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Hay Dakota Wins Commonwealth Turf

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (Nov. 12, 2016) — Hay Dakota, a Kentucky-bred by new Rancho San Miguel stallion Haynesfield, wheeled out into the middle of the Churchill Downs turf course and went on to a 29-1 upset Saturday in the 13th running of the Grade 3, $100,000 Commonwealth Turf.

Ridden by Denny Velazquez and trained by Joel Berndt, Hay Dakota rallied outside of Bondurant, the 3-1 favorite in a field of 11 3-year-olds, to prevail by a neck in the 1 1/16-mile race. The Chicago shipper returned $60.20 after finishing in 1:43.60 over firm going.

For horse, trainer, and jockey, it was their first graded stakes victory.

“It’s one of those boxes I’ve wanted to check,” said Berndt, who has trained since 1991 and oversees a medium-sized stable that competes in Chicago and Minnesota.

Hay Dakota lagged back until the field straightened for home. Both he and Bondurant angled out to launch big runs leaving the quarter pole, with Hay Dakota proving narrowly best when farthest outside. Scholar Athlete, the leader for much of the way, finished another half-length back in third.

“I wanted to wait to make my move, and it worked out,” said Velazquez, a 22-year-old Oklahoma native who will ride regularly at the upcoming Fair Grounds meet.


Grade One Winner Haynesfield to Rancho San Miguel

San Miguel, CA (November 9, 2016)-Grade One winning millionaire Haynesfield has been acquired by Climax Stallions, a new venture of Bob and Sean Feld, and will be relocated to Rancho San Miguel for the 2017 breeding season.

“We are very excited to offer Haynesfield, a leading son of Speightstown, to California breeders. Speightstown is quickly becoming a sire of sires allowing Haynesfield and the Speightstown line a chance to really thrive on the west coast.” said Sean Feld.

Haynesfield was a wire-to-wire winner of a six furlong maiden special as a two-year-old at Belmont and a stakes winner as a juvenile; overall he won ten races from nineteen starts.

Haynesfield is out of grade II-placed stakes winner Nothing Special, by Tejabo, Haynesfield captured the 2010 Jockey Club Gold Cup Stakes (gr. I) and seven other stakes and earned more than $1.3 million.

Racing for the ownership of Turtle Bird Stable’s Haynesfield, was the winner of the Jockey Club Gold Cup (gr. I) in 2010, and was honored as New York-bred Horse of the Year for the second year in a row.

Haynesfield gave us a lot of thrills and memories over the last four seasons but the race that will always stand out was his decisive win in the Jockey Club Gold Cup over Blame, handing Blame his only loss that year; beating Blame in a grade I at equal weights in his championship season was a tremendous accomplishment by a gifted horse.” said Toby Sheets, assistant to trainer Steve Asmussen.

Second crop sire Haynesfield will be the only stakes winning son of Speightstown, a young and upcoming sire of sires, standing in the west.

In 2016, Haynesfield is the sire three stakes winners including the stakes winning juvenile Gifted Justice, winner of the $100,000 Hillsdale S. and He’ll Pay winner of the $100,000 Rushaway S.

At auction in his first crop, foals of 2013, there were 75 offered for sale, 53 sold, for an average of $55,965. His crop of 2015 numbers 76 foals to begin racing in 2017.

Haynesfield will stand for $5,000 as the Property of Climax Stallions and will be available in California next week for inspection. To enquire about breeding or syndication interest, contact Sean Feld at (859) 519-9665 or climaxstallions@yahoo.com.

U S Officer Unleashes a Huge Rally For Clever Trevor Stakes Victory

by RemingtonPark.com
OKLAHOMA CITY, CA (November 04, 2016)–U S Officer (U S Ranger) lodged a big closing move along the rail to pass the pace-setting Divine Kaleb in the final yards to win Friday’s $100,000 Clever Trevor Stakes at Remington Park. The race is the final local prep event for 2-year-olds aiming for the Springboard Mile in December.

Owned by the Weatherford, Texas partnership of Jerry Durant and Bill Jordan, U S Officer is trained by Danny Pish. Jockey David Cabrera, the only jockey to win on the colt, had the mount for the second race in a row. U S Officer settled near the back of the nine-horse field in the Clever Trevor and was last, nearly 10 lengths from the front, as the field turned for home, with plenty of work to do.

“I was not really expecting to be that far back but the race played out like that,” Cabrera said after the trophy presentation. “This horse, he can sit anywhere we put him. He’s a really nice horse, an aggressive horse. He made up ground so it was great.”

U S Officer moved from the back of the field through an opening at the rail, taking the shortest path possible down the stretch to the finish. Divine Kaleb battled with D R C Majestic Man early, setting a quarter-mile fraction of :22.74 seconds. Divine Kaleb then took the lead through the turn and into the stretch, posting a half-mile in :45.84 and 1:10.41 for six furlongs. Diving Kaleb had opened up a six-length lead with a furlong to go but could not maintain to the finish as U S Officer flew past to his inside, winning by 2-1/2 lengths in 1:24.63 for seven furlongs over a fast track.

Divine Kaleb held on for second while Cu Rahy rallied outside for third, 2-3/4 lengths behind U S Officer.

Pish is assisted at Remington Park by Joseph Smith who was impressed with U S Officer and noted that he may make his next attempt in the $300,000 Springboard Mile on Dec. 11. “We’ll take him back and evaluate, I would think that we will (enter the Springboard) but it’s going to be that he comes back good and just get him ready for the next one. As 2-year-olds, a lot of times it’s just the best 2-year-old that day wins. As he’s gotten older, it looks like he wants to go farther so that’s hopefully what he’ll do.”

Overlooked by the wagering public, U S Officer was at 15-1 odds and paid $33.20 to win, $9.80 to place and $6 to show. Divine Kaleb paid $7 to place and $5 to show. Cu Rahy returned $3.40 to show.

U S Officer has won two consecutive races at Remington Park and has three wins overall from six attempts. Bred in Kentucky by Jerry Durant, U S Officer is a colt by U S Ranger from the Officer mare Lacey Officer. The $60,000 payday for the Clever Trevor Stakes boosts the career earnings for U S Officer to $99,565.


Standout Employee Jorge Cruz from the September 2016 California Thoroughbred


The Pamplemousse Daughter Dominates Open Allowance Foes

Arcadia, CA (June 11, 2016)-Rancho San Miguel bred Thermodynamics dominated an open allowance field of fillies and mares going a mile on the Santa Anita turf course.

The filly "angled in and settled a bit off the rail, moved up inside on the second turn, came out into the stretch and again nearing midstretch, rallied under some urging to the front a sixteenth out and won clear." Winning by two and a quarter links she picked up $45,240 for the victory.

Thermodynamics a four-year-old daughter of The Pamplemousse out of the multiple stakes winning Thermal
Ablasion (Unusual Heat) has two wins in nine starts, two seconds and a third totaling $143,610. She was a $57,000 Barretts yearling purchase by her owners Thor-Bred Stable LLC.


Game Win for Son of Slew's Tiznow 'Dr. Go'

CYPRESS, CA (April 14, 2016)-Dr. Go a three-year-old son of Slew's Tiznow broke his maiden with a half-length win in a $45,000 Maiden Special race at the Los Alamitos Race Course.

In his fourth start Dr. Go earned his diploma and picked up $27,000 for the win, increasing his earnings to $38,370.

Dr. Go was bred in Kentucky by Revocable Trust of Dr. Mikel C. Harrington & Patricia O. Harrington and is owned and trained by Mike Harrington; Dr. Go is out of the Gulch broodmare Belle Michelle.

Slew's Tiznow, who led all 2015 freshman sires on the West Coast and ranked 34h nationally, will stand for a 2016 fee of $2,500. Slew's Tiznow's 17 yearlings sold at auction last year averaged $23,800.

A multiple stakes-winning, grade I-placed son of Tiznow—Hepatica, by Slewpy, Slew's Tiznow retired with a 4-2-1 career line and earnings $321,100 from 14 starts. His record includes victories in the 2008 El Cajon and War Chant Stakes and a second in the 2007 Lane's End Breeders' Futurity (gr. I) for owner and breeder Joseph Lacombe Stable.

First Foal Arrives by Typhoon Slew

San Miguel, CA (February 13, 2016)-Joseph LaCombe Stables, Inc.'s Typhoon Slew had his first foal drop on February 6th a gray colt out of Babes Bridge It.


Typhoon Slew is a graded stakes-placed winner by Stormy Atlantic and is a half-brother to Slew's Tiznow, the 2015 leading freshman sire in California.

"The new Typhoon Slew colt is very forward acting and has that terrific balanced appearance and scope of his sire" Clay Murdock farm manager.

Babes Bridge It is by Maria's Mon and she earned over $103,000 in her racing career; her first foal was a $62,000 Barretts yearling by Slew's Tiznow. Her newborn colt was bred by Eagle Ridge Racing LLC.

Typhoon Slew will stand his second year at stud for the fee of $1,000 live foal.

For additional information contact Rancho San Miguel farm manager Clay Murdock at (805) 467-3847.

Smokey Image #8 on the Derby Dozen - February 2, 2016
by Steve Haskins

Coming in at number eight on the Steve Haskins Derby watch of February 2, 2016 is Smokey Image (Carla Gaines) Southern Image—Special Smoke, by Free House
After California Chrome, do you really want to dismiss a Cal-bred who is undefeated in six starts, five of them stakes, at five different distances from 5f to 1 1/16 miles, and won his first two-turn race, the Cal Cup Derby, like he was out for an afternoon stroll? And this was coming off a 3-month layoff. Can’t wait for him to face open company, which likely will be the San Felipe Stakes. This colt is not as smooth and polished as California Chrome, and thank goodness he finally learned to change leads in the Cal Cup Derby, which he won by 8 1/2 lengths while under cruise control, and throwing his ears around the entire race. He was a little awkward heading into the first turn, with his head turned to the inside. but he quickly settled into a nice stride on an uncontested lead and then just opened up at will. Although he did switch leads this time, he needed help from Victor Espinoza, who else? He also has to learn to drop his head after turning for home, although he did lower it as he got closer to the wire. So there are still some kinks to work out, but there is no doubting this horse’s ability. We just need to see that ability against top-class horses. See more at: http://cs.bloodhorse.com/blogs/kentucky-derby-dozen/archive/2016/02/01/derby-dozen-february-2-2016-presented-by-shadwell-farm.aspx#sthash.vzHKNltQ.dpuf


Smokey Image Cruises to 8 1/2 Length Score In $250,000 California Cup Derby

By SantaAnita.com
ARCADIA, Calif. (Jan. 30, 2016)–Unbeaten Smokey Image, in his first try around two turns, annihilated six California-bred rivals en route to a 8 ½ length win in Saturday’s $250,000 California Cup Derby at Santa Anita. Ridden for the first time by Victor Espinoza and trained for the first time Carla Gaines, the California-bred colt by Southern Image got a mile and a sixteenth in 1:43.49 and no-doubt stamped himself a ticket to the Kentucky Derby trail in his next start.

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Breaking from post position two, Smokey Image easily out-footed Glory Bound to the first turn and set comfortable fractions of 23.49, 47.48 and 1:11.63.

“He reminds me of California Chrome!” said Espinoza. “I was expecting him to run a big race today. I worked him the other day and he worked unbelievably. I was very impressed. For me, I don’t look at it like Cal-bred or not. I just look at him and ask where he has potential…The way he ran today, he showed me that he can go the distance and he showed me that he can run with any horse, Cal-bred or not…Hopefully, I can get my next (fourth) Kentucky Derby.”

Off at 2-5, Smokey Image paid $2.80, $2.40 and $2.10.

“It looks like he did two turns well, right?” said Gaines, who took over training Smokey Image from Northern California-based Greg James following his most recent win at Del Mar on Oct. 30. “My first impression was that he was just a very, very nice horse. You know what? Greg James and his assistant, Mary, did a tremendous job with this horse. Really, I just took over the reins.”

Owned by Betty Irvin’s Irvin Racing Stable, Smokey Image, who is out of the Free House mare, Special Smoke, notched his perfect sixth win and picked up $137,500 for the win, increasing his earnings to $435,100.

“We’ll evaluate the calendar and see what he’s ready for, but certainly his performance today indicated we might have something more special,” said Irvin’s daughter, Diane Irvin, who serves as her racing manager. “After my dad passed (last year), I took over.”

Tough It Out, who was ridden by Santiago Gonzalez, rallied from last to be second, finishing 6 ¼ lengths in front of Xingontothebone. Off at 8-1, Tough It Out paid $5.40 and $3.80.

Xingontothebone, who was caught four wide going into the first turn, finished 1 ¾ lengths in front of Glory Bound. Ridden by Martin Pedroza, “Xing” paid $4.80 to show.

Northern Causeway Sires First Foal

San Miguel, CA (January 28, 2016)-Graded stakes winner Northern Causeway, standing at Rancho San Miguel, sired his first foal on January 28th; a filly out of the stakes-placed Swiss Bliss. The newborn filly is from $122,210 multiple winner Swiss Bliss and was bred by Mike Harrington.

Farm manager Clay Murdock, “I see lots of Giant's Causeway expressed in her with that beautiful face and body.”

Northern Causeway, owned by Rozamund Barclay, is a graded stakes winner of $265,367 by sire-of-sire's Giant's Causeway out of Getaway Girl (Silver Deputy); this is the immediate family of successful sires Ghostzapper and City Zip.

Northern Causeway covered 35 mares in 2015 and will once again stand for a $2,500 live foal fee payable October 1 of year bred with no booking fee.

For additional information contact Rancho San Miguel farm manager Clay Murdock at (805) 467-3847.


Smokey Image in Derby Stretch-out, Image of Joplin in Turf Classic, Comic Strip Fillies Try Stakes

ARCADIA, Calif. (Jan. 27, 2016)–Unbeaten in five starts, Irvin Racing Stable’s Smokey Image heads a field of seven sophomores as he tries two turns for the first time in Saturday’s $250,000 California Cup Derby. The Derby, to be contested at 1 1/16 miles, will be run for the 26th time and is one of five stakes restricted to California-bred or sired horses on Santa Anita’s annual $1 million Sunshine Millions Day.

Originally trained by Northern California-based Greg James and currently conditioned by Carla Gaines, Smokey Image, a chestnut colt by Southern Image, has been idle since winning the seven furlong Golden State Juvenile at Del Mar at odds of 1-2 on Oct. 30. Favored in four out of his five starts, “Smokey” overcame significant early trouble in the Juvenile to win by three quarters of a length. Ridden in all five of his races by Golden Gate Fields-based Juan Hernandez, he’ll be handled for the first time Saturday by Victor Espinoza.

Bred by C Punch Ranch, Inc., Smokey’s Image, who is out of the Free House mare Special Smoke, has earnings of $297,600.

Another Southern Image offspring, Image of Joplin tries the $250,000 California Cup Turf Classic Stakes nine furlongs on the Santa Anita turf. He is out of Sensitive Soul and was bred by Dahlberg Farms LLC; this stakes placed winner of seven races has earned just shy of $200,000.

Additionally, two Comic Strip fillies are entered on the lucrative Saturday California Cup--Sunshine Millions Day card.

In the $200,000 Xpressbet California Cup Oaks going one mile on the turf is Hurricane Callie out of Joyously. She was bred by Dr. & Mrs. William T. Gray and is a maiden allowance winner of over $67,000.

In the $150,000 Sunshine Millions Filly and Mare Turf Sprint going down the hillside turf course is Light One a four-year-old daughter of Comic Strip out of Light Whitening. She too was bred by Dr. & Mrs. William T. Gray and is a stakes placed winner of four races and $127,171.


Slew’s Tiznow California's Leading Freshman Sire

By Blood-Horse Staff SAN MIGUEL, CA (January 1, 2016)-California's top freshman sire of 2015 is Rancho San Miguel resident Slew's Tiznow, whose runners banked $185,537 during the year.

