ROD AND ANNA MACPHERSON
-Won Ford Juvenile California Challenge in 2002 with Classic Sassy Chic
-Won the Golden State Derby in 2000 with Separatist
-Won the PCQHRA Breeders' Derby with Separatist in 2000
Rod MacPherson has owned and bred horses for 25 years, but nothing could have prepared him for what he has enjoyed at Los Alamitos in recent years. MacPherson campaigned two-time divisional champion Separatist, who is now a leading sire, and three-time distance champion Sign Of Lanty, who was retired in April of 2003.
Separatist's story was a fairy tale right from the start. Purchased for $24,000 by the MacPhersons at the 1998 Vessels/Schvaneveldt Sale, Separatist raced to the title of Champion 2-Year-Old Colt in 1999 after winning the Governor's Cup and California Sires Cup futurities and finishing second in the Los Alamitos Million and Golden State futurities. As a sophomore, he then ran fourth to A Ransom in the Champion of Champions on December 17, 2000 before being retired to stallion duty. MacPherson is now a shareholder in the Separatist syndicate. The gray stallion sired last year's All American Futurity winner DM Shicago.
Sign Of Lanty retired as one of the greatest distance horses of all time.. A three-time winner of the Marathon Handicap and winner of the inaugural $200,000 Marathon National, Sign Of Lanty left the game as a 16-time stakes winner. Only Kaweah Bar and Charger Bar won more stakes races than Sign Of Lanty. MacPherson claimed Sign Of Lanty for $8,000 in 1998. We've run out of superlatives to describe him, Rod said of the earner of more than $400,000. He's a special horse and the fact that he's been so consistent at this level is really incredible.
MacPhersons owns a chain of International House of Pancakes restaurant. He recently married his wife, Anna, who also shares his love for horses. Anna's racing stable includes the sweetly named Annas Kiss. She has a total of five horses in her stable.