BY BROCK SHERIDAN
Florida-bred Tee At One will be making his second start for trainer Diane Morici in his second attempt against stakes company Saturday in the $200,000 Cape Henlopen at Delaware Park. The bay gelding will take on nine other 3-year-olds and older going a mile-and-a-half on the turf while racing in the colors of owner Mastic Beach Racing.
Morici and Mastic Beach team up again with a Florida-bred later in the day when their Ms. Bucchero goes in the $100,000 Weather Vane at Pimlico Race Course.
The lightly-raced Tee At One produced a solid effort in his first start against black-type sophomores on July 15 at Delaware Park. After having a clear lead in deep stretch, he finished second, less than a length behind winner Really Good, in the $150,000 Kent going a mile-and-three-eighths on the grass.
Tee At One has been consistent in his brief career having won half of his four career starts with two seconds. After a runner-up finish to Florida-bred Bold Majestic in a $32,000 maiden claiming going a mile on the grass at Tampa Bay Downs on debut, Tee At One won a maiden special weight by a length at the same distance there on April 7. He then won a first condition, $75,000 optional claiming, also at a mile on the Tampa Bay grass, on May 6 then took a two-month break before the Kent.
Tee At One is by Bridlewood Farm stallion Tunwoo, out of Seacrystal, by Theatrical (Ire) and was bred by Julian Serna Jr. and Marie Serna of Ocala, Fla. He is 10-1 on the morning line and no rider had been named at press time.
Favored in the program at 5-2 is Tawny Port, winner of the $130,000 Johns Call going a mile-and-five-eighths on the Saratoga turf on Aug. 23 in his last start.
Trained by Christophe Clement for Peachtree Stable, Tawny Port was a seventh-place finisher in last year’s Kentucky Derby presented by Woodford Reserve (G1) won by Rich Strike after winning the Grade 3 Lexington at Keeneland in April.
He also won the Grade 3 Ohio Derby during his sophomore campaign, which was his only victory in seven starts before the Kent.
Tawny Port is by Pioneerof the Nile out of Livi Makenzie, by Macho Uno and he has won five of 14 lifetime starts with a second and a third with earnings of $914,500.
Clement has given the riding assignment on Tawny Port to Trevor McCarthy and they have drawn post seven.
Second on the morning line at 7-2 is Beacon Hill for trainer Michael Matz. The son of Blame is owned by Runnymore Racing and has two fifth-place finishes against stakes horses in two starts this year.
Beacon Hill was fifth behind winner Eons in the $99,000 Prince George’s County going nine furlongs at Laurel Park on July 5 and again fifth in the $120,000 Oceanport won by Highestdistinction over a mile-and-a-sixteenth at Monmouth Park on Aug. 13.
Beacon Hill is out of My Mammy, by Came Home and has won three of 17 career starts with five seconds and a third with revenues of $212,865.
Completing the field for the Cape Henlopen is Serifos and Praline’s Cat, both with no rider named; Commandeer and jockey Mychel Sanchez, Sports Editor and Jevian Toledo in the irons, Cross Border will have Ruben Silvera up, Uban Myth will have Kevin Gomez aboard and Dexter Haddock rides Tough Tickets.