Trainer Jeremiah Englehart, based at Finger Lakes Casino & Racetrack in upstate New York, will have his first Breeders’ Cup World Championships starter in Tamarind Hall in the Nov. 4 Sentient Jet Breeders’ Cup Filly & Mare Sprint (gr. I).
Tamarind Hall, owned by Eklektikos LLC, won an open allowance test at Finger Lakes in June and then became a factor in graded stakes company at Belmont Park and Saratoga. The 4-year-old Graeme Hall filly, bred in Florida by Eugene Melnyk, won the Bed o’Roses Stakes (gr. III) at Belmont, finished third in the Ballerina Stakes (gr. I) at Saratoga, and finished second in the Gallant Bloom Handicap (gr. II) at Belmont.
She arrived at Churchill Downs Oct. 27 after an almost 10-hour van ride from upstate New York.
“If someone had told me at the start of the year that I would have a horse in the Breeders’ Cup, I wouldn’t have believed it,” said Englehart, who has visited sales in Lexington and attended the 2008 Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I). “Kentucky is one of my favorite places.”
Tamarind Hall worked a half-mile at Finger Lakes in :49 2/5 on a sloppy track Oct. 26 and had her first gallop at Churchill Oct. 28. Englehart said David Cohen, who has been aboard the filly in her past three starts, would have the mount in the Breeders’ Cup Filly & Mare Sprint at seven furlongs.
Tamarind Hall, a winner of $253,204 on a record of seven wins in 20 starts, has won this year at six furlongs, seven furlongs, and one mile. The Bed o’Roses victory came at seven furlongs.