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August 17, 2016 - Camino Del Paraiso Wins MSW at Del Mar
Off as the 7th choice in a field of nine Cal-bred or sired maidens, Camino Del Paraiso, with Tiago Pereira riding, won impressively. In the mile race on the turf, he came out strong, moved to the lead at the top of the stretch, and held to win by 1/2 length.

June 12, 2016 - Arthur's Honor Breaks Maiden at GGF
Julien Couton, riding him for the first time, took Arthur's Honor to the front and went gate-to-wire, with a much improved speed performance over the 6 furlongs on the Tapeta track.

May 27, 2016 - Filly Purchased at Barretts May Sale
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.

April 10, 2016 - Invertigo Breaks Maiden
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.

February 14, 2016 - Arthur's Honor Finishes Third
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.

February 13, 2016 - It's a Boy!
Lion Princess foaled late Saturday evening, February 13th, a second colt by Lucky Pulpit, weighing 122 pounds.

November 22, 2015 - She's a Charmer Runs 2nd, Claimed
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.

November 15, 2015 - Frisco Fog Retired
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.

October 31, 2015 - Camino Del Paraiso Debuts in MSW at GGF
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.

August 30, 2015 - Invertigo 4th in Debut
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.

July 31, 2015 - Obey Wins Stakes at Del Mar
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.

June 27, 2015 - Black Type for Frisco Fog in Oak Tree Distaff
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.

April 25, 2015 - She’s a Charmer Breaks Her Maiden
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.

December 27, 2014 - Mondai Mondai Finishes 4th, Is Claimed
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.

December 12, 2014 - She's a Charmer Returns to GGF
She's a Charmer came back in to Golden Gate Fields for training after a little R&R at the farm.

December 5, 2014 - Another Third for Mondai Mondai
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.

November 15, 2014 - Frisco Fog Has Mixed Success
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.

November 14, 2014 - Mondai Mondai in the Money
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.

October 10, 2014 - Lion’s Luck Sells for $90,000 at Barretts
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.

September 30, 2014 - Spring Vacation and 2013 Foal Sold
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.

September 5, 2014 - She’s a Charmer Tries a Turf Route
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.

August 15, 2014 - August Race Results Disappointing
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.

August 12, 2014 - CTBA Northern California Yearling Sale
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.

July 19, 2014 - Frisco Fog Goes Gate-to-Wire at Del Mar
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.

July 17, 2014 - She's a Charmer Finishes Fourth at Sacramento
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.

July 6, 2014 - Mondai Mondai Sixth at Pleasanton
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.

June 19, 2014 - She's a Charmer Finishes 3rd in Debut at Pleasanton
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.

June 15, 2014 - Newport Red Breaks Maiden at Santa Anita
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.

June 12, 2014 - Mondai Mondai 5th in Starter Allowance
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.

June 1, 2014 - Frisco Fog Finishes 5th on Turf Try
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.

May 16, 2014 - Mondai Mondai Runs Second
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).

May 1  Friso Fog was shipped to Santa Anita to test her ability against Cal-bred, three-year old fillies. Unfortunately, she stumbled a bit coming out, got bumped and never recovered. With dirt flying in her face and falling further behind, the cause was lost. Now back at Golden Gate, she acts good and is ready to race again.

Apr 7  Spring Vacation foaled on April 7th - a gray colt - 136 pounds! Day 1 photo of the Tannersmyman colt on the breeding page.

Apr 5  Deja vu all over again as Yogi would say. Frisco Fog ran a repeat of her March 15th race. She led into the stretch, but couldn't hold off another very good horse, finishing second. But this race was another 1/2 furlong and her speed figure was up a little. Now we're even more hopeful for improvement and success as a Cal-bred three-year old filly.

Mar 15  Frisco Fog ran a nice race. She led into the stretch, but couldn't hold off a very good horse, finishing second. Nice change from our recent lackluster results. Now very hopeful for improvement and success as a Cal-bred three-year old filly.

