79 Linda Madsen’s Milky Way Farm is a 100-acre breeding, boarding, lay-up and sales preparation facility in Temecula that her parents established as an Arabian farm in 1938, and is now home to the Thoroughbred stallions One Man Army, Roman Commander and Sundarban.

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From the Executive Office: A Huge New Incentive by Doug Burge

Managing Editor’s Welcome: Turning Points by Rudi Groothedde

Guest Forum: T. V. Lark—A Champion For California by John Califano

The December 2011 Cover Story

A Complete Review Of California Cup XXII

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Kentucky Derby Winner Among New California Stallions

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Among the seven-year-old stallion’s six With an incoming group of stallions led victories were the 2007 San Vicente Stakes by two grade I winners, California mare (grade II) at Santa Anita and the 2009 Ack owners will have a more diverse variety of Ack Handicap (grade III) at Hollywood Park. options for the 2012 breeding season. Six-year-old Slew’s Tiznow will initiate his Headlining the arsenal of sires who are breeding career at Rancho San Miguel in San new to the Golden State is the 2005 Miguel. The track record-setting, grade IKentucky Derby (grade I) winner and ©FourFootedFotos placed son of Tiznow won a pair of stakes in $2,537,316-earner, Giacomo. The nine-yearGiacomo Southern California and earned $321,100. old Holy Bull stallion entered stud in 2007 at ©Vassar The established sire Rocky Bar, 13, relocates from Adena Springs in Kentucky, and relocates from that farm to stand at Magali Farms in Santa Ynez. Among his collective Arizona to stand at E.A. Ranches in Santa Ysabel with earners of more than $1.5 million from two crops to race progeny earnings of more than $1.7 million from four crops are four stakes winners, including a dual group II winner in of racing age. The dual graded stakes-placed stakes winner by In Excess (Ire) is represented by 10 stakes winners, Mexico. Also moving from Kentucky to California is eight-year- including the multiple graded stakes winner Carlsbad and old Heatseeker (Ire), who departs Hill ‘n’ Dale Farms for the undefeated two-year-old filly Page Springs, who won Harris Farms in Coalinga. The track record-setting the $98,230 ATBA Fall Sales Stakes at Turf Paradise on Giant’s Causeway stallion won seven races, led by Santa Oct. 16. ©Vassar SK Racing Stable in Valley Center will add two stallions Anita Park’s 2008 Santa Anita Handicap (grade I), and earned $1,177,776. His first foals will be two-year-olds in to its roster in 2012: Royal Memory and Bandido de Amor. The former is a seven-year-old son of Royal Academy who 2012. Dual grade I-placed Noble Court, by Doneraile Court, was unplaced in one start and the latter is an unraced nineenters stud at Magali Farms with total earnings of $465,230. year-old by Event of the Year.

Track Talk Highlighted by its annual Turf Festival over Thanksgiving weekend, Hollywood Park will host its 2011 autumn meet from Thursday, Nov. 10 through Sunday, Dec. 18. The 26-day season will feature 17 stakes races with collective purses of more than $3 million, including five graded grass events to be conducted during the Turf Festival from Nov. 25-27 and the grade I, $750,000 CashCall Futurity on Dec. 17. A pair of 7 1/2-furlong stakes races will be restricted to horses either bred or sired in California: the Cat’s Cradle Handicap for females on Dec. 11 and the On Trust Handicap on Dec. 18. On Oct. 5, Santa Anita Park officials announced the first phase of a major restructuring that will affect more than 100 full-time and seasonal workers. Among the early ousters are vice president of marketing Allen Gutterman and director of racing Mike Harlow.

Racing In Southern California: Cal-Bred Ismene In Upset Win The two-year-old California-bred filly Ismene remained unbeaten in two career starts with her 7-1 upset victory over the 1-5 favorite Sister Moon in the $80,600 Anoakia Stakes at Santa Anita Park on Oct. 22. In an impressive gate-to-wire ride, jockey Patrick Valenzuela set fractions of :21.92, :44.30 and :55.84 before the Bill Spawr Ismene trainee prevailed by one length in a final time of 1:08.91. Valenzuela commented after the race, “She’s a Cal-bred and today she ran against some good fillies. She sure did her thing today.” In her racing debut at the Del Mar Thoroughbred Club on Aug. 13, Ismene had rated in second under Valenzuela before taking command for a 2 1/4-length maiden special weight victory in 1:04.18 for 5 1/2 furlongs. Her $52,830 share from her latest win elevated her earnings to $90,630. ©Benoit Photos Bred and owned in the Golden State by Stephen Ferraro, Ismene is the 20th stakes winner by her sire Tribal Rule who stands at Ballena Vista Farm in Ramona. She is the third foal out of the winning In Excess (Ire) mare Never to Excess, whose first offspring is the stakes-placed winner Oonga Boonga. Half siblings to Imene’s dam include the stakes-placed duo of Baccarat and Lucky C. H., the latter of whom produced the graded stakeswinning stallion Lucky J. H.

Cal-Breds Countrywide The four-year-old California-bred filly Hayley’s Halo posted her fifth stakes win of 2011, when she won the $60,000 Chaves County Stakes at Zia Park in New Mexico on Oct. 2. Lathrop Hoffman’s homebred daughter of Sea of Secrets (Victory Rose Thoroughbreds) and the unraced Peaks and Valleys mare Hilo Halo has now earned $332,060 from a 19-10-1-3 record that also includes two stakes victories last year. Continued on page 8

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Northern California Report: Revenge Is Sweet For Bold Chieftain

News Bits Cont’d. The racing days of Bold Chieftain are nearing an end but the classy eight-yearold still has the will and ability to win stakes races. He showed that for the 14th time when he gained his revenge on favored Uh Oh Bango to take the $62,600 Bull Dog Stakes at the Big Fresno Fair on Oct. 16. Outsider Dos Eqkeys set pedestrian fractions in the 1 1/8-mile Bull Dog while dogged by Uh Oh Bango, Bold Chieftain’s conqueror in May’s grade III Berkeley Stakes. Under Russell Baze, Bold Chieftain tracked the leading pair before moving three-wide for the stretch run. The winner, getting three pounds from Uh Oh Bango, dueled

with the 4-5 favorite well past the eighth-pole before drawing away late for a 1 1/4-length victory. Said trainer William “Bill” Morey Jr., who bred and owns Bold Chieftain in partnership with Kenneth Robinson, Dwaine Hall and the late Ernest Langbein, “It was a paceless race and they were playing chess out there but we evened the score after that last loss.” After a false start to his stallion career in 2011, the son of Chief Seattle and ©Vassar the stakes-placed two-time winner Hooked On Music, by Seattle Dancer, will enter

stud at Ellen Jackson’s Victory Rose Thoroughbreds in Vacaville next year. He owns a 45-18-12-4 mark and has banked $1,653,171.

Bold Chieftain $62,600 Bull Dog Stakes October 16, 2011

Those Grand Cal-Bred Mares Within the space of just nine days, progeny out of a trio of mares foaled in the Golden State won stakes events in California, New York and Newmarket, England. ©Picou-Oldham The winner of the grade I, Dream of Summer $250,000 Norfolk Stakes at Santa Anita Park on Oct. 1, was the two-year-old Giant’s Causeway colt Creative Cause who is out of the grade I-winning millionaire Dream of Summer. Bred by James Weigel, this 2005 California champion’s third foal has now earned $323,000 from a 4-3-1-0 record. On Oct. 9, the $60,000 Stormy West Stakes at Belmont Park was

won by Exchange Funds, a fouryear-old daughter of Speightstown and Jetinto Houston, a graded stakes-placed dual black-type winner bred by Sledge Stable. Her second foal now has three wins, seven placings and $151,330 in ©Coglianese La Traviata earnings from 19 starts. Crusade, the juvenile son of Mr. Greeley who won the group I, $233,430 Emaar Middle Park Stakes the previous day, is out of La Traviata. John and Marsha Antonelli bred this graded stakes winner whose first foal’s two wins in four starts has yielded a bankroll of $164,123.

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 September 19 to October 23 inclusive: Ultra Blend m.5. Richly Blended—Ankha 2nd Grade I Lady’s Secret Stakes $250,000 1 1/16 m. Santa Anita Park October 1 Breeders: BnD Chase Thoroughbreds & Elven Adams Ruler of Dubai g.2. Tribal Rule—O K Topless 3rd Grade I Norfolk Stakes $250,000 1 1/16 m. Santa Anita Park October 1 Breeder: Julio Canani Daisy Devine f.3. Kafwain—Devil’s Dispute 3rd Grade II Indiana Oaks $205,100 1 1/16 m. Hoosier Park October 1 Breeder: J. Reiley McDonald Acclamation h.5. Unusual Heat—Winning in Style 1st Grade II Clement L. Hirsch Turf Championship Stakes $150,000 1 1/4 m. (T) Santa Anita Park October 2 Breeder: Old English Rancho Amazombie g.5. Northern Afleet—Wilshe Amaze 1st Grade I Ancient Title Stakes $250,000 6 f. Santa Anita Park October 8 Breeder: Gregg Anderson Mensa Heat g.5. Unusual Heat—Chi Chi Nette 3rd Grade I Ancient Title Stakes $250,000 6 f. Santa Anita Park October 8 Breeders: Madeline Auerbach & David Abrams California Flag g.7. Avenue of Flags—Ultrafleet 1st Grade III Morvich Stakes $100,000 abt. 6 1/2 f. (T) Santa Anita Park October 10 Breeder: Hi Card Ranch Excessive Passion c.4. Vronsky—Ms Hearts N Arrows 2nd Grade III Morvich Stakes $100,000 abt. 6 1/2 f. (T) Santa Anita Park October 10 Breeders: Old English Rancho & Berumen Ain’t No Other g.3. Old Topper—Miami Margie 3rd Grade III Morvich Stakes $100,000 abt. 6 1/2 f. (T) Santa Anita Park October 10 Breeder: Tommy Town Thoroughbreds LLC Daisy Devine f.3. Kafwain—Devil’s Dispute 1st Grade III Pin Oak Valley View Stakes $150,000 1 1/16 m. (T) Keeneland Racecourse October 21 Breeder: J. Reiley McDonald

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Stallion News

News Bits Cont’d. Bat Mobile

Sea of Secrets

On Oct. 15, this Landeros Racing Stable stallion was represented by his first winner when his three-year-old filly Fast Mobile captured a fivefurlong maiden race at Fresno.

On Oct. 8, this California stallion was represented at Belmont Park as the broodmare sire of My Miss Aurelia, the dominant winner of the grade I, $300,000 Frizette Stakes for two-yearold fillies. He is relocating to Victory Rose Thoroughbreds in Vacaville for the 2012 breeding season.

Benchmark

Point of Reference, a five-year-old daughter of this Ballena Vista Farm resident, pushed her 27-race bankroll to $328,687 with her Oct. 7 victory in the $63,350 Harvest Stakes at Fresno.

Southern Image

Southern Speed (Aus), a four-yearold filly by this Rancho San Miguel resident, defeated males on Oct. 15 in the $2,740,630 BMW Caulfield Cup, a group I race conducted at 2,400 meters on the turf at Caulfield in her native Australia.

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Benchmark

Kafwain Tourmaline, a three-year-old filly by this Tommy Town Thoroughbreds sire, defeated nine rivals in the $250,000 Remington Park Oaks at Remington Park on Oct. 16.

Olympio

This Victory Rose Thoroughbreds stallion has died at the age of 23 after suffering a ruptured aorta. The grade I-winning millionaire by Naskra sired the collective earners of more than $18.8 million from 16 crops to race, including the graded stakes winners Olympian, Olympic Charmer and Deep Gold and 27 additional stakes winners.

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Southern Image

Tale of the Hills This second-crop sire, a nine-yearold son of Tale of the Cat, has relocated within the state to stand at SK Racing Stable in Valley Center in 2012.

Unusual Heat

On Oct. 16, this Harris Farms stallion was flattered by his maternal grandson Az Ridge, winner of the $72,781 ATBA Fall Sales Stakes for two-year-olds at Turf Paradise.

Keeneland Closes With More California-Connected Sales Following the sale of two six-figure California-breds during the first five days of this year’s Keeneland September Yearling Sale in Kentucky, three more locally bred youngsters sold during the period of Sept. 17-24. This resulted in gross receipts of $415,000 for these five Cal-breds sold at an average price of $83,000 and a median price of $80,000. Other substantial sales recorded in the auction’s final eight days by prospects carrying California bloodlines were: the $230,000 paid for a Hard Spun colt out of Cal-bred Cookin Vickie, Far Out East’s grade II-placed four-time winner of $232,627; and the $200,000 winning bid for a son of Candy Ride (Arg) and stakes producer Double Flyight, a Cal-bred daughter of Flying Continental who is a stakes-placed winner of two races.

CURRENT CALIFORNIA SIRES OF STAKES WINNERS Named Foals of

SWs

Salt Lake (1989)† 1,230 In Excess (Ire) (1987)† 945 Bertrando (1989) 981 High Brite (1984)† 914 Roar (1993)* 666 Beau Genius (1985)† 746 Cee’s Tizzy (1987)† 717 Benchmark (1991) 610 Olympio (1988)† 501 Stormin Fever (1994) 592 Unusual Heat (1990) 507 Memo (Chi) (1987)• 517 Swiss Yodeler (1994) 642 Game Plan (1993) 397 Sea of Secrets (1995) 410 Formal Gold (1993)• 454 Tribal Rule (1996) 361 Old Topper (1995) 451 Kafwain (2000) 366 Redattore (Brz) (1995)• 470 Skimming (1996)• 291 Atticus (1992) 411 Houston (1986)† 554 Siberian Summer (1989)† 365 Western Fame (1992) 272 For Really (1987)† 242

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Qualifying Claiming Levels The following claiming levels for California owners premiums and stallion awards are currently in effect: Santa Anita Park—$40,000 (closes November 6) Hollywood Park—$40,000 (opens November 10) Golden Gate Fields—$20,000 Continued on page 12

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California Closers

News Bits Cont’d. Friday, Nov. 4 is the early entry closing date for next year’s Barretts January Mixed Sale, while the regular closing date for this auction is Friday, Nov. 11…This year’s Mendocino County Wine & Mushroom Festival includes a Historic Ridgewood Ranch Walking Tour in Willits on Friday, Nov. 4… The California Thoroughbred Farm Managers Association (CTFMA)

will next meet at the San Luis Rey Downs Country Club in Bonsall on Tuesday, Nov. 15…On Thursday, Nov. 17, the next monthly board meeting of the California Horse Racing Board (CHRB) will be held at Hollywood Park in Inglewood…The Glen Ellen Vocational Academy (GEVA) in Glen Ellen and Tranquility Farm in Tehachapi are among the eight Thoroughbred rescue organizations that have been selected by the ASPCA (American Society for the

Prevention of Cruelty to Animals) to join its Million Dollar Rescuing Racers Initiative grant program in 2011…Santa Anita Park has launched www.santaanitalive.com, an alternate web site aimed at reaching a broader, younger audience… This year’s Symposium on Racing & Gaming hosted by the University of Arizona’s Racetrack Industry Program (RTIP) will be held in Tucson from Monday, Dec. 5 to Thursday, Dec. 8.

Racing Fraternity Mourns Sid Martin’s Passing After Illustrious Hall Of Fame Career He started his career in the racing industry as a room, he began training for local businessman hot walker at $5 a week in 1943, and 32 years later Chuck Charles. he had made it to the biggest stage in the sport as Martin’s training career sky-rocketed in the the trainer of a Kentucky Derby contender. Sid mid-1960s, when he trained Clockless to win Martin’s story is strictly of movie material. the British Columbia Futurity Stakes in 1964, One of 10 children, Sid remembers the long and Costa Rica and Fleet Runner to a one-two family drive from New Brunswick to Vancouver finish in the 1965 Premier’s British Columbia when he was four years old. “We were hauling a Championship Handicap. Sid Martin trailer but it was more like a caboose back then,” But nothing in his racing lifetime could he would recall years later. “There wasn’t anycompare to training for Frank McMahon and thing to stop you from going over the edge of the road. having the multiple grade II winner Diabolo who ran I remember my mother being very upset when we were third in both the Kentucky Derby and Preakness Stakes hanging over 4,000-foot drops going across the Rockies. and fourth in the Belmont Stakes, all grade I events, in I think we had 36 flat tires along the way.” 1975. Sid Martin passed away on the evening of Oct. 3, after Martin returned to Hastings in 1985, and trained up falling ill one month earlier. In his 82nd year, he was still to the age of 80. He was spreading his goodwill right a constant visitor to Hasting Racecourse, particularly up until his last run to the wire. He was inducted into during the early morning hours when he could the British Columbia Horse Racing Hall of Fame in watch–and feel–(with all due respect to the late colum- 1990, and will forever be remembered for his style, nist Jim Coleman) hoof beats on his heart. grace and passion. Martin wandered onto Canada’s Hastings Park in There will be a memorial service in the George Royal 1943. By 1947, he was the second leading rider at Room at Hastings Racecourse in Vancouver, British Longacres in Washington and rode in Vancouver in Columbia, the date and details of which will be announced 1948, before a weight problem forced him out of the on the track’s web site of www.hastingsracecourse.com. saddle. After four years working as a valet in the jockeys’ —by Greg Douglas

Dr. Robert Resnick Former California Thoroughbred Breeders Association (CTBA) member, Dr. Robert “Bob” Resnick, of Dana Point, died at the age of 77 on Sept. 23. A pharmacist by profession, he and his wife, Carol, owned the former Flying Horse Dr. Robert Resnick Farm in Santa Ynez, a 244-acre facility that stood the stakes-winning stallions Adios (GB), Arctic Action and It’s the One.

