Ruby Bradley Wins Melair

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From Santa Anita Publicity
ARCADIA, Calif. (June 23, 2019)–Winless in her five previous tries, Nick Alexander’s homebred Ruby Bradley, who was trying two turns on dirt for the first time, put in a determined stretch-long bid to prevail by a half length in Sunday’s $200,000 Melair Stakes at Santa Anita. Trained by Phil D’Amato and ridden by Aaron Gryder, Ruby Bradley got a mile and one sixteenth in 1:49.92.

Next to last in a compact field of five sophomore fillies turning for home, the daughter of Grazen kept to her task late to prevail over Tiz a Master, who was to her outside.

Named for the Millard and Rous homebred daughter of Our Blue Chip, Melair, a foal of 1983, was a multiple graded stakes winner who was conditioned by John Sadler. The Melair Stakes is part of the lucrative Golden State Series for California-bred or sired horses which is sponsored by the CTBA.

Most recently second at 4-5 in a Cal-bred maiden special going six furlongs on synthetic Tapeta at Golden Gate Fields June 1, Ruby Bradley, who is out of Alexander’s Bertrando mare Sudden Sunday, was off at 7-2 and paid $9.80, $4.00 and $2.80.

With the winner’s share of $110,000, Ruby Bradley now has earnings of $154,251.

Ridden by Heriberto Figueroa, Tiz a Master was third turning for home and finished 3 ½ lengths in front of Violette Szabo for second money. Off at 3-1, Tiz a Master paid $4.00 and $3.00.

Violette Szabo, ridden by Norberto Arroyo, Jr., paid $3.00 to show.
Fractions on the race were 24.70, 49.40, 1:14.45 and 1:42.62.

Old Topper Pensioned at Tommy Town

SANTA YNEZ, Calif. (June 22, 2019) – California stallion Old Topper has been retired from breeding and pensioned at Tommy Town Thoroughbreds. He is 24.

The son of Gilded Time was a perennial leading sire in California, with 24 stakes winners and lifetime progeny earnings of more than $22 million. Old Topper’s leading earner is Ain’t No Other ($715,280) and his runners included graded winner Top Kisser.

On the track, Old Topper was a multiple graded winner.

Boisterous Juvenile Graduates at Santa Anita

Arcadia, CA (June 14, 2019)-Boisterous juvenile Next Flight finished third in his debut in late May and came back today to win a stretch battle in a $65,000 maiden special at Santa Anita.

Bred by his owner Gary Barber, the gelding is out of Flight Service, by Henny Hughes and has now earned $46,800.

California’s 2018 leading freshman sire Boisterous is a multiple Grade I winner by Distorted Humor–Emanating, by Cox’s Ridge and stands for $5,000 live foal

Keeper Ofthe Stars Takes Her Third in a Row With a New Course Record

Albany, CA (June 9, 2019)-Keeper Ofthe Stars broke a seventeen-year-old course record with her third win in a row, by cruising wire-to-wire in a Golden Gate Fields allowance event. She ran the mile and one sixteenth in 1:40.55.

Scoring by two lengths, the Tommy Town Thoroughbred three-year-old filly is by Midnight Lute and out of Sociable (Run Away and Hide) and has a record of three wins and three third place finishes in six starts and has earned $75,000.

Debuting Son of Ministers Wild Cat Scores in Maiden Special

Albany, CA (June 8, 2019)-Prospicience made an impressive debut by cruising to a daylight win in a Golden Gate Fields maiden special.

Prospicience is a three-year-old by Ministers Wild Cat out of Moonlight Tizzy (Cee’s Tizzy) and was bred by his owners Robert G.A. Jones & Stephen E. Post.

He earned $23,400 for the win plus a Cal-bred bonus of $10,000.

Ministers Wild Cat stands for $4,000 live foal and is currently sitting at number nine on the California General Sire List.