Mr Tribute Breaks Maiden on Gulfstream Lawn
Mr. Tribute broke his maiden at Gulfstream Park Monday afternoon, turning in a determined effort for the black and gold.
Our 3-year-old son of El Corredor got a good break and was able to track along inside behind a slow early pace in a 1 ⅛-mile turf event. He swung three wide turning for home and rallied gamely in spite of brushing with a rival en route to the lead. The victory margin was a neck in a final time of 1:51.21.
“It’s great to see him find the winner’s circle,” Preakness winning trainer Dale Romans said. “I know it’s been a patience-tester for his Partners. He’s overcome some obstacles, but almost always tries hard. I knew he was a better horse than he showed in his last race at Turfway.”
Mr. Tribute ran a disappointing fifth in his last time out Dec. 12, first time off the layup.
“The all-weather track there might not have been exactly to his liking,” said West Point Thoroughbreds president and founder Terry Finley. “We’ll definitely keep him on the turf for his next start. Hopefully this is the beginning of a solid campaign for this horse in 2012.”