Tequilita Wins $100,000 Rampart (G3)
Dec 15, 2018
Second Graded Stakes Victory at Gulfstream
HALLANDALE BEACH, FL – Dorothy Alexander Matz’s homebred Tequilita, winner of the 2017 Forward Gal (G2), drove past the pacesetter Tapa Tapa Tapa inside the final eighth to win the $100,000 Rampart (G3) by 2 ½ lengths over favored Electric Forest.
Tequilita, trained by Michael Matz and ridden by Luis Saez, covered the mile in 1:37.62. The 4-year-old daughter of Union Rags has won five of 19 starts. Matz said she will be bred this spring to Street Sense.
Breaking cleanly away from the gate in the seven-horse field, Tequilita raced outside Tapa Tapa Tapa, who set fractions of :23.26, :45.85 and 1:11.25. Entering the stretch, Saez urged Tequilita past Tapa Tapa Tapa and had more than enough to hold off Electric Forest.
Tequilita returned $7.60.
Trainer Michael Matz (Tequilita): “She’s better if she lays a little bit off the pace and then just keeps running at them. Sometimes if she gets a lead she’ll just kind of wait a little bit. [Jockey Luis Saez] has ridden her a bunch of times and he’s done really well with her. We’re going to breed her this spring [to Street Sense] and my wife said let’s finish up in Florida here and thank God we ended up on a good note because there was a little bit of a lull there for a while. I think it was basically my fault. After her 3-year-old season, she acts and she trains like she could stretch out but she just wants one turn. I think there’s another race down here for her. This is her best distance, a one-turn mile. If it is her last race, then she went out on a winning note.”
Jockey Luis Saez (Tequilita): “She broke so sharp, she was in such a good spot I just wanted to protect it. I thought at the three eighths pole I was done, but I kept asking her and she gave me the kick, she just took off down the stretch. I know she likes the track this way, as she’s won easily on this surface before.”