08/29/2003 11:00PM

Tym Beau gives trainer wedding gift


Hours before her wedding, trainer Lynette Ashby celebrated another special occasion. Tym Beau, a 21-1 longshot, rallied from off the pace to defeat 6-5 favorite Tabacchi by a length in the NATC Futurity at Delaware Park.

The $200,000 stakes was the biggest Thoroughbred race Ashby has ever won. She primarily trains Arabians.

"I told everybody who would listen on the day we got this horse that I would win the Futurity on the day I got married," Ashby said. "We actually set the wedding date and then we bought the horse. Everybody thought I was nuts and by looking at the odds I guess everybody still thought I was nuts."

Tym Beau, who covered six furlongs on a fast track in 1:11 under jockey Jose Carabello, paid $45.60 as the third longest shot in a field of seven 2-year-old colts.

After the races, Ashby was scheduled to marry Scott Hershbell, the brother of jockey Alison Hershbell, on her mother Lynn Ashby's farm in Middletown, Del.

Lynette Ashby said Tym Beau, who has won 3 of 4 starts, will be pointed to the one-mile, $100,000 Dover Stakes on Oct. 11.

In the $200,000 NATC Sorority for fillies, From Away ($19.80), one of four maidens in a field of eight, drew off by 2 1/2 lengths in the stretch, overtaking Hermione's Magic, the 3-5 favorite.

Ridden by Ramon Dominguez for trainer Michael Matz, From Away had finished fourth, beaten eight lengths, at 37-1 in a maiden race at Saratoga in her only previous start. Her time for six furlongs over a track that turned sloppy following a heavy downpour was 1:12.20.