The Chosen Vron Much The Best in G3 Lazaro Barrera S.

THE CHOSEN VRON                                                                                                                                                                            © BENOIT PHOTO

Courtesy of Santa Anita ARCADIA, Calif. ( May 15, 2021) With Laurel River and I’ll Stand Taller duking it out on the front-end, trainer Eric Kruljac’s The Chosen Vron flew off the turn for home and marched to an emphatic 3 ½ length win in Saturday’s Grade III, $100,000 Lazaro Barrera Stakes at Santa Anita. Ridden for the first time by Umberto Rispoli, the California-bred gelding by Vronsky got 6 ½ furlongs in 1:16.28.

In a field of four sophomores, it was readily apparent from the outset that I’ll Stand Taller and Juan Hernandez were not going to allow impressive recent maiden winner Laurel River and Abel Cedillo to have their way on the front end as they blazed an opening quarter mile in 21.32.

With I’ll Stand Taller shrinking noticeably a quarter mile out, The Chosen Vron was making an eye catching move at the rail blew by Laurel River with a furlong to run.

“I could see they were going really fast, those two horses up front, and by the quarter pole my horse was right on top of them, he really kicked well in the stretch,” said Rispoli. “When I first came here, (J. Eric Kruljac) gave me so many winners, I’m happy to finally give him a stakes win.”

The Chosen Vron, fresh off a sparkling 6 ½ furlong win versus Cal-Breds in the Echo Eddie Stakes on April 3, was off as the 3-5 favorite and paid $3.20 and $2.10 with no show wagering.

“Short fields sometimes end up being like match races,” said breeder and part owner Kruljac. “I knew my horse could rate….Doug (O’Neill) had a horse in there that looked like he would use as the rabbit, so that kind of eliminates the match race. He softened them up early and I don’t know if it mattered, with the way the horse fired today. He’s a pretty exciting horse, when you breed them yourself there’s this extra pride that goes into it. I’m as excited as I can be.”

Owned J. Eric Kruljac, Robert Fetkin, John Sondereker and Richard Thornburgh. The Chosen Vron, who is out of the Tiz Wonderful mare Tiz Molly, picked up his first graded stakes win and has three wins from four starts. With the winner’s share of $60,000, he increased his earnings to $210,600.

Complete fractions on the race were 21.32, 44.29 and 1:09.61.

Omg It’s Jessica Earns MSW Diploma at Santa Anita

Arcadia, CA (May 14, 2021) – Omg It’s Jessica, who had placed in three of her four career starts, shed her bridesmaid tag with a convincing maiden special weight victory going six furlongs over the fast main track at Santa Anita.

The 3-year-old Smiling Tiger filly was part of a triumvirate vying for the early lead. Omg It’s Jessica gained the advantage with two furlongs to go. She opened up by two and one-half lengths passing the eighth pole and keep her advantage all the way to the wire.

Omg It’s Jessica is a homebred racing for Keenan Freeman and Cassie Freeman. Produced by the winning Premiership mare, Snobby Princess, she is trained by Craig Dollase.

Majestic Harbor Tops California’s 2nd Crop Sire List with Winning Double

Shelbyville, IN (May 13, 2021) – Majestic Harbor, California’s Leading Freshman Sire of 2020, now sits atop the California Second Crop Sire List for 2021 with the victories by his 3-year-old fillies Lieutenant Kitty and Diamond Solitaire in the maiden special weight and the feature race on today’s card at Indiana Downs.

Lieutenant Kitty, who had placed in both her starts last season at two, was the 1/5 favorite to defeat the field of maidens in the 3rd race, and she rewarded the faithful with a dominating win over the mile and seventy yard trip. Taken off the pace in the early going, it was obvious she was raring to go whenever jockey Fernando De La Cruz asked. That call came heading into the far turn and from there, the contest was over. He sat chilly as she opened up with every stride and came home sixteen and one-half lengths in front of the rest.

Lieutenant Kitty race for the partnership of Deerfield Farm Racing, Dan Ison, Charles A. Bebber, and Lavallee Racing and she is trained by Robert Pincins. Bred by David W. Osborne and Loren Hebel-Osborne, she was produced by the winning Chief Seattle mare, Corrine.

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Three races later, her stakes-placed cropmate Diamond Solitaire was also favored to take down the featured one mile, main track allowance and she did not disappoint. Midpack with little running room for the first six furlongs, she found a path coming off the final turn. Asked for her best by jockey Alex Archard, she responded with a strong stretch run to to win by two and one-half lengths.

Racing for the Diamond Solitaire Partnership, she is trained by Stephen Lyster. Out of the Sightseeing mare, Diamond Seeker, she was bred by David W. Osborne, Loren Hebel Osborne and Warren Gene McLean.

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Respectfully Makes it Two Straight Allowance Victories

Arcadia, CA (May 9, 2021) – Respectfully made it two-in-a-row in allowance company with her frontrunning score in the 3rd race at Santa Anita going six furlongs over the main track for a purse of $63,000.

