02/09/2007 1:00AM

Moscow Burning, House of Fortune near first mating

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ARCADIA, Calif. - The California-bred champions House of Fortune and Moscow Burning will be bred to leading stallions on opposite sides of the world in coming weeks.

Moscow Burning, the California-bred horse of the year in 2004, will be bred to Deep Impact or Agnes Taychon, according to officials with Shadai Farm in Japan.

Moscow Burning was sold to Shadai for $1 million at the Keeneland November breeding stock sale in 2006. The leading California-bred female with all-time earnings of $1,417,800, Moscow Burning, 7, is already based in Japan.

A decision on the actual mating will be made closer to the breeding date.

Deep Impact, by Sunday Silence, is entering his first year at stud. The Japanese Horse of the Year in 2005 and 2006, Deep Impact was syndicated last fall for more than $42 million. The highlights of his career include wins in the 2005 Japanese Triple Crown and the 2006 Japan Cup.

Agnes Taychon, also by Sunday Silence, is an 8-year-old who won the Japanese 2000 Guineas. Agnes Taychon entered stud in 2002.

Aside from being named horse of the year in 2004, Moscow Burning won two other statebred titles that year - outstanding older female and outstanding turf horse. For the 2006 season, she was named outstanding turf horse.

Moscow Burning, bred by Harris Farms and the Ken Maddy Trust, won major stakes such as the California Cup Distance Handicap in 2003 and 2005, the Grade 2 Sheepshead Bay Handicap at Belmont Park in 2004, and the Sunshine Millions Filly and Mare Turf in 2006.

She ended her career in late October with a fourth-place finish in the California Cup Distance Handicap.

Moscow Burning raced for Don Van Kempen, who claimed her with partners for $25,000 in 2003.

House of Fortune, the statebred champion 2-year-old filly of 2003, will be bred to Bernardini in Kentucky, trainer Ron McAnally said. Bernardini won the Eclipse Award as the nation's champion 3-year-old male of 2006.

House of Fortune, 6, won 8 of 22 starts and $989,185 for owner Arnold Zetcher. She won seven stakes, including the Grade 2 Hollywood Breeders' Cup Oaks in 2004, the Fantasy Stakes at Oaklawn Park in 2004, and the $500,000 Sunshine Millions Distaff in January 2006.

By the California champion Free House, House of Fortune was bred by John and Michele Treasure, who sold the filly a week after she was foaled in 2001. House of Fortune was sent to Kentucky late last year.

Lava Man repeats as state's horse of the year

Lava Man was named the California-bred horse of the year for 2006 earlier this week, becoming the sixth horse in history to win at least two consecutive horse of the year titles.

Lava Man joins Crystal Water (1976-77), Snow Chief (1985-87), Best Pal (1990-92), Free House (1997-98), and Tiznow (2000-01) as repeat California-bred horses of the year.

Lava Man was nearly unbeatable in 2006, winning 7 of 8 starts and $2,770,000. All of his victories came in stakes, with the lone loss a seventh in the Breeders' Cup Classic at Churchill Downs in November.

Bred by Lonnie Arterburn and Eve and Kim Kuhlmann, Lava Man has won 15 of 36 starts and $4,079,706. He races for the Kenly family's STD Racing and Jason Wood, who claimed him for $50,000 in the summer of 2004.

Lava Man is in training with Doug O'Neill, preparing for a start in the $1 million Santa Anita Handicap on March 3. Last year, Lava Man became the first horse to win the Big Cap, Hollywood Gold Cup, and Pacific Classic in the same year.