Victim of Love Defends Her Title in G3 Vagrancy

Courtesy of NYRA By Keith McCalmont Elmont, NY (May 8, 2021) – Tommy Town Thoroughbreds’ Victim of Love utilized a stalk-and-pounce approach under Joel Rosario to successfully defend her title in Saturday’s 71st renewal of the Grade 3, $150,000 Vagrancy Handicap, a 6 1/2-furlong sprint for older fillies and mares at Belmont Park.

Trained by Todd Beattie, the 5-year-old Speightstown mare entered the Vagrancy from her seasonal debut in a runner-up effort in an optional-claiming sprint in February at Laurel Park.

Pacific Gale, with Hall of Famer John Velazquez up, went off as the 3-2 mutuel favorite off of back-to-back graded-stakes wins at Gulfstream Park to launch her 6-year-old season, but broke slowly and spotted the field several lengths.

Sadie Lady was sent to the lead by Kendrick Carmouche through splits of 23.01 seconds and 45.64 on the fast main track as Victim of Love kept close watch from second position. Pacific Gale was rushed up between rivals after her poor beginning and maintained a stalking position from third outside of the rail riding Piedi Bianchi.

Rosario asked Victim of Love for more late in the turn and took the lead at the head of the stretch as Pacific Gale launched her bid. Sadie Lady dug in gamely at the rail but an in-command Victim of Love stayed on strong for a 2 1/4-length win in a final time of 1:17.27. Sadie Lady held second by a nose over Pacific Gale. Piedi Bianchi and Honor Way rounded out the order of finish. Kiss the Girl and French Empire scratched.

Victim of Love was a 27-1 winner of last year’s Vagrancy after finishing a well-beaten fifth in the one-mile Nellie Morse at Laurel the race prior.

“Last year when she came here, she was a big price because she ran badly in the Nellie Morse when we tried her going longer. I tried to rate her, but she wasn’t happy about that,” said Beattie. “She wants to be up there and involved early. That’s her number. The distance is perfect. Six and a half or seven furlongs is ideal. She can go a mile, but not at this level.”

Beattie said Victim of Love could return to Belmont for the Grade 3, $300,000 Bed O’ Roses on June 4.

Rosario, who won his fourth race on the card, was full of praise for the four-time stakes winning mare, who also captured the 2020 What A Summer at Laurel Park and the 2019 Island Fashion at Sunland Park.

“She came home really nicely and exploded at the end and I was really proud of that effort. She put in a really nice race,” said Rosario. “She’s fast and it was a very good performance.”

Bred in Kentucky by Daniel J. Burke, Victim of Love banked $82,500 in victory and improved her record to 18-6-3-3. She returned $6.30 for a $2 win bet.

First Winner for Stanford

Albany, CA (May 7, 2021) – Heaven Shines is the first winner for Stanford. Our Tommy Town Thoroughbreds’ homebred proved much the best in the 4th race at Golden Gate Fields, a maiden special weight over the Tapeta going four and one-half furlongs.

Breaking from the outside post, Heaven Shines was quickly engaged with the inside speed. The lead was his before the first quarter was finished in 22.13. Given a breather around the turn by jockey Jose Elias Rodriguez, he was asked to finish at the top of the stretch. He responded and opened a clear lead, passing the half in 46.79 and he finished up nearly three lengths clear in 53.44.

Trained by Jonathan Wong, Heaven Shines was produced by the stakes-placed Speightstown mare, Light Up the Sky. He is a second generation homebred.

Colt Fiction Takes Santa Anita Feature

Arcadia, CA (May 7, 2021) – Colt Fiction, the son of Ministers Wild Cat, gained his third victory of 2021 with a heady ride by Tiago Pereira in the feature race at Santa Anita, a six furlong allowance with a purse of $70,000.

Sitting several lengths away from the zippy pace duel up front, Colt Fiction began to close in as the field entered into the far turn. Pereira chose to wait for room to open up inside and as the leader drifted out at the top of the stretch, he asked Colt Fiction to thread the needle. He did so without hesitation and the race was on to the wire. Tommy Town-bred Loud Mouth went wide to offer a strong closing kick of his own, but Colt Fiction had plenty left to outrun him to the wire.

Colt Fiction is a homebred racing for Jay and Julie Manoogian and he is trained by Bill Spawr. He was produced by the Eddington mare, Devlish Pro.

Stalking Shadow Dazzles in California Derby Victory

Albany, CA (April 24, 2021) – Stalking Shadow, our Tommy Town Thoroughbreds’ homebred son of Ministers Wild Cat, made his stakes debut a winning one, with his thrilling victory in the $101,350 California Derby going a mile and one-sixteenth at Golden Gate Fields.

Stalking Shadow has been on the improve since the calendar year changed over. He broke his maiden in mid-January and was coming off consecutive victories in starter allowance and open allowance contests. Trainer Jonathan Wong told the TVG viewers he would need to take another step up and he certainly did.

Stalking Shadow was away in good order from post five and settled into third. The pacesetters set off with a flurry and he was a half-dozen lengths or more away for most of the trip. The gap remained the same at the top of the stretch when jockey Evin Roman asked him for his best. Stalking Shadow responded with a powerful closing kick and a brilliant final furlong to blow past the leader in the final stages and win by a half-length.

