Praise and Honor Smartly Scores at Golden Gate

Albany, CA (September 4, 2020) – Praise and Honor earned her non-winners of one other than diploma today with a stylish victory in the 3rd race at Golden Gate Fields, a $34,720 allowance going six furlongs over the all weather.

Our Tommy Town Thoroughbreds LLC’s daughter of Honor Code settled kindly just off the pair dueling for the lead down the backstretch and around the turn. Asked to go wide by jockey Irving Orozco, Praise and Honor caught the leaders and drew away through the stretch to prove much the best by two and one-half lengths.

Trained by Jonathan Wong, Praise and Honor has now won or placed in three of her five starts. She was bred in Kentucky by Breffni Farm and produced by the stakes-placed Speightstown mare, Going to Kukaro.

In this oddly scheduled year, today is Kentucky Oaks Day. Praise and Honor’s third dam, the G1-winning Nijinsky II mare, Jeanne Jones, was second in the filly classic in 1988.

Babe Didrikson Wins Golden Gate Allowance

Albany, CA (September 3, 20202) – Babe Didrikson, the 4-year-old daughter of Grazen, went from last to first to win the 4th race at Golden Gate Fields going one mile over the all weather.

Six lined-up for the $37,216 allowance with Babe Didrikson in post five. Trailing for the first five furlongs, she began to draw closer around the far turn. Three wide into the stretch, she took over with less than a furlong to run and came home best by one length.

She races for Philip Pane and she is trained by Jose Bautista. The victory takes her bankroll to $105,950. Bred in California by Nick Alexander, she is out of the stakes-placed Bartok (IRE) mare, Chelcee’s Hope.

Li’l Grazen wins by Nearly Eight at Del Mar

Del Mar, CA (August 22, 2020) – Li’l Grazen scored her second win at Del Mar this season with an authoritative victory in the 2nd race, a $57,000 allowance going five and one-half furlongs.

The 6-year-old Grazen mare engaged in an early battle for the lead, but halfway through, the race was over. She opened up at every call thereafter and hit the wire nearly eight lengths in front in the solid time of 1:03.38.

Li’l Grazen was bred by Nick Alexander and she is out of the winning Touch Gold mare, Cherry Gold. Racing for Rockingham Ranch and trained by Peter Miller, the win takes her earnings up to $216,785.

Magnolia’s Hope Best in Del Mar Maiden

Del Mar, CA (August 21, 2020) – As any lady will tell you, a problem with a shoe at the beginning of an outing is counterproductive to the task at hand. Magnolia’s Hope, our homebred daughter of Ministers Wild Cat, did not let a shoe repair in the paddock keep her away from the winner’s circle, breaking her maiden in the 4th race at Del Mar.

Carrying co-highweight, Magnolia’s Hope had the far outside post in the field of ten. Quickly away in the six furlong contest, she opened a clear lead and never looked back, taking the field wire-to-wire to win by a length.

Magnolia’s Hope is trained by Jonathan Wong. She is a full sister to the stakes performers Run for Retts and Whine for Wine. They were all produced by the stakes winning Jump Start mare, Mrs. Began.

No Longer Silent Returns a Winner at Golden Gate

Albany, CA (August 20, 2020) – It was a tough fight, but Tommy Town Thoroughbreds LLC’s No Longer Silent earned the third win of his career in his 2020 debut, the 6th race at Golden Gate Fields, a $41,200 allowance over the all weather.

The 3-year-old Ministers Wild Cat gelding tracked the leaders from third down the backstretch of the six furlong contest. He saved his best running for the final two furlongs. Coming three wide, he took the lead at the top of the stretch. A tenacious closer, carrying twelve pounds less, came calling in the final eighth. No Longer Silent had every reason to fold, with his last start coming nine months ago, but he did not. He kept on to the wire and earned his victory by a nose. He stopped the clock in 1:09.96

A Tommy Town homebred, he is out of the winning Petionville mare, Silent Stalk. Trained by Jonathan Wong, No Longer Silent has won or placed in five of his seven starts and has earned $85,100.

