Longines Distaff Division
TrainerJohn A. Shirreffs
OwnerHS Stable LLC, Martin J. & Pam Wygod
Paradise Woods has a split personality. “At the barn she's very well behaved, but like a lot of good race horses, when they see the track, they take it up a notch,” said John Shirreffs, best known as the trainer of Hall of Famer and two-time Breeders’ Cup winner Zenyatta. Paradise Woods was transferred from Richard Mandella to Shirreffs late in 2018. In her third start for her new trainer, she captured the Santa Margarita Stakes (G2) at Santa Anita April 27. She most recently finished fourth in the Grade 1 Clement L. Hirsch Stakes at Del Mar and remains on target for a second appearance in the Longines Breeders’ Cup Distaff at Santa Anita. “When we first got her, she was very anxious,” Shirreffs said immediately after the victory. “When she gets mad, she stays mad for a long time, so we spent a long time focused on ways to keep her from getting anxious. The first thing was to get her to relax in her gallops.” Paradise Woods had a stellar campaign for Mandella that included her triumph in the Santa Anita Oaks (G1) and third-place effort in the 2017 Distaff at Del Mar. She was bred by Herman Sarkowsky, a Seattle-based businessman whose holdings included the Portland Trailblazers basketball team and Seattle Seahawks football franchise. Three weeks prior to his passing in 2014 at age 89, he recommended Paradise Woods to longtime friends Pam and Marty Wygod. “I thought, ‘This is just what I need, another weanling,’” Wygod told Blood-Horse. “But he said, ‘Marty, I'm telling you, this is something special.’” She now races for the Wygods and Sarkowsky’s son Steven.
|July 20, 2018||Osunitas S.||DEL MAR||6|
|June 02, 2018||Beholder Mile S.||SANTA ANITA PARK||1||3|
|March 24, 2018||Santa Monica S.||SANTA ANITA PARK||2||4|