Smiling Tiger

Jockey Kevin Krigger Returns To Emerald Downs, Rides Three Winners Saturday

Sari’s Tiger rallied from far back under red-hot Kevin Krigger and scored a 2 ¾-length victory Saturday in the $13,600 Muckleshoot Casino Purse for 3-year-old fillies at Emerald Downs. For Krigger, who began riding here Friday, the victory capped off a second consecutive three-win night for the 35-year-old native of the Virgin Islands. Krigger is […]

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Smiling Tiger Starts Hot With Latest Crop Of Juveniles

Smiling Tiger began the year riding a wave of momentum when Spiced Perfection became his first Grade 1 winner a week before the calendar turned to January 2019. That led into a busy breeding season, which has now rolled into a fast start with his next class of 2-year-olds. The latest example of that came […]

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Spiced Perfection Denies Game Amy’s Challenge In Madison

Pantofel Stable, Wachtel Stable, and Peter Deutsch’s Spiced Perfection was a determined winner of Saturday’s G1 Madison Stakes at Keeneland, heading Amy’s Challenge in the lane and out-dueling her to the wire to win by a neck. The 4-year-old daughter of Smiling Tiger, ridden by the red-hot Javier Castellano for his third win on the […]

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Grade 1 Winner Spiced Perfection Named California-Bred Horse Of The Year

Grade I winner Spiced Perfection was named the 2018 California-bred Horse of the Year at the California Thoroughbred Breeders Association Annual Meeting and Awards Dinner at the Sheraton San Gabriel on Monday, Feb. 25. Spiced Perfection is by Smiling Tiger, out of the Pleasantly Perfect mare Perfect Feat, was bred by Premier Thoroughbreds, is owned […]

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Bloodlines Presented By Indiana Horse Racing: California Eyes Are ‘Smiling’

With a victory in the Dec. 26 La Brea Stakes at Santa Anita, Spiced Perfection became the first Grade 1 stakes winner for her sire Smiling Tiger (Hold That Tiger). The fast bay filly also is from the stallion’s first crop of runners, which propelled him into 19th place among freshman sires in 2017, and the […]

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Lebherz, Metanovic See Big Returns Supporting Smiling Tiger On A Budget

Bloodstock agent Mersad Metanovic was given fairly simple marching orders from Phil Lebherz during the 2013/2014 mixed sale season: Find mares to support his new stallion Smiling Tiger, and do it as frugally as possible. Two of those broodmare purchases – Tuscan Sunset and Perfect Feat – were secured for a combined $43,500, and they’ve […]

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Spiced Perfection Leads California-Bred Exacta In La Brea Stakes

Dare to Dream Stable’s Spiced Perfection made the leap from California-bred competition to Grade 1 winner in Wednesday’s $300,000 La Brea Stakes for 3-year-old fillies on Wednesday, the first of four graded stakes races on the Arcadia, Calif., track’s opening day program. Spiced Perfection defeated another California-bred Hot Autumn, by 1 1/4 lengths, with Emboldened […]

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Spiced Perfection Kicks Away For Betty Grable Victory

Perfectly placed by jockey Flavien Prat behind dueling leaders in the early stages of the $100,000 Betty Grable Stakes, Spiced Perfection surged between rivals to take command entering the stretch and drew off impressively to win the seven-furlong sprint by two and one-quarter lengths Sunday. Spiced Perfection, sent off at 4-1 odds, scored her fourth […]

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Cruel Intention Bests Galilean In Golden State Juvenile

In what quickly developed into a two-horse race, Bob Baffert’s Cruel Intention bested Jerry Hollendorfer’s Galilean by a neck as they finished some 16 lengths clear of their competition in Saturday’s $200,000 Golden State Juvenile at Santa Anita. Ridden by Evin Roman, Cruel Intention, a 2-year-old California-bred colt by Smiling Tiger (who stands at Harris […]

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Old Trainers Never Die, They Just ‘Smile’ On

Smiling Tigress lit up the tote board with a $54.60 mutuel after winning Saturday’s eighth race at Santa Anita by a half length under Tyler Baze for trainer David Bernstein. It was a feel good story all around. The three-year-old California-bred daughter of the Smiling Tiger was coming off four straight races in which she […]

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