Just Grazed Me Rallies To Win G3 Maddy S.

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by SantaAnita.com
ARCADIA, Calif. (Nov. 2, 2019)–Nick Alexander’s homebred Just Grazed Me rallied from off the pace to take Saturday’s first race at Santa Anita, the Grade III, $100,000 Senator Ken Maddy Stakes, by 1 ¼ lengths under Geovanni Franco. Trained by Phil D’Amato, the 4-year-old California-bred daughter of Grazen notched her third consecutive win while getting 5 ½ furlongs on turf in 1:02.94.

With favored Girls Know Best and longshot Kentan Road battling for early supremacy, Just Grazed Me got a perfect stalking trip under Franco while a joint fifth heading into the far turn, advanced to third leaving the quarter pole and and accelerated through the final eighth of a mile to win as much the best.

“We broke nice and she settled into a good spot,” said Franco, who has been aboard Just Grazed Me in her last four starts. “There were some really fast fillies in there today. She just does what she does and took off on the turn. Once she pinned her ears back, there was no way they were going to catch her.”

A winner of the California Distaff Handicap over the course on Oct. 12, Just Grazed Me, in her first graded stakes assignment, was off as the 5-2 second choice in a field of nine fillies and mares and paid $7.40, $4.00 and $2.80.

Out of Alexander’s Cuvee mare Fairway Road, Just Grazed Me collected her third stakes win and her sixth overall win from 10 career starts. With the winner’s share of $60,000, she now has earnings of $394,332.

“She’s kind of actually changed her style more and more herself,” said D’Amato. “She’s coming from further behind with a bigger kick…She’s just finding her groove right now. It’s really nice to see a filly develop like this and hopefully have a bright future ahead of her.”

Ridden by Kent Desormeaux, Apache Princess, who was outrun early, rallied from last at the three furlong pole, had to check off heels in deep stretch and rallied to finish a good second, three quarters of a length in front of Ippodamia’s Girl.

Off at 5-1, Apache Princess paid $5.20 and $4.40.

Ippodamia’s Girl, who broke from the rail, made a big run at the rail late to be third by a head over Don’t Sell. Off at 23-1, Ippodamia’s Girl paid $8.40 to show.

Fractions on the race were 22.71, 45.22 and 57.03.

Keeper Ofthe Stars Reaches New Heights in Autumn Miss

By Byron King
Arcadia, CA (October 26, 2019)-Tommy Town Thoroughbreds LLC tree-year-old filly Keeper Ofthe Stars, unbeaten in four starts at Golden Gate Fields this year, illustrated that her skills extend to Southern California by winning the $102,457 Autumn Miss Stakes (G3T) for 3-year-old grass fillies Oct. 26 at Santa Anita Park.

Showing a change in tactics from her customary frontrunning style, the Midnight Lute filly rated in sixth early in the one-mile Autumn Miss under Abel Cedillo, though a blistering pace led that to be sound placement. From five lengths off the early leader, she was able to take a breather while Giza Goddess and Raymundos Secret sprinted away from the pack with fractions of :22.27, :45.01, and 1:08.44 on a firm Santa Anita turf course that generated fast times.
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Coming into the stretch, Giza Goddess turned back a host of challengers. But she could not repel the winner, who, after advancing up the inside into third, was angled out to secure room in midstretch and rallied past late.

The move to the outside proved a decisive turning point, but it was abrupt, causing her to make contact with fading Holly Hundy and leading a few fillies outside her to bump slightly. Holly Hundy wound up ninth.

“She’s still green,” explained Cedillo. “She’s learning (with) every race, but today when she was between horses, she got intimidated. That’s why she came out a little bit. I straightened her up right away, and she won pretty easy.”

The stewards posted an inquiry into the stretch incident. After examining replays for several minutes, they elected to make no change to the order of finish, much to the relief of trainer Jonathan Wong.

“I was very scared,” he admitted. “I saw her come out a little bit past the sixteenth pole. I didn’t think it was much, but everyone finished very close for the (minor awards), so I was afraid it might’ve affected them a little bit.”

Despite the taxing pace and being unraced since winning the Blue Norther Stakes at Santa Anita Dec. 30, Giza Goddess had enough left to hold second, a half-length ahead of rallying Mucho Unusual in third.

“She ran her tail off today,” jockey Brice Blanc said of Giza Goddess. “She broke running and showed good natural speed. I know the fractions look fast, but we were going real easy.”

