Sunday, October 28, 2012
TATE’S LANDING POUNCES IN THE LAUREL FUTURITY
LAUREL, MD. 10-27-12---Copper Penny Stables’ Tate’s Landing, who is based at Delaware Park, made his first trip to Laurel Park a winning one when he sat off the pace before charging up to win the $150,000 Laurel Futurity for 2-year-olds, one of six stakes races on the Fall Festival of Racing card.
Under Alex Cintron for trainer Mike Pino, the son of Orientate completed the 5-1/2 furlong distance over the firm turf in 1:02.08 and won by three and a quarter lengths over Star Maneuver, who rallied down the lane just outside the winner. Lunar Rock finished third.
Tate’s Landing had led at the first call in his previous three starts. This race was his first run over the turf and the first time he had sat off the speed before showing another dimension.
“We have always thought he was a better horse than his last two races indicated,” said assistant trainer Belinda Manchio. “Today we thought to try to take him off the pace a little and get him to relax and see if that would be more suitable to him. The jockey rode perfect to the instructions and the horse responded to it. Mike has always liked this horse and he has shown a lot of talent in the a.m.”
Tate’s Landing paid $48.60 and topped a $536.80 and $1979.30 trifecta.
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