12/01/2006 12:00AM

Good Journey taking stud career to U.S.


Good Journey, who was arguably the best turf miler in the United States in 2002, will stand the 2007 breeding season at Magali Farms in Santa Ynez, Calif., farm manager Tom Hudson said on Thursday.

It will be Good Journey's first season at stud in the United States.

Hudson said that Good Journey arrived in California in November from Australia, where he stood at stud since being retired from racing in 2003.

Good Journey, who is by Nureyev, won 7 of 16 starts and $1,733,004 in his career. In 2002, he won 4 of 5 starts and $1,247,665 for a partnership and trainer Wally Dollase. The campaign included wins in the Firecracker Breeders' Cup Handicap at Churchill Downs, the Atto Mile at Woodbine, and the Citation Handicap at Hollywood Park. In the Breeders' Cup Mile at Arlington Park, Good Journey was third behind European imports Domedriver and Rock of Gibraltar.

Good Journey, 10, will stand for $7,500 but will be discounted to $5,000 to the first 25 or 30 mares, Hudson said.

"You never know with California," he said. "We're hoping that 40 outside mares would go to him."

Good Journey is a half-brother to multiple-stakes-winning millionaire Aldebaran and the stakes winner Sea of Showers.

Hudson said the owners of Good Journey are likely to include Magali owners Rich and Gaby Sulpizio.

"We're working out the details right now," Hudson said. "We had been looking for a new stud. The Sulpizios and I said, 'Let's not get anything unless we think it's great.' "

In Australia, Good Journey stood privately for his owner for three years, and was not made available to the public until earlier this year, Hudson said.

"I'm told he bred between 60 and 80 mares," Hudson said. "They want him back. I've got two offers for Southern Hemisphere."

Hudson said there is a significant chance that Good Journey could serve as a shuttle stallion after the California breeding season concludes in late spring.

Gordon Severson dies at 63

Gordon Severson, a Thoroughbred owner-breeder and golf professional, died on Nov. 24 of complications of pancreatitis. Severson was 63.

A native of Washington state, Severson was best known as the owner of Lady George, who won the California Cup Juvenile Fillies and California Breeders' Champion Stakes in 2001 and won the Boo La Boo Stakes in 2002. Third in the Grade 2 Santa Ynez Stakes in 2002, Lady George fought soundness problems and ended her career with earnings of $311,683.

Severson had 35 horses of all ages at the time of his death, according to his trainer, Tony Locke.

Lady George is in foal to Bouccaneer, a stallion that Severson owned. Severson had bought Lady George for $2,500 at the 2000 Barretts October yearling sale.

"She was the best thing I saw at the sale," he said in 2001. "I thought she was gorgeous."

Severson was a teaching golf professional and was involved in the launch of the Taylor Made Golf Company.

Locke said that racing was very close to Severson's heart.

"He was very involved with every aspect, from the breeding to the training to the running," Locke said.

Locke said the Severson family is looking to keep three mares.

Services for Severson were held Wednesday. Severson is survived by his wife, Mary, two children, and five grandchildren.

In lieu of flowers, the family has requested that donations in Severson's honor be made to Tranquility Farm in Tehachapi or to First Presbyterian Church of Oceanside.