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News & Notes - 2005


Updates on Griffin Place bred, raised and sold runners and Stallions that GP has shares in.

Griffin Place bred, raised and sold, KEAGAN won the ARIZONA JUVENILE S at Turf Paradise. Racing three deep and between rivals into the turn, he came from 6th at the quarter pole to win by a neck. Congratulations to his owners, Gary Olson, Randy Bafus, Gary Stevenson, and Eric Kruljac, his trainer, Eric Kruljac, and jockey S.A.Stevens. Keagan is a 2 YO colt by Basket Weave out of our mare Atoyac.



2YO Keagan, by Basket Weave out of Griffin Place mare Atoyac, won the 5th race at Turf Paradise. Congratulations to trainer Eric Kruljac and his connections.



Packy, Griffin Place sales graduate won the 3rd race at Emerald Downs. It was an allowance race going 6f with a purse of $17,000. Congratulations breeders Stormy Hull and Robin Mason. Packy is by Petersburg out of Northern Whirl.

Note: Packy’s yearling ½ brother by Free At Last is entered in the WTBA winter mixed sale, Griffin Place, agent. [click...]


2YO Keagan, by Basket Weave out of Griffin Place mare Atoyac, ran second in the $35,000 Turf Paradise ATBA Fall Sales Stakes. Congratulations to trainer Eric Kruljac and his connections.


Cuddabinthewhiskey, 2YO by Free At Last, out of Late Nite Martini, won MSW at Northlands Park. Congratulations to his trainer, Red Smith and owner, Red Diamon Stable. Cuddabinthewhiskey was bred, raised and sold by Griffin Place.


GP sales graduate, Eastern Accent wins mile race in fastest time this year at Emerald Downs. [click to view results in PDF]



Rings a Chime's yearling colt tops Saratoga sale at $3,100,000!
Colt by Storm Cat out of Rings A Chime
Photo: Skip Dickstein

By Evan Hammonds

The lone Storm Cat colt in the Fasig-Tipton select yearling sale elicited a protracted bidding duel between a pair of racing titans Wednesday night which resulted in a final $3.1 million winning bid from bloodstock agent Demi O'Byrne. The sale-topping colt added to a session total of $16,890,000, which was good for an average of $324,808 and a median of $200,000. Sixteen horses were RNA'd, or 23.5% of the night's total.

Overall, the two-day auction recorded 103 yearlings sold for $33,415,000 which resulted in an average of $324,417 and a $225,000 median. The two-day buy-back rate was 24%.

A year ago, during the three-day format, 150 yearlings sold for $45,705,000 which resulted in an average of $304,700 and a $212,500 median. The buy-back rate was 21.5%.

"We learned one or two things this evening, and we confirmed some others," said D.G. Van Clief Jr., chairman of Fasig-Tipton. "We learned that the new, condensed two-day format works and works well. We think that by condensing the sale we have increased the energy level and increased the efficiency of the sale without sacrificing any of the elegance.



GP bred Mashiko (Son of Briartic – Bold Magestrate) put in a great effort to win $40,000 claiming at Hollywood Park going 6 furlongs. Congratulations to his trainer, William Spawr, and his current connections. His ½ sister by Tribunal will be offered in the WTBA summer sale on 9/6/05.



Bobbie Wagner, a Griffin Place sale graduate won $20,000 Claiming going 1 Mile for her third straight win. Congratulations to her breeder, Harold May and to her current connections.


She’s a Top Star, a Griffin Place sale graduate won at Emerald Downs going 5 1/2f. Congratulations to her breeders, Lynn and Harvey Stanley and to her current connections.


GP graduate, The Littlest Angel (Devil His Due / Late Nite Martini) won at Emerald Downs in Maiden Claiming. Congratulations to trainer Doris Harwood and owner Elttaes Stable.



Griffin Place sale graduate, Bobbie Wagner (Son of Briartic / Piratical f.) won at Emerald Downs going 1 mile. Congratulations to her breeder, Harold May, and to her current connections.


