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California Connections Eclipse The Competition
The Jan. 18 Eclipse Awards ceremony honoring North American racing champions of 2013 was prosperous for California connections, with several breeders and owners and one star-crossed state-bred among the top recipients. Dual grade I winner Points Offthebench, a 2009 Benchmark gelding who won four of his five starts last year but was fatally injured at Santa Anita Park while making his final preparations for the 2013 Breeders’ Cup Sprint (grade I), was posthumously named 2013 Eclipse Champion Male Sprinter. Bred in California by Gary Rocks and produced by the unraced Free House mare Mo Chuisle, he earned $514,940 overall. Several California Thoroughbred Breeders Association (CTBA) members also received Eclipse accolades. Leading breeders Pam and Martin Wygod were repre-
©Mesaros sented by 2013 Eclipse Champion Two-Year-Old Colt/Gelding Shared Belief, while Mark Dedomenico and Phil Lebherz were among the owners who accepted the 2013 Eclipse Martin & Pam Wygod Champion Two-Year-Old Filly honors for She’s a Tiger. Both juvenile champions are based in California. California-based Beholder, the 2012 titleholder as champion juvenile filly, won her second Eclipse Award as 2013 Champion Three-Year-Old Filly for owner B. Wayne Hughes’ Spendthrift Farm LLC on the basis of her four grade I victories last year, which included the $1,840,000 Breeders’ Cup Distaff.
CTFMA Offers Training Center Tour The California Thoroughbred Farm Managers Association (CTFMA) has scheduled a tour of Southern California training centers from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, March 15. Included on the drive-yourself motorcade tour are stops at the newly renovated San Luis Rey Downs in Bonsall, Galway Downs in Temecula and Milky Way Farm in Temecula. Visits to nearby wineries are optional following the tour. The cost to participate is $20 per person, and includes lunch. Reservations are due by Wednesday, March 5. Check payments may be mailed to CTFMA, P.O. Box 876, Fallbrook, CA 92088. For more information about CTFMA’s 2014 Training Center Tour, visit http://www.thoroughbredinfo.com/showcase/ctfma.php.
California-Breds Countrywide She’s Ordained, a California-bred daughter of Ministers Wild Cat, nabbed her first stakes trophy on Dec. 28 in the $100,000 Willa On the Move Stakes at Laurel Park. Bred ©Jim McCue by Tommy Town Thoroughbreds, the She’s Ordained home of her sire, and produced in 2009 by Not For Love’s multiple winner Whole Lotta Love, she has earned $330,685 from 30 career starts to date.
Grazen Records First Winner On Dec. 28, the two-year-old Golden Gate Fields maiden special weight winner Grazen’s Hope lived up to his name when he became the first offspring of his sire, California-based Grazen, to win a race. The colt is one of 10 registered foals in the initial crop of the eight-year-old Tommy Town Thoroughbreds stallion, who was bred in California and won Hollywood Park’s 2009 Affirmed Handicap (grade III).
California Produces 10 Graded Stakes Winners In 2013 Ten California-bred runners accounted for graded stakes wins in North America during 2013, ranking the Golden State a joint fifth alongside Pennsylvania among all North American breeding centers. Powerhouse Kentucky led the list with 227 graded stakes winners last year, followed by Florida (27), Ontario, Canada (20) and New York (13). Three Cal-breds captured grade I races in 2013: Points Offthebench, by Benchmark, Tamarando, by Bertrando, and Tiz Flirtatious, by Tizbud. California ranked fourth in this category, behind Kentucky (55), Florida (8) and Ontario (6).
