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Hold That Tiger Adds US Gr3

Monday, 18th April 2011

Swettenham Stud shuttler & former Gr1-winning juvenile Hold That Tiger (Storm Cat-Beware Of The Cat, by Caveat) added a US graded-stakes success when 4YO entire Smiling Tiger (Hold That Tiger-Shandra Smiles, by Cahill Road) scored a 2.5-lengths victory in the US$200,000 Gr3 Count Fleet Handicap (6 furlongs) for 4YOs & up at Oaklawn Park. Smiling Tiger (ridden by Joel Rosario for trainer Jeff Bonde) defeated 4YO gelding Silver Magnus (Trippi-Silver Chieftress, by Silver Charm) & 5YO gelding Chief Of Affairs (Yonaguska-Jennifer's Affair, by Nureyev). Ultra-consistent Smiling Tiger (a US$40,000 yearling at the 2008 Washington September Sale) now has 7 wins (also including February's Gr2 San Carlos Handicap over 7 furlongs at Santa Anita, plus 2010's Gr1 Ancient Title Stakes over 6 furlongs at Hollywood Park, Gr1 Bing Crosby Stakes over 6 furlongs at Del Mar & Gr3 Lazaro Barrera Memorial Stakes over 7 furlongs at Hollywood Park, as well as 2009's Listed Lost In The Fog Stakes over 5 furlongs at Golden Gate Fields) & 7 placings (including January's Gr2 Palos Verdes Handicap over 6 furlongs at Santa Anita, plus 2010's Gr1 Breeders' Cup Sprint over 6 furlongs at Churchill Downs, Gr1 Malibu Stakes over 7 furlongs at Santa Anita, Gr1 Pat O'Brien Stakes over 7 furlongs at Del Mar & Listed Harry Henson Stakes over 6 furlongs at Hollywood Park, as well as 2009's Gr1 Del Mar Futurity over 7 furlongs & Gr2 Best Pal Stakes over 6.5 furlongs at Del Mar) from 14 starts for US$995,864 earnings.

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