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CALIFORNIA THOROUGHBRED

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No Small Feat

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From the Executive Corner

by SUE GREENE

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than 30 years, and owns and manages her own farm in Santa Rosa where she foaled and raised this colt. She has been actively involved with the Northern California sale since the CTBA brought it back in 2004. Cheryl has had sale toppers previously, although nothing quite like this one! Cheryl acquired Zenn Again’s dam, stakes winner Ms. Zenna, through the generosity of Tommy Town Thoroughbreds while she was in-foal to its resident sire Kafwain. Cheryl nurtured this colt to maturity and reaped a tremendous reward for her hard efforts. The sale’s second highest-priced filly also came with a great human interest story. She represented the employees of Harris Farms and all proceeds from her sale will be divided among that team. A daughter of Stormy Jack, she stepped out of the ring after selling for $21,000 for a very happy crew that I’m certain were smiling all the way home. John Harris generously allows the breeding and foaling team a mare each year, from a bad debt or abandoned mare. They are bred to a Harris Farm stallion, and then foaled under the watchful eye of both teams who then raise the foal to be sold at one of the yearling sales in California. In Pleasanton eight years ago, they only received $4,000 for a Flying Continental filly, but she was later named Mamita Chula and went on to become a dual stakes-placed winner of $211,847. Dave McGlothlin, the Farm Manager, tells me these teams also split all the Breeders Awards that their prospective foals earn as long as they are still actively employed at Harris Farms. So as we approach the 2013 breeding season, I hope that everyone will be reminded of these stories about the smaller end of the breeding world, the owners of one or two mares. We are the backbone of our industry. Our product has increased in value with the recent implementation of the Maiden Bonus Program, and now we also have the Golden State Stake Series to further enhance the value of our Cal-breds. I believe that more great things are just on the horizon.

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The California Thoroughbred Breeders Association (CTBA) concluded its ninth Northern California Yearling Sale at Pleasanton on Aug. 14, with substantial increases across the board as compared to the 2011 edition, which also cataloged horses of racing age. Even though fewer yearlings were offered this year, reflecting California’s decreasing foal crop, the quality catalog led to a rise in demand. A California-bred colt by new local sire Rocky Bar brought $55,000, the highest sale-topper since a Cal-bred Benchmark yearling sold for $72,000 in 2006. Gross receipts for the 69 yearlings sold rose 58.7 percent to $528,200, while both the sale’s average price ($7,655) and median ($4,000) were up, by 49.5 and 48.1 percent respectively. With recent declines in foal crops, field sizes and sales prices, these statistics are welcome good news! The new incentive programs implemented over the past few years have obviously greatly enhanced the demand for Cal-breds. This is great news for breeders in the Golden State, as we have all struggled with the ever-increasing costs associated with raising a good racehorse. The sale was also host to several great human interest stories attached to the top-priced hip numbers. I am fortunate to have foaled and raised the sale-toppers over the past two years. We are very proud of Boston Charley, this year’s top purchase, and we wish him and his new connections great success at the track. While it was a very happy moment as the hammer fell, it was also a bittersweet moment for me. This colt was bred and owned by my very dear friend, Mr. Gerald “Jerry” Redman, who passed away this past March. I met Mr. Redman in the early 1970s, while working for Skip Retherford. Skip was Mr. Redman’s trainer in Northern California, while the late Lewis “Louie” Cenicola was his trainer in the south. Mr. Redman was a champion owner, client and friend, and also owned Iza Saros, the sire of Boston Charley’s stakes-winning dam Iza Bon Bon. Mr. Redman loved his horses with a passion and was a very grounded and real no-nonsense sort of man. He gave me great advice regarding raising my daughter, wisdom he graced with his own daughters and grandchildren as well. Jerry was truly a King in the Sport of Kings. Therefore, as Boston Charley walked out of the ring to a new home and career, we shed tears of joy as well as a few tears of sadness since our dear friend could not be there to share the moment. It was an honor to be able to call Mr. Redman my friend and my client. To coin a phrase from one of my favorite musicals “Wicked,” “I’ve heard it said that people come into our lives for a reason.” I know he did and I will forever be grateful for that! The next highest-priced individual came from the consignment of Cheryl Bigon. Her colt by Kafwain, named Zenn Again, found a new home for $50,000. This is another great story of tenacity and determination from a small breeder. Cheryl has been actively involved with racehorses for more

Laurie Sullivan, Skip Retherford, Sue Greene, Ron Hill and Boston Charley (left to right).

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Managing Editor’s Welcome

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An Encore Presentation As was the case a year ago, two grade I-winning California-breds at the Del Mar Thoroughbred Club grace the cover of our September magazine in an encore presentation that again features Acclamation, while Amazombie replaces the 2011 Clement L. Hirsch Stakes winner Ultra Blend. The former successfully defended his title in the July 21 Eddie Read Stakes and the later won the Bing Crosby Stakes eight days later, while Ultra Blend stays relevant in this September 2012 issue of California Thoroughbred with an appearance in an editorial on Cal-breds who are now broodmares in Japan. Besides an advertorial featuring 2012 foals at Baseline Equine, this magazine also includes editorials on Old English Rancho’s Winning in Style, the 2011/2012 California Broodmare of the Year, and the 2011/2012 Valkry Trophy winner Willa B Awesome who was bred in California by Terry Lovingier. The successful August 14 Northern California Yearling Sale, hosted for the ninth consecutive year by our California Thoroughbred Breeders Association (CTBA), is reviewed in detail while the latest CTBA Member Profile features Walther Solis who trains Willa B Awesome, the 2011 California Champion TwoYear-Old Female and 2012 grade I winner. Racing in Southern California spotlights Tilde, Norvsky, Starlight Magic, Strong Wind, Unusual Heatwave and Halo Dolly, all stakes winners at Del Mar during its 75th anniversary meeting this year, and fellow Cal-breds Tribal Tribute, Shudacudawudya, Control Seeker and Unusual Way are featured in the Northern California Report as black-type winners duriing Santa Rosa’s 2012 Sonoma County Fair meet. There is also an in-depth analysis of the 28 Cal-breds who won 30 editions of Fairplex Park’s C. B. Afflerbaugh Stakes since this race was first run in 1936, while 20-year-old Matt Dinerman, this season’s press box steward at Del Mar, is the subject matter of Focus On The Future. A Blast From The Past highlights the amazing career of Cal-bred Old Pueblo, whose six-race unbeaten two-year-old season of 1957 included a victory in the Del Mar Futurity, and Horse Care features the first of a two-part article titled “High-Risk Pregnancies.” Last but not least is a Guest Forum piece about a trio of horseplayers fulfilling a shared dream even when it appears to late to do so, 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 have to hope for the best! In the Company of. . .Eddie Delahoussaye (left), the Racing Hall of Fame jockey after whom Santa Anita Park has renamed the Morvich Stakes as the Eddie D. Stakes (grade III) on September 28, at the George Putnam Ranch in Chino on February 16, 2005.

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September 2012 Contents

Cover Stories

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The California-bred duo of Acclamation and Amazombie, both Eclipse Award winners of last year, won grade I, $300,000 races during the first two weeks of the Del Mar Thoroughbred Club 75th anniversary meet of 2012, when they captured the July 21 Eddie Read Stakes and July 29 Bing Crosby Stakes, respectively. Copyright Benoit & Associates.

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News Bits The CTBA Working For You California Thoroughbred Foundation (CTF) Notes—September 2012

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CTBA Calendar Leading Sires in California Leading Lifetime Sires in California Leading Two-Year-Old Sires in California Dates in California Classified Advertising Indexes to Advertisers & Stallions Advertised

by Rudi Groothedde

The Grade California Breds: Amazombie—Better Than Ever by Emily Shields

Features

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The 2011/2012 California Broodmare of the Year: Winning In Style— A Flair For Success by Emily Shields

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The 2011/2012 Valkyr Trophy: Willa B Awesome—A Rewarding Result by Marcie Heacox

CTBA Sales Northern California Yearling Sale: Rock Solid by Lisa Groothedde

CTBA Member Profile: Walther Solis—A Rising Star by Emily Shields

California-Breds Worldwide: The Best Of Both Worlds by Kate Hunter

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Racing In Southern California: Cal-Bred Class Prevails At Del Mar by Emily Shields

Northern California Report: The Grass Proves Greener For Cal-Breds At Santa Rosa by Jerry Klein

California Fairs: C. B. Afflerbaugh Stakes (1936–2011)—A Collection Of Cal-Breds by Emily Shields

Focus On The Future: Matt Dinerman—Enjoying The Ride by Emily Shields

A Blast From The Past: Old Pueblo—A Vintage Cal-Bred by Jackie Barnes

Horse Care: High Risk Pregnancies—Part 1 (Defining & Monitoring) by Heather Smith Thomas

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Departments

The Grade California Breds: Acclamation—More Of The Same

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On This Month’s Cover

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Old English Rancho’s Willa B Awesome, the 2011 24-year-old unraced California Champion Silveyville mare Two-Year-Old Female and Winning in Style, the dam 2012 grade I winner bred of 2011 Eclipse champion in California by Acclamation, has been voted Terry Lovingier, is the the 2011/2012 California winner of the 2011/2012 Broodmare of the Year. Valkyr Trophy. 4 CALIFORNIA THOROUGHBRED • SEPTEMBER 2012

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From the Executive Office: No Small Feat by Sue Greene

Managing Editor’s Welcome: An Encore Presentation by Rudi Groothedde

Guest Forum: Del Mar Dust by Bob Carson

The October 2012 Cover Story

A Preview Of California Cup XXIII www.ctba.com


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Santa Anita Tapped To Host 2013 Breeders’ Cup

News Bits Santa Anita Park will host the 30th Breeders’ Cup World Championships on Friday, Nov. 1 and Saturday, Nov. 2, 2013, marking the fourth time in six years and the seventh time overall that the

Oak Tree Unveils New-Look Web Site On Aug. 17, the Oak Tree Racing Association unveiled its newly redesigned web site at www.oaktreeracing.com. The user-friendly site’s new menus allow for easier navigation, while its added features provide a timely and accurate presentation of the latest horse racing news.

Track Talk Anchored by three six-figure races, the 2012 Los Angeles County Fair meet will be conducted at Fairplex Park in Pomona from Friday, Sept. 7 through Sunday, Sept. 23. The 13-day season will feature 12 stakes races, including the $100,000 Ralph M. Hinds Pomona Handicap for older horses and the $100,000 Barretts Juvenile Stakes and $100,000 Barretts Debutante Stakes for two-year-olds. Following the Fairplex meet, Santa Anita Park will open its 2012 Autumn Meet on Friday, Sept. 28. Featured during the Arcadia track’s 24-day stand is a 26-race stakes program valued at more than $4 million, as well as California Cup XXIII on Saturday, Oct. 13 and the 2012 Breeders’ Cup World Championships on Friday, Nov. 2 and Saturday, Nov. 3. Negotiations are underway to allow the television network TVG to broadcast races from Santa Anita and Golden Gate Fields as part of a proposed, oneyear content swap agreement that would allow rival network HRTV, the official wagering partner of Breeders’ Cup, to broadcast races from Betfair Hollywood Park.

A Top Trio At Del Mar Seen at the Del Mar Thoroughbred Club on August 11, during the seaside track’s 75th anniversary meet, were Rick Pitino, head coach of the men’s basketball team at the University of Louisville in Kentucky, John A. Perez, the Speaker of the Assembly at the Capitol in Sacramento, and Doug O’Neill, trainer of the 2012 Kentucky Derby (grade I) winner I’ll Have Another (left to right).

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Southern California racetrack has served as the backdrop for the richest Thoroughbred racing event in North America. Featuring 15 stakes races and total purses of $25.5 million, the 2012 Breeders’ Cup will be held at Santa Anita on Friday, Nov. 2 and Saturday, Nov. 3.

Those Grand Cal-Bred Mares Led by a grade I winner, the offspring of half a dozen California-bred mares won stakes races across the U. S. and in Canada during a nine-day span in July and August. At Monmouth Park in New Jersey on July 29, the $1 million Haskell Invitational Stakes (grade I) was won by Paynter, a son of Awesome Again and Tizso, a full sister to 2000 Eclipse Horse of the Year, Tiznow. This daughter of Cee’s Tizzy was bred by Cecilia Straub-Rubens and her third black-type winner has now earned $952,224 from a 6-3-2-0 record. Another three-year-colt out of a Cal-bred mare, Macho Macho, was the winner of the grade II, $750,000 West Virginia Derby at the Mountaineer Casino Racetrack & Resort on Aug. 4. By Macho Uno out of the winning General Meeting mare Dazzling Contrast, who was bred by John and Betty Mabee, his record now stands at $546,214 in earnings from three wins, two seconds and a third in seven starts. On July 30, Rosa Salvaje won Saratoga’s $100,000 Shakespeare Caress Stakes in New York to improve her record to 12-4-2-0 with a bankroll of $156,555. A fouryear-old daughter of Chapel Royal, her dam is Native Prospector’s dual stakes-placed winner Navarro Rose, bred by Nick Alexander. Less than 24 hours earlier, the winner of the $50,000 Lincoln Handicap at Ruidoso Downs in New Mexico was the six-year-old mare Cali Baby, Thatsusintheolbean’s multiple stakes winner of $478,609 from a 27-10-5-3 record. Out of the stakes-placed winner Aquarellist, by Ole, she was bred by Annabelle Stute. During the 18th edition of British Columbia Cup Day at Hastings Racecourse in Vancouver on Aug. 6, both the Debutante Stakes and Distaff Handicap—each worth $49,935—were won by distaffers out of Cal-bred mares. Winning the former was the two-year-old Finality filly Bamboo Dream, whose dam Flom’s Tizzy is a three-time winner by Cee’s Tizzy bred by Patrick McDonnell and Donald Muldoon. Approximately half an hour later, the latter was won by P. S. Touch Down, a six-year-old Stephanotis mare who is out of the two-time winner Touch of Saros, a daughter of Saros (GB) bred by Jack Hoover. Bamboo Dream has earned $46,941 from two wins in four starts, while P. S. Touch Down’s record stands at 25-3-7-5 and $101,682 in earnings. www.ctba.com


CURRENT CALIFORNIA SIRES OF STAKES WINNERS Stallion

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Salt Lake (1989)† 1,247 In Excess (Ire) (1987)† 968 Bertrando (1989)† 1,011 High Brite (1984)† 924 Beau Genius (1985)† 749 Cee’s Tizzy (1987)† 728 Benchmark (1991) 653 Unusual Heat (1990) 569 Olympio (1988)† 511 Stormin Fever (1994) 625 Memo (Chi) (1987)† 525 Swiss Yodeler (1994) 676 Tribal Rule (1996) 452 Game Plan (1993) 419 Old Topper (1995) 479 Sea of Secrets (1995) 433 Formal Gold (1993)• 470 Kafwain (2000) 405 Redattore (Brz) (1995)• 501 Atticus (1992) 435 Siberian Summer (1989)† 382 Western Fame (1992) 279 For Really (1987)† 246

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Happy Trails (Aus), a five-year-old gelding by this Magali Farms sire, won the group III Spring Stakes on the turf at Morphettville in his native Australia on Aug. 11.

Sales Stakes: his four-year-old gelding Hollywood Dreams.

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Numb Lips, a five-year-old horse by this Magali Farms stallion, won the $51,000 Primal Stakes at Calder Race Course on July 21.

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Sea of Secrets

This Victory Rose Thoroughbreds resident was flattered at Saratoga Race Course on Aug. 8, when his maternal granddaughter, reigning Eclipse Champion Two-Year-Old Female My Miss Aurelia, remained undefeated from five starts with an easy victory in the $98,000 Mandys Gold Stakes. Good Journey

Kafwain Prairie Meadows was the setting for two Aug. 4 stakes wins by offspring of this Tommy Town Thoroughbreds stallion. His two-year-old filly Contessa’s Moment upset the $87,266 Iowa Sorority Stakes at 36-1 and his five-year-old gelding Wings of War defeated eight rivals in the $96,475 Ralph Hayes Stakes.

Sought After

On Aug. 5, this Rancho San Miguel sire attained his first stakes winner when his six-year-old gelding Control Seeker bested nine other contenders in the grassy, $62,750 Joseph T. Grace Handicap at the Sonoma County Fair in Santa Rosa.

Lit de Justice This pensioned Magali Farms resident, the 1996 Breeders’ Cup Sprint (grade I) winner and Eclipse Champion Sprinter by El Gran Senor who sired 22 stakes winners and the collective earners of more than $21 million, died on July 20 at the age of 22.

Ministers Wild Cat

On Aug. 11, this Tommy Town Thoroughbreds sire was represented at Northlands Park by the winner of the $50,000 Three and Four Year Old

Sought After

Ten Most Wanted Lady On the Run, a four-year-old filly by this Magali Farms sire, captured the $50,000 Arctic Queen Handicap at Finger Lakes on July 21.

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 July 23 to August 19 inclusive: Acclamation h.6. Unusual Heat—Winning in Style 1st Grade I Eddie Read Stakes $300,000 1 1/8 m. (T) Del Mar Thoroughbred Club July 21 Breeder: Old English Rancho John Scott g.5. Bertrando—Henlopen 2nd Grade II San Diego Handicap $200,000 1 1/16 m. Del Mar Thoroughbred Club July 28 Breeders: Harris Farms Inc. & Scott Gross Amazombie g.6. Northern Afleet—Wilshe Amaze 1st Grade I Bing Crosby Stakes $300,000 6 f. Del Mar Thoroughbred Club July 29 Breeder: Gregg Anderson Sugarinthemorning f.4. Candy Ride (Arg)—Social Belle 2nd Grade III Rancho Bernardo Handicap $150,000 6 1/2 f. Del Mar Thoroughbred Club August 19 Breeder: Stephen B. Weissman

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First Winners For California Stallion Quartet

This past month saw four California-based sires achieve their first winners, all in maiden claiming company. Grade II winner McCann’s Mojave, a $1,513,565-earner and California’s Champion Older Male of 2004, was represented by his initial United States winner on July 25, when his first-crop colt Biltmore Boogie won a five-furlong race during the Sonoma County Fair meet in Santa Rosa. The 12-year-old Memo (Chi) stallion stands at Rancho San Miguel in San Miguel.

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CALIFORNIA CUP XXIII AUTUMN MEET AT SANTA ANITA PARK

FACT SHEET

What: 2012 California Cup spotlights the California Thoroughbred racing and breeding industry in a series of 9 races worth $1,000,000 When: Saturday, October 13, first post 1:00 p.m., gates open 11:00 a.m. Where: Santa Anita Park in Arcadia, California Hosts: California Thoroughbred Breeders Association and Santa Anita Park in Arcadia Expected: More than 75,000 viewers statewide at Santa Anita and over 30 satellite wagering facilities Stakes Races: $175,000 Lava Man Cal Cup Classic presented by City National Bank for 3 Yrs.  Up at 1 1/16 mile. $125,000 John Deere Cal Cup Distaff for Fillies  Mares, 3 Yrs.  Up, about 6 1/2 furlongs (Turf). $100,000 Donald Valpredo Cal Cup Sprint for 3 Yrs.  Up at 6 furlongs. $250,000 Bob Benoit Cal Cup Juvenile for Colts  Geldings, 2 Yrs., 1 1/16 mile. $250,000 Keith E. Card Cal Cup Juvenile Fillies for Fillies, 2 Yrs., 1 1/16 mile. Admission: $5 general, $8.50 clubhouse, $20 Turf Club. Infield Party: California Cup XXIII Party theme this year is “Remembering Lava Man Two Time California Horse Of The Th Year”! Come and join us for a great day of racing. The price of a ten-seat table is $850.00 and includes valet parking, admission, race program, giveaway item Doug O’Neill bobblehead and Santa Anita Park’s widely acclaimed buffet. Hours for buffet service are 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. with coffee and desserts served until the last race. Please call or email Cookie Hackworth at cookie@ctba.com or call 800-573-2822 or x243. TTelevision: elleviisiion: Television: :

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On Aug. 17, Epic Electorate became the first winner for Council Member when he won going five furlongs at Golden Gate Fields. Standing at Special T Thoroughbreds in Temecula, this 10-year-old freshman sire, by Seattle Aragorn Slew, was a dual (Ire) grade II-placed stakes winner in England at two and three. The following day, Heatseeker (Ire) was accredited with his first winner when Surtsey won going six furlongs at Toronto’s Woodbine racecourse in Ontario, Canada. The nine-year-old son of Giant’s Causeway was a grade I winner of $1,177,776 and relocated this year to Harris Farms in Coalinga after standing his first three seasons at stud in Kentucky from 2008 to 2010. Spensive, also 12, attained his first winner on July 22, when his threeyear-old gelding Rico Espada aced a six-furlong test during the California State Fair meet in Sacramento. The grade II-placed stakes winner by Ponche holds court at E.A. Ranches in Ramona.

