Surface Switch No Problem for S Y Sky in Monrovia Stakes

by Steve Andersen
ARCADIA, Calif. (May 26, 2019)–S Y Sky, proven in stakes for female turf sprinters this year, reverted to the form that launched her career in Sunday’s Grade 3 Monrovia Stakes at five furlongs on dirt at Santa Anita.

S Y Sky won a stakes on the main track for the first time since the Melair Stakes for California-bred 3-year-old fillies in May 2017 in the Monrovia Stakes, which was scheduled for turf but moved to dirt because of concern over rain that failed to materialize by post time.

A 5-year-old mare, S Y Sky ran in four races on dirt between the Melair and Monrovia, finishing second or third in three stakes during that span. She finished second in an allowance race with a $62,500 claiming option at five furlongs on dirt at Del Mar last November and was promoted to first when a rival was disqualified for a bumping incident.

S Y Sky ($6.20) won the $200,702 Monrovia Stakes by three-quarters of a length over 9-10 favorite Belvoir Bay, who had her first start on Sunday since a second in the Group 1 Al Quoz Sprint on turf in Dubai on March 30.

Belvoir Bay dueled for the early lead with 7-1 Lady Suebee through fractions of 21.76 seconds for the opening quarter-mile and 45.19 for a half-mile. S Y Sky, third to early stretch, closed well to take the lead from Belvoir Bay in the final furlong under jockey Drayden Van Dyke.

S Y Sky was timed in 57.54 seconds. Van Dyke’s ride left trainer Phil D’Amato impressed.

“When he saw the way those two were going all out, he ease her back,” D’Amato said. “That was the winning move.”

Belvoir Bay finished 2 1/4 lengths in front of Lady Suebee, who was followed by Spectator, Flammetta, Rocky Policy, and Painting Corners. Painting Corners was found to have bled visibly when she was returned to be unsaddled and was walked back to the stables.

S Y Sky, a California-bred by Grazen, has won 7 of 13 starts and earned $662,320 for owner and breeder Nick Alexander. The Monrovia Stakes was her first graded stakes win and the sixth stakes win of her career.

Earlier this year, S Y Sky won two turf stakes – the Sunshine Millions Filly and Mare Turf Sprint on the hillside course in January and the Camilla Urso Stakes at five furlongs on turf at Golden Gate Fields on April 27.

The Monrovia was listed as a Grade 2 race but was demoted to Grade 3 status because of the surface switch. The race will be reviewed by the American Graded Stakes committee in coming days for possible reinstatement of Grade 2 status.

Keeper Ofthe Stars Goes Back-To-Back With a Game Win

Albany, CA (May 18, 2019)-Tommy Town Thoroughbreds’ Keeper Ofthe Stars dug in for an extra game win in a Golden Gate Fields allowance race by coming back on to snatch the win.

The three-year-old filly has won two-in-a-row and also has three third place finishes in five career outings. She has now earned $55,800.

Keeper Ofthe Stars is by Midnight Lute out of the unraced Sociable (Run Away and Hide).

Back-to-Back Allowance Wins for Son of Boisterous

Albany, CA (May 2, 2019)-Loud Mouth continued his winning ways by going back-to-back in Golden Gate Fields allowance races.

The Tommy Town homebred sophomore son of Boisterous out of Drama Cat, by Tale of the Cat has now won three races from seven starts with new earnings of $93,347.

Loud Mouth got up in the final jumps to score by a neck in 1:04.26.

S Y Sky Wins Camilla Urso

ALBANY, Calif. (Apr. 27, 2019) – Odd-son favorite S Y Sky rallied four wide and pulled away to a 3.5 length win in Saturday’s $76,200 Camilla Urso Stakes for fillies and mares at Golden Gate.

S Y Sky is a California-bred by Grazen, out of the Sky Mesa mare Sky Marni, was bred by owner Nick Alexander and is trained by Phil D’Amato.

She ran the five furlongs on turf in :56.48 and improved her record to six wins in twelve starts with earnings of $542,320; S Y Sky has never been off the board.

