Debuting Kafwain 2yo Winner at Del Mar

Del Mar, CA (August 3, 2018)-Silken Prince was left standing in the gate and under a heady ride by A. Ezpinoza captured his debut in stunning fashion.

Acting like a proven older horse the two-year-old son of Kafwain was initially last by many lengths and then came out splitting horses to gather up the win going away.

The Tommy Town Thoroughbreds, LLC homebred is out of Silk Queen, by Touch Gold and has earned $36,000 plus the Cal-bred bonus of $17,500 for his win.

Be Lifted Up Was Game in Her Win

Del Mar, CA (August 2, 2018)-Be Lifted Up was ultra game in her second outing getting up for the win after a troubled start.

The juvenile daughter of Ministers Wild Cat and You Lift Me Up, by Lord Carson was bumped at the start and continued three wide in deep stretch and held on gamely. The Tommy Town Thoroughbreds LLC homebred filly has a win and a third now with earnings of $16,320.

Ministers Wild Cat stood for $4,000 live foal in 2018 and is currently the seventh ranked California sire with year to date earnings of over $1.3 million.

Just Grazed Me Makes Fleet Treat First Stakes Win

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By Jay Privman
DEL MAR, Calif. (July 29, 2018)–Just Grazed Me stepped up from a debut win against maidens into stakes company and proved more than worthy of the assignment, as she rolled to a 3 1/2-length victory on Sunday at Del Mar in the $150,345 Fleet Treat Stakes for 3-year-old fillies.

Both wins came against California-breds, and in both races Just Grazed Me drew the advantageous outside post in small sprint fields.

Starting from post 7 in the seven-furlong race Sunday, Just Grazed Me ($8.40) raced in fifth place during the run down the backstretch, launched a sustained move in the four path on the far turn, and kept on motoring down the lane under jockey Tyler Baze.

Baze picked up the mount because jockey Joe Talamo, who rode Just Grazed Me first time out at Santa Anita on June 24, opted for Spiced Perfection, the 5-2 favorite. She finished fourth.

Show It N Moe It finished second, 3 1/4 lengths in front of third-place One Fast Broad, then came, in order, Spiced Perfection, Impecunious, Kimberlea K, and Loving Lynda. Donut Girl was scratched.

Just Grazed Me completed seven furlongs on the fast main track in 1:23.60.

“She had been training real well, but you never know after a maiden win how much seasoning they have,” said Phil D’Amato, who trains Just Grazed Me for her owner and breeder, Nick Alexander. “She’s very composed.”

Just Grazed Me, by Grazen, did not make first her start until June of her 3-year-old year owing to shin problems at age 2. “We took our time,” D’Amato said.

Just Grazed Me earned $85,500 for her Fleet Treat win and now has career earnings of more than $120,000.

Fly to Mars Sets New Course Record in California Dreamin’

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By Steve Andersen
Del Mar, CA (July 28, 2018)-Fly to Mars began his career with a win in a $50,000 claiming race for maidens, finishing fourth in June 2016. Saturday at Del Mar, a dozen races later, Fly to Mars won his first stakes in the $151,725 California Dreamin’ Stakes for California-breds at 1 1/16 miles on turf.

Fly to Mars was timed in 1:39.50, a course record. The final time was 2/100ths of a second quicker than Sidney’s Candy’s clocking in the Grade 3 La Jolla Handicap in 2010.

“To break the track record here is something,” trainer Peter Miller said.

Fly to Mars ($11.20) had a perfect trip under jockey Flavien Prat. Fly to Mars was second for the first six furlongs, tracking pacesetter Pee Wee Reese, who set early fractions of 22.86 seconds for the opening quarter-mile and 46.12 for a half-mile.

“The pace was good, but not crazy,” Miller said. “Flavien rode an unbelievable race.”

Fly to Mars took the lead in early stretch and won by a length over 11-1 Grecian Fire. B Squared (8-1) finished third.

Camino Del Paraiso finished fourth, followed by What a View, Ashleyluvssugar, Pee Wee Reese, Well Developed, Accountability, Ward ‘n Jerry, and Alsatian.

