Connie Swingle Remains Undefeated at Santa Anita

Courtesy of Santa Anita Park ARCADIA, CA (Oct. 1, 2022) – A gem of consistency under any conditions, Nick Alexander’s homebred Connie Swingle remained unbeaten down Santa Anita’s hillside turf course as she held off a fast-finishing Pammy’s Ready by a neck in Saturday’s $85,000 Unzip Me Stakes for 3-year-old fillies. Handled by regular rider Kyle Frey, who doubled on the day, Connie Swingle, a California-bred daughter of Grazen, got about 6 ½ furlongs down the hill in 1:11.87.

Lapped on pacesetter Delmona to the dirt crossing, Connie Swingle, who gave Phil D’Amato his second training win on the day, blasted clear a furlong out and registered her second stakes win and her first in open company. Unbeaten in three hillside tries and a winner of four out of her last five starts, all with Frey, Connie Swingle is now 9-6-2-1 overall.

A half length winner of a five furlong turf allowance at Del Mar Sept. 2, Connie Swingle, who is out of the Sky Mesa mare Sky Marni, was off as the 6-5 favorite in a field of nine and paid $4.60, $3.00 and $2.60.

Far back early under Ramon Vazquez, Pammy’s Ready simply ran out of real estate as the wire appeared in time for the winner. Off at 20-1, Pammy’s Ready finished three quarters of a length in front of Countess Rosina and paid $13.40 and $9.00.

Ridden by Ryan Curatolo, Countess Rosina paid $6.40 to show while off at 13-1.

Fractions on the race were 21.53, 43.52 and 1:05.75.

Stanford Filly Sells for $200,000 at Fasig-Tipton California Yearling Sale

Pomona, CA (September 26, 2022) – A filly from the third crop of our young leading California sire Stanford brought $200,000 from Jay Em Ess Stables at the 2022 Fasig-Tipton California Fall Yearling and Horses of Racing Age Sale today in Pomona. It was the second highest price and forty-times the amount of his stud fee.

Consigned by Critter Creek Farm, Agent, the filly named Someone Like You, is a full sister to the exciting Tommy Town homebred Open Buzz, a winner of two of her three career starts in 2022. She is also a half-sister to the stakes-placed No Cover Charge and two additional winners. All were produced by the Unbridled’s Song mare, Open Mic.

Two New Juvenile Winners for Stanford

Cypress, CA (September 18, 2022) – Tommy Town homebreds Stanford Man and Seige the Day are the latest juvenile winners by the 2022 California Leading Second Crop Sire by Number of Winners Stanford.

Stanford Man earned his maiden win by taking the field wire-to-wire in the 6th race at Los Alamitos going five and one-half furlongs over the main track. Ridden to victory by Abel Cedillo, he was never seriously threatened throughout and came home best by nearly two lengths.

Trained by Jonathan Wong, he is out of the winning More Than Ready mare, Bella Be Ready.

On September 16, Seige the Day opened the card at Golden Gate Fields with his victory over the same distance at Stanford Man, only on the all weather surface. Seige the Day pressured the leader early, took over around the turn and dug in late to gamely win by a neck.

Also from the shedrow of Jonathan Wong, Seige the Day is out of the Warrior’s Reward mare, Warrior Princess.

Day Plan Romps at Golden Gate Fields

Albany, CA (September 17, 2022) – Day Plan, coming off two consecutive stakes-placings, tuned up for further black-type events with a handy allowance victory in the 3rd race at Golden Gate.

Our Tommy Town silks bearer was third last out to her stablemate Empire House in the California Governor’s Cup Stakes. Today, she stalked the pacesetting duo from the three path for the first half-mile. She took over at the top of the stretch and opened up to win by three and one-half lengths.

Day Plan is a 4-year-old daughter of Carpe Diem, out of the winning Malibu Moon mare, Malibu Clan. She has won or placed in eight of her ten career start, she is trained by Jonathan Wong.

Tommy Town Homebred Smokin’ Hot Wires Golden Gate Maiden Field

Albany, CA (September 11, 2022) – Tommy Town 2-year-old homebred Smokin’ Hot found an new running style to his liking and he earned his maiden special weight victory in the 3rd race at Golden Gate Fields.

The son of Goldencents had finished third in two of his three previous starts while rating off the pace. Today, he took the lead from the outset of the one mile all weather contest and led throughout, fighting off a serious challenge in the final furlong to win by a half-length.

Trained by Jonathan Wong, Smokin’ Hot was produced by the More Than Ready mare, Shez Coming in Hot.

