Samaja Herd Dispersal Announced

Samaja-owned, bred horses to be sold at May Brazilian sale.

Press Release

Champion Good Reason SA was just one of the many great horses bred by Gianni Franco Samaja.

Today it was announced by the Samaja family, owners of Haras Santo Angelo, Brotas, SP, Brazil, that their annual 2014 yearling sale held in Mid-May will also include the complete dispersal of the Quarter Horses that have run so well in both Brazil and the USA. With the passing of their patriarch, Gianni Franco Samaja, longtime champion breeder and owner in Brazil, in April 2012, the Samaja family has kept the operation going in Brazil and the USA.

As stated by Gianni’s son Alberto, “ It was the most difficult decision we had to make as a family after my father left us. His horses were his passion, and he had a great love and respect for them. We all will miss the horses and the many friends made in Quarter Horse racing in both hemispheres, but we all felt it was best that we have the sale in 2014.” 

The Samaja horses enjoyed a great year in 2013. In Brazil, the Samaja horses earned Haras Santo Angelo the champion breeder awards in all divisions, champion producing mare and champion producing stallion, to name few.

In the USA, the Samaja-bred 3-year-old colt Jabuti Eagle SA won the Southern California Derby (G1) last month, and the filly Jewels First Cat SA won the Blink Of An Eye Handicap, both at Los Alamitos. Jabuti Eagle SA is in the running for champion 3-year-old colt in both AQHA year-end awards and PCQHRA year-end awards. He is a One Famous Eagle son out of Samaja’s blue hen mare, Queen Of Appeals. The mare is the dam of several stakes winners, including champion Good Reason SA ($1,446,727), stakes winner Appeals King Special ($54,736),  and stakes-placed Special Queen SA ($226,720), the dam of Fantastic Corona Jr ($541,896).

At the upcoming sale at the Sorocaba Jockey Club on May 16-18, there will be several yearlings by first-crop sire Fantastic Corona Jr, as well as first-crop weanlings by Good Reason SA. Also available will be mares bred to Good Reason SA, Corona For Me, and Gold Medal Jess, all stallions either bred or purchased by Samaja.

Longtime friend and consultant to the Samaja family, Vince Genco of Clovis, California, has been involved with the breeding and racing of their horses for many years and also assisted in the planning and arrangements for this sale. He  had the following to say, “ The May sale of Haras Santo Angelo will give Quarter Horse breeders in both hemispheres an ‘opportunity of a lifetime’ to purchase the breeding stock representing the life work of one of the true great horseman who ever bred or raced an American Quarter Horse. We all know how difficult it is to find good mares  for sale, and these horses will be offered at one time in one place. It should be a very good sale.”
For further information, contact Vince Genco at or (559) 269-1112.