A Group 3 winner in Ireland, Tannery came to the United States last fall and was winless in four starts, including a third in the Grade 1 Garden City in her stateside debut and a fourth-place finish on May 1 in the 1 1/4-mile Owsley overnight stakes, in which she flattened out after fanning wide on the turn.
Saturday, Saez kept the four-year-old daughter of Dylan Thomas tucked along the rail in seventh behind pacesetter Minakshi. Continuing to save ground on the far turn, with favored Hessonite unable to sustain her three-wide bid for the lead, Saez began moving Tannery up along the rail, and the filly eagerly dove through an opening on the inside in the stretch and went on to a one-length triumph.
“Last time when I rode her [in the Owsley], I knew she needed the race,” said Saez of Tannery, who is owned by Richard Santulli and trained by Alan Goldberg. “My filly was coming out on the first turn because the wind was so strong. I saved ground and I found a hole on the inside, and I rode her strong.”
Her winning time was 2:20.17 for 1 3/8 miles over an inner turf course rated soft.
Tannery is now 5-3-1 from 15 career starts with earnings of $311,962. In Ireland, she was winless in four starts as a two-year-old, broke her maiden in a handicap in her second start at three and won three of her next four outings.
Anjaz, who missed the break, rallied from eighth to finish second, with Minakshi holding for third. Completing the order of finish were Julie’s Love, Mystical Star, Hessonite, Strathnaver and Starformer.
(Jenny Kellner) Belmont Stakes Festival
Floral Park will once again celebrate the final leg of the Triple Crown during the annual Floral Park Belmont Stakes Festival on Sunday, June 9 from 2 to 7 p.m.
Held one day after the 145th running of the Belmont Stakes at Belmont Park, the Floral Park Belmont Stakes Festival will bring an afternoon and evening of family-friendly activities, live music, food and other entertainment to Tulip Avenue.
The event will include two stages of live music from a variety of bands and musical acts, including RAKE, Hambones, Steel Wolf, Blue Eyed Soul, RVO Band, The Smith Band, and Petey Beatz DJ.
Additionally, a number of Floral Park restaurants and eateries will line the streets to offer culinary samples and tastings to festival attendees.
The festival will also include an art show from the Floral Park Art League, face painting, street performers, bounce inflatables and rides, among other family-oriented activities.
This Saturday is a big day at Belmont Park as it hosts Big Apple Showcase Day. The event features seven stakes races for New York-breds. Races include the $125,000 Kingston, 125,000 Mount Vernon, and the $150,000 Commentator. First post is at 1 p.m.