Grantville, PA (November 18, 2020) – Chocolate Speights should have been the hunch play of the night at Penn National. The Grantville, PA track is a short eight mile drive from the famous chocolate lover’s destination of Hershey. Our Tommy Town Thoroughbreds LLC’s 4-year-old Speightstown filly paid the hunch players an 11-1 dividend, fighting off challenges early and late to win the 6th race at Penn National, a six furlong allowance over the fast main track.
Breaking from the outside post, Chocolate Speights, was away on top and challenged the inside speed for the lead. Kept off the rail path, she was never headed and responded gamely in the final strides to hold off the closers and win by a head.
Chocolate Speights is trained by Todd Beattie. Bred in Kentucky by Gainesway Thoroughbreds, Ltd., she is out of the graded stakes winning Malibu Moon mare, More Chocolate.
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Courtesy of ctba.com DEL MAR, CA (Nov. 6, 2020) – Rider Ricardo (“Ricky”) Gonzalez swung wide in the lane, then was able to urge his filly September Secret on to a last-jump head victory Saturday in capturing the $150,000 Golden State Juvenile Fillies Stakes at Del Mar in a tight finish on Friday.
There was a four-horse spread at the wire with Dylans Wild Cat (Ministers Wild Cat) second and just a nose in front of Eddie’s New Dream, who in turn had a nose on favorite Governor Goteven.
The winner, a gray daughter of the prolific California stallion Grazen, was bred by Jennifer Saavedra. She ran seven furlongs in 1:25.56 giving owners Tom Kagele and Ken Shaw an $85,500 reward as their portion of the $150,000 purse in the dash for 2-year-old state-bred fillies. It was the September Secret’s third win in six starts.
The stakes tally was the first ever at Del Mar for Gonzalez, but the 36th for trainer Peter Miller, who watched the race from Keeneland in Kentucky while he’s there for the Breeders’ Cup. Saturday he’ll saddle owner Kagele’s C Z Rocket in the $2 million Breeders’ Cup Sprint.
“Once I quit cussing him (jockey Ricardo Gonzalez), I started cheering him even though I didn’t know if he was going to get there,” said Miller. “It was a roller coaster of emotion. She was much the best and he had a ton of horse but had trouble getting her out in the clear. Absolutely, it’s good to start the weekend with a stakes win. It’s the same owner (Tom Kagele) as C Z Rocket (entered in Saturday’s $2 million Breeders’ Cup Sprint), so maybe it’s a good omen.”
September Secret paid $28.60, $12.40 and $6.60 across the board. Dylans Wild Cat, owned by Sunnyside Capital Ventures, returned $14.00 and $7.20. And Eddie’s New Dream, who runs in the silks of Reddam Racing, paid $3.40.
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Albany, CA (October 30, 2020) – That’s three wins in-a-row for Tommy Town Thorougbreds LLC’s Praise and Honor. The 3-year-old filly came home best in the 2nd race at Golden Gate Fields, a six furlong allowance over the all weather surface.
Praise and Honor tracked the pacesetting pair, never letting them get too far away. She came calling for the lead around the final turn and hit the front at the top of the stretch. She had to work for it as the one of the leading fillies proved a game competitor. At the wire, Praise and Honor held her at bay to win by three-quarters of a length.
Bred in Florida by Breffini Farm, Praise and Honor is by Honor Code. She is out of the stakes winning Speightstown mare, Going to Kuraro. Trained by Jonathan Wong, she has four wins in this, her first season of racing and she has earned $82,280.
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Arcadia, CA (October 25, 2020) – Loud Mouth, the Tommy Town-bred son of Boisterous, scored a open lengths victory in the $71,154 allowance carded as the 7th race on closing day of the Santa Anita fall meeting.
A field of eight assembled for the six and one-half furlong main track contest. Loud Mouth was a pace factor from the start. He exchanged the advantage with another until the top of the stretch. He took over for good and drew away to prove best.
Loud Mouth races for Thomsen Racing, LLC and he is trained by Steve Knapp. He has five wins and career earnings of $189,410. He was produced the winning Tale of the Cat mare, Drama Cat, who comes from the family of champion Landaluce.
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Albany, CA (October 25, 2020) – Ben Wade, the 2-year-old son of Grazen, made his second start a winning one in the 7th race at Golden Gate
Fields, a maiden special weight going six furlongs over the all weather surface.
Away sharply, Ben Wade quickly moved to engage in the pace battle. He saw off the first challenger and then was quickly reengaged by another for the stretch drive. He dug in and held on to win by three-quarters of a length.
Ben Wade is a homebred racing for Nick Alexander. Trained by Steve Miyadi, he is out of the Bernstein mare, Your Cheatin Heart, a half-sister to the multiple graded stakes winner Pee Wee Reese.
