03/12/2010 1:00AM

Grazen begins stud career for free

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Grazen, winning his maiden in April 2009, was retired after suffering an injury in October.

Grazen will have a quiet and inexpensive first season at stud this winter and spring at Tommy Town Thoroughbreds in Santa Ynez, Calif.

A 4-year-old colt, his promising racing career was cut short by a tendon injury suffered while leading in deep stretch of the California Cup Classic at Santa Anita last October. The injury forced Grazen's retirement but has not affected his ability to breed mares.

"He's enjoying his new occupation," owner-breeder Nick Alexander said Thursday.

Alexander's goal is to attract as many mares as possible for Grazen, who stands for free, although the prospects must undergo a selection process.

"We weren't doing it for the money," Alexander said. "We made it complimentary to approved mares. Someone who has a mare that was winless in 20 starts and hasn't produced a winner, we would say no.

"It's not the best time to be in the breeding business. We'll be pleased with whatever we get, whether it's a dozen or 20."

The California stallion market is crowded, and the number of mares being bred in the state is down from last year, making it even more difficult for stallion owners to attract appropriate mares. As a result, Alexander does not expect a large book.

"He's covered four mares, and so far two have been pronounced in foal," Alexander said. "We'll breed seven mares of our own to him, and hopefully we get a little attention."

Grazen, who is by Benchmark, seemed to be just getting his racing career started when he was injured.

A winner of 4 of 7 starts and $245,400, Grazen won the Grade 3 Affirmed Handicap at Hollywood Park last June and the El Cajon Stakes at Del Mar in September. He also was second in the Grade 2 Swaps, losing by 1 3/4 lengths to Misremembered.

Grazen's injury was too severe for him to attempt a comeback, Alexander said.

"I don't think we'll try," he said. "He'll be pasture-sound. He's had four series of stem-cell procedures for the tendon."

Alexander said a 2-year-old full sister to Grazen, Hazy, will soon be sent to Tommy Town for early training and should be at trainer Mike Mitchell's stable at Hollywood Park by May 1.

Hazen, Grazen's dam, is in foal to Heatseeker, expected to deliver a foal soon, and will be bred back to Benchmark in California this spring.

Desert Code's fee set for $2,000

Desert Code will stand at stud for $2,000 at Harris Farms this year, the farm announced earlier this week.

The winner of the 2008 Breeders' Cup Turf Sprint, Desert Code was retired earlier this month. By E Dubai, Desert Code won 7 of 24 starts, including five stakes, and earned $1,088,939.

Filly gives Onebadshark first win

Onebadshark was represented by his first winner when Jaws n' Paws won a maiden special weight over six furlongs at Santa Anita on March 7.

Trained by Brian Koriner, Jaws n' Paws was making her career debut. She actually became loose briefly behind the gate before the race but did not get far and was quickly caught.

Onebadshark, by Diligence, stands for $1,500 at Running Luck Farm in Parlier, Calif. Onebadshark won 6 of 23 starts and $218,912, with two stakes wins - the Big Jag Handicap at Bay Meadows and the Sam Whiting Handicap at Pleasanton. His oldest foals are 3-year-olds.