Barclay Tagg

Verve’s Tale Surprises At 20-1 In Comely

Charles Fipke’s homebred Verve’s Tale ran down the favored Lewis Bay to upset Saturday’s G3 Comely Stakes at odds of 20-1, crossing the wire a half-length in front. The sophomore daughter of Tale of Ekati, ridden by Paco Lopez, covered nine furlongs in 1:51.89 over Aqueduct’s fast main track for trainer Barclay Tagg. “I wasn’t […]

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‘He’s Kind Of A Bad Boy’: Lani’s Morning Antics Enlivened Derby Week

“He’s got a lot of fans because of his personality,” Keita Tanaka, spokesman for owner Koji Maeda, told Newsday. “He’s kind of a bad boy, and people like bad boys.” Lani, a striking gray son of Tapit, and his morning antics provided a unique fire during the lead-up to the Kentucky Derby, and even exercise […]

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Saez Sweeps Both ‘Big A’ Stakes Saturday

Jockey Luis Saez swept both stakes on Saturday at Aqueduct Racetrack, piloting Highland Sky to a last-to-first victory in the $100,000 Woodhaven for 3-year-old turf horses and following that with a well-timed win aboard Libreta in the $100,000 Park Avenue division of the New York Stallion Series for 3-year-old fillies. Highland Sky settled in last […]

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Breeders’ Cup Presents Connections: Rubley Rewarded For Following Training Dream

Kelly Rubley marked a career milestone Sept. 19, less than two years after she began her own training operation — her first stakes win. And she wasn’t even in the winner’s circle for it. When Modernstone (GB) upset the Fasig-Tipton Ladies’ Marathon Stakes at Kentucky Downs, drawing away by three-quarters of a length at odds […]

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‘It’s My Derby’ Fundraiser Gives Trainer Lukas a Chance to Ask the Questions

On April 18, the Kentucky Derby Museum will present ‘It’s My Derby’, a fundraising event that will be held at the Keeneland Sales Pavilion. It will be the fourth year the event has been held, and the first time it will be at Keeneland. ‘It’s My Derby’ brings together past winners of the Kentucky Derby […]

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Caroline Thomas Awarded Lake Placid Win After DQ

Beaten a nose to the wire, Caroline Thomas was declared the winner of the Grade 2, $200,000 Woodford Reserve Lake Placid when the first-place finisher, Nellie Cashman, was disqualified to third for interfering with Watsdachances in the stretch on Sunday at Saratoga Race Course. When the gate opened, even-money favorite Tapicat bounded to the lead […]

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Unbelievable Dream Makes Unbelievable Run in Appalachian

Joel Rosario took 3-year-old filly Unbelievable Dream from last to first just in time for the wire of Thursday’s Grade 3 Appalachian Stakes presented by Japan Racing Association at Keeneland. The win was Rosario’s fifth on the card, and was the filly’s third win in four starts. Unbelievable Dream is trained by Barclay Tagg for […]

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Jersey Town springs upset in Kelso

Jersey Town took command at the top of the stretch and drew off to win the $400,000 Kelso Handicap (gr. II) at Belmont Park Sept. 29. The victory earned the 6-year-old horse by Speightstown an automatic berth in the Breeders’ Cup Dirt Mile (gr. I) at Santa Anita, since it is part of the ‘Win […]

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Jersey Town turns in quick Belmont breeze

ELMONT, N.Y. – Charles Fipke’s Jersey Town was caught by NYRA clockers breezing six furlongs in 1:11.15 Sunday morning as the 5-year-old tuned up for his match against Uncle Mo and Jackson Bend in next Saturday’s Kelso. Trainer Barclay Tagg said the work was faster than he expected but was otherwise pleased with the drill. “It […]

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Air Support done for the year; Barbaro’s brother debuts Saturday

Virginia Derby winner Air Support has been turned out for the rest of the year and probably won’t race again until April, trainer Shug McGaughey tells the Daily Racing Form. “He just never seemed to bounce back out of his race in Virginia so I piddled with him and piddled with him and I could […]

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