Hidden Message, the 8-5 favorite following a last-out second in the Aug. 17 Del Mar Oaks Presented by The Jockey Club (G1T), closed to run a neck behind Mucho Unusual in fourth.

Keeper Ofthe Stars finished in 1:32.70 to pick up her first stakes victory. This summer, she ran close in a pair of stakes, finishing fourth in both the San Clemente Stakes (G2T) and Del Mar Oaks.

“She probably should have hit the board in both of those races if she had got a cleaner trip,” Wong said.

The race marked a meet-leading fifth stakes victory for Cedillo, including three graded stakes. He won the Awesome Again Stakes (G1) aboard Mongolian Groom and the John Henry Turf Championship (G2T) on Cleopatra’s Strike.
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A $180,000 purchase by owner Tommy Town Thoroughbreds from the Lane’s End consignment at the 2017 Keeneland September Yearling Sale, Keeper Ofthe Stars has won five of 10 starts and $184,800. She was bred in Kentucky by Olin Gentry, Omar Trevino, and Anthony Cappola and is out of the unraced Run Away and Hide mare Sociable.

Her weanling half-brother, a bay colt by Classic Empire, sells as hip 1661 in the November Breeding Stock sale at Keeneland from the consignment of Hunter Valley Farm.

Keeper Ofthe Stars paid $12.20 as the third choice in the 12-horse field, the largest stakes field since the autumn meet began Sept. 27.

Boisterous Juvenile Takes Maiden Special

Arcadia, CA (October 20, 2019)-Fly the Sky, a son of Boisterous, broke his maiden in a maiden special weights at Santa Anita.

Getting the mile on the turf in 1:35.56 Fly the Sky has now won $73,751 from his seven starts.

Bred in California by Gary Barber, Fly the Sky is out of Sky Diver, by Tale of the Cat.

California’s 2018 leading freshman sire Boisterous and the leading second crop sire in the state, is a multiple Grade I winner by Distorted Humor–Emanating, by Cox’s Ridge. He will stand for $3,000 live foal in 2020.

Ministers Wild Cat Juvenile Takes Golden Gate Field Allowance

Albany, CA (October 19, 2019)-Tommy Town Thoroughbreds, LLC homebred juvenile colt No Longer Silent crushed a field of six furlong sprinters by seven lengths in 1:10.07.

No Longer Silent is by Ministers Wild Cat out of the Petionville broodmare Silent Stalk and has now earned $60,320 in his four lifetime starts.

Ministers Wild Cat stands for $4,000 live foal and is currently sitting at number nine on the California General Sire List with over $1.5 million in 2019 earnings

Boisterous Sophomore Colt Graduates in a Maiden Special Weight

Fresno, CA (October 13, 2019)-Anniversary Sale, a Tommy Town Thoroughbreds homebred by Boisterous, picked up his diploma in a Fresno maiden special weight six furlong event.

In a driving finish the colt earned $20,280 from the purse of over $31,000. He has now earned $35,176 in his five starts.

Bred in California, Anniversary Sale is out of Openedforbusiness, by Successful Appeal.

California’s 2018 leading freshman sire Boisterous and the leading second crop sire in the state, is a multiple Grade I winner by Distorted Humor–Emanating, by Cox’s Ridge. He will stand for $3,000 live foal in 2020.

Just Grazed Me Takes $100,000 California Distaff H.

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by Santa Anita Publicity
ARCADIA, Calif. (Oct. 12, 2019)–Patiently handled by Geovanni Franco, Nick Alexander’s homebred Just Grazed Me drew off to an impressive 1 ¾ length win in Saturday’s $100,000 California Distaff Handicap at Santa Anita. Trained by Phil D’Amato, the 4-year-old gray filly by Grazen got 5 ½ furlongs on turf in 1:01.82.

Breaking from the far outside in a field of six California-bred fillies and mares, Just Grazed Me was sitting second, a length off her more fancied stablemate S Y Sky heading to the half mile pole, but when Don’t Sell and Mario Gutierrez rushed up to apply serious pressure from the outside, Franco was able to ease back off of a head and head battle for the lead heading into the far turn and it paid dividends in the final sixteenth of a mile.

“At first, we were running one-two with her stablemate and I thought it was sweet,” said Franco. “Then the number five (Don’t Sell) started pressuring us from the outside and I thought we were going too fast…So I was able to sit and wait and she had a great turn of foot through the stretch.”

