LEXINGTON, Ky.—Two years ago at this time, Beverly Anderson and Edward Seltzer’s homebred Eres Tu was on the Kentucky Oaks (G1) trail following a winter campaign at Fair Grounds for trainer Steve Asmussen.
The trail ended in New Orleans.
“They did the right thing and gave her plenty of time, and I get the benefit,” said trainer Arnaud Delacour, who welcomed Eres Tu in his barn at the Fair Hill Training Center in Maryland last summer after the filly had been away from the races for more than a year.
“She is a big filly and needed time to mature,” Delacour continued. “She was fit when she came to us at Fair Hill from the farm in Florida. We breezed her once a week, and she took everything in stride.”
Eres Tu has won three of four starts since joining Delacour. Her first victory came last fall at Keeneland, where she won an allowance race by 2¼ lengths going 1 1/16 miles, the same distance she will travel Friday in the 26th running of the $100,000 Baird Doubledogdare (G3).
“She was ready to go in September but we decided to wait a couple weeks for the meet here, and she was impressive when she won,” Delacour said.
Eres Tu followed the Keeneland victory with stakes triumphs in Maryland in the Thirty Eight Go Go and Allaire duPont (G3). She was second in the Royal Delta (G3) at Gulfstream in February in her most recent start.
“I had hoped this race would come lighter with the ($500,000) La Troienne (G1) coming up in a couple weeks (at Churchill Downs),” Delacour said of the Baird Doubledogdare, which also attracted the likes of 2020 Central Bank Ashland (G1) winner Speech and Grade 2 winner Bonny South. “The timing is perfect for her. This race, then the duPont (on May 14) and a race (after) that and maybe the ($400,000) Delaware Handicap (G2 on July 10).”
Tyler Gaffalione will be aboard for the first time Friday.
Keeneland Press Release
Photo: Eres Tu won the 2020 Allaire duPont at Laurel Park. (Maryland Jockey Club)