Tommy Town Thoroughbreds Connects With CTBA 2018 Champions

ARCADIA, Calif. (Feb. 7, 2019)–Fly to Mars is one of two finalists for the 2018 California-bred Horse of the Year, which will be announced at the California Thoroughbred Breeders Association Annual Meeting and Awards Dinner on Monday, Feb. 25.

Fly to Mars, is by Minsters Wild Cat out of Warren’s Flyer (Doc Gus), was bred and is owned by Gary Barber. He is a stakes winner and G2 placed earner of $327,358.

Fly to Mars was crowned Champion California-bred Turf Horse and Champion California-bred Older Male for 2018.

Tommy Town Thoroughbreds LLC & Gary Barber’s Boisterous was named Champion First-Crop Sire of California Conceived Foals by Earnings.

Old Topper Daughter Picks Up Win #4

Arcadia, CA (February 1, 2019)-Queen Bee to You a daughter of Old Topper gathered up her fourth lifetime win by taking a Santa Anita mile allowance race.

Bred by Tommy Town Thoroughbreds, LLC Queen Bee to You has earned $328,419 in her career including numerous stakes placings from her overall record of four wins, ten second place finishes and four thirds.

She is out of Silk Queen, by Touch Gold and is campaigned by Christopher St. Hilaire and Adam Vali.

Boisterous Colts Finish One-Two In Santa Anita Maiden Allowance Race

Arcadia, CA (January 31, 2019)-Boisterous had the top two finishers in the Thursday nightcap a six and a half furlong Cal-bred maiden special race.

Winning was the Tommy Town Thoroughbreds, LLC homebred colt Loud Mouth graduating in a wire to wire effort by four and a half lengths. Runner-up was Abusive Gary, another Boisterous sophomore colt.

Loud Mouth is out of Drama Cat, by Tale of the Cat and has earned $34,151 in his three starts.

Abusive Gary is out of Velvety Smooth, by Wolf Power (SAF) and was bred and owned by Phil D’Amato & Tommy Hutton Dream Stables.

Tiz a Master Takes Her Third-In-a-Row

Arcadia, CA (January 27, 2019)-Tiz a Master continued her winning ways by taking a Santa Anita allowance race for her third-win-in-a-row.

The three-year-old filly is by Ministers Wild Cat out of Bea’s Cee (Cee’s Tizzy) and was bred by her owner Say Jay Racing, LLC, She has earned $69,480 in her four starts.

Ministers Wild Cat stands for $4,000 and was the tenth ranked California sire of 2018 with $2.1 million in progeny earnings and three stakes winners.

S Y Sky Outlasts Queen Bee to You in Sunshine Millions F-M Turf Sprint

Photo by Emily Shields

By Steve Andersen
Arcadia, CA (January 26, 2019)-S Y Sky was unable to shake clear of Queen Bee to You in Saturday’s $151,053 Sunshine Millions Filly and Mare Turf Sprint at Santa Anita. That half-length margin between the two mares on the hillside and early stretch remained the same at the finish.

For S Y Sky, the Sunshine Millions Filly and Mare Turf Sprint for California-breds was her third stakes win. For Queen Bee to You, the race was her second runner-up finish in a statebred stakes in the last six months.

Through the duel, jockey Joe Talamo thought he had the edge with S Y Sky.

“She skips over the grass,” Talamo said. “It was a pretty good race. I knew I had a lot of horse left.”

The win was the fourth victory, and second stakes win of the day, for trainer Phil D’Amato. He won the California Cup Sprint earlier in the day with Touching Rainbows.

S Y Sky ($6) ran about 6 1/2 furlongs in 1:12.52. Queen Bee to You, a 10-1 outsider who was second in the Solana Beach Stakes at Del Mar in August, finished two lengths clear of Fiery Lady, a 24-1 chance who finished third.

S Y Sky set fractions of 22.07 for the opening quarter-mile and 43.98 for a half-mile, closely followed by Queen Bee to You.

“I was surprised she went in 43 and 4,” Talamo said. “She was within herself.”

Bella Luma finished fourth, followed by Pulpit Rider, Cordiality, Barbara Beatrice, and Halo Darlin.

Fiery Lady, Pulpit Rider, and Halo Darlin are out of Lady Railrider. Pulpit Rider, 4, and Halo Darlin, 6, are full-sisters by Lucky Pulpit. Fiery Lady, 5, is by Unusual Heat.

S Y Sky races for owner and breeder Nick Alexander. A 5-year-old mare by Grazen, S Y Sky has won 5 of 9 starts and earned $457,320.

She won her debut in the Evening Jewel Stakes for 3-year-old statebred fillies at 6 1/2 furlongs on dirt in April 2017 and the Melair Stakes for statebred 3-year-old fillies at 1 1/16 miles on dirt a month later.

Talamo has been aboard for all nine of S Y Sky’s races.

“She can do anything – turf, dirt, sprint or route,” he said. “You can’t ask for more.”

Victim of Love Romps Home

From The TDN
Sunland Park, NM (January 22, 2019)-Victim of Love three-year-old filly (Speightstown–Spacy Tracy {GSW, $249,690}, by Awesome Again) finished sixth debuting in a Zia sprint Nov. 18 and hit the wire first stretching out to this trip there Dec. 11 before getting demoted one spot for drifting in on a rival.