The sire of four winners among 12 starters from 21 foals in his first crop, Slew's Tiznow's top runners are Del Mar maiden special winner Tiz Love and multiple winners Tribal Headdress and One Bye Two.

Slew's Tiznow, who led all 2015 freshman sires on the West Coast and ranked 34h nationally, will stand for a 2016 fee of $2,500. Slew's Tiznow's 17 yearlings sold at auction last year averaged $23,800.

A multiple stakes-winning, grade I-placed son of Tiznow —Hepatica, by Slewpy, Slew's Tiznow retired with a 4-2-1 career line and earnings $321,100 from 14 starts. His record includes victories in the 2008 El Cajon and War Chant Stakes and a second in the 2007 Lane's End Breeders' Futurity (gr. I) for owner and breeder Joseph Lacombe Stable.

Rancho San Miguel to Stand Champion Cal-bred Two-Year-Old Rousing Sermon

SAN MIGUEL, CA (November 24, 2015)-Rousing Sermon the Champion California-bred Two-Year-Old, by Lucky Pulpit, has been retired and will stand at Rancho San Miguel.

The multiple stakes winner of $821,572 was the Champion California-bred Two-Year-Old primarily due to his dominant Bob Benoit California Cup Juvenile Stakes win and his photo finish for the win when second in the Grade One CashCall Futurity.

Rousing Sermon went from Cal-bred Champion juvenile onto the Kentucky Derby trail finishing third in both the G2 Bob Lewis and the lucrative G2 Louisiana Derby.

Rousing Sermon was quick enough to break his maiden first out going five panels in June of his juvenile campaign and continued on winning at distances in excess of a mile. Rousing Sermon was trained throughout his career by Hall of Fame trainer Jerry Hollendorfer.

"Rousing Sermon was a horse with heart and determination to compete and win in the upper levels of racing. He is an attractive and balanced horse with a beautiful stride. We are expecting a load of inquires due to the overwhelming success his sire line has shown and the fact that Rousing Sermon had the quality to sprint and route." Clay Murdock manager of Rancho San Miguel.

Lucky Pulpit's leading money earning son at stud Rousing Sermon is from the Awesome Again mare Rousing Again and will stand as the property of Mr. and Mrs. Larry D. Williams for a fee of $2,000 live foal, due October 1st of year bred.

For more information please contact Clay Murdock at 805.467.3847

Curlin to Mischief to Rancho San Miguel

Curlin to Mischief, an unraced half brother to champion Beholder and popular young sire Into Mischief, will debut at stud in 2016 at Rancho San Miguel in San Miguel, Calif.

The 4-year-old son of Curlin will stand for an advertised fee of $3,500 under a standard live foal contract, or breeders can enroll in the stallion’s “Share the Upside” program, in which he is advertised at $5,000.

Curlin to Mischief had been working toward his first start for trainer Bob Baffert after being purchased for $300,000 by Juddmonte Farms at the 2012 Keeneland September yearling sale. He was acquired by Mark Feld’s Lucas Downs at the 2015 Keeneland November breeding stock sale for $20,000 as a racing or stallion prospect.

Bred in Kentucky by Clarkland Farm, Curlin to Mischief is out of the stakes-winning Tricky Creek mare Leslie’s Lady, whose five winners from six foals to race include two-time champion Beholder, and Grade 1 winner Into Mischief, who has become a standout sire at Spendthrift Farm in Lexington, Ky. Leslie’s Harmony, a full sister to Curlin to Mischief, sold for $1.1 million at the 2014 Keeneland September yearling sale.


Smokey Image Remains Unbeaten, Wins Golden State Juvenile

from: DMTC.com
DEL MAR, CA (October 30, 2015)-In an impressive display of determination, Smokey Image overcame traffic trouble to win the featured $200,000 Golden State Juvenile Stakes Friday and remain unbeaten in five races.

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Sent postward at 1-2 under regular rider Juan Hernandez, Smokey Image was shuffled back to seventh on the far turn before rallying along the rail entering the stretch. He collared 5-1 second choice Found Money with less than a sixteenth of a mile to travel and scored going away by three-quarters of a length in 1:22.94 for the seven furlongs.

Family Code was third, one and one-half lengths behind the runner-up and four and one-half lengths ahead of fourth-place Swiss Minister in the field of ten California-bred two-year-olds.

Smokey Image, a son of Southern Image owned by Irvin Racing Stable and trained by Greg James, won the I’m Smokin Stakes last summer at Del Mar, again defeating Found Money. First prize of $110,000 increased the chestnut colt’s lifetime earnings to $297,600.

Smokey Image paid $3, $2.20 and $2.10, Found Money returned $3.80 and $2.80, while Family Code paid $2.80 to show.


Leading Freshman Sire Slew’s Tiznow Has Solid Del Mar Sale

DEL MAR, CA (October 28, 2015)-California’s 2015 Leading Freshman Sire Slew's Tiznow’s yearlings brought upwards of $62,000 at the recently concluded Barretts October Yearling Sale.

The $62,000 yearling filly was hip 165 and is out of Babes Bridge It (consigned by West 12 Ranch, Agent) she was purchased by the well-respected Greg Gilchrist as agent. Additionally, Slew's Tiznow had yearlings fetch $45,000, $40,000 and $25,000. The eight yearlings that passed through the ring as sold averaged over $29,000.

Slew's Tiznow, the current leading first year sire in California (sire of multiple winner Tribal Headdress and Del Mar maiden special winner Tiz Love), is a record-setting 1 1/16 miles 1:40.34 performer and a Grade 1 performing multiple stakes winning son of Tiznow who will stand for $2,500 in 2016.


Hero's Amor Takes BC Oaks

By Randy Goulding
VANCOUVER, British Columbia – Hero’s Amor (Street Hero) proved her first stakes win in the $50,000 Sonoma at Northlands Park wasn’t a fluke when she won the $100,000 British Columbia Oaks at Hastings on Sunday. She paid $9.60 for her half-length win over Ambleside Park in the 1 1/8-mile race.

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Touching Promise (2) gets up by a nose over Locket in the Delta Colleen.

Prior to her win in the Sonoma, Hero’s Amor won a $20,000 claiming race.

“We thought she might just be a sprinter so we ran her for a price,” said her trainer, Tim Rycroft. “She got a lot of confidence from her win. We started training her a little harder and she just kept getting better.”

Northlands’s leading rider, Rico Walcott, had Hero’s Amor sitting just off Eustacia and Morning Coffee, who carved out quick interior fractions of 22.43 and 46.41 seconds. She started to move into serious contention on the stretch turn, took the lead soon after turning for home, and was all-out to hold off Ambleside Park. Morning Coffee held on to finish third.

“She broke sharply and wanted to go with the front-runners but I knew they were going fast so I got her to settle behind them,” said Walcott. “I could see the horse on the inside was done so I eased her outside and she finished full of run.

The final time was 1:52.43.

Hero’s Amor is owned by Riversedge Racing Stables Ltd.

Smokey Image Wins I'm Smokin Stakes

From DMTC.com
Smokey Image, unbeaten in three starts, including victories in two stakes, in Northern California, brought his act to Southern California Friday and performed to his 3-5 odds, winning the featured $150,000 I’m Smokin Stakes in handy style under regular rider Juan Hernandez.

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Smokey Image, a son of Southern Image, shook off the challenge of 3-1 second choice Found Money in midstretch and drew off impressively to win by four and one-quarter lengths in 1:09.60 for the six furlongs on the main track.

Juan Hernandez-"I talked with the trainer before and we thought we’d come from off it. But he broke so sharp and I didn’t want to take him back; he wanted to go. The other horse (Found Money) gave me some pressure from the outside, but I could feel how much horse I had under me. When I asked him in the stretch, it was all over. He’s a nice horse.”

Greg James-“I was a little worried when he was ding-donging with O’Neill’s horse. I was really worried about that. Usually when they’re ding-donging like that one of them gives up. But he’s an unbelievable horse. This horse has been good from day one and he has a lot of fight in him."

Viviendo el Sueno was a distant third, five and three-quarter lengths behind the runner-up and six and one-half lengths ahead of fourth-place Xingontothebone in a spread out field of six California-bred two-year-olds.

Smokey Image, owned by Betty and Robert G. Irvin of Pacific Palisades and conditioned by Greg James, broke his maiden in his first outing at Pleasanton June 21, followed up with a win in the Everett Nevin Stakes and, in his last outing, won the Cavonnier Juvenile Stakes at Santa Rosa August 16.

Smokey Image returned $3.20, $2.20 and $2.10 and earned $85,500 to push his bankroll to $187,600. Found Money paid $3.20 and $2.40, while Viviendo el Sueno returned $2.80 to show.


Freshman Sire Slew's Tiznow Sires Del Mar Maiden Special Winner

Del Mar, CA (August 29, 2015)-Tiz Love broke his maiden in a $71,000 Cal-bred maiden special at Del Mar by three and three-quarters lengths.

From the first crop of Slew's Tiznow this juvenile colt was bred by the Revocable Trust of Dr. Mikel C. Harrington & Patricia O. Harrington and is owned and trained by Patricia Harrington. He is out of the Swiss Yodeler mare Lovehi and has now earned $46,370.

Slew's Tiznow the current leading first year sire in California is a record-setting 1 1/16 miles 1:40.34 performer and a Grade 1 performing multiple stakes winning son of Tiznow.


Unbeaten Smokey Image Wins Cavonnier

SANTA ROSA, Calif. (Aug. 16, 2015) – California-bred Smokey Image remained unbeaten Sunday by winning the $62,310 Cavonnier Juvenile Stakes for 2-year-olds at Santa Rosa.

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Smokey Image is by Southern Image, out of the Free House mare Special Smoke, was bred by C-Punch Ranch, is owned by Betty and Robert Irvin and is trained by Greg James.

He has won all three his starts with earnings of $102,100 and was coming off a win in the July 5 Everett Nevin Stakes.

Smokey Image ran the six furlongs in 1:11.46 and won by two lengths.

Street Hero's 'Hero's Amor' Dominates in Sonoma H.

Edmonton, Alberta (August 15, 2015)-Street Hero's three-year-old filly Hero's Amor dominated the Sonoma Handicap by taking the $50,000 event by over five lengths.

The filly has now earned $46,978 from her eight starts and four wins. She was bred in Kentucky by Myung Kwon Cho & Jun Park and is out of the Dixieland Band broodmare Palacio de Amor.

This is the second stakes winner for Street Hero in the past three weeks. Hero's Amor joins Grade I winner Gabriel Charles as current stakes winners.


Weewinnin Takes $150,000 California Dreamin’ S

DEL MAR, Calif. (July 26, 2015) – Pacesetter Weewinnin hung on through a driving finish to win Sunday’s $150,000 California Dreamin’ Stakes for Golden State Series eligibles at Del Mar.

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Jockey Joe Talamo "He was game. I’ve got to give Brian (trainer Brian Koriner) credit. He took the blinkers off this horse today and he was better for it. When he had the blinkers, he would wait. Now when he sees those other horses, he fights on. He did all the work today. I just had to stay out of his way.”

Multiple stakes winner Weewinnin is by Comic Strip, out of the Roman Dancer mare Honoree Lady, was bred by Dr. & Mrs. William Gray, is owned by E-Racing.com, Dr. & Mrs. William Gray and Janet Lyons, et al and is trained by Brian Koriner.

He has four wins in 11 starts, earnings of $399,980 and was coming off a third in the June 6 Crystal Water.

Weewinnin ran the 1 1/16 miles on turf in 1:41.31 and won by a head over defending champ Rock Me Baby, with Poshky third. Weewinnin went off at 9-1.


Gabriel Charles Swings Wide to Win Read

By Jeremy Balan
DEL MAR, CA (July 18, 2015)-Heading back to Del Mar proved a winning move for Sam Britt and Michael House’s Gabriel Charles, who closed to win the $400,500 Eddie Read Stakes (gr. IT) by 3 3/4 lengths July 18 at the seaside racetrack.

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The 5-year-old son of Street Hero hit the board in his previous three starts, but his most recent victory came in the 2013 Del Mar Derby (gr. II), which also happened to be his most recent start at Del Mar.

Twentytwentyvision finished second in his first career stakes start, followed by grade I winner Finnegans Wake another 1 1/2 lengths back in third.

Gabriel Charles, with Hall of Famer Mike Smith aboard for trainer Jeff Mullins, sat sixth in the field of seven through most of the 1 1/8-mile turf race, as Big Cazanova set fractions of :23.43, :47.26 and 1:11.04 through six furlongs. The field bunched late and the winner had to circle wide in the stretch, but he won easily, hitting the wire in 1:48.13 on a turf course that was listed as yielding before the race, but was eventually changed to be rated good.

"The early fractions were well enough that I thought we were okay," Mullins said. "(Smith) was perched up on him like they were going a two-minute mile and when he swung him into the clear, I could see he had plenty of horse."

"My horse was so nice and comfortable, going along so easy," Smith added. "I was watching the competition up front, but I thought I could handle them. I was worried about (Finnegans Wake). I knew he was going to be coming and he's run some big ones."

Finnegans Wake, the winner of the May 2 Woodford Reserve Turf Classic Stakes (gr. IT) was coming, but he could not make up enough ground after trailing by as many as 16 lengths early in the Eddie Read.

"He just got a little tired at the end," Finnegans Wake's jockey, Victor Espinoza, said. "Maybe he came back a little quick (after running on dirt in the Gold Cup, gr. I, at Santa Anita Park June 27), but he always tries. He always runs his race. Today just wasn't his day."

Gabriel Charles paid $11.40, $6, and $3.40 across the board at odds of 9-2, while Twentytwentyvision brought $8.20 and $4.20, with Finnegans Wake delivering $3 to show.

Power Ped finished fourth, followed by 6-5 favorite Midnight Storm, Big Cazanova, and Maltes, to complete the order of finish.

"He just never got comfortable," jockey Tyler Baze said of his mount, Midnight Storm. "I'd like to blame it on the course, but I don't think that was it. He just couldn't get into a rhythm today."

Gabriel Charles was bred in Kentucky by Doris Tummillo, out of the Atticus mare Star of Atticus, and now has a 4-4-1 record from 11 starts with $584,400 in earnings. After sustaining a bowed tendon in 2013, Gabriel Charles took more than 18 months off before returning to racing in 2015.

"How many horses bow a tendon and come back to win a (grade I)?" Mullins said. "We took our time with him and that was key. We knew he had this caliber of talent. It was a matter of keeping him healthy."

Handfull Wins the Governor’s Cup

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (July 11, 2015) – Odds-on favorite Handfull led all the way while winning Saturday’s $61,250 California Governor’s Cup Handicap for fillies and mares at Sacramento.

Handfull is a California-bred by Comic Strip, out of the Roman Dancer mare Honoree Lady, was bred by Dr. & Mrs. William Gray, is owned by Team Green, Hollendorfer and Nakkashian and is trained by Jerry Hollendorfer.

She has 14 wins in 30 starts, earnings of $294,378 and was coming off a win in a June 13 optional claimer. Handfull ran the 1 1/16 in 1:44.96 and won by one-half length at odds of 3-5 in the four-horse field.


Smokey Image Wears Down Known Defense to Win Nevin
By Chuck Dybdal

PLEASANTON, Calif. – The favored Smokey Image ($4.20), who won his debut here by five lengths June 21, turned in an even more impressive victory Sunday at the Oak Tree at Pleasanton meet at the Alameda County Fair with a 6 1/2-length victory in the $64,910 Everett Nevin Stakes.

The undefeated Southern Image colt broke better than he did in his debut and sat a half-length behind Known Defense through a 22.25-second opening quarter.

"[Trainer Greg James] said if he broke good to go to the front," said winning rider Juan Hernandez. "I let him go a little bit and then sat right next to the leader."

Known Defense wilted, and Smokey Image increased his advantage over seven 2-year-olds in a field that included six first-out winners and a first-timer.

