Malibu S. (gr. I)

(gr. I , 7f ,)

JOHNNY EVES (B g, 117 lb) $150,000
Skimming —Capote's Halo , by Capote
B—Mooncoin LCC, CA.; O—Mooncoin LLC; T—Jay M. Robbins

Carrilero (ARG) (DK B/ h, 117 lb) $50,000
Royal Academy —Keno , by Mountain Cat
B—Don Arcangel, ARG.; O—Bone, Robert D. and Desperado Stables; T—Mike Puype

Horse Greeley (CH h, 115 lb) $30,000
Mr. Greeley —Chile Chatte , by Storm Cat
B—R. T. Parfet Jr., KY.; O—Martha Parfet; T—Richard E. Mandella

Margins: 1, 1½, ¾. Others: Hurry Up Austin 116($15,000) , Les Grands Trois 115($5,000) , Ididn'tdoanything 115 , Incriminate 116 , Silver Stetson Man 117 , Divine Park 117 , Unusual Suspect 119 , Great Hunter 119 , Cobalt Blue 119 , E Z Warrior 115 , Desert Code 117 . Winning Jockey, David Romero Flores.

There’s something special about winning the first grade I stakes of the meeting as well as winning the last grade I stakes of the year. Owners Carl Hilliard Jr. and Sharon Hilliard got to enjoy both with the same horse. Their 3-year-old gelding Johnny Eves, by California stallion Skimming, captured the Dec. 26 Malibu Stakes (gr. I) opening day at Santa Anita. His time for the seven furlongs was 1:21.08.

Johnny Eves figured to give a good account of himself in the Malibu by virtue of his performance in a 61/2-furlong optional claimer Nov. 25 at Hollywood Park in his previous start. Johnny Eves assumed command early in the race and won in 1:14.03.

Johnny Eves, who races as a homebred for the Hilliard’s Mooncoin, improved his record to five wins in 10 starts. He has earned $324,720. Not bad considering Johnny Eves was bought back as a weanling for $19,000 at the 2004 Keeneland November breeding stock sale. He was consigned by Paramount Sales, agent.

Johnny Eves is the first stakes winner from his dam, Capote’s Halo (by Capote), and the first graded stakes winner by Skimming. The Hilliards bought Capote’s Halo for $75,000 at the 1994 Keeneland September yearling sale from Paternostro and Herbener, agents. On the racetrack, she placed once from four starts at 2.

Skimming scored his two biggest win at 11/4 miles, capturing consecutive runnings of the Pacific Classic Stakes (gr. I) at Del Mar. He also was a graded stakes winner in California at 11¼16 miles and 11¼8 miles. He retired with $2.28 million in earnings.

Shortly after Johnny Eves became a yearling, Capote’s Halo was sold at the 2005 Keeneland January horses of all ages sale. Consigned by Paramount Sales, agent, she was sold in foal to Sunday Break and purchased for $10,000 by Louisiana Partnership.

Skimming has sired two other stakes winners, including 2007 added-money winner Miller’s Turbo. Skimming stands at the Sahadi family’s Cardiff Stud Farm near Atascadero, Calif. His 2008 fee is $7,500.—D.S.