Tommy Town Thoroughbreds LLC
A Leading California Farm Achieving Success Through Dedication To Excellence
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. The stallions standing in 2013 are Kafwain, Ministers Wild Cat and Old Topper, all multiple stakes winners, in addition to Grazen.
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 have 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 40 employees who live on site.
Although Tommy Towns’ focus has been breeding, racing and private sales have become of equal importance in the last few years. The training program at the farm, excellent pedigrees and exceptional facilities are utilized to prepare horses to race in California, but also in Pennsylvania, New Mexico, Kentucky and a variety of East Coast states. This program has resulted in Tommy Town being very successful with racing. Tommy Town also offers breaking, sales preparation, lay-up and rehabilitation for a return to racing. Tommy Town has bred and trained many successful racehorses, including several stakes winners. U R All That I Am, a Tommy Town homebred, earned $426,740, and now that she has completed her racing career, is still owned by Tommy Town as a broodmare. They have also occasionally purchased some outstanding individuals for racing and possible retirement as stallions or broodmares. Whatsthescript (Ire), an earner of $1,000,164, is a prime example.
In addition to racing, Tommy Town also sells horses in the sales ring and privately. A few notable privately sold or claimed horses who went on to race were Top This and That ($422,262), You Lift Me Up ($477,717), Topper Shopper ($345,476), Sierra Sweetie ($316,400) and Tommy’s Topper ($200,179).
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 six racing crops so far, with progeny earnings over $12 million. His leading earners are grade I winner Daisy Devine ($764,916), multiple stakes winner Third Chance ($441,624) and grade III winner Don't Forget Gil ($370,737).
Ministers Wild Cat, out of Hollywood Wild Cat, by Deputy Minister, began his stallion career in 2006. His 2007 foals began racing in 2009. Ministers Wild Cat was the leading freshman sire of California-breds in 2009. With four racing crops, his progeny earnings have exceeded $4 million. Bailouttheminister ($213,134) is his leading earner, followed closely by Going for a Spin ($211,452), a Tommy Town homebred filly who is 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 nine crops racing with progeny earnings over $15 million. Old Topper has an impressive 75 percent winners to starters ratio. Top This and That and Topper Shopper are his leading earners. Tommy Town also bred and owns Ain’t No Other ($277,173), who continues to race and won an impressive five races in a row.
For more information, please contact Mike Allen at (805) 686-4337, or visit Tommy Town Thoroughbreds at www.tommytownfarms.com