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.

Daffodil Sweet Wins Emerald Downs Feature

Auburn, WA (July 24, 2021) – Daffodil Sweet, the daughter of Ministers Wild Cat, who won the Washington State Legislators Stakes last out thirteen days ago, made another visit in to the winner’s circle in the featured allowance on the card today at Emerald Downs.

Daffodil Sweet was favored over the five other runners in the one mile allowance. She and jockey Juan Guttierrez sat comfortably in second for the opening half-mile. She closed the gap and took over the lead with two furlongs to run. Widening through the stretch, she was a comfortable winner by nearly a three length margin.

Daffodil Sweet is three-for-four this season and six-of-eight lifetime. Out of the top three only once in her career, she has earned $105,158 for One Horse Will Do Corporation and Steve Shimizu. Trained by Chris Stenslie and bred by Michael Terry, she is out of the winning Lion Heart mare, Easy on My Heart.

Multiple Stakes Winner Lieutenant Dan Wins 2021 Debut

Del Mar, CA (July 23, 2021) – Multiple stakes winner Lieutenant Dan, the 5-year-old son of Grazen, dashed to victory in his 2021 seasonal debut in the 6th race at Del Mar.

Nine runners lined-up to vie for the winner’s share of the $89,320 purse in the five furlong turf allowance. Lieutenant Dan was swiftly away from post two and took up the battle from the rail position down the backstretch and around the turn. Those who went with him early were not with him late. He drew clear through the stretch and held his advantage to win by a length and one-half.

Lieutenant Dan is a remarkably consistent performer. He has won or placed in thirteen of his fourteen career start and you have to go back to the winter of 2019 to find his one performance out of the top three. He has earned $483,740 for his owner/breeder Nick Alexander. Trained by Steve Miyadi, he was produced by the winning In Excess (IRE) mare, Excusabull.

Stanford’s Sixth Winner Arrives Opening Weekend at Del Mar

Del Mar, CA (July 18, 2021) – Ko Olina, who crossed the line first in her previous outing, only to unfortunately be disqualifed, put her racing misstep aside with a clear cut maiden special weight victory in the 8th race at Del Mar. She is the sixth winner for California’s Leading Freshman Sire Stanford.

Ko Olina was first out of the gate and skipped away to the lead in five furlong contest over the fast main track and for the most part, that was the last she saw of her seven opponents. The filly in second chased all the way, but Ko Olina was kept to her business by jockey Edwin Maldonado and won by a length and one-half.

Ko Olina has earned $79,576 in her young career for C. T. R. Stables LLC. Trained by Luis Mendez, she was bred by BKB Stables , LLC, and Jerry and Brenda Haugg. She was produced by the Mr. Greeley mare, Nine to Five Lady.

Gianna’s Wild Cat Takes Del Mar Maiden Special Weight

Del Mar, CA (July 16, 2021) – Opening day at Del Mar brought the first winner from the 2019 crop of Ministers Wild Cat when Gianna’s Wild Cat came home best in the 4th race, a maiden special weight going five furlngs over the fast main track.

The bay filly stumbled at the start, but she quickly found her footing and was at the leader’s saddlecloth for the first three furlongs. She moved to take the lead coming off the turn and in upper stretch, it was hers. She kept on resolutely to the wire to win by two and one-half lengths.

Gianna’s Wild Cat was produced by the Square Eddie mare, Mommacat and she was bred by Papa Gallo Racing. She races for Sunnyside Capital Ventures and she is trained by Howard Zucker.

Daffodil Sweet Captures Washington State Legislators Stakes

Courtesy of Emerald Downs Auburn, WA (July 11, 2021) – Back on track after a rare misfire in the Hastings Stakes last month, Daffodil Sweet overhauled Ima Happy Cat in the stretch and scored a 2 ½-length victory over Dontkissntell in the $50,000 Washington State Legislators Stakes for older fillies and mares.

Ridden by Juan Gutierrez at 119 lbs, Daffodil Sweet covered 6 ½ furlongs in 1:15.19 and paid $8.80 as third choice in the wagering. Chris Stenslie is the winning trainer for owners Jody Peetz of Issaquah and Steve Shimizu of Bellevue.

A 4-year-old California-bred by Ministers Wild Cat, Daffodil Sweet earned $27,500 and is 5-0-1 in seven career starts with earnings of $91,545. Her only losses were a second in the mile and a sixteenth in the 2020 Washington Oaks and a seventh in the Hastings, when she completely missed the break and never was involved as the 9 to 10 favorite.

Daffodil Sweet got away cleanly Sunday, stalking Ima Happy Cat through fractions of :21.81 and :43.88, gaining command a quarter mile from home and drawing off through the lane.

