Tiger Ride ‘Surfaces’ in Inside Information for 2016 Debut You Bought Her Seeks to Get Job Done This Year
HALLANDALE BEACH, FL – Dixiana Farms LLC’s Tiger Ride is set to make her 2016 debut in Saturday’s $200,000 Inside Information (G2) over Gulfstream Park’s main track, with her performance likely dictating whether her subsequent start at Keeneland will be on dirt or turf.
The 4-year-old daughter of Candy Ride has recorded a 5-for-9 career record that includes three wins from five starts on turf and two victories from four starts on dirt. Since joining trainer Graham Motion, she has won three of four starts, including main-track stakes scores in the Ta Wee at Indiana Grand and the Valley View (G3) at Keeneland, both off-the-turf events. The Kentucky-bred filly has started once on turf for Motion, capturing the $200,000 Indiana Grand Stakes.
“She came to me last spring. She had been with Kellyn (Gorder). Kellyn sent her to me in great shape,” Motion said. “We always had the question about which surface she was going to be better on. As it turned out, a couple of her races came off the turf, so she ended up doing both surfaces.”
Tiger Ride had won two of five starts before joining Motion while making a single start on dirt, in which she finished third, beaten by only a neck by a next-out winner at Churchill Downs.
“My gut feeling is that she’s probably going to be a little better on grass, but she’s very comfortable on both surfaces,” Motion said. “I think good horses really can perform well on both surfaces. It is more the exception than the rule, but I think there’s a certain quantity of horses that can handle both.”
Tiger Ride will be ridden for the first time by Luis Saez.
You Bought Her Seeks to Get Job Done This Year
You Bought Her is slated for a return to Gulfstream Park Saturday to get the job done in the Inside Information after losing a photo finish in last year’s seven-furlong stakes for older fillies and mares.
The 6-year-old mare is winless in four starts at Gulfstream but may have had some excuses for not making it to the winner’s circle. In addition to last year’s Inside Information near-miss, in which she closed from 15 lengths back on the turn into the homestretch to come up a neck short of beating Classic Point, You Bought Her has made a good showing twice at Gulfstream during the current Championship Meet. Prior to capturing the Minaret at Tampa Bay Downs going way by 4 ¼ lengths last time out, the daughter of Graeme Hall lost a photo-finish to Mom’z Laugh after bumping with the winner in the seven-furlong $200,000 Sunshine Millions Distaff Jan.16.
“They were kind of bumping each other. I told (jockey) Brian (Pedroza), ‘You should have claimed foul,’ not that she would have come down, but you never can tell,” trainer David Hinsley said. “They were bumping back and forth, that sort of thing. But she did run a good race. I can’t complain about that. Finishing second is better than finishing third.”
You Bought Her had previously finished third in the six-furlong Sugar Swirl (G3) after breaking from the No. 1 post position.
“She’s an off-the-pace horse. When you’re on the rail, you always get traffic trouble, and that usually hurts an off-the-pace horse,” Hinsley said.
From 10 starts at seven-furlongs, You Bought Her has four wins and three seconds.
“I think the seven-eighths is her best distance. So far, she’s shown that to be true. She seems to really enjoy that extra furlong,” Hinsley said. “Most of her seven-eighths races have been her better races.”
You Bought Her has proven durable during her 38-race career while finishing 1-2-3 in 24 races and earning nearly $400,000.
“I trained her mom a long time ago, and I’ve also had some of her offspring too. We bought [You Bought Her] out of a sale because I knew the offspring and they stay sound most of the time. They were versatile,” said Hinsley, who owns the $18,000 2011 OBS April 2-year-olds-in-training purchase with Richard Perkins.
The Tampa Bay Downs-based mare is scheduled to be ridden again by Pedroza.