Lakerball Has Easy Time in Pike Place Dancer

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By Chuck Dybdal
Albany, CA (Octber 27, 2018)-Trainer Doug O’Neill couldn’t have scripted things more perfectly for Lakerball ($4) as the 2-year-old Lakerville filly won her second straight turf stakes, taking the $75,225 Pike Place Dancer with ease on Saturday at Golden Gate Fields.

O’Neill sent the filly north to see how well she shipped and because he wanted to keep her on the turf after scoring an upset in the Surfer Girl at Santa Anita in her previous start.

The journey didn’t bother the filly at all, and she got a dream trip under Alonso Quinonez on Golden Gate’s Lakeside Turf Course, sitting third while three wide behind pacesetting Brahms Command.

When Quinonez asked her to run nearing the quarter pole, she responded nicely, taking command in the lane of the one-mile race. She pulled clear of the field, defeating Brahms Command by five lengths in 1:38.57. Tomlin finished well to be third, 3 1/2 lengths behind Brahms Command with Sneaky Dianne, the longest shot on the board, another 2 1/2 lengths back.

All six runners were coming off wins.

Owned by Pappas Horse Racing Corp., Purple Rein Racing, and Tom R. Roberts, Lakerball scored her third victory in five starts., earning $45,000. She now has career earnings of $129,400 and is 2 for 2 on turf.

She won her debut for O’Neill in a $50,000 maiden claimer on Aug. 8 at Del Mar after running third for trainer Richard Baltas in her career debut. She was fifth in her debut against winners before winning the Surfer Girl.

Jetinwith Kennedy Passes at 29

COALINGA, Calif. (Oct. 15, 2018) – California-bred Jetinwith Kennedy, a multiple stakes winner and the 2005 California Broodmare of the Year, was euthanized at the age of 29 at Harris Farms on Monday.

Jetinwith Kennedy, a daughter of Kennedy Road, out of the Blue Eyed Davy mare Blue Jet Set, was bred by owner Sidney Factor and won four of 12 starts with earnings of $103,328. Among her wins were the 1992 Las Ninas Stakes at Fairplex Park and the 1993 Karandebs Big Kat Stakes at Golden Gate.

She was sold to former CTBA director Joan Rogers at the 2000 Barretts January Mixed Sale for $17,000 in foal to Apollo and went on to foal 13 thoroughbreds, the most accomplished being Jet West, who won seven of 22 starts with earnings of $554,345. Jetinwith Kennedy was named the 2005 California Broodmare of the Year by CTBA.

Jet West, bred by Rogers’ Applebite Farms, was a graduate of the CTBA Del Mar Yearling Sale. His biggest win was the 2005 California Cup Sprint, but his biggest payday was a third-place finish in the 2006 Gulf News Dubai Golden Shaheen.
Jetinwith Kennedy also foaled multiple stakes winners Jetin Excess and Triumphant Flight and stakes winner Jetinto Houston.

Lakerball Scores Wire-to-Wire in Surfer Girl S.

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Arcadia, CA (October 8, 2018)-The Lakerville juvenile daughter, Lakerball was trying three new items in the $100,000 Surfer Girl Stakes. It was her stakes debut and trying turf for the first time as well as routing for the first time. Jumping quickly from the gate the filly kept rolling along from her outside post stopping the clock in 1:35.23.

She defeated foes by War Front, Into Mischief and Midshipman.

From her four outings her record now stands at two wins and a third and has earned $84,480

Bred by Rancho de Los Aviadores in California and Lakerball is out of the Capsized broodmare Category Ten.

Lakerville is a brilliantly fast stakes winning son of  Unusual Heat and stands for private treaty.

