10/21/2011 12:39PM

Giacomo, Heatseeker to stand in California

Jeff Coady
Giacomo (left) wins the 2005 Kentucky Derby by a half-length over Closing Argument.

Five stallions, including 2005 Kentucky Derby winner Giacomo and the Grade 1 winner Heatseeker, will stand in California in 2012, the farms involved announced in recent days.

Giacomo, who previously stood at Adena Springs farm in Paris, Ky., and Noble Court, a multiple stakes winner retired earlier this year, will stand at Magali Farms in Santa Ynez.

Heatseeker, winner of the 2008 Santa Anita Handicap and two other stakes, will stand at Harris Farms in Coalinga.

Calimonco, a full brother to two Breeders’ Cup winners, will enter stud at Ballena Vista Farm in Ramona. Finally, Rocky Bar, a stakes winner at Hollywood Park in 2001 and an established stallion in Arizona, is moving to E.A. Ranches in Ramona.

Giacomo’s oldest foals are 3-year-olds this year.

Raced by Jerry and Ann Moss and trained by John Shirreffs, Giacomo is best known for winning the 2005 Kentucky Derby in a 50-1 upset. A 9-year-old by Holy Bull, Giacomo won 3 of 16 starts and $2,537,316, including the Grade 2 San Diego Handicap in 2006.

Giacomo stood for $5,000 earlier this year, but his fee for 2012 has not been announced. His first two crops to race include the stakes winners Lady Giacomo and Jake Mo.

Giacomo will be the only Kentucky Derby winner standing in California.

“As an individual, he’s spectacular,” Magali farm manager Tom Hudson said.

Noble Court won 6 of 20 starts and $465,230 in a career highlighted by wins in the Grade 2 San Vicente Stakes at Santa Anita in 2007 and the Grade 3 Ack Ack Handicap at Hollywood Park in 2009. A 7-year-old horse by Doneraile Court, Noble Court made his final start in February, finishing fourth in the Joe Hernandez Stakes on the hillside turf course at Santa Anita.

In summer 2009, Noble Court was third in the Grade 1 Triple Bend Handicap and second in the Grade 1 Pat O’Brien Stakes, both for sprinters.

No fee was announced for Noble Court, who raced for Joy Ride Racing. Giacomo and Noble Court arrived at Magali Farms earlier this week.

Heatseeker previously stood at Hill ‘n’ Dale Farm in Kentucky and will stand for $6,500 at Harris Farms.

An 8-year-old by Giant’s Causeway, Heatseeker’s oldest foals are yearlings this year.

On the racetrack, Heatseeker won 7 of 17 starts and $1,180,233. Third in the Group 1 National Stakes in Ireland in 2005 in his final start in that country, Heatseeker was at his best in early 2008, winning the Grade 1 Big Cap and Californian Stakes and finishing second in the San Antonio and Oaklawn handicaps.

At Hill ‘n’ Dale, Heatseeker stood for $10,000.

Calimonco, a full brother to Breeders’ Cup winners Sweet Catomine and Life Is Sweet, has won 4 of 26 starts and $264,466 in his career. Earlier this year at Del Mar, not far from Ballena Vista, Calimonco won the Wickerr Stakes on turf. He was later third in the Grade 2 Del Mar Mile and seventh earlier this month in the Grade 2 Oak Tree Mile at Santa Anita.

Sweet Catomine won the 2004 Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies at Lone Star Park and was the champion 2-year-old filly for that season. Life Is Sweet won the 2009 Breeders’ Cup Ladies’ Classic at Santa Anita.

Calimonco is by Storm Cat. He was bred by Marty Wygod and raced for him for much of his career before Ballena Vista became a partner on the horse earlier this season. Calimonco will stand for $1,000.

Rocky Bar, who previously stood at Triple AAA Ranch in Arizona, will stand for $2,500 in 2012.

A 13-year-old by In Excess, Rocky Bar is the sire of the six-time stakes winning filly Carlsbad, who won 7 of 10 starts and $437,126; and Got an Itch, winner of 5 of 19 starts and $162,024. Got an Itch has won three stakes.