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Harbor the Gold notches two more first-crop maiden winners

Oregon’s leading young stallion, Harbor the Gold, added another two maiden winners to his first-crop tally during a four-day span at Emerald Downs in mid-September. Wowie Maui and Niftys Hobby, each a member of his inaugural 2006 crop of foals, turned in front-running victories at the Washington oval.


On September 17, David Breiwick’s homebred runner Wowie Maui led a seven-horse field from flag fall to finish in a six-furlong race on the fast main track. Ridden by Juan Gutierrez, the 3-year-old gelding posted fractions of :22.20, :44.80 and :56.80 and a final time of 1:09.40 for his initial career triumph in the $25,000 claiming test for non-winners. The three-time starter and 3-2 second wagering choice held a 2 3/4-length margin over his closest competitor at the end.


A Washington-bred, Wowie Maui is out of the winning Basket Weave mare Summer Straw. He is trained by Joe Toye, and has earned $10,133 to date.


Three days after her cropmate had his photo taken in the Emerald Downs winner’s circle, Niftys Hobby posed for the camera as well. The Washington-bred filly, who is owned and trained by Neil Knapp, validated her 1-5 favoritism with a dominating performance against six rivals in a five-furlong sprint at the $5,000 maiden claiming level. Piloted by jockey Cassie Papineau, she was timed in :22.60 and :46 for the opening half-mile, and ultimately extended her advantage to four lengths at the wire, which she reached in :58.80.


Niftys Hobby, 3, was bred by Marie Monroe, and produced by Slewdledo’s stakes-winning daughter Nifty Nite. In addition to her September 20 win, she has five placings and overall earnings of $9,604 from 13 starts.


Eight-year-old Harbor the Gold has reigned as Oregon’s leading young sire on the strength of his initial two crops to race. The state’s top-ranked 2008 first-crop sire is now the top-ranked 2009 second-crop sire, and is also chief among all Oregon stallions by 2009 juvenile progeny earnings. The winning son of Seeking the Gold stands at Bar C Racing Stables in Hermiston. — September 20, 2009


Koala Beach becomes fifth stakes winner for Harbor the Gold

Finally escaping the enormous shadow of his cropmate, three-time stakes winner Hollywood Harbor, the 2-year-old Harbor the Gold gelding Koala Beach got the opportunity to showcase his own abilities with a dominant, eight-length victory in Emerald Downs’ $50,000 Dennis Dodge Stakes on September 13. [WATCH RACE VIDEO]


The Washington-bred runner finished a distant second to Hollywood Harbor in the track’s 5 1/2-furlong Northwest Stallion Strong Ruler Stakes on July 18 and third to that same rival in the six-furlong Premio Esmeralda Stakes on August 9, but narrowed the final margin between them to 2 1/2 lengths when he ran second in the one-mile Washington Thoroughbred Breeders Association Lads Stakes on August 29.


Favored at odds of 1-2 in the 6 1/2-furlong Dennis Dodge when the connections of Hollywood Harbor decided to skip the race, Koala Beach broke first from the gate and quickly engaged three other speedsters in a four-way duel for the lead. Although his mount ran widest of all, jockey Gallyn Mitchell simply glanced over his shoulder upon exiting the turn and loosened his reins; Koala Beach responded by cruising to the wire unchallenged in a final time of 1:15.60.


Conditioned by leading Emerald Downs trainer Doris Harwood for her husband, Jeff Harwood, Koala Beach has banked $55,718, with two wins and three placings from five starts. He was bred by Bar C Racing Stables Inc., and is the first foal out of Hollywood Harbor’s unraced half-sister, Kittyzallwet, by Distinctive Cat.


Later that day, the 3-year-old gelding Who’s Your Next Ex also represented Harbor the Gold on the Washington Cup VII program with a runner-up effort in the $50,000 Trooper Seven Stakes. Ridden by Deborah Hoonan-Trujillo, he led early and gave way grudgingly late, reaching the wire 1 1/4 lengths behind the 17-1 winner, Quinalt. [WATCH RACE VIDEO]


Who’s Your Next Ex, a stakes winner at 2, has earned $48,143 from 10 starts. Bred in Washington by Kim Smith and produced by the winning Synastry mare Synanita, he is currently trained by Charles Essex for owner Kimberly Nobles.


