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.

The Magnificent Kings River

A well done presentation highlighting the Kings River and it’s many uses. It flows through our River Ranch a few miles east of Pine Flat Dam.

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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.

Vronsky Filly Romps at Santa Anita

Arcadia, CA (April 24, 2021) – Race Judicata, the 3-year-old daughter of Vronsky, made it two-in-a-row with her victory in the 4th race at Santa Anita, $40,320, one mile allowance over the fast main track.

Sent straight to the lead by jockey Jessica Pyfer, she set a controlled pace around the first turn and down the backstretch. She was enjoying the outing as her ears flickered forward and back as she increased her lead coming off the final turn. She opened up through the stretch and was the easiest of winners with a three and one-half length gap back to the second place finisher.

Race Judicata is trained by Phil D’Amato and she races for Old Bones Racing Stable, LLC. Bred in California by Todd Marshall and Andrew Molasky, she is out of the stakes-winning Swiss Yodeler mare, Hi Ho Yodeler.

Smiling Tiger Filly Away From the Sun Remains Undefeated

Albany, CA (April 10, 2021) – How good might Away From the Sun be? The 4-year-old daughter of Smiling Tiger remained undefeated in three starts and has a combined winning margins of sixteen lengths and one-quarter lengths. Her latest romp came as she stepped up into open allowance in the 8th race at Golden Gate Fields going five and one-half furlongs over the all weather.

Away From the Sun was first out of the gate and was never seriously threatened thereafter. She made all the running and galloped away through the stretch. She won as easy as you please, in hand, by more than five lengths. Rarely does a race caller become effusive after the finish line, but watch and listen to Matt Dinerman.

Away From the Sun races for her trainer Blaine Wright’s Blaine Wright Racing Stable LLC. Bred in Kentucky by Chapell Alpine Farms, LLC, she is out of the winning Red Bullet mare, Red Hot Bullet.

Smiling Tiger Filly Best in Santa Anita Allowance

Arcadia, CA (April 4, 2021) – Respectfully, the 3-year-old Smiling Tiger filly, earned the first victory of the season after a pair of runner-up finishes in the 5th race at Santa Anita, a $63,500 allowance going six and one-half furlong over the firm turf course.

Bumped at the start, Respectfully recovered quickly and took up a battle for the lead. That battle lasted all the way around. The lead changed hands and in the end, Respectfully proved best by a game half-length.

Racing for Randy Marriott, she is trained by Ryan Hanson. She as won or placed in four of her six starts and she has earned $70,280. Bred in California by Bud Petrosian, she was produced by the Menifee mare, Yerevan Sky.

Vronsky’s The Chosen Vron Impressively Wins Echo Eddie S.

THE CHOSEN VRON wins the $150,000 Echo Eddie Stakes.                                                                                      © BENOIT PHOTO

Courtesy of Santa Anita ARCADIA, Calif. (April 3, 2021)–Classy The Chosen Vron sat a perfect trip and rallied to win Saturday’s $150,000 Echo Eddie Stakes at Santa Anita by 1 ¼ lengths under Mike Smith. Trained and owned in-part by Eric Kruljac, the chestnut gelding by Vronsky got 6 ½ furlongs in 1:15.80.

Ridden confidently, The Chosen Vron was fourth, about four lengths off speedy Letsgetlucky mid-way around the turn when he made an eye-catching move at the rail enabling him to pounce on both eventual runner-up Good With People and the pacesetter with three sixteenths of a mile to run.

Although he won comfortably, Good With People seemed to find another gear but The Chosen Vron reeled him in leaving the sixteenth pole in a very professional effort.

“That is a nice colt there,” said Smith, who’s been on more than a few in a Hall of Fame career. “He’s got a good head on his shoulders. He came from off the pace to win. There was a big speed bias today and I think he was the only one to come from off the pace. I think this colt can go further and run against open horses. When I asked him, he took dead aim and cruised right past them. This horse has a lot of class. I really like him.”

An ultra-impressive first time maiden winner versus statebreds here on Dec. 27, The Chosen Vron was subsequently third with Smith aboard in the Grade II San Vicente Stakes on Feb. 6. Off as the heavy favorite today at 3-5 among a field of nine California-bred sophomores, The Chosen Vron paid $3.20, $2.60 and $2.10.

“Considering the way the race went and him not really breaking, you just don’t know that a young horse will take the dirt in their face and he got a ton of it,” said Kruljac, who was doubly elated due to the fact his son Ian trained the winner of the previous race, making for a 12-3 Kruljac Daily Double that paid $47.00. “It’s nice to have someone like Mike on the back of your horse, because he can go to Plan B in an instant. My son won in the 11th race today, so it was a great day for the Kruljacs!”

Owned by Eric Kruljac, Robert Fetkin, John Sondereker and Richard Thornburgh, The Chosen Vron is out of the Tiz Wonderful mare Tiz Molly. With the Echo Eddie win, The Chosen Vron picked up $90,000, increasing his earnings to $150,600.

Ridden by Juan Hernandez, Good With People was off at 7-1 and paid $5.20 and $3.80 while finishing 3 ¼ lengths in front of Letsgetlucky.

Fractions on the race were 21.84, 44.87 and 1:09.59.

The Echo Eddie, for 3-year-olds bred or sired in the state of California, is part of the lucrative Golden State Series, which is sponsored by the CTBA.