BY BROCK SHERIDAN
A winner of her first two career starts at Gulfstream Park before suffering her first loss in the $198,000 Mytlewood at Keeneland last out, Case Chambers’ Let Them Watch resumed her winning ways Saturday at Tampa Bay Downs in the $50,000 Sandpiper.
Ridden by Hector Diaz Jr. for trainer Michael Maker, Let Them Watch led at every pole in the six-furlong Sandpiper, click off quarter-mile splits of :22.05 and :44.34 before winning by three-quarters of a length in 1:10.64 on the fast track.
Florida-bred Chi Chi, who was riding a two-race winning streak into the Sandpiper, both in stakes, rallied from fifth to gets second, three-and-three-quarter lengths ahead of 6-5 favorite Toupie in third. Genuine Peril was fourth followed by A Primera Vista and Betsylicious. Florida-bred Mist and Savannah Lady were scratched.
Let Them Watch paid $7.60 to win.
“The game plan today was to let them come and catch us,” Diaz said. “She was the fastest horse in the race, so I took advantage of that. She always breaks well and I was confident she was going to give her all when I asked her. She kicked on in the stretch and kept going, and when [Chi Chi] started coming, my filly never quit.”
Diaz was aboard Let Them Watch for her two victories on July 7 and Aug. 13.
The bay daughter of Maximus Mischief won a state-bred maiden special weight for fillies by six-and-a-quarter lengths in her first out going five-and-a-half furlongs then took the $90,000 Sharp Susan by two-and-three-quarter lengths going six furlongs before shipping to Keeneland.
Let Them Watch is out of the Proud Accolade mare My Rolex and has now earned $129,095 in her three starts.
Bred in Florida by Tracy Pinchin, Let Them Watch is a half-sister to 2015 FTBOA Florida Sire Stakes Desert Vixen-winner It’s High Time, by Gone Astray and two other winners from five starters and eight foals out of My Rolex. My Rolex has an unraced yearling filly, Wiggle An’ Wine, by Ocala Stud stallion Awesome Slew; and was bred to Journeyman Stud stallion Uncle Chuck in 2023.
Let Them Watch twice went through the auction ring at Ocala Breeders’ Sales.
She did not meet her reserve in last year’s October Yearling Sale when consigned by Francis and Barbara Vanlangendonck’s Summerfield then Chambers bought her for $55,000 at this year’s Spring Sale out of the Randy Miles consignment.
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