Tiz a Tommy Town Takes Golden Gate Fields Allowance Mile

Albany, CA (March 19, 2017)-Tiz a Tommy Town a four-year-old filly owned by Tommy Town picked up her second lifetime win by taking a $27,000 allowance race at Golden Gate Fields over a mile on the Tapeta surface.

The Speightstown filly is out of the Tiznow broodmare It Tiz and she has earned $93,400 and has been in the money eight out of fourteen starts.

“Tiz a Tommy Town was unhurried to the half, rallied three wide on the second turn, swung out four deep into the stretch then continued to respond and wore down her foe late.”

Enola Gray Romps in O’Brien

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From Santa Anita Publicity
ARCADIA, Calif. (March 18, 2017)–In what may have been her best performance to date, Nick Alexander’s homebred Enola Gray rocketed clear of her competition three sixteenths of a mile from home as she went on to win Saturday’s $100,000 Irish O’Brien Stakes for Golden State Series eligible fillies and mares by a comfortable four lengths under Tyler Baze.  Trained by Phil D’Amato, she got 6 ½ furlongs while in-hand in 1:11.91.

Breaking from the inside in a field of seven California-bred or sired older fillies and mares, she was at once on terms with speedy longshot Emmy and I while well within herself heading to the half mile pole.

“This may have been her best race,” said Alexander.  “There was a lot more speed in there today than in the last few races…I think Tyler knows that what he does best is to just barely put any pressure on the reins.  He’s pretty much loose reining her now.  She can go so fast early and not get tired…She has such a light touch on the ground.  It’s not taking a lot out of her.  I’m not an expert but, she’s the damndest horse I’ve ever had.”

Fresh off a win over the course in the Sunshine Millions Filly & Mare Turf Sprint on Jan. 28, Enola Gray, a 4-year-old gray daughter of Grazen, who is out of the More Than Ready mare Unsung Heroine, was off at 2-5 and paid $2.80, $2.20 and $2.10.

“This filly, she loves the hill,” said Baze, who has been aboard for all six of her career wins.  “She loves the grass.  She was just out there having fun.  It takes a few strides to get going but once she does, it’s like riding on a cloud.  This filly is unbelievable.  I can’t wait until next time.”

In taking the Irish O’Brien, Enola Gray is now unbeaten in three hillside starts.  Additionally, she notched her fifth stakes win, improving her overall record to 9-6-2-1 and with the winner’s share of $60,000, she increased her earnings to $509,100.

With Flavien Prat aboard, Desert Steel was second turning for home and stayed there, finishing 1 ¾ lengths in front of Lily Kai.  Off at 6-1, Desert Steel paid $4.60 and $3.20.

Last early with Stewart Elliott up, Lily Kai, off at 22-1, paid $5.00 to show.

Fractions on the race were 21.61, 43.46 and 1:05.88.

It Tiz Well Makes The Grade in Honeybee

By Erin Shea
Hot Springs, AR (March 11, 2017)-Tommy Town Thoroughbreds’ It Tiz Well showed her class when she defeated a field of 11 3-year-old fillies in a game effort to take the $200,000 Honeybee Stakes (G3) March 11 at Oaklawn Park.

Under jockey Corey Nakatani, the daughter of Arch raced just off the pace in the 1 1/16-mile test in her first two-turn try before digging in around the second turn and winning a stretch duel with Benner Island to score by one length.

“I’ve always been really high on her since I’ve worked her back in January,” Nakatani said of the filly, who was making her first start Saturday outside of Southern California. “I’ve had so much faith in her from working her in the mornings.”

Longshot Someday Soon went for the early lead out of the gate, setting fractions of :23.06 and :47.03 through a half mile. Tapa Tapa Tapa inched up from second and took over the advantage, maintaining a narrow margin as It Tiz Well began to make her move. Six furlongs went in 1:11.58.

Into the stretch, it was Benner Island and It Tiz Well battling toward the wire, but It Tiz Well outkicked her rival and stopped the clock in 1:42.61. Elate finished third with a late run, 3 3/4 lengths behind Benner Island.

In her other graded stakes attempt, the Jerry Hollendorfer trainee finished 7 1/2 lengths behind Unique Bella in the Jan. 8 Santa Ynez (G2). She now has a record of 3-1-1 from five starts.

“Jerry has had a lot of confidence in her… And thought this would be a good spot to get away from (Unique Bella) and get her around two turns,” said assistant trainer Don Chatlos. “(Hollendorfer) knew Corey knows Oaklawn and (that he) had a good, tactical filly.

“We love it here, we know she likes it here, so we’ll see what (the owners) come up with (for her next start).”

It Tiz Well returned $7.80, $4.80, and $3 across the board.

