Valor Ladies LLC’s Irish-bred 3-year-old filly Tuttipaesi
, a winner
of her American debut New Year's Day in the $75,000 Ginger Brew Stakes
at Gulfstream, will take the next step in a promising career Saturday in
the $100,000 Herecomesthebride Stakes (G3).
A winner of three of four starts in Italy last year, and seventh in a
Group 2 stakes at Doncaster in England in September, Tuttipaesi will be
ridden by Alan Garcia for trainer Graham Motion on the roan/gray
daughter of Clodovil in a field of eight 3-year-old fillies going 1 1/8
miles on the turf.
Tuttipaesi is the first horse owned by the all-ladies Valor Ladies
syndicate associated with the Team Valor International operation that
campaigns 2011 Kentucky Derby (G1) hero Animal Kingdom.
Motion has a second contender in the race with Augustin Stable’s
Kitten’s Point and jockey Edgar Prado in the saddle. A Pennsylvania
homebred daughter of Kitten’s Joy, Kitten’s Point ran three times last
year, beginning with a winning debut at Presque Isle in September
sprinting on the synthetic Tapeta surface.
Kitten’s Point went on to finish a game second by a nose in the
Jessamine Stakes (G3) on turf at Keeneland in October and 12th in the
Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies Turf (G1) at Santa Anita on Nov. 2,
although beaten less than seven lengths by the winner. She finished
second in an allowance race here on Feb. 2.
Joyce Young’s Caroline Thomas will get solid support with jockey
Luis Saez getting the return call for trainer Barclay Tagg after they
teamed up for a very good third-place finish in the $100,000 Sweetest
Chant Stakes over the course on Jan. 27 when beaten a half-length for it
A Kentucky homebred chestnut by Giant’s Causeway out of Grade 1
winner Bit of Whimsy, Caroline Thomas has run well in all of her four
starts on turf. She finished second in her debut at Belmont Park in
mid-September, broke her maiden over the Aqueduct course in mid-November
and won an allowance at Gulfstream on Dec. 16 prior to the good rally
in the Sweetest Chant.
“I thought she ran a very good race,” said Tagg of the Sweetest
Chant. “We kind of thought the mile might be a little short for her best
and she was wide the whole way. She’s bred to go longer and the extra
eighth of a mile of Saturday’s race should be to her advantage.”
Team Block’s I O Ireland finished an even fourth in the Sweetest
Chant in a much-improved effort from a 10th-place finish behind
Tuttipaesi in the Ginger Brew Stakes. Jockey Jeffrey Sanchez will be
aboard for trainer Chris Block. The Illinois homebred daughter of
Giant’s Causeway broke her maiden on turf at Arlington Park in her
second start in September and won an allowance race over the Keeneland
course in October.
Reddam Racing LLC’s Frege takes a big step up in the
Herecomesthebride from a maiden victory over the course on Jan. 13 when
she scored by 2 ½ lengths making the ninth start of her career. Jockey
Joe Bravo gets the call for trainer Mark Hennig, who sent out Live
Lively for a wire-to-wire score in the $250,000 Davona Dale Stakes (G2)
here last Saturday.
Named for Gottlob Frege (pronounced Frega), a German philosopher and
mathematician born in the mid 19th century, Frege is a daughter of
Johar purchased for $10,500 as a weanling at the Fasig-Tipton Kentucky
October sales and began her career in England last year with owner Paul
Reddam’s European trainer Brian Meehan before coming to Hennig in New
York last fall as a maiden after five starts.
“She’s done very well training since we got down here for the
winter,” said Hennig. “She has been improving and her race here was very
impressive, so we thought we’d give her a chance in this race. Mr.
Reddam’s never been afraid to jump one up to a stakes (from maiden win).
I know it will be a very competitive race.”
Completing the field for the Herecomesthebride are Emory Hamilton’s
Tokyo Time, Javier Castellano; Darley Stable’s With Sugar On Top, Elvis
Trujillo and Amerman Racing Stable’s Coffee Clique, Joe Rocco, Jr.
Ice Wine Stable’s Sweet Shirley Mae was entered ‘main track only’ by trainer Wesley Ward.