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Black type for October Sale yearling

Rapidly improving Moonless Sky was awarded the $125,000 Fran’s Valentine Stakes following the stewards’ disqualification of 2-1 favorite Pacific Heat for her interference in the stretch. Both fillies are graduates of the 2014 October Yearling Sale.

Pacific Heat (Hip 93), the sales topper at $175,000, is a California-bred champion and multiple stakes winner of $381,185. Moonless Sky (Hip 41), sold for $6,500 and was a private purchase earlier this year by Tom Pappas. Undefeated in three starts at Santa Anita for trainer Eddie Truman, the first-crop daughter of Bold Chieftain is now 7-3-2-2 and with the victory has doubled her earnings to $147,010.


Impressive win for October grad Ismelucky

Second in her May 4th debut at Santa Anita, Ismelucky returned two weeks later to win a $68,319 maiden special at 4 1/2 furlongs by 2 1/2 lengths against open company while setting all the fractions for a final time of :52.67. The 2-year-old daughter of Lucky Pulpit, a $90,000 yearling purchase from the Harris Farms consignment at the 2016 October Sale (Hip 224), has earned $52,920 on track plus a $17,500 Cal-bred bonus for Jerome Russell, co-owner with trainer Jeff Bonde.

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Grade I score for Danon Legend

Sent to the lead at the break, Danon Legend led throughout the 7 furlongs to win the $987,360 NAR grade I JBC Sprint at Kawasaki, defeating favorite Best Warrior by three lengths with last year’s winner Corin Berry another five lengths back in third.

Trained by Akira Murayama for owner Danox Co. Ltd, Danon Legend has now won nine graded stakes and 14 of 30 starts, $3,324,208, and he follows in the hoofprints of Barretts Select Sale grad Suni, a two-time winner of the JBC Sprint.

The 6-year-old son of Macho Uno, sold for $385,000 from the Eddie Woods consignment at the 2012 Select Two-Year-Olds in Training Sale (Hip 126) and was purchased by Narvick International. Watch Race


Repeat Tiznow Stakes win for Avanti Bello

Sent off as the 3-1 second choice to defend his title, Avanti Bello stalked a moderate pace in second then took the lead in upper stretch and proved best in the $100,690 Tiznow Stakes by nearly two lengths in time of 1:35.95. Watch Race

Now five for 11 at one mile, the 5-year-old son of Include trained by Doug O’Neill, increased his earnings to $413,416 for owners Pablo Suarez, Steven Keh, Jim Richardson, Tom Roberts and Wonderland Racing. The 2013 October Sale yearling (Hip 23) was consigned by Julie Adair-Stack.


Cuddle Alert best in Spring Fever

Cuddle Alert stalked the early pace from the rail then moved to the three path entering the stretch, and was up in final strides to capture the $100,000 Spring Fever Handicap by a head in time of 1:09.86 for owners Reed Saldana and Leopoldo Urbina. The win was the first stakes victory for trainer Melissa Saldana and the first for the daughter of Bedford Falls who increased her earnings to $220,000.

The 2013 October Sale yearling (Hip 205) sold for $3,500 from the West 12 Ranch consignment. Watch Race
























The highest-priced filly at this year’s Barretts Select Sale of Two-Year-Olds in Training (Hip 6) justified her $360,000 purchase price by bloodstock agent Dennis O’Neill with a dominant wire-to-wire debut victory in :52 flat at Santa Anita on May 25th. The daughter of Lucky Pulpit trained by Doug O’Neill, is the first starter for new owner Amr Zedan’s Zedan Racing Stables.

Initially purchased as a yearling for $42,000 at the 2016 October Sale (Hip 35) by John Brocklebank from the Cole Ranch consignment, Saudi Chroma gave notice that she could be very special when she posted the fastest one furlong breeze (:9 4/5) at the March 27 preview for consignor Havens Bloodstock. 

Graduate Short Notes 

Santa Anita, May 19, $63,000 Alw. 1mT
Sheeza Milk Way (4yo.f by Sidney’s Candy) rallied from last and overcame bumping in midstretch to win the feature by a length in 1:34.29 for owners Sharon Alesia, Robin Christianson, Ciaglia Racing LLC and Harry Crusberg. The 2015 Select Sale 2-year-old (Hip 57) trained by Peter Eurton has earned $210,155 and was a $70,000 purchase by Joe Ciaglia from King’s Equine.

Santa Anita, May 18, $57,035 Alw. 1 1/8mT
Monster Man (3yo.c by Unbridled’s Song) showed early zip and posted fractions of :22.67 and :46.71 to easily win the nine-furlong feature by just over a length for his second victory in seven starts for trainer Scott Hansen and owner Gary Broad. The 2016 Select Sale 2-year-old (Hip 113) was a $60,000 purchase from the Wavertree Stables, agent.

