Top Selling Mare at January Mixed Sale in Foal to Danzig Candy

Pomona, CA (January 16, 2019)-Tall and Sweet, in foal to Danzig Candy, fetched $32,000 as the top selling broodmare at the January Mixed Sale put on by CTBA Sales.

The Lemon Drop Kid 2012 broodmare was in foal to first year sire Danzig Candy and she was carrying her second foal, having produced a colt by Culrin to Mischief in 2018.

She was a winner in her juvenile debut graduating from the maiden allowance ranks in 1:09 and change. A consistent filly on the track, the well built filly won two races and was in the money five other times for a total of $80,475.

Tall and Sweet is out of the stakes placed winning Pulpit mare Reverently. This is the family of Grade One winner Square Eddie.

Danzig Candy a multiple grade two winner of three graded races is a son of Twirling Candy who earned $700,930 with his six wins from eleven starts and is the leading earner of his sire. The six-year-old horse is out of Talkin and Singing (Songandaprayer); this is the female family of $4 million earner Better Talk Now and millionaire Medaglia Beat. Bred by Halo Farms, the colt raced for the partnership of Jim and Dianne Bashor and Halo Farms. He is standing his second season at Rancho San Miguel for a fee of $5,000.

Danzing Candy First Foal is a Filly

San Miguel, CA (January 10, 2019)-Rancho San Miguel’s multiple grade two winning stallion Danzing Candy had his first foal hit the ground on January 5 at Woodbridge Farm Oakdale, CA.

The filly was bred by Premier Thoroughbreds and is out of the stakes-placed producing Monarchos broodmare Ms Glory Be; she was an earner of over $228,000.

Sue Greene, owner and operator of Woodbridge Farm describes the filly as; “Quality from top to bottom and head to tail. She stands up so pretty she looks like a foal of several weeks old. Nice bone, correct and a lot like her sire, very solid.”

Danzing Candy covered a huge book of mares in 2018 with that book totaling 129 mares

Danzing Candy a multiple grade two winner of three graded races is a son of Twirling Candy who earned $700,930 with his six wins from eleven starts and is the leading earner of his sire. The four-year-old horse is out of Talkin and Singing (Songandaprayer); this is the female family of $4 million earner Better Talk Now and millionaire Medaglia Beat. Bred by Halo Farms, the colt raced for the partnership of Jim and Dianne Bashor and Halo Farms.

Undefeated Juvenile Rickey B Makes it Four

San Miguel, CA (November 30, 2018)-Juvenile colt Rickey B, a son of Richard’s Kid, kept his perfect record going by taking an allowance optional claiming event at Del Mar.

Rickey B, a winner of four straight, is out of Madoffwiththemoney (by Tribal Rule) and he was bred by Frank Aldrich & Marysue Aldrich and has earned $80,940.

Richard’s Kid also has two maiden special winners recently including: Coco Bee won a Golden Gate Fields maiden special by four and Sedamar a Del Mar maiden special winner.

Richard’s Kid is a multiple Grade One winner of nearly $2.5 million and the winner of back to back Pacific Classics; he is a son of Lemon Drop Kid and Tough Broad, by Broad Brush. He is standing for $3,000 as the property of a partnership.

Big Ceas Becomes First Winner For Northern Causeway

By Jeremy Balan
Albany, CA (November 11, 2018)-With a stalk-and-pounce, half-length victory in the nightcap at Golden Gate Fields November 11, Stewball Stable, Gary Oetman, and Scott Silvestri’s Big Ceas became the first winner for his sire, Northern Causeway.

Jockey Juan Hernandez guided the 9-1 Big Ceas to the win in the six-furlong maiden special weight for California-bred or -sired 2-year-olds, the gelding’s eight start for trainer Michael Lenzini. The final time was 1:10.48.

Trained by Keith Nations early on at Golden Gate, Northern Causeway moved to trainer Len Kasmerski after his third start and won the British Columbia Derby (G3) at Hastings Racecourse for the conditioner in 2011. He also won the Richmond Derby Trial Handicap at Hastings ahead of his British Columbia Derby win, and placed in the 2012 BC Premier’s Handicap (G3). A five-time winner from 30 starts, the Kentucky-bred son of Giant’s Causeway , out of the Silver Deputy mare Getaway Girl, brought in $265,367 in purse earnings during his racing career.

Northern Causeway stands at Rancho San Miguel in San Miguel, Calif. and for a 2019 fee of $2,500.

Bred in California by Rozamund Barclay, out of the Indian Charlie mare Ann’s Intuition, Big Ceas now has a 1-5-0 record and $55,941 in earnings. He was a $11,000 purchase by Oetman at the Barretts Fall Yearling and All Ages Sale in 2017.



reprinted from the California Thoroughbred November 2018
Breeding winners is a goal each mare owner can approach differently. No matter what path a breeder prefers to take, Tom Clark and Clay Murdock want to provide the answer at Rancho San Miguel.

“We’ve got a number of dedicated clients who leave their horses at the farm year-round,” said Clark. “They’re constantly looking for new stallions to breed to, and they’re looking for different types of stallions. We need to meet the demands of our client base.”

Clark and his wife, Nancy, own Rancho San Miguel, having bought it in 2000. Murdock has managed the property for more than 30 years, first for Dr. William Marano and then for the Clarks. Murdock, a team of dedicated employees, and the Clarks have worked hard to position Rancho San Miguel as a top California farm, and their efforts have paid of.

“Last year we bred more mares than we ever have before, right around 400,” said Murdock.

The farm’s location, a plethora of large, grassy pastures, and a wide variety of stallions play key roles in the farm’s success. Murdock’s longtime association with Rancho San Miguel and the efforts of the employees, many of whom have been there for years, are more reasons many California breeders patronize the farm and its diverse stallion roster.

Clark thinks so highly of Murdock that last year he nominated the manager for the prestigious Godolphin Thoroughbred Industry Employee Awards. Tough the awards come out of Kentucky, Murdock was one of three finalists in the Leadership Award—Farm category.

“We have great employees and great leadership from Clay,” said Clark. “We also make sure that we have a resident veterinarian on staff so that we have good care close to the horses and can respond very quickly.”

Dr. Jim Meyers has taken over the resident veterinarian position relatively recently. He grew up in the area and did his undergraduate work at Cal Poly San Luis Obispo. He obtained his veterinary degree from the University of California at Davis.

Rancho San Miguel consists of 250 acres in San Miguel, just north of Paso Robles.

“We’re equidistant between the northern market and the southern market in California,” said Clark. “We’re about four hours from San Francisco and L.A., and we’re only about 20 miles from the ocean. So every evening we get a breeze that comes in and cools it of, which we think is very healthy for the horses.”

The Clarks and Murdock are in the middle of a renovation project that includes upgrading the employee housing, adding pens, upgrading existing barns, and the construction of a new 16-stall barn, with plans on the drawing board for still another barn. When that work is completed, Murdock estimates that Rancho San Miguel will have about 85 stalls spread among nine barns.

While Rancho San Miguel has a dedicated stallion barn, most of the other barns are multi-use to give the farm flexibility. When Marano owned Rancho San Miguel, it was primarily a training facility, but the Clarks and Murdock have now positioned it as a breeding facility. Services include all facets of breeding, foaling, and broodmare management, as well as sales preparation and the care of young horses until they are ready to go into serious training.

Rancho San Miguel sits on a good aquifer, and the farm has five wells and an extensive irrigation system that allows for good grass pastures. Mares and young horses have plenty of room, while each stallion has not only a spacious stall but an individual area so that he gets the exercise he needs as well.

Sydnee Brown aids Murdock as his assistant manager and broodmare manager, and she has become an invaluable member of the Rancho San Miguel team.

“She puts in a lot of hours,” said Murdock. “She helps with all of the foaling, and she watches the mares. She keeps up on all the medication. I kind of look at her like a mother hen. She has been a big asset.”

Gerardo Guerra is the yearling manager and does much of the sale prep work as well.

“He’s a very good hand— one of the best I’ve ever had— with a young horse,” said Murdock. “He helps keep the place going, and he handles the stallions during the breeding season.”

Johanna Young is the assistant breeding manager, and Lindsay Boutwell is the office manager. Both play important roles in keeping Rancho San Miguel running smoothly.

With nine stallions and the number of mares bred at record highs, the employees are especially busy during the breeding season. This past year Rancho San Miguel added an exciting prospect in Danzing Candy, a son of Twirling Candy and a grandson of Candy Ride.

That entire sire line made its reputation in California. Candy Ride, after a championship run in his native Argentina, won the Pacific Classic (G1) at Del Mar. Twirling Candy scored in such races as the Malibu Stakes (G1), Del Mar Derby (G2T), and Californian Stakes (G2). Then along came Danzing Candy to win the San Felipe Stakes (G2) and San Carlos Stakes (G2) as well as the Lone Star Park Handicap (G3) in Texas.