Harbor the Gold has sired five stakes winners and the collective earners of more than $360,000 from two crops to race. The 8-year-old Seeking the Gold stallion holds court at Bar C Racing Stables in Hermiston, Oregon. — September 13, 2009


Private Gold unveils three stakes-caliber juveniles

On a day set aside at Emerald Downs to highlight the Washington Thoroughbred breeding program, three juveniles by one of the state’s most exciting young sires revealed their talent with inaugural black-type placings. Together, Edaciously, Private Jettz and Private Fortune — each from the 2007 foal crop of Private Gold — occupied half of the on-the-board slots in the 2-year-old stakes races featured on the Washington Cup VII program on September 13.


In the 6 1/2-furlong Dennis Dodge Stakes, runner-up Edaciously and third-place finisher Private Jettz collected $15,708 of the $50,000 in available purse money. Although the winner’s share was taken home by the 1-2 favorite and eight-length winner Koala Beach, owner Michael Pattison’s colt Edaciously got up for second at odds of 8-1 after stalking behind a four-horse duel for the lead that spread across the track in front of him until the field reached the top of the stretch. Angling out for running room under jockey Troy Stillwell, Edaciously passed all but one of his rivals to earn a placing in his stakes debut. [WATCH RACE VIDEO]


The August 2 maiden special weight winner has banked $20,903 from four starts for trainer Charles Essex. He was bred by Dale Mahlum and produced by the stakes-winning Salem Drive mare Majorca.


Holding on for third after participating in the strenuous speed duel was Private Jettz, who was ridden by Juan Gutierrez for trainer Blaine Wright. A two-time winner in claiming company during the current Emerald Downs meet, the 6-1 gelding completed the distance 3 3/4 lengths behind his cropmate.


Private Jettz has earned $19,010 from his four starts as a homebred for John and Janene Maryanski. He is the second foal out of the winning mare Freedom In Flight, by Free At Last.


An hour after the juvenile males held the spotlight, Private Fortune pocketed $8,750 for finishing second by a neck to fellow longshot Have’n a Wild Time in the female counterpart to the Dennis Dodge: the $50,000 Diane Kem Stakes, which attracted 11 fillies for its 2009 edition. The Jim Penney trainee raced evenly in the 6 1/2-furlong test, transferring an early stalking position under Troy Stillwell into a well-timed finish at odds of 35-1. [WATCH RACE VIDEO]


Private Fortune has placed in all four of her starts, but has yet to win. The $16,233-earner was bred by Mr. and Mrs. Frederick L. Pabst, and is campaigned by Blue Ribbon Racing #2. Her dam is the stakes-winning Drone mare Shimmer Of Silk.


The Washington-bred trio became the fifth, sixth and seventh stakes horses for 9-year-old Private Gold, by Seeking the Gold. The El Dorado Farms resident has progeny earnings in excess of $300,000 from two crops of racing age. — September 13, 2009


First-crop Private Gold filly makes it three wins in a row

Primadonna Pearl, the leading earner for the young Washington sire Private Gold, collected her third consecutive victory at Emerald Downs on September 10, when she got up in time to defeat six rival 3-year-old fillies with the meet’s leading jockey, Ricky Frazier, at the helm.


Saddled by trainer Vann Belvoir, the consistent filly captured a six-furlong race while running for a $15,000 claiming price, which were the same conditions surrounding her earlier local wins on July 18 and August 27. Like those two other races, she employed an impressive turn of foot in the stretch to accomplish the deed.


In her most recent outing, she moved from sixth to first for a one-length score in 1:09. The win was her fifth overall from 17 starts, and boosted her career bankroll to $45,700. Among the filly’s seven placings is a third-place finish in the 2008 Lassie Stakes, also contested at six furlongs, at Portland Meadows.


Primadonna Pearl was bred in Washington by Carleen Phyllis Belton and Dan Belton, and produced by Slewdledo’s winning daughter Primadonna Poppy. She currently races for owner Howard Maggard.


The precocious filly is a first-crop daughter of Private Gold, a Grade 3-placed, dual stakes winner by Seeking the Gold who resides at El Dorado Farms in Enumclaw, Washington. — September 10, 2009


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


Private Gold strikes again with his Emerald Downs juveniles

It was business as usual at Emerald Downs over the weekend of August 29-30, as two fillies from the second crop of Washington’s leading sire of 2-year-olds, Private Gold, extended the stallion’s reign by exhibiting their early talent.


