Acclimate Steals Away On The Front End In Del Mar Handicap

by Paulick Report Staff
Del Mar, CA (August 17, 2019)-The Ellwood Johnston Trust and Timmy Time Racing’s Acclimate grabbed the lead at the start of Saturday’s Grade 2 Del Mar Handicap and was able to hold it all the way to the wire, out-lasting the late-running Oscar Dominguez by a length on the wire. The 5-year-old California-bred son of Acclamation, ridden by Florent Geroux for trainer Phil D’Amato, completed 1 3/8 miles over Del Mar’s firm turf in 2:12.71. Off at odds of 7-1, Acclimate earned an expenses-paid berth to the Breeders’ Cup Turf this fall at Santa Anita Park.

Acclimate jumped out well ahead of the field and easily crossed over from his outside post position, taking up a place at the rail to lead the way in the marathon turf contest. He was a solid 1 1/2 lengths ahead of Ritzy A. P. and Itsinthepost through fractions of :24.12, :47.70, and 1:11.97.

Geroux seemed to feel his rivals winding up behind him and timed his rally on the lead perfectly aboard Acclimate, jumping out to a three-length lead at the head of the stretch. Racing on well from the back of the pack was Oscar Dominguez, but Acclimate had enough left to hit the wire a length in front. Oscar Dominguez finished second, with Ritzy A. P. and Blended Citizen filling out the superfecta.

Bred in California by Old English Rancho, Sal Berumen, and Patsy Berumen, Acclimate is out of the unraced Boundary mare Knows No Bounds. He was a $30,000 yearling at the Barretts October sale, and earned his first graded stakes victory in June’s San Juan Capistrano at Santa Anita. Overall, the gelding boasts a record of 6-1-2 from 16 starts for earnings of over $300,000.

Mr. Big Colt Tops NorCal Sale

PLEASANTON, Calif. (Aug. 13, 2019) — A Mr. Big colt brought $45,000 to top Tuesday’s Northern California Yearling and Horses of Racing Age Sale at the Alameda County Fairgrounds.

The colt, out of the Into Mischief mare Perched, was consigned by Harris Farms and purchased by Legacy Ranch.

Right behind the topper was a Tamarando colt that sold to Lawrence Lewis for $44,000. He was out of the Talkin Man mare Aspen Gal and also was consigned by Harris Farms.

The sale showed increases over last year’s sale in average and median, fueled in large part by yearlings sired by some of the state’s fashionable stallions like Mr. Big and Tamarando.

The two highest-priced fillies went for $30,000. One was by Tamarando , out of the Ole mare Chi Chi Nette, was consigned by Harris Farms and purchased by Reina Gonzalez.

The other $30,000 filly was by Dialed In, out of the Mutakddim mare Nuffsaid Nuffsaid, was consigned by Woodbridge Farm, Agent, and was purchased by Harris Farms.

Lynne’s Legacy Rallies to Win Solana Beach

From DMTC Publicity
DEL MAR, Calif. (Aug. 9, 2019) — In a rousing finish, Lynne’s Legacy rallied from dead last to forge to the front in the final strides and win the featured $150,000 Solana Beach Stakes for Golden State Series eligible fillies and mares Friday at Del Mar.

With Rafael Bejarano in the saddle, Lynne’s Legacy closed powerfully to win by a neck over 9-5 favored Pulpit Rider, with Don’t Sell third another head away and nose in front of Mo See Cal.

However, the order of finish was revised by the board of stewards who posted the inquiry sign after the race. Upon viewing videotape, Pulpit Rider was disqualified from the runner-up spot for interfering with Fiery Lady in mid-stretch. Moved up to second was Don’t Sell, followed by Mo See Cal in third and A Walk in the Park in fourth as Pulpit Rider was demoted to sixth in the seven-horse field behind Fiery Lady.

Withdrawn from the one-mile contest on grass were Battleground State, Donut Girl and Sneaking Out.

Lynne’s Legacy, sent postward at 4-1, accomplished the distance in a fast 1:33.92 and paid $10, $5 and $3.40 after her sixth success in 35 career races. First money of $85,500 increased the six-year-old Unusual Heat mare’s earnings to $437,611. A year ago, she was a distant ninth and last in the Solana Beach.

Lynne’s Legacy is owned by Maureen Richardson of Danville, Ca., Richie Robershaw of San Diego and Terri Tucker of Santa Monica. Her trainer is Doug O’Neill.

