Bedford Falls Relocates To Tommy Town For 2018

Santa Ynez, California — On the heels of his most productive year at stud, the graded stakes-siring stallion Bedford Falls will relocate within California to stand at Tom and Debi Stull’s Tommy Town Thoroughbreds in 2018.

The 14-year-old Forestry half-brother to the late multiple Grade 1 winner and leading sire Harlan’s Holiday is represented by 22 winners from 35 starters and lifetime average earnings per starter of more than $54,000. His top runners are the 2017 Santa Anita Park stakes winner Cuddle Alert, a $328,534-earner who ran third to Unique Bella in the track’s Grade 3 L.A. Woman Stakes in October, and the Del Mar/Santa Anita stakes performer Wonderful Lie ($318,264).

“We welcome Bedford Falls to the Tommy Town stallion roster for 2018,” said Tom Stull, whose Santa Ynez farm reigned as California’s leading breeder in 2009, 2013 and 2015. “Harlan’s Holiday continues to improve this family through his successful sons including Into Mischief, and we’re hoping Bedford Falls will produce another runner similar to Cuddle Alert who will be competitive on the graded stakes level as well.”

A $1.1 million graduate of the 2004 Keeneland September Yearling Sale and multiple winner out of Affirmed’s winning daughter Christmas in Aiken, Bedford Falls initiated his stallion career in 2009 at California’s Poplar Meadows, the Sanger farm where the seven-time Grade 1 winner and two-time California Horse of the Year Lava Man ($5,268,706) was foaled and raised.

Bedford Falls’ 2018 fee is $2,000, live foal guarantee. California Stallion Directory page

Wire-to-wire Win for Tommy Town Homebred Juvenile

Cypress, CA (December 9, 2017)-We Will Re Joyce picked up her second lifetime win with a wire-to-wire victory in a optional claiming starter at Los Alamitos.

The two-year-old filly is by Kafwain out of Joyce and Me (Discreet Cat) and has earned $50,000 from her ten starts, two wins and three thirds.

The Tommy Town Thoroughbreds, LLC homebred filly “sped to the early lead off the rail, dueled outside the runner-up leaving the backstretch and on the turn and through the stretch and gamely prevailed under urging.”

Ruis Racing to Stand Two Stallions at Tommy Town Thoroughbreds

Santa Ynez, CA (November 13, 2017)-Ruis Racing has announced that Saburo and War Envoy will enter stud at Tom and Debi Stull’s Tommy Town Thoroughbreds in Santa Ynez, California. They will be the first sons of leading sires Medaglia d’Oro and War Front to stand in the Golden State, respectively.

The Medaglia d’Oro son Saburo was purchased by Ruis at last year’s Fasig-Tipton Midlantic Two-Year-Old in Training sale for $600,000, the second highest-priced colt at the auction. He’s out of the Lemon Drop Kid mare Kid Majic, who hails from the family of Eclipse Champion Proud Spell. She’s also the dam of Miss Mischief, a multiple stakes winner of over $500,000.

“I purchased Saburo because I loved the way he moved and because I love the family, which is still very active,” said Mick Ruis. “His dam has a Bernardini and some nice Tapits in the pipeline. A little further back is the two-year-old stakes winner Dak Attack, who is undefeated and should be on the Derby trail next spring.”

War Envoy, by War Front, emerged from his debut victory in April of his two-year-old season to become one of Europe’s leading juveniles in 2014. He placed in a trio of Group events before shipping Santa Anita for the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Turf (G1). There he was beaten just four lengths as the favorite after a brutal trip. The colt continued to show his toughness and versatility throughout his four seasons on the track, racing at 14 different tracks, in five countries, on dirt and turf. He earned nearly $500,000.

“I have so much admiration for War Envoy. He always tried but didn’t always have the best of luck. He’s another with a good family – his third dam is Winning Colors – and his full brother just sold for $750,000 to Cheveley Park Stud at Keeneland September. We plan to support both War Envoy and Saburo with a good numbers of our own mares. In fact, we’re looking to buy some mares as we speak.”

“California breeders have been clamoring for access to these two sire lines and they sure won’t be disappointed when they see Saburo and War Envoy,” added Tom Stull. “We’re ecstatic to be partnering with the Ruis family on these two promising stallions.”

Saburo will stand for $3,500 live foal, War Envoy for $5,000 live foal.

Contact:Farm Manager: Mike Allen Telephone: 805-686-4337

Kafwain Filly Takes Del Mar Maiden Special

Del Mar, CA (November 11, 2017)-Sophomore filly Rolling Shadow captured a maiden special grass mile with a game finish getting up to win at the wire.

The Kafwain daughter out of I’m a Rolls (Silver Ghost) has started four times and has her maiden win and one third for earnings of $39,945.

She was bred in California by her owners Stepaside Farm LLC and is trained by Hall of Fame trainer Neil D. Drysdale.

Tommy Town Homebred Scores at Del Mar

Del Mar, CA (November 10, 2017)-Tommy Town Thoroughbreds, LLC hombred filly Ms Wakaya got a stalking trip and was gamely up to score by a length and a quarter over the Del Mar lawn.

The allowance mile win was her second lifetime win from nine starts; now with two wins, two seconds and one third that pushed her earnings to $138,325.

Ms Wakaya is by Flower Alley and out of Ms Vanenzza (Successful Appeal) she is a stakes placed filly trained by Steven Miyadi.

Royal Trump Gets an Easy Win

Del Mar, CA (November 2, 2017)-Royal Trump was a galloping winner in the fourth race on the Del Mar card. This juvenile son of Ministers Wild Cat got the job done wire-to-wire by two and three quarter lengths in his fifth lifetime start.

