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AmaranthAmaranth
7 Year Old Mare

Amaranth was purchased out of the April OBS sale of two year olds in training in Ocala, Florida. She ran a lightening quick furlong in ten seconds flat at the breeze show, which put her in the top echelon of runners. She is a late May foal and should still have some growing to do.

Amaranth is by the deceased sire Mr. Greeley who was sire of 56 Stakes Winners and two champions over his 15-year stud career. Amaranths mare “Shedoesrock” is a stakes winner out of the Storm Cat mare Storm Boot. Amaranth will need to build her own page for the most part but has a compact and solid conformation that should make her a force to be reckoned with in the sprints.

Dominic Brennan again helped us select our stock including Amaranth at the Ocala sale. The filly has already been flown to O.J. at Golden Gate Fields and is beginning to adapt to her environment. She has jogged the track a few days after a couple week layoff and will begin training for a potential summer debut at Del Mar.

Trainer - O.J. Jauregui

 

 

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Race Statistics

Race Distance Date Track Finish Chart Earnings
 
Las Flores Stakes 6 Furlongs Mar 20/16 Santa Anita 5th Chart $2,000
Allowance 5 Furlongs Turf Nov 22/15 Delmar 5th Chart $1,180
Senator Ken Maddy Stakes 6 1/2 Furlongs Turf Oct 25/15 Santa Anita 4th Chart $6,000
Aspargus Stakes 6 Furlongs Sep 19/15 Stockton 1st Chart $31,850
C.E.R.F. Stakes 6 Furlongs Sep 6/15 Del Mar 3rd Chart $10,080
Daisycutter Handicap 5 Furlongs - Turf Aug 7/15 Del Mar 4th Chart $5,046
Great Lady M Stakes 6 1/2 Furlongs July 11/15 Los Alamitos 8th Chart $250
Desert Stormer Stakes 6 Furlongs Jun 14/15 Santa Anita 1st Chart $48,300
La Brea Stakes 7 Furlongs Dec 26/14 Santa Anita 9th Chart $250
Senator Ken Maddy Stakes 6 1/2 Furlongs Nov 1/14 Santa Anita 1st Chart $60,000
Rancho Bernardo Stakes 6 1/2 Furlongs Aug 17/14 Delmar 4th Chart $9,000
Great Lady M Stakes 6 1/2 Furlongs July 12/14 Los Alamitos 2nd Chart $40,000
Betfair Pleasanton Oaks 6 Furlongs June 22/14 Pleasanton 1st Chart $32,850
Allowance 5 1/2 Furlongs May 17/14 Golden Gate 1st Chart $18,000
Maiden 6 Furlongs Apr 19/14 Golden Gate 1st Chart $15,600
Maiden 6 Furlongs Nov 2/13 Golden Gate 4th Chart $1,620
Maiden 6 Furlongs Aug 25/13 Del Mar 5th Chart $1,500
Maiden 5 1/2 Furlongs Aug 4/13 Del Mar 6th Chart $250




News

April 3/18

This speedy mare who won four stakes in the Highland Yard silks is destined to have very fast babies. The first of those is due in early May by sire Uncle Mo. It is hard to imagine we won't want to race her first offspring down the line. Amaranth will go back to Twirling Candy.

March 30/17

Amaranth is in foal to Broken Vow following a February 18th cover. Her first baby should arrive in late January next year.

Broken Vow had last years Breeders Cup Juvenile Fillies winner in Champagne Room. Hopoefully the expected speedy offspring here can mimic that feat.

May 31
Amaranth is back in training! Amaranth failed to get pregnant to Hard Spun. Giiven the lateness in the breeding season we have decided to race the speedy daughter of Mr Greeley one more year. This will allow us to get an early start on her breeding career in 2017. Rather than shipping her back west to OJ Jauregui (who has done an excellent job with her career to date), we will keep her in Kentucky with Trainer Tevis McCauley. That name may sound familiar as we keep most of our mares with McCauley Farms in Nicholasville, KY just outside of Lexington.

She has already had one good breeze and if she progresses well we will point her to the Rovelena Stakes at Churchill Downs on June 25th.

March 28
One career ends and another begins for perhaps the two most accomplished Highland Yard runners. Amaranth and Walk Close have both been retired healthy from the race track and will move to the more bucolic life of a Kentucky pasture to begin careers as Broodmares. Walk Close has been booked to elite sire Medaglia d'Oro and Amaranth to up and coming sire Twirling Candy.

Walk Close was our first major yearling purchase taken from the first book of the September 2012 Keeneland Yearling Sale. She broke her maiden at first asking at Belmont Park as a two-year old and followed it up by winning an Allowance and the Wild Applause Stakes as a three-year old. Her career highlight was a game win in the Grade 3 Modesty Handicap at Arlington Park where she split horses in the stretch to take home the trophy. In addition to three other stakes placings, she was 4th in two other graded stakes. We will always have a special place in our heart for this hard trying Tapit filly. We look forward to visiting her on the farm before a likely sale at Fasig Tipton November.

