07/23/2009 11:00PM

Kafwain makes his move


Kafwain, the sire of The Pamplemousse, a leading 3-year-old earlier this year, has joined the stallion roster at Tommy Town Thoroughbreds in Santa Ynez, Calif., the farm announced earlier this week. Kafwain will stand for $5,000. In 2009, he stood for $6,500 at Hurstland Farm in Midway, Ky.

Tommy Town owners Tom and Debbie Stull purchased Kafwain from Darley Stud last fall, and moved him to Hurstland for the 2009 breeding season. According to Tommy Town manager Mike Allen, Kafwain was bred to 65 mares earlier this year. Allen thinks he will be bred to more mares in California.

"We wanted to see how we could do in Kentucky and what kind of book he would get," Allen said. "We think we can do better here. It would be nice to get 100 mares. If we got 75 or 80 we'd be pretty happy. I think he'll match up with California mares.

"We thought he was an up-and-coming sire. He'll be a standout."

Kafwain, 9, has sired the earners of more than $3.7 million, including the graded stakes winners Don't Forget Gil (the winner of the Grade 3 Florida Oaks at Tampa Bay Downs earlier this year), Massive Drama (Grade 3 Hollywood Prevue Stakes in 2007), and The Pamplemousse. Earlier this year, The Pamplemousse won the Grade 3 Sham Stakes and the Grade 3 San Rafael Stakes at Santa Anita. He was considered to be a leading candidate for the Grade 1 Santa Anita Derby before being sidelined by injury.

This year, Kafwain has sired the winners of $1.26 million.

On the racetrack, Kafwain won 4 of 11 starts and $715,848, racing as a 2- and 3-year-old in 2002 and 2003. Trained by Bob Baffert for The Thoroughbred Corp., Kafwain won two stakes at 2 - the Grade 3 Best Pal Stakes over 6 1/2 furlongs and the Grade 2 Norfolk Stakes over 1 1/16 miles. He was second in the Breeders' Cup Juvenile to eventual champion Vindication at Arlington Park that season.

In 2003, he won the Grade 2 San Vicente Stakes over seven furlongs and was third behind Buddy Gil in the Santa Anita Derby. Kafwain is out of the stakes winner Swazi's Moment, by Moment of Hope.

First winner for freshman sire

Tommy Town freshman sire Ministers Wild Cat had his first winner, Minister's Fate, in a $12,500 claiming race for maidens at the Solano County Fair in Vallejo, Calif., on Wednesday.

Owned by Tommy Town Thoroughbred and trained by William Morey, Minister's Fate was making her first start and scored a half-length win in the five-furlong race. Minister's Fate is out of the Gone West mare Western Fate, who did not race. Western Fate is a half-sister to the Grade 2 winner Points of Grace.

Ministers Wild Cat stood for $7,500 in 2009, but a fee has not been determined for the 2010 season. By Deputy Minister, Ministers Wild Cat is out of Hollywood Wildcat, the 1993 champion 3-year-old filly. On the racetrack, Ministers Wild Cat won 6 of 22 starts and $368,729, including stakes at Golden Gate Fields and Woodbine.

Allen said 2-year-olds by Ministers Wild Cat are expected to start for trainer Jerry Hollendorfer and John Sadler at Del Mar.

w The stakes-placed juveniles Grace Upon Grace and Sweet Tigger are among 13 nominees to Wednesday's $100,000 Graduation Stakes at Del Mar. The race is restricted to California-bred and California-sired 2-year-olds and is run over six furlongs. Yogaroo, ninth in the Group 2 Norfolk Stakes at Royal Ascot last month, is also expected to start.