Stakes winner Calimonco , a full brother to Breeders’ Cup winners Sweet Catomine and Life Is Sweet, will enter stud in 2012 at Donald and Karen Cohn’s Ballena Vista Farm near Ramona, Calif. His fee is $1,000 live foal with special considerations to approved mares.
Five-year-old Calimonco, who is still in training and might race again, won the 2011 Wickerr Stakes on turf at a mile at Del Mar in his stakes debut, scoring in 1:34.07, and then was third in the Del Mar Mile Handicap (gr. IIT), beaten a half-length by Caracortado.
Bred in Kentucky by Martin and Pam Wygod, Calimonco is by Storm Cat out of the stakes-winning Kris S. mare Sweet Life, who was voted 2009 Kentucky Broodmare of the Year and is one of three mares to produce multiple winners of grade I Breeders’ Cup events. She is represented by Sweet Catomine, who won the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies (gr. I) the year she was champion, and Life Is Sweet, who took the Breeders’ Cup Ladies Classic (gr. I).
“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 2012,” said Don Cohn. “He's a great opportunity for all breeders.”
Calimonco will stand as the property of Ballena Vista and the Wygods.