Harris Farms Consignment for Barretts Fall Sale of Yearlings and Horses of All Ages

2018 Fall Sale of Yearlings and Horses of All Ages Tuesday, October 16th, 2018 at 11:00 a.m. (PDT) POMONA, CA

Harris Farms, Agent

14……Big Time Grammy, 2017 b.f., Mr. Big – Grammy Times Six
28……Very Irish, 2017 ch.c., Verrazano – Irish Exchange
45……2017 b.f., Vronsky – Little Miss Zip
48……2017 b.f., Lucky Pulpit – Long Legged Lovely
53……Big Reality, 2017 b.c., Mr. Big – Lovestealer
55……2017 b.c., Desert Code – Lucky S. J.
58……Big Maria, 2017 b.f., Mr. Big – Maria’s Own
59……Gem of a Tiger, 2017 ch.f., Smiling Tiger – Mark of a Gem
65……Big Sweep, 2017 b.f., Mr. Big – Misszippityslewda
73……2017 dk.b./br.f., Clubhouse Ride – No Peso No Dance
80……Screen Gossip, 2017 b.f., Fed Biz – Patsy G and Me
83……Mellow Out, 2017 dk.b./br.f., Flat Out- Preaching
103……2017 dk.b./br.c., Mizzen Mast – Sea Royalty
115……2017 ch.f., Grazen – Sidestepping
143……Jimmy Boy, 2017 ch.c., Jimmy Creed – Tea Cakes
144……2017 dk.b./br.f., Creative Cause – Temeeku
158……Final Demand, 2017 b.f., New Year’s Day – Ultimatum
188……2017 b.f., Unusual Heat – Bel Air Belle
189……Curlin to Billions, 2017 gr./ro.f., Curlin to Mischief – Billiondollarbaby
193……Big Enough, 2017 dk.b./br.f., Mr. Big – B Positive
237……Klute, 2013 gr./ro.m., Imperialism – Sutherland, in foal to Desert Code
249……Quality Girl, 2013 b.m., Tizbud – Masquerade Belle, in foal to Vronsky
258……Tiz Clever As Ever, 2013 dk.b./br.m., Tizdejavu – Clever Freud, in foal to Grazen
303……2017 ch.f., Unusual Heat – Veiled Threat

Shades of Victory Shocks Johnston at 80-1

CYPRESS, Calif. (Sept. 8, 2018) – Former claimer Shades of Victory turned his first dirt route into a stunning upset in Saturday’s $75,000 E.B. Johnston Stakes for California-breds at Los Alamitos.

Shades of Victory’s win price of $162.60 was the second largest since daytime thoroughbred racing returned to Los Alamitos in 2014. Devils Triangle, who won the fourth race Dec. 11, 2016, holds the record at $185.80.

Owned by trainer Reed Saldana and bred by C-Punch Ranch, the 5-year-old son of Thorn Song, out of the Street Sense mare Sensible Girl, has five wins in 17 starts and earnings of $136,449. He is 2-for-5 since Saldana claimed him for $12,500 April 7 at Golden Gate.

“Down the stretch I was just hoping he could hold on,” said Saldana. “(Jockey) Martin (Pedroza) rode a great race. We decided to run him here because another race we wanted to run in at Del Mar didn’t fill, so this worked out great. I thought the distance would be to his benefit. One of the reasons I claimed him was because he had won a race at Sacramento where he showed a lot of fight just like he did today.’’

Shades of Victory ran the mile in 1:35.17 and won by a head over B Squared, with odds-on favorite Edwards Going Left third in the field of seven.

Unusual Heat Colt Tops Barretts Del Mar Sale

Del Mar, CA (August 28, 2018)-Unusual Heat’s dark bay son brought a high bid of $250,000 from Jay Em Ess Stable. Topping the sale the colt as hip 11 Unusual Heat-Cinema Paradisa image here had generated an early buzz before he set foot in the ring due to his dam producing two stakes placed juveniles.

Jay Em Ess Stable secured the sale-topper at the Barretts Select Yearling Sale for a second straight year, going to $250,000 for hip 11, an Unusual Heat colt.

The dark bay or brown colt is out of the winning Capote mare Cinema Paradisa, who is the dam of five winners, including stakes-placed Moving Desert and Sambamzajammin. The California-bred is from the family of stakes winners Johnny Whip, Bonnie and Gay, Lady Offshore, and La Noticia.

Harris Farms, the operation that stood Unusual Heat at stud, consigned the sale-topper. Unusual Heat was euthanized in May 2017 due to complications from laminitis.

