Strub S. (gr. II)

(gr. II , 9f ,)

HIGH LIMIT (B h, 121 lb) $180,000
Maria's Mon —Known Romance , by Known Fact
B—Brookfield Farm, KY.; O—West, Gary and Mary; T—Robert J. Frankel

Top This and That (GR/RO g, 117 lb) $60,000
Old Topper —Emmy Ann , by Theatrical (IRE)
B—Tommy Town Thoroughbreds, LLC, CA.; O—Hayes, Mr. and Mrs. Jeff, Higman, Jerome, et al; T—Dan L. Hendricks

Giacomo (GR/RO h, 123 lb) $36,000
Holy Bull —Set Them Free , by Stop the Music
B—Mr. & Mrs. Jerome S. Moss, KY.; O—Moss, Mr. and Mrs. J. S. and Stronach Stables; T—John A. Shirreffs

Margins: 4½, ½, 4¼. Others: Greeley's Galaxy 119($18,000) , Hockey the General 117($6,000) , Ice Cole 117 , Dixie Meister 119 , Alexandersrun 117 , Actxecutive 117 , Canteen 117 , Distorted 117 . Winning Jockey, Patrick A. Valenzuela.

mit already has won two grade II stakes, and Maria’s Mon is represented by four graded stakes winners. High Limit, who was bred by Clifford and Elizabeth Barry’s Brookfield Farm, won the Feb. 4 Strub Stakes (gr. II) at Santa Anita for Gary and Mary West Stables four weeks after taking the San Pasqual Handicap (gr. II) for the outfit at the same track.

High Limit’s dam, Known Romance, changed hands twice before Clifford Barry bought her privately from Central Kentucky horseman Doug Arnold. Barry is manager of Josephine Abercrombie’s Pin Oak Stud near Versailles, Ky., where Maria’s Mon stands.

Arnold, who owns Buck Pond Farm near Versailles, privately purchased Known Romance’s dam, Spa Romance, for $13,000 from the mare’s breeder, Edward P. Evans, while she was in training in the early 1990s. Known Romance, by Known Fact, was bred by Arnold and his brother Ernie.

Doug Arnold had put plenty of thought into the mating that produced Known Romance. He noticed that the female family descending from Lunar Dancer (High Limit’s fourth dam) had improved dramatically with the arrival of daughter Intentional Move. Sired by major stallion Tentam, Intentional Move developed into a successful producer. With that thought in mind and wanting to double up on that blood, Arnold selected Tentam’s half-brother Known Fact, an English champion and classic winner, as a mate for Spa Romance. Known Romance was the resultant foal.

Arnold tried to sell Known Romance at several Kentucky auctions without success. “She had a fractured sesamoid, but never showed any signs of it while at the farm,” he said.

Arnold eventually sold Known Romance privately to West Coast trainer Bob Hess Jr., who acted on behalf of J. Terrence Lanni, but later bought the unraced mare back for $7,500.

Barry ended up buying Known Romance while she was in foal to Buck Pond stallion Doneraile Court. After producing the filly North Cork in 2001, Barry bred her to Maria’s Mon, and High Limit was the resulting foal.

Brookfield privately sold both High Limit and Known Romance to Kenneth Jones Jr.’s Domino Stud of Lexington in 2002 when High Limit was about four months old. Known Romance was in foal at the time to Pin Oak stallion Broken Vow.

Known Romance currently is in foal to Maria’s Mon. She is not yet booked for 2006.

The Wests, through their bloodstock adviser, Ben Glass Jr., bought High Limit for $145,000 from Domino Stud of Lexington at the 2003 Keeneland September yearling sale. Last year, High Limit scored his big win in the Louisiana Derby (gr. II) and was twice graded stakes-placed.

Maria’s Mon has sired 23 stakes winners, including other 2006 added-money winners Wait a While (gr. II), Cause to Believe (gr. III), and Gaff (gr. III). Wait a While won the Feb. 4 Davona Dale Stakes (gr. II) at Gulfstream Park. Maria’s Mon’s 2006 fee at Pin Oak is $25,000.—D.S.