Great Point Stables, Michael Dubb, The Elkstone Group and Bethlehem Stables' Thewayiam proved a deserving favorite in Saturday's Grade 3 Herecomesthebride Stakes, racking up her third win in a row with a sweeping move up the rail to score by 2 1/2 lengths. The 3-year-old daughter of Thewayyouare was ridden by Jose Ortiz to cover 1 1/16 miles over Gulfstream's firm turf course in 1:41.41. Off at odds of 7-5, Thewayiam is trained by Graham Motion.
“The track has been speed-favoring, so not seeing fractions of 22 and 46 [seconds] in the back of your mind you're always concerned about the speed getting away,” said co-owner Dubb. “She seems to be getting better and better. She seems to be push-button. I was concerned about the weight we were giving to some horses, including Todd [Pletcher, trainer of Amertume] who ran second. I think he has a very nice horse. Jose really knows this horse. She's not afraid of the rail, she's not afraid to split horses. He knows he can save ground and make his one move. The one bad trip she had we were out in Del Mar from the 13 hole and tried to use her early, and there was no gas left in the tank.
“She loves the course. I don't know if this is a horse for the course or a horse that's just getting better. I think it's a case of both. I really do. She did win for us at Churchill Downs on a different type of turf course with some give in it and everything else, so we'll see what happens from here.”
Ortiz was well-placed early aboard Thewayiam, keeping her relaxed behind horses at the rail in about fifth position down the backstretch. Frontrunning My Favorite Gift set fractions of :23.77 and :48.33 while tracked by Amertume, and She's Pretty Lucky and Brattata flanked that filly.
In the turn, Amertume began to separate herself from the rest of the pack as she inched toward My Favorite Gift. Ortiz was patient aboard Thewayiam, allowing her to move forward around the turn but not too quickly.
After straightening in the stretch, My Favorite Gift left the rail open for Thewayiam and she quickly took advantage, showing a big turn of foot to make an easy lead. Thewayiam crossed the wire about 2 1/2 lengths in front of a hard battle for second. Amertume got the nod, while Brattata had to settle for third. Princess Warrior finished fourth.
Bred in France by SCA La Perrigne, Thewayiam began her career in France. Purchased and brought to the United States, the filly won her stateside debut in an allowance at Keeneland, but ran poorly at Del Mar in her subsequent start. Thewayiam has not lost since that race, including a pair of graded wins in the Herecomesthebride and the Sweetest Chant. Overall, her record stands at five wins from eight starts for earnings of $230,000.
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