Two New Maiden Winners for Stanford

Santa Ynez, CA (June 4, 2022) – The tally of winners from the first crop of 2021 California Leading Freshman Sire Stanford rose by two yesterday when both Prayer of Jabez and Babtiste Lasalle earned their maiden diplomas.

Second generation Tommy Town homebred Prayer of Jabez had started off his career with two in-the-money finishes in as many starts. Today, he was part of a field of ten that lined-up for the nightcap at Golden Gate Fields, a six furlong maiden special weight over the all weather.

Prayer of Jabez kept the leader honest through the first half-mile and assumed the lead at the top of the stretch. A closer came calling late, but the 3-year-old gelding had plenty left to win by three-quarters of a length.

Trained by Jonathan Wong, Prayer of Jabez was produced by the winning Kafwain mare, Alwazabridesmaid.

Babtiste Lasalle had also placed in her first two starts before a very troubled trip last time out. There was no trouble to day as she took the field wire-to-wire to win the 8th race at Emerald Downs traveling five furlongs over the fast surface. She set a swift pace and dug in late to gamely win by a head.

The 3-year-old filly was bred by Mr. and Mrs. William T. Griffin and she is out of the 10-time winning Henny Hughes mare, Matching Skies. She races for MGP Trust and is trained by Dan Markle.

Alice Marble Explodes Late to Take $100,000 Fran’s Valentine

Courtesy of Santa Anita Arcadia, CA (May 28, 2022)–Although she was heavily favored, it appeared Alice Marble was in the deep end of the pool a quarter mile from home in Saturday’s $100,000 Fran’s Valentine Stakes but with leading rider Juan Hernandez at the controls, it indeed seems anything is possible these days at Santa Anita, as Alice Marble fairly exploded the last eighth of a mile to win going away by three quarters of a length, providing Hernandez with his fourth stakes win of the day and his fifth overall. Owned and bred by Nick Alexander and trained by Phil D’Amato, Alice Marble got a flat mile on turf in 1:37.67.

Under a snug hold at the rail while third, about 2 ½ lengths off longshot leader Flying to the Line leaving the half mile pole, Alice Marble was shuffled back to fifth around the far turn and had six lengths to make up turning for home, but Hernandez was unflappable, splitting horses while three deep and with an eye-catching turn of foot “Alice” made it look easy late providing Alexander with his second homebred stakes victory on the day.

“That was as close to a heart attack as I have come,” said D’Amato, who leads all trainers through 65 racing days with 14 stakes wins and 48 wins overall. “I was hoping we’d just get second when we fell back. Juan got the job done and I’m just thrilled that he got his fifth of the day for me.”

A winner of the restricted Wishing Well Stakes at 6 ½ furlongs down the hillside turf course two starts back and a close second down the hill in the Grade II Monrovia Stakes April 9, Alice Marble, who was trying two turns for the first time today, was off as the 1-2 favorite in a field of seven fillies and mares three and up and paid $3.00, $2.40 and $2.20.

“She broke a little slow…and then after that I was behind the speed,” said Hernandez, who rode Alice Marble for the first time today. “There were some guys that were going to the front, so I decided to stay behind them. I was telling Phil (that) on the backside that I had an opportunity to come through and get some position, but I didn’t want to move too soon.

“I decided to stay (at the rail) and wait. I had a rough trip, but I just had to wait a little more. I found the space and I asked here and she exploded, she was really good. It means a lot to me because I want to do good here. I want to thank the owners and trainers for giving me the opportunity to ride these nice horses and I really appreciate it…”

Alice Marble, a lightly raced 5-year-old mare, provided her sire, Grazen with his second win on the day as she collected her second career stakes victory. Out of the More Than Ready mare Unsung Heroine, Alice Marble is now 11-5-2-1 and with the winner’s check of $60,000, she increased her earnings to $321,180.

Ridden patiently by Joe Bravo, Sassyserb kicked nicely late from off the pace to finish a half length better than Flying to the Line. Off at 13-1, she paid $6.40 and $4.60.

Fractions on the race were 23.40, 47.67, 1:12.72 and 1:25.13.

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.