Boisterous Sophomore Takes Del Mar Nightcap

Del Mar, CA (July 17, 2019)-Give Me the Lute, a three-year-old son of Boisterous, graduated in a Cal-bred maiden special taking the Del Mar nightcap by over two lengths.

Give Me the Lute is out of Steal the Lute, by Midnight Lute and he has started four times and has earned $54,751. He has the maiden win, as well as a second and third for his breeder/owner Gary Barber.

California’s 2018 leading freshman sire Boisterous is a multiple Grade I winner by Distorted Humor–Emanating, by Cox’s Ridge and stood for $5,000 live foal in 2019.

Old Topper Filly Takes Pleasanton Maiden Special

Pleasanton, CA (July 6, 2019)-Sophomore filly A Lonna At the Top graduated from the maiden ranks with a driving finish to take a open maiden allowance at P-Town.

The daughter of Old Topper and Luscious Lonna, by Benchmark now has earned $33,600 for owner breeder Jon Harris.

The now pensioned Old Topper is the sire of earners of over $22 million and has an average earnings per runner of close to $50,000.

Queen Bee to You Beats Boys in Bertrando S.

Steve Andersen
Cypress, CA (June 29, 2019)-Queen Bee to You, the only mare in a field of six, scored a nose win over 16-1 Tule Fog in Saturday’s $100,351 Bertrando Stakes for California-breds at Los Alamitos, giving trainer Andrew Lerner his first career stakes win.

The victory came a week after Queen Bee to You was denied an entry in the $100,000 Dream of Summer Stakes for statebred fillies and mares at Santa Anita by a review panel of veterinarians and stewards who have scrutinized the race, training, and medical records of horses entered to race at Southern California tracks since mid-June.

Queen Bee to You was cleared to run in the Bertrando Stakes by a panel of officials that consisted of two of the five people who also reviewed entries at Santa Anita. Queen Bee to You was transferred to Lerner’s stable in early June after previous trainer Mike Pender was suspended by Santa Anita stewards for 30 days over animal welfare violations, the stewards wrote in a ruling issued on June 7.

Lerner said he was surprised that the review panel did not physically inspect Queen Bee to You before the entry in the Dream of Summer Stakes was denied. He speculated on Sunday that Queen Bee to You had not been in his care long enough before the Dream of Summer Stakes for the panel to be satisfied.

“They didn’t pull her out of the stall,” he said. “They didn’t want to take a chance, I guess.”

The Bertrando Stakes was the feature race on the opening day of the 10-day Los Alamitos summer meeting.

Queen Bee to You ($23.80) was always near the front in the Bertrando Stakes at a mile on dirt. Ridden by Ruben Fuentes, Queen Bee to You was within a head of the lead throughout, tracking Tule Fog through an opening quarter-mile in 23.42 seconds before taking the lead through a half-mile in 46.04.

Queen Bee to You led by two lengths with a quarter-mile to go and was challenged by Tule Fog through the final furlong, holding a slim advantage at the wire.

“What a great ride from Ruben,” said Lerner, 30.

Queen Bee to You was timed in 1:35.95. A 5-year-old mare by Old Topper, Queen Bee to You has won 5 of 27 starts and earned $410,419. She was second in the Fran’s Valentine Stakes on turf at Santa Anita on May 12 in her final start for Pender. She is owned by Christopher St. Hilaire and Adam Vali.

Ruby Bradley Wins Melair

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From Santa Anita Publicity
ARCADIA, Calif. (June 23, 2019)–Winless in her five previous tries, Nick Alexander’s homebred Ruby Bradley, who was trying two turns on dirt for the first time, put in a determined stretch-long bid to prevail by a half length in Sunday’s $200,000 Melair Stakes at Santa Anita. Trained by Phil D’Amato and ridden by Aaron Gryder, Ruby Bradley got a mile and one sixteenth in 1:49.92.

Next to last in a compact field of five sophomore fillies turning for home, the daughter of Grazen kept to her task late to prevail over Tiz a Master, who was to her outside.

Named for the Millard and Rous homebred daughter of Our Blue Chip, Melair, a foal of 1983, was a multiple graded stakes winner who was conditioned by John Sadler. The Melair Stakes is part of the lucrative Golden State Series for California-bred or sired horses which is sponsored by the CTBA.

Most recently second at 4-5 in a Cal-bred maiden special going six furlongs on synthetic Tapeta at Golden Gate Fields June 1, Ruby Bradley, who is out of Alexander’s Bertrando mare Sudden Sunday, was off at 7-2 and paid $9.80, $4.00 and $2.80.

With the winner’s share of $110,000, Ruby Bradley now has earnings of $154,251.

Ridden by Heriberto Figueroa, Tiz a Master was third turning for home and finished 3 ½ lengths in front of Violette Szabo for second money. Off at 3-1, Tiz a Master paid $4.00 and $3.00.

Violette Szabo, ridden by Norberto Arroyo, Jr., paid $3.00 to show.
Fractions on the race were 24.70, 49.40, 1:14.45 and 1:42.62.

