Tannery heads talented group in G2 New York
By Sean Morris | 06/26/2014 02:44 PM ET
Grade 1 winner Tannery will go in search of her third North American graded stakes victory on Saturday at Belmont Park in the Grade 2, $200,000 New York.
Trained by Alan Goldberg for Richard Santulli, Tannery's first graded stakes victory since arriving from Europe in 2012 came in last year's Grade 2 Sheepshead Bay on May 25 at Belmont. Since then, the bay mare has raced against males twice, finishing fourth in the Grade 1 Sword Dancer Invitational and third in the Grade 3 Red Smith, to go along with a runner-up finish in the Grade 1 Flower Bowl Invitational and a win in the Grade 1 E.P. Taylor, both against fillies and mares.
Tannery has raced only once in 2014, when she took the 1 1/16-mile Miss Liberty on May 26 at Monmouth Park.
"We got what we were looking for [in the Miss Liberty]," said Goldberg. "She might prefer a little more ground but we're pointing her towards the [Grade 1, 1 1/8-mile] Diana, so we're going to have to turn her back, anyway. She likes the turf a little soft, but she's doing awful well right now, so I don't think it will make a difference."
Javier Castellano will be aboard Tannery, the 9-5 favorite on the morning line, and the pair will break from the rail.
Riposte, trained by Hall of Famer Bill Mott for Juddmonte Farms, finally made good on the promise she displayed overseas when she captured the Grade 2 Sheepshead Bay by 1 ¾ lengths on May 24 at Belmont. From three prior North American starts, the daughter of Dansili's odds had never been greater than 5-2, though she failed to find the winner's circle in those outings. In the Sheepshead Bay, jockey Joel Rosario chose to switch tactics and send his mount straight to the lead, a decision that led to the filly's breakthrough performance and a career high Beyer Speed Figure of 96.
Rosario will be back aboard Riposte, who drew post 2 and sits at 2-1 on the morning line.
Inimitable Romanee, trained by Graham Motion for Gallagher's Stud, figures to relish every last bit of ground on Saturday. Since getting her first taste of racing beyond 1 1/8 miles in the fall of last year, the 6-year-old daughter of Maria's Mon has three wins from four starts, all in graded stakes. Prior to being stretched out, the New York-bred mare had only two wins through 19 starts.
"I think [the 1 ¼-mile] New York is a great fit for her," said Motion. "She seems to have found a niche doing these longer distances. I think it took us so long to stretch her out because we always looked at the New York-bred races, and there aren't many options available. She's so straightforward; she's a pleasure to train. She seems to handle just about anything, and that goes for ground and distance."
Alan Garcia has the mount aboard Inimitable Romanee, 4-1 on the morning line, and the duo will leave from post 3.
Rounding out the field are Viva Rafaela, who was third in the Grade 3 Bewitch at Keeneland in her last start, and Scampering and Gathering, who were both second in optional claimers at Belmont in their latest outings.
The field for the Grade 2, $200,000 New York: