California breeding sustained a big hit May 1 when Tribal Rule, the state's leading sire, died from an apparent heart attack while covering a mare at Ballena Vista Farm in Ramona, Calif.
Prominent California stallion Benchmark, sire of champion Points Offthebench and several other grade I winners, has been pensioned from stud duty due to fertility issues, Ballena Vista Farm announced April 21.
Big Macher prevailed in a thrilling finish to the $200,00 Potrero Grande Stakes (gr. II) April 12 at Santa Anita Park, denying 7-5 favorite Wild Dude by a nose for his first graded stakes win.
Eclipse Award winner and former leading California stallion Bertrando succumbed naturally to infirmities of old age March 27 at River Edge Farm, longtime farm manager Russell Drake confirmed.
The first reported foal for Storm Cat's dual stakes-winning son Calimonco was a filly born Feb. 5 at Don and Karen Cohn's Ballena Vista Farm near Ramona, Calif.
Big Macher, always traveling well in his stakes debut in the $125,000 Donald Valpredo California Cup Sprint, took command nearing the furlong mark and won comfortably Jan. 25 at Santa Anita Park.
Dixie Chatter's first-crop 2-year-old filly Architecture won as the 6-5 favorite in the 11-horse field for the $50,000 British Columbia Cup Debutante, one of six stakes for British Columbia-breds on the Aug. 5
Millionaire Eddington, a 12-year-old, grade I-winning son of Unbridled, has been relocated to Don and Karen Cohn's Ballena Vista Farm in Ramona, Calif.
California freshman sire Dixie Chatter was represented by his first winner June 7 when 2-year-old filly Chattering Nikita won a maiden special weight at Canada's Northlands Park in Edmonton, Alberta.
Donald Cohn and Martin Wygod purchased 10 distaffers at the Keeneland January horses of all ages sale to be bred.
Calimonco, a multiple stakes winner and the only full brother to Breeders' Cup champions Sweet Catomine and Life is Sweet, will enter stud at Donald and Karen Cohn's Ballena Vista Farm in 2013.
The first reported foal by grade I winner and two-time California champion Idiot Proof is a colt born Jan. 23 at Terrill's Farm near Loma, Colo.
The first foal by grade I winner Dixie Chatter is a colt born Jan. 21 at Glenridge Farm near Midway, Ky.
Don Cohn's Ballena Vista Farm near Ramona, Calif., has purchased three of the four stallions that previously stood at River Edge Farm
Sea of Secrets, a grade II-winning son of Storm Cat, will stand the 2006 season at Donald and Karen Cohn's Ballena Vista Farm near Ramona, Calif.
Millionaire and pensioned California stallion Fighting Fit was euthanized Aug. 10 because of the infirmities of old age.
Multiple stakes winner Surachai, California's sprint champion of 1997, has been relocated to Ballena Vista Farm near Ramona, Calif., where he will stand for $3,500.
Ballena Vista Farm has pensioned millionaire Fighting Fit from stallion duty. The decision was made after the 23 year-old son of Full Pocket showed signs of acute joint arthritis during the 2003 breeding season.
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