12/21/2016 10:50AM

Haynesfield's move to California generates some buzz

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Barbara D. Livingston
Haynesfield, a Grade 1-winning New York-bred who previously stood in Kentucky, has moved to California to continue his stud career.

Haynesfield, a former Kentucky stallion and Grade 1 winner, was recently moved to California for the 2017 breeding season. The millionaire racehorse could draw significant attention from the state’s breeders after recent changes among the leading stallions.

Unusual Heat, who led California stallions in progeny earnings six times from 2008-2013, was pensioned in October. Another top stallion, Tribal Rule, died in 2014, even though his progeny are still performing well.

Lucky Pulpit, the state’s leading stallion from 2014 through this year, has benefited massively from the global success of California Chrome, which has propelled him to the fore.

Haynesfield, who is by Speightstown, will stand for $5,000 at Rancho San Miguel in San Miguel, Calif. He arrived at the farm this fall from Airdrie Stud in Kentucky, where he stood for $10,000 in 2016.

Haynesfield was well supported in Kentucky. Through Dec. 15, he ranked 12th in second-crop progeny earnings with $1.8 million. A book of 75 mares is possible in 2017, according to Sean Feld, director of Climax Stallions, which manages Haynesfield.

“I think he’s a stallion that California needs to have,” Feld said in a mid-December interview. “Unusual Heat is pensioned. The top five or six stallions are kind of turf-centric. Haynesfield won on the dirt going short and long. He won from six furlongs to 1 1/4 miles.”

Feld points out that Haynesfield is the only stallion by Speightstown in California. He said there was a strong response in the fall when the 10-year-old stallion’s relocation was announced.

“We’ve had a lot of action on him already,” Feld said. “It was shocking to me. The day we announced it my phone was ringing off the hook.”

Haynesfield won 10 of 19 starts and earned $1,319,481. He scored a milestone win in the Grade 1 Jockey Club Gold Cup at Belmont Park in 2010 and was second in the Grade 1 Cigar Mile at Aqueduct that fall. Trained by Steve Asmussen, Haynesfield won eight stakes and was twice named the New York-bred horse of the year.

His leading runner at stud so far has been Realm, who has earned $186,455. Realm, trained by Barclay Tagg, was third in the Grade 1 Cigar Mile on Nov. 26 in his stakes debut.

Haynesfield is the most prominent among the state’s new stallions in 2017, a group that includes horses recently retired who will stand for the first time, and stallions relocated from other states.

Box Score

Dynaformer-Curriculum, by Danzig

Farm: Milky Way Farm

Fee: Private

Box Score did not race, but he has bloodlines certain to draw some attention. The 5-year-old is a full brother to Temple City, a stakes winner in California who is developing a reputation as a promising sire in Kentucky.

Temple City, who stands in Kentucky for $10,000, is the sire of Miss Temple City, winner of the Grade 1 Matriarch Stakes at Del Mar in late November.

Box Score arrived at Milky Way Farm in mid-December. The horse was in training through much of 2014 and again in 2015, even though he did not race.

Gabriel Charles

Street Hero-Star of Atticus, by Atticus

Farm: NexStar Ranch

Fee: $1,500

Gabriel Charles won the Grade 1 Eddie Read Stakes on turf at Del Mar in July 2015, a remarkable achievement because of a history of injuries and setbacks. He was later sidelined because of colic surgery that year. Earlier this year, Gabriel Charles finished second in the Grade 3 San Francisco Mile at Golden Gate Fields before his retirement was announced. He was second in three other stakes.

Gabriel Charles, 6, won 4 of 12 starts and earned $604,400 for Michael House and Sam Britt. Gabriel Charles won four stakes, including a division of the Grade 2 Del Mar Derby in 2013.

King of Jazz

Giant’s Causeway-Kiss Me Sweet, by Lode

Farm: BG Thoroughbreds

Fee: Private

King of Jazz won 2 of 10 starts and earned $105,360 racing in Southern California in 2014-15. He enters stud in 2017.

On the track, King of Jazz beat maidens in his fourth start, in a one-mile turf race at Santa Anita, and later won an optional claimer at 1 1/4 miles on turf at Santa Anita. King of Jazz was co-owned by BG Thoroughbreds and trainer Hector Palma.

Misremembered

Candy Ride-Beyond Perfection, by Quack

Farm: BG Thoroughbreds

Fee: $2,500

Misremembered previously stood at stud at Hill ‘n’ Dale Farm in Kentucky. He returns to California, the state where he had his best results on the track. Misremembered, 10, won 6 of 13 starts and earned $1,306,709. He won four stakes, including the Grade 1 Santa Anita Handicap in 2010. His other stakes wins included the Grade 2 Swaps Stakes at Hollywood Park in 2009.

Misremembered is the sire of 21 winners and one stakes winner. He is the sire of Dazzling Gem, who was third in the Louisiana Derby at Fair Grounds earlier this year.

Proud Tower Too

Proud Irish-Dora’s Tower, by Irish Tower

Farm: BG Thoroughbreds

Fee: $1,000

Proud Tower Too previously stood at stud in New Mexico. A 14-year-old, he raced in California, but is best known for winning the $2 million Golden Shaheen Sprint in Dubai in 2006 for trainer Sal Gonzalez. Proud Tower Too won 7 of 22 starts and earned $1,735,572. His most prestigious win in the United States was the Grade 1 Malibu Stakes at Santa Anita in 2005.

At stud, Proud Tower Too has had one winner earn more than $100,000 – Slew’s Royal Tower, a six-time winner who has earned $105,136.

Winning Cause

Giant’s Causeway-Raffishing Look, by Kingmambo

Farm: Milky Way Farms

Fee: $2,000

The four-time stakes winner Winning Cause will stand his first season at stud in 2017. Trained by Todd Pletcher, Winning Cause won 6 of 27 starts and earned $645,734.

Winning Cause won three Grade 3 races – the Lexington Stakes at Keeneland in 2013, the Cliff Hanger Stakes on turf at Monmouth Park in 2013, and the Red Bank Stakes at Monmouth Park in 2015. Winning Cause was unplaced in his only start this year.

Winning Cause was a debut winner in a seven-furlong maiden race at Keeneland in 2012, his only start at 2.