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Valor Ladies' Tuttipaesi Wins South Beach

Dec 12, 2015
Reporting Star Takes El Prado

HALLANDALE BEACH, FL — Tuttipaesi may have put off her intended retirement with a rousing victory in the $100,000 South Beach Stakes Saturday at Gulfstream Park. 

The 5-year-old mare was on her toes in the post parade, but settled kindly under jockey Chris DeCarlo as longshot Celebrity Star set the pace. Angled out approaching the stretch, the gray mare closed stoutly up the center of the course to score by 1 1/2 lengths, and returned $16.60 to her backers. The final time for the 7 1/2-furlong South Beach was 1:31.58. Favored Hope Cross finished with a flourish on the inside to complete the exacta, while Lori’s Store also came on late to get third. Tuttipaesi, owned by the all-female syndicate Valor Ladies, is trained by Hall of Famer Bill Mott. 

Bred in Ireland, Tuttipaesi began her career in Italy before being acquired privately as the inaugural offering by Valor Ladies. She kicked off her Stateside tenure in 2013 by annexing the Ginger Brew Stakes over this Gulfstream surface. The daughter of Clodovil ran with credit during the remainder of her sophomore campaign, including a second in the Grade 1 Ashland Stakes and a third in the Grade 3 Herecomesthebride Stakes. Limited to only a pair of starts in 2014, she recorded a confidence-building success in the Suffolk Distaff Turf Stakes at Suffolk Downs on October 3 last time out.

“Bill said to break and try to ride her like I did last time,” DeCarlo said. “The last time I rode her I just dropped her head and let her do her thing. That was exactly what I did. There was good pace in front of me so I didn’t have to take too much hold of her, which was better for me because she was able to do everything relaxed. I was just tracking in behind Paco (Lopez, aboard Unbridled Courage) and the front group up until we straightened away. I was loaded for bear. I had ton of horse. When I wheeled her out and asked her to go, she went on. I have to thank Mr. Mott and the owners for the opportunity to ride her.”

Assistant trainer Kenny McCarthy was on hand to saddle the big gray mare. 

“She came in from Payson Park this morning and looked really well,” McCarthy offered. “Obviously Chris knows her from the last time when he won on her and we really just left it up to him, to place her wherever she was comfortable. The last time she was in front and obviously today she came from behind, but she had a nice, clean trip and did everything he asked of her.”

The South Beach was Tuttipaesi’s sixth win from 15 career starts, and took her bankroll to $361,529. Her retirement party may have been delayed indefinitely.

“We’ll have to reevaluate (whether she stays in training),” Valor Ladies' Megan Jones said. “ We were planning to breed her next year, but now we’ll have a look at our options.”

Gulfstream’s Saturday finale was the $100,000 El Prado Stakes for older male turf runners, and Reporting Star and Aztec Brave treated the fans to a spectacle with their stretch-long battle. Canadian-based Reporting Star secured a spot just off the leaders under rider Miguel Vasquez. He took a three-wide path to deliver his challenge, while Aztec Brave was forced to wait for running room until they straightened for home. The two geldings hooked up and bobbed heads all the way to the wire, but Reporting Star ($5.80) flashed under the wire first. He stopped the clock in 1:31.29 for the 7 1/2-furlong test.

“This horse always runs so hard,” winning trainer Pat Parente said. “You want to see a horse like that win and get to the finish line first. That’s his kind of race. He loves the competition.”

Bred in Florida, Reporting Star carries the colors of Copper Water Thoroughbred Company. He scored in Woodbine’s Grade 2 Play the King Stakes in August before finishing a close fifth in the $1-million Grade 1 Woodbine Mile on September 13. The 5-year-old son of Circular Quay had a brief vacation in Ocala on his way to South Florida, and came into the El Prado off a fourth—beaten a neck—in the Million Turf Preview at Gulfstream Park West on November 7. He has now earned $587,680 while winning six of 26 career appearances. 

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