The winning time was 1:03.37 as Hernandez never asked Smokey Image through the lane. Quorum of Joy was second with Algenon, who also had won his debut here earlier in the meet, another 1 1/2 lengths back in third.

"We always knew he was a nice horse," said winning trainer Greg James. "When a 2-year-old works a minute flat [for five furlongs May 31] and the rider just sits on him, you know he's good."

Smokey Image, owned and bred by C Punch Ranch, earned $41,400 to increase his career earnings to $60,900.

James, who was concerned about the quick turnaround, said the colt would be given a brief freshening and might be headed to the Del Mar meeting.


Smokey Image Cruises in Debut

Pleasanton, CA (June 21, 2015)-Juvenile Smokey Image cruised to a five length score in his debut going five furlongs at the Oak Tree at Pleasanton meet.

The Southern Image chestnut colt out of Special Smoke, by Free House, broke slowly but recovered quickly while circling four wide and drew off in the lane to get the win in 57.56.

Bred in California by C Punch Ranch, Inc. and owned by Robert G. and Betty Irvin he is trained by Greg James. Smokey Image picked up $19,500 for the win and also earned a $10,000 owner bonus for being a Cal-bred winning maiden allowance race.


The Pamplemousse Filly Thermodynamics Runs a Solid Second in Melair

ARCADIA, CA (May 23, 2015)-In Saturdays $200,000 Melair Stakes at Santa Anita, Thermodynamics (by The Pamplemousse) finished a solid second in her stakes debut. The sophomore filly now has earned over $90,000 in her six race career.

Also on Saturday, The Pamplemousse's Moussehistopheles a three-year-old gelding finished fourth in the $50,000 Western Canada Handicap at Northlands Park.


California Gold Rush Day Stakes Runners for Rancho San Miguel Sires

ARCADIA, CA (May 20, 2015)-In this Saturdays $200,000 Melair Stakes at Santa Anita, sires from Rancho San Miguel have runners Thermodynamics and La Fiera competing in the sophomore filly one and a sixteenth mile event.

Thermodynamics is by The Pamplemousse, out of the Unusual Heat mare Thermal Ablasion, was bred by Rancho San Miguel, is owned by Thor-Bred Stables and trained by Dan Hendricks. She has one win in five starts, earnings of $52,570 and is coming off a third in an Apr. 19 allowance.

La Fiera is by Comic Strip, out of the Roar mare Ms. Booty, was bred by owners Dr. and Mrs. William Gray and is trained by Jerry Hollendorfer. She has three wins in five starts, earnings of $82,607 and is coming off a win in the Apr. 26 Campanile.


The Pamplemousse Sophomore Breaks Maiden on Santa Anita Hillside

ARCADIA, CA (May 2, 2015)-Moussed Up a three-year-old son of The Pamplemousse made easy work of his maiden Cal-bred allowance foes by taking them wire-to-wire on the Santa Anita hillside turf course.

Bred by his owners J. Ravich, Strauss Brothers Racing LLC, T. Lenner, D Naftzger & A Grossbard the gray scored by a length and a half in just his second lifetime start over a full field.

Out of Bussell Up (GB), by Danehill Dancer this gelding earned $33,600 for the win plus the $17,500 Cal-bred bonus.



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La Fiera Finishes Strong in Campanile S.

By Chuck Dybdal
ALBANY, CA (April 26, 2015)-La Fiera sat back early and then made a strong, sustained rally to defeated seven rival 3-year-old California-bred fillies in the $100,210 Campanile Stakes on Sunday at Golden Gate Fields.

La Fiera ($13.80) had trailed by double-digit lengths in her last start when she rallied for third. Though she was next-to-last early, she was only 4 1/2 lengths behind pacesetting Swiss Skimmer.

Jockey Juan Hernandez gave her a patient ride without asking too much early, but then moved out into the clear coming off the far turn into the stretch. She made a strong move to get by Niassa, who had taken the lead at the quarter pole and pulled clear to win the one-mile turf race by two lengths in 1:38.02

Ashley’s Sassy got her head in front of Niassa at the wire for second. Swiss Skimmer, the early leader, ducked through the temporary rail at the top of the stretch with rider Abel Cedillo jumping off before she made a sharp right turn going back to the course.

“She broke really good,” said La Fiera’s rider, Juan Hernandez. “Then she got behind horses, and I was just trying to save ground. Around the [far] turn, I got her out, and she started picking it up. When I started asking her in the stretch, she responded very well.”

Trainer Greg James’s assistant, Mary Panian, said she and James “thought she really fit in the race. She lost to two nice Kentucky-breds [in her last start], so I thought if she had a clean trip today she could win.

A Dr. William and Jill Gray homebred by Comic Strip out of Ms. Booty, La Fiera notched her third career victory in five starts, earning $57,000 to improve her lifetime earnings to $82,607.


Dominate Win for The Pamplemousse's Thermodynamics

ARCADIA, CA (March 5, 2015)-Sophomore filly Thermodynamics, a daughter of The Pamplemousse, earned her maiden win with a dominating performance on the Santa Anita lawn over maiden allowance foes.

Breaking alertly the filly under hall-of-fame ride Gary Stevens made the lead after a half mile and continued on completing the mile in 135.89 winning by over a one and a half lengths.

Bred in California by Rancho San Miguel she is out of Thermal Ablasion (Unusual Heat) and is owned by Thor-Bred Stable LLC. She was a $57,000 Barretts yearling purchase in 2013 and has now earned over $45,000 from four starts.

The Pamplemousse is the leading second crop sire in California and is standing for $2,500.


Slew's Tiznow Juvenile Fetches $92,000

POMONA, CA (February 23, 2015)-Freshman sire Slew's Tiznow's first two-year-old in training was hammered down at $92,000 at the Barretts 2015 Select Two-Year-Old Sale.

Hip number 67 a Cal-bred, named Tizhotness, is a dark bay colt out of the winning Unusual Heat broodmare Presidential Heat. She is the dam of two winners from three foals of racing age.

Tizhotness breezed an eighth of a mile in ten flat during the Friday preview. View it here.

Slew's Tiznow stands for $2,500 payable October 1st of year bred.

Marino's Wild Cat Wires Lost in the Fog Stakes
By Chuck Dybdal

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Marino’s Wild Cat ($5) took all the late wagering and rewarded his backers with an easy, front-running victory in Monday’s $60,460 Lost in the Fog Stakes at Golden Gate Fields.

Marino’s Wild Cat broke sharply from the rail and used his natural speed to take the lead over undefeated comebacker Exit Stage Left down the backstretch as the two ran one-two all the way in the six-furlong race.

Setting honest early fractions while not being pressured by jockey Silvio Amador, Marino’s Wild Cat never seemed in danger. He took a two-length lead in the stretch and wound up winning in 1:08.92, defeating Exit Stage Left by 1 3/4 lengths.

Exit Stage Left won his first three starts, all in stakes, but was making his first start since Jan. 18, 2014. He turned in a good effort, as did European multiple graded stakes winner Giant Sandman, making his U.S. debut and his first start since Feb. 13, 2014, while finishing third, another length back.

Marino’s Wild Cat scored his sixth win and his second stakes victory for breeder Roy Guinnane, who races as GCCI. The California-bred son of Marino Marini earned $39,350 to increase his lifetime earnings to $214,760. He won the $100,000 Harris Farm Stakes at Fresno last fall and followed up with a second behind Outside Nashville in the Oakland Stakes at Golden Gate Fields for train Cliff Delima.


Marino Marini's Go for Cal Cup Sprint and Cal Cup Oaks

Arcadia, CA (January 19, 2015)-Marino Marini progeny try for the California Cup Sprint S. and California Cup Oaks.

In the six furlong $150,000 Donald Valpredo California Cup Sprint Stakes is Marino’s Wild Cat by Marino Marini, out of the Dayjur mare Faxene. He was bred by Roy Guinnane, is owned by GCCI and is trained by Clifford DeLima. He has five wins in 11 starts, earnings of $172,410.

Saturday’s one mile turf race is the $200,000 California Cup Oaks. Silver Starlight is running and is by Marino Marini, out of the General Meeting mare Star’s Milennium. She was bred by John and Diane Fradkin, is owned by Neil Haymes, Michael Ryan and Sterling Stables and is trained by Doug O’Neill. She is a maiden making her third start with earnings of $14,560.

Hip Four Sixtynine Runs Down School Spirit to Win the Fremont

by DeltaDowns.com
VINTON, LA. (January 17, 2015)– It took a determined rally in the stretch but J-LU, LLC’s Hip Four Sixtynine ran down pacesetter School Spirit to win Saturday night’s $70,000 Fremont Stakes with jockey Don Simington in the irons. The victory kept Hip Four Sixtynine’s record perfect at Delta Downs with three wins in as many starts.

Hip Four Sixtynine, who is trained by James Hodges, began his one-mile journey in the Fremont by breaking from post position 2 and then taking back to sixth in a field of seven. When the field approached the second of two turns Simington began to call on his mount and he responded with a rally that left only School Spirit ahead of him with a sixteenth of a mile to go. In the final strides he quickly drew clear to win by 3-1/2 lengths with race favorite Bellarmine finishing another 2-3/4 lengths back in third.

Hip Four Sixtynine covered the distance over a fast track in a time of 1:38.95.

Saturday’s tally placed another $42,000 into the bankroll of Hip Four Sixtynine, which now stands at $196,827. Overall he has won five races from 21 starts with three seconds and three thirds also on his resume.

Hip Four Sixtynine is a 5-year-old chestnut horse by Southern Image out of the Mt. Livermore mare Gentle Wave. He was bred in Kentucky by Charles H. Deters.

Sent to the gate at odds of 7-2, Hip Four Sixtynine returned $9.20 to win, $3.60 to place and $2.40 to show. School Spirit was worth $3.80 to place and $2.60 to show. Bellarmine paid $2.10 to show.


Sweet Marini Goes Back-to-Back

CYPRESS, CA (December 20, 2014)-Sweet Marini (f, 4, Marino Marini--Excessing, by In Excess {Ire}), winner of last July's Fleet Treat S. and third in the GIII Rancho Bernardo H., finished fifth three back in a Santa Anita optional claimer Oct. 5 and was a close second in the state-bred Betty Grable S. over the Del Mar synthetic Nov. 9. She set a new track record of 1:01.95 when winning a track-and-trip optional claimer in her last appearance here Dec. 11, and was bet down to heavy 4-5 favoritism to make it two in a row here today.

The gray engaged in a three-horse duel for second through a first quarter in :22.09 before sweeping past rivals to take on the leader. Battling that foe down the lane, Sweet Marini drew away late to score a 1 1/4-length victory over that foe while nearly matching her previous record.

Bred in California by BMWZ Stables she has now won five races and $371,418 for owner Kaleem Shah Inc.
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New Track Record for Sweet Marini

CYPRESS, CA (December 11, 2014)-Sweet Marini (f, 4, Marino Marini--Excessing, by In Excess {Ire}), winner of the Fleet Treat S. for California-breds over the Polytrack at Del Mar last year, closed out her 2013 campaign with a third-place finish in the GIII Rancho Bernardo H. over that same surface. Beaten as the favorite twice at this level during the Del Mar summer meet and once over the dirt at Santa Anita when fifth at even-money Oct. 5, the filly woke up with a half-length runner-up effort behind More Complexity (Square Eddie) traveling seven panels in the restricted Betty Grable S. at Del Mar Nov. 9.

Tabbed as the heavy 4-5 favorite for this cut-back in distance, Sweet Marini broke alertly and pressed Unforgettable U through a quarter-mile in :21.65. Asked for more in mid-stretch, the grey spurted clear to a 3 1/2-length victory over the pacesetter and established a new track-record in the process 1:01 4/5. Lifetime Record: SW & GSP, 11-4-3-1, $332,418. from TDN


U S Ranger will be standing at Rancho San Miguel for the 2015 season

Rancho San Miguel is pleased to announce the addition of the Danzig stallion, U S Ranger, out of the Red Ransom mare, My Annette, to the 2015 roster.

U S Ranger is a proven sire on the race track and in the sales ring. He has sired three Graded SWs: $250,000 Bourbon S. (G3) winner Lawn Ranger, Arlington-Washington Futurity (G3) victor Solitary Ranger, and Australian GSW Get the Nod (G3). His progeny already have lifetime earnings of over 1.1 million with only 2 crops of racing age. In the sales ring his 2014/2013 sales progeny sold for $190,000, $190,000, $180,000, $160,000, $115,000, $103,832, etc. U S Ranger’s 2013 two-year-olds averaged more than 14 times the fee - incl. 2nd highest price for a first-year stallion at the Barretts March sale.

U S Ranger is a multiple stakes winner and multiple graded stakes placed with earnings of $481,775. As a precocious 2-year-old he was undefeated in 3 starts by 13 combined lengths. He was a champion sprinter at 3, setting a stakes record in his 3-year-old debut, in a race previously won by Nureyev, Machiavellian, and Kingmambo. At 4 and 5 U S Ranger was multiple graded stakes placed. He is by a sire of sires and out of a three-quarter sister to Dynaformer. With over 175 foals from the crops of 2013 and 2014 U S Ranger has the pedigree and the progeny to continue his sire line’s success.

U S Ranger is owned by Marsha Naify’s Liberty Road Stables and will stand for $3,000. For more information please contact Clay Murdock at Rancho San Miguel, (805) 467-3847 or claymurdock@gmail.com, or visit www.ranchosanmiguel.net.


Runs and Wins Program for He Be Fire N Ice Breeders

The stunning gray Stakes winner and G2 placed He Be Fire N Ice will enter stud at Rancho San Miguel in 2015. The owners of Fire N Ice are so sure that your foals will succeed at the track they are offering a first of its kind breeding program, “RUN N WIN”. He Be Fire N Ice will stand for $2,500 Live Foal, not due and payable until your foal RUNS N WINS

The hottest, most handsome son of perennial Leading CA Sire Unusual Heat, He Be Fire N Ice ran as a 2 year old, won on the main track and on turf, and was a deadly stretch runner winning at all Southern California tracks. Campaigned by Cicero Farms, He Be Fire N Ice missed breaking his Maiden in a photo (finish) as a 2 year old at Del Mar in July. He returned to Del Mar to break his maiden as a 3 year old going 6 furlongs on the main track. After missing a full year with an injury, He Be Fire N Ice returned and reeled off a four race turf winning streak, climaxing with his return to Del Mar to win the California Dreamin’ Stakes by closing on Rock Me Baby. He followed that with a furious stretch drive from the half mile pole leading to a 2nd place in the G2 Del Mar Mile (missing the track record by 1/10th of a second). In a case of déjà vu, his stretch rally fell just short of winning the G2 City of Hope Mile a month later while earning a 2¾ Ragozin number and missing Wise Dan’s track record by a nose, or .09 seconds. Not only did that Rag number make him the fastest Unusual Heat ever, those results earned him the points to run against Wise Dan in the 2013 Breeder’s Cup Mile where he earned the 4th best Ragozin in that race.

If you want foals that will run early, run world-class fast, and do it on any surface with the heart of a champion, breed to He Be Fire N Ice this season. With a qualified mare, RUN N WIN breeders do not pay a stud fee until your foal RUNS N WINS! Wishing you all the best at the races!

He Be Fire N Ice Retires to Rancho San Miguel

SAN MIGUEL, CA (November 6, 2014)-He Be Fire N Ice, a stakes winner and twice grade II-placed, will enter stud at Rancho San Miguel near San Luis Obispo, Calif., in 2015 for an advertised fee of $2,500.

The striking gray 6-year-old son of perennial leading California sire Unusual Heat won last year's California Dreamin' Handicap at Del Mar and followed that with runner-up showings in the Del Mar Mile Handicap (gr. IIT) and the City of Hope Mile (gr. IIT) at Santa Anita Park. On the strength of those turf efforts, He Be Fire N Ice earned a start in the Breeders' Cup Mile (gr. IT) at Santa Anita, finishing eighth.

