Updates on Griffin Place bred, raised and sold runners and
Stallions that GP has shares in.
Griffin Place bred, raised and sold, KEAGAN won the ARIZONA JUVENILE
S at Turf Paradise. Racing three deep and between rivals into the
turn, he came from 6th at the quarter pole to win by a neck. Congratulations
to his owners, Gary Olson, Randy Bafus, Gary Stevenson, and Eric
Kruljac, his trainer, Eric Kruljac, and jockey S.A.Stevens. Keagan
is a 2 YO colt by Basket Weave out of our mare Atoyac.
2YO Keagan, by Basket Weave out of Griffin Place mare Atoyac,
won the 5th race at Turf Paradise. Congratulations to trainer Eric
Kruljac and his connections.
Packy, Griffin Place sales graduate won the 3rd race at
Emerald Downs. It was an allowance race going 6f with a purse of
$17,000. Congratulations breeders Stormy Hull and Robin Mason. Packy
is by Petersburg out of Northern Whirl.
Note: Packy’s yearling ½ brother by Free At Last is
entered in the WTBA winter mixed sale, Griffin Place, agent. [click...]
2YO Keagan, by Basket Weave out of Griffin Place mare Atoyac,
ran second in the $35,000 Turf Paradise ATBA Fall Sales Stakes.
Congratulations to trainer Eric Kruljac and his connections.
Cuddabinthewhiskey, 2YO by Free At Last, out of Late
Nite Martini, won MSW at Northlands Park. Congratulations to
his trainer, Red Smith and owner, Red Diamon Stable. Cuddabinthewhiskey
was bred, raised and sold by Griffin Place.
GP sales graduate, Eastern Accent wins mile race in fastest time
this year at Emerald Downs. [click
to view results in PDF]
Rings a Chime's yearling colt tops Saratoga sale at $3,100,000!
Photo: Skip Dickstein
By Evan Hammonds
The lone Storm Cat colt in the Fasig-Tipton select yearling sale
elicited a protracted bidding duel between a pair of racing titans
Wednesday night which resulted in a final $3.1 million winning bid
from bloodstock agent Demi O'Byrne. The sale-topping colt added
to a session total of $16,890,000, which was good for an average
of $324,808 and a median of $200,000. Sixteen horses were RNA'd,
or 23.5% of the night's total.
Overall, the two-day auction recorded 103 yearlings sold for $33,415,000
which resulted in an average of $324,417 and a $225,000 median.
The two-day buy-back rate was 24%.
A year ago, during the three-day format, 150 yearlings sold for
$45,705,000 which resulted in an average of $304,700 and a $212,500
median. The buy-back rate was 21.5%.
"We learned one or two things this evening, and we confirmed
some others," said D.G. Van Clief Jr., chairman of Fasig-Tipton.
"We learned that the new, condensed two-day format works and
works well. We think that by condensing the sale we have increased
the energy level and increased the efficiency of the sale without
sacrificing any of the elegance.
GP bred Mashiko (Son of Briartic – Bold
Magestrate) put in a great effort to win $40,000 claiming at
Hollywood Park going 6 furlongs. Congratulations to his trainer,
William Spawr, and his current connections. His ½ sister
by Tribunal will be offered in the WTBA summer sale on 9/6/05.
Bobbie Wagner, a Griffin Place sale graduate won $20,000 Claiming
going 1 Mile for her third straight win. Congratulations to her
breeder, Harold May and to her current connections.
She’s a Top Star, a Griffin Place sale graduate won at Emerald
Downs going 5 1/2f. Congratulations to her breeders, Lynn and Harvey
Stanley and to her current connections.
GP graduate, The Littlest Angel (Devil His Due / Late Nite Martini)
won at Emerald Downs in Maiden Claiming. Congratulations to trainer
Doris Harwood and owner Elttaes Stable.
Griffin Place sale graduate, Bobbie Wagner (Son of Briartic
/ Piratical f.) won at Emerald Downs going 1 mile. Congratulations
to her breeder, Harold May, and to her current connections.
