Stanford Filly Opening Buzz Dominates Turfway Park Allowance

Florence, KY (December 1, 2022) – Opening Buzz, our homebred 3-year-old daughter of Stanford, raced for the first time under the lights at Turfway Park and she came away an impressive winner of the 6th race, a six and one-half furlong allowance over the all weather.

A field of twelve fillies and mares lined-up with Opening Buzz drawing the number eight post. She did not break quickly and was eleventh after the opening quarter-mile. Beginning to draw closer, jockey Ricardo Santana, Jr. asked her to circle the field around the far turn and she was widest of all at the top of the stretch. She closed stoutly, caught the leaders and drew away as much the best to win by four and one-half lengths in the snappy time of 1:16.17.

To watch the race directly, click here or forward to the 17:00 minute mark on the video below.

Opening Buzz has now won three of her five starts and she has earned $105,961. Trained by Jonathan Wong, she was produced by the Unbridled’s Song mare, Open Mic.

Tommy Town Filly Wins Golden Gate Debutante Stakes

Albany, CA (November 25, 2022) – Sally’s Sassy earned the first stakes victory of her young career with a hard fought victory in the Golden Gate Debutante Stakes for 2-year-old fillies going six furlongs over the all weather at the Northern California oval.

The Tommy Town colorbearer had gained black-type last out with her third place finish in the Pike Place Dancer S. on October 29. Not an on the pace type, our daughter of West Coast gave the early leaders a six length head start after the first quarter. Asked to draw closer heading into the final turn by jockey William Antongeorgi III, she began a sustained closing effort that lasted to the wire. Five wide at the top of the stretch with two other fillies left in the fray, Sally’s Sassy would not be denied. She kept fighting and when the photo camera lit up, her nose was their first.

Sally’s Sassy has won or placed in three of her four career starts for trainer Jonathan Wong. Produced by the stakes winning Posse mare, Sharp Sally, she was bred by Buck Pond Farm, Inc.

Stanford Juvenile Now Two-for-Three

Albany, CA (November 18, 2022) – In Honor of Autism made it two wins in three starts after closing relentlessly in the 4th race at Golden Gate Fields traveling six furlongs over the all weather.

The 2-year-old colt from Stanford’s second crop did not involve himself with the pace battle, sitting four lengths back until the final quarter. Jockey Catalino Martinez took him out into the four path and he took aim. He took the lead late in the game and was a half-length best at the line.

In Honor of Autism races for Johnny Taboada and he is trained by Jonathan Wong. Produced by the Unbridled’s Song mare, Natural Singer R N, she was bred by Machmer Hall and Craig and Carrie Brogden.

Grade I Winner Eight Rings to Stand at Tommy Town Farms

Eight Rings Winning G1 American Pharoah Stakes © BENOIT PHOTO

Courtesy of Checkmate Thoroughbreds SANTA YNEZ, Calif. (Nov. 14, 2022) — Eight Rings, a Grade I winner at 2, will stand the 2023 breeding season at Tommy Town Thoroughbreds in Santa Ynez for a fee of $7,500, it was announced by Adrian Gonzalez’s Checkmate Thoroughbreds, which manages the owning partnership.

Trained by Bob Baffert, the son of Empire Maker won the Grade I American Pharaoh Stakes at Santa Anita by six lengths from Grade I winner American Theorem, Grade I Breeders Cup Juvenile winner Storm The Court, and Grade I Del Mar Futurity winner Nucky.

On debut as a 2-year-old at Del Mar, Eight Rings’ brilliant performance earned him a TDN Rising Star dominating the 5.5 furlong maiden race by 6 1/4 lengths clear over future Garde I Santa Anita Handicap winner Express Train and Shooters Shoot (second in the Grade II Triple Bend Stakes).

Eight Rings was bred in Kentucky by Winstar Farm and sold for $520,000 at the 2018 Keeneland September Yearling Sale.

Eight Rings is out of Grade III Whimsical Stakes winner and Grade II Masters Stakes placed Purely Hot by Pure Prize. Bred on the same Empire Maker/Storm Cat cross as Eclipse Champion and Triple Crown winner American Pharaoh and Eclipse Champion Classic Empire.

Adrian Gonzalez of Checkmate Thoroughbreds said that “Eight Rings is a sensational stallion prospect for California breeders. He was an exceptionally precocious Grade 1 winning 2-year-old on the dirt at Santa Anita. He’s beautifully bred and even more impressive physically. He’s robust and powerful and exudes class. It is a rare opportunity to launch a stallion with this genetic makeup that is a Grade 1 winner at 2 in California. I am thrilled to present him.”

Stanford Son Takes Golden Gate Feature

Albany, CA (November 13, 2022) – The feature race today at Golden Gate Fields was a six furlong allowance going six furlongs over the all weather. Despite being assigned top weight of 124 pounds, Stanford son Love’em N Leave’em was completely overlooked by the bettors and it proved to be at their peril. The 3-year-old gelding came rolling late to earn a game victory.

Tracking in fourth with a rail trip in the early going, Love’em N Leave’em drew closer around the turn, but had to swing out to the five path to make his run through the stretch. He closed resolutely to catch the leader inside the final sixteenth and cross under the wire three-quarters of a length best.