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Albany, CA (October 24, 2020) – The second maiden special weight winner on the day at Golden Gate Fields for Tommy Town Thoroughbreds LLC was the homebred Old Topper filly, Back Slider, who wired the field going six furlongs in the 8th race.
Coming off a runner-up finish in her career debut, Back Slider lined up in the middle of the nine horse field in post five. She emerged with the lead a few strides away from the gate and was quickly joined in the pace battle. She had company through the first half-mile and shook off that opponent around the final turn. She was clear through the stretch and stubbornly held off a late closer to win by neck.
Back Slider is trained by Jonathan Wong and she was produced by the multiple stakes-placed Gulch mare, Big Easy. She comes from the Windfields foundation family of Iribelle through Victoriana.
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Albany, CA (October 24, 2020) – Overwhelming Love, the Tommy Town Thoroughbreds, LLC’s 3-year-old daughter of Curlin, came from off the pace with a sustained rally to earn he maiden special weight diploma in the 4th race at Golden Gate Fields going nine furlongs over the firm turf course.
Rating kindly at the back of the pack through the first six furlongs, Overwhelming Love made her way forward on the outside path. She moved up steadily, but the uncontested on the pace leader was nearly three lengths in front with a furlong to run. She continued to close gamely, catching that leader in the waning moments and going on to a half-length victory.
Trained by Jonathan Wong, Overwhelming Love was bred in Kentucky by Elevage II, LLC. Her female family is one of the finest in the stud book. Her dam is a half-sister to Australian champion sire, Rubick (AUS). Her second dam is a three-quarter sister to sire legend Redoute’s Choice (AUS). They all trace in their tail female from the extraordinary Broodmare of the Year, Best in Show.
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Arcadia, CA (October 10, 2020) – Just Grazed Me came from just off the pace to defend her title in the $100,000 California Distaff Handicap for California-breds at Santa Anita.
Swiftly out of the gate in the five and one-half furlong turf dash, the 5-year-old daughter of Grazen was masterfully ridden by Umberto Rispoli, who kept her out of trouble early and gave her clear running room around the turn and into the stretch. Just Grazed Me took over for good a furlong from home and proved best by three-quarters of a length at the wire.
“This kind of race is always tricky because with five runners, you can expect a lot of speed or you can’t expect speed at all” said Rispoli. “I knew Gypsy Blu on the outside broke slow, so I was thinking they were going to send her forward and I didn’t want to be in that trap. I saw around the corner that I could track her all the way. She’s just very professional. She (gave a lot of weight). She just does enough to win the race.”
Her victory proved a pleasing tonic for owner/breeder Nick Alexander. “She trains at Los Alamitos and I know Phil would’ve preferred to get a Santa Anita work into her, but the timing of the race just didn’t allow it,” he said. “She hadn’t won in about a year and she had to work for it today. She won the same race last year and she went one second faster, so we’ll give her plenty of time to recover. I had back surgery two weeks ago, but I wouldn’t have missed this for the world.”
Just Grazed Me has seven wins, four seconds, and one third in her fourteen career starts and she has earned $494,332. She was produced by the winning Cuvee mare, Fairway Road.
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Albany, CA (October 8, 2020) – That’s back-to-back wins for Tommy Town Thoroughbreds’ Praise and Honor, as she came home best in the feature race at Golden Gate Fields, a $32,000 allowance over the all weather.
The 3-year-old Honor Code filly stalked the pace early in the six furlong contest and was realy to challenge at the top of the lane. She caught the leader halfway home and battled to the wire, prevailing over her older rival late by a half-length.
Praise and Honor has won three of her six career starts, with an additional placing and she has earned $62,480 in her first season of racing. Bred in Kentucky by Breffni Farm, she is out of the stakes winning Speightstown mare, Going to Kukaro. She is trained by Jonathan Wong.
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Albany, CA (September 26, 2020) – Tommy Town Thoroughbreds LLC’s homebred No Longer Silent blazed to a track record setting victory and remained undefeated for the 2020 season in the 9th race at Golden Gate Fields, a $30,544 allowance over the all weather.
The 3-year-old son of Ministers Wild Cat flew from the break in the five and one-half furlong contest. Dueling through an opening quarter in 21.72, the lead was his alone as they hit the half in 44.78. He flew his fifth furlong in 11. 26 and stopped the clock at the finish in 1:02.13. The previous record was 1:02.41. His winning margin was two lengths.
No Longer Silent now has four wins, a second and a third in eight career starts and he has earned $110,060. Trained by Jonathan Wong, he was produced by the winning Petionville mare, Silent Stalk.
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