bay, 2004, Benchmark-Perfectly Pretty,
Fee: $3,000, live foal. Property
of a Partnership.
PROOF is a Grade One winner of
$1,294,484 who was an Eclipse Award
Finalist and set 1:07.47 and 1:07.57
NTR’s plus a 113 Beyer Rating at 3.
numerous winners including debut
winning juvenile maiden special Socal
winner Richard's Boy. G.S.M = 99.8
Five by Five or
California Thoroughbred Stallion
Leading Runners: (through
June 3, 2017)
RICHARD'S BOY (2012 g, by Cee's
Tizzy) In US, 10 wins, 2 to 5, 2017, $759,680,
Jim McKay Turf Sprint S., Governor's
Cup S., California Cup Sprint, Desert Code S. ($60,600, SA)
$92,500, Jess Jackson Owners' H.
($42,150, SR) $62,975, 2nd
Eddie D S. G3, Sensational
Star S., California
Flag H., Sensational Star S. [R] ($20,000,
SA) $102,070, 2nd Harris Farm S.-R
($19,000, FNO) $100,105, 3rd San
Simeon S. G3, Echo
Eddie S.-R ($22,000, SA) $200,250.
Frisco Fog (2011 f, by Summing)
In US, 5 wins, 2 to 4, $165,034, 3rd Oak Tree Distaff S.-R
($12,000, OTP) $100,000.
Ninety Nine Proof, 3 wins, 2
to 3, 2017, $92,260, 3rd Silky
Faith Proof (2011 f, by Spend a
Buck) In US, 6 wins at 3 and 4,
$89,420, Ntr Los Alamitos Race
Course 5f 00:56.42 2014.
Jenna's Faith (2012 f, by Half Term)
In US, 2 wins at 3, $88,420.
Alizarin Beauty, 3 wins, 2 to 3,
placed at 4, 2017, $65,330.
Ruff Proof (2011 f, by The Wicked
North) In US, 2 wins at 3, $63,560.
Maddie Moo (2011 f, by Silver
Deputy) In US, 4 wins at 2 and 3,
Good Proof (2011 f, by Fact Book) In
US, 5 wins, 2 to 4, placed at 5,
Where Is My Mind (2012 f, by Memo
(CHI)) In US, Winner at 2, placed at
Kat Proof (2012 g, by Ministers Wild
Cat) In US, 2 wins at 3, $16,177.
Richard's Boy Elevated to Victory in
Governor's Cup via DQ
By Jim Dunleavy
GRANTVILLE, Pa. - Richard's Boy
became the third California-based
horse to win a stakes at Penn
National on Saturday - but it wasn't
easy. As a matter of fact, things
were difficult for several horses in
the $200,000 Governor's Cup as there
were a pair of jockey objections
regarding separate incidents.
Bold Thunder, at 24-1, outsprinted
3-5 favorite Richard's Boy for the
early lead in the five-furlong turf
sprint. Bold Thunder, with Irad
Ortiz Jr., was digging in during the
stretch run when Ortiz switched from
a right-handed stick to a left and
hit the 7-year-old. Bold Thunder
immediately ducked outward.
Ortiz quickly grabbed a hold but the
damage had been done as Bold Thunder
herded Richard's Boy outward several
Jockey Paco Lopez, who was beaten a
head on Richard's Boy, lodged an
objection and the stewards reversed
the order of finish.
"He carried my horse out, and then
my horse was coming on again," Lopez
Ortiz said he did all he could when
Bold Thunder ducked out.
"He surprised me when he did that,"
Richard's Boy paid $3.20. Bold
Thunder covered the course in 55.75
The second claim of foul was lodged
by Horacio Karamanos, the rider of
Oak Bluffs, who finished fourth,
against Javier Castellano, the rider
of Rainbow Heir, who finished third.
Both horses were near the back of
the pack nearing the far turn.
