Desmond Doss Rallies to Win $100,000 Thor’s Echo

Courtesy of Santa Anita Arcadia, CA (May 28, 2022) – Idle since Oct. 17, Nick Alexander’s homebred Desmond Doss came back running on Saturday at Santa Anita, as he rallied for a decisive 2 ¼ length victory in the $100,000 Thor’s Echo Stakes, giving Juan Hernandez consecutive stakes wins and his third win from as many mounts. Trained by Steve Miyadi, Desmond Doss, a 6-year-old horse by Grazen, got six furlongs in 1:09.70.

The Thor’s Echo is part of the lucrative CTBA-sponsored Golden State Series for eligible California-bred or sired 3-year-olds and up.

Attentive to the pace, about 1 ½ lengths off pacesetter Fashionably Fast at the half mile pole, Desmond Doss had about 2 ½ lengths to make up at the three furlong marker, angled three-deep turning for home and came away impressively in the final sixteenth of a mile to register his second career stakes victory.

Overlayed at 4-1 from his morning line of 3-1 among a field of five, Desmond Doss returned $10.00, $4.00 and $2.40.

Out of Alexander’s now 20-year-old Malek mare Malley Girl, Desmond Doss, who is named for the multiple decorated World War II conscientious objector hero, is now 18-6-2-2 and with the winner’s share of $60,000, increased his earnings to $361,341.

In a much improved effort off of his sixth place finish going 6 ½ furlongs down the hillside turf course in the statebred Sensational Star Stakes March 20, Harris Farms’ homebred Fashionably Fast held Tigre Di Slugo safe by a half length for the place and returned $3.80 and $2.20 while off at odds of 5-2.

Fractions on the race were 22.55, 44.80 and 57.22.

As Amatter of Fact Now Two-for-Four

Albany, CA (May 28, 2022) – As Amatter of Fact, our homebred son of Union Rags, rallied with gusto and grit to win the 7th race at Golden Gate Fields, a six furlong allowance over the all weather surface.

The 3-year-old colt earned his maiden diploma two starts back and rallied from last to finish second in his first race against winners. Today he was closer to the pace early as he continues to learn his craft. Never more than three lengths off the early pace, As Amatter of Fact improved his position to challenge for the lead coming off the turn. He took the lead a furlong from home and dug in to hold off all comers to win by three-quarters of a length.

Produced by the winning Speightstown mare, Tiz a Tommy Town, As Amatter of Fact is trained by Jonathan Wong.

Stanford’s Second Crop Comes Out Running

Albany, CA (May 22, 2022) – The first runner from the second crop of California’s 2021 Leading Freshman Sire Stanford debuted a winner in the opener at Golden Gate Fields.

In Honor of Autism put his head in front at the break of the four and one-half furlong contest and had a two length lead after the first quarter. None of his challengers got any closer the rest of the way and he won as much the best by nearly three lengths in a swift 52.85.

In Honor of Autism races for Johnny Taboada and he is trained by Jonathan Wong. Produced by the Unbridled’s Song mare, Natural Singer R N, he was bred by Machmer Hall and Carrie and Craig Brogden.

Back-to-Back Wins for Tommy Town Homebreds at Golden Gate

Albany, CA (May 15, 2022) – Tommy Town Thoroughbreds homebreds Heaven Shines and Keepmeinthe Moment visited the winner’s circle one right after the other with victories in the 2nd and 3rd races at Golden Gate Fields.

Heaven Shines, the 3-year-old son of Stanford struck first in the six furlong allowance over the all weather. Tracking a rapid pace up front from third, he drew closer around the turn and began his serious challenge at the top of the stretch. He caught the leader with a furlong to go and opened up late to win by two and one-half lengths.

Heaven Shines was produced by the stakes-placed Speightstown mare, Light Up the Sky, who was also bred and raced by Tommy Town.

Keepmeinthe Moment broke her maiden last out and she earned her second win in three career starts with her wire-to-wire romp. First out of the gate, he was pressured, but never headed. She shook off her foes and kept a two length advantage through the stretch to win by that clear margin.

Keepmeinthe Moment was produced by the stakes-winning Master Command mare, Belleofthebeach. The daughter of Candy Ride and her stablemate are both trained by Jonathan Wong.

Jetovator Gamely Wins Santa Anita Allowance

Arcadia, CA (May 15, 2022) – Jetovator turned in an ultra game performance to win the 4th race at Santa Anita, a six furlong allowance over the firm turf course with a purse of $84,960.

