Two New Maiden Special Weight Winners for Ministers Wild Cat

Arcadia and Albany CA (March 22.2020) – Audace was the first of two maiden special weight winners for Ministers Wild Cat. The 3-year-old gelding opened his win account with a strong performance in the 3rd race at Santa Anita Park going seven furlongs for a purse of $55,500.

Sharply away from post two, Audace took the lead passing the gap and rattled off the first quarter in 22.72. He continued on through a half in 45.43. Coming off the final turn, his lead was challenged from the inside. Headed for a few strides, he dug back in, regained the lead and drew away in the final furlong to win by a length and one-half. Final time for distance was 1:24.22.

Audace was produced by the multiple stakes winning Bold Badgett mare, Bold Roberta. He is a full brother to multiple stakes winner Bella Luma. Bred in California by Thomas Bachman, he races for Michael and Janet Dante and he is trained by Mike Puype.

Later up the coast at Golden Gate Fields, Audace’s cropmate Eustace earned his first victory with a completely different racing style. Going six furlongs in the 7th race, Eustace sat a patient trip four lengths off the leaders racing down the backstretch. He moved closer around the turn and split horses at the top of the stretch. He engaged the leader passing the eighth pole and opened up to win by a comfortable two lengths. He stopped the clock in 1:10.85.

The 3-year-old gelding was bred in California by Curt and Lila Lanning. Produced by the Bertrando mare, Hand Tricks, he races for Steve Moger and is trained by Ed Moger, Jr.

Lieutenant Dan Victorious in the $100,000 Sensational Star Stakes

Courtesy of Santa Anita Park ARCADIA, Calif. (March 22, 2020)–With a light rain falling at post time, conditions proved ideal for Nick Alexander’s homebred Lieutenant Dan, as he sat close to the early pace and reeled in lightning quick distaffer Stealthediamonds late to take Sunday’s $100,000 Sensational Star Stakes by three quarters of a length under Drayden Van Dyke. Trained by Steve Miyadi, the 4-year-old gelding by Grazen got 5 ½ furlongs over a “firm” turf at Santa Anita in 1:02.32.

Breaking from post position seven in a field of 10 older runners, Lieutenant Dan sat third, about 2 ½ lengths behind Stealthediamonds with longshot Grinning Tiger to his inside. Leaving the quarter pole, Van Dyke swung three-deep and overhauled a tiring Stealthediamonds with 50 yards to run while ridden confidently.

“It set up perfectly for him today,” said Van Dyke, who guided Lieutenant Dan to a close second place finish behind multiple stakes winner Fashionably Fast in the Cal Cup Sprint going six furlongs on dirt here Jan. 18. “My main concern was getting him to switch to his right lead when we turned for home. Once he did, yes, I was pretty confident we’d catch that mare.”

Off as the second choice at 3-1, Lieutenant Dan, who is out of the Indian Charlie mare Excusabull, paid $8.60, $5.40 and $3.60.

A two-time Cal-bred stakes winner sprinting on dirt, Lieutenant Dan got his first stakes victory on grass and his third overall added money win today. With the winner’s share of $60,000, he increased his earnings to $406,020 from an overall mark of 12-5-2-4.

“The race set up well for him, no question,” said Miyadi. “This horse is finally growing into his frame. We gave him a little time off and he’s picked up some weight, which he needed because he’s been so light.”

At that point, Miyadi segued into a mild dose of Stengelese: “Someday, he’s gonna have to route. He sprints like he’ll route and he routes like he’ll sprint.”


Be that as it may, Stealthediamonds, who broke from post position nine, was able to clear off as planned going into the far turn, but didn’t have enough gas left to hold off the winner as she finished 2 ½ lengths clear of a late closing Brandothebartender.

Off at 5-1 with Agapito Delgadillo, Stealthediamonds paid $6.40 and $4.00.

Ridden by Victor Espinoza, Brandothebartender was off at 10-1 and paid $5.00 to show.

Fractions on the race were 22.52, 45.03 and 56.40.