Dontkissntell, a 25 to 1 outsider ridden by Ryan Barber at 119 lbs, finished strongly to take second place while Squan’s Kingdom, ridden by Javier Matias, also closed late to take third.

Let’s Rejoyce Earns Fourth 2021 Victory

Pleasanton, CA (July 9, 2021) – Let’s Rejoyce, our homebred 4-year-old Kafwain gelding, made it four wins in six starts this season with his frontrunning victory in the 4th race at Pleasanton, a five and one-half furlong allowance.

Sharply away, he had opened up by a length after the opening quarter and no one got any closer. He was never headed and he crossed the line two and one-quarter best.

Let’s Rejoyce is not a track or surface specific campaigner. Trainer Jonathan Wong has trained him for victories over the main track at Santa Anita Park, twice over the Tapeta at Golden Gate Fields, and back to the dirt today. He has won or placed in eleven of his fourteen lifetime starts and he has earned $151,892. He is out of the winning Discreet Cat mare, Joyce and Me.

Fourth and Fifth Winners for California’s Leading Freshman Sire Stanford

Cypress, CA (July 2, 2021) – Stanford 2-year-olds Carmen Miranda and Drizella kicked off the Independence Day weekend celebrations with maiden special weight victories at Los Alamitos. They are the fourth and fifth winners for California’s Leading Freshman Sire.

Carmen Miranda opened up the card in the 1st race, a five furlong dash featuring a filed of seven debut runners. She chased the pacesetter until deep stretch, catching her late and opening up to win by a lengths in 58.48.

Carmen Miranda, named for the “The Brazillian Bombshell” actress of the 1930s and 40s, is a homebred racing for Nick Alexander. She was produced by the winning Malek (CHI) mare, Miranda Rose and she is trained by Phil D’Amato.

Three races later, Drizella, who had been second in both of her career starts, made her first visit to the winner’s circle in a similar fashion to Carmen Miranda. She didn’t make it easy with a stumble at the start, but she quickly recovered and also chased the leader from second down the backstretch and around the turn. She caught the leader at the top of the stretch, took over and then held off a closer to win by a half-length in 57.95. Another cropmate, Sally Stanford, finished third.

Drizella races for William Peeples and she is trained by Luis Mendez. She was bred by the partnership of McGee Wolfson LLC and is out of the Royal Applause (GB) mare, Tinderella (GB).

Favored Desmond Doss Wins Bertrando Stakes

Courtest of Los Alamitos Race Course CYPRESS, CA (June 26, 2021) – Favored Desmond Doss rallied from off the pace to wear down Tom’s Surprise, the longest shot in the field at 27-1, to win the $100,000 Bertrando Stakes Saturday at Los Alamitos.

Owned by breeder Nick Alexander and trained by Steve Miyadi, the 5-year-old son of Grazen and the Malek mare Malley Girl prevailed by a half-length in the race restricted to 3-year-olds & up bred or sired in California.

Although Desmond Doss’ trip was not what Miyadi envisioned, the result was the right one for his connections and was the fifth win in 14 starts for the versatile gray. He’s won three of five on dirt and was second in his two defeats and is also a double winner on grass.

“I thought he would be where (Tom’s Surprise) the whole way,’’ said Miyadi, who also won Saturday’s first race in tandem with Alexander with Father O’Flaherty. “I think that was the plan coming out of the gate, but (jockey) Jose Valdivia (Jr., the rider on Tom’s Surprise) covered him up like you’re supposed to do.

“Fortunately for us this horse can handle both dirt and turf. I’d like to keep him on dirt, but the next on dirt against open company is tougher, especially at Del Mar. We’ll see about the ($150,000) California Dreamin’ (for state breds at 1 1/16 miles on turf July 25 at Del Mar).’’

While Scary Fast Smile, who was stretching out after a pair of impressive sprint victories at Santa Anita, set the pace with Tom’s Surprise his closest pursuer, Desmond Doss and Cedillo saved the ground, but rallied widest of all to score in his Los Alamitos debut.

The victory increased his earnings to $289,091. He paid $5.20, $3.60 and $3.60 as the 8-5 choice while completing one mile in 1:36.80.

“We had to wait on the turn,’’ said Cedillo. “He’s a steady, steady type horse and once he got out for the stretch he went after the leader and got him.’’

Making his first start both on dirt and beyond six furlongs after winning four of nine on the Tapeta surface and grass at Golden Gate Fields, Tom’s Surprise returned $12 and $8.20 while finishing one length in front of 11-1 shot Luvluv. The show price on Luvluv was $5. Brandothebartender, the 17-10 second choice, and Scary Fast Smile completed the order of finish.