Crack Turf Sprinter Lieutenant Dan Wins Green Flash Again at Del Mar

Del Mar, CA (September 4, 2022) – Courtesy of Del Mar. Nick Alexander’s homebred Lieutenant Dan waited and waited for room on the turn for home in the five-furlong Green Flash Handicap Sunday at Del Mar, then fired big when the rail came open and he slipped through under leading rider Juan Hernandez to win his second consecutive edition of the 3-year-old and up turf stakes.

The 6-year-old gelding by his owner’s home stallion Grazen clicked by a length and a quarter in the end to earn a first prize of $90,000 from the gross purse of $152,500 in the Grade III test. The race also is a Breeders’ Cup “Win and You’re In” affair giving its victor assured admission – with all fees paid – to the Breeders’ Cup Turf Sprint, which will be conducted this year at Keeneland in Kentucky in early November.

Ten months ago Lieutenant Dan ran in the Breeders’ Cup Turf Sprint, which was held at Del Mar. The bay ran second that day to champion Golden Pal and it was the last time he’d started until today’s 20th edition of the Green Flash.

Finishing second in the turfer was My Racehorse’s Lane Way, who had a head on Jay and Julie Manoogian’s Coulthard.

Fractions for the dash were :21.77 and :44.54 with a final time of :55.87.

Lieutenant Dan’s prize today pushed his bankroll up to $923,740. It was his ninth tally in his 18th start.

Stanford 2-Year-Old Two-for-Three With Allowance Win

Albany, CA (September 4, 2022) – Early Release, the 2-year-old Tommy Town homebred son of Stanford, won for the second time in three starts today in the 7th race on the Golden Gate Fields docket, a five and one-half furlong allowance over the all weather.

Drawing the outside post in the field of seven, Early Release dashed away from the gate and opened a clear lead down the backstretch. Challenged midway around the turn, he fought his foe into the final furlong. He got the best of him and opened up again to come home best by three lengths.

Early Release was produced by the Tommy Town homebred Kafwain mare, Twentyfive to Life. He is trained by Jonathan Wong.

Tommy Town Homebreds 1-2 in MSW Debuts

Albany, CA (September 3, 2022) – Tommy Town homebred 2-year-old fillies Honorable Gal and It’sagrandillusion made their respective racing debuts in the 5th race at Golden Gate Fields. At the end of the five and one-half furlong maiden special weight contest, the filled the exacta with just a length separating the stablemates.

Their tactics could not have been more different. Honorable Gal popped right out of the gate and said catch me if you can. It’sagrandillusion did not break quickly and was nearly six lengths away from her stablemate with a quarter mile left to run. No one caught Honorable Gal on this day, and It’sagrandillusion closed well to gain the second place finish.

Honorable Gal is by Honor Code and she was produced by the multiple stakes-placed City Zip mare, Conquest City Girl. Both fillies are trained by Jonathan Wong.

Connie Swingle Best in Del Mar Feature

Del Mar, CA (September 2, 2022) – Courtesy of DMTC. Trainer Phil D’Amato has one of the most active stables at Del Mar. He’s just a bit shy of having run 100 horses at the meet through its first 25 days. But Friday he only saddled two runners all day and they were both in the same race.

He really didn’t need to do anymore.

His 3-year-old filly Connie Swingle, who races for owner/breeder Nick Alexander, came running late under Kyle Frey to best Jack Sims’ favored Leggs Galore, also trained by D’Amato.

The victory was the trainer’s 14 of the session and put him in a tie with Bob Baffert for leading conditioner at the stand. He also has 18 seconds and 19 thirds, making him the leader in both those departments.

Connie Swingle, who turned in a game stretch run to get up to tally by a half length, ran the five furlongs on turf in :56.64 and earned $67,080 from the gross purse of $108,140 in the allowance/optional claimer for fillies and mares that served as the feature on the nine-race program. The winner is a gray daughter of Alexander’s home sire, Grazen, and she’s now won five of her eight starts and total purses of $337,620.

Opening Buzz Soars to Del Mar Allowance Victory

Del Mar, CA (August 28, 2022) – Opening Buzz came within 4/5 of the course record as our Tommy Town homebred daughter of Stanford flew to victory in the 7th race at Del Mar, an $85,000 allowance going five grassy furlongs over the Jimmy Durante turf course.

Favored over her ten opponents in the five furlong turf dash, 3-year-old Opening Buzz had her running shoes smoking a few stride away from the gate. She dueled with a speedy foe to her outside, eclipsing the first quarter in 21.83. Opening Buzz was up by a half-length midway around the turn and was clear as she soared past the half in 43.95. She drew off in classy fashion through the lane, finishing her final furlong in 11.73 and the trip in 55.68. Her margin at the wire was nearly three lengths.

Opening Buzz sports a two-for-three lifetime record and earning of $79,600. Trained by Jonathan Wong, she is out of the Unbridled’s Song mare, Open Mic.