MEMORABLE. HISTORICAL. Impossible to forget for those present: the 2000m Grade 1 Longines Gran Premio Latinoamericano was a welcome distraction from coronavirus and provided a springboard for Tetaze. He won and in doing so became a celebrity. He’s the King of South American racehorses. From now on it is ‘His Majesty Tataze’. The race was contested behind closed doors, as will be next week’s Dubai World Cup fixture and he beat another star in Miriñaque. Tetaze belongs to the class of horse that can win anywhere in the world but is likely to be joined abroad by Miriñaque, on the tracks of the United States.
Tetaze was raised by Roberto Vignati of Abolengo Farm and is trained by Roberto Pellegatta, perhaps the best Argentine trainer of recent times. Vignati sold a portion of the horse after the Argentine Derby, where he lost to Miriñaque, with Daniel Mautone joining the ownership group. The other partner is Eugenio Sangabriel. Pellegatta chose to stay at home. Vignati saw it on TV. Mautone was happily surprised by the triumph on returning from Miami. It was left to the Italian Sangabriel, with a long history as a successful racehorse owner, to represent the owners’ team at San Isidro Racetrack and he collected the cup. Second in the Grade 1 Carlos Pellegrini, Miriñaque was sent off favourite and threw down what appeared likely to be a winning challenge in the straight but again found a rival, this time Tetaze, who was at the very top of his game under Gustava Calvente.
Tetaze’s owners paid $25,000 to supplement him for this race and were rewarded with the 3yo Equal Stripes colt reversing form with Miriñaque who beat him in the Grade 1 Gran Premio Nacional in November. He was originally scheduled to have been already on his way to the US until a late change of plan. Miriñaque was second with Brazilian Pimper’s Paradise third, Chilean Savitar fourth and Ajuste Fiscal in fifth for Uruguay.