Amaranth was purchased out of the OBS two-year old sale in April of 2012. She was a very late foal born May 20th. as a result it was not at all suprising she struggled as a two-year old. She certainly made up for it as a 3 year-old winning three consecutive races including the BetAmerica Oaks by 7 lengths. She followed that up by valiant second in the Grade 2 Great Lady M Stakes despite a saddle slip. She gave us thrills when winning the Senator Ken Maddy Stakes on Breeders Cup Saturday at Santa Anita and winning the Desert Stormer Stakes over Grade 1 Winner Sams Sister and multiple graded stakes winner Living the Life. She picked up another stakes win as a four year old to round out a career with $283,000 in earnings. We look forward to many speedy babies to come from this lightening quick daughter of Mr Greeley.

We extend our sincere appreciation to all those that made these two a success on the racetrack for Highland Yard. Dominic Brennan was instrumental in the purchase and raising of both fillies. O.J. Jauregui trained Amaranth to her four stakes victories and Christophe Clement trained Walk Close to Highland Yard's first graded stake victory.

March 26
Same old story for Amaranth. She set a lively pace and led the way for the first half mile only to be reigned in by Fantastic Style and fade in deep stretch. These were too good. We will try her in Allowance company and try and get back on the winning track with our speedy filly. She tried the whole way and never gave in but they were to good. A chart of the race can be found above.

March 18
Amaranth drew post position 5 of 6 for Sunday's $100,000 Grade 3 Las Flores Stakes at Santa Anita Park. Amaranth was crossed entered for the Camilla Urso at Golden Gate but we opted for this race. This will be our best chance to get additional graded black type which to bolster her pedigree.

It was a tough decision as we were morning line favourite in the Camilla Urso. In this race we are the longest shot in the field albeit only at 12-1. She has been training well and deserves a shot. She won the Desert Stormer over this course and distance against a field as strong as this.

Northern California jock William Antongeorgi gets the mount and we are hopeful for the win. Past Performances for the Las Flores can be found here.

February 29
Amaranth fired the bullet working 5 furlongs at Golden Gate Fields in one minute flat on Friday. She continues to train well for her upcoming stakes. We have a dilemna in choosing between the Grade 3 Las Flores at Santa Anita where she would face 7 for 8 powerhouse Sunday Rules or a less salty field in the Canilla Urso Stakes at Golden Gate. We are leaning to the graded race but will nominate for both.

November 23
Have we seen this movie before? Amaranth raced to the lead only to succumb down the stretch in yesterday's allowance on the turf at Delmar. She was not good enough to duel with Sunday Rules or Velvet Mesquite and faded to a dissapointing 5th. The experiment on the Turf is over and she will run now only on her preffered dirt surface. A nice break at Peacefield farm in Temicula will be folllowed by gradual prep for her 5 year old campaign. A chart of the race can be found above.

November 20
Amaranth will run this Sunday at Delmar against a speedy bunch of fillies to finish up her year. We think she ran well on the turf last time out and we want to give her one more chance. Amaranth has drawn post 1 of 6 and will be ridden by red-hot jockey Mario Gutierrez who rode her last time out. Amaranth has been installed at 10-1. Given how she is training we like those odds despite the exceedingly tough field in the race. Past Performances for the race can be found here.

Following the race, Amaranth will take a 30 day break at a farm in Southern California to allow her some time off prior to prepping for her 5 year old season at the races in 2016.  

November 3
Amaranth raced very well on her first trip down the unique downhill turf course at Santa Anita against a very talented bunch of fillies in the Grade 3 Senator Ken Maddy Stakes on October 25th at Santa Anita. We knew it wasn't the perfect spot for her but she acquitted herself well just missing out on a Graded Stake placing as she was past by two horses in the final furlong to finish a very close up 4th. Jockey Gutierrez said that she was spooked a bit crossing the dirt track and veered about three paths to the right before correcting herself. Excuses can be made up in any race but it is our thought that she would likley have held on for second if she had more experience on the course.

As well as she ran, it is clear to us that dirt is her favourite surface and 6 furlongs her favourite distance and we will focus on finding these types of big races for her in her final campaign as a five-year old net year. We may find one more race for her over the next few weeks and then back up on her and let her relax a bit before gearing up again in the spring.

It is intersting to note that Amaranth won the Senator Ken Maddy when taken off the dirt last year on Breeders Cup Saturday providing us with a big thrill.

September 24
Amaranth drew clear of the field right out of the gate was given a well timed breather by Jockey Martinez down the back stretch and drove through the stretch to dominate the field in winning the Asparagus Stakes on short rest. The risk of bringing her back on such short notice paid off as she was much the best on Saturday. Amaranth beat two for two Hollendorfer trainee Mystery Strike by 3 1/2 lengths to capture her fourth stakes victory.We will give her a bit of a rest prior to finding her next start. A chart of the race can be found above.

September 17
Amaranth drew post 5 of 5 for Saturday's Asparagus Stakes at the San Joaquin Fair at Stockton. Jockey Catalino Martinez will get the mount as he is familiar with Amaranth breezing her at Golden Gate Fields. Amaranth has been installed the second favourite at 2-1 just behind Mysery Strike who was given the nod at 9/5. Mystery Strike is an undefeated three-year old who has gone two for two with Trainer Hollendorfer and will be ridden by Russel Baze. That horse was purchased for $500,000. We will be the fastest out of the gate and have every chance to get back in the winners circle in this 6 furlong sprint. Past Performances for the race can be found here.

