Californian S. (gr. II)
(gr. II , 9f ,)
EVEN THE SCORE
Unbridled's Song Ashtabula , by Rahy
BAspiration Stable, KY.; ORosendo G. Parra; TVladimir Cerin
Total Impact (CHI)
Stuka Pebbles (CHI) , by Manos de Piedra
BHaras Don Alberto, CHI.; OAl Kabeer, Sultan Mohammed Saud and Bridport, S. A.; TLaura De Seroux
Nose The Trade (GB)
Cyrano de Bergerac (IRE) Iolite (GB) , by Forzando (GB)
BRed House Stud, GB.; OGary A. Tanaka; TRobert J. Frankel
Rosendo Parra’s Even the Score took a big step toward a meet championship at Hollywood Park. The 6-year-old son of Unbridled’s Song won the June 12 Californian Stakes (gr. II) five weeks after winning the 11/16-mile Mervyn LeRoy Handicap (gr. II) in time about four-fifths of a second off the record.
Even the Score has done little wrong since Parra purchased him privately. In his first start for Parra, Even the Score ran third in the April 3 San Bernardino Handicap (gr. III) at Santa Anita. The Mervyn LeRoy was his next start.
Parra, a senior vice president of Dell Computers, has raced 16 stakes winners since 2000, including three others this year. This year’s group also consists of 2-year-old Berdelia and older runners Warleigh and Cielo Girl.
A homebred, Berdelia won the $129,830 TTA Sales Futurity at Lone Star Park the same day as the Californian. Warleigh captured the John B. Connally Breeders’ Cup Turf Handicap in April at Sam Houston Race Park and ran third in the May 15 Argent Dixie Stakes (gr. IIT) at Pimlico in his last start. He began the year with a runner-up effort in the Col. E.R. Bradley Handicap at Fair Grounds in January. Cielo Girl won the Sweetheart Stakes at Delta Downs and placed in the June 6 Suthern Accent Stakes at Louisiana Downs.
Even the Score is one of three stakes winners bred by Ben Walden Jr. and partners in the name of Aspiration Stable. The other two, Mighty and Snow Dance, also were grade II winners. Walden, the former owner of Vinery near Midway, Ky., named Aspiration on behalf of his late father’s Aspiration Stud. The senior Walden owned Dearborn Farm near Midway.
Unbridled’s Song, sire of Even the Score, has sired 30 stakes winners, including additional 2004 added-money winners Domestic Dispute (gr. II), Last Song (gr. II), Forest Music (gr. III), and Brand Name. Unbridled’s Song stands for $125,000 at the Taylor family’s Taylor Made Farm near Nicholasville, Ky.—D.S.