Griffin Place sale graduate, Free a Way (Free At Last/
Drou a Way) won at Stampede Park going 6 furlongs in maiden $17,500
claiming. Congratulations to his breeders, Chuck and Jayne Arnold
owners of Bear Creak Meadows, and to his current connections.
4/13/05 Foxwood Belle Syndicate Update: Licensing time.
Today I went to the Race office at Emerald Downs to renew my owner’s
license. The process has changed slightly. First of all, the Commission
Office is located north of the grandstand. There is a 4-way stop
on the road where you turn in, and a sign for the Quarter Chute
Café. The office is open whenever there is live racing and
also on Wednesday and Thursday from 10-4PM. You might want to call
first to be sure. Their number is 253-531-6372.
You will be asked for the name of your horse(s) and if you are
joining us in the Foxwood Belle Syndicate, tell them you are a member
of the Foxwood Belle Stable. They will want to know what your ownership
interest is. The minimum is 10%. You will be charged accordingly
even though you actually may only own 1%. That’s fine. It
will cost $91.00. You will also have your photo taken, and you will
be fingerprinted there in the office. This whole process will take
about 10-15 minutes.
Once you have your license in your hot little hand, march through
the doors into the next office and you will see the Horsemen’s
Bookkeeper’s office. She will issue you the coveted parking
pass and two admission passes for you and a friend which are good
for the entire season.
So, now you are legal. You can park free, you can go to the grandstand
free, and you can visit the barns. There is a protocol for barn
visits though. I will write more on that later, but for the syndicate
members, we will let Sharon advise use.
Griffin Place sale graduate, Bobbie Wagner, (Son of Briartic / Piratical
filly) won going 1 mile on the turf at Turf Paradise today. Congratulations
to her breeder, Harold May and to her current connections.
4/5/05 Foxwood Belle.
We are starting a new venture. I have been asked to put together
a syndicate to race the filly, Foxwood Belle. She was bred and raised
by our friend, Billie Murphy, who passed away last year. Her grandson,
Seth, contacted me and said that it was Billie’s wish to have
her friends race this filly. He wanted me and another friend, Linda
Weeks, to help him. I have never set up a racing syndicate before,
but I thought this would be a great opportunity.
Let me back up and give some history on the filly. She is a lovely
big individual by Jazzing Around, and out of the multiple stakes
producing mare Ticky Tac. Ticky Tac was a favorite of Billie’s
and is the dam of stakes winner, GREAT THREADS,
$237,831, and stakes placed Foxy Sneakers, $292,092,
Frisco Freeze, $41,862, and Runnin Riot,
$7,785. Jazzing Around is the sire of many stakes winners including
NAME FOR NORM, Champion 2-year-old colt in Washington,
winner of the Gottstein Futurity and $278,367, JAZZIE ACT,
CHAMPION OLDER MARE IN Washington winner of $185,146, OCHOCO
JAZZ, horse of the year, champion 2- and 3-year-old colt
in Oregon, JAZZ’N HOT,$178,4430, FOR
THE CHILDERN, $116,578, A JAZZY VENTURE,
Billie sent her filly to Robin and Stormy at Carnation Racing Stable
for breaking and early training as a two-year-old. She did well,
and was sent to Emerald Downs for conditioning under the care of
Billie’s long time trainer, Sharon Ross. Sharon decided that
it would be wise not to start her at two, but instead to let her
develop and grow. So, the filly was given the winter off and is
currently back at Emerald Downs getting ready to start. Sharon reports
that she is training well.
Now it is time to form our syndicate. With that in mind, I have
proposed some ideas.
First, the ownership interest will be divided into 100 shares.
That way, the original purchase and the maintenance will be affordable
to more people. The syndicate members will each own 1/100 of Foxwood
Belle. As owners, they will each be responsible for 1/20 of her
expenses. Likewise, they will receive 1/100 of any money earned
and of any funds should the filly be claimed or sold.
Sharon Ross will train the filly, as she was always Billie’s
trainer and that was her wish.
Linda Weeks will be responsible for collecting and dispersing funds.
I will write the agreement, and be take care of communication.