September 14
Amaranth came out of her race in good order. Given the timing of stakes and/or allowance races available we are considering running her back on two weeks rest in the Harvest Stakes in Stockton on September 19. This race has the benefit of being relatively close to Amaranth's regular barn at Golden Gate Fields and will not likely attract the top sprinters from Southern California. There are some good horses nominated including last years winner City by the Bay, but we would be hoping to steal a stake victory on short rest. We will make a game time decision on entry day this Wednesday.

September 6
Amaranth notched her 5th career stakes placing finishing 3rd today in the C.E.R.F. Stakes at Delmar. Under some pressure from speedster Tribal Gal, Amaranth set honest fractions of 22 and 45 seconds and dispatched that rival. Jockey Bejarano gave her a good ride and she looked to have a shot for victory at the top of the stretch. She tired a bit in a fast last quarter mile and was passed by the eventual winner Uzziel and barely caught by Ben's Duchess. The race was clocked in a very fast 1 minute and 9.08 seconds.

Amaranth picked up a nice cheque for her efforts and we are proud of her performance. A chart of the race can be found above.

September 6
Amaranth has drawn post position 2 of 8 for today's C.E.R.F. Stakes at Del Mar. A competitive group of filles andmres have signed on for an interesting race. We have garnered the service of Del Mar leading jockey Rafael Bejarano to ride. We were disappointed to see Tribal Gal enter as she has shown a ton of early speed, just like Amaranth. We have seen too many races where Amaranth duels on the front end in impossible fractions only to fade when they turn for home. With that in mind Bejarano is expected to try and rate Amaranth so that she has something left for the stretch. With high quality closers Baruta and Ben's Duchess in the race this will not be an easy task. Past performances for the race can be found here.

August 19
Amaranth engaged in another speed duel with 3/5 favourite Home Journey costing them both a chance at victory. Amaranth lost a photo by the narrowest of margins to miss the major placings by a short nose. She ran realtively well first time on the turf but it prefers her favoured surface may be on the dirt. We will not lose sight of the fact she has faced the top two filly and mare sprinters on the west coast in her last two starts.

A chart of the race can be found above.

We will nominate for both the Harvest Stakes in Stockton and the CERF Stakes at Delmar and determine the best course for her. We look forward to meeting this speedy girl back in the winners circle soon ....

July 27
For the second time we have decided to give Amaranth a try on the turf. The Senator Ken Maddy Stakes was taken off the turf on Breeders Cup Saturday as a result of rain. This turned out to be great for Amaranth who won that stake when transferred to the dirt. Amaranth faltered in the Great Lady M stake last time out after setting a blistering pace.

We plan to enter Amaranth in the Daisycutter Stakes going 5 furlongs on the turf at Del Mar on August 7th. She will get one breeze over the turf course next weekend prior to the race. It is very clear she will like the shorter distance but unclear as to her aptitude for the turf. Should be interesting ......

July 12
She is certainly quick. Amaranth got locked in a nasty speed duel with Sunday Rules blazing through a quarter mile in 22.4 seconds and a half mile in 44 seconds flat. Of course, this proved unsustainable as Amaranth had nothing left as they turned down the stretch and faded out of contention and to the back of the pack. Sunday Rules the pre-race favourite also faded to third. As a result of this early poace the winner Fantastic Style stopped the clock just 1/8th of a second over the track record.

We will see how Amaranth comes out of the race and point her acccordingly. We will try and avoid speed duels liek this one that is for sure. We would like to give her a shot sprinting on the turf and may look for such a race. She is a multiple stake winner and will come back to fight another day.

 

July 9
Amaranth drew the rail for the Great Lady M Grade 2 Stakes at Los Alamitos to be run Saturday. This appears a tougher field than last year when Amaranth finished second despite a saddle slip. A lot of speed has signed on for this addition including undefeated Cal-bred Sunday Rules. Sunday Rules trainer Damato has already commented to the Daily Racing Form that "that horse on the inside will not have a comfortable lead". We shall see. Amaranth has been training well and will be schooled in the paddock at Los Alamitos prior to today's second race.

Grade 1 winner Warren's Veneda has been installed as the morning line favourite at 2-1 just in front of Sunday Rules at 5/2. Amaranth, with Billy Antongeorgi aboard is 8-1 on the morning line. Warren's Veneda is a route horse and will be running late. Hall of Fame, and triple crown winning trainer, Bob Baffert will be dangerous with Fantastic Style in post 6.

Past performances for the race can be found here.

July 6
Amaranth will ship to Los Alamitos Race Course tomorrow in advance of Saturdays Great Lady M Stakes. She has been training very well including a 1/2 mile breeze in 47 3/5ths seconds on Friday at Golden Gate Fields. We expect a very salty field including Grade 1 winners Sam's Sister and Warren's Venada, undefeated speed-ball Sunday Rules and the talented graded placed runner for Bob Baffert Fantastic Style.

June 23
Highland Yard is approaching its most exciting two weeks of racing in its history with no less than three graded stakes starts anticipated between July 4 and July 11.

Most notably Miss Chatelaine has been invited to enter the one million dollar Grade 1 Belmont Oaks Invitational on July 4th. This race is one of two feature races as part of Belmont Park's Stars and Stripes Day. This race will include undefeated champion Lady Eli who will be the favourite as well as a couple of European invaders. Optimists might recall Miss Chatelaine had a bit of a tough trip in the Wonder Again Stakes and still managed to close well in a very fast finish. It is possible the extra furlong in this 1 and 1/4 Mile route will help. This race is deemed a "win and your in" race for the 2015 Breeders Cup. The race will be shown live on NBC.

