Barbara Beatrice Rallies to Narrow Victory in California Distaff Handicap

By Steve Andersen
ARCADIA, Calif. (October 15, 2017)-Barbara Beatrice did not race in the first nine months of 2017, sidelined by a series of minor injuries such as foot issues and a sore back.

Those frustrations were long behind co-owners Becky Wanta and trainer Phil D’Amato after Saturday’s $100,345 California Distaff Handicap on the hillside turf course. In her first start since a fifth in the Grade 2 Bayakoa Handicap at Del Mar last December, Barbara Beatrice closed from last in a field of six under Tiago Pereira to win by three-quarters of a length over 24-1 Late ‘n Left.

Barbara Beatrice ($11.60) ran about 6 1/2 furlongs on the hillside turf course in 1:12.56. The win left D’Amato slightly surprised.

“I was expecting a late run and to stretch her out at Del Mar,” D’Amato said.

“She ran a good race down the hill last year. I thought this would be a good prep and a logical spot because she’s out of conditions. She came back fresh and more willing.”

Late ‘n Left, the longest shot in the field, set the pace and was passed by the D’Amato-trained Long Hot Summer in the stretch.

Long Hot Summer failed to sustain the rally and faded to finish third, a half-length behind Late ‘n Left.

Moonless Sky, the 3-2 favorite, was fourth, trailing by 1 1/2 lengths with a furlong to go, but was not a threat late. She was followed by Bad Ju Ju and Ready to Hula Lula.

Barbara Beatrice, a 5-year-old mare by Grazen, has won 5 of 15 starts and $289,534. The California Distaff Handicap, restricted to statebred fillies and mares, was her first win in 51 weeks, since an optional claimer on the hillside turf course last October.
Saturday’s race was her fifth appearance in a stakes. She was third in the Melair Stakes for statebreds as a 3-year-old, and fourth or fifth in her three other stakes races prior to her win on Saturday. D’Amato bred Barbara Beatrice, who will be pointed for stakes at the Del Mar autumn meeting that begins on Nov. 1.

Campaigner Breaks Maiden at Santa Anita

Arcadia, CA (October 14, 2017)-Campaigner earned his diploma in a Cal bred maiden special race at the Great Race Place Santa Anita.

The gelded son of Ministers Wild Cat out of Brave Journey by Good Journey graduate going away by two and a half lengths for breeder/owner Larry I. Stein.

He has four starts, one win and a second with earnings of $43,800.

Ministers Wild Cat is the seventh ranked California stallion for 2017, he will stand for $4,000 in 2018.

Top Pirana Gets Another Win

Top Pirana Gets Another Win

Fresno, CA (October 8, 2017)-Top Pirana earned his seventh career win by taking a Fresno allowance/optional claimer by half a length. The Old Topper gelding has now won two races in 2017 and has earned $65,755 this season.

Out of Royal Prana, by Royal Academy this five-year-old has a lifetime record of eighteen starts with seven wins, one second and five thirds for earnings of $147,994.

Bred in California by Ellen Jackson & Margaret Sherr he is owned by Hollendorfer, LLC and George Todaro.

Stanford to Stand at Tommy Town

SANTA YNEZ, Calif. (Sept. 28, 2017) — Tommy Town Thoroughbreds is excited to introduce Stanford for the 2018 breeding season. Stanford is a multiple stakes winner of the $1.25 million G2 Charles Town Classic and was a debut winner sprinting at two. He earned over $1.3 million for his connections of Stonestreet Stables LLC, Susan Magnier, Michael B. Tabor and Derrick Smith and was trained by Todd Pletcher.

Bred by WinStar Farm, LLC he is out of the Distorted Humor broodmare Rosy Humor. He is the second leading earner of Malibu Moon and he set a new track record for 8.5 furlongs this year; he is out of the family of sires Pulpit, Johannesburg and Tale of the Cat.

Stanford will be the only Malibu Moon son standing in California. He will stand at Tommy Town Thoroughbreds for $5,000 stud fee, stands and nurses.

Another Wire-to-Wire Minsters Wild Cat Winner

Cypress, CA (September 24, 2017)-Handsome Swede became another winning juvenile sired by Ministers Wild Cat at the Los Alamitos Race Course.

The two-year-old gelded homebred of Tommy Town Thoroughbreds, LLC is out of the Candy Ride broodmare Linnea and has earned $15,345 in his three starts.

Handsome Swede prevailed by two and a quarter lengths after setting and pressing the pace for the five and a half furlongs; stopping the clock in 1:04.48.

Ministers Wild Cat Offspring Complete Exacta

Cypress, CA (September 7, 2017)-Two altered sons of Ministers Wild Cat hooked up for a winning exacta in the second race at the Los Alamitos Thoroughbred Racecourse.

Getting the win picture taken was the sophomore One I’m Running To, who went wire-to-wire winning by two plus lengths. Completing the Ministers Wild Cat exacta was four-year-old Cherokee Dynasty.

One I’m Running To was bred by Tommy Town Thoroughbreds, LLC and is out of Home Runner by Speightstown. He has eight starts with four wins and one second earnings totaling $62,570; nearly $8,000 per start.

Second place finisher Cherokee Dynasty was also bred by Tommy Town Thoroughbreds, LLC and Cherokee Dynasty is out of the Cherokee Run broodmare Cherokee Kiss. In 2017, Cherokee Dynasty has had seven starts; three wins and two seconds with earnings over $40,000 earned this year.

Ministers Wild Cat is currently the eighth ranked 2017 sire in California with over 1.5 million in progeny earnings, he stood for $5,000 live foal in 2017.