Our goal is to have fun. Period. I will advise everyone who is
interested in joining us that this is not a money-making venture.
There is always a possibility that we might make money, but l wouldn’t
count on it. On the other hand, what other sport can you think of
that has even that possibility? What we can do is enjoy the filly,
watch her train in the morning, get excited about her first race,
go with her to the paddock and watch her be saddled, go to the barn
and feed her carrots and take pictures, and of course brag about
what a great filly she is. We will have breakfast at the track kitchen
and join our friends for lunch and races in the afternoon.
Our plan is to run at Emerald Downs which opens April 15 and will
go through the middle of October. Then, we will let Foxwood Belle
rest over the winter at Billie’s farm.
Of course anything can happen and plans can change rapidly in this
game. Sharon will have the call on when the filly will run and what
kind of race she will go into. I will make sure that all the members
are informed so they can watch her workouts and most importantly
be there to see her races.
We will work out all the financial details and have those available.
Please call for details.
Mary Lou Griffin
Griffin Place sales graduate, Yellow Out, came from behind
to win by 2 lengths going 1Mile on the Turf at Bay Meadows in $20,000
claiming. Congratulations to his connections including trainer Ed
Moger, Jr. and breeder Harold May.
Griffin Place sales graduate Yellow Out (3YO gelding by Demons Begone
– Hazel Slew) won at Bay Meadows in $20,000 CL going 1 mile.
Congratulations to his breeder, Harold May, trainer Ed Moger, Jr.
and to his owners.
Griffin Place bred, Mashiko won by 5 lengths at
Santa Anita going 6F. Congratulations to his connections, owners
Don Beardsworth, Dennis Decauwer and Peter Lurie including trainer
Gary Stute. SP Mashiko is out of SW BOLD
MAGESTRATE, dam also of WA champion BEST
GP sales graduate Bobbie Wagner won a mile race
at Turf Paradise on 2/18/2005 on a muddy track. Congratulations
to her breeder Harold May and her current connections.
HOCKEY FAN, bay colt by Out of Place – Cozzene’s
Angel has been nominated to the Triple Crown. Hockey Fan has a yearling
½ brother by Deputy Minister that Griffin Place will be selling
in September, with Hill ‘n’ Dale Farm as agent. Hockey
Fan is owned by George Krikorian, trained by John A. Shirreffs,
and bred by Mr. & Mrs. William T. Griffin (Griffin Place).
at Dudley's in Lexington after the big sale.
Buckley Horse Breeders Hit It Big In Kentucky
Mary Lou and Terry Griffin, owners of Griffin Place in Buckley,
hit a breeders' bonanza on January 11, selling their Thoroughbred
broodmare Cozzene’s Angel at public auction in Kentucky for
Cozzene’s Angel was presented at the Keeneland sales grounds
in Lexington, KY, which is the foremost Thoroughbred sales venue
in the world. The 11-year-old mare sold in foal to the popular Kentucky
stallion Pulpit and the final price will likely make her the sale
topper at the six day auction that ends on January 15.
Purchaser Reiley McDonald of Eaton Sales, acting as agent for undisclosed
buyers, told Thoroughbred Times “She’s a big, lovely
mare and she’s carrying an American based foal. The foal will
probably go to sale.”
The Griffin’s purchased Cozzene’s Angel in late 2000
for just a fraction of what they resold her for and have raised
and sold three of her offspring in the interim. They are also currently
the co-owners on a foal sharing arrangement of the mare’s
youngest foal, a yearling colt by two-time leading North American
sire Deputy Minister. If all goes well, that youngster could possibly
bring seven figures as well when he is offered for sale at Keeneland
Outofthe Blue Slew Wins Again At Santa Anita
Outofthe Blue Slew, a five-year-old Washington-bred gelding that
sold as as yearling for $82,000 at the WTBA Summer Yearling Sale
in 2001, won for the second time in his career on January 5 at Santa
Anita Park in Arcadia, CA. Outofthe Blue Slew sped six and one-half
furlongs in 1:15 1/5 and won by two lengths.
