Undefeated Tale of Ekati 2yo wins stakes debut

Pepper Spray won his Dec. 18 stakes debut at Turf Paradise with a very game effort, besting Bango for Bucks by a neck after a stretch-long duel in the $60,000 Lost in the Fog Juvenile S (WATCH RACE).

The winner, owned and bred by Roys Mansur, is one of eight stakes horses this year for Tale of Ekati, who will stand the 2022 season at Darby Dan Farm for $5,000 S&N.

Making his first start since a debut victory in early July, Pepper Spray broke very well and was within a length of the lead in the first quarter-mile. He came along side Bango for Bucks just before entering the stretch, and those to battled the rest of the way, with Pepper Spray finishing up the 6 ½-furlongs in 1:16.72.

Pepper Spray is out of A P Pepper and is a half-brother to this year’s Arizona Oaks winner Don’tpassthepepper.