Tammy the Torpedo Prevails in Tropical Park Oaks
Dec 19, 2015
HALLANDALE BEACH, FL
– Long Lake Stable and Beacon Hill Thoroughbreds’ Tammy the Torpedo prevailed over pacesetting Celestine following a stretch-long duel to capture Saturday’s $75,000 Tropical Park Oaks at Gulfstream Park.
The Chad Brown-trained filly, who was the 3-1 second choice, notched the first stakes victory in her sixth career start by a neck.
"She had a really challenging trip, being wide the whole way; I really wasn't happy with the trip at all,” said Brown, whose trainee broke from the No. 11 post in the field of 12 3-year-old fillies. “But somehow she still found a way to win. It was an impressive effort.”
Celestine, sent to post at 9-2 odds, broke alertly from the starting gate and emerged with the lead around the first turn, closely stalked by Darling Sky and Susie Bee along the backstretch. Tammy Torpedo made a sweeping four-wide move leaving the backstretch to pull alongside Celestine on the turn into the homestretch. Celestine, who had set fractions of 23.05 (seconds), 48.22 and 1:13.35 for six furlongs, fought back under Jose Lezcano to maintain the lead by a short margin into deep stretch, only to succumb to Tammy the Torpedo in the closing yards.
“It probably wasn’t the trip that we wanted. I had to make a little early move. She was a little sharp and I had to ride her the way the race came up,” Rosario said. “She’s a really game filly. I rode her before a couple of times and I won with her. She’s very nice. She gives me the best all the time.”
Tammy the Topedo ($8.60) ran 1 1/16 miles on a firm turf course in 1:43.35. Bill Mott-trained Celestine held second, just a neck ahead of late-running Brown-trained Light in Paris.
“My other horse also ran quite well. She didn't run that well first time in the country after training so well, but we put some blinkers on her and she put in a nice series of works,” said Brown, referring to Light in Paris’ eighth-place finish in the Pebbles Stakes at Belmont Oct. 12. “I was happy to see her finish and almost get there as well, it's nice to have two nice fillies moving forward out of this race."
Tammy the Torpedo showed potential right from the start of her career, capturing her debut at Saratoga in Aug. 14 by 3 ¼ lengths. She came back to finish third in the Miss Grillo (G3) at Belmont before finishing seventh after a five-wide trip in the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies (G1). Physical issues sent the Kentucky-bred filly to the sidelines for a year, but she came back in winning form, defeating older fillies and mares in a Belmont Park allowance Oct. 18 before finishing a troubled fifth in the Mrs. Revere (G2) over a good Churchill Downs turf course No. 14.
“She had some minor, developmental issues that she needed some time for. We attempted to bring her back in the spring, and then she had another little hiccup in a different area and needed to go to the farm again,” Brown said. “Now she's got it all back together, is sound, and is in good form again. We'll enjoy this win and speak to the ownership group, and plan our campaign for next year.”
Osaila, the 6-5 favorite, was never a factor and finished 12th.