“We had a great response to Danzing Candy—we got a full book to him,” said Murdock. “He seems to be a stallion who could carry speed around two turns on dirt. We think his kind of race record should ft California very well.”

Danzing Candy has plenty of black type in his female family as well. He is out of the Songandaprayer mare Talkin and Singing whose half brother Better Talk Now won the John Deere Breeders’ Cup Turf (G1T) in 2004 and finished second in the race two years later.

Clark and Murdock are proud of the fact that the Rancho San Miguel stallion roster offers something for everyone. Pedigrees come from a variety of sire lines. Whether breeders are looking for a sprinter or a router, a dirt horse or turf specialist, they can find it in one of the Rancho San Miguel stallions. Te stallion roster has new prospects whose foals haven’t reached the races yet and proven commodities with several crops to race.

Curlin to Mischief is one whose first foals will race next year.

“His pedigree really says it all,” said Murdock. “We’ve had good reception, and he’s got some nice-looking babies.”

Unraced, Curlin to Mischief is by two time Horse of the Year Curlin, who has proved an excellent sire with the likes of champion Stellar Wind. Curlin to Mischief is out of the Tricky Creek mare Leslie’s Lady, making him a half brother to multiple champion Beholder, current top sire Into Mischief, and Mendelssohn, winner of the 2017 Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Turf (G1T), a graded winner in Dubai, and most recently third in the Jockey Club Gold Cup (G1).

Northern Causeway’s first foals are 2-year-olds of 2018, and he comes from sire power both top and bottom.

“He’s a son of Giant’s Causeway, and his dam is a half sister to City Zip and Ghostzapper,” said Murdock. “We’re just getting his babies rolling, and he even has a stronger second crop.”

Northern Causeway is out of the winning Silver Deputy mare Getaway Girl. The second dam, stakes winner Baby Zip, was named Kentucky Broodmare of the Year in 2005.

Richard’s Kid earned $2,482,259 and won back-to-back Pacific Classics in 2009-10 and six other stakes. He is a son of Lemon Drop Kid—Tough Broad, by Broad Brush.

“His babies are second crop,” said Murdock.

“He’s got one now, Rickey B, who is three for three. I think Richard’s Kid’s babies are going to get better with distance and age and time. He started 47 times and retired sound.”

Rickey B is just a 2-year-old, and he has already won at Del Mar, Golden Gate Fields, and Fresno.

Rousing Sermon’s first crop of foals are yearlings.

“They are very nice looking,” said Murdock. “Rousing Sermon made a little over $800,000, and he’s a very good-looking horse. I think people tend to forget how good a 2-year-old and 3-year-old he was.”

A California-bred son of Lucky Pulpit—Rousing Again, by Awesome Again, multiple stakes winner Rousing Sermon was voted champion Cal-bred 2-year-old male of 2011. He is Lucky Pulpit’s second- leading earner, behind only Cal-bred superstar California Chrome.

By Horse of the Year Tiznow, Slew’s Tiznow is out of the Slewpy mare Hepatica, a cross that also produced graded winner Slew’s Tizzy. Slew’s Tiznow won two stakes at 3, and he was California’s leading freshman sire of 2015.

“Slew’s Tiznow has really come on lately in the summer and fall,” said Murdock. “He’s had six or seven maiden special weight and allowance winners. They seem to be very versatile, able to run on different surfaces and can sprint and go two turns.”

Four-time stakes winner Tom’s Tribute captured the 2014 Eddie Read Stakes (G1T). Te son of Lion Heart—Halloween Fun, by El Prado, earned $634,880.

“Tom’s Tribute is a stallion we added last year,” said Murdock. “He’s a very good-looking son of Lion Heart. He’s got yearlings now, and they are very impressive. We got quite a few mares to him. He did all his running on the grass, but with Lion Heart there’s no reason they shouldn’t run on the dirt also.”

Typhoon Slew is a graded stakes-placed half brother to Slew’s Tiznow and Slew’s Tizzy by Stormy Atlantic. Injury hampered his racing career, and he’s only been bred to a limited number of mares. His first foals are 2-year-olds.

“He was very precocious and broke his maiden by 10-3⁄4 lengths when he was a 2-year-old,” said Murdock. “What babies we’ve had have been very good-looking. He’s a very good-looking, big, strong horse.”

The pedigree goes back to an outstanding California-bred family that includes world-record setter Double Discount and California Broodmare of the Year General Store.

U S Ranger sires many winners and often ranks high on the list of leading California sires by winners, both general and 2-year-olds. He is by Danzig—My Annette, by Red Ransom, and has sired such stakes winners as Solitary Ranger, Lawn Ranger, and U S Officer.

