12/23/2004 12:00AM

Who's who of 2005's new sires


The new stallions in California in 2005 range from prominent racehorses that were recently retired to notable stallions from other states or, in one case, hemisphere, that have already launched their careers.

Here is a glance at the first-year stallions for 2005 as well as several stallions that were relocated to the state since the conclusion of the 2004 breeding season.

The list does not include several young stallions, such as Easy Thunder, Expressionist, Grey Memo, Royal Walk, and West End Affair, who were bred to a few mares in 2004.

First-year stallions

* Cat Dreams

(Storm Cat-J J's Dream), $4,000, Pepper Oaks Farm.

By a champion stallion and out of the millionaire mare J J's Dream, a 10-time stakes winner, this 3-year-old won his only start, a maiden race at Churchill Downs in 2003. He was purchased for $475,000 as a yearling at the Keeneland September yearling sale.

* Defy Logic

(Saint Ballado-Clever Monique), $4,000, E.A. Ranches

By the late stallion Saint Ballado, this 4-year-old won 2 of 18 starts and $115,170. Purchased for $1.55 million as a yearling, he won two races, both sprints at Fair Grounds. Clever Monique is the dam of Yes It's True, a millionaire on the track and a top freshman sire this year, and the stakes winner Honest Deceiver.

* Haasil

(Machiavellian-Mahasin), $1,000, Rivendell Ranch

A winner in England, New Jersey, and California, this 6-year-old is by a sire with a turf pedigree but the ability to sire winners of top-class dirt races. Machiavellian, who won two Group 1 races in France, is the sire of Street Cry (Dubai World Cup, Del Mar Futurity, Stephen Foster Handicap) and Almutawakel (Dubai World Cup).

* Islander

(Rubiano-Quip Mask), $3,500, Victory Rose Thoroughbreds

Few sprinters racing in California in recent years were as durable, or popular, as this 9-year-old, who compiled a record of 19 wins in 53 starts and $469,524. Third in the Grade 3 Morvich Handicap at Santa Anita in 1996, he raced primarily in claiming races and allowance races and excelled in turf sprints.

* Jackpot

(Seeking the Gold-Frolic), $3,500, Vessels Stallion Farm

The winner of the Grade 2 Gulfstream Park Handicap over 1 1/4 miles earlier this year, this 6-year-old ended his four-year career with 4 wins in 16 starts and earnings of $288,915. He won allowance races at Aqueduct and Gulfstream Park. Frolic was third in two Grade 1 stakes.

* Joey Franco

(Avenue of Flags-Susan Powter), $3,000, Harris Farms

The 2003 California-bred horse of the year, this 5-year-old raced for three seasons, winning 8 of 17 starts and $635,091. He was at his best during the spring and summer of 2003, winning four consecutive stakes, including the Grade 1 Triple Bend Breeders' Cup Handicap over seven furlongs at Hollywood Park and the Grade 2 Del Mar Breeders' Cup Handicap over a mile.

Stakes placed at 2 at Santa Anita, he won a maiden race over six furlongs at 3. Dam Susan Powter has also produced the stakes winner Miss Lawless.

* Marino Marini

(Storm Cat-Halo America), $10,000, Rancho San Miguel

This impeccably bred 4-year-old is by champion stallion Storm Cat and out of the nine-time stakes winner Halo America, who earned $1,460,992. On the track, this colt excelled on turf and dirt, winning 3 of 16 starts and $294,384.

He was a stakes winner as a sprinter in Ireland before arriving in California, where he finished second in the Grade 1 Malibu Stakes in 2003.

In 2004, he was second in the Grade 2 Palos Verdes and Los Angeles Times handicaps and third in the Commonwealth Breeders' Cup Handicap.

* Momentum

(Nureyev-Imprudent Love), $5,000, Vessels Stallion Farm

This 6-year-old may have been the best horse not to win a stakes in 2002. He finished second in three major races - to Came Home in the Pacific Classic, Sky Jack in the Hollywood Gold Cup, and Pleasantly Perfect in the Goodwood Breeders' Cup Handicap.

As a 3-year-old, he won stakes in England and California. In England, he won the Strensall Stakes over 1 1/8 miles on turf at York. He won the Grade 3 Native Diver Handicap at Hollywood Park to finish that season.

Momentum started once this year. He finished his career with 4 wins in 17 starts and earnings of $664,817.

* Mujadene

(Mujadil-Rossaldene), Private, Irish Rose Farm

This 8-year-old raced in England and California, and made his final start in 2000. He won a race for maidens over five furlongs on turf at Windsor, England, in 1998. In California, he raced for two seasons, but was winless.

