Updated on 09/18/2011 2:46AM

Breeding farms add 14 new sires for 2007 season


From star turf milers to a Travers winner to a horse who was a crack 2-year-old, California breeders will have a wide range of new stallions to choose from in 2007.

The turf milers Good Journey and Silic are two of the most familiar names, but the group also includes the Travers winner Deputy Commander as well the ultra-quick Flame Thrower, a multiple stakes winner at 2.

For 2007, there are 14 stallions who are new to the state. Here is a glance at the seven first-year stallions for 2007 as well as the seven stallions that were relocated to the state since the end of the 2006 breeding season.

First-year stallions

Beau Soleil (General Meeting-Triple Connection)

Farm: Meadowcreek Ranch

Fee: Private

This 6-year-old won 6 of 15 starts and $348,800 in a four-year racing career that ended earlier this season. The highlight of his career was a win in the 2004 Tiznow Stakes on the California Gold Rush program at Hollywood Park. He also won an allowance race at Del Mar in 2005.

He is a half-brother to Cheroot, the runner-up in the California Cup Classic at the Oak Tree at Santa Anita meeting in October. His sire, General Meeting, who died earlier this month, was a leading stallion in California for several years.

Best Minister (Deputy Minister-Best of Memories)

Farm: Getaway Thoroughbred Farm

Fee: $6,500

A win in the 2003 Sir Barton Stakes at Pimlico was the highlight of this 6-year-old's five-year racing career, which consisted of 4 wins in 20 starts and earnings of $254,220. During 2003, he was second in the Round Table Stakes at Arlington Park. As a 4-year-old in 2004, he won allowance races at Churchill Downs and Keeneland.

By a leading sire, his dam was a three-time winner. She is a half-sister to Memories of Silver, who earned more than $1.4 million.

Fullbridled (Unbridled's Song-Constantia)

Farm: Alisos Canyon Equine Center

Fee: $4,500

This lightly raced 5-year-old won 2 of 7 starts and $115,240 racing as a 3- and 4-year-old. One of his finest performance was a game second to Sea Dub in the 2005 Dallas Turf Cup at Lone Star Park. He was an allowance race winner at Hollywood Park.

He is by Unbridled's Song, who has sired more than 50 stakes winners. The dam did not win in two starts, and is by Relaunch, a leading broodmare sire.

Lucky Pulpit (Pulpit-Lucky Soph)

Farm: Harris Farms

Fee: $2,500

A winner of $209,599 in a four-year racing career, this colt was stakes-placed at 2 and 3 in Southern California. He finished third in the Generous Stakes at Hollywood Park on turf in 2003 and second in the Santa Catalina Stakes at Santa Anita in 2004. A 5-year-old, he won the Smile Stakes at Arlington Park in 2005 and was stakes-placed earlier this year at Monmouth Park. He won on both turf and dirt.

Spensive (Ponche-Operate Quick)

Farm: Y-Lo Racing Stable

Fee: Private

This 6-year-old retired earlier this year after a five-year racing career that included 3 wins in 20 starts and earnings of $313,557. His lone stakes win came in the 2002 Gold Rush Stakes at Golden Gate Fields, but he had his best season in terms of prize money at 3 in 2003, earning $164,070. During that season, he was second in the Grade 2 San Rafael Stakes at Santa Anita and the WinStar Derby at Sunland Park and was third in the Sham Stakes at Santa Anita. As a 4-year-old, he won an allowance race for sprinters at Hollywood Park.

Tale of the Hills (Tale of the Cat-

Out of the Hills)

Farm: Kimball Farm

Fee: Private

Though winless in his only start, which came at 2 in 2004, this 4-year-old colt is by Tale of the Cat, a stakes winner who has sired 30 stakes winners. Tale of the Cat's best foal is Lion Heart, a millionaire who finished second in the Kentucky Derby.

This colt's dam was unraced, but his second dam is General Charge, the winner of the 1989 California Oaks.

Uncle Denny (In Excess-

Gift to the World)

Farm: Tommy Town Thoroughbreds

Fee: $3,000

A two-time stakes winner, this 4-year-old ended his career with 4 wins in 10 starts and earnings of $288,981. His career highlight was a victory in the 2005 El Camino Real Derby. He also won the 2004 California Breeders' Champion Stakes for statebreds over seven furlongs at Santa Anita. This year, he finished third in the Crystal Water Handicap on turf at Santa Anita.

This colt is by leading California sire In Excess and is a half-brother to Infinite Faith, who has earned $262,255.

Relocated stallions

Deputy Commander (Deputy Minster-Anka Germania)

Farm: Ballena Vista Farm

Fee: $10,500

The winner of the 1997 Travers Stakes, this 12-year-old previously stood at Airdrie Stud in Kentucky for a $10,000 fee. In a two-year racing career, he won 4 of 13 starts and $1,906,640. At 3, he was second to Skip Away in the 1997 Breeders' Cup Classic.