Amaranth will be a key contender in the Grade 2 Great Lady M Stakes at Los Alamitos Race Course on July 11 coming off her scintillating win in the Desert Stormer Stakes at Santa Anita. She came out of that race well and will be sent down south to Los Al a few days prior to the race. Amaranth finished 2nd in this race last year despite a saddle slip marking Highland Yard's first and only graded stake placing to date.

After having her last start washed out by a storm in Kentucky, Walk Close should be fresh for a graded stake start of her own on July 11. One of two spots will be selected; either the Grade 3 Modesty Stakes at Arlington Park in Chicago going 1 3/16th miles or the Grade 3 Robert Dick Memorial going 1 3/8 miles at Delaware Park on the same day.

This could be the week Highland Yard captures it's first graded stake win. We think all three fillies should be competitive with Amaranth likely having the best shot.

June 15
Amaranth blew up the tote board at Santa Anita yesterday capturing the Desert Stormer Stakes at 43-1. The betting public could not get over her dissapointing performace in last December's LaBrea Stakes. Yesterday she made the front and was never passed cutting all her own fractions to win by a solid but declining 1 1/4 lengths. We were suprised she was able to dictate the pace with little pressure which allowed jockey Antongeorgi to give her a breather through the middle part of the race. The reality may be she is so fast the others, and there were other speed horses in this race, couldnt really challenge her in the early going.

She came out of the race well and we are very excited for her. We will point her to the Grade 2 Great Lady M next month at Los Alamitos, a race Amaranth placed second in last year. That race is another 1/2 furlong and may set up all well for yesterdays beaten favourite Sams Sister. Undefeated 5 for 5 runner Sunday Rules will also prove a challenge in that race.

For a photo from yesterdays race click here.

For ESPN's article on the race click http://sports.espn.go.com/espn/wire?section=horse&id=13079509

June 13
The stiffest of tasks faces Amaranth in tomorrows Desert Stormer Stakes at Santa Anita. A field of eleven quality fillies will line up for the six furlong sprint. In this field are 5 Stakes winners and 3 Graded Stakes winners including Grade 1 winner Sams Sister whom beat Amaranth convincingly last December. The race is loaded with speed, making matters more difficult. To say the least, she will be class tested in her first race in six months tommorow afternoon. Northern California jockey William Antongeorgi gets the mount from post position 2 on Amaranth who is installed at 15-1 on the morning line. We may be watching this one with one eye closed. Past performances for the race can be found here.

May 6
Amaranth has been training well at Golden Gate Fields and will likely be ready for a comeback race in a couple of weeks time.

April 6
Amaranth had her first breeze back from her break with regular jockey Dennis Carr aboard. Dennis said she breezed exeptionally and wanted to do more. She was clocked in 35 4/5ths seconds the bullet on the day of the six at that distance. A good sign as she trains up to a mid-May return to the races.

Mar 6

Amaranth has returned to OJ's barn at Golden Gate Fields a few days ago. He had a solid six week break and will hopefully run at a very high level in 2015. We would expect to see her on the work-tab in two or three weeks and back to the races in 7 or 8.

Jan 16

We decided to send Amaranth for a 45 day break to Premier Equine in the belief the respite will do her well prior to an upcoming srpring / summer campaign. She haad a fantastic three year old year breaking her maiden, winning an allowance and scoring in two stakes. Last winters break did her wonders and we are hoping the same of this rest. We anticipate her back with O.J. at the end of February.

Dec 27

Amaranth ran poorly to say the least in yesterday's La Brea Stakes at Santan Anita. To say she was flat would be a vast understatement. The winner of the race Sam's Sister ran a 101 equibase speed figure only slightly higher than Amaranth's season high of 98. In theory Amaranth should have fit in the race ..... but didn't.  According to Dennis she didn't break as well as usual and was lifeless as they turned for home. Denns did the right thing and never touched her with the whip as all would have been futile. The track was a bit heavier than Amaranth's winning effort on the same course on Breeder's Cup Saturday but others handled it much much better than our girl.

We think she came out of the race okay and will see how she progresses over the next few days before we decide wether to continue the current camaign or give her a couple months off at the farm. That decision did wonders for her last winter.

Amaranth has had a great year winning four races incuding a stakes and coming a close second in the Grade 2 Great lady M Stakes.

We will "put a line through yesterdy's race" and move on.

Dec 21

Well it had to happen sooner or later and it is all set for next Friday December 26, Boxing Day for us Canadians. Amaranth has drawn post 8 of 10 in the Grade 1 La Brea Stakes at Santa Anita. This marks Highland Yard's first Grade 1 race, the same designation given to Breeders Cup races and the Kentucky Derby.

The fleld is befitting of a Grade 1 with five graded stakes winners entered. In fact, nine of the ten entrants, including Amaranth have won a stakes race. This is racing at its highest level complete with two Hall of Fame Trainers and elite owners including Winstar Farms, Khalem Shah, and Ken and Sarah Ramsay. The likely post time favourite "Taris" recently won the Grade 2 Lexus Raven Run by 9 lengths and was subsequently sold for $2.1mm. "Awesome Baby" is coming off a lay-off for Bab Baffert but has been training exceptionally and is the winner of three straight stakes races.

