10/20/2013 8:27PM

Santa Anita: Tom’s Tribute wins stakes debut in Uniformity

Benoit & Associates
Tom's Tribute and jockey Mike Smith win the Uniformity Stakes by 2 1/4 lengths Sunday at Santa Anita.

ARCADIA, Calif. – Tom’s Tribute won his stakes debut in Sunday’s $72,350 Uniformity Stakes for 3-year-old turf sprinters at Santa Anita, a victory that led trainer Jim Cassidy to plan a Grade 1 appearance in November for the promising colt.

Cassidy said Tom’s Tribute will be considered for the $250,000 Hollywood Derby over 1 1/4 miles on turf Nov. 29.

In the Uniformity Stakes over about 6 1/2 furlongs on the hillside turf course, Tom’s Tribute ($4) closed from fourth to win by a convincing 2 1/4 lengths over pacesetter Rosengold, a 9-2 shot. Appealing Tale was third in the field of six, followed by Procurement, Miceli, and Salutos Amigos.

Tom’s Tribute was timed in 1:12.14 under jockey Mike Smith. Cassidy said he was impressed that Tom’s Tribute raced within two lengths of Rosengold on the hillside before taking the lead in the final furlong.

“This horse has never done anything wrong in my estimation,” Cassidy said. “He got into the race earlier than he usually did. He’s been fabulous every time he’s run.”

Owned by Marilyn Braly, Tom’s Tribute has won 3 of 6 starts and $139,480. Purchased for $310,000 as a 2-year-old in training at the Ocala Breeders’ Sale Co. in March 2012, Tom’s Tribute beat maidens in his second start at Betfair Hollywood Park on July 5 and finished second in two races at Del Mar before winning an optional claimer over a mile here Sept. 29.

Cassidy considered Tom’s Tribute for the $150,000 Twilight Derby on turf Nov. 1 but opted for the Uniformity Stakes after expressing concern that the Twilight Derby could oversubscribe and Tom’s Tribute could be omitted from the field.

John More than 1 year ago
Now that he has the points for the Twilight Derby, and the horse won in a gallop, it wouldnt surprise me to see him in the Twilight Derby anyway. The reason he ran him was because he wanted that option. I love Breeders Cup under cards, seems we get some outstanding races with up and coming horses, this is one of them ! Last year I had a $10 PICK3 going to Private Zone, got nailed on the wire, this year, I think he wins the sprint for Rene Douglas, it sure would be fitting !
zerosumzen More than 1 year ago
Rosengold, Denman, RosenGOLD.
Lawrence Macselwiney More than 1 year ago
He did call it right the second call out of the gate and then he reverted back to Rosenberg.
James Pugliese More than 1 year ago
Seriously impressed with this horses last two races,key clocker report b4 last race was that he was relaxing nicely.Thought his previous race coming off pace and winning easily was a coming of age race. Yesterday he beat some fairly good horses,and hauled in pacesetter speedball without any help!
Lawrence Macselwiney More than 1 year ago
Cassidy also said that Nov 1st may be too soon. He was wanting to wait and enter in The Twilight Derby, but Tom's Tribute has no graded earnings and he was fearful it would over-subscribe. Thats why he ran him today. Look for him in the Hollywood derby. His second place finish to Kid Dreams is looking a whole lot better since Kid Dreams came back to win a grade 1 in Chicago. Mr. Cassidy has done a terrific job with this colt. No telling how good this guy can be.
Big Jeff More than 1 year ago
Jim Cassidy is a fine horseman
Walter More than 1 year ago
Really nice horse, but does a win @ 6.5 down the hill help him in a 1.25 mile race at Hol? That's a tough jump up in distance.