He is the sire of such notable runners as Ten Most Wanted, who like his sire won the Super Derby and Travers Stakes; the Japanese millionaire Grab Your Heart; and Deputy Glitters, the winner of the Ohio Derby earlier this year.

Flame Thrower (Saint Ballado-Metromane)

Farm: Oak Hill Farm

Fee: $5,000

The winner of the Best Pal Stakes, Del Mar Futurity, and Norfolk Stakes in 2000, this stallion stood in Florida for a $6,500 stud fee in 2006. An 8-year-old, his oldest foals are 3-year-olds of 2006. He is the sire of the stakes-placed runners Hot Flame, Golden Flame, and Lord of the Flame.

A winner from six furlongs to a mile, he is by Saint Ballado, the sire of 2005 Horse of the Year Saint Liam and the champion filly Ashado.

Good Journey (Nureyev-Chimes of Freedom)

Farm: Magali Farms

Fee: $7,500

The 2007 breeding season will be the first in North America for this 10-year-old, who had stood at stud in Australia since being retired from racing in 2003. In 2002, he was arguably the best turf miler in the United States, winning 4 of 5 starts and $1,247,665. The campaign included wins in the Atto Mile at Woodbine and Citation Handicap at Hollywood Park and a third-place finish behind the European imports Domedriver and Rock of Gibraltar in the Breeders' Cup Mile.

Magali Farms announced earlier this month that Good Journey's stud fee will be $5,000 to at least the first 25 booked mares.

Quick Action (Carson City-Indian Sunset)

Farm: Vessels Stallion Farm

Fee: $3,500

A 5-year-old, this two-time stakes winner stood in Florida last year, his first year at stud, for $3,500.

On the track, he won 4 of 17 starts and $192,130 in a three-year career that was highlighted by wins in the Fred "Cappy" Capossela Stakes at Aqueduct and the Anderson Fowler Stakes at Monmouth Park. He was second in the Grade 3 Lafayette Stakes at Keeneland.

Vessels has acquired a 50 percent share in the stallion.

Kissin Kris (Kris S.-Toes Forward)

Farm: Tommy Town Thoroughbreds

Fee: $5,000

A winner of $1,616,936 in a five-year career highlighted by a victory in the 1993 Haskell Invitational at Monmouth Park, this 16-year-old relocates from Buck Pond Farm in Kentucky where he stood for $7,500 last year. He is the sire of the Canadian champion Kiss a Native, a millionaire; the durable sprinter Hasty Kris, who won the Grade 2 San Carlos Handicap at Santa Anita in 2005; and the multiple stakes winner Cellars Shiraz.

On the track, Kissin Kris was second in the Belmont Stakes and Travers Stakes and third in the Breeders' Cup Classic in 1993.

The farm is offering a $1,500 discount to the first 20 mares booked before Dec. 31.

Silic (Sillery-Balletomane)

Farm: Getaway Thoroughbred Farm

Fee: $3,500

In 1999 and 2000, this 11-year-old was one of the finest turf milers in the nation. In 1999, he won the Breeders' Cup Mile at Gulfstream Park, the Shoemaker BC Mile at Hollywood Park, and the Oak Tree BC Mile at Santa Anita. In 2000, he successfully defended his title in the Shoemaker Mile.

He won 8 of 15 starts, six stakes, and earned $1,422,299. Last year, he stood at stud at Crestwood Farm in Kentucky for $3,500.

Supah Blitz (Mecke-Boots 'n Jackie)

Farm: Tommy Town Thoroughbreds

Fee: $2,500

This durable runner stood his first year at stud in Florida last year, where he was bred to 31 mares, according to The Jockey Club statistics. He stood for $5,000 last year.

On the racetrack, he won 8 of 38 starts and $1,319,210, racing primarily in Florida and California. As a 4-year-old in 2004, he won the Grade 2 Del Mar Breeders' Cup Handicap and the Carl Rose Classic at Calder. In 2005, he won the Grade 3 Lone Star Park Handicap and was second in the Grade 3 Texas Mile.

* In addition to the stallions above, there are nine stallions that were bred to small number of mares in 2006 and will have their first full year at stud in California in 2007.

The most prominent of those is Calkins Road, who won 5 of 21 starts and $520,735. His best season came in 2002 when he won the Snow Chief Stakes and California Cup Classic, a pair of $250,000 races for statebreds.

By Illinois Storm, Calkins Road, 7, stands for $2,000 at Ponzo Equine Center. He was retired last spring and bred to a small number of mares late in the season.

The other stallions that are part of that group are Anziyan Royalty (by Anziyan), Blame It on Ruby (Sky Classic), Brand Name (Unbridled Song), Excessive Fire (In Excess), Grand Score (Grand Slam), Ironman Dehere (Dehere), Massive (Tactical Advantage), and Onebadshark (Diligence).