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California Dane Coup For Baerami
Baerami Thoroughbreds delivered a coup overnight when announcing 4YO entire California Dane (Danehill-Storminwinter, by Seattle Slew) will make his stud debut at their Hunter Valley property this season. Purchased by Baerami principal Paul Higgins, California Dane has been immediately retired in preparation for the 2007 season. In an industry where the term "blazingly fast" is tossed around lightly, California Dane was the real deal, sweeping to 5 successive victories which included a track record at Moonee Valley, and a stunning win in the Gr2 WFA Carlyon Stakes (1200m) in which he defeated the flying Virage De Fortune (sold for $3.4 million last Sunday at the Inglis Select Broodmare Sale) and Spark Of Life. In so doing, California Dane became one of only 2 horses ever to defeated Virage De Fortune (a Gr1 winner at her next start) at Moonee Valley, the other being multiple Gr1 winner Miss Andretti. "I don't think there has been a faster son of Danehill which for us is his most attractive feature," said Higgins. "He was for a time nearly unbeatable at 1200m. His first foray at Stakes level saw him start odds-on against some of the best sprinters in this country and triumph. Strangely, very few sons of Danehill have tasted success at WFA as 3YOs - in fact Redoute's Choice and California Dane are the only two to have done it at 1200m. You can add to this California Dane and Fastnet Rock being the only two Danehill sons to have won WFA races at 1000m. Class and precocity when coupled with pedigree and conformation should equal stud success." California Dane is the 1st foal of the superbly bred Seattle Slew mare Storminwinter. She is from the immediate family of Champion US Sires Broad Brush and Capote. California Dane will stand for the GST inclusive fee of $11,000, and some shares will be sold to breeders.