Brethren filly Awesome in Gulfstream maiden special

The third time proved to be the charm for Awesome Mass in a $50,000 maiden special at Gulfstream Park yesterday as the daughter of Brethren teamed with Emisael Jaramillo for her initial victory in a scintillating performance that more than lived up to her name. The filly took the lead in the opening jump and staved off three challengers until turning for home while posting fractions of :22.98 and :45.55. Then she exploded at the top of the stretch and drew off to score by nearly 12 lengths, getting the five furlongs in :57.18, as announcer Peter Aiello observed, “an easy winner – powerful at the end.”

Arindel’s Awesome Mass became the fourth winner for Brethren, and the $34,000 winner’s check raised the stallion’s progeny earnings to $137,082. He’s in second place behind stablemate Treasure Beach on the Florida freshman sire list, while moving up to 10th nationally among 87 listed first-year sires, giving Pleasant Acres two stallions in the top 10.



MSW field Dunked by sharp Brethren colt

Brethren solidified his hold on second place behind Treasure Beach in the Florida freshman sire standings when Dunk destroyed the field in a $50,000 maiden special at 5 1/2 furlongs at Gulfstream Park yesterday. Emisael Jaramillo was aboard Dunk for the first time after the colt had finished third in his previous two starts for Arindel, and the talented rider handled the 8/5 favorite to perfection. Dunk tracked the leader in second place for a quarter of a mile, rolled up on the outside to take over on the turn, and ran away and hid in the stretch, cruising to the finish in 1:04.82, nearly nine lengths in front. Dunk became his sire’s third winner and the $34,000 check raised his earnings to $42,400, at the same time lifting Brethren’s progeny earnings to $102,400.

Vino scores in Monmouth debut . . . “in a sparkling performance”

When Poseidon’s Warrior gained his first winner at Monmouth Park in June, track announcer Frank Mirahmadi bellowed in deep stretch, “Firenze Fire wins from here to Florida.” Mirahmadi went one better on Friday as Vino was splashing through the mud toward his debut victory in a $36,000 maiden special at five furlongs, giving Treasure Beach his fourth winner. “It’s a one-horse race,” Mirahmadi roared. “Vino in a sparkling performance – he absolutely crushes.”

The colt owned and bred by Mr. Amore Stables broke on top from the No. 4 post, then held off four challengers through a quarter in :22.39 and a half in :45.96. At the top of the stretch, Paco Lopez had Vino in cruise control and the pair widened the margin through the lane, galloping under the wire 7 1/2 lengths in front while clocked in :57.80.

Vino collected $21,600 for the victory and lifted Treasure Beach’s progeny earnings to $160,132. The son of Galileo is running away with the Florida freshman sire race and has moved into fourth place nationally, just $6,187 away from Spendthrift Farm’s Jimmy Creed, who is second.



Treasure Beach’s first winner now Stakes-Placed

Treasure Beach was the first Florida freshman sire to get two winners, then three, and now he has the distinction of getting the first stakes-placed runner. Tigerbeach, who became his sire’s first winner at Indiana Grand on May 23, finished third yesterday in the $112,000 Victoria Stakes at Woodbine. The 2-year-old colt sat off the pace in the five-furlong race under Rafael Hernandez, had to steady briefly to keep from clipping heels on the backstretch, and was coming on late to get up for third, just three-quarters of a length from second. Tigerbeach has now earned $34,977 in his short career.

Tip Sheet wins for Brethren at 3/5

Brethren picked up his second winner yesterday when Tip Sheet broke his maiden at odds of 3/5 in his second start at Gulfstream Park for Alan and Karen Cohen’s Arindel. Tip Sheet had raced greenly in his debut, but Emisael Jaramillo broke him from the gate smoothly and took up a position stalking the leaders in third place. The colt moved to the outside on the turn in the five-furlong test and ran down Duke of Mischief nearing the wire to score by three-quarters of a length. The victory was worth $14,400 and firmly entrenched Brethren in second place on the Florida freshman sire list behind Treasure Beach ($113,445) with earnings of $62,430.

