Tam's 'Golden moment at Saratoga
Mr. Ping Tam's My Golden Opinion ran a sensational race to win a seven-furlong allowance event at Saratoga today with jockey Kent Desormeaux in the irons. Going off at odds of five to one against older horses, the 3-year-old colt broke sharply near the front of the field, but Desormeaux immediately took a firm hold to rate him nine lengths off a quick opening quarter in :22.3. He was steadied in traffic on the turn and forced six wide turning for home. He exploded down the stretch with an impressive turn of foot to catch favorite Greater Fool at the wire a half-length in front. The pair finished three-and-a-half lengths in front of the rest of the field of nine.
The son of High Yield is owned by New York City resident Mr. Ping Tam, who has always had great faith in the colt. While making his first start nearly a year ago at Saratoga, the chestnut finished a game second by a half-length after a troubled break. He came back on September 16, 2006 at Belmont to break his maiden decisively by more than two lengths while making a bold inside move, showing impressive courage for a juvenile in his second start. From there he was entered on October 14th in Belmont's Grade I Champaign Stakes against eventual Grade I winners Scat Daddy and Nobiz Like Shobiz, but he was severely impeded at the break and found himself a dozen lengths from the lead. Turning for home after trailing behind very slow fractions, he put a huge effort into his stretch run and made up acres of real estate to finish an impressive fourth in that race.
"He was the only horse making up ground in the stretch," said trainer Eoin Harty of the Grade I race. "It was unfortunate that he lost all chance at the break."
My Golden Opinion came back in June of this year to finish third in an allowance race at Churchill after a long layoff, where he was again bumped at the start and steadied at the 5/8 pole. He has proven that he is back in top form today at Saratoga.
"It was nice to get him back in the winner's circle," Harty said. "He ran very well and rated nicely off the pace. Even though he was forced to go wide, he prevailed gallantly in the stretch."
My Golden Opinion was bred in Kentucky by Kildare Stud, F. Gavin, and D. Owens. He is out of the Distant View mare Distant Breeze (CHI) and was purchased for $47,000 at the 2005 Keeneland September Yearling Sales.
Harty gave a rare and lofty endorsement to the colt, saying, "I've always liked this horse. He's a quality horse who is capable of better things."