Victim of Love Dominates the What a Summer Stakes

Laurel, MD (January, 18, 2020) – Tommy Town Thoroughbreds LLC’s Victim of Love earned the second stakes victory of her career with a dominating performance in the $100,000 What a Summer Stakes at Laurel Park. Away well in the six and one-half furlong main track event, the 4-year-old filly used her early speed to prompt the inside pacesetter. Moving to the lead passing the half-mile pole, Victim of Love set sail for home at the top of the stretch. She drew off and was never challenged, crossing under the wire nearly four lengths best.

Victim of Love is by Speightstown out of the graded stakes winning and producing Awesome Again mare, Spacy Tracy. Bred in Kentucky by Daniel J. Burke, she is trained by Todd Beattie. She has won or placed in seven of her twelve career starts and has earned $171,829. The What a Summer Stakes victory also included back-to-back seasons donated by Kalem Shah to his G1-winner Dortmund.

Tommy Town Thoroughbreds Win Three on the Day

Albany and Arcadia CA (January 11, 2020) – It was quite an exciting day for the racing stable of Tommy Town Thoroughbreds with three new winners spanning the California racetracks!

The day began with Blowinthebluesaway making a winning debut in the opener at Golden Gate Fields. Overcoming a bump at the start, the 4-year-old son of Ministers Wild Cat closed steadily to get the nod at the wire of the six furlong maiden over the all weather. The homebred is out of the Eurosilver mare, Blues and Silvers.

Shifting to Santa Anita, Tommy Town and Ministers Wild Cat struck again with another homebred as 3-year-old gelding Mahi Mahi, breaking his maiden going one mile over the main track in the 4th race. Sitting just off the pacesetter, he split horse in the stretch to win by a head. He was produced by the Successful Appeal mare, Ms Vanenzza.

Rounding out the day, Tommy Town debuted the pair of sophomore first timers, Tiz Fake News and Zakar in the 7th race at Golden Gate. If you had the fillies on an exacta ticket, you went to the window! Tiz Fake News made a speedy break and never looked back, rolling to a four length victory in the five and one-half furlong maiden special weight over the all weather. Zakar tracked her stablemate early in third, but found trouble when forced five wide into the stretch. She overcame the lost ground with a steady effort to gain the place by a half-length.

Tiz Fake News is by Tiznow out of the Empire Maker mare, Media Madness. Zakar is by Into Mischief out of the Vindication mare, Vindy City.

All these runners are from the barn of trainer Jonathan Wong.

Three Straight Stakes Victories for Queen Bee to You

Arcadia, CA (January 11, 2020) – Like fine wine, newly turned 6-year-old Queen Bee to You continues to improve with age. Scoring her third straight stakes win and second straight in graded company, the Tommy Town-bred daughter of Old Topper got her nose down when it meant the most in the $200,500 La Canada Stakes (G3) at Santa Anita Park.

Second choice in the wagering, Queen Bee to You was able to find a inside run just off the early pace of Der Lu. Keeping her rail skimming trip, she engaged the pacesetter midway down the backstretch and the race was on. The two stayed locked in battle round the turn and the full length of the stretch. Headed during the final furlong, she would not be denied and victory was hers at the line.

“I thought my horse was getting rank, but the pace was a little slow and that’s why she was pulling” said winning rider Ruben Fuentes. “Thankfully the rail was open and I took that spot, I realized I was going a little slow so I said I’m in the perfect spot. Once she made the lead, she relaxed real nice. My plan was to angle outside and put the pressure on the other filly (Der Lu), but we ended up inside and she fought back.”

Trainer Andrew Lerner told TVG’s Kurt Hoover this was the best race the mare has run. “She has been training so well, she coming into each race so happy and doing so extremely well,” Lerner added in the post race interview. “The plan wasn’t to be that close but in the paddock she was so much on the muscle, I told Ruben, ‘She’s not gonna let you hold her back this time.’ So I got a little nervous that he wasn’t able to get outside but what a brilliant ride by Ruben he’s just done so good for us.”

“She’s just one of those gritty mares that wants to win. She’s just all heart and you gotta love horses like that.”

Racing for the Partnership of An Equal Amount of Blueberries and Adam Vali, Queen Bee to You takes her earnings to $658,770. An 8-time winner, she has finished in the top three in 24 of her 33 starts. She was produced by the Touch Gold mare, Silk Queen.

Kafwain Filly Makes it Three-in-a-Row

Albany, CA (December 14, 2019)-Tommy Town Thoroughbreds homebred Kafwain filly Faithful One captured her third in a row with a wire-to-wire allowance win at Golden Gate Fields.

Stopping the timer in 1:09.9, on the Tapeta surface, the filly scored by three plus lengths for another daylight win.

Produced from the Ministers Wild Cat mare Don’t Lose Faith the three-year-old filly has earnings of $46,260 form her four lifetime starts.

Kafwain will stand for $2,500 live foal in 2020.

Queen Bee to You Reigns Over Competition in Bayakoa

By Bloodhorse.com Cypress, CA (December 8, 2019) – Only three weeks of rest proved inconsequential to Christopher St. Hilaire and Adam Vali’s Queen Bee to You, who closed her season on a high note with her first graded stakes win in the $100,351 Bayakoa Stakes (G3) Dec. 8 at Los Alamitos Race Course.

“We were (worried she was coming back too quick) and she’s probably going to get 60 to 70 days off now,” St. Hilaire said. “She’s earned it, obviously. She’s in such good form right now. We were in that pocket, and we wanted to stay there.”

