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First-crop Vronsky filly a three-time winner at Turf Paradise

On October 12, the Vronsky filly Shesourkindagal demonstrated her affinity for Arizona soil when she captured a five-furlong race to remain perfect in three main-track sprints at Turf Paradise.

The 3-year-old runner, a member of her sire's inaugural foal crop, has competed on dirt, turf and all-weather surfaces while making 13 starts at six different racetracks in Arizona and California over the past 12 months. But she has found her best stride in short-distance attempts on a fast strip at Turf Paradise, where she broke her maiden in her fifth start last February. She followed that five-furlong score with a 12 1/4-length romp in a local, $5,000 claiming race carded at six furlongs on March 8.

After making six disappointing appearances elsewhere over the next seven months, placing just twice, Shesourkindagal returned to the site and distance of her maiden win for her most recent outing, in which she faced seven rival fillies and mares in a $3,500 claiming race. Saddled by trainer Matt Williams and ridden by jockey Wilson Dieguez, she overcame a slow start with a powerful late rush and reached the wire with a one-length advantage in a final time of :58.17.

Shesourkindagal was bred in California by her owner, Blahut Stables LLC, and has earned $18,535 while posting three wins and three placings overall. She is the second foal out of Clever Trick's unraced daughter Clever N Cute.

Vronsky is represented by five winners from seven starters to date, including the stakes-winning juvenile Excessive Passion. The second-crop sire, a 10-year-old multiple winner by Danzig, stands at Old English Rancho in Sanger, California. - October 12, 2009

Premiere Flyer, by Vronsky, is a Del Mar dual surface winner

Three-year-old Premiere Flyer, a representative from the inaugural crop of the California-based stallion Vronsky, added a turf victory to his earlier Polytrack victory at Del Mar Thoroughbred Club when he romped in a grassy starter allowance on August 19.

The California-bred gelding broke his maiden on July 29, when he defeated nine contenders in a six-furlong maiden claiming event which was contested over the seaside track's all-weather racing surface. Although he finished a dull fifth in his 6 1/2-furlong optional claiming follow-up on August 9, the Donald Warren trainee moved from the main track to the lawn and regrouped for his 3 1/4-length winning effort just 10 days later.

Premiere Flyer faced six other runners, including four of his elders, in the one-mile starter allowance, which was valued at $36,640. Accompanied by regular rider Victor Espinoza, he captured the race with relative simplicity, closing resolutely from fifth for an uncontested score in 1:35.08.

The $23,040 payday improved his six-race bankroll to $41,240 for his ownership group of E.W. and Judy Johnston and Dolores Riggio. Premiere Flyer is the fourth foal out of the stakes producer Flying in Style, by Flying Sensation, and was bred by the Johnstons' Old English Rancho.

His sire, Vronsky, won all three of his career victories on the turf in Southern California. The 10-year-old Danzig stallion currently stands at the Old English Rancho facility in Sanger. - August 19, 2009

Vronsky represented by maiden winner at Del Mar

On July 29, the oceanside track operated by Del Mar Thoroughbred Club in Southern California served as the stunning backdrop for the first career victory by Premiere Flyer, one of five winners from the initial six starters sired by the young stallion Vronsky.

Facing nine other runners in the restricted, six-furlong maiden claiming test, the 3-year-old gelding outran all comers - as well as his 10-1 odds - with a 1 3/4-length score in 1:11.53. The Donald Warren trainee was ridden by Victor Espinoza, who has been aboard for all four of his starts to date. Premiere Flyer raced three times from April through June at Hollywood Park, placing once, then turned in a pair of five-furlong works at Del Mar in mid-July before he started locally for a $40,000 claiming price.

The change in scenery worked in his favor. Premiere Flyer gave chase along the inside early, moved up leaving the turn and took control of the race with a sixteenth of a mile to go. At the conclusion, he led a mouth-watering, $1,821.80 trifecta of longshots.

Bred in California by Old English Rancho and produced by the winning broodmare Flying in Style, by Flying Sensation, Premiere Flyer is a half-brother to 2007 Derby Trial Stakes winner Flying First Class. He is campaigned by E.W. and Judy Johnston in partnership with Dolores Riggio, and he has now earned $17,600.

