• The week’s highest Beyer speed figure in North America
Aqueduct (Feb 4): allowance optional claimer $85,000, 1m, dirt, 4yo+
Trainer: Todd Pletcher
Jockey: Dylan Davis
Owner: Alshareef Hazzaa Shaker Alabdali
Pedigree: 5 bh Tapit – Tiz Miz Sue (Tiznow)
Lightly raced Tatweej can expect a step up in grade after scoring impressively in allowance company over the one-turn mile on last week’s debut at the ‘Big A’.
Presumably the well-bred five-year-old (by champion sire Tapit out of a G1-winning mare) has had his problems, given that this was only the sixth start of his career since a $2.5 million sale at Keeneland’s September Sale in 2017.
Only sixth when stepped up to graded company on his previous start after a three-month layoff at Gulfstream Park, Tatweej stalked the early pace of favoured Dreams Untold before launching a four-wide rally through the turn.
He powered through the wire in a final time of 1m36.65s (on a track rated ‘good’) to record last week’s top Beyer speed figure and take his career record to four wins from just six starts.
“Dylan [Davis] said he was looking around a lot,” said trainer Todd Pletcher’s assistant Byron Hughes. “He was running a little green for him and he still got the job done in a pretty good time on top of that. The cold didn’t seem to bother him at all either.”
However, an even more eyecatching Beyer arrived came in the 6½f maiden special weight at Santa Anita on Sunday [Feb 7] won by 20-1 shot Dream Shake – the race in which much-touted Baffert newcomer Bezos flopped at odds on.
Making his debut for trainer Peter Eurton, Dream Shake closed from off the pace to score by nearly five lengths for a BSF of 96 – notably high for a debut effort. Bezos was seventh of nine.
Life Is Good remains the only member of this season’s three-year-old crop to have produced a three-digit Beyer since the turn of the year.
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