Entering Sunday’s race off a 4 1/2-length victory in the Nov. 17 Betty Grable Stakes at Del Mar, the 5-year-old California-bred mare looked strong from the break under Ruben Fuentes. Arctic Roll made a quick bid for the lead and was guided to the rail from the far outside. Lady Suebee followed suit in second, just a length behind.

As the half-mile went in :47 flat, Fuentes and Queen Bee to You chased the leaders just off the rail before angling out four wide approaching the far turn. Arctic Roll dueled briefly with Lady Suebee in an attempt to hold her lead but drifted back as the field entered the top of the stretch.

Lady Suebee’s lead was short-lived. Queen Bee to You drove hard down the middle of the track to challenge and was a length in front by midstretch. Urged on by Fuentes, the mare continued to pull away and won by 3 1/2 lengths. The final time for 1 1/16 miles was 1:44.21 over a track rated good (sealed).

“She is very sharp right now,” Fuentes said. “She settled early and relaxed perfectly, and I knew she was loaded when I asked her for run.”

Zusha, who split horses off the second turn in a late-running bid for the front, edged Lady Suebee by a neck for second. Kim K, Mongolian Humor, and Arctic Roll completed the order of finish.

The Bayakoa was the second stakes win for Queen Bee to You at Los Alamitos this season. She defeated males June 29 in the Bertrando Stakes over one mile on the dirt.

“There was a little hesitation running her back, but she came out of the (Betty Grable) so well and we worked her back and she went so spectacularly that we said we have to go for it,” said trainer Andrew Lerner, echoing St. Hilaire’s concerns. “The plan wasn’t to take her back that far, but she kind of missed the break a little bit. I could see she was traveling smoothly, and Ruben always does a fantastic job with her. They’ve done a great job with this track.”

The victory was an especially poignant one for Lerner, as it was the first graded win of his training career.

“It’s a huge accomplishment,” Lerner said. “I’m so grateful for my team. My foreman Isidro (Hernandez) and I started with one horse we claimed (Gunslinger) 2 1/2 years ago, and now we have a stable of 45.”

Bred by Tommy Town Thoroughbreds, Queen Bee to You is a daughter of regional stallion Old Topper. She is the sixth foal out of the Touch Gold mare Silk Queen and the first to earn black type. She made her first four starts on the track for her breeder before being claimed by St. Hilaire in December 2016.

“She’s the best mare by far (we’ve claimed),” said St. Hilaire, who admitted the decision to bring the mare into his stable was somewhat rash at the time. “Candidly, I didn’t know enough. If I had known what I know now, I may not have claimed her. I knew just enough, and she was our second horse. It was $50K, but she looked so strong coming out of that first race. She pulled so hard and she looked so strong but had a bad trip, so we took a shot.

“It doesn’t matter whether it’s dirt or turf, short or long, she just gives it her all every time, and that’s rare to come by.”

Queen Bee to You has a 7-11-5 record from 32 starts and earnings of $538,770.

Tommy Town Bred Sophomore Takes AQU Maiden Special

by ThoroughbredDailyNews.com
Ozone Park, NY (December 5, 2019)-Tommy Town bred Kid Bourbon (c, 3, Lemon Drop Kid–Top Kisser {GSW, $407,100}, by Old Topper) finished third on debut at Gulfstream Feb. 23 and was subsequently shelved. Completing the trifecta in his return at Belmont Sept. 25, he was second last time over this track and trip Nov. 10. Sent off at 2-1 this time, the bay moved up into a two-wide third, keeping close tabs on the top two through a :47.52 half-mile.

Drawing even with the leaders entering the far turn, Kid Bourbon took control in mid-stretch and extended clear to don cap and gown by 3 1/2 lengths.

The winner is the first foal out of Top Kisser, who is also responsible for the juvenile colt Jive Talkin (City Zip), who finished second on debut at Golden Gate Nov. 24. The Grade III-winning mare was bred back to Violence this spring.

Kid Bourbon was a $120,000 Ylg ’17 FTSAUG.
Lifetime Record: 4-1-1-2, $65,800. O-Bourbon Lane Stable (J. Hill, M. McMahon); B-Tommy Town Thoroughbreds, LLC (KY); T-Mark A. Hennig.

Royal Trump Takes Del Mar Allowance

Del Mar, CA (November 29, 2019)-Royal Trump picked off a Del Mar open allowance race by nearly three lengths and stopped the timer in 1:08.34 while winning his second in a row.

The $41,340 winners share pushed Royal Trump earnings to over $210,000. He has twenty-one lifetime starts, six wins and four seconds and four thirds.

Royal Trump is by Ministers Wild Cat out of Royal Woodman (Woodman) and was bred in California by Mr. & Mrs. Larry Williams.

Ministers Wild Cat stands for $4,000 live foal and is currently sitting at number nine on the California General Sire List with over $1.6 million in 2019 earnings.

Wachtel Stable & Gary Barber Boisterous Homebred Takes Del Mar MSW

Del Mar, CA (November 22, 2019)-California Kook a homebred of Wachtel Stable & Gary Barber got her diploma in a Del Mar maiden special, the two-year-old filly scored by almost three lengths in the off-the-turf mile race.

She is by Boisterous and out of Kukaluka (Comic Strip). California Kook has started two times and earned $31,551.

California’s 2018 leading freshman sire Boisterous and currently the leading second crop sire in the state, is a multiple Grade I winner by Distorted Humor–Emanating, by Cox’s Ridge. He will stand for $3,000 live foal in 2020.