Wood Memorial S. (gr. I)

(gr. I , 9f ,)

BUDDHA (GR/RO h, 123 lb) $450,000
Unbridled's Song —Cahooters , by Storm Cat
B—Farfellow Farms Ltd., KY.; O—Gary and Mary West Stables, Inc.; T—H. James Bond

Medaglia d'Oro (DK B/ h, 123 lb) $150,000
El Prado (IRE) —Cappucino Bay , by Bailjumper
B—Joyce Bell, KY.; O—Edmund A. Gann; T—Robert J. Frankel

Sunday Break (JPN) (B h, 123 lb) $82,500
Forty Niner —Catequil , by Storm Cat
B—North Hills Management, JPN.; O—Koji Maeda; T—Neil D. Drysdale

Margins: head, ½, 2¾. Others: Saarland 123($45,000) , Blue Burner 123($22,500) , Iwin 123 , Nokoma 123 , Laissezaller 123 . Winning Jockey, Pat Day.

Kip and Suzanne Knelman of Minnesota bred Wood Memorial Stakes (gr. I) winner Buddha in the name of Farfellow Farms, but they aren’t the owners of the colt’s dam, Cahooters, anymore. They privately sold the mare about two weeks prior to the April 13 race.

“We received some inquiries about selling Cahooters about two weeks before the Wood,” Kip Knelman said. “She was in foal to Mr. Greeley, and I guess she still is.”

Knelman did not disclose the price nor the buyer, but said the buyer is well-known in Central Kentucky. The Knelmans, who operate as commercial breeders, boarded Cahooters at the Taylor family’s Taylor Made Farm near Nicholasville, Ky., the nursery where Buddha was foaled.

Buddha, who races for Gary and Mary West of Omaha, Neb., went through the 2000 Keeneland September yearling sale, where the Wests’ adviser, Ben Glass, bought him for $250,000 from Taylor Made Sales Agency, agent. Buddha was unplaced in his sole start last year. He attracted considerable attention in his two starts at Gulfstream Park this winter, winning a maiden race by 41/4 lengths and a 11/16-mile allowance by 91/2 lengths while registering a solid 106 Beyer Speed Figure.

The Wests, who own a telemarketing firm, campaign additional 2002 added-money winner Mongoose. Four-year-old Mongoose won the Donn Handicap (gr. I) in February and ran second in the March 30 Gulfstream Park Handicap (gr. I) in his last start. A week later, the Wests’ colt Dollar Bill finished third in the April 6 Oaklawn Handicap (gr. I). Two days before the Wood Memorial, their Entepreneur ran second in the Count Fleet Sprint Handicap (gr. III) at Oaklawn.

The Knelmans were represented as breeders by a graded stakes-placed runner the day of the Wood Memorial. Wild Horses, a colt they bred, ran second in the Arkansas Derby (gr. II). Wild Horses’ dam, Waltzing With Deb, is one of 18 mares the Knelmans board at Taylor Made. Waltzing With Deb foaled an Anees colt this year. Anees, who was champion 2-year-old male of 1999 after winning the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile (gr. I), was bred by Farfellow.

Unbridled’s Song, sire of Buddha, has sired 10 stakes winners, including additional 2002 added-money winners Arianna’s Passion, Took a Chance (in Australia), and Zoometric (in Australia). Unbridled’s Song stands for $75,000 at Taylor Made.—D.S.