Strub S. (gr. II)

(gr. II , 9f ,)

ARSON SQUAD (DK B/ g, 121 lb) $180,000
Brahms —Majestic Fire , by Green Dancer
B—E & D Enterprises, PA.; O—Jay Em Ess Stable; T—Bruce Headley

Spring At Last (DK B/ h, 119 lb) $60,000
Silver Deputy —Winter's Gone , by Dynaformer
B—WinStar Farm, LLC, KY.; O—Reddam, J. Paul and WinStar Farm LLC; T—Doug F. O'Neill

Brother Derek (B h, 123 lb) $36,000
Benchmark —Miss Soft Sell , by Siyah Kalem
B—Mary H. Caldwell, CA.; O—Cecil N. Peacock; T—Dan L. Hendricks

Margins: 1¼, nose, ½. Others: Midnight Lute 119($18,000) , Awesome Gem 121($6,000) , Objective 117 . Winning Jockey, Garrett K. Gomez.

The first four finishers and two others from the Jan. 13 San Fernando Breeders’ Cup Stakes (gr. II) at Santa Anita showed up for the Feb. 3 Strub Stakes (gr. II) at 11/8 miles at the Arcadia, Calif., track and this time the winner was Jay Em Ess Stable’s Arson Squad. Fourth in the San Fernando, Arson Squad was last of six after six furlongs, but rallied to win by 11/4 lengths over Spring At Last. Awesome Gem, the San Fernando winner, finished fifth.

Jay Em Ess is owned by California residents Mace Siegel and his daughter Samantha. Mace Siegel’s wife, Jan, died in 2002, and the “Jay” in the Jay Em Ess name honors her.

The “Em” is “M” for Mace, and the “Ess” is “S” for Samantha.

Jay Em Ess bought Arson Squad for $100,000 at the 2004 Fasig-Tipton Kentucky July yearling sale from Nancy and Fred Mitchell’s Clarkland Farm. The previous year, Clarkland had bought Arson Squad as a weanling for $20,000 from Taylor Made Sales Agency, agent, at the 2003 Fasig-Tipton Kentucky November mixed sale.

Arson Squad has won five of 11 races, including last year’s Swaps Breeders’ Cup Stakes (gr. II) at Hollywood Park.

Jay Em Ess raced earlier graded stakes winners Declan’s Moon, Love of Money, and Suave. Declan’s Moon was voted champion 2-year-old male of 2004. He is one of the few juvenile champions to earn championship honors without running in the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile (gr. I).

Declan’s Moon, who suffered an injury on the way to the 2005 classics, remains in training. He has finished unplaced in both 2007 starts.

Love of Money and Suave were both grade II winners, with the latter’s grade II scores coming in the 2005 Saratoga Breeders’ Cup Handicap and 2006 Washington Park Handicap.

The three Siegels together raced grade I winners I Ain’t Bluffing, Hedonist, and Urbane. Grade I winner Miss Iron Smoke was campaigned by Jan Siegel.

Four-year-old Arson Squad, who is the last foal produced from Majestic Fire, was bred by Donald Dreyfuss’ E&D Enterprises. The “D” is for Donald and the “E” is for his wife, Elisa.

Dreyfuss, in the E&D name or in his name, has bred other graded stakes winners Betty’s Wish, Bwana Charlie, Fiesty Countess (in partnership).

Brahms, sire of Arson Squad, has sired six stakes winners, including such other 2006 stakes winner Real Mak (Aust-III). Brahms stands at Dr. Tom Simon’s Vinery near Lexington. His 2007 fee is $8,500.—D.S.