Tater Tutt goes wire to wire
Tater Tutt, our three-year-old son of Untuttable, ran his winning streak to two as he went wire to wire in his return to the starting gate at Belmont. On a crisp but sunny day, Tater Tutt broke well and stormed to the front a sixteenth of a mile into the race. Tater Tutt set swift early fractions of 22.2 for the quarter and 45.3 for the half-mile. Tater Tutt gradually opened up a margin on the turn then spurted away at the top of the stretch to a five-length lead. He held a comfortable margin to the wire to win by three-lengths. Tater Tutt covered the six-furlongs in a good 1:09 flat.
Trainer Rick Violette said, "It was a long road to get Tater Tutt back where we wanted him. We got a little unlucky over the summer when he was ready to run, but he certainly responded in a big way today. Tater Tutt had trained well over the last few weeks. We know he has speed, and he was able to use that today to take command from the start. I really like how he drew away at the top of the stretch then kept running to the wire. He finished up better than he ever has."
Jockey Mike Luzzi said, "I can't really take much credit. Rick did a great job getting him ready to run. I was just a passenger during the race."
Tater Tutt now has two wins from five career starts and earnings of $32,505. Tater Tutt will likely run back in early November.