Staff reports

In our Big Move of the Week, we feature one horse each week who impressed and might warrant a spot on your watch list.  For the week through March 29, that horse is J La Tache.

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  • Last race: J La Tache, the 1-2 favorite in a maiden special weight test for three-year-old fillies, broke quickly, dueled on the lead with second choice Thissongisaboutyou, disposed of that runner and drew off to a four-length win in 1:12.59 for six furlongs.  Thissongisaboutyou easily held second, six lengths clear of Tap Diva in third.  J La Tache earned a 74 Beyer speed figure in the win.
  • Comparables: J La Tache’s six furlong time was about a half-second faster than that recorded by older maiden special weight fillies and mares two races prior.  It was also just .07 seconds slower to the five-furlong mark than older distaff allowance horses managed later on the card (the latter going 5 1/2 furlongs, not six).
  • Before now: J La Tache had made seven prior starts and had been second or third in six of them, all while running at the best tracks in the country: Saratoga, Keeneland, and Gulfstream Park.
  • Connections: J La Tache is trained by Graham Motion for owner-breeder My Meadowview Farm LLC.  She was ridden to victory by Trevor McCarthy.
  • Breeding and auction history: J La Tache is a My Meadowview homebred by Harlan’s Holiday out of the graded stakes-winning Carson City mare Palanka City.
  • Worth a look: Other horses worth a gander from the past week: H R Express, Cardio Country, Dan’s Girl, J La Tache, Pepper Bay.
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(Music used in this video: First Call, by Kevin MacLeod (, Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0