12/23/2015 10:44AM

Reddam's faith in Square Eddie pays off with California juvenile sire title


A trio of California-bred colts have spent this season knocking heads in their home state – boosting the profile of their young sire, Square Eddie, and rewarding owner J. Paul Reddam’s faith in his talented but unlucky runner.

Square Eddie, a son of Smart Strike standing at Ocean Breeze Ranch in Bonsall, Calif., is represented by seven winners from 14 juvenile starters through Dec. 15. Although Harris Farms’s stallion Lucky Pulpit tallied eight winners from 42 juvenile starters, quality bested quantity for Square Eddie. Led by stakes winners Found Money, Mrazek, and Ralis, all of whom run as homebreds for Reddam, his progeny bankrolled $891,543 on the season, easily besting Lucky Pulpit’s juvenile bankroll of $526,145 to place Square Eddie atop California’s juvenile sire list.

The most accomplished of Square Eddie’s trio is leading earner Found Money, who burst onto the scene by establishing a Santa Anita track record for 4 1/2 furlongs in his debut, and subsequently won the Santa Anita Juvenile over Mrazek. Found Money picked up two stakes placings at Del Mar over the summer and fall, and most recently concluded his campaign by winning the King Glorious Stakes at Los Alamitos.

Mrazek is the most consistent of the group, as he has never finished worse than second, defeating Ralis in the Graduation Stakes in addition to his runner-up effort to Found Money.

Ralis has been the most high-profile of the trio, as he ventured to the East Coast for a summer and fall campaign highlighted by a 5 3/4-length score in the historic Grade 1 Hopeful Stakes at Saratoga.

Square Eddie was Group 3-placed in England as a juvenile before Reddam brought him to the U.S., where he won the Grade 1 Breeders’ Futurity at Keeneland and finished second in the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile. He was multiple graded stakes-placed in 2009, although his season was marked by disappointment – he missed the Triple Crown series due to cannon bone issues, and was later retired with a suspensory injury. Reddam backed Square Eddie with his own mares during the horse’s initial season in 2010 – producing a small crop that, led by multiple stakes winner Sprouts, made Square Eddie California’s leading freshman sire of 2013.

Recovered from his suspensory injury, Square Eddie made a brief return to the races in 2011, establishing a track record at Santa Anita before going winless the rest of the season. He finally returned to farm life for good for the 2012 season.

Looking further down California’s juvenile sire list, the state’s highest-ranking freshman sire for 2015 is Slew’s Tiznow, standing at Rancho San Miguel in San Miguel, Calif. The horse had four winners and bankrolled $166,667 through Dec. 15 – just edging Sierra Sunset, also with four winners but with $163,637 in earnings.

Slew’s Tiznow, a Grade 1-placed stakes winner, brings the bloodlines of Tiznow, one of the best California-breds of all time, back to his home state. The two-time Breeders’ Cup Classic winner has spent his entire stud career at WinStar Farm in Versailles, Ky.