Unusual Heat New King of Calif.
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Las Virgenes winner Golden Doc A earned $343,380 in 2008 to help her sire Unusual Heat break the California record for progeny earnings in one year.

The stallion Unusual Heat broke the California record for progeny earnings in one year Dec. 11. His offspring recorded earnings of $5,608,704, surpassing Cee’s Tizzy’s previous mark of $5,597,979 set in 2000, when his son Tiznow   won his first of two Breeders’ Cup Classics (gr. I).

The 2-year-old filly Beltene and 4-year-old gelding Cinder Cone gave Unusual Heat the record. Beltene broke her maiden in the sixth race at Hollywood Park, earning $10,200. Across the country at Laurel Park in Maryland, Cinder Cone finished third to earn $3,520.

When Cee’s Tizzy established the previous record, Tiznow’s Classic victory contributed $2,480,400 to the stallion’s amount. Unusual Heat’s leading earner this year is Hollywood Oaks (gr. II) winner Lethal Heat, who has banked $426,528. His other major 2008 runners include Las Virgenes Stakes (gr. I) winner Golden Doc A, California Cup Classic winner Mr. Chairman, and grade I-placed Bel Air Sizzle.

“It’s $5.6 million of blue-color, solid earnings, without a million-dollar pot,” said Madeline Auerbach, who campaigns many sons and daughters of Unusual Heat, including an interest in Lethal Heat. “His horses are durable.”

Auerbach owns a major interest in Unusual Heat, along with trainer Barry Abrams and his family. The 18-year-old son of Nureyev—Rossard, by Glacial, stands at Bud Johnston’s Old English Rancho in Sanger, Calif.

 

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