Barbara Cole Quog Tehachapi resident and former California Thoroughbred Breeders Association (CTBA) member Barbara Cole Quog died at the age of 72 on July 6. The licensed insurance agent who Barbara Cole Quog specialized in equine coverage was the co-breeder of 2007 California-bred stakes winner Laketon. Continued on page 14

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Three Cal-Bred Graded Stakes Winners Retired

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Gone, But Not Forgotten California-bred His Legacy, a three-time winner of the 1 1/2mile California Cup Starter Handicap at Santa Anita Park during the early 1990s, died at Legacy Ranch in Clements on Oct. 13. The 26-year-old Pocketful in Vail gelding, who was bred by Laurie and Jacqueline Kahn, won 14 races and placed in 17 others, including a pair of grade III events, and earned $420,925 from 47 starts during his eight-year career. Continued on page 16

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10 Years Ago In his fourth and final stakes win of a 21-race career, the four-year-old colt Stormy Jack won the $102,550 On Trust Handicap at Hollywood Park on Nov. 22, 2001. Jack and Florence Arnold’s homebred son of Bertrando, out of the three-time winner Tiny Kristin, by Steelinctive (GB), earned $596,673 from eight wins, five seconds and three thirds and is now the sire of grade I winner Bob Black Jack, the 2008 California Horse of the Year.

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25 Years Ago With a victory in the $55,350 Courtship Stakes at Bay Meadows Racecourse on Nov. 29, 1986, the juvenile filly Bon’s Joy became a dual stakes winner in seven starts to date. Bred in California by Dick and Nancy Probert and their partners, this daughter of Universal and the winning Truxton King mare Beam’s Joy retired as a five-year-old with six wins, five placings and $84,813 in earnings from 25 trips to post. November 29, 1986

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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.

CTBA Directors Election Deadline Reminder Those members of the CTBA who wish to seek election to the group’s Board of Directors through the petition process are reminded that they have until November 14, three months prior to the CTBA’s Annual Meeting & Awards Dinner, to submit their completed application. As per the association’s bylaws, it needs to include a minimum of 25 signatures from current CTBA members for the applicant to be included on the ballot for the 2011elections that relate to the three-year term as a director from 2012 to 2014.

Last Chance To Sign Up For The CTBA’s 2012 Stallion Directory Completed contracts for the California Thoroughbred 2012 Stallion Directory are still being accepted by the CTBA, so stallion owners and farm owners can obtain a contract by contacting the magazine’s Advertising Manager, Loretta Veiga, at either Loretta@ctba.com or (626) 445-7800, extension 227. CTBA’s Stallion Season Auction Scheduled This year’s CTBA Stallion Season Auction will be held on Wednesday, Nov. 30, when bids will be accepted by phone at the association’s offices in Arcadia from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. New CTBA Members The following people became new members of the California Thoroughbred Breeders Association (CTBA) from June to September of 2011:

Cherie M. Austin Santa Ynez, CA

Timothy F. O’Leary San Francisco, CA

Rozmund Barcley Auburn, WA

Deron Pearson Valencia, CA

Joel Eichenberger Winchester, CA

Robert Sorem Long Beach, CA

Tim Hart San Diego, CA

Doreen Spinney Tracy, CA

Kim Kuhlmann Belmont, CA

Paul Viskovich Los Angeles, CA

The CTBA Calendar Corner CTBA Annual Stallion Season Auction Wednesday, November 30 CTBA Offices, Arcadia CTBA Annual Meeting & Awards Dinner (2011 California-Bred Champions & 2012 California Hall of Fame) Monday, February 13, 2012 The Westin Pasadena Hotel, Pasadena For further information, contact the CTBA’s Event Coordinator Christy Chapman at either christy@ctba.com or (800) 573-2822, ext: 247

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Notes — November 2011 California Thoroughbred Foundation 2011 OFFICERS AND DIRECTORS Mrs. Jeanne L. Canty, President Warren Williamson, Vice-President Gregory L. Ferraro, DVM, Treasurer Jane Goldstein, Secretary Peter P. Daily Mrs. Gail Gregson

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

Mrs. Kenneth M. Schiffer, Director Emeritus

Mark McCreary Joins Foundation As A Director Mark McCreary, chief financial advisor for the Gregson Family Trust, has been elected to the California Thoroughbred Foundation Board of Directors. He became interested in racing watching Secretariat on television and subsequently began going to the race track as a fan. In late 1976, he snuck into the stable area at Santa Anita Park to approach trainers for a job. McCreary was turned down by Charlie Whittingham and Noble Threewitt but was hired as a hot walker when he tried Eddie Gregson. Later he became a groom and for four years was assistant trainer while working for Gregson until 1997. A native of Pasadena, he has a B.S. degree in psychology from the University of La Verne and a Master’s in social work from Cal State Long Beach.

Santa Anita Donation The Foundation thanks Santa Anita Park for its recent donation in support of its programs.

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

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

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

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A Cal-Bred Windfall

Golden State Series

by KEN GURNICK Through the cooperation and shared support of the California racing industry, an additional $2.325 million will be offered in restricted stakes purses in 2012 to two-year-old and three-yearold horses bred or sired in California. The 2012 Golden State Series encompasses new stakes and purse enhancements to existing stakes that will be jointly funded by the Thoroughbred Owners of California (TOC), the California Marketing Committee (CMC) and through nominations of two-year-olds in 2012. “This is a wonderful addition to the Cal-bred racing program and a natural extension of the very successful maiden bonus program,” said Doug Burge the Executive Vice President and General Manager of the California Thoroughbred Breeders Association (CTBA). “Through the financial support once again of the entire racing industry in the state, we are able to provide a very lucrative return for those breeding and racing in California. While this program initially boosts the opportunities for two-year-olds and three-year-olds, and provides a quick reward to successful owners and breeders, it is our goal over time to expand the purses and number of races for older horses as well. We are especially thrilled to have Northern California participation in this new series. There are many

reasons to breed and/or race in California, and the benefits continue to grow.” For foals of 2010, a $300 eligibility payment must be made by Feb. 15, 2012. Foals not made eligible by that date can become eligible with payment of a one-time supplemental fee of $25,000 at time of entry. Foals of 2009 and earlier will be grandfathered into the program with no eligibility payment. “With the current economic climate adversely affecting the breeding industry this is a major step in the right direction for California racing,” said Martin Panza, the Racing Secretary and Vice President of Racing at Hollywood Park. “We know that 50 percent of our field size is made up of California-breds and that this number is likely to increase, therefore any measures that we can take to ensure the future of the California breeding industry should pay dividends down the road. Every racing circuit in the country is going to become more dependent on their state-bred programs as the foal crops in general continue to decline.” “The Cal-bred programs contribute significantly to the horse inventory and to field sizes in California and are an important component in filling cards and supporting handle,” said TOC President Lou Raffetto. “We applaud CTBA for their initiatives in this area and are glad to work with them.”

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Echo Eddie for three-year-olds at 6 1/2 furlongs on March 15 at Santa Anita Park; Evening Jewel for three-year-old fillies at 6 1/2 furlongs on March 17 at Santa Anita Park; Campanile Stakes for three-year-old fillies at one mile on the turf on June 2 at Golden Gate Fields; Silky Sullivan Stakes for three-year-olds at one mile on the turf on June 9 at Golden Gate Fields; King Glorious for two-year-olds at seven furlongs on November 15 at Hollywood Park; and Soviet Problem for two-year-old fillies at seven furlongs on November 15 at Hollywood Park.

THE BOOST IN PURSES FOR TWO-YEAR-OLDS: The I’m Smokin Stakes on September 5 at the Del Mar Thoroughbred Club from $100,000 to $150,000; The California Cup Juvenile Stakes on October 29 at Santa Anita Park from $100,000 to $250,000; and The California Breeders’ Champion Stakes on December 30 at Santa Anita Park from $100,000 to $300,000.

THE BOOST IN PURSES FOR TWO-YEAR-OLD FILLIES: The Generous Portion Stakes on August 31 at the Del Mar Thoroughbred Club from $100,000 to $150,000; The California Cup Juvenile Stakes Fillies on October 29 at Santa Anita Park from $100,000 to $250,000; and The California Breeders’ Champion Stakes on December 30 at Santa Anita Park from $100,000 to $300,000.

THE BOOST IN PURSES FOR THREE-YEAR-OLDS: The Snow Chief Stakes on April 28 at Hollywood Park from $150,000 to $300,000; and The Real Good Deal Stakes on August 10 at the Del Mar Thoroughbred Club from $100,000 to $200,000.

THE BOOST IN PURSES FOR THREE-YEAR-OLD FILLIES: The Melair Stakes on April 28 at Hollywood Park from $125,000 to $300,000; and The Fleet Treat Stakes on July 30 at the Del Mar Thoroughbred Club from $100,000 to $200,000.

To encourage and reward participation, purse money will be distributed through sixth place in races with purses between $100,000 to $150,000 and through eighth place in races with purses of $200,000 to $300,000. Continued on next page www.ctba.com

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Milky Way Farm: A New Frontier

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by RUDI GROOTHEDDE In 2000, its owners were honored as one of the Breeders of the Century in the Arabian horse world. During the last decade, it has been home to such nationally recognized cattle as the U.S. National Champion Guernsey and the world champion Longhorn female. Now Linda Madsen’s Milky Way Farm on De Portola Road in Temecula is seeking to breed, raise and race Thoroughbred champions using the base of numerous top quality broodmares and a trio of first-class stallions. But it was way back in 1938 that this 100-acre facility was originally established as Mekeel Ranch by Linda’s parents, Leland and Esther May Mekeel. Under their direction, it become the largest Arabian farm in the Golden State, covering more than 400 mares and delivering up to 150 foals annually. As a testament to their dedication, the list of the top 50 Arabian broodmares includes 39 bred or owned by Mekeel Ranch. Leland and Esther both passed away in their 90s during the last few years, leaving Linda and her brother John to continue the farm’s legacy. A California native and Cal Poly graduate in Education, Linda said, “In 1967, after college, I came back home to the farm and have been working here ever since. Basically, I never really left, and cannot tell you how wonderful it is to do what makes me most happy.” Linda was married to veterinarian Larry Seeman, who passed away at the age of 71 in December of 2008, and she

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explained, “We kept name of Milky Way Farm that originated when our kids worked on the farm with cattle, before the Thoroughbreds came. Our two sons both graduated from college in finance, one from UC San Diego and the other from Cal Poly San Luis Obispo. Terry, the younger one, has stayed in the world of finance, but John got into dairy farming with Holstein and Jersey cattle which I think is fabulous.” “With respect to the change to an emphasis on Thoroughbreds, Dan Schiffer is the reason we did it,” said Linda. Schiffer, the President of the California Thoroughbred Breeders Association (CTBA) in 2003 and 2004, and still an active member of the group’s Board of Directors, is the son of the late Ken Schiffer and his wife “Bay” who were successful breeders for many years under their Hat Ranch West banner. Linda added, “We were big in the Arabian horse business at the time but when Dan’s farm down the road was sold, he gave us all his horses to look after until another place was found. But he obviously liked what we did with them because the horses have been here ever since. It’s been a wonderful relationship.” The future is very clear to Linda, who is the current Vice President of the local California Thoroughbred Farm Managers Association (CTFMA). “Milky Way Farm is a real working ranch, the perfect place to produce some Thoroughbred Continued on next page

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stars. Success in this business only comes with hard work, so that is why we are here 24 hours a day. I’m very excited about our three resident stallions, along with the classy mares we have on this property and also in Kentucky. Milky Way is committed to staying the course and we hope that it is a name that everyone is going to be familiar with in the future.” The Stallions It’s been less than two years since the farm made its stallion breeding debut, but the results have been most impressive so far. “We wanted to keep moving up the ladder, so we were fortunate enough to get One Man Army and Roman Commander at about the same time in 2010, and then Sundarban this year,” said Linda. “It worked perfectly, and this is what we really want to do even though it has been a busy year with the three of them. They are all so correct and now that we are seeing their foals, they are amazingly correct, very well put together and real strong with nothing frail about them.” She added, “All five of us who work and live on the farm get involved with the stallions, but it is Jennifer Turner who primarily handles them and that has worked out well because she has had a very long career in the horse industry, including being Larry’s assistant for many, many years.” One Man Army Relocated to Milky Way in 2010, 17-year-old One Man Army’s six limited crops of racing age have earned more than $2.2 million and include the grade I winner M One Rifle ($491,002). Along with the 2009 edition of the $300,000 Malibu Stakes at Santa Anita Park, this five-yearold gelding also numbers the 2011 edition of the $91,010 Cool Frenchy Stakes at Hollywood Park in track-record time among his four stakes wins to date. Included among the other seven stakes performers by One Man Army are: Soldier’s Kiss, a dual stakes winner and $188,878-earner in her only season to race; stakes winner Mickey Rocks; the dual stakes-placed duo of Scofield Barracks ($218,820) and Woman Warrior ($160,492); and stakesplaced Ms. G. I. Jane ($111,870). The class of One Man

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Army’s progeny is exhibited in his Average Earnings Index (AEI) of 1.44, the fourth-highest among all active California sires, and a corresponding average earnings per starter of more than $50,000. He also has two other $100,000-plus earners to his name. A son of Roman Diplomat (Roberto), One Man Army was both a winner at seven furlongs on the dirt and a stakesplaced winner at a mile on the turf as a three-year-old. He is a full brother to the multiple grade I winner Diplomatic Jet ($1,267,173), being out of the unraced Precious Jet, a daughter of Tri Jet whose own offspring include Baby Zip, the dam of successful sires City Zip and Ghostzapper. “He’s just the most wonderful horse,” said Linda of this 16.2-hand stallion who is owned by the Crystal Valley Farms Inc. operation of Jeff and Suzi Stiefel. “I was in the cattle raising business with Jeff for many years,” Linda added, “and then we moved into horses and it all just came together. He is just the nicest person in the world to work with.” Roman Commander Roman Commander, a young stallion who offers breeders the best in performance and pedigree, is owned by Kendall Mann, whom Linda refers to as, “The most wonderful man. He is just the best.” The 2004 son of Deputy Commander (Deputy Minister), both the winner and the sire of a winner of the prestigious Travers Stakes (grade I), was a talented performer himself with two black-type victories and a grade I placing as a twoyear-old. Roman Commander broke his maiden in the $131,600 Barretts Juvenile Stakes and then defeated the subsequent grade I-winning millionaire Unusual Suspect in the $100,000 Real Quiet Stakes while breaking the Hollywood Park track record for 1 1/16 miles, before finishing third in the grade I, $441,500 Hollywood Futurity. Out of the Roman Diplomat mare Jettin Diplomacy, Roman Commander’s pedigree page features 30 stakes winners under his first three dams. The dual grade I winner Student Council, victorious in the 2007 Pacific Classic Stakes and 2008 Pimlico Special Handicap, is one of them, along with the graded stakes winners Roman Envoy, Classic Value, Class Kris, Gradepoint, Gulch Approval, Political Attack, Zillah the Hun and Don’t Get Mad, the latter of whom is another promising young sire.

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Sundarban Linda, her good friend Joy Seifert and the Stiefels were excited with their April 2011 acquisition of the five-yearold A.P. Indy colt Sundarban to stand at Milky Way, and were delighted when he was able to successfully cover 23 mares in a period of less than eight weeks. “He got almost all of his mares in foal on the first cover,” said Linda of the $1.7 million yearling whom she cannot stop praising. “He’s the most correct horse I’ve ever seen, and he has a great personality,” she added. “We got some very good mares to him, including some by Unusual Heat, and his pedigree is amazing.” That strong bloodline includes the successful A.P. Indy – Storm Cat cross which boasts current sire sensation Jump Start through his winning dam Desert Tigress. Sold for $2.3 million while carrying Sundarban in utero, she is out of the nine-time grade I winner Sky Beauty ($1,336,000), the 1994 Eclipse Champion Older Female and 2011 Racing Hall of Fame inductee. Sundarban’s third dam is the dual grade I winner Maplejinsky and his fourth dam is the 1982 Eclipse Champion Sprinter, Gold Beauty. This blueblood female family also boasts the established sires Dayjur and The Prime Minister and the promising young stallions Tale of Ekati, Nationhood, Jazil and Hurricane Cat, the latter of whom has already sired group winners in France and Chile from just two crops of racing age. In 2012, the live foal fees for the Milky Way stallions will range from $2,500 to $5,000 but the farm is offering substantial discounts to those breeders with approved mares based on quality and not quantity.

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The Facilities Besides breeding, Milky Way also offers the best of service in boarding, lay-ups and sales preparation as the ideal location to raise a sound and talented horse. Its numerous broodmare fields range in size from three to five acres and there are seven similar lush natural grass paddocks (200x300) with sheds that allow the horses to stay outside as much as possible depending on the weather, usually a combination of dry hot summers and cold winters that help eliminate potential diseases. “Each of our stallions has one of these paddocks and every one of them has trees, so it never gets too hot for the horses as there is shade all the time,” said Linda. Continued on next page

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A lighted outside paddock, a barn stall (20x20) with a camera and a turnout paddock for the mares after foaling allows the farm’s foals to enter the world as naturally as possible. Linda, Jennifer and a night watchman ensure “24/7” monitoring of the pregnant mares, including those owned by the Stiefels who bring them back to foal after spending time at the couple’s expansive ranch situated below Mt. Whitney in Olancha. “It’s just a perfect arrangement,” said Linda. Other attributes of the Milky Way layout are the farm’s many turnout paddocks for its lay-ups, ranging in size from 24x24 to 100x100, while the property’s fences are of the pressure-treated Creosote wood kind and the smaller pens have woven wire so the horses can’t chew it. “We send our yearlings for breaking and training to Buenaventura Vargas just up the street, where he does a beautiful job,” said Linda, “while the farm gets daily visits from our local vets. The farm is also visited weekly by one of two farriers and our feed program encompasses the best quality hay we can find, supplemented with grain. Our broodmares are given a special ration and we have wonderful seasonal pastures even though water is expensive because we are not allowed to have wells.” She added, “Furthermore, we are blessed to have so many incredible clients. They trust us with everything as we treat all the horses on the farm as if they were our own. As a family owned farm, we try hard every day to provide the best upbringing to all of them. I love the clients we have as they are good clients, including Mel and Annabelle Stute, Dave Fernandez (Davonne Stables) and, of course, the Stiefels, Kendall Mann and the Schiffers.”