The 6-year-old son of Grazen was off a bit slow, but quickly found his way into a stalking position in third. He loomed up to the leaders around the turn and was in step with them at the top of the stretch. Those two weren’t done, but he put his head in from a furlong from home. A fresh challeger appeared on his outside, but Jetavator pinned his ears further back and held that one off to win by a head. Final time was a swift 1:08.59.

Jetovator races in the name of Ciaglia Racing LLC and SAF Racing and he is trained by Peter Eurton. Produced by the multiple stakes-placed Gimmeawink mare, Jet Blue Girl, he was bred by Sharon Alesia and Ciaglia Racing LLC. He takes his lifetime earnings to $259,931.

Fresh One Takes Lone Star Park Allowance

Grand Prairie, TX (May 6, 2022) – Tommy Town Thoroughbreds LLC-bred Fresh One earned the sixth victory of his career and his twentieth top three finish in the 4th race at Lone Star Park going six furlongs over their fast main track.

The Ministers Wild Cat gelding stalked the pace down the backstretch and around the far turn. Closing out in the six path through the stretch, he drew even a furlong from home and drew away to win by a length and one-quarter.

Racing for Seth Covey, he is trained by J. Caldwell. He is out of the winning Mr. Greeley mare, Sassy Kiss.

Tiz a Country Girl Best in Charles Town Allowance

Charles Town, WV (May 4, 2022) – Tiz a Country Girl, our 3-year-old daughter of Tiznow, made her second start of the season her first victory over winners in the feature race at Hollywood Casino at Charles Town, a seven furlong allowance.

A winner in two starts last year at two, Tiz a Country Girl was bet down to 4/5 favoritism despite drawing the outside post in the field of ten. She quickly overcame her post and established a stalking position second. She began her bid four and one-half furlongs from home and was the clear leader at the top of the stretch. She drew away in that final furlong to win by nearly four lengths.

Bred in West Virginia by James Franklin Miller, she is trained by Todd Beattie. Her dam is the winning Lemon Drop Kid mare, Mantekilla.

Stakes Winning Double for Ministers Wild Cat

Phoenix, AZ (April 22, 2022) – Stephen James and Arizona Sun, the son and daughter respectively of Ministers Wild Cat, scored a stakes double for their sire today at Turf Paradise.

First up was Stephen James, who earned the first stakes victory of his career in the $60,000 Dwight D. Patterson Stakes going a mile and one-sixteenth over the fast main track. Overcoming an awkward start, he tracked from third until the final turn. Coming into the stretch four wide, he took the lead and gamely held off all the challenges through the stretch to win by a neck.

The 4-year-old gelding races for Saratoga West and he is trained by Jeffrey Metz. He was bred by Fleming Thoroughbred Farm LLC and is out of the Mazel Trick mare, Suchaprettygirl.

Three races later, Arizona Sun remained undefeated in 2022 with her win in the Ann Owens Distaff Stakes over six furlongs on the main track. Though the distances were not similar, the trips were. Arizona Sun was away from the outside post and she settled into third down the backstretch. She also had to take the overland route around the turn. She gained the lead in upper stretch and had an easier time in the final furlong, drawing away to win by four and one-half lengths.

The 5-year-old mare was also bred by Fleming Thoroughbred Farm LLC and she is out of the multiple stakes winning In Excess (IRE) mare, Cave Springs. Racing for Randy Howg, she has twelve wins, three seconds and four thirds in her twenty-three lifetime starts. She is trained by Robertino Diodoro.

Minister of Soul Scores Fourteenth Career Victory

Phoenix, AZ (April 20, 2022) – Minister of Soul, the evergreen son of Ministers Wild Cat, made is fourteenth visit to the winner’s circle after the 3rd race at Turf Paradise, a five and one-half furlong allowance over the fast main track.

The 8-year-old gelding is still fleet of foot as he dashed into the battle for the lead from the inside post. Ahead at every call, he drew away through the stretch to win by three and one-half lengths in a final time of 1:02.30.

Finishing in the top three in twenty-seven of his forty career starts, he has earned $395,905. He races and is trained by Esteban Martinez. Bred by Dahlberg Farms LLC, he is out of the winning Bernstein mare, Sensitive Soul.

Keepmeinthe Moment Much the Best in Maiden Victory

Albany, CA (April 17, 2022) – Keepmeinthe Moment made her second career start a winning one, earning her maiden victory over five and one-half furlongs in the 7th race at Golden Gate Fields.

Our homebred daughter of Candy Ride engaged in a pace duel with a speedy foe until the pair reached the far turn. Taking over for good with two furlongs to run, she drew away as much the best to cross under the wire four lengths clear.

Keepmeinthe Moment was produced by the multiple stakes winning Master Command mare, Belleofthebeach. She is trained by Jonathan Wong.