by DEBRA GINSBURG Susie Edlund couldn’t remember a time when she didn’t love horses.
Growing up in Rolling Hills Estates, she got involved with hunter/jumpers and owned her first horse when she was only 10.
Her passion eventually evolved into teaching riding to kids, CTBA Member Profile and buying former racehorses for resale as show and pleasure mounts.
These days, however, she concentrates on developing promising young fourlegged prospects for the racetrack.
During a 10-year stint as an instructor at the Portuguese Bend Riding Club, she got to know Robert and Coletha Hutchinson when she gave riding lessons to their daughter Linda.
It was through that association that the Hutchinson-Edlund Thoroughbred partnership was born. “Linda took a liking to me and wanted to know if I’d be interested in becoming a partner in a horse ranch,” Susie recalled. “Her father had purchased some land out in Murrieta where he wanted to retire to and thought he’d like to raise some horses.
The only thing was he didn’t know what kind of horses he wanted.” She moved her hunter/jumper business to Murrieta and became equal partners with the Hutchinsons.
Robert passed away some years ago, but she has continued the partnership with his widow and daughter.
Although showing still comprises a good portion of her work, she now buys a lot of former racehorses off the track and retrains them for other sports, like show jumping and polo, that capitalize on a Thoroughbred’s speed and athleti©Rudi Groothedde cism.
She has also branched out a bit to break and sales- pinhook yearlings for various clients prep yearlings, breed mares and even and prepare them for 2-year-olds in stand a stallion.
Training sales.” “My association with ThoroughMore recently, Edlund broke severbreds actually goes back a long way,” al of local breeder Ron Gomez’s she explained. “I once worked for the babies, which included a strapping bay CTBA as a bid runner when they used to have their sales at the old Hollywood Park pavilion.
But the way I got into the business was that I used to Susie Edlund filly by Falstaff out of Video Menu.
She got the filly ready for her Del Mar Yearling Sale inspection at the Murrieta Ranch and prepped her for the sale itself.
That filly brought a final bid of $32,000 at the 1998 Del Mar auction and became two-time California Champion Cover Gal.
She also prepped a California-bred son of Fly So Free for the following year’s sale at Del Mar.
Bred by Kenneth Reinsch and orphaned soon after he was born, the youngster fetched a respectable $60,000 as a yearling.
He made an even bigger splash at the Barretts March 2-Year-Old Sale in 2002, when Prince Ahmed bin Salman’s The Thoroughbred Corp.
Bought him for $700,000, which was then a record for a Cal-bred sold at public auction.
He was named Arabian Light and went on to win both the Graduation Stakes at Del Mar and grade II Lane’s End Breeders’ Futurity at Keeneland for lifetime earnings of $410,544. “When you have a horse at your ranch and deal with it on a daily basis, you really get to know it as an individual,” Susie said. “Both Arabian Light and Cover Gal were exceptional animals.
I knew in my heart they would bring good prices at the sale and do well for themselves on the track.
They’re the kinds of horses you always dream about.” Since the Murrieta property is only 20 acres, Susie basically greenbreaks yearlings and works with horses that don’t require a lot of training. “We get them ready to go to a place that has a training track,” she explained, “but we rarely turn anybody away.
If we can work with the horse, we’ll take him on.
We also board lay-ups from the track and even had some of (the late) Georgia Ridder’s mares here to prep for the dispersal sale.
There’s only room for about 40 horses here at one time, so there’s a big turnover.” 36 California Thoroughbred Some years ago, Argentine horse- Another, Fatal Caper, became the stalShe currently has hopes for a 3man Michel Viejobueno brought some lion’s first stakes horse when she placed year-old General Meeting colt named Thoroughbreds from his native coun- in the $200,000 Melair Stakes at Cali- Flying General who debuted at Santa try for Susie to break.
They became fornia Gold Rush IV this year.
And, Anita Park in March.
Produced from friends and the association led her to despite the fact that Town Caper was the stakes-winning Flying Paster mare standing his stallion, Town Caper, at unraced at two, several of his offspring Ashland Rose, Flying General was the Murrieta ranch.