Zenovit, a local winner at the $20,000 maiden claiming level on August 14, returned to the Auburn track 15 days later to score a four-length victory over her cropmate, Private Fortune, and six other starters in a $30,000 claiming event carded at six furlongs for juvenile fillies and conducted on a wet-fast surface. Ridden by jockey Seth Martinez, the Larry Ross trainee stalked in fifth during the opening stages, gained command near the eighth pole and drew off for a clear victory in 1:10.20 at odds of 7-2.


The $18,038-earner was produced by the winning Cahill Road mare Cahilina, and is campaigned by her breeders, Dana Claxton and Riverbend Farm. A Washington-bred, she has two wins and a second from four starts.


Less than 24 hours after Zenovit’s winning performance, the 29-1 longshot Miss Cygogne turned in a respectable third-place effort behind the three-time stakes winner Knight Raider in Emerald Downs’ $54,000 Barbara Shinpoch Stakes. Although she completed the one-mile distance under jockey Cassie Papineau 5 3/4 lengths behind the winning 1-5 favorite, she outran five of her other rivals and effectively pushed her overall bankroll to $19,103. [WATCH RACE VIDEO]


A runaway debut winner against males on July 2, Miss Cygogne next ran third behind Knight Raider in the track’s $31,500 Northwest Stallion Knights Choice Stakes. The four-time starter was bred in Washington by Nina and Ron Hagen, and is currently trained by Bill Thompson for owners Al Adams, David Israel and Gary Borman. Her dam is Cygogne, by Basket Weave.


From two crops of racing age, Private Gold is represented by 13 winners, 12 of whom won at least one race at 2. The 9-year-old Seeking the Gold sire was himself a Grade 3-placed stakes winner at 2, and now holds court at the HagensEl Dorado Farms in Enumclaw, Washington. — August 30, 2009


Hollywood Harbor leads huge weekend for Harbor the Gold

Continuing his dominance over the Northwest youth division, speedy Hollywood Harbor stretched out to a mile for the first time on August 29 and completed a rare sweep of Emerald Downs’ initial three stakes for juveniles when he captured the $45,000 Washington Thoroughbred Breeders Association Lads Stakes by 2 1/2 lengths over another runner from the second crop of Oregon sire Harbor the Gold, Koala Beach. [WATCH RACE VIDEO]


Saddled by trainer Chris Stenslie and installed as the 2-5 favorite among eight starters on the heels of his runaway victories in the track’s 5 1/2-furlong Northwest Stallion Strong Ruler Stakes on July 18 and six-furlong Premio Esmeralda Stakes on August 9, Hollywood Harbor set fractions of :22.80, :45.80, 1:10.20 and 1:22.80 over the wet-fast surface before he cruised home unchallenged in 1:36.40, just shy of the stakes record.


“I think he intimidates the rest of the horses because he’s such a good horse,” said winning rider Deborah Hoonan-Trujillo. “He’s so good, and these types of good horses don’t come around too often.”


Hollywood Harbor is out of the multiple stakes-winning Slewdledo mare Miss Slewette. Sold for $21,000 as a yearling, the Washington-bred gelding has earned $70,101 from four starts for owners One Horse Will Do Corp. and John Holmes.


Tracking his cropmate in second throughout was the Doris Harwood trainee Koala Beach, who ran second in the Strong Ruler and third in the Premio Esmeralda for owner Jeff Harwood. The Washington-bred gelding concluded the Lads Stakes under jockey Gallyn Mitchell 9 1/2 lengths clear of the third-place finisher, padding his four-race earnings to $29,540.


A local debut winner on June 28, Koala Beach was produced by the unraced Distinctive Cat mare Kittyzallwet, a half-sister to Hollywood Harbor.


Both the winner and the runner-up were bred by Bar C Racing Stables Inc.