The altered son of leading Washington sire Slewdledo--Outofthebluebell
is a half-brother to multiple Washington champion and Grade 1 winner
Rings A Chime. Bred by Mr. & Mrs. William
T. Griffin of Buckley, the runner has now won or placed in
eight of 12 career starts for owner C. T. Grether, Inc.
Cozzene's Angel, the dam of multiple grade I winner Toccet, sold for
$1.35 million Tuesday as the Keeneland January horses of all ages
sale gained momentum and shot ahead of last year's pace.
Toccet's Dam Sells At Keeneland For $1.35 Million
by Deirdre B. Biles
Angel, brought $1.35 million at Keeneland sale.
M. Eberhardt Photo
Reiley McDonald of Eaton Sales purchased
session topper Cozzene's Angel, outlasting Dr. Tony Ryan of Castleton
Lyons, the Kentucky farm where Toccet stands at stud. Former Castleton
Lyons president Gabriel Duignan bought Toccet for $3.35 million
last November at the Fasig-Tipton Kentucky select mixed sale.
McDonald said Cozzene's Angel, an 11-year-old
daughter of Cozzene, would be owned by an undisclosed partnership
and would remain in this country. Acting on the behalf of the same
partnership, McDonald bought Santa Catarina for $4.8 million and
Take Charge Lady for $4.2 million at the 2004 Keeneland November
breeding stock sale. Cozzene's Angel is in foal to Pulpit, and McDonald
said that offspring probably would be sold as a yearling at Saratoga
or Keeneland in September.
"She (Cozzene's Angel) is a big,
stout, good-looking mare; she's the best mare in the sale by far,"
said McDonald, whose high-powered clients include Coolmore Stud
and Betty Moran. "I thought she probably would have gone for
$1.5 million or $2 million in November."
Cozzene's Angel was a winner that placed
twice in added-money events. Out of the winning Trepan mare Charming
Pan, she is a half-sister to stakes winners Courtly Candor (by Fight
Over) and Miss Walkie Talkie (by Miswaki).
John Sikura's Hill 'n' Dale Sales Agency
consigned Cozzene's Angel as agent for Mary Lou and Terry Griffin,
who own the 30-acre Griffin Place near Buckley, Wash. Mary Lou Griffin
purchased Cozzene's Angel (in foal to Aggressive Chief) for only
$35,000 at the 2000 Fasig-Tipton Kentucky November mixed sale.
"I'm thrilled," Mary Lou Griffin
said. "This is one for the small breeder. Sometimes your dreams
do come true."
The Griffins and Sikura own Cozzene's
Angel's Deputy Minister yearling colt together. He is scheduled
to be sold later this year at Keeneland in September, Sikura said.
Cozzene's Angel brings $1,350,000 at Keenland
Lexington, Ky. News from keenland.com
|Mary Lou pictured with Cozzene's Angel.
The mother of multiple Grade 1 stakes winner Toccet brought a
top price of $1,350,000 during Tuesday’s session of Keeneland’s
January Horses of All Ages Sale.
Eaton Sales, as agent, bought Cozzene’s Angel , an 11-year-old
broodmare by Cozzene out of Charming Pan, by Trepan. She is pregnant
to Pulpit, winner of Keeneland’s 1997 Toyota Blue Grass Stakes.
Hill ‘n’ Dale Sales Agency, as agent, sold Cozzene’s
Angel, who produced Toccet from a mating with Awesome Again. Toccet
won the Grade 1 Champagne Stakes and Hollywood Futurity and earned
more than $900,000 during his racing career.
Cozzene’s Angel brought to two the number of horses who have
sold for $1 million or more during the first two days of the annual
horses of all ages sale. The six-day auction continues through Saturday.
Outofthe Blue Slew won at Santa Anita 1/5/05 beating Ata Olympio.
The 6 ½ f allowance race was run in 1.l5.1. Value of the
race was $52,080. Congratulations to trainer Howie Zucker and the
Grethers! Outofthe Blue Slew is a 5 YO by Slewdledo – Outofthebluebell
was bred, raised and sold by Griffin Place.