Entries by aaron@saddlebackstables.com

100% and 1%

Greetings Race Fans, Cocoa Bandita gave all she had to offer on Saturday, November 12 at historic Churchill Downs. When the dust settled, however, our filly was a distant 3rd behind some very experienced older mares. #2 Shut the Gate went from gate to wire and never looked back. Her resume now includes 9 wins and 5 seconds with over $142,000 in […]

Double Down & Tune In

Greetings Race Fans, Saddleback Stables will feature two fillies racing at different Midwest tracks this Saturday. Pick your favorite destination and join either me or Maureen at Hawthorne Racecourse in Chicago or Churchill Down in Louisville. Cocoa Bandita will be the first to compete as she leaves from post #4 at 12:30 pm (CST) in Race #2 […]

Asleep at the Wheel

Greetings Race Fans, Mary Jeans Wildcat ran at Hawthorne Racecourse in Chicago on October 27, and must have felt like the Chicago Cubs after being battered by the Cleveland Indians in game #1 of the World Series. Our filly broke slowly with jockey Carlos Montalvo in the driver’s seat and the pair were at the back […]

Two in a Row?

Greetings Race Fans, On Thursday, October 27, Mary Jeans Wildcat will try to duplicate her stablemate, Tiz Gallatin’s recent victory at Hawthorne Racecourse in Chicago. MJ leaves from the inside #1 post at (12/1) morning line odds with Carlos Montalvo in the driver’s seat. Race #3 is a tough Maiden Special Weight, featuring seven three-year-old […]


Greetings Race Fans, Tiz Gallatin, our fragile four year old filly, sired by productive stallion Tiz Wonderful, made her debut in Chicago on October 19th and dominated the competition like her namesake, Harry Gallatin did with the NY Knicks at Madison Square Garden. Apprehension, hope and a touch of optimism filled the air as our […]

At Last

Greetings Race Fans, The long awaited, on again-off again, debut of Tiz Gallatin has finally arrived. Expectations were exceedingly high since her purchase at the 2013 Keeneland September Yearling Sale. The well-bred daughter of Tiz Wonderful out of Golden Say by Golden Missile is a half-sister to our incredible black type performer, Queen Negwer. The […]

Mud Wrestling

Greetings Race Fans, It was a dreary rainy afternoon on October 12th in Chicago, and six furlongs of wet, sloppy racetrack were all that stood in the way of a $20,700 payday. The two favorites #1 Dundalk Bay and #4 Showersofblessings broke swiftly and took the early lead. #3 Cocoa Bandita quickly joined the dance and was second by a head after a hasty 22:23 opening […]

Hot Cocoa at Hawthorne

Greetings Race Fans, Our red hot filly, Cocoa Bandita, moves up in class to join eight fillies and mares in an Illinois Allowance on Wednesday, October 12, at Hawthorne Racecourse in Chicago. Cocoa has recorded two wins and a third in her last four starts, all in claiming company. Our white-faced filly enjoys the underdog […]

Slippery When Wet

Greetings Race Fans, Following her first two starts on the synthetic surface at Arlington Park, Mary Jeans Wildcat shipped to historic Churchill Downs for her first effort on dirt. The track was listed as “wet fast” after absorbing a significant amount of rain.   Mary Jean was 6th at the break with jockey Francisco Torres […]

Traffic Jam & Summer School’s Out

Greetings Race Fans, Traffic Jam: Mary Jeans Wildcat will travel to historic Churchill Downs on Saturday, October 1 for a bumper to bumper challenge in race #2 beginning at 1:14 pm (EST). MJW will face more horses than we have on our entire farm. Our swift chestnut will leave from post #10 in the overcrowded […]