We are not sure Amaranth fits at this level but we do know she is the speed of the speed and has been training well for this chance. If she gets a chance to relax on the front end or can stalk from just off the pace in a slower pace we think she has a shot. We expect a morning line of around 20-1 for her given the longer distance (7 furlongs) and the step up in class.

Past performances for the race can be found here.

The race can be watched live on calracing.com

Dec 5

Amaranth worked a very useful 7 furlongs today at Golden Gate Fields in advance of the Grade 1 La Brea Stakes at Santa Anita on Boxing Day. Regular jockey Dennis Carr was aboard and thought it was one of her two best works ever. Amaranth relaxed in the middle and finished exceptionally well with Dennis just sitting on her. The fact she did this over a sluggish track after the rains here bodes well for her on the dirt at Santa Anita. The excitement is growing as she works up to the big day in 3 weeks time.

Nov 6

Amaranth scored a very popular win in the listed Senator Ken Maddy Stakes on Breeders Cup Saturday at Santa Anita. The race was taken off the turf after overnight rains which resulted in the scratch of seven horses. The remaining six sprinters moved to the 6 1/2 furlong main track. Amaranth broke like a bullet as is her way and was moved to the front ridden off the rail by regular northern California jockey Dennis Carr. Dennis got her to relax off the rail forcing Hall of Fame Jockey Mike Smith to bring the favorite Velvet Mesquite to her inside. Amaranth relaxed and eventually pulled away from that rival at the half mile pole. Thwe favourite was forced to the outside down the stretch and although closing in on Amaranth was unable to pass. A great win for our fast filly and an exciting day for the Highland yarder's in attendance. A chart of the race can be found above.

An article on the race can be found here http://www.bloodhorse.com/horse-racing/articles/88493/amaranth-takes-off-turf-ken-maddy

Oct 28

Amaranth has drawn in to the Grade 3 Senator Ken Maddy Stakes on Breeders Cup Saturday. As one might expect on such a day, every trainer and owner wants to have a shot at the purse and the winners circle in front of 35,000 race fans. A full field of 14 have signed up to run down the hill on the Santa Anita turf course. We have drawn post position 12 of the 14 which is not a bad post on this course with the long straight run before the major turn. Amaranth has been installed at 15-1 morning line against a number of invaders from Kentucky, New York and over seas.

There is a lot working agaisnt us as it will be Amaranth's first run on turf and first down the hill. Having said that we know our fily is very fast and we would be suprised if she wasn't on or very near the front end 1/4 mile into the race. The big question is if the filly will take to the turf and relax through the middle part of the race under the hand of Jockey Dennis Carr and be ready to fire as they hit the stretch. It will be an exciting day with a number of Highland Yard faithful in attendance.

Past performances for the race can be found here.

Oct 12

The dream may come true. Amaranth breezed a very easy, very impressive 1/2 mile in 47 seconds flat this week at Golden Gate Fields which was 1st of  16 at the distance by more than a second. This type of work had us thinking that maybe she belongs in the $1mm Breeders Cup Filly and Mare Sprint at the Breeders Cup World Championships at Santa Anita on November 1st. What started as a search on potential entrants turned into a real possibility as we think she would qualify for one of the last of the 14 spots for the race. Amaranth lost to the likely co-favourite in the race, Judy the Beauty, by 5 lengths after engaging in an upfront speed duel with Renee's Got Zip in the Rancho Bernardo Handicap. Renee's Got Zip will not be in the race as she has opted for the Turf Sprint.

Amaranth would be a deep longshot in the race but given the way she is performing currently and the short distance to travel down to Santa Anita we might just have to giver her a shot. We will watch her work this Wednesday at Golden Gate Fields and make a final determination on wether to enter her on the 20th of October. It is also a possibility we could enter here and she would not draw in if other horses are selected over her.

Stay tuned.

September 23

We have decided to give Amaranth a bit more time prior to her next start. We are currently targeting the Ken Maddy Stakes on Breeders Cup Saturday at Santa Anita.

September 15

We Amaranth had her best work inmonths yesterday churning through 6 furlongs at Golden Gate Fields in 1:13 and change which was first of eight at that distance. Jockey Dennis Carr said she is back where she was when winning the Bet America Oaks and that she improved every fulrong of the work. This is all good news as she preps for the Unzip Me Stakes going down the hill at Santa Anita in less that two weeks.

September 3

We have decided to give Amarnath another few weeks before getting her back to the races. She was a touch sluggish in her work over the weekend and we decided not to ship her back down to Los Angeles for this weekends stakes. She is talented filly and we are not in a hurry with her. We will tentatively point her to the Unzip Me Stakes on the downhill turf course at Santa Anita in a few weeks time. We were encouraged today when Renees Got Zip, who engaged in the speed dual in the Rancho Bernardo with Amaranth, was an easy and clear winner in the CERF stakes today at Delmar. It is clear we were running against the best older sprinters in the country a couple weeks ago. This bodes well for our three year old filly going forward.

