12/10/2004 12:00AM

Shout to the North comes west


INGLEWOOD, Calif. - Shout to the North, the upset winner of the Glorious Song Stakes at Woodbine on Nov. 21, has joined trainer Wally Dollase's stable and will make her California debut in the filly division of the $125,000 California Breeders' Champion Stakes at Santa Anita on Dec. 27.

The California-bred filly is owned by her breeders, Tom and Deborah Stull's Tommy Town Thoroughbreds, and represents the first crop of Old Topper, the top freshman stallion in California.

Through Thursday, Old Topper had progeny earnings of $445,582, which place him 13th on the national list. Earlier this year, Tom Stull guaranteed that Old Topper would be the top freshman stallion in the state this year or he would refund stud fees to mare owners. Old Topper stands at Tommy Town in Santa Ynez, Calif.

Shout to the North arrived at Dollase's barn last weekend.

Shout to the North was previously trained by Mark Casse at Woodbine. She has won 2 of 4 starts and $132,292.

The Glorious Song Stakes at seven furlongs was her first start since August. The victory caught Tom Stull off guard, considering Shout to the North was ill earlier in the fall.

"She caught us a little by surprise by running that well," he said. "She had been off for three months. She had gotten sick. We decided to throw her in and see what had happened."

Even though Old Topper was best in sprints, Stull is convinced that Shout to the North wants more distance. The California Breeders' Champion Stakes is run over seven furlongs.

Stull also is considering running her in the $250,000 Sunshine Millions Oaks for California-breds and Florida-breds at Santa Anita on Jan. 29, but the race is at six furlongs, which Stull thinks might be too short for her.

"We've going to find out what she's made of in the next race," Stull said regarding the Cal Breeders'. "The Old Toppers just come from off the pace. She was considerably back and came running in the stretch in her last start."

Shout to the North has become the top earner for Old Topper, who has one other stakes winner, Top Money. A colt, Top Money is unbeaten in three starts, including the I'm Smokin Stakes over six furlongs at Del Mar in September.

Owned by Tommy Town, Top Money was the morning-line favorite for the $125,000 California Cup Juvenile on Oct. 16 but did not start because of injury.

"He ended up with a small tendon [injury], very small," Stull said. "He's doing fine. He'll go back into training the first of January. We'll give him all the time he wants, a lot of galloping. We probably won't work him until March."

Old Topper's status as the top-ranked freshman stallion has led to added interest in the 9-year-old stallion. Stull expects Old Topper to be bred to nearly 100 mares at a $5,000 stud fee in 2005.

Stull is already eager to see what Old Topper's 2-year-olds will do in 2005.

"We're breaking them all right now, and the whole farm is pretty excited," he said. "They told me last year to look out, and I

didn't want to get too excited."

Cozy Guy heads next to Sir Beaufort

Cozy Guy, the winner of the California Cup Classic in October, is bound for the $100,000 Sir Beaufort Stakes at Santa Anita on Dec. 26 after winning a three-horse allowance race at Hollywood Park on Wednesday.

The Sir Beaufort is run at a mile on turf for 3-year-olds. Hendricks is planning to use the Sir Beaufort as a prep for Cozy Guy to the $1 million Sunshine Millions Classic at Gulfstream Park on Jan. 29.