Returning with a swift half-mile bullet in :46 flat (1/22) here Jan. 13, the $160,000 Keeneland September buy was crushed down to 1-5 and found a good spot tracking a speed duel from third through splits of :22.71 and :46.52. Inhaling the leaders three furlongs out, the dark bay skipped clear into the lane and romped home under minimal urging 11 3/4 lengths to the good.

The victress is a full-sister to Benner Island, GSW & GISP, $305,863, and a half to High North (Midnight Lute), MSW & MGSP, $415,850. Her dam, winner of the 2010 GII Top Flight H., is responsible for a yearling colt by Bernardini. Second dam Tracy (Theatrical {Ire}) is a half to 1992’s Champion 2-Year-Old Filly Eliza (Mt. Livermore). Sales History: $160,000 Ylg ’17 KEESEP. Lifetime Record: 3-1-1-0, $18,400. O-Tommy Town Thoroughbreds LLC; B-Daniel J. Burke (KY); T-Henry Dominguez.

Be Lifted Up, Gets Up Late in Winning Effort

Arcadia, CA (January 21, 2019)-Ministers Wild Cat‘s sophomore filly Be Lifted Up got up in the shadow of the wire to take the holiday opener at Santa Anita.

Be Lifted Up took the down-the-hill starter allowance race in 1:14.32 and increased her earnings to $53,080. Her record in seven starts is two wins, one second and two third place finishes.

Bred by Tommy Town Thoroughbreds, LLC from the Lord Carson broodmare You Lift Me Up and is trained by Jeff Mullins.

Regional Sires for 2019

by The Thoroughbred Daily News
Ministers Wild Cat (fee $4,000) a top 10 California sire every year since 2012, he is one of the last available sons of the great Deputy Minster out of a GI Breeders’ Cup Distaff winner. He obviously didn’t show the same track ability as his half-brother War Chant (Danzig) but his 18 stakes winners have come at a perfectly respectable percentage for a horse standing at $4,000.

And, just a hunch, but I’d bet that with that pedigree someday one of his daughters will foal a champion.

Tommy Town Thoroughbreds Breeders have been slowly waking up to Grazen (fee $5,000) , who has only sired 88 named foals across six crops, but has produced such striking dividends that he has entertained 101 and 68 mares over the past two years. Of just 62 starters, his 51 winners have included no fewer than seven at the black-type level. These include Grade III winner Enola Gray, who also has a Grade I podium to her name.

Grazen was a fast horse, who wired a Grade III field for a 103 Beyer, and if there is little immediate distinction in his family then there is no denying his own sire’s oomph. Benchmark, a son of Alydar, was also responsible for GI Santa Anita Derby winner Brother Derek and those blitzing Grade I winners Points Offthebench and Idiot Proof.

Wherever it’s coming from, Grazen is earning his stripes and the foals conceived this year will be able to ride any success achieved by a book that more than trebled in 2017. Giants beware: this David’s sling is now loaded.

Equipment Change Helps Kookie Gal to Soviet Problem Score

Benoit Photo

by Steve Andersen
Cypress, CA (December 15, 2018)-A better view helped Kookie Gal win the first stakes of her career in the $100,000 Soviet Problem Stakes for California-bred 2-year-old fillies at Los Alamitos on Saturday.

Racing without blinkers for the first time, Kookie Gal rallied from fourth in a field of six to win the Soviet Problem Stakes by four lengths. Ridden by Flavien Prat, Kookie Gal ($4) was timed in 1:37.18.

Prat said the absence of blinkers “helped a lot” for Kookie Gal, who was sent off favored.

“She got a little keen, but settled on the backstretch,” he said.

Hotitude, who broke from the rail, set an early pace of 24.07 seconds for the opening quarter-mile, disputing the lead with Creative Instinct, who led through a half-mile in 48.45. Kookie Gal rallied three wide to pass those two runners and take the lead with a furlong remaining.

“She gave me a good kick in the lane,” Prat said.

Hotitude edged Creative Instinct by a half-length for second. All Tea All Shade finished fourth, followed by Gotta be Lucky and Time for Suzzie.

Kookie Gal, who is trained by Peter Miller, is the first stakes winner for Boisterous, who is by Distorted Humor. Kookie Gal is owned by Gary Barber and Wachtel Stable, who bred the filly.

Kookie Gal has won 2 of 3 starts and earned $89,000. She won her debut in a maiden special weight race for California-breds at Santa Anita on Oct. 18 and was fifth in her stakes debut in the Grade 3 Jimmy Durante Stakes at a mile on turf at Del Mar on Nov. 24.

Ministers Wild Cat Juvenile Filly Breaks Maiden by Four

Cypress, CA (December 7, 2018)-Ministers Wild Cat’s two-year-old filly scored an impressive four length win in a open maiden claiming event at the Los Alamitos Race Course.

With her stalking and four wide trip Tiz a Master won clear in just her second start. She has now earned $11,520.

Bred in California by Say Jay Racing, LLC she is out of Bea’s Cee, by Cee’s Tizzy and was trained by William Morey.

Ministers Wild Cat is currently the ninth ranked California sire with over $2 million in 2018 earnings.