Top Selling Norcal Filly is by Smiling Tiger

PLEASANTON, Calif. (Aug. 14, 2018)-A Smiling Tiger filly was the top priced female at Tuesday’s 2018 Northern California Yearling and Horses of Racing Age Sale at the Alameda County Fairgrounds.

The top selling filly was by Smiling Tiger, out of the Tannersmyman mare Tanned Reflection, was bred and consigned by Woodbridge Farm. Hip 74 was purchased by Perry & Denise Martin for $24,000.

Smiling Tiger was the California’s 2017 leading freshman sire and he is currently the leading second crop sire in the state. He has out 2018 stakes winners Naughty Tiger, Baja Sur, Ima Happy Cat and Spiced Perfection.

Lakerville Sires First Winner

Del Mar, CA (August 8, 2018)-Freshmen sire Lakerville picked up his first winner when Lakerball graduated at the seaside oval. Breaking sharply from the seventh post position, Lakerball settled behind a pair of runners before drawing off by 8 plus lengths under Agapito Delgadillo.

Lakerball defeated the field of ten Cal-bred maidens in her second lifetime start. She has now earned $21,600 for her owners Bardy Farm, DA Meah Racing and Tom R. Roberts with the win and the third place debut.

Lakerball is out of Category Ten, by Capsized and was bred by Rancho de Los Aviadores.

Lakerville a brilliantly fast stakes winning son of Unusual Heat and stands for private treaty.

Naughty Tiger Upsets in C.T.B.A. Stakes

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Del Mar, CA (August 1, 2018-Naughty Tiger, a chestnut daughter of former outstanding sprinter Smiling Tiger, asserted herself in the stretch to score an upset in the featured $100,000 California Thoroughbred Breeders’ Association Stakes for California-bred two-year-old fillies Wednesday.

With jockey Ruben Fuentes in the saddle, Naughty Tiger, sent to the gate at 5-1, surged to the front turning into the stretch and continued on gamely to score by a length and one-quarter over Accomplishedsister who nosed out 2-1 favored Lippy for place honors. Time for Suzzie was a distant fourth in the field of eight fillies. Time for Kisses was scratched.

Naughty Tiger, owned by a partnership of Brian Blackburn, Shannon Hunt and Mike Marsden and trained by Edward Freeman, ran the five and one-half furlongs in 1:06.27 and returned $12.40, $5.60 and $3.20 after her second win in three races. She broke her maiden in her second race, in June, at Santa Anita. First money of $57,000 increased the filly’s earnings to $98,880. She was a $40,000 purchase at the Barretts two-year-old training sale last April.

Trainer Ed Freeman: “She didn’t break very well and Ruben (Fuentes) used his head and just let her settle. I had told him ‘I don’t care where you are on the backside, the horses to worry about are probably going to be coming from behind.’ It didn’t work out all that well, she went five wide on the turn, but she went into the race so fit and she was good enough today.”

Harris Farms Consignment for Barretts Del Mar Select Yearling Sale

August 28, 2018 at 2:00 pm (PDT)

Harris Farms
11……dk.b./br.c., Unusual Heat-Cinema Paradisa image here
68……ch.f., Lucky Pulpit-Sioux Zen image here

Harris Farms, Agent
14……SAN EMIDIO, dk.b./br.c., Vronsky-Copperopolis
20……ch.f., Lucky Pulpit-Easy El image here
35……b.f., Blame-Holler image here
56……SCREEN GOSSIP, b.f., Fed Biz-Patsy G and Me image here
57……TRAFFIC STOPPER, b.f., Cross Traffic-Perched image here
58……VIA ALPINA, dk.b./br.f., Artie Schiller-Princess Pegasus
59……BIG RETURNS, b.c., Mr. Big-Quick Chick image here
66……ch.f., Grazen-Sidestepping
69……ch.f., Verrazano-Somethin’ Unusual image here
80……dk.b./br.f., Creative Cause-Temeeku image here

Harris Farms, Agent for M. Auerbach LLC, et al.
7……b.f., Unusual Heat-Bel Air Belle

Harris Farms, Agent for Stephen Ferraro
37……GUY NOIR, dk.b./br.c., Acclamation-Ismene image here