Auction Action Three racing prospects with Californiabased broodmare sires brought significant prices during New York auctions in August. A Street Cry (Ire) colt out of the graded stakes-producing grade I winner Sweet Talker, by the Golden Eagle Farm stallion Stormin Fever, sold to Third Street Stable for $600,000 at the 2012 Fasig-Tipton Saratoga Selected Yearlings Sale on Aug. 7. At the same venue, a Tapit half-brother to the group I-placed stakes winner Zaidan was purchased by agent Al Pike for $285,000. His dam is the stakes-placed winner Element of Truth, by the Magali Farms sire Atticus. A colt by Majestic Warrior out of the stakes-producing stakes winner Road to Mandalay, by the Victory Rose Thoroughbreds stallion Sea of Secrets, commanded the fourth-highest overall price of $220,000 from agent Nick de Meric during the 2012 Fasig-Tipton Saratoga New York-Bred Preferred Yearlings Sale on Aug. 11.

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California-Breds Countrywide A couple of multiple stakeswinning California-breds added black-type wins to their records this past month. The $50,000 Arapahoe Park Classic Stakes in Colorado on Aug. 12, was won for the second time in three years by Hezamazing, a ŠCoady seven-year-old gelding bred in Hezamazing California by George Krikorian. By Indy Film (San Lee Ranch), out of the winning Ruhlmann mare She’s Amazing, he now has 14 wins, 11 seconds, four

thirds and $274,053 in earnings from 40 career starts. On July 21, six-year-old Alywyn was the winner of the $49,370 John Patrick Handicap at Northlands Park in Alberta, Canada. A daughter of Benchmark (Ballena Vista Farm) and the winning Deputy Minister mare Renaissance Woman, she was bred by Pam and Martin Wygod and has now earned $302,567 from a 30-14-7-3 record.

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On Aug. 6, two maternal grandsons of the Paradise Road Ranch stallion Western Fame added to his broodmare sire credentials when they each won a stakes race on the same card at Hastings Racecourse. Taylor Said, a four-year-old Stephanotis gelding, collected his fourth consecutive stakes trophy when he dominated the $75,000 Redekop British Columbia Cup Classic Handicap by 6 1/4 lengths. Less than four hours later, his three-year-old half-brother Taylors Deal, by Second in Command, drew off to win the $50,000 British Columbia Cup Stellar’s Jay Handicap by 5 1/4 lengths, marking his third lifetime stakes win. Both runners were produced by the Western Fame mare Fleet Amyanne.

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California Closers

The next monthly meeting of the California Thoroughbred Farm Managers Association (CTFMA) will be held at the San Luis Rey Downs Country Club in Bonsall on Tuesday, Sept. 18…On Thursday, Sept. 20, the California Horse Racing Board (CHRB) will hold its next monthly meeting at Fairplex in Pomona…The Jockey Club is projecting a 2013 North American registered Thoroughbred foal crop of 24,700, the same number that was projected for the 2012 crop one year ago, while its foal crop projections for 2010 and 2011 have been revised downward by 1,500 for each year…Effective, July 1, the California Thoroughbred Business League (CTBL) renewed its agreement for a state-wide Worker’s Compen-sation program with Finish Line Insurance Group (FSLIG), including increases to the Jockey Mount premiums.

California Champion Dancing In Silks Retired Seven-year-old Dancing in Silks, a California-bred gelding who captured the 2009 Sentient Jet Breeders’ Cup Sprint (grade I) at Santa Anita Park, has concluded his racing career. He won seven of 25 lifetime starts and was honored as the California Champion Older Male, Champion Sprinter and joint California Horse of the Year of 2009. The $1,500,401-earner by Black Minnaloushe out of Lemhi Love, by Royal and Regal, was bred by Ronald E. Jex.

This year the 2012 California Cup will be held during the Autumn Meet at Santa Anita Park on Saturday, October 13. Guaranteed purses of over $1,000,000 Early nominations close on September 19, 2012 Regular nominations close on October 6, 2012

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Pete Pedersen Longtime California racing official Pete Pedersen died in Pasadena on Aug. 5 at the age of 92. A Washington native and World War II veteran, Pedersen worked as a steward throughout California for 50 years until his retirement in 2005. He received an Eclipse Award of Merit in 2002 and the Laffit Pincay Jr. Award in 2008 in recognition of his outstanding service to the Thoroughbred industry. Correction On page 49 of the August 2012 issue of California Thoroughbred, the purses for both the California Cup Juvenile Stakes and California Cup Juvenile Fillies Stakes for horses bred or sired in California who are nominated to the Golden State Series should have been listed as $250,000 each and not $100,000 each.

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September 11, 2002

10 Years Ago California-bred Icecoldbeeratreds became a dual stakes winner at the Del Mar Thoroughbred Club when he won the grade II, $250,000 Del Mar Futurity on Sept. 11, 2002. Mike Pegram’s homebred son of In Excess (Ire) and Crafty Prospector’s three-time winner Guilded Times, the 2002/2003 California Broodmare of the Year, ran only once more before being voted that year’s California Champion Two-Year-Old Male based on a final career record of three wins, a second and $353,800 in earnings from five starts.

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The CTBA Working For You

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

Nominations Reminder For Cal Cup XXIII Early nominations to the 23rd edition of California Cup at Santa Anita Park in Arcadia on Saturday, Oct. 13, close on Wednesday, Sept. 19, while late nominations close on Saturday, Oct. 6. This lucrative day of racing for horses bred or sired in California will feature guaranteed purse money of more than $1 million, including five stakes races

worth $900,000. Both the Cal Cup Juvenile Stakes and Cal Cup Juvenile Fillies Stakes offer $250,000, up from $100,000 each in 2011. The $175,000 Lava Man Cal Cup Classic Stakes returns to the dirt after moving to turf from allweather last year, while the grassy Cal Cup Distaff Stakes is worth $125,000 and the main track Cal Cup Sprint Stakes offers a $100,000 purse.

Selling at the Barretts Oct. Yearling Sale

CTBA Hosting Northern California Stallion Tour On Saturday, Oct. 20, a bus tour hosted by the CTBA will leave Elk Grove and visit Daehling Ranch, Woodbridge Farm, Paradise Road Ranch, West 12 Ranch and Victory Rose Thoroughbreds to inspect more than 15 stallions. The cost will be $30 per person, including a box lunch and ticket for a 2013 stallion breeding draw.

CTBA Stallion Directory Deadline Reminder Stallion and farm owners are reminded that the deadline to submit completed contracts for the California Thoroughbred 2013 Stallion Directory is Saturday, Sept. 15. For a contract, or more informaion, please contact the magazine’s Advertising Manager, Loretta Veiga, at either (626) 445-7800, extension 227 or Loretta@ctba.com.

This February filly is by Kodiak Kowboy, Champion Sprinter of 2009. Kodiak Kowboy was also Champion 2-year-old in Canada in 2007. He won multiple graded stakes in the U. S. and placed in the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile on the way to amassing over $544K in earnings during his 2-year-old season. A multiple graded stakes winner at 3, Kodiak Kowboy came into his own at 4 when he won 3 G1 N. Y. stakes and was voted runner up as older horse of 2009. He retired sound with earnings of $1,663,363. This year his first crop Fasig Tipton yearlings have sold for up to $80K. Kodiak Kowboy is by leading sire Posse, sire of Breeders’ Cup winner Caleb's Posse and out of Kokadire, she a half to G1 millionaire West by West. The dam of the yearling filly is the 100%-producing Seattle Dancer mare Cantina, she the producer of 7 multiple winners of near $800K. The filly is thus half to multiple graded stakesplaced front running 8-time winner of $337,678, Roi Charmant. Her second dam Chic or Two, was a stakes winner of $202,200 and she half to Triple Bend (etr), graded stakes winner of $574,745 Now Listen. Every generation has a graded sprinter, including champion and $1.5 million G1-earner Kinsale King.

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REGISTRATION & NOMINATION DEADLINES Saturday, September 1, 2012–2012 Report of Mares Bred due from stallion owners to the California Thoroughbred Breeders Association (CTBA) Sunday, September 30, 2012–Californiabred registration of foals of 2011 at $100 fee for CTBA members or $125 for non-members (Monday, Oct. 1 to Monday, Dec. 31, 2012, $125 fee for CTBA members or $150 fee for non-members).

The CTBA Calendar Corner Barretts October Yearling Sale Tuesday, October 9 & Wednesday, October 10 Fairplex Hinds Pavilion), Pomona California Cup XXIII Saturday, October 13 Santa Anita Park, Arcadia For further information, contact the CTBA’s Event Coordinator Christy Chapman at either christy@ctba.com or (800) 573-2822, extension 247.

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

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

Mrs. Kenneth M. Schiffer, Director Emeritus

Art On Display In Burke Library Rotating displays of art owned by the California Thoroughbred Foundation (CTF) are featured in the Carleton F. Burke Memorial Library at the CTBA offices in Arcadia. An example is a painting of Swaps in the Santa Anita paddock gardens. The artist is James N. Slick. The library also exhibits a number of trophies and plates won by notable stakes winners.

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. 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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Acclamation: More Of The Same

The Grade California-Breds

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by RUDI GROOTHEDDE For California-bred Acclamation it was a case of more of the same when he scored his second consecutive victory in the grade I, $300,000 Eddie Read Stakes at the Del Mar Thoroughbred Club on July 21. Coming off his third win in a row in the grade I, $250,000 Charles Whittingham Memorial Handicap at Hollywood Park on June 9, the six-year-old bay horse extended his unbeaten streak in graded stakes races to seven. That achievement is put into perspective when one realizes that only such Cal-bred greats as Tiznow, Best Pal, Lava Man, Brother Derek and Nashoba’s Key were able to win four such races consecutively during their own illustrious careers. To win this year’s Eddie Read, Acclamation also exhibited his customary winning style; gate-to-wire. Since he began his incredible winning run in the grade II, $150,000 Jim Murray Handicap at Hollywood on May 14, 2011, he has been headed by just two horses, both in the early stages of races; All Saint in the Jim Murray, and Make Music for Me in his final start of last year, the grade II, $150,000 Clement L. Hirsch Turf Championship Stakes at Santa Anita Park on Oct. 2. The other win in his current streak was the grade I, $1 million Pacific Classic Stakes at Del Mar on Aug. 28, 2011, a title that he was planning to defend on Aug. 26, before he was diagnosed with a mild strain to a ligament in the area of his left front pastern following a workout at the seaside track on Aug. 13. E. W. “Bud” Johnston, who bred and owns Acclamation in partnership with his wife Judy, daughter Mary and son-in-law Pete Hilvers under their Old English Rancho banner, was quoted as saying on Aug. 16, “It’s not serious. It’s not career-

ending, at least we don’t think so right now. But it’s something that makes it impossible to train on it for a short period of time at least. We have to keep a close watch, and he’ll tell us when he’s ready. We can’t say one way or the other, but he’s not lame or anything, he’s acting fine this morning, and I think he’ll be back.” Back in this year’s Eddie Read, the 2011 Eclipse Champion Older Male set fractions of :24.97, :49 flat, 1:12.57 and 1:35.45 before posting a final time of 1:46.86 for the 1 1/8mile trip on the firm turf. Ridden by Pat Valenzuela, who had picked up the mount for the 2011Pacific Classic, he defeated Interaction (Arg), a multiple group I winner in his native land, by 2 3/4 lengths with 2012 grade II winner Casino Host finishing a further 2 1/4 lengths back in third. Acclamation went to post in the five-strong field as the 2-5 race favorite, while the 5-2 second wagering choice Slim Shadey (GB), a grade II winner this year, finished last and 20-1 longshot Hog’s Hollow ran fourth. From 11 wins, two seconds and six thirds in 30 starts, Acclamation’s earnings are $1,958,048, placing him in 11th place on the all-time leading Cal-bred money winners list behind a group of multimillionaires led by the $6,427,830-earner Tiznow. By Unusual Heat, who stood at Old English Rancho in Sanger from 1999 to 2010 but now stands at Harris Farms in Coalinga, Acclamation is out of the 2011/2012 California Broodmare of the Year, Winning in Style. This 1988 unraced daughter of Silveyville is also the dam of the stakes-placed winners Strut Your Stuff and Always in Style, while in 2012, she produced a Vronsky colt, her first offspring since foaling Acclamation on May 16, 2006.

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Amazombie: Better Than Ever

The Grade California-Breds

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by EMILY SHIELDS Is it possible for a six-year-old gelding to look better than he did at four and five? That is what has happened in the case of Amazombie, an impressive feat given that he was named the 2011 Eclipse Champion Male Sprinter after winning last November’s grade I, $1,363,500 Breeders’ Cup Sprint. Now he is marching towards a defense of his Breeders’ Cup title, following the same path he did last year with one notable difference: instead of finishing third in the Bing Crosby Stakes as he did in 2011, Amazombie won the grade I, $300,000 event on July 29. After Amazombie made five previous starts at the Del Mar Thoroughbred Club and won none of them, trainer Bill Spawr had reason to believe the popular California-bred simply didn’t like the all-weather Polytrack surface. Perhaps the seaside air is particularly invigorating this year, or Amazombie is simply enjoying his daily turnout in an oversized pen on the Del Mar backstretch, but the son of Northern Afleet blossomed in the weeks leading up to the six-furlong Bing Crosby. His coat gleamed over hardened muscles, and Spawr didn’t need much persuasion to show him off to visitors. Although Amazombie wowed onlookers while he schooled every day for nearly a week before the Bing Crosby, much of the pre-race attention focused on dual grade I-winning Kentucky-bred The Factor, who had defeated Amazombie in the grade II, $200,000 San Carlos Handicap at Santa Anita Park on Feb. 25. The fleet gray colt worked a superb bullet 11 days before the race, going five furlongs in :58 4/5. He would go to the post as the even-money favorite in a field of five. But when The Factor, a known front-runner, broke from the gate, he found himself confronted with more speed in the form of Comma to the Top, the 2010 grade I CashCall

Futurity winner. Those two sprinted off to duel early, while Amazombie under jockey Mike Smith waited patiently back in third. Once the field turned into the stretch, Smith gave Amazombie his cue and the gelding overtook The Factor to score by 1 1/4 lengths in 1:08.65, the fastest finish time run during the Del Mar meet to that point. Capital Account closed to finish third, while Comma to the Top and Don Tito completed the field. Smith echoed the thoughts of those who had seen Amazombie in the week before the race. “He’s bigger, stronger, thicker this year,” the Hall of Fame rider said. “He is just something special.” Amazombie now has earnings of $1,905,378 to go along with his 12 wins, five seconds and six thirds in 27 starts. After losing the San Carlos, he won the grade II, $150,000 Potrero Grande Handicap on Apr. 7. He returned to Churchill Downs, the site of his Breeders’ Cup heroics, for the $441,600 Churchill Downs Handicap (grade II) on May 5, but missed by a length to 2011 Preakness Stakes (grade I) winner Shackleford. That day, Amazombie was five lengths clear of Gantry, who returned to win the grade II Smile Sprint Handicap next out, while Shackleford himself took down the grade I, $750,000 Metropolitan Handicap in his subsequent start. Amazombie, who was bred by Gregg Anderson out of the two-time winner Wilshe Amaze, by In Excess (Ire), is expected to race twice more this year. He will point for the grade I, $250,000 Santa Anita Sprint Championship on Oct. 6, which he won last year when it was called the Ancient Title Stakes. As he did in 2011, Amazombie will hopefully then use that prep as a springboard to the 2012 Breeders’ Cup Sprint, to be run over his home track of Santa Anita on Saturday, Nov. 3.

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The 2011/2012 California Broodmare of the Year

Winning In Style: A Flair For Success

by EMILY SHIELDS E.W. “Bud” Johnston calls Winning in Style “a terrific mare,” which is both true and a bit of an understatement. Johnston’s homebred mare was recently voted the 2012 California Broodmare of the Year, She is best known as the dam of 2011 Eclipse Champion Older Male, Acclamation, but she has also produced two other stakes horses among five winners from seven runners. Johnston is enshrined in California’s Racing Hall of Fame alongside his father, E. B. Johnston. The elder Johnston acquired Winning in Style’s second dam, Solidity, in the early 1960s. She immediately repaid him by producing the five-time 1964 stakes winner Fleet Treat, who is honored every year with a race in her name at the Del Mar Thoroughbred Club. She also foaled grade III winner Impressive Style and stakes winner Chief Hawk Ear. Lady With Style, a daughter of Fleet Discovery, was born in 1974. She produced five winners as a broodmare. Her best included the graded stakes winner and $791,725earner Stylish Winner, third in the $1 million Santa Anita Handicap (grade I) in 1989, and Stylish Stud. That stakes winner was third in the inaugural $300,000 California Cup Classic Handicap at Santa Anita Park in 1990. Lady With Style’s second to last foal was Winning in Style. The daughter of Silveyville never raced, but joined Johnston’s impressive Old English Rancho broodmare band. Her first two foals, by Obraztsovy, did not race either, but her fourth foal, Flying in Style by Flying Sensation, won once in two tries. Next came Do It in Style, by Bertrando, who earned $89,385 with three wins.

Judy’s in Style, born in 1999 and named after Johnston’s wife and business partner, did not win, but kicked off a series of stakes horses for Winning in Style. Strut Your Stuff, a filly by Bold Badgett, was third in the $99,300 Cat’s Cradle Handicap at Hollywood Park. She earned $233,137. Always in Style was foaled in 2005. The daughter of Lucayan Prince finished second in the $125,000 California Cup Juvenile Fillies in 2007, and second in the $50,000 Las Madrinas Handicap in 2011. She earned $153,252 with 11 on-the-board finishes in 18 starts. On May 16, 2006, Winning in Style’s greatest legacy was born: her strapping bay son of Unusual Heat, Acclamation. Under the conditioning of trainer Don Warren, Acclamation broke his maiden in his third start on Dec. 21 of his juvenile season. At three, he won an allowance optional claiming race and finished third in the grade I, $300,000 Hollywood Derby and a pair of grade II races, the $350,000 Del Mar Derby and the $150,000 San Gabriel Handicap. In 2010, Acclamation surprised when he won the grade II, $150,000 Jim Murray Handicap by 7 1/2 lengths. The runaway victor had led by as many as 10 lengths at one point, and was never truly challenged. He employed similar tactics to win his first grade I in the $250,000 Charles Whittingham Memorial Handicap, covering the grassy 10-furlong distance in 1:59.45. After poor performances in a pair of grade I races, the BetFair/TVG United Nations Stakes at New Jersey’s Monmouth Park and the Eddie Read Stakes at the Del Mar Thoroughbred Club, Acclamation was put away with a 2011 campaign in mind. He returned at five to successfully defend his title in both

The Results Of The Ballot For The 2011/2012 California Broodmare Of The Year As Voted By The CTBA Membership

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1st—Winning in Style 2nd—Blending Element (Ire) 3rd—Cause I’m Tricky 4th—Wilshe Amaze 5th—Ankha Winning in Style with her 2012 Vronsky colt at Old English Rancho in Sanger, California.