The second-crop sire Vronsky, 10, is a winning son of Danzig who resides at the Johnstons' Old English Rancho in Sanger, California. He is represented by cumulative progeny earnings of nearly $130,000 to date. - July 29, 2009

Unbeaten Excessive Passion is first stakes winner for Vronsky

The California second-crop sire Vronsky achieved his first stakes winner on July 4, when his 2-year-old colt Excessive Passion remained undefeated following a front-running romp in the Everett Nevin Alameda County Stakes at Pleasanton.

Trained by Jeff Bonde, Excessive Passion embarked on his racing career with an eye-catching debut win at Golden Gate Fields on March 28. In that two-furlong maiden special weight dash, he set a track record on the San Francisco-area oval's Tapeta Footings surface when he stopped the clock in :21.59. Moved to a traditional dirt surface on the Northern California fair circuit and asked to stretch out to 5 1/2 furlongs for the $60,000 Everett Nevin, the colt took an immediate lead over his nine state-bred rivals, put away an early contender after a spirited duel and drew clear from another looming threat near the quarter pole under jockey Omar Figueroa, who guided him to a 3 1/4-length victory in 1:03.90.

The internal fractions posted by the 3-2 wagering favorite were :22.30, :45.21 and :57.42. He collected a $31,000 winner's check while keeping his two-race record perfect for owners Rusty Brown, Philip Lebherz and Alan Klein. To date, his earnings stand at $49,720.

Excessive Passion is the fourth named foal out of the winning In Excess (Ire) mare Ms Hearts N Arrows. He was bred in California by Old English Rancho and Berumen, and sold for a gender-best $25,000 at the 2008 Northern California Yearling Sale.

Old English Rancho in Sanger is the home of his 10-year-old sire, Vronsky. The multiple winner by Danzig, who sold for $1 million as a Keeneland September yearling, is represented by four winners from six starters to date. - July 4, 2009

Vronsky runner leads from gate to wire in his career debut

First-time starter Tri Something New lived up to his name on May 31, when he became the fourth winner from the initial crop sired by the California stallion Vronsky.

The 3-year-old gelding captured a six-furlong maiden claiming test at Emerald Downs, the Washington racetrack where he posted three five-furlong works during May in preparation for his career debut. The foundation instilled by trainer Mike Chambers proved instrumental.

Eager to run as soon as the starting stalls opened, Tri Something New set a pressured pace from the inside, opened a clear lead in midstretch and ultimately finished the seven-horse dash without feeling the whip of jockey Seth Martinez, who coasted his mount to the wire in 1:11.20 as a three-length winner. The fractions the duo set along their journey in the $7,500 claiming race were :22.40, :45.80 and :58, and they returned a $6.40 win voucher as the 2-1 second wagering choice.

Tri Something New was bred in California by his owner, Dr. Melinda Blue. He is the third foal out of the winning broodmare St Antim (Ire), by Petardia (GB), and he has now earned $3,520.

A three-time winner by Danzig, Vronsky stands at Old English Rancho in Sanger. The 10-year-old stallion represents the productive family of 2008 Breeders' Cup Classic (G1) winner Raven's Pass, as well as reigning European champion Rainbow View and 2009 Kentucky Derby (G1) contender Advice. - May 31, 2009

Vronsky attains Hollywood Park second-out maiden winner

Norvsky, a second-time starter by the California stallion Vronsky, proved his gallant first race was not a fluke when he broke his maiden by two lengths in his next outing, which came on April 24 at Hollywood Park.

The 3-year-old gelding made his promising career debut at Santa Anita Park on March 29, defeating all but one of his 10 rivals when he moved six-wide and rallied from last to second in a one-mile turf race. The winner of that maiden special weight event, Compari, returned on April 25 to capture Hollywood's $250,000 Snow Chief Stakes in only his third lifetime start.

A stakes race might be in Norvsky's immediate future as well, based on his winning performance in the 1 1/16-mile maiden special weight race on the Hollywood grass course, which was contested by California-bred non-winners aged 3 and up and run under lights on a Friday night card. Saddled by Donald Warren and ridden by Joel Rosario, he was last of seven out of the gate, but first at the finish in a final clocking of 1:41.64.

The even-money favorite collected $28,800 to push his earnings to $38,000. He is the second winner out of the mare Fimbrelith, a winning daughter of Flying Paster. Norvsky was bred by Old English Rancho, and is campaigned by E.W. and Judy Johnston in partnership with Mr. and Mrs. Bob Riggio.