Rainbow Heir moved up outside Oak
Bluffs, and Karamanos took up
sharply up entering the turn.
Karamanos thought Castellano put him
in tight quarters entering the bend.
Castellano maintained that he kept
to his path and did not come inward.
The stewards disallowed the
Rainbow Heir rallied up the inside
to finish a neck behind Richard's
Boy. It was a half-length back to
Oak Bluffs, who rallied outside
Richard’s Boy Wins Jim McKay Turf
BALTIMORE, Md. (May 19, 2017) –The
horse who ended the dominance of
Ben’s Cat in the $100,000 Jim McKay
Turf Sprint Stakes at Pimlico Race
Course May 19 was taking a pretty
significant step down in class.
Richard’s Boy—Rockingham Ranch’s
West Coast-based gelding, bred by
Harold Tillema & Pamela Tillema—encouraged
his connections to send him overseas
to take on some of the best turf
sprinters in the world March 25 in
the Al Quoz Sprint Sponsored By
Azizi Developments (G1) in Dubai,
and he gave a good account of
The gray 5-year-old son of Idiot
Proof finished fifth, 2 1/2 lengths
behind winner The Right Man, in the
$1 million race, but the six
furlongs really wasn’t his
specialty. Even his game efforts in
recent months in races down the
Santa Anita Park hillside turf
course—where he’s placed in four
straight stakes—just really aren’t
his best distance.
The five grassy furlongs of the Jim
McKay, however, are just up his
alley. He came into the Jim McKay
with three wins from four starts at
the distance on turf, with his only
loss a second in another stakes at
In the Jim McKay, Richard’s Boy went
toe-to-toe with speedster Pay Any
Price, who ran the first quarter in
:21.93 as rains from a flash
thunderstorm just began to hit the
Baltimore racetrack. Turning for
home the front-running pair
continued to duel to the wire. With
a furlong to run, Richard’s Boy had
a head in front. Pay Any Price
continued to battle inside, but
could not rally back and lost by a
neck. Watch Video
“He’s a barn favorite,” said winning
trainer Peter Miller. “I’m so happy
for the horse and the team. “They
were the same people who went with
him to Dubai. When I saw the rain
start to come down, I thought it
might affect the other horses, but
would not affect him. He’s a
The globetrotting for Richard’s Boy
also might not be over.
“We’re thinking of using this race
as a prep for Royal Ascot,” Miller
Richard’s Boy Holds On in Sprint
ARCADIA, Calif. (Jan. 28, 2017) —
Nearly two years after he was
acquired privately, Richard’s Boy is
still providing massive rewards for
Gary Hartunian’s Rockingham Ranch.
In Saturday’s $150,345 California
Cup Sprint at Santa Anita, Richard’s
Boy held off a stubborn Well
Measured to win the six-furlong race
for California-breds by a nose. The
winner’s share was worth $90,000.
Richard’s Boy won his third stakes
in the Cal Cup Sprint, and first on
dirt. He won sprint stakes on turf
here and at Santa Rosa in 2015.
Ridden by Flavien Prat, Richard’s
Boy earned Saturday’s victory. He
was challenged early by Jimmy
Bouncer and Acceptance, racing
within a neck of the lead through
early fractions of 21.89 seconds for
the opening quarter-mile and 44.38
for a half-mile.
Acceptance led narrowly with a
quarter-mile remaining, but
Richard’s Boy led by a half-length
over Acceptance at the eighth pole
and held off Well Measured at the
finish. Richard’s Boy ($6) ran six
furlongs in 1:08.71.
“He’s an old, classy horse,” Prat
said. “On the backstretch, he was
pretty aggressive. Past the
three-eighths pole, he relaxed well.
He knows the job,” Prat said.
Well Measured, claimed for $20,000
in his last start, finished a
half-length in front of Acceptance,
who was followed by Jimmy Bouncer,
Solid Wager and Tough But Nice.