Griffin Place sale graduate, Free a Way (Free At Last/ Drou a Way) won at Stampede Park going 6 furlongs in maiden $17,500 claiming. Congratulations to his breeders, Chuck and Jayne Arnold owners of Bear Creak Meadows, and to his current connections.


4/13/05 Foxwood Belle Syndicate Update: Licensing time.
Today I went to the Race office at Emerald Downs to renew my owner’s license. The process has changed slightly. First of all, the Commission Office is located north of the grandstand. There is a 4-way stop on the road where you turn in, and a sign for the Quarter Chute Café. The office is open whenever there is live racing and also on Wednesday and Thursday from 10-4PM. You might want to call first to be sure. Their number is 253-531-6372.

You will be asked for the name of your horse(s) and if you are joining us in the Foxwood Belle Syndicate, tell them you are a member of the Foxwood Belle Stable. They will want to know what your ownership interest is. The minimum is 10%. You will be charged accordingly even though you actually may only own 1%. That’s fine. It will cost $91.00. You will also have your photo taken, and you will be fingerprinted there in the office. This whole process will take about 10-15 minutes.

Once you have your license in your hot little hand, march through the doors into the next office and you will see the Horsemen’s Bookkeeper’s office. She will issue you the coveted parking pass and two admission passes for you and a friend which are good for the entire season.

So, now you are legal. You can park free, you can go to the grandstand free, and you can visit the barns. There is a protocol for barn visits though. I will write more on that later, but for the syndicate members, we will let Sharon advise use.


Griffin Place sale graduate, Bobbie Wagner, (Son of Briartic / Piratical filly) won going 1 mile on the turf at Turf Paradise today. Congratulations to her breeder, Harold May and to her current connections.


4/5/05 Foxwood Belle.

We are starting a new venture. I have been asked to put together a syndicate to race the filly, Foxwood Belle. She was bred and raised by our friend, Billie Murphy, who passed away last year. Her grandson, Seth, contacted me and said that it was Billie’s wish to have her friends race this filly. He wanted me and another friend, Linda Weeks, to help him. I have never set up a racing syndicate before, but I thought this would be a great opportunity.

Let me back up and give some history on the filly. She is a lovely big individual by Jazzing Around, and out of the multiple stakes producing mare Ticky Tac. Ticky Tac was a favorite of Billie’s and is the dam of stakes winner, GREAT THREADS, $237,831, and stakes placed Foxy Sneakers, $292,092, Frisco Freeze, $41,862, and Runnin Riot, $7,785. Jazzing Around is the sire of many stakes winners including NAME FOR NORM, Champion 2-year-old colt in Washington, winner of the Gottstein Futurity and $278,367, JAZZIE ACT, CHAMPION OLDER MARE IN Washington winner of $185,146, OCHOCO JAZZ, horse of the year, champion 2- and 3-year-old colt in Oregon, JAZZ’N HOT,$178,4430, FOR THE CHILDERN, $116,578, A JAZZY VENTURE, $103,525, etc.

Billie sent her filly to Robin and Stormy at Carnation Racing Stable for breaking and early training as a two-year-old. She did well, and was sent to Emerald Downs for conditioning under the care of Billie’s long time trainer, Sharon Ross. Sharon decided that it would be wise not to start her at two, but instead to let her develop and grow. So, the filly was given the winter off and is currently back at Emerald Downs getting ready to start. Sharon reports that she is training well.

Now it is time to form our syndicate. With that in mind, I have proposed some ideas.

First, the ownership interest will be divided into 100 shares. That way, the original purchase and the maintenance will be affordable to more people. The syndicate members will each own 1/100 of Foxwood Belle. As owners, they will each be responsible for 1/20 of her expenses. Likewise, they will receive 1/100 of any money earned and of any funds should the filly be claimed or sold.

Sharon Ross will train the filly, as she was always Billie’s trainer and that was her wish.

Linda Weeks will be responsible for collecting and dispersing funds.

I will write the agreement, and be take care of communication.

