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Kanthaka gets 100th stakes win for West Point

Rating kindly in fifth, seven lengths off a sizzling :44.25 half-mile fraction, Kanthaka moved into contention on the final turn then powered away to a 3 1/4-length victory in the $200,345 San Vicente Stakes-G2 in his stakes debut.

The first-crop son of Jimmy Creed stopped the timer in 1:22.62 for the seven-furlong test. WATCH RACE The 2017 March Sale 2-year-old (Hip 36) trained by Jerry Hollendorfer, now has two wins from three starts and $153,440 in earnings. He was a $140,000 purchase by West Point Thoroughbreds from the Kings Equine consignment.

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March Sale grad Ryono Tesoro wins
Crocus Stakes at Tokyo in 2018 debut.

In his 3-year-old debut following a demanding 2-year-old campaign of 3-2-1-0 in four weeks, Ryono Tesoro revealed a new dimension winning the $337,086 Crocus Stakes at 7 furlongs in time of 1:22.30 in his stakes debut and first starton turf. WATCH RACE

Purchased for $300,000 from the Eddie Woods consignment at last year’s Select Sale (Hip 48) following a bullet preview of :20 3/5, Ryono Tesoro (Hip 48) is the top-priced sale juvenile by Justin Phillip and his sire’s leading money winner with earnings of $310,877. Congratulations to owner Kenji Ryotokuji and trainer Ryo Takei.


Big payday for October grad Rye

Sent off as the 2-1 favorite in a field of nine, Rye rallied from eighth with a quarter mile to go and was up in final strides to win the 1 1/8-mile $200,000 Unusual Heat Turf Classic by a head for trainer William Morey and the Joseph P. Morey Revocable Trust. WATCH RACE

The 5-year-old son of English Channel bred and consigned by H & E Ranch, was a $30,000 yearling purchase (Hip 166) by Rozamund Barclay at the 2014 October Sale. The victory, his eighth in 16 starts, increased his earnings to $307,199.


In his 2018 debut Best Macho
notches his third stakes victory

A tough and consistent competitor since 2016 for owner Yukio Baba, Best Macho celebrated the opening of the 2018 racing season with a powerful victory in the $380,853 January Stakes at Nakayama, January 13 for trainer Takahisa Tezuka. Stalking the pace in third, the 5-year-old son of Macho Uno rallied strongly in the final furlong to win by 1 1/4 lengths in 1:10.40.

With the victory, he improved his record to 12-6-2-1 and increased his earnings to $952,347. The 2015 March Select Sale 2-year-old (Hip 77) consigned by Eddie Woods, was a $260,000 purchase by Narvick International.

























Stakes victories at Santa Anita and Del Mar for Spiced Perfection

Stalking the pace from the rail, Spiced Perfection swung three-wide turning for home and caught the 2-5 favorite Show It N Moe It in final strides for a hard fought neck decision in the $200,000 Evening Jewel Stakes for owner Dare to Dream Stable and trainer Brian Koriner.

The first-crop daughter of Smiling Tiger was a $6,500 Barretts 2016 October yearling purchase (Hip 48) by John Brocklebank from the Woodbridge Farm consignment and a $50,000 bargain purchase (Hip 8) by Dare to Dream Stable from Checkmate Thoroughbreds, agent at the 2017 Barretts March Sale. Off the board only once, Spiced Perfection won the $100,000 Generous Portion Stakes at 2 and has earned $227,625 in eight starts.

Three days prior to her victory, her 2-year-old full brother (Hip 63) sold for $200,000 at Barretts’ Spring Sale. Congratulations to their breeder Premier Thoroughbreds LLC.

Graduate Short Notes 

Santa Anita, April 15, $57,035 Alw. 1mT
Bold Papa (6yo. g by Papa Clem) found room in the final sixteenth and was up in time to win by three-quarters of a length for trainer Richard Baltas and owners Christopher Dunn and Jeremy Peskoff. The $10,000 October Sale (Hip 51) yearling turned $110,000 May 2-year-old (Hip 51) when consigned by McCarthy Bloodstock, was purchased by George Papaprodromou.

Santa Anita, April 15, $54,345 Msw. 1m
(4yo. c by Majestic Warrior) rallied three-wide into the stretch to win by just over a length as the favorite for trainer Bob Baffert and owners Karl Watson, Michael Pegram and Paul Weitman. The 2016 Select Sale 2-year-old (Hip 100) was a $240,000 purchase from Crane Thoroughbreds.