“This filly is such an honest filly and she’ll run two miles if you asked her,” said O’Neill. “The trouble with the mile and a quarter and longer races is that there’s no pace to run at. So we thought in this mile race we’d get a good pace to run at, which we did. Hats off to Rafael (Bejarano), he won the race with a perfectly timed ride. It was a lot of fun to watch.”

Clubhouse Ride Juvenile Graduates at Del Mar

Del Mar, CA (August 3, 2019)-Club Aspen, a juvenile son of Clubhouse Ride, graduated from the maiden ranks scoring by three parts of a length in a August 2nd Del Mar Cal-bred maiden special event.

Club Aspen “angled in and dueled between horses, put a head in front between foes in midstretch, fought back just off the rail under left handed urging in deep stretch and gamely prevailed.” He stopped the timer in 1:12.9.

Bred by Harris Farms and sold at the Fasig Tipton June Sale, Club Aspen was knocked down at $55,000 and sold to owner Larry Lewis. The colt has now earned $40,260 in his two starts.

Clubhouse Ride was also represented by a Monmouth Park maiden winner on August 3.

Clubhouse Ride is currently the number two second crop sire in the state. The $1.3 million multiple G2 winner is by leading sire Candy Ride (ARG) out of Seeking Results, by Seeking the Gold.

Big Returns Wins Graduation by DQ

From DMTC Publicity
DEL MAR, Calif. (Aug. 2, 2019) — Big Returns, the 6-5 favorite, was second under the wire in the $100,000 Graduation Stakes for Golden State Series eligible 2-year-olds on Friday but was elevated into first place when 13-1 longshot Square Deal, the original winner, was disqualified for causing interference in the stretch.

Square Deal, with jockey Norberto Arroyo, Jr., in the saddle, reached the wire a length and three-quarters in front but drifted in late in the stretch, interfering with Pas de Panique, third at the end of the five and one-half furlongs, a length and one-half behind Big Returns.

After viewing the videotape of the stretch run, Del Mar’s board of stewards disqualified Square Deal, placing him third and moving Big Returns into first and Pas de Panique to runner-up.

Big Returns, piloted by Ruben Fuentes for owner William R. Peeples and trainer Luis Mendez, earned $57,000 with his second victory in as many starts. The winner, a son of Mr. Big bred by George Krikorian, returned $4.40, $2.80 and $2.40.

“I thought he could be put up (for the win),” said Mendez. “The rider had to bring him up, big time, and that caused him to lose momentum. He had space to go through, but had to pull up. I’m happy with what they (stewards) did. They did the right thing. When he came out of the gate, the second jump he kind of stumbled but he came back like a champion. We’ll see how he comes out of the race and make sure he’s OK and go from there. But I’m excited about this horse. We might go to the Futurity.”

Pas de Panique, who was ridden by Abel Cedillo, paid $4 and $3.80, while Square Deal returned $5.60 to show. Fourth in the field of seven California-bred two-year-olds was Bluegrass Faith. Withdrawn from the sprint were Project Leader, Bulletproof One and Fast Enough.

Time for the distance was 1:06.34.

Cedillo and Drayden Van Dyke had doubles on the program. Cedillo won the first on Brilliant Richie in the first and Clear to Close by disqualification in the fifth, while Van Dyke’s winners were Wildman Jack in the fourth and Meal Ticket in the sixth.

Grecian Fire is Dreamin’ After Nightmare

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From DMTC Publicity
DEL MAR, Calif. (July 26, 2019) — Grecian Fire, the lukewarm 3-1 favorite under Hall of Famer Mike Smith, withstood serious traffic trouble on the far turn and a subsequent stewards’ inquiry to win the featured $150,000 California Dreamin’ Stakes for Golden State Series eligibles Friday.

Grecian Fire, a five-year-old son of Unusual Heat bred by owner KMN Racing, was forced to take up sharply while rallying when The Hunted bore in, causing the eventual winner to bear out and interfere with runners to his outside. After posting the inquiry sign and viewing videotape of the incident, the stewards absolved Grecian Fire of blame and certified his triumph.

“My goodness, I got hit hard on the turn there,” said winning rider Mike Smith. “The six horse (The Hunted) came over and hit me hard. I was lucky we didn’t go down. It was good they ran that :22 and :45 early. That allowed me to come late and get up, even after what happened. If I don’t get hit, I win by 10.”