Sponsored by the CTBA, the Sensational Star is part of the Golden State Series for eligible California-bred or sired horses.

Kafwain Son Silken Prince Romps in Santa Anita Allowance

Arcadia CA (March 14, 2020) – Silken Prince, the son of Kafwain bred by Tommy Town Thoroughbreds gave a rousing last-to-first display in the 2nd race at Santa Anita Park, a $58,500 allowance over the main track.

Breaking from the outside post in the field of eight, the 4-year-old gelding spotted the field ten lengths after the opening furlong over the course rated good.
Racing wide down the backstretch, he was asked to start his run by jockey Jose Valdivia, Jr. as the field approached the final turn. The gap was closed in a matter of strides. He was in the thick of it midway around the turn and as they hit the top of the stretch, he had reached the leaders. He shifted up another gear and drew away strongly to win by more than four lengths. He finished the six and one-half furlongs in a lively 1:16.31.

Racing for the partnership of Integrity Thoroughbred Racing, LLC, Little Baca Racing, LLC, Lucas Downs, Ltd., Victor Racing and Brian McGoldrick, Silken Prince is trained by Matthew Chew. Produced by the Touch Gold mare, Silk Queen, he is a half-brother to the recently retired multiple graded stakes winning Tommy Town-bred, Queen B to You.

Tommy Town-Bred GSW Queen B to You Retired From Racing

By Byron King – Courtesy of Arcadia, CA (March 13, 2020) – Queen Bee to You, who rose up the stakes ranks to become a dual graded stakes winner this winter in Southern California, has been retired due to a minor right ankle injury, according to trainer Andrew Lerner.

Winner of the Bayakoa Stakes (G3) and La Canada Stakes (G3) under jockey Ruben Fuentes, the 6-year-old Old Topper mare had been pointed toward the March 14 Beholder Mile Stakes (G1) at Santa Anita Park before she exhibited inflammation in her ankle March 4 after a six-furlong workout in 1:13 4/5.

“It was nothing serious. I would have recommended to the owners to turn her out for 60 or 90 days, bring her back and let her roll again,” Lerner said. “But we’re kind of at the point where we decided to run her this year and if we had done that we might have gotten one or two races in her anyway before going in the November sale.

“It made more sense to take her out of training now and get her bred to a nice stallion in Kentucky and let her have her life as a momma.”

A breeding decision for the mare and where she will board is pending from owners Christopher St. Hilaire and Adam Vali, Lerner said. Next week she travels to Kentucky, where most of the major stud farms are located.

St. Hilaire currently races his horses under the stable name An Equal Amount of Blueberries, a line from the movie “Casino.”

Bred in California by Tommy Town Thoroughbreds, Queen Bee to You 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 for her breeder before being claimed by St. Hilaire for $50,000 as a maiden in December 2016. She has made $658,770, winning eight of 33 races over her entire career.

Queen Bee to You closed her career with three consecutive victories, going 4-for-7 after Lerner took over her training from Mike Pender in June 2019. She provided Lerner with the first graded victories of his young training career.

Grazen: A Regional Value Stallion

By Chris MrGrath – Courtesy of Thoroughbred Daily News (March, 7, 2020)

GRAZEN (Benchmark–Hazen, by Rubiano), Tommy Town Thoroughbreds, $6,000

No apologies for returning to this guy, having drawn attention to his rise last year. Because he has since written another remarkable chapter in his remarkable story, with Grade III winners S Y Sky and Just Grazed Me, plus champion Cal-bred sophomore Lieutenant Dan taking his lifetime tally to 10 stakes winners from just 113 foals.

Grazen started out at $2,000 in 2010 and mustered just 88 named foals across his first six crops. But his startling dividends from that precarious toehold, including a Grade I podium for multiple stakes winner Enola Gray, earned him a breakout book in 2017–soaring from 31 to 101–and its graduates are juveniles this year. With another 172 covers across the two seasons since, moreover, he is all set to maintain the momentum. True, he will do well to maintain his stakes ratio from this kind of volume. But it’s wonderful to see a horse earn his stripes in this way; and he amply deserves a small hike in fee (from $5,000).

