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Arizona-breds shine on Gold Cup Day

Veteran Arizona-bred Jamaican Memories, last seen finishing fourth behind Absolutely Cool in the Hank Mills Sr. Handicap last month, turned the tables in the $75,000 Phoenix Gold Cup on Feb. 13.

Sitting well back off a blazing early pace, Jamaican Memories ran on late to edge out Storm Power in the last inches of the six-furlong event. The final time was 1:07.73 for the 8-year-old Slew City Slew gelding.

Pacesetter Masterful Stride came into the stretch with the lead. Storm Power was the first to run him down, with Jamaican Memories in relentless pursuit. Race favorite Absolutely Cool, who had won the Hank Mills in last-to-first fashion, was along in time for third.

Bred by H & E Ranch, Jamaican Memories runs for Carol and James Bolin and is trained by David Van Winkle.

View race here: Phoenix Gold Cup

The Turf Paradise Handicap, run earlier on the Phoenix Gold Cup card, also featured an Arizona-bred winner in Rocked Twice.

Rocked Twice, a 5-year-old gelding by Rocky Bar, bred by Kevin R. Owens, led from the start and held off Ride Hard Kowboy by a half-length, while traveling a mile and a sixteenth on turf in 1:42.13.

Rocked Twice is trained by Dru Hall and is owned by Rick Reynolds.

View race here: Turf Paradise Handicap

New ATBA officers, board member

New ATBA Board of Directors officers have been elected: •Marvin Fleming, President •Jan Osborn, Vice President •Wende Macumber, Secretary/Treasurer The Board also welcomes its newest member, Michael Barro.

‘Unusual’ finish in Cotton Fitzsimmons

The $75,000 Cotton Fitzsimmons Mile, run on Jan. 16, came down to inches at the wire when California invader Somethings Unusual ran down locally based Az Ridge in the final yards to win by a head in 1:37.01 over firm turf. Perfectly Majestic, the only horse behind Somethings Unusual in the early stages of the […]

Turf Paradise celebrates 60 years

The ATBA wishes a happy 60th anniversary to Turf Paradise, which ran its first race on Jan. 7, 1956, and has operated a racing meet at the present location every year since.

ATBA Fall Yearling & Mixed Sale to be held November 19

The ATBA Fall Yearling & Mixed Sale is to be held at Horseshoe Park Equestrian Centre on Thursday, Nov. 19, with a 2 pm start time. The sale is heading to Horseshoe Park Equestrian Centre for the 2015 event. The facility is located at 20464 E. Riggs Road, Queen Creek, Arizona 85142. Horses are available […]

‘Ez’ victory in ATBA Spring Sales Stakes

The ATBA Spring Sales Stakes almost looked like a match race between the two ATBA Spring Sales Stakes trial winners, Taste’s Secret and Chargin Bye, until deep stretch when Ez Deluxe, some five lengths behind the dueling pacesetters as they entered the stretch, mowed them down to win. Favored Taste’s Secret opened up three and […]

ATBA Breeders Festival Day card highlights

Newly minted Arizona-bred champion Prospector’s Blues came through in a field of eight to win the Gene Fleming Breeders’ Derby on the stakes-filled ATBA Breeders Festival Day card on April 25. After tracking the early pacesetters, he held on to win by a half-length over Prater Sixty Four in 1:45.98 for a mile and a […]

Maybry’s Boy to stand in Arizona

Grade 3-winning Maybry’s Boy (Broad Brush — Aly’s Conquest by Alydar) is relocating from California to Gilbert, Arizona, where he will stand for his new owner, Danny O’Brien. A winner of $322,700 while racing from 2 to 7, the Grade 3 Spectacular Bid Stakes winner began his stud career in New York, where he sired […]