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Unusual Heat takes Californian sire record

TWO runners on opposite coasts helped the California stallion Unusual Heat establish a new record for annual progeny earnings in the Golden State.

Beltene, a two-year-old maiden winner at Hollywood Park, and Cinder Cone, a four-year-old gelding who finished third at Laurel Park in Maryland, on Thursday boosted their sire's prize-money for the year to $5,608,704, according to

The previous record was set by the stallion Cee's Tizzy in 2000, the year his son Tiznow won his first Breeders' Cup Classic, worth more than 40 per cent of Cee's Tizzy's total progeny earnings of $5,597,979.

Unusual Heat has not had a runner of that magnitude, although his season's winners include Grade 1 winner Golden Doc A and Mr Chairman - winner of the California Cup Classic, the state version of the Breeders' CupClassic. However, his biggest earner this year is Grade 2 scorer Lethal Heat, with a bankroll of more than $426,000.

"It's $5.6 million of blue-color, solid earnings, without a million-dollar pot," Unusual Heat's co-owner Madeline Auerbach told

Auerbach, along with California trainer Barry Abrams and partners, claimed the son of Nureyev, formerly a Listed winner in Ireland for Dermot Weld, as a six-year-old in 1996 for $80,000 and havebred and raced a large number of his runners, including Lethal Heat.

Unusual Heat stands at Buddy Johnston's Old English Rancho in Sanger, California, where his 2008 fee was $20,000.




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