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Washington thoroughbreds in the news | Washington Thoroughbred Breeders & Owners Association
On May 10 at Lethbridge WTBOA sale horses Keepanosecrets, a five-year-old California-bred gelding by Sea of Secrets-Choice Plan, by Game Plan, bred by Willow Creek Farm Inc., and Just Zoom Will Do, a five-year-old gelded son of Cahill Road-Kaaaching, by River Special, bred in Washington by Clemans View Farm, ran one-two in a five-furlong allowance. It marked the tenth win in 25 starts for Keepanosecrets. On June 15, Just Zoom Will Do and Keepanosecrets ran one-three in a five-furlong allowance race at the Canadian track
Three-year-old McCguyver took his second win in four tries when he went gate-to-wire to annex a $12,500 claiming race at Golden Gate Fields on June 12 for owner-trainer Tim McCanna. The Kentucky-bred gelding by Stormy Atlantic-Samantha's Strike, by Smart Strike, was consigned by Jenny Webber and Ken Jochimsen to the 2012 Washington sale.
Ontario-bred Lexie Lou earned her third stakes win in the $460,968 Woodbine Oaks presented by Budweiser, a race she took by 4 1/2 lengths at Woodbine on June 15. The daughter of Sligo Bay (Ire) out of Oneexcessivenite, by In Excess (Ire), has now earned $609,438 with a record of 4-4-2 from 11 starts. Her grandam is two-time Washington champion and Grade 2 winner Favored One, a daughter of Son of Briartic bred by the late Bill and Barbara Nelson. Favored One, a $227,965 earner, was a $15,000 RNA at the 1993 WTBOA Winter Mixed Sale.
Three-year-old Hillside Secret, a gelding by City Zip out of Washington-bred stakes winner Rollette, by Basket Weave, broke his maiden for a $25,000 tag in a 1 1/16-mile race at Hastings Racecourse on June 15. Foaled in the Kentucky, the new winner was bred and consigned by the partnership of John Bredeson, Greg Geiser and Fred Desomone.
On June 14 at Emerald Downs, Where We At's three-year-old Find Your Spot, the leading earner for 2013 Washington leading freshman sire Nationhood, improved her record to 4-1-2 from seven starts after she won an allowance/$25,000 optional claimer (N). Trained by Jim Penney and bred by Rick and Debbie Pabst out of their stakes-winning Demons Begone mare Sudden Departure, the 2012 WTBOA sales graduate has earned $72,320. One Horse Will Do Corporation, Saxwold, Saxwold and Stenslie's three-year-oldStikine Slew went gate-to-wire to win an allowance/$40,000 optional claiming (N) race by nearly three lengths on the same Saturday card. Bred and sold in Washington by Bar C Racing Stables, the stakes-placed gelding by Harbor the Gold-Bluledo, by Slewdledo, was winning for the third time. Ridden by Rocco Bowen, the Chris Stenslie trained runner has earned $50,455. Yearlings by Harbor the Gold out of both Sudden Departure and Bluledo have been consigned to the 2014 WTBOA summer sale.
Three-year-old Aerial Dancer placed for the second time in three starts when the Washington-bred son of Cahill Road out of multiple stakes producer Prado's Joy, by El Prado (Ire), ran third in a maiden $50,000 claiming race at Santa Anita on June 19. Bred by Terry and Mary Lou Griffin, Aerial Dancer was beaten a length in the 6 1/2-furlong race which was run over the Arcadia track's downhill turf course. The Griffins have consigned Prado's Joy's yearling filly by Rocky Bar to the 2014 WTBOA sale.
Multiple stakes winner Thirteengoldhearts, an eight-year-old gelded son of West Coast Training Center's Liberty Gold out of Macarena Girl, by Cryptoclearance, bred in Washington by Linda and Bo Weeks, ran second in the $9,450 Inaugural Stakes run at Wyoming Downs on June 21 and improved his record to 10-16-9 from 51 starts and earnings to $61,465. Fellow Washington-bred Broulee Beach, a six-year-old gelding by Harbor the Gold-Cider Slew, by Slewacide, bred by Rogelio Gonzalez, won a 4 1/2-furlong allowance race by 3 1/4 lengths on the same card.
2012 sale graduate Point Da Harbor remains unbeaten in her three 2014 outings as she climbed the ladder with wins at the $7,500 (April 20), $10,000 (May 25) and $20,000 (June 20) - which she won by 5 1/4 lengths - levels. Bred by Neil Sinnema, the three-year-old Washington-bred daughter of Harbor the Gold-Point Proven, by Point Given, was making her first start for Seamist Racing LLC and trainer Blaine Wright after being claimed out of her winning May race. The filly has won half of her eight lifetime starts and earned $26,328
Six-year-old Touch the Sun went over the $100,000 mark after going gate-to-wire to take an Assiniboia Downs claimer on June 20. It marked the 11th win for the gelding by Bertrando-Sweethrtofsigmachi, by General Meeting, who was bred in Washington by Dr. Duane and Susan Hopp and sold through their Castlegate Farm. Sweethrtofsigmachi's yearling filly by Rocky Bar has been consigned to the 2014 WTBOA sale.