In the $300,000 California Breeders’ Champion Stakes Fillies is stakes winner Unusual Way, who is by Unusual Heat, out of the Great Above mare Way Up. She was bred by Thomas Bachman, is owned by Brown or Lebherz and is trained by Jeff Bonde. The $65,000 Barretts purchase has three wins in six starts, earnings of $183,610 and is coming off a second in the Dec. 9 Soviet Problem.
In the $300,000 California Breeders’ Champion Stakes Colts another Unusual Heat offspring Surfcup competes. He is out of the Runaway Groom mare Omi Princess, was bred by owner Donald Dizney and is trained by Bob Baffert. He has one win in two starts, earnings of $31,000 and is coming off a sixth in the Dec. 16 King Glorious.
In the $100,000 Valentine’s Dancer Stakes likely favorite Tiz Flirtatious who is by Tizbud heads a loaded field of stakes winning fillies and mares. She is out of the Victory Gallop mare Masquerade Belle, was bred by owner Pamela Ziebarth and trained by Martin Jones. She has four wins in seven starts, earnings of $274,800 and is coming off a second in the Dec. 30 Robert J. Frankel G2.
Also competing is Best Present Ever (by Unusual Heat), out of the Beau Genius mare Centerofattention. She was bred by owners Dennis and Norine Grenier and is trained by J. Eric Kruljac. She has three wins in 10 starts, earnings of $205,800 and is making her first start since an eighth in the Oct. 27 Autumn Miss Stakes.
Toomanytomatoes is by the late Downtown Seattle, out of the French Deputy mare Toomanytomorrows, was bred by Harris Farms and Harold Chuhlantseff, is owned by Westside Rentals.com or W.C. Racing and is trained by Doug O’Neill. She has three wins in eight starts, earnings of $101,160 and is coming off a fourth when claimed for $50,000 Jan. 10.
In the $100,000 Crystal Water Stakes Harris Farms homebred John Scott heads another talent laden field of older horses. He is by Bertrando, out of the Deputy Minister mare Henlopen, was bred by Harris Farms and Scott Gross, is owned by Harris Farms and is trained by Carla Gaines. He has five wins in 11 starts, earnings of $400,304 and is coming off a third in the Jan. 5 San Pasqual.
Huntsville is by Unusual Heat, out of the Jade Hunter mare Lethal Hunter, was bred by owners David Abrams and Madeline Auerbach and is trained by Barry Abrams. He has three wins in 22 starts, earnings of $183,725 and is coming off a second in a Jan. 4 $62,500 claimer.
Big Bane Theory is by Artie Shiller, out of the Alysheba mare Shebane and was rasied at Harris Farms for his owners. He was bred by owners Scott Gross and Mark Devereaux and is trained by Carla Gaines. He has two wins in five starts, earnings of $102,720 and is coming off a fourth in the Dec. 26 Sir Beaufort.