August 19

It was pretty much as expected. Amaranth broke like a rocket in the Rancho Bernardo on Sunday at Delmar. She set all the fractions leading the trip in a very fast 21 4/5ths quarter and 45 4/5 half mile. The problem was multiple Graded Stakes winner Rreneesgotzip was on or near her shoulder at all times applying pressure. For a brief moment as they turned for home it looked like Amaranth might hold but given the fast pace and the quality of mares chasing her it wasn't meant to be. Amaranth held her own against these and it speaks well for her future given she was a 3 year old racing agaisnt the countries best 5 year old sprinters. She was tired after the race but seemed to come out no worse for wear. Amaranth pciked up $9,000 to her bankroll. We will consider long and hard her next step with many optiuons available to us. A chart of the race can be found above.

August 16

Amaranth has drawn post 5 of 6 for Sundays Rancho Bernardo Stakes at Delmar. It could not have been a more quality laden field with three grade 1 winners and the second place finishers in last years Breeders Cup Filly and Mare Sprint and Breeders Cup Turf Sprint. We are in above our heads but hope for the best from our filly. A third place finish would be grand. Of course if we were to win or finish a close up second .....

Amaranth travelled well and is in fine form for Sunday. Dennis Carr will ride. Hopefully she can relax and not get in a speed duel upfront with Reneesgotzip and have enough left at the end for Judy the Beauty who will be coming hard.

Past Performances of the race can be found here.

August 9

Amaranth breezed a very sharp 5 furlongs in 1:01 and change this morning at Golden Gate Fields. This will be her last breeze before next Sundays Graded 3 Rancho Bernardo Stakes at Delmar. According to Jockey Dennis Carr she breezed very relaxed and responded in well to a horse who tried to join her at the 1/4 pole. She pulled away in fine fashion and galluped out a strong 7 furlongs. Dennis said "we should be very confident going into the race". We sure hope she ships down to Delmar well and is ready given the challengers she will face in the Rancho Bernardo. The list of nominees includes no less than four graded stakes winners including likely favorite Reneesgotzip who was second by 1/2 length in last years Breeders Cup Turf Sprint. Amaranth is one of three 3 year old fillies nominated. Entries will be taken this Thursday.

July 13

Amaranth proved she belonged in Graded Stakes company yesterday fighting valiantly, despite a saddle slip, to capture second in the Great Lady M Stakes. Breaking alertly as usual Amaranth tugged her way to the front by the 5/8ths pole and began to relax for Jockey Dennis Carr. Nothing was going to be easy though as the saddle slipped right up to her withers in the middle of the backstretch. Dennis had to perform a bit of a balancing act the rest of the way which involved Amaranth lugging out a bit on the backstretch and around the turn for home.

Amaranth's speed was never in question but there was a lingering fear that she would not respond well to being under pressure. In fact she fought hard down the stretch against the four year old, multiple stakes winner Doinghardtimeagain and held second. We visited Amaranth in the barn after the race where she was tired but happy and was eating her grass between visits to the front of her stall.

We expect she will come out of the race well and we will give her a well deserved freshening before pointing her to a stakes near the end of August.  The Prioress at Saratoga (Grade 2), The Rancho Bernardo (Grade 3) or the Torry Pines (Grade 3) at Delmar are all possibilities.

Very exciting times ahead for this improving young filly.

A chart of the race can be found above.

July 10

We established this business with the stated target of winning Graded Stakes races. Saturday is our best chance and biggest race to date as Amaranth faces a classy field of distaffers in the $200,000 Grade 2, Great Lady M Stakes. The field is littered with Graded Stakes winners including Heir Kitty the 5/2 morning line favorite and winner of the Grade 1, $300,000 La Brea Stakes.

Amaranth has been made 6th favorite of the seven entrants at 8-1 in the morning line. With hall of famers like Baffert, Hollendorfer and jockey Mike Smith in the race it is hard for the turf writers and odds makers to give much credence to the three-year old from Northern California.

I would just say these class horses and connections better have a way to deal with the speed of the Highland Yard Chestnut or she may just run away with this purse. Amaranth is one of only two three yeard olds in the race and we debated entering her. At the end of the day she has deserved this chance given her performance as a three year old. Jockey Dennis Carr will fly in for the race. Past performances for the race can be found here.

Go Amaranth!

 

 

July 5

Amaranth had her first official work since her stakes win of two weeks ago, this morning at Golden Gate Fields. It honestly could not have gone better for her in light of a potential Graded Stakes race next weekend (The Great Lady M) or the following (The San Clemente). Jockey Dennis Carr who has been aboard for each of ther last three races and wins worked her a half-mile on the all weather track.

He was absolutely motionless on her and asked for nothing Amaranth worked a very, very easy 48 1/5ths seconds with a gallup out in 1:01.

It was "just a lope for her" according to Carr and she did not look at all tired post the breeze. The time of the work was 2nd of 37 on the day.

It is all systems go for our speedy filly and all that awaits is a determination as to wether she goes to Los Alamatios or Del Mar.

June 23

Having been dismissed at 8-1 in the morning line, perhaps Amaranth felt she had something to prove yesterday in the BetAmerica Oaks at Pleasanton. She proved her point indeed demolishing a field of eight 3 year-old fillies by 7 expanding lengths. Included in the carnage was previous undefeated City by the Bay and the Hollendorfer/Baze runner Lady Fifty Two. Two invaders from Los Angeles finished a distant second and third behind Amaranth. Amaranth cut a fast opening fraction of 22 and change and led from wire-to-wire. She was ahead by one length at the half mile cruising comfortably, she really kicked in as they headed for home and was up 5 lengths at the 16th pole and 7 lengths at the finish. Jockey Carr suggested Amaranth is perhaps "the best gate filly I have ever been on".

