ERES TU, JEVIAN TOLEDO POST BIG DAYS
Good things seemed to come in threes Saturday at Laurel Park, at least for jockey Jevian Toledo and the connections of Eres Tu.
Toledo won three stakes of the eight contested on Laurel’s Christmastide stakes day, the third of which was the third graded stakes victory of his career. And that win, aboard Eres Tu in the Grade 3 Allaire Du Pont Stakes, was Eres Tu’s third in a row.
Call it a triple triple. Or something like that.
Eres Tu, a four-year-old Malibu Moon filly, was trained early in her career by Hall of Famer Steve Asmussen, for whom she placed in a pair of 2019 stakes, including a third-place finish in the Grade 2 Rachel Alexandra Stakes.
This year, switched into Arnaud Delacour’s Fair Hill barn, Eres Tu has blossomed. She’s won all three of her starts, earning her first stakes win last out in the Thirty Eight Go Go at Laurel Park and here her first graded victory. She is owned by Edward Seltzer and Beverly Anderson.
In today’s nine-furlong contest, Eres Tu broke alertly but Toledo was content to cede the early advantage to Needs Supervision, who was stretching out after eight consecutive one-turn starts.
“I know that filly come from short, so I know she was gonna be fast,” Toledo explained. “I let my filly go away from there because I want to be forward, you know, I want to be in a good position.”
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With Needs Supervision providing the early lick, Toledo and Eres Tu attained good stalking position, three wide and never far off the pace. Needs Supervision showed the way through a half-mile in 48.34 seconds with Eres Tu and Landing Zone her nearest pursuers.
Eres Tu turned up the heat nearing the far turn, and by the time six furlongs had gone, Landing Zone had put a head in front of the tiring Needs Supervision. Nearing the lane, Toledo roused his mount, who kicked clear.
“Turning for home she’s got the ears up, waiting for horses,” Toledo said of Eres Tu, who three lengths clear in mid-stretch before settling for a one-length win. “I got a little bit worried because she didn’t want to switch leads. I know they’re coming, but she got the job done. She’s a nice filly.”
Running time for the nine furlongs over a fast main track was 1:50.57. Eres Tu paid $3.40 to win as the post time favorite. The one-dollar exacta, with 11-1 shot Wicked Awesome second, returned $10.40. Another Broad, who had won four of her first nine starts but since had fashioned a 13-race losing streak entering today, was alone for third.
The win was Toledo’s third stakes triumph of the day. He also piloted Dontletsweetfoolya to an easy win in the six-furlong Willa On the Move Stakes and Whereshetoldmetogo to a rallying triumph in the six-furlong Dave’s Friend.
For Dontletsweetfoolya, trained by Lacey Gaudet for Five Hellions Farm, it was the fifth consecutive win. The last two have come in stakes company, and all five have come with Toledo in the irons.
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While Dontletsweetfoolya popped the latches on top, Whereshetoldmetogo, trained by Brittany Russell, rallied from the rear of the field to win by three parts of a length over another late runner, Taco Supream.
“When I saw it was time to go, I made my move, and he gave me everything he had,” Toledo said.
Toledo is second by wins and third by purse earnings among jockeys at the current Laurel Park stand. He’s won 98 races thus far in 2020 with over $3.4 million in purse earnings – a pretty good showing in a year in which the Covid-19 pandemic has thrown a wrench in everyone’s plans.
“It’s a tough year for every single person in the whole world,” Toledo said.
But, thanking his agent, he added, ”I’ve been getting a lot of support from the owners and trainers. We’ve been having a really good year.”