Tommy Town Thoroughbreds is continuing to pursue their goal of becoming one of California’s premier breeding farms, as well as a top training facility. Tommy Town was named leading breeder in California for 2015, 2013 and 2009, and leading owner by California races won for 2014. The stallions standing in 2016 are Boisterous, Kafwain, Ministers Wild Cat and Old Topper, all multiple stakes winners, in addition to Grazen and Jeranimo. Tommy Town was established in 2000 by Tom and Debi Stull with the purchase of a 165-acre ranch, formerly known as the Westerly Training Center, in the lush Santa Ynez Valley in Santa Barbara County. To accommodate growth, the Stulls acquired an additional 200 adjoining acres. The training side of the farm has 100 stalls, a custom equi-cruiser, and a seven furlong track that is maintained by two full-time workers. On the breeding side, there is a 35-stall foaling barn. With over 350 acres of land, the farm offers pasture boarding for mares, foals and yearlings year-round.
Tommy Town has been successful in assembling and retaining an outstanding team. The Ranch Manager, Mike Allen, joined Tommy Town in 2001. Esteban Melchor, assistant stallion manager since 2001, was promoted to stallion manager in 2008. To ensure effective rehabilitation of injured horses, the farm works closely with Alamo Pintado Equine Clinic, in addition to the breeding veterinarian, Dr. Bill Stevenson, who specializes and is expert in the care of broodmares and foals. The farm has 30 employees who live on site.
Although Tommy Towns’ focus has been breeding, racing and sales have become of equal importance in the last few years. The breeding program includes a select number of mares boarded and bred in Kentucky to supplement our California breeding program. The training program at the farm, excellent pedigrees and exceptional facilities are utilized to prepare horses to race mainly in California, but also in Pennsylvania, New Mexico, Kentucky and a variety of other states. This program has resulted in a successful racing program at Tommy Town. In addition to training, Tommy Town also offers breaking, sales preparation, layup and rehabilitation for a return to racing. Tommy Town has bred and trained many successful racehorses, including Grade 1 winner Let Faith Arise ($488,240), multiple graded stakes winner Doinghardtimeagain ($713,766), in addition to stakes winners Ain’t No Other ($610,595), She’s Ordained $386,525), Top Kisser ($347,100), and two year old, Run for Retts ($45,000).
Kafwain, by Cherokee Run, was purchased by Tommy Town in 2008, and stood in Kentucky for the 2009 season. Kafwain came to California to stand at Tommy Town in 2010, and was a leading California sire during 2011. He has nine racing crops, with progeny earnings over $18.6 million and 24 stake winners. His leading earners are Grade I winner Daisy Devine ($1,095,892), Grade 1 winner, homebred Let Faith Arise ($488,240) and multiple stakes winner, Third Chance ($481,464). In addition his starters to winners percentage is 74%.
Ministers Wild Cat, out of Hollywood Wild Cat, by Deputy Minister, began his stallion career in 2006. Ministers Wild Cat was the leading freshman sire of California-breds in 2009. He currently has seven crops racing, progeny earnings over $12 million and 16 stakes winners. Tommy Town owned and bred, Doinghardtimeagain ($734,304) is his leading earner, followed by Tiz a Minister ($481,530) and She’s Ordained ($469,650), a Tommy Town homebred filly also still racing.
Old Topper, California’s leading freshman sire in 2004, leading second-crop sire in 2005 and leading third crop sire for 2006 has twelve crops racing with progeny earnings over $20 million. Old Topper has an impressive 78 percent winners to starters ratio (up from 77% last year). Old Topper’s top earner, Ain’t No Other ($654,450) a homebred, is still racing. His other top earners, are Top This and That ($422,262) and Top Kisser ($407,100) another homebred, owned by Tommy Town.
Standing his second season is Distorted Humor’s Grade One winning son Boisterous, a winner of 12 races from 35 starts and $1,458,792 he is out of the states winning and multiple graded stakes-placed mare Emanating, by Cox’s Ridge.
Jeranimo will also be standing his second season at Tommy Town Farms in 2016. This multiple Grade One winner of over $1.5 million hails from the family of sensational young sire First Samurai.
For more information, please contact Mike Allen at (805) 686-4337, or visit Tommy Town Thoroughbreds online at www.tommytownfarms.com