The Tabulator scored a big win in the 2017 Iroquois Stakes to not only punch a ticket to the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile this year, but also register the first points on the 2018 Road to the Kentucky Derby.
Smart Remark opened with a furious pace of :23.12 over the first quarter mile, and was trailed closely by The Tabulator. Hollywood Star sat well back as a 6⁄5 favorite while Ten City was near the back despite 3⁄1 odds. Grinding over a brisk pace of :47.73 at the half-mile, The Tabulator overtook the lead as he strode past the quarter-mile pole in 1:12.84.
Blasting ahead to the front, The Tabulator was now the horse to beat and was quickly challenged by Hollywood Star who had eaten the somewhat cavernous space between him and the lead. Ten City fought up to third but would not be able to mount a serious challenge. Fans at Churchill Downs caught their breaths as Hollywood Star fought to close the gap even further but the last-ditch effort fell short. He lost by a half-length to The Tabulator who glided past the wire confidently.
A momentum building win in the 2017 Iroquois Stakes has The Tabulator’s connections primed for the remainder of his two-year-old season, and buzzing about what may come for him as a three-year-old.
“I’ve never had a horse start off like this and I’ve been in the game for more than 15 years,” noted owner Carolyn Wilson who also glowed about trainer Larry Rivelli’s work with The Tabulator. “Larry is a wonderful trainer. He and his entire team do such a great job with our horses and it’s so exciting to have a horse like this. It’s really easy when I just write a check and this happens.”
Hollywood Star could not overcome a plodding start that saw him having to fight for ground the entire way through.
“I’m happy with the way he ran, other than us not winning,” trainer Dale Romans said of Hollywood Star. “He came running and he galloped out well. He showed he likes this track too. We’ll take it and move on to the next one.”
That next one could very well be a rematch in the Breeders’ Cup Classic at Del Mar, a race that The Tabulator has earned an automatic berth to.
With his 2017 Iroquois Stakes win, The Tabulator delivered $10.40 as a nominal 4⁄1 third choice in the upset.
|9||The Tabulator 4-1||$10.40||$4.80||$3.40|
|2||Hollywood Star 6-5||$2.80||$2.40|
|1||Ten City 3-1||$3.20|