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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


Graded win for October grad Solid Wager

Last of five by as much as eight lengths, Solid Wager began to makeup ground on the turn and mounted a furious stretch drive on the outside, catching his stablemate St. Joe Bay at the wire for a dead heat victory in the $100,000 Midnight Lute Stakes-G3 at 6 1/2 furlongs. The pair hit the wire in 1:15.03 on a track rated sloppy. Watch Race

The 5-year-old son of Birdonthewire is an eight-time winner of $469,921, including back-to-back wins in the 2015-2016 Cary Grant Stakes for trainer Miller and owners Gary and Cecil Barber and Stanford Stables. He was a $3,000 purchase by High Country Sales from the Madera Thoroughbreds consignment (Hip 83) at the 2012 October Yearling Sale.


Graded stakes comeback win for March Sale grad Stanford

Sent off as the 9-5 second choice following a 6-month layoff, Stanford showed no rust dominating the $100,000 Harlan’s Holiday Stakes (G3) at Gulfstream Park, Dec. 17. The 4-year-old son of Malibu Moon broke on top and cruised on the lead to win the 1 1/16-mile feature by three lengths while notching his third career stakes victory.

Winner of the $1.25 million Charles Town Classic (G2) in April and second in the Gulfstream Handicap (G2) and Fred Hooper (G3) at Gulfstream last winter, Stanford has earned $1,197,560 for Stonestreet Stables and the Coolmore connections of Mrs. John Magnier, Michael Tabor and Derrick Smith.

A $550,000 Select Sale 2-year-old, Stanford (2014 Hip 48), was purchased from the Kings Equine consignment by trainer Todd Pletcher.


Vending Machine takes to the turf

A close third with a quarter of a mile to run, Vending Machine gained the lead in the final sixteenth and held gamely to win the $80,580 Eddie Logan Stakes in his turf debut. The 2-year-old son of Hard Spun, trained by Peter Miller for the Sinnott Family Trust, crossed the wire in time of 1:35.87 for the mile over a turf course labeled as “good”.

Second in the Cecil B. DeMille Stakes-G3 at Del Mar in his previous start, Vending Machine, a 2016 March Select Sale graduate (Hip 60) consigned by Secure Investments, is one of two stakes-winning juveniles to represent his sire in 2016. Watch Race

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Best Macho wins stakes debut in Japan

Mr. Yukio Baba’s promising 3-year-old Best Macho earned his first stakes victory October 29 in the $335,301 Kannazuki Stakes at Tokyo where he defeated older horses as the favorite while covering the 7 furlongs in time of 1:23.6.

The son of Macho Uno trained by Takahisa Tezuka has four wins and a second in five career starts for earnings of $454,966. He was a $260,000 Select Sale 2-year-old (Hip 77) purchase by Narvick International from the Eddie Woods 2015 consignment.






















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.


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


New Rising Star for Barretts March

Rebounding from a troubled third in her 2-year-old debut behind subsequent G2 winner Unique Bella, Delitefull Lady took the lead in mid-stretch and “bounded” home to an effortless 3 3/4-victory in 1:09.63 for owner Paymaster Racing, LLC and trainer Richard Baltas. The daughterof Dialed In consigned by Excel Bloodstock to the Select Two-Year-Olds in Training Sale at Del Mar (Hip 9), worked in :10 flat at the preview and was purchased by David Meah for $72,000.

Graduate Short Notes 

Santa Anita, Feb. 18, $57,035 Alw. 6f
Annie’s Candy (4yo.g by Twirling Candy) charged four-wide down the stretch to win by three-quarters of a length in 1:08.25. The 2015 Select Sale 2-year-old (Hip 103) and G2-placed winner of $202,285 is trained by Peter Miller for Rockingham Ranch and Chad Littlefield. He sold from the Wavertree Stables consignment for $105,000.

Golden Gate, Feb. 20, $32,222 Msw. 1m
(4yo.f by Lucky Pulpit) won her synthetic debut by four lengths for trainer Neil Drysdale and owners Alice Bamford and Ann Eysenring. The 2015 January Sale 2-year-old (Hip 274) purchased for $30,000 by Shawn Dugan, was consigned by Harris Farms.

Santa Anita, Feb 12, $58,406 Alw. 6 1/2fT
Tiz a Billy (4yo.g. by Tizway) took the lead entering the stretch and continued on for a 2 1/4-length score under a hand ride for trainer Brian Koriner and owners James Cahill, Neil Haymes and Janet Lyons. The $200,000 Select Sale purchase (Hip 98) sold from the Eddie Woods consignment.

Santa Anita, Feb 5, $46,070 Super Bowl H.
David’s Memory (4yo.c. by English Channel) closed resolutely from last to win the 1 1/8-mile turf event by nearly three lengths while clocking the final eighth in 12:09 for trainer William Morey and the Joseph P. Morey, Jr. Revocable Trust. The 2014 October Sale yearling (Hip 166), a six-time winner of $169,830, sold for $30,000 from the H & E Ranch consignment.

Santa Anita, Feb 2, $55,380 Msw. 6 1/2fT
(5yo.g. by Vronsky) pressed the pace in second then took the lead at the top of the stretch to win going away by 1 3/4 lengths for owner Nu Wave Stables and trainer Hector Palma. The 2015 October Sale graduate (Hip 292) consigned by Havens Bloodstock for the Ellwood Johnston Estate, sold for $2,700 as an unraced 3-year-old.

Golden Gate, Jan. 26, $36,225 Alw. 6f
Emmy and I (4yo.f by Heatseeker) set all the fractions for a sparkling 1:09.87 victory, her third for owner Gene Tenbrink and trainer Steve Specht. The 2014 October Sale yearling (Hip 171) was consigned by McCarthy Bloodstock.

Santa Anita, Jan. 20, $56,000 Alw. 6f
Elwood J (3yo.g by Vronsky) led gate-to-wire over the wet fast surface, clocking a final time of 1:09.83 for owner Joe Turner and trainer Jerry Hollendorfer. The victory, his second in five starts, increased his bankroll to $83,940. Alfredo Marquez purchased the 2015 October Sale yearling (Hip 85) for $16,000 from Havens
Bloodstock, agent for the Estate of Ellwood Johnston and Beruman.

Santa Anita, Jan. 20, $52,900 Msw. 1m
Spooky Woods (3yo.f by Ghostzapper) found the sealed track to her liking, setting all the fractions for a near four-length victory in time of 1:36.87 as the 3-5 favorite for Jerry Hollendorfer and owners West Point Thoroughbreds and Edwin Barker. The 2016 Select Sale 2-year-old (Hip 120) consigned by Excel Bloodstock, sold for $250,000.

Santa Anita, Jan. 20, $54,690 Msw. 1m
Q. T.’s Tribute (3yo.c by Unusual Heat) earned his diploma wire to wire by just over six lengths in his second start at Santa Anita for trainer William Morey and owners Jeffrey Byer, Maura Mendoza, Michael Nentwig and Stephen Post. The 2016 January Sale 2-year-old (Hip 163) consigned by Sam Hendricks, was purchased by Hebert Bloodstock for $32,000.

Kyoto, Jan. 17, $99,895 Msw. 1mT
Chilly Silver (3yo.f. by Malibu Moon) stalked the pace in fourth then accelerated in the stretch to win going way by nearly two lengths for owner Kazumi Yoshida and trainer Kiyoshi Hagiwara. The 2016 Select Sale 2-year-old (Hip 51) purchased by Narvick International for $245,000, was consigned by Checkmate Thoroughbreds. 










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