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.

Speedy Maiden Special Weight Victory for Visible Hope

Albany, CA (April 15, 2022) – Visible Hope, our 3-year-old Speightstown filly, changed tactics from her career debut and came home a maiden special weight winner second time out in the 6th race at Golden Gate Fields going five and one-half furlongs over the all weather surface.

Taking off the pace first time out, Visible Hope was allowed to roll leaving the gate and she did. She she took the field through an zippy opening quarter of 21.91 and a half in 45.41. May fold after those fractions, but she was game in the late stages and held off the closers to win by three-quarters of a length. Her final time was 1:04.46.

Visible Hope was bred by Two Hearts Farm II LLC and the Speightstown Syndicate and she is trained by Jonathan Wong. She was produced by the Grade 2 winning Bernardini mare, Fioretti.

Stand By You Delivers Stand Out Allowance Victory

Charles Town, WV (April 13, 2022) – Stand by You, our 4-year-old daughter of Munnings, proved much the best as the favorite, despite early trouble, in the 7th race at Hollywood Casino at Charles Town Races.

A field of seven were in the gate for the $33,600 six and one-half furlong allowance. Stand by You stumbled at the break and found herself at the back of the field in the two-turn dash. That misfortune often leads to disaster, especially in a sprint, but the dark bay would have none of that. Widest of all the entire trip, she roared down the backstretch and the lead was hers as the field hit the final turn. It was hands and heels the rest of the trip as she opened up to win unchallenged by seven and one-half lengths.

Stand by You was bred by Silesia Farm and she is out of the winning Medaglia d’Oro mare, Medaglia d’Argento. Trained by Todd Beattie, she has won or placed in six of her ten lifetime starts.

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Scenic Masterpiece Artful in Santa Anita MSW Victory

Arcadia, CA (April 9, 2022) – Scenic Masterpiece, our 3-year-old Candy Ride filly who has placed in her two previous starts, found the third time is a charm as she earned her maiden special weight diploma in speedy fashion going six furlongs over the firm turf course at Santa Anita.

Drawing post six in the field of nine, Scenic Materpiece was a bit tardy away from the gate and was six lengths off the lead after the opening quarter. From there, she started to roll and took herself up into second as the field hit the top of the stretch. She only had the leader to catch and two lengths to make up. She accomplished both tasks passing the sixteenth pole and she opened up to win by nearly two lengths. Her final time was a swift 1:08.67

Scenic Masterpiece was bred by Machmer Hall and she is out of the multiple stakes-winning Rockport Harbor mare, Heidi Maria. She is trained by Jonathan Wong.

Stalking Shadow Proves Best in Golden Gate Allowance

Albany, CA (April 9, 2022) – Tommy Town homebred Stalking Shadow, who won the California Derby last season, earned another visit to the winner’s circle with a determined victory in the 8th race at Golden Gate Fields.

A group of ten gathered for the mile and one-sixteenth allowance. Drawing post four, the 4-year-old Ministers Wild Cat gelding was tucked in nicely two lengths off the leaders. Saving ground until midway around the final turn, he was moved into the five path by jockey Armando Ayuso for the stretch drive. He closed resolutely, gained the lead late and inched away late to win by a half-length.

Stalking Shadows has earned $163,048. Trained by Jonathan Wong, he is out of the six-time winning Petionville mare, Silent Stalk.

My Kentucky Girl Debuts a Winner

Arcadia, CA (April 2, 2022) – My Kentucky Girl, our 3-year-old daughter of American Pharoah, relied on her talent to overcome her debut greeness to earn her maiden special weight diploma in the 8th race at Santa Anita going six furlongs over the fast main track.

Away with the field, she didn’t show much early speed down the backstretch. Jockey Ricardo Gonzalez asked her to close in approaching the turn. She responded by circling the field and putting herself into contention at the top of the stretch. She continued to close but hadn’t changed leads. The lead change came inside the sixteenth pole and she surged past the leader in the final strides to win by a neck.

Bred by Saratoga Glen Farm, LLC and Sunset Stables, My Kentucky Girl is out of the stakes-placed Big Brown mare, Easy Living. She is trained by Jonathan Wong.

Rose Maddox Rallies to Santa Anita Allowance Win

Arcadia, CA (April 1, 2022) – Rose Maddox came rolling from off the pace to win the 8th race at Santa Anita Park, a $69,500 allowance over the fast main track going six furlongs.

The daughter of California’s 2022 Leading General Sire Grazen, the 3-year-old filly had a bit of a stumble at the start, but got her feet under her quickly and settled in fifth. She closed up around the turn, but had nowhere to run. Moved off the rail, jockey Kyle Frey aimed her for a rapid closing hole out in the five path. She dashed through, stretched out and had plenty left to hold off another closer to win by three-quarters of a length.

Rose Maddox has won or placed in five of her six career starts and she has earned $99,980 for owner/breeder Nick Alexander. Trained by Steve Miyadi, she is out of the multiple stakes-placed Unusual Heat mare, Heat the Rocks.

Lieutenant Dan: California-bred Horse of the Year

Arcadia, CA (March 28, 2022) – Multiple graded stakes winner Lieutenant Dan was named California-bred Horse of the Year for 2021 at Monday’s CTBA Awards Dinner and Annual Meeting at Le Meridien Hotel in Arcadia.

Lieutenant Dan, the son of Grazen out of the Indian Charlie mare Excusabull, was bred by owner Nick Alexander and trained by Steven Miyadi. In 2021, Lieutenant Dan had three wins and a second in four starts. His stakes victories included the Eddie D. Stakes (G3) and the Green Flash Stakes. His most impressive performance may have been his fine runner-up performance against the best in the world in the Breeders’ Cup Turf Sprint (G1) at Del Mar.

Lieutenant Dan also earned two additional championship honors as he was named the best Older Turf Horse and top Sprinting Male. During his championship season, Lieutenant Dan earned $407,720. His overall career record stands at eight wins in seventeen starts with earnings of $833,740.

Stanford Filly Debuts A Maiden Special Weight Winner

Albany, CA (March 27, 2022) – Amaaza may have been making her career debut, but she ran like a seasoned veteran to win the nightcap on the Golden Gate Fields card, a six furlong maiden special weight over the all weather surface. She became the NINETEENTH first crop winner for 2021 California Leading Freshman Sire Stanford.

Amaaza showed good speed from the gate and tucked in behind the leaders for an inside trip. Many a first timer find no comfort in this journey on debut, but it didn’t bother her one bit. Patiently handled by jockey Silvio Amador, she had to wait until the field straightened out for the stretch run to make her bid. A whole along the rail opened and she quickly dashed thorough to take the lead. It was hands and heels in the finals strides as she cruised in a length best.

Amaaza was bred by Curt and Lila Lanning and she is out of the Betrando mare, Hand Tricks. She races for Steve Moger and is trained by Ed Moger, Jr.