Albany, CA (October 22, 2021) – Stanford Bay, our homebred son of California’s Leading Freshman Sire Stanford, won for the second time in his career, romping to victory in the 5th race at Golden Gate Fields, a five and one-half furlong allowance over the Tapeta surface.
Stanford Bay broke on top and quickly established a clear lead. Never seriously challenge at any point, he was asked to open up through the stretch and did so willingly. He cruised in much the best by more than five lengths.
Stanford Bay has been a model of consistency in his first season of racing. He has finished first or second in four of his five career outings for trainer Jonathan Wong. His dam is our homebred, stakes-winning daughter of Ministers Wild Cat, Curvy Cat, who attained black-type four times during her racing days.
Stanford is also a top-ten national freshman sire by number of winners.
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Fresno, CA (October 16, 2021) – Empire House, our 3-year-old Empire Maker filly, overcame a wide trip to win the feature race at Fresno, a five and one-half furlong allowance over the fast track.
Breaking from the outside post, Empire House chased the leader down the backstretch and around the turn. She came out to the six path at the top of the stretch and took aim on the frontrunner. She closed strongly, taking the lead inside the final furlong and drawing away late to score by a length and one-half.
Empire House is out of the Mineshaft mare, Mama Ya, who is a full sister to G1-winner and emerging sire Dialed In. This is the Allen Paulson family of blue hen Daring Bidder, dam of champion Eliza and Santa Anita Derby winner, Dinard among her six stakes winners. Bred in Kentucky by Lakland Farm, she is trained by Jonathan Wong.
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Fresno, CA (October 15, 2021) – As Amatter of Fact, our 2-year-old homebred son of Union Rags, romped to his maiden special weigth victory in his second career start, going six furlongs over the fast track at Fresno.
Breaking from the middle of the pack in a field of nine, As Amatter of Fact sat just off the pace in third down the backstretch. He launched his bid three wide around the turn and took the lead at the top of the stretch. He cleared the field and galloped off to win by more than five lengths.
Trained by Jonathan Wong, As Amatter of Fact was produced by the winning Speightstown mare, Tiz a Tommy Town.
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Fresno, CA (October 10, 2021) – I Am Yours, our 2-year-old Quality Road filly, debuted a maiden special weight winner, coming home best in the 5th race at Fresno going six furlongs over the fast track.
I Am Yours was away in good order from the outside post. She took up a stalking position behind the duo disputing the pace. She had to come five wide into the the stretch, but overcame the lost ground with a determined stretch drive. She caught the leaders and went on to win by three-quarters of a length.
Trained by Jonathan Wong, I Am Yours was produced by the grades stakes-placed Mineshaft mare, Dad’s Princess. Bred in Kentucky by Green Lantern Stables, LLC, her third dam is Champion and Hall of Fame member, Princess Rooney.
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Arcadia, CA (Oct. 1, 2021) – Celebrated by racing fans nationwide, racing returned to Santa Anita’s Camino Real hillside turf course on Friday as California-bred Lieutenant Dan pressed the pace and took control turning for home en route to a half-length victory in the $200,000 Eddie D Stakes (G2). Ridden by Geovanni Franco, “Dan” got about 6 ½ furlongs down the hill in 1:11.74.
Owned and bred by Nick Alexander, Lieutenant Dan (Grazen) sat a close third early to pacesetter Charmaine’s Mia, who was pressed to her immediate outside by Law Abidin Citizen. Hand-ridden over the dirt crossing at the top of the stretch, Lieutenant Dan cruised to the lead and was never seriously challenged through the lane.
“He’s a pretty fast horse and he’s very versatile,” said Franco. “He broke sharp like he always does and put me in a nice spot where if they were going too slow, I could have gone and if they were going too fast, I could have sat back. All in all, he was the one taking me through the trip. At the end of the race he kept on going. I heard some noises of people coming but he never slowed down or waited for anybody. It was a great feeling to ride the hill again, it is definitely different than any other race or surface. You have a lot of fun out there, especially when you have a horse like this one.”
“It was so unexpected,” said winning owner Alexander. “I think he was the seventh or eighth foal out of the mare (Excusabull), and the first seven did nothing so, we had very low expectations for this horse and he just continues to succeed them. He just loves to win.”
“I love that turf course,” continued Alexander. “We have always excelled on it and Grazen babies just seem to love that distance and that downhill. It is so beautiful.
