Former pro basketballer Todd Lichti bred his latest winner when Host gelding Extreme Shot was successful in Canberra on Sunday.
Extreme Shot (3g Host – Going To Extremes by Nasty And Bold) was racing first-up after a five month spell and he was in the market after two placings on Canberra’s synthetic surface in June – July. Resuming on the turf track, he had the drop on hot favourite Bonsai in the straight to score by three-quarters of a length.
Lichti sold Extreme Shot for $16,000 at the 2011 Inglis Classic Sale. Swettenham Stud sire Host got him from Going To Extremes who was a G2 winner of the Royal North Hcp at Woodbine. The USA bred mare has an unnamed 2yo filly by Swettenham sire Kaphero.
Lichti was born in California and he was lured to the races when playing for the Perth Wildcats in the 1990s. That interest was sparked again when he and wife Sue settled in Melbourne.
His first major success as a breeder came at the spring carnival when Not A Single Doubt filly Villa Verde won Listed races at Caulfield and Flemington. “Racing isn’t followed by many people in the United States but it’s part of the culture here,” Lichti explained. “I’ve been given generous assistance from several experienced industry people like Adam Sangster at Swettenham Stud.”
Host (Chi) has sired 10 first-crop winners from 21 starters in Australia this season and that keeps him right behind Casino Prince (12 winners – 52 starters) on the Australian second-season winners’ premiership.
Swettenham Stud stood Host for a $7,500 (inc gst) service fee this year.
– Karl Patterson