Paradise Woods

  • Jockey
  • Trainer
    John A. Shirreffs
  • Owner
    HS Stable LLC, Martin J. & Pam Wygod
  • Breeder
    Herman Sarkowsky
  • Sire
    Union Rags
  • Dam
    Wild Forest

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.

Lifetime Stats

Challenge Series Races Won
2019 Zenyatta Stakes
Breeders’ Cup Winner
2017 Zenyatta Stakes
2019 Graded Stakes Points

Previous Races

September 29, 2019Zenyatta S.SANTA ANITA PARK21
July 28, 2019Clement L. Hirsch S.DEL MAR14
June 01, 2019Santa Maria S.SANTA ANITA PARK22
April 27, 2019Santa Margarita S.SANTA ANITA PARK21
March 30, 2019Beholder Mile S.SANTA ANITA PARK13
February 16, 2019Santa Monica S.SANTA ANITA PARK25
July 20, 2018Osunitas S.DEL MAR 6
June 02, 2018Beholder Mile S.SANTA ANITA PARK13
March 24, 2018Santa Monica S.SANTA ANITA PARK24
December 26, 2017La Brea S.SANTA ANITA PARK12
November 03, 2017Longines Breeders' Cup DistaffDEL MAR13
September 30, 2017Zenyatta S.SANTA ANITA PARK11
August 27, 2017Torrey Pines S.DEL MAR36
May 05, 2017Longines Kentucky OaksCHURCHILL DOWNS111
April 08, 2017Santa Anita OaksSANTA ANITA PARK11
March 11, 2017 SANTA ANITA PARK 1
January 26, 2017 SANTA ANITA PARK 2