03/26/2016 9:29AM

TOC announces annual owner award winners

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Edited Press Release

The Thoroughbred Owners of California (TOC) on Mar. 25 announced the winners of its 2015 statistical awards for leading California owners. Reddam Racing LLC was the leading owner in purse money won in California as well as leading owner by number of wins. Karl Watson, Mike Pegram, and Paul Weitman led all owners by number of California stakes wins. Kings River Ranch was leading owner by number of California starts. David and Mark Greco, Patrick Grohl, and Brent Malmstrom were selected as Rookies of the Year.

Reddam Racing runners earned a total of $2,922,316 in purses in California last year, with 49 wins from 251 starts. Its top earners were Nyquist, winner of the Del Mar Futurity and the FrontRunner and Best Pal stakes, Mrazek, winner of the Graduation Stakes, and Found Money, winner of the King Glorious and Santa Anita Juvenile Stakes.

The partnership of Watson, Pegram, and Weitman won a total of 10 California stakes races in California last year. Their leading earners were Hoppertunity, winner of the San Pasqual Stakes, Pretty N Cool, winner of the Sorrento Stakes, and multiple stakes winners Gimme Da Lute and Toews On Ice.

Kings River Ranch runners made a remarkable 296 starts in California last year while compiling puearnings of $892,153. Their top runners included Bench Ruling, Del Mar Ann, Dive Down, Prevaricator, Play Hard to Get, Odin, Not Too Shiny, and Good Stats.

David and Mark Greco had nine starts and one win, with $29,671 in earnings, with Miz Strawberry Dee. The brothers share a passion for taking care of racehorses once they retire from the track. Patrick Grohl also focuses on racehorse aftercare as owner of a horse farm and rehabilitation facility. His horse Distrinctive Run made three starts in 2015 and earned $2,305. Brent Malmstrom had two wins from 12 starts last year with Forthenineteen and Egyptian Empire. He named and donated a majority of the earnings of Forethenineteen to a memorial fund for the 19 firefighters who died battling a wild fire in Yarnell, Arizona.

All winners will be recognized at TOC’s annual meetings at Del Mar Racetrack on August 6 and at Golden Gate Fields on October 22.

TOC is the official organization serving new, veteran and future Thoroughbred owners in the state. It represents, advances, and protects owners’ interests and rights in legislative, administrative and business matters.