One day after Hollywood Harbor and Koala Beach completed the Lads Stakes exacta, another gelding from their sire’s 2007 crop reached the Emerald Downs winner’s circle. Washington-bred Bogachiel, the first foal out of Swiss Yodeler’s daughter Alpine Song, was a two-length maiden winner at six furlongs for trainer Bonnie Jenne and owner/breeder Frank McDonald. Ridden by jockey Troy Stillwell in the $20,000 claiming race, Bogachiel stopped the clock in 1:10.60 and elevated his three-race bankroll to $8,631.


With six stakes horses and cumulative progeny earnings of more than $327,000 from his first two crops of racing age, 8-year-old Harbor the Gold is Oregon’s leading second-crop sire of 2009. The Bar C Racing Stables stallion is a two-time winner by Seeking the Gold and a half-brother to 1996 Eclipse Champion 2-Year-Old Boston Harbor. — August 30, 2009


Atticus filly nabs second in $100,000 Calder 2YO turf sprint

After recently passing $10 million in lifetime progeny earnings, the California sire Atticus continued to embellish his 2009 list of achievements when his 2-year-old daughter Girl Bar finished a hard-trying second in the $100,000 Fasig-Tipton Turf Dash Stakes at Calder Race Course on August 29. [WATCH RACE VIDEO]


Although she faced seven colts in the five-furlong grass sprint, the Florida-bred filly was sent postward for her second career start and stakes debut as the even-money favorite. With jockey Paco Lopez in the irons, she was aggressive throughout from her outside post.


Girl Bar hopped in the air when the starting gate opened, and was quickly rushed into contention by her rider, who moved her up to chase the pace three-wide into the stretch. In the final yards, the duo managed to get within a length of the 45-1 front-runner, Retire to What, but they were left with too much to do and, ultimately, reached the wire a length behind that speedy rival.


The Wesley Ward homebred has now earned $48,000. Under Ward’s training regimen, she broke her maiden last April in her 2 1/2-furlong racing debut on the dirt at Gulfstream Park, but she did not compete again until the Turf Dash, nearly five months later. Girl Bar is the second stakes horse produced by the winner My Kai, a stakes-placed daughter of In Excess (Ire).


Atticus, a Grade 1 winner and millionaire, is also represented this year by his Grade 2-placed dual stakes winner Strawberry Tart, 3, and his 8-year-old veteran stakes winner Atticus Kristy among his 26 stakes horses from nine crops of racing age. The 17-year-old Nureyev stallion stands at Magali Farms in Santa Ynez, California. — August 29, 2009


Private Gold goes on a winning run at Emerald Downs

The Washington stallion Private Gold solidified his position as the state’s leading second-crop sire of 2009 when three of his runners reached the Emerald Downs winner’s circle on back-to-back days in late August. Two of those successful starters were first-time winners, while the third member of the trio captured a fourth career victory; all three winners were bred in the Evergreen State.


Foaled exactly one month apart in 2007, the juvenile geldings Movie Clip and Cougar Guy each broke their maidens just one day apart two years later.


Movie Clip was first to accomplish the feat in a 5 1/2-furlong race on August 27. Saddled by trainer Doris Harwood and ridden by jockey Gallyn Mitchell in the $12,500 maiden claiming event, he outran six contenders and recorded an easy, three-length win in 1:03.60. The four-time starter, who was bred by owner Frank Gaunt and produced by the winning On Target mare Paper Clip, was stakes-placed in July and has earned $12,299 overall.


On August 28, his cropmate Cougar Guy won his racing debut in a $7,500 claiming contest for non-winners. Piloted by jockey Ricky Frazier, he led at every call and drew off to a 3 3/4-length score in a final time of 1:11.40 for the six-furlong distance. Cougar Guy is out of Skywalker’s winning daughter Walkin’ With Angie, and was bred by Mr. and Mrs. Guy Roberts in partnership with Mr. and Mrs. David Thorner. He collected $3,658 for trainer Tim McCanna, who co-owns the youngster with David Thorner.


Adding a feminine touch to the two-day cavalcade of winners was Primadonna Pearl, a 3-year-old filly who became her sire’s leading earner when she won a $15,000 claiming race at six furlongs on August 27. The stakes-placed sophomore was also partnered with Frazier, who moved her from last to first in the nine-horse field for a 1 1/2-length victory in 1:10. Bred by Carleen Phyllis Belton and Dan Belton, Primadonna Pearl has banked $38,770, with four wins and seven placings from 16 starts. She was produced by the winning Slewdledo mare Primadonna Poppy, and is currently trained by Vann Belvoir for owner Howard Maggard.