Mar 12  Frisco Fog is entered for March 15th at Golden Gate in an Allownace Optional Claiming race for 3-year old fillies at 5 1/2 furlongs on the main track (Tapeta) with William Antongeorgi III riding. After winning her initial race last April, she was pulled-up on July 6th and been rehabbing since then. With only six weeks at the track, we're not sure she is quite ready, but it's tough to find a race with the right conditions.

Feb 21  After two months of R&R and, we hope, mental growth at Paradise Road Ranch, Mondai Mondai returned to Golden Gate Fields for training. We'll find out in a couple months whether it helped or not.

Feb 18  We decided a break from the track for Prestige Worldwide might help, so we sent him out to Premier Equine Center in Oakdale.

Feb 13  Prestige Worldwide again ran at a lower level with a smaller field, this time at 6 furlongs, but with the same lackluster performance - 6th of 7 horses with no move. No excuses, to make it worse.

Jan 31  Lion Princess foaled on January 31st - another colt - 141 pounds! Day 1 photo of the Desert Code colt on the breeding page.

Jan 27  OJ Jauregui and I attended the Barretts January Mixed Sale, hoping to spot a two-year old, diamond in the rough, as he did last year with Frisco Fog. No such luck. The decent horses were quickly bid up to a price out of our range.

Jan 4  Prestige Worldwide ran at a lower level with a smaller field, but with the same lackluster performance - 5th of 6 horses with no move. We'll definitely need to try something different, including a change in the training approach.

Jan 3  Frisco Fog came back to Golden Gate Fields to begin training after a layup at Paradise Road Ranch and then Premier Equine Training Center. We're hoping she quickly regains her quick, early speed that made a first-out winner a year ago.

Jan 1  Prestige Worldwide is entered at Golden Gate Fields for Saturday in race #3, $8.000 claiming for 4-year olds, 1 mile on the Turf, with Frank Alvarado riding.

Dec 19  Mondai Mondai was sent to Paradise Road Ranch for some R&R and, hopefully, some mental and physical development that will get him turned around when we bring him back into the track.

Dec 15  As with Mondai Mondai on Friday, Prestige Worldwide ran in the race that was available - 1 1/16 miles on the Turf for a claiming price of $12,500 with Abel Cedillo riding. Another 9th place finish was disappointing, but also perplexing. We'll need to try something different, maybe short and / or with blinkers.

Dec 13  A longer race for two-year olds did not go, so we again ran Mondai Mondai at 6 furlongs for $16,000. And again he ran evenly, with no rally, finishing 7th of 8 horses. Could be time for a break at the farm to let him mature physically and mentally.

Dec 2     Our Sharp Humor / Enduring Charm filly was vanned down to Green Valley Training Center to begin the breaking process.

Nov 24  It was again a full, 12-horse field, but that was not an explanation for why Prestige Worldwide started slow and had no rally to finish 9th in the 1 mile, Turf race at Golden Gate Fields on Sunday. May need to drop him to an easier spot next time.

Nov 23  Dropping Mondai Mondai into an easier spot on Saturday was not the answer as he ran evenly, unable to rally, finishing 6th of 8 horses. Seems that a longer race might help.

Nov 21  Prestige Worldwide was entered at Golden Gate Fields for Sunday in race #6, $12,500 claiming for non-winners of two, 1 mile on the Turf, with Juan J. Hernandez riding. With another full field entered, he'll need some racing luck.

Nov 20  Mondai Mondai is entered for Saturday in race #6, $16,000 claiming for two-year-olds, 5 1/2 furlongs, with William Antongeorgie III riding.

Nov 10 With a full field of twelve horses, the Turf course was crowded, which prevented Prestige Worldwide from getting through when he had the momentum. He finished 9th, but less than 3 lengths behind the winner.

Nov 7  Prestige Worldwide was entered at Golden Gate Fields for November 10th in race #8, $12,500 claiming for non-winners of two, 1 mile on the Turf, Isaias Enriquez riding. Enriquez was the leading rider at Emerald Downs this year.

Nov 5  Frisco Fog was transported from Paradise Road Ranch, where she has been resting, to the Premier Equine Center for some conditioning prior to returning to Golden Gate Fields.

