Trainer Graham Motion scratched Tin Type Gal out of the Lake George Stakes at Saratoga on Friday in favor of Sunday's Boiling Springs at Monmouth Park. His handicapping was rewarded as she eked out a neck victory in the Grade 3 turf race for 3-year-old fillies.
Tin Type Gal lost position in tight quarters along the inside entering the far turn of the 1-1/8-mile Boiling Springs and briefly dropped back to last position. But jockey Trevor McCarthy found room along the inner rail entering the stretch and the ground Tin Type Gal saved may have made the difference as she turned back Galileo's Song, who went out three wide on the far turn.
Tin Type Gal, the second choice behind 8-5 favorite Galileo's Song, paid $5.80 to win. The top two both finished well with Tin Type Gal stopping the timer in 1:47.71, following a mile in 1:36.08.
"She's a very classy filly," McCarthy said. "We were in a great spot but got in a little trouble on the turn. When the spot opened at the rail she just shot through there."
Tin Type Gal, a daughter of Tapit owned and bred by My Meadowview Farm, is now 3 for 5 in her career. The Boiling Springs was her second start this year. She closed out her 2-year-old season with a win in the Grade 3 Miss Grillo at Belmont Park last September.
In her seasonal debut, she rallied from ninth to finish fifth, beaten two lengths, in the Wild Applause, a one-mile turf stakes at Belmont Park on June 19.
"This seemed like a logical spot for her," Motion said. "My concern was that last time she was so far out of it and couldn't make up that much ground. She was toward the back today, but she wasn't too far off the lead."
Verbouwen, who like Galileo's Song is trained by Chad Brown, finished third, 2-1/4 lengths behind her stablemate. Never far back, she raced just to the outside of the winner during the stretch run but flattened out in the final furlong.
Hidden Treat was fourth, 1-3/4 lengths farther back. Forwardly placed early, she took the lead from pacesetting Winter entering the stretch but could not sustain her bid.