Bred in California by St. George's Farm out of the Deputy Commander mare Deputy Tombe, He Be Fire N Ice was campaigned by Cicero Farms. He won five of 16 career starts and earned $332,580.

Under a promotional stallion deal, He Be Fire N Ice breeders will not pay a stud fee until after their foal runs and wins.

Grade One Winner Street Hero to Rancho San Miguel

November 4, 2014-Rancho San Miguel would like to welcome Street Hero, a 2-year-old G1 stakes winner by Street Cry (IRE) out of the Summer Squall mare Squall Linda, for the 2015 breeding season.

Street Hero was on the board in 5 out of 6 starts as a 2-year-old, winning the Norflok Stakes (G1), 3rd in the Bessemer Trust Breeders’ Cup Juvenile (G1), and 3rd in the Del Mar Futurity (G1).

Street Hero has sired six 1st crop stakes horses, 3 stakes winners, including G1 winner Azarenka, Gabriel Charles-G2, and Street Girl. Street Girl is also multiple graded stakes placed with a 2nd in the Humana Distaff S. - G1 in May of 2014 and a 3rd in the Cotillion S. - G1, Saturday she finished 2nd in the Grade II Chilukki Stakes at Churchill Downs with (lifetime earnings of over $445,000). Street Hero also sired California bred multiple winner, Stylish In Black (2014 earnings of $91,200).

With lifetime progeny earnings of over $2.5 million Rancho San Miguel is very excited to have the opportunity to stand Street Hero. For further information or to book your mare please contact Clay Murdock at Rancho San Miguel, (805) 467-3847.

Typhoon Slew and Northern Causeway Join Rancho San Miguel Stud Roster

October 30, 2014-Graded stakes winner Northern Causeway a son of Giant's Causeway has joined the stallion barn at Rancho San Miguel for the 2015 season. Northern Causeway is out of a half-sister to leading sires City Zip and Ghostzapper and will stand for $2,500.

Typhoon Slew has also been added to the Rancho San Miguel stallion roster for 2015. This son of Stormy Atlantic broke his maiden by over ten lengths in his second start as a two-year-old and then went on to finish third in the Grade 3 With Anticipation Stakes at Saratoga. From the black type family of Slew's Tiznow and Slew's Tizzy he will stand for a fee of $1,000.

Winning Image Wire to Wire

Winning Image (Southern Image) went right to the front under 63-year-old rider Tony Black and never looked back, scoring a half-length victory in the $75,000 Cornucopia Stakes for filly and mare sprinters.

The Cornucopia was the 14th career victory for Winning Image, a 7-year-old trained by Michael Aro. Winning Image also won the Cornucopia in 2011. She has now earned $728,737.

Winning Image, owned by Martin Scafidi, covered the six furlongs over a sloppy track in 1:10.12 and paid $12.40 as fourth choice in the seven-horse field.

Winning Image held off Munnings Sister, who chased her from the second the entire race. Lady Sabelia finished third, 1 3/4 lengths behind Munnings Sister. Geeky Gorgeous, the 9-5 favorite, finished fourth. Hallie Brooks broke in a tangle, fell far behind the field, and then finished with interest for fifth.

Marino's Wild Cat Cruises in Harris Farms Stakes

By Chuck Dybdal
FRESNO, CA (October 5, 2014)-Marino’s Wild Cat had the best speed and used that to full advantage in scoring his first stakes victory in the $100,250 Harris Farm Stakes on Sunday at the Big Fresno Fair.

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Even-money favorite Ain’t No Other broke sharply and immediately when to the lead in the six-furlong race for California-breds, but Marino’s Wild Cat ($7.80), making only his second stakes start, quickly pushed past him to hold a one-half length lead through a 22.86-second opening quarter.

As Silvio Amador sat completely still, Marino’s Wild Cat picked up the pace with a 21.91 second quarter, maintaining his one-half length advantage at the quarter pole.

But as the field of five turned into the stretch, Marino’s Wild Cat kept going as Ain’t No other began to fade and no other runner could muster a rally. He continued on for a 5 3/4-length (win over longshot A Toast to You, covering six furlongs in 1:08.61. Spirit Rules was another 1 1/4 lengths back in third.

Amador, who won three straight on the 5-year-old Marino’s Wild Cat earlier this year, won the first $100,000 stakes of his career.

Owned and bred by Roy Guinnane, who races under the name GCCI, Marino’s Wild Cat earned $60,050 to increase his career earnings to $157,410.

Cliff Delima is the trainer.


Marino's Wild Cat Gets Allowance Win for His Fourth-in-a-Row

PLEASANTON, CA (July 6, 2014)-Marino Marini son Marino's Wild Cat picked up a Oak Tree at Pleasanton allowance win to make it four-in-a-row with a daylight three and three-quarter length victory in 1:08.55.

Marino's Wild Cat has now won four races from six starts and also has one second, bringing his total earnings to $90,680.

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The winners purse was a hefty $28,910 for this Cal-bred five-year-old. He is from the winning Dayjur broodmare Faxene, he was bred by Roy Guinnane and is trained by Clifford DeLima for owner G C C I.


Big Swag a Debut Winner for The Pamplemousse

ARCADIA, CA (May 30, 2014)-Freshman sire The Pamplemousse's first starter Big Swag is a $56,000 maiden allowance daylight winner at Santa Anita.

Big Swag is out of the Boundary broodmare Border Fire a multiple stakes placed winner of $296,703. The juvenile broke alertly and was pressed along by the favorite until the head of the stretch when the gray gelding drew off by daylight and scored by three and a quarter lengths in 52.23.

Bred in California by Hayes and Hayes this juvenile had a solid worktab for his debut, including a bullet 35 and 3 move from the gate, for trainer Dan Hendricks and owners Hayes, Higman, McGuire, et al. He picked up the Cal-bred/sired bonus of $17,500 and the $33,600 winners share of the purse.

“He showed more than he did in the morning,” Hendricks said. “There was an extra gear, extra speed and finish.”

The Pamplemousse stands for $2,500 at Rancho San Miguel in San Miguel. By Kafwain, The Pamplemousse, 8, won 3 of 5 starts and earned $208,280 in an injury-plagued career in 2008 and 2009. He won two Grade 3 stakes in early 2009 at Santa Anita – the San Rafael and Sham stakes. The Pamplemousse entered stud in 2011.


Winning Image Continues Her Winning Ways In Primonetta Stakes

From Pimlico.com
BALTIMORE, MD (April 19, 2014)-Out quick under Tony Black, Martin Scafidi’s Winning Image maintained the lead from the gate to finish line and won the $100,000 Primonetta Stakes, the second of four stakes races at Pimlico Race Course this afternoon.

The Michael Aro trainee, a daughter of Southern Image, was winning her second straight stakes in Maryland after capturing the What A Summer Stakes at Laurel Park in January, her most recent start.

“I watched some earlier races and it didn’t look like the rail was going to be good spot to be in,” said Black, who ranks 23rd on the all-time North America win list with 5,206 career victories. “She broke so well I just committed her to the lead while remaining three or four off the rail. The eight (She’s Ordained) was pressing us pretty good but my filly is the kind that doesn’t get aggressive and try running out with you. She was very comfortable. I turned for home, I stayed right where I wanted to be off the rail. If I gave them a passing lane they would have to come down the rail where it is a little deeper. Once she kicked clear I felt very confident. She’s a very talented horse. A fun ride for a 62-year-old.”

Winning Image completed the 6-furlong distance in 1:12.16 and won by three-quarters of a length, while paying $9.40. Do Somethin rallied to take second beating Red’s Round Table, who loomed a threat, by a head. She’s Ordained finished fourth.

“She’s named right, right? Aro said. “I was a little concerned about the layoff but she ran great again. I was hoping she would because we’ve had to go through two quarantines and with all that bad weather she still did a great job today. When Tony Black says this is one of the best horses he has ridden since the 80’s, that’s really telling you something. He just keeps going.”

The win was the ninth stakes victory for the 7-year-old, which included a run of four straight stakes from December 2012 to July 2013, and improved her career earnings to $650,137.


The Pamplemousse Colt Brings $105,000 at Barretts

POMONA, CA (March 3, 2014)-The Pamplemousse colt hip number 135 fetched $105,000 from the consignment of Wavertree Stables, Inc. (Ciaran Dunne), he was purchased by Laurence F. Leavy. Hip 135 is from the first crop of The Pamplemousse.

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After previewing in .10 seconds the gray or roan became the highest selling California sired colt in the sale. The Pamplemousse colt was bred and raised at Rancho San Miguel and is out of the Storm Cat broodmare Hurricane Alert. Hurricane Alert is the dam of stakes winner Golden Hurricane and is from the immediate family of multiple grade one winning millionaire Fly Till Dawn.

The Pamplemousse started off the 2014 juvenile sales year with a six figure two-year-old; after having his yearlings average over $53,000 last fall.

The Pamplemousse was a multiple graded stakes winner at Santa Anita and is standing in 2014 for $2,500.


Weewinnin Posts Cal Cup Turf Win

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By Jack Shinar BloodHorse.com
ARCADIA, CA (January 25, 2014)-Weewinnin, emerging at the rail in the stretch, ran away from his rivals to win the $250,000 California Cup Turf Classic at 21-1 odds by 2 1/4 lengths at Santa Anita Park Jan. 25.

Trained by Brian Koriner for a racing partnership that includes E-Racing.Com, Jill Gray, Dr. William T. Gray, and Janet Lyons, Weewinnin was making just his second start in the past year. The 4-year-old Comic Strip gelding tuned up for this with a runner-up effort in a first-level allowance Dec. 21, a six-furlong turf sprint at Betfair Hollywood Park Dec. 21. He had been working well over Hollywood's Cushion Track since then.

The Grays bred the winner, who is out of the Roman Dancer mare Honoree Lady.

Ridden by Joe Talamo, Weewinnin was timed in 1:46 flat for 1 1/8 miles on firm turf while paying $44.80, $22, and $10.40 across the board. Stoney Fleece rallied for second with Victor Espinoza aboard, paying $11.40 and $6.40 and completing a $530 exacta. Jules Journey and Gary Stevens were third, paying $4.20. Summer Hit, the 6-5 favorite, gave way after setting a lively pace (:23.45, :46.88, 1:07.62) and finished ninth.

Weewinnin was in stalking position while racing third or fourth for Talamo before taking command under left-handed urging in the lane.

Purchased following a debut maiden claiming win at Golden Gate Fields in June 2012, he won for the third time in just six starts while extending his earnings to $294,380. He captured the King Glorious Stakes for state-breds in December 2012 at Hollywood.


Winning Image Shines In What A Summer Stakes

LAUREL, MD. 01-25-14---Martin Scafidi’s Winning Image showed initiative and showed the way in the $100,000 What A Summer Stakes, the last of four stakes races Saturday afternoon at Laurel Park.

Away alertly under Tony Black for trainer Michael Aro, Winning Image battled post time favorite She’s Ordained into defeat and completed the six-furlong distance in 1:10.37 to win by 1-3/4 lengths.

“She had some early pressure but she’s used to it,” said Black, who ranks 23rd on the all-time North America win list with 5,205 career victories. “She broke a little awkward. She broke in on the six (Vicki’s Dancer) and the eight (Crespano) stumbled out of the gate. I was able to get her back into position. She has natural speed. She’s as quick as some of the better horses I have ridden like Dave’s Friend and My Juliet.”

The win was the eighth stakes victory for the 7-year-old daughter of Southern Image, which included a run of four straight stakes from December 2012 to July 2013.

“We were locked down for two months because of the quarantine at Parx which kept us from running anywhere,” Aro said. All we did was train, train, train. This mare is very fast and that’s always been her style, just go to the front. Jose Caraballo had to ride in Florida so he couldn’t get up here and he recommended giving Tony a shot. He thought with his expert technique on speed horses and being the journeyman that he is he would get along with her perfectly. Glad I took his advice.”

Marino Marini's Son King Kelly Posts Upset In Turf Feature

ALBANY, CA (January 5, 2014)-King Kelly rallied between horses in the stretch and got up to win the $43,820 turf feature by three-quarters of a length Sunday at Golden Gate Fields.

Receiving a fine ride from veteran jockey Isaias Enriquez, King Kelly edged Pepnic and jockey Alejandro Gomez for the victory while completing a mile on the Lakeside Turf Course in 1:37.36. Dreamy Kid, ridden by Juan Hernandez, finished third, a neck behind Pepnic.

King Kelly, a 7-year-old horse trained by Monty Meier, had finished fourth in his previous two starts and went off at odds of 7-1. King Kelly paid $16.20 after earning his fourth victory in 22 career starts and his first win on turf in six tries.

Owned and bred by the Frankfurt Stable of Lewis Figone, King Kelly collected $27,300 for win. A California-bred son of Marino Marini, King Kelly has banked $169,224 in his 22 trips to the starting gate.

Additionally, on the Golden Gate Fields Sunday card, Power of Ten another son of Marino Marini won a 5.5 furlong Tapeta allowance race by a nose. He now has pushed his earnings to $118,741 from twenty lifetime starts.
From goldengatefields.com

Marino Marini Sires a Debut Maiden Special Winner and a Hollypark Allowance Winner

ALBANY, CA. (December 15, 2013)-Marino Marini's Stole My 'Art won a maiden special weight event in her debut at Golden Gate Fields on Saturday the 14th. Rallying four wide and scoring by three parts of a length this juvenile daughter is out of of Light Fingers and races for her owners/breeders RG Racing Stables & Sergio Ledezma. She picked up $21,060 for the win and the Cal-bred bonus of $10,000 for her connections.

On Sunday at Hollywood Park Marino Marini's four-year-old son Candy's Sunrise picked up his fourth lifetime win by taking a $48,500 allowance race. Now a winner of $128,390 from fifteen starts with four wins, three seconds and four thirds. Bred in California by Dahlberg Farms LLC he is out of Candy Factory and ran the six furlongs over the Hollywood turf course in 1:09.34.

Hip Four Sixtynine Wins Sam’s Town

VINTON, La. (Nov. 23, 2013) – Hip Four Sixtynine, a Kentucky-bred son of California stallion Southern Image, won Saturday’s $75,000 Sam’s Town Stakes for 3-year-olds at Delta Downs.

Hip Four Sixtynine has four wins in 16 starts and earnings of $142,027.

He ran the seven furlongs in 1:24.97 and won by 3 ¾ lengths at odds of 8-1.

Better Bet Takes Rich Golden State Juvenile

ARCADIA, Calif. (Nov. 1, 2013) – Longshot Better Bet who is by Southern Image pulled away around the turn and couldn’t be caught as he won Friday’s $200,000 Golden State Juvenile for 2-year-olds eligible to the Golden State Series on the Breeders’ Cup card at Santa Anita.

Better Bet who is out of the Swiss Yodeler mare Short Sentence, was bred by Revocable Trust of Mikel Harrington and Patricia Harrington, is owned by Mike Harrington Trustee, is trained by Mike Harrington and was ridden by Martin Pedroza.

“I knew Martin (Pedroza) fits this horse to a tee,” said Mike Harrington. “He needed a Pedroza. I’m not sure it was that important to get in front today because the horse is tactical. In fact, he loves to lay off horses, but his last race he had no shot. It just set up good for him today. He’s a better horse than the way he’s been running. Like all horse races, things just had to turn out right. Fortunately, in a $200,000 race, things turned out right.”

Better Bet has two wins in nine starts, earnings of $190,130 and was coming off a seventh in the Sept. 28 FrontRunner.

Better Bet ran the mile in 1:37.53 and won by a neck at odds of 47-1. Electric Eddie was second and favored Tamarando was third in the field of nine.

“I watched the tape of his last race when (Alberto) Delgado rode him and I could see he got forced out really wide on the first turn,” said Pedroza. “He was out toward the middle of the racetrack and you could see that he didn’t run that bad. Today, I wanted to get him into the race and we were able to save ground pretty good into the first turn. When I asked him, he gave me everything he had.”

