Tampa Bay S.

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KARELIAN (B g, 116 lb) $90,000
Bertrando —Leaning Tower , by Theatrical (IRE)
B—Green Lantern Stables, KY.; O—Green Lantern Stables LLC; T—George R. Arnold, II

Gio Ponti (B h, 116 lb) $30,000
Tale of the Cat —Chipeta Springs , by Alydar
B—Kilboy Estate, Inc., KY.; O—Castleton Lyons; T—Christophe Clement

Rahystrada (CH g, 122 lb) $15,000
Rahy —Ministrada , by Deputy Minister
B—Jaime S. Carrion, Trustee, KY.; O—Robert E. Courtney, Jr.; T—Ron G. Potts

Margins: nose, 2¾, 3¼. Others: Almoradi (IRE) 116($5,000) , Public Speaker 118($4,500) , Dinner in Odem 116($2,000) , Quiet Emarati 116 . Winning Jockey, Rosemary B. Homeister, Jr..

Sometimes in racing and breedingÑheck, a lot of the timeÑit takes a while before you realize the payoff for your decisions. Such is the case with Green Lantern Stables and its Theatrical mare Leaning Tower.

Green Lantern purchased Leaning Tower for $175,000 as a yearling at the Keeneland July sale. She was consigned by her breeder, Carl PollardÕs Hermitage Farm. At the racetrack Leaning Tower made four starts, failed to win, and earned $10,440. Green Lantern is the racing stable of Richard and Sue Masson, who own Golden Age Farm near Versailles, Ky.

At the 2001 Keeneland November sale, Green Lantern tried to sell Leaning Tower. Carrying her second foal, by Bertrando, she was consigned by Ashview Farm, agent, and bought back for $82,000. With Wayne LysterÕs Ashview Farm again as agent, Green Lantern entered that second foal, a Bertrando colt, in the 2003 Keeneland September sale. They bought him back for $47,000.

On Feb. 20 that colt, Karelian, won the Tampa Bay Stakes, going wire-to-wire and gamely out-finishing 2009 dual champion Gio Ponti by a nose. Karelian, trained by Rusty Arnold, has made 20 starts, but the Tampa Bay Stakes was the first time he was ridden by Rosemary Homeister Jr.

Leaning Tower, also the dam of $111,560-earner ColganÕs Chip, by CeeÕs Tizzy, has a juvenile filly by Johar, a yearling colt by Indian Charlie, and is in foal to Indian Charlie. Leaning Tower is a half-sister to Canadian champion Basqueian (by Bounding Basque) and Canadian stakes winners Regal Halo (by Alwuhush) and Sir Ebony Knight (by Show Dancer).

Bertrando has had success being bred to Northern Dancer-line mares, the cross also producing grade I winner Unfurl the Flag and grade III winner Cliquot. Bertrando has sired 50 stakes winners. He stands at Marty WygodÕs River Edge Farm near Buellton, Calif., for $8,000.ÑD.M.L.