01/30/2009 12:00AM

Beltene's breeder feels seller's remorse


ARCADIA, Calif. - Watching Beltene go undefeated in three starts, including a win in the $250,000 Sunshine Millions Oaks at Santa Anita last weekend, has been tough on breeder Charlotte Wrather.

Wrather sold Beltene for $30,000 at the 2007 California fall yearling sale at Barretts in Pomona. She has turned out to be a bargain for La Canada Stable and trainer Jack Carava.

"I had planned to keep her," Wrather said Friday from her home near Santa Barbara. "The economic situation forced us to sell a few horses in training. I wasn't happy with the price I got for Beltene."

Fortunately for Wrather, she may not be left out. Wallis of Windsor, the dam of Beltene, is due to foal a full sibling to Beltene soon.

"I hope I get a filly in a few weeks," Wrather said.

Wrather, who campaigned the multiple stakes winner Cheroot, breeds primarily to race. Beltene is by leading California stallion Unusual Heat. Wallis of Windsor, 12, is by Wavering Monarch and did not race.

"I don't like to breed to sell," Wrather said. "Beltene wouldn't have been bred if I only bred commercially."

Before she was sold, Beltene showed promise. She was an eager filly when she was being broken, Wrather said.

"She was a filly that couldn't do enough, always wanted to do more than she was asked to do," Wrather said. "You had to stop her in the round pen. She wanted to go and go and go. It was a little unexpected."

Beltene made her debut in a $40,000 claiming race for statebred maidens at Hollywood Park on Dec. 11, closing from fifth to win by 2 1/2 lengths. She won her second start, a six-furlong starter allowance, by two lengths at Santa Anita on Jan. 10.

In the Sunshine Millions Oaks for California-breds and Florida-breds over six furlongs, Beltene was dismissed at 10-1. She closed from seventh in a field of nine to win by a head over Hooh Why, a Florida-bred invader from Tampa Bay Downs.

Before the Sunshine Millions Oaks, Carava expressed some concern about the two-week turnaround between the starter allowance and the stakes.

"I didn't think it was a stretch from an ability standout, but the standpoint of coming back in two weeks," he said. "She's a pretty resilient horse. I may have underestimated her internal fortitude."

Beltene has earned $163,770. Carava said the $100,000 Santa Paula Stakes, a Grade 3 for 3-year-old fillies over 6 1/2 furlongs on March 29, is Beltene's next major goal.

"She came back in good shape," Carava said Friday. "I'll probably stick to my original plan and give her a bit of time off."

Meanwhile, Wrather will wait at home and see what Wallis of Windsor delivers. Prior to Beltene, Wallis of Windsor produced the Memo colt Scandalous, a winner of $115,160 and the NTRA Stakes for California-breds on California Gold Rush Day at Hollywood Park in 2007. Wrather campaigned Scandalous early in his career.

Following Beltene, the mare produced another Unusual Heat filly, a 2-year-old this year, who was purchased for $40,000 at the California fall yearling sale at Barretts by Venneri Racing and Eagle Oak Ranch.

Wrather will keep the upcoming foal, hoping the foal can follow the success of Scandalous and Beltene.