12/23/2015 9:54AM

Einstein heads diverse crop of new stallions in California for 2016


There is a late Christmas present arriving at Magali Farms in Santa Ynez, Calif., this week.

Einstein, the 13-year-old stallion who won the 2009 Santa Anita Handicap, is scheduled to arrive at the farm on Monday to launch his California stud career in 2016.

“He’s a horse I’ve wanted for a long time,” Magali general manager Tom Hudson said earlier this month. “I thought he’d do well here. He was a great racehorse.”

Einstein, who is by 1985 Kentucky Derby winner Spend a Buck, won 11 of 30 starts and earned $2,945,238 in a five-year career from 2005 to 2009. He won seven stakes, including five Grade 1 races – the Gulfstream Park Turf Stakes in 2006 and 2008, the Big Cap, and consecutive runnings of the Woodford Reserve Turf Classic at Churchill Downs in 2008 and 2009.

At stud, Einstein has stood at both Adena Springs Kentucky and Adena Springs Ontario. He is the sire of 41 winners, notably Rankhasprivileges, who was third in the $1 million Delta Downs Jackpot Stakes in 2013.

Hudson projects that Einstein could have a book of 70 to 80 mares, and will have a stud fee of $6,000, with considerations for approved mares.

Einstein is part of a diverse group of new stallions for California breeders for the 2016 breeding season, a group of first-year stallions and several that will be standing their first year in the state.

New stallions

Boat Trip

2009, by Harlan’s Holiday–Turning Wheel, by Seeking the Gold

Farm: Running Horse Equine Training Center

Fee: $2,500

Boat Trip won 5 of 22 starts and earned $268,410 racing in Southern California for trainer Mike Pender. A 6-year-old, he began his career as a 2-year-old in late 2011 and was retired earlier this year.

Boat Trip won two stakes, both on turf at Hollywood Park – the Tsunami Slew Stakes at a mile for 3-year-olds in 2012, and the Hollywood Turf Express Handicap at six furlongs in 2013. Boat Trip was second by a nose in the Grade 3 Eddie D Stakes on the hillside turf course at Santa Anita in 2013.

Robert Harmon has acquired Boat Trip for his stallion career. In mid-December, Harmon said he is planning a promotion for mare owners in which he will waive the stud fee in exchange for being named co-breeder and sharing any subsequent breeder awards.


2012, by Galileo–Circle of Life, by Belong to Me

Farm: Milky Way Farm

Fee: $3,000

Circumference started three times in France earlier this year for owner Michael Tabor and trainer Andre Fabre, with his best finish being a second in a maiden race at about 1 1/4 miles on turf at Chantilly in July.

Circumference’s pedigree has attracted attention in recent weeks, according to Milky Way Farm owner Linda Madsen. She projected in mid-December the stallion could have a book in excess of 50 mares.

Circumference is by top stallion Galileo, and is out of Circle of Life, the winner of the Grade 1 Spinaway Stakes at Saratoga in 1999. Circumference is a half-brother to Circular Quay, who earned $1,505,434 and won four graded stakes, including the Grade 1 Hopeful Stakes at Saratoga in 2006.

Curlin to Mischief

2011, by Curlin–Leslie’s Lady, by Tricky Creek

Farm: Rancho San Miguel

Fee: $3,500

Curlin to Mischief is one of the best bred horses going to stud in California in 2016. A 4-year-old colt, Curlin to Mischief is a half-brother to Beholder, the two-time champion, and Into Mischief, a Grade 1 winner and a successful Kentucky sire.

Curlin to Mischief did not race. He was purchased for $300,000 at the 2012 Keeneland September yearling sale by Juddmonte Farms. He was in training in Southern California in 2014 and earlier this year, and had several quick workouts before he was taken out of training.

Govenor Charlie

2010, by Midnight Lute–Silverbulletway, by Storm Cat

Farm: Lovacres Ranch

Fee: $3,000

Govenor Charlie is best known for winning the Grade 3 Sunland Derby by five lengths in 2013, and later finishing eighth in the Preakness Stakes behind Oxbow. Trained by Bob Baffert, Govenor Charlie was second to stablemate Shakin It Up in the Grade 2 Strub Stakes at Santa Anita in January 2014. He was raced sparingly as a 4- and 5-year-old.

Govenor Charlie is a half-brother to Crisis of Spirit, who won the Anoakia Stakes at Santa Anita in 2009. Silverbulletway is out of two-time champion Silverbulletday, who earned $3,093,207.

Rousing Sermon

2009, by Lucky Pulpit–Rousing Again, by Awesome Again

Farm: Rancho San Miguel

Fee: $2,500

Rousing Sermon was a durable runner, winning his debut at Hollywood Park in June 2011, and making his final start in the Bertrando Stakes at Los Alamitos in July. He won 6 of 36 starts and earned $821,572 for owners and breeders Larry and Marianne Williams.

Rousing Sermon was eighth in the Kentucky Derby behind I’ll Have Another in 2012 and won two stakes – the California Cup Juvenile at Santa Anita in 2011 and the On Trust Handicap at Hollywood Park in 2013. Rousing Sermon ran in 27 stakes. He was second in the Grade 1 CashCall Futurity at Hollywood Park in 2011.

