An afternoon of racing which showcases California-breds with out a Nick Alexander owned or bred horse could be uncommon certainly at the moment, like an NFL sport with out a unmarried overview.
To not fear Saturday when the 77-year-old local of Santa Monica has 3 horses he owns and bred entered on Santa Anita’s nine-race program that includes runners from the Golden State: Desmond Doss within the $250,000 Odd Warmth Turf Vintage offered by way of Town Nationwide Financial institution; Simply Grazed Me within the $150,000 Sunshine Tens of millions Filly & Mare Turf Dash; and Lieutenant Dan within the $150,000 Donald Valpredo California Cup Dash.
They’re 3 of 5 stakes the following day that specialize in California-bred runners, the others being the $200,000 California Cup Derby and the $150,000 Sunshine Tens of millions Filly and Mare Turf Dash.
Desmond Doss, Simply Grazed Me and Lieutenant Dan have been all sired by way of Alexander’s prolific homebred grey stud Grazen, who stands at Nick’s Horse Haven Farm in Santa Ynez for $6,000 reside foal.
“Grazen is 14 now,” stated Alexander, Chairman of the Thoroughbred House owners of California (TOC). “He set a private document 12 months closing 12 months when his offspring received 9 stakes, together with two graded stakes. S Y Sky received the Monrovia and Simply Grazed Me received the Ken Maddy, each Grade III’s.
“Desmond received a turf dash at Five ½ furlongs closing out on Jan. 5. He ran there as a result of that is all there used to be. We all know he is a two-turn horse so we did not be expecting him to win; we simply anticipated him to go a couple of horses and get one thing out of it. He stunned us and mowed ’em down (getting up by way of a head at odds of just about 8-1).” The grey four-year-old’s prior 3 races have been at a mile or longer.
Desmond Doss is known as for the USA Military corporal who served as a struggle medic with an infantry corporate in International Warfare II, distinguishing himself within the Struggle of Okinawa by way of saving 75 males, turning into the one conscientious objector to obtain the Medal of Honor for his movements all through the warfare. His remarkably heroic existence has been the topic of books and the gripping 2016 movie, Hacksaw Ridge.
Saturday is greater than only a day on the races for Alexander, who is living on his 280-acre Santa Ynez ranch the place he’s an energetic and enthusiastic hands-on player, from the start of foals to their racing days, who prefer to thrive at the highs and shun the lows.
“I used to be very, very fortunate that my kids have been ready to take over my (car) trade and make allowance me to retire rather early so I may spend complete time on the ranch,” stated Alexander, who graduated from Pasadena Prime Faculty and spent two years at USC prior to he started hawking four-wheeled automobiles and later four-legged Thoroughbreds.
“The ranch existence is what I experience maximum, staying up all evening looking forward to a mare to foal, seeing that little man get up and nurse. You are there for the ones moments, then you definately see them get weaned, you smash them, ship them off to the race monitor and hope they do smartly.
“You are by no means certain which of them are going to be successful and which of them don’t seem to be. Horses are implausible animals. They educate you persistence and humility and they are such a lot a laugh to be round. They are circle of relatives. We elevate our personal feed, so I have turn into a sexy first rate farmer but even so being a horse lover. We elevate alfalfa and oats . . . I experience that a part of it, too.
“The superb factor is every now and then it is the extra modest mares that produce your maximum a hit race horses. Of those now we have entered Saturday, Lieutenant Dan is out of mare (Excusabull) I believe I paid $10,000 for. Simply Grazed Me is out of a mare (Fairway Street) that used to be given to me by way of some individuals who raced however did not breed.
“When the mare used to be carried out racing, they did not wish to put her in a sale; they simply gave her to me and he or she produced Simply Grazed Me, who is a graded stakes winner.
“You by no means know. Every now and then the pricy mares or the mares which can be nice at the race monitor don’t seem to be as just right as broodmares, so there is numerous sudden just right information and sudden unhealthy information.”
However for Nick Alexander, the glass all the time turns out part complete.
The Odd Warmth Turf Vintage, race six of 9 with a 12:30 p.m. first publish time: Ward ‘n Jerry, Umberto Rispoli, 5-2; Cono, Mario Gutierrez, 15-1; Responsibility, Rafael Bejarano, 15-1; The Hunted, Tiago Pereira, 9-5; Wound Tight, Abel Cedillo, 5-1; Desmond Doss, Drayden Van Dyke, 5-1; Mobou, Victor Espinoza, 20-1; and Ashleyluvssugar, Flavien Prat, 7-2.
The Filly & Mare Turf Dash, race 3: Simply Grazed Me, Geovanni Franco, 6-5; Into Rissa, Tiago Pereira, 50-1; Stealthediamonds, Agapito Delgadillo, 5-2; Display It N Moe It, Rafael Bejarano, 9-2; Apache Princess, Flavien Prat, 3-1; Lakerball, Abel Cedillo, 12-1; and Lippy, Mario Gutierrez, 20-1.
The Cal Cup Dash, race 5: Baja Sur, Juan Hernandez, 5-2; Fashionably Speedy, Tiago Pereira, 9-5; Oliver, Abel Cedillo, 4-1; Heck Yeah, Flavien Prat, 6-1; Brandothebartender, Umberto Rispoli, 15-1; Lieutenant Dan, Drayden Van Dyke, 7-2; and League of Shadows, Ruben Fuentes, 30-1.
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