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the Jim Murray and the Charlie Whittingham. At that point, he looked merely like a front-running freak on the grass, but his legend grew exponentially with each passing race. After winning the Whittingham for the second time, Acclamation wheeled back at Del Mar and shortened up to 1 1/8 miles for the grade I, $300,000 Eddie Read Stakes. He defeated the like of grade I winner Jeranimo, then set his sights on the Pacific Classic Stakes. To win this $1 million event, Acclamation would have to prove he could win on Del Mar’s all-weather Polytrack surface over top-class main track horses such as Game On Dude and Twirling Candy. At the wire, Acclamation prevailed by a head, edging favored Twirling Candy in a thrilling renewal of Del Mar’s signature race. After taking the grade II, $150,000 Clement L. Hirsch Turf Championship, Acclamation went back to the sidelines to prepare for a 2012 campaign. While he was resting at Warren’s Santa Anita barn, he was named the Eclipse Champion Older Male of 2011, as well as last year’s California Horse of the Year, Champion Older Male and Champion Grass Horse. Due to some minor setbacks, Acclamation’s seasonal bow was delayed until the Whittingham, but he won the $250,000 contest, becoming only the first horse since Hall of Fame legend John Henry to take the race three times, and the first to do it consecutively. He defended his Eddie Read title as well, running his win streak to seven, and was on target to try the Pacific Classic again before suffering a mild strain of a ligament in mid-August. Acclamation has

11 wins, two seconds and six thirds in 30 starts and has earned $1,958,048. “There are over thirty stakes horses descended from Winning in Style’s second dam,” Johnston said, referring to Solidity. “We kept most of the females in the family and bred them, which has turned out well for us. We’ve had a lot of good horses, Flying First Class among them.” Flying First Class, a foal of 2004, is out of Flying in Style. The Cal-bred son of Perfect Mandate won the Derby Trial Stakes at Churchill Downs in 2007, before contesting the grade I Preakness Stakes at Pimlico. He was campaigned by Hall of Famer D. Wayne Lukas while racing for Johnston. With several of her other daughters retained as Old English Rancho broodmares, it is possible that Winning in Style will continue to influence the sport for generations to come. Do It in Style is the dam of $80,260-earner Atta Boy Pete and $107,980-earner He’s So Stylish has Winning in Style as a third dam, while Madeoftherightstuff, an Aug. 16 maiden winner at Del Mar, is out of Strut Your Stuff. Winning in Style had not delivered a foal since Acclamation, but produced a “good-sized” Vronksy colt this year, but is not in foal for 2013. It becomes increasingly difficult to get the 24-year-old mare in foal, but every attempt is made with Winning in Style. “When blue hen mares come along, they are awfully nice to have. She has been a prolific mare,” Johnston amended. That is more appropriate praise for a California Broodmare of the Year.

Judy's In Style, ch. f., by River Flyer. In NA, Unplaced at 3 (NA SSI = 0.00): 4. Oaks [G1] ($300,000, DMR), 1st Sunshine Millions Distaff S. [OR] Strut Your Stuff, b. f., by Bold Badgett. In NA, Winner at 3, $36,645 (NA SSI = 4.45): 3. $300,000, 1st= 5.44): Honeymoon H. [G2] Silveyville, Silveyville, 1978 78 In US, 4 wins($165,000, at 4 and 6,SA) $196,492 (US SSI 16. 3rd Cat's Cradle($150,000, Handicap-R Zurina, 1970 70 Zurina, HOL), 1st (Total: San Clemente H. [G2] ($150,000, DMR), 1st California Winning In Style, b. f. ($11,400, HOL) $99,300. $233,137) Winning in Style, b. f. Foaled 1988 Breeders’ Champion S. (F) [OR] ($60,000, SA) $100,000, 2nd Fleet Discovery, 1963 2002 Foaled 1988 Fleet Discovery, 63 Stylish Prince, b. g., by Lucayan Prince. Unraced. in California LadyLady With Style, 1974 74 2005 Always In Style, b. f., Oaks by Lucayan In US, Winner at 3 and placed at 6, Kentucky [G1]Prince. ($584,300, CD), 2nd Las5,Virgenes S.$153,252 [G1] With Style, in California Solidity, 1957 (US SSI = 3.26): 18. 2nd California CupSanta Juv. Fillies S.-RS.($25,000, OSA) $125,000, Las Solidity, 57 ($250,000, SA), 2nd Ysabel [G3] ($100,000, SA),2nd 2nd Madrinas H. ($9,500, FPX)Dancer $50,000.H. [OR] ($20,000, SA) $98,000, 3rd Breeders’ Valentine Total Produce Record: 2006 ACCLAMATION, b. c., by Unusual Heat. Champion Older Male 2011. In US, 9 wins, Total Produce Record: Cup Filly And Mare Sprint [G1] ($909,000, CD), 3rd Queen Eliz(US SSI = 22.31): 28. 1st Tvg Pacific Classic S. [G1] ($1,000,000, Named Foals Runners Winners SWs (graded) Stakes-Placed 2 to 5, $1,628,048 Named Foals Runners Winners SWs (graded) Stakes-Placed abeth II Challenge Cup S [G1] ($400,000, KEE). DMR), 1st Eddie Read S. [G1] ($300,000, DMR), 1st Charles Whittingham Memorial H. 2 99 7 7 5 5 1(1) 1 (1) 2 b. or br. f.,Memorial by Salt Lake. In US, WinnerHOL), at 2008 Maggie McGowan, [G1] ($250,000, HOL), 1st Charlesdk. Whittingham H. [G1] ($250,000, California Foals (Named): California Foals (Named): 3, H. 2011, (USHOL), SSI =1st 5.74*): 2. L. Hirsch Turf Championship S. 1st Jim Murray [G2]$36,768 ($150,000, Clement 1993 Styled, b. f., JEWEL, by Obraztsovy. 2007High EVENING b. f.,Unraced. by Northern Afleet. In US, 7 wins, 2 to 4, 2011, $1,221,399[G2]2009 Black Valentine, blk. f., H. by[G2] Cindago. Unraced. ($150,000, SA), 1st Jim Murray ($150,000, HOL), 2nd Ralph M. Hinds 1995 Like(US HerSSI Style,= b.22.13): f., by Obraztsovy. Unraced.Bank Ashland S. [G1] ($400,000, KEE), 1st Del MarPomona 19. 1st Central Inv. H. [L] ($18,000, FPX) $99,000, 3rd Del Mar Derby [G2] ($350,000, DMR), 3rd Domiciled in California 1996 Panache, b. f., by Ruhlmann. In NA, Unplaced at 3 (NA SSI = 0.00*): 1. Hollywood Derby [G1] ($300,000, HOL), 3rd Strub S. [G2] ($200,000, SA), 3rd San 1997 Flying In Style. b, f., by Flying Sensation. In NA, Winner at 4, $14,820 (NA SSI = 3.16*): 2. Gabriel H. [G2] ($150,000, SA). Ntr Del Mar 1 1/4m 02:00.61 (A) 2011. 1998 Do It In Style, b. f., by Bertrando. In NA, 3 wins at 3 and 4, $89,385 (NA SSI = 1.93): 18.

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Willa B Awesome: A Rewarding Result

The 2011/2012 Valkyr Trophy by MARCIE HEACOX

Terry Lovingier’s favorite part of horse racing is raising Cal-bred maiden winner Cause I’m Tricky is by foals, and that made it all the sweeter when his homebred Lovingier’s first Thoroughbred stallion, the pensioned Willa B Awesome was voted the 2011/2012 Valkyr Trophy Nineeleven, out of his Cal-bred mare Takenbyhertitle as the most consistent, stakes-level two-year-old or beauty. All of her foals have been sired either by three-year-old California-bred filly. Awesome Gambler or fellow Lovacres stallion Rio “I was thrilled,” Lovingier said. “I think anybody can buy Verde. By the latter, she produced the stakes-placed a racehorse if they want, but when you raise one like that, winners Got Tobe Rio and Rio Tricky and a two-yearthere’s just so much gratification behind it.” old filly who was sold and shipped to France. Cause I’m Lovingier, a 15-year California Thoroughbred Breeders Tricky’s other foals by Awesome Gambler are a yearling Association (CTBA) member, and wife Barbara raised colt named Willie B Awesome, a weanling filly and, Willa B Awesome at their 650-acre Lovacres Ranch in hopefully, a foal this coming spring. Lovingier said the mare was a good match for Warner Springs. The three-yearAwesome Gambler because old chestnut filly’s sire, Awesome The Results Of The Ballot For she was a complete outcross. Gambler, and dam, Cause I’m The 2011/2012 Valkyr Trophy “When you’re first starting, Tricky, are both housed there. As Voted By because it’s his first crop, as a Stakes winner Awesome The CTBA Membership breeder you’re just trying to see Gambler was the Golden State’s 1st—Willa B Awesome what’s going to cross best with leading freshman sire of 2011, 2nd—Teddy’s Promise him,” Lovingier said. “Awesome largely in thanks to Willa B 3rd—Halo Dolly Gambler’s a really, really good Awesome, his first black-type 4th—Ismene sire because he can crop in all winner. He’s been at Lovacres 5th—Sugarinthemorning different directions.” since he entered stud in 2008.

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Lovingier was there at Willa B Awesome’s early-morning birth and watched the large foal grow up in a pasture next to his ranch house. He said she was a sweet-natured individual, and he’d often take a glass of wine along as he visited her inside her paddock. He gave her the nickname “Willa,” which inspired her official name, and now her racing success has inspired him to include some form of “W” in each new name from that family. Lovingier sells most of his horses, and he entered Willa B Awesome in the 2011 Barretts January Mixed Sale as a two-year-old, where trainer Caesar Dominguez made the winning $18,000 bid. Dominguez bought the filly on his behalf. Lovingier then used the auction price to determine the value of shares he sold to friends and fellow Southern California residents Phil Daniels, Patsy London and John Winters. Lovingier said he would’ve sold Willa B Awesome had her price gone up to around $20,000, but he thinks Awesome Gambler’s freshman sire status and lack of racing notoriety kept her price down. “She was marvelous as a yearling,” Lovingier said. “She had to be in the top five percent of all horses in California in terms of how good she looked.” After the sale, Lovingier put the filly into the hands of Walther Solis, one of several trainers he employs. The two met through Dominguez when Solis was as aspiring jockey and worked with one of the Lovingier’s racing American Quarter Horses. “We’ve been very, very good friends, and he’s a marvelous trainer, very underrated on the trainer scale,” Lovingier said. Known for his prowess with two-year-olds, Solis had Willa B Awesome ready to fire when she won her debut on Apr. 21, 2011 on Hollywood Park’s all-weather Cushion Track surface. Then, in her first race eligible toward Valkyr Trophy voting, she ran third in the Cinderella Stakes. Her next three races were at the Del Mar Thoroughbred Club—second-place in the California Thoroughbred Breeders Association Stakes, fourth-place in the Sorrento Stakes (grade III) and fifth-place in the Generous Portion Stakes.

The owners then took advantage of her sales history and won Fairplex Park’s $89,900 Barretts Debutante Stakes restricted to horses who went through the company’s auction ring. She finished the year with three more in-themoney finishes in the Robert H. Walter California Cup Juvenile Fillies Stakes at Santa Anita Park, the Sharp Cat Stakes at Hollywood and the California Breeders Champion Stakes at Santa Anita. Willa B Awesome then turned in her best stretch of racing in her first four races of 2012. She achieved her first graded stakes victory Jan. 28 in the grade III, $100,000 Santa Ysabel Stakes, 1 1/16 miles over Santa Anita’s dirt course. Encouraged by that performance, her connections entered her in the grade I, $250,000 Las Virgenes Stakes, but she could only finish fourth. However, Willa B Awesome’s team didn’t give up on grade I glory, and were rewarded with the $300,000 Santa Anita Oaks on March 31. Jockey Martin Pedroza rode her to a nose win, providing her trainer and owners with their most prestigious score ever. They bypassed the Kentucky Oaks (grade I) and instead stayed home to claim first prize in Hollywood Park’s $288,000 Melair Stakes on Apr. 28. From June 1, 2011 to May 31, 2012, the time period eligible for Valkyr Trophy voting, Willa B Awesome showed durability and consistency with four wins, three places and two shows in 12 starts. Since then, she’s run sixth in the Hollywood Oaks (grade II) and third in the Fleet Treat Stakes to run her career record to 15-5-3-3 with $615,896 earned. Willa B Awesome is currently back at the place where it all started for a few weeks of rest and recuperation, and this time she’s a keeper. Her racing success led Lovingier and others to breed more than 80 mares to Awesome Gambler this past season, hoping to get another special horse. “I raise a lot of horses every year, and I can’t afford to run every single one of them, so I sell horses too,” Lovingier said. “I’m probably the luckiest guy in the world to still have Willa when she’s racing, because I loved her so much.”

Grade I Santa Anita Oaks—March 31, 2012

$288,000 Melair Stakes— April 28, 2012

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Rock Solid CTBA Sales Northern California Yearling Sale by LISA GROOTHEDDE Featuring fireworks at the top and a solid catalog as its Desert Code filly out of Incinderator’s winning daughter base, the 2012 Northern California Yearling Sale achieved Cinder Girl who sold to trainer Robert B. Hess Jr. significant across-the-board gains when it was hosted by the and a Stormy Jack colt out of Moscow Ballet’s winning California Thoroughbred Breeders Association (CTBA) at daughter Watermelon Wine who was acquired by the Alameda County Fairgrounds in Pleasanton on Aug. 14. Sherman. The former was bred by Nancy Probert and her The auction grossed $528,200 from the reported sale of late husband, Dick, and consigned by Colleen Turpin69 horses, representing a tremendous 58.7 percent increase Boyce for Probert’s Rancho de los Aviadores; the latter from the corresponding sale in 2011, when 65 yearlings were was bred by David McGlothlin in partnership with sold for a collective $332,900. The average price for yearlings consignor Harris Farms. soared by 49.5 percent, from $5,122 to $7,655, while the Kafwain ranked as the auction’s leading sire by average, median swelled by 48.1 percent, from $2,700 to $4,000. The two or more sold, with a pair of his colts selling for an buy-back rate for yearlings improved average of $34,000; Bigon bred and from 30.9 percent in 2011 to 27.4 consigned both youngsters. Among percent this year, when 26 of the stallions represented by first-crop yearlings offered went unsold. yearlings, Harris Farms’ Desert Code The horses who commanded the topped the list with five offspring sold auction’s highest bids were all bred for an average of $6,700. in California. With four yearlings purchased for a Topping the proceedings at total of $64,500, Sherman was the $55,000 was Boston Charley, a colt sale’s leading buyer. by the E.A. Ranches stallion Rocky For the second consecutive year, Bar out of the stakes winner Iza Bon Sue Greene’s Woodbridge Farm Bon, by Iz a Saros. A half-brother to ranked highest among consignors, the dual stakes-placed winner with 15 yearlings sold for an aggregate Boston Charley, a son of the E.A. Ranches sire Candy Pull, he was bred by the late $131,500. Woodbridge also repeated Rocky Bar, was the $55,000 sale-topper Gerald Redman and purchased from its success as the source of the at the 2012 Northern California Yearling Sale. the Woodbridge Farm consignment sale-topper; in 2011, the consignment by Double Kee LLC of Arizona, the state where Rocky Bar featured the session-topping $40,000 filly Potentiality. led the annual sire list by progeny earnings in 2009. “I have been fortunate enough to have mature, precocious Boston Charley’s price was the highest recorded at the yearlings with pedigrees and sire power that appeal to the Northern California Yearling Sale since 2006, when a Northern California-based trainers and buyers,” Greene said. Benchmark colt named Snuffy Smith sold for $72,000 and “We work hard prepping all our yearlings, putting good contwo additional horses sold for $60,000 each. dition and getting an athletic walk on each individual.” A colt by the Tommy Town Thoroughbreds sire Kafwain “This year’s sale-topper was very balanced, as well as being elicited the second-highest price of the 2012 session when he from a very precocious family both top and bottom,” she sold for $50,000 to Mersad Metanovic and trainer Jeff noted. “The Rocky Bar colt had a good walk, and showed Bonde. Named Zenn Again, he was produced by the dual well each time he was presented to a potential buyer. This stakes winner Ms Zenna, by Zen, and bred by his consignor, colt was also bred similar to a stakes-placed brother, which Cheryl Bigon. tells me that buyers are looking at pedigrees as well as the Selling for $42,000 to trainer Gary Sherlock was a individuals.” half-brother to 2011 Barretts Juvenile Stakes winner In addition to her life’s work as the owner and manager of Unhitchthetrailor. The colt, from the first crop of the Woodbridge, Greene serves as CTBA President, a position Lovacres Ranch stallion Time to Get Even, was produced by which offers her a unique perspective on the sale itself. Ide’s stakes-placed winner Robotica, and bred and consigned “I think this year’s group of yearlings consigned to the by Terry Lovingier of Lovacres Ranch. Northern California sale were well-prepared,” she said. Leading the way for her gender was Reno Lucky Lady, a “Although we offered fewer yearlings, the quality of yearlings filly who was bred by consignor Harris Farms and sired by that were consigned appeared to be very well-received.” farm resident Lucky J. H. The first foal out of the unraced “This sale is important as a venue for our breeders in the Jump Start mare Jump was purchased by trainer Art Sherman north, and we are pleased with the reception it has received for $26,000, establishing her as the fourth most expensive since returning nine years ago.” yearling of the sale. For complete results of the 2012 Northern California Sharing the fifth-best price, at $21,000 each, were a Yearling Sale, visit www.ctba.com. ©Mesaros

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Walther Solis: A Rising Star

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by EMILY SHIELDS Trainer Walther Solis seems to have suddenly appeared was working with over seven hundred head of horses, and I knew them all,” Solis said. When John Mabee from nowhere, armed with a stable of precocious juvedied in 2002, the farm staff were split into different niles and a grade I-winning filly to boot. In reality, the divisions and Solis found himself as the head of all veteran Solis has been paying his dues for 25 years, horse operations. After a year and a half, he was serving first as a jockey and then as both an assistant ready to move on. trainer and farm manager. He is now training his “It was time to quit,” he explained. “I started own string with notable success. contacting trainers at the track to ask if they The road to training on his own took needed an assistant.” several twists and turns along the way. It was Hall of Fame trainer Bob Baffert Sometime in the 1980s, Solis started to who encouraged Solis to open his own work for trainer Caesar Dominguez, stable. Solis had inquired about working learning how to ride his Quarter Horses. for Baffert, but the trainer turned him away. After growing tired of battling his “He said, ‘Why would you want to go work weight, Solis retired from the saddle in 1991, and instead took out his assistant for someone else? You’re ready to go out on trainer’s license at Golden Gate Fields. your own,’” Solis explained. “I was afraid, He stuck with Dominguez when that but everyone is afraid to take that big step.” conditioner switched to Thoroughbreds, Solis started training in October of and remained in this assistant position 2004, with just one racehorse and a stable for eight years. pony to his name. On the side, he started “I decided then that it was time to to buy horses from the yearling sales in leave the racehorse business,” Solis Kentucky and pinhook them at Barretts recounted. “My kids were growing up the next year, which turned into a successful and I was missing it, so I took a normal venture. nine to five job, Monday through Friday. In 2007, Solis trained Time to Get Even That only lasted a month.” to win Hollywood Park’s grade III, $109,700 Solis returned to the track under trainer Lazaro Barrera Memorial Stakes in only his Brian Lynch, and his reputation as an third start. That horse is now standing for expert handler of young horses grew. After $2,000 at Terry Lovingier’s Lovacres Ranch nearly three more years, John and Betty in Warner Springs, California. Mabee’s renowned Golden Eagle Farm The association with Lovingier has contacted Solis and asked put Solis on the map. “He him to come live and work hadn’t won enough races on their property. “I couldn’t with other trainers, and refuse the job,” he said. “I had a bunch of babies. I’m good with babies, so our sold my house and moved partnership started,” Solis my family to Ramona. explained. They provided me with a In 2008, Solis started new home, a car and a good churning out juvenile winsalary.” ners for Lovingier, scoring Six months after Solis at Santa Anita Park and began working there, he Hollywood, including with was promoted to be the the dual stakes-placed Got full time racing manager. Tobe Rio. The following He also got involved in year, they started Grace their breeding operation Upon Grace who finished and traveled to Kentucky Time to Get Even second in both the $77,270 to oversee their mares. “I Grade III Lazaro Barrera Memorial Stakes—May 20, 2007 ©Benoit photos

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Willard L. Proctor Memorial Stakes and $100,000 Graduation Stakes. The son of Rio Verde now also stands at alongside his sire at Lovacres. Because of his success training Got Tobe Rio, Solis was given that horse’s half-sister by Awesome Gambler to train in 2011. The chestnut filly, named Willa B Awesome, came to the barn with little in the way of expectations. “She is not great looking, and was all legs, no muscle,” said Solis. “She wasn’t a fast worker, but showed some ability and started working better. One day, my main exercise rider told me, ‘This is a filly we have to take care of, she’s going to be a stakes horse.’ I didn’t listen, because they all say that.” Willa B Awesome broke her maiden first out at Hollywood Park on Apr. 21, then finished third in the $77,530 Cinderella Stakes and second in the $98,000 California Thoroughbred Breeders Association (CTBA) Stakes. “We started running her in open company because we didn’t have anywhere else to run,” Solis recalled. “She got more mature and it became clear she wanted to run long.” Willa B Awesome got her first black-type victory in the $89,900 Barretts Debutante Stakes at Fairplex Park on Sept. 17, but Solis wasn’t even present. “I was at the Kentucky sale,” he explained. It wouldn’t be the first time that Solis missed a major victory. Willa B Awesome kicked off her 2012 campaign with a surprise win in the grade III, $100,000 Santa Ysabel Stakes

at Santa Anita. The longest shot in the field at 11-1, she upset the likes of grade I winner Killer Graces, dual grade Iplaced stakes winner Charm the Maker and future grade I winner Lady of Shamrock by 3 1/2 lengths. After finishing fourth in the Las Virgenes Stakes (grade I), Willa B Awesome was again dismissed at 13-1 in the $300,000 Santa Anita Oaks on Mar. 31. She won that grade I contest by a nose, stunning the sophomore filly division. Solis, a native of Guatemala, had returned there for his oldest daughter’s wedding and missed the race. “Now my owners like it when I don’t come to the track,” he joked. After winning the $288,000 Melair Stakes on Apr. 28, Willa B Awesome has been named the 2011/2012 Valkyr Trophy winner. Solis calls her, “the sweetest horse I’ve ever been around.” Willa B Awesome is currently resting at Lovacres , which is about seven miles away from Solis’ own small farm. As for the future, Solis and Lovinger are stacked with a barn full of juveniles sired by Lovinger’s premier stallion Awesome Gambler. “They have everything you want in a racehorse: heart, size, disposition,” Solis explained. “I told Terry I wasn’t going to Kentucky this year because we have plenty of good babies here to race in the California-bred program.” Solis has seven mares and a pair of yearlings of his own, as well as a juvenile filly by Awesome Gambler named Truly Awesome. That name describes his ascension in his career.