The victory takes his earnings to $128,920. The 3-year-old colt was produced by the winning Petionville mare, Silent Stalk.

Ministers Wild Cat Fillies Shine at Turf Paradise

Phoenix, AZ (April 23, 2021) – Ministers Wild Cat fillies Alberta Sun and Arizona Sun came home victorious in the Joanne Dye Breeders’ Oaks and the Ann Owens Distaff Handicap respectively today at Turf Paradise.

Alberta Sun stepped up first in the 3rd race on the card going six furlongs over the fast main track. The 3-year-old filly took up the chase soon after the break. She drew even with the leader two furlongs remaining. The pacesetter folded and Alberta Sun set sail for the wire. She cleared the remaining contenders and rolled in five lengths best.

Arizona Sun lined-up five races later. She was first out of the gate rated kindly on the lead. Never headed, a challenge presented at the top of the stretch. Asked to finish, she did so with a flourish. Her margin grew throughout the stretch and she won by six and one-half lengths.

Both fillies are campaigned by Randy Howg and are trained by Robertino Diodoro. Additionally, both were bred in Arizona by Fleming Thoroughbred Farm LLC. Alberta Sun was produced by the winning Tabasco Cat mare, Drifa. She has won or placed in six of her eight starts and she has earned $85,500.

Arizona Sun is out of the stakes winning In Excess (IRE) mare, Cave Springs. She has won or placed in eleven of her fourteen starts and she has earned $120,730.

Race replays for Turf Paradise are available by Clicking Here.

Maiden Special Weight Victory for Mischief Free

Albany, CA (April 18, 2021) – Mischief Free, our Tommy Town Thoroughbreds LLC’s daughter of Into Mischief earned her maiden special weight victory in the 3rd race at Golden Gate Fields going one mile over the all weather surface.

Rated a half dozen lengths off the leaders for the first half-mile, she closed the gap before the field rounded the far turn. Drawing close to the odds-on favorite for the lead at the top of the stretch, the 3-year-old filly kept closing. She caught the leader inside the final sixteenth and opened a length between them at the wire.

Bred in Kentucky by Edward A. Seltzer, Mischief Free is out of the Smart Strike mare, Strike Free. She is trained by Jonathan Wong.

Back Slider Earns Second Career Victory

Grantville, PA (April 16, 2021) – Tommy Town homebred Back Slider cleared her first allowance condition with a frontrunner victory in the 3rd race at Penn National.

The 3-year-old Old Topper filly had earned her maiden victory in her second career start last season at Golden Gate. Third last time out under similar conditions in a field of six, she lined-up against nine others tonight over six furlongs on the fast main track. She shot out of post six and when straight to the front. She had company for the opening quarter, but shook her off and headed for the finish. She took a five length lead into the stretch and held off the closers to win by nearly two lengths.

Back Slider has finished in the top three in four of her five starts. Trained by Todd Beattie, she is out of the multiple stakes-placed Gulch mare, Big Easy.

Let’s Rejoyce Takes Golden Gate Allowance Wire-to-Wire

Albany, CA (April 11, 2021) – Let’s Rejoyce, our homebred son of Kafwain, made a winning move into open allowance company with his victory in the 8th race at Golden Gate Fields going five and one-half furlongs over the all weather.

Let’s Rejoyce drew the inside post and jockey Catalino Martinez asked hom to take the lead as soon as the gates sprung. The 4-year-old gelding responded to the question and the two never were headed over the entire trip. He came home best by a length and three-quarters to earn his second victory of the season.

Let’s Rejoyce dam is the winning Discreet Cat mare Joyce and Me. Trained by Jonathan Wong, he has earned $105,872.

Ministers Wild Cat’s Colt Fiction Best in Santa Anita Allowance

Arcadia, CA (April 10, 2021) – Colt Fiction, the son of Ministers Wild Cat, engaged in a match race within a race and came out on top in the 6th race at Santa Anita, a seven furlong allowance over the fast main track with a purse of $77,108.

Starting from post three, his main competitor was in post two and from the the break, they were in a race of their own. The two entered the stretch still battling it out. The final outcome only became clear inside the final sixteenth. Colt Fiction took the lead and opened a three-quarter length advantage at the wire. It was more than seven lengths back to the third place finisher.

The 6-year-old gelding has been only been out of the top three only one time in nine career starts and he has earned $151,268 for owners Jay and Julie Manoogian. He is trained by Bill Spawr. Bred by Robert Mitchell, he was produced by the Eddington mare, Devilish Pro.

Colt Fiction is the 21st individual winner for Ministers Wild Cat in 2021.

Annie Graham Gains MSW Victory at Golden Gate

Albany, CA (April 10, 2021) – Annie Graham, the 3-year-old daughter of Grazen, has steadily progressed over the last thirty days and it culminated with her maiden special weight score going five and one-half at Golden Gate Fields in the 7th race.

The gray filly had been third two races back and finished second in her most recent starts. Today, she broke from the outside post in the field of nine and quickly placed herself just off the pacesetter. The leaders opened up a clear advantage at the top of the stretch, but Annie Graham was not finished. She closed determinedly, caught the leader, and drew away to win by a length and one-quarter.

A homebred racing for Nick Alexander, she was produced by the stakes-placed Tribal Rule mare, Rule the Storm. She is trained by Steve Miyadi.