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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























Stanford sets record on cruise control

Sent off as the 1-5 favorite in the $100,000 Challenger Stakes March 11 at Tampa Bay Downs, Stanford ran to his odds, setting all the fractions for a 3 1/4-­length victory while setting a new track record of 1:41.75 for the 1 1/16 miles. Trained by Todd Pletcher for owners Stonestreet Stables, Susan Magnier, Michael Tabor and Derrick Smith, the millionaire and two-­time graded winner by Malibu Moon has earned $1,334,360. The 2014 Select Sale 2-year-old (Hip 48) consigned by Kings Equine, sold for $550,000.

Zakaroff earns first stakes victory
in the El Camino Real Derby-G3.

Five El Camino Real Derbies for Barretts

Riding the rail throughout the first six furlongs, Zakaroff angled to the outside entering the stretch and rallied strongly to catch the favorite Ann Arbor Eddie in the final sixteenth to win the $200,450 El Camino Real Derby-G3 by a half-length in time of 1:51.34 for the 1 1/8 miles. Watch Race

Trained by Steve Specht, Zakaroff provided owner Antone Metaxas with his first stakes victory and jockey Kyle Frey with his first graded win. The second-crop son of Slew’s Tiznow was a $25,000 yearling purchase by Greg Gilchrist from the Havens Bloodstock consignment at the 2015 October Sale (Hip 12).

Barretts Sales graduates have won the El Camino Real Derby five times since 1992, including Metaboss in 2015 and Dice Flavor in 2013.

Graduate Short Notes 

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.

Santa Anita, April 9, $55,035 Msw. 5 1/2f
Haveiture Way (4yo.f by Lucky Pulpit) clocked a 21:90 first quarter from the rail and drew clear to win her second start by just over a length for owner Kings River Ranch and trainer J. Eric Kruljac. The 2015 January Sale 2-year-old (Hip 359) consigned by Colleen Turpin-Boyce, sold for $7,000.

Golden Gate, April 9, $33,426 Alw. 1 1/16m
(4yo.f by Lucky Pulpit) pressed the pace then took the lead in deep stretch to notch her second victory for trainer Neil Drysdale and owners Alice Bamford and Ann Eysenring. The 2015 January Sale 2-year-old (Hip 274) consigned by Harris Farms, was purchased by Shaun Dugan for $30,000.

Santa Anita, April 8, $57,371 Alw. 6 1/2f
Rockport Babe
(4yo.f by Rockport Harbor) dueled for the lead through early fractions and out gamed fellow Barretts May Sale grad Mining Diamonds for the win. Trained by Mick Ruis for Ruis Racing, LLC, the 2015 May Sale 2-year-old (Hip 23) sold for $49,000 from the McCarthy Bloodstock consignment.

Santa Anita, April 7, $54,000 Msw. 1m
I Can Do This
(3yo.c by Empire Way) moved to the outside in the final furlong and closed steadily for a half-length victory for trainer Mark Glatt. Consigned by Havens Bloodstock, the 2016 May Sale 2-year-old (Hip 48) was an $87,000 purchase by owners Red Baron’s Barn LLC and Rancho Temescal.

Golden Gate, April 2, $35,127 Alw. 6f
Hot Lightning (5yo.g by Stormin Fever) dueled for the lead through fast fractions and held on gamely to win bya neck for owner Ari Herbertson and trainer Scott Herbertson. The 2014 May Sale 2-year-old (Hip 36) consigned by Wavertree Stables, sold for $85,000.

Golden Gate, March 26, $31,266 Msw. 6f
(3yo.f by Distorted Reality) rallied four-wide and was up in time to win by a half-length as the favorite for owner John Parker and trainer Michael Lenzini. The 2015 January Sale yearling (Hip 169) was a $1,200 purchase  from the Havens Bloodstock consignment.

Santa Anita, March 25, $60,740 Alw. 1m
Curlin Road
(4yo.g by Curlin) missed the start and rallied from last to win going away for owners Albert and Kathleen Mattivi and trainer Ron Ellis. The $95,000 May Sale juvenile (2015, Hip 134) was sold by Excel Bloodstock.

Santa Anita, March 24, $57,380 Alw. 6 1/2fT
David’s Memory
(5yo.g by Vronsky) set all the fractions for his second 2017 victory “down the hill” for owner Nuwave Stables and trainer Hector Palma. The 2015 October Sale graduate (Hip 292) consigned by Havens Bloodstock,  sold for $2,700 as an unraced 3-year-old from the Ellwood Johnston Estate.

Nakayama, March 19, $375,556 Chiba S.
(6yo.h by Parading) increased his earnings to $1,083,797 following his first stakes victory and sixth career win for owner Makoto Kato and trainer Kyosuke Maruta. The 2013 Select Sale 2-year-old (Hip 25) consigned by Havens Bloodstock, was a $70,000 purchase by his owner. 

Nakayama, March 11, $83,152 Msw. 6f
Glitter Tesoro (3yo.c. by Into Mischief) pressed the pace then took the lead in deep stretch to win by a neck as the favorite for owner Kenji Ryotokuji and trainer Ryo Takei. The 2016 Select Sale 2-year-old was a $100,000 purchase (Hip 3) by his owner from Excel Bloodsock.










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