The Future “We believe it is of the utmost importance to have good stock, especially the broodmares,” said Linda. “You should never, ever not have the best mares you can afford. Otherwise, you’re not giving your stallion the chance to succeed. That is why we have invested in some high quality broodmares with some of our partners.” That group includes: Vase, a Rahy full sister to multiple grade I winner Exotic Wood; Warm the Drum, a Kingmambo half-sister to grade II winner Colorful Judgement; See Alice, a stakes-placed Distorted Humor half-sister to graded stakesplaced dual stakes winner Exotic Bloom; Three Gifts, a daughter of Giant’s Causeway from the family of multiple stakes winner Meiner Love; Sanlorenzo, a daughter of Dixie Union from the family of stakes winner Winsome; and Quite Beautiful, a Malibu Moon half-sister to stakes-placed Soldiers Fortune. Linda added, “We are delighted with the quality of our partnership mares, so we are hoping to fulfill the farm’s policy of raising these horses up to a sale age, yearlings or twoyear-olds, and then having them go into sucessful careers with their new owners. Additionally, we are very excited to have clients like Kendall and Jeff and Suzi whose primary objective is to breed to race.” “We are very excited about being a Thoroughbred breeder in California right now, with its great incentive program that features such new innovations as the Maiden Bonus and the Golden State Series,” concluded Linda. “And we are confident that Milky Way Farm is going to be a significant Thoroughbred industry market leader in the years to come.”

MILKY WAY FARM FACT-FILE Owner: Linda Madsen Physical Address: 34174 De Portola Road, Temecula, California 92592 Telephone: (909) 241-6600 E-Mail Address: milkywaycattle@aol.com Services: Breeding, Boarding, Lay-Ups & Sales Preparation Stallions One Man Army (Roman Diplomat) Roman Commander (Deputy Commander) Sundarban (A.P. Indy) Thoroughbred Population – October 2011 Stallions ............................3 Broodmares ......................30 Weanlings ........................25 Yearlings ..........................20 Lay-Ups............................20 TOTAL............................98

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N Won Del Mar’s $108,700 El Cajon S. at one mile by 3 lengths and a dual stakesplaced older horse, posting a 102 Beyer in his final start, Hollywood’s G2 Californian S. A full brother to record-setting, multiple Graded stakes winner SLEW’S TIZZY ($619,619), SLEW’S TIZNOW by Breeders’ Cup Classic TIZNOW, EW W’S T IZNO IZ NOW W iis sb y ttwo-time wo-titime B reed ders’’ C up Cl Clas sic i winner i TIZN TI ZNOW OW Horse of the Year and leading sire of more than 35 stakes winners. Out of a half-sister to 3 stakes winners, SLEW’S TIZNOW is from a pedigree that has produced more than 40 stakes winners under the first three dams, including G1 SWs HEATSEEKER, AL BAHATHRI, GLADIATORUS, etc. N Fee: $2,500 Live Foal No Booking Fees for 2012 Seasons / Stud Fees are payable Oct. 1 of year bred please visit www.ranchosanmiguel.net for more details on our stallions Inquiries to Clay Murdock / P.O. Box 741, San Miguel, CA 93451 PH: (805) 467-3847 / FX: (805) 467-3919 / EM: ransanmig@tcsn.net / www.ranchosanmiguel.net

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Amazombie: Rising Back To Life

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by MARCIE HEACOX California-bred Amazombie went from a three-race losing skid to being one of California’s top Breeders’ Cup World Championships contenders when he scored his first grade I victory in the $250,000 Ancient Title Stakes at Santa Anita Park on Oct. 8. Sent off the 3-1 second choice in the six-horse field, the five-year-old gelding began quickly but dropped back to second-last behind rapid early fractions set by the heavy 2-5 favorite The Factor and 45-1 longshot Sirocco Strike. Still with only one horse beat at the quarter pole, Amazombie rolled past the front four competitors and held off Irrefutable by three quarers of a length, with fellow Calbred Mensa Heat another head back in third. The Factor, Sirocco Strike and Square Eddie followed. Amazombie is only the fifth Cal-bred to win the Ancient Title in 27 runnings, but the fourth in the past six years. Trainer Bill Spawr, who’s co-owner in partnership with Tom Sanford, tallied his third triumph in the race, including the 2006 Cal-bred winner Bordonaro. Fresh off completing the six dirt furlongs in 1:08.24, winning jockey Mike Smith was already looking forward to a tilt at the nation’s top sprinters. The race was a “Win and You’re In” qualifier for the grade I, $1.5 million Sentient Jet Breeders’ Cup Sprint at Churchill Downs on Nov 5. “Today was one of his very good ones, and being back on dirt helps a real lot,” Smith said. “He deserves his chance now in the Breeders’ Cup. He’s got great tactical speed, a great turn of foot and a race at Churchill Downs could really set up well for him.” Amazombie burst onto the stakes scene early this year with wins in Santa Anita’s $200,000 Sunshine Millions Sprint Stakes and grade II, $150,000 Potrero Grande Stakes. He also took the $125,000 Tiznow Stakes and grade III, $100,000 Los Angeles Handicap at Hollywood

Park, but was disqualified to third in the latter. The disappointment continued as he finished third in the Triple Bend Handicap at Hollywood Park and Bing Crosby Stakes at the Del Mar Thoroughbred Club, both grade I, $250,000 events. Spawr elected to give him a short break after the July 31 Bing Crosby and the appearance of a foot bruise. That, and a return to dirt, proved key in his return to top form. “He didn’t surprise me; he loves this dirt,” Spawr said. Sanford was also a fan of the return to Santa Anita. “He didn’t seem to like the track at Del Mar that much and Bill couldn’t train him that much down there,” he said. “Coming back here was like coming back home.” The Ancient Title was Amazombie’s ninth win from 22 career starts, and his 18th in-the-money finish. With the winner’s share of $150,000, his total bankroll grew to $715,708. He was bred in the Golden State by Gregg Anderson. His sire is Northern Afleet, sire of the 2010 California Horse of the Year, Evening Jewel. Amazombie’s the only starter out of two-time winner Wilshe Amaze, by recently pensioned California sire In Excess (Ire). Her Cal-bred bloodlines trace back several generations, including stakes-placed dam Flom and dual-stakes winning half-brother Flom’s Prospector. Amazombie began humble when he failed to meet his reserve at Barretts Equine Ltd.’s January Mixed Sale in 2008, and joined Spawr’s barn as a free accompaniment to another colt bred by Anderson. He debuted in August of 2009, but couldn’t break his maiden until his fifth start, on Hollywood’s all-weather Cushion Track surface. He was gelded in January of 2010, and won four races on turf, but it wasn’t until this year’s move to dirt that he became a stakes-level horse. With luck and determination, he could now even be a championship contender in the wide-open sprint division as he fronts a Cal-bred assault on the Breeders’ Cup.

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Acclamation: Keeping It Cal-Bred

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by EMILY SHIELDS There are two different graded stakes events on the Southern California racing schedule that are both named after the late Clement L. Hirsch, co-founder of the Oak Tree Racing Association. The first, a grade I race for fillies and mares on the main track, takes place at the Del Mar Thoroughbred Club in August. The second is a grade II test run over Santa Anita Park’s turf course in October. It just so happens that both races were won by California-breds this year. Ultra Blend struck first, winning by a neck over an immensely talented field of rivals that read as a who’s who of female Thoroughbred stars. However, Ultra Blend’s victory came as something of a surprise; despite an already impressive 2011 campaign, the daughter of Richly Blended was the longest shot on the board at 10-1. Perhaps the only surprise in the $150,000 Clement L. Hirsch Turf Championship Stakes would have been Acclamation losing at odds of 2-1. The five-year-old son of Unusual Heat (Harris Farms) entered the grassy 1 1/4-mile contest off of four consecutive graded stakes victories, and it looked on paper as if he only had to outrun defending champion Champ Pegasus for the win. Jockey Patrick Valenzuela had to experience some tense moments, though, when Acclamation, who loves to run uncontested on the lead, failed to beat Make Music for Me out of the gate. That rival drew off to lead by two lengths while Valenzuela settled Acclamation in the second position. While fans may have been nervous, and rival horsemen hopeful, the change in tactics hardly bothered Acclamation, who took over the lead into the stretch and kicked away to hold off Champ Pegasus by three quarters of a

length at the wire. He stopped the clock in 1:59.45 after modest fractions of :48.47 for the half and 1:36.19 for the mile. Imponente Purse (Brz) finished third, while Make Music for Me faded to be sixth in the seven-horse field. When asked if he was concerned about Champ Pegasus gaining at the end, Valenzuela said, “No, not at all. I had plenty of horse left.” Valenzuela is rapidly becoming acquainted with Acclamation, having piloted him to victory in the $1 million Pacific Classic (grade I) at Del Mar on Aug. 28. He is the fourth jockey to captain Acclamation this year, and was hoping to partner him at this year’s Breeders’ Cup. However, the discovery of heat in one of Acclamation’s feet just over a week after his latest victory meant that he won’t run again this year. Acclamation became only the second Cal-bred to win Santa Anita’s Clement Hirsch in 43 editions, joining five-time grade I winner Crystal Water, a two-time California Horse of the Year. Their names are in good company; racing stars John Henry, Cougar II (Chi), Exceller, Kotashaan and The Tin Man also reached the winner’s circle in the race, which has gone by four other names since its inception in 1969. It was called the Oak Tree Stakes until 1970, then the Oak Tree Invitational until 1995, when it became the Oak Tree Turf Championship. It has been the Clement Hirsch since 2000. Acclamation is a owned by Peter and Mary Hilvers and E. W. “Bud” and Judy Johnston. The Johnstons bred Acclamation out of the unraced Silveyville mare Winning in Style at their Old English Rancho in Sanger. The strapping bay has earned $1,628,048 from nine wins, two seconds and six thirds in 28 starts.

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California Flag: Far From Over The Hill

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by GENE WILLIAMS Down the hill beats over the hill any day for the old warrior California Flag, who set himself aside from all other California-bred turf sprinters recently by becoming the first horse to win Santa Anita Park’s grade III Morvich Stakes three times with his victory on Columbus Day. That’s after some so-called experts might have thought the gelding, unplaced in three tries this year, might be ready to join the over-the-hill gang. Even trainer Brian Koriner wasn’t altogether sure about what might be next for California Flag if he didn’t run well in the Morvich on Oct. 10. However, the victory has shelved any thought of putting the horse out to pasture. He accomplished the historic trifecta over Santa Anita’s lovely hillside course that sends its fields of horses down a slope and across the main track to finish up on the main turf course. The seven-year-old gelded son of Avenue of Flags won the Morvich in 2008 and 2009, on his way to running in the Breeders’ Cup Turf Sprint (grade II) in those years and winning it on his second attempt. He passed on the Morvich in 2010, but did go on to the Breeders’ Cup race. And a fourth trip to the Turf Sprint is now in the works. Surely, Koriner and Hi Card Ranch’s Barbara Card would like to transfer Santa Anita’s hillside turf course to Churchill Downs for the race, but they’ll have to settle for the flat course at the historic Louisville track. California Flag was bred and is owned by Hi Card Ranch, long an important breeding operation in the Golden State. The ranch and its breeding and racing operations are now under the watchful eye of Barbara, whose husband, Keith, a member of the California Racing Hall of Fame and Past President of the California Thoroughbred Breeders Association (CTBA), died at age 83 in March.

Following the historic downhill thrill, trainer Koriner said, “He’s a nice old horse; it’s just nice to see him back.” The hard-charging California Flag hadn’t unfurled a victory since winning the $102,175 Green Flash Handicap on the Del Mar Thoroughbred Club’s turf course in August of 2010, and Koriner wasn’t sure what the future held for him. The trainer even said prior to the Morvich, “If he doesn’t run real good, he’ll probably be retired.” Well, you can put that on the back burner. And that’s not just Koriner’s opinion. “We’re heading for the Breeders’ Cup Turf Sprint again,” Barbara Card said. “I’m just so excited. He’s in top form right now. Winning the Morvich for the third time was just awesome. He’s working, training and acting like he’s ready to run big again. “When you look into his eyes, you can tell he’s on top of everything. He’s more aggressive this year. Last year at Churchill Downs he put his head on my shoulder one time and I told Brian that wasn’t the way he usually is. I guess his race (finished eighth) showed that, too.” Koriner seconds her feelings about the 2010 campaign. “He had a lot of troubles last year, little things that kept him from doing well,” he said. “Ordinarily, he’s one of those horses that always is full of energy and feeling good. He’s the kind of horse that makes my job easier; mentally he’s always ready.” The trainer recalls California Flag’s victory in the $909,000 Breeders’ Cup Turf Sprint held during the Oak Tree Racing Association meet at Santa Anita in 2009, as “the biggest win of my career. It was so neat to see him kick in at the head of the lane and roll on to victory.” In his three tries at the Turf Sprint, California Flag was 10th in 2008, won in 2009 and was eighth in 2010. Could there be a pattern there?

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Cal-Breds Set To Tackle Breeders’ Cup

Breeders’ Cup World Championships by EMILY SHIELDS

A strong contingent of California-breds are expected at the 2011 Breeders’ Cup World Thoroughbred Championships, which will take place at Churchill Downs in Louisville, Kentucky, on Friday, Nov. 4 and Saturday, Nov. 5. The 15-race showcase of Thoroughbred talent offers $26 million in purses. Four Cal-breds are expected to leave the comfort zone of their home state and take on the world, but they will be without the star power of Acclamation, who was declared out for the year after a foot problem was detected on Oct. 11. The strapping bay was coming off five straight major stakes wins, including three grade I victories in the $1 million Pacific Classic Stakes, the $300,000 Eddie Read Stakes and the $250,000 Charles Whittingham Memorial Handicap. He was being considered for both the $3 million Breeders’ Cup Turf and the $5 million Breeders’ Cup Classic both grade I events, depending on the weather. Despite the injury, Acclamation, who is owned by E. W. and Judy Johnston and Peter and Mary Hilvers, is a leading contender for California Championship honors at the end of the year. In lieu of Acclamation, two recent grade I winners, Ultra Blend and Amazombie, will try to carry the banner as the most accomplished Cal-bred starters this year. Bred by BnD Chase Thoroughbreds and Elven Adams, Ultra Blend is pointing for the grade I, $2 million Breeders’ Cup Ladies’ Classic after winning the $300,000 Clement L. Hirsch Stakes in August. Amazombie outran a tough field of sprinters to take the $250,000 Ancient Title Stakes on Oct. 8. The five-year-old gelding was bred by the late Gregg

Anderson and is pointing for the grade I, $1.5 million Breeders’ Cup Sprint. A couple of Cal-breds are looking to contest the grade II, $1 million Breeders’ Cup Turf Sprint, a race in which they have already enjoyed tremendous success. The popular gray gelding California Flag, who won the race in 2009, will be back after a disappointing performance over the Churchill turf last year. He prepped for the five-furlong race with a third consecutive win in the grade III, $100,000 Morvich Stakes on Oct. 10. Two-time California champion Caracortado is skipping this year’s $175,000 California Cup Classic and training up to the Turf Sprint, a race in which he is a formidable presence. In his lone turf sprint try, an allowance optional claiming race last November, Caracortado exhibited an astounding turn of foot, rocketing away from the field to win by 1 3/4 lengths. He is already an accomplished grass miler, and has been training strongly for the race. He was bred by his trainer Mike Machowsky who owns him in partnership with Blahut Racing LLC. California has one more rooting interest this year, and that is the winner of the grade I, $250,000 Norfolk Stakes on Oct. 1, Creative Cause. The two-year-old son of Giant’s Causeway is out of Cal-bred Dream of Summer, a popular mare who earned $1,191,150 with 10 wins, four seconds and three thirds in 20 starts. She counts the grade I, $500,000 Apple Blossom Handicap as her biggest success. Creative Cause, who has three wins in four starts and $323,000 in earnings, is her first foal.

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Pete Gallegos: Feeling Thankful

by EMILY SHIELDS revolutionized horse racing.” It was Lukas who taught Gallegos the adage, “If you want to be successful in the business, keep your horses in bad company and yourself in good company.” Just over a decade ago, Gallegos made the switch to the Thoroughbred business. His first act was to purchase the winning Relaunch a Tune mare Musical Girl. At the time, she was in-foal to grade I winner and $541,792-earner Birdonthewire, who now stands in California at Madera Thoroughbreds. The resulting filly, Rockette Smoke, could do no better than third twice in five tries. Gallegos decided to go ahead and breed Rockette Smoke, a decision which proved profitable right away when her first foal, the Dayjur gelding Bizcochito, rallied from second-to-last to break his maiden at Turf Paradise by 3 3/4 lengths in his second start. He was claimed next out for $6,250, and went on to win once more with two seconds and two thirds in 11 overall starts.

