02/28/2013 2:30PM

Gulfstream Park: Tuttipaesi win in Herecomesthebride would help charity

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Barbara D. Livingston
The Italian filly Tuttipaesi won the Ginger Brew Stakes in her first start since coming to the United States..

HALLANDALE BEACH, Fla. –Tuttipaesi is an easy horse to root for in Saturday’s $150,000 Herecomesthebride Stakes at Gulfstream Park. Not only is she a 3-year-old filly of immense talent and promise, but 25 percent of any net profits Tuttipaesi makes will be donated to the Susan G. Komen for the Cure breast cancer foundation.

Tuttipaesi is one of nine 3-year-old fillies entered in the Grade 3 Herecomesthebride, a 1 1/8-mile turf race, and among her opponents is her Graham Motion-trained stablemate Kitten’s Point. The field also includes the Grade 1-placed Sweet Shirley Mae, who was entered for the main track only.

Tuttipaesi was the first horse owned by Valor Ladies LLC, an offshoot of Team Valor International. She made an instant hit in this country by rallying to a two-length victory making her U.S. debut here New Year’s Day in the 1 1/16-mile Ginger Brew Stakes. Tuttipaesi, an Italian-bred daughter of Clodovil, rallied from near the rear of a bulky 13-horse field to earn her fourth victory in six career starts and first since being purchased for Valor Ladies LLC in Europe.

“We felt like she ran a big race in her first start and that it’s a long year, so we gave her the extra time off after she won the Ginger Brew,” said trainer Graham Motion. “I certainly don’t think the added distance should bother her Saturday and I’m not overly concerned about the pace scenario either since she’s pretty adaptable and made a pretty nice run off a not very quick pace in her last start.”

Kitten’s Point possesses a similar style as Tuttipaesi, having rallied from off the pace in her four starts. A homebred daughter of Kitten’s Joy owned by George Strawbridge Jr.’s Augustin Stable, Kitten’s Point was beaten a nose when second in Keeneland’s Grade 3 Jessamine Stakes before concluding her abbreviated 2-year-old campaign finishing 12th in the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies Turf. She’s had one start at 3, rallying from last following a slow start to finish second behind Coffee Clique under entry-level allowance conditions going a mile here on Feb. 2.

“Kitten’s Point was perhaps a little unlucky in her last start, and the distance of this race is particularly appealing for her,” said Motion. “I’m not crazy about running the two fillies against each other, but I believe they both belong in this race.”

Caroline Thomas, a steadily improving filly trained by Barclay Tagg, finished third making her stakes debut in the one-mile Sweetest Chant on Jan. 27. A daughter of Giant’s Causeway, Caroline Thomas was hung wide throughout in the Sweetest Chant. She had captured her two previous starts, including a first-level optional $75,000 claiming race over the local turf course in mid-December.

“We kind of thought a mile might be a little short for her best race and she was caught wide the whole way the last time,” said Tagg, who trained Caroline Thomas’s dam, the Grade 1 winner Bit of Whimsey. “She’s bred to go long, so the extra furlong on Saturday should be to her advantage.”

The pace of the Herecomesthebride should be provided by Tokyo Time and With Sugar On Top, both of whom are coming off a victory going nine furlongs over the local turf course .

Tokyo Time added blinkers and led throughout to dominate maiden special weight company in her 3-year-old debut. With Sugar On Top contested all the pace, then dug in gamely to register a neck decision over first-level optional $75,000 claiming company making her first start in more than five months on Jan. 20.

Coffee Clique rallied to a 1 3/4-length decision over Kitten’s Point while making a very impressive turf debut here last month for trainer Bryan Lynch.