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Melatonin battles disease, comes back stronger to top of older horses division

Melatonin battles disease, comes back stronger to top of older horses division

David Hofmans watched intently as his talented 3-year-old colt, Home Run Kitten, was a mild upset winner in a 6½-furlong turf race at Santa Anita in the first month of 2014. But his gaze dropped back to the third-place finisher, the beaten favorite, and he knew he wanted that horse.

Through Bob Feld, a bloodstock agent, he inquired about buying Melatonin, but the horse wasn’t for sale. Less than a month later, when Melatonin broke his maiden on the dirt, he was on the market and Hofmans was first in line. Hofmans, discreetly, says he doesn’t remember how much he paid in the private transaction on behalf of Tarabilla Farms.

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