Improved By Belmont Effort, Former Claimer Tax Targets Grade 2 Jim Dandy

by | 07.11.2019 | 3:35pm
Tax jogs before the Belmont Stakes

Tax has trained forwardly following his fourth-place finish in the Grade 1, $1.5 million Belmont Stakes presented by NYRA Bets.

Trainer Danny Gargan said Tax, who breezed four furlongs in 48.20 seconds on July at Belmont Park, has settled in well at Saratoga and will point to the Grade 2, $600,000 Jim Dandy at nine furlongs on July 27.

“We're going to the Jim Dandy. He ran really good in the Belmont and came out of it better than he went in it,” said Gargan.

The dark bay son of Arch, owned by R.A Hill Stable, Reeves Thoroughbred Racing, Hugh Lynch and Corms Racing Stable, won the Grade 3 Withers and finished second in the Grade 2 Wood Memorial presented by NYRA Bets at Aqueduct ahead of placing 15th in the Grade 1 Kentucky Derby.

Claimed for $50,000 in October, Tax has now banked $426,300 with a record of 2-2-1 from seven starts.

Gargan said Tax will breeze again on Saturday at Saratoga and expects the gelding will appreciate racing at the Spa.

“He runs on every course, but this should suit him with his style,” said Gargan.

Divine Miss Grey, a 5-year-old daughter of Divine Park, has won 12 times on the dirt but Gargan said the ultra-consistent chestnut could make her next start on the turf at Saratoga.

“She'll work at Belmont in the next couple days and I may try her on the turf here,” said Gargan.

After winning 5-of-10 starts last year, including a victory in the Grade 2 Chilukki at Churchill Downs, Divine Miss Grey launched her 2019 campaign with a three-length score in the Heavenly Prize at Aqueduct before an off-the-board effort in the Grade 1 La Troienne at Churchill Downs.

John O'Hara's Avalina, a comfortable winner of the Parx Spring Oaks for Gargan in May, was off the board in the Grade 3 Delaware Oaks after a wide, troubled trip on July 6.

“She came out of the race fine, she just didn't like the track,” said Gargan. “She likes moisture in the track and it was a real hot, cuppy day and she just never got a hold of the racetrack.”

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