McCann’s Mojave Dies of Colic

From Paulick Report
October 12, 2013-McCann’s Mojave, a multiple graded stakes winner of more than $1.5 million, was euthanized due to colic at 11:45 a.m in Apple Valley, Calif., Friday morning, said Santa Anita Publicity Director Mike Willman, owner of the California-bred son of Memo, who stood at Rancho San Miguel in San Miguel, CA. Willman also bred McCann’s Mojave, along with Nikki Hunt.

An eight-time stakes winner, McCann’s Mojave’s signature victory came in the $1 million Sunshine Millions Classic at Gulfstream Park in 2007. Steve Specht was the trainer.

A bay horse by the Chilean-bred stakes winner Memo-out of the multiple stakes winning Nordic Prince mare Joni U. Bar, McCann’s Mojave earned $1,513,565 with 12 wins from 35 lifetime races, an average of $43,245 per start. He from six furlongs to a mile and an eighth.

Coincidentally, McCann Mojave’s most recent winner came 5 ½ hours after his death, in yesterday’s ninth race at Santa Anita when Charlie Time, a 2-year-old filly owned and bred by Howard and Janet Siegel, trained by Eddie Truman and ridden by Martin Pedroza, won a $30,000 maiden claiming event by 3 ½ lengths at 5-1, leading throughout the 5 ½ furlong dash.

“He’s produced sound horses with good bone,” Truman said of McCann’s Mojave. “The Siegels bred to him perhaps more than any other breeders. They’ve been in this business for more than 30 years and are big supporters of California racing.”

Another progeny of McCann’s Mojave, Eddie’s Turn, also owned in part by the Siegels and trained by Truman, is entered in today’s 10th race at Santa Anita.

“It would be nice if the horse could win for Mike,” Truman said.

The Pamplemousse Colt Tops Barretts Sale
By Tracy Gantz

POMONA, CA (October 9, 2013)-A flashy gray colt by The Pamplemousse (Hip 125) impressed trainers and pinhookers at the Barretts Sales & Racing October yearling sale, with Bob Baffert going to $160,000 to buy the top-priced offering at the Oct. 8 sale.


The Pamplemousse was one of 12 stallions with yearlings from their first crops in the catalog. Six of the seven horses by the stallion sold, for an average of $62,166. He stood the 2011 season, when yearlings of 2013 were conceived, at Rancho San Miguel in San Miguel, Calif. for $3,500. His 2014 fee has been set at $2,500, the same as 2013.

Baffert bought the sale topper, Hip 125, for Arnold Zetcher, the same combination that topped the sale last year at $150,000 for a son of Bertrando.

"He is a really pretty horse with a great family," said Baffert. "And The Pamplemousse was a good racehorse. Plus he's a California-bred, and we were looking for a Cal-bred."

Baffert said he also remembered the mare, Tizakitty, as a good racehorse. The daughter of Distinctive Cat won the 2005 Kalookan Queen Handicap at Santa Anita Park while trained by Bob Hess Jr. She is also a half sister to Baffert-trained Paynter, who won the 2012 Haskell Invitational Stakes (gr. I), famously returned from a life-threatening illness, and most recently finished second in the Awesome Again Stakes (gr. I) to Mucho Macho Man.

Adrian Gonzelez's Checkmate Thoroughbreds consigned the sale topper as agent.

"He's a lovely colt. They don't make them like that," Gonzalez said. "He didn't stop showing non-stop for four days. He's so well minded. He was like a machine. When I first saw him as a baby on the farm, I thought he could bring that kind of money. And with a freshman sire, you don't expect that. But I think the buyers saw that."

The Pamplemousse won the 2009 Sham Stakes (gr. III) and San Rafael Stakes (gr. III), suffering an injury before that year's Triple Crown events.

Ciaran Dunne, whose consignments do very well at the Barretts 2-year-old sales, was an underbidder on the sale topper and one of several pinhookers buying at the sale.


Dramatic Allan Latest McCann's Mojave Winner

Pomona, CA (September 7, 2013)- Dramatic Allan came through in ‘dramatic’ fashion to secure his maiden win by an easy three lengths at the Barretts Race Meet At Fairplex on September 7th.

Dramatic Allan, a three-year-old from the first crop of McCann's Mojave, is out of the stakes winning broodmare Tialinga, by Cee's Tizzy. He has now earned $21,090 for his owner/breeder Black Diamond Racing LLC.

McCann's Mojave Sires Golden Gate Turf Winner

ALBANY, CA (August 29, 2013)-An App For Abbie, a 3-year-old filly from the first crop of McCann's Mojave, won the 7th race over a mile on the turf at Golden Gate Fields on August 29th. This is the first turf winner for the Grade 2 winner McCann's Mojave.

An App For Abbie rated kindly in second position and won gamely by a half length, bringing her lifetime earnings to $25,945.

Wild Marini Makes Her Debut a Winning One

DEL MAR, CA (August 22, 2013)- Wild Marini a juvenile daughter of Marino Marini broke her maiden in her debut going five and a half furlongs at Del Mar on August 22nd.

A homebred of Rancho San Miguel, this two-year-old filly is out of the stakes producing Once Wild broodmare Bewitch Bewild. Bewitch Bewild was a winner of eleven races and $134,260 and is from the Fred W. Hooper foundation broodmare Susan’s Girl family.

Wild Marini broke fifth in the field of nine fillies and then proceeded to win going away by three and a half lengths.

Sweet Marini Much the Best in Fleet Treat
By Steve Andersen DRF.com

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DEL MAR, Calif. - Sweet Marini (Marino Marini) finally lived up to the potential of her private purchase in 2012 with an easy win in Saturday’s $200,000 Fleet Treat Stakes for 3-year-old California-bred fillies at Del Mar.

Ridden by Martin Garcia, Sweet Marini ($4.60) led throughout, repelling a challenge from 3-5 favorite Doinghardtimeagain on the turn to win by 4 3/4 lengths over 14-1 Qiaona.

Warren’s Veneda, a 15-1 outsider, caught Doinghardtimeagain in the final sixteenth to finish third in the field of five. Doinghardtimeagain finished fourth. She was the subject of massive show bets, attracting $440,895 of the $506,588 bet to show.

As a result, the show payoffs of the race were abnormally nigh. Sweet Marini paid $8.40, Qiaona paid $25.40, and Warren’s Veneda paid $26.60.

Sweet Marini set fractions of 23.03 and 45.75 seconds, leading by a half-length over Doinghardtimeagain. In early stretch, Sweet Marini extended her lead to four lengths as Doinghardtimeagain faded from contention. Sweet Marini ran seven furlongs in 1:22.25.

Doinghardtimeagain was beaten 6 1/2 lengths by Sweet Marini, a loss that stunned jockey Rafael Bejarano.

“I just don’t know what happened with her,” he said. “I’m sitting there with a big hold and we’ve only gone 23 and change and I’m loving it. But then nothing. She just wasn’t herself. I don’t have an answer.”

Sweet Marini, who races for owner Kaleem Shah and trainer Bob Baffert, won her first stakes in the Fleet Treat Stakes.

“We’ve been waiting on her,” Baffert said. “She really likes this surface. She’s a really good filly.”

A winner of 3 of 5 starts and $237,760, Sweet Marini was purchased privately by Shah after she won a maiden race in her debut last November at Santa Anita. There were high expectations that Sweet Marini would be competitive in stakes for California-breds over the winter, but the filly’s campaign was postponed because of illness.

After an eighth in the Evening Jewel Stakes at Santa Anita in March, Sweet Marini raced twice at the Betfair Hollywood Park spring-summer meeting. Sweet Marini was second to Doinghardtimeagain in the Melair Stakes in April, and won an allowance race for California-bred fillies and mares on May 26, her final start before Saturday’s race.


Southern Image Juvenile ‘Better Bet’ Takes Del Mar Maiden Special

DEL MAR, CA (July 21, 2013)- Southern Image juvenile colt Better Bet captured a $76,250 maiden special at Del Mar going the five furlongs in 58.91 (a touch over one second off the track record) by one length.

Bred in California by the Revocable Trust of Dr. Mikel C. Harrington and Patricia O. Harrington, owned by Mike Harrington Trustee; he is out of the winning Swiss Yodeler broodmare Short Sentence.

From five starts Better Bet has a win, one second and one third with earnings of $67,880. As well as his owners will receive the Cal-bred bonus of $17,500.

Winning Image Takes Fourth Stakes in a Row

From the Thoroughbred Daily News-Rarely off the board, solid veteran Winning Image (Southern Image) came into this off three straight stakes victories, most recently by a neck over Vicarious Won in the track-and trip Dashing Beauty S. June 27.

She was let go as the second choice as lightly raced Evening Show--a winner of her last three by a combined 34 lengths--took the bulk of support.

Breaking from the fence, Winning Image seized command to post splits of :21.72 and :44.49. She cut the corner still going strong, and kept on to deny the chalk. Her lifetime record: 23-11-4-4, $525,437.

Betting McCann Can a Juvenile Debut Winner

Garden City, ID (July 6, 2013)-Betting McCann Can, a juvenile son of McCann's Mojave, debuted in the $12,468 Idaho Equine Hospital-Chris Christian Futurity, he stalked the pacesetters and then drew off by four and a quarter lengths.

Betting McCann Can defeated a field of eight juveniles including sons of Tribal Rule, Swiss Yodeler, Decarchy etc.

Bred in California by his owners Mr. & Mrs. Larry D. Williams and trained by Sean Williams, this colt is out of the stakes placed winning Valid Wager broodmare Richest Wager.

Three Stakes Wins In a Row For Winning Image

Wilmington, DE (June 27, 2013)-Winning Image a six-year-old daughter of Southern Image out of the stakes winning Harvest Girl ($278,685), by Apollo earned her 10th victory from 22 starts and increased her bankroll to $465,437 with her latest win in the $50,000 Dashing Beauty Stakes on June 27th at Delaware Park.

Going wire-to-wire and setting a 'hot pace for a half' with a 21.98 opening quarter, a half in 44.96 she scored by a neck and ended up eight in front of the third place filly.

Bred in Kentucky by Dreamfields, Inc. & Don Brady, she races for Martin Scafidi and has won three stakes races in-a-row and only one off the board finish out of her last ten starts.

Sweet Marini Impressive In Win

Inglewood, CA (May 26, 2013)-Sweet Marini  a three-year-old daughter of Marino Marini (out of Excessing, by In
Excess) bred by BMWZ Stables, debuted last November for BMWZ Stables with a 5 1/4-length victory at Santa Anita. For her current connections she finished unplaced in the next outing. She turned in a much-improved effort when second after setting the pace in the Apr. 27 $250,000 Melair S. last out. In the 6.5 furlong allowance race today, as the 1-2 favorite, she had company through an opening quarter in :22.12, but zipped clear leaving the backstretch and had a two-length advantage through a half in :45.14 before reporting home a confident 2-1/2 length winner in 1:16.2. Her lifetime record is now 4-2-1-0, $120,560 for owner Kaleem Shah Inc. and trainer Bob Baffert.

Winning Image Takes My Juliet for Second Time
By Joe DeVivo DRF.com

Equi-Photo Winning Image

Bensalem, PA (May 25, 2013)-Three early scratches left Winning Image as the lone speed in a three-horse field and she proceeded to capitalize on that advantage to capture the $75,000 My Juliet Stakes at Parx Racing for the second straight year on Saturday.

Launching her 6-year-old campaign, Winning Image ($2.60) broke from the rail under Jose Caraballo and went right to the front. She set comfortable fractions of 22.47 and 45.79 seconds, and cruised home 2 1/4 lengths in front of Appealing Stella, who chased in second throughout the six furlongs in 1:11.02. J K L’s Legacy, still eligible for a first-level allowance, was third and last.

A daughter of Southern Image trained by Michael Aro for Martin Scafidi, Winning Image is now 4 for 5 at Parx and 9 for 21 in her career with lifetime earnings of $435,437. In addition to the My Juliet, which was worth $150,000 last year, Winning Image won the Langhorne at Parx and the Willa on the Move at Laurel Park in 2012.

Storm Wolf Gets First California Winner
ALBANY, Calif. (May 12, 2013) – California stallion Storm Wolf was represented by his first California winner Sunday when I’ll Run the Show won the seventh race at Golden Gate.

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I’ll Run the Show is out of the Native Prospector mare Susan Powter, was bred by Liberty Road Stables, is owned by Jon Cannon and trained by Charles Treece. He ran the six furlongs in 1:11.89 and won by 5 ½ furlongs.

Storm Wolf, a graded stakes-winning son of Stormin Fever, stands at Rancho San Miguel.

Really Ima Blonde, is another McCann's Mojave winner from his first crop, (the eighth winner from that crop) on April 27th she scored by three parts of a length. McCann's Mojave has over 42% winners from starters in his first crop.

Sweet Marini by Marino Marini ran a strong 2nd in the $250,000 Melair Stakes at Hollywood on Saturday April 27th in her third lifetime start.

Gregor Refuses To Lose Inaugural Handicap

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April 19, 2013-In the Sun Ray Park opening day's featured event Gregor (Marino Marini), as the 7-to-5 second favorite, outdueled his stablemate and the 9-to-10 favorite Imco Spirit to the wire in the $35,000 Inaugural Handicap.

Gregor, ridden to perfection by Enrique Gomez, raced just a bit off the moderate pace set up front early in thesix and one-half furlong dash by Ultimate Question and Silver Chunkus.

When Gregor loomed up on the outside to make his run for the lead, he was immediately tackled on his outside by Imco Spirit and jockey Alfredo Juarez, Jr.

Gregor, owned by the Solitaire Stables & Kirk and Judy Robison, is a California-bred son of Marino Marini who has won three of his last four starts, and has racked up earnings topping $110,000 in his 20-race career. Gregor returned $4.80 to win on each $2 bet.

edited from: Steve Bortstein For The Daily Times Farmington Daily Times

Jaws n' Paws Continues Her Winning Ways

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April 6, 2013-Jaws n' Paws the six-year-old mare by Onebadshark out of the Sir Cat broodmare Denali Cat, keeps her win streak going by taking the $50,000 Sunland Park Czaria Stakes for her third win in a row.

She ran the six panels in 1:09.21 and she was the even money favorite.

Bred in Kentucky by Jim Atwell & Janet Lyons and owned by Stateside Racing, this multiple stakes winning mare now has earned $306,025 from an outstanding lifetime record of 29 starts, fourteen wins, four seconds and three thirds.

Debut Winner for Comic Strip Sophomore

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Albany, CA (March 23, 2013)-Comic Strip three-year-old son, Valentino Bill, graduates in his debut taking a maiden special by 2 ½ lengths at Golden Gate Fields on March 23rd.

Valentino Bill, out of the $232,270 multiple stakes winning broodmare Pheiffer (by Lyphaness), earned the win for his owner/breeder Billy Hipwell.

He earned $21,060 for the win and also earned his owner the Cal-bred bonus of $10,000.

Jaws n' Paws Repeats in Mesa Handicap
PHOENIX, AZ (March 9, 2013)-E Z Kitty may be the leading lady routing at Turf Paradise these days, but Jaws n’ Paws let it be known Saturday that the distaff sprint division still belongs to her, as the 6-year-old mare dominated the $35,000 Mesa Handicap for the second straight year.

Owned by Stateside Racing and trained by Robertino Diodoro, the daughter of Onebadshark romped by eight lengths in an optional claimer here Feb. 8, her first start in more than seven months. That race apparently served her well.

Under Geovanni Franco on Saturday, she was no match for sizzler Page Springs from the gate but bided her time, sitting a clear second while Page Springs set fast fractions in the 6 1/2-furlong event. Jaws n’ Paws went after that tiring foe turning for home, while Love Makor moved up to challenge as well. Jaws n’ Paws dispatched with Love Makor into the lane and drew clear to win comfortably by 2 1/2 lengths as the 6-5 second choice.

E Z Kitty, the even-money favorite, lagged back and finished well but never really scared the winner, while Love Makor ran third. Page Springs finished fourth in the field of seven.

