Tenth Victory for Smiling Tiger Mare

Auburn, WA (May 22, 2022) – Ima Happy Cat earned the tenth victory of her career with a frontrunning victory in the 3rd race at Emerald Downs going five and one-half furlongs over the fast track.

The 7-year-old daughter of Smiling Tiger broke on top from the outside post of the fast track allowance and quickly opened a clear lead. She lengthened the margin around the turn and into the stretch. A closer came calling but she held her safe to win by one length.

The durable multiple stakes winner has nineteen top three finishes from thirty-four starts and she has earned $318,239 for Sue and Tim Spooner. Bred by Dale Mahlum, she is out of the multiple stakes winning Wekiva Springs mare, Infernal McGoon. She is trained by Dan Markle.

Harris Farms’ Sired MSW Exacta at Golden Gate

Rousing Jewel Wins MSW on Debut                                                                                                                                                Vassar Photo

Albany, CA (May 7, 2022) – It was a one-two finish for Harris Farms’ stallions Rousing Sermon and Tamarando as their 2-year-olds Rousing Jewel and Passarando filled the exacta in opener on the card at Golden Gate Fields.

Making their respective career debuts, both runners came from the barn of Steven Specht and carried the colors of their breeder, Mr. and Mrs. Larry D. Williams. Rousing Jewel was one of two fillies in the four and one-half furlong maiden special weight. She dashed away from the gate and quickly opened up a two length lead. She added another length to that lead through the stretch in a very flashy debut. She stopped the timer in 51.92, which is .60 off the track record.

Passarando was clearly second best, coming home eight lengths clear of the third place finisher.

Rousing Jewel was produced by the winning Distorted Humor mare, Ribbon of Jewels.

Tamarando Son Wins Silky Sullivan Stakes

Albany, CA (May 1, 2022) – Royal ‘n Rando, the 3-year-old son of California’s Leading Third Crop Sire, Tamarando, came rolling through the stretch to earn the first stakes victory for both he and his Grade 1-winning sire in the $75,000 Silky Sullivan Stakes going one mile over the firm turf course at Golden Gate Fields.

Royal ‘n Rando was off the pace for seven of the eight furlongs, (although not nearly as far as the race’s namesake famously was in his heyday). Coming wide into the stretch, he was asked to unleash his closing kick and came running. He got up in the final jump to earn the victory by a nose.

Tamarando, Royal ‘n Rando, and his dam Royal Grand Slam were all bred by Larry and Marianne Williams. The latest success of their breeding operation has now won four times this season and he takes his lifetime earnings to $106,568. He is trained by Steven Specht.


Standing O For Acclamation Son

Arcadia, CA (April 30, 2022) – Standing O earned his aptly named accolade from the faithful who backed the 4-year-old  son of Acclamation in a gritty, winning effort in the $71,500 allowance carded as the 7th race at Santa Anita.

A field of eleven lined-up for the grassy one mile contest. Standing O sat a great trip after a little bumping around the first turn under jockey Ricardo Gonzalez. Galloping along in fifth, with clear running to the outside, he improved his position around the final turn. Asked to run as the field straightened away at the top of the stretch, he ralled to gain the lead inside the final sixteenth. He dug in as the wire and a latecomer came calling to win by a head.

Standing O is a homebred racing for Ali Nilforushan and he is trained by Phil D’Amato. He was produced by Dixie Chatter mare, Dixie Dame.

Rousing Sermon Filly Game in MSW Victory

Albany, CA (April 30, 2022) – Always Seeking, the 3-year-old daughter of Rousing Sermon, made her first start of the season and third of her career and came away a maiden special weight winner in the 3rd race at Golden Gate Fields going five and one-half furlongs over the all weather.

Stalking two lengths away from the leader down the backstretch, she made her bid coming off of the turn. She closed steadily and found her best stride late, putting her head in front in the closing strides, and getting the best of the rest by a half-length.

Always Seeking is a third generation homebred for Larry and Marianne Williams. Trained by Jack Steiner, she is out of the undefeated Unusual Heat mare, Heat Striker.

Two-in-a-Row For Acclamation’s Blueberry Eyes

Albany, CA (April 29, 2022) – That’s two-in-a-row for Acclamation filly Blueberry Eyes at Golden Gate Fields. The 3-year-old proved best going one mile over the all weather in the allowance race carded as the 8th race on the day.

