California-Bred Warren’s Showtime Smokes Late To Take $75,000 China Doll Stakes By A Half Length; Warren Homebred, Ridden By Velez & Trained By Lewis, Gets Mile On Turf 1:36.24 ARCADIA, Calif. (March 7, 2020)–Mid-pack among a field of 13 sophomore fillies heading to the far turn, Benjamin and Sally Warren’s homebred Warren’s Showtime somehow found room a furlong from home and roared up the rail to take Saturday’s $75,000 China Doll Stakes by a half length. A California-bred daughter of red hot sire Clubhouse Ride, Warren’s Showtime, who was ridden by apprentice Jorge Velez and is trained by Craig Lewis, got a mile on turf in 1:36.24.A winner of the California Cup Oaks at one mile on turf here Jan. 18, Warren’s Showtime was off as the narrow 3-1 favorite over highly regarded Irish-bred Stela Star and paid $8.00, $4.20 and $3.00.Out of Warren’s Grade I winning Affirmative mare Warren’s Veneda, Warren’s Showtime picked up her third stakes win, all in combination with Velez, and registered her fourth overall win from seven starts. With the winner’s share of $45,000, she now has earnings of $281,271.Ridden by Joel Rosario and trained by John Sadler, Stela Star was the second choice at 3-1, as she attracted roughly $900.00 less than the winner, returning $4.80 and $3.60.Head and head for the lead with longshot Roadrunner’s Honor to the far turn, Bella Vita spurted two lengths clear a furlong out, but was no match for the top two late. Ridden by Flavien Prat, California-bred Bella Vita was off at 4-1 and paid $3.80 to show.Fractions on the race were 23.43, 47.84, 1:12.30 and 1:24.37.
With David Kidwell taking the head coaching job for the New Zealand national team, Taylor will be joined by Andrew Webster, Paul Stringer and Craig Sandercock next season.Webster re-joins the club after spending the previous two seasons as an assistant coach at the New Zealand Warriors.Stringer steps up from the NSW Cup team while Sandercock continues his role from last season.“We are all really excited by the new coaching structure at the Club,” Jason Taylor said. “It’s going to allow us to achieve some really detailed coaching, which is what we’ve been striving for.“To have an extra assistant Coach on the roster is going to be make a big difference to the quality of coaching that we can get done and I’m confident it will improve the overall performance of the team.”