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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, put away closest challenger Sedona Sunrise at the top of the stretch and galloped on to victory in 1:11.45 for six furlongs. The Dixie Chatter gelding was bred by Fleming Thoroughbred Farm and races for trainer Kevin Eikleberry, William Matthews and J. Lloyd Yother.

It was a big day for Triple AAA Ranch, breeder of the winners of the other three stakes events. Kingsley was a first-time starter when entering the gate for the fillies division of the Arizona Breeders’ Futurity, and she came through at odds of 6-5 with a determined three-quarter-length victory over Top Hat Wildcat, runner-up in the fillies division of the ATBA Fall Sales Stakes. Kingsley, trained by Kory Owens for Triple AAA Ranch, is a daughter of Top Hat and matron French Debutante, making her a full sister to such stars as Uh Oh Bango and Top Debutante.

The Cactus Wren attracted 2015 winner Rocked Twice, but it was 2014 Cactus Wren winner Rockin Home who got home first as the 5-year-old Rocky Bar gelding came running late for a one-length victory over Coolidge in 1:17.58 for six and a half furlongs. Rockin Home races for Tamara Metzen and was saddled by David Van Winkle.

The Cactus Flower, for fillies and mares, also featured a late-running winner in Sierrita, who led home stablemate Myrna Lou to win by four and three-quarter lengths in 1:18.52 for the same six and half-furlong distance as the Cactus Wren. F.C. Frazier trains the 3-year-old Top Hit filly, who runs for Linden Hatch and Brent Stapley.

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 […]

Late entries for ATBA Fall Sale close on Oct. 17

Late entries for the upcoming Arizona Thoroughbred Breeders Association 2016 Fall Mixed Sale close on Oct. 17. Late entry fees for yearlings will be $1,000 and $500 for others. This year’s sale will be held on Thursday, Nov. 17, at the Horseshoe Park Equestrian Centre, 20464 East Riggs Road, Queen Creek, Arizona, 85142.

McKenzie Honey wins ATBA Spring Sales Stakes

The 2016 ATBA Spring Sales Stakes, run on May 8 at Turf Paradise, featured an encore performance by McKenzie Honey, winner of the faster trial, as she ran down early pacesetter Spotlight Gal before racing to victory. Yo Y Me, the runner-up behind French General in the other trial, ran on to finish second, beaten […]

Scrap Iron highlights stakes-filled Breeders’ Festival day

The Arizona Breeders’ Festival day card at Turf Paradise on April 23 was a big day for trainer Kevin Eikleberry, who saddled Scrap Iron to win the Gene Fleming Breeders’ Derby and sent out Lieutenant Margie to romp in the Joanne Dye as the shortest-priced favorite in the five stakes events for Arizona-breds. Scrap Iron, […]

Arizona’s 2015 champions to be honored at Awards Dinner

The ATBA congratulates Arizona’s champions of 2015, which will be honored at the upcoming ATBA Annual Membership Meeting & Awards Dinner, to be held on April 22 at Turf Paradise. 2015 Champion Arizona-Bred Two Year Old Filly & 2014 ATBA Sale Arizona-Bred Leading Filly Earner Heidi’s In Charge Breeder: Tosch & Cheryl Keshian Owner: Mark […]