Tackleberry proved tough as nails once again in virtually going gate to wire in the Grade 2, $300,000 Gulfstream Park Handicap Saturday – his seventh win in his last eight starts.
With Javier Santiago on board, Tackleberry assumed the lead down the backstretch and would not give it up in the lane, despite furious late runs from Soaring Empire and Tizway. Tackleberry prevailed by a narrow half-length in 1:35.23 for the mile. Soaring Empire took the photo for second over Tizway.
Tackleberry is owned and trained by Luis Olivares and was bred in Florida by Ocala Stud. He's a four-year-old son of Montbrook out of the Concerto mare, Box of Joy. Tackleberry is now eight for 12 lifetime. He was coming off a two-length victory over Soaring Empire in the Grade 2 Gulfstream Park Sprint Handicap February 12.
Despite his recent record, Tackleberry was again somewhat ignored in the wagering, being sent off a 9-2.
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