Oct 24 Tizaflirt was transported from Golden Gate Fields to Paradise Road Ranch.

Oct 20 Claimed Prestige Worldwide [by Giants Causeway out of Victory Lap (Touch Gold)], a three-year old gelding, at Golden Gate Fields. He was dropping from a starter allowance to a non-winners of two for $12,500, 1 mile on the Turf. Off to a slow start, he got stuck behind horses and finished 4th as the favorite.

Oct 5  He was forward placed initially, but Mondai Mondai could (or did) not keep up and faded to 7th of 8 horses entered in his stakes race at Fresno. We had him scoped to make sure there was not a reoccurrence of the soft palate displacement issue he had at Del Mar. The scope was clean; it seems he wasn't focused on racing, so the decision was made the next day to geld him.

Oct 4  Altough she worked well yesterday, Tizaflirt was lame this morning. She will need some time off, unfortunately.

Oct 2   After seeing the nominations, we went ahead and entered Mondai Mondai in the Charlie Palmer Futurity $50,000 stakes race for 1 mile on the dirt at Fresno on October 5th. Without other race opportunities, we think he should be competitive at the longer distance if he runs up to his potential.

Sep 8   Tizaflirt ran a disappointing 7th after having to slow at the 8th pole when stuck behind another horse, but she seemed to like the Turf and longer distance.

Sep 4   Tizaflirt is entered at Golden Gate Fields on September 8th in race #6, Maiden Special Weight, 1 mile on the Turf, Cristobal Herrera riding. This is only her second race and a big step up from maiden $20,000 claiming, but she's been training well and we're hopeful.

Sep 2    Mondai Mondai finished 6th, last, in his stakes race at Del Mar. He was handling the quick pace until about the 3/8 pole when he suddenly slowed due to a breathing problem. OJ said he should be fine with a little rest.

Aug 30  Mondai Mondai is entered in the I'm Smokin Stakes at Del Mar on September 2 - Cal-Bred, 6 furlongs, with Mario Gutierrez riding again. The competition will be extremely tough, but he's been training at Del Mar, so we decided to give him a chance.

Aug 9   Claimed Tizaflirt, a three-year old filly, first time starter [by Marino Marini out of Tiza Fast Kat (Tiznow)] at Del Mar, race #6, 51/2 furlongs, $20k maiden claiming race. From the 12 post she ran greenly, but an okay 4th, and there was a three-way shake.

Aug 2  Mondai Mondai WINS at Del Mar! (and is not claimed) - Check out our "adventure" - the reason why Thoroughbred owners endure the 97% frustration of racing.

Jul 28   After passing on an open MSW that would have been very tough, we debated between an open CA MSW and a Cal-bred $50,000 / $40,000 maiden claimer for Mondai Mondai. The maiden claimer was the right spot, so then it was easy to opt for $40,000 to allow for entry in a starter allowance race in the future. Mondai Mondai was entered for August 2nd, 6 furlongs, Mario Gutierrez riding.

Jul 21   With no MSW races for two year old colts at Sacramento and concern the race at Santa Rosa might not go and also that it would be on speed-favoring dirt, we decided to ship Mondai Mondai to Del Mar on the van leaving the next morning.

Jul 7   Joined a new partnership with Kent Ochs, Ed Moger, Jr., and Randy Morris to race the 2012 Sharp Humor out of Enduring Charm filly bred by Kent Ochs and Steve Johnson at Margaux Farm in Kentucky. The horse was shipped to Sunny Creek Farm in Galt and breaking will begin later this year.

Jul 6   Very disappointing! Juan Hernandez could tell immediately after Frisco Fog left the gate that something was wrong and pulled her up. Although walking okay, she's got a backend problem that will mean four month's rest on the farm.

Jul 3   Frisco Fog is entered to run in the Juan Gonzalez Memorial Stakes, a 5 1/2 furlong race for two-year-old fillies, at the Alameda County Fair in Pleasanton on Saturday, July 6, with Juan Hernandez riding. 

Jun 8   Mondai Mondai made his debut at 4 1/2 fuglongs, from post postion 9, with Alejandro Gomez riding, 7th choice in the wagering. Slow to get out, he finished as predicted, 7th. He needs some more development and a longer distance.

