02/14/2003 12:00AM

Bob's Lady to be bred to General Meeting

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ARCADIA, Calif. - John Barr, the former president of the California Thoroughbred Breeders Association, has taken a philosophical approach regarding the retirement of his filly Bob's Lady, a two-time stakes winner in the last six months.

Bob's Lady was expected to be a potential stakes winner this year at the major tracks in Southern California, but was injured in her last race and has been sent to Barr's farm in Temecula, Calif., where she will be bred this spring.

"She was just getting better," Barr said. "She's been a temperamental little thing. She and her goat companion had settled in. She was training as good as she had ever had."

Trained by John Sadler, the 4-year-old Bob's Lady won the CTBA Marian Stakes at Fairplex Park last September and the $100,000 Work the Crowd Handicap at Golden Gate Fields on Jan. 5.

Bob's Lady made her final start on Jan. 25, finishing seventh in the $750,000 Sunshine Millions Distaff. Ninth early, she made a wide move on the final turn but never reached contention.

"She started to make a move, she went a little wide and kind of gave it up," Barr said. "The next day the heat was there. It was a career-threatening sesamoid fracture."

Bob's Lady won 4 of 15 starts and earned $156,100. She will be bred to General Meeting, who stands at Golden Eagle Farm in Ramona.

This year, Barr said he would breed 11 mares, all to California stallions such as Bienamado, High Brite, In Excess and Moscow Ballet.

"I'm a California guy," he said. "While I'm not always there in attendance when they're born, when you see them go through the winner's circle, there's nothing quite like it."

Barr's active stable is led by Waingarth, the winner of the 2001 Real Good Deal Stakes at Del Mar. Last Wednesday, the California-bred Waingarth finished second in an optional claimer, his first start since returning from throat surgery.

"He ran a bang-up race," Barr said. "We've got him to look forward to."

At the same time, Bob's Lady is setting in to farm life in Temecula. The injury did not require surgery, he said.

"I think General Meeting, who is not a hot-blooded of a sire as some Seattle Slews, will go better with her," Barr said. "She doesn't need anything to get her more riled up."

Even her goat went with her.

"John said that if the stewards would have let him put the goat at the finish line, she would have never lost a race," Barr said.

Native Desert, Ringaskiddy to return

Two veteran California-breds trained by Juan Garcia - Native Desert and Ringaskiddy - are preparing for comebacks in the second half of the Santa Anita meeting.

On Friday, Garcia said he has been pleased with the progress of both geldings, neither of whom have started since last July.

Ringaskiddy, who won the Grade 1 San Juan Capistrano Handicap last April, has not started since finishing sixth in the Grade 2 Sunset at Hollywood Park. "He'll be back in four weeks," Garcia said.

Native Desert finished fourth in the American Handicap, and was sidelined later in the summer because of an ankle injury.

The winner of the Foster City Handicap last May, Native Desert is best known for his wins in the California Cup Mile in 1999 and 2001. A millionaire, Native Desert is a 10-year-old. "He'll be back in six weeks," Garcia said. "If he doesn't look sharp, we'll retire him."

* Daniel Schiffer, manager of the Hat Ranch West since 1980, was elected president of the CTBA. The Schiffer family raced stakes winners Comissary and Double Discount.