Barbara Beatrice Rallies to Narrow Victory in California Distaff Handicap

By Steve Andersen
ARCADIA, Calif. (October 15, 2017)-Barbara Beatrice did not race in the first nine months of 2017, sidelined by a series of minor injuries such as foot issues and a sore back.

Those frustrations were long behind co-owners Becky Wanta and trainer Phil D’Amato after Saturday’s $100,345 California Distaff Handicap on the hillside turf course. In her first start since a fifth in the Grade 2 Bayakoa Handicap at Del Mar last December, Barbara Beatrice closed from last in a field of six under Tiago Pereira to win by three-quarters of a length over 24-1 Late ‘n Left.

Barbara Beatrice ($11.60) ran about 6 1/2 furlongs on the hillside turf course in 1:12.56. The win left D’Amato slightly surprised.

“I was expecting a late run and to stretch her out at Del Mar,” D’Amato said.

“She ran a good race down the hill last year. I thought this would be a good prep and a logical spot because she’s out of conditions. She came back fresh and more willing.”

Late ‘n Left, the longest shot in the field, set the pace and was passed by the D’Amato-trained Long Hot Summer in the stretch.

Long Hot Summer failed to sustain the rally and faded to finish third, a half-length behind Late ‘n Left.

Moonless Sky, the 3-2 favorite, was fourth, trailing by 1 1/2 lengths with a furlong to go, but was not a threat late. She was followed by Bad Ju Ju and Ready to Hula Lula.

Barbara Beatrice, a 5-year-old mare by Grazen, has won 5 of 15 starts and $289,534. The California Distaff Handicap, restricted to statebred fillies and mares, was her first win in 51 weeks, since an optional claimer on the hillside turf course last October.
Saturday’s race was her fifth appearance in a stakes. She was third in the Melair Stakes for statebreds as a 3-year-old, and fourth or fifth in her three other stakes races prior to her win on Saturday. D’Amato bred Barbara Beatrice, who will be pointed for stakes at the Del Mar autumn meeting that begins on Nov. 1.

Campaigner Breaks Maiden at Santa Anita

Arcadia, CA (October 14, 2017)-Campaigner earned his diploma in a Cal bred maiden special race at the Great Race Place Santa Anita.

The gelded son of Ministers Wild Cat out of Brave Journey by Good Journey graduate going away by two and a half lengths for breeder/owner Larry I. Stein.

He has four starts, one win and a second with earnings of $43,800.

Ministers Wild Cat is the seventh ranked California stallion for 2017, he will stand for $4,000 in 2018.

Top Pirana Gets Another Win

Top Pirana Gets Another Win

Fresno, CA (October 8, 2017)-Top Pirana earned his seventh career win by taking a Fresno allowance/optional claimer by half a length. The Old Topper gelding has now won two races in 2017 and has earned $65,755 this season.

Out of Royal Prana, by Royal Academy this five-year-old has a lifetime record of eighteen starts with seven wins, one second and five thirds for earnings of $147,994.

Bred in California by Ellen Jackson & Margaret Sherr he is owned by Hollendorfer, LLC and George Todaro.

Stanford to Stand at Tommy Town

SANTA YNEZ, Calif. (Sept. 28, 2017) — Tommy Town Thoroughbreds is excited to introduce Stanford for the 2018 breeding season. Stanford is a multiple stakes winner of the $1.25 million G2 Charles Town Classic and was a debut winner sprinting at two. He earned over $1.3 million for his connections of Stonestreet Stables LLC, Susan Magnier, Michael B. Tabor and Derrick Smith and was trained by Todd Pletcher.

Bred by WinStar Farm, LLC he is out of the Distorted Humor broodmare Rosy Humor. He is the second leading earner of Malibu Moon and he set a new track record for 8.5 furlongs this year; he is out of the family of sires Pulpit, Johannesburg and Tale of the Cat.

Stanford will be the only Malibu Moon son standing in California. He will stand at Tommy Town Thoroughbreds for $5,000 stud fee, stands and nurses.

Another Wire-to-Wire Minsters Wild Cat Winner

Cypress, CA (September 24, 2017)-Handsome Swede became another winning juvenile sired by Ministers Wild Cat at the Los Alamitos Race Course.

The two-year-old gelded homebred of Tommy Town Thoroughbreds, LLC is out of the Candy Ride broodmare Linnea and has earned $15,345 in his three starts.

Handsome Swede prevailed by two and a quarter lengths after setting and pressing the pace for the five and a half furlongs; stopping the clock in 1:04.48.

It Tiz Well Upsets Abel Tasman in Cotillion

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By Erin Shea
Refusing to let her multiple grade 1 winning competition get away in the stretch, It Tiz Well dug in and held on to pull off a two-length victory in the $1 million Cotillion Stakes (G1) at Parx Racing Sept. 23 over 4-5 favorite Abel Tasman.

Tommy Town Thoroughbreds’ Arch filly and jockey Drayden Van Dyke stalked the pace for most of the 1 1/16-mile race on the dirt for 3-year-old fillies. After Abel Tasman and jockey Mike Smith moved up along the rail in the backstretch to engage the leader Lockdown and the two went head to head into the turn for home, It Tiz Well moved three wide and dug in to run down the pair in the stretch.

Abel Tasman, who entered the 11-horse field on a three-race, grade 1 win streak, had to settle for second.

The win marked back-to-back wins in the Cotillion Stakes for trainer Jerry Hollendorfer, who took last year’s edition with champion Songbird.

