My Boy Tate wins Thun­der Rum­ble af­ter 13-month lay­off

The Saratogian (Saratoga, NY) - - SPORTS - By Brian Bohl [email protected] @TheNYRA on Twit­ter

OZONE PARK, N.Y. » My Boy Tate looked sharp off a 13-month lay­off, ral­ly­ing late to reg­is­ter his third ca­reer stakes win with a 1 ¾-length score in Sun­day’s the 13th run­ning of the $150,000 New York Stal­lion Stakes Se­ries Thun­der Rum­ble at Aqueduct Race­track.

Owned by Lit­tle Red Feather Rac­ing and Michelle Nevin, who also con­di­tions the 5-year-old geld­ing, My Boy Tate made his first start since run­ning eighth in the Hud­son in Oc­to­ber 2018. He stayed off the early pace as Arthur’s Hope and Dark Money were sent to the front, with the for­mer lead­ing the eight-horse field through an open­ing quar­ter-mile in 22.91 sec­onds and the half in 46.51 on the sloppy main track.

En­ter­ing the stretch, jockey Manny Franco asked My Boy Tate for more, and his charge re­sponded by surg­ing from the out­side, go­ing eye-to-eye with Binkster be­fore driv­ing on to the wire, out­kick­ing a charg­ing T Loves a Fight and com­plet­ing the seven-fur­long sprint in 1:24.39.

“I knew there was go­ing to be some pace in front of me, so I didn’t want to be there too early,” said Franco, who tal­lied his third win on the day. “My horse doesn’t have to be there [at the front], so I sat back and when I asked him in the stretch, he was there for me. He han­dled the track really well, I think that helped me a lot. He was ready to­day.”

My Boy Tate won the Say Florida Sandy and the Hol­lie Hughes dur­ing his 4-yearold cam­paign last year. The gelded son of Boys At Tosconova re­turned to train­ing in Septem­ber at Bel­mont Park and earned his first trip to the win­ner’s cir­cle since his one-length score in the Hol­lie Hughes in Fe­bru­ary 2018 at the Big A.

“He was well worth the wait,” Nevin said. “He had just been do­ing so well, breez­ing like clock­work, and he was al­ways on the mus­cle.”

My Boy Tate, off at 4-1, re­turned $10.60 on a $2 win wa­ger. He im­proved his ca­reer bankroll to $361,400.

T Loves a Fight fin­ished on the board for the fourth time in his last five starts, fin­ish­ing 2 ¼ lengths clear of Binkster for sec­ond.

Arthur’s Hope, Si­cilia Mike, Kaz­ma­nia, two-time de­fend­ing Thun­der Rum­ble-win­ner Gold for the King, and Dark Money com­pleted the or­der of fin­ish.

Live race re­sumes Wed­nes­day at the Big A with a nine-race card. First post is 12:20 p.m. East­ern.

ELSA LORIEUL/NYRA

My Boy Tate, trained by Michelle Nevin with jockey Manny Franco aboard cap­tured Sun­day’s NYSSS Thun­der Rum­ble at Aqueduct Race­track.

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