Microbiome One to Watch after first maiden Win at SPA

July 17, 2021

SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. – Joel Politi’s Microbiome romped on debut under Tyler Gaffalione, capturing the first maiden special weight for juveniles at the Saratoga meet, leading at every point of call and extending her advantage throughout the 5 ½-furlong event. 

The daughter of Twirling Candy, trained by Tom Amoss, arrived at her first start off bullet works over the Churchill Downs and Saratoga main track. On July 9, Microbiome blitzed through a half-mile in 47.60 over a muddy main track at the Spa. 

Microbiome registered a 77 Beyer for the 5 1/2-length score.

“She had trained really forward in the morning with all of her works in hand,” said Politi. “Thursday, she broke sharply. Tyler shook the reins at the top of the lane, and showed her the stick once but that was it. This morning, she looks like she didn’t run. It didn’t really take much out of her, and it looks like there’s plenty more in the tank.”

Both Politi and Amoss said that the Grade 2, $200,000 Adirondack on August 8 and the Grade 1 Spinaway on September 5 could be in play for Microbiome. 

Politi and Amoss previously teamed up to campaign multiple graded stakes winner Serengeti Empress, who won the Grade 1 Kentucky Oaks in 2019 and conquered the following year’s Grade 1 Ballerina at Saratoga. 

Bred in Florida by John B. Penn, Microbiome was bought for $100,000 from the 2020 Keeneland September Yearling Sale, where she was consigned by Sue Vacek. She is out of the graded stakes placed Smoke Glacken mare Sonja’s Angel. 

NYRA Press Release

Photo: Microbiome (NYRA/Coglianese)

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