We are thrilled with her performance and will try and find the best spot for her perhaps at Delmar or Los Alamitos in July. The excitement is building around our two three year old fillies, both stakes winners on the weekend. A chart of the race can be found above.

For a story on the race from the DRF click here.

 

June 20

Amaranth drew post position 3 of 8 for Jockey Dennis Carr in Sunday's Betamerica.com Oaks at Pleasanton. She will have her hands full with undefeated runner City by the Bay who will break just inside of Amaranth is post position two. Amaranth was given little respect by the odds maker who enlisted her as 5th favourite at 8-1. We think our filly has an abundance of speed the likes of which some these fillies have not encountered. Amaranth has been training very well and if she runs her race will win or come second. She has been a nervous filly in the past and if she does not ship well or sweats out prior to post time it will not be a good sign. All in all a contentious field.

As our friend and top horseman Dominic  says "that is why the line them up behind the gate and let them run".

Past performances for the race can be found here.

June 16

Amaranth was vanned by O.J. up to Pleasanton to breeze over the track she will run over in next Sunday's Pleasanton Oaks. Amaranth fired a bullet working a five furlong piece in 59 and 4/5th seconds fastest of eight at that distance. She is sure to face a formidable field including undefeated three time winner City By The Bay who races for Bill Morey. Entries will be out on Thursday.

May 18
Amaranth thrilled the Highland Yard faithful with a speed demonstration at Golden Gate Fields yesterday afternoon. With Jockey Dennis Carr up, Amaranth broke from gate 1 moving straight to the lead and cut fast fractions throughout. As they turned for home it was reasonable to expect the field to catch up given the early pace ........ it didn't happen if anything Amaranth extended her lead and drew clear to win by three lengths. Amaranth seems to be running within herself and doing it with relative ease compared to her two year old year when she would go guns blazing through the half and never settle down. Her improvement is a testament to her maturing, O.J. Jauregui's training and the experienced hand of Jockey Carr.

If she comes out well, next up for Amaranth will likely be the $50,000 added Pleasanton Oaks on June 22.

May 15
Amaranth drew the rail in Saturday's salty Allowance at Golden Gate Fields. Jockey Dennis Carr returns to ride after winning last time out in an excellent performance four weeks ago. Amaranth has been installed 7/2 third favorite as she makes her first try at Allowance. A win here would catalpult her into Stakes races for this very fast daughter of Mr Greeley. Amaranth has fired two bullet works with Carr since her last start and is showing signs of maturity which should allow her to rate. Sienna Ridge will be very tough from post two. This is a very exciting start for the table of eight Highland Yard supporters who will be cheering her on from the Turf Club at Golden gate Fields Saturday. Past performacnes for the race can be found here.

May 5
Amaranth is providing Highland Yard faithful with plenty of optimisim as she continues to train very well coming out of her maiden victtory two weeks ago. She fired the bullet at 4 Furlongs over the weekend at GGF breezing in 47 3/5ths seconds. This was the fastest work of 27 at that distance. We excitedly await her first crack at the Allowance level in 12 days. A good showing there and a Stakes race may be in her near future.

April 21
Amaranth looked very impressive in winning the six furlong maiden special weight at GGF on Saturday against a field of 10 including two Holendorfer's and a very well bred Morey runner. Jockey Dennis Carr was able to get her to rate somewhat and that proved to be the difference as she held off a couple of late runners down the lane and won in a very fast time of 1:10.51 by 1 and 1/4 lengths. Perhaps more interestingly she was still nervous and ran a little "green" down the stretch. It is likely we have yet to see her best run so all is possible with this speedy runner. She has kept very good company as two of the runners in her first maiden race at Delmar (Awesome Baby and Fashion Plate) will be among the favourites in the Kentucky Oaks run the day before the Derby at Churchill Downs. A chart of the race can be found above.

April 16
Amaranth has drawn post position 8 of 10 for Saturdays Maiden Special Weight at Golden Gate Fields. We have selected jockey Dennis Carr to ride. Dennis has impressed us with his understanding of pace over this course. Amaranth has been training exceptionally well and if is able to relax and sit a bit off the pace should have every chance in this full field. We think we are for a sitting ona bit of a suprise on Saturday.Past performacnes for the race can be found here.

March 30
Amaranth is showing great signs of maturing as a racehorse. O.J. has been working to get her to relax and come off the pace a bit, or at least not run flat out the minute she leaves the gate. The best training result yet was on Sunday when she rated behind two horse for 4 furlogns prior to blowing by them down the stretch. Officially she was 5 0f 57 in 1 minute and 4/5ths seconds. More importantly she relaxed. This was only "practice" as they say but we are encouraged nonetheless. We anxiously await her 2014 debut in a little over two weeks time. On a sidenote, the filly that won Amaranths first maiden race at Delmar, Awesome Baby, is one of the early favorites in the Kentucky oaks to be run May 2nd.