Private Gold, a 9-year-old dual stakes winner by Seeking the Gold, holds court at El Dorado Farms in Enumclaw, Washington. His oldest foals are 3-year-olds of 2009. — August 28, 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


Private Gold scores with another Emerald Downs 2YO winner

Washington’s leading second-crop sire, Private Gold, added to his arsenal of 2-year-old winners at Emerald Downs on August 14, when his daughter Zenovit outran the nine other maidens who lined up against her to record her first career victory.


The 8-5 wagering favorite, who carried top weight of 122 pounds including jockey Seth Martinez, entered the $20,000 claiming test for non-winners off a second-place finish at the same level and distance — 5 1/2 furlongs — on July 23. She repeated the running tactics from that race by stalking the early leaders, then engaging her competition in a strong stretch run.


Zenovit earned the win by a stubborn nose when she prevailed in a prolonged drive to the wire, which she reached in 1:03.60. Hanging on for the hard-luck place after setting the early fractions of the race was another filly from Private Gold’s 2007 crop, Private Fortune, who finished 1 1/2 lengths clear of the third-place runner.


Trained by Larry Ross, Zenovit has banked $8,963 from her three starts to date. She is the second foal out of the winning Cahill Road mare Cahilina, and was bred in Washington by Dana Claxton and Riverbend Farm, who still retain joint ownership.


Nine-year-old Private Gold is represented by 11 winners and total progeny earnings of more than $210,000 from two crops to race. A dual stakes winner by Seeking the Gold, he stands at El Dorado Farms in Enumclaw. — August 14, 2009


Atticus surpasses $10 million in lifetime progeny earnings

In the midst of one of his most successful years of production, it was appropriate that the California stallion Atticus achieved yet another landmark on August 12. His 2006 Grade 3 winner Can’t Beat It ran unplaced in a 1 1/16-mile turf race at Delaware Park, but earned enough from the effort to elevate his sire past the $10 million mark in lifetime progeny earnings.


The 6-year-old veteran is one of 25 stakes horses representing the 17-year-old Nureyev stallion, who relocated from Kentucky to stand at Magali Farms in Santa Ynez, California prior to the 2005 breeding season. An earner of $377,190 from 32 starts, Can’t Beat It is also one of five Atticus runners to capture a graded or group stakes event, a coalition led by the 2005 Florida Derby (G1) winner and 2009 first-crop sire High Fly ($927,300).


Several other offspring have added to their sire’s laurels in 2009. Atticus Kristy, a 62-time starter and $761,050-earner who hit a career high when he won Keeneland Race Course’s 2006 Shakertown Stakes (G3) at 5, succeeded in Monmouth Park’s $60,000 My Frenchman Stakes on August 8 as an 8-year-old. On the opposite end of the spectrum is 3-year-old Strawberry Tart, a blossoming filly who has won four races this year, including Hollywood Park’s $100,000 Flawlessly Stakes and $87,335 Manhattan Beach Stakes, and ran a hard-fought second in the $150,000 San Clemente Handicap (G2) at Del Mar Thoroughbred Club on August 1.


Strawberry Tart represents her sire’s initial crop of California-conceived runners, as does the colt Lucky Primo, winner of the $125,000 California Cup Juvenile Stakes in October 2008.


A Grade 1 winner and $1.2 million-earner who set a world-record time for one mile (1:31.89) in 1997, Atticus is currently represented by nine crops of racing age. He has sired 143 winners from 247 starters, and boasts more than $40,000 in average earnings per runner. — August 12, 2009


Hollywood Harbor leads Harbor the Gold hit parade

The precocious Harbor the Gold gelding Hollywood Harbor strengthened his chances of earning a year-end title as Washington’s champion 2-year-old male with his second consecutive blow-out stakes victory at Emerald Downs on August 9, followed in third by his 2007 cropmate Koala Beach, who collected his own second straight stakes placing. [WATCH RACE VIDEO]


Gate-to-wire winner of the track’s $31,275 Northwest Stallion Strong Ruler Stakes at 5 1/2 furlongs on July 18, Hollywood Harbor improved on that five-length victory with another runaway score in the Premio Esmeralda Stakes, which was contested at six furlongs and valued at $45,000. Partnered again with jockey Jose Zunino, the Washington-bred employed the same speedy tactics to run the other five juveniles off their feet and tally his second win.


