John Sparkman: Enriching a Golden State legacy

by John P. Sparkman 4 years ago

One of the first horses bred by Marty and Pam Wygod when they entered the Thoroughbred business in the 1970s was Pirate’s Bounty, a beautifully bred son of the great Hoist the Flag out of stakes winner Bad Seed, by Stevward. Though far from a top-class racehorse, Pirate’s Bounty did manage to win a minor stakes at the Meadowlands and placed in both the Aqueduct and Paumonok handicaps. The Wygods purchased River Edge Farm in Buellton, Calif., in 1975 and retired Pirate’s Bounty as their foundation sire in 1981. By the 1990s Pirate’s Bounty was one of the best sires in California, and his female family has continued to produce good horses for the Wygods, most recently CashCall Futurity winner Shared Belief.

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