California Memory

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California Memory
SireHighest Honor
DamsireSpinning World
Foaled2 March 2006
CountryUnited States
BreederFred Seitz
OwnerHoward Liang Yum Shing
TrainerAnthony S. Cruz
EarningsHKD$50,696,050 (£4,238,358)[1]
Major wins
Hong Kong Gold Cup (2011)
Sha Tin Trophy (2011)
Hong Kong Cup (2011, 2012)
Hong Kong Champions & Chater Cup (2013)

California Memory (Chinese: 加州萬里 ) is an American-bred Hong Kong based Thoroughbred racehorse. He was one of the nominees of 2010-2011 Hong Kong Horse of the Year.


California Memory is a grey gelding sired by Highest Honor out of the mare Kalpita.

Racing career[edit]

Acquired by Spanish buyers, California Memory began his racing career in both Spain and France named Portus Blendium and trained by Spanish trainer based in Chantilly, Carlos Laffon-Parias. He won one race from four starts as a three-year-old in 2009.

California Memory was sold and exported to Hong Kong. He finished unplaced on his only start of 2010. In 2011 he became one of Hong Kong's most successful racehorses, winning important races including the Hong Kong Gold Cup the Sha Tin Trophy and the Hong Kong Cup. In the last named race he defeated an international field which included Cirrus des Aigles and Ambitious Dragon.In 2012, California Memory wins the Hong Kong Cup again and became the first horse that win the cup twice.


The Hong Kong Jockey Club – The Most Popular Horse of the Year
Season Winner Nominees
2008/2009 Sacred Kingdom

Collection ; Egyptian Ra ; Good Ba Ba ; Inspiration ; More Bountiful ; Sacred Kingdom ; Sight Winner ; Viva Pataca

2009/2010 Sacred Kingdom

Able One ; Beauty Flash ; Brave Kid ; Collection ; Fellowship ; Good Ba Ba ; Green Birdie ; Happy Zero ; Mr Medici ; Sacred Kingdom ; Super Satin ; Viva Pataca

2010/2011 Ambitious Dragon

Ambitious Dragon ; Beauty Flash ; California Memory ; Captain Sweet ; Flying Blue ; Irian ; King Al Akbar ; Lucky Nine ; Mighty High ; Sacred Kingdom ; Xtension