Third winner moves Treasure Beach to no. 7 nationally

Just 24 hours after Seattle Treasure gave Treasure Beach his second winner, Tyler Gaffalione guided Treasure for Gold to a powerful come-from-behind victory in a $60,000 maiden special at Gulfstream Park, increasing the stallion’s lead on the Florida freshman sire list while moving him up to No. 7 nationally. Making her debut for Hall of Fame trainer Todd Pletcher, Treasure for Gold was sitting fourth on the outside on the turn in the five-furlong test on the grass when Gaffalione asked her for more. The filly inhaled the three leaders at the eighth pole and went on to score by one length in :56.65. The victory was worth $40,000 to owner/breeder Robyn Thompson.

Treasure Beach is one of just six freshman sires in North America with at least three winners and his progeny earnings jumped to $113,445. He, Brethren and Poseidon’s Warrior have accounted for five of the nine winners among Florida’s freshmen thus far.

Seattle Treasure sends Treasure Beach to the lead

Treasure Beach became the first Florida freshman sire with two winners and vaulted to the top of the money list when Seattle Treasure went wire-to-wire in a $60,000 maiden special over the Gulfstream Park turf course on Saturday. Carlos Olivera drove Seattle Treasure to the front from the No. 4 post amid a mad scramble out of the gate, and the colt owned and bred by Just For Fun Stables never relinquished the lead, despite coming under heavy pressure from Yeehaw, a son of Anthony’s Cross. In a driving finish, Seattle Treasure scored by one length over even-money favorite Channel Cat, who barely edged the game Yeehaw at the wire. The winner was clocked in :56.77 seconds for the five furlongs on the grass, and the $40,000 check lifted his earnings for two starts to $44,400, best among Florida’s freshman runners.

Treasure Beach leads the Florida list with progeny earnings of $72,945 and in a clean Pleasant Acres sweep of the first three places, is followed by Brethren and Poseidon’s Warrior. The latter missed by a whisker of getting his second winner Saturday when Incredible Warrior was nosed at the wire in a maiden special at Prairie Meadows.

Firenze Fire wins ‘from here to Florida’

“Firenze Fire wins from here to Florida.” That’s how Monmouth Park track announcer Frank Mirahmadi called the final 50 yards of the June 18 career debut of the first winner for freshman sire Poseidon’s Warrior. The 2-year-old colt was the 5-1 fourth choice in the $36,000 maiden special with Antonio Gallardo in the irons, and it was apparent from the break the bettors had made a huge mistake.
Firenze Fire broke right off the flank of 2-1 Phonemyposseagain and Gallardo never gave the favorite any breathing room, coming to the turn on equal terms and powering by down the stretch. Firenze Fire took the lead at the eighth pole en route to winning “from here to Florida,” the final margin being 3 1/2 lengths, in a time of :58.37 for the five furlongs. He collected $21,600 for owner/breeder Mr. Amore Stables and paid $13.20 to his followers.

Feisty Embrace wins at Evangeline Downs

After finishing second in her May 19 debut at Evangeline Downs, Feisty Embrace came back on June 16 and was sent off as the heavy 1/2 favorite in a $26,000 maiden special at five furlongs. The 2-year-old daughter of Brethren broke sharply and jockey Colby Hernandez easily put her in a perfect stalking position, lapped on pacesetter Sarah’s Holy Belle. Feisty Embrace ran down the leader in the stretch and won by a length in 1:00.02, becoming the first winner for her freshman sire.
The victory was worth $15,600 to owner/breeder Matalona Thoroughbreds and raised the filly’s earnings for two races to $20,800. With Feisty Embrace showing the way, Brethren has taken the early lead in the Florida freshman sire race with progeny earnings of $41,060.

Tigerbeach first winner for freshman sire Treasure Beach

Freshman sire Treasure Beach gained his first winner on May 23 when Tigerbeach overpowered the field in a $31,000 maiden special at five furlongs over the Indiana Grand turf course. Despite having just 11 days between races after a second-place finish at Churchill Downs, the colt bred by John C. Pereira shot out of the gate under Deshawn Parker and kept two rivals at bay while completing the first quarter in a sizzling :21.70 seconds. The only two colts who came near him dropped off one by one as Tigerbeach widened his lead with every stride, hitting the wire nearly four lengths in front while clocked in an excellent :57.76.
The victory was worth $18,600 to owner Charles W. Brown, who is in the unique position of being able to send his trainer – John Hancock – to pick up the check and sign on the dotted line.