Emerald Downs, May 14, $50,000 Auburn Stakes
(3yo.c by Distorted Reality) kicked into gear from last entering the stretchand was up in time to win the six-furlong feature by a length in 1:08.92 for owner John Parker and trainer Candi Tollett. The 2015 Barretts January Sale yearling (Hip 169) consigned by his breeder Roger P. Downes, sold for $1,200.

Santa Anita, May 13, $55,725 Msw. 6 1/2fT
(3yo.g by Unusual Heat) rallied six-wide in the stretch to win his first start down the hill by 2 1/2 lengths in 1:13.85 for owners Sharon Alesia and Ciaglia Racing LLC. The 2015 Select Sale yearling (Hip 30) trained by Peter Eurton, was consigned by Harris Farms agent for Rosenberg, Auerbach and Abrams.

Santa Anita, May 7, $54,880 Alw. 6 1/2f
(3yo.f by Dialed In) set the early fractions and found more in deep stretch to win her second start following a 10 1/2-month layoff by 1 1/4 lengths. The 2016 Select Sale 2-year-old (Hip 33) trained by Peter Miller for owner Rockingham Ranch, was a $110,000 purchase from Excel Bloodstock.

Santa Anita, May 7, $54,000 Msw. 6 1/2f
(4yo.r by Super Saver) returned from a 10-month layoff to win his first start on dirt by a length for trainer Richard Mandella and owner William Peeples. The 2015 Select Sale 2-year-old (Hip 46) was consigned by John Brocklebank. 

Belmont, April 30, $78,400 Alw. 1 1/16m
Rally Cry (4yo.c by Uncle Mo) stalked the pace in second then took the lead with a furlong to go for a 1 1/2-length victory as the 4-5 favorite. Trained by Todd Pletcher for owner Paul Pompa Jr., the 2015 Select Sale 2-year-old (Hip 106) consigned by Eddie Woods, was purchased by Steve Young for $250,000.

Santa Anita, April 29, $55,725 Msw. 1m
Absolutely Stylish
(3yo.c by Uncle Mo) led gate to wire following a six-month layoff to win his second start for owner Peter Redekop and trainer Eddie Truman. The 2016 Select Sale 2-year-old sold for $285,000 from the King’s Equine consignment.

Santa Anita, April 28, $56,690 Alw. 1mT
Calli Way
(3yo.g by Unusual Heat) took the lead into stretch and sealed the 1:34.74 victory with a final fraction of 11.86 for owner Paymaster Racing LLC and trainer Richard Baltas. The 2015 August Select yearling (Hip 50) consigned by Fairview, sold for $50,000 to SGV Thoroughbreds.

Santa Anita, April 28, $34,635 Alw. 1mT
Moonless Sky
(4yo.f by Bold Chieftain) rallied wide in the stretch for the length score and is now two-for-two at Santa Anita for trainer Eddie Truman and owner Pappas Racing. The 2014 October Sale yearling (Hip 41) consigned by Willow Tree Farm, was a $6,500 purchase by PL Stables. 

Golden Gate, April 23, $35,289 Alw. 1mT
Harvest a Storm (3yo.c by Tribal Rule) pressed the pace in second then assumed the lead in midstretch to win by nearly four lengths under a hand ride for owners Curt and Lila Lanning and trainer Ed Moger, Jr. The $17,000 yearling purchase from the 2015 October Sale (Hip 91) was sold by Havens Bloodstock.

Santa Anita, April 21, $56,000 Msw. 6 1/2fT
Kenda (3yo.f by Bodemeister) was sent off as the 5-2 favorite in her second try on turf and ran to her odds, winning by 1 1/2 lengths in excellent time of 1:12.90. The 2016 March Sale graduate (Hip 48) was consigned by Sequel Bloodstock.

Santa Anita, April 15, $55,725 Msw. 6 1/2fT
Salient (4yo.g by Papa Clem) showed good speed contesting the early pace then took the lead entering the stretch and continued on to a four and one-quarter length victory for trainer Edward Freeman, co-owner with Dennis Miller. The 2015 January Sale 2-year-old (Hip 311) consigned by Havens Bloodstock, sold for $15,000.

Santa Anita, April 14, $56,000 Alw. 5 1/2f
Boy Howdy (4yo.c by Southern Image) took the lead with a sixteenth to go and held gamely for a half-length score as the favorite for trainer Bill Spawr. The 2014 October Sale yearling (Hip 209) owned by Tom Acker, Lori Allen, Beauchamp, Smith and Whitney LLC was purchased for $45,000 by Jon Lindo from the Havens Bloodstock consignment.  

Santa Anita, April 9 $60,949 Alw. 1mT
Sheeza Milky Way (4yo.f by Sidney’s Candy) rallied three-wide from seventh in the final furlong to win by a length going away in time of 1:34.56. Trained by Peter Eurton for Sharon Alesia, Robin Christianson, Ciaglia Racing and Harry Crusberg, the 2015 Select Sale 2-year-old (Hip 57) was a $70,000 purchase from Kings Equine.











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