Florence, KY (January 28, 2023) – Opening Buzz, our homebred daughter of Stanford, rallied strongly through the stretch to win the $125,000 Wishing Well Stakes going six and one-half furlongs at Turfway Park.
The 4-year-old filly came away well from post two, but she isn’t an on the lead early type. She raced comfortably in eight in the field of eleve and began to close the gap nearing the far turn. Jockey Walter Rodriguez found a ground saving inside route, but had to move Opening Buzz out when the leader crossed over to the rail at the top of the stretch. She regained her momentum and surged past the pacesetter in the final yards to win by a length in 1:16.65.
Opening Buzz is trained by Jonathan Wong. She is four-for-six lifetime and she has earned $152,585. He dam is the Unbridled’s Song mare, Open Mic.
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Albany, CA (January 28, 2023) – Rose Maddox closed from fifth along the inside in the final furlong to win the first stakes of her career in Saturday’s $75,900 Moscow Burning Stakes for California-bred fillies and mares at Golden Gate Fields.
Ridden by Assael Espinoza, Rose Maddox ($8.40) closed from seventh in a field of eight to finish a length in front of 7-5 favorite Chancery Way.
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At Santa Anita, Grazen was represented by two winners on their card. The first was Shocking Grey, who, after three straight second place finishes in her first three races, broke her maiden last out and has now won twice-in-a-row. He latest victory came in the 3rd race, a one mile allowance over the firm turf course.
Last through the first half, Shocking Grey and leading rider Juan Hernandez weaved their way through traffic and go up in the late going to win by one length.
A homebred for Donald Valpredo, Shocking Grey is trained by Jeff Mullins. The 4-year-old filly is out of the Unbridled’s Song mare, Seoul Unbridled.
One race later, Cornelia Fort broke her maiden in her second start going six furlongs over the fast main track. Overcoming a bump at the start she pressed the pace, took over with a quarter-mile to run and drew away to win by nearly three lengths.
A Nick Alexander homebred, the 3-year-old filly was produced by the Unusual Heat mare, An Unusual Group. She is trained by Steve Miyadi.
Albany, CA (January 21, 2023) – Smokin’ Hot, our homebred 3-year-old son of Goldencents, found several ways to turn the 8th race at Golden Gate into his own personal adventure, but his determined effort earned him a visit to the winner’s circle in the one mile allowance over the all weather.
Breaking from the inside post, he was swiftly out of the gate and an outside foe made it a match race for the lead. The two went at it for a solid five furlongs, with Smokin’ Hot seemingly putting his challenger away. Ah, but the fun was just beginning. He found himself alone on the lead coming off the final turn, but he neglected to turn. Jockey Julien Couton worked diligently to correct the error, but the lead was gone and they found themselves closer to the grandstand than the infield. Couton asked Smokin’ Hot to close and miraculously, he still had something left. He came running down the outside and got up in time to win by a head.
Smokin’ Hot is trained by Jonathan Wong. He is out of the More Than Ready mare, Shez Coming in Hot.
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Albany, CA (January 16, 2023) – Sally’s Sassy, our stakes winning 3-year-old filly, started off her sophomore campaign with a thrilling victory in the feature race at Golden Gate Fields, a six furlong allowance over the all weather course.
The daughter of West Coast does not show the frontrunning style of her sire, but rather the late closing speed of her dam’s sire, Posse. Under what has been of late a rare, sunny sky, Sally’s Sassy was at the back of the pack for the first half-mile. As with many a come from behind runner, she had to come wide around the turn and into the stretch. She had a to work hard as the speed was not coming back and another had gotten first run. She kept coming relentlessly and was up in the final jump to win by a nose.
Trained by Jonathan Wong, Sally’s Sassy was bred in Kentucky by Buck Pond Farm. Produced by the stakes winner Sharp Sally, she is from the immediate family of G1 winners Honor A. P. and Annals of Time.
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Courtesy of Santa Anita Park ARCADIA, CA (Jan. 7, 2023) In an agonizingly tight finish, the Jeff Mullins-trained Grazed My Heart was up to win Saturday’s $200,000 Leigh Ann Howard California Cup Oaks by a nose, giving jockey Hector Berrios his second stakes win on Cal Cup Day at Santa Anita. A 3-year-old filly by Grazen, Grazed My Heart got one mile on turf in 1:37.41.
Last, about seven lengths off pacesetter and eventual runner-up Sell the Dream three furlongs out, Grazed My Hear hugged the rail around the turn, angled three-deep at the furlong pole and managed to get up in time.
Claimed out of a second place finish for maiden $50,000 four starts back on Aug. 19 at Del Mar, Grazed My Heart was most recently second going one mile on dirt in the statebred Soviet Problem Stakes at Los Alamitos Dec. 11.
