12/22/2008 12:00AM

New Calif. sires boast performance, pedigree


One of them won the Travers Stakes. Another won the $1 million Sunshine Millions Classic in a dramatic upset. Yet another is by one of the most storied racehorses to campaign in the last 35 years.

Whether it's Ten Most Wanted, McCann's Mojave, Council Member, or one of the other 10 new stallions, California breeders have a wide range of choices among first-year stallions and those that have relocated from other states for the upcoming breeding season.

Here is a glance at those stallions.

First-year stallions

Bedford Falls (Forestry-Christmas in Aiken)

Farm: Poplar Meadows

Fee: $2,500

A $1.1 million yearling purchase at the 2004 Keeneland September yearling sale, this 5-year-old won 3 of 15 starts and $115,620, racing throughout the United States. He is a half-brother to the three-time Grade 1 winner Harlan's Holiday, who earned more than $3.6 million and is now at stud, as well as to the stakes-placed trio of Boxcar Cat, Dr. Holiday, and Many Rivers.

This horse won races ranging in distances from six furlongs to a mile but never ran in stakes. He beat maidens at Belmont Park and later won twice on the Northern California circuit.

Council Member (Seattle Slew-Zoe Montana)

Farm: Special T Thoroughbreds

Fee; $4,000

Believed to be the last of the Seattle Slew offspring to race, he was retired in August following a career of 5 wins in 24 starts and earnings of $347,306. Bought for $800,000 as a weanling, he finished fifth in the Grade 2 Tom Fool Handicap at Belmont Park in July in his last start.

Earlier in his career, this 6-year-old ran in England, where he placed in two group stakes - the July Stakes and the Coventry Stakes at Royal Ascot. A winner in his debut over five furlongs in 2004, he later won two minor stakes in England over seven furlongs.

McCann's Mojave (Memo-Joni U. Bar)

Farm: Rancho San Miguel

Fee: $3,000

Best known for his win in the $1 million Sunshine Millions Classic at Gulfstream Park in 2007, this California-bred finished his career this summer with 12 wins in 35 starts and earnings of $1,513,565. He won eight stakes, mostly in California, on turf and dirt, ranging in distances from about 6 1/2 furlongs on the hillside turf course at Santa Anita to 1 1/8 miles on the main track.

He is by Memo, the sire of the American Grade 1 winner Bordonaro, and is out of Joni U. Bar, a durable mare from the 1980s who won 16 races and more than $320,000.

Quasimodo (A.P. Indy-Miss Lenora)

Farm: West 12 Ranch

Fee: $2,000

A 6-year-old, he finished his career earlier this month with 8 wins in 30 starts and earnings of $245,686. He is a half-brother to Stylish, a five-time stakes winner who earned $588,227.

Fourth in the Grade 1 Eddie Read Handicap in 2006, this horse won 4 of 7 starts that year and $164,600, his best year on the track. During that season, he won four consecutive races at a mile on turf. His dam, Miss Lenora, won the Grade 3 Bewitch Stakes in a 19-race career that included five wins.

Southern Africa (Cape Town-Al Fahda)

Farm: Running Horse Equine

Fee: $2,500

A winner of 5 of 28 starts and $739,368, this 6-year-old enters stud after racing in the United States and England. In this country, his career highlights were wins in the Borderland Derby at Sunland Park in 2005, the Lone Star Derby at Lone Star Park, and the Ralph Hinds Pomona Invitational at Fairplex Park in 2006.

He won races ranging in distances from about five furlongs to about 1 1/8 miles.

Storm Wolf (Stormin Fever-Exclusive Rosette)

Farm: Old English Rancho

Fee: Private

What he lacked in racing experience, he made up for in raw speed, winning 3 of 5 starts and $147,840. The highlight of his career was a win in the Grade 2 Laz Barrera Memorial Stakes at Hollywood Park in May 2005, his stakes debut.

Over the next few years, he was in and out of training but did not start. A 6-year-old, he was purchased for $300,000 as a yearling and is a half-brother to the three-time stakes winner Misty Rosette.