A one length allowance winner going five furlongs on turf at Del Mar on Aug. 14, Just Grazed Me was off at 5-2 and paid $7.40, $3.80 and $3.00.

A seven furlong state-bred stakes winner on dirt at age two, Just Grazed Me, who is out of Alexander’s Cuvee mare, Fairway Road, is now 9-5-3-1 and with the winner’s share of $60,000, increased her earnings to $334,332.

“She’s really stepped up her game ever since we put her on the grass and found a home,” said D’Amato. “She showed a real nice turn of foot late, so I’m excited to campaign her in the future. We’ll probably run in the (Senator) Ken Maddy (Grade III, $100,000 at 5 ½ furlongs on turf Nov. 2). It’s against open company, but I think if she runs this kind of race, she definitely fits with those.”

As for Alexander, one of California’s most successful owner/breeders, he was elated that his stallion, Grazen, picked up another stakes winner.

Grazen is like the goose who laid the golden egg,” he said. “He’s 13 years old, has had eight crops and is about 95 percent fertile. He stands for just $5,000 at Tommy Town, a few miles down the road from our ranch (Horse Haven Ranch in Santa Ynez). He spends the off-season at my place in our back yard, then goes to Tommy Town for the breeding season.”

Don’t Sell, who hopped at the break and was then hustled into a contending position, finished a neck in front of Gypsy Blu and paid $3.80 and $2.80 as the 2-1 second choice.

Ridden by Abel Cedillo, Gypy Blu, who had a neck on the winner three furlongs from home while in third position, out-finished S Y Sky to run third by a neck and paid $4.60 to show while off at 8-1.

Fractions on the race were 22.24, 44.64 and 55.94.

Win Nr. Five for Royal Trump

Fresno, CA (October 11, 2019)-Royal Trump earned career win number five with a driving three quarter length win in the Friday feature race at Fresno.

The $18,000 winners share pushed Royal Trump earnings to $169,356 from twenty lifetime starts. The five wins are accompanied by four seconds and four thirds. Giving the four-year-old gelding a 65% in the money

Royal Trump is by Ministers Wild Cat out of Royal Woodman (Woodman) and was bred in California by Mr. & Mrs. Larry Williams.

Ministers Wild Cat stands for $4,000 live foal and is currently sitting at number nine on the California General Sire List with over $1.5 million in 2019 earnings

Wire-to-Wire for Keeper Ofthe Stars

Albany, CA (September 20, 2019)-Tommy Town Thoroughbreds LLC’s Keeper Ofthe Stars scored a wire-to-wire win over the Golden Gate Fields turf course.

Keeper Ofthe Stars is a three-year-old filly by Midnight Lute out of Sociable, (Run Away and Hide) and she has four wins from nine starts with three thirds.

She has now earned $124,800 including the mile and one-sixteenth allowance race today.

No Longer Silent Crushes Maiden Special Field

Albany, CA (September 8, 2019)-Tommy Town Thoroughbreds, LLC homebred colt No Longer Silent crushed a maiden special field by six lengths in his second lifetime start.

The juvenile son of Ministers Wild Cat and Silent Stalk, by Petionville took the field wire to wire under Kyle Frey. No Longer Silent has now earned $28,080 in his two starts.

Ministers Wild Cat stands for $4,000 live foal and is currently sitting at number nine on the California General Sire List with over $1.3 million in 2019 earnings.

Grazen Yearlings Fetch Up to $87K in WA

Auburn, WA (August 21, 2019)-Grazen yearlings at the August 20 2019 WTBOA Summer Yearling & Mixed Sale, were knocked down at figures up to $87,000.

Leading the way was hip 59 a Grazen colt out of Courtroom Charmer consigned by Griffin Place LLC, Agent and purchased by Todd and Shawn Hansen of Tenino, WA for $87,000.00.

Hip 99 a filly out of Minimums Minimums consigned by Castlegate Farm, was knocked down at $50,000.

Grazen other two yearlings hip 3 out of Our Monstarr and hip 67 out of Eclatante were sold for $36,000 and $18,000 respectfully.

Grazen currently sits at number six on the California general Sire list with over $1.5 million in earnings from just 40 performers. He is led by stakes winner S Y Sky and three other 2019 stakes winners.