Old Topper Filly Graduates By Two Lengths

Cypress, CA (September 15, 2018)-Dannie Joe a three-year-old daughter of Old Topper graduated by two lenghts in a Los Alamitos $50,000 maiden claimer.

The filly was bred by owner Pete Gallegos and has earned $12,945 in her two lifetime starts. She is out of the Ministers Wild Cat broodmare Joe Ja.

Back-to-Back Stakes Wins for Reginella

Vancouver, B.C. (September 8, 2018)-Reginella, a Ministers Wild Cat four-year-old daughter, captured her second consecutive stakes win with a victory in the $50,000 Delta Colleen Handicap at Hastings Park.

Reginella took the August 12th Emerald Distaff by nearly three lengths in her previous outing.

Luigi Di Pietro and Diana DiPietro’s Reginella got the wire-to-wire win in 1:52.64 for the nine furlong race. She improved her record to four wins, four seconds and four thirds from twenty-one starts. Bred in California she is out of Ghost Tree, by Cahill Road and has now earned $153,291.

Freshman Sire Boisterous Gets Another Juvenile Winner

Del Mar, CA (August 26, 2018)-Freshman sire Boisterous picked up his second winner when Irish Terrier graduated in a Cal-bred maiden 50K claimer.The juvenile cruised to the front in taking the race by over two lengths.

The homebred gelding of Gary Barber has started five times showing three second place finishes and his win. Earnings are now $35,145.

California’s leading freshman sire Boisterous has sent out debut winner Six Pack Gal prior to Irish Terrier. Boisterous now has over $100,000 in 2018 juvenile earnings. Those earnings are over four times his nearest rival on the California  freshman sire list.

Ministers Wild Cat Colt Tops NorCal Sale

PLEASANTON, Calif. (Aug. 14, 2018) – A colt by Ministers Wild Cat brought a sale-topping $45,000 at Tuesday’s 2018 Northern California Yearling and Horses of Racing Age Sale at the Alameda County Fairgrounds.

The high-bid yearling hip 104A is out of the multiple stakes-winning Bold Badgett mare Bold Roberta and is a full brother to Golden Poppy Stakes winner Bella Luma who has earned $136,317. The colt was bred by Thomas Bachman, consigned by Harris Farms, Agent, and purchased by Michael V. Dante of Bellflower.

Reginella Takes Emerald Distaff H.

Auburn, WA (August 12, 2018)-Ministers Wild Cat four-year-old daughter captured her first stakes win with an authoritative win taking the $50,000 Emerald Distaff Handicap by almost three lengths.

After breaking sharply Reginella attended the pace before going wide on the second turn and then drew away down the lane with authority.

Luigi Di Pietro and Diana DiPietro’s Reginella got the win in 1:48.68 for the nine furlong race. She improved her record to three wins, four seconds and four thirds from twenty starts. Bred in California she is out of Ghost Tree, by Cahill Road and has now earned $131,642.

Ministers Wild Cat Sires Daylight Debuting Juvenile

Del Mar, CA (August 9, 2018)-All About Trump graduated in his debut by two and a half lengths in a Del Mar two-year-old maiden race.

The homebred colt of Tommy Town Thoroughbreds, LLC is another winner sired by Ministers Wild Cat out of All About Alex, (Afleet Alex) and earned $13,800 for his debuting win.

Ministers Wild Cat stood for $4,000 live foal in 2018 and is currently the seventh ranked California sire with year to date earnings of over $1.3 million.

Debuting Kafwain 2yo Winner at Del Mar

Del Mar, CA (August 3, 2018)-Silken Prince was left standing in the gate and under a heady ride by A. Ezpinoza captured his debut in stunning fashion.

Acting like a proven older horse the two-year-old son of Kafwain was initially last by many lengths and then came out splitting horses to gather up the win going away.

The Tommy Town Thoroughbreds, LLC homebred is out of Silk Queen, by Touch Gold and has earned $36,000 plus the Cal-bred bonus of $17,500 for his win.

