07/27/2006 11:00PM

Wonder Lady Anne L comes from travelin' folk


LEXINGTON, Ky. - With a victory in the Demoiselle Stakes last fall, Wonder Lady Anne L showed that she was among the best staying 2-year-old fillies in the country, and she took the next step in asserting her status among the distance fillies this year with her victory last weekend in the Grade 1 Coaching Club American Oaks at Belmont Park.

By Kentucky Derby and Preakness winner Real Quiet, Wonder Lady Anne L has every reason to stay classic distances, and she has been a solid racer this year who put her best foot forward when offered a chance to race 10 furlongs, which was her sire's best trip.

Like his daughter, Real Quiet was a thoroughly classic horse, showing his best form at the close of his 2-year-old season with a victory in the Grade 1 Hollywood Futurity and then progressing to classic success at 3.

Although the breeding rights were acquired by George Hofmeister's Highland Farm during Real Quiet's 3-year-old season, the horse raced on successfully through his next year, winning the Grade 1 Pimlico Special and Grade 1 Hollywood Gold Cup and retiring with earnings of more than $3.2 million.

The early part of Real Quiet's stud career coincided with Hofmeister's retrenchment from activity and ownership in racing. After standing Real Quiet in Kentucky at Vinery and then Taylor Made Farm, the owning syndicate sold a significant interest in Real Quiet last year, and the stallion now stands in Pennsylvania at Reigle Heir Farms.

Farm owner Thomas Reigle said: "I inquired about Real Quiet nearly two years ago with Ben Taylor of Taylor Made Farms. I pursued the question of purchasing or moving him for some time, and it seemed he wasn't movable. Then in February or March of last year, the answer was to make an offer. A couple of friends and I made an offer. We ended up buying about 22 shares in the horse, and about half the ownership of the 50-share syndicate stayed with him. That was enough to move the horse, and he was really well received here. We bred around 70 mares to him this year, and with the success he's having, we should have a nice book for him next year too."

The stallion has moved forward commercially since relocating to Pennsylvania, with a pair of Grade 1 winners this year.

In addition to Wonder Lady Anne L, Real Quiet is the sire of Grade 1 winner Pussycat Doll.

Dan White bred the CCA Oaks winner on a foal-share agreement with Highland Farm. White provided his mare Ancho, by the Wild Again stallion Wild Zone, to be covered by Real Quiet, and the resulting foal was owned in partnership by White and Highland Farm.

They sold the filly for $3,500 at the Keeneland November sale in 2003, and she resold for $8,000 the following year at the Ocala Breeders' Sales August yearling sale.

Not satisfied with the commercial response to his mare's offspring, White offered Ancho to Louisiana breeder Trey Bruton. White said, "After I sold that filly [Wonder Lady Anne L], I sent Ancho and two other mares to Louisiana, and I gave Bruton the mares for raising their foals of 2004 and giving me two of the three foals they produced."

Although it was a loss in hindsight, the decision to barter the mares seemed a pragmatic solution for producers that weren't in commercial favor.

White didn't get the cash rewards from breeding a Grade 1 winner, but he does get bragging rights. From nine foals he bred in 2003, he has three stakes winners: Slick City Nites, Seen Dancing, and Wonder Lady Anne L.

Following Ancho's transfer to Louisiana, the mare produced a pair of colts, including a son of leading Louisiana sire Leestown for Bruton.

In the past several months, Bruton has liquidated all of his equine holdings, and he sold Ancho privately not long after her daughter won the Demoiselle. He said, "She was the most valuable mare I had, and she was also the easiest to sell."

Acquired in a private transaction last fall after the Demoiselle, Ancho sold to S.H. Fernando, the former bloodstock editor of Daily Racing Form.

Contacted in New York City, Fernando, who now manages his sons' two youth baseball teams, said: "She was an extremely attractive mare with excellent quarters - in fact, a huge rear end - and was very correct, as well."

Fernando sold the mare to Lance Robinson in a private transaction brokered by bloodstock consultant Jack Werk.

"Gulf Coast Farm, which is a partnership of Lance Robinson and Jerry Bailey, owns the mare," Werk said. "I presented Ancho to Lance and Jerry, and they snapped up the opportunity to purchase the dam of a graded winner. You've got nowhere to go but up from there.

"Before they bought Ancho, they inspected her and were very high on her prospects," Werk said. "I thought the price offered good value, and after I gave them a call, they moved quickly with the purchase."

Their promptness has been repaid in spades, as Ancho is now the dam of a Grade 1 winner and American classic winner.

Wonder Lady Anne L is the second foal of her dam, who has since produced a 2-year-old colt by Pikepass named Couley Creek and has a yearling colt by Leestown named Couley. Not in foal for 2006, Ancho is now in foal to Unbridled's Song for 2007.