Tax’s Belmont Stakes Status Up In The Air After Final Breeze

by | 06.01.2019 | 2:43pm
Tax gallops at Churchill Downs prior to the Kentucky Derby

Tax breezed Saturday morning on the Belmont Park main track, with trainer Danny Gargan saying afterwards that a decision will be forthcoming on entering the Grade 1, $1.5 million Belmont Stakes presented by NYRA Bets on June 8.

The Arch gelding registered four furlongs in 49.03 seconds in his second breeze since being placed 14th in the Kentucky Derby last month at Churchill Downs. After breezing four furlongs on the Belmont training track on May 25, Tax went in company with New York-bred Blurred Line on Saturday, with his time the 33rd-fastest of a group of 68.

“I just don't want to run unless I love how he's doing,” Gargan told drf.com. “He worked good, but it wasn't awesome. It wasn't like before.”

Should Tax enter the “Test of the Champion,” it will mark his first start on the famed Big Sandy track. While Belmont will be a new challenge for Tax, he has never finished off the board racing in New York, running second in the Grade 2 Remsen to close his juvenile campaign before winning the Grade 3 Withers by a head over Not That Brady and running second to fellow Belmont Stakes-contender Tacitus in the Grade 2 Wood Memorial presented by NYRA Bets at Aqueduct Racetrack.

Owned by R.A. Hill Stable, Reeves Thoroughbred Racing, Hugh Lynch and Corms Racing Stable, Tax has one win, one runner-up effort and a third-place finish in four starts of at least 1 1/8 miles.

Tax could potentially be Gargan's first Belmont Stakes trainee. He was bred in Kentucky by Claiborne Farms and Adele Dilschnieder. He is out of the Giant's Causeway broodmare Toll and comes from the same family as two-time Grade 1 winning millionaire Elate.

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