Willa B Awesome—Grade I Santa Anita Oaks—March 31, 2012

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The Best Of Both Worlds California-Breds Worldwide Article & Photos by KATE HUNTER The lush fields of the Iburi Provence of Hokkaido, Japan could easily be confused with Kentucky if it were not for the Pacific Ocean and mountain ranges that frame it. Tucked between the mountains is the Yoshida brothers’ illustrious breeding and racing empire, made up of Teruya’s Shadai Farm, Katsumi’s Northern Farm, Haruya’s Oiwake Farm and the jointly managed Shiraoi Farm. Visiting just one of their dozens of broodmare barns feels like a Who’s Who of international stakes winners. Over the past decade, the Yoshidas have bought some of best bloodstock the world has to offer in their quest to breed a better racehorse, so it is understandable that they would be drawn to California as they diversify their bloodlines.

Currently, there are six well known California-bred mares in Japan. The allure of soon to be five-time leading California stallion Unusual Heat (Harris Farms) led to the purchase of three of his best daughters. Naohiro Hosoda, a Shadai Corporation employee, commented on how underrated this stallion is. Unusual Heat’s ability to produce top runners on dirt, all-weather and turf, makes his bloodline a valuable addition to the Yoshidas’ operation. California’s richest female of all time, Moscow Burning is probably one of the best-known Cal-breds sold to Japan; after a stellar four-year-old campaign, when the daughter of the late Moscow Ballet was on-the-board in all but one of her 11 starts, she was named the 2004 California Horse of the Year, Champion Turf Horse and Champion Older Female. Moscow Burning was purchased by Teruya Yoshida’s Shadai Farm at the 2006 Keeneland November Sale for $1,000,000. Her first mating in 2007 was with future leading sire and son of Sunday Silence, Agnes Tachyon (Jpn), but she was unable to conceive. In 2008, she was bred to Heart’s Cry (Jpn), another son of Sunday Silence, and winner of the 2006 group I Dubai Duty Free. He is also the only horse in Japan to beat the legendary Deep Impact (Jpn), in the 2005 grade I Arima Kinen. The result was the colt Burning Zeal (Jpn), now owned by the Shadai Race Horse syndicate; from 11 starts to date, he has finished third four times, including his most recent start on Aug. 11. Moscow Burning was bred back to Heart’s Cry in 2009, a pairing that lead to the birth of a filly who should be preparing for her debut in the coming months. In 2011, she foaled a filly by Daiwa Major (Jpn), another champion son of Sunday Silence, and a five-time grade I winner. This spring, she had a third Heart’s Cry foal, a colt, and she is now in-foal to Daiwa Major again. Golden Doc A, a 2008 grade I winner and full sister to 2010 grade I winner Unusual Suspect, won $580,126 during her career as a racehorse. She was priCalifornia-bred Moscow Burning, the 2004 California Horse of the Year, with her 2012 colt by vately purchased by Shiraoi Farm in Heart’s Cry (Jpn) at Teruya Yoshida’s Shadai Farm.

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2010, and she gave birth to a Smart Strike filly in 2011. Later that spring, the daughter of Unusual Heat was bred to the twotime Horse of the Year and Triple Crown-winning son of Sunday Silence, Deep Impact. She had a colt this January, and has been confirmed back in-foal to that same sire. The 2011 California Champion Older Female, Ultra Blend, by Richly Blended, was bought by Katsumi Yoshida’s Northern Farm for $700,000 at the 2011 Keeneland November Breeding Stock Sale. She had previously won 11 races and $1,015,646 at the track. This spring, the grade Iwinning mare was successfully bred for the first time to Deep Impact. Shadai Farm purchased 2006 grade I winner Dancing Edie, by Moscow Ballet, privately after her retirement in 2007. The winner of $782,535 was first bred to Fuji Kiseki (Jpn), a perennially top Sunday Silence stallion, resulting in a filly named Kochi Bijin (Jpn), which translates to Delicate Beauty. The three-year-old is currently owned by Teruya Yoshida’s wife, Chizu, but has yet to make her debut. Dancing Edie’s 2010 filly by Agnes Tachyon, who should also be preparing for her debut in the months to come, is not named yet. Her 2011 filly was by another son of Sunday Silence, Zenno Rob Roy (Jpn), one of only two horses to win the “Fall Triple Crown,” which consists of three grade I races, the Emperor’s Cup Fall, the Japan Cup and the Arima Kinen. As a yearling, the filly sold for

26 million yen at this year’s JRHA (Japan Racing Horse Association) Select Sale. Her new owner is Kaneko Makoto Holdings Co. Ltd., who once owned Deep Impact. In 2012, Dancing Edie had another Zenno Rob Roy filly before being unsuccessfully bred to him for a third time. Shiraoi Farm privately purchased Lethal Heat, the 2008 California Champion Three-Year-Old Female, 2009 Champion Older Female and winner of $655,988, in 2010. She was initially left in the United States, where she gave birth to her first foal, a filly by Street Cry (Ire), who was later imported to Japan. While in the U. S., she was covered by Smart Strike for the 2011 breeding season, before being sent to Japan, where she gave birth to a colt this April. She is currently expecting a foal by Stay Gold (Jpn), the sire of 2011 Triple Crown winner and Japanese Horse of the Year Orfevre (Jpn). Bel Air Sizzle, runner-up in the 2008 grade I Del Mar Oaks and the earner of $515,646 from 29 lifetime starts, was purchased privately by Shiraoi Farm in 2010, like the other Unusual Heat mares. She gave birth to an Awesome Again colt in 2011, and was then bred to Zenno Rob Roy. Sadly, she lost the foal and she is not in-foal this spring after bring bred to Stay Gold. Bel Air Sizzle is currently stabled in War Emblem’s infamous broodmare harem, where she is supposedly helping boost his non-existent stallion-like confidence. Teruya and Katsumi Yoshida have purchased many other high-profile fillies and mares over the years from the the

Cal-bred Ultra Blend, the 2011 California Champion Older Female, in-foal to Deep Impact (Jpn) at Katsumi Yoshida’s Northern Farm.

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California-Breds Worldwide Cont’d. Americas and Europe. The 2002 Eclipse Horse of the Year, Azeri, was purchased by Katsumi Yoshida for $2,250,000 at Keeneland in November of 2009. She is still making headlines in the U. S. with her Kentucky-bred offspring, Take Control and Wine Princess, and she has two foals in Japan. A two-year-old filly, who is rumored to be named Amelie, by Distorted Humor, is preparing for her debut. The filly is owned by Sunday Racing Co. Ltd., the same racing syndicate that owns Orfevre and 2012 Japanese Derby winner, Deep Brillante (Jpn). Her second Japanese-bred foal, a colt by Zenno Rob Roy, sold for 80 million yen at this year’s JRHA Select Sale. She wasn’t bred in 2011, but she is currently in-foal to Deep Impact; a mating the whole world will be watching. The 2008 Eclipse champion two-year-old filly Stardom Bound was bought privately by Katsumi Yoshida from IEAH in 2010. She has a Big Brown yearling colt and a 2011 colt by King Kamehameha, Japan’s leading sire for the past two years. She was bred to Deep Impact this year, but unfortunately the pairing was unsuccessful. Laragh, the 2008 grade I Hollywood Starlet Stakes winner, was bought by Teruya Yoshida for $850,000 at the 2009 FasigTipton November Sale. She has a 2011 yearling filly by Zenno Rob Roy, a 2012 colt by Deep Impact and was successfully bred back to the latter this spring.

Katsumi Yoshida purchased Ginger Punch, the 2007 Eclipse Champion Older Female, for $1,600,000 at the same auction that his brother acquired Stardom Bound. Her two-year-old Bernardini filly, Ginger Mist, is preparing for her debut. She also has a 2011 Zenno Rob Roy filly and a 2012 filly by Manhattan Cafe (Jpn), another grade Iwinning son of Sunday Silence and the 2009 leading sire. She is currently in-foal to Deep Impact. Grade I winner Wickedly Perfect was bought by Katsumi Yoshida for $800,000 at the 2011 Keeneland January Mixed Sale. She has a 2011 King Kamehameha (Jpn) colt and has been successfully bred to Deep Impact. For 38 consecutive years, one of Yoshidas’ farms has been the leading breeder in Japan, with all four routinely in the top 10 and even the top five. Together, they have about 18 different organizations that cover a horse’s life from start to finish. With well-staffed breeding sheds containing 10 to 20 mares each, large paddocks, on-site clinics, yearling centers, training facilities, racing syndicates and retirement plans, the facilities are truly top-notch. Year after year, these mares have access to a stallion roster that is literally a hall of fame. Their champion California blood will mix with the likes of Deep Impact, a stallion who has already sired six grade I winners from just his first two crops. The next few years should be very exciting for California breeders, as they watch some of their most talented horses participate in what is likely the world’s greatest breeding experiment.

Cal-bred Lethal Heat, a California champion in both 2008 and 2009, with her 2012 colt by Smart Strike at Teruya, Katsumi and Haruya Yoshida’s Shiraoi Farm.

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Racing In Southern California

Cal-Bred Class Prevails At Del Mar

by EMILY SHIELDS that he had no desire to run in graded stakes company yet. “This time of year you better stay with the Cal-breds,” he said. Tilde, who has earned $109,560, is out of the two-time winner Self Taught, by Cee’s Tizzy. Her dam, Teach You, won the $50,000 CTBA Marian Stakes at Fairplex Park in 1989. Successful Defense Norvsky successfully defended his crown in the $100,000 California Dreamin’ Handicap, a race he won by 1 1/4 lengths in 2011. Run on July 22 this year, the California Dreamin’ drew five horses, including dual grade II winner Liberian Freighter, grade I-placed Brushburn and 2012 stakes winner Holladay Road. None of them were more highly regarded than Norvsky, who was sent off as the race’s 7-5 favorite. Bejarano, who guided Norvsky to victory last year, was again partnered with the gelded son of Vronsky (Old English Rancho) and the winning Flying Paster mare Fimbrelith. An Old English Rancho homebred, the bay gelding settled in fourth during the early stages of the 1 1/16-mile grass race while Leaving New York went winging on the lead. The field took closer order up the backstretch, with Norvsky main-

Tilde—$100,000 CTBA Stakes—July 20, 2012

Norvsky—$100,000 California Dreamin’ Handicap—July 22, 2012

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Familiar campaigners and young rising stars alike were on display in the six stakes races that the Del Mar Thoroughbred Club offered for California-bred or California-sired runners between its opening day on July 18, and Aug. 19. Nice Little Filly Two-year-old Tilde won her first stakes race when she took the $100,000 California Thoroughbred Breeders Association (CTBA) Stakes on July 20. The gray or roan filly was coming off a third place finish in June’s $100,000 Cinderella Stakes at Betfair Hollywood Park. Prior to that, Tilde broke her maiden first out for her breeder/owner Mike Harrington, who also trains the daughter of Swiss Yodeler (Harris Farms). In the CTBA, Tilde and jockey Rafael Bejarano were sent off as the 5-2 second choice in a field of seven. Tilde went right for the lead, dueling on the inside of Jilly Baylee early before kicking clear into the stretch and driving to the wire to score by 3 1/2 lengths. She ran the 5 1/2-furlong distance on Del Mar’s Polytrack in 1:04.50. Cotton’s Point finished second, a half-length ahead of even money favorite Tribal Peace. Harrington called Tilde a “nice little filly” but noted

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taining his position only three lengths behind, before he rallied three-wide off the turn and closed in a dramatic rush to win by half a length in 1:41.35. It was the fourth stakes win and seventh overall in 23 starts for Norvsky, who also has eight seconds and four thirds to his name. The six-year-old has earned $604,444, thanks in part to his win in the grade II, $150,000 San Gabriel Stakes at Santa Anita Park on Jan. 16. He also won the $175,000 California Cup Classic Stakes in 2011, and is likely to attempt to defend that title on Oct. 13. Magical Win After Starlight Magic beat Willa B Awesome in the $100,000 Robert H. Walter Cal Cup Juvenile Fillies Stakes last year, the two fillies have had a bit of a rivalry. Grade I winner Willa B Awesome won the $288,000 Melair Stakes while Starlight Magic ran third, and Starlight Magic finished fifth in the grade II, $150,000 Hollywood Oaks while Willa B Awesome ran sixth. The two met again in the $200,000 Fleet Treat Stakes on July 28, with Willa B Awesome favored over 3-1 second choice Starlight Magic. The latter prevailed, winning the seven-furlong Fleet Treat by a half-length over Warren’s Amber while Willa B Awesome finished third. Bejarano, who has now ridden Starlight Magic in seven of her 10 starts, guided his mount, a gray or roan daughter of Marino Marini (Rancho San Miguel), to finish the race in 1:23.57. Mark Glatt trains Starlight Magic for owner Cory Wagner. “She proved to be the best horse,” he said.

Starlight Magic has earned $322,900 from four wins, a second and a third in nine starts. John and Diane Fradkin bred the three-year-old filly out of the stakes-placed General Meeting mare Star’s Millennium. Her dam, Star Eighty Eight, was stakes placed back in 1990, and also produced stakes winner Five Star Meeting and multiple stakes-placed Reno Hightower. Strong Run Strong Wind was making his fifth start when he won the $100,000 Graduation Stakes in impressive fashion on Aug. 1. The 3-1 shot, who bobbled slightly at the break, rushed up and stormed away to win decisively by 4 1/4 lengths under Kevin Krigger, who captured his first Del Mar stakes event. The pair defeated Just Call Me Al and Lovmeister in 1:04.14 for the 5 1/2 furlongs. Favored Law Dog stumbled badly at the start and crossed the wire trailing the field of five. Like Tilde, Strong Wind will stick to state-bred races for now. “There’s so much money in the Cal-bred stakes I don’t know why we would want to go against open company at this point,” trainer Steve Knapp said. “I think he can really run.” Strong Wind now has two wins and a third with earnings of $106,360. He had previously finished fourth in the grade III, $150,000 Hollywood Juvenile Championship Stakes. Mark Tatch bred Strong Wind, a son of Tribal Rule (Ballena Vista Farm) out of the two-time winner Chalk Face, by

Starlight Magic—$200,000 Fleet Treat Stakes—July 28, 2012

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Memo (Chi). The Graduation winner runs for partners Gino Roncelli and Bill and Sue Tomasic, who purchased the colt for $24,000 at the Barretts October Yearling Sale in 2011. Making His Own Rules Unusual Heatwave already turned heads this year when he won Hollywood’s $300,000 Snow Chief Stakes, becoming the second runner from his dam, Candi’s Gold’s Miss Alphie, to capture the 1 1/8-mile contest. However, winning that race had come with a bit of a curse, as no Snow Chief winner in the last five years had been able to win another stakes race as a three-year-old. Unusual Heatwave quickly dismissed those fears by winning the $200,000 Real Good Deal Stakes on Aug. 3. A son of Unusuat Heat (Harris Farms), the 3-1 third choice in a field of seven was pinched back slightly at the start and trailed up the backstretch in the seven-furlong main track contest. Jockey Bejarano asked him to rally at the half-mile pole, and Unusual Heatwave quickly put himself into fifth, and then third, and finally ran down the grade I-placed stakes winner Rousing Sermon to win by three quarters of a length on the wire in 1:22.35. It was the first Del Mar stakes victory for trainer Alexis Barba, who conditions Unusual Heatwave for Ellen and Peter Johnson and Teresa McWilliams, the latter of whom

also bred the sophomore colt. The race “developed exactly like I hoped it would,” Barba said. Unusual Heatwave has three wins, three seconds and two thirds in 12 starts. He has earned $400,392. Del Mar Double Like Norvsky, Halo Dolly successfully defended her title as winner of the $100,000 Solana Beach Handicap when she won it for the second time on Aug. 19. Under jockey Joe Talamo, the daughter of Popular (Cottonwood Creek Ranch) was sent off as the 3-1 second choice in a wide-open field of nine. Talamo provided the four-yearold filly with a great trip, settling in behind rivals and then rallying four-wide to score by half a length. Unusual Hottie finished second with Sparkling Style running third. The final time for the grassy one-mile contest was 1:34.43. Warren’s Jitterbug, who delayed the start with fractiousness at the gate, was pulled up on the clubhouse turn. The talented Halo Dolly doesn’t care where she runs. Trained by Jerry Hollendorfer, she has won races at Del Mar, Pleasanton, Hollywood and Golden Gate Fields, and that’s just in 2012; last year, she also won at Santa Rosa. Overall, she now has 12 wins, three seconds and two thirds in 21 starts, with earnings of $473,396. The Solana Beach was her fifth career stakes win. Rod and Lorraine Rodriguez bred Halo Dolly, and also her unraced Comic Strip mare Spanish Halo. She races for a partnership that includes Hollendorfer, Blackmore, Hoefflin, Hoefflin, O’Farrell, Robin, Tahajian and Todaro.