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“I never spent a lot of money on stallion fees,” Pete Gallegos said recently. “Family always came first.” The extensive Gallegos family includes Pete and his wife Gladys, their five children, and then eight grandchildren and four great-grandchildren. All of them are expected at the Gallegos’ Riverside house this coming Thanksgiving. Such a gathering would top the list of anybody’s anticipated holiday events, but Gallegos has another reason to be grateful this year: his homebred filly, Joe Ja, is consistently running well in stakes company. As a lifelong fan of the sport, Gallegos has been closely involved in the industry since 1972. He trained Quarter Horses at Los Alamitos for many years, and owned the stakes-winning Bobby Beduino in partnership as well. “I got to know Keith Card and Bob Baffert from my time with Quarter Horses,” Gallegos said, “and I used to train right across from D. Wayne Lukas. He became my hero because not only was he always a gentleman, but he

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In 2008, Rockette Smoke produced a bay filly by Ministers Wild Cat (Tommy Town Thoroughbreds), later named Joe Ja. “My great granddaughter is named Georgia, but her sisters call her Joe Ja,” Gallegos explained. “Georgia is now in first grade, and the filly is ‘hers.’ She hasn’t met her yet, but she watches her races on television and we send her a lot of pictures, and she likes to tell her friends about Joe Ja.” Joe Ja was born at Sue Greene’s Woodbridge Farm, then was sent to Washington to be broken. She is now in the care of trainer Dan McFarlane, who groomed at Los Alamitos when Gallegos was training there. “He thought quite a bit of her,” Gallegos recalled, “and then we all found out she could really run.” In January, Joe Ja won a maiden special weight race at Santa Anita Park in her debut, running away from fellow three-year-old fillies by 2 1/2 lengths. She finished second in the $25,000 Arizona Oaks at Turf Paradise next out, but won an allowance race there in April by 9 1/4 lengths. The victory convinced McFarlane to take a small step up in class, and he shipped Joe Ja to Prairie Meadows in Iowa for the $58,800 Goldfinch Stakes. Poor weather caused the track to be sealed, the thick fog made most of the race invisible to viewers, but Joe Ja came through with a 3/4length victory. Although Joe Ja has struggled since that performance, she did finish third in the $50,000 Beverly J. Lewis Stakes at Fairplex Park during September. California-bred Joe Ja has a record of three wins, a second and a third in 11 starts with earnings of $92,220. “She’s a real nice horse, easy to get along with, and has zero vices,” Gallegos said. “She doesn’t crib or kick or bite, she eats her food, she has a good disposition and we’ve never had a problem with her.” Gallegos, a California Thoroughbred Breeders’ Association (CTBA) member since 1998, remembers the Prairie Meadows experience fondly due to the strong feeling of welcome at the track. “They sent us a thank you card for participating at their meet,” he said. “The tracks

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in California should try to make owners feel as welcome.” Gallegos is also an advocate for free race-day grandstand seating for owners in all races, not just stakes. “California racing should not be struggling,” he said. “We have the weather and the facilities, and we should be able to put on a show. If the owners were treated better, there would be more horses in this state.” One way that California has exceeded expectations, in Gallegos’ opinion, is the Maiden Bonus Program, which rewards the breeders of a California-bred or California-sired foal who breaks their maiden in a maiden special weight, allowance or stakes race. Gallegos was given $20,000 for Joe Ja’s maiden victory in January. “That check was an absolute gift for us,” he said. “That kind of incentive is exactly what California needs.” However, Gallegos is more than willing to spread the wealth. “I would have rather gotten $10,000 and split the other $10,000 amongst winners of claiming races. Instead of having 10 people win, you’d have 100 people winning.” Gallegos, a licensed pilot whose airplane sports a horse imprint on the nose, no longer has any broodmares. Musical Girl died earlier this year, and he gave Rockette Smoke to a granddaughter who trains barrelracing horses. Gallegos has five horses in training, including Goodbye Charlie, a three-year-old half-brother to Rockette Smoke by Old Topper. Joe Ja’s older halfbrother, Laser Rocket, is also in training. The son of Lasersport has started three times this year. “I waited for him to mature because of his size,” Gallegos said, “so we held him out of the races until he turned four. I hope it’s going to pay off.” For 38 years, Gallegos has owned a retail business, the Yorba Linda Feed Store, which is run by his sons, Aaron and Gary. “My family comes first,” he repeated. “I’ve never gone to Kentucky to buy expensive horses, and I’ve never owned a really top horse.” That doesn’t seem to be stopping Gallegos from finding his own way in the game.

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On The Rise

Regional Sales

by LISA GROOTHEDDE it was announced way too close to the onset of this auction to have the impact that it should.” The auction’s dual-session format was met with positive reviews by Barretts officials and patrons alike. A constant crowd soaked in the sports-bar atmosphere at the Finish Line Sports Grill, which adjoins the sales auditorium and walking ring. “Evening sessions are here to stay,” Baker declared. “As for the yearling sale, we will continue to re-evaluate format on a year-byyear basis.” Perfect Timing A pair of colts topped the two-day proceedings when they sold for $100,000 each to California-based connections. The youngsters were led through the ring just moments apart from each other, lighting up the toteboard at the midway point of the evening session on Oct. 11.

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Extending a welcome trend that has buoyed the commercial Thoroughbred market nationwide in recent months, the premier annual yearling sale in California was met with marked improvements in its fiscal measurements when it was conducted at Fairplex in Pomona on Oct. 11-12. Traffic was steady and business was mostly brisk at the 2011 Barretts October Yearling Sale, which kicked off with a 7 p.m. start time for its opening session and concluded with a second session starting at 11 a.m. the next day. The portion of the auction that was held under lights proved particularly popular; although roughly one-third of the entire catalog was offered during the evening session, the segment ultimately yielded eight of the sale’s 10 best-selling yearlings. From the 253 yearlings catalogued to the 2011 auction, Barretts Equine Limited reported the sale of 154 horses from 221 offered for gross receipts of $2,599,700, representing a 15 percent increase from last year’s total of $2,260,400 for 160 yearlings sold. This year’s average price of $16,881 was 19.5 percent higher than the $14,128 yearling average realized in 2010; likewise, the median improved by 8.3 percent, from $9,000 to $9,750. The sale’s buy-back rate was the lone setback this year at 30.3 percent, compared to 19.2 percent last year. Fireworks on opening night contributed heavily to the sale’s bottom line. During the Oct. 11 session, 59 of 71 yearlings offered were reported as sold for a $1,569,000 gross, a $26,593 average and a $20,000 median. Horses offered during the evening portion were also more likely to find new homes, with a buy-back rate of just 16.9 percent. “I would say that yearling prices on the whole on the first day exceeded our projections this year and were below projections on the second day, both of which were polar opposite of the 2010 results,” said Barretts Vice President and Controller Bill Baker. Approximately 75 percent of the horses entered in the sale were bred in California, an aspect which appealed to buyers who were looking to capitalize on the state’s lucrative Maiden Bonus Program and new Golden State Series for two-year-olds and three-year-olds which was announced on Oct. 3. “Nine of the top 15 prices were Cal-breds, including the top four priced fillies,” Baker pointed out. “The 2012 Golden State Series should be a great boost for the commercial market for California-breds, but, unfortunately,

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Regional Sales Cont’d. A well-timed catalog update boosted the demand for the best-selling California-bred of the 2011 Barretts October sale. Real Heat, a yearling colt by leading state sire Unusual Heat out of the winning Ole’ mare Chi Chi Nette, was offered just three days after his full brother, Mensa Heat, earned a grade I placing in Santa Anita Park’s $250,000 Ancient Title Stakes, an accomplishment which followed the five-year-old gelding’s Sept. 7 dead-heat victory in the $104,375 Pirate’s Bounty Stakes at the Del Mar Thoroughbred Club. Southern California trainer Eric Kruljac signed the purchase slip for Real Heat on behalf of Class Racing Stable. The same connections currently campaign the talented Cal-bred filly La Nez, a grade I-placed earner of $405,000 whose four career stakes victories include back-to-back California Cup races in 2009 and 2010. Real Heat was bred by Madeline Auerbach and Barry Abrams, and consigned to the sale by Harris Farms, agent. Another locally based trainer, Mike Pender, bought the joint sale-topper: a big-striding Afleet Alex colt out of the stakes-winning Candy Stripes mare Desiraes My Candy. Pender saddled the veteran turf specialist Jeranimo to victory in Santa Anita’s $150,000 Oak Tree Mile Stakes (grade II) three days before he made his single selection at the Barretts sale.

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The Kentucky-bred colt was consigned by Adrian Gonzalez of Checkmate Thoroughbreds. Eliciting the third-highest price of the 2011 auction was a Candy Ride (Arg) colt out of the unraced A.P. Indy mare Decades of Style (Ire), the dam of the grade III-placed stakes winner Seattle Ruler. Bred in Kentucky, the youngster was purchased for $85,000 from the Special T Thoroughbreds consignment by trainer Carla Gaines. A California-bred filly by Marino Marini sold for $70,000 to lead all yearlings offered during the auction’s second session. Bred by Rancho San Miguel and produced by Kiss Me Not, by Deputy Minister, she was bought by Mike Machowsky from consignor Havens Bloodstock Agency. Three other representatives of the California breeding industry sold for more than $50,000 each at the vendue. An Unusual Heat filly out of the multiple stakesplaced winner Way Up, by Great Above, was purchased for $65,000 by trainer Jeff Bonde and Mersad Metanovic, agent, from the BTO consignment. She was bred by Thomas Bachman. The same price was paid by trainer Carl O’Callaghan, agent for Super Horse, to secure a Candy Ride colt out of Pioneering’s stakes-winning daughter Magnificent Val. The colt was bred by Kendall Mann and consigned to the auction by Pam Gomez of Restin Farms. Commanding a $62,000 bid from buyer Sunset Stable LLC was a Tribal Rule colt who was produced by the winning Moscow Ballet mare Work the Room. Bred by Barbara Walker, he was consigned by Jack and Barb Hatch of Green Acre Stables. Sunset Stable led all Barretts October buyers with five acquisitions totaling $167,000. Southern California trainer Mike Machowsky picked up four yearlings, spending $131,000. Third-highest among all buyers was another Southern California trainer, Kristin Mulhall; her five selections rang up at $117,000. Havens Bloodstock Agency was the leading consignor at the auction, with 31 yearlings sold for $446,400. Adrian Gonzalez sold nine yearlings from his consignment for a cumulative $277,500 to rank second, followed by Harris Farms, with eight yearlings sold for $239,000. With three of his offspring sold for an average price of $53,000 each, Kentucky-based Candy Ride reigned as the auction’s leading sire by average, two or more sold. His Kentucky compatriot Afleet Alex was next best at Barretts, with three yearlings sold for an average of $49,333. Leading California sire Unusual Heat, of Harris Farms, ranked highest among all stallions based in the Golden State; six of his yearlings sold for an average of $46,833. Meanwhile, the Poplar Meadows resident Bedford Falls led all California stallions with first-crop yearlings when all four of his debut Barretts offerings sold for an average of $10,375. For hip-by-hip results of the 2011 Barretts October Yearling Sale, visit www.barretts.com.

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Industry Insight

EquiSight: Putting Viewers In The Saddle

by MARCIE HEACOX Two University of Arizona Race Track Industry Program rides in three separate races. They immediately downloaded (RTIP) students are on a mission to enable horse racing and transmitted the replays on track monitors. EquiSight had a second fans to “Ride the Race.” jockey cam day at Colonial Kenleigh Hobby and David Downs in New Kent, VirMatt teamed up to create Equiginia, on July 23. The track’s Sight, a company that aims to director of racing, Tyler capture a live jockey’s-eye view Picklesimer, said it was of races and allow viewers to something the they’d like to switch between cameras. They do again. were inspired by other sports, “It was just something such as NASCAR, that have different. It gives the public onboard cameras. a chance to see the races “We’ve noticed that horse from a different view,” Pickracing has fallen behind its lesimer said. “We got some competitors in video productelevision coverage from tion,” Matt said. “Creating a local news, so there was smart helmet and streaming Kenleigh Hobby (left) and David Matt really no downside to it.” wireless video is our way of EquiSight cameras have also been along for the ride in nulling that void in horse racing.” Matt’s father and grandfather were both jockeys and he morning workouts of Eclipse Award champion Blind Luck, owns several horses in his family’s training operation. Hobby grade I winners Havre De Grace and Kinsale King, and others. The company currently uses lightweight, high definition developed an interest in racing when his family lived in Del Mar. He has a history of entrepreneurship, having devel- GoPro cameras mounted to riders’ helmets with a bracket oped an online scuba-diving travel agency and a company and elastic straps. The system is temporary. The Jockeys’ Guild has expressed concern over the safety of the external that provides satellite imagery of ski resorts. The two met in one of their first classes together at UA, camera, but Matt said they’ve talked with guild president, and soon came up with the idea of Equisight for their cap- Terry Meyocks, and are designing a safer “smart helmet” stone project. After accumulating seven associates to help that can wirelessly transmit footage. They’ve filed a provisional patent on the helmet and are in such areas as technology and marketing, their creation officially became a limited liability company in April. They working with engineering students to debut a prototype in then jumped straight into their first jockey cam demonstra- early 2012, and present a final product at UA’s Engineering Design Day in May. Equisight will also present the system tion at Turf Paradise in Phoenix on April 30. With approval from the state director of racing, track to industry leaders at the university’s 38th annual Racing general manager and horsemen, they filmed several jockeys’ and Gaming Symposium in Tucson during December. The exposure the symposium provides could help take EquiSight from a fledgling project to full-blown enterprise. Matt said they’ve raised some money through donations, but most of their funding so far has come from their own pockets or family members. They’ve also received guidance from business books, the RTIP and the university-affiliated Arizona Center for Innovation. “The Arizona Center for Innovation has been our greatest asset in our development as a company,” Matt said. “We got accepted into their business incubator in May and they have opened up many doors...” Hobby and Matt both plan to graduate in spring, but their goal of improving fan interaction in racing has just begun. “EquiSight has a future of innovation ahead and we plan to become a leader within the industry a few years EquiSight’s lightweight, high definition GoPro camera mounted on Running Rachie at Turf Paradise in Arizona on April 30, 2011. down the road,” Matt said.

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Emily Mode: Doing It The Right Way

Focus On The Future

by EMILY SHIELDS Twenty-six-year-old Emily Mode can sum up her training philosophy using a bit of humor. “I’m training horses Richard Mandellastyle on a Los Alamitos budget,” she says, only half in jest. Beneath the words are her true intentions: to put a solid foundation into each racehorse and cultivate the best athletes she can with limited stock. Mode, who grew up in Fullerton, credits her grandfather for her interest in the sport. He owned and raised horses in the 1960s, and while Mode’s mother never took an interest in it, Mode caught the racing bug early, and it never went away. “It must have skipped a generation,” she joked. Like many others trying to get started in the industry, the ambitious Mode, who grew up riding horses, started out dabbling in the many jobs the racetrack has to offer. She progressed from hotwalking to exercise riding at age 19 in 2003, and regularly rode the stable pony and did other odd jobs around the barn. While some are content just working with the horses, Mode quickly realized she wanted more. She moved to Northern California to spend some time working for trainer Dennis Patterson, then became licensed as a state veterinary assistant. “In addition to a lot of paper©Cecilia Gustavsson Felix

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work, I got to help the vet techs draw blood for the TCO2 (bicarbonite) testing.” This job helped Mode to understand medication protocol in California. “I’ve done anything that you can think of on the racetrack,” Mode said, and she’s not exaggerating. She became a licensed jockey and rode races at both Los Alamitos and Phoenix’s Turf Paradise. She scored her first victory on Jan. 31, 2009, aboard the seven-year-old Wheaton mare Shirley Jean. During her tenure as a rider, Mode worked as an assistant to trainer Greg Matties. “Working for Greg was where I was the most comfortable,” she said. “He has a slow and easy manner, and a great mentality. He taught me that this is a patience game, and you have to roll with the punches.” Mode also fondly remembers a summer galloping horses for Hall of Fame trainer Bob Baffert. “I really respect him as a horseman, and his program,” she explained. “His horses are really cared for best.” Mode made the switch to training earlier this year, and although her runners have only had six starts so far, she is serious about her role as a trainer and is keeping an eye on the future. “You have to both be there for the horses, and be on top of your business,” she said. “The horses I have aren’t the kind of stock you can hurry and wheel back into races, so I’m trying to give them the best opportunity I can.” Mode, whose barn is based out of Santa Anita Park, knows she has a lot to offer to an owner. “I train with an ‘old school’ style,” she said. “I would want an owner to choose me because I believe in taking time to put a foundation in a horse, rather than just playing the claiming game.” Not one to miss out on any facet of the industry, Mode has also tried her hand at breeding, and trained her own homebred filly, Here With You. “I did every single step with that horse myself, from foaling her to weaning and breaking her. I sold her and rode her as a jockey, then bought her back. It was frustrating when she didn’t do better on the track, but it was very fulfilling in some ways because you truly understand the time and money and follow through involved.” Mode is welcoming new clients, and can be reached at 714-390-1760.

