LEGACY RANCH PROFILE

LEGACY RANCH
 
Stakes Highlights:

-Won the Golden State Derby in 2004 with Not For Long

-Won the Governor's Cup Derby with Not For Long in 2004  

 

The Corona Cartel filly Burr Cold will carry the colors of Legacy Ranch, one of the most famous names in Quarter Horse racing on the West Coast. Founded in 1987 in Chino, California by Pete and Evelyn Parrella, the Legacy Ranch is now based in Northern California near Clements on the 145-acre farm that have been home to the successful Blooming Hills Farm, birthplace of 1988 California horse of the year King Glorious.

The Parrellas opened the Legacy Ranch in 1987 on 30 acres in Chino, the area west of Los Angeles where Rex Ellsworth's homebred champion Swaps had been born and raised two decades before. The Parrellas sold it in 2004 to developers and looked north for a new place. What they finally found was 145 acres in the San Joaquin Valley of North Central California. The Parellas, whose Legacy Ranch campaigned 1991-93 distance champion Griswold and the outstanding champion Apprehend, purchased the farm from Ron and Fran Stolich.

The Quarter Horse Griswold remains one of the all-time great distance runners in Quarter Horse racing. A world record holder at 870 yards, Griswold nearly defeated track record holder Valiant Pete in a well-publicized and thrilling match race at Santa Anita in 1991.

Pete Parella was elected to the board of the California Thoroughbred Breeders Association in 2006. He proudly notes that his horses produced seven world champions at Legacy Ranch since 1987. On the Thoroughbred side, Parella's His Legacy won the Cal Cup Starter Handicap three times - 1991, 1992 and 1994.

Legacy Ranch remains home of the venerable great Quarter Horse stallion Merridoc, the winner of the 1979 Bay Meadows and Golden State futurities. Merridoc is the sire of full brothers Griswold and champion Apprehend. The two combined to earn about $1.2 million. Merridoc is also the sire of champions Solvency, St Willa, Way Maker, Jazzing Hi and Baychaino. Merridoc was a really nice runner himself. A winner of eight of 14 races, the stallion from the freshmen crop by world champion Tiny's Gay earned $249,736. Trained by Charlie Bloomquist and ridden by Terry Lipham, Merridoc also competed in the finals of Extra Easy's El Primero del Ano Derby and Rich Gritch's Golden State Derby.

"He was California's leading sire for several years and probably second in the nation for a couple of years, too," longtime Legacy manager Shaun Hadley told the Quarter Racing Journal. "And that was when Easy Jet was at the top, Dash For Cash was getting started and Special Effort was coming along.

 

The new Legacy Ranch is a full-service Thoroughbred and Quarter Horse operation. They have invested $1-million in updates and improvements in their new Legacy Ranch, most notably turning a large field into a state-of-the-art five-furlong training track. Legacy also includes six- and four-horse EquiCisers, large irrigated pastures, and a quarantine facility.