Tommy Town Homebreds Go in Sunland Stakes

SUNLAND PARK, N.M. (Feb. 23, 2015)–Tommy Town homebreds Mc Hottie, Whine for Wine and Hemakesmyheartsing are running in the co-featured stakes races at Sunland.

Mc Hottie is in Friday’s $75,000 Island Fashion Overnight Stakes and is by Ministers Wild Cat, out of the Mr. Greeley mare Gender Motors, was bred by owner Tommy Town Thoroughbreds and is trained by Henry Dominguez. She has one win in eight starts, earnings of $30,030 and is coming off a Jan. 16 maiden win.

Whine for Wine is entered in the $75,000 Curribot Handicap. Whine for Wine is by Ministers Wild Cat, out of the Jump Start mare Mrs. Began, was bred by owner Tommy Town Thoroughbreds and is trained by Johnnie Nall. He has three wins in 16 starts, earnings of $172,000 and is coming off a fourth in a Dec. 28 optional claimer.

In the $100,000 Mine That Bird Overnight S. is Hemakesmyheartsing by Kafwain-Heart Six (Forest Camp). He is another Tommy Town homebred competitor and is looking for his second-in-a-row victory having graduated last out.

Tommy Town Thoroughbreds Bred Barbados a Winner in Pelican Stakes

By Nick Fortuna
OLDSMAR, Fla. – Barbados put his disappointing effort at the Breeders’ Cup in the rearview mirror Saturday at Tampa Bay Downs, rallying powerfully down the stretch to win the $62,000 Pelican Stakes by a length over Normandy Crossing while making his first start of the year. Fast Flying Rumor, who was seeking his fourth straight win at this meet, finished fourth after tracking the early pace.

Barbados, a 4-year-old Speightstown colt bred by Tommy Town Thoroughbreds, has won four of 11 career starts and earned $352,220 for Paul and Sue Hanifl’s Suzanne Stables. He won the $100,000 Spectacular Bid Stakes and the Grade 3 Hutcheson Stakes early last year at Gulfstream Park and later ran second to 2015 champion sprinter Runhappy in the Grade 3 Phoenix Stakes at Keeneland on Oct. 2

Trainer Michael Tomlinson said an abscess on the horse’s right back heel popped six days before the Breeders’ Cup Sprint on Oct. 31 and led to a quarter crack. Tomlinson fit Barbados with a bar shoe in the Sprint, but the horse finished an uncharacteristic 12th of 14.

“He was sound, but he just put out no effort with the bar shoe,” Tomlinson said. “He didn’t like it at all. The time we’ve spent since the Breeders’ Cup has been growing his feet out, getting his back feet healthy again. We’re looking for big things from him this year. He’s got an extreme turn of foot when he puts his mind to it.”

That turn of foot was on display Saturday, as Barbados settled into sixth place early, saving ground along the inside, as Fast Flying Rumor and Normandy Crossing battled up front. Fast Flying Rumor was the quickest out of the gate but settled into second after Normandy Crossing surged to the front. Normandy Crossing took the field of seven older horses through a quarter-mile in 22.44 seconds and a half-mile in 45.12.

Fast Flying Rumor briefly stuck his head in front at the top of the lane, but Normandy Crossing continued on determinedly and Barbados, who had advanced three wide on the turn, came charging down the lane to quickly overtake him, stopping the clock for six furlongs on a fast track in 1:09.96. Barbados paid $4.80 as the favorite.

“He scared us several times [in the race], but when he gets free sailing, he always comes like a house on fire, and Victor did an excellent job on him today – tucked in, saved ground, got him out, and gave him somewhere to go,” Tomlinson said.

“I tried to lay second or third, and he kind of put himself a little farther back than I wanted,” Lebron said. “But once I gave him a clear shot, he came through. It was a good feeling.”

Normandy Crossing finished half a length ahead of third-place finisher Street Spice, who was three-quarters of a length ahead of Fast Flying Rumor. They were followed by El Grande Rojo, Big Legacy, Score One, and Tiger Tank.

Fast Flying Rumor, trained by Gerald Bennett, had won two consecutive five-furlong turf sprints, including the $90,000 Turf Dash on Jan. 9, before scoring on dirt in a $50,000 optional claimer Feb. 5. Jockey Ronnie Allen Jr. said the horse got tired in the stretch.

“He just didn’t show up today,” Allen said. “I had a lot of horse around the turn, but in the lane, I had nothing. I think the heat might have gotten to him.”

Old Topper Sires Maiden Allowance Winner

Arcadia, CA (February 12, 2016)-Seedsandstemsagain broke his maiden going wire-to-wire in a Cal-bred maiden allowance race going down the hill at Santa Anita.

By Old Topper out of Miss Pitz this gelding has earned $98,388 from his fourteen starts. With a win, five seconds and two thirds Seedsandstemsagain has earned over $7,000 per start. He was bred by Jim Robinson, Ron Brewer & Jim Lyberger.

Old Topper will stand for $2,500 live foal in 2016.

Calm the Sea Debut Winner for Tommy Town

Arcadia, CA (February 5, 2016)-Calm the Sea, a Stormy Atlantic four-year-old filly, broke her maiden at first asking in a seven furlong Santa Anita maiden allowance race for her owners Tommy Town Thoroughbreds.

