Tatters To Riches Passes Two-Turn Test In Shared Belief Stakes

In Saturday’s supporting feature at Del Mar, the $100,000 Shared Belief Stakes for three-year-olds, Tatters to Riches, the 6-5 favorite under Tyler Baze, dominated his foes with a three and three-quarter length triumph.

Tatters to Riches, conditioned by Jeff Mullins for owners Red Baron’s Barn and Rancho Temescal, wore down pacemaking Afleet Ascent in the upper stretch and pulled away to win impressively. Afleet Ascent held on for second, three and three-quarter lengths in front of Shivermetimbers, with Yulong Warrior fourth in the field of five sophomore runners. The winner’s prize was $60,000.

“Felt good; felt real good,” said Baze. “He broke sharp and put me right where I wanted to be. So much credit to Jeff (trainer Jeff Mullins) and the guys at the barn. They’ve spent a lot of time getting this horse right. Now he’s a dream.  I hope he keeps on going and becomes a real dream horse. He could. It’s been an unbelievable summer for me (this was his 21st win of the meet).  Craig (agent Craig O’Bryan) has been working hard and I’ve been busting my fanny and it’s all going great.”

Tatters to Riches, a son of Union Rags bred in Kentucky, stepped the mile on the main track in 1:36.94 and returned $4.40, $3 and $2.10 after his third triumph in four starts. The colt broke his maiden first time out last summer at Del Mar, was sixth to Bolt D’Oro in the Del Mar Futurity and then went to the sidelines; Tatters to Riches was off from September of 2017 to this month due to a chip in a rear ankle. He returned August 4 at Del Mar and was a winner at six and one-half furlongs.

“He’s a big, long-striding horse and we always knew that sprinting wasn’t going to be his game and two turns would be better for him,” Mullins explained. “But we were excited about this race. I wish we would have had more time (between races) but it didn’t work out that way. It’s a feeling of accomplishment and relief both. A horse coming off that long a layoff and running twice in 23 days is a little worrisome. But hopefully he comes out of it OK and we can map out his next spot.”

Runner-up Afleet Ascent returned $5 and $2.80 while Shivermetimbers paid $2.20 to show.

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