Unusual Heatwave—$200,000 Real Good Deal Stakes—August 3, 2012

Halo Dolly—$100,000 Solana Beach Handicap—August 19, 2012

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2012 GOLDEN STATE SERIES - $4.85 MILLION

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The Grass Proves Greener For Cal-Breds At Santa Rosa

by JERRY KLEIN his stride and was drawing away from his rival in the last 50 yards. The final margin was three-parts of a length with the winner in receipt of three pounds from the place horse. A homebred for Ken Heidt’s K & J Farm, Tribal Tribute has a bankroll of $66,582 from a 6-3-1-0 mark. He is Tribal Rule’s 25th stakes winner. Grass Class Too The classy sprinter Shudacudawudya began his summer fair schedule with a third-place finish in Pleasanton’s Sam J. Whiting Memorial Handicap on July 4, and then moved on to Santa Rosa to contest the $66,850 Jess Jackson Owners’ Handicap on Aug. 5. The worry for Lloyd Mason, who trains the gelding for his son, breeder/owner Brett Mason, was that the Jess Jackson was on turf and his horse’s only lawn try had been a disaster. Breaking from the outside stall in a high-level Golden Gate Fields allowance, Shudacudawudya raced towards the rear of the field and then, as the track announcer noted, “failed to negotiate the turn” and was pulled up and vanned off. Whatever the problem was in that race, it wasn’t the surface. Shudacudawudya showed he can run on grass as well as dirt as he rallied on the far outside to take the five-furlong Jess Jackson by a neck over the speedy favorite Ain’t No Other. Starboardlights, who held a narrow lead at the top of the stretch, lasted for third. Jockey Julien Couton restrained Shudacudawudya from the outset as five runners battled for the early advantage. He then took his mount to the far outside and ran down the leaders in :58.04. The winner carried two pounds less than the runner-up. Shudacudawudya is by Marino Marini, a 12-year-old son

Tribal Tribute $60,750 Robert Dupret Derby—August 4, 2012

Shudacudawudya $66,850 Jess Jackson Owners’ Handicap—August 5, 2012

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After Tribal Tribute won a June 28 starter allowance going six furlongs during the Alameda County Fair meeting in Pleasanton, trainer Tim McCanna looked for a stakes race for his three-year-old and decided on the $60,750 Robert Dupret Derby at Santa Rosa’s Sonoma County Fair meet. The choice seemed a little odd—the Aug. 4 event was at 1 1/16 miles on the turf and the filly’s entire five-race career had been spent sprinting on either all-weather or dirt ovals. McCanna may have thought Tribal Tribute’s pedigree would help. His sire Tribal Rule, Ballena Vista Farm’s 16year-old son of Storm Cat, never tried the lawn but was second among California sires in progeny turf earnings for 2011. His dam Clarify did not place on grass but was a graded stakes-placed, black-type winner around two turns against top competition in Maryland and New Jersey. She had also foaled a stakes winner over hurdles. Or this may have been the only good race for sophomores on the calendar. In any case, Tribal Tribute came away from the gate in good order and settled into third place going into the first turn. He saved some ground by dropping to the fence when the leaders, Coach Bob and favored Tiz Point, went wide and he then maintained his stalking position down the backstretch. When Tiz Point went to win the race at the top of the stretch, Tribal Tribute, with Frank Alvarado up, went with him. The two put on a fierce battle through the lane, with Tiz Point coming over in mid-stretch and solidly slamming the eventual winner. But Tribal Tribute kept his composure and

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of Storm Cat who stands at Rancho San Miguel. The conditions of the Jackson would have suited this stallion, who was a grade I-placed stakes winner when sprinting at The Curragh in Ireland during 2002. The victory was the eighth in 17 starts for five-year-old Shudacudawudya, and his third in a stakes. He has earned $287,869. Double The Success Trainer Keith Nations and owners Theresa and Edward DeNike are having quite a summer. In July, they accounted for the Sam J. Whiting with Bailouttheminister and at Santa Rosa on Aug. 5, they struck again as their Control Seeker tracked the early pace before making a strong move in the stretch to win the $62,750 Joseph T. Grace Handicap by 1 1/2 lengths. The third betting choice in the 10-horse field, Control Seeker finished clear of Acafella, Royal Dream and Photo Shopped, who were respective noses apart at the wire. Nations repatriated Control Seeker from the barn of Mike Mitchell for $25,000 in July of last year, after he had been claimed from the DeNikes for the same tag in January. The six-year-old gelding had been good enough at two to run second in the $114,200 I’m Smokin Stakes at the Del Mar Thoroughbred Club while trained by Lloyd Mason for the DeNikes. Nations brought him to Northern California where Control Seeker was immediately competitive against the better turf runners in the area. This year, he has improved with each start and peaked in the Grace. Royal Dream led from the outset of the 8 1/2-furlong contest over firm turf, with Control Seeker in a perfect stalking spot in the next pair. Winning rider Francisco Duran had yet to ask his mount for any run as the field straightened for home but when he did Control Seeker quickly asserted himself and held sway through the lane without a challenge. Control Seeker is the first stakes winner for his sire Sought After, a 12-year-old son of Seeking the Gold out of

a group II-winning half-sister to the 2007 Kentucky Broodmare of the Year, Better Than Honour, who stands at Rancho San Miguel. Bred by John DiBernardo’s Miraleste Inc., Control Seeker is out of the Red Ransom mare Red Table and has earned $260,273 on a record of 33-7-9-2. Up, Up & Away After his two-year-old filly Unusual Way galloped to an easy victory in her first start on May 5, trainer Jeff Bonde tried her in a pair of stakes back at Hollywood Park but the daughter of Unusual Heat stopped badly in each. Looking for a softer spot, Bonde sent Unusual Way to Santa Rosa on Aug. 11, to contest the $75,300 Wine Country Debutante Stakes. Waiting there was a potential Jerry Hollendorfertrained monster in Broken Sword, a stakes winner in her first race. But when the latter was a race-day scratch, the door opened for Unusual Way to grab her first stakes success. Under Omar Figueroa, she jumped to the front despite first veering toward the outer rail from the outside stall and then dropping to the rail. After being allowed to set casual fractions as she bounded along on a 1 1/2-length lead, Unusual Way kept her advantage until the eighth-pole, when she separated herself from the field in a matter of strides. The final margin was 11 lengths, with Black Oak edging Marks Mine for second. After Unusual Way’s first stakes start, Bonde tried her in blinkers but she was so focused that she ran a :22 first quarter and was thoroughly exhausted at the finish. The extra equipment was removed for the Wine Country but the filly had no problems negotiating the trip. She improved her record to 4-2-0-0 with earnings of $85,610. The 34th stakes winner for Harris Farms’ Unusual Heat, Unusual Way was bred by Thomas W. Bachman. She is out of multiple stakes-placed Way Up, by Great Above, and was purchased for $65,000 at the 2011 Barretts October Yearling Sale.

Control Seeker $62,750 Joseph T. Grace Handicap—August 5, 2012

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The C. B. Afflerbaugh Stakes (1936-2011): A Collection Of Cal-Breds

The 63rd running of the $50,000 C. B. Afflerbaugh Stakes will be held at Fairplex Park on Wednesday, Sept. 12. This seven-furlong contest has undergone numerous transformations since it debuted in 1936. Through 2000, it moved from six furlongs to 1 1/16 miles to about six furlongs, and then back to 8 1/2 furlongs, before reaching its current distance in 2009. Following this eight-year hiatus, it was also then limited to juveniles after being open to three-year-olds and up. The race’s name has also evolved over the years. It was held as the Los Angeles County Fair Handicap until 1961, when it became the C. B. Afflerbaugh Memorial Stakes following the passing of the Pomona fair’s first paid manager from 1922 until 1960. From 1974 to 1980, it was run as the C. B. Afflerbaugh Memorial Handicap and has been simply known as the C. B. Afflerbaugh Stakes since then. Overall, 28 California-breds have won 30 editions of the race. Terry Bargello became the first Cal-bred to win the race, scoring on Sept. 25, 1948. It was the third stakes win for the son of Bargello and Miss Amie, who was bred by Al Sparks

Victory Beauty—September 22, 1962

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and earned $91,805 from a 130-23-16-14 record during nine seasons of racing. After Terry Bargello, three more Cal-breds won in succession. The Cross S. mare Miss Cross S., out of dual stakes winner Faithful Maud, defeated males to win for J. O. Long, her breeder, owner and trainer, and then the gelding Rising Prices, bred by Louis B. Mayer, was favored when winning by a neck. The son of Hunter’s Moon IV (Fr) was a halfbrother to three other stakes horses. Finally, the cleverly named mare Pleezwynne, by Moral Victory, scored as the favorite in 1951. She was bred by Burns Ranch. In 1953, Dawn Lark picked up where Pleezwynne left off. The gelded son of Boxthorn was something of a phenomenon at Pomona, winning all six of his career stakes races at the fairgrounds track. He raced for his breeder Deerwood Stock Farm, earning $128,422 from a record of 118-22-16-15. Dawn Lark’s win kicked off a series of four years when five Cal-breds won the C. B. Afflerbaugh. The race was split into two divisions in 1954, and fillies bred by Rex Ellsworth won both of them. Ara Time took the first division; it was her lone lifetime stakes win, but she went on to produce a stakes horse. Her first foal, multiple stakes winner King Ara, won 17 of 102 starts, including the 1959 La Jolla Mile Handicap. My Heroine, also by Pere Time, backed up her win in the second division of the race by defending her victory in 1955, when the first two-time winner of the race scored by a nose in a thrilling three-horse finish. In both editions, Dawn Lark finished third to the subsequent Governor’s Handicap winner. Bred by W. D. Lucas, Larks Music surprised at 19-1 in 1956, winning by two lengths over the odds-on favorite Perfect II. The son of Radiotherapy was out of Larksnest, a half-sister to the stakes-placed Bright Lark. Free Copy used a dominating 3 1/2-length win in the race as a springboard to victory in the Berkeley Handicap in

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1960. A son of Khaled (GB) bred by Rex Ellsworth, Free Copy’s dual stakes-winning full sister Bushel-n-Peck produced the inaugural 1984 Breeders’ Cup Classic (grade I) winner and $2,204,829-earner Wild Again. When Physician won in 1961, a week before winning the Pomona Handicap, Lynn Boice had something to celebrate. Boice not only bred and owned him, but trained the son of Khaled as well. The winner of the $145,000 Santa Anita Handicap in 1962, Physician retired with earnings of $240,461. Victory Beauty made 184 starts in his lengthy career, winning three stakes during 11 seasons. The Hail Victory horse found the winner’s circle 41 times, including in the 1962 Afflerbaugh. He was bred by Mr. and Mrs. D. S. Compton and his dam Overcross was a half-sister to stakesplaced Chally Mally. Ronnie’s Ace also had a long career, making 107 starts. Bred by T. N. Tepper, the gelded son of Free America finished second in the 1961 Santa Anita Derby. An 11-1 surprise in the 1964 edition of the Afflerbaugh, his Khaled dam Mad n Glad was a full sister to the race’s 1954 runner-up Loose Shekels. The consistent gelding Sledge won 29 of his 91 starts, including 13 stakes. Covert Ranch bred the son of Anyoldtime, who earned $326,384 from 1962 to 1968. He ran in the Afflerbaugh three times, winning it in 1966 at age seven, then returning to finish third in both 1967 and 1968. Those latter two years were the ones in which Het’s Cadet joined My Heroine as the second two-time Cal-bred winner of the race. A. C. Tollefson and W. F. Zager bred the All Blue horse, a full brother to both the stakes-winning filly Het’s Pet and the dual stakes-placed colt Het’s Bet. Their stakes-winning dam Aunt Het, by Khaled, was a full sister to four other stakes winners. Ellwood B. Johnston bred Imaginative, who added the 1970 Afflerbaugh to a résumé that eventually numbered 10 stakes victories among 19 wins in 105 starts. The son of Sisters Prince earned $318,905 for his breeders, and his dam was the unraced Sea My Gal whose only other foal, Out on Bail, boasted a 119-14-14-14 career record. Stormvogel won by an impressive four lengths two years later, having previously won stakes races in Arizona and Nebraska. Mr. and Mrs. Alexander Power bred the son of

Viking Spirit who earned $133,384 from an overall record of 51-14-15-5. His dam Whistle Wing also produced the multiple stakes-placed Scatback. The New Mexico-based Quite a Day won three stakes at Pomona over his 10-year career, the 1974 Afflerbaugh, the 1977 Governor’s Cup and the 1978 Pomona Handicap. Bred by the renowned John and Betty Mabee of Golden Eagle Farm, the gelded son of Prince Khaled went on to post final numbers of 24 wins, 18 seconds, 19 thirds and $201,615 in earnings from 112 starts. The Windy Sands horse Give ‘m Time won the 1976 edition. Old English Rancho bred the half-brother to stakes winners We’re Ready Now and Ready to Run. The latter won the CTBA Marian Stakes at Pomona, two years prior to her sibling’s lone stakes win. In 1979, the Afflerbaugh was won by Vic’s Magic, a son of Ruken bred by Edgar Shahan. He was heavily favored based on the merit of his victories in the Cabrillo and San Diego Handicaps at the Del Mar Thoroughbred Club a year earlier. The $237,003-earner was out of the nine-time winner Pamela G. The race was run in divisions for only the second time in 1980, and Cal-bred Unspoken was one of the two winners. Ellwood Johnston’s Old English Rancho homebred son of Friar’s Point and Fleet Nasrullah’s Silent Longing, also the

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dam of dual stakes winner Viola Belle, scored by a head to avenge his losses in the Derby Trial Stakes and Pomona Derby the previous year. Unspoken’s win kicked off another series of four straight Cal-bred winners in the Afflerbaugh. Fort Calgary won the race fresh off a win in the Ormondale Handicap at the Bay Meadows Fair; those would prove to be the only two stakes wins of his career. The son of Bold Joey was bred by T. C. Dante, John Duca and Ed Farrah. Merry Stevens’ homebred Damas became a king of Pomona when he won the 1980 Gateway to Glory Stakes, the 1981 Pomona Derby and the 1982 Afflerbaugh. He was a son of Montparnasse II (Arg) and the unraced Damascus mare Miss Damascus, a half-sister to 1976 grade I winner Fascinating Girl. P. Vik finally won a stakes race in his final career start, the 1983 contest. Robert Jensen bred the seven-year-old Petrone (Fr) horse who earned $230,950. Five years then passed without a Cal-bred winner, during which time Pomona was renamed Fairplex Park in 1986, before Just as Lucky and My Sonny Boy—both bred by Old English Rancho—ended that skid in 1989 and 1990. The former was one of four stakes winners out of Luck’s Fancy which included his Somethingfabulous full brother Some-

thing Lucky, winner of two 1987 graded stakes, while the latter used his Afflerbaugh win as a springboard to victory in the inaugural $300,000 California Cup Classic Handicap. The dam of this son of To-Agori-Mou (Ire), Pomona stakes winner My Mary, also produced dual graded stakes winner Somethingmerry and Pomona’s 1986 CTBA Marian Stakes winner Proper Mary. There were three more Cal-bred winners in the 1990s. The 1992 Afflerbaugh was won by Mystery’s Edge, a half-brother to both 1988 graded stakes winner Caballo de Oro and $554,365-earner Uncaged Fury, winner of the Cal Cup Classic in 1994. The gelded son of Debonair Roger and stakes winner Hostage Lady ran for his breeder Pet Fer. Alki Joe, bred by Kjell Qvale and owned by Sidney Craig, the famed businessman who died in 2008, won the race in 1997. Out of Perfect Joy, also the dam of dual stakes winner Copelan’s Joy, this Silveyville gelding hit the wire first in a stakes race at ages five, six and seven. In 1999, Old English Rancho struck again in the Afflerbaugh with Prestigious Chief, who captured his lone stakes win by three lengths. His stakes-winning dam I’m Prestigious also produced the 1996 stakes winner Academyawardwinner. The C. B. Afflerbaugh Stakes was removed from Fairplex Park’s black-type schedule after the 2000 running but returned in 2009. No Cal-bred has won since its return, but the 2012 edition will be the perfect place for another statebred to steal the spotlight.

P. Vik—September 25, 1983

Alki Joe—September 21, 1997

Mystery’s Edge—September 27, 1992

Prestigious Chief—September 19, 1999

California Fairs Cont’d.

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Focus On The Future

Matt Dinerman: Enjoying The Ride

Article & Photo by EMILY SHIELDS Longtime Del Mar resident David Dinerman could never have guessed at the monster he would create when he decided to introduce his 10-year-old son, Matt, to the world of Thoroughbred racing. Dinerman himself loved the sport to the extent that he serves on the Board of Directors for Tranquility Farm, a non-profit Thoroughbred retirement, retraining and adoption center in Tehachapi. It made sense that he would pass on his passion to his son, but Matt Dinerman, now 20, has taken that love above and beyond expectations. “From the first time I went to the track, it was clear that I enjoyed it more than other kids that just go and like watching horses run,” Dinerman explained. “I always had a question and my dad did his best to answer.”

Matt Dinerman enjoys the view from the Del Mar Thoroughbred Club’s press box where he is the steward for the seaside track’s 75th anniversary season.

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Thanks to the help of bloodstock agent Gayle Van Leer, Tranquility Farm’s Treasurer, Dinerman had his first job in the industry well before he completed high school at Canyon Crest Academy. He was hired to work for Van Leer’s consignment at the 2004 CTBA Sales Del Mar Yearling Sale, but was far too young to be handling yearlings. “When a buyer wanted to see a horse, it was my job to open the gate to let the groom lead the horse out, and then close the gate behind them when the horse came back.” Van Leer allowed Dinerman to tag along on visits to the backside, introducing him to jockeys, trainers and other backstretch personnel. A star-struck Dinerman always hungered for more. “He’s been a great kid from the get go,” Van Leer said. “He’s conscientious and listens. I opened the door for a few opportunities for him, and he did the rest of it himself.” Van Leer helped put Dinerman in touch with trainer John Sadler and for four summers, the lanky Dinerman walked hots at the Del Mar Thoroughbred Club. At first, things didn’t go smoothly; Dinerman remembers a particular instance where Del Mar Derby (grade II) winner Get Funky reared up in the tow ring and started running backwards. “That happened early on in my working for Sadler,” Dinerman recalled. “Get Funky wasn’t always the friendliest animal to deal with.” Dinerman’s horse handling skills must have been proficient enough, however, as he eventually became a regular hotwalker for grade I Santa Anita Derby winner Sidney’s Candy. “He was a smart horse with such a cool personality,” Dinerman said. “Not only was he classy, but his groom, Victor, really helped me learn more about the caring for horses and learn about how horses should be treated.” Other stakes horses at the end of Dinerman’s shank have been Kettle Corn, recently third in the grade II San Diego Handicap, and the dual stakes-placed Don Tito. “I learned a lot about the people who work so hard to get a horse ready for a race. From the vets and farriers to the grooms and hotwalkers, it takes a team effort.” Familiar with the hands-on experience of the track, Dinerman decided he wanted to spend the summer of 2012 in a different facet of the sport. He scored an interview and was subsequently hired to be Del Mar’s press box steward for the season. The close contact with the media is perfect for Dinerman, who sees himself in a similar capacity in the future. “I want to be a communications major, and do some sort of broadcasting work in television or radio,” he said. For now, Dinerman is entering his sophomore year at Palomar Junior College, where he is a left-handed pitcher for their baseball team.

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Nestled in rolling hills adjacent to the horse-related community of Santa Theresita, you will find one of the oldest and most beautiful homages to the Thoroughbred in this state, California Thoroughbred Ranch. Now in its fourth decade of operation, the ranch was built from the ground up by Jack and Susie Farmer who still own the beautiful facility and live right on the premises. Once an abandoned alfalfa field, the ranch is a striking portrayal of early California architecture, right down to the adobe and mission-style construction of the barns and office complex. The main barn contains stalls for 40 horses in training and the foaling barn comes equipped with closed circuit television monitors that are linked up to the farm manager’s office and residence 24 hours a day. Newborns are kept in stalls with their dams for the first 36 hours of life and monitored closely. After that, they are moved outdoors to grassy paddocks and pastures. The region’s temperate climate allows for horses to live outdoors year-round, and the ranch’s pastures range from two acres to almost 50 and follow the contours of the foothills. To date, more than 200 stakes winners have been foaled and raised on the ranch’s green fields. Others, like last year’s Eclipse champion juvenile colt Valid Point, were brought to the ranch as yearlings for breaking and schooling. California Thoroughbred Ranch also has an excellent reputation as a training center. It

offers five round pens, an indoor riding arena and a scenic uphill gallop that winds its way through the facility. There are also two treadmills and a swimming pool, where lay-ups can regain their conditioning without risk of further injury. The ranch is home to two of California’s finest stallions. Super Dad is the sire of 22 graded stakes winners and countless other stakes performers. His champion daughter Daddy’s Little Gal captured last year’s Cal Cup Juvenile Fillies and this year’s grade I Santa Anita Oaks. Moneymaker was foaled at the ranch and now stands at stud here. This graded stakes winner of nearly $400,000 has thrust himself into the national spotlight when his son Hayburner captured this year’s Travers Stakes at Saratoga. Winner of the Wood Memorial and second in both the Kentucky Derby and Preakness Stakes, Hayburner now has earnings over $1 million. The Cal-bred is now pointing for the Breeders’ Cup Classic. Farm manager Bob Trainer has more than 30 years of experience in this business and gives your horses the personal care and attention they deserve. Assistant manager and yearling trainer Steve Winner also has many years of veterinary experience, although the farm’s main vet lives just down the road and is on call 24 hours a day, especially during the busy foaling season. Visitors are welcome and encouraged to come and tour the facilities. Also visit their impressive website at www.Califthoroughbredranch.com.