After breaking with interest from the gate, Hollywood Harbor set brisk fractions of :21.20, :43.80 and :55.60 as the 2-5 favorite, and was ridden out to the wire with a 5 1/4-length advantage in a final time of 1:09, equaling the stakes record.


“I was a little bit worried because he was going awfully fast,” said winning trainer Chris Stenslie, whose charge pushed his three-race earnings to $45,351. “He just goes so easy, makes it look so easy. He’s getting better and better, faster and faster. It’s very exciting to be a part of this horse’s success.”


Produced by the multiple stakes-winning Slewdledo mare Miss Slewette, Hollywood Harbor is campaigned by Jody Peets’ One Horse Will Do Corp. and John Holmes.


Koala Beach, runner-up to Hollywood Harbor in the Strong Ruler, closed for third in the Premio Esmeralda to improve his bankroll to $20,540. A winner in his local June debut, the Washington-bred gelding was ridden by Ricky Frazier for trainer Doris Harwood and owner Jeff Harwood. He is the first foal out of the unraced Distinctive Cat mare Kittyzallwet, a half-sister to Hollywood Harbor.


Both geldings were bred by Bar C Racing Stables Inc.


Two days before the talented 2-year-olds put on a show in Washington, the 3-year-old filly Aroseformadeline represented their sire as a gate-to-wire winner in a 5 1/2-furlong allowance race at Grande Prairie in Canada. The stakes-placed Leonard Hammrich homebred won for the fourth time from 12 starts, bringing her overall earnings to $14,570. An Oregon-bred, she was produced by the winning Katahaula County mare Cheyenne Rose, and is currently trained by John Harris.


All three runners are by 8-year-old Harbor the Gold, a resident of Bar C Racing Stables in Hermiston, Oregon who currently reigns as the state’s leading second-crop sire. Six of the first seven winners for the Seeking the Gold stallion have won or placed in stakes events. — August 9, 2009


Atticus veteran sprints to stakes win on the Jersey Shore

After knocking on the door with two seconds and a third in three consecutive stakes races from May through July, the veteran Atticus runner Atticus Kristy broke through with a spirited victory in his 62nd lifetime start: the $60,000 My Frenchman Stakes at Monmouth Park on August 8. [WATCH RACE VIDEO]


The turf sprint specialist, who captured Keeneland Race Course’s grassy, Grade 3 Shakertown Stakes at 5 1/2 furlongs in 2006, relished the same approximate distance on the Jersey Shore in the My Frenchman. Entered as the 4-5 favorite against six rivals and paired with jockey Joe Bravo, the well-traveled gelding tracked 1 1/2 lengths behind the two battling front-runners while racing in third alongside the rail, swung to the outside in the stretch, then got his 8-year-old legs pumping when it came time to do the real running. He reached the wire in a robust 1:02.13 as a one-length winner, improving his total bankroll to $761,050 with the $36,000 paycheck.


Atticus Kristy is now in profit mode for his new owner, David Ross, who claimed the four-time stakes winner from his breeder, Centaur Farms Inc., and former co-owner, Dan Lynch, for $50,000 at Keeneland four months ago; he has earned more than $65,000 from his four subsequent starts for Ross at Monmouth and Atlantic City Race Course.


Overall, the Kentucky-bred carries a career line of 14 wins, 13 seconds and 12 thirds. He is the third stakes winner out of the Unbridled mare Christy Love, and is currently trained by Michael Pino.


Atticus Kristy is one of 25 stakes horses sired by the 17-year-old Magali Farms stallion Atticus, a Grade 1-winning millionaire by Nureyev who relocated to California prior to the 2005 breeding season. — August 8, 2009


Juvenile son of Private Gold returns to winner’s circle in style

Private Jettz, a representative from the second crop of runners by Washington’s leading freshman sire of 2008, Private Gold, justified his 6-5 favoritism when he crushed an eight-horse field at Emerald Downs on August 6 in only his third lifetime start.