When asked about a possible start at the Breeders’ Cup, Alexander replied, “He earned the amount to (supplement). It is $100,000. If he comes out of this race in one piece, that’s our next goal.”
Fractions on the race were 21.61, 42.95 and 1:05.66.
The Eddie D is named for legendary retired Hall of Fame jockey Eddie Delahoussaye.
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Pomona, CA (September 28, 2021) – A bay filly by California’s Leading Freshman Sire Stanford brought a final price of $100,000 from Slugo Racing/Steve Gasparelli at the Fasig-Tipton California Fall Yearlings and Horses of All Ages Sale.
Bred by Pamela Christopherson and Bar C Racing Stables, Inc., she was consigned by the latter. A half-sister to current Tommy Town homebred and earner of $183,716 Let’s Rejoyce and eleven-time winner We Will Re Joyce, they were all produced by the winning Discreet Cat mare, Joyce and Me. Their dam is a half-sister to champion Vivaldi Girl, graded stakes winner Salamera, and to the dam of mutiple stakes winner Piedi Bianchi, Outadore and Mind Reader.
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Pomona, CA (September 28, 2021) – A yearling colt named Old Pal by Grazen was purchased for $160,000 by Blinkers On Racing Stable at the Fasig-Tipton California Fall Yearlings and Horses of All Ages Sale today.
Brought to the sale by Critter Creek Farm, Agent for his breeders, Ken W. Miles and Sheridan Jones, he was produced by the winning English Channel mare, Athina Lee. He is a half-brother to two winners, including the current stakes performer Ferrariano. This is the female family that produced champion and sire Gulch.
The colt commanded the second highest price at the sale for progeny by a stallion standing in California.
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Cypress, CA (September, 25, 2021) – Tizlightning overcame trouble at the start to become the TWELFTH winner for California’s Leading Freshman Sire, Stanford. The bay gelding proved best in the 7th race at Los Alamitos going five and one-half furlongs over the fast track.
Tizlightning’s troubles were at the start. He stumbled leaving the gate and bumped the rival next to him. While some first time starters would have stopped right there, he was unbothered. He recovered quickly, going straight into a duel for the lead. That competition lasted until the top of the stretch when Tizlightning shook clear and opened up. Taken in hand late, he came home best by three lengths.
Tizlightning is a homebred racing for Lori Gallegos and he is trained by Steve Miyadi. He is out of the Cee’s Tizzy mare, Tizadream.
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Albany, CA (September 18, 2021) – Tommy Town Thoroughbreds LLC’s Not by Might is the ELEVENTH winner from the first crop of California’s Leading Freshman Sire Stanford. The 2-year-old colt made quick work of the field in his debut, going five furlongs over the all weather at Golden Gate Fields.
Showing good gate speed, Not by Might was not first out, but he quickly outfooted his foes. He held a clear lead down the backstretch and faced a challenge on the turn. He shook that one off and galloped away to win by two lengths.
Not by Might is a third generation Tommy Town homebred. Trained by Jonathan Wong, his dam is the Ministers Wild Cat mare, Don’t Lose Faith and his second dam is the stakes winning Lite the Fuse mare, She’s gottogetaway.
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Albany, CA (September 17, 2021) – Back On the Street and Day Plan made it a very successful day for the racing stable at Golden Gate Fields, as the two fillies both came home best against their respective fields.
Back On the Street is a second generation Tommy Town homebred. The 3-year-old filly is out of Ministers Wild Cat’s G2 winner and $734,304 earner Doinghardtimeagain. The daughter of Malibu Moon earned her maiden special weight diploma in today’s 4th race going six furlongs over the all weather surface.
Tracking the leaders down the backstretch, she began to gain position around the turn and was ready for the fight at the top of the stretch. She put her nose in front a furlong from home and drew away to win by nearly three lengths.
Three races later, 3-year-old Day Plan captured the feature race on the card, a five and one-half furlong allowance over the all weather for her third victory of the season.
First out of the gate, Dan Plan was taken back into second in the early going. She was on even terms as the heading into the lane, but the pacesetter wasn’t done yet. With and eighth of a mile to go, Day Plan gained the lead and dug in gamely to hold off another closing challenger to win by a half-length.
Day Plan is by Carpe Diem, out of the winning Malibu Moon mare, Malibu Clan. She was bred in Kentucky by Frederick C. Wieting. Both fillies are trained by Jonathan Wong.
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