Del Mar, CA (November 27, 2020) – Tigre Di Slugo took his career record to three wins in five starts with his victory in the 8thh race at Del Mar, a $74,306 allowance going six furlongs over the fast main track.
The gelded son of Smiling Tiger was initially hampered by a poor start from the inside post. He tracked the leaders down the backstretch and began to close around the turn. Moving out at the top of the stretch, he closed strongly, blowing past the leader and opening up to win by a length and one-quarter.
Tigre Di Slugo races for Slugo Racing, Tiger Racing, Inc., and his trainer Mike Puype. Bred in California by Premier Thoroughbreds, he is out of the multiple graded stakes-placed Williamstown mare, Erica’s Smile. He takes his lifetime earnings to $120,320.
Del Mar, CA (November 15, 2020) – On Mars, the 3-year-old daughter of Vronsky is the absolute model of consistency. She has made nine career starts and has come home in the top three in eight of those nine outings and has never missed being part of the superfecta. Today, she was at the top of the ticket with her victory in the 7th race at Del Mar, a $70,120 allowance going one mile over the firm turf course.
On Mars rated in the second tier as the pacesetter went out and opened up by double digits. She began to draw closer to the leader around the far turn and at the top of the stretch. In fairness, the leader had carved out very speedy fractions and was not stopping. On Mars was the only runner to catch her, which she did in midstretch and she drew away to win by a length and one-half. The final time for the distance was 1:34.24.
On Mars was bred by and races for Andrew Molasky’s Old Bones Racing Stable and Ed Bernstein. Produced by the winning Cyclotron mare, Elana Mar, she is trained by Phil D’Amato. The victory takes her earnings to $161,520.
Del Mar, CA (November 14, 2020) – Moving Fast, our homebred 2-year-old son of Jeranimo, made his turf debut a winning one, taking the nightcap at Del Mar, a one mile maiden special weight.
Moving Fast began his career in two dirt sprints, finishing third last time out. Switching surfaces and adding distance certainly suited him today. Breaking well, jockey Drayden Van Dyke allowed him to settle and get a ground saving trip for the first six furlongs. He moved closer around the turn and came off the rail to mount his challenge. He caught the leaders inside the final furlong and he kept on with his task, ears flickering, to win by a half-length. They finished the journey in 1:36.17.
Moving Fast was produced by the Harris Farms’ bred, multiple stakes-placed Desert Code mare, Moving Desert. He is trained by Sean McCarthy.
Albany, CA (November 7, 2020) – Heck Yeah made it two-in-a-row and the son of Acclamation took his lifetime earnings to $359,949 with his victory in the 6th race at Golden Gate Fields.
First at the break, Heck Yeah sat just off the leaders flank for the majority of the mile and one-sixteenth allowance. He made his move three wide at the top of the stretch, took the lead and opened up to a convincing two and one-half length lead at the wire.
Heck Yeah come from the barn of Steve Sherman. Racing for the partnership of Robert Baedeker, Ann Contance Pageler, and Michael Sigband, he was bred in California by Michael Pageler. Produced by the winning Maria’s Mon mare, Lutess, he was won half of his twelve lifetime starts.
Albany, CA (November 7, 2020) – One Last Time got it done the very first time as the son of Smiling Tiger won scored a flashy debut victory in the 4th race at Golden Gate Fields.
A field of eight maiden special weight juvenile colts and geldings lined-up for the six furlong all weather contest. One Last Time’s inexperience showed as he was a step or so slow out of the gate and showed no speed down the backstretch. Nine lengths away with two furlongs to run, the racehorse genes kicked in and off he went. He made up a ton of ground around the turn and into the stretch. He kept closing, rolling past the leaders and galloping away to a very impressive length and one-quarter win.
One Last Time was bred and races for the partnership of Joe Stiglich and Lloyd Grant. Trained by Steve Specht, he is out of the winning Sky Mesa mare, Sienna Sky.
Del Mar, CA (November 6, 2020) – Coalinga Road, our Harris Farms homebred, won for the second time in his last three starts, coming from off the pace in the 4th race at Del Mar, a five furlong allowance with a purse of $60,000.
Fifth in the early going in the field of seven, he found a ground saving trip along the rail. He moved out slightly to launch and quickly found that inside seem again as he closed. He gained the lead late and opened up quickly to win by one length.
Coalinga Road is trained by Carla Gaines. By Quality Road, the 3-year-old gelding is out of the stakes-placed Johannesburg mare, Coco Eccola. He has finished in the top four in all five of his career starts and he has earned $85,940.
Del Mar, CA (November 6, 2020) – Donut Girl overcame a stumble at the start to win the 2nd race at Del Mar, a $60,000 allowance going one mile over the firm turf course.
Settling after her poor beginning, the 5-year-old Smiling Tiger mare, settled in sixth. She saved ground and moved outside for the stretch run. Her closing kick carried her to the lead and onto a length victory.
Donut Girl takes her career earnings to $220,662 for owner, Cunningham Stables. Bred in California by Premier Thoroughbreds LLC, Alan Klein, and Rusty Brown. Trained by Brian Cunningham, she was produced by the Any Given Saturday mare, Saturday’s Girl.
Courtesy of DRF.com Albany, CA (Nov. 1, 2020) — Odds-on favorite Baja Sur is now a perfect 2 for 2 over the Golden Gate Fields main track after dominating his rivals with a four-length victory in the $75,000 El Dorado Shooter for California-bred or sired on Sunday.
The 4-year-old Smiling Tiger gelding won the Oakland by 4 1/4 lengths against older last fall, earning a 100 Beyer as he clocked six furlongs in 1:08.68. Sunday’s victory was by four lengths over pacesetting Bettor Trip Nick in 1:08.76.
Baja Sur was bred by John Roche out of the Supremo mare Premo Copy.
With a lot of speed in the compact five-horse field, trainer Blaine Wright didn’t have detailed instructions for winning jockey Catalino Martinez.
“He knows the horse, and I just told him to ride him with confidence and just don’t leave himself with a lot to do,” Wright said. “Kudos to Catalino. He came up with a good game plan.”
Bettor Trip Nick, who scored two front-running wins here as a 2-year-old last year, grabbed the lead out of the gate with sizzling fractions of 21.68 and 44.06 while making his first start since June 13 and meeting older for the first time.
Baja Sur, who drew the outside No. 5 post, got away nicely, but Martinez didn’t rush him and was last after the opening quarter. He began to edge up on the turn and exploded at the top of the stretch, pulling away easily for his first win in four starts this year.
“Sometimes it’s been a little frustrating because he’s been unlucky this year,” Wright said. “It’s nice getting a win. I was probably riding harder down the stretch than Catalino.”
The Oakland will be run here on Nov. 21, but Wright said he’d wait to make a decision about that race.
“He’s gotta pull up good and not be too tired,” Wright said. “If we do run him, it will be his last race of the year.”
Owned by John and Janene Maryanski and Gerald Schenider, Baja Sur earned $45,000 for his sixth victory in 12 starts, lifting his career earnings to $227,520.