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A Blast From The Past

Old Pueblo: A Vintage Cal-Bred

by JACKIE BARNES Racing Hall of Fame jockey Eddie Arcaro called him “a runner.” He won 10 of 13 career starts and was unbeaten in six starts as a two-year-old, just missing three track records. Based on his performance, the annual Daily Racing Form Experimental Handicap weighted him as the joint sixthleading juvenile of 1957, ahead of California greats Fleet Nasrullah and Silky Sullivan. Who is this amazing history making horse? None other than the multiple stakes-winning California-bred Old Pueblo. The chestnut colt from the second crop of European champion Windy City II (GB) out of Shadows Fall, by Ariel, was bred by California Thoroughbred Breeders Association (CTBA) director Peter McBean, the proprietor of McBean Stud. Old Pueblo’s start on the road to racing history began when he was consigned to the 1956 Del Mar Yearling Sale by McBean. He was purchased for $11,500 by Arizona judge and horseman J. Rukin Jelks. At the 1954 Del Mar sale, Jelks had acquired the Your Host filly Miss Todd for $8,700. The 1955 Valkyr Trophy winner was a multiple stakes winner of 11 races with career with earnings of $121,710. Old Pueblo was placed in the hands of the top-notch trainer Robert L. Wheeler, a member of the Hall of Fame class of 2012. Under his tutelage, the precocious youngster showed why he was so highly regarded. In his first two starts, he broke his maiden by eight lengths with Arcaro aboard going three furlongs at Santa Anita Park on Jan. 4, and then posted a 6 1/2-length allowance victory at Hollywood Park in May. Just 18 days later, he made his stakes debut in the

Old Pueblo—$64,680 Del Mar Futurity—September 7, 1957

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$17,445 Cabrillo Stakes at five furlongs carrying the joint high weight of 122 pounds. He broke on top and never looked back with an easy gate-to-wire, six-length victory. A quality field of five runners in the $87,400 Starlet Stakes, now known as the Hollywood Juvenile Championship, provided his stiffest competition yet in the form of the talented duo of Fleet Nasrullah and Strong Ruler. Prior to the running of this six-furlong race at Hollywood on July 18, a half-interest in Old Pueblo was purchased by Atholl McBean for around $60,000. Favorite Fleet Nasrullah set the early pace followed by Strong Ruler with Old Pueblo in fourth and then third. Strong Ruler took over turning for home but he impeded Fleet Nasrullah to take the lead, eventually winning by a neck at the wire. Old Pueblo finished second but was moved up to first as Strong Ruler was disqualified to third. With four wins in a row, including two stakes, many believed that Wheeler had the best juvenile on the West Coast. Despite the long layoff, Old Pueblo was then cranked up and ready to roll in the $64,680 Del Mar Futurity on Sept. 7. Heavily favored Old Pueblo was hustled from the gate by Arcaro and then steadied just behind Disdainful in second. At the turn, he cut the corner to save ground and drew clear in the final eighth to win by 1 1/2 lengths in 1:09 flat. In his final race at two, the $29,250 California Breeders’ Trial Stakes at Santa Anita on Dec. 28, he hooked up with the up-and-coming Silky Sullivan. In their only meeting as juveniles, the two Del Mar sale graduates gave racing fans a thrill. Old Pueblo raced in hand to the stretch then won urging by 1 3/4 lengths at the wire. The hard-charging Silky Sullivan came from far back to finish fourth. As a three-year-old, Old Pueblo won two stakes, including the $22,500 San Vicente Handicap at Santa Anita. He also finished fourth to Silky Sullivan in the $130,500 Santa Anita Derby. In 1960, Old Pueblo was retired to stud at Three Rings Ranch in Beaumont along with Silky Sullivan. He stayed there till 1966, then traveled between four other farms from 1967 to 1974. He last stood at Shawnee Farm in Oklahoma during 1979. Cal-bred Old Pueblo’s place in history from the sales ring to multiple stakes winner is a classic for all sporting enthusiasts. The Cal-bred speedster, who defeated many local legends, ended his career with a record of 13-10-1-0 and $210,920 in earnings.

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Dark Bay or Brown Horse; Feb. 19, 2002 Mr. Prospector, 70 b Gulch, 84 b Jameela, 76 dk b

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Horse Care

High-Risk Pregnancies: Part 1—Defining & Monitoring

by HEATHER SMITH THOMAS Some broodmares develop problems that put the fetus at risk for abortion or premature delivery. Chances for survival for these foals can often be improved, however, if the problem is discovered early and the mare given proper treatment. Which Maes Are High-Risk? Jon Palmer, VMD, Associate Professor of Medicine and Director of the Neonatal and Perinatal Programs at the Connelly Intensive Care Unit at New Bolton Center (University of Pennsylvania) says there are two classifications of high-risk mares. “One group includes mares having problems during their current gestations that may compromise the pregnancy (such as a mare with colic or laminitis, or something else going on that interferes with her health that may have an impact on the foal). This group includes mares who may have a placental infection or evidence of premature placental separation,” he says. Another group includes mares who have had problems in the past. “Perhaps in their last few gestations they had foals born with problems, or a problem with placental function near the end of gestation. Those mares are at higher risk of having this happen again,” he says. Dr. Ahmed Tibary, Professor of Theriogenology, Department of Veterinary Clinical Sciences, Washington State University, says all mares should be closely monitored after breeding. “The discovery of a high-risk mare can occur at different times during gestation. We may determine a condition at the time of breeding that would put her in this category, or she may fall into this category because of her history,” he explains.

A mare who was in the high-risk pregnancy program at the University of Pennsylvania’s New Bolton Center and successfully carried her foal to term. Her abdomen was clipped, for trans-abdominal ultrasound of her uterus, to allow the attending veterinarians to follow the fetal health during late gestation.

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“A mare may have had an abortion or complications in a previous pregnancy, or may be at risk due to her age (too young or too old). She might be an old maiden mare; maybe she’s 15 and has never been bred before,” he says. “Some mares have chronic airway disease, or previous problems with laminitis. These disorders may be exacerbated by pregnancy. Another common problem is an older mare who may be developing metabolic problems or borderline for Cushing’s syndrome. Those mares will be at high risk for carrying a foal successfully,” explains Tibary. “During breeding season, the mares who are hard to get pregnant would also be flagged as high risk. Some of them tend to have early pregnancy loss,” he says. Once a mare is pregnant, anything that happens to her health would also flag her as high-risk for carrying that foal to term. “Any pregnant mare who is hospitalized for a serious health problem (fever, colic, septic wounds, or any type of lameness) becomes a high-risk pregnancy because we need to monitor that fetus,” he says. Stress on the mare from any number of problems can impact the pregnancy. “When a mare is several months into pregnancy, any surgery (particularly abdominal surgery) or disease that has systemic consequences may affect the fetus,” says Tibary. The high-risk pregnancy can be broken down into three categories—high risk for the mare, high risk for the fetus or high risk for both. “One of the most common situations we see in the clinic is pregnant mares who come in for colic surgery. Any mare who colics and is mid-term to late-term, we must determine whether the colic is of gastrointestinal origin or of uterine origin. Uterine torsion can be a serious problem in a pregnant mare,” he explains. “If a mare is hospitalized for colic, fever or any infectious disease, we consider her a high-risk pregnancy and begin a series of fetal and placental monitoring. While she is being treated, we are dealing with two patients. We try to make sure the fetus is still doing ok. The good thing is that during the past 10 years, there’s been substantial advancement in how we monitor these pregnancies, particularly with ultrasonography to monitor the fetus and placenta,” he says. Monitoring The Mare “Most veterinarians recommend early pregnancy/fetal evaluation after the mare is bred. We do the first ultrasound examination of the mare for pregnancy diagnosis at 14 days after breeding. The second check would be somewhere between 25 and 30 days. That’s when we decide whether the pregnancy is healthy or not. As we do the pregnancy diagnosis, we may flag some mares for another check, just to make sure things are going all right,” says Tibary.

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“No mare should go into winter without verification, to know if she is still pregnant. My recommendation is to have all mares have another evaluation in the fall. Then we can see the mares whose pregnancies don’t look that great and may require further monitoring. These series of examinations are one of the reasons veterinarians were able to pick up on the problem with MRLS (Mare Reproductive Loss Syndrome) in Kentucky a few years back; during pregnancy monitoring they discovered mares that were showing abnormalities of the placenta or fetal fluid,” he says. As mares are monitored through pregnancy, many will be considered normal, some will be dropped from the high-risk category, and others will be flagged as requiring further examination. “The latter category will include mares who are maintained on progesterone, such as Regumate.” These mares require continual monitoring to make sure the pregnancy is continuing on course. “The reason we do the series of evaluations is that we don’t want to be surprised later and find that the mare has lost the pregnancy. Most losses occur before 50 days. We won’t know it occurred unless we are checking the mare,” says Tibary. “Complications that might have serious consequences for the mare’s health generally do not happen until after about the fifth month of pregnancy. That’s when we start seeing problems if the mare loses the pregnancy. By then the fetus is large enough that it can damage the cervix if the mare aborts. There might also be a resulting uterine infection, which could be serious for the mare,” he explains. Ultrasound evaluations are often used to check a highrisk mare. Palmer says this can be done two ways. “We can do a trans-rectal ultrasound, in which the probe is taken into the rectum, like you’d do a rectal examination. We can look at rear part of the uterus at the back of the abdomen, near the pelvis. This is the area of the uterus that is most often affected with placentitis, because most infections of the placenta come up through the vaginal canal and this is the area first affected,” says Palmer. “We can also image the uterus by ultrasounding through the abdomen, doing a trans-abdominal scan through the ventral (bottom) of the abdomen of the mare. A late term mare’s uterus is lying on the floor of the abdomen. By using ultrasound here, we can see the foal’s anatomy and estimate whether they are the right size for this stage of pregnancy, and we can look for twins— in case one of them is dying. Usually veterinarians check for twins right after breeding, to make sure they don’t persist (one is terminated at that time), because the mare has a hard time carrying twins. But sometimes even the best veterinarian can miss a twin early in gestation,” explains Palmer. “We can also look at the placenta itself to see if it is swollen or whether it looks normal. We don’t see the whole placenta, but we can see most of it. By making different measurements, we can see whether the foal is doing well or not. If we detect serious abnormalities, we can try therapy, and can also be ready when the mare gives birth, to assist the foal,” says Palmer.

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“To some extent we can also monitor the mare’s hormones, particularly progesterone and estrogens (estrone sulfate),” says Tibary. “This has become quite valuable in determining what’s going on with the pregnancy. This monitoring requires a series of biophysical profiling of the fetus. We can also evaluate and measure certain parameters such as fetal heart rate and fetal activity, density of fetal fluid, depth of fetal fluid, etc. as well as the thickness of the utero-placental units,” he says. Signs Of Trouble There are many reproductive disorders that may put the mare at high risk. “She may not show any signs of illness, but any mare who starts bagging up too soon or has an abnormal vaginal discharge (bloody or mucopurrulent) becomes high risk,” says Tibary. “It can be difficult to know what is going on inside the uterus,” says Palmer. “There are clues that Mother Nature gives us, however. A mare who develops an udder sooner than she should or begins to drip milk has been getting signals from her body that the foal is ready to come—even if it’s premature. This tells us something is wrong, such as impending abortion or premature birth,” says Palmer. Udder changes in the mare are often the best indication of whether or not the foal is having problems. “Beyond that, there are other things we can check, such as measuring fetal heart rate. We look for any changes that might reflect good health or distress. We put a telemetry monitor on all hospitalized high-risk pregnancy mares at night, and every couple of hours record the fetal heart rate,” says Palmer. “The primary reason for discharge and early bagging up is placentitis,” says Tibary. “Today we can manage placentitis with certain treatments—particularly if it’s an ascending placentitis (invading through the cervix from the vagina),” he says. Placentitis Michelle LeBlanc, DVM (Rood and Riddle Equine Hospital, Lexington, Kentucky) says one of the most common causes of premature delivery is placentitis (inflammation of the placenta). Most cases of placentitis are caused by invasion of bacteria from the outside—via the vagina. Older mares may thus be more at risk than young mares, as are any mares with a sunken anus or mares that aspirate air. A Caslick’s repair can be very important, to halt this problem. “First, we have to try to identify mares who have a problem. Part of the challenge is that not all mares with compromised pregnancy will show clinical signs,” she says. The mare may lose the foal before you realize she has a problem. “About 70 percent of these mares show clinical signs— udder development and vaginal discharge. These mares will show one or the other, or both,” she says. “We had an outbreak of Nocardia placentitis on some farms in central Kentucky, southern Ohio and Indiana in 2011. These mares develop an udder prematurely but there is no vaginal discharge. The infection is located between the uterine body or uterine horn and the endometrium. The Continued on next page

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Horse Care Cont’d. organism does not cross the placenta but causes the placenta to separate from the endometrium, thereby decreasing nutrient and oxygen exchange. Treatment for this condition is sulfa, NSAIDs and progestins. If the disease does not begin too early (before nine to 9 1/2 months) and spreads slowly, some fetuses can be born early (at 305 to 325 days) and survive,” explains LeBlanc. If premature udder development or vaginal discharge is noticed, the mare should be examined by a veterinarian.

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That exam should include trans-rectal scanning of the uterus (with ultrasound) to see if the placenta has separated or is thickened. The mare should also have a vaginal exam to look at the cervix, and a culture of fluids in the vagina, to determine presence of bacterial or fungal infection,” she says. Then the mare should have a trans-abdominal scan to measure fetal movement and heart rate (and clarity of fetal fluid is evaluated) to see if the fetus is still alive or in trouble. “If the mare has become compromised before 310 days of gestation, the veterinarian may want to measure progestins and metabolites of progesterone. When you measure that, you are looking at not what the number is, but rather a qualitative change,” she says. “Progestins are produced by the placenta throughout pregnancy. But by 310 days, the progestins are not only produced by the placenta, but are also byproducts of the fetal adrenal glands. So after 310 days of gestation, the progestins go up in a normal pregnancy. This is simply an indication the foal is maturing. If there is placental disease, however, the progestins may go up sooner than they should. They go up because of fetal stress. So between 180 and 310 days, the level should be steady. Normal is between two and 12 ng per ml. If you took a sample every other day for three times, the value should be between those numbers and it should not go up or down,” says LeBlanc. “In cases of chronic stress, it may go up into the 30’s to 50’s. If it's an acute stress that the fetus can’t handle, such as if the mare has severe colic and is on the table for surgery and the fetus is not getting enough oxygen under anesthesia, the progestins may go down very quickly. In this acute stress, the mare may abort.” If a mare has a vaginal discharge and/or udder development before nine months, LeBlanc recommends treating her, but warns owners that the foal that may be born may have enough abnormalities that it would never be a performance horse. It might be better to just let nature take its course, losing the pregnancy.

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Important Events, Dates and California-Bred Stakes Races

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CTBA Calendar

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CALIFORNIA-BRED/CALIFORNIA-SIRED STAKES RACE(S) MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 3 $100,000(G) I’M SMOKIN STAKES 2YO, 6 FURLONGS Del Mar Thoroughbred Club, Del Mar, Calif.

SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 8 $50,000(G) E. B. JOHNSTON STAKES 3YO & UP, FILLIES & MARES, 1 1/16 MILES Fairplex Park, Pomona, Calif.

IMPORTANT EVENTS & DATES SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 1 CALIFORNIA THOROUGHBRED BREEDERS ASSOCIATION (CTBA) 2012 REPORT OF MARES BRED IN CALIFORNIA CLOSING DATE CTBA Offices, Arcadia, Calif. SATURDAY , SEPTEMBER 15 CALIFORNIA THOROUGHBRED BREEDERS ASSOCIATION (CTBA) CALIFORNIA THOROUGHBRED 2012 STALLION DIRECTORY CONTRACT DEADLINE CTBA Offices, Arcadia, Calif.

TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 18 CALIFORNIA THOROUGHBRED FARM MANAGERS ASSOCIATION (CTFMA) MONTHLY MEETING San Luis Rey Downs Country Club, Bonsall, Calif.

THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 20 CALIFORNIA HORSE RACING BOARD (CHRB) MONTHLY BOARD MEETING Fairplex, Pomona, Calif.

SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 30 CALIFORNIA THOROUGHBRED BREEDERS ASSOCIATION (CTBA) CALIFORNIA-BRED REGISTRATION OF FOALS OF 2010 CTBA Offices, Arcadia, Calif.

