LOCAL HORSES OUT OF TOWN

James R. Brown
Entries
February 23 – Turf Paradise

Omache Kid Race 4 Claiming $5,000
February 24 – Turf Paradise

La Mer Race 5 Claiming $8,500
February 25 – Turf Paradise

Parking Permit Race 8 Claiming $8,500
Sandi Gann
Entries
February 23 – Turf Paradise

Boundary Bay Race 1 Allowance Optional Claiming $30,000
February 25 – Turf Paradise

Baby Rose Race 3 Claiming $3,000
Philip Hall
Entries
February 23 – Turf Paradise

Ring of Kerry Race 1 Allowance Optional Claiming $30,000
Yes Please Race 7 Allowance Optional Claiming $20,000
Steve Henson
Entries
February 24 – Turf Paradise

Frankie Machine Race 4 Claiming $8,500
Cindy Krasner
Entries
February 24 – Turf Paradise

Always Working Race 6 Maiden Claiming $7,500
Michael Puhich
Entries
February 27 – Oaklawn Park

Divine Dharma Race 5 Waiver Claiming $10,000
Kerri Raven
Entries
February 23 – Turf Paradise

League of Shadows Race 1 Allowance Optional Claiming $30,000
Kentucky Roll Race 3 Maiden Optional Claiming $30,000
February 24 – Turf Paradise

Towards the Light Race 4 Claiming $8,500
February 25 – Turf Paradise

Chatterman Race 1 Starter Allowance $3,500
Act Up Race 6 Claiming $3,000
Greg Tracy
Entries
February 26 – Sam Houston

Quinn Ella Race 1 Maiden Claiming $25,000
February 28 – Sam Houston

Bouzouki Race 8 Maiden Claiming $7,500
February 29 – Sam Houston

Hour City Race 8 Claiming $15,000

Results
February 22 – Sam Houston
Jo Dee’s Angel finished 3rd beaten 6 1/4 lengths Race 5 View Chart    
Blaine D. Wright
Entries
February 23 – Golden Gate

Balius Race 5 Maiden Special Weight
February 27 – Golden Gate

Daniel the Dreamer Race 6 Starter Allowance $50,000
Mondolonia Race 7 Claiming $6,250

TODAYS BLOODHORSE NEWS

Keeper Ofthe Stars rallies past Jolie Olimpica in the Buena Vista Stakes at Santa Anita Park

Keeper Ofthe Stars Upsets Jolie Olimpica in Buena Vista

Keeper Ofthe Stars delivered again Feb. 22 at Santa Anita Park for trainer Jonathan Wong and owner Tommy Town Thoroughbreds, running down heavily favored Jolie Olimpica by a half-length in the $202,000 Buena Vista Stakes (G2T).

KENTUCKY DERBY UPDATES

 

Contenders That Have Worked Out

Ajaaweed     7 Points     Palm Meadows Training Center     Four Furlongs     49:95     View Workouts
Independence Hall     14 Points     Tampa Bay Downs     Four Furlongs     50:00     View Workouts
Portos     2 Points     Palm Beach Downs     Four Furlongs     49:22     View Workouts
Shotski     14 Points     Laurel Park     Four Furlongs     48:40     View Workouts
Zimba Warrior     2 Points     Santa Anita Park     Three Furlongs     37:80     View Workouts

Thoroughbred Stakes Notification

Stakes Entries
February 23
Aqueduct
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Maddie May S. – Race 7, $100,000 Added Entries Overnight  
Sunland Park
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Island Fashion S. – Race 7, $75,000 Guaranteed Entries Overnight  
Albert and Henry Dominguez Memorial H. – Race 8, $100,000 Guaranteed Entries Overnight  
Mine That Bird Derby – Race 9, $100,000 Guaranteed Entries Overnight  
Red Hedeman Mile S. – Race 10, $100,000 Guaranteed Entries Overnight  
February 25
Fair Grounds
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Mardi Gras S. – Race 8, $75,000 Guaranteed Entries Overnight  
February 28
Delta Downs
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Take Charge Brandi S. – Race 8, $70,000 Guaranteed Entries Overnight  
Owner Appreciation Distaff S. – Race 10, $70,000 Guaranteed Entries Overnight  
February 29
Delta Downs
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Big Drama S. – Race 8, $70,000 Guaranteed Entries Overnight  
Owner Appreciation Cup S. – Race 10, $70,000 Guaranteed Entries Overnight  
Fair Grounds
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Black Gold S. – Race 3, $75,000 Guaranteed Entries Overnight  
Dixie Poker Ace S. – Race 9, $60,000 Guaranteed Entries Overnight  
Stakes Results
February 22
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Haynesfield S. – Race 8, $100,000 Added Entries Result  
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Grasmick S. – Race 9, $10,250 Added Entries Result  
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World of Trouble Sprint S. – Grade 3, Race 9, $100,000 Guaranteed Entries Result  
Any Limit S. – Race 11, $75,000 Guaranteed Entries Result  
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Gold Watch Overnight S. – Race 7, $35,000 Guaranteed Entries Result  
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Downthedustyroad Breeders’ S. – Race 9, $125,000 Guaranteed Entries Result  
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Miss Houston Turf S. – Race 6, $75,000 Guaranteed Entries Result  
Two Altazano S. – Race 7, $75,000 Guaranteed Entries Result  
Houston Turf S. – Race 8, $75,000 Guaranteed Entries Result  
Jim’s Orbit S. – Race 9, $75,000 Guaranteed Entries Result  
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Buena Vista S. – Grade 2, Race 5, $200,000 Guaranteed Entries Result  
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Turf Dash S. – Race 6, $100,000 Guaranteed Entries Result  
Lightning City S. – Race 8, $100,000 Guaranteed Entries Result  

