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.

Acclamation Runners Earning a Standing O at Santa Anita

Arcadia, CA (March 19, 2021) – Standing O, the 3-year-old son of Acclamation, earned his maiden special weight diploma with with a wire-to-wire performance in the nightcap at Santa Anita going one mile over the turf.

Standing O was second in his seasonal debut to the highly regarded Hockey Dad in a swift six furlong maiden special weight on January 22. Today, he was best from the moment the gate opened. Never seriously challenged, he set a measured pace and held his advantage all the way to the wire to win by a length and one-half.

Standing O races for his breeder, Ali Nilforushan and he is trained by Philip D’Amato. He is out of the Dixie Chatter mare, Dixie Dame.

Acclamation’s Bench Judge Tenacious in Santa Anita Victory

Arcadia, CA (March 13, 2021) – For the second day running, a son of Acclamation has found the winner’s circle after an allowance race at Santa Anita. Today, that son was Bench Judge, who closed out the card with a very tenacious performance.

A field of ten gathered for the six furlong dash. Bench Judge broke from post five and was in a battle for the lead after the crossover from the main track. He was joined on the lead and headed halfway around the turn and at the top of the stretch. Jockey Juan Hernandez asked for more and there was plenty left in the tank. He took over again with a furlong to run and drew away to win by a length and one-quarter at the finish.

Bench Judge has three wins, two second and one third in nine career starts and he has earned $114,260. Bred in California by Hronis Racing LLC, he is out of the stakes-placed Benchmark mare, Caitie’s Secret. He races for the ownership group of Altamira Racing, Slam Dunk Racing, and Michael Nentwig. He is trained by Peter Miller.

Acclamation Son Wires Santa Anita Allowance

Arcadia, CA (March 12, 2021) – Acclamation son Burnin Turf led at every call to win the 5th race at Santa Anita, a $64,000 allowance going one mile over the turf course rated good at Santa Anita.

Breaking sharply, Burnin Turf set out for the lead and was joined by challengers on both sides going into the clubhouse turn. He cleared those rivals heading into the backstretch and he never looked back. He kept on the engine every step and he hit the wire a length and one-half best.

Trained by Dan Blacker, Burnin Turf has won or placed in all five of his career starts for owners Next Wave Racing LLC and The Ellwood Johnston Trust. Bred by Old English Rancho, he is out of the Vronsky mare, Hot Outta the Oven.

Harris Farms’ Homebred Fashionably Fast All Heart in Tiznow Stakes Victory

Fashionably Fast Winning the $100,000 Tiznow Stakes                                                                                                               Benoit Photo

Courtesy of Santa ARCADIA, Calif. (Feb. 28, 2021)–In a race in which the emphasis was on speed, speed and more speed, Harris Farms’ hard knocking Fashionably Fast proved gamest of all, as he dug deep while in between horses late to win Sunday’s $100,000 Tiznow Stakes at Santa Anita by a head. Trained by Dean Pederson and ridden by Tiago Pereira, FashionablyFast, a 6-year-old California-bred gelding by Lucky Pulpit, got a flat mile in 1:37.14 while taking the Tiznow for the second consecutive year.

Sponsored by the CTBA, the Tiznow is part of the Golden State Series for eligible California-bred or sired older horses. The Tiznow is named for the California-bred two-time Breeders’ Cup Classic winner from 2000 and 2001 who was trained by Jay Robbins.

Breaking from the outside in a field of five, Fashionably Fast was part of a four-horse scramble for the lead, as recent allowance winner Desmond Doss had a head advantage over Margot’s Boy, with Surfing Star just a half length in front of the winner, who was hung four-wide around the clubhouse turn.

Heading to the far turn, Fashionably Fast moved into second, a half length back of Desmond Doss and these two traded punches to the sixteenth pole, where they were joined by a late running Brandothebartender, but in the end, Fashionably Fast simply wouldn’t be denied.

“This horse has so much heart, mucho corazon!” said Pereira, who has now ridden Fashionably Fast in 19 out of his 20 starts and in all eight of his victories. “None of these races are easy, but he tries so hard. Today, we were wide going into the first turn, but he’s got so much speed and I didn’t want to take too much hold of him. He relaxed a little down the backside and when we were between the number one (Desmond Doss) and the number three (Brandothebartender), he gave everything.”

“I wasn’t too worried about him being wide,” said Pederson. “He’s in the clear and he was on the bridle for Tiago, which was important. I was a little worried when he got a little keen up the backside, but you (could) tell at the three-eighth pole we had no excuse. He doesn’t make (anything) easy, he’s just a very game horse. I almost feel more confident when he’s tucked in a battle like that than when he’s out there by himself. But then at that point, you either win or you lose and you just hope for the best. Good horses make it easy.”

Owned by Harris Farms, Per Antonsen and John Nicoletti, Fashionably Fast, who is out of the Forestry mare Fall Fashion, is now 20-8-4-3 overall. With the winner’s share of $60,000, he increased his earnings to $568,245.

Vronsky Son Debuts a Winner

Albany, CA (February 28, 2021) – Ashley’s Valentine, the 3-year-old son of Vronsky, debuted a winner in the 6th race at Golden Gate Fields going five furlongs over the all weather surface.

Fourth in the early going, Ashley’s Valentine moved between horses in stretch like a seasoned pro. Catching the leaders, he finished strongest of all to score by a half-length.

Ashley’s Valentine races for Bram Jam Stable and Ciaglia Racing LLC, who bred him in partnership with Sharon Alesia. Produced by the Urgent Request (IRE) mare, Ashley’s Folly, he is trained by Andy Mathis.

Smiling Tiger’s Baja Sur Named Washington Champion Older Horse and Sprinter

Auburn, WA (February 27, 2021) – Baja Sur, the son of Smiling Tiger, was named champion sprinter and champion older horse at the 2020 Washington Thoroughbred Owners and Breeders Association Awards, which were announced via a Zoom presentation on February 27.

This was the third consecutive season Baja Sur has earned championship honors. Named champion 2-year-old 2018, he was the state’s Horse of the Year, champion 3-year-old and sprinter in 2019. In 2020, he won the El Dorado Shooter Stakes and placed in the Grade 3 Green Flash Handicap and the Albany Stakes.

Bred by John Roche, he is out of the Supremo mare, Premo Copy. Baja Sur races for John and Janene Maryanski and Gerald Schneider and he is trained by Blaine Wright. He has won or placed in ten of his twelve lifetime starts and he has earned $227,520.

Harris Farms’ 2020 California-bred Champions

Coalinga, CA (February 26, 2021) – Harris Farms was well represented when the California Thoroughbred Breeder’s Association announced their 2020 California-bred Champions.

Fashionably Fast, who was bred, foaled, raised by Harris Farms, and who races for the farm in partnership with Per Antonsen and John Nicoletti, was named Co-Champion Sprinter. He won the California Cup Sprint Stakes, the Tiznow Stakes, and was second in the Grade 2 Triple Bend S. Trained by Dean Pederson, the son of Lucky Pulpit has earned $508,245.

El Tigre Terrible, the son of Smiling Tiger, was crowned Champion Three-year-old. A state-bred champion as a juvenile last season, won the Real Good Deal Stakes and was second in the Desert Code Stakes. Campaigned by Slam Dunk Racing and Michael Nentwig and trained by Peter Miller, he has earned $220,700.

Co-Champion Two-year-old colt Big Fish was part of the 2019 California Thoroughbred Breeders’ Association Northern California Yearling Sale consignment of Harris Farms. Winner of the Del Mar Juvenile Turf Stakes, he races for Legacy Ranch and is trained by David Hofmans.