Jaws n’ Paws, now a perfect 4 for 4 here, ran the distance in 1:17.34 on the muddy (sealed) track and paid $4.60. The winner’s share of $21,266 gave her earnings of $276,026 from 13 wins in 28 starts.

Storm Wolf Colt Fetches $95,000 at Barretts

Storm Wolf was represented by a single colt in the 2013 March Sale of Selected Two-Year-Olds in Training, hip #108 sold to Dennis R. O'Neill for $95,000. This Cal-bred colt was the highest selling juvenile by a California based sire.

Out of the winning In Excess broodmare, Sneaky Annie, he previewed in 10 flat for his 1/8 mile breeze.

Rancho San Miguel: Leading By Example

Besides being one of the leading stallion stations in both California and the nation, Tom and Nancy Clark’s Rancho San Miguel also provides Thoroughbred breeders and owners with the best possible care for their horses on this 250 acre facility that the New York-based couple purchased in April of 2000.(read more)

McCann’s Mojave Sophomore Filly Takes Second in a Row

At Golden Gate Fields on January 25, 2013 Ma Mel, a three-year-old filly by McCann's Mojave out of the Truckee mare, Special Heather, won a one mile $40,000 Starters Allowance going wire-to-wire by 3 and a quarter lengths. Ma Mel was coming off a December 16th win a Golden Gate. She now has 2 wins and one second in 4 starts.

Rancho San Miguel Sired Runners Compete in Sunshine Millions

The Santa Anita race track, this Saturday the 26th, is the site of the 2013 Sunshine Millions. Rancho San Miguel sire’s Marino Marini has a competitor in the $100,000 Valentine’s Dancer Stakes and Comic Strip has a colt in the $300,000 California Breeders’ Champion Stakes.

Miss Becca is by Marino Marini, out of the In Excess mare Excessiveability, was bred by Dennis Connor and Wade Jacobsen, is owned by Rockingham Ranch, Connor and Jacobsen and is trained by Peter Miller. She has five wins in 12 starts, earnings of $166,710 and is coming off a second in a Dec. 28 allowance.

Weewinnin is by Comic Strip, out of the Roman Dancer mare Honoree Lady, was bred by Dr. and Mrs. William Gray, is owned by E-Racingcom or Gray or Lyons et al and is trained by Brian Koriner. He has two wins in three starts, earnings of $125,900 and is coming off a win in the Dec. 16 King Glorious.

First foal born by Slew’s Tiznow

The first foal sired by Slew’s Tiznow was born January 18, 2013 at Rancho San Miguel. The colt is out of the Defy Logic mare Defiant Thought.

First foal by Sierra Sunset!

The first foal sired by Sierra Sunset was born January 10, 2013.

The chestnut filly is the first foal out of the mare Jen’s Court foaled at Paradise Road Ranch in Lathrop California. The filly was bred by George Schmitt.

Sierra Sunset, a son of Bertrando, won the Grade II Rebel Stakes and stands at Rancho San Miguel for a $2,500 fee.

Marino Marini Sophomore Filly Takes Her Third Consecutive

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Lucky Moment, a three-year-old filly by Marino Marini out of the Incinderator broodmare Cicely Alaska, handily scored on January 13th at Golden Gate Fields her third consecutive win.

Rallying from slightly off the pace, in the main track allowance race, the filly won by a length and earned $22,620 for her win.

The sophomore filly now has a record of three wins and three thirds from eight lifetime starts with earnings of $55,788. She races for owners Jim Canaday and Lloyd C. Mason and was bred in California by Lloyd Mason & Carole Mason.

Marino Marini in 2012 was the eighth ranked active sire in California in 2012 with $1.6 million in progeny earnings and currently stands for $2,500.


Comic Strip's Weewinnin Wins $200,000 King Glorious

December 16, 2012-Weewinnin, second-longest shot on the board at 60-1, ended a 4 ½-month layoff with a stunning victory in Sunday’s $200,000 King Glorious Stakes for 2-year-olds eligible for the Golden State Series at Betfair Hollywood Park.

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Weewinnin is by Comic Strip, out of the Roman Dancer mare Honoree Lady, was bred by Dr. and Mrs. William Gray, is owned by the Grays, E-Racing.com, Janet Lyons et al and is trained by Brian Koriner.

He has two wins in three starts, earnings of $135,900 and was making his first start since a fourth in the Aug. 1 Graduation Stakes. His only other win was a $32,000 maiden claimer at Golden Gate in his June 12 debut.

“I think the public was just looking at the Beyers (speed figures published in the Daily Racing Form) and said he just doesn’t belong,” Koriner said of the long odds. “He ran a freaky race when he broke his maiden. When he ran (fourth in the Graduation Stakes Aug. 1) at Del Mar we were a little upset, but he came out of the race with shins. That’s why he didn’t go on.

“We were upset because we paid pretty good money for the horse (after his maiden victory). My owners had me on the line for overpaying—I think we gave $100,000— but we got it all back today. He’s been training great. I’ve been telling the owners we were going to win this. One of the owners wanted to run him in a starter allowance, but I told him he’s been outworking some pretty good older horses and it was worth a chance to run him here.”

Weewinnin ran the seven furlongs in 1:23.54 and won by a neck over supplemental entry Fighting Husar, with Monument third.

Another Black-type Win for Southern Image Racemare

December 15, 2012-Winning Image a five-year-old daughter of Southern Image out of the stakes winning Harvest Girl ($278,685), by Apollo earned her 8th victory from 20 starts and increased her earnings to $390,837 with her win in the $100,000 Willa On the Move Stakes on December 15th.

Bred in Kentucky by Dreamfields, Inc. & Don Brady she races for  Martin Scafidi and has won four black-type races in the last thirteen months.

Winner Number Six for McCann's Mojave

December 16, 2012-Ma Mel, from the first crop of McCann's Mojave, broke her maiden on December 16th at Golden Gate Fields.

In her third start the bay filly, out of stakes winner Special Heather by Truckee, got up in the last jump to improve her record to a win, a second from her three starts; becoming the sixth first crop winner for her sire.

Mighty Marino Makes it Two in a Row

December 15, 2012-The sophomore son of Marino Marini, Mighty Marini, made it two-in-a-row with his handy 1/2 a length at a mile.

Breaking his maiden on November 23rd in a straight maiden race at Golden Gate Fields, he again showed his affinity for the Tapeta surface in his win.

From five lifetime starts, all at Golden Gate Fields, he has two wins, two seconds and a third with earnings of $45,556.

McCann's Mojave Now with Five First Crop Winners

December 15, 2012-Mojave Heat is the fifth winner from the first crop of McCann's Mojave. Mojave Heat scored his maiden win going a mile on the Golden Gate Tapeta surface by a length and three parts. Bred in California by his owners Carl Breton & Kim Breton.

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Two Maiden Special Winners for Marino Marini

November 5, 2012- Sweet Marini a juvenile filly by Marino Marini dominated her maiden special event at Santa Anita on November 4th. Winning at first asking, this filly went on to win by 5 ¼ lengths in 1:09.47 earning a lofty 93 Beyer rating. She is out of the In Excess broodmare Excessing and earned $36,660 for her owner/breeder B. M. W. Z. Stable.

Marino's Wild Cat (below) a sophomore gelding by Marino Marini also dominated his maiden special event at Golden Gate Fields on November 3rd scoring by 3 ¼ lengths. The first foal from the winning Dayjur broodmare Faxene, this three-year-old now has earned $26,130 in three lifetime starts for his owner G C C I and was bred by Roy Guinnane.

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Marino Marini currently is the 14th ranked sire in California with $1.4 million in progeny earnings and he has two stakes winners in 2012.

Ranch San Miguel's Marino Marini Sends out Cal Cup Performers

ARCADIA, CA (October 10, 2012)-In the $100,000 John Deere Cal Cup Distaff first division is Miss Becca (Marino Marini) who is out of the In Excess mare Excessiveability, was bred by owners Dennis Connor and Wade Jacobsen and trained by Peter Eurton. She has four wins in nine starts, earnings of $124,990 and is coming off a win in an Aug. 23 optional claimer. Also entered is Bleach Blonde who is by Marino Marini, out of the Beau Genius mare Pundit, was bred by owner Brett Mason and trained by Lloyd Mason. She has seven wins in 37 starts, earnings of $304,728 and is coming off a third in the Sept. 22 Harvest Stakes.

In the $100,000 John Deere Distaff second division is Fabulous Fit (Marino Marini), who is out of the Fighting Fit mare Fitting, was bred by owners Kathleen Ducasse and trainer James Cassidy. She is coming off a maiden win in her second start with earnings of $42,350.

In the $100,000 Donald Valpredo Cal Cup Sprint is Shudacudawudya (Marino Marini), who is out of the Cutlass Reality mare Sunny Miss, was bred by owner Brett Mason and trained by Lloyd Mason. He has nine wins in 18 starts, earnings of $314,629 and is coming off a Sept. 3 allowance win.

Real Mojave Green Keeps on Winning!

Real Mojave Green, from the first crop of McCann's Mojave, has won another race his fourth win to go along with three seconds and three thirds. The win machine is out of the Real Quiet broodmare Thequietstorm.

Southern Speed Wins G2 Makybe Diva

FLEMINGTON, Australia (Sept. 9, 2012) – Southern Speed, an Australian-bred daughter of California stallion Southern Image, won Saturday’s $321,188 Group II Makybe Diva Stakes at Flemington.

Southern Speed has seven wins in 22 starts and earnings of $2,791,459. She ran the 1,600 meters in 1:37.84 on a good turf course and won by a nose.

Go Mojave Go Fourth Winner for McCann's Mojave

Go Mojave Go became McCann's Mojave's fourth winner with his first out score in a Golden Gate Fields maiden allowance race on September 8th.

Go Mojave Go is out of Go Jaylo (Bertrando) and got the win by three parts of a length for his owner/breeder Mr. and Mrs. Larry D. Williams.

Vassar Photo

Emmagointofastforu became McCann's Mojave's third juvenile winner of the year. Never finishing worse than fourth in her four lifetime starts (with two seconds and a third) the filly rallied on the outside to get up by a head. Emmagointofastforu is out of the inning Beau Genius broodmare Pundit.

McCann's Mojave's 'Real Mojave Green' scores his third victory going 6.5 furlongs!

Shudacudawudya Takes Jess Jackson Hcp.

SANTA ROSA, Calif. (Aug. 6, 2012) – Shudacudawudya passed the field through the stretch with a bold rally to win Sunday’s $66,850 Jess Jackson Owners’ Handicap at Santa Rosa.

Shudacudawudya is by Marino Marini, out of the Cutlass Reality mare Sunny Miss, was bred by owner Brett Mason and is trained by Lloyd Mason.

He has eight wins in 17 starts, earnings of $287,869 and was coming off a third in the July 4 Sam J. Whiting Memorial. He ran the five furlongs on turf in :58.04 and won by a neck over favored Cal-bred Ain’t No Other.

Starlight Magic Wins Fleet Treat

DEL MAR, Calif. (July 28, 2012) – California Cup Juvenile Fillies champion Starlight Magic rallied gamely in the stretch to win Saturday’s $200,000 Fleet Treat Stakes for 3-year-old fillies eligible to the Golden State Series at Del Mar.

Starlight Magic is by Marino Marini, out of the General Meeting mare Star’s Millennium, was bred by John and Diane Fradkin, is owned by Cory Wagner and is trained by Mark Glatt.

She has four wins in nine starts, earnings of $322,900 and was coming off a fifth in the June 23 American Oaks. She ran the seven furlongs in 1:23.57 and won by one-half length at odds of 3-1.

“The Torrey Pines ($100,000, Sunday, September 2) makes the most sense I think,” Glatt said of Starlight Magic’s next assignment. “We’ll see how it looks.

“I was really confident. In the Hollywood Oaks she ran back 16 days after (her previous start) and it was a tough race. Obviously it was an easier race today and she had five weeks between races. That seems to be the key for her.”

McCann’s Mojave Gets First NA Winner

SANTA ROSA, Calif. (July 25, 2012) – California freshman sire McCann's Mojave's was represented by his first North American winner Wednesday when Biltmore Boogie won the sixth race at Santa Rosa, a maiden claimer for 2-year-olds.

Biltmore Boogie is out of the Ghazi mare Ghazi’s Lass and was bred by owner and trainer Steve Specht.

He ran the five furlongs in :58.92 and won by a neck at odds of 2-1.

McCann's Mojave's 2-year-old colt, REAL MOJAVE GREEN, wins his second race in a row, taking a first condition allowance by six lengths at Hipodromo de las Americas, on June 15. REAL MOJAVE GREEN broke alertly, settled nicely, circled four-wide and drew off to easily defeat seven rivals going five furlongs.

From the TDN

STARLIGHT MAGIC (Marino Marini out of Star's Millennium {SP, $160,745}, by General Meeting), a winner of the Cal Cup Juvenile Fillies S. last October, was second in the March 31st Evening Jewel S. at Santa Anita and third last time in the nine-furlong Melair S. here Apr. 28. Backed down to 6-5, the grey bided her time, ranged up four wide at the head of the lane and out-kicked Las Sting (Scorpion) with an impressive burst of speed to score by 1 3/4 lengths. Sales history: $75,000 2yo ‘11 BESMAY. Lifetime Record: SW, 7-3-1-1, $209,900. Owned by Cory Wagner, bred by John & Diane Fradkin (CA) and trained by Mark Glatt.

Winning Image prevails in hard-fought My Juliet
By Joe DeVivo DRF.com

Bensalem, PA (May 26, 2012)-Sent off as the fourth choice in a field of five fillies and mares, the 5-year-old daughter of Southern Image, Winning Image ($12.20) broke fastest of all from the rail under Jose Caraballo and despite ducking in slightly leaving the chute, forged a two-length advantage in the opening quarter-mile, run in 22.15 seconds, of the six-furlong My Juliet.

Barbara Weidl/EQUI-PHOTO

Nicole H, the narrow favorite at 8-5, appeared poised to put away the pacesetter when she moved to within a head of Winning Image after a half-mile in 44.49.

In midstretch, 9-5 second choice C Cs Pal surged along the rail and Derwins Star, the 7-2 third choice, threatened on the outside. The four horses were nearly on even terms in deep stretch before Winning Image dug down and drew clear to prevail by three-quarters of a length, completing the distance in 1:09.46.

In a three-way photo for second, C Cs Pal nosed out Derwins Star, who in turn was a nose in front of Nicole H.

It was the second straight stakes win for Winning Image, a daughter of Southern Image trained by Michael Aro for owner Martin Scaridi. She was making her first start since leading wire to wire in the 6 1/2-furlong Langhorne on March 27.

The win, her seventh in 15 lifetime starts, also enabled Winning Image to turn the tables on Nicole H, who beat her by a neck on New Years Day in the Interborough at Aqueduct. The $90,000 winners share of the purse raised Winning Images bankroll to $273,005.

JAWS n' PAWS Takes Second Black Type Event by 9 1/4 lengths

Jaws n’ Paws, a 5-year-old mare, by Onebadshark out of Denali Cat won the Princess of Palms Handicap on April 14th winning her second consecutive black type event. Sent off as the second choice Jaws n' Paws 'moved to the front from along the inside entering the turn, showed the way to the lane and drew off while being hand urged to the final yards' scoring by 9 1/4 lengths. The mare now has a lifetime record of 24 starts, ten wins, 3 seconds and three thirds with earnings of $226,920.