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Available Statistics Through August 5, 2012

Leading Sires in California

Leading Sires by Number of Races Won

Leading Sires by Money Won Rank Sire Runners 1. Unusual Heat . . . . . . . . . . . . .93 2. Tribal Rule . . . . . . . . . . . . . .134 3. Kafwain . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 120 4. Benchmark . . . . . . . . . . . . .102 5. Old Topper . . . . . . . . . . . . . 119 6. Giacomo# . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 88 7. Bertrando† . . . . . . . . . . . . .102 8. Southern Image . . . . . . . . . . 78 9. Ministers Wild Cat . . . . . . . . 95 10. In Excess (Ire)† . . . . . . . . . . . 91 11. Aragorn (Ire)# . . . . . . . . . . . . 79 12. Redattore (Brz)• . . . . . . . . . 69 13. Salt Lake* . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 73 14. Awesome Gambler . . . . . . . 34 15. Marino Marini . . . . . . . . . . . 79 16. Swiss Yodeler . . . . . . . . . . . . 88 17. Decarchy . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 85 18. Good Journey . . . . . . . . . . . 46 19. Vronsky . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 28 20. Stormin Fever . . . . . . . . . . . 71 21. Formal Gold• . . . . . . . . . . . 63 22. Lucky Pulpit . . . . . . . . . . . . . 36 23. Olmodavor . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 61 24. High Brite* . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 56 25. Popular . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 28 26. Sea of Secrets . . . . . . . . . . . 81 27. Tizbud . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 38 28. Globalize . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 37 29. Cyclotron . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10 30. Cee's Tizzy† . . . . . . . . . . . . . 46 31. Siberian Summer* . . . . . . . . 39 32. Perfect Mandate* . . . . . . . . .41 33. Terrell . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 49 34. Suances (GB) . . . . . . . . . . . 23 35. Ten Most Wanted . . . . . . . . 42 36. Game Plan . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 33 37. Silic (Fr) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 20 38. Freespool . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 57 39. Muqtarib† . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 19 40. Rocky Bar# . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 33 41 Atticus . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 40 42. Capsized . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 25 43. Momentum . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 49 44. Our New Recruit* . . . . . . . . 21 45. Comic Strip . . . . . . . . . . . . . 29 46. Crafty C. T.• . . . . . . . . . . . . . 16 47. Flame Thrower . . . . . . . . . . .37 48. Memo (Chi)• . . . . . . . . . . . . 24 49. Sought After . . . . . . . . . . . . 20 50. Cindago . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 15

Starts 432 548 604 532 564 400 407 394 472 397 363 288 326 141 349 389 355 208 139 324 326 159 296 287 158 352 153 217 34 207 196 172 235 92 218 138 86 277 84 174 152 123 234 89 116 76 149 112 84 55

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Races Won 73 85 81 106 81 51 49 56 78 55 41 36 65 15 41 58 42 28 23 40 45 24 44 42 32 54 18 35 12 33 30 30 30 12 19 22 9 29 14 31 14 16 20 16 15 11 16 23 14 10

Earnings $3,071,019 2,173,778 1,911,262 1,649,420 1,385,193 1,359,666 1,284,489 1,269,505 1,216,559 1,096,036 1,046,753 982,089 976,453 942,606 920,499 841,513 834,273 750,605 734,994 659,963 654,033 637,133 585,284 568,892 519,286 516,670 505,099 480,505 473,852 445,071 441,037 434,637 428,999 420,649 340,442 329,428 312,805 311,135 306,736 303,622 267,381 263,108 262,063 259,218 242,815 238,354 233,669 230,450 227,528 215,407

Rank Sire

Runners

1. Benchmark . . . . . . . . . . .102 2. Tribal Rule . . . . . . . . . . .134 3. Kafwain . . . . . . . . . . . . .120 Old Topper . . . . . . . . . . .119 5. Ministers Wild Cat . . . . . .95 6. Unusual Heat . . . . . . . . . 93 7. Salt Lake* . . . . . . . . . . . . 73 8. Swiss Yodeler . . . . . . . . . 88 9. Southern Image . . . . . . . 78 10. In Excess (Ire)† . . . . . . . . 91 11. Sea of Secrets . . . . . . . . 81 12. Giacomo# . . . . . . . . . . . . 88 13. Bertrando† . . . . . . . . . . 102 14. Formal Gold• . . . . . . . . . 63 15. Olmodavor . . . . . . . . . . . 61 16. Decarchy . . . . . . . . . . . . .85 High Brite* . . . . . . . . . . . . 56 18. Aragorn (Ire)# . . . . . . . . . 79 Marino Marini . . . . . . . . . 79 20. Stormin Fever . . . . . . . . . 71

Starts

Races Won

532 548 604 564 472 432 326 389 394 397 352 400 407 326 296 355 287 363 349 324

106 85 81 81 78 73 65 58 56 55 54 51 49 45 44 42 42 41 41 40

Earnings $1,649,420 2,173,778 1,911,262 1,385,193 1,216,559 3,071,019 976,453 841,513 1,269,505 1,096,036 516,670 1,359,666 1,284,489 654,033 585,284 834,273 568,892 1,046,753 920,499 659,963

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

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

Runners

Cyclotron . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10 Unusual Heat . . . . . . . . . . . 93 Awesome Gambler . . . . . . . 34 Vronsky . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 28 Popular . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 28 Suances (GB) . . . . . . . . . . . 23 Lucky Pulpit . . . . . . . . . . . . 36 Good Journey . . . . . . . . . . 46 Southern Image . . . . . . . . . 78 Tribal Rule . . . . . . . . . . . . .134 Benchmark . . . . . . . . . . . .102 Muqtarib† . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 19 Kafwain . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .120 Silic (Fr) . . . . . . . . . . . . . ... 20 Giacomo# . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 88 Crafty C. T.• . . . . . . . . . . . . 16 Cindago . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 15 Redattore (Brz)• . . . . . . . . . 69 Onebadshark . . . . . . . . . . . 14 Salt Lake* . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 73

Races Won 12 73 15 23 32 12 24 28 56 85 106 14 81 9 51 11 10 36 13 65

Average Earnings/ Earnings Runner $473,852 3,071,019 942,606 734,994 519,286 420,649 637,133 750,605 1,269,505 2,173,778 1,649,420 306,736 1,911,262 312,805 1,359,666 238,354 215,407 982,089 192,999 976,453

$47,385 33,022 27,724 26,250 18,546 18,289 17,698 16,318 16,276 16,222 16,171 16,144 15,927 15,640 15,451 14,897 14,360 14,233 13,786 13,376

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Leading Sires by Turf Earnings

Leading Sires by Number of Winners

(Minimum 50 Starts Lifetime)

Rank Sire 1. 2. 3. 4. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10. 11. 12. 14. 16.

19. 20.

Benchmark....................... 102 Tribal Rule .........................134 Kafwain .............................120 Old Topper ........................119 Ministers Wild Cat.............. 95 Unusual Heat ..................... 93 Giacomo#........................... 88 In Excess (Ire)†................... 91 Southern Image................. 78 Swiss Yodeler..................... 88 Bertrando† ........................102 Marino Marini ..................... 79 Sea of Secrets.................... 81 Decarchy ............................ 85 Stormin Fever.................... 71 Salt Lake* ........................... 73 Olmodavor ......................... 61 High Brite* .......................... 56 Aragorn (Ire)# .................... 79 Formal Gold•...................... 63

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

Runners

Winners

Races Won

63 61 57 49 49 43 41 38 37 35 34 32 32 31 31 30 30 30 29 28

106 85 81 81 78 73 51 55 56 58 49 41 54 42 40 65 44 42 41 45

Earnings $1,649,420 2,173,778 1,911,262 1,385,193 1,216,559 3,071,019 1,359,666 1,096,036 1,269,505 841,513 1,284,489 920,499 516,670 834,273 659,963 976,453 585,284 568,892 1,046,753 654,033

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 ............ 69 Redattore (Brz)• ........ 25 Tribal Rule ................. 35 Vronsky ...................... 14 Aragorn (Ire)# ............. 45 In Excess (Ire)†.......... 26 Kafwain ..................... 28 Good Journey .......... 27 Decarchy................... 30 Benchmark................. 27 Bertrando†................ 34 Giacomo# .................. 26 Suances (GB) ............ 12 Ministers Wild Cat..... 22 Formal Gold• ............ 15 Muqtarib† .................. 4 Popular....................... 8 Marino Marini ............ 18 Old Topper ................ 27 Olmodavor ................ 19

202 55 61 48 136 74 50 77 66 62 58 40 30 37 30 11 19 33 43 48

23 7 7 4 13 7 6 6 4 6 6 6 3 2 3 2 4 5 5 7

36 10 11 6 18 8 7 7 6 9 6 7 4 4 6 3 5 5 5 9

Earnings $1,959,600 488,726 443,740 435,117 426,880 412,588 331,303 326,846 308,570 299,085 287,916 218,537 205,756 205,332 201,909 194,280 179,344 175,514 171,005 165,011

Leading Sires by Median Earnings Per Runner

Leading Sires by Average Earnings Per Start

(Minimum 10 Runners)

(Minimum 50 Starts)

Runners

Cyclotron ..........................10 Suances (GB)................... 23 Unusual Heat ....................93 Cindago .......................... 15 Southern Image ............... 78 Crafty C. T.• ..................... 16 Good Journey.................. 46 Popular ............................ 28 Takin It Deep• .................. 15 Rocky Bar# ...................... 33 One Man Army................. 12 Benchmark .................... 102 Our New Recruit*............. 21 Onebadshark ................... 14 Tizbud.............................. 38 Memo (ChiI)•................... 24 Iron Cat ............................ 21 Game Plan ........................33 Aragorn (Ire)# ................... 79 Tribal Rule .......................134

Races Won 12 12 73 10 56 11 28 32 13 31 7 106 16 13 18 23 20 22 41 85

Median Earnings/ Earnings Runner $473,852 420,649 3,071,019 215,407 1,269,505 238,354 750,605 519,286 136,359 303,622 156,686 1,649,420 259,218 192,999 505,099 230,450 171,037 329,428 1,046,753 2,173,778

$37,295 14,962 13,030 10,400 9,773 9,410 9,226 9,010 8,350 8,321 7,750 7,637 7,310 7,127 6,765 6,725 6,633 6,560 6,506 6,442

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 ................. 93 Awesome Gambler...........34 Vronsky .......................... 28 Suances (GB) ................. 23 Lucky Pulpit .................. 36 Tribal Rule .................... 134 Cindago......................... 15 Muqtarib†....................... 19 Silic (Fr) ........................... 20 Good Journey ................ 46 Redattore (Brz)• .............. 69 Giacomo#........................ 88 Tizbud ............................ 38 Popular............................ 28 Southern Image ............. 78 Kafwain ......................... 120 Bertrando† ................... 102 Crafty C. T.• .................. 16 Benchmark.................... 102 Salt Lake* ........................ 73

Starts

Earnings

Average Earnings/ Start

432 141 139 92 159 548 55 84 86 208 288 400 153 158 394 604 407 76 532 326

$3,071,019 942,606 734,994 420,649 637,133 2,173,778 215,407 306,736 312,805 750,605 982,089 1,359,666 505,099 519,286 1,269,505 1,911,262 1,284,489 238,354 1,649,420 976,453

$7,109 6,685 5,288 4,572 4,007 3,967 3,916 3,652 3,637 3,609 3,410 3,399 3,301 3,287 3,222 3,164 3,156 3,136 3,100 2,995

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

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

Available Statistics Through August 5, 2012

Crops of Average Foals of Racing Crop Racing Age Size Age

Runners

Winners

2-Y-O Winners

Stakes Winners

Graded Stakes Winners

Progeny Earnings

Average Earnings Index

Comparable Index

1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7.

Unusual Heat, 1990, by Nureyev 12 47 569 393-69% 283-50% 32-6% 33-6% 10-2% $34,983,734 2.18 1.25 Lucky Pulpit, 2001, by Pulpit 3 22 67 38-57% 27-40% 14-21% 3-4% 0-0% $1,793,395 1.75 1.23 Vronsky, 1999, by Danzig 5 16 78 36-46% 24-31% 3-4% 3-4% 1-1% $2,110,348 1.74 0.95 Awesome Gambler, 2004, by Coronado's Quest 2 39 78 37-47% 13-17% 8-10% 1-1% 1-1% $1,230,468 1.68 0.76 Cee's Tizzy†, 1987, by Relaunch 20 36 728 508-70% 370-51% 59-8% 39-5% 9-1% $36,470,785 1.66 1.16 In Excess (Ire)†, 1987, by Siberian Express 17 57 968 702-73% 516-53% 114-12% 63-7% 11-1% $43,246,447 1.65 1.42 Good Journey, 1996, by Nureyev 7 56 390 148-38% 80-21% 10-3% 3-1% 2-1% $5,694,522 1.44 1.05 Tribal Rule, 1996, by Storm Cat 7 65 452 266-59% 177-39% 74-16% 25-6% 2-0% $13,097,851 1.44 1.20 9 .One Man Army, 1994, by Roman Diplomat 7 9 63 44-70% 29-46% 2-3% 4-6% 1-2% $2,483,631 1.42 0.99 Salt Lake*, 1989, by Deputy Minister 17 73 1,247 1,024-82% 822-66% 244-20% 72-6% 24-2% $60,271,991 1.42 1.42 11. Southern Image, 2000, by Halo's Image 4 88 350 148-42% 105-30% 30-9% 5-1% 2-1% $5,799,810 1.40 1.41 12. Bertrando†, 1989, by Skywalker 16 63 1,011 746-74% 507-50% 119-12% 55-5% 12-1% $42,226,174 1.38 1.55 13. Memo (Chi)•, 1987, by Mocito Guapo (Arg) 15 35 525 336-64% 240-46% 43-8% 28-5% 9-2% $17,954,162 1.32 1.12 14. Birdonthewire, 1989, by Proud Birdie 15 17 255 184-72% 130-51% 37-15% 10-4% 1-0% $11,649,006 1.30 1.38 15. Benchmark, 1991, by Alydar 11 59 653 471-72% 356-55% 93-14% 33-5% 8-1% $25,999,211 1.26 1.16 16. Stormin Fever, 1994, by Storm Cat 10 63 625 463-74% 332-53% 106-17% 30-5% 12-2% $25,897,588 1.22 1.43 17. Rocky Bar#, 1998, by In Excess (Ire) 5 16 80 47-59% 39-49% 15-19% 10-13% 1-1% 2,194,956 1.21 0.77 18. Beau Genius†, 1985, by Bold Ruckus 19 39 749 611-82% 462-62% 138-18% 39-5% 5-1% $34,662,436 1.18 1.15 19. Formal Gold•, 1993, by Black Tie Affair (Ire) 11 43 470 371-79% 287-61% 77-16% 19-4% 5-1% $18,697,995 1.14 1.35 Kafwain, 2000, by Cherokee Run 6 68 405 301-74% 204-50% 72-18% 18-4% 4-1% $11,945,860 1.14 1.30 21. Olympio*, 1988, by Naskra 17 30 511 391-77% 288-56% 60-12% 30-6% 4-1% $18,852,210 1.11 1.30 22. Robannier, 1991, by Batonnier 13 8 100 67-67% 38-38% 8-8% 3-3% 0-0% $2,930,496 1.10 1.06 23. Popular, 1999, by Saint Ballado 5 15 75 48-64% 38-51% 14-19% 2-3% 0-0% $1,824,949 1.09 0.97 24. Giacomo#, 2002, by Holy Bull 3 60 179 108-60% 70-39% 21-12% 7-4% 2-1% $3,193,470 1.08 1.45 25. Atticus, 1992, by Nureyev 12 36 435 314-72% 188-43% 38-9% 13-3% 5-1% $12,868,896 1.07 1.48 26. Snow Chief, 1983, by Reflected Glory 21 13 270 181-67% 111-41% 27-10% 9-3% 1-0% $5,652,203 1.06 1.30 27. High Brite*, 1984, by Best Turn 21 44 924 715-77% 581-63% 145-16% 46-5% 9-1% $35,619,105 1.05 1.18 Kelly Kip, 1994, by Kipper Kelly 9 12 108 87-81% 72-67% 16-15% 2-2% 1-1% $4,325,127 1.05 1.01 Swiss Yodeler, 1994, by Eastern Echo 11 61 676 511-76% 357-53% 150-22% 27-4% 2-0% $23,765,698 1.05 1.10 30. Siberian Summer, 1989, by Siberian Express 11 35 382 288-75% 204-53% 26-7% 13-3% 4-1% $12,311,503 1.04 0.88 31. Aragorn (Ire)#, 2002, by Giant's Causeway 3 58 173 111-64% 69-40% 21-12% 2-1% 0-0% $3,398,830 1.03 1.47 Tizbud, 1999, by Cee's Tizzy 5 26 131 58-44% 27-21% 5-4% 4-3% 0-0% $1,590,761 1.03 0.92 33. Redattore (Brz)•, 1995, by Roi Normand 6 84 501 337-67% 191-38% 43-9% 16-3% 12-2% $6,144,450 1.00 1.21 Decarchy, 1997, by Distant View 6 44 265 167-63% 109-41% 32-12% 7-3% 1-0% $6,171,634 1.00 1.00 Silic (Fr), 1995, by Sillery 8 19 151 108-72% 69-46% 11-7% 2-1% 1-1% $6,900,565 1.00 0.93 36. Suances (GB), 1997, by Most Welcome (GB) 5 17 86 40-47% 24-28% 3-3% 1-1% 0-0% $1,312,363 0.98 1.19 37. Lake George, 1992, by Vice Regent 13 12 159 102-64% 59-37% 10-6% 5-3% 1-1% $4,154,841 0.97 1.04 38. Marino Marini, 2000, by Storm Cat 5 48 241 142-59% 101-42% 26-11% 5-2% 0-0% $4,844,607 0.96 1.02 Old Topper, 1995, by Gilded Time 9 53 479 375-78% 282-59% 105-22% 19-4% 0-0% $14,914,919 0.96 0.87 Perfect Mandate*, 1996, by Gone West 9 33 296 156-53% 99-33% 18-6% 11-4% 0-0% $5,841,244 0.96 1.27 41. Sea of Secrets, 1995, by Storm Cat 10 43 433 347-80% 253-58% 74-17% 20-5% 2-0% $16,840,650 0.95 1.09 42. Ministers Wild Cat, 2000, by Deputy Minister 4 55 218 141-65% 88-40% 27-12% 9-4% 0-0% $3,892,708 0.94 1.01 43. Poteen, 1994, by Irish River (Fr) 7 11 74 51-69% 37-50% 5-7% 3-4% 0-0% $1,990,558 0.91 0.82 44. Western Fame, 1992, by Gone West 11 25 279 186-67% 137-49% 45-16% 13-5% 0-0% $7,385,173 0.90 0.82 45. Crafty C. T.•, 1998, by Crafty Prospector 5 18 89 49-55% 36-40% 9-10% 1-1% 0-0% $2,142,212 0.89 0.95 Olmodavor, 1999, by A.P. Indy 5 42 209 135-65% 93-44% 28-13% 7-3% 1-0% $3,998,932 0.89 1.36 47. Iron Cat, 1995, by Storm Cat 11 12 136 101-74% 83-61% 7-5% 6-4% 0-0% $3,445,914 0.88 1.00 48. Epic Honor, 1996, by Honor Grades 8 9 70 49-70% 38-54% 6-9% 1-1% 0-0% $2,197,119 0.87 0.73 49. Latin American, 1988, by Riverman 15 21 309 206-67% 134-43% 28-9% 6-2% 2-1% $6,562,542 0.86 1.10 Michael's Flyer†, 1986, by Flying Paster 17 6 107 53-50% 28-26% 5-5% 3-3% 0-0% $1,935,693 0.86 0.59 Thisnearlywasmine, 1994, by Capote 8 8 67 38-57% 25-37% 5-7% 0-0% 0-0% $1,341,301 0.86 0.73 These statistics for by 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 77.Game Plan, are 1993, Danzig . 13 32.are 419compiled 298- by The Jockey Club Information Systems Inc (TJCIS) While every effort is made to prevent errors and omissions, California Thoroughbred cannot guarantee their complete and total accuracy A dagger (†) indicates that a stallion has been pensioned, an asterisk (*) that he has died, a dot (•) that he is now standing elsewhere, a number sign (#) that he did not stand in California in 2011 but is standing in the state in 2012, a double dagger (‡) that he is not standing in California in 2012 but will stand in the state in 2013 and In bold that he is a freshman sire In all cases, a sire will remain in the rankings until the year after his last California foals are two-year-olds Statistics cover racing in North America (US, Canada and Puerto Rico), England, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Mexico, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates (UAE) only Percentages are based upon number of foals of racing age

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Leading Two-Year-Old Sires in California

Leading Sires Of Two-Year-Olds by Money Won Rank Sire

Runners

Starts

Races Won

Earnings

35 34 19 25 12 6 11 7 4 12 14 18 13 4 12 20 4 19 6 18 15 3 18 6 5

8 3 4 3 2 1 2 1 1 2 4 1 3 1 1 2 1 0 1 1 4 0 1 0 1

315,864 222,936 179,372 113,610 98,286 83,680 69,570 56,468 54,310 52,831 52,778 51,292 50,865 47,150 46,666 42,024 41,600 40,830 36,540 34,816 27,227 26,520 25,302 23,323 23,174

1. Tribal Rule . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .17 2. Awesome Gambler . . . . . . . 14 3. Swiss Yodeler . . . . . . . . . . . . 9 4. Kafwain . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10 5. Unusual Heat . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6 6. Redattore (Brz)• . . . . . . . . . . 2 7. Stormin Fever . . . . . . . . . . . 4 8. Salt Lake* . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .4 9. Cee's Tizzy† . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2 10. Rio Verde . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8 11. Globalize . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3 12. Bertrando† . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7 13. Old Topper . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6 14. Nineeleven . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1 15. Giacomo# . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .4 16. Benchmark . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7 17. Suances (GB . . . . . . . . . . . . 2 18. Council Member . . . . . . . . . 9 19. Cindago . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5 20. Tannersmyman . . . . . . . . . . . 6 21. Olmodavor . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6 22. Game Plan . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1 23. Ministers Wild Cat . . . . . . . . 7 24. Aragorn (Ire)# . . . . . . . . . . . . 3 25. Tizbud . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3

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.

