Valor Ladies' Tuttipaesi will try to secure her second straight United States stakes victory and first graded win when the Clodovil filly faces an expected seven other 3-year-old fillies in the $150,000 Herecomesthebride Stakes (gr. IIIT) March 2 at Gulfstream Park.
Tuttipaesi won a pair of stakes in Italy last year before the Irish-bred was shipped to the United States. In her U.S. debut for trainer Graham Motion, Tuttipaesi sailed past rivals in the stretch to register a two-length victory in the Ginger Brew Stakes on the Gulfstream turf after racing in 10th early. Motion decided to give the Eithne Hamilton-bred filly some time off after that Jan. 1 stakes win.
"She's extremely athletic," Motion said. "She's a little high strung. When she first came to this country she was quite nervous, but she's actually settled down a lot and we've gotten her into a routine of how we do things over here. She's fairly feisty, but she's very straightforward as far as working and daily gallops and such."
A top challenger for Tuttipaesi figures to be Tokyo Time, a Medaglia d'Oro filly who rolled to a maiden win Jan. 27 on the Gulfstream turf, putting away rivals by 5 1/4 lengths. Emory Hamilton's homebred is trained by Racing Hall of Fame trainer Shug McGaughey, who registered three stakes wins at Gulfstream in February.
$150,000 Herecomesthebride Stakes (gr. IIIT, race 9, approximate post time 5:05 p.m. EST) 3YO fillies, 1 1/8 miles, turf
PP, Horse, Jockey, Weight, Trainer
1. Frege (KY), J. Bravo, 116, M. Hennig
2. Caroline Thomas (KY), L. Saez, 115, B. Tagg
3. Tokyo Time (KY), J. Castellano, 115, C. McGaughey
4. With Sugar On Top (KY), E. Truuillo, K. McLaughlin
5. I O Ireland (IL), J. Sanchez, 116, C. Block
6. Coffee Clique (KY), J. Rocco Jr., 115, B. Lynch
7. Kitten's Point (PA), E. Prado, 116, H. Motion
8. Tuttipaesi (IRE), A. Garcia, 120, H. Motion
9. (AE) Sweet Shirley Mae (MTO), J. Garcia, 116, W. Ward