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AMERICAN TALE (GIO PONTI)

America’s Tale Upsets Inside Information At Gulfstream

Fair Grounds shipper America’s Tale may have taken many bettors by surprise when she pulled off an 11-1 upset victory in Saturday’s $200,000 Inside Information (G2), but owner Naveed Chowhan and trainer Bernie Flint are no strangers to winning graded stakes at Gulfstream Park.

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Chowhan, who posed for pictures in the winner’s circle following America’s Tale’s 1 ¼-length triumph in the seven-furlong stakes for older fillies and mares, got his first taste of graded-stakes success at Gulfstream in the 2000 Deputy Minister Stakes (G3).

“Actually, the very first stakes race that I won was at Gulfstream. I used to have a horse many years ago by the name of Deep Gold. He was a sprinter also,” Chowhan said. “He was trained by Bernie Flint also. Bernie and I have been together for all these years and he’s put all the hard work into these horses and it’s paid off.”

America’s Tale won her first graded stakes in the Inside Information while winning her third stakes in her last four starts. The 4-year-old daughter of Gio Ponti, whose prior stakes victories were achieved in front-running fashion, was taken off the pace by jockey Paco Lopez, who positioned the Kentucky-bred filly in an outside stalking position. Razorback Lady set the pace along the backstretch, posting fractions of 22.68 and 45.94 seconds for the first half mile, with Tequilita, the 9-5 favorite, in hot pursuit.

Razorback Lady and Tequilita waged a head-to-head battle into the stretch, where America’s Tale loomed boldly while making quick progress to their outside. The Louisiana shipper continued on and drew off to her fourth win in her last five starts.

“I was a little concerned because she usually likes to run out front and she wasn’t out front in the beginning. But Paco thought she would rather like the outside instead of being inside horses and I think he was right,” Chowhan said. “She’s been really good for us. She’s been training great. For the past couple months, we couldn’t find a race near New Orleans for her, so this is her distance and we’re glad we shipped her down here.”

America’s Tale ran seven furlongs in 1:24.08.

“The owner said to me, ‘Send her, I want her 1 or 2,’ but my filly didn’t want to go inside. I took her outside and sat outside horses and in the stretch, when I asked her I had plenty of horse,” Lopez said. “She’s a very nice filly.”

Razorback Lady finished second under Julien Leparoux, a head in front of Tequilita and jockey Luis Saez.

America’s Tale Makes the Grade in Inside Information

Gio Ponti filly completed seven-furlong test in 1:24.08.

After an off-the-board finish in her 2019 debut, Naveed Chowhan’s America’s Tale bounced back in a big way to win the $200,000 Inside Information Stakes (G2) March 16 at Gulfstream Park.

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Guided by jockey Paco Lopez in the seven-furlong event, the 4-year-old Gio Ponti filly broke midpack in the eight-horse field and kept close to the rail. Razorback Lady sprinted to the front from the break and battled with Tequilita as six furlongs went in fractions of :22.68, :45.94, and 1:10.84.

Slowly gaining ground, America’s Tale shifted out three wide and made her move at the top of the lane, passing Pink Sands in the stretch to come within striking distance of Razorback Lady. Dueling with the leader through the final yards, America’s Tale managed to edge clear and finally pulled away to win by 1 1/4 lengths over Razorback Lady in a final time of 1:24.08.

“I was a little concerned because she usually likes to run out front, and she wasn’t out front in the beginning,” Chowhan said. “But Paco thought she would rather like the outside instead of being inside horses, and I think he was right.”

“The owner said to me, ‘Send her. I want her 1 or 2,’ but my filly didn’t want to go inside,” Lopez said. “I took her outside and sat outside horses, and in the stretch, when I asked her, I had plenty of horse. She’s a very nice filly.”

A head behind Razorback Lady was Tequilita in third. Pink Sands, Jala Jala, Pacific Gale, Teresa Z, and Cairenn completed the order of finish.

Sent off at odds of 11-1, America’s Tale returned $24.40, $12.40, and $8.40.

“She’s been really good for us,” Chowhan said. “She’s been training great. For the past couple months, we couldn’t find a race near New Orleans for her, so this is her distance and we’re glad we shipped her down here.”

The win was a special moment for Chowhan, who has had a long-standing and successful partnership with America’s Tale’s trainer, Bernie Flint.

“The very first stakes race that I won was at Gulfstream,” Chowhan said. “I used to have a horse many years ago by the name of Deep Gold. He was a sprinter, also. He was trained by Bernie Flint, also. Bernie and I have been together for all these years and he’s put all the hard work into these horses, and it’s paid off.”

Bred in Kentucky by Madeline Auerbach and Catherine Parke, America’s Tale is out of the stakes-winning Unusual Heat mare America’s Friend. The mare foaled a Palace Malice colt in 2018 and was bred to Runhappy for 2019.

America’s Tale was purchased for $100,000 by Chowhan from the consignment of Eisaman Equine to the 2017 Fasig-Tipton Midlantic 2-Year-Olds in Training Sale. She has a 6-3-1 record from 17 starts and $390,853 in earnings, and earned black type at 3 in the Safely Kept Stakes and Tiffany Lass Stakes.

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