Love’em N Leave’em is a second generation Tommy Town homebred, produced by the winning First Samurai mare, Sheza Firstsamurai. Trained by Jonathan Wong, he has three wins and a third in seven career starts and he has earned $78,470.

Day Plan Best in Jeff & Jack Coady Stakes

Phoenix, AZ (November 5, 2022) – Day Plan came wide and rallied through the stretch to win the $60,000 Jeff & Jack Coady Stakes going six furlongs over the fast main track at Turf Paradise.

Our 4-year-old daughter of Carpe Diem was favored by the crowd and she did not disappoint. There was plenty of speed in the field of ten and jockey Harry Hernandez let several other go on to dispute the early lead. Day Plan began to close around the turn, but was forced to go wide to get around those sent early. She closed resolutely and took the lead nearing the sixteenth pole and opened up to win by a length and one-quarter.

Day Plan has put together a solid 2022 campaign. She has three wins, a second and two thirds in her six starts this season. Overall, she has six career victories, nine top-three finishes in eleven starts and she has earned $155,300. Trained by Jonathan Wong, she was bred in Kentucky by Frederick C. Wieting. She is out of the winning Malibu Moon mare, Malibu Clan, a half-sister to graded stakes winner Cinco Charlie.

My Kentucky Girl Dominates Keeneland Allowance

Lexington, KY (October 29, 2022) – My Kentucky Girl, our 3-year-old daughter of American Pharoah, unleashed a powerful stretch run to win her Keeneland debut, a $110,000 allowance race going seven furlongs over the fast main track.

A maiden winner at Santa Anita earlier this season, My Kentucky Girl did not get out of the gate well. She and jockey Chris Landeros were eighth of nine after the opening quarter. She got rolling around the final turn, and the right lanes opened up at the right time. She found clear running in the two path at the top of the stretch, came flying past the leaders up the inside. She galloped alone to the wire, winning impressively by five lengths.

Bred in Kentucky by Stonehaven Steadings, My Kentucky Girl was produced by stakes-placed Big Brown mare, Easy Living. She is trained by Jonathan Wong.

A Dozen Victories for Dynasty of Her Own

Erie, PA (October 19, 2022) – The feature race on the card at Presque Isle Downs was a six furlong allowance over the all weather with a purse of $42,000. Dynasty of Her Own, our daughter of Shanghai Bobby, turned in a tenacious effort and earned herself a twelfth visit to the winner’s circle.

Breaking from the outside post, Dynasty of Her Own was kept just off the leading pair down the backstretch and around the turn. She came out to the four path to launch her stretch bid. Taking aim resolutely, she grabbed the lead in the final stages and drew away to win by three-quarters of a length.

Dynasty of Her Own has earned $349,431. Trained by Todd Beattie, she was bred in Kentucky by Mr. and Mrs. Richard Kaster. She is out of the multiple stakes-placed Richter Scale mare, Lady Dynasty.

Flame McGoon Wins Grassy Santa Anita Allowance

Arcadia, CA (October 7, 2022) – Stanford filly Flame McGoon looks to have a bright furture on the turf after her allowance victory in the 3rd race today at Santa Anita.

The 3-year-old filly took a mild stutter step when the gates opened and she found herself in a bit of traffic down the backstretch. Eager to run, but with no short way around, jockey Ryan Curatolo had to work out a trip. She didn’t have completely clear sailing until switching out in the stretch. She came running, taking the lead inside the final furlong and opening up to win by a length and one-quarter in 1:09.62

Flame McGoon, whose name come originally from the Lil Abner comic strip, races as a homebred for Branch Thoroughbred owners Allen and Susan Branch. Trained by Mark Glatt, she was produced by the More Than Ready mare, Lula Talullah.

Connie Swingle Remains Undefeated at Santa Anita

Courtesy of Santa Anita Park ARCADIA, CA (Oct. 1, 2022) – A gem of consistency under any conditions, Nick Alexander’s homebred Connie Swingle remained unbeaten down Santa Anita’s hillside turf course as she held off a fast-finishing Pammy’s Ready by a neck in Saturday’s $85,000 Unzip Me Stakes for 3-year-old fillies. Handled by regular rider Kyle Frey, who doubled on the day, Connie Swingle, a California-bred daughter of Grazen, got about 6 ½ furlongs down the hill in 1:11.87.

Lapped on pacesetter Delmona to the dirt crossing, Connie Swingle, who gave Phil D’Amato his second training win on the day, blasted clear a furlong out and registered her second stakes win and her first in open company. Unbeaten in three hillside tries and a winner of four out of her last five starts, all with Frey, Connie Swingle is now 9-6-2-1 overall.

A half length winner of a five furlong turf allowance at Del Mar Sept. 2, Connie Swingle, who is out of the Sky Mesa mare Sky Marni, was off as the 6-5 favorite in a field of nine and paid $4.60, $3.00 and $2.60.

Far back early under Ramon Vazquez, Pammy’s Ready simply ran out of real estate as the wire appeared in time for the winner. Off at 20-1, Pammy’s Ready finished three quarters of a length in front of Countess Rosina and paid $13.40 and $9.00.

Ridden by Ryan Curatolo, Countess Rosina paid $6.40 to show while off at 13-1.

Fractions on the race were 21.53, 43.52 and 1:05.75.