Have proven precocious enough to race bred by CTBA Director Clydene “My partner (Earle McNeil) had and win as 2-year-olds.
Boots and given to Susie after he failed some horses with Susie and he respect“Breeding and genetics will always to meet his reserve at the 2001 Bared her knowledge and expertise with tell,” Michel said. “As soon as I saw retts October Yearling Sale.
Edlund, in horses,” Viejobueno says. “Although what Town Caper was getting from a turn, gave a share in the colt to trainshe’s never had any experience with bunch of poor mares, I went to Ken- er D.
Wayne Baker, so they’re looking stallions, she seemed very interested in tucky and bought better mares for him.
Forward to racing him as partners.
Standing Town Caper.
We trusted her We’re thinking of shuttling him to Susie also owns two mares with enough to give her the chance and it’s Argentina.
I have some mares down Leonard Lidstrom, who raced Let’s been a very satisfying arrangement.” there that I can breed to him and sev- Go Surfing with her.
One of them is A Cal-bred son of the Icecapade stal- eral farms have shown an interest.
He Claim This Dance, a Mining mare lion Fatih, Town Caper captured the has a lot of speed.” out of a half-sister to Turkoman. 1993 Foothill Stakes at Fairplex Park Michel keeps his California-based They sent her to Kentucky the first and ran second in the Real Good Deal mares in a place that’s undeveloped and year that they had her, to be bred to Stakes at Del Mar.
The 1994 Kentucky A serious student of Derby winner Go pedigrees, Michel for Gin.
The result kept an eye on the of that mating is horse as a possible Cal-bred Danceing stallion prospect and Gin, who is now claimed him quite three and training inexpensively at with Baker.
In Fairplex in 1995, 2001 and 2002, when he started deClaim This Dance scending the claimproduced a couple ing ladder.
Of Memo (Chi) filDespite nine lies, and was then wins from 34 starts ©Benoit bred to Town and earnings of Caper this year.
Let’s Go Surfing—Santa Anita Park—January 9, 1999 $220,943 and a The other mare is pedigree that contained such influen- brings them down to foal their babies at stakes-placed Blair ’s Favorite, by tial stallions as Nearco, Graustark, nearby Circle H Ranch.
When the Irish River (Fr), who has a beautiful Damascus and Never Bend in his first foals are a few days old, Susie takes the Memo colt that will probably go in five generations, few people wanted to mares to her place where she gets them this year’s Del Mar Yearling Sale.
Send their mares to Town Caper.
Susie ready for their next breedings.
In addition to caring for Town and Michel started breeding him to She has also campaigned a few run- Caper and the horses on the Hutchinneighbors’ Quarter Horses and ners herself.
She feels her best horse son property, Susie makes her home in Appaloosas just to get some foals out was a Cutlass Reality gelding, who she Fallbrook, in North San Diego County, there.
After one of his racing bought from Harris Farms Inc.
At the with an assortment of four-legged and Appaloosa babies became a champion 1996 Del Mar Yearling Sale and equine companions.
At two and three, Susie and Michel named Let’s Go Surfing as a tribute to One of them is a Thoroughbred/ believed they might have something her roots as a California beach girl.
Appaloosa son of 1969 Hollywood special in Town Caper. “He was a really fun horse to have, Gold Cup winner Figonero.
She Although Town Caper hasn’t been and paid his way at the track,” she bought the horse as a yearling from Dr.
Bred to outside mares and has thus far recalled. “He ran second in the Cali- Jim Buell and he’s now 27.
She also had limited opportunities at stud, he is fornia Cup Sprint after he got claimed has a couple of young Thoroughbreds posting some good numbers.
One of his from us.
He raced against horses like that she’s reschooling as trail horses.
Foals, Gamblin Town, was one of the Spinelessjellyfish, Sky Jack, Love That “I can’t ever imagine a life without nation’s winningest Thoroughbreds last Red and Guillermo and earned more horses,” she said. “It’s like Heaven on year, scoring 10 victories from 17 starts.
Than $200,000.” earth.” June 2003 37
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