Summersimage Takes $65,500 Oak Tree Sprint S.

PLEASANTON, Calif. (July 4, 2019)–Slew’s Tiznow‘s multiple stakes winning son Summersimage finished steadily to win the $65,500 Oak Tree Sprint Stakes at the Alameda County Fair.

Summersimage is by Slew’s Tiznow, out of the Siberian Summer mare Summer Swimmer, was bred by owner William Hedrick and is trained by Ricardo Perez. He has seven wins in 19 starts and earnings of $231,143.

The 5-year-old intact horse ran the six furlongs in 1:10.88 winning by one-half length.

Slew’s Tiznow is a multiple stakes winning son of champion sire Tiznow and earned $321,100 in his career. He set a track record as a three-year-old in winning the War Chant Stakes running the eight and a half furlongs in 1:40.34.

Mikes Tiznow Always a Winner in Albany Stakes

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Chuck Dybdal
Albany, CA (June 8, 2019)-Mikes Tiznow ($5.20), bet down to favoritism in the final ticks on the tote board used his speed to good advantage, dominating the five-furlong $65,750 Albany Stakes on the turf Saturday at Golden Gate Fields.

The 4-year-old Slew’s Tiznow gelding broke sharply under jockey Ricardo Gonzalez and led runner-up Summersimage (also by Slew’s Tiznow) every step of the way as the pair ran one-two all the way around. Mikes Tiznow was timed in 56.83 (0.58 off the track record), beating Summersimage by 1 1/2 lengths. Morning-line favorite Brandothebartender, who was sent off the second choice, edged comebacking Tribal Storm by a nose in the final stride, one length behind Summersimage (an earner of $190,743).

Gonzalez shot to a one-length lead, going the opening quarter in 21.14 seconds. Gonzalez relaxed Mikes Tiznow during the second quarter, but still led by a length through a 44.47 half-mile.

“Sometimes you have to use that type of speed to your advantage,” said trainer Andy Mathis. “They may want to go with you, but if they do go for the lead, you may win the battle but lose the war.”

“He’s pretty aggressive out of the gate,” said Gonzalez. “But he’s so relaxed, you’d think he was running 23 and 46.

“Andy just said, ‘You know him’ for instructions. Once he took that lead like that, it was pretty easy for me.”

Mathis credits Gonzalez with teaching Mikes Tiznow patience and said, “He’s very relaxed on the horse, and that slows him down. If you pushed him, he might not be able to finish as well. He’s taught the horse how to run.”

Mathis tries to space Mikes Tiznow’s races.

“With a horse with that much speed, you can’t overrun them,” he said.

Mikes Tiznow, owned by Mike Schott, earned $39,450 for his second straight wire-to-wire score. In winning his stakes debut, Mikes Tiznow improved his career record to $157,555 with four wins, two seconds, and a third in eight starts.

Master Juba Becomes First Winner For Typhoon Slew

San Miguel, CA (April 28, 2019)-Rancho San Miguel stallion Typhoon Slew has sired his first career winner when Master Juba won on Saturday at Santa Anita by over five lengths.

Master Juba, from the first crop of Typhoon Slew, is only his sires second runner; Master Juba has started twice and has earned $19,551.

The three-year-old gelding was bred by Woodstock Racing Stable and is owned by Woodstock Racing Stable and Jim Syren. Master Juba was produced from the Bertrando broodmare Promenade.

Typhoon Slew was a maiden special winner at two and placed in the Grade 3 With Anticipation Stakes at Saratoga as a juvenile. Additionally, he finished fourth in the Dixiana Breeders’ Futurity (Gr. 1) that same season.

Typhoon Slew is by Champion Sire Stormy Atlantic out of the multiple stakes producing Hepatica (Slewpy) and is standing at Rancho San Miguel for $1,000 live foal.

Richard’s Kid Continues With His Winners

San Miguel, CA (February 11, 2019)-Rancho San Miguel’s stallion Richard’s Kid continues siring winners throughout California on all surfaces and at all distances.

On Saturday, the ninth, Richard’s Kid sent out the debuting Early’s Kid a three-year-old filly out of Early Arriver, by Renteria who graduated in a maiden special at Golden Gate Fields going six panels on the Tapeta surface. She earned $23,400 for her connections of Perry Bruno, John Gezon and Andy Mathis.

Also on Saturday Sapphire Kid, in a Santa Anita allowance race going a mile on the grass, cruised to another win; upping her lifetime earnings to $118,335. She won by two plus lengths and has finished on the board in three of her last four outings.

Richard’s Kid also turned out two winners at Santa Anita on January 25th when sophomore filly Silk From Heaven crushed a maiden special field by six lengths over six furlongs and Helosie also graduated from the maiden ranks that same day.

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.

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.