Tommy Town Homebred Eighth Winner for Stanford

Albany, CA (August 14, 2021) – Tommy Town Thoroughbreds LLC’s homebred Don’t Lead Me On is the EIGHTH winner from the first crop of California’s Leading Freshman Sire Stanford! The 2-year-old gelding came home best going five and one-half furlongs over the all weather in the 7th race at Golden Gate Fields.

Asked for speed by jockey Armando Ayuso, Don’t Lead Me On dashed to the front, opened a clear lead and kept running to the wire to win by one length.

Don’t Lead Me On is trained by Jonathan Wong. He was produced by the Taste of Paradise mare, It’s Your Life.

To see a photo of Don’t Lead Me On as a foal, click here

Stanford Filly Tops 2021 CTBA Northern California Yearling Sale

Pleasanton, CA (August 10, 2021) – The only yearling by California’s Leading Freshman Sire Stanford consigned to the 2021 CTBA Northern California Yearling and Horses of Racing Age Sale topped the sale.

The bay filly, who is out of the Broken Vow mare, Jeannie’s Genie was bred by Tommy Town Thoroughbred’s farm manager Mike Allen. A half-sister to a winner, her dam is a half-sister to four winners and two stakes horses. Consigned by Eastbrook Livestock Management, Agent, she was purchased by Robert Jones for $45,000.

Seventh Winner for California’s Leading Freshman Sire Stanford

Del Mar, CA (August 8, 2021) – Sally Stanford became the SEVENTH winner from the first crop of California’s Leading Freshman Sire Stanford. Her maiden victory came over five and one-half furlongs in the 8th race at Del Mar.

Breaking from post nine in the field of ten for the main track contest, Sally Stanford used her natural speed to clear the field and she flew down the backstretch and around the turn. She came into the stretch in complete control and finished up a length and one-half best.

Sally Stanford is owned and bred by Nick Alexander and she is trained by Steve Miyadi. She is out of the winning Maria’s Mon mare, Stash.

Grazen Filly Debuts a Winner at Del Mar

Del Mar, CA (August 8, 2021) – Grazen filly Iva Toguri showed the maturity of a seasoned performer winning her career debut in the 6th race at Del Mar, a five furlong maiden special weight over the turf course.

Ask any trainer and they will tell you the inside post for a racing debut is not where they necessarily what they would have chosen. Iva Toguri was not bothered being inside of nine other fillies. She was away smoothly and had plenty of speed to race for the lead. She was challenged coming off the turn and as she neared the wire. She fought back in each instance and won by a head.

Iva Toguri is a Nick Alexander homebred and she is trained by Phillip D’Amato. She is out of the winning Bertrando mare, Hey Cowboy. She carries the given name of the World War II propaganda figure, Tokyo Rose, an American citizen who was pardoned by President Gerald Ford in 1977.

Two Homebred Tommy Town Winners at Golden Gate

Albany, CA (August 7, 2021) – The first of two Tommy Town homebred winners at Golden Gate Fields today was Let’s Rejoyce. the son of Kafwain who made his fourth straight visit to the winner’s circle.

Let’s Rejoyce was the 2/5 betting favorite in the 4th race going five and one-half furlongs over the all weather and he never gave his followers a moments worry. He broke on top, cleared the field quickly and led every step to win by two and three-quarters lengths.

The 4-year-old Jonathan Wong trainee has won or placed in twelve of his sixteen career starts and he has earned $173,732. He is out of the winning Discreet Cat mare, Joyce and Me.

Two races later, Knockout Bert followed Let’s Rejoyce’s example with his wire-to-wire maiden special weight victory in the 6th race going six furlongs over the Tapeta. Swiftly away, his frontrunning trip was nearly identical and he came home best by nearly two lengths.

The son of Munnings is also from the Jonathan Wong barn. He is out of the stakes-placed Distorted Humor mare, Knockout Bertie.

Grazen Filly Connie Swingle Takes Del Mar Maiden Special Weight

Del Mar, CA (August 6, 2021) – Connie Swingle, the 2-year-old full sister to multiple stakes winners S Y Sky and Grazen Sky, who combined to earn over a million dollars, joined her siblings with a winner’s circle photo after graduating with her maiden special weight diploma in the 5th race at Del Mar.