Blueberry Eyes was prominent throughout, pressing the pacesetter through the opening six furlongs. She challenged and took the lead at the top of the stretch and held a clear margin from the closers to win by a length and one-half.

Blueberry Eyes was bred in California by Old English Rancho and she is out of the stakes-winning Bold Badgett mare, Roberta’s Mango. She races for Madden Racing, MJVET Stables, and Rockstar Racing Stables LLC and she is trained by Jonathan Wong.

Queen of Pompeii Reigns in Santa Anita MSW

Arcadia, CA (April 17, 2022) – Queen of Pompeii made her 2022 debut and came home with her maiden special weight diploma in the opening race on the Easter card at Santa Anita Park.

A field of ten lined-up for the six and one-half furlong turf sprint. Breaking from post eight, the Harris Farms and Donald Valpredo homebred brought her running shoes and quickly set about pressing the filly on the pace. Keeping the frontrunner honest, the daughter of Temple City launched her winning bid coming off the turn. She opened up a clear lead and kept her margin as other closed to win by nearly two lengths.

Queen of Pompeii is trained by Carla Gaines. She was produced by the winning Cee’s Tizzy mare, Arousing, who is a daughter of the multiple California-bred Champion and Breeders’ Cup Sprint (G1) runner-up, Soviet Problem.

Smiling Tiger Filly Shows Field No Respect in Santa Anita Allowance

Arcadia, CA (April 16, 2022) – Respectfully dashed her way to a visit in the winner’s circle in the $71,500 allowance carded as the 8th race at Santa Anita.

The daughter of Smiling Tiger joined nine other fillies and mares in the starting gate for the five and one-half furlong dash. Breaking from post five, the speed of the race was was all to her inside and she found herself destined for a wide trip. It mattered not as she hit the lead going into the turn and was clear of the field coming off. She was kept to her task through the stretch to win by more than two lengths.

The 4-year-old filly has finished first of second in half of her twelve starts and she has earned $155,918 for owner
Randy Marriott. Trained by Ryan Hanson, she was bred by Bud Petrosian, who also bred her dam, the Menifee mare, Yerevan Sky.

Rebalation Impressive in Golden Gate Allowance

Albany, CA (April 10, 2022) – Impressive. The dictionary defines the term as evoking admiration; grand, imposing, or awesome. The Equibase chart describes Rebalation’s victory in the 8th race at Golden Gate Fields as an impressive performance. They were not wrong.

The five and one-half furlong allowance over the all weather drew a field of six, with the daughter of Acclamation bet down to the 3/5 favorite. She did disappoint. Settling in last for the early part of the trip, Rebalation launched her bid coming four wide into the stretch. She blew past her rivals with consummate ease, clocking the fifth furlong in under twelve seconds and won far more easily than the two length margin would suggest.

Rebalation has won or placed in twelve of her fifteen career starts and she has earned $190,968 for her owner/breeders Gordy Jarnig, Kenny Marshall and Eric Schweiger. She is out of the multiple stakes winning He’s Tops mare, Reba Is Tops.

Note: Golden Gate Fields has not made video of the race available on You Tube as yet.

Burnin Turf Remains Undefeated in 2022

Arcadia, CA (April 9, 2022) – Burnin Turf, the 6-year-old son of Acclamation, remained undefeated in 2022 with his latest victory coming in the 11th race on the Santa Anita Derby card, a six and one-half furlong allowance over the hillside turf course with a purse of $87,960.

Burnin Turf started the season with a victory over one mile on tha main track at the Arcadia oval. He followed up last out with a victory down the hill and he repeated that today in tougher company. He was away well and found a comfortable spot three lengths off the pace. On the far outside as the field crossed over the main track, he began to narrow that margin. He was in full flight in the final furlong, taking the lead clearing off to win by one length.

Burnin Turf has taken his lifetime backroll to $256,146. He races for the partnership of Next Wave Racing LLC and The Ellwood Johnston Trust and he is trained by Dan Blacker. He is a third generation homebred for Old English Rancho and he was produced by the Vronsky mare, Hot Outta the Oven.