11/24/2006 1:00AM

Swiss Yodeler's fee rises to $10,000


The stud fee of Swiss Yodeler, the top-ranked stallion in California, has been increased from $7,500 to $10,000 for the 2007 breeding season.

The decision was made earlier this month by stallion owner Heinz Steinmann, and was announced a few weeks after Swiss Yodeler's son Thor's Echo won the $2 million Breeders' Cup Sprint at Churchill Downs.

Thor's Echo, who was scheduled to start in Saturday's Grade 1 Frank De Francis Memorial Dash at Laurel, is Swiss Yodeler's leading money winner this year, with earnings of $1,658,937.

Swiss Yodeler leads all California stallions with earnings of $4,327,550. Bertrando is second with $3,503,756.

Steinmann has strongly supported Swiss Yodeler as a stallion and campaigned him during his racing career in the 1990's.

"Swiss Yodeler is leading the general sire list and the 2-year-old list in California," Steinmann said in a statement. "Not only is he one of the superior stallions in California, but his offspring are proving themselves capable of racing everywhere. This level of accomplishment certainly justifies the increase and has helped improve the overall quality of mares booked to him."

Swiss Yodeler stands at Pepper Oaks Farm in Santa Ynez, Calif. Farm owner Patricia Youngman announced earlier this year that Swiss Yodeler will be the only stallion standing at Pepper Oaks in 2007. The other stallions that stood at the farm in 2006 have been relocated to other farms or pensioned.

Youngman said earlier this month that she wants to focus on a racing stable and working to promote racing in general.

Cheroot breaks through in On Trust

The front-running victory by Cheroot in Thursday's $100,000 On Trust Handicap at Hollywood Park may turn out to be the breakthrough performance the 5-year-old horse had lacked in his career. Cheroot won his first stakes in the On Trust, the sixth win of his 23-race career.

"This is a horse that always tried hard, and he's got a license to develop," trainer Darrell Vienna said. "There's no reason why he can't get better. I just think he never stops trying."

Owned by breeder Charlotte Wrather of Los Alamos, Calif., Cheroot had come close in several stakes in recent months. He was second to Lava Man in the Khaled Stakes on turf at Hollywood Park last April and was second, by three-quarters of a length, to Texcess in the California Cup Classic at the Oak Tree at Santa Anita meeting in late October.

By Smokester, Cheroot has earned $431,401 and is having his best season this year, with 3 wins in 10 starts. The horse is out of the Far North mare Triple Connection, 18, who won 11 of 34 starts and $149,590.

Triple Connection is the dam of Beau Soleil, the winner of 6 of 15 starts and $348,800. By General Meeting, Beau Soleil won the 2004 Tiznow Stakes. Beau Soleil was bred by Wrather, but Cheroot was her first stakes winner as an owner.

Quick Action moves to Vessels

Quick Action, who stood his first season at stud in Florida last year, has been transferred to Vessels Stallion Farm in Bonsall, Calif., for the 2007 season, the farm announced last week.

Vessels has acquired a 50 percent share in the stallion.

Quick Action, a 5-year-old by Carson City, won 4 of 17 starts and $192,130 racing for three years, from 2003 to 2005. He won two stakes at age 3 - the Fred "Cappy" Capossela Stakes at Aqueduct and the Anderson Fowler Stakes at Monmouth Park. He was second in the Grade 3 Lafayette Stakes at Keeneland.

Earlier this year, Quick Action stood for $3,500 at Martin Stables South in Reddick, Fla. He will stand for the same fee in 2007.