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Cal-Breds Earn Their Fair Share In Pomona

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by EMILY SHIELDS Photos by Benoit & Associates The 2011 Los Angeles County Fair meet at Fairplex Park in Pomona concluded successfully with its Sept. 25 card, the 13th day of racing at the meeting. This year’s season was cut from 15 racing days in 2010. Fairplex typically opens on the Thursday following the Wednesday after Labor Day closure of the Del Mar Thoroughbred Club. That day was eliminated in favor of opening on Friday, Sept. 9. Closing day is regularly on a Monday, but that day was also cut from the schedule. In other changes, the number of Thoroughbred races scheduled was reduced by 18 percent, and no mule races were carded. Although the $50,000 E. B. Johnston Stakes, the lone stakes race written exclusively for Californiabreds, was cancelled, that left 12 open-company stakes on the schedule, six of which were won by Cal-breds. Jockey Martin Pedroza topped the Fairplex rider standings for the 13th consecutive season, while trainer Doug O’Neill won his eighth training title. California Thrill Pablo Suarez was always admired the renowned horse owner and breeder Beverly Lewis who, along with her late husband Robert, contributed generously to the industry across the nation. That made it extra special when his California Nectar won the $50,000 Beverly J. Lewis Stakes on Sept. 9. “Winning the race named after her and getting a trophy presented by her was a thrill in itself,” said Suarez, who owns and bred the three-year-old filly along with his wife, Michelle. For California Nectar, a Doug O’Neill trainee, the 6 1/2furlong contest was merely another feather in her cap. The Cal-bred daughter of Stormy Atlantic won Santa Anita Park’s grade II, $150,000 Santa Ynez Stakes in January, and came back from a five-month layoff to take an allowance

race at Del Mar in August. With that prep under her belt, she and jockey Pedroza trounced the field by 3 3/4 lengths in 1:18.23. True Way of Grace finished second, while fellow Cal-bred Joe Ja tired to be third. Out of the multiple stakes-placed Carson City mare Absolute Nectar, California Nectar then went on to finish second in the $63,350 Harvest Stakes at the Big Fresno Fair on Oct. 7, rounding her record to five wins and four seconds in 12 starts, with earnings of $314,400. She will next contest the $125,000 California Cup Distaff Stakes at Santa Anita on Oct. 29. From Claim To Fame Luckarack hadn’t been lucky in a stakes race since the $63,100 Cavonnier Juvenile Stakes at the Sonoma County Fair in Santa Rosa during August of 2010. At Del Mar on Aug. 27, 2011, he was claimed for the second time in his career for $62,500, when picked up by W. C. Racing, Westside Rentals.com and Russ Sarno. He then made the first start for his new connections, the $50,000 Jim Kostoff Stakes on Sept. 11, a winning one. Early on in the Jim Kostoff, Luckarack appeared as though he was losing touch with the field past the wire for the first time. When pacesetter Crown King and the rest of the field went wide into the bullring’s tight first turn, Luckarack used it to his advantage and skimmed the rail, moving up into third, and was leading by 1 1/2 lengths into the stretch the second time. He continued to pull clear, and scored an impressive 4 1/2-length victory under jockey Agapito Delgadillo in 1:18.03. C J Russell finished second with Road Ready third. Doug O’Neill trains Luckarack, a three-year-old colt by Continued on next page

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Lucky Pulpit (Harris Farms). Larry and Marianne Williams bred Luckarack out of the graded stakes-placed Dehere mare, Tamarack Bay. Luckarack made one more start at the Fairplex meet, finishing fourth in the $50,000 Pomona Derby on Sept. 24. He has a record of six wins, a second and a third in 14 starts, with earnings of $225,520. She’s Awesome During the seven-week long Del Mar meet, Willa B Awesome met Heleonor Rugby three times. Heleonor Rugby won twice, in the $98,000 California Thoroughbred Breeders Association (CTBA) Stakes and the $100,000 Generous Portion Stakes, and finished third, ahead of fourth-placed Willa B Awesome, in the grade III, $150,000 Sorrento Stakes. But under her new rider Pedroza, Willa B Awesome got her revenge in the $89,900 Barretts Debutante Stakes on Sept. 17, dusting favored Heleonor Rugby by 2 3/4 lengths at odds of 9-2. She stuck close to the solid pace, running third in the early going before joining the leaders around the far turn and powering away from her rival, who was hampered by a brush with the gate at the start. Raesunbridledfaith completer a Cal-bred trifecta in the 6 1/2-furlong contest, which was run in 1:19.16.

The two-year-old filly became the first half of a Barretts sweep by breeder Terry Lovingier, who also bred the Barretts Juvenile Stakes hero Unhitchthetrailor. Lovingier owns Willa B Awesome in partnership with Phil Daniels, Patsy London and John Winters. Lovingier also stands Willa B Awesome’s sire, Awesome Gambler, at his Lovacres Ranch in Warner Springs. Willa B Awesome is out of the winning Nineeleven mare Cause I’m Tricky, who is also the dam of the dual stakes-placed winner Good Tobe Rio, by Rio Verde. Willa B Awesome increased her earnings to $121,896 with a record of two wins, a second and a third in six starts. History Making Unhitchthetrailor’s victory in the $87,800 Barretts Juvenile Stakes the following day marked the first time that the same owners, in this case Terry Lovingier, Phil Daniels and Patsy London, won both of these stakes for two-year-olds in the same year. Loviniger also bred both winners of these lucrative events. After two straight rough outings in $100,000 black-type races at Del Mar, Unhitchthetrailor was due for a smooth trip. In his two efforts prior to the Fairplex start, he pulled early and went wide in the Graduation Stakes and was in tight heading into the stretch of the I’m Smokin Stakes. Jockey Christian Santiago Reyes kept Unhitchthetrailor in the clear

Luckarack—$50,000 Jim Kostoff Stakes—September 11, 2011

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during the 6 1/2-furlong race, which yielded a much better effort. They took the lead with half a mile left to go, and were ahead by five lengths turning into the stretch. Unhitchthetrailor crossed the wire three lengths ahead of Cal-breds Taylor Marini and Tio Vic in 1:21.28. Gary Sherlock conditions Unhitchthetrailor, who has two wins, a second and a third in six starts. A son of the Tommy Town Thoroughbreds stallion Kafwain, he has earned $105,529. Unhitchthetrailor is the first foal to race out of the stakes-placed two-time winner Robotica, by Ide. She is a half-sister to multiple stakes-placed Justa Red Bird. Unhitchthetrailor’s third dam Giggletree, a black-type winner of $161,840, was a half-sister to the grade I-placed stakes winner Native Stalwart. Stakes Breakthrough In winning the $50,000 Bangles and Beads Stakes on Sept. 23, Chalula One became the 53rd stakes winner for her sire Bertrando who stands at Ballena Vista Farm in Ramona. Despite a pair of allowance optional claiming victories, this five-year-old mare had been frustrated in previous stakes tries, most notably finishing second in both the $200,000 Melair Stakes and $100,000 Fleet Treat Stakes during 2009. After an 18-month layoff, she returned to the races with a

series of encouraging but winless preps. Chalula One then broke through in the Bangles and Beads, her dirt debut, after running exclusively on all-weather or turf surfaces. Under jockey Pedroza, Chalula One sat back third in a six-horse field before surging to the lead around the far turn. She ran away from the even-money favorite Halfapondarosa to score by 1 3/4 lengths in 1:17.80 as the 2-1 second choice. Came West finished third in the 6 1/2furlong contest. Richard Mandella conditions Chalula One for her owners, Ralph and Aury Todd. They bred Chalula One out of the winning Phone Trick mare Call Mama, a half-sister to the stakes-placed two-time winner Midnite Mama. Chalula One became the 15th Cal-bred to win the Bangles and Beads in 43 runnings. Following the victory, Chalula One ran unplaced in the $67,490 Louis R. Rowan Stakes at Santa Anita. She has earnings of $233,900 with a record of four wins, four seconds and a third in 16 starts. Cal-Bred Exacta Only two Cal-breds were among the seven runners who went to the post in the $75,000 Ralph M. Hinds Handicap, the signature race of the meet on Sept. 25. Norvsky, com-

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California Fairs Cont’d. ing off a win and a second in two stakes tries at Del Mar over the summer, was given more respect by handicappers than Atticus Jack, who had captured an allowance optional claiming race at the seaside oval and ultimately went on to win the Hinds. Jockey Delgadillo received instructions from trainer Brian Koriner to control the pace throughout the 1 1/8-mile race, and the plan proved flawless. Five-year-old Atticus Jack led by as much as 2 1/2 lengths early on, then swept under the wire in 1:51.04, leading a Cal-bred exacta by

three quarters of a length over Norvsky. Dual graded stakes winner El Gato Malo finished third, while Quindici Man, runner-up in the Hinds in 2010, finished fourth. Janet Lyons, Jeremy Perskoff and Wind River Stables’ Atticus Jack became the 25th Cal-bred to win the Hinds in 72 renewals. The son of Atticus (Magali Farms) followed last year’s winner Cayambe who ended an 11-year Cal-bred drought since Native Desert took the race in 1999. With the win, Atticus Jack increased his earnings to $238,240, from a record of six wins and four thirds in 14 starts. Greg and Valorie Scherr bred Atticus Jack out of the unraced Avenue of Flags mare Cremedelacramer.

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#48 Idiot Proof: Born To Be A Star

by EMILY SHIELDS It is possible that no one has deserved to campaign a California-bred millionaire more than Martin and Pam Wygod, whose River Edge Farm was such a staple in the state for 35 years. They came close in 2001, when their homebred Feverish fell short by earning $908,983. Other Cal-breds who raced in the Wygods’ familiar blue and white silks include Smooth Player ($760,496), Pirate’s Revenge ($521,025), Private Persuasion ($502,046) and Silent Sighs ($442,700). None of them were able to breach the $1 million mark until Idiot Proof came along, and became California’s 48th millionaire. Idiot Proof’s female family hails from Canada, where his fourth dam Leisure Road won five minor stakes races. Patrick Ballentine, who campaigned Leisure Road, bred her to the excellent sire Smarten, who had already produced the Canadian champion and future Canadian Horse Racing Hall of Fame inductee, Classy ’n Smart. The resulting offspring, With Style, won only once, as did her Storm Cat daughter Lasting Beauty, whom the Wygods acquired from Ballentine. Lasting Beauty struggled against allowance company at Hollywood Park and Santa Anita Park, so the Wygods

brought her home and bred her to California’s premier stallion Bertrando, who stood at River Edge Farm until 2010. The resulting offspring, a filly named Perfectly Pretty, carried on the tradition of only winning once, breaking her maiden in her sixth start. She did not race again, but was retired and bred to the Wygods’ three-time grade II-winning stallion Benchmark, a son of Alydar out of Winters’ Love. That Danzig mare is also responsible for dual grade I winner and $1,662,390-earner Tranquility Lake. In turn, she is the dam of dual grade I winner After Market and $1,165,760-earner Courageous Cat. That Benchmark—Perfectly Pretty foal, a bay colt born Feb. 2, 2004, broke the pattern of one-time winners in the female family. He was given the name Idiot Proof and, as River Edge Farm manager Russell Drake recalled in 2007, “wasn’t a huge foal, but was well proportioned and had good conformation.” Idiot Proof was well regarded prior to his debut at Hollywood Park on June 1, 2006. He was sent away under jockey Patrick Valenzuela as the 3-5 favorite and romped, crushing his four rivals by 7 3/4 lengths. Cal-bred Spot the Diplomat, who finished third, wheeled back to win three straight,

Idiot Proof (Benchmark—Perfectly Pretty, by Bertrando) at Ballena Vista Farm in Ramona during August of 2010.

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including the $133,400 Graduation Stakes and $106,400 I’m Smokin Stakes. Injury kept Idiot Proof away from the races until Jan. 27, 2007, when trainer Clifford Sise Jr. brought him back for the $250,000 Sunshine Millions Dash Stakes at Gulfstream Park in Florida. For being off for seven months and stepping up into stakes company in only his second start, Idiot Proof ran tremendously well. He dueled throughout the six-furlong contest under jockey Rafael Bejarano and just faded in the final strides to finish second behind Storm in May. Idiot Proof returned to his winning ways in a six-furlong Santa Anita allowance optional claiming race in March, waltzing home by 2 1/4 lengths under David Flores, his third jockey in as many starts. The race was to serve as a prep for the $83,250 San Pedro Stakes but, at first glance, that fifth-place finish looks disappointing. A closer look reveals that Idiot Proof led through staggering fractions of :21.52 and :43.87, held on until mid-stretch, and finished only 2 1/2 lengths off the victorious Try to Fly. After an easy allowance score at Hollywood Park, Idiot Proof was finally ready for the national stage. Trainer Sise shipped him to Monmouth Park in New Jersey to contest the grade III, $150,000 Jersey Shore Breeders’ Cup Stakes on July 4, 2007. Another California shipper, Principle Secret, was Age

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favored, but Idiot Proof used the six-furlong Jersey Shore as his own personal coming out party. Now piloted by Rajiv Maragh, Idiot Proof dueled for the lead through rapid fractions of :21.58, :43.39 and :55.11, led by three lengths at the top of the stretch, and despite racing greenly to the wire, zigzagged his way to a 7 1/4-length score in track record time of 1:07.47. He was given a Beyer Speed Figure of 113 for the effort, which was the fourth-highest Beyer given to any member of the foal crop of 2004, topping the likes of Breeders’ Cup Juvenile and Kentucky Derby winner Street Sense and Haskell Invitational Stakes winner Any Given Saturday. Now racing with a target on his back, Idiot Proof was the victim of another speed duel in the $107,200 Real Good Deal Stakes at the Del Mar Thoroughbred Club in August. He stayed with 23-1 shot Running Rich, who blazed away from the gate to take the lead early, but Idiot Proof had nothing left in the stretch, finishing third. Much attention was given to a triple Cal-bred match-up in the grade I, $300,000 Ancient Title Stakes at Santa Anita on Oct. 7. Three-year-old Idiot Proof would be tackling the older and more accomplished rivals of Bordonaro, a four-time graded stakes winner and the race’s defending champion, and grade I winner Greg’s Gold, who was comContinued on next page 2nd

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ing in off a flashy win in the grade II Pat O’Brien Handicap at Del Mar. It was hard to guess which Idiot Proof would show up, the one who grew leg weary in the stretch, or the explosive one who outran rivals with ease at Monmouth Park? Idiot Proof answered the question resoundingly with a dramatic three quarters of a length win over Greg’s Gold in a three-horse finish. This time, he settled and let Bordonaro get away from him without burning himself out. Idiot Proof’s final time in the six-furlong contest was 1:07.57, which set a new track record on Santa Anita’s recently installed all-weather surface that had only been in use for just 10 days at the time. More impressively, Idiot Proof’s final time set a stakes record, eclipsing the old record of 1:07.67 set on a conventional dirt surface in 2001. The three favorites for the 2007 Breeders’ Cup Sprint (grade I) at Monmouth Park were a trio of runners based in California: Midnight Lute, Smokey Stover and Idiot Proof. The latter was returning to the scene of his fastest triumph, while dual graded stakes winner Smokey Stover was also coming off a victory over the same course and distance. Both of them faced a strong field, which included Greg’s Gold and Bordonaro, as well as other talented sprinters like Benny the Bull, Kelly’s Landing and Commentator. However, none of them were able to outrun the brilliant Midnight Lute, who scored by 4 3/4 lengths, but Idiot Proof came closest and finished second in the $1,832,000 race. That strong performance capped an incredible season for the colt, and he was recognized as the California Champion Three-Year-Old Male and Champion Sprinter. The Wygods had additional reasons to celebrate with a second consecutive trophy as the top breeders in the state. Idiot Proof made eight more starts, but never won again. He kicked off 2008 by finishing third in the grade III,

$108,900 El Conejo Handicap at Santa Anita, then ran second in the $100,000 Phoenix Gold Cup at Turf Paradise in Arizona. That race served as a sprinboard to Idiot Proof’s last great performance: he shipped to the Nad Al Sheba racecourse in the United Arab Emirates to run in the group I Dubai Golden Shaheen. Idiot Proof finished a gutsy second behind Benny the Bull, and survived an inquiry that he had interfered with the third-placed finisher Star Crowned. The $400,000 runner’s up portion of the $2 million purse catapulted Idiot Proof to $1,263,204 in earnings. Idiot Proof ran four more times in 2008, finishing second in the $90,220 Green Flash Handicap on the grass at Del Mar and fifth in his attempt at defending his crown in the Ancient Title Stakes. After a disappointing 13thplace finish in the inaugural $1,094,620 Breeders’ Cup Turf Sprint, Idiot Proof was unplaced in Aqueduct’s Fall Highweight Handicap for trainer Bruce Levine. He was then given a lengthy layoff from November of 2008 until September of 2009, when he finished fourth in the $75,000 Icecapade Stakes at Monmouth under the care of Jason Servis. That dull finish earned him his retirement with a record of five wins, five seconds and two thirds in 17 starts and earnings of $1,294,484. The Wygods moved their stallions to Ballena Vista Farm in Ramona, California, for the 2010 breeding season. That is where Idiot Proof entered stud for a stud fee of $1,500. He visited 27 mares in 2010, which produced 20 registered foals of 2011. His fee was raised to $2,000 for this year, but has been returned to $1,500 for 2012. Idiot Proof placed in 12 of 17 starts, and earned a Beyer figure of 100 or more three times. He ran well on all three surfaces, and hails from a rich California sire line. One would expect nothing less from the richest Cal-bred ever campaigned by Martin and Pam Wygod who, in 2010, announced that they were disbanding their California operation in favor of focusing on their Kentucky bloodstock. Idiot Proof proved to be a fitting end to the Wygods’ California empire.

California-bred Idiot Proof set a six-furlong track record of 1:07.57 with his victory in the grade I, $300,000 Ancient Title Stakes at Santa Anita Park on October 7, 2007.