Longshot Keeper Ofthe Stars Takes Grade II, $200,000 Buena Vista Stakes By A Half Length Over Heavily Favored Jolie Olimpica

ARCADIA, Calif. (Feb. 22, 2020)–Heavily favored Jolie Olimpica tired late and longshot Keeper Ofthe Stars took full advantage, as she altered tactics today and rallied under Abel Cedillo to a half length victory in Saturday’s Grade II, $200,000 Buena Vista Stakes at Santa Anita.  Trained by Jonathan Wong, the 4-year-old daughter of Midnight Lute got a flat mile on turf in 1:34.15.

As expected, Jolie Olimpica, fresh off an impressive win in the Grade III Las Cienegas Stakes at 5 ½ furlongs on turf, shot straight to the lead into the first turn, with Keeper ofthe Stars settling into fourth, about a length and a half off the lead in a field of nine older fillies and mares.

Second, a half length off the lead turning for home, Keeper ofthe Stars easily overhauled Jolie Olimpica en route to her second graded stakes win.

“I thought if we could get her to relax off the pace today, she could make one run,” said Cedillo, who had ridden her in her last four starts.  “I got her back going into the first turn and she relaxed really good. The distance was perfect and she finished really strong.”

Most recently sixth, beaten three lengths after leading early in the Grade III Megahertz Stakes at one mile on turf here Jan. 20, Keeper ofthe Stars was off at 36-1 and paid $74.20, $14.80 and $6.00.

Owned by Tommy Town Thoroughbreds, LLC, Keeper ofthe Stars, whose last win came in the Grade III Autumn Miss Stakes four stars back on Oct. 26, picked up $120,000 for the win, increasing her earnings to $321,931 while improving her overall mark to 14-6-1-3.

“When Tom and Debi (Stull) from Tommy Town Thoroughbreds gave her to me, it felt like the best horse we have ever had,” said Wong. “We thought she would come from off the pace.  She is better when she has something to chase and when she on the outside and clear, because she has such a long stride (and) it takes her a while to get going.”

As for Jolie Olimpica, a 4-year-old Brazilian-bred who had been so impressive in winning the Las Cienegas, she tried hard but had little to offer late, checking in second, a half length better than Mucho Unusual. Off at 3-5, Jolie Olimpica, who was ridden by Mike Smith, paid $3.00 and $2.20.

“Going from a sprint to a route today, she just didn’t relax,” said Smith, who had ridden her in her U.S. debut. “She was pulling and when she does that, she’s not breathing the way she needs to.”

Ridden by Joel Rosario, California-bred Mucho Unusual was the second betting choice at 4-1 and paid $3.00 to show while finishing 1 ½ lengths in front of Lady Prancealot.

Fractions on the race were 23.23, 46.49, 1:10.24 and 1:22.30.

BYE BYE J DOESN’T DISAPPOINT IN DOWNTHEDUSTYROAD

BYE BYE J DOESN’T DISAPPOINT IN DOWNTHEDUSTYROAD

HOT SPRINGS, AR (Sunday, Feb. 17, 2020) – Alex & JoAnn Lieblong’s Bye Bye J, making her first start since last May, didn’t disappoint the on-track crowd of 15,000 as she easily won the $125,000 Downthedustyroad Breeders’ Stakes as the heavy 3-5 favorite.

Ridden by Ricardo Santana Jr., Bye Bye J assumed a stalking position after breaking from post nine and proceeded to track Matapan through early fractions of :22.78 and :46.60 for the first half mile. The winner gained control at the top of the stretch and drew away from her rivals to win by 1 ½ lengths in a final time of 1:10.50 for six furlongs over a fast track. Georgia’s Reward finished third.

“I was really holding my breath because I knew she wasn’t cranked down,” owner Alex Lieblong said. “And, when you step up to this, these are some nice horses and you need to be cranked down a little bit. But, (trainer) Steve (Asmussen) and the team did a marvelous job.”

The Downthedustyroad, named in honor of the Grade 1 winning Arkansas-bred filly trained by Bob Baffert, was Bye Bye J’s second Oaklawn stakes victory following last year’s Rainbow Stakes. Overall, the Uncaptured filly, trained by Steve Asmussen, has a record of 5-1-1 in nine career starts and has earned $298,105. She returned $3.20, $3.20 and $2.20.

Live racing resumes Sunday with a 1:30 p.m. first post.