Racehorses Taught California Owner Nick Alexander ‘Patience And Humility’

A day of racing which showcases California-breds without a Nick Alexander owned or bred horse would be rare indeed these days, like an NFL game without a single review. Not to worry Saturday when the 77-year-old native of Santa Monica has three horses he owns and bred entered on Santa Anita’s nine-race program featuring runners […]

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Just Grazed Me Draws Away Late In California Distaff Handicap

Patiently handled by Geovanni Franco, Nick Alexander’s homebred Just Grazed Me drew off to an impressive 1 ¾ length win in Saturday’s $100,000 California Distaff Handicap at Santa Anita. Trained by Phil D’Amato, the 4-year-old gray filly by Grazen got 5 ½ furlongs on turf in 1:01.82. Breaking from the far outside in a field […]

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Alexander Has ‘One-Two Grazen Punch’ In California Distaff Handicap

Longtime California owner/breeder Nick Alexander will be represented by another daughter of Grazen in addition to favored S Y Sky in Saturday’s $100,000 California Distaff Handicap at 5 ½ furlongs on Santa Anita’s turf. That would be Just Grazed Me, gray like the five-year-old S Y Sky, and like her stablemate, never out of the […]

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Midshipman Colt Tops Washington Summer Sale For $120,000

The annual Washington Thoroughbred Breeders and Owners Association Summer Yearling and Mixed Sale was held on Aug. 20 at the WTBOA Sales Pavilion located at Emerald Downs in Auburn, Wash. One-hundred and four yearlings, 16 broodmares and one horse of racing age drew bidders from California, Idaho, Oregon, Arizona and Kentucky, but the top two […]

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S Y Sky Finishes Fast In Off-The-Turf Monrovia

Nick Alexander’s homebred S Y Sky got the job done in an off-the-turf edition of the $200,000 Monrovia Stakes at Santa Anita on Sunday, finishing fast down the lane to hit the wire three-quarters of a length in front of favorite Belvoir Bay. The 5-year-old daughter of Alexander’s Grazen completed five furlongs on the fast […]

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D’Amato, Alexander Enter Pair In Sunday’s Betty Grable

Nine older fillies and mares bred in California will take their turn in the Del Mar spotlight Sunday in the $100,000 Betty Grable Stakes at seven furlongs over the seaside track’s main dirt oval. Post time for the first of nine races Sunday is 12:30 p.m. Racing will continue Monday, Veterans Day, featuring two-year-old fillies […]

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Speedy Enola Gray Retired, Will Be Bred In 2019

Nick Alexander’s homebred mare Enola Gray has officially been retired from racing, according to, and will be bred in 2019. The 5-year-old daughter of Alexander’s stallion Grazen won six stakes races over her career, including the Grade 3 Wilshire at a mile on the turf. “It was one thing after another,” said trainer Phil D’Amato. […]

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Barretts Catalogs 86 Yearlings For Aug. 28 Select Sale

Barretts has cataloged 86 yearlings for its Select Yearling Sale scheduled for Tuesday, August 28. The afternoon session will begin at 2:00 p.m. at Del Mar’s Surfside Race Place. The majority of the yearlings catalogued are eligible for the lucrative Golden State Series in addition to the California-bred/sired Maiden Bonus program. Leading California sires and major Kentucky […]

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Tough Sunday Scores First Stakes Win In Sunday’s Sensational Star

A switch from 6 ½ furlongs on turf to a muddy main track, five scratches and a perfect stalking trip under Joe Talamo resulted in Nick Alexander’s homebred Tough Sunday notching his first-ever stakes win in Sunday’s $100,000 Sensational Star Stakes at Santa Anita.  Trained by Steve Miyadi, the 6-year-old full horse by Alexander’s Grazen, prevailed by one length […]

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