02/04/2016 12:36PM

Tammy the Torpedo enters Suwannee River in top form

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Tammy the Torpedo wins the Tropical Park Oaks in December.

HALLANDALE BEACH, Fla. – Chad Brown pulled off a remarkable feat last Saturday at Gulfstream Park by winning the Sweetest Chant Stakes for the fifth straight year.

Racing fans have become accustomed to Brown’s dominance, particularly on the grass, and that’s a primary reason why the trainer’s uncoupled duo of Tammy the Torpedo and Light In Paris will draw close attention in the 73rd running of the Grade 3, $150,000 Suwannee River, the richest of three turf stakes on a 13-race Saturday card at Gulfstream.

Tammy the Torpedo, as the winner of the Tropical Park Oaks in her last start, is the more accomplished of the Brown pair and figures to be favored when making her 4-year-old debut among a field of eight older fillies and mares in the 1 1/8-mile Suwannee River.

“She ran terrific last time,” Brown said. “We gave her some time since that win, and she seems to be back in top form breezing again.”

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Tammy the Torpedo will break from the inside post under Joel Rosario, who has been on a roll lately, winning three stakes last Saturday between Gulfstream and Sam Houston.

As the sixth race, the Suwannee River is one of the earlier stakes on the long Saturday card. So, too, is the $75,000 Ladies Turf Sprint (race 4), which showcases the return of Lady Shipman, a true standout in her niche.

Owned by the Ranlo Investments of breeder Randall Lowe, Lady Shipman will be making her first start since being turned over to Kiaran McLaughlin after winning 8 of 12 races for Kathleen O’Connell, who Lowe said “did a fabulous job” with the filly.

Lady Shipman, prepping for the $1 million Al Quoz Sprint in Dubai next month, is “doing phenomenal,” said Lowe. “Her last workout was the fastest of 122 horses, and she wasn’t even breathing hard.”

Lady Shipman has had four recorded workouts at the Palm Meadows training center for McLaughlin since she returned from a stellar 2015 campaign that ended with a runner-up finish in the Breeders’ Cup Turf Sprint for O’Connell. She will break from post 2 in a field of eight in the five-furlong Ladies Turf Sprint when ridden by Irad Ortiz Jr.

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Later on the card comes the Gulfstream Park Turf Sprint (race 10), which, in stark contrast to its female counterpart, has no clear-cut favorite in a deep field of 14. Amelia’s Wild Ride, Power Alert, and Pure Sensation are among the main contenders.



Tammy the Torpedo, by More Than Ready

Last 3 Beyers: 93-85-93

◗ A ground-saving, stalking trip is on order for a filly whose 3-for-6 career mark fairly cries out for graded black type, especially in a field that lacks an older mare with outstanding form.

A Little Bit Sassy, by More Than Ready

Last 3 Beyers: 97-91-91

◗ She outran her 16-1 odds when second in the Marshua’s River here four weeks ago under Rosario and now picks up Javier Castellano when assigned the far-outside post.


Power Alert, by Alert

Last 3 Beyers: 93-94-96

◗ This Australian-bred gray gelding had an auspicious start to his North American career by winning both of his starts here last winter and now stands to benefit from a race last month at Tampa Bay Downs.

Amelia’s Wild Ride, by D’wildcat

Last 3 Beyers: 97-77-102

◗ Often underrated by the public, this stakes-savvy Florida-bred keeps plugging away and comes well drawn here in an outside post with Jose Lezcano riding again.


Lady Shipman, by Midshipman

Last 3 Beyers: 106-103-107

◗ Surely she’ll be an odds-on choice after compiling Beyers far superior to the opposition, including the 106 she earned in her narrow defeat in the BC Turf Sprint against males.