What a View, Ashleyluvssugar, and Pee Wee Reese are graded stakes winners.

Fly to Mars, a 4-year-old gelding by Ministers Wild Cat, is owned by breeder Gary Barber. Fly to Mars won an allowance race with a $62,500 claiming option at a mile on turf at Santa Anita on June 10 in a prep for the California Dreamin’.

“I thought we could win the race,” Miller said.

Fly to Mars has won 5 of 14 starts and earned $263,358. Earlier this year, Fly to Mars was second in the Clocker’s Corner Stakes on the hillside turf course at Santa Anita.

Juvenile Filly Beautiful Creature Graduates

Sacramento, CA (July 13, 2018)-Beautiful Creature graduated from the maiden ranks with a one length score over the Cal Expo oval.

The two-year-old filly by Ministers Wild Cat out of Sea Creature (Stormy Atlantic) has earned $10,653 in her three starts. She is owned by her breeders Tommy Town Thoroughbreds, LLC & Jerry Hollendorfer, LLC.

Ministers Wild Cat stood for $4,000 live foal in 2018 and is currently the sixth ranked California sire with year to date earnings of over $1.1 million.

Ministers Wild Cat Colt Graduates With Ease

Cypress, CA (July 8, 2018)-Ministers Wild Cat‘s sophomore son Old Indian Trick graduated from the maiden ranks with a length and a quarter score over a field of Cal-bred maidens.

In his fourth start the colt bobbled at the start and then dueled up the inside before drawing away for the win. He now has earned $27,540 from his win and two thirds for his breeder/owner Tommy Town Thoroughbreds, LLC. Old Indian Trick is out of Ms Vanenzza, by Successful Appeal.

Ministers Wild Cat stood for $4,000 live foal in 2018 and is currently the sixth ranked California sire with year to date earnings of over $1.1 million.

Drinkin and Dialin Breaks Maiden in Wire-to-Wire Fashion

Pleasanton, CA (June 24, 2018)-Drinkin and Dialin wired a maiden special field of sprinters by two and a half lengths to earn his diploma in his second outing.

Bred in California by his owner Jim Robinson, the four-year-old is a son of Old Topper out of Angi’s Wild Cat, by Ministers Wild Cat.

Drinkin and Dialin has earned $24,336 from this win and his third place finish in his debut.

Minister of Soul Goes Wire-to-Wire in Lone Star Maiden Special

Grand Prairie, TX (June 15, 2018)-Minister of Soul took a Lone Star Park maiden special wire-to-wire by five lengths to graduate in just his second lifetime outing.

The gelded son of Ministers Wild Cat out of Sensitive Soul, by Bernstein was a $16,000 Norcal yearling and is a half to stakes winner Raised a Secret ($492,130) and stakes placed Image of Joplin ($283,157). He was bred in California by Dahlberg Farms.

Ministers Wild Cat stood for $4,000 live foal in 2018 and is currently the sixth ranked California sire.

Fly to Mars Wins at Santa Anita

Arcadia, CA (June 10, 2018)-Gary Barber’s homebred Ministers Wild Cat gelding garnered a win in a Santa Anita allowance turf mile.

Fly to Mars won by over two lengths the four-year-old improved his record to four wins, two seconds and a third from thirteen lifetime starts. His bankroll is now $177,858.

Fly to Mars is out of Warren’s Flyer, by Doc Gus and he ran the mile in 1:34 over the Santa Anita lawn.

Old Topper Daughter Takes Santa Anita Allowance

Arcadia, CA (June 7, 2018)-Queen Bee to You picked off a very evenly based field of Cal-bred fillies and mares sprinters on the Santa Anita down hill course. Scoring by open lengths the filly has now won three races.

Queen Bee to You is a stakes placed daughter of Old Topper out of Silk Queen, by Touch Gold and was bred by Tommy Town Thoroughbreds, LLC. She is a winner of $202,910 from seventeen starts with thirteen on the board finishes.

Old Topper is a perennial leading California sire with nearly $50,000 plus per starter and stood for $2,500 in 2018.