Making The Grade The following runner(s), either bred in California or sired by a stallion currently based in the Golden State, won or placed in graded stakes races in North America (United States, Canada & Puerto Rico) from December 30 to January 26 inclusive: Let Faith Arise f.4. Kafwain—Babe Hall 2nd Grade II La Canada Stakes $200,500 1 1/16 m. Santa Anita Park January 19 Breeders: Machmer Hall & Darley Stud Teddy’s Promise m.6. Salt Lake—Braids and Beads 3rd Grade II Santa Monica Stakes $200,250 7 f. Santa Anita Park January 25 Breeders: Ted & Judy Nichols
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CUURRRRRRE EEN NT N T CA ALLLIF O OR RN R N NI IIA A REN LIIIFFFO RNI NIA SIIRRREEESS OOFF STTAAKKEEESS WIINNNNNNEEERRRSS Named N amed Foals of
Stallion S tallion
Salt Lake ke (1989)† † In Excess (Ire) (1 (1987)† 987)† Bertrando (1989) † (1989)†
High Brite (1984) † (1984)†
Unusual Heat (19 990) (1990)
Benchmark (1991) (1991 1)
Cee’s Tizzy (1987 7)† (1987)†
Tribal Rule (1996))
Stormin Feve Fever ver (19 (1994) 994)
Swiss Y Yo odeler (19 994) Yodeler (1994)
Game Plan (1993 (1993))
Old T To opper (1995 Topper (1995))
Kafw fwain (2000) Kafwain
Sea of Secrets (1 995) (1995)
Ministers Wild Ca at (2000) Cat
For R Re eally (1987)† † Really
Ro R ocky Bar (1998) Rocky
Siberian Summerr (1989)†
W t Western F (19 992)† Fame (1992)†
Comic Strip (1995 5) (1995)
Perfect Perf rfect Mandate (1996)†
S Stallion News Atticus This Magali Farms residen resident nt was flattered on Dec. 29, whe when n his three-year-old three-yearr-old maternal grandson Elettrotreno o (Ire) captured the grassy Premio Citta C Di Napoli in Ital Italy. y.
Chattahoochee e War Dot’s Onthewarpath, a three-yea three-year-old arr-old filly from the inaugural inau ugural crop of this E.A. Ranches stallion, s became her sire’s sire e’s first winner with a five-furlong g maiden victory at Golden Gol den Gate Fields on Dec. 27.
Truest Lege Legend nd This eight-year-old eight-yearr-old son of Songandaprayer, Songand daprayer, r, a two-time Chattahoochee Chat attahoochee War winner win nner who placed in Del Mar Thorou Thoroughbred ughbred Club’s 2010 Pirate’s Bounty Stakes, has retired retired from racing to stand at Rancho Rancho Temescal Te T emescal in Piru.
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† Indicates stallions who have have died or have been retired from the stud. • Indicates stallions who have moved m out of state but have California-bred two-year-olds of this year.r. Al Allll sires will remain on the list until the year after their last foals are two-y two-year-olds. year-olds.
Q ualifying Claiming Qualifying C laiming Levels The follo following wing claiming levels for California owers premiums and stallion awards are currently c in effect:
Santa Anita A Park—$40,000 Golden Gate G Fields—$20,000
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Saturday, Feb. 1, is the deadline to name foals of 2012 with The Jockey Club in Lexington, Kentucky…Pool 2 and Pool 3 of this year’s Kentucky Derby Future Wager will run from Thursday, Feb. 6 to Saturday, Feb. 8 and from Thursday, Feb. 27 to Saturday, Mar.3, respectively…The third edition of Horse Expo Pomona will be held at Fairplex from Friday, Feb. 7 to Sunday, Feb. 9…On Saturday, Feb. 8, the Thoroughbred Owners of California (TOC) will host an Open Forum at Santa Anita Park in Arcadia…The California Horse Racing Board (CHRB), to which both California Thoroughbred Breeders Association (CTBA) member Madeline Auerbach was appointed and Rick Baedeker was named as its new Executive Director last month, will hold its next monthly meeting at Santa Anita on Friday, Feb. 21...On Friday, Feb. 8, the Training Preview for the Barretts March Sale of Selected Two-Year-Olds in Training will be held at Fairplecx Park in Pomona…In January, the bill containing language which reinstates the ban on domestic horse slaughter for the 2014 fiscal year by prohibiting the use of tax dollars to inspect U.S. horse slaughTiznow – Hepatica, by Slewpy • $2,500-LF ter facilities was signed into law...ThoroughGen has released its Breeding Cloud test, a new model representing the first genetic-based analysis of both broodmares and sires that provides the statistical chance of producing an elite racing prospect from that particular mating…The results of the first national study of Thoroughbred placement, by the Retired Racehorse Training Project (RRTP) and titled “Exploring the Bridge to Second Careers for Thoroughbred ExRacehorses,” is now available at www.retiredracehorsetraining.org/documents/OTTBSurveyReport.pdf.