Tommy Town Homebred Kafwain Filly Takes Second In a Row

Albany, CA (April 25, 2019)-Tommy Town Thoroughbreds homebred filly Faithful One captured a Norcal starter allowance race with a wire-to-wire effort by two and a half lengths.

The Kafwain sophomore filly is out of Don’t Lose Faith, by Ministers Wild Cat and now has back-to-back wins in her only three starts with $22,425 in earnings.

She broke her maiden by fifteen lengths in her last outing, in March, that was following a six month layoff.

Royal Trump Picks Up Win Number Three

Arcadia, CA (April 14, 2019)-Royal Trump picked up his third lifetime win by taking a Santa Anita allowance race by a head.

The four-year-old son of Ministers Wild Cat is out of Royal Woodman, by Woodman and has now earned $111,445. His record stands at sixteen starts, three wins, three seconds and four thirds; sixty-two percent in the money.

Ministers Wild Cat stands for $4,000 live foal and is currently sitting at number nine on the California General Sire List.

Ministers Wild Cat Juvenile Debuts as a Winner

Phoenix, AZ (April 14, 2019)-Arizona Sun made her debut at Turf Paradise a wire-to-wire win in the Turf Paradise Open Spring Futurity Trials.

After breaking on top the two-year-old filly, by Ministers Wild Cat, kept to her task scoring by a length over the seven colts and fillies.

Bred by Fleming Thoroughbred Farm LLC, Arizona Sun is out of Cave Springs (In Excess) and is owned by Randy Howg.

Lieutenant Dan Wins Echo Eddie

From Santa Anita Publicity
ARCADIA, Calif. (April 6, 2019)–Nick Alexander’s homebred Lieutenant Dan, who was head and head for the lead into and around the far turn, emerged with a one length advantage a furlong out en route to a 2 ¼ length score under Geovanni Franco in Saturday’s $200,000 Echo Eddie Stakes at Santa Anita. Trained by Steve Miyadi, the 3-year-old gelding by Grazen got 6 ½ furlongs in 1:17.46.

Sponsored by the CTBA, the Echo Eddie, for 3-year-olds, is part of the lucrative Golden State Series for California-bred or sired horses.

“He’s still a work in progress,” said Miyadi, who sent him north to Golden Gate Fields for four length allowance win going 5 ½ furlongs on March 23. “His last race at Golden Gate helped him, no question. He’s still slow to change leads, not in the morning, but in the afternoon, we’ve got some work to do. I was very happy to get Geo (Franco) back on him. We go way back together to Golden Gate.”

Off at 4-1 in a field of 10, Lieutenant Dan, who is out of Alexander’s Indian Charlie mare Excusabull, paid $10.40, $5.00 and $3.40.

With two wins from five starts coming into today, the Echo Eddie is “Dan’s” first stakes win and with the winner’s check of $110,000, he now has earnings of $184,520.

“He broke really well and the key was to get good position,” said Franco. “There was a lot of speed and the eight-horse (Tap the Wire) was outside of me. When it was time to go, my horse responded really well and we just took off.”

Ministers Wild Cat’s Daughter ‘Erebuni’ Breaks Her Maiden in Second Out

Arcadia, CA (March 31, 2019)-Erebuni went wire-to-wire in a six furlong maiden race to take the opener at Santa Anita.

The three-year-old daughter of Ministers Wild Cat and Yet Anothernatalie, by Storm Boot took the field by a length in her second lifetime start.

Bred by Tommy Town Thoroughbreds, LLC and owned by Petrosian Brothers Racing Stable she has now earned $19,951.

Old Topper Filly Goes Wire-to-Wire in Maiden Special

Albany, CA (March 23, 2019)- Tip Top Gal broke her maiden in a wire-to-wire effort by an easy three lengths in a Golden Gate Fields maiden special weight race.

Covering the six panels in 1:10.14, on the Tapeta surface, the three-year-old Old Topper filly has now earned $30,656 in her career.

The filly was bred by her owners George Schmitt & Mary Clare Schmitt and is from the Royal Anthem mare El Sierra Tahoe.