Connie Swingle was second to the stakes-placed Drizella in her debut and she was favored to move up the board one spot today.
Stalking near the pace early, the Grazen filly moved up outside the leader going into the turn and came away well in front. She opened up through the stretch to cruise in the easiest of winners by more than seven lengths.

Connie Swingle, who was named for the International Drag Racing Hall of Fame member, is a homebred for Nick Alexander. Trained by Philip D’Amato, she and her stakes-winning siblings are out of the winning Sky Mesa mare, Sky Marni.

Tiz a Master Wins Del Mar Allowance

Del Mar, CA (August 6, 2021) – Tiz a Master, the daughter of Ministers Wild Cat, upped her earnings to $157,372 with her victory in the 2nd race at Del Mar, a six furlong allowance over the fast main track.

Tiz a Master kept the pacesetter company through the opening half. She moved to challenge and the lead was hers in midstretch. The closers came calling, but she held tough to win by a half-length.

Tiz a Master was bred by Say Jay Racing LLC and she was produced by the winning Cee’s Tizzy mare, Bea’s Cee. She races for Bran Jam Stable and she is trained by Vladimir Cerin.

Drizella First Black-Type Runner for California’s Leading Freshman Sire Stanford

Del Mar, CA (August 5, 2021) – Drizella became the first black-type runner for California’s Leading Freshman Sire Stanford with her game runner-up effort in the $101,500 CTBA Stakes going five and one-half furlongs at Del Mar.

Forced out at the start and four wide around the turn, Drizella gamely fought the eventual winner to the wire, missing by a neck.

Drizella has finished first or second in her four career starts.

Fourth Straight Victory for Praise and Honor

Erie, PA (July 26, 2021) – Praise and Honor, our 4-year old daughter of Honor Code, finished out her 2020 season with three straight victories. She picked up where she left off, coming from off the pace to win her 2021 debut in the 7th race at Presque Isle Downs, a six furlong allowance over the all weather surface.

Praise and Honor saved ground with a rail trip, sitting fourth down the backstretch and third around the turn. She had momentum, but the leader shut off the rail path and there was no choice for jockey Pablo Morales to make at the eighth pole but to switch out to make the run. She got going and her stride grew longer in the closing stages. It carried to the lead in the final steps and she won by a neck.

Praise and Honor is trained by Todd Beattie. Produced by the stakes winning Speightstown mare, Going to Kukaro, she was bred by Breffni Farm.

To view the race on the YouTube below, forward video to the 10:00 mark.

Blazingbellablu Prevails in $50,000 Kent Stakes

Courtesy of Emerald Downs AUBURN, WA (July 25, 2021) — Continuing her ascendancy in the sophomore filly ranks, Blazingbellablu powered to the lead into the stretch and drew off for a 2 ¼-length victory over Broad Approval in the $50,000 Kent Stakes for 3-year-old fillies.

With Alex Cruz riding at 120 lbs., Blazingbellablu ran 6 ½ furlongs in 1:17.34 and paid $6 as the betting favorite. Charles Essex is the winning trainer and co-owner with Petra Lewin of Centralia, Wash.

Blazingbellablu — a Washington-bred daughter of California stallion Grazen — earned $27,500 to increase her career total to $66,958. Her overall mark is 3-2-0 from six starts, including three straight victories at Emerald Downs.

In the Kent, Blazingbellablu raced slightly off the pace as Coastal Son set fractions of :22.39 and :45.26 for the quarter and half-mile. The winner advanced three deep on the turn, overtook Coastal Son and Zippin Sevenz into the lane, and proved clearly best through the stretch.

Canadian shipper Broad Approval, ridden by Kevin Radke at 119 lbs, rallied inside to finish second, while Ms Lynn, ridden by Julien Couton at 122 lbs, flew late for third place. Zippin Sevenz, La Una, Camden High, Coastal Run and Oreo’s Dream completed the order of finish.

Cruz, who rode Ms Lynn to a 17 to 1 upset in the Seattle Stakes last month, was faced with a difficult choice on which filly to ride in the Kent.

“It was a tough decision to make, but we made the right decision in the end,” Cruz said.

The 3-year-olds reconvene at Emerald Downs on Sunday, August 29, for the $50,000 Muckleshoot Derby for colts and geldings and $50,000 Washington Oaks for fillies.