Saturday, Churchill DownsTWIN SPIRES TURF SPRINT S.-GIII
, $138,250, CDX, 5-4, 4yo/up, 5fT, :57, gd.
1--#@BERLINO DI TIGER (BRZ), 118, h, 5, by Tiger Heart 1st Dam: Rainha Da Bateria (Brz), by Torrential 2nd Dam: Gigi Da Mangueira (Brz), by Shining Steel (GB) 3rd Dam: Carnavalesca (Fr), by Kenmare (Fr)
O-Stud Sampaio LLC; B-Haras Curitibano (BRZ); T-Eduardo Caramori; J-Leandro R Goncalves. $83,144. Lifetime Record: Ch. Sprinter & G1SW-Brz, 12-8-0-2, $212,212. Werk Nick Rating: A. Click for the eNicks report & 5-cross pedigree.
, 118, g, 9, War Chant
--She's Got Class, by Trempolino. O-Carl R Moore Management LLC; B-Eugene Melnyk (KY); T-W Bret Calhoun. $26,821.
, 118, g, 5, Lion Tamer--Viva Vega, by Cobra King. ($27,000 yrl '09 TEXAUG). O-Midwest Thoroughbreds Inc; B-Summer Grove Farm, LLC & Lemon Tree Farm (LA); T-Thomas M Amoss. $13,410.
Margins: NO, 3/4, 1. Odds: 11.20, 8.10, 3.50.
Also Ran: Regally Ready, Havelock, Cactus Son, Icon Ike, Ghost Is Clear.
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Berlino Di Tiger capped a four-race win streak in his native Brazil with a 2 3/4-length score in Group 1 company at Gavea last May, good for champion sprinter honors. While his two previous Stateside performances had not been of that same caliber, all of his best work back home had come over this trip and with moisture in the course. That proved the difference here at a generous mutuel. The chestnut chased the pace before fading to sixth in the Gulfstream Park Turf Sprint S. Feb. 2, and was looking to atone for a similarly disappointing eighth behind Havelock (Great Notion) in Keeneland’s GIII Shakertown S. Apr. 13. Hard-ridden for the lead, Berlino Di Tiger hooked up with Southern Dude through an opening quarter in a swift :21.85. The pair continued to knock heads entering the straight, and Berlino Di Tiger started inching away inside the sixteenth pole. Chamberlain Bridge--winner of the 2011 GII Breeders’ Cup Turf Sprint over this same trip--rapidly cut into the leader’s advantage late, but Berlino Di Tiger found the wire just in time to get the money. "We were really disappointed in the first two races but the owner said, ‘This is a nice horse and keep trying the different modifications,’" explained trainer Eduardo Caramori. "We talked to the former trainer in Brazil and the former vets and we think we got it right today." The conditioner said Berlino Di Tiger could return on Preakness day in two weeks for the Jim McKay Turf Sprint.
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