HOT SPRINGS, Ark. – Jerry Caroom’s Tempt Fate, the heavy 3-5 favorite, left nothing to chance with his dominating 2 3/4-length victory in Saturday’s $150,000 Nodouble Breeders’ Stakes.
With jockey Joe Talamo in the irons, Tempt Fate gained control early and never looked back, setting fractions of :22 and :45 3/5 before drawing off to win the six-furlong event for Arkansas-breds in a final time of 1:10 over a fast track. Man in the Can, the 2020 Arkansas-bred Horse of the Year, finished second, a half-length in front of third-place finisher Bandit Point.
Tempt Fate improved his career record to 4-1-2 in 10 career starts and has now earned $256,100. He returned $3.20, $3 and $2.60.
Live racing resumes Sunday at Oaklawn with a 1 p.m. first post. The Infield will be open and no reservations are required. Chairs and blankets are permitted (coolers, tents, backpacks are not permitted). Gates will open at 11 a.m. Guests can enter through the North Alley off Central Ave. across from the Best Western hotel.
Winning jockey Joe Talamo, Tempt Fate: “He’s a funny horse, he doesn’t like to go with the pony before the race, but I tell you what, (trainer) Carl Deville has done a hell of a job with this horse. He’s three for three this year. Last year, I was fortunate to win a race on him and I’m very fortunate that he put me back on him for this race.”
Winning trainer Carl Deville, Tempt Fate: “He ran a big race. We’re going to see if he might go two turns now. We’re going to train him a little bit and see. There’s that big race coming up next ($200,000 Arkansas Breeders’ Championship Stakes April 30). There’s a possibility we could run in there.”
Jockey David Cabrera, second on Man in the Can: “Turning for home, at the quarter pole, I thought I had him (Tempt Fate). I felt like I had plenty of horse. He re-broke again.”
Jockey Kelsi Harr, third on Bandit Point: “Speed’s just holding. They cut that horse (Tempt Fate) loose on an easy lead and he’s hard to outrun. I think we can beat him on a different day, but today wasn’t our day. My horse ran good. I was proud of him.”
Oaklawn Park Press Release
Photo: Tempt Fate (Coady Photography)