Speed and Stamina The Total Package •Won the War Chant Stakes going 1 1/16 miles, at Hollywood Park in a Track Record Time of 1:40:34. •Saratoga MSW winner and 2nd in Keenelands G1 Breeders’ Futurity at two. •Won Del Mar’s El Cajon Stakes at one-mile by 3 lengths. •From a pedigree that has produced more than 40 stakes winners under the first three dams.
RANCHO SAN MIGUEL 1741 W. 10th Street, P.O. Box 741 San Miguel, California 93451 (805) 467-3847/FAX (805) 467-3919 Farm Manager: Clay Murdock e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org or website: www.ranchosanmiguel.net
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Paul Bernhard Jr. Paul Bernhard Jr., a member of the California Thoroughbred Breeders Association (CTBA) since 1993 and a longtime supporter of the California Cup program, died on Dec. 12 at the age of 82. In addition to serving as the President and General Manager of Red Star Fertilizer Company in Corona, he raced under the name P & M Stables. Continued on page 12
Point Given—Eversmile, by Theatrical • Top Level Graded Stakes Performer: 1-2-3 in 11 of 13 starts • Earning $1,154,360, including G1 Haskell Invitational, G1 Goodwood Stakes, G1 Santa Anita Sprint Championship Stakes, and G2 Pat O’ Brien Stakes • Versatile G1 Winner at 1+1/8 Miles on the East Coast and G1 Winner at 6 Furlongs on the West Coast • Third Leading California Sire by Mares Bred in 2013 • First Foal Crop of 2014 are Arriving and Look Tremendous
Stud Fee: $5,000
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10 Years Ago
In the 18th start of an eventual five-season career, five-year-old Giovannetti posted his third and final stakes victory in the $100,000 Ken Maddy Sprint Handicap at Golden Gate Fields on Feb. 21, 2004. Bred in California by Rick and Michael Arthur, the gelded son of Memo (Chi) and Rio Tejo, the 2003/2004 California Broodmare of the Year by Tsunami Slew, raced into his seven-yearold year before retiring with a record of 31-8-2-1 and $336,377 in earnings.
February 21, 2004
Giovannetti $100,000 Ken Maddy Sprint Handicap
25 Years Ago On Feb. 18, 1989, California-bred Kool Arrival, a daughter of Relaunch and The Irish Lord’s grade I-placed graded stakes winner Irish Arrival, posted the biggest win of her career in the grade I, $133,450 Las Virgenes Stakes for three-year-old fillies at Santa Anita Park. Owned by her breeders Pete Valenti, John Coelho and Philip Fields, she retired after seven more starts that year with a 14-7-1-2 record and $422,988 bankroll before becoming the dam of the dual grade I-placed graded stakes winner Klassy Kim. February 18, 1989
Kool Arrival Grade I Las Virgenes Stakes
Evansville Slew-Cantina, by Seattle Dancer • Fee: $1,000 LF Passing on his speed, which earned multiple 100+ beyers figures and 43 second 1/2-mile clocking. Roi Charmant is California’s leading first crop sire by average earnings per foal ($19,059), second leading sire of average earnings per runner ($30,495) and yearling average ($18.7K). 36th ranked North American first crop sire by total earnings. 62% starters from foals, including multiple stakes-placed, winner GANGNAM GUY ($113,420), second in the I’m Smoking Stakes at Del Mar and 2nd open allowance 1/16/2014, running 6 1/2 f. at Santa Anita in 111.4. His 88 Beyers ranks 16th for a 3-year-old male in 2014 (DRF 1/20). From the Sire Line of Lava Man out of a solid female family sporting a graded sprinter in every generation.
50 Years Ago After winning the $61,450 San Felipe Handicap on Feb. 12, 1964, three-year-old Hill Rise returned to Santa Anita 17 days later to win the $132,400 Santa Anita Derby by six lengths. Racing from two to five in the El Peco Ranch silks of his breeder George A. Pope Jr., this colt by Hillary out of the winning Russia II (Aus) mare Red Curtain earned $653,177 from 15 wins, six seconds and eight thirds that included a runner-up finish in the 1964 Kentucky Derby and victories in the 1965 Santa Anita Handicap and the 1966 Queen Elizabeth II Stakes at Ascot in England. February 12, 1964
Inbred 4x3 to Broodmare of the year My Charmer.
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Hill Rise $132,400 Santa Anita Derby