Be Lifted Up Was Game in Her Win

Del Mar, CA (August 2, 2018)-Be Lifted Up was ultra game in her second outing getting up for the win after a troubled start.

The juvenile daughter of Ministers Wild Cat and You Lift Me Up, by Lord Carson was bumped at the start and continued three wide in deep stretch and held on gamely. The Tommy Town Thoroughbreds LLC homebred filly has a win and a third now with earnings of $16,320.

Ministers Wild Cat stood for $4,000 live foal in 2018 and is currently the seventh ranked California sire with year to date earnings of over $1.3 million.

Just Grazed Me Makes Fleet Treat First Stakes Win

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By Jay Privman
DEL MAR, Calif. (July 29, 2018)–Just Grazed Me stepped up from a debut win against maidens into stakes company and proved more than worthy of the assignment, as she rolled to a 3 1/2-length victory on Sunday at Del Mar in the $150,345 Fleet Treat Stakes for 3-year-old fillies.

Both wins came against California-breds, and in both races Just Grazed Me drew the advantageous outside post in small sprint fields.

Starting from post 7 in the seven-furlong race Sunday, Just Grazed Me ($8.40) raced in fifth place during the run down the backstretch, launched a sustained move in the four path on the far turn, and kept on motoring down the lane under jockey Tyler Baze.

Baze picked up the mount because jockey Joe Talamo, who rode Just Grazed Me first time out at Santa Anita on June 24, opted for Spiced Perfection, the 5-2 favorite. She finished fourth.

Show It N Moe It finished second, 3 1/4 lengths in front of third-place One Fast Broad, then came, in order, Spiced Perfection, Impecunious, Kimberlea K, and Loving Lynda. Donut Girl was scratched.

Just Grazed Me completed seven furlongs on the fast main track in 1:23.60.

“She had been training real well, but you never know after a maiden win how much seasoning they have,” said Phil D’Amato, who trains Just Grazed Me for her owner and breeder, Nick Alexander. “She’s very composed.”

Just Grazed Me, by Grazen, did not make first her start until June of her 3-year-old year owing to shin problems at age 2. “We took our time,” D’Amato said.

Just Grazed Me earned $85,500 for her Fleet Treat win and now has career earnings of more than $120,000.

Fly to Mars Sets New Course Record in California Dreamin’

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By Steve Andersen
Del Mar, CA (July 28, 2018)-Fly to Mars began his career with a win in a $50,000 claiming race for maidens, finishing fourth in June 2016. Saturday at Del Mar, a dozen races later, Fly to Mars won his first stakes in the $151,725 California Dreamin’ Stakes for California-breds at 1 1/16 miles on turf.

Fly to Mars was timed in 1:39.50, a course record. The final time was 2/100ths of a second quicker than Sidney’s Candy’s clocking in the Grade 3 La Jolla Handicap in 2010.

“To break the track record here is something,” trainer Peter Miller said.

Fly to Mars ($11.20) had a perfect trip under jockey Flavien Prat. Fly to Mars was second for the first six furlongs, tracking pacesetter Pee Wee Reese, who set early fractions of 22.86 seconds for the opening quarter-mile and 46.12 for a half-mile.

“The pace was good, but not crazy,” Miller said. “Flavien rode an unbelievable race.”

Fly to Mars took the lead in early stretch and won by a length over 11-1 Grecian Fire. B Squared (8-1) finished third.

Camino Del Paraiso finished fourth, followed by What a View, Ashleyluvssugar, Pee Wee Reese, Well Developed, Accountability, Ward ‘n Jerry, and Alsatian.

What a View, Ashleyluvssugar, and Pee Wee Reese are graded stakes winners.

Fly to Mars, a 4-year-old gelding by Ministers Wild Cat, is owned by breeder Gary Barber. Fly to Mars won an allowance race with a $62,500 claiming option at a mile on turf at Santa Anita on June 10 in a prep for the California Dreamin’.

“I thought we could win the race,” Miller said.

Fly to Mars has won 5 of 14 starts and earned $263,358. Earlier this year, Fly to Mars was second in the Clocker’s Corner Stakes on the hillside turf course at Santa Anita.