A runner-up finish in the group I, $2 million Dubai Golden Shaheen at Nad Al Sheba in the United Arab Emirates on March 29, 2008, made Idiot Proof (right) the 48th Cal-bred millionaire.

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Hock Joints Horse Care

by HEATHER SMITH THOMAS The horse’s hock is one of the most complex and hardest percent of the motion of the hock, for flexion and extension. worked joints in the body, so it needs to be strong and Communicating directly with that joint, but responsible for sturdy to avoid injury. David McCarroll, DVM, at Inter- only a very small range of motion, is the proximal intertarsal state Equine Services in Goldsby, Oklahoma, works with joint (PIT joint). There is an opening in the joint capsule many equine athletes, treating various injuries. He says between these two joints, that allows the fluids between good conformation is essential to good hock health. those joints to interchange,” he explains. Evaluating Hock Strength: A Look At Conformation “Immediately below the PIT joint is a separate joint “Because of the horse’s anatomy, the hock is always under that normally does not communicate with the others. a certain degree of flexion—enabling it to be a shock This is the distal intertarsal joint (DIT joint). The joint absorber to reduce effects of that connects the hock to the concussion,” he explains. A cannon bone is the tarhorse with a fairly large angle in sometatarsal (TMT) joint,” he the hock (as opposed to an acute says. angle in an over-bent limb, or a The top joint (TCJ) is a too-wide angle in the overhigh motion, low concussion straight, post-legged limb) can joint, and the three lower withstand concussion the best. joints are low motion, high “The average hock angle of concussion joints. These lower a good athletic horse will be joints are the ones most comsomewhere between 154 to monly affected when the hock 159 degrees.” This is a fairly is overworked. open hock joint rather than The conformation of the an acutely angled joint. “A hock—normal versus abnorsmall-angled hock would be a mal—will make a difference in weak, sickle hock,” he says. the horse’s risks for injury and “Conformation of the rear soundness issues. A normal limb is not determined by the hock, when viewed from the hock alone. For an athlete, side, is directly under the point you want a fairly flat croup, of the buttocks. If you drop a An injured, enlarged hock joint forward sloping femur (the straight line from the rearmost bone between the pelvis and stifle), normal to straight part of the hip (buttocks) it would come down to the point appearance of the stifle, normal to straight appearance of of the hock, to the fetlock, to the ground. the hock, and a slope to the pastern,” says McCarroll. “A post-legged horse has too little angulation of hock Horses with excessive slope in the hock tend to have a and stifle,” he says. A line dropped from the point of the steeper pastern and more soundness problem. You want a buttocks will fall in back of the hock and lower leg and pastern with some angle to it. An upright pastern and a miss it completely. narrow-angled hock tend to go together. This combina“There should be some angle, with a forward sloping tion puts more stress on the fulcrum (the hock). femur, and a fairly open stifle and hock. The angulation of “The hock consists of six bones, four extensor tendons, hock and stifle are usually similar,” he explains. a set of four collateral ligaments on each side of the hock, A common fault is standing under behind; horse’s feet and two flexor tendons which pass through the hock. It are too far forward, in front of the line coming straight also has a large Achilles tendon that comes from the mus- down behind the horse. Sickle hocks is when the hock cles of the gaskin—from behind the stifle—to the point of may be directly under the point of the buttocks, but the the hock. The hock joint is analogous to the human horse’s feet are too far forward, with angled cannon bones. ankle, with the major difference being that the horse’s “There’s no straightness to the hock. There’s more narrowing of the angle in the hock,” he explains. hock is up off the ground,” he says. “Another abnormal hock conformation would be the The hock consists of several small joints within the larger structure. “The four separate joints include the tarsocrural Continued on next page joint (TCJ)—the top joint—responsible for more than 80

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Horse Care Cont’d. horse that’s camped out behind. The line dropped to the ground intersects through the middle of the hock rather than touching the rear of the hock, and the cannon bone then slopes to the back instead of being straight underneath the horse,” says McCarroll. “A horse with good conformation, placing the limb in proper position, tends to have better balance in the stresses placed on the limb.” The leg has strong support structures, with no extra stress on one side or the other, when performing athletically. In spite of good conformation, however, horses sometimes suffer hock strain just because we ask them to do a lot with the hind legs. “The rear limbs are the source of propulsion for the horse—the engine. The hock is put under a lot of stress because of the angles—and the strain from the muscles to the ground that is transmitted through this joint.” The forces transmitted through the hock can be tremendous. “If there is more stress and pressure on one area of the hock than another, concentrating it in one place, tissues over time begin to break down. The more commonly encountered conditions due to these stresses include osteoarthritis, commonly known as bone spavin. This usually involves the lower of the four joints of the hock. Where those stresses actually occur depend on conformation of the hock and the care of the feet,” explains McCarroll. Hock Damage “Common places for osteoarthritis to develop are the two lower joints. They get the most abuse when the hock is overworked. It’s usually a matter of repetitive trauma, concentrated into the small area. The tissues respond with inflammation. Then if that inflammation is not relieved, either by rest or by medication or correction of the anatomy or physiology that causes that stress, those inflamed tissues begin to break down and the body responds to that breakdown by trying to limit the motion of the joints.” The end result is bony buildup and fusion of those joints. The joint is painful during the inflammatory stage. “Pain develops when inflammation is not resolved. When inflammation builds on inflammation, breakdown occurs either by loss of cartilage or crushing of cells in the matrix that makes up the cartilage. The body’s response to that type of pressure is to produce more fluid to help relieve the friction,” says McCarroll. “Unfortunately, the body’s response in producing more fluid is not adequate. This fluid is of very poor quality and it’s not a very good lubricant. Thus the body’s response, without rest, is not capable of reversing the condition. Those tissues continue to deteriorate, to the point where they are damaged or destroyed. Then the body’s response is to pull in healing components from the blood and surrounding tissues to alter the anatomy of the affected area. That’s when we see new bone development (spurs) around the joint,” he says. “Some of the bone may be destroyed, which leads to

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erosion of the cartilage surfaces. Another response by the body is that the bone that attaches directly to the cartilage (subchondral bone) becomes brittle. On x-rays it has a white, chalky appearance. The cells within the bone die, and the bone loses its architecture. Instead of being spongy it becomes more compressed. In areas where we see that buildup of white, chalky brittle bone over an area of the joint, we call it sclerotic,” explains McCarroll. “The affected bone is weak and does not have strength to withstand the normal stresses of activity, and can be painful. If the bone has been further damaged, it can reach a breaking point. That’s when we see fractures or fragments—bone chips or larger slab fractures. We may also see total collapse of the bone in severe cases,” he says. Another important component of the joint that often suffers injury is the soft tissue (synovial) lining. “It produces lubrication for the joint (and the viscosity to the fluid) and supplies nutrition to the bone via specialized cells in that lining. Health of the lining is just as important as any other structure of the hock, in maintaining health of the joint,” he says. “When inflammation occurs because of stress, this affects the ability of those lining cells to protect the joint surfaces, simply because the amount of inflammation overwhelms the ability of the joint lining to produce the chemicals, fluids and tissues to minimize inflammation. There’s too little response to too much injury,” he explains. The lining of the joint is overwhelmed, and invaded by inflammatory cells from the blood. “Those inflammatory cells are called in to deal with the overwhelming production of chemicals and cellular debris that have occurred because of cell death of the cartilage, and tries to remove them. At the same time, fluids leak from the vessels into the cellular space around the joint, and cause the joint and the lining to swell. This is serious, when a case has progressed to that point,” he says. “Many horses deal with damaged bone and cartilage in their hock joints on a daily basis. They have a lot of strain on those joint structures. The horse is a powerful animal and can exert a lot of mechanical force on that small area. The horse has a massive body that tapers down to this small platform (knees and hocks) that has very little muscular tissue. If the stress overcomes their ability to withstand it, the joints begin to break down,” says McCarroll. “The amazing thing is not that the joints develop inflammation and get sore. The amazing thing is that the joints don’t have problems most of the time, and stay as healthy as they do,” he says. Ways To Counteract Effects Of Athletic Stress The first thing, to maintain the health of the joint, is to make sure we don’t put any added stresses on the joint. “We should make sure, when we buy a horse, that the joints are healthy enough (as best we can determine) to withstand those stresses for as long as possible. Function follows form,” he says. We try to pick horses with strong, correct conformation so the joints can withstand the stress of an athletic career.

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“The second thing we can do is pay close attention to the feet and make sure they are properly cared for on a regular basis, so the balance of the horse’s platform is such that it doesn’t produce any untoward stresses on the hock,” he says. “The next thing we need to do for the hock is make sure the work schedule is not more than the horse can tolerate. We need to make sure the horse is fit, as we train and prepare him for performance. He needs enough wind, muscle tone, and degree of fitness to be able to do what we ask him to do. If the soft tissues are not conditioned to withstand those stresses and they weaken to the point where they can’t support the limb, then the bony structures, the cartilage and ligaments and tendons will all suffer.” Conditioning and training are two different things. “It’s important that the horse be well conditioned before any athletic event such as a race. If the horse is not fit, he will tire too quickly. When a horse gets excessively tired, his muscles don’t respond properly and all the stresses of his own weight and rider are concentrated more on those joints.” Another thing that should always be part of the recipe for soundness is good nutrition. The horse needs adequate energy to perform. “Proper feeding is equally as important as proper training. We can’t ask the horse to perform optimally on a sub-optimum diet. Horses are excellent athletes, but by the time they get to a major race, they may not have the energy to perform,” says McCarroll. When a horse is exhausted and weak from overwork and not enough “fuel” for the activity, that’s when injuries occur. After addressing conformation, foot care, fitness and good nutrition, the next thing we can do for the hock is daily maintenance, to take care of it. “One important thing is giving the horse an adequate amount of time for rest and repair. In most situations, 24 hours will give the body time, if the horse is fit. The horse needs time to recuperate between workloads. If worked excessively hard, he may need longer than 24 hours. If the legs don’t have time to rest, and the horse does not have optimum fitness, the joints become sore,” says McCarroll. Things that help the horse after a race or daily training situation include minimizing effects of inflammation that occur in the joint. “One of the best things is application of cold, immediately after use. Cold water, ice therapy, etc., will greatly minimize the inflammatory process. There are many ways to do it—cold water hosing, ice buckets, ice wraps, pieces of equipment that apply cold to the area. You need something that will minimize inflammation, that you can apply for 15 to 30 minutes, after you have worked the horse hard,” he explains. This helps the horse recover faster, so inflammation is no longer present the next time the horse is worked. “It’s the additional, cumulative inflammation that occurs in the tissues that have not recovered yet, that does the damage,” he says. “Some things we apply externally to the legs are also beneficial, such as poultices to help draw out fluid, swelling and heat, and support to the tissues around the joint. There are other compounds, leg dressings and

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liniments/leg braces that can be applied to help take out the soreness,” he says. These are things that can be done physically, externally, without medication—that can help deal with inflammation. The goal is to avoid inflammation occurring on top of previous inflammation that has not yet had time to respond to anti-inflammatory aids. Treating An Inflamed Joint If the hock is suffering serious inflammation, the next step is to determine what we can do to minimize and deal with it. “You cannot substitute medicine/drugs for conditioning or proper training, but sometimes various treatments can help keep the horse sound—especially a horse who is approaching peak performance. Medications, per se, are often necessary for a horse being used hard, but cannot take the place of proper fitness,” he cautions. “In that perspective, nutraceuticals are probably of some benefit. The ones everyone knows about include chondroitin, glucosamine combinations, and there are dozens of these. There are nutritional products specifically for joint nutrition, such as Cetyl Myrstoleate. Others include hyaluronate products. Hyaluronate is a substance that adds viscosity to joint fluid,” he says. “Some nutraceuticals include drugs that are considered chondro-protective. They promote cartilage health if given on a routine basis. These are drugs like Adequan and Legend. These medications can be given by injection, to aid joint health. These two have some science behind them that proves they make a difference. There are many others that are marketed not as drugs but as medical devices, that make similar claims, but don’t have the science to prove that they actually make a difference,” he explains. “Lastly, something that’s done for a quick fix to help horses with sore joints is to inject the joints—either with corticosteroid or hyaluronate. A joint injection is probably the most expensive way to deal with inflammation in the joint, and is not without risk, due to potential side effects. You may be dealing with a hock that’s so inflamed it requires the use of joint injection— or with a horse who is working at their highest level of performance and the owner wants to keep them sound. Sometimes injections are given to a horse unnecessarily, however,” says McCarroll. Some horsemen have the misunderstanding that joints need to be routinely injected for maintenance of joint health. “We ask the horse to do a lot, and are putting a lot of stresses on these joints and they are going to break down. But some people think they need to be maintained with injections, to stay healthy. There’s no scientific study that says this makes a difference. Whether or not it’s that beneficial is open to debate.” There are more economically efficient ways to maintain joint health. “There are times injections are needed, in specific instances, but to inject numerous joints on a horse on a routine basis is not necessarily beneficial to the horse. Any time we put a needle into the horse there is a chance for a serious side effect,” he explains.

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Available Statistics Through October 2, 2011

Leading Sires in California

Leading Sires by Number of Races Won

Leading Sires by Money Won Rank Sire Runners 1. Unusual Heat . . . . . . . . . . .103 2. Tribal Rule . . . . . . . . . . . . . 119 3. Benchmark . . . . . . . . . . . . . 143 4. Kafwain . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 130 5. Southern Image . . . . . . . . . 95 6. Old Topper . . . . . . . . . . . . . 135 7. Bertrando . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 99 8. Swiss Yodeler . . . . . . . . . . . 125 9. In Excess (Ire)† . . . . . . . . . 109 10. Salt Lake* . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 97 11. Ministers Wild Cat . . . . . . . 75 12. Marino Marini . . . . . . . . . . . . 94 13. Stormin Fever . . . . . . . . . . . 102 14. Sea of Secrets . . . . . . . . . . . 92 15. Decarchy . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 77 16. Atticus . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .62 17. Good Journey . . . . . . . . . . . 36 18. Redattore (Brz)• . . . . . . . . . 65 19. Skimming• . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 71 20. Freespool . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 76 21. Cee's Tizzy† . . . . . . . . . . . . . 56 22. Formal Gold• . . . . . . . . . . . 70 23. Olmodavor# . . . . . . . . . . . 64 24. High Brite* . . . . . . . . . . . . . 67 25. Siberian Summer• . . . . . . . 58 26. Perfect Mandate . . . . . . . . . 52 27. Safe in the U S A# . . . . . . . . .29 28. Roar* . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 50 29. Ten Most Wanted . . . . . . . . 53 30. Terrell . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 50 31. Vronsky . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 24 32. Popular . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 22 33. Globalize . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 40 34. Tizbud . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 32 35. Lucky Pulpit . . . . . . . . . . . . . 22 36. Momentum . . . . . . . . . . . . . 60 37. Capsized . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 29 38. Western Fame . . . . . . . . . . 37 39. Comic Strip . . . . . . . . . . . . . 39 40. Memo (Chi)• . . . . . . . . . . . .` 32 41. Gotham City . . . . . . . . . . . . . 34 42. Tannersmyman . . . . . . . . . . 27 43. Game Plan . . . . . . . . . . . . . 43 44. Suances (GB) . . . . . . . . . . . 24 45. Ancient Art . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 17 46. Crafty C. T.• . . . . . . . . . . . . . 21 47. One Man Army . . . . . . . . . . 15 47. Trapper . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .12 49. Singletary . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 32 50. Birdonthewire . . . . . . . . . . . . 16

Starts 601 499 712 678 538 708 449 707 529 530 443 447 538 483 375 274 163 323 395 475 309 452 364 400 336 293 163 281 381 261 106 126 250 113 89 329 152 165 188 156 158 148 220 95 92 102 102 77 127 77

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Races Won 82 101 96 100 91 102 64 85 68 81 73 80 63 62 57 45 22 37 69 55 39 53 58 46 38 36 32 51 31 50 10 32 30 19 15 37 23 26 25 26 23 21 21 10 10 14 8 17 13 17

Earnings $3,736,170 2,712,070 2,526,482 2,082,150 1,830,703 1,678,025 1,545,658 1,453,681 1,404,705 1,339,172 1,307,701 1,252,113 1,169,663 932,128 925,018 901,447 799,515 774,806 768,071 756,157 754,789 740,921 717,302 691,571 660,229 611,083 606,741 582,139 571,811 563,929 539,823 535,694 507,469 484,564 484,470 481,686 402,246 384,878 371,716 345,235 326,606 315,532 301,417 272,876 267,950 258,606 258,175 250,627 247,019 245,177

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

Runners

Old Topper . . . . . . . . . . .135 Tribal Rule . . . . . . . . . . . 119 Kafwain . . . . . . . . . . . . . 130 Benchmark . . . . . . . . . . .143 Southern Image . . . . . . . 95 Swiss Yodeler . . . . . . . . .125 Unusual Heat . . . . . . . . .103 Salt Lake* . . . . . . . . . . . . 97 Marino Marini . . . . . . . . . 94 Ministers Wild Cat . . . . . .75 Skimming• . . . . . . . . . . . 71 In Excess (Ire)† . . . . . . . 109 Bertrando . . . . . . . . . . . . .99 Stormin Fever . . . . . . . .102 Sea of Secrets . . . . . . . . .92 Olmodavor# . . . . . . . . . . 64 Decarchy . . . . . . . . . . . . . 77 Freespool . . . . . . . . . . . . .76 Formal Gold• . . . . . . . . . 70 Roar* . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .50

