Phoenix Gold Cup H.

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TRIBESMAN (B g, 120 lb) $60,000
Tribal Rule —Exquisite Love , by Bertrando
B—Kjell Qvale, CA.; O—Kjell H. Qvale; T—Roger W. Hansen

Idiot Proof (B h, 125 lb) $20,000
Benchmark —Perfectly Pretty , by Bertrando
B—Pam & Martin Wygod, CA.; O—Wygod, Pam and Martin; T—Clifford W. Sise, Jr.

Sailors Sunset (GR/RO g, 123 lb) $10,000
Petionville —Cayman Sunset , by Wolf Power (SAF)
B—Everest Stables Inc., KY.; O—Everest Stables, Inc.; T—Marcelo Polanco

Margins: 1¾, head, 3¼. Others: Ducky Drake 118($6,000) , King Justin 116($4,000) , Snowbound Halo 117 , Trail This 121 , Sax Notes 112 , Family Guy 117 . Winning Jockey, Chad Phillip Schvaneveldt.

Tribesman set the pace and never looked back as he defeated race favorite Idiot Proof by 13¼4 lengths in the Feb. 16 Phoenix Gold Cup Handicap at Turf Paradise. A talented sprinter, the 4-year-old Tribal Rule gelding has won five consecutive six-furlong races.

The Phoenix Gold Cup was Tribesman’s second stakes victory, after taking the 2007 Sausalito Stakes at Golden Gate Fields to finish his 3-year-old season. Roger Hansen trains the homebred bay gelding for Kjell Qvale.

“I don’t think I have ever had a horse who puts out as much as he does,” Qvale said. “He is amazing. I will never run him longer because he just puts out so much effort. He is in bad shape afterward for maybe a half a day, but then he recovers beautifully. I have never had a horse quite like that.”

Tribesman did not begin racing until June of last year, but has won six of 10 starts and finished third twice.

Qvale, who is a past president of Golden Gate Fields and a former chairman of the California Jockey Club, has been in the Thoroughbred business for more than 50 years. The Norwegian native bought Tribesman’s dam, the unraced Bertrando mare Exquisite Love, while she was carrying the stakes winner. Consigned by River Edge Farm, agent, to the 2003 Barretts October mixed sale, Exquisite Love sold for $7,500.

Out of the stakes-winning Romeo mare Love Conquers All, Exquisite Love is a half-sister to stake winner Devoted Pirate (by Pirate’s Bounty). She was bred by Marty and Pam Wygod, who own River Edge Farm near near Buellton, Calif., and Tribesman is her first foal.

“Tribesman was always an easygoing horse,” Qvale said. “He would always come to you and be petted. He is a very friendly horse and never gets excited.”

Exquisite Love’s second foal, a stakes-placed son of Benchmark named Saipan, is also a winner. Campaigned by the same connections as Tribesman, Saipan finished third in the Jan. 5 Stinson Beach Stakes at Golden Gate Fields.

Kept at Qvale’s Riviera Farms near San Francisco, Exquisite Love is also the dam of juvenile and yearling All the Gears fillies named Pleased to Squeeze and Sonoma Bred, respectively. The 8-year-old mare is in foal to Tribal Rule.

Tribal Rule is the sire of eight stakes winners including additional 2008 added-money winners Georgie Boy (gr. II) and Italian Rules. The 12-year-old son of Storm Cat stands at River Edge Farm for a fee of $5,000.—A.H.D.