Off at 5-1 today, she paid $13.80, $5.40 and $3.20.
Out of the Scat Daddy mare Daddy’s Duo, Grazed My Heart was bred in California by Cicero Farms, LLC and the Batchelor Family Trust. Owned in part by former trainer Mark Cofer and his wife Patricia, along with the Webb Family Trust, Grazed My Heart collected $110,000 for the Oaks victory, increasing her earnings to $198,020 from an overall mark of 7-2-3-1.
The 6-5 favorite with Flavien Prat, frontrunning Sell the Dream finished a half length in front of Cast Member and paid $3.00 and $2.20.
Ridden by John Velazquez, Cast Member was able to tuck into third position from her outside post and was lapped on the favorite around the first turn, got on terms a quarter mile from home and stayed well through the drive to finish 1 ½ lengths in front of longshot Golden Again.
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Florence, KY (January 4, 2023 ) – Empire House, our daughter of Empire Maker, earned the second stakes victory of her career with a game score in the $75,000 Mrs. Claus Stakes going seven furlongs over the sloppy main track at Parx Racing.
Empire House drew the outside post in the field of nine. She was first out of the gate and quickly engaged in a battle for the lead. The duel lasted down the backstretch, around the turn, and with a furlong to go, Empire House took over for good. She opened a clear lead as the wire drew near and she was two and one-half lengths best at the finish.
Empire House has won or placed in eleven of her twenty-five career starts and she has earned $238,995. Trained by Jonathan Wong, she was bred in Kentucky by Lakland Farm. She was produced by the Mineshaft mare, Miss Doolittle.
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Albany, CA (December 30, 2022) – In Honor of Autism earned the third victory of his young career in the 4th race at Golden Gate Fields, a six furlong allowance over the all weather.
The 2-year-old son of Stanford sat just off the honest early place down the backstretch. Down along the rail, he was full of run around the turn, but a wall of four horses trapped him with nowhere to run. He finally got out at the top of the stretch, switched to the outside and came running. He took the lead passing the sixteenth pole and drew away to win by nearly two lengths.
In Honor of Autism finishes his first season of racing with top three finished in all five of his career starts for owner Johnny Taboada and trainer Jonathan Wong. Bred by Machmer Hall and Carrie +Craig Brogden, he is out of the Unbridled’s Song mare, Natural Singer R N.
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Cypress, CA (December 17, 2022) – Carmen Miranda, the stakes-placed daughter of Stanford, made it two straight visits to the winner’s circle with her victory over allowance foes in the 9th race at Los Alamitos.
Seven fillies and mares stepped into the gate for the six furlong contest. Breaking from post five and with speed to her inside, the 3-year-old filly quickly engaged in the battle for the lead. She and the older filly duel into the stretch. Asked to finish, Carmen Miranda began to clear and had plenty left to hold off the later close who came calling. She crossed under the wire a length and one-quarter best.
Named for the famous singer and movie actress dubbed “The Brazilian Bombshell”, Carmen Miranda had now earned $152,330. Trained by Phil D’Amato, she is a third generation homebred for owner/breeder Nick Alexander. Her dam is the winning Tribal Rule mare, Miranda Rose.
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Albany, CA (December 10, 2022) – Ghostly Gal, our homebred daughter of Ghostzapper, who was making her first start since January, returned a winner in the nightcap at Golden Gate Fields, a one mile allowance over the all weather surface.
Showing little rust from her vacation, Ghostly Gal was the pacesetter’s shadow for seven of the eight furlongs. She drew closer around the turn, but the leaders wasn’t done and neither was Ghostly Gal. She lengthened her stride, digging in to catch her stubborn foe. She did just that as the wire neared to win by a half-length.
Ghostly Gal has won or placed in six of her eight career starts for trainer Jonathan Wong. She was produced by the multiple stakes winning and graded stakes-placed Exclusive Quality mare, R Sassy Lass.
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Florence, KY (December 1, 2022) – Opening Buzz, our homebred 3-year-old daughter of Stanford, raced for the first time under the lights at Turfway Park and she came away an impressive winner of the 6th race, a six and one-half furlong allowance over the all weather.
A field of twelve fillies and mares lined-up with Opening Buzz drawing the number eight post. She did not break quickly and was eleventh after the opening quarter-mile. Beginning to draw closer, jockey Ricardo Santana, Jr. asked her to circle the field around the far turn and she was widest of all at the top of the stretch. She closed stoutly, caught the leaders and drew away as much the best to win by four and one-half lengths in the snappy time of 1:16.17.
To watch the race directly, click here or forward to the 17:00 minute mark on the video below.
Opening Buzz has now won three of her five starts and she has earned $105,961. Trained by Jonathan Wong, she was produced by the Unbridled’s Song mare, Open Mic.
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