Tottie gets first stakes win Suwannee River
J.H. Richmond-Watson's TOTTIE (GB) (Fantastic Light) stalked a slow pace in second until midstretch and took command late in Saturday's $125,000 Suwannee River S. (G3), notching her first stakes victory by three-quarters of a length. Following a European campaign that featured only one success in nine starts, the four-year-old filly has now won two straight on American soil, both at Gulfstream Park.
The Chad Brown-trained lass closed from far off the pace to capture an allowance in her first start stateside on January 7, but she wisely changed tactics on Saturday. Jockey Jose Lezcano hustled her a little from post 9 to secure second entering the first turn, within a few lengths of the uncontested pacesetter, 45-1 outsider In My Glory (Honour and Glory), who established tepid opening fractions of :24 3/5 and :50 4/5. Tottie closed the gap to a length through three-quarters in 1:15 2/5 and loomed an ominous presence on the outside as they turned for home.
In My Glory grimly held to a half-length advantage as she passed the mile mark in 1:38 4/5, but Tottie was clearly going the better of the two and edged away in the final sixteenth of a mile, completing 1 1/8 miles in 1:50 1/5 on the firm turf.
Favored at 9-5, the bay paid $5.60, $3.80 and $3.20. The late-running Cable (Dynaformer), who got up in the shadow of the wire to nip the pacesetter by a neck for second, returned $5.80 and $4.40 as the 6-1 fourth choice and completed the $38.60 exacta. In My Glory yielded $14.60 while capping the $966.80 trifecta. It was another head back to the 16-1 Sweet and Flawless (Unbridled's Song), who rounded out the $4,946.60 superfecta (11-5-9-2), and Long Approach (Broad Brush), Indigo North (Grand Slam), Astrologie (Fr) (Polish Precedent), Aaroness (Distorted Humor) and Good Time Sally (Forestry) came next under the wire. Crawford County (Century City [Ire]), Lady Shakespeare (Theatrical [Ire]), Lemonette (Lemon Drop Kid) and main-track-only runner Miss Match (Arg) (Indygo Shiner) were all scratched.
Out of English stakes winner Katy Nowaitee (Komaite), Tottie was bred in Great Britain by Lawn Stud and hails from the same female family of Group 1 winners Untold (Final Straw) and Sally Brown (Posse). She finished third last year behind eventual Breeders' Cup Filly & Mare Turf (G1) winner Midday (GB) (Oasis Dream [GB]) in the Oaks Trial S. at Lingfield, but concluded her European campaign with five straight unplaced finishes. After turning things around in her last two starts, Tottie has now earned $116,484 from her 12-3-0-1 line.
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