Winning Image Takes $75,000 Langhorne S. at Parx on March 27, 2012

Winning Image a five-year-old daughter of Southern Image out of the stakes winning Harvest Girl (SW, $275,325), by Apollo, registered her first career black-type win in the Cornucopia S. going six panels here at Parx Nov. 24--an effort that earned her a 101 BRIS fig--and she just missed doubling up when a neck back of the classy Nicole H. (Mr. Greeley) in the Interborough S. at Aqueduct on New Year's Day. She was much less of a threat to that foe next out, finishing nearly 17 lengths adrift in the Correction S. at the Big A Feb. 4, but after a brief freshening was firing bullets coming into this. The fleetest from flagfall, she sprinted out to lead through uncontested splits of :22 3/5 and :45 2/5, turned back a challenge from High Quality two furlongs out and found the wire in advance of the closing Island Bound. Owner-Martin Scafidi; Breeder-Dreamfields Inc & Don Brady (KY); Trainer-Michael Charles Aro; Jockey-Jose C Caraballo. Lifetime Record: 14-6-2-3, $183,005. from the Thoroughbred Daily News

First Stakes winner for Onebadshark

Jaws n’ Paws, a 5-year-old mare, by Onebadshark out of Denali Cat won the Mesa Handicap at Turf Paradise on Saturday March 10, 2012. Jaws n’ Paws won by 4 ½ lengths going 6 ½ furlong on the dirt. Jaws n’ Paws, won 4 of her last 5 starts, running at Santa Anita, Hollywood Park and Turf Paradise, increasing her earnings to $205,220. She has 9 career wins and is 7 of 10 lifetime running on dirt.

Calibrachoa Holds Off Caleb’s Posse in Tom Fool

by Patrick Reed ThoroughredTimes.com
March 3, 2012-Aqueduct mainstay Calibrachoa (by Southern Image) took the lead in early stretch and held off a late charge from Breeders’ Cup Dirt Mile (G1) winner Caleb’s Posse to win Saturday’s $200,000 Tom Fool Handicap (G3).

Adam Mooshian/NYRA photo

Calibrachoa’s win in the Tom Fool followed his 2½-length score in the Toboggan Stakes (G3) on February 12, and gave the five-year-old Southern Image horse a repeat of the same back-to-back stakes-winning sequence he accomplished last year.

Ridden by Cornelio Velasquez, Calibrachoa tracked in third behind Royal Currier and Emcee through an opening half-mile in :44.92, with Caleb’s Posse customarily last in the six-horse field through the far turn.

Calibrachoa rushed to the front and began to outdistance Royal Currier with a half-furlong remaining, while Caleb’s Posse swung five wide and began to devour ground in a move reminiscent of his powerful wins in the Amsterdam Stakes (G2) and King’s Bishop Stakes (G1) at Saratoga Race Course last summer and in the Breeders’ Cup Dirt Mile at Churchill Downs.

Caleb’s Posse came up a neck short on Saturday in a race that had to please his connections considering that the Posse colt was making his first start since his Breeders’ Cup win and is at his best going seven furlongs to a mile.

Calibrachoa, in the meantime, continued his Aqueduct mastery as the 3.70-to-1 third betting choice, covering six furlongs in a nifty 1:09.07.

“That was very exciting,” winning trainer Todd Pletcher said. “I was getting very nervous when Caleb’s Posse was making his move, because we’ve seen that before. So we were happy to see the wire when we did.

“Calibrachoa’s been a great horse for us. He’s awfully consistent, loves the inner dirt track and is a real cool horse to be around. He’s got a lot of character, and a lot of heart.”

Emcee, the 6-to-5 favorite, also ran well through the stretch to finish third, three-quarters of a length behind Caleb’s Posse. Grade 1 winner Capt. Candyman Can finished fourth.

Calibrachoa now sports a record of five wins in as many starts on Aqueduct’s inner dirt track, and is seven for eight overall at the Queens, New York, racetrack. He has truly come into his own since being claimed by owner Mike Repole and Pletcher in November 2010 and his overall record stands at ten wins in 20 starts with three seconds and four thirds and earnings of $666,040.

Repole and Pletcher both said following the race that Calibrachoa will point to the seven-furlong Carter Handicap (G1) on April 7, where he will likely face Caleb’s Posse again.

“He’s just a nice horse,” Repole said. “He’s won this race back-to-back now, and the Toboggan back-to-back, which is cool. He doesn’t have the big name, but I think that this is Calibrachoa’s year. I think he’s going to be one of the best sprinters in the country this year.”

Calibrachoa Repeats in Toboggan

By Jason Shandler BloodHorse.com
February 4, 2012-Mike Repole’s Calibrachoa (by Southern Image) made it a perfect 4-for-4 over the Aqueduct inner track, as he ran down longshot Diski Dance at the top of the stretch to win the $150,000 Toboggan (gr. III) for the second consecutive year on Feb. 4.

Calibrachoa Coglianese Photos

Sent off as part of a heavily-favored coupled entry for Repole and trainer Todd Pletcher, 5-year-old Calibrachoa scored by 2 1/4 lengths in a final time of 1:09.47 for his fourth grade III victory—all of them at Aqueduct. The son of Southern Image was ridden by Cornelio Velasquez.

Pletcher claimed Calibrachoa for $40,000 in November 2010, and he has won five times since then in addition to being grade I placed twice. One of those was in the 2011 Toboggan, where he won by a half-length as the 2-5 choice.

He was bred in Kentucky by N. B. Hunt and is out of the Montbrook mare Fort Lauderdale.

Sent off at odds of 3-5, Calibrachoa followed pacesetter Diski Dance through fractions of :23.35 and :46.07. Diski Dance, a 19-1 longshot riddern by Angel Arroyo, still led narrowly coming off the turn but was methodically run down by Calibrachoa, who took over approaching the eighth-pole and spurted away.

Diski Dance did well to hold second, three parts of a length in front of Calibrachoa’s stablemate Caixa Eletronica. Candyman E closed to grab fourth.

“First jump out of the gate, he stumbled, but he stayed in the race," Velasquez said. "I stayed right there in second easy, and waited until the last three-sixteenths. I asked him, and he passed. I had a lot of horse. He was the best horse in the race.”

Calibrachoa improved to 9-3-4 from 19 starts and upped his earnings to $546,040.

“We’ll look at the Tom Fool (Handicap, gr. III, March 3)," Pletcher said. "He’s so good at Aqueduct we have to look at it.”

Shudacudawudya in Time at Albany

Shudacudawudya Vassar Photo

ALBANY, Calif. (Jan. 28, 2012) – Shudacudawudya rallied in deep stretch to beat fellow California-bred Live Sundays and win Saturday’s $50,000 Albany Stakes at Golden Gate.

Shudacudawudya is by Marino Marini, out of the Cutlass Reality mare Sunny Miss, was bred by owner Brett Mason and is trained by Lloyd Mason.

He has seven wins in 13 starts, earnings of $221,356 and was coming off a Nov. 19 allowance win. He ran the six furlongs in 1:09.04 and won by a neck as the 6-5 favorite.

Also at Golden Gate Fields on Saturday the 28th, Marine Fog another Cal-bred son of Marino Marini (out of Queen Tyree by Huckster) took an allowance race in 1:09.73 by half a length for owner/breeder Linda Vetter. Finishing second was Jaylo Marino also by Marino Marini, this five-year-old has earned over $160,000.

Marine Fog now has earned $84,345 from a record of five wins, four seconds and two thirds in 19 lifetime starts.

First foal by The Pamplemousse arrives at Rancho San Miguel

The first foal by The Pamplemousse, by Kafwain out of Comfort Zone was born on January 11, 2012 at Rancho San Miguel. The filly is out of the black type placed winner Broke the Slump ($222,490), by Slewpy, owned and bred by Rancho San Miguel.

Big Week for Southern Image Offspring

The week of November 22, 2011 to November 27, 2011 Southern Image had 8 winners and 5 placed runners internationally, logging another stakes winner with Winning Image.

On Nov. 25, 2011 Winning Image, a Kentucky-bred daughter of California stallion Southern Image, won Fridays $75,000 Cornucopia Stakes for fillies and mares at Parx Racing.

Winning Image now has five wins in 11 starts and earnings of $123,605 in winning her first stakes race. She ran the six furlongs in 1:08.08 and won by 4 ¼ lengths at odds of 13-1.

In addition Calibrachoa, a multiple graded stakes winner, placed in the $250,000 Cigar Mile H (G1) on Nov. 26, 2011 at Aqueduct Park pushing his earnings to nearly $300,000.

Also, the two-year-old stakes winner, Pink Candy, placed in the $75,000 Blue Mountain S. at Penn National on Nov. 23, 2011. Pink Candy broke her maiden at first asking, winning by 4 lengths. The filly has earned $134,708 and has three wins, one second and three thirds in seven starts.

Southern Image is now the sire of four 2011 stakes winners and is the no.1 ranked stallion on Thoroughbred Times general sire list in California with global earnings of $4,479,911 as of Nov. 29, 2011.

Pink Candy, another stakes winner for Southern Image:

Pink Candy, a two-year-old filly by Southern Image out of Classic Fashion by Sky Classic, won the $75,000 Donna Freyer Stakes at Philadelphia Park (PARX) by 2 3/4 lengths on November 13, 2011. Pink Candy broke her maiden at first asking, winning by 4 lengths. The filly has earned $126,458 and has three wins, one second and two thirds in six starts.

Southern Image, by Halo’s Image out of Pleasant Dixie, by Dixieland Band is a three- time G1 winner from 7 furlongs to 1 1/4 miles. He won six out of his eight starts and earned over $1.8 million.

For more information on Southern Image and to view the race replay:

Southern Image is ranked fifth in California in money earned and he is the no. 2 ranked sire (by a margin of less than $34,000) in California in global earnings with over $4.2 million dollars in 2011.

Calibrachoa keeps perfect record at Aqueduct

Calibrachoa, a four-year-old colt by Southern Image out of the Montbrook mare Fort Lauderdale, captured the win by 2 ¾ lengths and earned a 107 Beyer in the $100,000 Bold Ruler-G3 at Aqueduct on November 6, 2011. This gave him his third Grade 3 win in addition to keeping a perfect record at Aqueduct Park. This was Calibrachoa’s fourth stakes win at Aqueduct, who also won the Tom Fool Handicap (G3) in March, Toboggan Stakes (G3) in January, and the Gravesend Stakes in December in succession following his claim out of a victory in November 2010 at the track. Calibrachoa now has 8 wins, 3 seconds and 3 thirds out of 17 starts with earnings of over $430,000. To read more go to: http://www.thoroughbredtimes.com/stallion-directory/news-story.aspx?xml_id=794104

Southern Image, by Halo’s Image out of Pleasant Dixie, by Dixieland Band is a three- time G1 winner from 7 furlongs to 1 1/4 miles. He won six out of his eight starts and earned over $1.8 million.

For more information on Southern Image and to view the race replay:

Southern Image is ranked fifth in California in money earned and he is the no. 2 ranked sire in California in global earnings with over $4 million dollars in 2011.

Marino Marini filly wins Cal Cup Juvenile Fillies Stakes:

Starlight Magic, by Marino Marini out of Star’s Millennium, by General Meeting impressed in the $100,000 Robert H. Walter California Cup Juvenile Fillies Stakes at Santa Anita on October 29, 2011. Starlight Magic, coming off a $46K Maiden Special Weight win at Santa Anita, beat stakes winner Willa B Awesome by 1 ¾ lengths in the 1 1/16 mile race.

To view a replay go to:

To read more visit: http://ctba.com/100000-robert-h-walter-cal-cup-juvenile-fillies-presented-angels-radio-am-830-starlight-magic

Starlight Magic was purchased for $75,000 in the Barretts May Sale. Of the purchase, trainer Mark Glatt was quoted saying, “I liked the way she worked and I liked her physically and it looked like she would run early.” She has two wins in four starts and earnings of $96,780.

Congratulations to owner Cory Wagner, trainer Mark Glatt and breeders John and Diane Fradkin.

Marino Marini is top-4 California Sire by All Weather earnings in 2011 with combined progeny earnings of $1.49 million. Ten 2011 stakes horses, including Starlight Magic, 2-year-olds Taylor Marini and Tio Vic (2nd and 3rd $100,000 Barretts Juvenile S.) and Marshal Marini (2nd $75,000 Charlie Palmer Futurity at Fresno on Oct. 16).

For more information or to book your mares please contact Clay Murdock at (805) 467-3847 or visit www.ranchosanmiguel.net

Marino Marini Yearling Tops 2nd Session of Barretts Sale!!

Marino Marini yearlings were extremely well received this week at Barretts (Oct. 12, 2011). His filly out of Kiss Me Not, by Deputy Minister topped the second day of the sale when she sold for $70,000. Mike Machowsky, who bought her as agent, was quoted at saying “$750,000 if by Bernardini”.

Marino Marini did not stop there! His filly out of Thermal Ablasion, by Unusual Heat sold for $40,000 and his colt out of Broke the Slump, by Slewpy brought $30,000. All told, the four Marino Marini yearlings that were bred, born, raised and sales prepped at Rancho San Miguel averaged over $37,000 (over 14 times his stud fee).

Every member of the Rancho San Miguel team deserves credit for such an outstanding result including Clay Murdock, Amanda Poore, Kasia Tomaszewicz, Jake Lynch DMV, Jorge Cruz, Dogie Lujan, and Mary Ann Waiton. This professional and experienced staff exhibited great skill and commitment in the breeding, raising and preparation of these yearlings for sale. The team is dedicated to offering the highest quality care for all of the horses on the farm.

On October 16, 2011 the 2-year-old gelding, Mashal Marini by Marino Marini out of Red Hair Lady ran second in the Charlie Palmer Futurity. Marshal Marini broke his maiden his first time out and has been on the board in all four starts. Congratulations to owner Barbara DeLima and trainer Clifford DeLima.

For more information on Rancho San Miguel services or Marino Marini please contact Clay Murdock at (805) 467-3847 or visit www.ranchosanmiguel.net 

Daughter of Southern Image strikes it Big in Australia:

Southern Speed, a four-year-old Australian bred filly out of Golden Eagle (NZ), by Zabeel (NZ) captured the $2,740,360 BMW Caulfield Cup (Aus-G1) on October 15, 2011. The filly stretched out to 1 ½ miles pulling away in the final stretch to win by 1 ½ lengths. Southern Speed took on the colts in a field of 18 horses, and covered the distance in 2:28.44 on the turf.

To watch the race and read more:

Southern Image, by Halo’s Image out of Pleasant Dixie, by Dixieland Band is a three- time G1 winner from 7 furlongs to 1 1/4 miles. He won six out of his eight starts and earned over $1.8 million.

Southern Image is listed at:

Southern Image is ranked fifth in California in money earned and with Southern Speed’s Victory he is the no. 2 ranked sire in California in global earnings with nearly $4 million dollars in 2011. Southern Image is also the sire of 2011 G1-performing, NYRA graded stakes winner Calibrachoa ($371,040, G3 Tom Fool H., G3 Toboggan H., etc.) and Southern Ridge (2nd G3 Philip H. Iselin S.).

To book your mare or for more information on Southern Image please call Clay Murdock at (805) 467-3847. Also, you can visit the Rancho San Miguel website at www.ranchosanmiguel.net.

Slew's Tiznow to stand 2012 season at Rancho San Miguel 11-01-2011

Slew's Tiznow, son of two-time Breeders Cup Classic winner and champion sire Tiznow, out of Hepatica by Slewpy, will stand his first season in 2012 at Rancho San Miguel. Slew?s Tiznow ran second in the Breeders Futurity (G1) going 8.5 furlongs at Keeneland after breaking his maiden in his second start as a two-year-old at Saratoga going 7 furlongs. He proceeded to win the El Cajon Stakes at Del Mar. Then he won the War Chant Stakes at Hollywood Park, setting a new track record going 8.5 furlongs in 1:40.34. Slew?s Tiznow also won a 56k allowance at Santa Anita before running second in the Santana Mile Handicap going 8 furlongs at Santa Anita and then running third in the California Stakes (G2) going 9 furlongs at Hollywood Park. Slew?s Tiznow is also a full brother to multiple graded stakes winner Slew?s Tizzy.