March 3
Amaranth breezed her first half mile in 50 seconds on Sunday at GGF. We are trying to get her to relax a bit more on the track so that she is not so hell bent for speed when she returns to the races. She is currently on target for an April return to the races in what we think will be a productive three year old campaign.

November 7
Another race with the same result for Amaranth. Dissapointment on Friday as Amaranth went led to the stretch and faded to fourth of seven in the Maiden Allowance at Golden Gate Fields. Being very fast isn't enough in this game and Amaranth needs to be retrained. They say the definition of insanity is doing the same dumb thing over and over again. With this in mind this young two-year old will be "put on the shelf" out at Paradise Road for a couple of months to think about nothing. When she comes back she will need to be retrained to not be so speed crazy. We haven't given up on her but certainly realize something needs to change. Have a good break Amnaranth and get your head straight. A chart of the race can be found above.

October 31
Amaranth has been entered for Saturday's feature Maiden Special Weight at Golden Gate Fields. After a two month freshening she has breezed very well the last two weeks. She showed plenty of speed at Delmar
but not the running style or endurance to finish when it mattered. She galluped out extremely well in her last work and appears to be more mature and in better shape. As a late May baby she was very young when running at Delmar and we expect better now. Of course in a big Maiden like this we are running against a Hollendorfer trained, Baze ridden expensive filly. "Rever de Vous" will start just inside us and hopefully we can get the better of her. Jockey Alejandro Gomez gets the mount and we are very excited going into Saturday. A big crowd will be expected at Golden Gate as people will be wagering on the simulcast of Breeders Cup Day at Santa Anita. Past Performances for the race can be found here.

October 21
Amaranth was back at work this weekend after a brief refresher. She worked a very solid half mile in 48 2/5ths seconds and galluped out extremely well.
We would have thought three works before being ready to race again but now think perhaps one more work. If all goes well, she will be pointed to a Maiden Special Weight at Golden gate Fields in two weeks time.

August 26
Amaranth ran a much better second race yesteray at Del Mar. She again showed considerable speed breaking on top with leading Woodbine jockey Luis Contreras aboard. She settled much better this time and led the way until dueling at the half mile pole with eventual winner "Antiquity". She got quite tired and faded down the stretch but never stopped trying and finished 5th of 9 only 4 1/2 lengths from the winner. We are cognizant she is a very young Two year old with a late May birthday compared to most 2 year olds that are born in February or March. Del Mar also did not prove a track that held speed throughout the summer. We will give her a little time off and perhaps target a Maiden at Santa Anita in late September or early October. Santa Anita tends to have a bias for speed which we think will suit Amaranth. O.J. will try and settle her down as she did sweat out a bit and get nervous prior to the race. All in all, a good performance.

August 7
Well we knew she was fast and so she was. Amaranth made her debut at Del Mar on Sunday agaisnt a field of top two year olds. She broke wildly to the left but showed her blazing speed by still running on to challenge for the lead through the stretch and well into the turn. She did not have enough in the tank to keep pace with the eventual winner and pre-race favorite "Awesome Bbay". Jockey Leparoux wrapped her up down the stretch which was probably the best diecsion for a first time starter. All in all a decent first experience for our fast filly and we will likely give her one more maiden chance at Del Mar before the end of the meet. It remains to be seen wether this filly will be able to carry her speed an approriate distance to be a winning race horse at a high level. We will learn more next time out. A chart of the race can be found above.

July 22
Amaranth was shipped to Delmar this morning after another solid gate breeze over the weekend. Jockey Herrara was very pleased by the breeze as he was able to rate Amaranth a bit early and asked him for a little more late. At the urging Amaranth showed a second gear which is a great thing to see in a young race horse. Amaranth is working against his late birthday (May 27th foal) but has shown enough to more than justify a start in the big leagues at Del Mar. We hope she takes the trip and her new environment well and settles in for a potential debut on August 4th. We will report on her breeze next weekend from Delmar as the excitement grows.

July 14
Amaranth continues to show she is a very fast filly firiing the bullet at Golen Gate Fields on Saturday over 5 Furlongs
, She went in a smooth one minute flat with a gallup out we caught in 11 2/5ths. This was first of 52 training on the day. She is fast. Now can we keep her together and teach her to race? This may be a different story. Nonetheless you would rather have a fast one than a slow one .... She will work from the gate next weekend hopefully with horses on either side of here so she gets a bit of experience in traffic. She is on track for an August debut.

June 30
Amaranth
breezed 4 fulongs in 47 3/5ths seconds fastest of the two year olds and 2nd of 61 horses on the day. The gallup out wasn't great but that should come with maturity and training. She is fast.

May 29
Amaranth had her first breeze at Golden Gate going a smooth two furlongs in 24 seconds flat with jockey Cristobal Herrera in the irons. THe filly galluped out very well and according to Herrera "this filly likes to run". Anmaranth should be on a consistent work schedule from here still pointing to a Del Mar Maiden debut.

May 22
Amaranth has settled into to O.J.'s stable over the last few weeks and has flashed some of the nervous temperment she showed at the breeze sale. She sweated out fairly bad the first couple of times at to the track and tied up a bit after a jog. She has since come around and is more comfortable with her surroundings. She will, if all goes well, begin breezing over the next two weeks with the goal of a Delmar debut later in the summer.

 

     
 
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