Starts

Races Won

708 499 678 712 538 707 601 530 447 443 395 529 449 538 483 364 375 475 452 281

102 101 100 96 91 85 82 81 80 73 69 68 64 63 62 58 57 55 53 51

Earnings $1,678,025 2,712,070 2,082,150 2,526,482 1,830,703 1,453,681 3,736,170 1,339,172 1,252,113 1,307,701 768,071 1,404,705 1,545,658 1,169,663 932,128 717,302 925,018 756,157 740,921 582,139

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

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

Runners

Unusual Heat . . . . . . . . . . .103 Popular . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 22 Tribal Rule . . . . . . . . . . . . .119 Vronsky . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .24 Good Journey . . . . . . . . . . .36 Lucky Pulpit . . . . . . . . . . . . .22 Safe in the U S A# . . . . . . . 29 Trapper . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 12 Southern Image . . . . . . . . . 95 Awesome Gambler . . . . . . 11 Benchmark . . . . . . . . . . . . 143 Ministers Wild Cat . . . . . . . 75 One Man Army . . . . . . . . . 15 Extra . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10 Kafwain . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .130 Ancient Art . . . . . . . . . . . . . 17 Bertrando . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 99 Birdonthewire . . . . . . . . . . 16 Tizbud . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 32 Stormed . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 15

Races Won 82 32 101 10 22 15 32 17 91 4 96 73 8 5 100 10 64 17 19 6

Average Earnings/ Earnings Runner $3,736,170 535,694 2,712,070 539,823 799,515 484,470 606,741 250,627 1,830,703 205,422 2,526,482 1,307,701 258,175 164,675 2,082,150 267,950 1,545,658 245,177 484,564 224,712

$36,274 24,350 22,791 22,493 22,209 22,021 20,922 20,886 19,271 18,675 17,668 17,436 17,212 16,468 16,017 15,762 15,613 15,324 15,143 14,981

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Leading Sires by Turf Earnings

Leading Sires by Number of Winners

(Minimum 100 Starts Lifetime)

Rank Sire

Runners

1. Benchmark....................... 143 2. Tribal Rule .........................119 Old Topper ....................... 135 4. Kafwain .............................130 5. Southern Image ..................95 6. Marino Marini .....................94 7. Swiss Yodeler....................125 8. Unusual Heat ....................103 9. In Excess (Ire)†..................109 10. Bertrando ........................... 99 11. Salt Lake* ........................... 97 12. Ministers Wild Cat.............. 75 Sea of Secrets................... 92 14. Stormin Fever....................102 15. Skimming• ......................... 71 16. Decarchy ............................ 77 17. Freespool ............................76 Olmodavor ......................... 64 19. Formal Gold•...................... 70 20. Siberian Summer ............... 58 Roar* .................................. 50

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

Winners

Races Won

69 67 67 65 59 55 53 48 47 46 45 41 41 39 36 34 33 33 32 31 31

96 101 102 100 91 80 85 82 68 64 81 73 62 63 69 57 55 58 53 38 51

Earnings $2,526,482 2,712,070 1,678,025 2,082,150 1,830,703 1,252,113 1,453,681 3,736,170 1,404,705 1,545,658 1,339,172 1,307,701 932,128 1,169,663 768,071 925,018 756,157 717,302 740,921 660,229 582,139

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 ........... 57 Benchmark................. 43 Tribal Rule ................. 25 Bertrando.................. 32 Good Journey ............ 21 Cee's Tizzy†................16 In Excess (Ire)†.......... 34 Atticus....................... 21 Redattore (Brz)• ..........32 Skimming• ................ 16 Old Topper ................. 24 Vronsky .......................14 Siberian Summer* ..... 22 Swiss Yodeler............ 20 Southern Image ......... 31 Kafwain ..................... 33 Popular........................ 3 Stormin Fever ........... 29 Decarchy.................. 25 Ministers Wild Cat.... 19

196 104 66 61 61 48 80 52 70 47 54 31 77 43 74 68 8 66 58 34

18 10 10 4 6 7 7 7 6 6 5 4 7 4 5 7 2 5 6 6

28 10 13 5 8 10 9 8 6 8 7 4 12 8 6 10 5 6 8 8

Earnings $1,826,578 544,320 540,284 429,030 423,788 387,793 366,475 349,789 287,856 275,467 250,968 250,248 236,430 229,484 225,526 218,931 213,690 201,438 200,637 172,030

Leading Sires by Median Earnings Per Runner

Leading Sires by Average Earnings Per Start

(Minimum 10 Runners)

(Minimum 100 Starts)

Runners

Unusual Heat ..................103 Safe in the U S A# ........... 29 Our New Recruit .............. 11 Southern Image ................95 Affirmative.........................10 Lucky Pulpit ..................... 22 Birdonthewire .................. 16 Marino Marini....................94 Trapper ............................ 12 Popular ............................ 22 Vronsky .............................24 Roman Dancer................. 14 Tribal Rule .......................119 Roar*................................ 50 Ancient Art ....................... 17 Ministers Wild Cat ........... 75 Takin It Deep.................... 16 Olmodavor# ..................... 64 Perfect Mandate .............. 52 Ten Most Wanted............. 53

Races Won 82 32 9 91 3 15 17 80 17 32 10 19 101 51 10 73 10 58 36 31

Median Earnings/ Earnings Runner $3,736,170 606,741 149,404 1,830,703 131,537 484,470 245,177 1,252,113 250,627 535,694 539,823 168,541 2,712,070 582,139 267,950 1,307,701 121,295 717,302 611,083 571,811

$14,032 13,953 12,645 11,150 10,667 9,377 8,805 8,803 8,600 8,511 8,336 8,254 8,208 8,172 7,820 7,467 7,321 6,929 6,903 6,887

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

Runners

Unusual Heat ................ 103 Tribal Rule ..................... 119 Vronsky .......................... 24 Good Journey ............... 36 Tizbud ............................ 32 Popular........................... 22 Safe in the U S A#.......... 29 Benchmark.................... 143 Bertrando .........................99 Southern Image .............. 95 Atticus ........................... 62 Kafwain ......................... 130 Ministers Wild Cat......... 75 Marino Marini ................. 94 In Excess (Ire)†.............. 109 Capsized ........................ 29 Crafty C. T.• ................... 21 One Man Army .................15 Salt Lake* ........................ 97 Decarchy ........................ 77

Starts

Earnings

Average Earnings/ Start

601 499 106 163 113 126 163 712 449 538 274 678 443 447 529 152 102 102 530 375

$3,736,170 2,712,070 539,823 799,515 484,564 535,694 606,741 2,526,482 1,545,658 1,830,703 901,447 2,082,150 1,307,701 1,252,113 1,404,705 402,246 258,606 258,175 1,339,172 925,018

$6,217 5,435 5,093 4,905 4,288 4,252 3,722 3,548 3,442 3,403 3,290 3,071 2,952 2,801 2,655 2,646 2,535 2,531 2,527 2,467

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

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

1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 10. 11. 12. 13. 14. 15. 16. 17. 18. 19. 20. 21. 23. 24. 26. 28. 30. 31. 32. 33. 34. 35. 37. 38. 40.

43. 44.

47.

Named Crops of Average Foals of Racing Crop Racing Age Size Age

Unusual Heat, 1990, by Nureyev Cee's Tizzy †, 1987, by Relaunch In Excess (Ire) †, 1987, by Siberian Express Good Journey, 1996, by Nureyev Tribal Rule, 1996, by Storm Cat Roar *, 1993, by Forty Niner Vronsky, 1999, by Danzig One Man Army, 1994, by Roman Diplomat Salt Lake *, 1989, by Deputy Minister Bertrando, 1989, by Skywalker Memo (Chi)•, 1987, by Mocito Guapo (Arg) Birdonthewire, 1989, by Proud Birdie Benchmark, 1991, by Alydar Stormin Fever, 1994, by Storm Cat Safe in the U S A #, 1999, by Gone West Beau Genius †, 1985, by Bold Ruckus Formal Gold •, 1993, by Black Tie Affair (Ire) Robannier, 1991, by Batonnier Olympio, 1988, by Naskra Southern Image, 2000, by Halo's Image Atticus, 1992, by Nureyev Kafwain, 2000, by Cherokee Run Kelly Kip †, 1994, by Kipper Kelly Snow Chief *, 1983, by Reflected Glory Swiss Yodeler, 1994, by Eastern Echo High Brite *, 1984, by Best Turn Siberian Summer *, 1989, by Siberian Express Popular, 1999, by Saint Ballado Redattore (Brz)•, 1995, by Roi Normand Decarchy, 1997, by Distant View Silic (Fr), 1995, by Sillery Tizbud, 1999, by Cee's Tizzy Old Topper, 1995, by Gilded Time Lake George, 1992, by Vice Regent Perfect Mandate, 1996, by Gone West Sea of Secrets, 1995, by Storm Cat Marino Marini, 2000, by Storm Cat Ministers Wild Cat, 2000, by Deputy Minister Western Fame, 1992, by Gone West Michael's Flyer †, 1986, by Flying Paster Olmodavor #, 1999, by A.P. Indy Thisnearlywasmine, 1994, by Capote Iron Cat, 1995, by Storm Cat Epic Honor, 1996, by Honor Grades Sought After, 2000, by Seeking the Gold Tannersmyman, 1998, by Lord Carson Crafty C. T. •, 1998, by Crafty Prospector Latin American •, 1988, by Riverman Poteen, 1994, by Irish River (Fr) Suances (GB), 1997, by Most Welcome (GB)

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

46 40 59 51 60 56 16 10 77 65 37 18 61 66 15 41 45 8 31 95 7 73 13 13 64 46. 37 16 94 47 20 23 56 13 36 46 49 57 27 7 43 8 13 9 10 14 18 22 12 17

507 717 945 305 361 666 64 62 1,230 981 517 246 610 592 59 746 454 97 501 286 411 366 107 263 642 914 365 65 470 235 137 93 451 158 288 410 194 170 272 106 170 56 128 70 60 84 89 307 71 66

Runners

355-70% 493-69% 672-71% 111-36% 203-56% 517-78% 29-45% 44-71% 1,010-82% 700-71% 329-64% 178-72% 449-74% 444-75% 41-69% 609-82% 353-78% 63-65% 382-76% 129-45% 305-74% 260-71% 85-79% 181-69% 489-76% 706-77% 283-78% 36-55% 269-57% 136-58% 101-74% 40-43% 338-75% 97-61% 145-50% 324-79% 122-63% 98-58% 184-68% 51-48% 114-67% 36-64% 93-73% 49-70% 34-57% 46-55% 47-53% 205-67% 50-70% 30-45%

Winners

255-50% 361-50% 490-52% 61-20% 134-37% 400-60% 14-22% 27-44% 810-66% 486-50% 233-45% 129-52% 329-54% 315-53% 34-58% 460-62% 274-60% 37-38% 286-57% 84-29% 183-45% 173-47% 72-67% 111-42% 342-53% 570-62% 202-55% 28-43% 159-34% 90-38% 64-47% 18-19% 256-57% 59-37% 90-31% 234-57% 83-43% 59-35% 133-49% 27-25% 78-46% 25-45% 76-59% 38-54% 25-42% 25-30% 34-38% 133-43% 36-51% 14-21%

2-y-O Winners

26-5% 58-8% 112-12% 8-3% 58-16% 98-15% 2-3% 2-3% 240-20% 114-12% 42-8% 37-15% 88-14% 102-17% 16-27% 138-18% 76-17% 8-8% 60-12% 26-9% 38-9% 65-18% 16-15% 27-10% 144-22% 144-16% 26-7% 12-18% 40-9% 29-12% 11-8% 4-4% 98-22% 10-6% 17-6% 71-17% 24-12% 23-14% 44-16% 5-5% 22-13% 5-9% 7-5% 6-9% 9-15% 7-8% 9-10% 28-9% 4-6% 2-3%

Stakes Winners

Graded Stakes Winners

29-6% 39-5% 63-7% 3-1% 19-5% 43-6% 2-3% 4-6% 70-6% 53-5% 28-5% 10-4% 31-5% 30-5% 1-2% 39-5% 19-4% 3-3% 30-6% 3-1% 13-3% 16-4% 2-2% 9-3% 23-4% 46-5% 13-4% 1-2% 14-3% 6-3% 1-1% 1-1% 17-4% 5-3% 11-4% 20-5% 4-2% 8-5% 13-5% 3-3% 4-2% 0-0% 5-4% 1-1% 0-0% 2-2% 1-1% 6-2% 3-4% 1-2%

10-2% 9-1% 11-1% 2-1% 2-1% 22-3% 0-0% 1-2% 23-2% 12-1% 9-2% 1-0% 8-1% 12-2% 0-0% 5-1% 5-1% 0-0% 4-1% 2-1% 5-1% 4-1% 1-1% 1-0% 2-0% 9-1% 4-1% 0-0% 12-3% 0-0% 1-1% 0-0% 0-0% 1-1% 0-0% 2-0% 0-0% 0-0% 0-0% 0-0% 1-1% 0-0% 0-0% 0-0% 0-0% 1-1% 0-0% 2-1% 0-0% 0-0%

Progeny Earnings

$31,153,172 $35,936,267 $41,814,495 $4,239,354 $10,056,716 $23,916,300 $1,088,137 $2,227,132 $58,979,931 $40,549,981 $17,681,232 $11,520,035 $23,830,802 $24,911,347 $1,730,032 $34,463,089 $17,866,219 $2,895,954 $18,791,867 $3,763,344 $12,458,896 $9,268,350 $4,284,533 $5,645,503 $22,693,629 $34,896,424 $11,719,366 $1,147,958 $4,778,093 $4,837,098 $6,533,216 $887,994 $13,023,435 $4,131,665 $5,245,404 $15,959,609 $3,368,271 $2,328,203 $7,185,076 $1,895,130 $3,162,100 $1,306,384 $3,160,152 $2,185,178 $928,868 $1,154,873 $1,816,470 $6,551,911 $1,806,429 $750,543

Average Earnings Comparable Index Index

2.19 1.70 1.69 1.54 1.52 1.49 1.44 1.43 1.43 1.40 1.34 1.31 1.28 1.25 1.24 1.19 1.17 1.15 1.12 1.11 1.10 1.10 1.08 1.07 1.07 1.06 1.06 1.05 1.05 1.02 1.01 1.00 0.99 0.98 0.97 0.97 0.94 0.93 0.93 0.91 0.91 0.91 0.89 0.88 0.88 0.88 0.87 0.87 0.87 0.87

1.16 1.17 1.44 1.02 1.19 1.36 0.82 0.91 1.42 1.57 1.13 1.40 1.19 1.46 1.11 1.16 1.38 1.10 1.32 1.46 1.51 1.33 1.02 1.30 1.07 1.19 0.88 0.98 1.21 1.00 0.95 0.93 0.89 1.05 1.26 1.10 1.05 1.03 0.81 0.59 1.38 0.76 1.03 0.74 0.81 0.75 0.95 1.11 0.80 1.19

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 2010 but is standing in the state in 2011, a double dagger (‡) that he is not standing in California in 2011 but will stand in the state in 2012 and In bold that he is a freshman sire. In all cases, a sire will remain in the rankings until the year after his last California foals are two-year-olds. Statistics cover racing in North America (U.S., Canada and Puerto Rico), England, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Mexico, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates (UAE) only. Percentages are based upon number of foals of racing age.

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Available Statistics Through October 2, 2011

Leading Two-Year-Old Sires in California

Leading Sires Of Two-Year-Olds by Money Won Rank Sire 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10. 11. 12. 13. 14. 15. 16. 17. 18. 19. 20. 21. 22. 23. 24. 25. 26. 27. 28. 29. 30.

Runners

Starts

Tribal Rule . . . . . . . . . . . . . 30 Kafwain . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 15 Swiss Yodeler . . . . . . . . . . 14 Awesome Gambler . . . . . 11 Decarchy . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10 Roar* . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8 Unusual Heat . . . . . . . . . . 11 Marino Marini . . . . . . . . . . 15 Southern Image . . . . . . . . 11 Globalize . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3 Safe in the U S A# . . . . . . . . 2 Lucky Pulpit . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8 Bertrando . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10 Tannersmyman . . . . . . . . 5 In Excess (Ire)† . . . . . . . . . 10 Capsized . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6 Popular . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3 Benchmark . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6 Old Topper . . . . . . . . . . . . . .9 Don'tsellmeshort . . . . . . . 4 Rio Verde . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7 Momentum . . . . . . . . . . . . 4 Sea of Secrets . . . . . . . . . . 12 Perfect Mandate . . . . . . . . 4 Ancient Art . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3 Vronsky . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2 Stormy Jack . . . . . . . . . . . .10 Game Plan . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5 Extra . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3 Terrell . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .12

84 46 45 24 17 22 34 40 44 7 9 19 19 15 16 20 11 12 17 22 22 11 29 12 10 6 26 12 11 20

Races Won 18 10 4 4 8 6 1 7 6 4 3 2 2 3 2 3 4 2 3 1 1 1 2 3 2 1 6 1 1 1

Earnings $685,254 241,028 232,561 205,422 170,525 153,084 140,707 129,301 116,801 111,825 96,106 94,151 89,685 88,290 85,526 82,953 73,688 64,773 63,708 62,770 61,636 57,172 53,750 48,540 47,460 46,720 46,716 44,011 42,990 39,784

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

Runners

1. Tribal Rule ...................... 30 2. Kafwain ............................ 15 3. Roar* ................................ 8 Marino Marini .................. 15 5. Decarchy ........................ 10 Southern Image .............. 11 7. Swiss Yodeler ................ 14 Stormy Jack .................... 10 9. Awesome Gambler ........ 11 Popular ............................ 3 Old Topper ........................ 9 Perfect Mandate .............. 4

Winners 13 8 6 6 5 5 4 4 3 3 3 3

Races Won

Earnings

18 10 6 7 8 6 4 6 4 4 3 3

$685,254 241,028 153,084 129,301 170,525 116,801 232,561 46,716 205,422 73,688 63,708 48,540

TRIBAL RULE (BALLENA VISTA FARM) Leading Two-Year-Old Sire in California by Money Won, Average Earnings Per Runner and Number of Winners through October 2, 2011.

