2012 Washington champion three-year-old filly Quizzical, a daughter of Cindago out of Washington champion Mahaska bred by Doris Konecny and trained by Mark Glatt, finished fourth in the $100,000 Irish O'Brien Stakes held at Santa Anita on March 17 and has earned $160,260 for Konecny's daughter and son-in-law Susan and Allen Branch.
Karl Krieg's homebred 2012 Washington champion handicap horse Absolutely Cool finished second in the March 23 Coyote Handicap at Turf Paradise. The six-year-old gelded son of Absolute Harmony out of 2012 Washington broodmare of the year Coup de Foudre, a daughter of Basket Weave, has spent his last eight starts running in stakes races at the Arizona track for trainer Valorie Lund with a record of 1-4-3 and a lifetime record of 5-7-4 from 20 starts and total earnings of $122,188.
On March 23, Dr. George Todaro and Jerry and Janet Hollendorfer's homebred Life is a Stone, a three-year-old California-bred filly by Globalize out of Tadita, by Indian Charlie, took her second win in a mile allowance/$50,000 (N) optional claiming race at Golden Gate in gate-to-wire fashion and has now earned $56,182.
Though his near millionaire and multiple Grade 2 winner Bourbon Bay finished ran seventh in the San Luis Rey Stakes (G2) at Santa Anita on March 16, David Heerensperger came home with a check in the 12-furlong race after his Fire With Fire, a five-year-old gelding by Distorted Humor, ran third.
Ron's Ranger won a mile maiden special weight race at Golden Gate on March 21. The first Washington-bred winner for two-time Washington leading sire Parker's Storm Cat was bred by Roger J. Hoff out of his Announce mare Here's Carrie and races for Neil Knapp and Jim Kwong. Also winning on the same card was Richard S. Pasko's homebred three-year-old Tribal Bet. The California-bred son of Tribal Rule-Castle Bet, by Peterhof, was making his first start in the $12,500 maiden claiming race.
Grade 2 stakes winner Blueskiesnrainbows, a four-year-old son of English Channel out of Gibson Thoroughbred Farm mare Cho Cho San, by Deputy Minister, took a mile allowance/$62,500 (N) optional claiming race by nearly four lengths on March 22 at Santa Anita. The Virginia-bred colt has earned $287,282.
Billy J. Hipwell's homebred Valentino Bill, a three-year-old California-bred son of Comic Stripe out of Washington-bred stakes winner and $232,270 earner Pheiffer, by Lyphaness, won his first start, a six-furlong maiden special weight race at Golden Gate, by 2 1/2 lengths.
Washington-bred four-year-old Elle Cee Dee, a daughter of Cee's Tizzy out of Ms Melange - a winning full sister to Washington champion and Grade 3 winner Slewsbox (both daughters of Slewdledo) - took a six-furlong maiden special weight race by 5 1/4 lengths in gate-to-wire fashion at Santa Anita on March 22. The new winner, who is trained by Vann Belvoir, was bred by Leonard Dunham and Denise Halstead and races for Halstead and Jonathan Nance. This was her second start, as in January Elle Cee Dee had finished third at Turf Paradise. Dunham is also the breeder of ten-race winner and $193,505 Washington-bred earner Ms C D Player, by Boca Rio, whose stakes-winning three-year-old son, Officer Alex, by Officer, won an allowance race at Oaklawn Park by 4 3/4-lengths on March 25. The full brother to stakes winner Officer Ipod has won half of his six starts and earned $106,572.
Horseplayers Racing Club LLC's Katillac Charm, a three-year-old Oklahoma-bred son of Tactical Cat, scored his second victory in a 5 1/2-furlong allowance at Will Rogers Downs on March 19.
Pulse Ranch stallionPreachinatthebar had another impressive winner on March 25 when his four-year-old Oklahoma-bred son Bully At the Bar proved much the best with a 5 1/4-length victory in mile maiden special weight race at Will Rogers Downs. The new winner is out of the Spend a Buck mare Grab the Buck.
Former Washington State University College of Veterinary Medicine dean and current WSU provost and executive vice president Dr. Warwick M. Bayley is leaving the university in May 2013. The 61-year-old veterinarian has plans to pursue the development of a device, which worn over a horse's nose, would measure a horse's potential race track performance. With the recording device, a rider will be able to measure his mount's metabolic and performance data as the horse exercises
For the third straight year, the WTBOA's E-newsletter, Gate-to-Wire, has received a Constant Comment Inc. All Star Award.
Among the 136 juveniles offered at the Fasig-Tipton Florida Selected Two-year-olds in Training Sale held on March 25 was a colt by Medaglia d'Oro out of three-time Grade 3 winner and Grade 1-placed Elusive Diva. Originally purchased for $240,000 at the 2012 Keeneland September Yearling Sale, the now named Le Bron d'Oro, was purchased by M. Henning for L. Lewis and M. Grier for $500,000. A 2001 daughter of Elusive Quality, Elusive Diva is one of five stakes horses, including Washington champion Handyman Bill, produced out of John and Doris Konecny's 2003 Washington broodmare of the year Taj Aire, a half-sister to Washington champion filly Mahaska.