Ministers Wild Cat Filly Remains Undefeated with Coca Cola Stakes Win

Auburn, WA (August 6, 2020) – Daffodil Sweet is proving to be a very special filly in the little more than a month long career. She remained unbeaten in her first three starts with a dominant victory in the $40,000 Coca Cola Stakes going six and one-half furlongs at Emerald Downs.

The 3-year-old daughter of Ministers Wild Cat has won by open lengths each time. She debuted on July 2 with an eight and three-quarter maiden special romp. Moving up against winners on July 20, including older runners, she scored by seven and three-quarters.
Today, the frontrunning miss duplicated her frontrunning effort in stakes company and the result another open length win.

Overcoming a step-slow start, Daffodil Sweet, quickly got to the front and engaged in a duel in the early going. She began to open up three furlongs from home and was ridden out to a six length advantage at the wire. She has won her first three starts by a total of twenty-two and one-half lengths.

Bred in California by Michael Terry, the bay filly is out of the winning Lion Heart mare, Easy on my Heart. She races for the partnership of One Horse Will Do Corporation and Steve Shimizu and she is trained by Chris Stenslie

Pappy Boyington Debuts a Winner

Albany, CA (August 2, 2020) – Pappy Boyington showed the poise of a seasoned runner in his victorious career debut in the 8th race at the Golden Gate Sonoma meeting, a six furlong maiden special weight over the all weather with a purse of $36,000.

The 2-year-old Grazen colt was down in post one and if he showed any inexperience, it was a half-step slow break from the gate. He settled into the second flight, and patiently rated under jockey Alejandro Gomez. He maintained his position until the top of the stretch when racing room opened along the rail. Asked to go, he answered with a solid turn of foot to take the lead and open up to win going away by two and one-half lengths.

Named after the Medal of Honor winner of World War II, he is a homebred racing for Nick Alexander. Trained by Steve Miyadi, he is out of the winning Sky Mesa mare, Sky Marni.

Sea Sailor Breaks Maiden Second Time Out

Albany, CA (August 2, 2020) – Sea Sailor, who was second in his career debut, moved up on slot next time out to break his maiden in the 2nd race at the Sonoma at Golden Gate meeting going five furlongs over the all weather.

The 2-year-old son of Ministers Wild Cat has shown he isn’t an early pace type and he sat three lengths off the leaders down the backstretch. Launching his bid around the turn, he circled the field four wide and reached the front at the top of the stretch. He drew away in the final furlong to win by three widening lengths.

Racing for Tommy Town Thoroughbreds, LLC, he was bred by the farm in partnership with Jerry Hollendorfer. Trained by Jonathan Wong, he is out of the Stormy Atlantic mare, Sea Creature.

Sea Sailor is the second 2-year-old winner for Ministers Wild Cat in 2020.

Li’l Grazen Takes Del Mar Allowance

Del Mar, CA (July 27, 2020) – Li’l Grazen went from inside to outside to win the 9th race at Del Mar, a $53,000 allowance going six furlongs over the fast main track.

The 6-year-old daughter of Grazen drew the rail post, which has been tough of late at the seaside venue. Tracking the leaders down the backstretch, she angled out to make her move around the turn. She hit the front with a furlong to run and drew away to win by by a length and three quarters.

Bred in California by Nick Alexander, Li’l Grazen was produced by the winning Touch Gold mare, Cherry Gold. An earner of $182,585, she races for Rockingham Ranch and is trained by Peter Miller.

Take Me for a Spin Now Two-for Three

Pleasanton, CA (July 25, 2020) – The second winner on the Pleasanton card for Tommy Town Thoroughbreds LLC was Take Me for a Spin, who earned a hard fought win in the 3rd race, a six furlong allowance.

The 3-year-old son of Old Topper broke from the inside post and was immediately challenged for the lead. Thatduel lasted down the backstretch and around the turn. He vanquished that foe at the top of the stretch, but twomore came calling. He turned them all away to win by a half-length.

Trained by Jonathan Wong, Take Me for a Spin has two wins and one third in his three career starts. The homebred is out of the multiple stakes winning Ministers Wild Cat mare, Going for a Spin.