The 2-year-old gelding broke on top and led at every call of the 5 1/2-furlong dash, setting internal fractions of :22.40, :46 and :58.20 before he carried jockey Gallyn Mitchell across the wire in a final time of 1:04.60. In the end, his closest rival only managed to get within 6 1/2 lengths of his back heels to secure the place; it was another 5 1/2 lengths back to the third-place finisher.


A front-running winner at 4 1/2 furlongs in his local June 6 career debut, Private Jettz stepped immediately into stakes company for his next start: the Northwest Stallion Strong Ruler Stakes on July 18. He did not get to the lead in that 5 1/2-furlong race, and finished an even fourth. For his third outing, he relished the drop to $12,500 claiming company and pocketed a $5,445 winner’s check for trainer Blaine Wright and owners John and Janene Maryanski, who bred the youngster in Washington.


To date, Private Jettz has earned $12,465. He is the second foal out of the two-time winner Freedom in Flight, by Free At Last.


Graded stakes-placed Private Gold won three races, including a pair of stakes events in Kentucky, and now stands at El Dorado Farms in Enumclaw, Washington. The 9-year-old son of Seeking the Gold has 10 winners from his first two crops of racing age. — August 6, 2009


Washington champ nabs stakes placing for Harbor the Gold

The 2008 Washington Champion 2-Year-Old Colt/Gelding Noosa Beach, a son of Oregon’s leading second-crop sire, Harbor the Gold, added to his lofty credentials on August 2 with his runner-up finish in the $50,000 Seattle Slew Handicap for sophomores at Emerald Downs. [WATCH RACE VIDEO]


Racing as a homebred for owner Jeff Harwood and his wife, trainer Doris Harwood, Noosa Beach has made all eight of his career starts at the Washington oval, where he has compiled a record of four wins and three placings and a $113,125 bankroll. He has competed exclusively in stakes company since he broke his maiden by daylight in his August 2008 debut, and captured three of those stakes events carded at distances of 6 1/2 furlongs or less: the 2008 Captain Condo Stakes and the 2009 editions of the Pepsi Cola Handicap and the Auburn Stakes.


Asked to tackle 1 1/16 miles in the seven-horse Seattle Slew under the familiar guidance of regular rider Juan Gutierrez, speedy Noosa Beach battled head to head with Peaceful Reign throughout the race, and set the opening fractions of :23.20 and :46.20 when he led by a head on the outside of that rival for the first half-mile. But the 4.80-1 fourth wagering choice was no match for his stubborn counterpart, who finally passed him in the stretch en route to a 4 1/2-length victory. Noosa Beach held on for second, reaching the wire 2 1/2 lengths clear of the 9-5 favorite, Winning Machine.


Noosa Beach was bred in Washington, and produced by the unraced Basket Weave mare Julia Rose.


He is the top earner for the winning Seeking the Gold stallion Harbor the Gold, an 8-year-old resident of Bar C Racing Stables in Hermiston, Oregon. — August 2, 2009


Atticus filly Strawberry Tart misses Grade 2 victory by a nose

The steadily improving Atticus filly Strawberry Tart, perfect in her last two starts, stepped up to Grade 2 stakes company for Del Mar Thoroughbred Club’s $150,000 San Clemente Handicap on August 1, and emerged just a nose short of victory. [WATCH RACE VIDEO]


A dual stakes winner on the turf during Hollywood Park’s 2009 spring/summer meet, Strawberry Tart returned to the surface at Del Mar for the one-mile San Clemente, a race which attracted 10 sophomore fillies for its 42nd edition. She was reunited with rider Martin Garcia, who guided her in both Hollywood wins, and installed as the second wagering choice at odds of 2.40-1.


After a clean break from post #3, the Jeff Bonde-trained filly was bumped by a rival when the field bunched up entering the first turn. She overcame that wobble to run in fifth along the rail for the majority of the trip, eventually passing the tiring front-runner in the stretch to take a brief, glorious lead on her own. But, on her outside, the 11-1 longhsot Starlarks (Ire) was full of momentum from her own last-to-first run, and was able to nip Strawberry Tart at the wire in a swift 1:33.82.


“Tough beat,” Garcia said after the race, which marked his mount’s first runner-up finish from seven career starts. “For a second there, I thought I had it.”


