POMONA, Calif. (Jan. 19, 2018) — Phil Lebherz’s Premier Thoroughbreds LLC of San Mateo, California is the recipient of the Second annual McMahon Award given to the breeder of the leading money-winning California-bred two-year-old sold at public auction. Premier Thoroughbreds LLC bred and raised Spiced Perfection, who led all California-bred two-year-olds of 2017 sold at public auction with earnings of $167,280.
Spiced Perfection was purchased from Sue Greene’s Woodbridge Farm consignment at the 2016 Barretts Fall Sale by John Brocklebank as agent, who also purchased the inaugural McMahon winner, California Diamond, at a WTBOA auction. After receiving her early preparation in Utah, she was resold by Checkmate Thoroughbreds in the 2017 Barretts March Sale to Brian Koriner as agent for Dare to Dream Stables LLC.
She made her debut as the odds-on favorite going 4 ½ furlongs at Santa Anita on June 1 and finished a close 3rd despite a wide trip while getting beat 2 noses. She never finished worse than second the rest of her juvenile year. She came back 15 days later to finish runner-up in a race 1/16th longer also at Santa Anita. She waited a little more than a month to break her maiden at Del Mar on opening day, then returned to the seaside oval to win the $100,000 Generous Portion Stakes in her stakes debut about 6 weeks later.
She finished up the year by finishing a close second, beaten less than a length, in both the $200,000 Golden State Juvenile Fillies Stakes at Santa Anita and $100,000 Soviet Problem Stake at Los Alamitos to the presumptive two-year-old California-bred champion filly of 2017, One Fast Broad. Spiced Perfection finished the year with 6 starts, 2 wins, 3 seconds and 1 third.
The McMahon Award, which is presented annually by Barretts Equine Limited, is named for Barretts co-founder and former President, Gerald McMahon, who was a strong believer in the need for a commercial marketplace, as well as the promotion of those sellers who produce top runners. Mr. McMahon is pictured presenting the trophy for Premier Thoroughbreds’ farm manager Dennis Yokum at this week’s Barretts January Sale.