‘TDN Rising Star‘ Happy Saver (Super Saver) ran his record to a perfect three-for-three with a workmanlike success in Monday’s Federico Tesio S. at Laurel.
The 1-5 chalk was off well enough and took up an outside stalking role as Monday Morning Qb (Imagining) called the plays up front. Put to an all-out drive by Trevor McCarthy, the Wertheimer homebred took a few strides to hit his top gear, but he reeled in the pacesetter a furlong down and edged clear.
An impressive debut winner on the Belmont S. undercard June 20, the chestnut did his best work late en route to a four-length allowance victory going nine panels at Saratoga July 26. The Tesio winner is guaranteed a spot in the gate for the GI Preakness S. at Pimlico Oct. 3 if connections so choose.
Happy Saver, whose dam cost $600,000 as a Keeneland September yearling in 2008, counts blue-hen Weekend Surprise as his great-granddam, whose legendary produce include Horse of the Year A.P. Indy, GI Preakness S. winner Summer Squall, MGSP Honor Grades and the dam of GI Breeders’ Cup Mile hero Court Vision, sire of champion Storm The Court. Happy Week is the dam of a yearling Candy Ride (Arg) filly and a foal full-sister to Happy Saver named Happy Charger. She was most recently bred to Sky Mesa.
FEDERICO TESIO S., $100,000, Laurel, 9-7, 3yo, 1 1/8m, 1:49.15, ft.
1–HAPPY SAVER, 120, c, 3, by Super Saver
1st Dam: Happy Week (MSP, $228,674), by Distorted Humor
2nd Dam: Lassie’s Legacy, by Deputy Minister
3rd Dam: Weekend Surprise, by Secretariat
1ST BLACK TYPE WIN. O/B-Wertheimer Et Frere (KY); T-Todd
A Pletcher; J-Trevor McCarthy. $60,000. Lifetime Record:
2–Monday Morning Qb, 120, c, 3, Imagining–How My Heart
Works, by Not For Love. ($25,000 Ylg ’18 EASOCT). O-Cash is
King LLC & LC Racing LLC; B-Bowman & Higgins Stable & Cary
Frommer (MD); T-Robert E Reid Jr. $20,000.
3–Big City Bob, 124, c, 3, Shanghai Bobby–Southern Accents, by
Birdstone. ($72,000 RNA Ylg ’18 KEESEP; $140,000 2yo ’19
OBSAPR). O-Colts Neck Stables LLC; B-Buck Pond Farm Inc (KY);
T-Jorge Duarte Jr. $10,000.
Margins: 1HF, 9, 1HF. Odds: 0.20, 4.70, 28.60.
Also Ran: Mexican Wonder Boy, Amen Corner, Letmeno. Scratched: Plot the Dots.