Richard’s Boy was a slight favorite
over stablemate Solid Wager, who was
also 2-1. Solid Wager finished in a
dead heat for first in the Grade 3
Midnight Lute Stakes on Dec. 31.
Solid Wager was beaten 2 3/4 lengths
by Richard’s Boy.
Richard’s Boy and Solid Wager are
trained by Peter Miller. A
5-year-old gelding by Idiot Proof,
Richard’s Boy has won 8 of 19 starts
and has earned $536,080. Seventh in
the 2016 Cal Cup Sprint, Richard’s
Boy has been in the first three in
his last seven starts, a span that
includes four second-place finishes
and a third in stakes races, all on
Proof Juvenile Sells for $150,000
DEL MAR, Calif. (Apr. 1, 2016) — The
unraced colt Snow Proof has proven
to be popular at sales in California
in the last year.
Last August, Snow Proof was the most
expensive hip at the Northern
California Yearling Sale, selling
for $72,000 to John Brocklebank,
agent for Dickman Legacy Ranch.
Wednesday, Snow Proof was purchased
for $150,000 by Hall of Fame trainer
Bob Baffert at the Barretts March
select sale of 2-year-olds
in-training at Del Mar.
Snow Proof was the most expensive
hip among the 16 California-breds
listed in the catalog of the one-day
sale. Of those, eight were withdrawn
and five sold for an average of
$89,000. Three were listed as bought
The overall sale averaged $124,558.
The leading hip at the sale was a
colt by The Factor who was purchased
for $460,000 and is bound for Japan.
Baffert signed the sale ticket, as
agent, for Snow Proof, indicating
the colt will race for one of his
Snow Proof is by Idiot Proof and is
out of the Smart Strike mare Reine
des Neiges. Timothy O’Leary bred
Snow Proof. The colt has a
fascinating female family. The
second dam is Miss Snowflake, the
dam of Snow Chief, the champion
3-year-old male of 1986.
Snow Proof was one of two Cal-breds
to sell for six figures, including a
filly by Adios Charlie purchased for
$125,000 by Justin Casse of Ocala,
Fla., as agent.
Richard’s Boy Wins Jess Jackson
SANTA ROSA, Calif. (Aug. 15, 2015) –
Favored California-bred Richard’s
Boy rallied three wide then held on
gamely to win Saturday’s $62,975
Jess Jackson Owners Handicap at
Richard’s Boy is by Idiot Proof, out
of the Cee’s Tizzy mare Marissa’s
Joy, was bred by Harold and Pamela
Tillema, is owned by Rockingham
Ranch and trained by Peter Miller.
He has five wins in eight starts,
earnings of $242,240 and was coming
off a fourth in the Aug. 2 Real Good
He ran the five furlongs in :56.51
and won by a neck.
Richard's Boy Rebounds to Win Desert
By Steve Andersen
ARCADIA, Calif. (May 2, 2015)–
Richard’s Boy rebounded from the
first loss of his career last month
to win Saturday’s $92,500 Desert
Code Stakes for 3-year-olds on the
hillside turf course at Santa Anita.
Ridden by Fernando Perez, Richard’s
Boy ($5.60) closed from fourth in a
field of seven to win by a neck over
Diamond Majesty. The victory gave
owner Rockingham Ranch a sizeable
return on the investment of a
private purchase of the gelding in
In his first start for Rockingham
and trainer Peter Miller, Richard’s
Boy was a well-beaten third in the
Echo Eddie Stakes for
California-bred 3-year-old sprinters
on dirt April 4, leading to the
stretch before fading. In the Desert
Code Stakes, Richard’s Boy stalked
the pace of Guy Code through an
opening quarter-mile of 22.68
seconds, and the half-mile fraction
of 45.75 seconds set by Diamond
Majesty, before moving into
contention when the field reached
the main turf course.
