Gulfstream News & Notes: Tuttipaesi, I O Ireland in Herecomesthebride, 'Macho Man' Out Of Gulfstream 'Cap

Gulfstream News & Notes: Tuttipaesi, I O Ireland in Herecomesthebride, 'Macho Man' Out Of Gulfstream 'Cap


Tuttipaesi to Return in Herecomesthebride

Two months have passed since Tuttipaesi made her attention-grabbing United States debut at Gulfstream Park on Jan. 1, when the 3-year-old Irish-bred Italian import swept to a two-length victory in the Ginger Brew Stakes on turf.

“We decided to give her the extra time between races, so we skipped the last stakes (Sweetest Chant on Jan. 27) for her,” trainer Graham Motion said. “We wanted to give her the time to get over that first effort.”

Tuttipaesi will make her highly anticipated return in Saturday’s $150,000 Herecomesthebride (G3) at Gulfstream after making an immediate impression in the Ginger Brew. The daughter of Clodovil settled far back during the early running of her debut before making progress along the backstretch and on the far turn. Blocked at the top of the stretch, she was angled to the outside by jockey Alan Garcia, and she kicked in with an explosive stretch drive to win going away.

“She’d worked very well before that race, so we were quite excited about running her,” Motion said. “But you never quite know until you lead them over there.”

Tuttipaesi had won three of five starts in Europe before being purchased privately by Valor Ladies LLC and being transferred to Motion’s stable.

“She’s extremely athletic. 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,” Motion said. “She’s fairly feisty, but she’s very straightforward as far as working and daily gallops and such.”

Motion is scheduled to also saddle Kitten’s Point for a start in the 1 1/8-mile Herecomesthebride. The daughter of Kitten’s Joy got away from the gate slowly in her 2013 debut in a mile first-level allowance at Gulfstream on Feb. 2 before closing for second money.

“I was pleased with her. She was a little unlucky with the trip she had,” Motion said. “The fact that this race is a mile and an eighth is very appealing to me for that filly. I think it’s something that she’ll like.”

The Augustin Stable’s filly, who is slated to be ridden by Edgar Prado, broke her maiden at first asking last September before being nosed out of a victory in the Jessamine Stakes (G3) at Keeneland in Oct. She finished off the board in the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies Turf (G1) at Santa Anita to conclude her freshman campaign.

Two races earlier on Saturday’s card, Motion is scheduled to saddle Lucky Chappy for a 1 3/8-mile turf allowance only two weeks after the 4-year-old son of High Chaparral finished a disappointing seventh in the Mac Diarmida (G2) at Gulfstream.

“He just didn’t seem to run at all in the stake. He never really picked up his feet. You don’t get many opportunities to run in an allowance race going that kind of distance,” Motion said. “It just seemed too good of an opportunity for him to pass up, especially with the fact that he didn’t do too much running in his first start. The grass was really soft that day, and I’m hoping that he didn’t handle it.”

Motion, who entered recent Gulfstream allowance winner Holiday Star in Sunday’s $150,000 Palm Beach (G3), will be in action on both coasts this weekend. Stephanoatsee, a strong-closing second in the Strub (G2) at Santa Anita on Feb. 2, is slated to run in the Santa Anita Handicap (G1) on Saturday.

“It’s a big step for him. But I’ve been really anxious to run him a mile and a quarter since last summer. I was hoping to be able to run him in the Travers, but it didn’t materialize. That’s why he’s there,” Motion said. “He ran very well, I thought, in the prep. That’s why we felt like we could give him a shot to run in this race. But, obviously, it’s a very big step for him.”

Meanwhile, Motion continues to prepare 2011 Kentucky Derby winner Animal Kingdom for a scheduled start in the $10 million Dubai World Cup (G1) on March 30. Motion said he “couldn’t be happier” with how Team Valor International’s 5-year-old star has been training since his second-place finish behind Point of Entry in the Gulfstream Park Turf Handicap (G1) on Feb. 9.

Distance Suits I O Ireland in Herecomesthebride

Trainer Chris Block had described I O Ireland as “a work in progress” before the royally bred daughter of Giant’s Causeway ran in the Ginger Brew Stakes at Gulfstream Park on Jan.1. After finishing far back in her 3-year-old debut, she came back to finish a late-closing fourth in the Sweetest Chant Stakes on Jan. 27. She is set to return in Saturday’s Herecomesthebride.

“The first race she got tired. The last race, the plan was to wait and make a run with her and have her finishing at the end to help set her up for this race on Saturday,” Block said.

The long-striding I O Ireland is out of multiple-stakes winner Ioya Two, whom Block campaigned during a career in which she earned more than $460,000. Ioya Two has become a stellar broodmare, as well, producing Ioya Bigtime, a graded-stakes winner of nearly $500,000, and Amazing Results, a graded-stakes winner of nearly $375,000.
Block expects the Illinois-bred filly to improve in the 1 1/8-mile Herecomesthebride.

“She probably could use some more ground,” he said.

'Macho Man' Out of Gulfstream Park 'Cap

Defending Gulfstream Park Handicap (G2) winner Mucho Macho Man will miss the March 9 race due to a mild virus.