Ten-year-old Vronsky resides at the Johnston family's Old English Rancho in Sanger, California. A $1 million Keeneland September yearling and multiple winner by Danzig, he is represented by his second crop of runners this year. - April 24, 2009

Vronsky colt wins Northern California's first 2YO race of 2009

The young California sire Vronsky attained immediate dividends on March 28, when the initial runner from his second foal crop won the first 2-year-old race of 2009 at Golden Gate Fields.

Excessive Passion, a colt out of the winning In Excess (Ire) mare Ms Hearts N Arrows, broke professionally from the gate and ran a close second for most of the two-furlong dash, then overtook the early leader near the finish for a 1 1/2-length advantage at the wire. His final time on the Tapeta Footings surface was :21.59, which he achieved as the 5-2 wagering favorite under jockey Omar Figueroa, and which now stands as a track record for the distance.

The California-bred colt received a winner's purse of $18,720 for his successful career debut in the $32,400 maiden special weight test, which attracted nine contenders. He was saddled by Jeff Bonde for the ownership group of Rusty Brown, Philip Lebherz and Alan Klein.

Bred by Old English Rancho and Berumen, Excessive Passion was the $25,000 top-selling colt at the 2008 Northern California Yearling Sale, which was conducted by the California Thoroughbred Breeders Association at the Sonoma County Fairgrounds in Santa Rosa last August.

Vronsky, a winning son of Danzig, stands at Old English Rancho in Sanger, California. The 10-year-old stallion, whose Grade 2-winning half-brother E Dubai is a notable sire in Kentucky, is currently represented by his second crop to reach racing age. - March 28, 2009

First-crop Vronsky filly makes it two in a row at Turf Paradise

The first winner by the California sire Vronsky became his first repeat winner on March 8, when front-running Shesourkindagal romped by more than a dozen lengths in a six-furlong claiming race for 3-year-old fillies at Turf Paradise.

Making her second start on Arizona soil, Shesourkindagal burst from the gate with authority and quickly erased any conjecture about the race's ultimate outcome, leading the field through brisk fractions of :22.36, :45.46 and :57.43 before jockey Stephan Heiler put the 11-10 favorite in cruise control for her stretch run. When the duo reached the wire in 1:10.10, they were a comfortable 12 1/4 lengths ahead of their nearest rival.

The California-bred filly banked $4,020 for the victory, her second consecutive score at the $5,000 claiming level at Turf Paradise. She kicked off her career last October with a third-place effort on the Tapeta Footings racing surface at Golden Gate Fields, but she was unplaced in three subsequent starts on the all-weather track before she was shipped southeast to Turf Paradise. In total, she has earned $9,540 from six starts.

Shesourkindagal is a Blahut Stables LLC homebred, and was saddled for her most recent victory by trainer Phillip Schvaneveldt. Her dam is the unraced Clever Trick mare Clever N Cute.

Ten-year-old Vronsky, a winning son of Danzig, resides at Old English Rancho in Sanger, California. He will be represented by his second crop to race this year. - March 8, 2009

Vronsky's first winner breaks her maiden in hand-ride

The young California stallion Vronsky was represented by his initial winner as a sire on February 20, when his first-crop daughter Shesourkindagal turned away nine rivals without feeling her jockey's whip in a five-furlong maiden test at Turf Paradise.

Saddled by Keith Bennett and ridden by Stephan Heiler, the 3-year-old filly was pushed out five-wide early in the $5,000 claiming contest, but she quickly gained control of the race and forged ahead to a 5 1/2-length advantage in the stretch. Under hand-urging only, she reached the wire 2 1/4 lengths in front of her closest competitor in a final time of :57.85 for her first victory from five career outings.

Shesourkindagal made four consecutive starts on the Tapeta Footings surface at Golden Gate Fields, before switching to the dirt in Arizona. To date, she has earned $5,520 while running for her breeder, Blahut Stables LLC.

Produced by the unraced Clever Trick mare Clever N Cute, Shesourkindagal was bred in California.

Three-time winner Vronsky stands at Old English Rancho in Sanger, California. The 10-year-old son of Danzig, who sold for $1 million as a Keeneland September yearling, is out of the Grade 3-placed, multiple stakes-winning Lord At War (Arg) mare Words of War, who also produced the dual Grade 2-winning sire E Dubai and the Grade 1 winner/Group 1 producer No Matter What. - February 10, 2009