Q-Racing Blog: Brother Act

Q-Racing Blog: Brother Act

Family tells in the entry box of this California stakes.

Circle City. PHOTO: Scott Martinez

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By Ty Wyant


It’s looking like there could be a brother act in the $100,000 Spencer Childers California Breeders Championship Handicap (RG1) during California Breeders Championship weekend July 31 and August 1 at Los Alamitos. The Dr. Ed Allred-bred and -owned full brothers, Circle City and Nomadic, are both entered to compete in the 400-yard stakes. 

The California Breeders Championship weekend will be celebrating California-bred racing Saturday and Sunday nights. The largest purse will be offered Saturday night with the running of the $310,000 Governor’s Cup Futurity (RG1), and then the $175,000 Governor’s Cup Derby (RG2) is on Sunday.

The Spencer Childers for older horses honors the American Quarter Horse Hall of Fame owner and breeder

Circle City comes into the Childers in peak form. In his most recent start, the $154,800 Vessels Maturity (G1), the gray gelding made a superlative late run to get up and win by three quarters of a length as the 2-1 favorite. It was the second major win at Los Alamitos for Circle City. A year ago, he sped to a one-half-length win in the $204,100 Golden State Derby (G2).

Nomadic is making his 4-year-old debut after closing out his sophomore campaign with a neck win in the $154,550 Southern California Derby (G2) in December as the 8-5 favorite. It was his second derby score. He won last year’s $185,000 Governor’s Cup Derby (RG2) by a handy three quarters of a length as the 9-10 favorite.

Circle City and Nomadic are both by Favorite Cartel and out of the Corona Cartel daughter Moonlight Corona. Since Favorite Cartel is out of a Corona Cartel mare, the brothers are bred 3S X 2D to Corona Cartel.

Favorite Cartel’s siring record is on the shortest of leading sires lists. He was No. 1 in 2020 as the sire of money earners ($6.9 million, $900,000 ahead of his nearest rival), winners (156, 50 more than the second-place horse) and stakes winners (26, seven more than the next horse).

Notably, he is the sire of six of the seven entries in this six-figure stakes race. 

Moonlight Corona scored five wins and took a pair of overnight handicaps at Los Alamitos.

Bred by Dr. Allred, Moonlight Corona hails from one of the finest Vessels-bred families. Her dam is the grand producer Moon Arisen, who was out of Goin For Cash. The dam of Goin For Cash was the legendary Ought To Go.

Moon Arisen, by Beduino (TB), was the dam of 2001 champion 2-year-old filly Your First Moon, who went on to be the dam of champions Moonist and Moonin The Eagle.

Goin For Cash, by Dash For Cash, had limited opportunities with only four foals. She did show potential as the dam of Totally Done Gone, winner of the Prescott Downs Futurity (G3) and the The Classics Futurity (RG3) along with a second-place run in the Golden State Futurity (G1).

Ought To Go, by Go Man Go, was a Vessels cornerstone mare. She qualified for the Bay Meadows Futurity and the Kindergarten back when these races were dominant futurities on the California circuit.

The Vessels-bred Ought To Go produced the sensationally fast stakes winner Fishers Favorite, the dam of Golden State Futurity (G1) winner Check Her Twice.

Ought To Go is the second dam of champion Solvency. This is the direct family of world champion Special Leader, champion Old Habits, Hateful Hanna and Hardly Hateful.

Once again, Favorite Cartel leads the way and the Vessels breeding program affirms its place in history. It’s not news, it’s history.

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