Rousing Sermon is by Lucky Pulpit, the sire of 2014 Horse of the Year California Chrome.

Relocated stallions

Balance the Books

2010, by Lemon Drop Kid–Kreisleriana, by Seeking the Gold

Farm: Rancho Hills Farm

Fee: $5,000

Balance the Books won 3 of 9 starts and earned $404,596 in a two-year career in 2012 and 2013. Trained by Chad Brown, Balance the Books was a three-time stakes winner on turf at 1 1/16 to 1 1/8 miles, including the Grade 2 With Anticipation Stakes at Saratoga in 2012. Later that year, Balance the Books finished third in the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Turf.

Balance the Books, who previously stood at stud in Azerbaijan, was purchased for $160,000 at the Keene-land April 2-year-olds in training sale by Klaravich Stables. Balance the Books is by far the most successful foal out of Kreisleriana.

Big Surf

2006, by Storm Cat–Surfside, by Seattle Slew

Farm: Special T Thoroughbreds

Fee: $4,500

Big Surf previously stood in Azerbaijan and Kentucky. One of his foals from Azerbaijan, Black Fighter, won an allowance race at Mountaineer in March 2014.

Big Surf, 9, has impeccable breeding. He is by the late leading stallion Storm Cat out of Surfside, by Seattle Slew. Surfside, trained by D. Wayne Lukas, was the champion 3-year-old filly of 2000. Her dam, Flanders, was the champion 2-year-old filly of 1994.

Big Surf made three starts in 2008, winning a maiden race at Churchill Downs.

Bob Black Jack

2005, by Stormy Jack–Molly’s Prospector, by Native Prospector

Farm: Paradise Road Ranch

Fee: $2,000

Bob Black Jack, the California-bred Horse of the Year in 2008, previously stood in New Mexico. His oldest foals will be 2-year-olds in 2016.

Bob Black Jack ran in the Kentucky Derby in 2008, finishing 16th, but is best known for his exploits as a sprinter. In his racing career, the now-10-year-old won 5 of 13 starts and earned $704,925. The highlights include a win in the Grade 1 Malibu Stakes at seven furlongs at Santa Anita in 2008, and a memorable performance in the Sunshine Millions Dash at Santa Anita in January 2008 – six furlongs in a then-world record time of 1:06.53 on a synthetic track.

Gallant Son

2006, by Malabar Gold–Explicitly, by Exploit

Farm: Daehling Ranch

Fee: $2,000

On the track, Gallant Son was best between six furlongs and 1 1/16 miles, winning on dirt, turf, and synthetic tracks in California and Washington state from 2008 to 2014. Gallant Son won 11 of 40 starts and earned $552,528. He won nine stakes, including the Grade 3 Inglewood Handicap at 1 1/16 miles on turf at Hollywood Park in 2010, and three consecutive stakes from six furlongs to 1 1/16 miles at Emerald Downs in 2008.

Gallant Son was retired at the end of the 2014 racing season. He stood at stud in Oregon last year for $2,000.

Mr. Big

2003, by Dynaformer–Fashion Delight, by Fappiano

Farm: E.A. Ranches

Fee: $3,500

Mr. Big previously stood at Starwood Farm in Kentucky for an advertised fee of $2,000. He returns to California, the state in which he won 2 of 9 starts and earned $70,920 from 2007 to 2010. He was trained by John Shirreffs and Bob Baffert during his racing career.

Mr. Big, 12, has had three winners from five foals to race. He is the sire of Big Book, who was second in the Grade 3 Torrey Pines Stakes at Del Mar in August, and Big Break, who has won 3 of 24 starts and earned $123,794.


2005, by A.P Indy–Chilukki, by Cherokee Run

Farm: Fruitful Acres Farm

Fee: $3,000

The impeccably bred Sequoyah arrives in California after having stood at stud in Louisiana earlier in his career.

Sequoyah, 10, is by former leading sire A.P. Indy and is out of Chilukki, the champion 2-year-old filly of 1999. Sequoyah was ninth in his only start, at Hawthorne in 2008, for owners and breeders Robert and Janice McNair, who raced Chilukki.

Sequoyah is the sire of eight winners from 12 starters. By far his most successful foal is Kobel, who has won 9 of 24 starts and earned $303,485, racing primarily in Pennsylvania. At one point, Kobel won 6 of 7 starts at Parx in 2014 and early this year.

Smart Bid

2006, by Smart Strike–Recording, by Danzig

Farm: Milky Way Farm

Fee: $3,500

Smart Bid won 6 of 26 starts and earned $1,008,309 in a five-year career from 2008 to 2012. Trained by Graham Motion, Smart Bid won four stakes, ranging in distance from the Damascus Stakes at seven furlongs at Santa Anita in 2009 to the East Hanover Stakes at 1 1/2 miles on turf at Penn National in 2012.

Smart Bid’s most prestigious win was the Grade 2 Mervin H. Muniz Memorial Handicap at Fair Grounds in 2011.

Smart Bid previously stood at stud in New York. His oldest foals are 2-year-olds in 2016.