Leading Sires Of Two-Year-Olds 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. 16. 17. 18. 19. 20.

Runners

Tribal Rule ........................ 30 Roar* .................................. 8 Awesome Gambler ........ 11 Tannersmyman .................. 5 Decarchy .......................... 10 Swiss Yodeler ....................14 Kafwain ............................ 15 Capsized ............................ 6 Unusual Heat.................... 11 Lucky Pulpit ...................... 8 Benchmark ........................ 6 Southern Image ................ 11 Bertrando.......................... 10 Rio Verde .......................... 7 Game Plan.......................... 5 Marino Marini.................... 15 In Excess (Ire)† ................ 10 Old Topper.......................... 9 Flame Thrower .................. 5 Salt Lake* ........................ 7

Races Won Earnings 18 6 4 3 8 4 10 3 1 2 2 6 2 1 1 7 2 3 1 3

$685,254 153,084 205,422 88,290 170,525 232,561 241,028 82,953 140,707 94,151 64,773 116,801 89,685 61,636 44,011 129,301 85,526 63,708 27,773 34,250

Average Earnings/ Runner $22,842 19,136 18,675 17,658 17,053 16,612 16,069 13,826 12,792 11,769 10,796 10,618 8,969 8,805 8,802 8,620 8,553 7,079 5,555 4,893

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

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Dates in California

Regional Race Meetings, Stakes Races and Sale Dates

2011 AND 2012 REGIONAL RACE MEETINGS Santa Anita Park (Pacific Racing Association), Arcadia . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Sept. 30-Nov. 6 Golden Gate Fields (Pacific Racing Association), Albany . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Oct. 19-Dec. 18 Hollywood Park, Inglewood . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Nov. 10-Dec. 18 Santa Anita Park (Los Angeles Turf Club), Arcadia . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Dec. 26, 2011-April 22, 2012 Golden Gate Fields (Pacific Racing Association), Albany . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Dec. 26, 2011-June 17, 2012 Hollywood Park, Inglewood . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .April 25-July 15, 2012 Alameda County Fair, Pleasanton . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .June 21-July 8, 2012 California State Fair (Cal Expo), Sacramento . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .July 11-22, 2012 Del Mar Thoroughbred Club, Del Mar . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .July 18-Sept. 5, 2012 Sonoma County Fair, Santa Rosa . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .July 25-Aug. 12, 2012 Humboldt County Fair, Ferndale . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Aug. 15-26, 2012 Golden Gate Fields (Los Angeles Turf Club), Albany . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Aug. 17-Sept. 16, 2012 Fairplex Park, Pomona . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Sept. 7-23, 2012 San Joaquin County Fair, Stockton . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Sept. 19-30, 2012 Santa Anita Park (Pacific Racing Association), Arcadia . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Sept. 26-Nov. 4, 2012 Fresno County Fair, Fresno . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Oct. 3-14, 2012 Golden Gate Fields (Pacific Racing Association), Albany . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Oct. 18-Dec. 16, 2012 Hollywood Park, Inglewood . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Nov. 7-Dec. 16, 2012

NOVEMBER AND DECEMBER 2011 REGIONAL STAKES RACES Date

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Nov. 5 Nov. 6 Nov. 12 Nov. 12 Nov. 13 Nov. 19 Nov. 20 Nov. 24 Nov. 25 Nov. 25 Nov. 25 Nov. 26 Nov. 26 Nov. 27 Nov. 27

GG SA Hol GG Hol Hol Hol Hol Hol GG Hol Hol Hol Hol Hol

Golden Gate Debutante Stakes . . . . . . . . . . . .2-y-o f. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .6 f. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .$50,000+ Las Palmas Stakes (Gr. II) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .3-y-o & up, f. & m. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1 m. (T) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .150,000 Real Quiet Stakes . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .2-y-o . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1 1/16 m. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .100,000 Golden Nugget Stakes . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .2-y-o . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .6 f. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .50,000+ Sharp Cat Stakes . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .2-y-o f. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1 1/16 m. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .100,000 Hollywood Turf Cup (Gr. I) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .3-y-o & up . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1 1/2 m. (T) . . . . . . . . . . . . . .250,000 Moccasin Stakes . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .2-y-o f. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .7 f. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .100,000 Hollywood Prevue Stakes (Gr. III) . . . . . . . . . . .2-y-o . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .7 f. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .100,000 Matriarch Stakes (Gr. I) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .3-y-o & up, f. & m. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1 m. (T) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .250,000 All American Stakes (Gr. III) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .3-y-o & up . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1 1/8 m. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .100,000g Miesque Stakes (Gr. III) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .2-y-o f. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1 m. (T) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .100,000 Citation Handicap (Gr. I) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .3-y-o & up . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1 1/16 m. (T) . . . . . . . . . . . . .250,000 Vernon O. Underwood Stakes (Gr. III) . . . . . . . .3-y-o & up . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .6 f. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .100,000 Hollywood Derby (Gr. I) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .3-y-o . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1 1/4 m. (T) . . . . . . . . . . . . . .250,000 Generous Stakes (Gr. III) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .2-y-o . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1 m. (T) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .100,000

Dec. 3 Dec. 4 Dec. 5 Dec. 10 Dec. 10 Dec. 11 Dec. 17 Dec. 17 Dec. 18

Hol GG Hol Hol GG Hol Hol GG Hol

Native Diver Handicap (Gr. III) . . . . . . . . . . . . . .3-y-o & up . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1 1/8 m. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .100,000 Corte Madera Stakes . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .2-y-o f. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1 m. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .75,000g* Bayakoa Handicap (Gr. II) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .3-y-o & up, f. & m. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1 1/16 m. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .150,000 Hollywood Starlet (Gr. I) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .2-y-o f. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1 1/16 m. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .250,000g Gold Rush Stakes . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .2-y-o f. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1 m. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .75,000g Cat’s Cradle Handicap . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .3-y-o & up, f. & m., Cal-Bred/Cal-Sired . . . . . .7 1/2 f. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .80,000+* CashCall Futurity (Gr. I) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .2-y-o . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1 1/16 m. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .750,000g Pacific Heights Stakes . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .3-y-o & up, f. & m. Cal-Bred/Cal-Sired . . . . . .1 1/8 m. (T) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .75,000g On Trust Handicap . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .3-y-o & up, Cal-Bred/Cal-Sired . . . . . . . . . . . .7 1/2 f. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .80,000+*

*Purse includes money from Cal-bred Race Fund • **Purse includes money from Breeders’ Cup Fund • g-Purse guaranteed • e-Estimated purse • +-Added purse

2012 REGIONAL SALE DATES January 23 & 24 . . . . . . . . . . .Barretts January Mixed Sale . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .(Early entries close November 4, entries close November 11 & supplemental entries close January 9) March 20 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Barretts March Sale of Selected Two-Year-Olds in Training: Training preview on March 16 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .(Nominations closed October 26, 2011) May 15 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Barretts May Sale of Two-Year-Olds in Training: Training preview on May 11 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .(Entries close March 23) October 9 & 10 . . . . . . . . . . . .October Yearling Sale . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .(Nominations close April 20) 72 CALIFORNIA THOROUGHBRED • NOVEMBER 2011

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CTBA Calendar

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IMPORTANT EVENTS & DATES FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 4 BARRETTS EQUINE LIMITED 2012 JANUARY MIXED SALE EARLY ENTRY CLOSING DATE Hinds Pavilion (Fairplex), Pomona, Calif. FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 11 BARRETTS EQUINE LIMITED 2012 JANUARY MIXED SALE ENTRY CLOSING DATE Hinds Pavilion (Fairplex), Pomona, Calif. TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 15 CALIFORNIA THOROUGHBRED FARM MANAGERS ASSOCIATION (CTFMA) MONTHLY MEETING San Luis Rey Downs Country Club, Bonsall, Calif. THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 17 CALIFORNIA HORSE RACING BOARD (CHRB) MONTHLY BOARD MEETING Hollywood Park, Inglewood, Calif.

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The Only Son of GULCH to stand in California By GULCH (1984), champion sprinter in U. S., Stakes winner of $3,095,521, 1st Breeders’ Cup Sprint (G1), etc. Among the leading sires in U. S., sire of 20 crops of racing age, 1,100 foals, 910 starters, 72 stakes winners, 1 champion, 642 winners of 2,304 races and earnings of $86,008,667 U. S., including THUNDER GULCH (Champion in U. S., $2,915,086, 1st Kentucky Derby (G1), etc.), NAYEF (Hwt. In England and United Arab Emirates, $3,594,157 USA, 1st Juddmonte International S. (G1), etc.), EAGLE CAFE ($4,227,985 USA, 1st Japan Cup Dirt, etc.), BRAVE TENDER ($2,708,334 USA, 1st Arlington Cup, etc.), COURT VISION (to 5, 2010, $2,606,521 USA, 1st Woodbine Mile S. (G1), etc.), THE CLIFF'S EDGE ($1,265,258, 1st Toyota Blue Grass S. (G1), etc.), WALLENDA ($1,205,929, 1st Super Derby (G1), etc.), ESTEEMED FRIEND ($805,237, 1st General George H. (G1), etc.). First dam is by DEPUTY MINISTER, leading broodmare sire of more than 180 stakes winners, including CURLIN, RAGS TO RICHES, HALFBRIDLED, JAZIL, BOB & JOHN etc. 5 Two-year-old winners out of 7 (71.43%) in 1st dam of Bonnrita.

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STALLIONS Atticus .................................................11 Awesome Gambler..............................22 Behrens ...............................................58 Benchmark ......................................OBC Bertrando.........................................OBC Bold Chieftain......................................59 Bonnrita...............................................77 Brave Cat ............................................41 Calimonco .......................................OBC Chattahoochee War ............................19 Cindago...............................................37 Comic Strip .........................................27 Council Member..................................34 Decarchy .............................................11 Del Mar Show......................................44 Dixie Chatter....................................OBC Drum Major .........................................21 EZ Warrior ...........................................47

Game Plan...........................................21 Giacomo..............................................11 Global Hunter ......................................11 Globalize..............................................58 Good Journey .....................................11 Heatseeker ........................................IFC Idiot Proof........................................OBC Informer ...............................................39 Kafwain..................................................3 Many Rivers ........................................58 Marino Marini ................................26, 28 McCann's Mojave ...............................26 Mesa Thunder .....................................47 Ministers Wild Cat.................................5 Mr. Broad Blade ..................................11 Noble Court.........................................11 Old Topper.............................................7 Olmodavor...........................................11

Onebadshark.......................................27 Papa Clem.............................................9 Rocky Bar......................................17, 21 Roi Charmant ......................................11 Run Brother Ron .................................41 Sea of Secrets.....................................59 Sierra Sunset.................................25, 27 Slew's Saga ........................................34 Slew's Tiznow ...............................27, 33 Sought After ........................................26 Southern Image...................................27 Spensive..............................................21 Storm Wolf ..........................................27 Stormin Fever......................................13 Ten Most Wanted ................................11 Tenga Cat ............................................44 The pamplemousse.............................27 Tribal Rule........................................OBC

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.

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T. V. Lark: A Champion For California

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by JOHN CALIFANO allowance, the 1 1/8-mile American Derby and the mile Washington Park Handicap, before going on to Atlantic City for his turf debut, the 1 3/16-mile United Nations Handicap in which he hit the wire 1 1/4 lengths ahead of reigning Horse of the Year, Sword Dancer. For 1960, T. V. Lark posted 23 starts, nine wins, three seconds, four thirds and $395,900. At age four, T. V. Lark won Santa Anita’s 1 1/8-mile Santa Catalina Handicap on Feb. 2, 1961, outlasting a tough American Comet. On May 20, he rallied to capture Hollywood Park’s seven-furlong Los Angeles Handicap. Later in the year, T. V. Lark was sold to Preston Madden of Hamburg, Kentucky, who syndicated the colt for $600,000 but left him in the hands of his third lifetime trainer Paul Parker. T. V. Lark then started in the 1 1/4-mile Hawthorne Gold Cup Handicap on Oct. 14. He bid his time before engaging the leader Grey Eagle and was all out to contain Heroshogala by half a length. Less than two weeks later, he won Aqueduct’s grassy 1 5/8-mile Knickerbocker Handicap. Coming from off the pace, he gradually advanced and nipped Nasomo by a nose for a course and American record of 2:40 flat. T. V. Lark’s next race was undoubtedly the highlight of his career, and for his rider, Johnny Longden, one of the sweetest of his own lifetime victories. On Nov. 11, 1961, T. V. Lark was one of two American runners in the $100,000 Washington D. C. International at Laurel Park, contested on the turf course over 1 1/2 miles. The other American, Kelso, was rapidly ascending into racing immortality, but making his first start on the grass. With T. V. Lark under Longden, Kelso would have Eddie Arcaro in the irons. T. V. Lark’s sire had finished last in the inagural 1952 race, so perhaps the son would avenge the loss. Among the invited foreign guests were: the four-year-old Russian entries Zabeg, who had finished third the previous year, and Irtysch; five-year-olds

He retired as the all-time richest California-bred in 1962, and then became one of the industry’s outstanding sires. Bred by Dr. Walter D. Lucas of Pasadena, California, and foaled in 1957, the bay colt T. V. Lark was sired by multiple black-type winner Indian Hemp (Ire), by Nasrullah (GB), out of Miss Larksfly, by multiple stakes-winning Heelfly. T. V. Lark’s third dam Light Lark was by the renowned Blue Larkspur. Chase McCoy purchased T. V. Lark for $10,000 and Paul Miller first put the horse through his paces. T. V. Lark made his racing debut on Feb. 20, 1959, in a three-furlong maiden special weight at Santa Anita Park, finishing a game second. Twelve days later, he won over the same track and distance. On Aug. 1, the youngster was entered in Arlington Park’s $100,000-added Arlington Futurity at six furlongs among a solid field of 20 juveniles. He settled in fourth, made a stretch move and gradually went ahead to win by a neck. He remained outside California until returning to Santa Anita on Dec. 26, winning the seven-furlong California Breeders’ Trial Stakes in the care of Willie Molter, to conclude his first season of 14 starts, three wins, four seconds and $181,952 in earnings. On Jan. 6, 1960, three-year-old T. V. Lark resumed racing at Santa Anita when defeating seven others, including the twoyear-old champion male Warfare, in a six-furlong allowance, and then placed in four stakes races from 6 1/2 furlongs to 1 1/16 miles. In early spring, he won an allowance and the Tropicana Stakes, both over 1 1/16 miles at Bay Meadows Racecourse. On June 11, he captured Hollywood Park’s 1 1/16mile Argonaut Handicap. Two weeks later, he cut a huge deficit to salvage third in the 1 1/8-mile Cinema Handicap and, on July 9, finished second in the 1 1/4-mile Hollywood Derby after a compromised trip. Beginning on July 23, he rattled off five wins, the first four at Arlington Park. He won the mile Arlington Classic, defeating 11 runners, including Kelso and that year’s Kentucky Derby winner Venetian Way. He went on to victories in a mile

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Guest Forum Cont’d. Prenupcial of Venezuela and Wonderboy II of Denmark; and three-year-olds Misti of France and the filly Sail Cheoil of Ireland. Kelso took the lead with T. V. Lark closely tracking. The two horses eventually left the others well behind and made it a race of their own, fighting it out in the stretch with neither horse relenting. Kelso, in a gallant effort to contain the Cal-bred, strained his leg muscles, as T. V. Lark hit the finish three quarters of a length in front with a course record time of 2:26 1/5. Prenupcial finished 12 lengths back in third. T. V. Lark was named champion turf horse and Kelso earned his second of what would become an unprecedented five Horse of the Year titles. The son of Indian Hemp recorded 18 starts, five wins, one second, two thirds and $250,627 in 1961. With his career earnings at $828,479, he was approaching the great Swaps, California’s all-time leading money earner with $848,900. He returned in 1962, to win a 1 1/16-mile grassy allowance at Aqueduct and Atlantic City’s 1 1/16-mile Philadelphia Turf Handicap, while also posting five runner-up finishes in stakes G O L D E N

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races. When T. V. Lark retired with career earnings of $902,194, he was the richest Cal-bred horse ever, after 72 starts, 19 wins, 13 seconds, and six thirds. At stud, T. V. Lark sired more than 50 black-type winners, including the world record-setting filly Pink Pigeon, later the second dam of Golden Pheasant, who won the Arlington Million (grade I) and Japan Cup. His other stakes winners include French group I winner Ramirez, 1972 Hollywood Gold Cup winner Quack, and Buffalo Lark who was the broodmare sire of Eclipse champion and leading sire, Bertrando. Another stakes-winning daughter, Miss Carmie, was the second dam of the Kentucky Derby-winning filly Winning Colors. T. V. Lark was also the broodmare sire of Santa Anita Handicap winner Bates Motel, who sired Barbarika, the second dam of two-time Horse of the Year Curlin. T. V. Lark was the nation’s leading sire in 1974, but the following year he died of a hemorrhage at age 18, cutting short a bright life. The versatile T. V. Lark, long remembered, enhanced racing’s profile in California and left a flourishing legacy.

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