Santa Anita, April 14, $57,035 Alw. 1mT
Tule Fog
(4yo. c by Surf Cat) set fast fractions gate to wire for an easy 3 1/2-length victory for trainer Javier Sierra and owners Carolyn Sherry and Sierra Stables. The 2015 October Sale yearling (Hip 137) now with earnings of $101,705, was sold by John Golightly for $2,400.

Santa Anita, April 13, $55,035 Msw. 6 1/2fT
Bella Sierra
(6yo. m by Council Member) dueled for the lead throughout and proved best late by nearly two lengths for owner/trainer Javier Sierra. The 2013 October Sale yearling (Hip 160) consigned by Special T Thoroughbreds, sold for $2,000.

Nakayama, April 7, $132,668 Alw. 6f
Liver Bird
(4yo. r by The Factor) won by a nose as the favorite in a four-horse blanket finish for owner Yukio Baba and trainer Takahisa Tezuda. The $460,000 Select Sale 2-year-old purchase (2016 Hip 12) by Narvick International was consigned by Wavertree Stables.

Santa Anita, April 8, $56,070 Msw. 1 1/8mT
Marry by Now (4yo f by Slew’s Tiznow) defeated a full field wire to wire for owner James Weigel and trainer Matthew Chew. The 2015 October Sale yearling (Hip 60) was consigned by Mary Knight.

Santa Anita, April 7, $67,796 Alw. 1mT
(4yo c. by Acclamation) gained the lead entering the stretch and clinched the victory with a 11.46 final eighth for trainer Rafael Becerra and the ownership group of Brazeau Thoroughbreds, Paul Newhart and Craig Martin. The 2015 August Select yearling (Hip 27) consigned by Harris Farms, agent, sold for $25,000.

Santa Anita, April 5, $57,725 Alw. 1mT
(4yo f. by Unusual Heat) rallied five-wide entering the stretch to win clear by nearly two lengths for owner Eclipse Thoroughbred Partners and trainer Patrick Gallagher. The 2015 August Select yearling (Hip 49) was a $75,000 purchase from Harris Farms, agent.

Santa Anita, March 31, $56,070 Msw. 6 1/2fT
(3yo f. by Animal Kingdom) gained the lead four-wide into the stretch and held on gamely to win her debut by a half-length for trainer Patrick Gallagher and Eclipse Thoroughbred Partners. The 2017 Select Sale 2-year-old (Hip 82) consigned by Kings Equine, sold for $85,000. 

Santa Anita, March 24, $30,345 Alw. 6 1/2f
Rainbow Squall (4yo. g by City Zip)) rallied in between horses and was up in final strides to win by a neck for owner Sebastian Valente and trainer George Papaprodromou. The 2016 May Sale 2-year-old (Hip 125) was consigned by Sam Hendricks.

Santa Anita, March 24, $55,725 Msw. 6 1/2f
Brickhouse (4yo. g by Vronsky) took the lead entering the stretch to win his 2018 debut (and first start in nine months) by head. The 2015 October Sale yearling (Hip 114) trained by Hector Palma for owner Nu Wave Stables, sold for $3,000 from the Havens Bloodstock consignment.

Golden Gate, March 16, $35,163 Alw. 6f
Rewired (3yo. c by Acclamation) set all the fractions from the rail to win for the third time in four starts in time of 1:10.36. The 2016 January Sale yearling (Hip 5) trained by Steve Specht for owner Rodney Orr, was a $5,000 purchase by Halvorson Bloodstock from Havens Bloodstock.

Santa Anita, March 15, $57,035 Alw. 6f
Smiling Tigress (3yo. f by Smiling Tiger) gained the lead in the final sixteenth and won clear by 3 3/4 lengths in 1:10.94 for trainer David Bernstein. The 2016 October Sale yearling (Hip 88) purchased by Naseer Mohammed Fasihuddin and Madiha Sarwarfor $20,000, sold from the Woodbridge Farm consignment.

Santa Anita, March 15, $55,035 Msw. 6 1/2f
(3yo. f by Storm Wolf) dueled three-wide into the turn then took the lead in mid stretch to win by just over a length for the Benowitz Family Trust, Convergence Stable and Mathilde Powell. The 2016 October Sale yearling (Hip 4) consigned by Havens Bloodstock, was purchased by trainer Leonard Powell for $2,500. 












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