Experience paid off as the promising Tambo outfought Desert Rhapsody to get the victory in a five-and-a-half furlong maiden claiming contest at Del Mar on Friday, 28 July.
The two-year-old Enticed filly entered Friday’s race off a sharp runner-up finish in her debut, a five-furlong maiden special weight contest at Los Alamitos Race Course earlier this month. Tambo became the fourth winner for her first-crop sire, Enticed.
A field of eight juvenile fillies went to the post in the race, with Tambo breaking from the far outside. Despite the wide post, Tambo broke sharply under jockey Tiago Pereira and was content to track just off leader Caralova from second through the early stages of the race.
Tambo made her bid on the far turn, racing wide while challenging Desert Rhapsody and Asian Matriarch for control as a tiring Caralova began to fade. Tambo took a slight lead at the top of the stretch, then prevailed after a stretch-long battle with Desert Rhapsody to win by a neck.
Tambo was bred in Kentucky by Thoroughbred by Design LLC and was purchased for $70,000 at the 2023 OBS March Sale. She is out of the winning Flatter mare, Flatter Me First. Second dam First Mystery was Stakes-placed during her racing career, and has also produced Stakes winner, Mystery Unbridled.
Tambo becomes the fourth winner for her sire Enticed, joining Demar’s Legacy, Desert Sand and Sugar Treat on the honor roll of winners.
Winner of the G2 Kentucky Jockey Club Stakes and placed in the G1 Champagne (in just his second start) as a juvenile, Enticed captured the G3 Gotham and was second in the G2 Wood Memorial at age three. His first runners debut in 2023.