Barretts at the Track
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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
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
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
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.
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
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.
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.
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
Nakayama, March 11, $83,152 Msw. 6f
Santa Anita, March 10, $58,070 Alw. 6 1/2f
Santa Anita, March 9, $55,380 Msw. 1mT
Santa Anita, March 4, $70,502 Alw. 7f
Santa Anita, March 2, $55,035 Msw. 6 1/2fT
Aqueduct, Feb. 25, $67,000 Alw. 6f
Santa Anita, Feb. 18, $57,035 Alw. 6f
Golden Gate, Feb. 20, $32,222 Msw. 1m
Santa Anita, Feb 12, $58,406 Alw. 6 1/2fT
Santa Anita, Feb 5, $46,070 Super Bowl H.
Santa Anita, Feb 2, $55,380 Msw. 6 1/2fT