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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