Diamond Majesty led by two lengths
with a furlong remaining but could
not hold off Richard’s Boy. Diamond
Majesty, a 9-1 chance, finished a
head in front of 6-1 Perfectly
Majestic in third. Bench Warrant was
fourth, followed by Win the Space,
Guy Code, and Desert Dynamo.
Richard’s Boy won his first three
starts for owners and breeders
Harold and Pamela Tillema and
trainer Herb Bacorn before being
acquired privately by Rockingham
Ranch and turned over to Miller.
Richard’s Boy’s win was the start of
a remarkable half-hour for Miller.
Minutes after the Desert Code
Stakes, the stable’s Finnegans Wake
won the $500,000 Woodford Reserve
Turf Classic at Churchill Downs. The
Woodford Reserve was the
second-richest win of Miller’s
career behind Comma to the Top’s
victory in the 2010 CashCall
Futurity at Hollywood Park.
Richard’s Boy, by Idiot Proof, has
won 4 of 5 starts and earned
RICHARD'S BOY (2012 g, by
Cee's Tizzy) In US, 5 wins at 2 and
3, 2015, $242,240 (US SSI = 6.46):
8. 1st Desert Code S. ($60,600, SA)
$92,500, 1st Jess Jackson Owners' H.
($42,150, SR) $62,975, 3rd Echo
Eddie S.-R ($22,000, SA) $200,250.
Frisco Fog (2011 f, by Summing)
In US, 5 wins, 2 to 4, 2015,
$154,394 (US SSI = 2.25): 18. 3rd
Oak Tree Distaff S.-R ($12,000, OTP)
Proof (2011 f, by Spend a Buck) In
US, 6 wins at 3 and 4, 2015, $89,420
(US SSI = 3.00): 8. Ntr Los Alamitos
Race Course 5f 00:56.42 2014.
Jenna's Faith (2012 f, by Half Term)
In US, 2 wins at 3, 2015, $76,924
(US SSI = 4.75): 4.
Proof (2011 f, by The Wicked North)
In US, 2 wins at 3, $63,560 (US SSI
= 2.62): 6.
Moo (2011 f, by Silver Deputy) In
US, 4 wins at 2 and 3, $60,057 (US
SSI = 2.00): 7.
Proof (2011 f, by Fact Book) In US,
4 wins at 2 and 3, $29,652 (US SSI =
Alizarin Beauty (2013 f, by Quiet
American) In US, Winner at 2, 2015,
$22,600 (US SSI = 2.33*): 2.
Is My Mind (2012 f, by Memo (CHI))
In US, Winner at 2, placed at 3,
2015, $21,820 (US SSI = 0.50): 9.
Proof (2012 g, by Ministers Wild
Cat) In US, 2 wins at 3, 2015,
$13,102 (US SSI = 0.35): 8.
Sire Report for Idiot Proof
Line: The best sons of Alydar;
Alysheba, Criminal Type and Turkoman
were all sold off from Kentucky – to the
UAE, Japan and Turkoman of course ended
up in California. This tells us that
Alydar, who himself bred like he was
bred (inbred to classic-oriented Calumet
stalwarts Bull Lea and *Blenheim II who
failed to establish long-term sire
successors), was probably going to get
better daughters than sons – current
sires Cat Thief and Gio Ponti are out of
Alydar daughters. Turkoman carried on
this trend and today his name is valued
to a degree as the broodmare sire of
Point Given and Hard Spun.
Benchmark comes from the ‘large heart’
family of Pocahontas (3-N). His family
carries him – the dam was graded stakes
placed at Saratoga and has produced a
good family line that includes
Tranquility Lake and her good runners
Courageous Cat and After Market.
