Grazen’s Hope Improves To 2-for-2

Grazen’s Hope Improves To 2-for-2

     Grazen’s Hope, who scored a 24-1 upset in his career debut, won his second start Sunday at Golden Gate Fields as a strong favorite.
 
     Grazen’s Hope paid $51.20 after he led from start to finish in a six-furlong maiden allowance race on Dec. 28.  Sent off at odds of 7-5 in Sunday’s one-mile allowance test for 3-year-olds, Grazen’s Hope returned $4.80 after defeating Terrys Tom Cat by 
1 3/4 lengths.
 
     Ridden by Alejandro Gomez, Grazen’s Hope stalked pacesetter Elmonte Cristo to the stretch and then took command a furlong from the finish.  Terrys Tom Cat easily took second by 2 1/4 lengths over Tupelo Cush, who edged a tiring Elmonte Cristo for third by a head.  
 
     Grazen’s Hope, a gray colt by the sire Grazen, was bred in California by his owner, Nick Alexander.  Trained by Steve Miyadi, Grazen’s Hope was timed in 1:39.17 and earned $23,400 for the victory.
 
     Grazen’s Hope was the first of two winners for Alexander and Miyadi as they also captured the seventh race with Three Strike Rule ($3.60), who dead-heated for the win with Blackford ($10.00). 
 
     Smith Saddles First Winner  --  Roxanne Smith earned her first victory as a trainer Saturday at Golden Gate Fields when her 4-year-old filly Oh My Goddess won the ninth race under apprentice rider Ricardo Gonzalez.
 
     Oh My Goddess, a 4-year-old filly by Olympio, posted a 2 1/2-length victory in the 
5 1/2-furlong race for maiden fillies and mares entered for a claiming price of $8,000.
Owned and bred by Smith and her partner, Dr. Christine Chanley, Oh My Goddess broke her maiden in her seventh career start.
 
     “We loved it,” said Smith of watching Oh My Goddess stride to victory.  “We were very happy.  Oh My Goddess, like the lion’s share of our horses, is a horse that we bred and raised.  The jockey rode her perfect and it was fun to see it all come together.”
 
     Smith began training early last year and notched that elusive first victory with her 18th starter.
  
     “I’ve done it all with Dr. Christine Chanley,” said Smith.  “After owning and breeding horses for a decade, we decided we’d like to get involved in the training part of it.  We have 15 horses of racing age between Pleasanton and our farm in Livermore.  We’ve been mentored and inspired by (trainers) Ellen Jackson and Jeff Bonde.”
 
     Oh My Goddess returned $18.60 to win and earned $4,400.