06/02/2006 12:00AM

Silly Little Mama a true Cal-bred at last

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Silly Little Mama's connections were thrilled with her Manhattan Beach win but could have earned $11,700 more.

INGLEWOOD, Calif. - Trainer Dan McFarlane was both proud and perturbed after Silly Little Mama won the $68,875 Manhattan Beach Stakes at Hollywood Park last Monday.

The victory was the fourth stakes win in Silly Little Mama's brief career and her most lucrative, worth $41,325 to owner Stacy Campo. It should have been worth more. Because Silly Little Mama was not a registered California-bred with the California Thoroughbred Breeders Association, Campo missed out on approximately $11,700 in bonuses for owning a statebred that wins an overnight stakes against open company.

"I wish I'd known that before," McFarlane said, wincing as he watched a replay.

On Thursday, the problem was addressed. The proper paperwork was completed with the CTBA. Campo will be eligible to receive a bonus if Silly Little Mama earns purse money in such races in the future.

CTBA officials say it is rare for a horse of racing age not to be registered. Owners and breeders typically complete the paperwork on most foals before the Sept. 30 deadline of the horse's yearling year. The fee is $75 for CTBA members, and $100 for non-members. To register a racing-age horse, such as Silly Little Mama, the fee is $750.

Apparently, the paperwork on Silly Little Mama slipped through the cracks. It had not been an issue until Monday's race, since she had raced primarily at Turf Paradise in Phoenix before the Manhattan Beach Stakes. Bonuses are not paid to California-breds that win or place in minor stakes in other states.

Silly Little Mama has been a consistent filly for Campo and McFarlane. And, she has turned out to be quite a bargain. She was purchased for $5,700 as a yearling in Arizona in November 2004 and has earned $111,365.

By Old Topper, Silly Little Mama is out of the Dehere mare White Truffle. Bred by Tommy Town Thoroughbreds in Santa Ynez, Calif., Silly Little Mama has raced at Turf Paradise and Hollywood Park.

She won three sprint stakes at Turf Paradise from last October to April of this year before finishing fourth in the Grade 3 Railbird Stakes at seven furlongs at Hollywood Park on May 6. Silly Little Mama led to the eighth pole before fading to finish 2 1/2 lengths behind race winner Bettarun Fast.

"I knew I'd be short going seven-eighths on this deep track," McFarlane said.

In the Manhattan Beach Stakes, Silly Little Mama was sixth early and rallied through the stretch to win by a length. It was the first time that she had closed from the back of a field. With her newfound ability to come from well off the pace, Silly Little Mama might run next in the $100,000 Flawlessly Stakes at a mile on turf on July 2.

Skimming gets first winner

The freshman stallion Skimming, who stands at Cardiff Stud Farms in Atascadero, Calif., had his first winner at Emerald Downs on May 27.

Skewing, a Washington-bred 2-year-old filly, won a maiden race at 4 1/2 furlongs by 3 1/2 lengths. She was timed in 53.20 seconds over a sloppy track. Skewing is a half-sister to Horatio, a stakes winner.

Skimming won 8 of 20 starts and $2,286,601. He was in his best form at Del Mar, where he swept the San Diego Handicap-Pacific Classic double in both 2000 and 2001.

Skimming, 10, stands for $7,500.