Did Not Sell
Charles Whittingham Memorial H. (gr. II)
CHARLES WHITTINGHAM MEMORIAL H. (gr. II), Betfair Hollywood Park, June 08, 2013, $200,000 Guaranteed, value of race $200,250, 3 yo's & up, 1 1/4 miles, 2:01.27 Turf FM.
TALE OF A CHAMPION
(Bay Horse ,
Tale of the Cat If Angels Sang , by Seattle Slew
BJudy Hicks & Kathryn Nikkel , KY ; OKretz Racing LLC ; TKristin Mulhall
All Squared Away
(Dark Bay or Brown Gelding ,
Bellamy Road Squared , by Posse
BGracefield Breeders , KY ; OBrous Stable, Wachtel Stable, Wire To Wire Stable, Inc. et al. ; TPeter Miller
(Bay Gelding ,
Atticus Live Free Or Die , by Personal Flag
BJoshua Litt, Jason Litt & Dennis O'Neill , CA ; OJ B K Stable and Litt, Jason L. ; TJoshua M. Litt
Charles Whittingham Memorial H. Recap
Tale of a Champion continued the trend of swift success for industry newcomers Juliana and Rustin Kretz when the 5-year-old son of Tale of the Cat notched his second straight stakes victory and first graded score in the June 8 Charles Whittingham Memorial Handicap (gr. IIT) at Betfair Hollywood Park.
The horse is the second multiple stakes winner in the last two years for the Kretzes, who entered racing in 2010. Outside racing, Rustin Kretz is the founder and CEO of the Valencia, Calif.-based website design firm Scorpion Design.
The Kristin Mulhall-trained Tale of a Champion, an earner of $269,708, brought $62,000 at auction as a yearling and was sold again for just $13,000 at the 2010 Ocala Breeders’ Sales Co.’s spring 2-year-olds in training sale.
He was first raced by Robert Vickers, and then by Chester Bishop and Christos Gatis, before being privately acquired by Kretz Racing last summer.
The Charles Whittingham winner was bred in Kentucky by Judy Hicks and Kathryn Nikkel and was raised at Hicks’ Brookstown Farm near Versailles, Ky.
Nikkel and Hicks privately purchased Tale of a Champion’s winning dam If Angels Sang and her newborn Tale of the Cat filly Ilusora from Sun Valley Farm in 2007. Hicks was impressed by the looks of Ilusora, as well as the fact her dam was by Seattle Slew and was out of the multiple graded stakes-winning Northern Dancer mare Chapel of Dreams, a half sister to Storm Cat, the sire of Tale of the Cat. This pairing gives Tale of a Champion a 3x3 cross to Terlingua, dam of both Chapel of Dreams and Storm Cat.
The breeders sold Ilusora for $120,000 through Hill ‘n’ Dale Sales Agency, agent, to Dama Group at the 2008 Keeneland September yearling sale. The filly scored in two group contests in Argentina, the first of which, the 2012 Ines Victoria Roca (Arg-III), was a day before Tale of a Champion captured his first stakes in the Bob Umphrey Turf Sprint Stakes at Calder Race Course.
“So, If Angels Sang became a multiple stakes producer in 24 hours which was fun, because you always hope for that,” said Nikkel. “It’s hard to understand why people cast away beautifully bred daughters of Seattle Slew. They’re a collector’s item for me.”
If Angels Sang’s youngest offspring is a Scat Daddy colt, born April 6. She was bred to Uncle Mo for 2014.
Tale of the Cat is the sire of 95 stakes winners. Among his nine 2013 added-money winners is Forty Tales, who won the Woody Stephens Stakes (gr. II) the same day Tale of a Champion took the Charles Whittingham. Tale of the Cat stands for $25,000 at Ashford Stud near Versailles, Ky.—E.M.