BY BROCK SHERIDAN
Florida-bred Tee At One, a winner of his last two starts at Tampa Bay Downs, will take his win streak to Delaware Park Saturday while making his stakes debut in the $150,000 Kent against six other 3-year-olds going a mile-and-three-eighths on the turf.
The bay gelding trained by Diane Morici won his second career start by a length going a mile on the turf in a maiden special weight at Tampa Bay Downs on April 7 before repeating that effort at the same distance against winners in a first level, $75,000 optional claiming on May 6.
Tee At One has not started since but comes into the Kent off of several solid works including a bullet five-furlong breeze in 1:01.20 at Delaware Park, the fastest of 18 at the distance that morning. A week earlier, the son of Bridlewood Farm stallion Tunwoo went four furlongs in :49.40 at Delaware Park.
Owned by Mastic Beach Racing, Tee At One is out of Seacrystal, by Theatrical (Ire) and was bred in Florida by Julian Serna Jr. and Marie Serna. He has earned $32,220 in his three starts and will be ridden from the outside post seven by Raul Mena.
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Another who figures to garner plenty of support from the wagering public is the John P. Terranova-trained Freedom Trail, who is looking for his first win since taking the $120,000 Award going a mile-and-a-sixteenth on the grass during the Belmont at Aqueduct meet in October. He has yet to hit the board in three starts this year having finished fourth in the $75,000 Columbia won the Talk of the Nation going a mile on the grass at Tampa Bay Downs on March 11 and seventh in the Grade 3 Transylvania won by Mo Stash going a mile-and-a-sixteenth on the Keeneland turf on April 7.
Most recently, the bay son of Collected out of Freedom, by War Front was fifth, beaten three-and-a-quarter lengths by winner Kalik in the Grade 2 Pennine Ridge going nine furlongs on the inner Belmont turf course on June 3.
Freedom Trail has earned $138,625 for owners Gatsas Stables, R. A. Hill Stable and Steven Schoenfeld while winning two of six career starts. Gatsas purchased Freedom Trail for $150,000 at last year’s Ocala Breeders’ Sales Spring Sale where he was consigned by Ciaran Dunne’s Wavertree Stables.
Jeremy Rose will ride Freedom Trail for the first time from post three.
Also riding a two-race win streak into the Kent is Ocean City for trainer Brittany Russell and owner Golden Lion Racing.
Ocean City defeated special weight maidens by a length-and-a-quarter in his third start going a mile on the grass at Keeneland on April 20 when trained by Steve Asmussen. The son of American Pharoah was then transferred to Russell’s barn and promptly won a first level allowance race at Delaware Park going a mile-and-a-sixteenth on the turf on May 31 in his last start.
Ocean City is out of Unicorn Girl, by A. P. Five Hundred and he has earned $84,650 while winning two of four career starts.
Sheldon Russell will travel to Delaware from his base in Maryland to ride the bay colt, who will break just to the inside of Tee At One in post six.
Completing the field for the Kent are Regal Kingdom, who will be ridden by Daniel Centeno, Really Good and jockey Ruben Silvera, Love Me No with Charlie Marquez in the saddle and Philkeas Fogg will have Angel Arroyo as his pilot.