His immediate pedigree does not make it especially obvious where all this might be coming from, albeit it’s the family of GI Breeders’ Cup Turf winner Prized and seeded by very respectable stallions like Rubiano and Kris S. But there’s no question that Grazen himself showed plenty of flair until breaking down, otherwise beaten only once in five sophomore starts on synthetics–and then by a subsequent Grade I winner–including at graded stakes level, flashing some hot speed figures in the process.

One way or another, he’s extending the fragile Alydar line in fairytale fashion. And, at 14 and with all those reinforcements imminent, there’s no knowing what the next plot twist might be.

Keeper Ofthe Stars Shines in G2 Buena Vista Stakes

Courtesy of Arcadia, CA (February 22, 2020) – After providing Jonathan Wong with his first graded stakes victory in the Oct. 26 Autumn Miss Stakes (G3T) at Santa Anita Park, Keeper Ofthe Stars is adding even more prestigious awards to her up-and-coming trainer’s record.

The 4-year-old daughter of Midnight Lute delivered again Feb. 22 at Santa Anita for Wong and owner Tommy Town Thoroughbreds, running down heavily favored Jolie Olimpica by a half-length in the $202,000 Buena Vista Stakes (G2T). Dismissed at odds of 36-1, she returned $74.20 to her backers for a $2 wager.

After going to the early lead and fading to sixth in the Jan. 20 Megahertz Stakes (G3T) at Santa Anita, Keeper Ofthe Stars employed off-the-pace tactics in the one-mile Buena Vista, made possible in part by Jolie Olimpica being keen on the stretch-out from a win in the 5 1/2-furlong Las Cienegas Stakes (G3T). So when Jolie Olimpica broke running and was allowed to run freely by Mike Smith, setting fractions of :23.23, :46.49, and 1:10.24, jockey Abel Cedillo was able to coax Keeper Ofthe Stars back into fourth, where she remained until the second turn.

At that point, Cedillo chose to wait no longer. He made a long, sustained run with his mount, who closed the gap three wide on the second turn, from six lengths behind after a half-mile to 2 1/2 lengths back with a quarter-mile to race, and she gradually wore down the leader. The final time was 1:34.15 on a firm course.

“I thought if we could get her to relax off the pace today, she could make one run,” said Cedillo, who has ridden her in her past five starts. “I got her back going into the first turn, and she relaxed really good. The distance was perfect, and she finished really strong.”

Initially under hand urging from Smith, Jolie Olimpica at first turned back Keeper Ofthe Stars in the early stretch but could not repel her in the final sixteenth, even after Smith went to a left-handed whip.

“Going from a sprint to a route today, she just didn’t relax,” said Smith, who rode her in her Jan. 11 U.S. debut. “She was pulling, and when she does that, she’s not breathing the way she needs to.”

Mucho Unusual rallied to be third, a half-length behind the runner-up and 1 1/2 lengths in front of fourth-place Lady Prancealot, who came under early urging from Joe Bravo and lacked her usual turn of foot.

Tina Tina crossed the wire in fifth but was disqualified by track stewards and placed eighth for causing stretch interference, resulting in Brill being elevated into the fifth position.

Wong, who began training in 2014, has become a training force at Golden Gate Fields and now has a smaller stable at Santa Anita. He began conditioning Keeper Ofthe Stars last summer.

“We’ve been really high on this filly. When Tom and Debi (Stull) from Tommy Town Thoroughbreds gave her to me, she was like the best horse we ever had,” said Wong, who now has three graded stakes wins—the two from Keeper Ofthe Stars and another from Mugaritz in the Nov. 30 Berkeley Handicap (G3) at Golden Gate.

A $180,000 purchase by Tommy Town Thoroughbreds from the Lane’s End consignment at the 2017 Keeneland September Yearling Sale, Keeper Ofthe Stars has won six of 14 starts and $321,931. Bred in Kentucky by Olin Gentry, Omar Trevino, and Anthony Cappola, she is out of the unraced Run Away and Hide mare Sociable.