Old Topper Pensioned at Tommy Town

SANTA YNEZ, Calif. (June 22, 2019) – California stallion Old Topper has been retired from breeding and pensioned at Tommy Town Thoroughbreds. He is 24.

The son of Gilded Time was a perennial leading sire in California, with 24 stakes winners and lifetime progeny earnings of more than $22 million. Old Topper’s leading earner is Ain’t No Other ($715,280) and his runners included graded winner Top Kisser.

On the track, Old Topper was a multiple graded winner.

Boisterous Juvenile Graduates at Santa Anita

Arcadia, CA (June 14, 2019)-Boisterous juvenile Next Flight finished third in his debut in late May and came back today to win a stretch battle in a $65,000 maiden special at Santa Anita.

Bred by his owner Gary Barber, the gelding is out of Flight Service, by Henny Hughes and has now earned $46,800.

California’s 2018 leading freshman sire Boisterous is a multiple Grade I winner by Distorted Humor–Emanating, by Cox’s Ridge and stands for $5,000 live foal

Keeper Ofthe Stars Takes Her Third in a Row With a New Course Record

Albany, CA (June 9, 2019)-Keeper Ofthe Stars broke a seventeen-year-old course record with her third win in a row, by cruising wire-to-wire in a Golden Gate Fields allowance event. She ran the mile and one sixteenth in 1:40.55.

Scoring by two lengths, the Tommy Town Thoroughbred three-year-old filly is by Midnight Lute and out of Sociable (Run Away and Hide) and has a record of three wins and three third place finishes in six starts and has earned $75,000.

Debuting Son of Ministers Wild Cat Scores in Maiden Special

Albany, CA (June 8, 2019)-Prospicience made an impressive debut by cruising to a daylight win in a Golden Gate Fields maiden special.

Prospicience is a three-year-old by Ministers Wild Cat out of Moonlight Tizzy (Cee’s Tizzy) and was bred by his owners Robert G.A. Jones & Stephen E. Post.

He earned $23,400 for the win plus a Cal-bred bonus of $10,000.

Ministers Wild Cat stands for $4,000 live foal and is currently sitting at number nine on the California General Sire List.

Surface Switch No Problem for S Y Sky in Monrovia Stakes

by Steve Andersen
ARCADIA, Calif. (May 26, 2019)–S Y Sky, proven in stakes for female turf sprinters this year, reverted to the form that launched her career in Sunday’s Grade 3 Monrovia Stakes at five furlongs on dirt at Santa Anita.

S Y Sky won a stakes on the main track for the first time since the Melair Stakes for California-bred 3-year-old fillies in May 2017 in the Monrovia Stakes, which was scheduled for turf but moved to dirt because of concern over rain that failed to materialize by post time.

A 5-year-old mare, S Y Sky ran in four races on dirt between the Melair and Monrovia, finishing second or third in three stakes during that span. She finished second in an allowance race with a $62,500 claiming option at five furlongs on dirt at Del Mar last November and was promoted to first when a rival was disqualified for a bumping incident.

S Y Sky ($6.20) won the $200,702 Monrovia Stakes by three-quarters of a length over 9-10 favorite Belvoir Bay, who had her first start on Sunday since a second in the Group 1 Al Quoz Sprint on turf in Dubai on March 30.

Belvoir Bay dueled for the early lead with 7-1 Lady Suebee through fractions of 21.76 seconds for the opening quarter-mile and 45.19 for a half-mile. S Y Sky, third to early stretch, closed well to take the lead from Belvoir Bay in the final furlong under jockey Drayden Van Dyke.

S Y Sky was timed in 57.54 seconds. Van Dyke’s ride left trainer Phil D’Amato impressed.

“When he saw the way those two were going all out, he ease her back,” D’Amato said. “That was the winning move.”

Belvoir Bay finished 2 1/4 lengths in front of Lady Suebee, who was followed by Spectator, Flammetta, Rocky Policy, and Painting Corners. Painting Corners was found to have bled visibly when she was returned to be unsaddled and was walked back to the stables.

S Y Sky, a California-bred by Grazen, has won 7 of 13 starts and earned $662,320 for owner and breeder Nick Alexander. The Monrovia Stakes was her first graded stakes win and the sixth stakes win of her career.

Earlier this year, S Y Sky won two turf stakes – the Sunshine Millions Filly and Mare Turf Sprint on the hillside course in January and the Camilla Urso Stakes at five furlongs on turf at Golden Gate Fields on April 27.

The Monrovia was listed as a Grade 2 race but was demoted to Grade 3 status because of the surface switch. The race will be reviewed by the American Graded Stakes committee in coming days for possible reinstatement of Grade 2 status.

Keeper Ofthe Stars Goes Back-To-Back With a Game Win

Albany, CA (May 18, 2019)-Tommy Town Thoroughbreds’ Keeper Ofthe Stars dug in for an extra game win in a Golden Gate Fields allowance race by coming back on to snatch the win.

The three-year-old filly has won two-in-a-row and also has three third place finishes in five career outings. She has now earned $55,800.

Keeper Ofthe Stars is by Midnight Lute out of the unraced Sociable (Run Away and Hide).