Calm the Sea “hopped a bit at the start, dueled three deep between horses, took a short lead into the stretch, battled outside the runner-up under urging in the drive and inched away late.”

Out of the multiple grade 2 winning millionairess Miraculous Miss (by Mr. Greeley) Calm the Sea was bred in the Bluegrass by Hill ‘n’ Dale Equine Holdings, Inc & Edward McGhee; the filly was a Tommy Town $125,000 weaning purchase at the Keeneland venue in 2012.

Kafister Garners Win Number Ten

January 31, 2016
Six-year-old Kafister picked up his tenth lifetime win when scoring with his wire-to-wire effort by half a length in a Santa Anita $60,000 allowance race going six and a half panels in 1:16.29.

The son of Kafwain out of the Mari’s Book broodmare Register has now earned $286,650. His stellar record from twenty-five starts; ten wins, three seconds and four thirds. In his last six starts, Kafister has two wins, two seconds and two thirds.

Kafwain has 2015 earnings over $1,300,000 and he will stand for $5,000 live foal in 2016.

Tommy Town Connected Runners for Sunshine Millions– California Cup

Arcadia, CA (January 27, 2016)-In Saturday’s $150,000 Sunshine Millions Filly and Mare Turf Sprint going down the hillside turf course is the the graded stakes winner Singing Kitty (Ministers Wild Cat-Natural Singer R N, by Unbridled’s Song).

Singing Kitty was bred by Tommy Town Thoroughbreds, LLC; she has won three stakes and banked $267,800 last year. Owned by Chris Aulds and Peter Jeong, the 4-year-old filly is 14-5-1-1 overall with earnings of $333,234.

Also in the $150,000 Sunshine Millions Filly and Mare Turf Sprint is the Bill Delia, H. C. Martin & Ray Pagano bred 5-year-old mare by Old Topper, Chati’s On Top, who is owned by Little Red Feather Racing and Marsha Naify, is 5-1-2-1 down the hillside turf and is 17-4-6-2 overall with earnings of $296,978.

Run for Retts is going in the $200,000 Xpressbet California Cup Oaks one mile turf. This Tommy Town homebred has earned $60,430 and is by Ministers Wild Cat out of Mrs. Began, by Jump Start.

In the $250,000 California Cup Derby going one mile and one sixteenth over the main track oval is Tough It Out; trained by Phil D’Amato, Nick Alexander’s homebred, a grey gelding by Grazen, broke his maiden two starts back at Del Mar going one mile on turf and was off at 5-1 in the King Glorious.

Grazen Sky a homebred of  Nick Alexander (Grazen-Sky Marni, by Sky Mesa) tries the $250,000 California Cup Turf Classic Stakes nine furlongs on the Santa Anita turf course. He is a stakes winner of $293,018.

Tommy Town Homebred Ministers Wild Cat Filly Crushes Field

January 16, 2016
Mc Hottie a three-year-old filly by Ministers Wild Cat crushed a maiden allowance field by fifteen lengths.

The odds-on sophomore filly broke alertly and attended the early pace while three wide and when aroused drew off by many in a hand ride. Mc Hottie cruised to her win earning $12,300 in the Sunland Park maiden allowance five and half furlong race.

The Tommy Town Thoroughbreds, LLC homebred is out of Gender Motors (Mr. Greeley) and Mc Hottie has now earned $30,030 from her eight lifetime starts showing a win, a second and a third.

Ministers Wild Cat is the eighth ranked 2015 California stallion with 2015 earnings over $1,700,000. He will stand for $5,000 live foal in 2016.

Kafwain Sophomore Graduates

Tommy Town Thoroughbreds homebred Hemakesmyheartsing a three-year-old by Kafwain graduated in a Sunland Park maiden allowance race going a mile.

Hemakesmyheartsing is out of Heart Six (by Forest Camp) and has made four starts; with his win he has earned $13,780.

Kafwain has 2015 earnings over $1,300,000 and he will stand for $5,000 live foal in 2016.

Toledo Eddie Goes Wire-to-Wire Again For Win Nr. 11

Toledo Eddie, a son of Ministers Wild Cat, picked up his eleventh lifetime victory (his second win-in-a-row) by going wire-to-wire in a $58,500 Santa Anita one mile allowance optional claiming race.

Out of Cape Town Charmer (by Cape Town) this now seven-year-old earned $34,800 for winning and was timed in 1:35.57 and increased his lifetime earnings to $323,551. Toledo Eddie’s lifetime record is eleven wins, eight seconds and one third from thirty-nine starts.

Ministers Wild Cat is the eighth ranked 2015 California stallion with 2015 earnings over $1,700,000. He will stand for $5,000 live foal in 2016.

Win Number Seven For Noble Kent

Noble Kent, a six-year-old prolific winner of seven races, took the one mile Santa Anita fifth race after being pushed wide early and then making a wide and impressive move on the final turn to score by over a length.

Noble Kent is a son of Ministers Wild Cat out of Summerfield (by Affirmed) and was bred in California by Jim Gustafson & Michelle Gustafson. From thirty-three lifetime starts this gelding has seven wins, five seconds and five thirds and earnings of $163,218.

Ministers Wild Cat is the eighth ranked 2015 California stallion with 2015 earnings over $1,700,000. He will stand for $5,000 live foal in 2016.