Sierra Sunset to join Rancho San Miguel stallion roster 11-01-2011

The precocious graded stakes winner, Sierra Sunset, will stand his first year at stud at Rancho San Miguel. Sierra Sunset, by Bertrando out of Toot Sweet, by Pirate?s Bounty broke his maiden as a two-year-old in his second start by 5 lengths running 4 ½ furlongs in 51 2/5. He also dominated the Bay Meadows Juvenile Stakes, winning by 8 lengths, then came back and won the California Cup Juvenile Stakes as a two-year-old. Sierra Sunset went on to win the $300,000 Rebel Stakes (G2) at Oaklawn Park coming off a second-place effort in the Southwest (G3) putting him on the Kentucky Derby trail. In addition, he won the Alamedan Handicap with a 101 Beyer. Sierra Sunset won at distances from 4 ½ furlongs to 1 1/16 miles on a variety of different tracks and surfaces.

Marino Marini's Money Lover and Queenie Marini go 1-2 at Del Mar 07-20-2011

Money Lover and Queenie Marini, both by Marino Marini, took first and second respectively at Del Mar opening day, July 20, 2011 in the $65,000 Allowance optional claiming race. Money Lover gained the lead in mid stretch as Queenie Marini closed strong along side her. Rancho San Miguel is the breeder of both Money Lover and Queenie Marini. Both fillies were also born and raised at Rancho San Miguel. Congratulations to Live Your Dreams Racing Stables (owner) and Bob Baffert (trainer) of Money Lover and to Arnold Zetcher (owner) and Bob Baffert (trainer) of Queenie Marini.

Marino Marini entered stud in 2005 at Rancho San Miguel. His progeny have lifetime earnings of over 2.9 million dollars and over $845,000 for 2011.

Maiden Special Weight winner for Sought After 07-10-2011

Chase After, a three-year-old gelding by Sought After, broke his maiden going 1 1/16 miles at Pleasanton on July 10, 2011. He went wire-to-wire in a game effort. Congratulations to owners Joe Daehling, Tom Greger and Jerry Puertas (also trainer).

With limited crop sizes, Sought After has 23 winners; including stakes horse, Control Seeker, with earnings over $172,000, from 33 starters and average earnings per starter of over $25,000.

Daughter of Onebadshark, Jaws n? Paws, breaks $100,000 in earnings 07-01-2011

Onebadshark?s first starter, Jaws n? Paws, a four-year-old filly out of Denali Cat, broke her maiden first time out in an open $45,000 maiden special weight at Santa Anita as a three-year-old. Since then the filly has won 2 more races and placed 2nd on three other occasions, giving her a 3-3-2 record out of 14 starts. Jaws n? Paws broke $100,000 in earnings at Pleasanton on June 26, 2011 when she came in 2nd in a $35,000 allowance race.

Rancho San Miguel is pleased to report that Onebadshark had a 100% conception rate for the 2011 breeding season. All mares covered by Onebadshark conceived on their first cycle bred.

Fourth straight win and third straight stakes win for Calibrachoa, a four-year-old colt by Southern Image 03-05-2011

Calibrachoa, a four-year-old colt by Southern Image, won the $150,000 Tom Fool Handicap-G3 at Aqueduct on March 5, 2011 by 4 and ½ lengths. To see race replay go to http://www.thoroughbredtimes.com/stallion-directory/stallion.aspx?stallion_no=5465164 . This comes after his previous victories in the $100,000 Toboggan Stakes (G3) and the Gravesand Stakes both at Aqueduct. Calibrachoa now has a 7-3-1 record in 13 starts with earnings over $310,000. To read more about Calibrachoa go to: http://www.nyra.com/aqueduct/stories/TomFool.shtml

Southern Image had six stakes horses in 2010 headed by Calibrachoa. The other stakes horses include record-setting stakes winner Southern Fireball, Privilaged (3rd Swale S.- G2), Mallory Square (3rd Florida Oaks-G3), and Southern Ridge (3rd $175,000 Long Branch S., etc). Southern Image was California?s leading second-crop sire in 2010 by money and winners and is currently third on the 2011 general sire list for California and the leading third-crop sire in California. He is also fifth in the nation on the third-crop sire list. He has total progeny earnings of over $2.7 million from both the Northern and Southern Hemisphere.

Graded stakes winner for Southern Image down under 02-21-2011

Southern Image now has graded stakes winners in both the Northern and Southern Hemispheres. The three-year-old Australian-bred filly, Southern Speed, remained undefeated after winning her third start in 2011 in the $200,000 The Mittys Vanity Group III at Flemingtor park in Australia on Saturday February 19, 2011. Southern Speed ran the 1,400 meter course in 1:24.17 and won by 1 ¼ lengths increasing her earnings to over $188,000.

On Saturday February 19, 2011 the four-year-old, Privilaged, by Southern Image won the $56,000 Allowance at Santa Anita going 7 furlongs.

Also, on Monday February 21, 2011 Southern Image?s three-year-old filly, Hoosier Honey, won the $31,000 Allowance at Golden Gate Fields. Hoosier Honey has won her last three starts and has increased her earnings to over $57,500.

Graded Stakes winner for Southern Image 01-22-2011

Graded stakes winner for Southern Image

Calibrachoa, the four-year-old colt by Southern Image out of the Montbrook mare Fort Lauderdale, won the $100,000 Tobboggan Stakes (G3) at Aqueduct on January 22, 2011. This comes after a win in the Gravesend Stakes at Aqueduct in December giving him 4 wins in his last 5 starts. Calibrachoa has 6-3-1 record from 12 starts with over $220,000 in lifetime earnings. The four-year-old colt was bred in Kentucky by N.B Hunt and is now owned by Repole Stables and trained by Todd Pletcher.

Southern Image had six stakes horses in 2010 headed by Calibrachoa. The other stakes horses include record-setting stakes winner Southern Fireball, Privilaged (3rd Swale S.- G2), Mallory Square (3rd Florida Oaks-G3), and Southern Ridge (3rd $175,000 Long Branch S., etc). Southern Image was California?s leading second-crop sire in 2010 by money and winners and currently he has progeny earnings of over $2.2 million from both the Northern and Southern Hemisphere.

Stakes winner for Southern Image 12-18-2010

The 3-year-old colt, Calibrachoa, by Southern Image out of the Montbrook mare Fort Lauderdale, rallied four wide in the stretch and drew clear, driving to win the Gravesend Stakes at Aqueduct on December 18, 2010. Calibrachoa has placed on the board in 9 of 11 starts winning 3 of his last 4 races with lifetime earnings of $160,540. Congratulations to owner Repole Stables and trainer Todd Pletcher.

Southern Image is California?s leading second-crop-sire with progeny earnings of over $1,590,000. Southern Image has had 2 stakes winners and 2 graded stakes placed runners with a total of 5 stakes horses in his first two crops.

The Pamplemousse to stand at Rancho San MIguel 11-19-2010

The Pamplemousse, one of the early favorites for the Kentucky Derby in 2009, has been retired and will stand the 2011 season at Rancho San Miguel in San Miguel, California. After winning the San Rafael Stakes (gr. III) wire to wire at Santa Anita, The Pamplemousse repeated another pacesetting score in the Sham Stakes (gr. III) winning by six lengths and running a Beyer Speed Figure of 107.

The Pamplemousse was the odds-on-favorite for the Santa Anita Derby (gr. I) when he was sidelined by an injury that compromised his return to racing. His trainer, Julio Canani, commented, "The Pamplemousse had more raw ability than any horse I ever trained. Not only was he fast, but he could carry his speed a long way. I really believed he had Classic potential, it was a travesty that he never had a chance to prove it."

A son of California?s leading juvenile sire, Kafwain, The Pamplemousse won three of five career starts at two and three and earned $209,280. He is out of the Rubiano mare, Comfort Zone, herself a winner at two and half-sister to the dam of Hollywood Futurity (gr. I) winner Stormello. This is the precocious female family of Arlington-Washington Lassie S. (gr. II) winner Special Warmth. Owned by a syndicate, The Pamplemousse will stand for a fee of $3,500.

First Stakes winner and Maiden Special Weight winners for Southern Image 06-05-2010

Southern Image was represented by his first stakes winner, Southern Fireball, a three-year-old filly out of Hot Moon, by Carson City. She won the Manhattan Beach Stakes at Hollywood Park on May 30, 2010 going six furlongs on the turf. Southern Fireball was placed first through disqualification when cut off in the stretch. She exhibited great courage by re-rallying to hold second.

Also on Sunday May 30, 2010, S C Song Girl, by Southern Image out of Nanocity, by Carson City, led the charge going wire to wire in the $42,000 Maiden Special Weight at Hollywood Park. The three-year-old filly led by no less than 1 ½ lengths in the one and one sixteenth mile race, breaking clear in the stretch to win by 4 ¼ lengths.

On June 5, 2010 Southern Image?s three-year-old colt, Southern Ridge, out of Michigan Bluff, by Skywalker won the $76,500 Maiden Special Weight at Monmouth Park. In the one and one sixteenth miles race Southern Ridge settled off the pace, moved up three wide on the second turn , and ran away with the lead winning by 7 ½ lengths.

Southern Image?s first crop are three-year-olds of 2010. He has 30 winners that have earned over $1,024,000, which includes both Northern and Southern hemisphere offspring, including black type-placed Privilaged (3rd in Swale S. [G2]) and Mallory Square (3rd Florida Oaks [G3]). Southern Image was California?s leading freshman sire in 2009 in wins, earnings and stakes horses and is California?s leading second-crop sire to date by earnings and by winners.

Southern Image two-year-old sells for $200,000! 05-17-2010

Southern Image?s two-year-old colt out of Divine Rockette sold for $200,000 this week at the Fasig-Tipton Midlantic Two-Year-Old in Training Sale. This strong, athletic colt was one of the highest prices paid during the sale. Southern Image?s first crop are three-year-olds of 2010. He has 22 winners that have earned over $655,000, including black type-placed Privilaged (3rd in Swale S. [G2]) and Mallory Square (3rd Florida Oaks [G3]). Southern Image was California?s leading freshman sire in 2009 in wins, earnings and stakes horses and is California?s leading second-crop sire to date by earnings and by winners.

It?s not too late to breed/ book a mare for the 2010 season. Did you know that Lookin At Lucky, the two-year-old champion in 2009 and the 2010 winner of the Preakness, was born May 27th 2007? June breedings have produced champions; call us to discuss discounted stud fees and mating opportunities for your mares.

Marino Marini?s Money Lover wins The Alphabet Kisses Maiden race on Gold Rush Day. Move Over Marino is 2 for 2. 04-25-2010

Money Lover, by Marino Marini out of the mare Affordability by Unbridled ran impressively in her second start in the $60,000 Alphabet Kisses maiden race at Hollywood Park on Gold Rush Day, April 24, 2010. The three-year-old filly went wire-to wire, retaining a comfortable advantage entering the lane and winning by 2 and ¾ lengths. In two races Money Lover has earned $64,800. Congratulations to owner Rancho San Miguel and trainer Eric Kruljac.

Move Over Marino, by Marino Marini is undefeated after two starts. He broke his maiden going 6 furlongs in 1:094 at Golden Gate Fields on April 2, 2010 then came back on April 23, 2010 and won the Starter Allowance race at Golden Gate Fields. Congratulations to owners Matt and Barbara Butterworth, Art Denio, Mike Rishwain and Art and Tave Sherman and trainer Steve Sherman.

Southern Image?s offspring win again! 04-12-2010

Southern Fireball, who set a Hollywood Park track record in her second start as a two-year-old, won again on April 4, 2010. The three-year-old filly stalked off the inside, took the lead between horses and held gamely in the $46,000 Allowance race at Santa Anita going 6 1/12 furlongs on the turf. Southern Fireball, by Southern Image has won 2 of her 5 starts and has earned over $65,000. Also, on April 11, 2010 Fair Kisses, another three-year-old filly by Southern Image, won the $22,000 Starters Allowance at Santa Anita going 7 furlongs. Fair Kisses has won two in a row at Santa Anita and has earned over $41,000.

Five winners in 1 week for Marino Marini 04-05-2010

In the last week Marino Marini has had five winners and a close second. On March 31, 2010 at Santa Anita, Butch Marino won the $44,000 Maiden Special Weight her second time out. A close second, by a length, was Money Lover in her debut. In addition, King Kelly won impressively in the $25,000 Madien Special Weight at Golden Gate Fields on April 3, 2010. Move Over Marino won his first time out going 6 furlongs in 1:094 at Golden Gate Fields on April 2, 2010. Another maiden winner, Rosemarini, set the pace and won by 4 ¼ lengths on March 31, 2010 and San Darino became a repeat winner on April 4, 2010. Marino Marini offspring have earned over $327,000 in 2010. Congratulations to all owners and trainers!

Mission Impazible-big winner for Tom Clark and Twin Creeks Racing Stables 03-27-2010

Tom Clark, owner of Rancho San Miguel and a partner in Twin Creeks Racing Stables, is riding high after Mission Impazible won the Louisiana Derby on Saturday March 27, 2010. Mission Impazible overtook the leaders in deep stretch to win the $750,000 (Gr. II) race and to put him in contention for the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (Gr. I). To learn more about Twin Creeks Racing Stables and Mission Impazible visit http://www.twincreeksracing.com/.

Southern Image has two graded stakes horses in one week 03-22-2010

In the last week Southern Image has had two graded stakes runners. Mallory Square was 3rd in the Florida Oaks-G3 at Tampa Bay Downs on March 13, 2010. Privilaged also placed 3rd in the Swale Stakes-G2 at Gulfstream Park on March 20th, 2010. In addition to the graded stakes runners, Brickyard Helen broke her maiden by 6 lengths in the $39,000 Maiden Special Weight at Fair Grounds on March 21, 2010. Southern Image remains the leading California second-crop sire by winners and by earnings. His offspring have ripened with age and we look forward to their continued success.

Marino Marini?s offspring post 7 wins in January 2010 02-01-2010

Within the first month of 2010 Marino Marini?s offspring have won $117,643 and posted 7 wins, 2 of them maiden special weight winners. The most recent maiden special weight winner, Off Kilter, ran an impressive first race going 6 furlongs in the $28,000 MSW at Golden Gate Fields on January 23, 2010. The gelding stalked off the pace, took the lead in the turn and won driving by 2 lengths in 1:09.36. Earlier this month, Close Pursuit broke his maiden his second time out on January 10, 2010. Close Pursuit, the favorite, came from off the pace on the outside and closed strong winning by half a length in the $28,000 MSW at Golden Gate Fields. Both maiden special winners, Close Pursuit and Off Kilter, were born and raised at Rancho San Miguel and trained by Steve Specht. The other wins included maiden winners at Santa Anita, Forthreeforeuclid and Shine ?n Time, and repeat winners Jaylo Marini, Crazy Thinking and Bar Room Gal.

For inquires on breeding to any of the stallions on the Rancho San Miguel roster, Marino Marini, McCann?s Mojave, Sought After, Southern Image, and Formal Gold, please contact Clay Murdock at (805) 467-3847 (office) or on his cell (805) 610-2290. Special consideration will be made for approved mares and multiple mare discounts are available.

Maiden Special Weight winner for Formal Gold 01-29-2010

The three-year-old gelding, Golden Horizon, by Formal Gold, won by a head in the $44,000 maiden Special Weight at Santa Anita on January 29, 2010. In a field of 12, Golden Horizon dueled for the lead and inched away in the stretch to post the win. Congratulations to owners Gary Howard, Mike Munaretto, Dr. Joseph Popple, and Marlene Howard and trainer David Berstein.

Maiden Special Weight winner for Marino Marini 01-10-2010

The three-year-old colt Close Pursuit, by Marino Marini out of Nicole?s Pursuit, broke his maiden his second time out on January 10, 2010. Close Pursuit, the favorite, came from off the pace on the outside and closed strong winning by half a length in the $28,000 Maiden Special Weight at Golden Gate Fields. The colt was born and raised at Rancho San Miguel and is also owned by Rancho San Miguel. Congratulations to trainer Steve Specht.