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GOING WILD (DK B/ h, 117 lb) $61,380
Golden Missile —Pola , by Strawberry Road (AUS)
B—Richard Rosee, KY.; O—Lewis, Robert B. and Beverly J.; T—D. Wayne Lukas

Papi Chullo (GR/RO h, 117 lb) $20,460
Comeonmom —Leggy Super Model , by Vigors
B—Karen Matthews, FL.; O—Greg Norman; T—Salvador G. Gonzalez

Giacomo (GR/RO h, 117 lb) $12,276
Holy Bull —Set Them Free , by Stop the Music
B—Mr. & Mrs. Jerome S. Moss, KY.; O—Moss, Mr. and Mrs. Jerome S.; T—John A. Shirreffs

Margins: 1, neck, ½. Others: Uncle Denny 117($6,138) , Chekhov 117($2,046) , Salty Humor 117 , Southern Africa 117 , Cadillac Cruiser 118 , Devil's Bay 117 . Winning Jockey, Victor Espinoza.

Bob and Beverly Lewis’ 3-year-old colt Going Wild took the $102,300 Sham Stakes at Santa Anita Park by a game length Feb. 5, notching a second stakes in as many tries after his nose win over the track in the Jan. 17 San Miguel Stakes.

The Sham score places the son of Golden Missile’s connections squarely on the trail for the Kentucky Derby (gr. I) roses. D. Wayne Lukas conditions the colt for the Lewises—Newport Beach, Calif., residents—owners of dual classic winners Silver Charm and Charismatic.

Originally purchased at the 2003 Keeneland September yearling sale for $140,000 by M.W. Miller III, agent, from the consignment of James B. Keogh, agent, the Lewises paid $600,000 for Going Wild when sold by Miller at the 2004 Fasig-Tipton Florida select 2-year-olds in training sale.

Going Wild was foaled in Kentucky at John O’Meara’s 165-acre Milestone Farm near Lexington. O’Meara, along with partners Charlie Goldberg and Richard Rosee, bred the colt out of the Strawberry Road mare Pola, a winning Kentucky-bred foal of 1994.

“I prepped him here at the farm as a yearling,” said O’Meara of the Sham winner. “I remember him as an intelligent horse—hard-headed and tough—with a mind of his own.”

The late Allen Paulson bred Pola from the Nureyev mare Nureyev’s Best, whose dam, Meadow Blue, by Raise a Native, is also the second dam of 1998 3-year-old champion and dual classic winner Real Quiet (Quiet American—Really Blue). Paulson’s Brookside Farms consigned Pola to the 1999 Keeneland November mixed sale where Frank Stronach’s Adena Springs purchased her for $70,000.

Adena Springs sold her to O’Meara one year later—in foal to Adena Springs stallion Alphabet Soup—for $55,000 at the 2000 Adena Springs broodmare sale at Fasig-Tipton Kentucky in November. The resultant foal, her second, the gelding Bola Soup, won twice and earned $64,320 for O’Meara, Goldberg, and Rosee, and was second in last year’s City Zip Stakes.

“She’s a big, stout, good-looking mare,” said O’Meara of Pola, who will be bred again this year to Golden Missile. “We still have Bola Soup—who is stakes-placed—and I’m currently training her 2-year-old, Pola’s Place (by Out of Place).”

O’Meara said Bola Soup would soon enter the care of trainer Bruce Alexander, and that Pola’s Place would be headed to Tony Everard’s New Episode Training Center near Ocala, Fla.

O’Meara said the Meadowlake colt Pola produced last year would be entered in this year’s September yearling sale at Keeneland.

Golden Missile has two lifetime stakes winners—both owned by the Lewises and both in his first crop—Going Wild and 2004 grade III winner Inspiring. Golden Missile stands at Frank Stronach’s Adena Springs Kentucky near Midway for a 2005 fee of $25,000.—P.S.