that many of Benchmark’s top runners
were out of daughter of Bertrando and
Pirate’s Bounty, both of which were
Wygod-owned. Idiot Proof follows this
pattern and also shows several
inbreeding crosses that Benchmark liked
– Boldnesian, In Reality, and The Axe
Idiot Proof tails to the main branch of
Family 12, with a daughter of Lexington,
Salina, his 13th dam, who also produced
the great Salvator (1886). This
immediate (modern) family has also
produced the stakes placed Slew City
Slew filly All Slew, 3rd in the listed
Natalma Stakes at Woodbine in Canada and
her Sky Classic daughter Sky Dreams. Sky
Dreams won the Alameda County Fillies
and Mares Handicap at Pleasanton and
placed in the G3 Yerba Buena Handicap at
Golden Gate Fields. There is also a
minor stakes placed colt by Silver
Deputy named Oak Hill who ran 3rd in the
Black Gold Stakes at Fair Grounds in
He’s bred on the same cross (i.e. out of
a Bertrando mare) as several other
Benchmark kin like Silent Sighs,
Proposed and Smooth Performer. Again,
this is the result of the Wygod’s owning
major family inbreeding is to Nearctic/Indian
Hemp which are very closely related
sharing a Nearco/Hyperion/Sister Sarah
nexus. He is also linebred to *La
Troienne, which has become quite common.
One of his more unique crosses is a
double of The Axe II, once thought to be
a source of unsoundness and now
generally regarded as a source of
stamina. Alydar/The Axe II (via Hatchet
Man) also combined to give us Strike the
Gold who won the Kentucky Derby and
became a successful sire in Turkey.
One might as well drill where oil’s been
found and what he lacks that his sire
has done well with are two lines,
Pirate’s Bounty/Tom Rolfe and Seattle
Slew (liking both the Boldnesian and
Round Table lines, the latter also being
found in Point of Reference, Alywyn and
The Yellow Sheet).
it’s hard to avoid but I think it is
more important than ever with a Raise a
Native/Danzig cross to avoid doubling
Raise a Native.
possibilities are Royal Academy – to
cross over his Storm Cat line and also
Pancho Villa, a full brother to
Terlingua, dam of Storm Cat. So all
horses from this family which tails to
Crimson Saint are strong choices.
pops up once again. He tails to Crimson
Satan’s family and provides an extra
Relaunch cross – I think could be very
Minister has a cross of Bellesoeur which
is also found in Bertrando via Beau Gar.
Benchmark did well with Deputy Minister
mares – Bench Points, Stella Mark, and
Alywyn all carry this cross. It should
work even better with Idiot Proof.
were lucky enough to get your hands on
an Alphabet Soup mare, he carries a
Battlefield cross – this is Dark
Display, the tail of Storm Bird in Storm
begun to see inbreeding to Danzig. I
think it’s an awful idea because of his
knees. So if this presents itself, try
to stick to Danehill who created his own
type and watch the knees whatever you
do. An alternative might be Chief’s
Crown who is from the same tail line as
Alydar’s broodmare sire, On-And-On (Two
Bob). Concerto also adds TV Lark and In
carrying Caveat would be good for two
reasons – doubling Cold Hearted,
Benchmark’s 2nd dam and also adding
another Almahmoud line to Northern
Dancer in Storm Cat.
there is much if any Slewvescent blood
left, as the Walters never bred a lot of
mares to him, but he was out of Our
Mims, Alydar’s half sister and you have
that Seattle Slew connection as well.
Gentlemen (ARG) I believe was in CA for
awhile and he tailed to Danzig’s family,
so there’s another thought. He was
gorgeous but a disappointing sire but
that doesn’t mean that a mare with a
cross of him is hopeless if the rest of
the pedigree fits.
who stood in CA is from Smarten’s family
(Smarten being the sire of Idiot Proof’s
2nd dam). Again, this adds Slew and you
reinforce a tough old Fred Hooper
family, another good member of which is
Quadratic, though he’s harder to find.
(Foggy Note in Relaunch) is a wonderful
family but try to avoid Tapit. They run
all right, but he’s already inbred to
Raise a Native and a third cross could
spell big trouble. Instead, see if you
can find some other of the lines like
Chimes Band or Freeforinternet – or the
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