Justalittleviolent Wows ‘Em at Golden Gate

Albany, CA (February 15, 2020) – Impressive performances come in many forms. Earlier today, Tommy Town Thoroughbreds’ Song of the Night earned her the first victory of her career in dominant, frontrunning fashion in the opener at Laurel Park. In the nightcap at Golden Gate, Justalittleviolent overcame a start that would eliminate all but the bravest of racehorses to earn her maiden special weight in equally impressive style.

Justalittleviolent didn’t break with her field and when she did, she chose not to run a straight path for her first few strides. That left her six lengths behind the back markers of the field, with less than six furlongs to catch-up. Jockey Silvio Amador didn’t panic and let our daughter of Violence find her own rhythm. Still at the back coming into the stretch, she lost more ground swinging out into the five path. That’s when things changed. She unleashing an incredibly powerful closing kick, blowing by the leaders inside the final sixteenth and drawing away to win by two lengths.

Justalittleviolent was bred in Kentucky by Rock Ridge Thoroughbreds, LLC and she is trained by Jonathan Wong. She is out of the stakes-placed Speightstown mare, Little Sandy.

Song of the Night Dazzles at Laurel Park

Laurel, MD (February 15, 2020) – There is a line in the chorus of the hit “Song of the Night” that says, “I’m lost in the emptiness.” That’s how the rest of the field must have felt as Tommy Town Thoroughbreds’ Song of the Night left them in her wake by by double digits in the opener at Laurel Park.

The Tiznow filly was no secret to the crowd as she was sent off at 1/9 to win the six and one-half furlong maiden special weight over the main track. She did not disappoint. Breaking a step slowly from the inside post, she quickly moved up into the front of the field. Under no urging from jockey Trevor McCarthy the rest of the trip, she had a four length lead passing the half and doubled that to eight lengths at the top of the stretch. Geared down in the final furlong, her lead increased again and at the finish she was twelve and three-quarter lengths best.

Trained by Todd Beattie, the homebred is out of the Street Cry (IRE) mare, Northern Station. She is a half-sister to the multiple stakes winner Barbados.

Kafwain Filly Completes GGF Double for Tommy Town Thoroughbreds

Albany, CA (February 14, 2020) – Tommy Town Thoroughbreds, trainer Jonathan Wong, and jockey Silvio Amador teamed up for a second victory on today’s card at Golden Gate Fields when No Cover Charge captured the 7th race, an allowance over the all weather.

The 3-year-old Kafwain filly drew the outside post in the field of nine. Her natural speed carried her to the front and she was able to set up in the two path. Never headed, she was without seriously challenge through the stretch and increased her margin to three lengths at the wire. She finished the five and one-half furlongs in 1:03.46.

A model of consistency so far in her young career, No Cover Charge has finished first or second in five of her six career starts. She came within a neck of victory in the Golden Gate Debutante last season at two. Produced by the Unbridled’s Song mare, Open Mic, she takes her career earnings to $71,800.

Jive Talkin Earns Maiden Special Weight Victory

Albany, CA (February 14, 2020) – Jive Talkin, our homebred son of City Zip, cleared his maiden special weight condition with a game performance as the favorite in the 4th race at Golden Gate Fields going six furlongs over the all weather.

Jockey Silvio Amador hustled Jive Talkin away from the inside post to take the advantage. Pressure came immediately from the outside and he was locked in a battle down the backstrech and into the final turn. Jive Talkin put away that rival and ran strongly to the wire to win the six furlong contest by a length and one-half. He stopped the timer in 1:10.33.

Jive Talkin’s dam is the Tommy Town Thoroughbreds homebred graded stakes winner, Top Kisser. The daughter of Old Topper won or placed in ten of her fourteen career starts and she earned $407,100.

Jive Talkin comes from the barn of trainer Jonathan Wong.