Runners

Swiss Yodeler .................... 9 Tribal Rule ........................ 17 Unusual Heat .................... 6 Awesome Gambler .......... 14 Kafwain ............................ 10 Old Topper........................ 6 Bertrando† ........................ 7 Cindago ............................ 5 Rio Verde .......................... 8 Benchmark ........................ 7 Tannersmyman .................. 6 Olmodavor ........................ 6 Council Member .............. 9 Ministers Wild Cat ............ 7 Heatseeker (Ire)# .............. 6

Races Won Earnings 4 8 2 3 3 3 1 1 2 2 1 4 0 1 0

$179,372 315,864 98,286 222,936 113,610 50,865 51,292 36,540 52,831 42,024 34,816 27,227 40,830 25,302 18,620

Average Earnings/ Runner $19,930 18,580 16,381 15,924 11,361 8,478 7,327 7,308 6,604 6,003 5,803 4,538 4,537 3,615 3,103

TRIBAL RULE (BALLENA VISTA FARM) Leading Two-Year-Old Sire in California by Money Won and Number of Winners through August 5, 2012.

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

Runners

1. Tribal Rule ........................ 17 2. Olmodavor ........................ 6 3. Awesome Gambler ........ 14 Swiss Yodeler .................. 9 Kafwain .......................... 10 Globalize .......................... 3 Old Topper ........................ 6 Our New Recruit* .............. 3 9. Unusual Heat .................... 6 Stormin Fever .................. 4 Rio Verde ........................ 8 Benchmark ...................... 7 McCann's Mojave ............ 4 14. Redattore (Brz)• ................ 2 Salt Lake*.......................... 4 Cee’s Tizzy† .................... 2 Bertrando†........................ 7 Nineeleven ...................... 1 Giacomo# .......................... 4 Suances (GB).................... 2 Cindago ............................ 5 Tannersmyman .................. 6 Ministers Wild Cat............ 7 Tizbud .............................. 3 25. Singletary .......................... 4

Winners

Races Won

Earnings

7 4 3 3 3 3 3 3 2 2 2 2 2 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1

8 4 3 4 3 4 3 4 2 2 2 2 3 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 2

$315,864 27,227 222,936 179,372 113,610 52,778 50,865 17,462 98,286 69,570 52,831 42,024 23,168 83,680 56,468 54,310 51,292 47,150 46,666 41,600 36,540 34,816 25,302 23,174 16,366

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

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Regional Race Meetings, Stakes Races and Sale Dates

Dates in California

2012 REGIONAL RACE MEETINGS Del Mar Thoroughbred Club, Del Mar . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .July 18-Sept. 5, 2012 Golden Gate Fields, Albany . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Aug. 17-Sept. 16, 2012 Fairplex Park, Pomona . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Sept. 7-23, 2012 San Joaquin County Fair, Stockton . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Sept. 20-30, 2012 Santa Anita Park, Arcadia . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Sept. 28-Nov. 4, 2012 Fresno County Fair, Fresno . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Oct. 4-14, 2012 Golden Gate Fields, Albany . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Oct. 18-Dec. 16, 2012 Hollywood Park, Inglewood . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Nov. 8-Dec. 16, 2012

SEPTEMBER AND OCTOBER 2012 REGIONAL STAKES RACES Date Sept. 1 Sept. 1 Sept. 2 Sept. 2 Sept. 2 Sept. 3 Sept. 3 Sept. 3 Sept. 5 Sept. 5 Sept. 5 Sept. 5 Sept. 7 Sept. 8 Sept. 9 Sept. 12 Sept. 14 Sept. 15 Sept. 16 Sept. 19 Sept. 21 Sept. 22 Sept. 22 Sept. 22 Sept. 23 Sept. 28 Sept. 29 Sept. 29 Sept. 29 Sept. 29 Sept. 29 Sept. 30

Track Dmr Dmr Dmr Dmr Dmr Dmr Dmr Dmr Dmr Dmr Dmr Dmr Fpx Fpx Fpx Fpx Fpx Fpx Fpx Fpx Fpx Fpx Fpx Stk Fpx SA SA SA SA SA SA SA

Stakes (Grade)

Conditions

Distance

Added Value

Del Mar Debutante (Gr. I) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .2-y-o f. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .7 f. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .$300,000g Harry F. Brubaker Stakes . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .3-y-o & up . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1 m. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .85,000+ Del Mar Derby (Gr. II) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .3-y-o . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1 1/8 m. (T) . . . . . . . . . . . . . .300,000g Torrey Pines Stakes . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .3-yo f. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1 m. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .100,000g Adoration Stakes . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .3-y-o & up, f. & m. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1 m. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .85,000+ Yellow Ribbon Handicap (Gr. II) . . . . . . . . . . . .3-y-o & up, f. & m. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1 1/16 m. (T) . . . . . . . . . . . . .250,000g I’m Smokin Stakes . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .2-y-o, Cal-Bred/Cal-Sired . . . . . . . . . . . . .6 f. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .150,000g Oak Tree Juvenile Fillies Turf Stakes . . . . . . . .2-y-o f. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1 m. (T) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .100,000g Del Mar Futurity (Gr. I) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .2-y-o . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .7 f. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .300,000g Oak Tree Juvenile Turf Stakes . . . . . . . . . . . . .2-y-o . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1 m. (T) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .100,000g C.E.R.F. Stakes . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .3-y-o & up, f. & m. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .6 f. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .85,000+ Pirate’s Bounty Stakes . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .3-y-o & up . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .6 f. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .85,000+ Beverly J. Lewis Stakes . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .3-yo f. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .6 1/2 f. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .50,000g E. B. Johnston Stakes . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .3-y-o & up, f. & m., Cal-Bred/Cal-Sired . . .1 1/16 m. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .50,000g Jim Kostoff Stakes . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .3-y-o . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .6 1/2 f. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .50,000g C. B. Afflerbaugh Stakes . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .2-y-o . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .7 f. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .50,000g Phil D. Shepherd Stakes . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .2-y-o f. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .7 f. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .50,000g Barretts Debutante Stakes . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .2-y-o f. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .6 1/2 f. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .100,000g Barretts Juvenile Stakes . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .2-y-o . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .6 1/2 f. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .100,000g Governor’s Cup Handicap . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .3-y-o & up . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .6 1/2 f. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .50,000g Bangles And Beads Stakes . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .3-y-o & up, f. & m. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .6 1/2 f. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .50,000g Las Madrinas Handicap . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .3-y-o & up, f. & m. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1 1/16 m. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .50,000g Pomona Derby . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .3-y-o . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1 1/16 m. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .50,000g Harvest Stakes . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .3-y-o & up, f. & m. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .6 f. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .50,000+ Ralph M. Hinds Pomona Handicap . . . . . . . . .3-y-o & up . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1 1/8 m. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .100,000g Eddie D. Stakes (Gr. III) (Morvich Stakes) . . . . .3-y-o & up . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .abt. 6 1/2 f. (T) . . . . . . . . . . . .100,000g Awesome Again Stakes (Gr. I) (Goodwood Stakes) 3-y-o & up . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1 1/8 m. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .250,000g Zenyatta Stakes (Gr. I) (Lady’s Secret Stakes) . .3-y-o & up, f. & m. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1 1/16 m. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .250,000g Rodeo Drive Stakes (Gr. I) (Yellow Ribbon Stakes) .3-y-o & up, f. & m. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1 1/4 m. (T) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .250,000g FrontRunner Stakes (Gr. I) (Norfolk Stakes) . . .2-y-o . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1 1/16 m. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .250,000g Chandelier Stakes (Gr. I) (Oak Leaf Stakes) . . .2-y-o f. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1 1/16 m. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .250,000g John Henry Turf Championship Stakes (Gr. II) (Clement L. Hirsch Turf Championship Stakes) .3-y-o & up . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1 1/4 m. (T) . . . . . . . . . . . . . 150,000g

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Oct. 6

SA

Oct. Oct. Oct. Oct. Oct. Oct. Oct.

SA SA Fno SA SA SA SA

6 6 6 6 7 8 8

Stakes (Grade)

Conditions

Distance

Added Value

Santa Anita Sprint Championship Stakes (Gr. I) .3-y-o & up . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .6 f. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .$250,000g (Ancient Title Stakes) Arroyo Seco Mile (Gr. II) (Oak Tree Mile) . . . . . .3-y-o & up . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1 m. (T) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .150,000g Tim Conway Stakes (Jack Goodman Stakes) . .2-y-o . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .6 f. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .100,000g Charlie Palmer Futurity . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .2-y-o . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1 m. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .75,000g Swingtime Stakes . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .3-y-o & up, f. & m. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1 m. (T) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .65,000g L. A. Woman Stakes (Louis R. Rowan Stakes) .3-y-o & up, f. & m. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .6 1/2 f. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 100,000g Zuma Beach Stakes . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .2-y-o . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1 m. (T) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .100,000g Surfer Girl Stakes . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .2-y-o f. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1 m. (T) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .100,000g California Cup XXIII—Santa Anita Park Saturday, October 13, 2012—Five Stakes Races Worth $900,000

Oct. 13 Oct. 13 Oct. 13

SA SA SA

Oct. 13 Oct. 13 Oct. 14 Oct. 20 Oct. 27

SA SA Fno SA SA

Bob Benoit California Cup Juvenile Stakes . . .2-y-o . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1 1/16 m. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .250,000g California Cup Juvenile Fillies Stakes . . . . . . .2-y-o f. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1 1/16 m. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .250,000g Lava Man California Cup Classic Stakes . . . . .3-y-o & up . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1 1/16 m. . . . . . . . . . . . . . .175,000g Presented by City National Bank John Deere California Cup Distaff Stakes . . . .3-y-o & up, f. & m. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .abt. 6 1/2 f. (T) . . . . . . . . . . .125,000g Donald Valpredo California Cup Sprint Stakes 3-y-o & up . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .6 f. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .100,000g Bulldog Handicap . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .3-y-o & up . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1 1/8 m, . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .75,000g Senator Ken Maddy Stakes (Gr. III) . . . . . . . . .3-y-o & up, f. & m. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .abt. 6 1/2 f. (T) . . . . . . . . . . .100,000g Autumn Miss Stakes (Gr. III) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .3-y-o f. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1 m. (T) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .100,000g (Harold C. Ramser Sr. Stakes) *Purse includes money from Cal-bred Race Fund **Purse includes money from Breeders’ Cup Fund #-Purse includes money from Golden State Series Fund g-Purse guaranteed • e-Estimated purse • +-Added purse

2012 REGIONAL SALE DATES October 9 & 10 . . . . . . . . . . . .Barretts October Yearling Sale . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .(Nominations closed April 20)

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FAIRPLEX PARK

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Saturday, September 8

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$50,000(G) E. B. Johnston Stakes Three-Year-Old & Up, Fillies & Mares 1 1/16 Miles

SANTA ANITA PARK California Cup XXIII Saturday, October 13 $250,00 California Cup Juvenile Stakes Two-Year-Old 1 1/16 Miles

$250,00 California Cup Juvenile Fillies Stakes Two-Year-Old Fillies 1 1/16 Miles

$175,000 Lava Man California Cup Classic Stakes Three-Year-Old & Up 1 1/16 Miles $125,000 California Cup Distaff Stakes Three-Year-Old & Up, Fillies & Mares about 6 1/2 Furlongs (Turf)

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Del Mar Dust Guest Forum by BOB CARSON Billy Nedderman is dead. A. J. Forest is under the influence. Fred Sullivan, known to his few friends as Sully, is heartbroken. All three sit in a battered black Buick Regal in the heart of a cold November night. The Buick idles in a lonely corner of the eerily empty racetrack parking lot, the purr of the engine and the moving exhaust clouds billowing from the tailpipe are the only signs of life. Sully pushes a button on the armrest and the window slides down and stops with a soft thump. The smell of horses, exhaust and broken dreams drifts into the Buick. Sully is the leader of this nocturnal mission, an unwanted promotion. Billy Nedderman was the guy who would normally be in charge of a caper like this. Billy, with his unlit cigars, oversized glasses and endless enthusiasm made the final decisions. Billy was the center of their little racetrack world. Billy had recruited them to their careers as racetrack regulars. Billy had picked the horses, called the shots and carried the conversation ball. What will happen to them now? Sully is a loner. Once, maybe 10 years ago, during a lull between races, Billy led a mindless conversation about movies. At some point, Billy dubbed Sullivan “Our own friggin High Plains Drifter.” It was part of one of his nonstop dialogues that annoyed most people. Sully was not most people. Being with Billy and listening to his rants was an important part of his life. Sully remembered the vignette, could recall Billy’s guffaw and slap on his shoulder, “Sully, our bargain basement Clint Eastwood.” Sully remembered those exact words. He flipped Billy the bird, but enjoyed the off-hand description. Sully never forgot it. He would never forget Billy. Sully does not like to be in charge. He does not like A. J. drunk in the back seat. And he sure as hell does not like having his best friend in a small square box on the front seat of his Buick. A soft snore startles Sully. He twists around and looks into the back seat. A. J. sleeps with his pudgy cheek smashed against the glass of the passenger door. The combination of the beers, the late hour, the sadness and the quiet ride all contributed to A. J.’s slumber. Sully smiles at the outfit A. J. sleeps in, black velour running suit, black ski cap and brown wing tipped shoes. A. J. Forest, 44-yearold insurance adjuster by day, temporary master criminal by night. A. J. dozes with his mouth open in the shape of a zero, his fleshy lips look like a small doughnut. He is a good guy. Sully realizes with a chilling shudder that A. J. is his last real racetrack pal. He wonders if A. J. will continue to come to the track without Billy. Sully twists his lanky body forward and squints through the smudged windshield, wishing he could go back in time before Billy got sick. He gazes down at the box with Billy’s

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ashes. He recalls yesterday, when he picked up the box from the Bakker Brothers Funeral Home. Sully was surprised at the small size of the package, barely big enough to hold a dozen of Billy’s victory cigars. When one of the Bakker Brothers extended the little box to Sullivan, mumbling something about, “Sorry for your loss,” Sully was surprised again. The little box was heavy as a brick. Sully gently shook the box. It felt more like gravel than powder. A dull ache shot into Sully’s chest. This is Billy. This is Box-em-Billy Nedderman, dead, in a little box. Sully wheeled around and walked out the glass doors. He did not want whichever Bakker Brother was on duty see him cry. A. J. sleeps like a baby, temporarily free of sadness. Sully looks at the green numbers on the dashboard clock, 3:12. Maybe he will box 3-1-2 in a perfecta in the first race tomorrow. He wonders what time they start getting the horses ready for morning workouts? When does the sun come up? How much time does he have to complete his mission before the racetrack personnel begin stirring? Sully watches the numbers click to 3:13. The luminous clock numbers glow harshly in the inky blackness. Sully could not remember a time when he ever felt this alone. He makes a mental checklist of lonely moments: riding on the bus to Paris Island for boot camp; reading the divorce papers from Kathy at the kitchen table of his barren apartment; sitting in the pew as the pastor gives a perfunctory eulogy for his mother; waiting for the doctor to re-enter his office last year with the biopsy that turned out “a little suspicious but don’t worry about it, you might have another 45 years if you quit smoking.” Sully slips a Marlboro between his lips. The flame of his lighter joins the glow of the clock numbers. He gently taps the box on the seat. He whispers, “Billy, we should have made that trip.” Hardly a day had passed in the last 20 years when Sully and Billy did not talk about taking a trip to the Del Mar Thoroughbred Club, “Where the Surf Meets the Turf.” On the trip they would drop in at Santa Anita Park. Neither man had ever been to California, neither were travelers, certainly not adventurers, they were horseplayers—but the Del Mar trip was a shared dream. They had time. Let the dream percolate. Someday they would go. They would have the time of their lives. Two middle-aged railbirds, three if A. J. came, living it up in sunny California for a heady week, making memories they would take to their graves. Billy would not make this memory. He would not even Continued on next page

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Guest Forum Cont’d. have a grave. The best Sully could do now was to honor Billy’s request and spread his ashes on the racetrack. It wasn’t the Del Mar vacation, but Sully would make good on this promise. “A. J.” Sully’s voice was a hiss. “A. J.” He repeated, his voice was an eerie, disembodied sound. Sully leans across the back of his seat and taps the velour knee. A. J. does not open his eyes. He makes two rasping snorts, takes off his black ski cap and slides it between the cold glass and his cheek. He sighs and smiles. Suddenly, shocking himself with his movements, Sully snatches the box, cradles it carefully under his arm like a fullback running out the clock, opens the door of the Buick and steps out into the cold blackness. Sully thinks to himself. I should have called the track. Let them arrange things. The racetrack people seem nice, they will miss Billy, they would have understood. Still, for some reason Sully needs to do this alone. Maybe next week he will ask the track to make an announcement over the Public Address system. Billy would like that. Maybe they would name a race in his honor, a low-level claimer, Billy’s favorite kind of race. Sully’s boots crunch beneath quick steps as he marches across the gravel of the deserted parking lot. A few lonely light bulbs on the side of the concrete building are enough. Sully knows his way.

The front door is open. He walks right into the cavernous racetrack, the familiar smell of horses, dirt and dreams drift in the stillness. He passes the empty betting windows, the silent snack bar, and the ocean of empty chairs. He glances at Section “C” where Sully, Billy and A. J. set up shop at least twice a week for over two decades. He walks out to the asphalt apron that separates the grandstands from the track. He climbs the wire fence easily despite the box under his arm. At the top of the fence, Sully hesitates for a moment, a pigeon weighing his options, then jumps to the racing surface. He lands with a muffled thump. He walks across the loose soil of the racetrack and stops near the finish line. Sully and Billy had watched thousands of beautiful Thoroughbreds thunder down this brown stretch. Tonight, walking on the alien surface, Sully feels like he is walking on the moon. An unexpected wave of fear washes over Sully. He is disoriented with the strange time, the strange territory, and the strange errand. Sully kneels as if in prayer. His knees sink into the cool dampness, dirt sticks to his pants. He sets the box down. Frantic fingers tear at the top of the cardboard box and a corner frees itself. A final angry jerk rips the top of the box wide open. Sully grasps the sides of the box, extends his arms, rises to his feet on shaky legs, pivots a half circle and, with one huge swoosh, spreads the ashes. Flecks of gray powder settle on his black leather jacket. His voice is half scream, half sob. It splits the night. “See ya at Del Mar.”

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Arizona Thoroughbred Breeders Assoc. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .48 Backyard Race Horse . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .57 Ballena Vista Farm . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .OBC Barretts Equine Limited . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .15 Cal Cup Nominations . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .10 Cal Cup XXIII Fact Sheet . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .8 Cal-Bred Maiden Bonus Program . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .IBC Cal-Bred/Cal-Sired Stakes Races . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .55 California Thoroughbred Weekly . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .58 Cardiff, Suzanne, Pedigree Research . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .57 Cole Ranch . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .56 CTBA 2013 Stallion Directory . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .25 CTBA Farm Spotlight . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .43 CTBA Website . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .48 Daehling Ranch . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .56 Dickson Podley Realtors (Jeannie Garr Roddy) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .58 E.A. Ranches . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .16 Fairplex Park . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .41 Gayle Van Leer Thoroughbred Services . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .57 Gloria Renteria . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .56

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Golden State Stakes Series . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .35 Harris Farms . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .IFC HowToWinAtHorseRacing.com . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .56 Kodiac Kowboy-Barretts Oct Sale . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .12 Laurel Fowler Insurance Broker Inc. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .57 Legacy Ranch . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .5 Lillian Nichols/Halters . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .57 Linda Cardenas-Subias-Law Office . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .58 Northern California Stallion Tour . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .31 NTRA Advantage . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .11 NTRA Advantage/John Deere . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .9 Odyssey Performance Premium Horse Exerciser . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .57 Ridgeley Farm . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .45 State Farm Insurance-Sue Hubbard . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .58 The Jockey Club Information Systems, Inc . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .18 The Loftin Firm LLP . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .57 Tommy Town Thoroughbreds LLC . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .3 Trainers Praise Natural Alternative, EPO-Equine . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .13 West Coast Racing Colors/June Gee . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .56 www.horselawyers.com . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .57

STALLIONS Bonnrita . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .45 Chattahoochee War . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .16 Dixie Chatter . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .OBC Drum Major . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .16 Elusive Bluff . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .16 Game Plan . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .16 Kafwain . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .3

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