Quality mare Tannery (4m Dylan Thomas x Danse Grecque, by Sadler’s Wells) broke the ice for her first US victory when capturing the Grade II Sheepshead Bay Stakes at Belmont on Saturday.
A Grade III winner in Ireland for previous trainer David Wachman, Tannery was fourth at her first run for this year in a race over the same course and distance on May 1 and obviously took plenty of improvement from that.
This time around, Tannery settled well for Luis Saez and then surged to the line to win the 1 and 3/8 mile event by a length, her overall record now five wins and four placings from 15 starts.
“We have a turf course at [Colts Neck Farm], but we’ve had such a wet spring and we weren’t able to train her over it and had to work her on the dirt,” explained winning trainer Alan Goldberg.
“We try to have our horses fit, but with her first start of the year being a mile and a quarter, I didn’t expect her to be completely ready. She came out of the race great, and I thought she’d handle the conditions today.”
Tannery is the best of three winners from Danse Grecque, a half-sister to Grade I winner Gamut and Grade III winner Multicoloured.
Tannery heads the list of six stakes-winners sired by former champion racehorse Dylan Thomas, who is set to shuttle to Chile later this year.