01/11/2008 12:00AM

Bertrando, Decarchy lead sire lists


ARCADIA, Calif. - Bertrando has truly become a heavyweight among California stallions.

In 2007, for the second time in three years, he led California stallions in progeny earnings, with $4,235,168.

Lately, at Marty and Pam Wygod's River Edge Farm in Buellton, Calif., where the 19-year-old stallion is based, he has been sporting, well, a larger look.

"He's a little heavier weight-wise than he normally is, but I probably did that to him," farm manager Russell Drake said. "When they get older, I tend to feed them a little more."

Bertrando, who ranked 45th on the 2007 national list, led by Smart Strike ($14,358,570), was the only California stallion to surpass $4 million in progeny earnings in 2007. He was followed on the list by In Excess ($3,797,819), Deputy Commander ($3,692,200), Unusual Heat ($3,542,981), and 2006 leader Swiss Yodeler ($3,403,662).

Bertrando's 2007 earnings were much higher than when he topped California's general list in 2005 with earnings of $3,644,295.

In 2007, Bertrando's leading money winner was Bilo, who earned $327,780 and won the Grade 1 Triple Bend Handicap at Santa Anita and the California Cup Sprint at the Oak Tree at Santa Anita meeting for trainer Marty Jones. Bilo was campaigned by the late Ed Nahem, who was part of the partnership that campaigned Bertrando on the racetrack. Nahem retained an ownership share in Bertrando during the horse's stallion career.

Nahem died in November. Bilo was subsequently sold to the partnership of Scott and Wayne Anastasi and Don Capen and is being pointed for the $1 million Sunshine Millions Classic at Santa Anita on Jan. 26, according to new trainer Mike Mitchell.

Bertrando, who stands for $12,500, was bred to "80 to 90 mares" in 2007, according to Drake. He expects a similar number for 2008.

"It seems like everyone's a little slow about booking," he said. "He's got 70-plus right now. A lot of people wait until their mare foals. It's not like you're in Kentucky when if they're going to breed to a good stallion you've got to book in October or November."

Drake thinks that Bertrando's legacy could be his results as a broodmare sire.

"The thing I love about Bertrando is that some of his broodmares are fabulous, and you can breed them to anything and get a decent-looking foal," he said. "I think someday his broodmare part will be a strongest point."

Decarchy top freshman stallion

Decarchy was the leading freshman stallion in California in 2007 with progeny earnings of $289,243. He ranked 30th on the national list, led by Posse, with $1,765,638.

Decarchy stands at Rich and Gaby Sulpizio's Magali Farms in Santa Ynez. His freshman stallion title was a delightful surprise to farm manager Tom Hudson.

"We thought they'd be better later horses, as 3-year-olds," he said. "We didn't think he'd produce a lot of 2-year-olds, so he shocked all of us that he's produced as many runners as he has."

Timehascometoday was Decarchy's leading earner, with $73,998.

The success has led to added interest in the 11-year-old stallion, Hudson said. Decarchy was bred to "60 mares or above every year" since he entered stud in 2004, Hudson said. In 2008, Hudson expects that number to rise.

"Now that they're running, the phone is ringing off the hook," Hudson said. "He'll probably get 80 to 100 mares. He's done very well. We won't go over 100. We're believers in keeping the numbers reasonable."

Decarchy will stand for $5,000.

In 2006, Tribal Rule was the top freshman stallion in the state, with progeny earnings of $344,419, while in 2005 Royal Cat led with progeny earnings of $121,971.

Proud Tower Too stands for $5,000

Proud Tower Too, the winner of the Grade 1 Malibu Stakes in 2005 and the Group 1 Golden Shaheen in Dubai in 2006, will stand at Tommy Town Thoroughbreds for $5,000, the farm announced recently.

Proud Tower Too was retired in late 2007 because of a recurring tendon injury. Owned and bred by Tricar Stable, Proud Tower Too won 7 of 22 starts and $1,735,572. A 6-year-old, Proud Tower Too finished second in the Grade 2 San Carlos Handicap last February in the final start of his career.

* Trickey Trevor, a graded stakes winner, will stand his first season at stud this year at Victory Rose Thoroughbreds in Vacaville, Calif.

A winner of 20 of 47 starts and $701,224, Trickey Trevor, 9, won the Grade 2 Churchill Downs Handicap in 2006 and the Oakland Stakes at Golden Gate Fields in 2007.

Two stallions who previously stood at Windfall Farms, Crafty C.T. and Muqtarib, will relocate to Victory Rose and stand for $3,500.