In partnership, Glen Road Racing purchased Hip # 85, a filly by Tale of the Cat, at the Barretts May Two-Year-Old in training sale held at Del Mar Racetrack.
Stretching out to a mile and dropping down to the $25,000 claiming level was the answer. Invertigo came from 5th at the quarter pole to win by 3 lengths at Golden Gate Fields with Billy Antongeorgi riding.
With the odds at 70 to 1, he wasn't getting any respect, but we knew he'd run well following an excellent work a week ago, and he did. Actually leading in the stretch, Arthur's Honor finished well to take the show spot.
Lion Princess foaled late Saturday evening, February 13th, a second colt by Lucky Pulpit, weighing 122 pounds.
With hopes of reviving her competitiveness, we dropped She's a Charmer to the $4,000 claiming level in a NW2 at Golden Gate Fields. Unfortunately, she finished 5 lengths back and was claimed.
After winning over $165,000 with a record of 5 wins, 3 seconds and 3 thirds in 20 starts over 3 years of racing, we decided it was best to retire Frisco Fog. The filly, by Idiot Proof out of Point Break, was stakes placed and had exceptional speed on dirt, turf or synthetic surfaces. We plan to breed her next year.
Camino Del Paraiso, running a mile on the turf for two-year olds, finished 4th in his first race. He was purchased at the 2014 CTBA sale, is trained by OJ Jauregui, and is owned in partnership with Herb Moniz and Carina Jauregui.
Despite running green, short and with a cut ankle, Invertigo ran well his first time out. With Billy Antongeorgi up, he closed strong to finish 4th in the 5 1/2 furlong race at Golden Gate Fields.
Obey, bred by Woodbridge Farm and Glen Road Racing, won the $100,000 C.T.B.A. Stakes for California-bred two-year-old fillies by 3/4 of a length. The filly by Desert Code out of Spring Vacation is owned by Ted Serna and trained by Sam Scolamieri.
Frisco Fog, with Billy Antongeorgi riding, finished third in the Distaff Stakes at Pleasanton. Having to duel the prohibitive 3 / 10 favorite and winner, Tribal Gal, the whole race, she gamely hung on for a good third place finish in the 6 furlong race.
As the 5th choice in the betting, She’s a Charmer came from 4th place at the half pole to win the 6 furlong, maiden claiming race at Golden Gate Fields by a neck. The 3-year old filly was ridden by Juan Hernandez and is trained by Ed Moger.
As the second choice in the betting, another disappointing finish for Mondai Mondai at Golden Gate Fields. He stayed close in good position into the stretch, but weakened to lose the mile and 1/16th race by 4 1/2 lengths. We wish him well; maybe he will do better for his new connections.
She's a Charmer came back in to Golden Gate Fields for training after a little R&R at the farm.
Mondai Mondai continues to run okay and steady, but not fast enough to win. Going a mile at Golden Gate with a full field of 10, Dennis Carr kept him close to the big favorite, but could not catch him and was outfinished for the place position.
After winning at Del Mar on July 19th, Frisco Fog finished 4th in an allowance optional claiming race at Del Mar, 1st as a $50k claiming entry in an AOC at Golden Gate on turf, 1st in an allowance race at Fresno on dirt, and then last today in another first-level allowance race at Golden Gate. Time for a little R&R to recover and prepare for her four-year old campaign.
Since running over his head at Del Mar, we dropped Mondai Mondai to first $3200 and then $4000 with better, but limited success. He finished second three times and then third today, all in routes in which he failed to hold the lead. I’m not sure what it will take to get him back to the winners’ circle. Maybe we need a horse whisperer or therapist to convince him it’s okay to beat his friends.
The Lucky Pulpit colt out of our Lion Princess broodmare at Woodbridge Farm sold for $90,000 at the Barretts October Yearling Sale. He is a great-looking colt and showed well. We are pleased that he will be trained by Art Sherman, trainer of Kentucky Derby and Preakness winner California Chrome.
Spring Vacation and her 2013 filly were sold privately to connections of Sam Scolamieri, the trainer who had previously purchased her 2011 colt, Newport Red, at the 2012 Northern California CTBA sale.
With some turf and distance pedigree, we entered She’s a Charmer in a 1 mile $20k maiden claiming race on the turf at Golden Gate today. First at the ¾ pole, she tired and finished 6th. Subsequently, we decided some time on the farm for a chance to grow up was appropriate. She’ll be back to the track at the end of the year.
It's been a tough month of racing so far. Frisco Fog ran okay at Del Mar, but stepped up to first level allowance and finished 4th with Corey Nakatani. We hope to find another race at Del Mar in the last week of the meet.
With no viable alternatives, Mondai Mondai ran at the $16,000 claiming level at Del Mar against older horses and was out-classed. He's been training well, but needs to be a lower level against Northern California competition.
She's a Charmer got behind horses and never made a move at Golden Gate Fields in another $25,000 maiden claimer try. We may try stretching her out on the Turf next time.
The horses were better this year, but the higher prices kept my trainer, OJ Jauregui, and me from getting his top choices. However, he did take a shot on a colt by Suances (GB) out of Loni's Appeal (Successful Appeal), Hip No. 108 in the catalog, and I took an interest in him. He'll be on the farm a couple months and then go to Green Valley for breaking. It will be a long wait before we get an idea whether he can run, but time to dream.
Dropped into the claiming ranks for the first time at $32,000 (but NOT claimed), Frisco Fog ran like first expected of her a year ago. The 3-year old filly, ridden by Dennis Carr, finished the 6 furlongs on the all weather track in 1:10.58 to win by 1 1/2 lengths.
Off okay, but never relaxed and weakened in the stretch after running down the backstretch with her head at an angle. We'll try another bit, maybe a shadow-roll, something to get her going easy the next time out.
He couldn't handle the dirt nor the competition in his route race at a $25,000 claiming level. Without any other good race alternatives, we gave him a try, but will now look again for lower-level alternatives, ideally against 3-year olds on the turf or synthetic track.
Despite a little stumble at the start and getting squeezed coming down the stretch, She's a Charmer ran a nice 3rd at what's now called Oak Tree at Pleasanton in her first race. It was a $25,000 maiden claiming race at 4 1/2 furlongs. She is trained by Ed Moger, Jr. and was ridden by Franciso Duran.
Spring Vacation 2011 foal, Newport Red, in his third start, won by over six lengths in a $20,000 maiden claiming, seven furlong race at Santa Anita. The colt, ridden by T J Pereira, was fourth at the half, moved up to first and pulled away in the stretch. He is owned by Rafael Aldrete, Richard D Austin and Ted Serna, and trained by Sam Scolamieri.
Mondai Mondai ran an okay race, but the competition was too tough. When the planned race didn't fill, and wanting to go long again on the turf, the starter allowance was the only alternative prior to the fairs at Pleasanton and Sacramento. Cristobal Herrera kept him close into the stretch, but he couldn't finish strong.
Sunday was an opportunity to try Frisco Fog on the turf at five furlongs. The distance was ideal, but she didn't handle the turf very well and finished a disappointing fifth with Billy Antongeorgi III riding. In retrospect, waiting a week for the Tapeta sprint would probably have been better.
After five months since his last race, Mondai Mondai ran very well to finish 2nd at Golden Gate Fields. He seemed to appreciate the switch to a route on Turf, a better match with his sire, Papa Clem, and dam, Mama Rosa (by Unusual Heat).