Boisterous Sophomore Colt Graduates in a Maiden Special Weight

Fresno, CA (October 13, 2019)-Anniversary Sale, a Tommy Town Thoroughbreds homebred by Boisterous, picked up his diploma in a Fresno maiden special weight six furlong event.

In a driving finish the colt earned $20,280 from the purse of over $31,000. He has now earned $35,176 in his five starts.

Bred in California, Anniversary Sale is out of Openedforbusiness, by Successful Appeal.

California’s 2018 leading freshman sire Boisterous and the leading second crop sire in the state, is a multiple Grade I winner by Distorted Humor–Emanating, by Cox’s Ridge. He will stand for $3,000 live foal in 2020.

Just Grazed Me Takes $100,000 California Distaff H.

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by Santa Anita Publicity
ARCADIA, Calif. (Oct. 12, 2019)–Patiently handled by Geovanni Franco, Nick Alexander’s homebred Just Grazed Me drew off to an impressive 1 ¾ length win in Saturday’s $100,000 California Distaff Handicap at Santa Anita. Trained by Phil D’Amato, the 4-year-old gray filly by Grazen got 5 ½ furlongs on turf in 1:01.82.

Breaking from the far outside in a field of six California-bred fillies and mares, Just Grazed Me was sitting second, a length off her more fancied stablemate S Y Sky heading to the half mile pole, but when Don’t Sell and Mario Gutierrez rushed up to apply serious pressure from the outside, Franco was able to ease back off of a head and head battle for the lead heading into the far turn and it paid dividends in the final sixteenth of a mile.

“At first, we were running one-two with her stablemate and I thought it was sweet,” said Franco. “Then the number five (Don’t Sell) started pressuring us from the outside and I thought we were going too fast…So I was able to sit and wait and she had a great turn of foot through the stretch.”

A one length allowance winner going five furlongs on turf at Del Mar on Aug. 14, Just Grazed Me was off at 5-2 and paid $7.40, $3.80 and $3.00.

A seven furlong state-bred stakes winner on dirt at age two, Just Grazed Me, who is out of Alexander’s Cuvee mare, Fairway Road, is now 9-5-3-1 and with the winner’s share of $60,000, increased her earnings to $334,332.

“She’s really stepped up her game ever since we put her on the grass and found a home,” said D’Amato. “She showed a real nice turn of foot late, so I’m excited to campaign her in the future. We’ll probably run in the (Senator) Ken Maddy (Grade III, $100,000 at 5 ½ furlongs on turf Nov. 2). It’s against open company, but I think if she runs this kind of race, she definitely fits with those.”

As for Alexander, one of California’s most successful owner/breeders, he was elated that his stallion, Grazen, picked up another stakes winner.

Grazen is like the goose who laid the golden egg,” he said. “He’s 13 years old, has had eight crops and is about 95 percent fertile. He stands for just $5,000 at Tommy Town, a few miles down the road from our ranch (Horse Haven Ranch in Santa Ynez). He spends the off-season at my place in our back yard, then goes to Tommy Town for the breeding season.”

Don’t Sell, who hopped at the break and was then hustled into a contending position, finished a neck in front of Gypsy Blu and paid $3.80 and $2.80 as the 2-1 second choice.

Ridden by Abel Cedillo, Gypy Blu, who had a neck on the winner three furlongs from home while in third position, out-finished S Y Sky to run third by a neck and paid $4.60 to show while off at 8-1.

Fractions on the race were 22.24, 44.64 and 55.94.

Win Nr. Five for Royal Trump

Fresno, CA (October 11, 2019)-Royal Trump earned career win number five with a driving three quarter length win in the Friday feature race at Fresno.

The $18,000 winners share pushed Royal Trump earnings to $169,356 from twenty lifetime starts. The five wins are accompanied by four seconds and four thirds. Giving the four-year-old gelding a 65% in the money

Royal Trump is by Ministers Wild Cat out of Royal Woodman (Woodman) and was bred in California by Mr. & Mrs. Larry Williams.

Ministers Wild Cat stands for $4,000 live foal and is currently sitting at number nine on the California General Sire List with over $1.5 million in 2019 earnings

Wire-to-Wire for Keeper Ofthe Stars

Albany, CA (September 20, 2019)-Tommy Town Thoroughbreds LLC’s Keeper Ofthe Stars scored a wire-to-wire win over the Golden Gate Fields turf course.

Keeper Ofthe Stars is a three-year-old filly by Midnight Lute out of Sociable, (Run Away and Hide) and she has four wins from nine starts with three thirds.

She has now earned $124,800 including the mile and one-sixteenth allowance race today.

No Longer Silent Crushes Maiden Special Field

Albany, CA (September 8, 2019)-Tommy Town Thoroughbreds, LLC homebred colt No Longer Silent crushed a maiden special field by six lengths in his second lifetime start.

The juvenile son of Ministers Wild Cat and Silent Stalk, by Petionville took the field wire to wire under Kyle Frey. No Longer Silent has now earned $28,080 in his two starts.

Ministers Wild Cat stands for $4,000 live foal and is currently sitting at number nine on the California General Sire List with over $1.3 million in 2019 earnings.