12/23/2005 12:00AM

A baker's dozen of new sires for 2006

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Sires standing in California for the first time in 2006 include Our New Recruit (above), Gentlemen, and Singletary. Gentlemen formerly stood in Kentucky. The others are first-year sires.

California breeders have an interesting selection of new stallions to choose from in 2006. Some are stakes winners just off the racetrack - such as Our New Recruit, Ministers Wild Cat, and Singletary - while others have been relocated from other states, including Crafty C. T., Gentlemen, and Salt Lake. This year, there are fewer newcomers than in previous years.

Here is a glance at the seven first-year stallions for 2006 as well as six stallions that were relocated to the state since the conclusion of the 2005 breeding season.

First-year stallions

Excessive Barb
(In Excess-My Sweet Barbara), $1,000, Rancho San Roberto

This 6-year-old had his best season on the track in 2002, winning the Cavonnier Stakes at the Oak Tree at Santa Anita meeting and placing in the California Cup Juvenile and I'm Smokin' stakes. All three races were for statebreds. A winner of 3 of 11 starts and $136,194, he was best in sprints, and won on turf at Bay Meadows against claimers at the end of his career.

Emeritus
(Holy Bull-Avie's Fancy), $1,000, Rancho San Roberto

A 6-year-old, this horse made only one start in his career, finishing fifth in a maiden special weight sprint. Despite his lack of racing success, his bloodlines should attract attention. Avie's Fancy was an eight-time stakes winner on the mid-Atlantic and New England circuits. She is the dam of two stakes winners, including the Santa Anita graded stakes winner St Averil. His sire, Holy Bull, stands in Kentucky for a $15,000 fee in 2006.

Ministers Wild Cat
(Deputy Minister-Hollywood Wildcat), $7,500, Tommy Town Thoroughbreds

A stakes winner in California and Canada, this 6-year-old is one of the best-bred sires in the state. He is by top stallion Deputy Minister and out of Hollywood Wildcat, the 1993 champion 3-year-old filly. She is the dam of War Chant, who is a stallion in Kentucky and the winner of the 2000 Breeders' Cup Mile, and the promising Irish-based colt Ivan Denisovich, a stakes winner in England last summer.

Race for Glory
(Cape Town-Charming Gal), private, Geocel Ranch

A $600,000 purchase as a 2-year-old in training at Keeneland, this California-bred ended his career with 2 wins in 11 starts and earnings of $74,930. The highlight of his career occurred when he won the 2003 Cavonnier Stakes at Oak Tree at Santa Anita. Trained by D. Wayne Lukas, Race for Glory finished ninth in the 2003 Breeders' Cup Juvenile behind Action This Day.

Singletary
(Sultry Song-Joiski's Star), $5,000, Cardiff Stud Farm

Best known for winning the 2004 Breeders' Cup Mile at Lone Star Park, this 5-year-old ended his career with a record of 8 wins in 22 starts and earnings of $1,754,312. He was best known as a turf miler, winning stakes at the ages of 3, 4, and 5. This year, he won two major turf stakes at Santa Anita - the Oak Tree Breeders' Cup Mile and the Arcadia Handicap.

Strive
(Deputy Minister-Symbolically), $3,500, Pepper Oaks Farm

Purchased for $180,000 at the Keeneland horses of racing age sale in November, Strive won 4 of 24 starts and $287,910 in a career that included a third-place finish behind eventual Horse of the Year Mineshaft in the 2003 New Orleans Handicap. Symbolically is the dam of four stakes winners: Sweet Life, Caribbean Pirate, Echo of Yesterday, and Pirate's Revenge. Sweet Life is the dam of Sweet Catomine, the champion 2-year-old filly of 2004.

Our New Recruit
(Alphabet Soup-Delta Danielle), $3,500, Legacy Ranch

A sprinter, his biggest win came in the $2 million Golden Shaheen in Dubai in March 2004. A winner of 6 of 19 starts and $1,470,915, he later won the restricted Pirate's Bounty Handicap at Del Mar in 2004, but battled an injury in 2005.

Bought for $120,000 as a 2-year-old in training at Barretts, he was in training this fall when a decision was reached to send him to stud.

Relocated stallions

Crafty C. T.
(Crafty Prospector-Andriana B.), $5,000, Windfall Farms

His first foals will be yearlings in 2006. A 7-year-old, he won the Grade 2 San Rafael Stakes at Santa Anita, and finished second in the Santa Anita Derby in 2001. At 4, he was third in the Breeders' Cup Sprint and Metropolitan Mile Handicap. At 5, his final year on the track, he was stakes placed at Keeneland and Santa Anita.

A winner of $832,652, he stood in New York last year.

Gentlemen
(Robin des Bois-Elegant Glance), $5,000, Applebite Farm.

He has had four crops to race, including the Santa Anita stakes winner Man Among Men. Last year, this 13-year-old stood in Kentucky for an advertised fee of $10,000.

In 1997, he was a star in California, winning four major stakes - the Hollywood Gold Cup, Pacific Classic, Pimlico Special, and San Antonio Handicap. Bred in Argentina, he was the champion 3-year-old in that country in 1995.

Salt Lake
(Deputy Minister-Take Lady Anne), $12,500, Golden Eagle Farm

A 16-year-old, he stood in Kentucky last year for $12,500. His 2006 stud fee is the highest for a freshman or relocated stallion in California. A six-time stakes winner in the early 1990's, he is the sire of Canadian champion Fantasy Lake, the Argentine champion Salt Champ, and such notable stakes winners in this country as Ordway and Lake William.

Sea of Secrets
(Storm Cat-Love from Mom), $3,500, Ballena Vista Farm.

This winner of the 1998 San Vicente Stakes at Santa Anita stood in Kentucky last year for an advertised fee of $3,500. A 10-year-old, he is a half-brother to three stakes winners - Love That Jazz, Fight for Love, and Dancing Jon. A 2-year-old by this stallion sold for $2.7 million at Barretts in 2003. He has sired the stakes winner Appealing Secret, Road to Mandalay, Thekatcamehome, and Warmnfuzzyfeelin.

Tizbud
(Cee's Tizzy-Cee's Song), $3,000, Harris Farms

A full-brother to Tiznow, the 2000 Horse of the Year, and the graded stakes winners Budroyale and Tizdubai, this 6-year-old is entering his second season at stud, having stood in 2005 at Jubilee Farms in Florida.

He won 2 of 8 starts and $230,266 in a career highlighted by a victory in the 2003 California Cup Classic at Oak Tree at Santa Anita.

Western Verse
(Gone West-Reams of Verse), $5,000, Old English Rancho

Trained as a 2-year-old by Henry Cecil in England, this 6-year-old horse is out of Reams of Verse, the winner of the 1997 Epsom Oaks. Western Verse made only four starts in his career, and was a winner in England at York racecourse as a 2-year-old. He stood in Australia following the end of his racing career.