Bred in Kentucky by Allen and Susan Branch, the winning filly was sold to Tommy Town for $230,000 out of the Greenfield Farm consignment to the 2015 Keeneland September yearling sale.

Allowance Win for Ministers Wild Cat Filly

Albany, CA (March 11, 2017)-Tommy Town Thoroughbreds, LLC homebred Ministers Wild Cat filly Run for Retts picked up an allowance win at Golden Gate Fields stopping the timer in 1:09.82.

The four-year-old daughter of Mrs. Began, by Jump Start now has three wins, two seconds and two thirds and has earned $191,823.

Ministers Wild Cat was the eighth ranked 2016 sire in California with over $2 million in progeny earnings and is currently the eighth ranked 2017 sire in California, he will stand for $5,000 live foal in 2017.

Kafwain Sophomore Filly Earns Diploma

Albany, CA (March 11, 2017)-Lady Beware a three-year-old filly by Kafwain graduated by two and a quarter lengths in a Golden Gate Fields maiden special race.

The filly has now earned $29,068 in her three lifetime starts. She has a win and a second for her breeder/owners William L. Hedrick & Judy Hedrick. She is out of Lady of Kildare, by Bianconi.

Kafwain is standing for $3,000 live foal.

Ministers Wild Cat Daughter Goes Back-to-Back

Albany, CA (March 10, 2017)-Reginella, a three-year-old daughter of Ministers Wild Cat, took her second in a row with a hard fought allowance win at Golden Gate Fields.

The filly got up in the final jump to secure the win and earned $21,060 for the win, while stopping the timer in 1:10.95.

Reginella has now earned $53,353 from seven starts and has a record of two wins, a second and a third.

Reginella is out of the Cahill Road broodmare Ghost Tree and was bred by  DiPietro Thoroughbreds and is owned by Luigi Di Pietro.

Ministers Wild Cat was the eighth ranked 2016 sire in California with over $2 million in progeny earnings and is currently the eighth ranked 2017 sire in California, he will stand for $5,000 live foal in 2017.

Minsters Wild Cat Debut Winner at Santa Anita

Arcadia, CA (March 3, 2017)-Dangerously Close scored a daylight win in her debut in a Santa Anita maiden allowance race going six and a half furlongs.

Breaking on top the three-year-old daughter of Ministers Wild Cat and Keep Active (Cee’s Tizzy) sprinted to a 21 and change opening quarter mile and went wire-to-wire to prevail by daylight.

Dangerously Close was bred in California by her owner’s Harris Farms. She picked up $32,400 for her debuting win.

Ministers Wild Cat was the eighth ranked 2016 California stallion with earnings over $2,000,000; he will stand for $5,000 live foal in 2017.

Old Topper Daughter Takes Cal-bred Allowance Race

Arcadia, CA (February 24, 2017)-Top Notch a four-year-old daughter of Old Topper took the winners share of $33,600 in defeating a Santa Anita field of eight fillies and mares over five and a half furlongs.

This filly is by Old Topper out of El Sierra Tahoe (Royal Anthem) and was bred in California by her owners George Schmitt & Mary Clare Schmitt. Her record now stands at twelve starts two wins, three seconds and three thirds totaling $97,692.

Old Topper stands for $2,500 live foal.

Ministers Curl Earns Hard Fought Maiden Win

Arcadia, CA (February 20, 2017)-Ministers Curl got her first win with a stretch battle, with the 3-5 favorite, and prevailing at the wire. The filly defeated a full field of maiden Cal-bred sophomores fillies running for a claiming price of $50,000.

Ministers Curl “had speed between horses then angled in, dueled inside, inched clear in the stretch and held on gamely under urging.”

This three-year-old daughter of Ministers Wild Cat and French Curls (by Curlin) was bred by JP Stables and is owned by Pinner Family Trust. She has earned $23,620  from her three lifetime starts that include a second place finish last out.

Ministers Wild Cat was the eighth ranked 2016 California stallion with earnings over $2,000,000; he will stand for $5,000 live foal in 2017.

Mr. Hinx Takes Downhill Allowance Race

Arcadia, CA (February 16, 2017)-Mr. Hinx, making his lawn debut, made it an easy one taking the $57,380 Cal-bred allowance race on the Santa Anita downhill turf course over the about distance of six and a half furlongs.

By Ministers Wild Cat out of Kitten Exchange (Put It Back) Mr. Hinx won in 1:13.5 and by more than one and a quarter lengths for his breeder/owner Gary Barber as the 5-2 second choice. He broke his maiden first out and has now earned $81,000 in his three race career.

Ministers Wild Cat was the eighth ranked 2016 California stallion with earnings over $2,000,000; he will stand for $5,000 live foal in 2017.