Respectfully dashed away and opened a one length lead. The 3-year-old daughter of Smiling Tiger held that advantage until the upper stretch. Challenges presented, but she dug in resolutely and would not let them get any closer than the half-length margin at the line.

Respectfully races for Randy E. Marriott and she is trained by Ryan Hanson. Produced by the Menifee mare, Yerevan Sky, she was bred by Bud Petrosian.

Rousing Sermon 2-year-old Filly Debuts a Winner

Albany, CA (May 6, 2021) – Lady’s Sermon, the 2-year-old Rousing Sermon filly, made an eye-catching racing debut in the 2nd race at Golden Gate Fields, a maiden special weight going four and one-half furlongs over the all weather course.

Lady’s Sermon was among three fillies who wanted the early lead. Between horses, she backed out before the opening quarter and tracked the speed duel up front. She began to make contact again around the turn and she was ready to challenge at the top of the stretch. She caught the leader at the furlong pole and drew away convincingly to win by five and one-half lengths.

Trained by Steven Specht, Lady’s Sermon is a homebred for Mr. and Mrs. Larry Williams, who also bred and raced her dam, the multiple stakes winning Ride the Rails mare, Lady Railrider. Specht was also her trainer.

Grade 1 sire Vronsky dies at 22

Coalinga, CA (May 3, 2021) – Vronsky died of an apparent heart attack April 29 at Harris Farms after successfully covering a mare according to Jonny Hilvers, General Manager at Harris Farms. “For a 22-year-old he looked amazing and could not have been doing any better. He has been such a nice horse to be around all these years and he will be sorely missed.”

The son of Danzig – Words of War, by Lord At War (ARG) bred by Arthur B. Hancock III and Stonerside Ltd. sold for $1 million at the 2000 Keeneland September Sale. A three-time winner of $135,247 while racing for owner Steve Taub, Vronsky entered stud in 2005 at E.W. “Buddy” Johnston’s Old English Rancho in Sanger, Calif.

From 13 crops to race, Vronsky is the sire of 151 winners, progeny earnings of $15.9 million and 12 blacktype winners which include grade 1 winner What a View, grade 2 winner Norvsky, grade 3 victor Poshsky and 2021 graded-placed 3-year-olds Closing Remarks and The Chosen Vron. As of May 2, 2021, Vronsky’s average earnings per starter was $72,478.

Acclamation Filly Makes Easy Work of Santa Anita Allowance

Arcadia, CA (May 2, 2021) – Ole Silver, the 4-year-old daughter of Acclamation, was much the best in the 8th race at Santa Anita, a $64,000 allowance going one mile over the fast main track.

The gray filly had early pressure and had a bit of trouble around the first turn. She maintained her lead down the backstretch and began to draw clear a quarter-mile from home. She was not challenged through the stretch and the margin of victory was nearly five lengths at the wire.

Ole Silver races for Old Bones Racing Stable LLC and she is trained by Phil D’Amato. Bred in California by Andrew Molasky, she is out of the multiple Grade 1-placed Alphabet Soup mare, Silver Swallow.

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Harris Homebred Secret Club Game in Santa Anita Score

Arcadia, CA (April 24, 2021) – Harris Farms’ homebred Secret Club made his first start against winners and cleared that condition with a half-length victory in the 4th race at Santa Anita going nine furlongs over the firm turf course.

Secret Club did not have a trouble free trip. Bumped hard enough from both sides to turn his backend sideways at the start, he shook off that early trouble to settle into a stalking trip in second. He launched his bid three furlongs from home. He overtook the leader, but another came calling to make a race of it through the stretch. Secret Club dug in and would not be denied. He fought gamely and earned the victory by a half-length.

The 4-year-old gelding has won or placed in four of his six career starts and he has earned $99,720. Trained by Sean McCarthy, he is by Clubhouse Ride and is out of the Mt. Livermore mare, Secret Mountain.

Kristi’s Tiger Roars Home in Santa Anita Nightcap

Arcadia, CA (April 24, 2021) – Coming off three consecutive second place finishes, Kristi’s Tiger changed tactics and it resulted in a visit to the winner’s circle to close out the card at Santa Anita.

The 4-year-old Smiling Tiger filly had been on or near the pace in her last three starts and all resulted in a second place finish. Today, she trailed the field in the six and one-half furlong turf allowance until the top of the stretch. Angled out to make her run by jockey Umberto Rispoli, she closed with an eye catching turn of foot to sweep past the leaders and win going away by a length and one-quarter.

Kristi’s Tiger has won or placed in nine of her twelve career starts and she has earned $159,000. She races for the partnership of Richard A. Bell and Clark O. Brewster and she is trained by Tom Bell. Bred in California by Premier Thoroughbreds LLC and Alan Klein, she was produced by the Indian Charlie mare, Lottawampum.