Our goal is to have fun. Period. I will advise everyone who is interested in joining us that this is not a money-making venture. There is always a possibility that we might make money, but l wouldn’t count on it. On the other hand, what other sport can you think of that has even that possibility? What we can do is enjoy the filly, watch her train in the morning, get excited about her first race, go with her to the paddock and watch her be saddled, go to the barn and feed her carrots and take pictures, and of course brag about what a great filly she is. We will have breakfast at the track kitchen and join our friends for lunch and races in the afternoon.

Our plan is to run at Emerald Downs which opens April 15 and will go through the middle of October. Then, we will let Foxwood Belle rest over the winter at Billie’s farm.

Of course anything can happen and plans can change rapidly in this game. Sharon will have the call on when the filly will run and what kind of race she will go into. I will make sure that all the members are informed so they can watch her workouts and most importantly be there to see her races.

We will work out all the financial details and have those available. Please call for details.

Mary Lou Griffin



Griffin Place sales graduate, Yellow Out, came from behind to win by 2 lengths going 1Mile on the Turf at Bay Meadows in $20,000 claiming. Congratulations to his connections including trainer Ed Moger, Jr. and breeder Harold May.


Griffin Place sales graduate Yellow Out (3YO gelding by Demons Begone – Hazel Slew) won at Bay Meadows in $20,000 CL going 1 mile. Congratulations to his breeder, Harold May, trainer Ed Moger, Jr. and to his owners.


Griffin Place bred, Mashiko won by 5 lengths at Santa Anita going 6F. Congratulations to his connections, owners Don Beardsworth, Dennis Decauwer and Peter Lurie including trainer Gary Stute. SP Mashiko is out of SW BOLD MAGESTRATE, dam also of WA champion BEST JUDGEMENT.



GP sales graduate Bobbie Wagner won a mile race at Turf Paradise on 2/18/2005 on a muddy track. Congratulations to her breeder Harold May and her current connections.


, bay colt by Out of Place – Cozzene’s Angel has been nominated to the Triple Crown. Hockey Fan has a yearling ½ brother by Deputy Minister that Griffin Place will be selling in September, with Hill ‘n’ Dale Farm as agent. Hockey Fan is owned by George Krikorian, trained by John A. Shirreffs, and bred by Mr. & Mrs. William T. Griffin (Griffin Place).



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Celebration at Dudley's in Lexington after the big sale.

Buckley Horse Breeders Hit It Big In Kentucky
WTBA artcle

Mary Lou and Terry Griffin, owners of Griffin Place in Buckley, hit a breeders' bonanza on January 11, selling their Thoroughbred broodmare Cozzene’s Angel at public auction in Kentucky for $1.35 million.

Cozzene’s Angel was presented at the Keeneland sales grounds in Lexington, KY, which is the foremost Thoroughbred sales venue in the world. The 11-year-old mare sold in foal to the popular Kentucky stallion Pulpit and the final price will likely make her the sale topper at the six day auction that ends on January 15.

Purchaser Reiley McDonald of Eaton Sales, acting as agent for undisclosed buyers, told Thoroughbred Times “She’s a big, lovely mare and she’s carrying an American based foal. The foal will probably go to sale.”

The Griffin’s purchased Cozzene’s Angel in late 2000 for just a fraction of what they resold her for and have raised and sold three of her offspring in the interim. They are also currently the co-owners on a foal sharing arrangement of the mare’s youngest foal, a yearling colt by two-time leading North American sire Deputy Minister. If all goes well, that youngster could possibly bring seven figures as well when he is offered for sale at Keeneland this September.


Outofthe Blue Slew Wins Again At Santa Anita
WTBA artcle

Outofthe Blue Slew, a five-year-old Washington-bred gelding that sold as as yearling for $82,000 at the WTBA Summer Yearling Sale in 2001, won for the second time in his career on January 5 at Santa Anita Park in Arcadia, CA. Outofthe Blue Slew sped six and one-half furlongs in 1:15 1/5 and won by two lengths.

