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Breeders' Cup 2017

Tuttipaesi Takes Next Step in Herecomesthebride

Gulfstream Park
Photo: MEC
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 all.

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.



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