“He’s got good size for a Danzig and is very good-looking,” said Murdock. “He was undefeated as a 2-year-old in Europe.”

The farm supports the stallions, often with mares owned by the Clarks. Both Murdock and Tom Clark praised the owners of the stallions for supporting the horses as well.

“I think that’s an important part of the strategy,” said Clark. “In California we really need the owner to be all in, supporting the stallion and giving him the best chance possible to be successful.”

The California-bred incentive program has helped Rancho San Miguel, its clients, and the stallions in those efforts. Murdock is giving back to the industry, having joined the board of directors of the California Thoroughbred Breeders Association. He brings a valuable farm manager’s perspective to issues.

“I think we’ve continued to build on our success over the years,” said Clark. “We’re able to attract high-quality stallions. In a market where the industry has probably shrunk by more than 50% when we started in the business—a very difficult environment—we’ve been able to sustain our growth and our market share and be successful.”

Slew’s Tiznow Has $55,000 Yearling Sales Filly

Pomona, CA (October 18, 2018)-The Slew’s Tiznow 2017 filly out of Grand Advice was knocked down at $55,000 to Tony Metaxas of Larkspur, CA. The co-high selling filly sold as hip 15 and was from the consignment of Checkmate Thoroughbreds, LLC (Adrian Gonzalez), Agent.

The Grand Advice yearling filly is a full sister to El Camino Real Derby (G3) winner ZAKAROFF ($162,016).

Also selling at the Barretts Fall Sale was hip #183 a Slew’s Tiznow-Babes Bridge It filly selling to Andy Mathis, Agent for $29,000. Hip 295 a Slew’s Tiznow-My Cinsation sold to Edward Freeman for $21,000.

First Year Covering Sire Danzing Candy Tops Barretts

Pomona, CA (October 17, 2018)-After 28 years as the final sale at the Barretts Fairplex complex winded its way through the last few hip numbers of the supplemental catalog, agent David Meah bid $75,000 for California-bred La Nez (Hip 313) to top the sale. La Nez is an 11-year-old stakes-winning daughter of Storm Creek—Iza Bay, by Iza a Saros. Adrian Gonzalez’s Checkmate Thoroughbreds sold the mare in foal to Danzing Candy.

“She’s a really good racehorse in foal to Danzing Candy, and we’re a big believer in that stallion,” said Meah, whose wife, Anna, is about to launch their new training stable at Santa Anita Park. “Danzing Candy got a lot of talented mares in his first book, and she could be one of the top mares.”

Danzing Candy a multiple Grade 2 stakes winner of over $700,000, in his eleven starts, stood his first season in 2018 to a full book and was standing for $5,000 as property of a syndicate.

Slew’s Tiznow Son Dominates Maiden Special

Del Mar, CA (August 30, 2018)-Slew’s Tiznow’s three-year-old son Mikes Tiznow captured a Del Mar open maiden special race going wire-to-wire by two and a quarter lengths. Coming off a thirteen month layoff Mikes Tiznow dominated the field of males including progeny from Curlin, Union Rags, Giant’s Causeway, More Than Ready and Speighstown.

Mikes Tiznow “sped to the early lead, angled in and set the pace a bit off the rail then inside on the turn, kicked away in the stretch and won clear under urging”, stopping the timer in 56.2 for the five panel turf race.

Bred in California by Eagle Ridge Racing LLC, Mikes Tiznow was a $34,000 yearling purchase and is out of Babes Bridge It, by Maria’s Mon. He has now earned $47,145 from his two lifetime starts and also picked up an additional $17,000 from the Cal-bred bonus program.

Slew’s Tiznow has had three winners in the last week including Powder who won a six furlong Del Mar allowance race on August 26th.

Castle a Son of Slew’s Tiznow Takes Golden Gate Saturday Feature

Albany, CA (March 4, 2018)-Slew’s Tiznow sired Castle picked up his second lifetime win for his owner breeder Eagle Ridge Racing, LLC by taking the Saturday feature race at Golden Gate Fields.

Bred in California Castle is a full brother to the 2017 graded stakes winner Zakaroff and to Concise Advice who was a $85,000 2017 Barretts Yearling Sales graduate. They are out of Grand Advice a Mr. Greeley broodmare.

