09/28/2012 1:36PM

Cindago's death leaves Legacy in need of another stallion


The recent death of Cindago has left Legacy Ranch in Clements Calif., with just one Thoroughbred stallion and preliminary plans to add to that roster for the 2013 breeding season.

Cindago died on Monday after suffering a seizure, farm owner Pete Parrella said on Friday. Cindago was 9.

“He had some problems with his neck in the last three or four years and I guess it got to him,” he said. “He just had a seizure. We took him to a clinic and we couldn’t save him.”

Cindago, by Indian Charlie, won the 2006 El Cajon Stakes at Del Mar during a brief racing career. From his first three crops to race, his most prominent runner to date has been Courtside, who won the 2011 California Cup Sprint at Santa Anita. Courtside is nominated to the same race at Santa Anita on Oct. 13.

Cindago stood for $2,500. He raced for owners Lee and Susan Searing, who retained ownership during his stallion career and supported the stallion. The Searings own Monument, a Cindago colt who won twice at Del Mar this year and was second in the C.B. Afflerbaugh Stakes at Fairplex Park on Sept. 12.

Monument is a candidate for the $250,000 California Cup Juvenile on Oct. 13.

There are four yearlings – three colts and a filly – by Cindago in the Barretts October Yearling Sale in Pomona, Calif., on Oct. 9. One of the colts is a half-brother to Tammys Luck, who was second in the 2008 Generous Portion Stakes at Del Mar.

Parrella said that a stallion could be added at Legacy Ranch this fall, after the Breeders’ Cup races are run at Santa Anita on Nov. 3.

“We’ve got room for another stallion,” he said. “We’ll wait and see what happens after the Breeders’ Cup and see if there is something for California that would make sense.

“It’s a tough business to prove a stallion. It’s a long process and it takes a lot of money and a long commitment.”

Papa Clem is represented by eight yearlings at the Barretts sale – seven colts and a filly.

One of the colts, named Mondai Mondai, is out of the Unusual Heat mare Mama Rosa, who was a winner at Del Mar in 2009. Mama Rosa is a sister to the millionaire Unusual Suspect, the Grade 1 stakes winner Golden Doc A (2008 Las Virgenes Stakes) and the stakes-placed Rushen Heat.

Rematch on tap in Cal Cup Classic

The 3-year-olds Unusual Heatwave and Rousing Sermon, one-two in the Real Good Deal Stakes at Del Mar on Aug. 3, are on schedule for a start in the $175,000 California Cup Classic.

The conditions of the California Cup Classic have been changed to 1 1/16 miles on the main track. Last year, the race was run over 1 1/8 miles on turf.

Unusual Heatwave won his second stakes of 2012 in the Real Good Deal Stakes over seven furlongs, having won the Snow Chief Stakes over 1 1/8 miles at Betfair Hollywood Park in April.

Rousing Sermon, the winner of the 2011 California Cup Juvenile, is winless in seven starts this year. He was fourth in the Grade 2 Super Derby at Louisiana Downs on Sept. 8 and eighth in the Kentucky Derby in May.