Out of the Woodman broodmare Royal Woodman he now has a record of one win and two seconds for lifetime earnings of $29,145.

Ministers Wild Cat is the seventh ranked 2017 California stallion and the third ranked Californian juvenile sire of 2017, he will stand for a fee of $4,000 in 2018.

Marriedtoaminister Cruises Home to Win #3

Youngstown, OH (October 31, 2017)-Marriedtoaminister picked up her third lifetime win while taking a $22,500 Mahoning Valley Race Course allowance race in hand by one and a half lengths.

The four-year-old filly by Ministers Wild Cat went wire-to-wire and earned $13,500. She now has earned $66,845 from her fifteen starts showing three wins, four second place finishes and one third. The Tommy Town Thoroughbreds, LLC bred filly is out of the Not For Love broodmare Matrimony.

Ministers Wild Cat is the seventh ranked 2017 California stallion, he will stand for $4,000 in 2018.

Unusual Heat, Bertrando Daughters Could Suit Stanford

Crossing Malibu Moon with Nureyev’s daughters has been successful enough to be a good omen for Tommy Town Thoroughbreds, which announced it will stand grade 2 winner Stanford in 2018.

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Stanford will become the only son of Malibu Moon to stand in California. His fee will be $5,000, stands and nurses.

The Golden State’s broodmare population is infused with plenty of Nureyev blood through his son Unusual Heat, the six-time leading sire in California who died May 17 at the age of 27.

So far the Malibu Moon/Nureyev cross has resulted in seven foals of racing age, of which four have become winners. More importantly, two of those runners are black-type winners (a 28.6% strike rate from foals). The stakes winners from this cross are Madly Truly, who won the Mazarine Stakes (G3) and placed in the Ontario Debutante Stakes, and Grant’s Moon, who won the Alma North Stakes and has placed in three other black-type stakes.

Malibu Moon also has sired successful runners when crossed with the daughters of Bertrando, an Eclipse Award champion who stood in California from 1994 until he was pensioned in 2011. The son of Skywalker died in 2014 at the age of 25. This cross produced stakes winner Velvet Moonlite and two other winners out of four to race.

Bred in Kentucky by WinStar Farm, Stanford was sold as a 2-year-old for $550,000 out of the Kings Equine consignment at the 2014 Barretts March sale to trainer Todd Pletcher. Stanford raced for the partnership of Stonestreet Stables, Susan Magnier, Michael Tabor, and Derrick Smith.

Stanford broke his maiden at first asking at 2 and at 3 finished second in the Louisiana Derby (G2) and the WinStar Farm Easy Goer Stakes before getting his first black-type win in the Long Branch Stakes at Monmouth Park. At 4 he won the Charles Town Classic Stakes (G2) and the Harlan’s Holiday Stakes (G3) while also finishing second in two other graded stakes. This year Sanford set a track record for 81⁄2 furlongs in the Challenger Stakes at Tampa Bay Downs, which he won over graded stakes winners Blofeld, Ami’s Flatter, and Idolo Porteno in 1:41.75.

Out of the Distorted Humor mare Rosy Humor, Stanford is from the same family as top sires Johannesburg and Tale of the Cat. He has compiled a 6-5-0 record out of 17 starts and earned more than $1.38 million. —By Eric Mitchell

Barbara Beatrice Rallies to Narrow Victory in California Distaff Handicap

By Steve Andersen
ARCADIA, Calif. (October 15, 2017)-Barbara Beatrice did not race in the first nine months of 2017, sidelined by a series of minor injuries such as foot issues and a sore back.

Those frustrations were long behind co-owners Becky Wanta and trainer Phil D’Amato after Saturday’s $100,345 California Distaff Handicap on the hillside turf course. In her first start since a fifth in the Grade 2 Bayakoa Handicap at Del Mar last December, Barbara Beatrice closed from last in a field of six under Tiago Pereira to win by three-quarters of a length over 24-1 Late ‘n Left.

Barbara Beatrice ($11.60) ran about 6 1/2 furlongs on the hillside turf course in 1:12.56. The win left D’Amato slightly surprised.

“I was expecting a late run and to stretch her out at Del Mar,” D’Amato said.

“She ran a good race down the hill last year. I thought this would be a good prep and a logical spot because she’s out of conditions. She came back fresh and more willing.”

Late ‘n Left, the longest shot in the field, set the pace and was passed by the D’Amato-trained Long Hot Summer in the stretch.

Long Hot Summer failed to sustain the rally and faded to finish third, a half-length behind Late ‘n Left.

Moonless Sky, the 3-2 favorite, was fourth, trailing by 1 1/2 lengths with a furlong to go, but was not a threat late. She was followed by Bad Ju Ju and Ready to Hula Lula.

Barbara Beatrice, a 5-year-old mare by Grazen, has won 5 of 15 starts and $289,534. The California Distaff Handicap, restricted to statebred fillies and mares, was her first win in 51 weeks, since an optional claimer on the hillside turf course last October.
Saturday’s race was her fifth appearance in a stakes. She was third in the Melair Stakes for statebreds as a 3-year-old, and fourth or fifth in her three other stakes races prior to her win on Saturday. D’Amato bred Barbara Beatrice, who will be pointed for stakes at the Del Mar autumn meeting that begins on Nov. 1.

Campaigner Breaks Maiden at Santa Anita

Arcadia, CA (October 14, 2017)-Campaigner earned his diploma in a Cal bred maiden special race at the Great Race Place Santa Anita.

The gelded son of Ministers Wild Cat out of Brave Journey by Good Journey graduate going away by two and a half lengths for breeder/owner Larry I. Stein.

He has four starts, one win and a second with earnings of $43,800.

Ministers Wild Cat is the seventh ranked California stallion for 2017, he will stand for $4,000 in 2018.