Del Mar, CA (July 31, 2020) – El Tigre Terrible exploded with an eye-catching turn of foot to win the $125,000 Real Good Deal Stakes going seven furlongs over the fast main track at Del Mar.
The 3-year-old son of Smiling Tiger earned champion state-bred juvenile honors last season in the California. This year, his first two starts found troubling trips, but the third time was the charm today. Away a step slowly, he settled behind the leaders down the backstretch. The field bunched up around the turn and it looked for a time like traffic was going to be an issue again, but a canny ride by Flavien Prat and and immediate reaction by El Tigre Terrible rendered that point moot. He burst out of the pack at the top of the stretch and was open lengths in front in a few strides. Continuing on strongly to the finish, he won by nearly five lengths.
“He broke just a bit slowly today, so he put himself in behind the leaders and was comfortable there,” said Prat. “We had good pace to run at, so that was good. When it came time for him to perform, he performed.”
“It was very frustrating, he’s had two very bad trips the last two races and I thought he was getting in trouble again here,” said winning trainer Peter Miller. “He had a horse to his outside and it looked like he was running up on heels again. But Flavien (Prat) knew what he was doing and he was the best horse. I am very nervous in those moments. He’s a hard-trying little horse with a lot of ability. He loves Del Mar and we hope we can get him in again before the end of meeting.”
El Tigre Terrible races for Nick Cosato’s Slam Dunk Racing and Michael Nentwig. He has won or placed in six of his eight career starts and he has earned $210,510. Produced by the stakes-placed Gotham City mare, King City Kitty, he was bred by Martin Bach.