Constitution filly breaks maiden in $120,000 Tepin S.

Sweetlou’sgotaces led nearly every step of the way in Sunday’s $120,000 Tepin S. at Aqueduct, rolling through the stretch to win the one-mile turf contest by four lengths.

The 2-year-old daughter of Constitution capped a terrific week for her sire who also accounted for Thanksgiving Classic S. winner Surveillance and Turkey Trot S. winner Riden with Biden. Constitution leads the 2022 Fourth-Crop sire list with 14 black type winners and 32 black type horses.

Sweetlou’sgotaces, who was making her first start around two turns, broke from post one and after a brief battle with Private Credit, took the lead going into the first turn. She was up a length at the half-mile that went in :49.23. She shook clear on the turn and asserted herself in  the stretch to win with ease in 1:38.49 over a good turf course that was very deep.

“I felt pretty good going into the first turn,” said winning trainer Ray Handal. “She went :24 and 3 and then you see all the kickback, so it’s nice to be getting the fresh part of the ground and dictating things. She was just traveling so well all the way around there. It felt pretty good to watch.”

The winner is owned by Gary Barber, Wachtel Stable and Twin Sports Racing. She has a win and two seconds and has earned $104,750.

Bred by Town & Country Horse Farms LLC and George Saufley, Sweetlou’sgotaces is the second foal out of Kayce Lu, who is a half-sister to graded winner Comical. This is also the immediate family of multiple graded winner Colonel John.