The altered son of leading Washington sire Slewdledo--Outofthebluebell is a half-brother to multiple Washington champion and Grade 1 winner Rings A Chime. Bred by Mr. & Mrs. William T. Griffin of Buckley, the runner has now won or placed in eight of 12 career starts for owner C. T. Grether, Inc.


Toccet's Dam Sells At Keeneland For $1.35 Million
by Deirdre B. Biles

Cozzene's Angel, the dam of multiple grade I winner Toccet, sold for $1.35 million Tuesday as the Keeneland January horses of all ages sale gained momentum and shot ahead of last year's pace.
Cozzene's Angel
Cozzene's Angel, brought $1.35 million at Keeneland sale.
Anne M. Eberhardt Photo

Reiley McDonald of Eaton Sales purchased session topper Cozzene's Angel, outlasting Dr. Tony Ryan of Castleton Lyons, the Kentucky farm where Toccet stands at stud. Former Castleton Lyons president Gabriel Duignan bought Toccet for $3.35 million last November at the Fasig-Tipton Kentucky select mixed sale.

McDonald said Cozzene's Angel, an 11-year-old daughter of Cozzene, would be owned by an undisclosed partnership and would remain in this country. Acting on the behalf of the same partnership, McDonald bought Santa Catarina for $4.8 million and Take Charge Lady for $4.2 million at the 2004 Keeneland November breeding stock sale. Cozzene's Angel is in foal to Pulpit, and McDonald said that offspring probably would be sold as a yearling at Saratoga or Keeneland in September.

"She (Cozzene's Angel) is a big, stout, good-looking mare; she's the best mare in the sale by far," said McDonald, whose high-powered clients include Coolmore Stud and Betty Moran. "I thought she probably would have gone for $1.5 million or $2 million in November."

Cozzene's Angel was a winner that placed twice in added-money events. Out of the winning Trepan mare Charming Pan, she is a half-sister to stakes winners Courtly Candor (by Fight Over) and Miss Walkie Talkie (by Miswaki).

John Sikura's Hill 'n' Dale Sales Agency consigned Cozzene's Angel as agent for Mary Lou and Terry Griffin, who own the 30-acre Griffin Place near Buckley, Wash. Mary Lou Griffin purchased Cozzene's Angel (in foal to Aggressive Chief) for only $35,000 at the 2000 Fasig-Tipton Kentucky November mixed sale.

"I'm thrilled," Mary Lou Griffin said. "This is one for the small breeder. Sometimes your dreams do come true."

The Griffins and Sikura own Cozzene's Angel's Deputy Minister yearling colt together. He is scheduled to be sold later this year at Keeneland in September, Sikura said.


Cozzene's Angel brings $1,350,000 at Keenland

Lexington, Ky. News from

Mary Lou and Cozzene's Angel
Mary Lou pictured with Cozzene's Angel.

The mother of multiple Grade 1 stakes winner Toccet brought a top price of $1,350,000 during Tuesday’s session of Keeneland’s January Horses of All Ages Sale.

Eaton Sales, as agent, bought Cozzene’s Angel , an 11-year-old broodmare by Cozzene out of Charming Pan, by Trepan. She is pregnant to Pulpit, winner of Keeneland’s 1997 Toyota Blue Grass Stakes.

Hill ‘n’ Dale Sales Agency, as agent, sold Cozzene’s Angel, who produced Toccet from a mating with Awesome Again. Toccet won the Grade 1 Champagne Stakes and Hollywood Futurity and earned more than $900,000 during his racing career.

Cozzene’s Angel brought to two the number of horses who have sold for $1 million or more during the first two days of the annual horses of all ages sale. The six-day auction continues through Saturday.


Outofthe Blue Slew won at Santa Anita 1/5/05 beating Ata Olympio. The 6 ½ f allowance race was run in 1.l5.1. Value of the race was $52,080. Congratulations to trainer Howie Zucker and the Grethers! Outofthe Blue Slew is a 5 YO by Slewdledo – Outofthebluebell was bred, raised and sold by Griffin Place.


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