‘Big’ In Heart If Not In Stature, Garter And Tie To Be Tested In Mucho Macho Man

by | 01.04.2019 | 4:30pm
Garter and Tie breaks his maiden in the Affirmed division of the Florida Sire Stakes

Jacks or Better Farm's Garter and Tie has already proven himself while competing against the premier Florida-bred colts. Saturday's $100,000 Mucho Macho Man at Gulfstream will present the son of Brooks 'n Down the opportunity to test himself against some of the most promising 3-year-olds in the Class of 2019.

“He's not very big, but he has a big heart,” trainer Ralph Nicks said. “We'll find out a lot about him Saturday.”

Garter and Tie was a force during the 2018 FTBOA Florida Sire Stakes series, falling just a half-length short after experiencing heavy traffic in the $100,000 Dr. Fager, breaking his maiden in the $200,000 Affirmed, and finishing second in the $400,000 In Reality.

The homebred colt was no match for Mucho Macho Man entrant Well Defined in the In Reality, the 1 1/16-mile FSS finale, but he returned to winning form in the Dec. 8 Smooth Air Stakes at the one-turn mile distance of Saturday's race.

Garter and Tie will test the likes of Code of Honor, the 7-5 morning-line favorite who finished a troubled second in the Champagne (G1) at Belmont; Mihos, a most promising son of Cairo Prince trained by Jimmy Jerkens; Trophy Chaser, runner-up in the Nov. 2 Street Sense at Churchill Downs behind Improbable, who went on to win the Los Alamitos CashCall Futurity; Well Defined, who finished off the board in the Breeders' Cup Juvenile (G1) after a troubled trip at Churchill after winning the In Reality by 7 ½ lengths; and Gladiator, the winner of the Inaugural at Tampa Bay Downs last time out.

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