Owner David Milch to Disperse Racing Stock
by Lenny Shulman
Date Posted: 8/27/2002 12:25:04 PM
Last Updated: 8/28/2002 1:41:00 PM

Bing Crosby winner Disturbingthepeace, will be sold as part of the David Milch dispersal.
Photo: AP/Benoit photos
David Milch plans to end a 20-year stint as a Thoroughbred owner with a dispersal of his racing stock at Fasig-Tipton's Select Mixed Sale Nov. 3.

Among the approximately 10 horses to be offered is Disturbingthepeace, winner of three consecutive grade II contests who is being pointed to the Breeders' Cup Sprint (gr. I) October 26. Taylor Made Farm and trainer Darrell Vienna will serve as co-agents of the Milch dispersal.

Milch, 57, one of Hollywood's most successful writer/producers, said that leaving the horse business "was like breaking up with a crazy woman. You love her, but you know you have to do it." Milch is one of the creative forces behind the long-running hit "NYPD Blue." He cut his teeth on the successful "Hill Street Blues," winning his first Emmy Award with the very first script he wrote. He has raced Breeders' Cup winners Gilded Time and Val Royal, and a slew of stakes victors.

Disturbingthepeace is a 4-year-old gelding by Bold Badgett who has earned more than a half-million dollars, the lion's share of that coming in 2002, when he has won six of eight starts for trainer Vienna in California. His stakes victories came in the Triple Bend Breeders' Cup Handicap, the Bing Crosby Breeders' Cup Handicap, and the Pat O'Brien Handicap.

Another high-earning sprinter in the dispersal is Echo Eddie, a 5-year-old gelding by Restless Con. Echo Eddie has been successful in eight of 19 starts and has bankrolled more than $900,000 to date. He hit the line first in the Ken Maddy Handicap, the Valiant Pete Handicap, and the Sensational Star Handicap. Most recently, he finished second to the top sprinter Orientate in the Smile Sprint at Calder, part of the Summit of Speed, in July. He also missed a head to Caller One in March's Dubai Golden Shaheen (UAE-I) in an awesome effort.

Above Perfection, winner of seven of nine starts good for $380,737 will be sold as a racing and broodmare prospect. She is a 4-year-old by In Excess who is a four-time stakes winner. Belle Turquoise, who has started just once, will be sold as a broodmare prospect. The 4-year-old by Tel Quel is a half-sister to Tuzla, an eight-time stakes winner who earned more than $1.3 million racing for Milch.

Also slated for the dispersal is Covincing, a 4-year-old filly by Avenue of Flags who has won three of eight starts and earned $114,507. She is being pointed toward the Sept. 2 Solana Beach Handicap at Del Mar. Avec Toi, a 3-year-old filly who is a winner in France, and Dim Sums, a 4-year-old colt who has earned $186,604, will be sold as racing prospects.

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