First Winner for Stanford

Albany, CA (May 7, 2021) – Heaven Shines is the first winner for Stanford. Our Tommy Town Thoroughbreds’ homebred proved much the best in the 4th race at Golden Gate Fields, a maiden special weight over the Tapeta going four and one-half furlongs.

Breaking from the outside post, Heaven Shines was quickly engaged with the inside speed. The lead was his before the first quarter was finished in 22.13. Given a breather around the turn by jockey Jose Elias Rodriguez, he was asked to finish at the top of the stretch. He responded and opened a clear lead, passing the half in 46.79 and he finished up nearly three lengths clear in 53.44.

Trained by Jonathan Wong, Heaven Shines was produced by the stakes-placed Speightstown mare, Light Up the Sky. He is a second generation homebred.