Sire: California Dane
Trainer: Peter White
Foal Date: 16/10/2010
COLT BY CALIFORNIA DANE – INSPECT
California Dane has made a great start to his stud career as the fast son of Danehill closed off the 2011-12 season with his first stakes winner, and, it was recorded at Flemington.
Fire Thunderbolt (ex Spirited and Sexy by King Ivor), strode home in the Streets Ice Cream Stakes (registered name: Festival of Racing) in March.
The colt in this advertisement that the TTSC are offering shares in will be trained in Victoria by Peter White.
Well grown and out of the handy race-mare Inspect (by Integra), winner of three races on Sydney tracks over 1800 and 2000m, and is a full-sister to crack galloper, Intergaze.
Collecting more than $100,000 in earnings, Inspect, a chestnut, also collected black-type when runner-up in the Australia Day Cup and is a proven producer being the dam of the promising, Hoegaarden (by Flying Spur).
Hoegaarden, broke his maiden in the best possible manner in a stakes event at just his third start last Spring at Ascot when he beat Playing God in the Listed Fairetha Stakes (1400m).
Intergaze won 12 races – eight at Group 1 level – and earned over $3.76 million during an illustrious career.
NOT ENOUGH? Since retiring to stud, California Dane whose best win came in the Group 2 Carlyon Stakes (registered name: Stanley Wootton) at Moonee Valley, has progeny showing super promise.
Along with Fire Thunderbolt, Lake Sententia (ex Talk of Egypt) was runner up in the Group 2 Matriarch Stakes (2000m) at Flemington during Melbourne Cup week and the bay filly is now the winner of four races from seven starts with earnings of more than $150,000.
With 29 individual winners from just 52 starters that’s a 55.8% starter to winner ratio for the young sire California Dane has made a good start to his career off the track.
As a young child instead of getting a bike for his birthday present, Peter Whites’ parents gave him a pony and so began the love affair with the horse. After all, White’s father was a bush trainer and like many sons, White found himself working and riding as a youngster.
Based at Mornington, White quietly points out he does have two horses in his stable that have had more than 100-starts. That’s a tribute to his care and patience and after that is what it’s all about – those short two or three minutes on the track, owners get their hearts racing, and, the horse gets its chance to perform.
White, best known for his ‘war-horse’, Jungle Ruler, whom he purchased for just $25,000 out of the Magic Millions sale in 2005 from the Newhaven Park draft, now boasting earnings of more than $800,000 Jungle Ruler is a favourite with punters when the track is wet and often leaves his rivals in his wake as the son of Lion Hunter loves ploughing through the mud with his ears pricked.
Racehorses have been a constant throughout White’s life moving to Sydney as a young man to study veterinary science, a course he didn’t complete. White had a permit to train at Randwick, in the late 70’s, when he then took over the running of the Captain Cook Hotel. At that time White had in training another grey named Tulip Town.
That horse won races in Perth and Sydney, and, Melbourne. “I took Tulip Town to Melbourne in the spring of 1980 and he won the Mercedes-Benz Cup on Caulfield Cup day. We took him to Perth and back to Sydney and he won races, but we ended up settling back in Melbourne that year,” White said.
“I had a few in work myself and spent a bit of time helping out other trainers. I used to clock horses for Tony Vasil when he started out.”
When Whites’ stepson Alex Macpherson decided he’d like to try his hand at training, he began the searching for a property and found a prime spot at Mornington racecourse. But after only a short stint at Mornington, Macpherson set up his own base at nearby Tuerong, leaving White with a ready-made property and an excuse to get back into the game.
Having enjoyed success with his small team, White’s profile has grown in recent times thanks to the deeds of prolific country winners Escape Artist, Baby Esme and, of course, Jungle Ruler.