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Tannersmyman colt achieves Sacramento stakes placing

Autism Awareness, the leading lifetime earner for the stakes-winning stallion Tannersmyman, continued to flaunt his affinity for Northern California racetracks with a runner-up finish in the $80,000 Governor's Handicap on September 7, closing day of the 2009 California State Fair meet in Sacramento. [WATCH RACE VIDEO]

The 4-year-old colt burst onto the national scene in March 2008, when he captured the $150,000 El Camino Real Derby (G3) on the dirt at Bay Meadows Race Course. He then added to his credentials with a late-running victory in the $150,000 Berkeley Stakes (G3) on the Tapeta surface at Golden Gate Fields in May 2009. Following that 1 1/16-mile race, he shipped south for Hollywood Park's Grade 1 Hollywood Gold Cup Handicap on July 11, then north for Emerald Downs' Grade 3 Longacres Mile Handicap on August 16.

After running unplaced in both of those experiments, Autism Awareness returned to his base at trainer Genaro Vallejo's Golden Gate barn to prepare for the 1 1/8-mile Governor's Handicap, which attracted five starters for its 59th edition. Paired with jockey Frank Alvarado and assigned top weight of 122 pounds, he stalked the pace from third for the first six furlongs of the dirt test, moved up in the final turn and finished evenly behind the winning favorite, Bold Chieftain, who produced a five-length advantage in the end.

The race marked the first stakes placing for Autism Awareness, an earner of $297,745 from his 25-race career. Altogether, he has compiled four wins and six placings for owner Johnny Taboada, who purchased the colt for a shrewd $1,000 at the 2006 CTBA Sales' Northern California Yearling Sale. He is the second foal out of the winning Sharp Victor mare Lady Essex, and was bred in California by Jim Eaton, Paul Arndt, Dave Marabela and Mr. and Mrs. Terry Smith.

Woodbridge Farm in Oakdale, California is the home of the fourth-crop sire Tannersmyman. The 11-year-old Lord Carson stallion is represented by cumulative progeny earnings of more than $600,000 to date. - September 7, 2009

Tannersmyman colt turns in another Grade 3 shocker

Nearly 15 months after he pulled off a 62-1 shocker in the $150,000 El Camino Real Derby (G3) and briefly flirted with the 2008 Triple Crown trail, the Tannersmyman colt Autism Awareness rewarded his backers with another huge payout when he captured Golden Gate Fields' $150,000 Berkeley Stakes (G3) at odds of 30-1 on May 25.

The 4-year-old colt was sidelined by a knee injury that was detected just three days after his breakout race in the El Camino Real in March 2008. He returned to competition last November, but only managed a single allowance optional claiming victory in seven subsequent starts.

Following a failed turf experiment in the $300,000 San Francisco Mile Stakes (G2) on April 25, Autism Awareness was ignored by most handicappers in his 1 1/16-mile Berkeley attempt. Partnered with jockey David Lopez, the California-bred colt broke from the outside post in the nine-horse race, stayed within reach of the early leaders, rallied four-wide on the second turn and surged forward as part of a four-horse blanket finish. His late push was enough to give him a head advantage at the wire, which he reached in 1:43.12 on the all-weather Tapeta surface.

Produced by the winning Sharp Victor mare Lady Essex and bred by Jim Eaton, Paul Arndt, Dave Marabela and Mr. and Mrs. Terry Smith, Autism Awareness was purchased for a mere $1,000 by owner Johnny Taboada at the 2006 CTBA Sales' Northern California Yearling Sale. To date, he has earned $281,745, with four wins and five placings from 22 starts for trainer Genaro Vallejo.

Stakes winner Tannersmyman stands at Woodbridge Farm in Oakdale, California. From four crops of racing age, the 11-year-old son of Lord Carson has compiled progeny earnings of more than $560,000. - May 25, 2009