After breaking his maiden in 1:09.53 in a Golden Gate Fields maiden special event in his second lifetime start, Castle came back in another six furlong race to just miss the win by a neck. Trying two turns for the first time in his fourth lifetime outing Castle “was well placed off the sizzling pace, bid three wide on the second turn, rallied to take over in mid stretch and held driving.” He stopped the timer in 1:36.8 scoring by nearly two lengths.

Castle now has had four starts with two wins and two second place finishes and has earned $55,080.

Slew’s Tiznow is a record setting, Grade 1 performing, multiple stakes winner by Tiznow–Hepatica, by Slewpy and is standing for $3,000. He was a top twenty California sire in 2017 with three stakes winners,

Career in Three-Day Eventing for The Pamplemousse

Son of Kafwain is at Edgeview Equestrian Center in Idaho

By Eric Mitchell, January 31, 2018

The Pamplemousse and show horse trainer Stevee Keller in Idaho Show horse trainer Stevee Keller didn’t realize a casual conversation about Thoroughbred pedigrees she favored would lead to her owning her first stallion and a rising star in the world of three-day eventing.

Keller had been talking with Adrian Gonzalez, with Checkmate Thoroughbreds, who she attends sales with in California. Gonzalez asked her if she had a preference for particular bloodlines.

“I told him the one that is really up-and-coming are with The Pamplemousse babies,” Keller recalled Jan. 31, referring to the grade 3-winning son of Kafwain who was standing at Rancho San Miguel. “I have, like, four that are on their way to becoming two-star, three-star, almost up to Olympic level, three-day eventing horses. Adrian just laughed.”

It so happened that Gonzalez handles the sale consignments for Rancho San Miguel’s young horses and knew the farm wanted to find a new home for the big gray 12-year-old horse.

After face-to-face meetings with Rancho San Miguel’s general manager Clay Murdock, Keller got an exciting new prospect and Murdock found an ideal second career for The Pamplemousse.

“The interest had slowed on the horse, and we just wanted to find him a good home,” Murdock said. “This is a great win because he is such a nice horse, and Stevee really loves him.”

The Pamplemousse was bred in Kentucky by Fred and Nancy Mitchell’s Clarkland Farm, who sold him as a yearling for $80,000 at the Fasig-Tipton Kentucky July sale to Vision Sales in 2007. He was offered again as a 2-year-old through the 2008 Ocala Breeders’ Sales March sale where Alex Solis II Bloodstock picked him up for $150,000.

The colt had a short, but brilliant racing career for the partnership of Bienstock and Winner Stables, Solis, Jeff Strauss, Tom Lenner, Tom Murray, and Skyline Stables. He won once and placed once at 2 and then won both his starts at 3 in the San Rafael Stakes (G3) and Sham Stakes (G3). The Pamplemousse was the morning-line favorite for the 2009 Santa Anita Derby (G1), but was scratched the day of the race due to injury.

“The Pamplemousse had more raw ability than any horse I ever trained,” said trainer Julio Canani when the colt was retired. “Not only was he fast, but he could carry his speed a long way. I really believed he had classic potential. It was a travesty that he never had a chance to prove it.”

Rancho San Miguel launched The Pamplemousse’s stud career. His book size climbed to 65 by 2014, but then began to tail off as his winners failed to perform in black-type stakes. His best performer to date is stakes-placed winner Thermodynamics, who finished second in the $200,000 Melair Stakes. By 2016, The Pamplemousse had covered a total of eight mares.

With Keller, who owns Edgeview Equestrian Center near Eagle, Idaho, The Pamplemousse is entering a whole new world of potential.


“A lot of event people are excited he’s here,” Keller said. “You could not find a horse with better conformation to be a jumping horse. He has kind of a short back, almost like a Quarter Horse, but big and tall with a really high neck. That is exactly what you want for a jumping horse. It is cool that he was such a good racehorse as well. He had a high cruising speed on the track and could get long and low. For cross country … it is good to have a horse with a long stride that can get you across the ground because it’s a timed event.”

Keller has been riding The Pamplemousse and took him over his first jumps Jan. 30. Her plan is to first show him off in competition and then later start marketing him as a stallion.

“In the eventing world, stallions need to be performing themselves so he has a record,” she said. “He already has something going for him in that he has babies that are doing well, but a lot of people will want to see him competing and doing it himself. It doesn’t have to be on a super upper level, that’s OK. They just want to see that he does have the talent to jump, and he’s got a good enough mind to do the show world.”

Keller said The Pamplemousse has settled right in.

“He is definitely happy to be back at work,” she said. “The first time I put a saddle on him he was acting all studish and moving around, then I tightened the girth, and he was all business. He stopped moving and was ready to go.”

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