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Tate's Landing Pounces In The Laurel Futurity
LAUREL, MD. 10-27-12---Copper Penny Stables’ Tate’s Landing, who is based at Delaware Park, made his first trip to Laurel Park a winning one when he sat off the pace before charging up to win the $150,000 Laurel Futurity for 2-year-olds, one of six stakes races on the Fall Festival of Racing card.
Under Alex Cintron for trainer Mike Pino, the son of Orientate completed the 5-1/2 furlong distance over the firm turf in 1:02.08 and won by three and a quarter lengths over Star Maneuver, who rallied down the lane just outside the winner. Lunar Rock finished third.
“It was a very good trip,” said Cintron. “There was a lot of speed in the race and we let them go early and got to the outside and tried something different. We waited to make a move and he ran real well. It was my first time aboard him but he broke well and raced well.”
Tate’s Landing had led at the first call in his previous three starts. This race was his first run over the turf and the first time he had sat off the speed before showing another dimension.
“We have always thought he was a better horse than his last two races indicated,” said assistant trainer Belinda Manchio. “Today we thought to try to take him off the pace a little and get him to relax and see if that would be more suitable to him. The jockey rode perfect to the instructions and the horse responded to it. Mike has always liked this horse and he has shown a lot of talent in the a.m.”
Tate’s Landing paid $48.60 and topped a $536.80 and $1979.30 trifecta.
About Laurel Park
Laurel Park is a Stronach Group company, North America’s leading Thoroughbred racetrack owner/operator. The Stronach Group racetracks include Santa Anita Park, Gulfstream Park & Casino, Golden Gate Fields, Portland Meadows, Laurel Park and Pimlico Race Course, home of the world-famous Preakness. The company owns and operates the Palm Meadows Training Center in Florida and is one of North America's top race horse breeders through its award-winning Adena Springs operation. The Stronach Group is one of the world's largest suppliers of pari-mutuel wagering systems, technologies and services. Its companies include AmTote, a global leader in wagering technology; Xpressbet, an Internet and telephone account wagering service; and Monarch Content Management, which acts as a simulcast purchase and sales agent of horseracing content for numerous North American racetracks and wagering outlets. The Stronach Group is also a major producer of televised horse racing programming through its HRTV cable and satellite network and is North America's premier supplier of virtual online horse racing games, as well as a leading producer of social media content for the horseracing industry.