When: Friday-Sunday, then Thursdays-Sundays through July 28
Where: Cal Expo, Sacramento
Post time: 2:15 p.m.
Thoroughbred stakes: $50,000-added California Governor’s Cup Handicap on July 20
Update: Nominations close Saturday for the California Governor’s Cup Handicap — a 6-furlong race for fillies and mares. Alliford Bay, who has won eight of 15 starts, including the 2018 Governor’s Cup, is expected to lead the field. … Events for other breeds are the $6,000 Sacramento Mule Stakes on July 20, the $8,000 Jack Clifford Stakes for quarter horses July 27 and the $8,000 State Fair Arabian Stakes on July 28. … The California Authority of Racing Fairs offers a $500 bonus to any trainer starting five horses at the State Fair and $1,000 for starting 10 horses. … Irving Orozco won the riding title at the Alameda County Fair with 16 victories from 83 mounts. Frank Alvarado (11-49), William Antongeorgi III (11-51) and Catalino Martinez (11-62) tied for second. … Jonathan Won led trainers with 11 winners from 42 starters, followed by Isidro Tamayo (9-30).
Bulletproof One sold: As expected following Bulletproof One’s 9¼-length victory in the Everett Nevin Stakes on Saturday at the Alameda County Fair, owner-trainer Ellen Jackson has sold the 2-year-old filly. Gary and Cecil Barber bought Bulletproof One for what Jackson called a good six figures. “Everything just went according to plan,” Jackson said. “It was kind of like a feeding frenzy. I didn’t hear much Sunday but Monday at 7 a.m., the phone started ringing and didn’t stop.” Jackson bred Bulletproof One in partnership with Kevin and Kim Nish’s KMN Racing at her Victory Rose Thoroughbreds farm in Vacaville. Jackson sells most of the horses she raises to finance the farm. “I’m not sorry at all because this is my business plan,” she said, “but she is the biggest home run I’ve hit.” Bulletproof One will be trained by Southern California-based Peter Miller. “She’ll get lots of opportunities,” Jackson said. “They threw in a little bonus money if she wins a graded stakes.” Bulletproof One won her only other start by 8 lengths at Golden Gate Fields, and Jackson then bought out KMN Racing. Gary Barber owns Preakness winner War of Will.
— Larry Stumes, Special to The Chronicle
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