Tenga Cat (Storm Cat-Tenga)

Farm: Diamond F Ranch

Fee: Private

This 5-year-old ended his career in July with 2 wins in 9 starts and earnings of $112,178. Earlier this year, he placed in two turf sprints - a second in the Joe Hernandez Stakes and a third in the Grade 3 San Simeon Handicap, both on Santa Anita's hillside turf course. His wins came in six-furlong turf races at Hollywood Park in 2007.

Purchased for $575,000 as a yearling in 2004, he is a half-brother to Startac, winner of the Grade 1 Secretariat Stakes who won four stakes and $703,718.

Relocated stallions

Blazonry (Hennessy-Altair)

Farm: Running Horse Equine

Fee: $2,500

The winner of the Grade 2 Laz Barrera Stakes at Hollywood Park in 2003, this 8-year-old previously stood at Hopewell Farm in Kentucky for $5,000. His first foals are yearlings this year.

The Laz Barrera was his lone stakes win in an eight-race career that featured two wins and earnings of $105,454.

He won on both turf and dirt, beginning his career in England where he won a five-furlong turf race at Great Yarmouth. The Barrera was his second start in the United States.

Luganis (Grand Slam-Annoconnor)

Farm: Royal Blood Farm

Fee: $1,000

This stallion has had an unconventional career. He was claimed at Charles Town for $2,500 in 2003 and then returned to make two starts in 2006 and 2007. He won 3 of 13 starts and $66,807, racing on the Mid-Atlantic circuit.

The dam is a familiar name to California racing fans. Annoconnor earned more than $1 million and won three Grade 1 races - the Santa Ana, Ramona, and Vanity handicaps. She has produced the stakes winners Chesnut Bird and Way West, who raced in France and Australia, respectively.

Mighty Forum (Presidium-Mighty Flash)

Farm: Rancho Notso Grande

Fee: $1,000

This 17-year-old stallion stood in Virginia last year for $1,000. He is the sire of seven crops.

On the racetrack, he won 7 of 28 starts and $399,470, racing primarily on turf. He won the Grade 3 Jaipur Stakes and the Grade 3 Kelso Handicap. He ran in the Breeders' Cup Mile in 1995 and 1996 but was unplaced. Bred in Great Britain, he did win his lone start on the main track.

Slew's Saga (Seattle Slew-Belle Breesing)

Farm: Sue Hubbard and Assoc.

Fee: $1,000

This 6-year-old previously stood at Oakhurst Thoroughbreds in Oregon for $1,500. This is his second season at stud. On the racetrack, he won the Cup and Saucer Stakes at Woodbine in 2004, his lone stakes win.

A winner of 3 of 17 starts and $246,464, he raced primarily at Woodbine in 2004 and 2005 before starting twice at Turfway Park in the winter of 2005-06. He is a half-brother to Bell n' Gone, a winner of 4 of 13 starts and $136,694.

Stormin Fever (Storm Cat-Pennant Fever)

Farm: Golden Eagle Farm

Fee: $7,500

This 14-year-old relocates from Airdrie Stud in Kentucky, where he stood for $7,500 in 2008. He is the sire of Stormin Normandy, a stakes winner at Belmont Park and Saratoga earlier this year, as well as the millionaire Sweet Talker and the multiple graded stakes winner Tarlow.

On the racetrack, he won 8 of 21 starts in a four-year career highlighted by a victory in the Grade 3 Sport Page Handicap in 1998.

Ten Most Wanted (Deputy Commander-Wanted Again)

Farm: Magali Farms

Fee: $5,000

The winner of the Grade 1 Travers Stakes in 2003, this 8-year-old's oldest foals to race are 2-year-olds this year and include two winners.

A winner of 5 of 13 starts and $1,718,460, he won four stakes and had his best season at 3, the year he won the Travers, Grade 2 Illinois Derby and Grade 2 Super Derby and was second in the Belmont Stakes. At 4, he won the National Jockey Club Stakes at Hawthorne.

Last year, he stood for $7,500 in New York.