A ground-saving ride from jockey Luis Saez helped
Tannery overcome soft turf, stiff headwinds and odds of 10-1 to score
her first American victory in Saturday’s 55th running of the Grade 2, $200,000
Sheepshead Bay at
A Group 3 winner in
Ireland, Tannery came to the
last fall and was winless in four starts, including a third in the
Grade 1 Garden City in her stateside debut and a fourth-place finish on
May 1 in the 1 ¼-mile Owsley overnight stakes,
in which she flattened out after fanning wide on the turn.
Saturday, Saez kept the 4-year-old daughter of Dylan Thomas
tucked along the rail in seventh behind pacesetter Minakshi’s opening
fractions of 24.25, 50.23 and 1:16.45.
Continuing to save ground on the far turn, with favored Hessonite
unable to sustain her three-wide bid for the lead, Saez began moving
Tannery up along the rail, and the filly eagerly dove through an opening
on the inside in the stretch and went on to a one-length
“Last time when I rode her [in the Owsley], I knew she needed
the race,” said Saez of Tannery, who is owned by Richard Santulli and
trained by Alan Goldberg. “I felt
today that I could win. My filly was coming out on the first turn
because the wind was so strong. I saved ground and I found a hole on the
inside, and I rode her strong. Thank God, she won.”
Her winning time was 2:20.17 for 1 3/8 miles over an inner turf course rated soft.
“We try to have our horses fit, but with her first start of the
year being 1 ¼ miles, I didn’t expect her to be completely ready,” said
Goldberg by telephone. “She came
out of that race great, and I thought she’d handle the conditions
Tannery, now 5-3-1 from 15 career starts with earnings of $311,962, returned $22.60 for a $2 win bet. In
Ireland, she was
winless in four starts as a 2-year-old, broke her maiden in a handicap
in her second start at three and won three of her next four outings,
including the Victor McCalmont Memorial Stakes at
Gowran Park, the Martin Molony Stakes at
Limerick and the Group 3 Kilboy Estate Stakes at the Curragh.
Anjaz, who missed the break, rallied from eighth to finish
second, with Minakshi holding for third. Completing the order of finish
were Julie’s Love, Mystical Star,
Hessonite, Strathnaver and Starformer.