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Washington Thoroughbred Breeders & Owners Association news and notes
Multiple Grade 1 winner Groupie Doll was named champion female sprinter at the 42nd annual Eclipse Award ceremonies held on Jan. 19 at Gulfstream Park.
The daughter of Bowman's Band had five wins and four placements in her nine outings last year, including three Grade 1 victories and earnings of over $1.3-million. Her dam Deputy Doll, by Silver Deputy, is a half-sister to stakes winner and Washington sire Russellthemussell, sire of 2012 Washington plater of the year Chukchi Sunrise, who also had been Washington's most improved plater in 2011.
Tribal Tribute, a four-year-old California-bred son of Tribal Rule bred and owned by Ken and Jan Heidt's K & J Farm, won for the fourth time in eight starts on January 11 at Golden Gate Fields. A stakes winner at three, Tribal Tribute, who is trained by Tim McCanna, took the mile turf allowance/$62,500 optional claiming race by 1 1/2 lengths and has earned $90,512. On the same card, John Maryanski and Gerald Schneider's three-year-old Cees the Bet, a California-bred son of Cee's Tizzy out of stakes winner Timely Bet, by Just the Time, bred by Rick Pasko, took his first start by 3 1 /4 lengths in a maiden $20,000 claimer.
Dr. George Todaro and trainer Jerry Hollendorfer's 2012 stakes winner Zeewat won the $100,000 California Derby at Golden Gate, ridden by Russell Baze, on January 12. The Pennsylvania-bred son of Harlans's Holiday-Delizia, by Distant View, has won four of his six starts and earned $177,700.
Hall of Fame rider Gary Stevens won his first race since his January 6 comeback aboard Branding, a three-year-old daughter of Street Sense, in a Santa Anita maiden special weight race.
Five-year-old Washington-bred Showme Yourfriends won his seventh race, a $25,000 claimer at Golden Gate on January 13. The son of Delineator-Raise a Moon, by Chisos, who won the 2011 Auburn Stakes and was bred by Howard Belvoir, races for Don M. Hopwood, Dean Mazzoca and Ray McCanna. The Tim McCanna trainee has earned $124,534.
Five-year-old Snowfall, a War Front-sired half-sister to Oakhurst Farm, et. al's graded stakes winner Upperline, won the $75,000 Paseana Handicap at Santa Anita by over three lengths on January 13 and upped her earnings to $185,193.
Randall and Rossi LLC's six-time stakes winner Gallant Son finished third in an allowance/$80,000 optional claiming race at Santa Anita on January 20. Trained by Frank Lucarelli, the seven-year-old Kentucky-bred son of Malabar Gold, who was Emerald Downs' top male juvenile runner in 2008, has earned $407,878.
Mark Dedomenico's 2010 champion three-year-old filly and six-time Grade 1 winner Blind Luck gave birth to her first foal on January 19, a bay filly by Bernardini.
Mula Run, a three-year-old Texas-bred son of former Washington stallion and Grade 2 winner Mula Gula, finished third in the $50,000 Groovy Stakes at Sam Houston Racetrack on January 19.