'Amazing' Tom's d'Etat likely to aim for Saratoga's Whitney

'Amazing' Tom's d'Etat likely to aim for Saratoga's Whitney
Photo: Courtesy Churchill Downs

Trainer Al Stall Jr. reported that G M B Racing's Tom's d'Etat is likely to make his next start in the Grade 1, $750,000 Whitney on Aug. 1 at Saratoga Race Course.

The multiple graded stakes-winner ran his win streak to four with a powerful score in Saturday's Stephen Foster (G2) at Churchill Downs. Tom's d'Etat romped by 4 1/4 lengths over graded stakes-winners By My Standards and Silver Dust in the Stephen Foster, where he tracked the early pace, made his bid approaching the three-eighths pole and drew off while registering a career-best 109 Beyer Speed Figure -- his eighth straight triple-digit speed figure.

The son of Smart Strike, who earned his first Grade 1 with a 3 1/4-length score in the Clark in November at Churchill Downs to close out his 6-year-old season, is no stranger to success at Saratoga. Following a third out graduation at Saratoga in August 2016, Tom's d'Etat went on to collect his third career victory in an allowance race at the Spa that following July over stakes winners Far From Over and Bodhisattva. Last summer, Tom's d'Etat won the Alydar at Saratoga en route to a fourth-place finish in the Grade 1 Woodward.

Tom's d'Etat boasts six wins in nine starts at the 1 1/8-mile Whitney distance. Having done no wrong since his Woodward defeat, he has since won the Fayette (G2) at Keeneland, the Clark (G1) and the Oaklawn Mile en route to his Stephen Foster score.

"Five weeks is good timing. He has a good record at Saratoga, so that makes sense," Stall said.

Lightly raced for a 7-year-old, Toms d'Etat has won 11-of-18 career starts, six of which have taken place against stakes company.

Stall said he was pleasantly surprised with how impressively his horse won on Saturday given that it was only his second start of the year.

"I didn't know he would run such a powerful race like he did. It was only his second race since the Clark," said Stall. "He's amazing, no doubt. We had planned on running in the Foster all along and luckily it ended up timing that way. It was just a progression."

Stall, who won the 2010 Whitney with eventual Champion Older Horse Blame, expressed gratefulness at being able to condition such a talented horse.

"There's no substitute for class," Stall said.

Bred in Kentucky by SF Bloodstock, Tom's d'Etat is out of the Giant's Causeway broodmare Julia Tuttle. He boasts lifetime earnings of $1,627,272.

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