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Calimonco Retired, to Stand at Ballena Vista

Stakes winner is full brother to Breeders' Cup champs Sweet Catomine, Life is Sweet.

Calimonco , a multiple stakes winner and the only full brother to Storm Cat's Breeders' Cup champions Sweet Catomine and Life is Sweet, will enter stud at Donald and Karen Cohn's Ballena Vista Farm in 2013.

Calimonco, who posted impressive mile stakes victories in 1:34 flat at Santa Anita Park and Del Mar, has retired sound. The 6-year-old was twice grade II-placed while earning $391,486 in his career.

His introductory stud fee will be $1,500 live foal.

In his stakes debut in the 2011 Wickerr Stakes at Del Mar, Calimonco posted a winning time of 1:34 flat for the mile on turf. He was third in his next start, the Del Mar Handicap (gr. IIT), defeated by a half-length. In 2012 he was the winner of the Santa Anita 2012 Sidd Finch Stakes in 1:34.

Bred in Kentucky by Pam and Martin Wygod, Calimonco is a 2006 son of Storm Cat out of the Kris S. mare Sweet Life, a grade-I placed stakes winner. The 2009 Broodmare of the Year is one of only three mares to produce multiple winners of grade I Breeders' Cup races.

"Calimonco's sire credentials are world-class and he brings to California one of the finest sire pedigrees and deepest distaff families of any stallion entering stud in 2013," said Don Cohn. "He's a great opportunity for all breeders."

The handsome dark bay or brown horse, a versatile five-time winner on turf and synthetic, will stand as the property of Ballena Vista Farm and Mr. and Mrs. Martin J. Wygod.