Impressively, Grecian Fire recovered to rally in the stretch and outfinish 25-1 The Street Fighter, reaching the wire a length in front in a swift 1:39.85 for the mile and one-sixteenth over the infield grass circuit. Third was What a View, who set a fast pace in his first race in almost a year while finishing a half-length behind runner-up The Street Fighter. Fourth in the field of eleven turf runners was longshot Hardboot.

“I can tell you this…everyone is looking for superlatives right?” said trainer J. Keith Desormeaux. “I’ve never seen anything like that. In a stake, how do you recover from something like that and close the way he did. It was a little unnerving because on the live shot it looked like a no-brainer: the six (horse) came over on him, clipped heels and overreacted. It took a while and they shouldn’t do that to us.”

The Hunted, who was a close second choice in the wagering, also at 3-1, finished seventh.

Grecian Fire was scoring his sixth victory in 25 starts and first money of $85,500 increased his career earnings to $384,202. He returned $8.20, $5.00 and $4.00. The Street Fighter paid $22.80 and $12.80, while What a View returned $6.40 to show.

Big Returns Crushes Maiden Field

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Del Mar, CA (July 20, 2019)-Big Returns, a two-year-old colt by Mr. Big out of Quick Chick (Orientate), hammered down to 2-1 favoritism off a 6-1 morning-line quote in this debut, hopped a bit at the break before recovering to duel through a :22.56 quarter.

Edging away from his pace foe past the five-sixteenths pole, he drew clear strongly after straightening for home and strolled across the line 7 1/4 lengths in front stopping the timer in 59.21.

The winner has a yearling full-sister and a full-brother of this season.

Big Returns was a $70,000 purchase from the consignment of Harris Farms, Agent at the 2018 Barretts August Select Yearling Sale.
Lifetime Record: 1-1-0-0, $36,600. Owner-William R. Peeples; Breeder-George Krikorian (CA).

Jade Native Becomes First Winner for Jeranimo

Auburn, WA (July 19, 2019)-Jade Native became the first winner sired by multiple Grade One winner Jeranimo.

Sophomore Jade Native graduated by a length and a half in the one mile Emerald Downs maiden race. He was bred in California by his owner Dr. Rodney Orr and is out of the Skip Away broodmare Jadelet.

Jeranimo is an eight-time graded winner (including two G1’s) of $1.5 million and is from the classic sire line of BLUSHING GROOM, RAINBOW QUEST and ANIMAL KINGDOM. The son of Congaree and Jera, by Jeblar, stands for $2,500 as the Property of a Partnership.

Thor’s Echo Goes to Desert Law


Arcadia, CA (June 15, 2019)-Harris Farms homebred Desert Law romped to his first stakes win in the Thor’s Echo.

Stalking the pace Desert Law, when asked, took control of the race with a powerful run through the stretch to score by seven widening lengths.

“I’ve been working him the last three weeks and he’s been training amazing. I told Carla, anything, six or 6 ½ (furlongs) and he’ll be tough. I thought the speed would go today and it worked out good for us” rider Rafael Bejarano.

Winning trainer Carla Gaines, “He has been training fantastic, he loves the track. He’s one of those that just glides over this deeper racetrack. His works have been phenomenal and he’s run out of conditions.

“The Cal-bred program is great because you are restricted to Cal-breds, so it’s all good!”

Desert Law is by Desert Code, out of the Lemon Drop Kid mare Treasure Chest, is trained by Carla Gaines. He has five wins in 15 starts with earnings of $259,707.

Vronsky Colt Knocked Down for $110,000

ARCADIA, Calif. (June 5, 2019) — A California-bred son of Vronsky sold for $110,000 at Wednesday’s inaugural Fasig-Tipton Santa Anita 2-Year-Olds in Training Sale.

The colt out of the Speightstown mare Copperopolis was bred by Donald Valpredo, consigned by McCarthy Bloodstock, agent, and sold to Blinkers On Racing Stable for $110,000.

McCarthy Bloodstock also consigned a Cal-bred gelded son of Clubhouse Ride that sold for $95,000 to West Point Thoroughbreds/Hollendorfer. He is out of the Huddle Up mare Team Decision and was bred by Harris Farms and Double D Farms.