11/08/2014 7:18PM

Twelve Tribes narrowly prevails as favorite in Coady Stakes

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Geovanni Franco guides Twelve Tribes to a head victory as the 6-5 favorite in the Jeff and Jack Coady Sr. Stakes.

PHOENIX – Twelve Tribes proved the patrons correct when he captured Saturday’s $35,000 Jeff and Jack Coady Sr. Stakes at Turf Paradise on Saturday as the favorite, but it wasn’t easy.

Sent off at 6-5 in the mile grass stakes for 3-year-olds, Twelve Tribes, under Geovanni Franco, sat last from the start in the small field of five as Deadly Black Eagle and Edison dueled through modest splits, swung out quite wide into the lane, and came with a solid sustained rally that just got him up to win by a head. Taelyns Prince stalked the pace and finished gamely for second, a neck ahead of Deadly Black Eagle, who stayed on stubbornly for third. Edison, the 6-5 second choice, faded to last.
Owned by Charles Garvey and trained by Robertino Diodoro, Twelve Tribes, a gelded son of Street Cry, was winning for the third straight time since being claimed for $20,000 by Diodoro at Canterbury on Sept. 1. He ran the distance in 1:36.65 and earned $21,700 to push his earnings for $57,536 from 4 wins in 8 starts. He’s now 4 for 5 on grass.

Bear Facts upsets Chandler Stakes

Bear Facts posted an 11-1 upset on this course Oct. 25. It was déjà vu all over again as the WindyLea Farm 3-year-old filly was ignored in the wagering again and, again, made them pay as she posted an upset in the $35,000 Chandler Stakes. Trained by Valorie Lund, Bear Facts bided her time early in sixth at 8-1 in the mile grass test for 3-year-old fillies, came with her run between horses into the lane, and gamely prevailed by a half-length under Juan Gutierrez. Aware pressed the pace and stayed on for second while Sunpenny rallied for third. Make Money Honey raced fairly evenly throughout, finishing fourth as the 9-5 favorite in the field of nine.

Bear Facts ran the distance in 1:36.56 and paid $18.80. The winner’s share of $20,832 gives her earnings of $50,823 from 4 wins in 14 starts.