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(T 8.5f , to Therecomesatiger, defeating Drum Major, Sky Conqueror, T. D. Vance, Cosmic Kris, Rebel Rebel (IRE), Spring House, Greater Good ).
Therecomesatiger turned the tides on T. D. Vance to win the Nov. 13 Commonwealth Turf Stakes at Churchill Downs by 13/4 lengths. The two 3-year-old geldings had gone head-to-head a race before in the Oct. 13 Bryan Station Stakes at Keeneland with T. D. Vance coming out on top by the same winning margin as Therecomesatiger’s Commonwealth victory. The Bryan Station marked the only loss in five starts for Chuck Patton’s homebred Therecomesatiger, trained by Tom Proctor.
Patton has been a part of excellence in racing for years and has worked the last 10 years as the farm manager at Peter Vegso’s The Racing Edge Farm near Ocala, Fla. The farm has produced recent graded stakes winners Splendid Blendid (gr. I), Silver Tree (gr. II), and Orchard Park (gr. III).
Patton also owns his own small farm called Patton’s Place. He also had success in the early 1990s as a breeder with To Freedom, winner of the Lafayette (gr. III) at Keeneland and Jaipur (gr. III) Stakes at Belmont Park.
Patton’s history with Therecomesatiger dates to his purchase of the gelding’s grandam, Critical (by Critique) for a mere $700. Patton said Critical was “a good conformation mare” and he purchased her specifically to breed to Artistry, who was owned by a friend at the time. The mare produced two Artistry fillies. The second was Come Tight, the dam of Therecomesatiger.
Come Tight was unplaced in three starts as a 3-year-old in 1996. She began her broodmare career the following year and is now the dam of six foals. Her second foal, Herecomesacat (by Storm Creek), placed third in the 2003 Princess Mora Stakes at Calder.
Twelve-year-old Come Tight had a Pure Precision filly April 4 and is in foal to Honor Glide.
Tiger Ridge is the sire of Therecomesatiger and six other stakes winners, including 2005 added-money winners Here Tiger, Weekend Weather, Tiger Belle, Taming the Tiger, and Savona (in Mexico). Tiger Ridge stands at Hartley/De Renzo, Walmac South near Ocala. His 2005 fee was $7,500.—A.W.
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