* Popular

(Saint Ballado-Western Lady), Private, Cottonwood Creek Ranch

The winner of the Grade 3 San Miguel Stakes over six furlongs for 3-year-olds in 2002, Popular specialized in sprints. At 2, he was second in the Grade 3 Hollywood Prevue Stakes over seven furlongs and won a maiden race over six furlongs at Santa Anita.

* Reba's Gold

(Slew o' Gold-Lovely Reba), $2,500, Creston Farms

A three-time stakes winner, this 7-year-old was a fixture in top-class allowance races and stakes in recent years. His most prominent win came in the Grade 3 Seabiscuit Handicap at Bay Meadows in 2003. He also won the 2002 Pomona Invitational at Fairplex Park and the Steinlen Handicap on turf at Hollywood Park. He won over distances ranging from six furlongs to about 1 1/8 miles.

* Spinelessjellyfish

(Skywalker-Silky Sand Sammy), $2,000, Cardiff Stud Farm

This 8-year-old won stakes as a 4-, 5- and 7-year-old and was also stakes placed in the final five campaigns of his career. Retired last summer, Spinelessjellyfish won 10 of 48 starts and $889,591 and is best known as a turf miler. He won consecutive runnings of the Khaled Stakes over 1 1/16 miles on turf at Hollywood Park and was third in the Grade 1 Shoemaker Breeders' Cup Mile at Hollywood Park in 2002.

* Unbridled Native

(Unbridled-Bountiful Native), $2,500, Old English Rancho

This unraced 3-year-old has a championship family. His sire, Unbridled, won the 1990 Kentucky Derby and has sired several champions, including Banshee Breeze and Anees. The female family is well known to California breeders. Unbridled Native's dam is Bountiful Native, a six-time stakes winner and statebred champion who earned $468,475.

* Unusual Summer

(Unusual Heat-Summer Glory), Private, Irish Rose Farm

Winless in four starts, this 3-year-old is by a young stallion who has proven successful in the state, siring the top statebred miler Lennyfromalibu. Summer Glory, bred in New Zealand, is the dam of three winners.

* Vronsky

(Danzig-Words of War), $2,500, Old English Rancho

This 5-year-old ended his career by winning two of three races this year, including a victory in an allowance race on the hillside turf course at Santa Anita. Overall, he won 3 of 11 starts and $135,247 in a three-year campaign. Vronsky is by top stallion Danzig, and his dam, Words of War, has foaled the graded stakes winners E Dubai and No Matter What.

Relocated stallions

* Atticus

(Nureyev-Athyka), $4,000, Magali Farms

The winner of four stakes, including the Grade 1 Oaklawn Handicap in 1997, this 12-year-old previously stood in Kentucky. He was a top turf miler in California in 1996-97, finishing third in the Shoemaker Breeders' Cup Mile and winning the 1997 Arcadia Handicap in 1:31.80.

* Formal Gold

(Black Tie Affair-Ingoldsby), $7,500, Rancho San Miguel

A top handicap horse in 1997, this 11-year-old arrived in California after previously standing in Kentucky for $7,500. He is the sire of several runners who have already done well in California. On the track, Formal Gold is best remembered for winning the Woodward Stakes, and the Donn, Iselin and Brooklyn handicaps.

* Redattore

(Roi Normand-Political Intrigue), $4,000, Harris Farms

A 10-time stakes winner in Brazil and California, this 9-year-old arrives from Brazil, where he was bred to his first book of mares this fall.

In a six-year career, he won 15 of 32 starts and $1,799,883.

In California, Redattore won such major races as the Grade 1 Eddie Read Handicap over 1 1/8 miles on turf at Del Mar in 2001, the Grade 2 San Antonio Handicap over 1 1/8 miles on dirt at Santa Anita in 2002, and two major turf stakes at Hollywood Park in 2003 - the Grade 1 Shoemaker Breeders' Cup Mile in May and the Grade 2 Citation Handicap over 1 1/16 miles in November.

* Souvenir Copy

(Mr. Prospector-Dancing Tribute), $10,000, Golden Eagle Farm

A three-time stakes winner who earned $540,195, this 9-year-old previously stood in Kentucky for $12,500. The winner of the Grade 2 Del Mar Futurity in 1997, he was represented this year by the outstanding 2-year-old filly Souvenir Gift, who won the Landaluce and Cinderella stakes at Hollywood Park.