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His interest in horses started at a young age when his parents would take him to the racetrack to watch their horses run. Peter has shown his talents with the young horses by guiding Comma To The Top to victories in all of the juvenile stakes at Hollywood Park including the G-1 Cash Call Futurity. Comma To The Top started in the 2012 Kentucky Derby. He followed that with another successfull campaign of top two year old Majestic City.Peter wanted to be a jockey so at age 10 he went to a jockey school in Castaic, California for one year.When it was obvious he would grow to tall to pursue his dream of being a jockey, so he started to work as a groom on the backside during high school.After graduation, he worked full-time as a groom for the late Hall of Fame trainer Charlie Wittingham.Peter saddled his first winner, Dynashield, on April 25, 1988 at Santa Anita Park.Set Play gave him his first Grade I win in the Del Mar Debutante in September 2010.
Valenzuela burst on to the racing scene when he became the youngest jockey to win the Santa Anita Derby when he piloted Codex to win at age 17. In 1989, he guided Sunday Silence to victory in the Kentucky Derby and Preakness Stakes but came up just short of winning the illusive Triple Crown. Valenzuela has won seven Breeders’ Cup races and has ridden such outstanding horses like Arazi, Best Pal, and Lava Man.
Gary Barber, Roger Birnbaum, Kevin Tsujihara
Three Hollywood movie makers own Kentucky Derby 137 contender Comma to the Top who has swept the $750,000 Cash Call Futurity (GI), Generous Stakes, and Real Quiet Stakes during Hollywood Park’s Fall Meet.Gary Barber and Roger Birnbaum are co-founders of Spyglass Entertainment, the company has produced motion pictures like Seabiscuit, Memoirs of a Geisha, The Inisder, and The Sixth Sense.Gary owns around 50 racehorses on his own and in partnership for the past 15 years. He has had success in the industry with horses like The Deputy who won the 2000 Santa Anita Derby and Gitano Hernando winner of the 2009 Goodwood Handicap.He has horses that race internationally in Europe and South Africa as well. Gary Barber was born in Johannesburg, South Africa and resides in Los Angeles.Through much of the 1990s prior to founding Spyglass Entertainment, Birnbaum headed the Disney-affiliated independent studio Caravan Pictures backing popular films Angels in the Outfield, While You Were Sleeping, Powder, First Kid, and G.I. Jane. Throughout his career, Roger has been the president of the Guber/Peters Company, the president of worldwide productions for the United Artists, and the executive vice president of Twentieth Century Fox. Roger Birnbaum was born in 1950 in Teaneck, New Jersey.Kevin Tsujihara, is the head of Warner Brothers’ Home Entertainment Division overseeing the home video, digital distribution, video games, technical operations, and anti-piracy efforts of the company. Kevin is in charge of increasing the sales of movies in stores and through online downloading. He worked during the summers for his father who was an egg distributor and delivered eggs to the merchants. Kevin then worked as an accountant, graduated from Stanford, and co-founded an online tax-filling company, before starting to work for Warner Brothers’ in 1994. Kevin Tsujihara was born on October 25, 1964 and grew up in in Petaluma, California.
Bwana Charlie--Maggies Storm, by Stormy Atlantic
Comma to the Top was bred in Florida by Richard and Linda Thompson
He is from the second crop of sprinter Bwana Charlie and is bred for speed on both sides of his pedigree Bwana Charlie is by the versatile Indian Charlie, who is also the sire of early Derby favorite Uncle Mo; Indian Charlie has been represented by some nice route runners, including champion Fleet Indian and Grade 1 winner Pampered Princess, but he’s better known for passing his brilliant speed to offspring, including champion female sprinter Indian Blessing and multiple Grade 3 winner Conveyance, who faded to 15th after setting the pace in the 2010 Kentucky Derby
Bwana Charlie never tried longer distances, making all 19 career starts at a mile or less, and compiled wins in Amsterdam (G3) and Lafayette (G3) at three and placed in the one-mile Derby Trial (G3)
Comma to the Top is the second foal to race out of the Stormy Atlantic mare Maggie’s Storm, and both his dam and half-sibling were winless in multiple starts; Maggie’s Storm is out of Maggie’s Pistol, who won the seven-furlong Virginia H. (G3) and made all 28 career starts at a mile or less; this is also the female family of Grade 3 vixen and Grade 1-placed Good Potential, who was at her best going one turn
Broodmare sire Stormy Atlantic is by leading sire Storm Cat, an excellent source of both speed and stamina, but the stakes winner never raced past six furlongs in 15 career starts; Stormy Atlantic has a limited number of runners as a broodmare sire, but his only other stakes winner is It’s Me Mom, who captured the six-furlong Presque Isle Downs Debutante in 2010 and opened her sophomore season with a fourth in the six-furlong Old Hat S. (G3) at Gulfstream Park
Comma to the Top excelled at distances up to 1 1/16 miles last year, posting a convincing 1 ¾-length win in the CashCall Futurity (G1), and he’ll need to continue to outrun his pedigree to thrive at the 1 ¼-mile Derby distance
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