Strawberry Tart is now her sire’s leading North American female earner, with a bankroll of $182,625. The four-time winner was bred in California by Valentine Farm LLC, and produced by the Strawberry Road (Aus) mare Mylittletart. Her owners are George and Mary Clare Schmitt.


Atticus, 17, holds court at Magali Farms in Santa Ynez, California. The Grade 1 winner by Nureyev has 25 stakes horses and progeny earnings of more than $9.9 million to date. — August 1, 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


Private Gold gelding scores third victory from last five starts

On July 26, He’s All Heart added to his racing credentials when he became the fourth three-time winner for Washington’s leading second-crop sire, Private Gold.


The 3-year-old gelding overcame an early speed duel to capture a $15,000 claiming race carded at one mile around the Emerald Downs oval, where he has made all nine of his career starts. The race marked his most valuable victory to date, and his third from his last five starts. His other two local wins came at the $7,500 claiming level: first on May 22, when he defeated 10 other maiden Washington-bred runners with a 4 1/4-length win margin at six furlongs, then on June 5, when he returned to the same distance for a two-length score in open company.


Partnered again with jockey Robert Burney, who had guided him to those prior two achievements, He’s All Heart battled with fellow speedster Tucannon until the twosome neared the three-quarter marker, then took over and successfully held his main contender at bay until he reached the end of the race with a one-length advantage in 1:36. The gelding banked $5,995 for his gritty effort and pushed his overall earnings to $18,914.


He’s All Heart was bred by Washington Thoroughbred Foundation, and produced by the Chequer mare Big Headache. He is trained by Larry Wolf for owner Vic-Tory Stables IV.


Private Gold, 9, stands at El Dorado Farms in Enumclaw, Washington. The Seeking the Gold stallion, a two-time stakes winner, is represented by progeny earnings of more than $180,000 from two crops of racing age. — July 26, 2009


Emerald Downs stakes exacta tops big day for Harbor the Gold

A pair of juvenile runners by the budding stallion Harbor the Gold occupied the top two positions in Emerald Downs’ $31,275 Northwest Stallion Strong Ruler Stakes on July 18, tightening their sire’s grip on the title of Oregon’s leading second-crop sire of 2009 in the process.


The Washington-bred geldings Hollywood Harbor and Koala Beach dominated the 5 1/2-furlong sprint, with even-money favorite Hollywood Harbor quickly translating an energetic burst from the starting gate into an insurmountable lead. Ridden by Jose Zunino, the Chris Stenslie trainee carried a four-length advantage at the quarter-mile mark, which he reached in :21.60, and left no doubt about the outcome as he motored to the finish a five-length winner in 1:03.60.


Turning in a strong effort of his own was the 9-5 second wagering choice, Koala Beach. With leading rider Ricky Frazier up, the Jeff Harwood runner chased his cropmate in second throughout and held the five other starters at bay to secure the runner-up check 1 1/2 lengths ahead of the third-place finisher.


Hollywood Harbor and Koala Beach were both bred by Bar C Racing Stables Inc. The former is out of the multiple stakes-winning Slewdledo mare Miss Slewette, and sold for $21,000 as his sire’s top-priced yearling in 2008. Hollywood Harbor is owned by One Horse Will Do Corp. and John Holmes, and has earned $20,601 by scoring one victory and one placing from his first two starts. Koala Beach is trained by Doris Harwood, and has earned $13,790; he also totes one win and one placing from his initial two outings.


Two races after the 2-year-olds completed a stakes exacta at the Washington oval, 3-year-old Who’s Your Next Ex added to their sire’s credentials when he romped to his own fourth career victory in a one-mile allowance optional claiming event. A front-running, 5 1/4-length winner against six overmatched rivals, the Charles Essex-trained gelding pushed his eight-race bankroll to $39,393 when he reached the wire in 1:36.80 under regular rider Deborah Hoonan-Trujillo.


A Portland Meadows stakes winner at 2, Who’s Your Next Ex was bred in Washington by Kim Smith, and currently races for owner Kimberly Nobles. His dam is the winning Synastry mare Synanita.


All three runners were sired by 8-year-old Harbor the Gold, a dual winner by Seeking the Gold who stands at Bar C Racing Stables in Hermiston, Oregon. From two crops to race, he is represented by six stakes horses and cumulative progeny earnings of more than $235,000. — July 18, 2009


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