01/20/2006 12:00AM

Proven winners again best in state in 2005


Longevity and durability define Maryland's leading breeder, runner, and stallions of 2005.

Maryland's dominant breeder of the 1990's, Robert E. Meyerhoff, again tops the list. Awarded breeder-of-the-year honors by the Maryland Horse Breeders Association eight times since 1986, Meyerhoff last topped the rankings in 2000.

Four horses bred by Meyerhoff won stakes in 2005, three of them with close ties to the breeder's $2.6 million earner and leading sire, Broad Brush. Topping the list by earnings for 2005 was Sticky, a daughter of Broad Brush's son Concern, a Breeders' Cup Classic winner. She is out of stakes winner Hair Spray (by Pentelicus); Meyerhoff bred Sticky's sire and dam.

Trained by Richard W. Small, Sticky captured the Maryland Million Oaks at Laurel Park in October and placed in two other stakes in seven starts, earning $153,650 last year at age 3.

The team of Meyerhoff and Small also sent out Magical Broad, a daughter of Broad Brush who made 14 starts during her 3-year-old season. Magical Broad, a full sister to Grade 1-winning millionaire Include and graded-stakes winner Magic Broad, won four races, including Laurel Park's Squan Song Stakes in December.

Meyerhoff and Small also won with Legal Control, a stakes winner at 2, who took the Deputed Testamony Stakes at Pimlico last year at 3.

Procreate, who set a world record of 53.79 seconds for five furlongs on the turf at Gulfstream Park in April, was the only 2005 stakes winner bred by Meyerhoff but not campaigned by him.

After being claimed from Meyerhoff in the fall of 2002, Procreate knocked around in claiming and allowance company until his trek to Florida last spring. In eight 2005 starts for owners Thomas McClay and Harry Nye and trainer John Zimmerman, Procreate won four races, including the Yankee Affair Stakes and Claiming Crown Rapid Transit Stakes, and placed in two stakes, earning $132,380.

Procreate, 8, is by Mt. Livermore out of Broad Brush's graded-stakes-winning daughter Broad Smile.

Cherokee's Boy led Maryland-breds in money won and by number of stakes wins.

With 7 wins from 12 starts, 5 in stakes, Cherokee's Boy earned $368,050 in 2005, and inched closer to the $1 million mark in career earnings. By taking the Jennings Handicap in December, Cherokee's Boy boosted his career total to $969,886 from 40 starts, ranking him 16th on the all-time Maryland-bred money-earners list, just behind millionaire Urbane. Both Urbane and Cherokee's Boy are by pensioned Country Life Farm sire Citidancer.

Cherokee's Boy races for his breeders, Foard Wilgis and Dave Picarello's ZWP Stables, and is a son of the first horse ZWP Stables ever owned, Cherokee Wonder, who was purchased by the partners for $5,500 as a yearling at the Fasig-Tipton Midlantic December mixed sale in 1992. Cherokee Wonder became a stakes winner of $284,010, but produced only two foals before her death at age 10. Her first was the stakes-placed filly Runnin Wonder.

The Maryland-bred champion 2-year-old of 2002, Cherokee's Boy, trained by Gary Capuano, has been a stakes winner every year he raced, but had his best season last year. He got his first graded-stakes win in the 2005 Grade 3 Salvator Mile Handicap at Monmouth, and also won Delaware Park's Brandywine Handicap, Monmouth's Skip Away Stakes, and Charles Town's HBPA Governor's Cup Handicap.

Leading Maryland sires in 2005 were Not for Love, Louis Quatorze, and Mojave Moon.

For the third consecutive year, Northview Stallion Station's Not for Love held the spot as the top stallion in Maryland as well as the highest-ranked U.S. stallion standing outside of Kentucky.

A 16-year-old son of Mr. Prospector, Not for Love was represented by seven stakes winners in 2005, with progeny earnings of more than $4 million from seven crops to race. His leading runners include 2005 multiple stakes winners Presidentialaffair, Saay Mi Name, and juvenile filly Smart and Fancy.

Preakness winner Louis Quatorze, who moved to Murmur Farm at the start of the 2004 breeding season, ranks as Maryland's leading juvenile sire of 2005 with progeny earnings of more than $560,000.

Bonita Farm's Mojave Moon snatched the title as the state's top freshman sire on the final day of 2005, when his son Bravemendiebutonce won a maiden race at Laurel to lift his sire's earnings to $170,914, surpassing Murmur Farm's Disco Rico by just over $5,000. Mojave Moon had eight winners from 25 starters in 2005.