‘Energizer Bunny’ Thewayiam Looks To Keep Rolling In Herecomesthebride Stakes

Thewayiam, a two-time stakes winner over Gulfstream Park’s turf, seeks her third consecutive stakes victory Saturday when she meets seven others in the $100,000 Herecomesthebride (G3).

There 1 1 /16-mile Herecomesthebride is one of nine stakes (eight graded) on Gulfstream’s program highlighted by the $400,000 Xpressbet.com Fountain of Youth (G2) featuring Breeders Cup Juvenile (G1) winner and champion Good Magic.

Owned by Great Point Stables, Michael Dubb, The Elkstone Group and Bethlehem Stables, Thewayiam, a 3-year-old filly by Thewayyouare, has won three of four starts since arriving in the U.S. from France, where she won one of three races. After winning her U.S. debut at Keeneland in October, she finished 11th in the Jimmy Durante (G3) at Del Mar in November. In her two starts this year, she’s won Gulfstream’s Ginger Brew and Sweetest Chant (G3).

“She’s like the Energizer Bunny,” Motion said. “She’s doing well and she obviously likes that track so it looks like a logical spot.”

Regarding her only loss in the U.S. in California, Motion said “definitely draw a line” through the Durante.

“She drew a terrible post and she was put in an unfair spot,” said Motion, who has jockey Jose Ortiz aboard for the third consecutive time.

Those opposing Thewayiam include Brattata, Amertume, Princess Warrior and My Favorite Gift.

Brattata, trained by Chad Brown who sends out champion Good Magic in the Fountain of Youth, has placed first, second or third in all five of her starts over the turf. The daughter of More Than Ready finished second as a maiden in the Nov. 4 Chelsey Flower at Aqueduct before breaking her maiden in her fifth attempt Feb. 4 at Gulfstream. Irad Ortiz Jr. has the mount.

Amertume enters the Herecomesthebride for trainer Todd Pletcher and John Velazquez after breaking her maiden in her career debut Jan. 27 at Gulfstream. The daughter of Tapit broke her maiden closing from ninth in a 14-horse field.

Princess Warrior will be making her 3-year-old and turf debut for trainer Ken McPeek. The daughter of Midshipman broke her maiden at first asking in September at Churchill Downs and finished second in the Alcibiades (G2) before coming in eighth in the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies (G1). Princess Warrior ended her 2-year-old season finishing second at Churchill in an entry-level allowance Nov. 25 at Churchill.

My Favorite Gift goes out for trainer Gustavo Delgado after finishing fourth Feb. 3 in the Sweetest Chant (G3) after setting a pressured pace. The daughter of Tapit, who sold for $300,000 as a yearling, gets jockey Emisael Jaramillo.

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