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Longshot Tamarind Hall Upsets Bed o'Roses

Longshot Tamarind Hall pulled off a dramatic upset Sunday afternoon at Belmont Park, splitting horses on the turn and galloping on to a 5 ¼-length victory in the Grade 3, $150,000 Bed o' Roses Handicap.

After breaking on top in the field of seven fillies and mares, Tamarind Hall was taken back shortly after the start as jockey David Cohen allowed Curlina through on the rail to lead the field through opening fractions of 22.62 and 45.55, closely pursued by 1-4 favorite Hilda's Passion. Advancing around the turn, Tamarind Hall shot through a narrow opening between the pacesetter and the favorite and on to the lead, and steadily widened her advantage through the stretch.

Tamarind Hall completed seven furlongs in 1:23.82 and she returned $33.80, $13.80 and $53.00 to her backers in the Sunday crowd of 4,964. Of the $290,567.54 in the show pool, $268,788.81 was wagered on Hilda's Passion, who finished sixth, triggering considerable show payouts on the top three finishers. Runner-up Kid Kate, who paid $17.00 to place, returned $53.50 to show. Third-place finisher Spa City Princess paid $64.50. The upset helped trigger a $45,866.70 carryover into Monday's Independence Day card at Belmont Park.

"In the post parade, she was so strong, on game," Cohen said of Tamarind Hall. "Whatever I was, 15-1, she didn't give me that feeling; really a strong horse. I could have moved at any time. There was a nice gap between Javier and Ramon on the turn, and I kind of got her into that to get her part of the race and put her into position. When I asked her to go into that hole, she just responded where I didn't want to take anything away from her. She went right through it, and opened by 3, 4, 5 lengths within jumps. I just let her be happy and let her do her thing."

The victory was the first in a graded stakes for both the filly and her trainer, Jeremiah Englehart.

"Ever since I got her back to Finger Lakes, she's just been a different horse from the winter," said Englehart. "She's just been powerful. In her last race she ran a real big number, and she came out of it just as good. Honestly, I really thought we'd be running for second. I didn't think there was a shot of beating Hilda's Passion."

A 4-year-old daughter of Graeme Hall, Tamarind Hall broke her maiden for a $25,000 claiming tag at Tampa Bay Downs in March 2010 and competed exclusively in the claiming ranks for most of her sophomore season. Her first start for Englehart and owner Mark Vondrasek of Eklektikos Stable was an allowance optional claimer at Finger Lakes on November 26, which she won by six lengths. The Bed o' Roses was her first start in stakes company and followed a 7 ¾-length allowance triumph at Finger Lakes on June 11. She now claims a 7-1-2 record from 18 starts with earnings of $198,204.

Christine Daae, Curlina, Hilda's Passion and Comic Marvel completed the order of finish.
 

 

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