Updated on 09/17/2011 11:34AM

Cal. breeding: Lord Carson gets push at right time


INGLEWOOD, Calif. - From the Preakness undercard at Pimlico to a training session for a 2-year-old sale at Pomona, the progeny of Lord Carson helped enhance the stallion's reputation last week.

In the hours before Funny Cide won the Preakness Stakes May 17, Lord Carson was represented by two stakes winners on the undercard. Four days earlier, a Lord Carson filly sold for $155,000 at the Barretts May sale of 2-year-olds in training.

The timing of those events were ideal for Tom and Debi Stull, who acquired Lord Carson for their Tommy Town Thoroughbreds in Santa Ynez, Calif., this year.

Lord Carson, who previously stood in Kentucky, joined the roster at Tommy Town Thoroughbreds after racetrack trainer Dean Greenman suggested to farm general manager Jim Wilson II that Lord Carson was a candidate for relocation.

Lord Carson was purchased by the Stulls from the syndicate that owned him and moved to California last fall. He joined Old Topper, Valid Wager, and Vaudeville at Tommy Town.

Lord Carson stood for $10,000 in Kentucky in 2002 but for $5,000 this year. He will have been bred to more than 90 mares when the breeding season ends this spring.

"For getting him out here and getting him started, I think he's done quite well," said Tom Stull.

At Pimlico last weekend, Mt. Carson won the $100,000 Hirsch Jacobs Stakes, a sprint for 3-year-olds, and Windsor Castle won the Grade 3 William Donald Schaefer Handicap for older horses at 1 1/8 miles. Both are Kentucky-breds by Lord Carson.

"He's shown his foals can sprint and go a distance," Stull said.

Sired by Carson City, the 11-year-old Lord Carson won 12 of 27 starts and $654,742 while racing for trainer D. Wayne Lukas.

Lord Carson won six stakes races, all sprinting, including the Grade 2 Boojum Handicap in 1996 at Belmont Park. He finished fourth in the 1996 Breeders' Cup Sprint at Woodbine, leading to the final sixteenth of a mile before finishing

2 3/4 lengths behind Lit de Justice.

Lord Carson entered stud in 1997 and his first crop included Windsor Castle, the winner of the 2000 Remsen Stakes at Aqueduct and the runner-up in the 2001 Dwyer Stakes at Belmont.

One of the few elements absent from Lord Carson's portfolio are California-breds. But the $155,000 filly at Barretts raised Lord Carson's profile in California. The filly, a Kentucky-bred, was sold to Keith Asmussen and Ocean Front Property from the consignment of Asmussen Horse Center, agent.

"That helped as much as the stakes winners," Wilson said.

She was the third most expensive filly at the two-day sale.

Don'tsellmeshort pays dividends

Don'tsellmeshort gave owner Cecil Peacock a quick return on a $75,000 investment with a maiden win in Wednesday's fourth race at Hollywood Park.

Purchased by Peacock at the Barretts May sale, Don'tsellmeshort had been with trainer Dan Hendricks for only a week before he scored an impressive win in a five-furlong maiden race. Ridden by Patrick Valenzuela, Don'tsellmeshort was timed in 57.77 seconds, leading throughout to win by 2 1/2 lengths.

Valenzuela had ridden Don'tsellmeshort to a second-place finish in a maiden race May 7 when he was racing for trainer Mel Stute and breeder Mary Caldwell.

The performance had impressed Valenzuela.

"Pat came into the paddock and said he's really quick," Hendricks said. "I thought, yeah, yeah. I believe him now."

Don'tsellmeshort is by Benchmark out of Miss Soft Sell, by Siyah Kalem. Miss Soft Sell did not race but is the dam of four winners.

Don'tsellmeshort may return in the $75,000 Haggin Stakes at 5 1/2 furlongs June 21 or the $125,000 Graduation Stakes for California-breds at Del Mar July 30, Hendricks said.