Flame Thrower, a California grade II winner, will be relocated from Florida to California to stand in 2007 at Oak Hill Farm near Paso Robles.An 8-year-old son of Saint Ballado, Flame Thrower won the Del Mar Futurity (gr. II), plus the Norfolk (gr. II) and Best Pal (gr. III) Stakes as a 2-year-old in Southern California. He was runner-up twice in graded stakes the following year.Flame Thrower is the sire of three stakes-placed runners from two crops of racing age, including this year's 2-year-old Hot Flame. He has 2006 progeny earnings of more than $500,000."It seems like a perfect fit," said Don Peters, who brokered the deal. "He did most of his running in California, and breeders there are very supportive of stallions with precocious speed."Flame Thrower, who is out of the Metrogrand mare Metromane, was bought by BnD Chase Thoroughbreds and will stand for $5,000. He stood in 2006 at Cloverleaf Farms II near Reddick, Fla.
Gato Del Sol, the 1982 Kentucky Derby (gr. I) winner and Belmont Stakes (gr. I) runner-up who died Aug. 7, not only boasted a Hall of Fame sire in Cougar II, but a female family from which many fine runners descend.