May 16 Fourth choice at 5/1, Titian ran an okay race, but wasn't able to catch the front-runner and finished 3rd. Also, he was claimed for the $10,000 claiming price.  

May 11 Titian is entered for Thursday, May 16, in race #5 at GGF - 1 1/16 miles on the Turf with a claiming price of $10,000 - Dennis Carr riding.

CA, National, Int'l. News

June 11, 2016 - In horse slaughter, a controversial man and complicated issue
The horse slaughter controversy is not going to go away. Check out this thought-provoking article.

October 31, 2015 - American Pharoah Wins the Breeders' Cup Classic
American Pharoah wins the Breeders' Cup Classic with Victor Espinoza riding at Keenland Race Track in Lexington, KY.

June 6, 2015 - American Pharoah - Triple Crown Winner!
As the odds-on favorite at 3 / 4, American Pharoah captured the first Triple Crown since 1978 and the 12th overall in a commanding performance in the Belmont Stakes. Jockey Victor Espinoza charged to an early lead and led throughout, stretching out his advantage down the home stretch. Frosted held on for second place, while Keen Ice charged down the stretch for third.

June 7, 2014 - California Chrome Beaten in Belmont Stakes
Tonalist won the 146th Belmont Stakes Saturday, denying the heavily favored California Chrome his chance to become the first Triple Crown winner in 36 years. Instead of a historic win by California Chrome, the huge crowd at Belmont Park witnessed a dramatic finish in which Tonalist, ridden by Joel Rosario, overtook Commissioner in his last strides to win by a head.

Mar 19   PETA Accuses Two Trainers of Cruelty to Horses
In an article by Joe Drape in the New York Times , People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA), after conducting an undercover investigation, has accused Steve Asmussen and his top assistant trainer, Scott Blasi, of subjecting their horses to cruel and injurious treatments, administering drugs to them for nontherapeutic purposes, and having one of their jockeys use an electrical device to shock horses into running faster. The investigator used a hidden camera to record more than seven hours of video  that showed mistreatment of the horses to be widespread and cavalier. These accusations will be a blessing if they lead to a national Thoroughbred racing organization, formed either by owners and other horsemen or through Federal Government legislation, that is able to monitor and maintain strict medication, treatment and racing standards which serve to level the playing field for all participants.

Dec 2     The Thoroughbred Aftercare Alliance has announced that 23 accredited facilities are now eligible to receive financial grants from the organization for the ongoing care of retired Thoroughbreds following the addition of 20 new facilities.

Nov 22   Despite the Evidence, Trainers Deny a Doping Problem
Two paragraphs from an article By Joe Drape  which appeared in The New York Times:

"On Thursday morning, representatives of the horse-racing industry told Congress that thoroughbred racing’s drug problem was a myth. On Thursday afternoon, a report by the California Horse Racing Board revealed that Bob Baffert, a Hall of Fame trainer, had been giving every horse in his barn a thyroid hormone without ever checking to see if any of them had thyroid problems.

"On Friday, a day after a congressional hearing on doping in horse racing, three thoroughbred trainers were arrested and charged in federal court, accused of devising a scheme to defraud those betting on thoroughbred races at Penn National Race Course in Grantville, Pa., by administering banned substances to horses within 24 hours of a race."

Nov 21   Subcommittee Debates Racing Safety, Integrity
By Frank Angst

In considering the newest wrinkle to add federal oversight in horse racing, this time through the United States Anti-Doping Agency (USADA), a House subcommittee discussed the sport's equine health and integrity issues at a Nov. 21 hearing in Washington.

The House Subcommittee on Commerce, Manufacturing, and Trade is considering legislation (H.R. 2012) that would give the USADA the responsibility of ensuring the integrity and safety of racing. The legislation was considered during a hearing that lasted about 70 minutes Thursday in the Rayburn House Office Building.

Racing currently is regulated at the state level but the bill would require any track that wishes to participate in interstate wagering, where most of racing's pari-mutuel revenue is generated, to submit to USADA oversight on drug issues.

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