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Yo Y Me Derby victory highlights stakes-filled ATBA Breeders’ Festival card

Favorites stole the show for the ATBA Breeders’ Festival day card at Turf Paradise on April 22, which featured five stakes races for Arizona-breds. All five events were won by favorites, including four at odds-on.

The star of the day was Yo Y Me, romping to a widening victory in the $50,000 Gene Fleming Breeders’ Derby to score his fifth straight win. Making his first start of 2017, the Dixie Chatter gelding stalked the pacesetters in the mile and a sixteenth event and won as he pleased in 1:45.45 as stablemate Ida Goodest, recent winner of the Arizona Stallion Stakes, chased him home. Yo Y Me was bred by Fleming Thoroughbred Farm and runs for trainer Kevin Eikleberry, William Matthews and J. Lloyd Yother.

Prior to closing 2016 with a victory in the Lost in the Fog Juvenile, Yo Y Me had won the Arizona Breeders’ Futurity on a stakes-filled card on Dec. 10. Two of the three other Futurity day card stakes winners returned with victories on ATBA Breeders’ Festival day, including Cactus Wren winner Rockin Home and Cactus Flower winner Sierrita.

Rockin Home scored in the Lyman and Bradley Rollins Handicap, prevailing in a three-way finish between sons of Rocky Bar as he beat last year’s Rollins winner J P Rocker by three-quarters of a length, with Rocked Twice third. The final time for the six-furlong event for older Arizona-breds was 1:09.97. Rockin Home is trained by David Van Winkle for Tamara Metzen.

Sierrita swept to victory in the Ann Owens Distaff Handicap, female counterpart to the Rollins, taking the lead late and drawing away rapidly to win by three and a half lengths in 1:10.64. The Top Hit filly is trained by F.C. Frazier and runs for Linden Hatch and Brent Stapley.

Both Rockin Home and Sierrita were bred by Triple AAA Ranch.

In a racing rarity, Red Zeus won the Dwight D. Patterson Handicap for the fourth straight year, sweeping past last year’s Gene Fleming winner Scrap Iron to ease away by a length and a quarter in 1:43.44 for a mile and a sixteenth on the turf. Now 7, the Red Sky’s gelding was bred by Dick and Peggy Hopwood and continues to run for the latter. Dan McFarlane trains.

Dancer’s Notes was a daylight winner in the Joanne Dye Breeders’ Oaks, contested at seven and a half furlongs on the turf, pulling away from Top Hat Wildcat to win by three and a quarter lengths in 1:32.67. The Fappie’s Notebook filly runs for Silva Racing and trainer Miguel Silva. Dancer’s Notes was bred by Hal Snowden Jr.

New Turf Paradise stakes event for 2-year-olds

The Turf Paradise Spring Futurity is a new open race for 2-year-olds with bonuses available for Arizona-breds and horses that passed through the 2016 ATBA Fall Mixed Sale. A nomination payment of $100 on Dec. 15, 2016, and a $250 payment on March 1, 2017, are required for eligibility. The entry fee for the race […]

Board of Directors Election

Kacee Adams Richardson has been elected to join the Board of Directors, and four members were re-elected: Marvin Fleming, Scott Rollins, Lee Vaughn and Dave Williams. The elected officers are as follows: President – Marvin Fleming; Vice President – Jan Osborn; and Secretary/Treasurer – Wende Macumber.

Yo Y Me adds Lost in the Fog Stakes

In a courageous effort, Yo Y Me scored a narrow victory in the Lost in the Fog Juvenile on Dec. 31 at Turf Paradise to win his fourth straight race, adding to earlier victories in the Arizona Breeders’ Futurity and ATBA Fall Sales Stakes. After bouncing out to an early lead, the Dixie Chatter gelding […]

Yo Y Me leads parade of favorites on Futurity Day card

Favorites swept the four featured events on the Arizona Breeders’ Futurity day card at Turf Paradise on Dec. 10, led by a seven-length romp by heavily favored Yo Y Me in the colts and geldings division of the Futurity. Yo Y Me, recent winner of colts and geldings division of the ATBA Fall Sales Stakes, […]

McKenzie Honey, Yo Y Me win ATBA Fall Sales Stakes divisions

McKenzie Honey and Yo Y Me, first and second in the ATBA Spring Sales Stakes, returned to win their respective divisions of the ATBA Fall Sales Stakes at Turf Paradise on Nov. 5. McKenzie Honey, a Kentucky-bred daughter of Parading, turned the filly division into a runaway, leading from the start and going on to […]