Berkeley S. (gr. III)

(gr. III , 8.5f ,)

MCCANN'S MOJAVE (B h, 123 lb) $90,000
Memo (CHI) —Joni U. Bar , by Nordic Prince
B—Mike Willman, CA.; O—Mike Willman; T—Steven Specht

Desert Code (CH h, 123 lb) $30,000
E Dubai —Chatta Code , by Lost Code
B—ClassicStar, KY.; O—Tarabilla Farms, Inc.; T—David E. Hofmans

Pass the Heat (DK B/ g, 123 lb) $18,000
Unusual Heat —She's Got Glass , by Pass the Glass
B—Joseph P. Morey Jr., CA.; O—Joseph P. Morey, Jr. Revocable Trust; T—William J. Morey, Jr.

Margins: 3½, ½, 3. Others: Magnum (ARG) 123($9,000) , Our Partner 123($3,000) , Marsh Side 123 . Winning Jockey, Frank T. Alvarado.

The magical story that is McCannÕs Mojave just keeps on giving. The 8-year-old horse kicked his lifetime earnings up to $1,468,565 for owner Mike Willman with his Berkeley Stakes (gr. III) score, which also made him a stakes victor five consecutive seasons.

The win, which came on Memorial Day, happened just three weeks after Cecil McCann, a longtime neighbor of WillmanÕs and the person Willman named the horse after, died.

McCannÕs Mojave represents WillmanÕs entire racing stable, and much, much more. Santa AnitaÕs director of publicity, Willman was struggling early last year trying to raise two children as a single parent when McCannÕs Mojave brought home the $1-million Sunshine Millions Classic, easing his ownerÕs financial burden considerably.

After a victory in the 2004 Potrero Grande BreedersÕ Cup Handicap (gr. II), a sprint, McCannÕs Mojave went into a prolonged slump, and Willman shipped him to Northern California and trainer Steve Specht. Willman was about to sell the horse when McCannÕs Mojave flipped the switch, turned into a router, and took the Sunshine Millions.

Willman said he and Specht were so giddy after the Berkeley, they havenÕt even considered whatÕs next for the horse, but Willman quickly added, ÒWeÕd have to think about the Hollywood Gold Cup (gr. I).Ó

Willman bought Joni U. Bar, the dam of McCannÕs Mojave, as a 17-year old broodmare in 1997. He liked her gameness on the track (16 victories, including wins in the Charles H. Russell Handicap and June Darling Stakes), and also liked that she was named for his best friendÕs sister. McCannÕs Mojave turned out to be the only foal Willman and co-breeder Alix Nikki Hunt were able to breed out of Joni U. Bar, who died two years ago at 26. ÒThis has literally been a miracle,Ó Willman said. ÒHeÕs such a sound horse, and weÕve given him the time when needed.Ó

Memo is the sire of 27 stakes winners, including McCannÕs Mojave. He stands at Ridgeley Farm near Hemet, Calif., for a fee of $6,000.-L.S