“We thought she was training very well and we thought she’d have a good chance to win that race. We thought she would be tactical and she was today, that wasn’t unexpected,” Hollendorfer said. “I’m just very happy for her and for (Tommy Town Thoroughbreds’) Tom Stull.

“It’s a big race and she’s coming around at the right time. Maybe we can get her in another big race before the end of the year. I haven’t decided yet but I would like to look at the Breeders’ Cup (Distaff, G1).”

In Saturday’s event, Lockdown broke sharply under jockey Luis Saez and assumed the lead, taking the field through fractions of :23.26 and :47.27 for the first half-mile as It Tiz Well tracked in second on the outside. After a slow start from post 10, Abel Tasman rushed up the rail to engage Lockdown going around the far turn.

Six furlongs went in 1:11.37, as Lockdown and Abel Tasman were battling for the lead coming into the stretch. It Tiz Well moved three wide around those two and continued to dig in as they approached the finish. Edging away in the final strides, It Tiz Well hit the wire two lengths ahead in a final time of 1:43.67 on a fast track.

“She ran today like she ran at Delaware Park (in the grade 3 Delaware Oaks July 8),” Van Dyke said. “Set off the pace and relaxed, and when I called upon her she responded. She was perfect.  When I saw Mike (Smith aboard Abel Tasman) coming up on the inside, I sat off her and waited, and they kind of went away from me for a few seconds and she was there for me the whole time.”

Abel Tasman battled back to get second, three-quarters of a length ahead of Lockdown, who was a half-length ahead of Mopotism.

Proud and Fearless, Actress, Salty, Teresa Z, Sine Wave, Thirstforthecup, and Stay Found completed the order of finish.

Sent off at 5-1, the winner returned $12.60, $4.60 and $3.20 across the board.

Bred in Kentucky by Allen Branch and Susan Branch out of the stakes winning Tiznow mare It Tiz, the filly was a $230,000 purchase at the 2015 Keeneland September yearling sale out of the Greenfield Farm consignment.

On the board in nine of her 10 starts, It Tiz Well won one of two starts as a juvenile before jumping into graded stakes company this year. She finished second to Unique Bella in the Santa Ynez Stakes (G2), then won an allowance optional claiming race before taking the Honeybee Stakes (G3) at Oaklawn Park in March. She followed that effort with a third behind Paradise Woods in the Santa Anita Oaks (G1), ran fourth in the Summertime Oaks (G2), and then shipped east and won the Delaware Oaks by a half length.

It Tiz Well entered Saturday’s race off a runner-up effort to Elate in the Alabama Stakes (G1) Aug. 19 at Saratoga Race Course.

It Tiz Well led for most of the way in the Alabama until Elate took over in the stretch and drove to the wire to finish 5 1/2 lengths ahead.

With her first top-level score, It Tiz Well improves her record to 5-2-2 with earnings of $1,130,840.

Kafwain and Old Topper Sire Los Al Winners on Saturday Card

Cypress, CA (September 23, 2017)-Queen Bee to You a sophomore daughter of Old Topper picked up a starter allowance win on the Saturday Los Alamitos card. The filly was bred by Tommy Town Thoroughbreds, LLC and is out of  Silk Queen, by Touch Gold; she has a record of fourteen starts with two wins, five seconds and three thirds and earnings of $143,910.

Also on the Saturday Los Alamitos card Pray Hard another Tommy Town Thoroughbreds, LLC bred horse picked up his ninth win in thirty-nine starts. The son of Kafwain out of Unbridled Prayer, by Songandaprayer has finished second ten times and has three thirds and has lifetime earnings of $323,190.

Town Town Sires Kafwain and Ministers Wild Cat Sire Juvenile Winners On Los Al Friday Card

Cypress, CA (September 22, 2017)-Ministers Wild Cat sired another two-year-old winner, a Tommy Town Thoroughbreds, LLC homebred, We Will Re Joyce. She took the fourth race on the Friday Los Alamitos card going wire-to-wire by eight lengths.

We Will Re Joyce is out of Joyce and Me, by Discreet Cat and has a record of six starts, one win and two thirds totaling $23,880.

Kafwain also had a juvenile winner on the Friday Los Alamitos card when Cuvee Cat broke her maiden by three parts of a length. She is out of Cuvee Exchange, by Cuvee and has earned $12,490 in four starts with one win.

Swingshift Deputy Earns Win #6

Albany, CA (September 17, 2017)-Swingshift Deputy, making his second turf start, now has two turf wins with his wire-to-wire win in a Golden Gate Fields $27,000 allowance race.

Breaking from the ten hole and traveling the five furlongs on the Golden Gate Fields lawn Swingshift Deputy stopped the clock in 57.4.

Swingshift Deputy is a five-year-old gelding by Ministers Wild Cat out of Sweet Swinging Ms (Swing and Miss) he has twenty lifetime starts with six wins, three seconds and one third; earnings of $76,944.

Win Machine Bud Time Earns 14th Career Victory

Edmonton, Alberta (September 9, 2017)- Bud Time the nine-year-old win machine by Old Topper picked up his second in a row and his fourteenth overall win by taking his second consecutive optional claimer.

Bud Time was bred in Alberta and is out of the St. Jovite mare St. Rajas; he has earned $181,366 over his carrer.

His lifetime record of sixty-four starts, fourteen wins, eighteen seconds and thirteen thirds yields an in the money percentage in excess of 70%.